And now for my top 10 Best Bond Films…
10. For Your Eyes Only (1981) Roger Moore
After the rather stupid Moonraker (1979) this film sees 007 return to the more normal syle of films that made the franchise so popular. Good job!!!
9. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Roger Moore
Bond and a female KGB agent have to work together, plenty of tension there in more ways than one. Oh and don’t forget this film has the Lotus Esprit that turns into a mini-sub. Now that’s pretty cool!!!
8. Skyfall (2012) Daniel Craig
This could easily be higher up but in the end I’ve put it 9. Daniel Craig is on top form in what is a darker than normal James Bond film. Great Stuff!!!
7. From Russia with Love (1963) Sean Connery
The second film in the Bond series and one that’s hugely influential in the way future movies would be made.
6. Casino Royale (2006) Daniel Craig
A great movie with a new refreshed look for the Bond franchise and a great new 007 in Daniel Craig, who makes his mark very early on in the film.
5. Live and Let Die (1973) Roger Moore
4. Dr. No (1962) Sean Connery
The film that started it all and from which all the rest look at as a kind of template. Sean Connery is really great and of course Ursula Andress (Honey Rider) coming out of the sea is iconic. Fantastic stuff!
3. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Sean Connery
Sean Connery returns as 007 following George Lazenby’s underwhelming outing in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Diamonds Are Forever could easily have been my favourite James Bond film but in the end I’ve put at three.
2. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Roger Moore
A great showdown between 007 (Roger Moore) and Scaramanga (Christopher Lee)
How many James Bond films did Roger Moore make? Seven starting in 1973 with Live and Let Die and the last outing in 1985 in A View to a Kill.
1. Goldfinger (1964) Sean Connery
This film ticks all the boxes for me which is why I’ve put it number one. Good story, plenty of action, Sean Connery as James Bond driving the iconic Aston Martin DB5. Oh and who can forget Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore!
Sadly Sean Connery passed away aged 90 on the 31st October 2020. For many myself included he will always be the definitive James Bond.
That almost brings my Best Bond Films feature to a close and I’m sure a few of you will disagree with order in which they are ranked. Do you agree with my choice of Goldfinger (1964) as being the best 007 has to offer?
Who played James Bond the longest?
It really depends on how you are measuring or by what you actually mean by the longest. In terms of who has been in the role time wise it’s Daniel Craig. He took on the role in 2006 and providing No Time To Die isn’t delayed any further will leave the role sometime in 2021 meaning around 15 years. That will mean Craig has starred in 5 Bond movies.
Roger Moore on the other hand starred in 7 James Bond movies between 1973 and 1985, so around 12 years.
And for those wondering about Sean Connery he made 6 offical films plus Never Say Never Again. He appeared as James Bond between 1962-1967 and then returned following the poorly received George Lazenby film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) with Diamonds Are Forever in 1971.
Finally he returned in the Non-EON production, Never Say Never Again in 1983 ironically going head to head with Roger Moore’s Octopussy in the same year.
Who is the best James Bond?
This is a question everyone has an opinion on. For me it’s a very easy question to answer, Sean Connery. However rather than leave it there he’s all of the Bonds in best to worse order (in our opinion).
- Sean Connery (7 Films) * Includes Never Say Never Again (1983)
- Daniel Craig (5 Films)
- Roger Moore (7 Films)
- Timothy Dalton (2 Films)
- Pierce Brosnan (4 Films)
- George Lazenby (1 Film)
Final Thoughts – What Is The Best James Bond Film?
That was my ‘Best Bond Films’ feature and Goldfinger is my favourite James Bond film and Sean Connery the best James Bond.
What is your favourite Bond film? Who is the best James Bond? Who will be the next James Bond? Leave a comment below or over on Facebook.
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