Rank the Bond movies titles

WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
in Bond Movies Posts: 3,157
Rank the titles, not the movies themselves.
My list:

1. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
2. The World is Not Enough
3. From Russia with Love
4. Quantum of Solace
5. The Living Daylights
6. GoldenEye
7. Skyfall
8. The Spy Who Loved Me
9. Live And Let Die
10. Casino Royale
11. For Your Eyes Only
12. Goldfinger
13. The Man with the Golden Gun
14. You Only Live Twice
15. Never Say Never Again
16. A View to A Kill
17. Thunderball
18. Tomorrow Never Dies
19. Moonraker
20. Diamonds Are Forever
21. Die Another Day
22. Octopussy
23. Doctor No
24. Licence to Kill

(huge gap)

25. SPECTRE
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  • LicencedToKilt69007LicencedToKilt69007 Belgium, Wallonia
    Posts: 523
    1. The Spy Who Loved Me
    2. You Only Live Twice
    3. From Russia With Love
    4. For Your Eyes Only
    5. Live And Let Die
    6. OHMSS
    7. The Living Daylights
    8. Goldfinger
    9. GoldenEye
    10. Skyfall
    11. Diamonds Are Forever
    12. Octopussy
    13. The Man With The Golden Gun
    14. A View To A Kill
    15. Licence To Kill
    16. Tomorrow Never Dies
    17. Die Another Day
    18. The World Is Not Enough
    19. Casino Royale
    20. Thunderball
    21. Doctor No
    22. Moonraker
    23. Spectre
    24. Never Say Never Again
    25. Quantum Of Solace
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    edited October 4 Posts: 30,996
    I don't mean to screw up your game @Walecs , you can invalidate mine in any final tally, but I will rank the non-Fleming titles only. Fleming's titles have been with me for almost my entire life. I'm too attached and they all seem perfect to me, choosing would be folly.

    Having said that:

    1. SPECTRE - I couldn't have asked for more, superb.
    2. LICENCE TO KILL - Sounds cool, has pedigree.
    3. GOLDENEYE - A fine title, sounds traditional (though it isn't), steeped in Fleming lore.
    4. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH - Somewhat corny as a title, but works great in the book OMSSS, again, it has strong roots.
    5. TOMORROW NEVER DIES - So so. I would have preferred the original idea: TOMORROW NEVER LIES. TND sounds like an idea out of the BOND 24 Title thread, like a teenager's video game.
    6. SKYFALL - See last sentence of #5 above.
    7. DIE ANOTHER DAY - Juvenile. LALD worked. Every death reference after seems like overkill.
    INCALCULABLY BAD. NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN - The absolute Nadir of Bond titles.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    Posts: 30,996
    I wish that this thread would catch on. It's actually a pretty fun exercise and one that I had never thought of before.
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    On top of my head I think the best titles had: OHMSS,LTK,SF, TWINE but only if you know the backstory of the motto, AVTAK.

    I definitelly don't hate SPECTRE, it's simple and effective. It's not best name of all time but..meh it does the job..
  • Non Fleming titles:
    1) Goldeneye
    2) Skyfall
    3) Spectre
    4) the World is Not Enough
    5) Licence to Kill
    6) Tomorrow Never Dies
    7) Die Another Day
  • Posts: 10,524
    Might not be exact but here's what I'm thinking now (by the way I like almost all of them):

    1) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (this title is simply my favorite; I can't even really explain it, but it's the best for me)
    2) Skyfall (absolutely love it, especially as an original, non-Fleming title)
    3) GoldenEye (didn't really expect it to be this high, and it might not be on any given day, but I think it works extremely well)
    4) Goldfinger (one of the first words I think of when I think about Connery's Bond - which is a very good thing)
    5) Licence to Kill (quite simple, but I just love it)
    6) Live and Let Die (very Bond-ish again; great title)
    7) You Only Live Twice (very Bond-ish title)
    8) Thunderball (always liked the way this one sounds; really brings out the color blue to my imagination for some reason, which is great since it's set underwater a lot of the time)
    9) The Spy Who Loved Me (unique in that it includes the word "Me"; I can't imagine the film with a different title)
    10) From Russia with Love (classic)
    11) Casino Royale (again simple, but very fitting)
    12) Dr. No (very simple, but effective and memorable too)
    13) The World is Not Enough (kind of cheesy, but still fun)
    14) Quantum of Solace (like the word "solace"; unique title for sure)
    15) Spectre (haven't totally decided yet, but I just love that spelling...)
    16) For Your Eyes Only (again fairly indifferent)
    17) The Living Daylights (indifferent)
    18) A View to a Kill (solid)
    19) The Man with the Golden Gun (pretty standard title; nothing special)
    20) Diamonds Are Forever (okay I suppose)
    21) Moonraker (not too shabby, but the moon part immediately reminds me of space - the biggest aspect of the film I did not like...)
    22) Tomorrow Never Dies (meh)
    23) Die Another Day (cheesy and generic)
    24) Octopussy (easy pick for my least favorite; just flat-out silly)

