Spectre is out in theaters, so it is time to wrap up my Top 10 James Bond Movies list with the final six entries.
6: The Spy Who Loved Me
4: From Russia With Love
The second film in the franchise, From Russia With Love remains far and above one of the best in the franchise, even more than 50 years later. Before gadgets and action spectacle left classic espionage to the wayside, From Russia With Love is true a spy/espionage film, and a mighty excellent one at that. If this is your favorite Bond film, you are certainly not wrong, because this one holds up.
Goldfinger is the epitome of a Bond film. It introduced gadgets, larger-than-life villains, a nefarious plot that Bond must foil, and the now iconic opening credits sequence accompanied by a song. As a film, Goldfinger is still a blast to watch. Connery is at the top of his game with plenty of wit and charm, and the antagonists, Goldfinger and Oddjob, remain two of the franchise's most iconic villains. Everything about the film screams classic Bond, which is why it is one of the best.
1: Casino Royale
Adapting the first novel in the franchise, Casino Royale takes Bond to the beginning as it shows how he developed his cold-hearted demeanor. Casino Royale revived and redefined the dying Bond franchise with a darker and more violent take with a deeper character development than any other Bond film. Believe it or not, upon my first viewing of the film around its release, I disliked the film. It was different than previous Bond films, and as a younger viewer, it was not what I expected. Of course, after rewatching it several times more recently, Casino Royale is not only my favorite Bond film, it is one of my favorite films of all-time.
What are your favorite Bond films? Do you agree with my review? Please comment below and let me know!
Honorable Mention: You Only Live Twice
P.S. Assuming Spectre will be as good as I hope, I will post an updated version of the list after viewing the film.
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