All 26 James Bond Movies Ranked by Tomatometer
You know his name. You got his number. Since 1962, James Bond has been the spy whose reputation precedes him: As international man of mystery, as guru of gadgets and espionage thrills, and as the agent who never encountered a boundary – country, or personal space – he couldn’t sneak across.
The Ian Fleming adaptations started with a bang: Dr. No remains among the best-reviewed of 007’s movies, bringing forth that first legendary era of Sean Connery suited up as the debonair rogue that women crave and men aspire to be in vain. Case in point: 1967’s Casino Royale had no less than six James Bonds within its spooferifous walls, none holding a candle to the Con’. The non-comic caper is the worst-reviewed James Bond movie, and was produced outside of franchise gatekeepers Eon.
As celebrated was Connery’s reign was – the late actor’s films occupy three of the top five slots on this list – the sun sets on every empire, and thus was ushered in the age of the Lazenby. A mild administration for George, yes, with only 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service released, though Certified Fresh.
Then it became time to move over for Roger Moore, who offered a lightly winking and intelligent Bond for those burned-out ’70s times. Three of his movies are Rotten, three are Fresh, and one is Certified Fresh. Not bad, and he even traveled into space.
In 1981, Connery came back for non-Eon Bond Never Say Never Again, just as HQ was hiring Timothy Dalton for the job. Dalton’s Bond: Cool and menacing, and his films The Living Daylights and License to Kill are praised by modern fans for their dark, grittier take on the spy game. It’s something Daniel Craig would pick up on in the future, but with a bigger budget and fewer a-ha theme songs.
Pierce Brosnan brought back the sophisticated sex appeal, as the best Bond in the not-so-greatest movies. GoldenEye was intoxicating Certified Fresh fun, while the three that followed are all Rotten.
After Austin Powers took the piss out of the franchise for a decade, Eon turned to resurrecting James Bond as the brooding, brutish hulk we have today. Casino Royale was a return to form, Daniel Craig’s sneer and occasional smile calibrated to the modern cynical viewer. Skyfall was likewise Certified Fresh, but there was not so much critical love for in-betweener Quantum of Solace and the most-recent Spectre of 2015.
Six years will have passed when No Time To Die arrives in 2021 (fingers crossed), though the longest wait for Bond’s return was the six years between Dalton’s License to Kill and Brosnan’s GoldenEye. At 15 years, Craig holds the record for longest uninterrupted ownership of Bond, but Connery spread his appearances as Bond across 21 years. In anticipation of No Time To Die, and to celebrate the life and work of the late Sean Connery, we’re reaching into the classified files for every James Bond movie ever ranked by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 29.026%
Critics Consensus: A goofy, dated parody of spy movie clichés, Casino Royale squanders its all-star cast on a meandering, mostly laugh-free script.
This James Bond spoof features the hero coming out of retirement to attempt to fix some problems for SMERSH, while... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.277%
Critics Consensus: Absurd even by Bond standards, A View to a Kill is weighted down by campy jokes and a noticeable lack of energy.
Director John Glen tries his damnedest -- a pre-credit snowmobile chase, a parachute jump off the Eiffel Tower, a life-or-death... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46.501%
Critics Consensus: A middling Bond film, The Man With the Golden Gun suffers from double entendre-laden dialogue, a noteworthy lack of gadgets, and a villain that overshadows 007.
The Man With the Golden Gun, Roger Moore's second outing as James Bond (Live and Let Die was the first),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47.086%
Critics Consensus: Despite a couple of electrifying action sequences, Octopussy is a formulaic, anachronistic Bond outing.
This (13th) time around, 007 (once again played by Roger Moore) receives the usual call to come and visit M... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.327%
Critics Consensus: Plagued by mediocre writing, uneven acting, and a fairly by-the-numbers plot, The World Is Not Enough is partially saved by some entertaining and truly Bond-worthy action sequences.
James Bond, the world's greatest secret agent, is sent once more into the breach in the name of Queen, Country,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.385%
Critics Consensus: A competent, if sometimes by-the-numbers entry to the 007 franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies may not boast the most original plot but its action sequences are genuinely thrilling.
James Bond is back Ñ gasp! Ñ to thwart a mad media mogul trying to start a third world war.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.349%
Critics Consensus: Its action may be bit too over-the-top for some, but Die Another Day is lavishly crafted and succeeds in evoking classic Bond themes from the franchise's earlier installments.
A high-speed hovercraft chase, through a minefield in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, marks the beginning of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.276%
Critics Consensus: Featuring one of the series' more ludicrous plots but outfitted with primo gadgets and spectacular sets, Moonraker is both silly and entertaining.
