Rank Fan Ranks Films

I appreciate Deb’s lead in The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book that one has to decipher from among all the films the ones that are the best films, and the ones that are personal (if iconoclastic) favorites. I made both lists recently and felt a weight fall from my shoulders.

You can disagree with me as you please, but I humbly reserve the right to change both lists around tomorrow.

Best Films (Ranked as A, B and C quality in chronological order of stinking or smoldering screens):

A-list 007s:
From Russia With Love
Goldfinger
Diamonds Are Forever
For Your Eyes Only
Octopussy
The Living Daylights
License To Kill
GoldenEye
Casino Royale (2006)

B Listers:
Dr. No
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Live and Let Die
The Man With The Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
Moonraker
Never Say Never Again
A View To A Kill

C Bonds (Still Worth C-Ing, there’s NO bad Bond epic):
Thunderball (There, I said it)
Casino Royale (1967)
You Only Live Twice
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Die Another Day

Favorites, different from “best”, in order from tops to bottom–for at least the next day or so:
License To Kill
The Living Daylights
Casino Royale (2006)
Diamonds Are Forever
For Your Eyes Only
Octopussy
Goldfinger
From Russia With Love
A View To A Kill
GoldenEye
Never Say Never Again
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Live and Let Die
Moonraker
The Man With The Golden Gun
The Spy Who Loved Me
Dr. No
Tomorrow Never Dies
Die Another Day
The World Is Not Enough
Casino Royale (1967)
You Only Live Twice
Thunderball (There, I said it.)

I have some friends who starred in these movies, so nothing personal is herein implied. I loved them in the movie, just maybe not the movie as much as another Bond flick…

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