back to article Dr No, Thunderball, Casino Royale? Vote now for the best Bond film

Over the past couple of weeks, we've had an entertaining time deciding on the vilest Bond villain and the ultimate movie Bond, so the the time has come to pose perhaps the most critical 007 question: What's the best James Bond film? Sean Connery was voted your fave Bond, so we suspect one of his outings has to be in with a …

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  1. IHateWearingATie
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    Do you expect me to talk?

    No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!

    1. Leona A
      Happy

      Re: Do you expect me to talk?

      No Mr Bond, I expect you to Vote!

    2. Andrew Moore Silver badge

      Re: Do you expect me to talk?

      "Do you expect me to go grey, Goldfinger?"

      "No Mr Bond, I expect you to dye!"

    3. tirk
      Happy

      Re: Do you expect me to talk?

      Oblig. XKCD link - http://xkcd.com/123/

  2. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

    Which Casino Royale?

    Is that the original (excellent) Casino Royale (David Niven, Woody Allen etc) or the 2006 remake?

    1. Not That Andrew

      Re: Which Casino Royale?

      I was just about to ask that. Excellent movie.

    2. Christian Berger Silver badge

      Re: Which Casino Royale?

      Absolutely, and it's also the only one with the iconic "James Bond" theme.

    3. Petrea Mitchell
      Unhappy

      Re: Which Casino Royale?

      Indeed, the 1967 version is what I was hoping to vote for!

  3. melt

    I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

    ...but Casino Royale was an hour-long poker game when I don't understand poker, and Quantum of Solace's plot was [spoiler alert] some guys trying to set up a utilities monopoly in Bolivia. [/spoiler alert] Exciting stuff.

    1. Spudbynight
      Paris Hilton

      Re: I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

      Quantum of Solace was for me a complete dog of a movie.

      Bond villains need to have an evil plan. As you say setting up a utility monopoly in Bolivia doesn't quite cut the mustard. It was the Diet Coke of evil master plans - just one calorie, not evil enough. (With thanks to Dr. Evil)

      It wasn't evil enough or big enough. A water monopoly would have been fine - IF it covered the entire world. But Nicaragua*? Please!

      Paris would have made a better Bond villain.

      *I don't even care what minor country it was.

      1. Silverburn

        Re: I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

        The later movies have become too action orientated...no intrigue, no deductions or working out of the cunning plan (instead, we rely on Mr evil to spell it out), no covert ninja-ing, too much reliance on intel and gadgets to solve the problems for you. All DC has to do is run about fighting.

        More brain, less braun please. More John le Carré, less David Morrell (Rambo).

    2. ISYS
      Holmes

      Re: I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

      Casino Royale (Daniel Craig) is an hour long poker game because the book is largely a poker game. I admit that is a lot of time to be sat there watching some people stare at each other (even Bond and Le Chiffre kept dashing off to change their shirts and restart their hearts etc) but a necessary part of the plot.

      Fleming describes Bond as a damaged, detached killer. I think DC has portrayed this well and the directors are giving us fans all the gadgets, action and beautiful women that we expect.

      As for Quantam of Solace - WTF

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: the book is largely a poker game

        Do you mean Baccarat?

        1. ISYS
          Facepalm

          Re: the book is largely a poker game

          I stand corrected!

          I meant a card game - Honest. I was so busy admiring the lady's neckline that I failed to notice what game we are playing ;-)

      2. Andrew Moore Silver badge

        Re: I really want to like the Daniel Craig films

        "Casino Royale (Daniel Craig) is an hour long poker game because the book is largely a poker game."

        You might want to reread the book- it wasn't poker.

  4. jai

    Goldeneye wtf!!

    but i wonder if my fondness for Goldeneye is accentuated somewhat by the joy of 4-player gaming on the N64

    1. Piro

      Re: Goldeneye wtf!!

      I think that's probably it for most people who voted. To be fair, it was still a fun film. Who doesn't want to drive a tank through St. Petersburg.

      1. James Micallef Silver badge

        Re: Goldeneye wtf!!

        Goldeneye is ace - bungeeing off a dam, skydiving INTO a plane, and driving a tank round in a city are all very James Bond. For me though, very few things beat a proper shark tank. So... Thunderball or The spy who loved me??

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    Live and let die

    Killer song.

    Still worth a listen.

    1. Loyal Commenter Silver badge

      Re: Live and let die

      McCartney or GNR version? Both good, I can't decide myself...

      1. Darryl
        Megaphone

        Re: Live and let die

        McCartney!

        Never liked GnR

    2. Armando 123

      Re: Live and let die

      Goldfinger might still be the best theme song (aside from the standard Bond theme song, of course).

  6. Philip Bune
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    Old films were the best, apart form Roger Moores ones .

    O.H.M.S.S is my fave as he only did the one film

    1. Dabooka Silver badge
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      OHMSS

      Contentious though that doubtless is, I kind of agree.

      It had a fab plot but let down piss-poor direction and acting. I always feel guilty for thinking it's a good film!

      And the Propellerheads did an awesome remix of the theme.

      1. AbortRetryFail
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        Re: OHMSS

        Indeed. Much awesomeness with the Propellerheads track.

        1. Gazareth

          Re: OHMSS

          Ooo forgot how good that track is... Hope it's on Spoitfy!

          1. Peter Murphy
            Happy

            Re: OHMSS

            Would YouTube do?

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zN8GcRGNWe4

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: OHMSS

        Don't forget that the intelligent, action woman female lead in OHMSS was Diana Rigg. More of a draw than George Lazenby for many UK audiences. viz Avengers v Big Fry.

