The longest running action film franchise ever, we’ve been thrilled by the antics of Agent 007 for 53 years. Now you can catch Mr Bond, James Bond anytime, anywhere on Stan.
Everyone has their own top 10 Bond films. Here Stan’s resident Bond expert’s picks — what are yours?
10. License To Kill
James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.
In this film Timothy Dalton reprises his role as 007, and a 21 year old Benicio Del Toro as the youngest Bond villain ever.
9. You Only Live Twice
Agent 007 (Sean Connery) and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
Screenplay writer Roald Dahl later said that of all the filmed adaptations of his written works, this one was the only one where he liked the filmed results.
8. For Your Eyes Only
Agent 007 (Roger Moore) is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
Fans and critics complained that the series had become too focused on wild gadgets, outlandish plots, over-the-top villains and screwball comedy. As a result, producers decided to return to a more realistic storyline with this film.
James Bond (Sean Connery) heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.
The budget for this Bond film was more than the combined budgets of the first three Bond films, and is the 27th biggest grossing film of all time.
6. From Russia With Love
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.
Sean Connery said that this movie was his personal favorite out of the Bond films he did, and it was also the last ever viewed by 007 creator Ian Fleming.
Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 (Daniel Craig) must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Judi Dench has more screen time in this film alone than Desmond Llewelyn had in his 17 films as Q, making her portrayal of M the most common character in the series after Bond himself.
4. The Spy Who Loved Me
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.
After the film’s release, demand for white Lotus Esprit cars surged to the point that new customers had to be placed on a three-year waiting list.
James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow agent believed to be dead.
This film features the highest bungee jump from a structure in a movie, with a drop of over 722 ft.
2. Casino Royale
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.
Watch that opening parkour chase carefully — it took 6 weeks to film.
Investigating a gold magnate’s smuggling, James Bond (Sean Connery) uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Goldfinger features the first appearance of a laser beam in a movie. In the original script, the scene had a spinning buzzsaw (as in the novel) until it was decided that such an image had become “commonplace and unoriginal”.
Are we missing one of your top 10? Is there one on this list you’d drop? Tell us in the comments below.
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