  • KerimKerim Istanbul Not Constantinople
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    1. OHMSS
    2. FRWL
    3. GE
    4. TB
    5. SPEC
    6. LTK
    7. AVTAK
    8. LALD
    9. YOLT
    10. MR
    11. DAF
    12. TLD
    13. GF
    14. CR
    15. FYEO
    16. TND
    17. SF
    18. DN
    19. TSWLM
    20. TMWTGG
    21. TWINE
    22. QOS
    23. DAD
    24. OP
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Enemy of the state
    Posts: 41,558
    Very hard to rank them, but an observation: Every other Craig film title so far depicts a location/building. (Casino Royale/Skyfall). Every other other has the name of a sinister crime organization. (Quantum/Spectre). Is it time for 007 in New York next?
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
    Posts: 30,996
    Very hard to rank them, but an observation: Every other Craig film title so far depicts a location/building. (Casino Royale/Skyfall). Every other other has the name of a sinister crime organization. (Quantum/Spectre). Is it time for 007 in New York next?

    It's the one that I want to see the most. Good observation @Thunderfinger.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
    edited December 2014 Posts: 23,883
    From Russia With Love (outstanding)
    The Spy Who Loved Me (again, outstanding)
    For Your Eyes Only (spy like)
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service (spy like)
    Casino Royale (Bond like - and the significance of the first novel)
    Thunderball (has punch)
    The Man With The Golden Gun (almost dirty, but not)
    Spectre (could mean so many things - inspired)
    Goldfinger (again, a dirty element, if you choose to think that way)
    You Only Live Twice (I thought it was 'once'....or eternally, if you're Hindu)
    Diamonds Are Forever (for many women, true)
    Moonraker (great - because you inevitably ask, what is that?)
    Goldeneye (Bondian and has pedigree)
    Skyfall (sounds like Thunderball which I like)
    Live & Let Die (has some meaning)
    The Living Daylights (meh)
    Dr. No (strange)
    The World Is Not Enough (I recognize the heritage but can't divorce it from the movie, which was garbage to me)
    Tomorrow Never Dies (true, but it's boring)
    A View To A Kill (joke)
    License to Kill (boring - original License Revoked would have moved this up)
    Die Another Day (need I say more- what is this, a John Mclain movie?)
    Quantum of Solace (nonsense - unecessarily cryptic)
    Octopussy (too dirty IMO)
  • edited December 2014 Posts: 1,498
    I really don't think I can rank them, but I have favorites and ones I don't like at all...

    Great titles:

    From Russia With Love
    Live And Let Die
    Diamonds Are Forever
    The Living Daylights
    You Only Live Twice
    For Your Eyes Only


    Not so great:

    The Man With The Golden Gun (yawn..)
    Tomorrow Never Dies (really??)
    DAD (can't even be bothered to type this one out)
    Licence To Kill (bereft of originality)
  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    Posts: 4,372
    1. From Russia With Love
    2. You Only Live Twice
    3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    4. Diamonds Are Forever
    5. The World Is Not Enough
    6. Live and Let Die
    7. The Spy Who Loved Me
    8. Quantum of Solace
    9. The Living Daylights
    10. Skyfall
    11. Casino Royale
    12. For Your Eyes Only
    13. Thunderball
    14. Goldfinger
    15. Moonraker
    16. Spectre*
    17. The Man With The Golden Gun
    18. Dr. No.
    19. A View To A Kill
    20. GoldenEye
    21. Licence To Kill
    22. Tomorrow Never Dies
    23. Die Another Day


    Hmm, I think that's it.

