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Nukes are bad, especially in the hands of men with eye patches.
Least important - Quantum of Solace
Sorry, still not even sure what was the real threat to merry old England in that one was.
Bond's least interesting mission for me is without a doubt DN. Toppling of moon rockets feels so far from home.
AVTAK might seem a strange choice but the PTS and the first few minutes after made clear that the Russians had developed microchips that could withstand EMP and it was Bond's mission to find out who had sold that data to them. I have felt there was quite a lot of hostility on the old forum towards FYEO because people felt that the thrust of the plot ie the threat of the ATAC falling into Russian hands wasn't taken seriously enough. I've always thought that it was made clear from the start that there was a certain amount of plausible deniability from the Admiralty towards the mission (as the ship carrying the transmitter was sunk in Albanian waters).
The plotlines that were neither important to national security or were perceived as major threats to global stability where only Bond could save the world would have to be FRWL, LALD, TLD, LTK and QoS. QoS is probably Bond's least important mission.
least important mission(s).. From Russia With Love, Live And Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum Of Solace..... my pick, Live And Let Die - let the junkies have their drugs, who cares...
Most important, TB
killing everyone on earth with gas from space is a pretty nasty plan.
Least important would be LALD...
I think Bond has better things to do with his time than stopping drugs get onto the streets of America.
but, that's my opinion lol....
Goldeneye: This was probably the "electric" equivalent of Thunderball. Keeping evil hands off of an EMP weapon that can reach any target on earth (versus a missile's trajectory-based range) would be pretty up there, if you wanted to keep your hometown from permanently "roughing it."
From Russia With Love: Nobody's life may have been hanging in the balance, but at the height of the Cold War, the enemy's decoding machines would have been a pretty poignant objective.
The World Is Not Enough: In light of recent developments, would we really want someone to be the one, single major source of the world's oil?
Least important? Probably TMWTGG's. Searching after an assassin whose big threat is? Monopoly on solar energy. A little tame compared to many others, no disrespect to the 1974 film as entertainment as I am quite fond of it.
TB isnt anywhere near in the same league as this. All SPECTRE have is two warheads so at best they can total two cities. Bit of bummer if thats where you live and for those nearby getting cancer but whilst Hiroshima and Nagasaki might have ended the war and killed hundreds of thousands they didnt reduce the entire world to ashes.
I would say TSWLM has the edge over TB. If we ignore the fact that Stromberg would need someone who is never shown in the film to hack the launch codes (I think its probably beyond Jaws and Sandor. Maybe the professors he tops have already done it for him?) then a nutter with two subs full of (multiple warhead) missiles is surely a bigger threat than Largo with one paltry warhead on the Disco Volante and another in a wreck off Miami Beach?
Least important from the start is TMWTGG as all this concerns is an assassin who wants to kill Bond. The Solex stuff is there at the start but Bond is relieved of it by M and it is only later it becomes intertwined with the plot again. His mission from the start here is to find Scaramanga before he kills him.
Now the death of Bond himself is hardly anything for M to lose sleep over as plenty of 00's die in the course of the films. The unfortunate collateral damage of losing an agent is hardly a disaster for Queen & country (unless of course you factor in that the likes of 004 or 009 would hardly be up to foiling Stromberg, Drax, Orlov etc in later years and therfore the long lasting effects of no Bond to save the day would ultimately mean the end of the world). In this respect then a case could be made that TMWTGG is the most important.
...and TMWTGG as explained above
Despite its critical reputation as a Bond film FRWL is probabley his least important mission as if Bond had failed it would of just meant an embarressing sex scandel for the British Goverment and lets be honest that's not exactly uncharted territory for Her Majesty's finest,
I didn't think about QoS, but that's a good call. I'm sure the Bolivian Secret Service, which Camille was a part of, could have handled Medrano and Greene's coup.
Leat important missions-Live And Let Die & The Man With The Golden Gun
Least important is either QOS or LALD.
You could argue FRWL or TMWTGG, but the villians evil plan in both of those involves killing Bond, and in the long run him surviving would be very important.
Most important to Bond himself: LTK (for revenge against Sanchez), CR (Vesper/Letting his guard down), Skyfall (M/His own past)
Least important/Least threatening: CR (funding terrorism is sadly common) and FRWL (just surrounding a Lektor) first come to mind here. Ironically, these are my favorites.
If Grant had succeeded in FRWL than things would have probably played out very differently.
Would 008 have been up to the task of stopping Goldfinger? Would Felix have managed to stop SPECTRE on his own in TB? Who would've stopped SPECTRE in YOLT?
And then there's OHMSS. MI6 wouldn't have even been able to track down Blofeld if it wasn't for Bond.
Same with TMWTGG. The Solex doesn't seem all that important but Scaramanga wants to kill Bond. And in the next film he'd be fighting a mad man with tons of nuclear submarines, then saving all of humanity from a space nazi.
So I thinK FRWL and TMWTGG are actually two of the most important.
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Diamonds Are Forever
The Spy Who Loved Me
Tomorrow Never Dies
Die Another Day
For Your Eyes Only
A View to a Kill
The World is not Enough
Not as Important
Quantum of Solace
Might Have Been Ignored
From Russia with Love
Live and Let Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
The Living Daylights
License to Kill
I never understood the mission for TMWTGG. If there is a price on Bond's head surely you don't have him wandering about? Scaramanga is really just a trained assassin and hadn't even really be contracted to kill Bond!
The least important would have to be Licence To Kill because it's not a mission at all but a personal vendetta!
This argument is extremely tenuous. Might as well say DN is the most important then as if he pushes Bond into the reactor Blofeld destroys the world in YOLT.
Or actually the most important moment is the fight with Mr Jones as if he takes Bond down and kills him the world is destroyed numerous times over.
FRWL is unimportant as the Lektor is just a MacGuffin. Even if MI6 get hold of it the Soviets will just redesign it the moment they know its gone. Yes it's a coup as it renders all of their existing Lektors useless but in the grand scheme of things it's nothing when compared to the likes of TB and YOLT.
The fact they want Bond dead is also not that important when faced with the threats of SPECTRE, Stromberg and Drax. Bonds life is and always has been expendable in the service of his country.
Most important for MI6
Most important for the mankind
Most important for himself
Logically, the least importants are each movie in relation to the other categories (vg. FRWL is least important for the mankind.)