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All 26 James Bond Movies Ranked by Tomatometer

You know his name. You got his number. Since 1962, James Bond has been the spy whose reputation precedes him: As international man of mystery, as guru of gadgets and espionage thrills, and as the agent who never encountered a boundary – country, or personal space – he couldn’t sneak across.

The Ian Fleming adaptations started with a bang: Dr. No remains among the best-reviewed of 007’s movies, bringing forth that first legendary era of Sean Connery suited up as the debonair rogue that women crave and men aspire to be in vain. Case in point: 1967’s Casino Royale had no less than six James Bonds within its spooferifous walls, none holding a candle to the Con’. The non-comic caper is the worst-reviewed James Bond movie, and was produced outside of franchise gatekeepers Eon.

As celebrated was Connery’s reign was – the late actor’s films occupy three of the top five slots on this list – the sun sets on every empire, and thus was ushered in the age of the Lazenby. A mild administration for George, yes, with only 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service released, though Certified Fresh.

Then it became time to move over for Roger Moore, who offered a lightly winking and intelligent Bond for those burned-out ’70s times. Three of his movies are Rotten, three are Fresh, and one is Certified Fresh. Not bad, and he even traveled into space.

In 1981, Connery came back for non-Eon Bond Never Say Never Again, just as HQ was hiring Timothy Dalton for the job. Dalton’s Bond: Cool and menacing, and his films The Living Daylights and License to Kill are praised by modern fans for their dark, grittier take on the spy game. It’s something Daniel Craig would pick up on in the future, but with a bigger budget and fewer a-ha theme songs.

Pierce Brosnan brought back the sophisticated sex appeal, as the best Bond in the not-so-greatest movies. GoldenEye was intoxicating Certified Fresh fun, while the three that followed are all Rotten.

After Austin Powers took the piss out of the franchise for a decade, Eon turned to resurrecting James Bond as the brooding, brutish hulk we have today. Casino Royale was a return to form, Daniel Craig’s sneer and occasional smile calibrated to the modern cynical viewer. Skyfall was likewise Certified Fresh, but there was not so much critical love for in-betweener Quantum of Solace and the most-recent Spectre of 2015.

Seven years will have passed when No Time To Die arrives in 2022, the longest wait between Bond movies. At 15 years, Craig holds the record for longest uninterrupted ownership of Bond, but Connery spread his appearances as Bond across 21 years. In anticipation of No Time To Die, we’re reaching into the classified files for every James Bond movie ever ranked by Tomatometer!

#26

Casino Royale (1967)
26%

#26
Adjusted Score: 29663%
Critics Consensus: A goofy, dated parody of spy movie clichés, Casino Royale squanders its all-star cast on a meandering, mostly laugh-free script.
Synopsis: Sir James Bond (David Niven) leaves retirement to confuse SMERSH with several other secret agents, all posing as James Bond.... [More]

#25

A View to a Kill (1985)
38%

#25
Adjusted Score: 43614%
Critics Consensus: Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) ties a mad tycoon (Christopher Walken) and his statuesque aide (Grace Jones) to a plot to... [More]
Directed By: John Glen

#24
Adjusted Score: 45899%
Critics Consensus: A middling Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun suffers from double entendre-laden dialogue, a noteworthy lack of gadgets, and a villain that overshadows 007.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) heads for the Orient to find a $1 million hit man (Christopher Lee) with a midget... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

#23

Octopussy (1983)
42%

#23
Adjusted Score: 46169%
Critics Consensus: Despite a couple of electrifying action sequences, Octopussy is a formulaic, anachronistic Bond outing.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) links a fake Faberge egg to smugglers (Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan) in league with a mad... [More]
Directed By: John Glen

#22
#22
Adjusted Score: 59261%
Critics Consensus: Plagued by mediocre writing, uneven acting, and a fairly by-the-numbers plot, The World Is Not Enough is partially saved by some entertaining and truly Bond-worthy action sequences.
Synopsis: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) serves as bodyguard to the daughter (Sophie Marceau) of a late friend and faces a villain... [More]
Directed By: Michael Apted

#21
#21
Adjusted Score: 62280%
Critics Consensus: A competent, if sometimes by-the-numbers entry to the 007 franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies may not boast the most original plot but its action sequences are genuinely thrilling.
Synopsis: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and female agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) pursue a megalomaniacal tycoon (Jonathan Pryce) trying to start... [More]
Directed By: Roger Spottiswoode

#20

Die Another Day (2002)
56%

#20
Adjusted Score: 63712%
Critics Consensus: Its action may be bit too over-the-top for some, but Die Another Day is lavishly crafted and succeeds in evoking classic Bond themes from the franchise's earlier installments.
Synopsis: James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) teams with a beautiful agent (Halle Berry) to battle a terrorist and a businessman (Toby Stephens)... [More]
Directed By: Lee Tamahori

#19

Moonraker (1979)
60%

#19
Adjusted Score: 64211%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of the series' more ludicrous plots but outfitted with primo gadgets and spectacular sets, Moonraker is both silly and entertaining.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) meets Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), a tycoon out to nerve-gas Earth to make room for his... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Gilbert

#18
#18
Adjusted Score: 69144%
Critics Consensus: Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.
Synopsis: James Bond (Sean Connery), Agent 007, saves the world from Blofeld's (Charles Gray) space laser and bikini-clad amazons Bambi and... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

