“Come, come Mr. Bond. Your week has met its demise.” Yes, after five long days of unique features, Consequence of Sound’s James Bond Week comes to a close with its biggest adventure yet: an exhaustive ranking and dissection of every 007 film under the Eon Productions banner. From 1962’s Dr. No to this weekend’s Spectre, there isn’t a single entry we haven’t viewed to kill.
Spectre arrives in theaters today, meaning the James Bond franchise is now officially at 24 movies (not counting the non-EON/MGM entries), with more than half a century of history spanning the entire series.
Despite its relatively rigid formulas, the past 53 years have seen 007 innovate and change with the times — from the swinging ’60s sophistication of Sean Connery to the wacky, winking camp of Roger Moore in the ’70s; from Timothy Dalton’s harder edge in the ‘80s to the slick, techno-infused commercialism of Pierce Brosnan in the ’90s. Even Daniel Craig’s macho navel-gazing has brought us a more sensitive, introspective Bond for a 21st century audience.
To that end, us agents here at Consequence of Sound decided to provide our own collective assessment of the Bond films from worst to best, along with our dissection of what makes each entry unique. So sit back with your vodka martini (you know the drill), loosen your bowtie a bit, and read on. Unlike Goldfinger, we fully expect you to talk and give us your own ranking in the comments below!
– Clint Worthington