Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Bond Chronicles

I love James Bond. If I could be someone else, I would be James Bond. With that said, I am an authority on Mr. Bond- the movies, the books, the characters, the style, etc. This time of year is usually when a new Bond film comes out, but this year there isn't one. We will have to wait until November of 2011 for the follow up to last year's Quantum of Solace. So, in the absence of a new film, I will try to satisfy my Bond addiction with a series of blogs about 007. Here now is the first installment.

There have been 22 "official" James Bond films made, starting with 1962's Dr. No. I say "official" because there was the parody, Casino Royale made in 1967 starring David Niven and Peter Sellers, as well as the rival Bond film, Never Say Never Again, made in 1983 with Sean Connery. I am a purist, and even though these films have some nice moments, they don't count. With that preface, I now rank the 22 films in the official series from 1 to 22. One being the best, 22 the worst. Get it? I hope so.

1. From Russia With Love (1963) Sean Connery
2. Goldfinger (1964) Sean Connery
3. For Your Eyes Only (1981) Roger Moore
4. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Roger Moore
5. Dr. No (1962) Sean Connery
6. Casino Royale (2006) Daniel Craig
7. Thunderball (1965) Sean Connery
8. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) George Lazenby
9. Goldeneye (1995) Pierce Brosnan
10. Octopussy (1983) Roger Moore
11. Licence to Kill (1989) Timothy Dalton
12. The Living Daylights (1987) Timothy Dalton
13. Quantum of Solace (2008) Daniel Craig
14. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Roger Moore
15. The World is not Enough (1999) Pierce Brosnan
16. Live and Let Die (1973) Roger Moore
17. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Pierce Brosnan
18. A View to a Kill (1985) Roger Moore
19. Diamonds are Forever (1971) Sean Connery
20. You Only Live Twice (1965) Sean Connery
21. Die Another Day (2002) Pierce Brosnan
22. Moonraker (1979) Roger Moore

There you have it, the definitive list. Try to dispute me, just try.


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