How many James Bond movies is too many? With 26 official and unofficial entries in the series, there is no shortage of source material. If you need to know which ones are worth your time and which ones are stinkers, we’ve got you covered. Here is every James Bond movie, ranked.
26 Casino Royale (1967)
There is some debate around if this terrible film is part of James Bond canon or not, but regardless, it’s last on the list. A goofy, dated parody of spy movie clichés, Casino Royale squanders its all-star cast on a meandering, mostly laugh-free script. Bond is brought out of retirement to deal with SMERSH and is promoted to the head of MI6 on the death of M.
25 A View To A Kill (1985)
Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy. Bond investigates millionaire industrialist Max Zorin, who is trying to corner the world market in microchips. He establishes that Zorin was previously trained and financed by the KGB, but has now gone rogue.
24 Octopussy (1983)
Despite a couple of electrifying action sequences, Octopussy is a formulaic, anachronistic Bond outing. Bond investigates the murder of 009, killed in East Berlin while dressed as a circus clown and carrying a fake Fabergé egg.
23 The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
A middling Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun suffers from double entendre-laden dialogue, a noteworthy lack of gadgets, and a villain that overshadows 007. After receiving a golden bullet with James Bond's code "007" etched into its surface, M relieves Bond of a mission locating a British scientist, Gibson, who has invented a device to harness solar power, thereby solving the energy crisis.
22 The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Plagued by mediocre writing and uneven acting, and a basic plot, The World Is Not Enough is partially saved by some entertaining and truly Bond-worthy action sequences. Bond recovers money for Sir Robert King, a British oil tycoon and friend of M, but the money is booby-trapped and kills King shortly afterwards. Bond traces the money to Renard, a KGB agent turned total villain.
21 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
A competent, if sometimes by-the-numbers entry to the 007 franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies may not boast the most original plot but its action sequences are genuinely thrilling. Bond investigates the sinking of a British warship in Chinese waters, the theft of one of the ship's cruise missiles - and the shooting down of a Chinese fighter plane. He uncovers a link to media mogul Elliot Carver which suggests that Carver had purchased a GPS encoder on the black market.
20 Moonraker (1979)
Featuring one of the series' more ludicrous plots but outfitted with primo gadgets and spectacular sets, Moonraker is both silly and entertaining. A Drax Industries Moonraker space shuttle on loan is hijacked and Bond is ordered to investigate.
19 Die Another Day (2002)
Its action may be bit too over-the-top for some, but Die Another Day is lavishly crafted and succeeds in evoking classic Bond themes from the franchise's earlier installments. Bond investigates North Korean Colonel Tan-Sun Moon, who is illegally trading African conflict diamonds for weapons.
18 Never Say Never Again (1983)
While the rehashed story feels rather uninspired and unnecessary, the return of both Sean Connery and a more understated Bond make Never Say Never Again a watchable retread. Essentially a remake of Thunderball, Bond investigates the hijacking of two cruise missiles with live nuclear warheads which had been taken by SPECTRE.
17 Live And Let Die (1973)
While not one of the highest-rated Bond films, Live and Let Die finds Roger Moore adding his stamp to the series with flashes of style and an improved sense of humor. James Bond is sent to investigate the murder of three British MI6 agents, all of whom have been killed within 24 hours.
16 Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery. Bond is tasked with investigating a major diamond smuggling ring which begins in Africa and runs through Holland and the UK to the United States.
15 The Living Daylights (1987)
Newcomer Timothy Dalton plays James Bond with more seriousness than preceding installments, and the result is exciting and colorful but occasionally humorless. Bond aids the defection of KGB officer General Georgi Koskov, by wounding a female KGB sniper. During his debriefing, Koskov alleges KGB's old policy of Smiert Spionam, meaning Death to Spies, has been revived by General Leonid Pushkin, the new head of the KGB
14 Quantum of Solace (2008)
Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it's still a bit of a disappointment. Along with M, Bond interrogates Mr. White regarding his organization, Quantum. M's bodyguard, Mitchell, a double agent, attacks M, enabling White to escape. Bond traces the organization to Haiti and a connection to environmentalist Dominic Greene.
13 Spectre (2015)
Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on the established 007 formula. In the aftermath of Raoul Silva's attack on MI6, a cryptic message from the deceased M sets in motion events that will see James Bond come face-to-face with the sinister organization known as SPECTRE.
12 You Only Live Twice (1967)
With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick. 007 is sent to Japan to investigate the spacecraft theft and astronaut kidnapping in orbit of American Project Gemini spacecraft Jupiter 16 by an unidentified spacecraft.
11 For Your Eyes Only (1981)
For Your Eyes Only trades in some of the outlandish Bond staples for a more sober outing, and the result is a satisfying adventure, albeit without some of the bombastic thrills fans may be looking for. After a British spy boat sinks, a marine archaeologist, Sir Timothy Havelock, is tasked to retrieve its Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC) communication system before the Russians do.
10 License To Kill (1989)
License to Kill is darker than many of the other Bond entries, with Timothy Dalton playing the character with intensity, but it still has some solid chases and fight scenes. Bond aids Felix Leiter in the capture of drug lord Franz Sanchez; Sanchez escapes and maims Leiter, killing his wife. Bond swears revenge, but is ordered to return to duty by M.
9 GoldenEye (1995)
The first and best Pierce Brosnan Bond film, GoldenEye brings the series into a more modern context, and the result is a 007 entry that's high-tech and action-packed. In 1986, Bond and Alec Trevelyan infiltrate an illicit Soviet chemical weapons facility and plant explosive charges. Trevelyan is shot, but Bond escapes from the facility as it explodes.
8 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Though it hints at the absurdity to come in later installments, The Spy Who Loved Me's sleek style, menacing villains, and sly wit make it the best of the Roger Moore era. Bond is tasked with investigating the disappearance of British and Soviet ballistic missile submarines and the subsequent offer to sell a submarine tracking system.
7 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
George Lazenby's only appearance as 007 is a fine entry in the series, featuring one of the most intriguing Bond girls in Tracy di Vincenzo, breathtaking visuals, and some great ski chases. While searching for Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE, Bond receives information from Marc-Ange Draco, the head of the European crime syndicate Unione Corse, about Blofeld's Swiss solicitor.
6 Thunderball (1965)
Lavishly rendered set pieces and Sean Connery's enduring charm make Thunderball a big, fun adventure, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the series' previous heights. Bond investigates the hijacking of an Avro Vulcan loaded with two atomic bombs, which had been taken by SPECTRE. The organization demands a ransom for the return of the bombs. Bond follows a lead to the Bahamas, where he meets up with his CIA counterpart and friend Felix Leiter.
5 From Russia With Love (1964)
The second James Bond film, From Russia with Love is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes. SPECTRE's expert planner Kronsteen, known as "Number Twelve", upon order of the organization's Number One, devises a plot to steal a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets and sell it back to them while exacting revenge on Bond for killing their agent.
4 Dr. No (1962)
Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style. Strangways, the British Intelligence (SIS) Station Chief in Jamaica, is killed. In response, British agent James Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the circumstances.
3 Goldfinger (1964)
Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark. Bond is ordered to observe bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger and investigate his gold smuggling operation, leading him to Switzerland.
2 Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007. A reboot of the series, with Bond winning his 00 status in the pre-credits sequence. Bond is instructed to investigate the funding of terrorism.
1 Skyfall (2012)
Director Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date. After an operation in Istanbul ends in disaster, Bond is missing and presumed to be dead. In the aftermath, questions are raised over M's ability to run the Secret Service, and she becomes the subject of a government review over her handling of the situation.