Bond movie ranking (Simple list, no details)

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  • edited June 2021 Posts: 925
    That's an excellent top bottom-four @ProfJoeButcher !
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
    edited June 2021 Posts: 1,543
    :)) Well, I'm proud to not have a top ten featuring the early Connerys, OHMSS, TSWLM, and the Campbell movies. Those lists seem not to reflect individual taste.

    That said, I'm embarrassed in a sense by my bottom four. I don't like being a "here's a hot take" guy!
  • Junglist_1985Junglist_1985 Los Angeles
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    *sprays coffee everywhere*

    Just kidding ;)
    Bold list. You do you!
  • LeonardPineLeonardPine The Bar on the Beach
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    :)) Well, I'm proud to not have a top ten featuring the early Connerys, OHMSS, TSWLM, and the Campbell movies. Those lists always make me wonder about someone's capacity for individual taste or thought.

    That said, I'm embarrassed in a sense by my bottom four. I don't like being a "here's a hot take" guy!

    Just because someone picks the early Connery's in their top ten doesn't mean they don't have the 'capacity for individual thought' it means those films are held in high regard by a lot of Bond fans, myself included.

    Personally the first 3 Connery's are perfection and closest to Fleming. So I'm proud of my list too 👍
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
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    :)) Well, I'm proud to not have a top ten featuring the early Connerys, OHMSS, TSWLM, and the Campbell movies. Those lists always make me wonder about someone's capacity for individual taste or thought.

    That said, I'm embarrassed in a sense by my bottom four. I don't like being a "here's a hot take" guy!

    Just because someone picks the early Connery's in their top ten doesn't mean they don't have the 'capacity for individual thought' it means those films are held in high regard by a lot of Bond fans, myself included.

    Personally the first 3 Connery's are perfection and closest to Fleming. So I'm proud of my list too 👍

    Oh, of course, everyone should like what they like. But when someone has those same 8 or 9 movies in their top ten, it does sound a bit like "My three favorite movies are Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and The Shawshank Redemption." Or "My three favorite bands are The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Radiohead."
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
    edited June 2021 Posts: 1,543
    Birdleson wrote: »
    Please don't start telling other people why they pick what they pick, and being snobbish and rude about why. It's silly, obnoxious, off and never leads to good feeling. I have actually ejected people who do so repeatedly.


    I find SHAWSHANK to be a puff piece. However THE GODFATHER and CITIZEN KANE are among my Top Three films of all time. There is a reason they have held the status they have held for so long. My favorites aren't decided upon what is a more shiny and fresh list for someone else to look at. It's how I feel. I assume all others choose for the same reason. I don't assume we're all devoid of original thought.

    Fair enough--I edited out "thought". I was honestly intending to compare my views of those lists with what people must think of my hipster-naysayer-looking list, and how that slightly embarrasses me! I wouldn't cast aspersions on any one person's reasons for liking something.

    Consensus lists tend to lean heavily into universality. There was a large survey years ago to find the "funniest joke in the world", and while the result wasn't that funny, it definitely appealed the largest number of people. Or, like any normal person, I love The Godfather, and it obviously belongs somewhere near the top of a consensus "best ever" list, but I'd be surprised to find my favorite movie, Paul Anderson's The Master, very close to the top, simply by virtue of it being too spiky a thing. It doesn't have that universality. (Also, the more recent the movie, the more saturated the media environment was at the time of release, so the less likely it is to greatly influence a future generation of film critics/historians)

    So I just mean that I find it peculiar to see an individual's list that aligns perfectly with the consensus list, with no spikiness. But obviously it's at least as peculiar if someone (me) claims to love James Bond, but isn't all that into the most universally loved Bond movies.
  • edited June 2021 Posts: 5
    New here and this is my list. Going to convince my best friend to register when he visits this weekend since he’s a big Bond fan also!