  7. Leona A
    Paris Hilton

    what

    I can only choose one! nooooooo! that is so difficult.

  8. RainForestGuppy

    I'd vote Goldeneye but....

    Goldeneye had all the elements, EMP pulse weapons, trick helicoptors, Cold war Missile trains, a tank chase, a secret jungle radar base (Sean Bean trying his best not to sound like he comes from Sheffield).

    But the Bond Car.... A BMW Z3, I half expected Bond to confront Alec Trevelyan and offer him a light perm and a bit off the back.

    Product placement is one thing, but not when you put the worlds greatest secret agent in a Hairdressers car.

    1. Silverburn
      Devil

      Re: I'd vote Goldeneye but....

      But the Bond Car.... A BMW Z3, I half expected Bond to confront Alec Trevelyan and offer him a light perm and a bit off the back.

      It could be worse - he could drive a rented Mundane-o, whereapon he'd jump out and try and sell you some plumbing supplies...damn you Cas Roy!

  9. Spudbynight
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    Dalton fan checking in

    I am a Dalton fan. I personally feel he was an excellent Bond and his two movies were both better than later Moores and all of Brosnans bar Goldeneye.

    He played a Bond that was far closer to Fleming's character.

    Was he my favourite Bond - no. Was he in the best Bond film - no.

    He certainly wasn't the wurst* though.

    *Oktoberfest - everybody drink!

    1. Dabooka Silver badge

      Re: Dalton fan checking in

      Agree in the main, he was let down by some awful script work, direction and utterly terrible wardrobe decisions!

      1. Tibbs
        Pint

        Re: Dalton fan checking in

        I think you could tell they didn't know what to do with Living Daylights, Moore might have come back, so they needed the comedy, but it was likley to be someone new who would be more serious, so it fell between 2 stools.

        Licence to Kill they got a much better fit for him. Much more serious, and really played to Dalton's acting strengths (i.e. that he's a bloody good dramatic actor). I also think it's one of the few Bond films you could rename the main character and it would still work as a film. Had Dalton made another Bond in 1991 or so whenever it was supposed to come out (thank you Kevin Sodding McClory), I think we'd have had a much grittier path through the 90s, much more akin to what we have with the Daniel Craig reboot now, rather than Brosnan, who always sounded like he was straining a stool when ever he said Buaaahnd. (*plop*)

        And this is one of the times I wish I could punch people through the screen - all 8 of you who voted for QoS as the best film...

        Beer, because it's as close as you have to a martini...

        1. Silverburn

          Re: Dalton fan checking in

          Beer, because it's as close as you have to a martini...

          Careful what you wish for...in Skyfall, he supposedly replaces his Vodka martini with a Heine...no, I can't even say it. I'm too traumatised.

    2. BillG Silver badge
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      Re: Dalton fan checking in

      Another Dalton Fan here. He is the proper balance between Sean Connery's playfulness and Daniel Craig's aloof coldness. As Spud just wrote, his Bond was far closer to Fleming's character.

      That's why I like License to Kill - it's Bond going off-the-rails. His friend is killed, and he's going after his killer, Service be damned. It's Bond at his most focused and most dedicated.

      1. Darryl
        Meh

        Re: Dalton fan checking in

        Worst part about Dalton was his single facial expression - angry guy.

  10. Mondo the Magnificent
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    Currently.. Casino Royale leads with Goldfinger following shortly behind..

    Tells me two things, we have different generations of Bond fans here!

    I like all of the Bond films, from the stern Connery, the cheesy Moore, the doubtful Dalton, the poncy Brosnan to the non nonsense Craig.

    Rest assured if I play "Remote Roulette" and a Bond film comes up, I watch it!

    However the latest Bond played by Daniel Craig is probably the best portrayal of a modern no nonsense spy with realistic fight scenes and the "Jason Bourne" esque persona I've come to love, but with the British flair.

    It's a tough choice to pick one, but in essence they're all great in their own way..

    1. ravenviz Silver badge

      Re: Currently.. Casino Royale leads with Goldfinger following shortly behind..

      I agree about the roulette, except for The Man With the Golden Gun which I thought was awful.

  11. LPF

    Casino Royal! sweet weeping jesus some people have no taste!

    Spy Who Loved Me for the Lotus alone!

    1. Leona A

      That is the one I voted for, for the same reason :)

      Though I love all the films and happy to watch any of them, any time.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Lotus electrics working underwater?

      Cmon, now you really are entering the realms of fantasy.... :)

      1. BoldMan
        Coat

        Re: Lotus electrics working?

        There, fixed it for you... Forget "underwater"...

    3. Gazareth

      Union Flag parachute, Lotus, Underwater Lair, Sharks, Jaws, Barbara Bach and Caroline Munro (mmm Naomi). Not to mention a cracking theme song :)

  12. Simon Cresswell
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    OHMSS

    Yes, George was wooden (and was a sacrificial lamb after Schorn)

    BUT

    Fabulous plot (and soundtrack) got my vote - it is after all for best FILM not best Bond/car/girl/WHY - OHMSS is more than the sum of its parts.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: OHMSS

      Diana Rigg was memorable.

      1. Captain Hogwash
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        Re: Diana Rigg was memorable

        ...in everything she did.

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      3. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: OHMSS

        > Diana Rigg was memorable.

        IS memorable :)

    2. Patrice
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      Re: OHMSS

      It was certainly the story, the best script and a top notch ensemble cast. It's too bad that George wasn't quite up to par with the rest of the film. Otherwise there would be unanimous.

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