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Just read an article which purported to rank, in honor of the new James Bond film, the prior Bond movies from Worst to Best (not including the old Casino Royale movie or Never Say Never).  Here's the author's list:

24. The World is Not Enough (1999)

23. Octopussy (1983)

22. A View to Kill (1985)

21. The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

20. Die Another Day (2002)

19. Quantum of Solace (2008)

18. License to Kill (1989)

17. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

16. The Living Daylights (1987)

15. Moonraker (1979)

14. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

13. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

12. Live and Let Die (1973)

11. Spectre (2015)

10. You Only Live Twice (1967)

9. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

8. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

7. Dr. No (1962)

6. Goldeneye (1995)

5. Skyfall (2012)

4. Thunderball (1965)

3. From Russia With Love (1963)

2. Goldfinger (1964)

1. Casino Royale (2006)

I don't agree with the List, so I've renumbered them:



ROTHKO'S LIST

24. A View to Kill (1985)

23. Moonraker (1979)

22. Die Another Day (2002)

21. Quantum of Solace (2008)

20. The World is Not Enough (1999)

19. Live and Let Die (1973)

18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

17. License to Kill (1989)

16. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

15. You Only Live Twice (1967)

14. Octopussy (1983)

13. The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

11. Spectre (2015)

10. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

9. The Living Daylights (1987)

8. Thunderball (1965)

7. Goldeneye (1995)

6. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

5. Skyfall (2012)

4. Goldfinger (1964)

3. Casino Royale (2006)

2. From Russia With Love (1963)

1. Dr. No (1962)



Feel free to critique, or make your own list.

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@The Old Man posted:

2.  Never Say Never Again

1. Casino Royale (1967)

There are three elements that are required for a great James Bond movie: Connery, Broccoli, and Saltzman. You can shuffle the six titles they made almost in any order, except of course for "Goldfinger" which is the greatest of all the Bond films.

Well, that's a very curious statement given that you listed Casino Royale as #1.

Anyway, I was going to say that this would be a hopelessly subjective list. After all, what is it that an individual values most in a Bond movie? Action? Suspense? Twists? Innuendo? The play-in credits? A credible plot!?!

I recognize my 10 through 12 will be controversial. But…

1) From Russia With Love

2) Thunderball

3) Casino Royale

4) Dr. No

5) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

6) The Spy Who Loved Me

7) The Living Daylights

8) You Only Live Twice

9) Goldeneye

10) Quantum of Solace

11) Never Say Never Again

12) Goldfinger

13) Tomorrow Never Dies

14) Spectre

15) Skyfall

16) License To Kill

17) For Your Eyes Only

18) Moonraker

19) Die Another Day

20) Live And Let Die

I genuinely dislike the remainder, but:

21) The Man With The Golden Gun

22) Octopussy

23) Diamonds Are Forever

24) The World Is Not Enough

25) A View To A Kill

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Pretty sure I've seen every Bond movie, but how you can keep them all straight to rank them is beyond me (although I'd agree Pierce Bronson's were the worst).  I prefer more civilize methods, as in, ranking the hottest Bond girls.

1. Monica Bellucci

2. Ursula Andres

3. Barbara Bach

4.  The girl in from Russia with love made quite an impression on me as a youth....

Best song:

1.  Nobody does it better

2.  Skyfall

3.  Live and let die

I won't argue Sean is the best Bond, but Daniel Craig is a peerless second.

@jabe11 posted:

Pretty sure I've seen every Bond movie, but how you can keep them all straight to rank them is beyond me (although I'd agree Pierce Bronson's were the worst).  I prefer more civilize methods, as in, ranking the hottest Bond girls.

1. Monica Bellucci

2. Ursula Andres

3. Barbara Bach

4.  The girl in from Russia with love made quite an impression on me as a youth....

Best song:

1.  Nobody does it better

2.  Skyfall

3.  Live and let die

I won't argue Sean is the best Bond, but Daniel Craig is a peerless second.

Ok, so the second half of your post isn’t crazy. Connery is the GOAT, easily. But Craig is also easy number 2. And songs, “Skyfall” is my #1, “Live and Let Die”, is my #2. I think “Goldfinger” is my number 3.

But… your taste is Bond women is just plain wrong. I haven’t seen the new one yet, though I’m sure Ana will be top 2 for me.  But, leaving her aside:

1) Dianna Rigg - *easy* GOAT

2) Claudine Auger - easy #2

Barbara Bach, Daniela Bianchi, Ursula Andress, Eva Green were all great Bond girls.  Jane Seymour was gorgeous.

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You might have liked all the Bond girl's looks but it was often, in the early years, a Jewish woman's voice you were hearing. Nikki van der Zyl, who died this year in March at 85, was the voice of all the women listed below and with at least over another 100 other credits to her name.  I caught her the other day in the God-awful "Sodom and Gomorrah" doing her Ursula Andress voice for one of the slave girls.

"Dr. No (1962; dubbed Ursula Andress and all other female voices except Lois Maxwell, Zena Marshall, Eunice Gayson, Yvonne Shima and Michel Mok)

From Russia with Love (1963; dubbed female hotel clerk in Istanbul)

Goldfinger (1964; dubbed Shirley Eaton and Nadja Regin, was also on-set English-language vocal coach to Gert Fröbe)

Thunderball (1965; dubbed Claudine Auger)

You Only Live Twice (1967; dubbed Mie Hama)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969; dubbed Virginia North)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971; dubbed Denise Perrier)

Live and Let Die (1973; partially dubbed Jane Seymour)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974; dubbed Francoise Therry)

Moonraker (1979; dubbed Corinne Cléry and Leila Shenna)"

-Wikipedia

@The Old Man posted:

You might have liked all the Bond girl's looks but it was often, in the early years, a Jewish woman's voice you were hearing. Nikki van der Zyl, who died this year in March at 85, was the voice of all the women listed below and with at least over another 100 other credits to her name.  I caught her the other day in the God-awful "Sodom and Gomorrah" doing her Ursula Andress voice for one of the slave girls.

"Dr. No (1962; dubbed Ursula Andress and all other female voices except Lois Maxwell, Zena Marshall, Eunice Gayson, Yvonne Shima and Michel Mok)

From Russia with Love (1963; dubbed female hotel clerk in Istanbul)

Goldfinger (1964; dubbed Shirley Eaton and Nadja Regin, was also on-set English-language vocal coach to Gert Fröbe)

Thunderball (1965; dubbed Claudine Auger)

You Only Live Twice (1967; dubbed Mie Hama)

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969; dubbed Virginia North)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971; dubbed Denise Perrier)

Live and Let Die (1973; partially dubbed Jane Seymour)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974; dubbed Francoise Therry)

Moonraker (1979; dubbed Corinne Cléry and Leila Shenna)"

-Wikipedia

I never knew that!  Though I always thought Honey Rider and Domino had similar voices. Now I know why!

@The Old Man posted:

For the record, there was no one hotter than the undubbed Eunice Gayson. She set the tone for the entire series. Though as a teenage boy I certainly had a thing for Ursula Andress.

I'm always surprised that she isn't considered the first Bond girl.  She did set the tone.  As I mentioned a while back, I didn't realize until recently that the famous "Bond.  James Bond" line was actually a snarky reply to Sylvia Trench's introducing herself as "Trench, Sylvia Trench."

Unless I'm wrong, she's the only Bond girl to be in two films (as the same character), until the latest Bond film.

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