    1. GoldenEye
    2. Skyfall
    3. Casino Royale
    4. Tomorrow Never Dies
    5. Goldfinger
    6. The Living Daylights
    7. The Spy Who Loved Me
    8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
    9. From Russia with Love
    10. The World Is Not Enough
    11. You Only Live Twice
    12. Spectre
    13. Octopussy
    14. Quantum of Solace
    15. Live and Let Die
    16. Dr. No
    17. The Man with the Golden Gun
    18. For Your Eyes Only
    19. Thunderball
    20. Moonraker
    21. A View to a Kill
    22. Licence to Kill
    23. Diamonds Are Forever
    24. Die Another Day
  • Junglist_1985Junglist_1985 Los Angeles
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    New here and this is my list. Going to convince my best friend to register when he visits this weekend since he’s a big Bond fan also!

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

    Glad to see I’m not the only one putting TLD and LTK very far apart. I feel like many people lump the Dalton films into a similar category, but I find the two vastly different.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    New here and this is my list. Going to convince my best friend to register when he visits this weekend since he’s a big Bond fan also!

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

    Glad to see I’m not the only one putting TLD and LTK very far apart. I feel like many people lump the Dalton films into a similar category, but I find the two vastly different.

    I used to lump them together, with TLD one spot ahead of LTK. Now I have LTK several spots above.
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    I've been able to watch about a dozen films so far this year, so I thought it's time for an update. I take no pleasure in how deliberately provocative they tend to look--it's just how things are!

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

    Biggest changes for me would be that CR has completed its long journey to the bottom spot (though I don't hate my lowest-ranked movie the way many hate theirs). The later Brosnan movies have jumped quite a bit, particularly TWINE, my previous number 24.

    And my viewing of DAF was so wonderful yesterday that it's cracked the top ten and replaced Dr No as my favorite Connery film.

    Generally when you look at someone's list you can get the gist of what type of Bond film someone likes. Your list looks like it was put in a blender! Love it!
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
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    w2bond wrote: »
    I've been able to watch about a dozen films so far this year, so I thought it's time for an update. I take no pleasure in how deliberately provocative they tend to look--it's just how things are!

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

    Biggest changes for me would be that CR has completed its long journey to the bottom spot (though I don't hate my lowest-ranked movie the way many hate theirs). The later Brosnan movies have jumped quite a bit, particularly TWINE, my previous number 24.

    And my viewing of DAF was so wonderful yesterday that it's cracked the top ten and replaced Dr No as my favorite Connery film.

    Generally when you look at someone's list you can get the gist of what type of Bond film someone likes. Your list looks like it was put in a blender! Love it!

    :)) There's sort of a method to the madness!

    I love:
    1. The "benign bizarre" (SP, OP, LALD, TMWTGG, DAF, AVTAK, DN)
    2. Focused plots that develop organically (TLD, LTK, FYEO, OHMSS)
    3. When the movie can manage its tone well (the 80s were great at this)

    At the other end, I don't really love:
    1. When the plot doesn't make sense (Why would Blofeld steal rockets from both sides, why wouldn't Le Chiffre get the money from the cooperative Ms Lynd?)
    2. Extreme contrivance and unfocused plot development (Pussy resolves the plot offscreen, TSWLM wastes screentime on a long scavenger hunt)
    3. Tonal messes (TND, TWINE)

    Obviously the criteria one uses and the how one applies them is quite subjective, but I think this is where I'm coming from.
  • Heres my ranking subject to change with each passing day.

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

    Think I'll rerank them when "No Time To Die" drops.
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
    edited June 2021 Posts: 1,543
    Heres my ranking subject to change with each passing day.

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

    Think I'll rerank them when "No Time To Die" drops.

    Love it! Very individual list! And I like to see Octopussy and Spectre riding high...
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    Glad to see Octopussy up top. And this may very well be the first time I've seen Goldfinger at the bottom
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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    I like seeing DAD that high. It's a fun film.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    Anyone with OHMSS in the top five, can t be all bad.
  • w2bond wrote: »
    Glad to see Octopussy up top. And this may very well be the first time I've seen Goldfinger at the bottom

    Goldfinger sits at the bottom for me because I feel like maybe I've just seen it to many times & I need to wait like 10 years to watch it again. Its absolutely brilliant and I'm sure as most will agree even the very bottom of this list doesnt mean the film is really that bad, it's a bond film. And we will take all of these movies over many other movies.
  • Anyone with OHMSS in the top five, can t be all bad.

