Rank the decades from best to worst for Bond films

W_Glass_90W_Glass_90 Virginia
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My personal ranking.

1. 1960's (Dr. No - O.H.M.S.S.) - You can't say you're surprised by this I'm sure, and hardly anyone would probably disagree. The 60's was without a doubt the prime of the series and character.
2. 1970's (DAF - Moonraker) - This is where the ranking gets tricky, because though a lot of the films of the Moore era were campy, they were still nonetheless successful and are still liked by numerous numbers of fans.
3. 1980's (For Your Eyes Only - Licence to Kill) - Many would regard this as one of the worst periods, but I heavily disagree. In-fact, it's one of the most underrated. It's no secret that I'm a Dalton fan, and I think if he starred in more films earlier it would be better receptive today.
3. 1990's (GoldenEye - The World is Not Enough) - It's the decade where I was first introduced to this franchise and character, but let's be honest... there are only two notable things people talk about when it comes to Bond and the 90's. GoldenEye and the N64 video game.
4. 2010's/Present (Skyfall - Bond 25) - In the future, I don't think it'll be a period a lot will remember aside from the film Skyfall, and maybe the upcoming film next year depending on the quality
5. 2000's (Die Another Day - Quantum of Solace) - Despite one of the best films in releasing in this decade in Casino Royale, it had more bad than good with Die Another Day which was more or less an extension of the 90's, and Quantum of Solace which sent MGM and Bond on a long 4 year hiatus until the 2012 release of Skyfall.
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  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    We have this somewhere already.
  • NicNacNicNac Administrator, Moderator
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    Just what I thought @Birdleson. Who's good at this kind of thing?

    @Samuel001 ??
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    I remember a thread with the title "What is your least favourite decade". People did some rankings there, I think. Then we also had an elimination game, and Dimi at one point asked for a ranking on his "The thread of Bond lists" if I am not mistaken.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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  • JamesBondKenyaJamesBondKenya Danny Boyle laughs to himself
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    I think this is differant, the one bondjames put is Ranking the films of each decade by decade while this is Ranking the decades specifically

    I’ll start

    1. 60’s -obviously
    2.00’s- only because of CR and QOS
    3.80’s - there’s only one poor film in this lot
    4.90’s- only 3 films and only one bad one
    5.70’s- only 2 solid entries
    6.10’s- no good ones so far
  • Andi1996RueggAndi1996Ruegg Hello. It's me, Evelyn Tremble.
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    60's - isn't that obvious
    70's - obvious as well, at least to me
    90's - three solid entertaining films
    00's - three solid entertaining films, QoS drags it behind the 90s
    80's - 80s cheesy isn't my cup of vodka - shaken and stirred
    10's - one good film alone doesn't cut it in a ranking
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Defender of Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, Éric Serra & Bill Conti!
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    1. 1960's - the classic era!
    2. 1990's - I'm very nostalgic towards this era. After all, it was during this stage I became a fan.
    3. 1980's - Big fan Dalton's and 80's atmosphere overall, though Rog's last outings aren't too great.
    4. 1970's - TMWTGG and TSWLM are classic to me, DAF and MR not so much.
    5. 2000's - with only one good outing out of three, you're not going to end up high.
    6. 2010's - acceptable at best.
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    1.- The 1960s - Unmatched, and unsurpassed.
    2.- The 1990s - Conveniently updated the classicism of Bond to modernity, with a touch of nostalgia.
    3.- The 1970s - Moore proved nobody does it better. Only downside is the flare pants fashion.
    4.- The 2000s - Enjoyable outings for me, but not cutting through the upper half.
    5.- The 1980s - Aside from TLD and FYEO (my favourite!), the era looks tired.
    6.- The 2010s - The abysmal decade of uninspired content and long waits.
  • GBFGBF
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    1.- The 1980s - OK, this is really controversial, but these are the films I watch the most often.
    2.- The 1960s - Well, this is where it all begins. No need to explain more.

    3.- The 1970s - Very close between this and 90s. I guess it is the higher quantity that gives it to the 70s.
    4.- The 1990s - Overall, the films have not aged so very well. I still like GE more than every film from the 70es.

