Folks, it has returned! This thread is to be used a full list of your rankings in details please!
Here's my initial ranking circa 1995 (I just plugged the later flicks in this list until I reviewed it)
<font color=blue>1995 ish ranking </font>
01- Goldfinger (Connery, 1964)
02- Thunderball (Connery, 1965)
03- From Russia With Love (Connery, 1963)
04- The Living Daylights (Dalton, 1987)
05- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lazenby, 1969)
06- GoldenEye (Brosnan, 1995)
07- Octopussy (Moore, 1983)
08- The Man With The Golden Gun (Moore, 1974)
09- Moonraker (Moore, 1979)
10- A View To A Kill (Moore, 1985)
11- Licece To Kill (Dalton, 1989)
12- Doctor No (Connery, 1962)
13- Tomorrow Never Dies (Brosnan, 1997)
14- Live And Let Die (Moore, 1973)
15- For Your Eyes Only (Moore, 1981)
16- The World Is Not Enough (Brosnan, 1999)
17- You Only Live Twice (Connery, 1967)
18- Diamonds Are Forever (Connery, 1971)
19- The Spy Who Loved Me (Moore, 1977)
20- Die Another Day (Brosnan, 2002)
I then reviewed my ranking in 2004 with a few fellas from work, not having watched any Bond flicks since DAD or very few. DAD just killed my enjoyment for a while! I do remember having seen Goldfinger, The Living Daylights, and GoldenEye in 2003. I was not expecting things to change much, but they did!
Here was my rankings, official as of <font color=blue>August 2004</font>. I also added the "mark" and change with my last ranking:
01- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (Lazenby, 1969, 10, +4)
Fantastic movie. Perhaps getting the top spot due to the fact thet I'm currently re-reading the Fleming books at the same time and I really love the adaptation. Lazenby did well, Rigg was perfect for the role, and Savalas did a good job as Blofeld. Draco is the best ally since FRWL's Kerim Bey. I can't have enough of this movie. The soundtrack is the best in the series, the general feeling is that I love every minute! And the ending is just a shock. I wish that Lazenby had done DAF with revenge on his mind...
02- Thunderball (Connery, 1965, 10, 0)
Another movie I've always loved, Connery is my #1 Bond, and Thunderball is just a great experience. The whole underwater action is fantastic, Connery snatching a grape makes me laugh every time, Fiona Volpe is the best vilainess of the series, Largo makes a good villain, the storyline is smooth, overall, Perfect. The only reason OHMSS ranks higher is the emotion factor with Tracy's death, which takes a movie with minor flaws and sticks it higher.
03- Goldfinger (Connery, 1964, 10, -3)
I still consider it to be the best movie of the series, but this time falls to #3 as I watched it so many times, I actually remember how great it is, as opposed to TB & OHMSS which surprised me. Everything from the score, the intro sequence, Goldfinger, Oddjob, Pussy Galore, the storyline, the action... Everythig falls right in place.
04- The Living Daylights (Dalton, 1987, 9.5, 0)
Still in #4 spot, but I enjoy it much more than I used to. I now like Dalton more as Bond, he remains my #2 BOnd, but is much closer to Sean as he once was. The only few flaws in this great movie is the actress playing Linda, she was pretty lame, and the fact that there's no threat from the villains in this movie. Koskov & Whitaker are not evil enough!
05- Licence To Kill (Dalton, 1989, 9, +6)
I don't remember why LTK was ranked so low in my list before, I still liked it, but now it gets a 9, passing FRWL! Dalton as Bond is great. I really enjoy the flow of the movie, that Bond isn't in control all the time, and that he needs luck to prevail. I also love Q's scenes, Sanchez is a great villain, and of course, Pam is the best Bond girl who ever worked for an agency!
06- From Russia With Love (Connery, 1963, 9, -3)
Slight jump down from FRWL, but not in quality. I still enjoy it as much as I used to, but a few movies passed it anyways. I love the classic Bonds, not relying on gadgets all the time, and action scenes. FRWL is a perfect example of what Fleming wanted on screen. Grant is a great henchmen, Lenya did a good job as Klebb, Kerim Bey is one of the best ally of the series, and the flow of the movie is just perfect.
07- Moonraker (Moore, 1979, 9, +2)
That's right! Moonraker as #7! I really enjoy Moonraker. I mean, the pre-space parts anyways. It's great! Bond is put in a difficult spot following Drax (a good performance by Longsdale), and has to find clues, follow them around the world, Venise, Brazil... Lois Chiles playe a good agent, not as good as Pam, but possibly the #2nd best "female agent" role in the series. Jaws is hilarious, and Moore plays Bond well. Which brings me to the space bit... Well I don't hate it as much as the average fan, but I certainly feel that 20 silly minutes which I still find entertaining are not enough to destroy the film. SUre it's silly, but most of it is still fun.
08- For Your Eyes Only (Moore, 1981, 8.5, +7)
Huge jump for FYEO! I used to find it stale, but now it's back to my top 10. A very solid 8.5 for it, as the action is great, a perfect change of pace after Moonraker. A combination of FYEO & Risico short stories, it tied things well in the movie. Columbo is an outstanding ally, possibly 3rd best in the series after Kerim Bey & Draco. Melina is a good role, played well by Carole Bouquet. A good performance also by Glover as Kristatos and good henchmens (Kriegler & Locque)
09- Octopussy (Moore, 1983, 8.25, -2)
Slight drop in my ranking for Octopussy, and in mark as well. I used to like it a tad more. Probably due to re-watchability. Not as great as other movies. But the storyline is very good. I like seeing another 00 agent, I think that Maud Adams was very good as OP, Jourdan as Khan, and I really liked the cast of henchmen (Gobinda, Mischka, and Grischska). Vijay is also a top 5 ally, and Magda did a good job as secondary girl. Overall, a very good performance by Moore and a very good movie.