Secret agent James Bond finds himself battling yet another megalomaniacal villain in this entry in the long-running series of adventure... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.219%
Critics Consensus: Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula.
A cryptic message from Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.189%
Critics Consensus: Diamonds are Forever is a largely derivative affair, but it's still pretty entertaining nonetheless, thanks to great stunts, witty dialogue, and the presence of Sean Connery.
In this spy adventure, James Bond is involved in a scheme by the insidious Ernst Blofeld to force the world... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.495%
Critics Consensus: Brutal and breathless, Quantum Of Solace delivers tender emotions along with frenetic action, but coming on the heels of Casino Royale, it's still a bit of a disappointment.
A devastating betrayal sends James Bond from Australia to Italy and South America on a mission of vengeance that pits... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.81%
Critics Consensus: While not one of the highest-rated Bond films, Live and Let Die finds Roger Moore adding his stamp to the series with flashes of style and an improved sense of humor.
Roger Moore makes his first appearance as "Bond...James Bond" in 1973's Live and Let Die. Bond is dispatched to the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.397%
Critics Consensus: While the rehashed story feels rather uninspired and unnecessary, the return of both Sean Connery and a more understated Bond make Never Say Never Again a watchable retread.
Essentially, this film is a remake of the 1965 Bond flick Thunderball. James Bond emerges from cozy retirement to cross... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.829%
Critics Consensus: For Your Eyes Only trades in some of the outlandish Bond staples for a more sober outing, and the result is a satisfying adventure, albeit without some of the bombastic thrills fans may be looking for.
Roger Moore is back as Secret Agent 007, this time on the trail of shipwreck that holds an Automatic Targeting... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.167%
Critics Consensus: Newcomer Timothy Dalton plays James Bond with more seriousness than preceding installments, and the result is exciting and colorful but occasionally humorless.
Assigned to facilitate the defection of a Russian agent, secret agent James Bond soon discovers that the situation is much... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.534%
Critics Consensus: With exotic locales, impressive special effects, and a worthy central villain, You Only Live Twice overcomes a messy and implausible story to deliver another memorable early Bond flick.
In the fifth James Bond thriller starring Sean Connery, Bond has to battle Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, who have... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.27%
Critics Consensus: License to Kill is darker than many of the other Bond entries, with Timothy Dalton playing the character with intensity, but it still has some solid chases and fight scenes.
For his second outing as James Bond, Timothy Dalton is working on his own rather than on behalf of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.061%
Critics Consensus: The first and best Pierce Brosnan Bond film, GoldenEye brings the series into a more modern context, and the result is a 007 entry that's high-tech, action-packed, and urbane.
A beautiful Russian mobster and the evil General Ourumov take over a Space Weapons Control Station and arm an attack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.165%
Critics Consensus: Though it hints at the absurdity to come in later installments, The Spy Who Loved Me's sleek style, menacing villains, and sly wit make it the best of the Roger Moore era.
Roger Moore as agent 007 teams up with a beautiful Soviet agent (Barbara Bach) to battle Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.76%
Critics Consensus: George Lazenby's only appearance as 007 is a fine entry in the series, featuring one of the most intriguing Bond girls in Tracy di Vincenzo (Diana Rigg), breathtaking visuals, and some great ski chases.
Connery's decision to quit as Bond left Broccoli and Saltzman with a headache. The press went into overdrive speculating on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.444%
Critics Consensus: Lavishly rendered set pieces and Sean Connery's enduring charm make Thunderball a big, fun adventure, even if it doesn't quite measure up to the series' previous heights.
Thunderball finds James Bond matching wits with the sinister espionage organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E, (which stands for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106.797%
Critics Consensus: Sam Mendes brings Bond surging back with a smart, sexy, riveting action thriller that qualifies as one of the best 007 films to date.
In Skyfall, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.712%
Critics Consensus: The second James Bond film, From Russia with Love is a razor-sharp, briskly-paced Cold War thriller that features several electrifying action scenes.
Broccoli considered this as one of the best Fleming stories. Connery once again excelled and was well supported by a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.107%
Critics Consensus: Featuring plenty of the humor, action, and escapist thrills the series would become known for, Dr. No kicks off the Bond franchise in style.
James Bond's investigation of a missing colleague in Jamaica leads him to the island of the mysterious Dr. No and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.026%
Critics Consensus: Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.
James Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar, where he is to spy on a terrorist Mollaka. Not everything... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.607%
Critics Consensus: Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark.
To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin,... [More]