    5.- The 2010s - Skyfall was a decent film, whereas SP was lame. The waits are also much too long.
    6. The 2000s - CR was a solid reboot, the other two film are my least favourites in the series.

  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    I think this is differant, the one bondjames put is Ranking the films of each decade by decade while this is Ranking the decades specifically
    Right you are. My mistake. I'm surprised we don't have a thread like this however. It's a good idea.

    1. 1960's - doesn't need justifcation really.

    2. 1970's- doesn't quite touch the highs of the earlier decade but Bond is still a pop culture phenomenon and the films are highly rewatchable and charismatic

    3. 1980's - some slippage as we start to lose that larger than life quality which defined the earlier two decades. Still, the John Glen decade is very entertaining with top of the line stunts, relentless pace, and engaging plots.

    4. 2000's - Despite the tragic opening to this decade, it is redeemed by two quality efforts from Craig.

    5. 1990's - not my favourite by a long shot, but GE is a superb Bond film and Brosnan was an entertaining Bond.

    6. 2010's - only two entries so far and one of them (the last) is bottom of the barrel for me. So I'm keeping this decade here until we see what 2019 brings.
  • RemingtonRemington I'll do anything for a woman with a knife.
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    1. 1960's - the Golden Age. Five classics and one good one(YOLT). Nothing will ever top it. Connery is a god and Lazenby had true potential. A+

    THE FOLLOWING FOUR ARE TIED FOR ME.

    2. 1980's - I'm an 80s fan in general so most of these are perfection. AVTAK is a little tired but so watchable. And both Moore and Dalton were outstanding.A

    3. 2000's - CR and QOS both rock. DAD has a few terrible scenes but I've always had a good time with it. Would've liked one with Brosnan in '04. B+

    4. 1990's - modernized the classic Bond formula. Not too serious. Not too light. No complaints. Just wish we had more Dalton in '91 and '93. GE is the reason I became a Bond fanatic. B+

    5. 1970's - two epic classics(TSWLM and MR). Three good ones. Feels too low but nostalgia prevails. B




    6. 2010's - one great one and one that shouldn't have been made. Too much personal BS and far too many waits. We should have four already. B-/C+
  • edited January 2018 Posts: 684
    1960s - Of course. Each one is sublime stuff. We'll be blessed if it can ever be equalled.

    1970s - Questionable choices begin to plague moments of the films here, but in total the films still come off exceedingly well. Each is more enjoyable than not. The films still have a magic quality to them.

    2000s - The series' worst hour is redeemed by the two Craig entries (and the first hour of the film containing the subsequent worst hour).

    1990s - Nostalgia boosts this somewhat, but on the whole you've got two solid entries and one piddling yet not altogether unenjoyable one.

    2010s - One for two. SF is solid, the good being favored ever so slightly in favor of the bad. SP I barely care to watch at this point. Bond 25 could determine whether this decade gets bumped up over the 90s.

    1980s - Lifeless, run-of-the-mill, and tonally confused. The series lost the spark which made it special previously. OP is the lone highlight.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    By averaging my rankings:

    1. 1960s - DN (5), FRWL (2), GF (1), TB (8), YOLT (9), OHMSS (3) - 4.7
    2. 2000s - DAD (19), CR (4), QOS (11) - 11.3
    3. 1970s - LALD (7), TMWTGG (14), TSWLM (5), MR (23) - 12.3
    4. 1980s - FYEO (13), OP (20), AVTAK (18), TLD (17), LTK (15) - 16.6
    5. 2010s - SF (10), SP (24) - 17
    6. 1990s - GE (12), TND (22), TWINE (21) - 18.3
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    1 1960s
    2 2010s (tentatively)
    3 2000s
    4 1980s
    5 1970s
    6 1990s
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    1. The 1960's (DN-OHMSS)
    2. The 2000's (DAD-QoS)
    3. The 1970's (LALD-MR)
    4. The 1980's (FYEO-LTK)
    5. The 1990's (GE-TWINE)
    6. The 2010's (SF-SP)
  • BondAficionadoBondAficionado Former IMDBer
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    1) 60's
    2) 90's
    3) 80's
    4) 00's
    5) 10's
    6) 70's
  • BMW_with_missilesBMW_with_missiles All the usual refinements.
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    1. 90s "Were you expecting someone else?"

