Top Five James Bond Films
experiment I asked several contributors to this site to list their top
five James Bond films in order. The film in first place takes five
points and so on with one point for the fifth film. Once the lists were
in the points were tallied and the top five James Bond films were
(1) On Her
Majesty's Secret Service (20 points)
First place in all but one of the lists. Still not as widely
appreciated as it should be but has cult status with Bond fans
who recognise it as a stylish, unique and human entry unlike
other in the series. As close to perfect as a James
film will ever get, OHMSS serves up a story that engages us
characters we care about with amazing
(2) Goldfinger (19 points)
In second place just a point behind, Goldfinger remains a
hugely popular and enjoyable film with classic characters
and situations. This film more than any other
distinct formula and set of rules for the series: A villain
grand scheme, henchman, gadgets, huge set-piece ending,
grand production design. The execution of this
Goldfinger changed the face of cinema.
(3) From Russia With Love (14
Another enduringly popular early entry in the series.
The atmospheric and stylish FRWL established Connery as the
definitive James Bond and gave him his greatest ever
Robert Shaw's Red Grant. A real sense of intrigue lifts this
the top echelon of James Bond films.
(4) The Spy Who
Loved Me (7 points)
1977's epic The Spy Who Loved earned enough points for fourth
place on our list. Atlantis, Jaws, the pyramids, Roger
Lotus. It might be a tad fantastical for some tastes but most
us seemed to agree that The Spy Who Loved Me rivals any James
film for pure unadulterated fun and spectacle.
(5) Thunderball (5
The first epic Bond closed out the top five. Thunderball is not
the most widely loved film in the series and some consider
it overlong and a bit dull now. Not so
Sean Connery's performance, John Barry's score and Terence
Young's assured direction earnt enough votes for fifth place
our James Bond list.