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Best Bond Movies

Scene Staff Report | Friday, November 9, 2012

1. “Goldfinger”
Widely considered by many fans to be the quintessential Bond film, “Goldfinger” follows the formula for an epic 007 movie. Megalomaniac villain? Check. Girl with a double-entendre? Check. Aston Martin? Check. Throw in the first appearance of Q and you’ve got one of the best Bond films – ever.

2. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
George Lazenby may have only played James Bond once, but boy did he make it count. Critics contend if Sean Connery starred in this flick it would be the best by a landslide. Set against the Swiss Alps, this action-packed thriller is about as good as it gets. Plus, the film packs the biggest emotional bang at the end of any Bond movie – but we won’t spoil it for you.

3. “Thunderball”
The fourth Bond entry into the series is the first when James Bond isn’t just a British spy but a larger-than-life action star; and this film set the tone for the rest of the series. No longer was Bond just combating Cold War Communist baddies, but the evil organization SPECTRE. Throw in the underwater climax, and you’ve got a winner.

4. “Casino Royale”
Daniel Craig’s first foray into the world of 007 is one of the series’ best. A franchise reboot, the film does not feature mainstays Q or Moneypenny, but nonetheless Craig brings a fresh, thrilling take on the character. Plus, Judi Dench as M and Eva Green as Vesper Lynd give inspired performances.

5. “The Spy Who Loved Me”
Easily the best of Roger Moore’s seven tries as James Bond, “The Spy Who Loved Me” features one of the best Bond girls ever, Anya Amasova, and a climax on a submersible villainous lair. Plus, Bond’s ski jump, complete with a Union Jack parachute, is one of the signature moments of the series.