    OHMSS has to be watched every christmas for me now, without fail. I personally think & feel its film making at its finest with peter hunt taking the directors chair. I love how kinetic it feels, the cinematography is amazing. Among other things I could list put would probably be about 4 pages long.
  • QBranch wrote: »
    I like seeing DAD that high. It's a fun film.

    First one I saw in the cinema, probably why it holds a special place. I will admit it is far from perfect. But that's what I love about the bond fandom and the variety of bond films. If your in the mood for a bonkers movie you can stick on "Die Another Day" among others, or if your feeling more serious maybe "From Russia with Love". I do wonder if "No time to die" is going to seamlessly execute a world in between this. Perhaps, I hope.
  • edited June 2021 Posts: 69
    Heres my ranking subject to change with each passing day.

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

    Think I'll rerank them when "No Time To Die" drops.

    Love it! Very individual list! And I like to see Octopussy and Spectre riding high...

    I think I could watch "Octopussy" any day of the week tbh. Roger Moore never fails to make me smile & the action is top notch.

    I have certainly warmed to SPECTRE in recent times. I think I went alittle hard on it to begin with, of course not without its flaws. For me the color grading in the cinematography gets abit of a hard wrap, I do wonder if hoyte van hoytema was pushed to make something in similar Vain to "skyfall" because of the success of "skyfall".
    Also Thomas Newman's music I know there are lovers and haters but I'm getting used to the idea of him having music for certain characters, like M & Moneypenny & the music that is played in certain action beats sometimes carried from skyfall. I picture its abit like john barry with the 007 theme. Maybe its abit of a cop out, but just maybe Thomas Newman wrote other cues for these scenes but they had already temp tracked in skyfall cues and what he wrote instead they didn't like as much, perhaps. If this is the case I'd love to hear any unreleased cues. Lastly I will say, say what you will about the music in "SPECTRE" but the cue "Madeleine" is probably one of my favourite beautiful & romantic cues of the series. A nod to John Barry, perhaps.

    Btw also thought your list was very interesting.
  • ProfJoeButcherProfJoeButcher Bless your heart
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    Heres my ranking subject to change with each passing day.

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

    Think I'll rerank them when "No Time To Die" drops.

    Love it! Very individual list! And I like to see Octopussy and Spectre riding high...

    I think I could watch "Octopussy" any day of the week tbh. Roger Moore never fails to make me smile & the action is top notch.

    I have certainly warmed to SPECTRE in recent times. I think I went alittle hard on it to begin with, of course not without its flaws. For me the color grading in the cinematography gets abit of a hard wrap, I do wonder if hoyte van hoytema was pushed to make something in similar Vain to "skyfall" because of the success of "skyfall".
    Also Thomas Newman's music I know there are lovers and haters but I'm getting used to the idea of him having music for certain characters, like M & Moneypenny & the music that is played in certain action beats sometimes carried from skyfall. I picture its abit like john barry with the 007 theme. Maybe its abit of a cop out, but just maybe Thomas Newman wrote other cues for these scenes but they had already temp tracked in skyfall cues and what he wrote instead they didn't like as much, perhaps. If this is the case I'd love to hear any unreleased cues. Lastly I will say, say what you will about the music in "SPECTRE" but the cue "Madeleine" is probably one of my favourite beautiful & romantic cues of the series. A nod to John Barry, perhaps.

    Btw also thought your list was very interesting.

    I'm kind of interested in why you have FYEO so low... You seem to be keen on the Glen era, and FYEO is often a favorite.

    But yeah, Octopussy is as watchable as movies get. And regarding Thomas Newman, I always thought his score was the one somewhat weak link for me, but to be honest I'm not sure what I'd replace it with. It actually works quite well, but as by design, isn't something you find yourself humming later.
  • Heres my ranking subject to change with each passing day.

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

    Think I'll rerank them when "No Time To Die" drops.

    Love it! Very individual list! And I like to see Octopussy and Spectre riding high...

    I think I could watch "Octopussy" any day of the week tbh. Roger Moore never fails to make me smile & the action is top notch.