    * I'm still letting that one sink in.
  • Posts: 2,341
    I won't rank them all too many in the middle. I can rank the top two-three and the bottom feeders. I will pick a few of my favorites and not so favorites:

    Casino Royale for its uniqueness those cardboard cuttouts were so cool and the colors.
    OHMSS Showing scenes (the girl and the villain plus some action scenes) was a great idea by the late great Maury Binder.
    Thunderball I always had a soft spot for this one.

    Worst:
    DAD the images and that godawful Madonna song.
    Goldfinger and FRWL these titles were just boring and amateurish. Great films but thre titles were not very good.
  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
    Posts: 5,079
    OHMSS69 wrote: »
    I won't rank them all too many in the middle. I can rank the top two-three and the bottom feeders. I will pick a few of my favorites and not so favorites:

    Casino Royale for its uniqueness those cardboard cuttouts were so cool and the colors.
    OHMSS Showing scenes (the girl and the villain plus some action scenes) was a great idea by the late great Maury Binder.
    Thunderball I always had a soft spot for this one.

    Worst:
    DAD the images and that godawful Madonna song.
    Goldfinger and FRWL these titles were just boring and amateurish. Great films but thre titles were not very good.

    alas, we are literally ranking the "titles". How they sound, what they evoke etc....

  • This would make a pretty fun elimination game, if it hasn't been proposed yet.

    1. From Russia With Love
    2. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    3. The Spy Who Loved Me
    4. You Only Live Twice
    5. The Man with the Golden Gun
    6. For Your Eyes Only
    7. Dr. No
    8. Diamonds are Forever
    9. Casino Royale
    10. Goldfinger
    11. Live and Let Die
    12. GoldenEye
    13. The Living Daylights
    14. The World is Not Enough
    15. Thunderball
    16. Skyfall
    17. License to Kill
    18. A View to a Kill
    19. Moonraker
    20. Die Another Day
    21. Octopussy
    22. Tomorrow Never Dies
    23. Quantum of Solace

    Can't rank SPECTRE just yet, although I imagine it will be towards the lower end.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Enemy of the state
    Posts: 41,558
    I guess how much you like/dislike a title can be tainted by your like/dislike for the film it is connected to. A bit like names of girls you find pretty and what have you.
  • edited December 2014 Posts: 4,619
    1. Dr. No
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Spectre
    4. From Russia With Love
    5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    6. GoldenEye
    7. Skyfall
    8. Goldfinger
    9. Live and Let Die
    10. The Spy Who Loved Me
    11. You Only Live Twice
    12. For Your Eyes Only
    13. Thunderball
    14. The World is Not Enough
    15. License to Kill
    16. Moonraker
    17. The Living Daylights
    18. The Man with the Golden Gun
    19. Octopussy
    20. A View to a Kill
    21. Diamonds are Forever
    22. Quantum of Solace
    23. Die Another Day
    24. Tomorrow Never Dies

    DR. NO is such a badass title, it's short and simple. I find it incredible that a title containing only 4 letters can be so evocative and I doubt any Bond title will ever surpass it.
  • MooseWithFleasMooseWithFleas Philadelphia
    edited December 2014 Posts: 3,178
    This is a tough exercise. Here's my list though it could drastically change on the daily as I like all the titles.

    The Spy Who Loved Me
    From Russia With Love
    Live And Let Die
    Thunderball
    Moonraker
    The Man With The Golden Gun
    For Your Eyes Only
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    SPECTRE
    The World is Not Enough
    You Only Live Twice
    Licence to Kill
    Goldfinger
    Diamonds Are Forever
    Casino Royale
    Dr. No
    Goldeneye
    Skyfall
    The Living Daylights
    Quantum of Solace
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    Octopussy
    A View to a Kill
    Never Say Never Again
    Die Another Day
  • edited December 2014 Posts: 1,585
    Couldn't really rank the whole list. Since this sprouted up due to the most recent title reveal:

    Spectre at the bottom along with Die Another Day, Never Say Never Again, and Licence to Kill I suppose.