    2. 00s It's actually DAD that brings this era up to number 2, and CR is a huge plus.

    3. 70s MR and TSWLM are two shining greats from this decade.

    4. 60s The only film from this period that I revisit with any frequency is GF, but what a film it is.

    5. 10s SP is good. SF is alright.

    6. 80s TLD is really the only movie from this time that I actually like.
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    Anyone who puts the Brosnan Era 1st is a friend of mine @BMW_with_missiles :D

    1. 90's The coolest Bond of them all
    2. 00's All highly enjoyable movies
    3. 10's for Skyfall alone
    4. 60s Nothing but admiration
    5. 70's pure fun
    6. 80's tonally all over the place
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    1. 60's - All 6 are classics in cinema history.

    2. 80's - We got Moore, Connery and Dalton in the same decade. We also got consistent productivity
    3. 70's - One of the most fun decades with the legend Sir Roger!
    4. 90's - Six year gap notwithstanding we got the return of Bond as well as the two year tradition!







    5. 00's- Oh dear. At least we got Daniel and finally a straightforward film adaptation of CR





























    6. 00's- Well, we got one more film to try and save this decade. How many films will we have in the '20's? Two? One?
  • DikkoHendersonDikkoHenderson Daniel Craig at the plastic surgery clinic- "Gently my friend Gently... THAT'S NOT BLOODY GENTLY!!"
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    1. The swinging 60s punctuated by John Barry's great music and Connery and Lazenby shepherding us through safely. My top four Bonds are from this era.

    2. 70's Moore the circus performer takes us through the 70s, though I find Moonraker very flawed, I still feel the only true misstep was TMWTGG. Diamonds are Forever is one of my top 5.

    3. 80s. Some real stinkers are dropped off here in my opinion. I was never a fan of Octopussy, nor AVTAK. There are some true gems though, FYEO is a great entry, as is TLD. Licence to Kill I commend for Dalton's credits performance, and a few points that I do quite enjoy (a great PTS for instance) but to me it ends there. I find it a deeply unpleasant, ugly to look at film. Glen does not have much visual flair at all, the whole affair looks like an episode of The A-Team or MacGyver, as I'm sure has been observed before. LTK isn;t a total loss, I really do enjoy the title song by Aretha Franklin (perhaps a rare opinion). "Say that somebody tries to make a move on you, in the blink of the eye I'll be there too."

    4. 90s The end of the Goldeneye credits sequence, the camera flying out of the gun barrel at full speed onto a speeding road tells you that Bond is back with a vengeance into theaters. Goldeneye is really an all time classic entry, and Tomorrow Never Dies has fun villains and is more relevant than ever with our dishonest liberal news media. The World is Not Enough is not one of my top entries, doesnt make much of an impression.

    5. 00s and 10s: while I find Die Another Day highly entertaining to watch and I do enjoy the over the top nature of it all, I must recognize it is absolutely dreadful. I place this at the very last because I am simply not a fan of Daniel Craig's run. I understand that is not a popular opinion certainly round here, but it is what it is- I will not apologize.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    That is Gladys Knight singing LTK, not Aretha Franklin.
  • BennyBenny ...OctobennyAdministrator, Moderator
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    Maybe not quite as easy it it looks at first thought.

    1. 60's
    2. 80's
    3. 70's
    4. 90's
    5. 10's
    6. 00's

    I'd be surprised if anyone didn't have 60's at the top.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    Benny wrote: »
    Maybe not quite as easy it it looks at first thought.

    1. 60's
    2. 80's
    3. 70's
    4. 90's
    5. 10's
    6. 00's

    I'd be surprised if anyone didn't have 60's at the top.

    @00Agent prefers the 90s, but there is always a lot of psychology at play with these rankings. Or is that psychiatry?
  • 00Agent00Agent Any man who drinks Dom Perignon '52 can't be all bad.
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    Benny wrote: »
    Maybe not quite as easy it it looks at first thought.

    1. 60's
    2. 80's
    3. 70's
    4. 90's
    5. 10's
    6. 00's

    I'd be surprised if anyone didn't have 60's at the top.