#17

Spectre (2015)
63%

#17
Adjusted Score: 80411%
Critics Consensus: Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.
Synopsis: As James Bond (Daniel Craig) ventures toward the heart of the sinister organization SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#16
#16
Adjusted Score: 76187%
Critics Consensus: Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it's still a bit of a disappointment.
Synopsis: James Bond's (Daniel Craig) hunt for those responsible for Vesper Lynd's death leads him to a ruthless businessman (Mathieu Amalric)... [More]
Directed By: Marc Forster

#15

Live and Let Die (1973)
67%

#15
Adjusted Score: 71808%
Critics Consensus: While not one of the highest-rated Bond films, Live and Let Die finds Roger Moore adding his stamp to the series with flashes of style and an improved sense of humor.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) charms a tarot reader (Jane Seymour) in Jamaica on the voodoo/heroin trail of Mr. Big (Yaphet... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

#14
#14
Adjusted Score: 74597%
Critics Consensus: While the rehashed story feels rather uninspired and unnecessary, the return of both Sean Connery and a more understated Bond make Never Say Never Again a watchable retread.
Synopsis: Aging agent 007 (Sean Connery) seeks hijacked warheads and finds SPECTRE's Largo (Klaus Maria Brandauer) and Fatima Blush (Barbara Carrera).... [More]
Directed By: Irvin Kershner

#13
#13
Adjusted Score: 78398%
Critics Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Sean Connery) plays dead, then comes back as an Asian to save the world from SPECTRE's Blofeld (Donald... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Gilbert

#12
#12
Adjusted Score: 76909%
Critics Consensus: For Your Eyes Only trades in some of the outlandish Bond staples for a more sober outing, and the result is a satisfying adventure, albeit without some of the bombastic thrills fans may be looking for.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) skis the Alps, skin-dives in Greece and hunts spies with the daughter (Carole Bouquet) of a... [More]
Directed By: John Glen

#11
#11
Adjusted Score: 78186%
Critics Consensus: Newcomer Timothy Dalton plays James Bond with more seriousness than preceding installments, and the result is exciting and colorful but occasionally humorless.
Synopsis: Secret agent James Bond (Timothy Dalton) takes a Czech cellist (Maryam d'Abo) to her boyfriend, a KGB defector (Jeroen Krabbé)... [More]
Directed By: John Glen

#10

Licence to Kill (1989)
78%

#10
Adjusted Score: 82217%
Critics Consensus: License to Kill is darker than many of the other Bond entries, with Timothy Dalton playing the character with intensity, but it still has some solid chases and fight scenes.
Synopsis: James Bond, secret agent 007 (Timothy Dalton), brings down a Latin American drug king (Robert Davi) who uses Stinger missiles.... [More]
Directed By: John Glen

#9

GoldenEye (1995)
79%

#9
Adjusted Score: 84972%
Critics Consensus: The first and best Pierce Brosnan Bond film, GoldenEye brings the series into a more modern context, and the result is a 007 entry that's high-tech, action-packed, and urbane.
Synopsis: A secret weapon's theft sends Agent 007 (Pierce Brosnan) to Russia, where a pretty computer programmer (Izabella Scorupco) helps him... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#8
#8
Adjusted Score: 86175%
Critics Consensus: Though it hints at the absurdity to come in later installments, The Spy Who Loved Me's sleek style, menacing villains, and sly wit make it the best of the Roger Moore era.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Roger Moore) and a Russian beauty (Barbara Bach) foil a madman (Curt Jurgens) in a submarine, who is... [More]
Directed By: Lewis Gilbert

#7
Adjusted Score: 88847%
Critics Consensus: George Lazenby's only appearance as 007 is a fine entry in the series, featuring one of the most intriguing Bond girls in Tracy di Vincenzo (Diana Rigg), breathtaking visuals, and some great ski chases.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (George Lazenby) proposes to a contessa (Diana Rigg) and foils SPECTRE chief Blofeld's (Telly Savalas) agricultural plot.... [More]
Directed By: Peter R. Hunt

#6

Thunderball (1965)
86%

#6
Adjusted Score: 93095%
Critics Consensus: Lavishly rendered set pieces and Sean Connery's enduring charm make Thunderball a big, fun adventure, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the series' previous heights.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Sean Connery) scuba dives after SPECTRE's Largo (Adolfo Celi) hijacks nuclear bombs with a hydrofoil yacht.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#5

Skyfall (2012)
92%

#5
Adjusted Score: 109129%
Critics Consensus: Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.
Synopsis: When M's (Judi Dench) past comes back to haunt her, James Bond (Daniel Craig) must track down and destroy the... [More]
Directed By: Sam Mendes

#4

Casino Royale (2006)
94%

#4
Adjusted Score: 104452%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
Synopsis: After receiving a license to kill, British agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) enters a high-stakes poker game with Le Chiffre... [More]
Directed By: Martin Campbell

#3

Dr. No (1962)
95%

#3
Adjusted Score: 100905%
Critics Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Sean Connery) foils a SPECTRE madman (Joseph Wiseman) out to divert rockets from Cape Canaveral.... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#2
#2
Adjusted Score: 101133%
Critics Consensus: The second James Bond film, From Russia with Love is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Sean Connery) lands in Istanbul with a Russian beauty (Daniela Bianchi), a pawn in SPECTRE's plot to kill... [More]
Directed By: Terence Young

#1

Goldfinger (1964)
99%

#1
Adjusted Score: 105079%
Critics Consensus: Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred.") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark.
Synopsis: Agent 007 (Sean Connery) drives an Aston Martin, runs into Oddjob and fights Goldfinger's (Gert Frobe) scheme to rob Fort... [More]
Directed By: Guy Hamilton

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