    I have certainly warmed to SPECTRE in recent times. I think I went alittle hard on it to begin with, of course not without its flaws. For me the color grading in the cinematography gets abit of a hard wrap, I do wonder if hoyte van hoytema was pushed to make something in similar Vain to "skyfall" because of the success of "skyfall".
    Also Thomas Newman's music I know there are lovers and haters but I'm getting used to the idea of him having music for certain characters, like M & Moneypenny & the music that is played in certain action beats sometimes carried from skyfall. I picture its abit like john barry with the 007 theme. Maybe its abit of a cop out, but just maybe Thomas Newman wrote other cues for these scenes but they had already temp tracked in skyfall cues and what he wrote instead they didn't like as much, perhaps. If this is the case I'd love to hear any unreleased cues. Lastly I will say, say what you will about the music in "SPECTRE" but the cue "Madeleine" is probably one of my favourite beautiful & romantic cues of the series. A nod to John Barry, perhaps.

    Btw also thought your list was very interesting.

    I'm kind of interested in why you have FYEO so low... You seem to be keen on the Glen era, and FYEO is often a favorite.

    But yeah, Octopussy is as watchable as movies get. And regarding Thomas Newman, I always thought his score was the one somewhat weak link for me, but to be honest I'm not sure what I'd replace it with. It actually works quite well, but as by design, isn't something you find yourself humming later.

    Yeah I'm not too sure with "FYEO" all I know is something has to be near the bottom. Stand outs for me in particular with "FYEO" is the score, love abit of disco bond. Some of the cues are absolute madness. And whilst I quite enjoy that we have one entry with moore that is more grounded & serious in tone I think I'd choose tim dalton's version.

    Regarding thomas newman Its interesting you find some of the score weak, I've also heard people say they think it is generic. I get that maybe it's not completely hummable but I'm not sure for me that, that criteria is necessarily what makes a great score for example "terminator 2" for me apart from the main theme doesnt have the most memorable themes. But that music is sublime with the movie.

    Yeah I find thomas newman to be quite a complex film writer like michael kamen. Just listening to "the bloody shot" from "skyfall blows my mind on a technical level.

    To break it down maybe some of "SPECTRE" is forgettable because its quite percussively driven with drums in cues such as "los muertos" "backfire" & "silver wraith" maybe drums sometimes lack tonality which can help to remember a piece of music but we can sometimes remember rhythms. it also has synthesizer pad driven moments which can be quite ambiguous and give that atmosphere of a ghost, like a ghost from bonds past.

    I think also thomas newman went on record saying he didnt want "SPECTRE'S" music getting in the way of the film. Would be interesting to find out more about why he felt this.

    At the end of the day I think you have to love some of the more devisive movies in the series it really allows for some interesting conversations.
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    I think also thomas newman went on record saying he didnt want "SPECTRE'S" music getting in the way of the film.

    Funny because it does, it is so jarring hearing the cues from Skyfall
  • TripAcesTripAces Universal Exports
    edited June 2021 Posts: 4,491
    w2bond wrote: »
    I've been able to watch about a dozen films so far this year, so I thought it's time for an update. I take no pleasure in how deliberately provocative they tend to look--it's just how things are!

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

    Biggest changes for me would be that CR has completed its long journey to the bottom spot (though I don't hate my lowest-ranked movie the way many hate theirs). The later Brosnan movies have jumped quite a bit, particularly TWINE, my previous number 24.

    And my viewing of DAF was so wonderful yesterday that it's cracked the top ten and replaced Dr No as my favorite Connery film.

    Generally when you look at someone's list you can get the gist of what type of Bond film someone likes. Your list looks like it was put in a blender! Love it!

    :)) There's sort of a method to the madness!

    I love:
    1. The "benign bizarre" (SP, OP, LALD, TMWTGG, DAF, AVTAK, DN)
    2. Focused plots that develop organically (TLD, LTK, FYEO, OHMSS)
    3. When the movie can manage its tone well (the 80s were great at this)

    At the other end, I don't really love:
    1. When the plot doesn't make sense (Why would Blofeld steal rockets from both sides, why wouldn't Le Chiffre get the money from the cooperative Ms Lynd?)
    2. Extreme contrivance and unfocused plot development (Pussy resolves the plot offscreen, TSWLM wastes screentime on a long scavenger hunt)
    3. Tonal messes (TND, TWINE)

    Obviously the criteria one uses and the how one applies them is quite subjective, but I think this is where I'm coming from.

