Rank the 5 Daniel Craig Bond films (no discussion, just list)

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  • 1. No Time to Die. I know we’re in the honeymoon phase, but the more I watch it, the more I like it. Usually the opposite happens to me with a new Bond film.

    2. Spectre. Never really understood the kicking this one got. Okay yeah, the Madeline romance is underdeveloped, Brofeld was a misstep, and his actually quite clever and timely scheme isn’t given the weight it deserved. But it’s still a beautifully crafted, effortlessly stylish and all round fun adventure, that finally figured out you can have a human, fleshed out Bond without gutting the series of its iconography. The only thing I really don’t like is Newman’s score.

    3. Skyfall. I agree with @NickTwentyTwo. As brilliant as it was at the time, I don’t think there’s all that much rewatch value. It’s more of a cinema sort of film, which I don’t think is a bad thing, because that first viewing was so good. Plus apart from the plot holes, you can’t really fault it as a film. It’s got the best cinematography of the series, the best villain of the Craig era, a gut punch of an ending, an insane amount of thematic consistency, and it’s brilliantly acted. But there’s just something a bit smug and pretentious about it imo, that makes it lose its rewatch value.

    4. Casino Royale. I just can’t love it, no matter how much I respect it. There’s tons of brilliant stuff going on, but I think it’s just too bloated. A lot of the Bahamas feels superfluous, and I prefer the ending of the book to the sinking house. If it had the sheer style of the Mendes movies and NTTD, then maybe its length would’ve worked. But I think Campbell’s direction is pretty workman like. Which works very well for a tight little thriller, but if I’m going to be sat down for a big, two and a half hour epic, then I want it to look epic.

    6. Quantum of Solace. My least favourite Bond film. Looks stylish, when you can actually tell what’s going on, but the way it hurtles you through multiple underdeveloped subplots in all those different locations (while making time for multiple pointless chase scenes, because omg they represent the elements guys it’s so deep) means I can’t even give it points for that style imo. Because the film is so incoherent that the glossy, art housey stuff just seems like them desperately trying to cover the cracks for me. Style over substance, and there actually could have been some substance if they’d just let the film bloody breathe (but the same director who bought you the stupid elements idea also wanted his film to be “like a bullet”). And I hated, hated how they dragged out the origin story. I’ve come round to the idea of Bond begins, now that I’ve seen the whole Craig era. It was cool having a complete story that covered his whole career. But we’d done the origins with CR. Bond James Bond, cue theme song, roll credits. Why they decided to drag it out with a direct sequel that tries to have its cake and eat it too (“I never left”, but also the gunbarrel is at the end to symbolise the end of him becoming Bond) is beyond me.

    I’ve read a few comments here that say there’s a GF esque standalone film missing between QoS and SF, which I get. We went straight from rookie Bond to old man Bond. But I don’t think there’s a film missing. They just made the wrong film. QoS didn’t need to exist. Bond didn’t really let go of Vesper until NTTD anyway, and he’d already found a coping mechanism with “the bitch is dead”. Craig’s second film should’ve been a stand alone mission. I know we ended the last film with him confronting Mr White, but why not just have Bond off on a mission investigating a lead he got from him? Why pick up exactly where we left off and drag out the Vesper story?
    jobo wrote: »
    I don't understand why people would label NTTD "unbondian"? In fact it follows the formula to a tee, and arguably more so than any of the other Craig films.

    I can sort of see why. All the ingredients of the formula are there, but they flipped the traditional structure on its head, and even the big finale has those two massive twists. I loved that about the film personally. There was enough old school Bond stuff to satisfy the fanboy in me, but they used those elements to create something that felt fresh and unconventional enough to be worthy of the five year wait for Craig’s return. But I think some people just wanted Bond on a mission with the traditional structure in place (I’d like that too next time, but for Craig’s last one it would’ve been very disappointing, imo).
  • donnydracodonnydraco America
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    1. Skyfall
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Quantum of Solace
    4. No Time to Die


    5. Spectre
  • Leon12Leon12 England
    Posts: 16
    1. No Time to Die
    2. Casino Royale
    3. Skyfall
    4. Quantum of Solace
    5. Spectre

    Have to say, I enjoyed every single one of them
  • Last_Rat_StandingLast_Rat_Standing Long Neck Ice Cold Beer Never Broke My Heart
    Posts: 4,152
    Casino Royale
    The First 2/3 of NTTD
    Skyfall
    Spectre
    QOS



    The final 1/3 of NTTD
  • Finally had my second view of NTTD!

    1. Skyfall (my favourite Bond Film)
    2. No Time to Die (need more time to settle, but I really love this one)
    3. Casino Royale (the fact that this is number 3 shows how much I love the other two)
    4. Spectre (flawed, but it’s my chill out and relax Bond Film)
    5. Quantum of Solace (a bit of a mess but I still enjoy it)

    Overall I think Daniel has had a great era and I love that we got some closure. It’s going to be a daunting task to take over from him.
  • edited November 2021 Posts: 5,863
    1. Casino Royale.
    2. Tie between Spectre and No Time to Die. The former has a bit more entertainment value, the latter is a better constructed film.
    3. Quantum of Solace
    4. Skyfall

    For me, the Craig era started great, then took a downturn, and then staged an admirable comeback.
  • 1. Casino Royale
    2. No Time to Die
    3. Skyfall
    4. Spectre
    5. Quantum of Solace
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
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    mattjoes wrote: »
    1. Casino Royale.
    2. Tie between Spectre and No Time to Die. The former has a bit more entertainment value, the latter is a better constructed film.
    3. Quantum of Solace
    4. Skyfall

    For me, the Craig era started great, then took a downturn, and then staged an admirable comeback.