10- GoldenEye (Brosnan, 1995, 8.25, -4)
GE closes the top 10 with a considerable drop from ranking and mark. I used to give it a 9, now 8.25. There's tons of pros: Sean Bean as 006, seeing another 00 in action, Natalya, Boris, Xenya, the car chase, the tank chase, the general storyline, the Turner song... But one thing drags... This movie was for Dalton and it shows. I consider it a very good try by Brosnan, but he just isn't as good as Dalton to play that type of Bond. Clearly not his best performance. Sadly Brosnan will only get worst scripts for his other movies. GoldenEye with a Dalton would probably be top 3, certainly top 5 material.
11- The Man With The Golden Gun (Moore, 1974, 8, -3)
Drop of 3 in ranking, but I like it as much as I ever have. It's a solid movie, nothing special. I like Scaramanga, Nic Nac, Moore's performance, the whole concept of "golden gun", and the locations. The bad points are the title song, Goodnight's derriere pushing the button... I think that this movie would have been better without Goodnight, butt ( ) would still be around an 8. Average flow, good villain, average action...
12- A View To A Kill (Moore, 1985, 7.75, -2)
Slight drop in ranking, but just like TMWTGG, I don't like it less. It's just how much I like other movies more... Walken was good as Zorin, and the story was good, but May Day is kinda scary, and Moore's age was a problem. I'll give it to him though, he gave a heck of a performance. Stacy doesn't bother that much though, she is dumb, but her role isn't of an NSA agent...
13- Doctor No (Connery, 1962, 7.5, -1)
Same drill for DN. Good performance by Connery, Andress, and WIseman, but there's a bit missing from the movie. It's clearly a low budget movie, but still very much enjoyable. Just not as much as others! Goot way to start though.
14- Live And Let Die (Moore, 1973, 7.25, 0)
No change for LALD. It's the perfect example of an average Bond. Some good points, some bad points. The good would be the performance of Yaphet Kotto as Big/Kananga, the cast of henchmen (Whisper, Tee-Hee, Adam), Solitaire, and the storyline. The bad would be Rosie Carver, JW Pepper, the Kananga explosion, the chase is too long...
15- You Only Live Twice (Connery, 1967, 7.25, +2)
YOLT just could not deliver. TB was such a great movie... YOLT had the sets, Blofeld, the cat, but everything else falls short. The storyline, the story development, the girls, the stunts... Japan? why Japan?
16- Tomorrow Never Dies (Brosnan, 1997, 6.5, -3)
What can I say? Brosnan only gets bad scripts... It's not terrible, but the action doesn't make up for the lack of story. I like Wai Lin, I like Carver, I like Paris. Why don't I like this movie better? Not too sure. The henchmen was a real bore, the fighting as well. The opener fits the movie: action packed but not that fun to watch... It just should have been much better.
17- The World Is Not Enough (Brosnan, 1999, 6.5, -1)
Denise Richards. That's it. She's is why the movie fails to be higher on my list. She is pathetic. A pathetic actress doing a pathetic job at being a nuclear physicist. Marceau as Elektra worked. I just want to kill the f'n *****. Valentin's back. Works well. I liked Renard's performance. I liked the storyline. The "switch". Richards's incompetence costs it dearly.
18- Diamonds Are Forever (Connery, 1971, 5, 0)
Ouch! Might be funny, Connery's back, Wint & Kidd are funny as well, but this movie is a joke. American Bond... Storyline is bad, action is bad, sets are bad, acting is bad, Connery is bored, and no revenge for Tracy's death. I really wanted one.
19- The Spy Who Loved Me (Moore, 1977, 3, 0)
I really can't see why people like that movie. I dislike it so much. Bach's acting is as terrible as Berry's. Her performance is pathetic, and just like Berry, she plays a secret agent who's on Bond's level? What a joke. Every time she's on screen I roll my eyes. My cat would do a better job than her... And what's wrong with Stromberg? He's the ultimate boring villain. No energy, no purpose. He likes water, boo-hoo... We've seen everything in YOLT. Why remake this movie with tankers? The pros, and there's very little of them, like the Lotus car, Jaws, and the ski opening sequence don't make up for this sad flick.
20- Die Another Day (Brosnan, 2002, 2, 0)
Sad Sad movie. At one point, I thought it would be higher than TSWLM, well, 30 minutes in the movie, and then Jinx arrived... THe pros, I've listed them before: The opening sequence, Cleese as Q, the pre-cuba sequences. That's it. The cons: 1h30 of pure crap. They are laughing at us. We're paying for this BS? Zao sucks, Gustav Graves is an itiot, a pathetic villain, worst of the series, the robocop suit, the invisible car, the cgi bullet, the cgi para-surfing, the Madonna song, the Madonna cameo, the **** special slow motion effect, the movie is too long, Brosnan looks old, the acting is sub par, the lame jokes are neverending, the worst 1 liners in the series. Madonna. Madonna for christ sakes has a god damn 1 liner! I don't like cock fights How's that for a punch line Yo Mama Movies like this make me wish the Bond series would end.
--) Casino Royale (Nelson, 1954, 4.5)
Sure, it's made for TV, and Bond is American, but it's "serious". Not that great, but beats 2 movies...
--) Never Say Never Again (Connery, 1983, 4)
Terrible movie. How could they screw it up so bad? Thunderball is a great movie, and they made amockery from it. Still better than DAD The script is bad, but the acting is ok. Plus it's great to see Connery back...
--) Casino Royale (Niven, 1967, 2.5)
Yep, it beats DAD. It's terrible, but I can actually laugh at it than cry...