    I'm with you, and I like that term "Benign Bizarre." DAF is my guilty pleasure. TMWTGG and AVTAK are right there, as well. My other guilty pleasure is LTK, which I much prefer to TLD.
    Heres my ranking subject to change with each passing day.

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

    Think I'll rerank them when "No Time To Die" drops.

    Love it! Very individual list! And I like to see Octopussy and Spectre riding high...

    I think I could watch "Octopussy" any day of the week tbh. Roger Moore never fails to make me smile & the action is top notch.

    I have certainly warmed to SPECTRE in recent times. I think I went alittle hard on it to begin with, of course not without its flaws. For me the color grading in the cinematography gets abit of a hard wrap, I do wonder if hoyte van hoytema was pushed to make something in similar Vain to "skyfall" because of the success of "skyfall".
    Also Thomas Newman's music I know there are lovers and haters but I'm getting used to the idea of him having music for certain characters, like M & Moneypenny & the music that is played in certain action beats sometimes carried from skyfall. I picture its abit like john barry with the 007 theme. Maybe its abit of a cop out, but just maybe Thomas Newman wrote other cues for these scenes but they had already temp tracked in skyfall cues and what he wrote instead they didn't like as much, perhaps. If this is the case I'd love to hear any unreleased cues. Lastly I will say, say what you will about the music in "SPECTRE" but the cue "Madeleine" is probably one of my favourite beautiful & romantic cues of the series. A nod to John Barry, perhaps.

    Btw also thought your list was very interesting.

    I have warmed to it a little, as well. And I agree on Newman. He sometimes gets ripped on these boards, especially over SP. I liked his SP score, but it wasn't the masterpiece that SF was. You are certainly on to something: the idea of taking SF tracks and placing them in SP is 100% on Mendes. That was not Newman's decision. Obviously, Mendes wanted a thematic link between the films (and continuity) and decided to work the score in. It isn't my preference, but it was what it was.
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
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    DAF is my guilty pleasure.

    I don't think LTK counts one these days - it has a decent fanbase
  • Posts: 207
    2021 Rankings after a Bondathon

    1. The Living Daylights
    2. Licence To Kill
    3. From Russia with Love
    4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    5. Casino Royale
    6. GoldenEye
    7. Dr. No
    8. Octopussy
    9. For Your Eyes Only
    10. Thunderball
    11. Skyfall
    12. The World Is Not Enough
    13. Tomorrow Never Dies
    14. Goldfinger
    15. Quantum of Solace
    16. The Man with the Golden Gun
    17. The Spy Who Loved Me
    18. Moonraker
    19. Live and Let Die
    20. You Only Live Twice
    21. Die Another Day
    22. A View to a Kill
    23. Spectre
    24. Diamonds Are Forever
  • w2bondw2bond is indeed a very rare breed
    Posts: 2,243
    Typically but solid top 10. Good to see OP higher again
  • New here so:
    1. TND
    2. SP
    3. TLD
    4. DN
    5. QoS
    6. FRWL
    7. SF
    8. OP
    9. GE
    10. CR
    11. TMWTGG
    12. YOLT
    13. TSWLM
    14. MR
    15. GF
    16. FYEO
    17. OHMSS (I know I'm going to get slaughtered for this if you've even read this far)
    18. TWINE
    19. LALD
    20. LTK
    21. TB
    22. AVTAK
    23. DAD
    24. DAF
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
    Posts: 12,945
    I'm liking seeing OP in the top ten of the last three new members. Nothing wrong with that at all. ;)
  • Benny wrote: »
    I'm liking seeing OP in the top ten of the last three new members. Nothing wrong with that at all. ;)

    Yes, I've always liked Octopussy and it has recently gone into my top 10, I just feel like I can turn it on at any time, I also think the PTS is very impressive and the action (jungle chase and yes, the clown chase) is very well-done as well. I like the ties to the short story as well with Dexter-Smythe.
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