    The rest I like.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Enemy of the state
    Posts: 41,558
    Couldn't really rank the whole list. Since this sprouted up due to the most recent title reveal:

    Spectre at the bottom along with Die Another Day, Never Say Never Again, and Licence to Kill I suppose.

    The rest I like.

    Yes, I thought I saw a spectre at your bottom.
  • StirredNotShakenStirredNotShaken Searching for No Time to Die in the "Favourite Bond Film" section...
    Posts: 2,066
    24: Octopussy

    Nothing should be called this. Ever. There should not be a thing that exists with this name.

    23: Quantum of Solace
    22: Die Another Day
    21: A View to a Kill
    20: Thunderball
    19: Tomorrow Never Dies
    18: Diamonds Are Forever
    17: SPECTRE
    16: Moonraker
    15: From Russia With Love
    14: The Man with the Golden Gun
    13: For Your Eyes Only
    12: Goldfinger
    11: The World is Not Enough
    10: GoldenEye
    9: Dr. No
    8: You Only Live Twice
    7: Skyfall
    6: The Spy Who Loved Me
    5: Casino Royale
    4: Live and Let Die
    3: The Living Daylights
    2: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    1: Licence to Kill
  • DrunkIrishPoetDrunkIrishPoet On the coast of the Baltic Sea
    Posts: 130
    Good thread, Walecs, and your list is sound. Much as I loved the movie, "Skyfall" as a title it doesn't work for me, because WTF is a Skyfall? "Diamonds are Forever" was an advertising slogan, for crying out loud! "License to Kill" was lazy--what's next, "Shaken Not Stirred"?? "SPECTRE" is equally lazy but... SPECTRE! I hope the sequel is called "All the Time in the World." My vote for best title so far goes to "The World is not Enough."
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    Posts: 16,351
    Skyfall sucks. It means nothing.
    SPECTRE seems a bit self-serving from a franchise POV.
    All the rest I think are great.
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    Much as I loved the movie, "Skyfall" as a title it doesn't work for me, because WTF is a Skyfall?

    WTF is a Thunderball
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    I cant rank all the movies that is too hard but the ones I think are
    really good:

    first four Connery films
    The Spy Who Loved me,For Your Eyes only
    both Dalton films love them so much
    Goldeneye,The World is Not Enough
    Casino Royale, and Skyfall
  • My List
    1. Goldfinger
    2. OHMSS
    3. From Russia With Love
    4. Casino Royale (reboot)
    5. Thunderball
    6. The Living Daylights
    7. You Only Live Twice
    8. Live and Let Die
    9. Goldeneye
    10. Dr No
    11. Skyfall
    12.License to Kill
    13.The World is Not Enough
    14. Octopussy
    15. Tommorrow Never Dies
    16. The Man With the Golden Gun
    17. For Your Eyes Only
    18. The Spy Who Loved Me
    19. A View to a Kill
    20. Diamonds are Forever
    21. Quantum of Solace
    22. Moonraker
    23. Die Another Day
  • WalecsWalecs On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Posts: 3,157
    Good thread, Walecs, and your list is sound. Much as I loved the movie, "Skyfall" as a title it doesn't work for me, because WTF is a Skyfall? "Diamonds are Forever" was an advertising slogan, for crying out loud! "License to Kill" was lazy--what's next, "Shaken Not Stirred"?? "SPECTRE" is equally lazy but... SPECTRE! I hope the sequel is called "All the Time in the World." My vote for best title so far goes to "The World is not Enough."
    Thanks. I also hope "All The Time in the World" will be the title of Bond 25.
  • DrunkIrishPoetDrunkIrishPoet On the coast of the Baltic Sea
    Posts: 130
    Indeed, @FourDot, WTF is a thunderball?? LOL, but Tom Jones sells it, man, he totally sells it!
  • DrunkIrishPoetDrunkIrishPoet On the coast of the Baltic Sea
    Posts: 130
    Agree strongly with @Birdleson: "5. TOMORROW NEVER DIES - So so. I would have preferred the original idea: TOMORROW NEVER LIES. TND sounds like an idea out of the BOND 24 Title thread, like a teenager's video game." Tomorrow Never Lies is the proper, superior title.
  • MayDayDiVicenzoMayDayDiVicenzo Here and there
    Posts: 5,079
    Just to make aware that you are ranking the film titles, not the films themselves.
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