OVERALL on a scale from 1-5 (in my opinion):
<b>Terence Young - 5/5</b>
There is so much class to all three of Young's Bond films. It also helps that Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Thunderball happen to be in my top 6 Bond films. His films emulate sophistication and hell, he even managed to make the low budgeted Dr. No the 'little film that could'. His films simply do not miss a beat; the classic 60s spy feel is in full effect.
<b>Peter Hunt - 4.5/5</b>
I have always been very impressed with the extremely unique Peter Hunt took with his direction of OHMSS. The fight scenes are quickly cut and exciting, and the cinematography is the best in a Bond film. There are some fairly high profile technical issues in OHMSS (dubbing, jump cuts), but his distinctive approach to Bond was truly superior.
<b>Martin Campbell - 4.25/5</b>
There's no doubt that Martin Campbell's strength was in his action scenes. Extended some of them may be, but many of the action scenes in GE and CR are the best of the series. Both films look great, also. I applaud for the consistency in introducing two different actors into the role, also. Though, Campbell was never was too good at subtle product placement was he?
<b>Guy Hamilton - 3.75/5</b>
A true mixed bag for me, Hamilton has directed my second all time favorite Bond film (GF) and my very least favorite (TMWTGG). Goldfinger was super classy, and I loved the tone of the whole picture. To me, camp was used more as a style in GF rather than a gimmick. On the other side of the spectrum, TMWTGG looks cheap, and it didn't help the rest of the film was inferior in every way. His work on LALD and DAF are fine, but his work on GF puts him higher than he would be.
<b>Lewis Gilbert - 3.25/5</b>
Despite being somewhat notorious for directing the most ridiculous scenarios and overusing his own plots, Gilbert did produce some impressive work on TSWLM. His YOLT ordeal was a little less solid, but the locations are phenomenal. It's MR that brings down on the list; Jaws falling in love, double taking pigeons, the list goes on. If only it wasn't for MR, Gilbert would be a little higher.
<b>Marc Forster - 3/5</b>
I think I know what Forster was trying to do with QOS, it is mixing GIANT budget filmmaking with some indie art-house touches. And QOS looks great in terms of cinematography and locations. A special nod goes to the inebriated Bond sequence also. But alas, that jump editing during the action and during other scenes is hard to get used to.
<b>Roger Spottiswoode - 2.75/5</b>
There are some good scenes within TND's two hour bullet fest; I think the first half of the film is very good. The action scenes are superior, an I've liked the camera movements in the Carver party scene. However, later in the film, the bullets get a little too extensive and are used as a fallback for drama (which doesn't really work too well). I think TND owes most of its issues to the script, but Spottiswoode did let some of them fly...
<b>Michael Apted - 2.5/5</b>
I've always liked the 'look' of TWINE, but it goes without saying the the action scenes sans the pre-titles sequence are very sloppy (the ski chase in particular). I've never been able to say much about Apted, his attempt was a here nor there affair for me.
<b>John Glen - 2/5</b>
The most bland direction in the franchise, Glen's cinematography in all of his films were instantly forgettable. He even managed to make some of his films look cheap, LTK in particular. As a matter of fact, LTK looks like the cheapest film in the series and his butchering of that film alone almost brings him down. Just bland. His only superior film was TLD and his technical efforts did not contribute a thing. (It was all Dalton, Barry and the script)
<b>Lee Tamahori - 1.5/5</b>
Clearly didn't know a damn thing about Bond. He tried to make a tribute film and failed miserably. He gets a half a point for some interesting things at the beginning of the film (Bond's imprisonment, sword fight) but loses all credibility with that CGI and just pitiful progression and pacing. Yuck.