    I’m in your camp on this one. The same top 3 anyway, maybe in a different order for me though. I’d also put QOS just behind those three and I’d definitely put SF last as well.
  • AceHoleAceHole Belgium, via Britain
    Posts: 1,726
    mattjoes wrote: »
    1. Casino Royale.
    2. Tie between Spectre and No Time to Die. The former has a bit more entertainment value, the latter is a better constructed film.
    3. Quantum of Solace
    4. Skyfall

    For me, the Craig era started great, then took a downturn, and then staged an admirable comeback.

    My sentiments exactly.
    I was ready to dismiss DC's era (not because of the man himself, just the creative direction, it's no secret that I'm not a fan of how Babs has handled her 'reign'...).
    Spectre was flawed, sure, but at least I had some fun watching it, some of the 007 buzz was back.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts: 7,322
    AceHole wrote: »
    mattjoes wrote: »
    1. Casino Royale.
    2. Tie between Spectre and No Time to Die. The former has a bit more entertainment value, the latter is a better constructed film.
    3. Quantum of Solace
    4. Skyfall

    For me, the Craig era started great, then took a downturn, and then staged an admirable comeback.

    My sentiments exactly.
    I was ready to dismiss DC's era (not because of the man himself, just the creative direction, it's no secret that I'm not a fan of how Babs has handled her 'reign'...).
    Spectre was flawed, sure, but at least I had some fun watching it, some of the 007 buzz was back.

    That ranking actually suits me quite well too, and I love the DC era; interesting.
  • RyanRyan Canada
    Posts: 682
    Leon12 wrote: »
    Have to say, I enjoyed every single one of them

    I quoted this in particular because it's a sentiment that I hadn't thought about initially but is absolutely true for me as well. With the exceptions of Lazenby and Dalton, all of the other long term Bond actors have at least a film or two that I just don't care for overall.

    That said, I find no Bond film to be completely unwatchable.
  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
    edited November 2021 Posts: 7,322
    Best Craig Films: Quality:

    CR
    SF
    NTTD
    QOS
    SP


    My Preferred Craig Films To Watch: Personal Preference:

    SP
    NTTD
    CR
    QOS
    SF
  • DraxCucumberSandwichDraxCucumberSandwich United Kingdom
    Posts: 200
    1 Skyfall
    2 Casino Royale
    3 No Time to Die
    4 Quantum of Solace
    5 Spectre
  • SeveSeve The island of Lemoy
    Posts: 357
    1. No Time To Die (apart from the ending)
    2. Casino Royale
    3. No Time To Die (with the ending)
    4. Skyfall
    5. SPECTRE
    6. Quantum of Solace
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    1. NO TIME TO DIE
    2. SKYFALL
    3. CASINO ROYALE
    4. SPECTRE
    5. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
    Posts: 13,075
    CR - the benchmark
    QOS/SF/NTTD - rough tie; all great
    SP - like it a lot, but dead last out of all 26
  • Skyfall
    Casino Royale
    No Time to Die
    Quantum of Solace
    Spectre
  • CR
    QoS
    SF
    NTTD
    SP
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    Posts: 3,887
    CR
    NTTD
    SF
    QoS
    SP
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    NTTD
    SP
    SF
    CR
    QOS

    The first four listed are also my favorite Bond films, in order. Love QOS still, warts and all. One of my favorites.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
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    Each of the five have been someone’s favorite and each of the five have been someone’s least favorite. We also have a member whose bottom four are Craig films, and a member whose top four are Craig films.
  • GBFGBF
    Posts: 3,166
    1. Skyfall
    2. Casino Royal
    ....

    Big gap

    ....

    3. No Time to die
    4. Spectre
    5. Quantum of Solace
  • Posts: 1,627
    1. Casino Royale
    2. Quantum of Solace
    3. Skyfall
    4. No Time to Die
    5. Spectre
  • SeveSeve The island of Lemoy
    Posts: 357
    1. No Time to Die....

    2. Spectre....

    3. Skyfall...

    4. Casino Royale...

    6. Quantum of Solace...

    What happened to 5

    Or are you saying the unmade GF is 5?
    I’ve read a few comments here that say there’s a GF esque standalone film missing between QoS and SF, which I get.

  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
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    Frustrating, not being able to delete posts anymore.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    Posts: 17,289
    1. Casino Royale
    2. Quantum Of Solace
    3. SPECTRE
    4. Skyfall
    5. No! Time To Die
  • SeveSeve The island of Lemoy
    Posts: 357
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Frustrating, not being able to delete posts anymore.

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  • BirdlesonBirdleson Moderator
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    Even more frustrating than that.
  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
    edited December 2021 Posts: 3,887
    1. CR
    2. NTTD
    3. SF
    4. QoS
    5. SP

    Oops, I realized that I posted my ranking two weeks ago.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Moderator
    Posts: 13,105
    1. SF
    2. CR
    3. SP
    4. NTTD
    5. QOS
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