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"Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong" About... The James Bond Movies

We're celebrating the release of No Time To Die with a 007 deep dive: Who's the best Bond (and the worst)? Top villain? And should our Tomatometer ranking of the Bond movies be shaken, stirred, and totally undone?

by | October 7, 2021 | Comments

No Time To Die

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At long last, cinema’s foremost practitioner of besuited espionage, James Bond, is back on the big screen with Daniel Craig’s highly anticipated final outing as 007, No Time To Die, in theaters this Friday.

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It’s the 25th film in the franchise based on Ian Fleming’s iconic character – or the 27th if you include Never Say Never Again and the original Casino Royale as canon, which is a controversial take. And, according to critics, it’s worth your…erm, time: The movie is already Certified Fresh and many are calling it a perfect swan song for Craig’s rugged Bond.

With so many accomplished missions, heartbroken women, thwarted villains, and totaled sports cars left in the character’s wake since his big-screen debut in 1962, we decided it was time to dive into the Bond filmography for our latest episode of podcast Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong.

Who is the best Bond? Which villain left the biggest impression? And just how wrong – or maybe even right – is our definitive ranking of all the Bond films based on their Tomatometer scores? Hosts Jacqueline Coley and Mark Ellis are digging into those questions and more – including who might replace Craig as the franchise moves forward – in this supersized episode.

Joining them for this very special and bullet-ridden trip down memory lane is actor, host, multiple Schmoedown Champion and Person Who Knows Absolutely Everything About Bond, Mike Kalinowski… and you won’t believe who he says is the worst 007 we’ve had so far!

Check in every Thursday for a new episode of Rotten Tomatoes Is Wrong (A Podcast From Rotten Tomatoes). Each week, hosts Jacqueline and Mark and guests go deep and settle the score on some of the most beloved – and despised – movies and TV shows ever made, directly taking on the statement we hear from so many fans: “Rotten Tomatoes is wrong.”

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Meet the hosts

Jacqueline Coley is an editor at Rotten Tomatoes, with a focus on awards and indie coverage but with a passion for everything, from the MCU to musicals and period pieces. Coley is a regular moderator at conventions and other events, can be seen on Access Hollywood and other shows, and will not stand Constantine slander of any kind. Follow Jacqueline on Twitter: @THATjacqueline.

Mark Ellis is a comedian and contributing editor for Rotten Tomatoes. He currently hosts the Rotten Tomatoes series Versus, among others, and can be seen co-hosting the sports entertainment phenomenon Movie Trivia Schmoedown. His favorite Star Wars movie is Jedi (guess which one!), his favorite person is actually a dog (his beloved stepdaughter Mollie), and – thanks to this podcast – he’s about to watch Burlesque for the first time in his life. Follow Mark on Twitter: @markellislive.

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