    @00Agent prefers the 90s, but there is always a lot of psychology at play with these rankings. Or is that psychiatry?

    lol maybe both, i am not policing my taste on others @Thunderfinger to each their own.
    If someone puts Connery first i can hardly argue with that, neither do i intend to, but as @BMW_with_missiles said before me, it's an era that i hardly revisit.
    My first Bond film was Goldeneye in around 1996, so i always connected more to the 'modern' eras of Bond films. The first Connery in my ranking is TB at 5.
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    1. 1960's - Line of masterpieces, five of which are in my top ten and one of which is still an enjoyable classic. The average of this decade's films on my ranking is easily the highest of all the decades and it's got the most films of any decade. Doubt it could ever be dethroned.

    2. 1980's - Since they were all headed by Glen, I imagine it's hit or miss. Fortunately, I happen to like Glen's style. Superior action (particularly stunts), mostly very good scores, good pacing and plots. Also the introduction of better acting and darker atmospheres, neither of which hurt. They're all flawed entries but have one of the stronger averages of any decade for me. Good mix of actors (especially if you want to toss in NSNA; don't care much for it though) and good, consistent release of films.

    3. 2010's - SP's one of the worst for me but I rank SF exceptionally highly, which gives this decade a higher average. I think this decade is a distant third, though, and at risk of losing its place here for two reasons: firstly that it's added this unnecessarily personal angle to the Bond movies and secondly that it's subjected us to tortuously long wait times between the release of each flick. For now, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt and assuming Mendes is responsible for the overly personal approach and that SP was an isolated misfire. Bond 25 will determine if this stays here or slides down (it would have to be exceptional to move this decade up). But it's such a shame that it's the third decade in a row where we're only getting three Bonds.

    4. 2000's - Interesting decade. CR is at the top and DAD is at the bottom of my rankings, but I do have to give a stronger leaning towards the former because of how much life it breathed back into the franchise. A few months ago my very low rankings of QoS would've banished this decade to the bottom but it's made a massive resurgence on my rankings so it actually drags this decade up a bit.

    5. 1990's - Really a pity to place this here as this is the era that got me into Bond. GE is still one of my favourites but TND and TWINE have just lost favour with me over the years. Shame the first half of the decade was lost to legal troubles, but at least they managed to pump out a film every two years from now.

    6. 1970's - It pains me to do this as I love TSWLM and MR is very entertaining stuff but Hamilton's early 70's trilogy is the weakest era for me. Each of them just feel like merely another Bond film. Scores points for a consistent run of films but also loses points for how Bond is no longer setting trends but rather following them unashamedly.

  • edited January 2018 Posts: 19,339
    OK,i will have a crack at this :

    1.60's No bad films,all classics,even though GF & YOLT don't rate too well in my rankings,out of all of them I think I re-visit TB most.

    2.2000's I love CR & QOS and DAD is my drunken 'go to' film so this slips nicely into 2nd spot.

    3.1990's I like all 3 films and find them very re-watchable in the company of BronsanBond,very entertaining,which is what it's all about.

    4.1980's Simply for OP,AVTAK & LTK ..great films with brilliant action and many highlights from Sir Rog & Tim.Even FYEO is passable but TLD drags this down a bit.

    5.1970's The 'so bad they are great' era.DAF,LALD,TMWTGG & TSWLM are all very re-watchable and can lift any sad/bad mood.
    MR took things a bit too far for me,not one I watch often,at all.

    6.2010's Only 2 films for starters,and the 4 year gap really annoys me and stinks of complacency and arrogance.
    I love SF but its not enough to raise this era atm.
  • GBFGBF
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    It is interesting to note that neither Connery nor Moore had one decade alone. Brosnan achieved this in the 1990s and Craig will do so in the 2010s.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    GBF wrote: »
    It is interesting to note that neither Connery nor Moore had one decade alone. Brosnan achieved this in the 1990s and Craig will do so in the 2010s.

    And both of those decades will end with only three apiece; certainly there is a correlation there.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Joe Don Baker Street
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    GBF wrote: »
    It is interesting to note that neither Connery nor Moore had one decade alone. Brosnan achieved this in the 1990s and Craig will do so in the 2010s.

    And both of those decades will end with only three apiece; certainly there is a correlation there.

    Yes. We have gone from nine films in twelve years to nine films in thirty years.
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