James Bond movies: Ranking 007’s best, worst and everything in between


James Bond actors portrayed at Madame Tussaud's

Not stirred: This lineup at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in Berlin presents all the actors who’ve played James Bond in the legendary Eon Productions movies. From left: Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Daniel Craig, Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Pierce Brosnan.


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The James Bond movie franchise is a juggernaut, with 26 films to date (24 canonical, plus two rogues). From Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, it’s featured six different actors in the lead role, going up against countless power-mad villains and deadly  accomplices, with no shortage of tricked-out cars and outrageous gadgets. Along the way, the 007 franchise has delivered both gems and clunkers.

It’ll be a while longer before we can see how the next Bond movie, No Time to Die, stacks up against its predecessors. That film, likely the final one to star Craig, has been pushed back more than once by coronavirus concerns, and now it’s scheduled to hit theaters on April 2.

While you’re waiting, you can satisfy your Bond cravings by revisiting the older 007 movies, from Connery’s debut in Dr. No all the way to Craig’s most recent outing, Spectre.

If you’re not sure where to start, check out our recommendations and full rundown on big-screen Bond. With the recent death of Connery at 90, you might be inclined to start out with one of his seven turns as 007. (You could maybe also play a vintage Bond video game, or ponder the upcoming “Project 007” from IO Interactive.)

Or you can also take a run through the ranking below of James Bond movies, from worst to best. It’s not arbitrary or one person’s whim — it’s based on an aggregate of movie reviews as compiled by Metacritic. The list…

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