SPECTRE is the 24th James Bond movie, with Daniel Craig back as Bond and Sam Mendes, (in)famous for 2012’s Skyfall, back to direct what is ultimately the best possible result for a follow up film to the Daniel Craig era of James Bond. The trailers were wrong. This movie is so much fun.
In 1953, Ian Fleming published his “spy story to end all spy stories,” which would eventually led to the longest continually-running franchise in the history of film. It took nearly 50 years before it finally got the big screen adaptation it deserved. That would be 2006’s Casino Royale, the best James Bond movie ever…
James Bond finding love, meeting his soon-to-be father in law, studying family history, spending time in the snowy Alps, and gathering around the Christmas tree while being subjected to hypnotism - it must be the James Bond Christmas Special, 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service!
A charming sociopath, an ordinary Soviet girl, a murder on the Orient Express during a long journey, all wrapped in a tense thriller with the players all after the same MacGuffin. It’s not an Alfred Hitchcock movie - it’s 1963’s From Russia With Love!
A planned heist against Fort Knox, a person named after genitalia, a mute man with a killer hat, a British spy with enough charm to turn a gay woman straight, and a villain obsessed with gold. Here’s the fourth best Bond movie ever made, 1964’s Goldfinger!
Britain and Russia teaming up to stop an evil megalomaniac anarchist from launching the nuclear holocaust by capturing the superpowers’ submarine fleets in the midst of the Cold War? It can only be the tenth James Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me!
A story centered around captured orbiting spacecraft, James Bond turning Japanese (?) and getting married, a finale that take place entirely in a volcano, and at long-last, the reveal of Blofeld! You Only Live Twice takes the Bond franchise to a whole other level.
A world without a Soviet Union, the economic boom, the personal computer and the introduction of the internet! It’s the 1990s, baby, and Bond is back with a new actor, a female boss, and questionable relevance. Oh boy, does GoldenEye manage to juggle a lot.
Like our previous two entries in our Bond countdown, 1981’s For Your Eyes Only manages to tick all of the boxes of the typical Bond film. It has the gorgeous Bond girl, a plot of revenge, an appearance by Blofeld, car chases, ski chases, underwater fights - everything. It’s the reality check Bond needed after the…
The fourth James Bond movie in the franchise, 1965’s Thunderball, was the biggest yet with the best soundtrack, greatest sets, classic style, the loveliest Bond girls, a great performance by Sean Connery, and possibly the slowest, most anti-climactic ending to almost any other Bond film.
You know that ‘80s Bond movie where the Aston Martin has skis, the Bond girl plays the cello, and the Taliban are good guys? I love that one! What was it called? The Living Daylights! Here’s why it’s the 10th best Bond movie ever made.