Stream Guide–Ranking 007 (#1-5)

The James Bond film franchise is arguably the most successful in the history of cinema. Audiences love it, critics love it, and it’s made more than $6 billion in it’s 50 year run. Apparently, you can’t go wrong with sexy girls, bombastic villains, slick chase scenes, and things that go boom. Well there’s plenty of that this month, as Amazon has made the first twenty 007 films available to its Prime subscribers through August. There’s not much time left, so here’s a count-UP of the entire franchise (Daniel Craig installations excluded) beginning with the must-watch flicks and counting up to the ones you can probably skip.

#1
From Russia With Love (1963)

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The Agent
Sean Connery

The Villain
Ernst Stavro Blofeld played by Anthony Dawson (body), Eric Pohlmann (voice)

The Girls
Tatiana Romanova played by Daniela Bianchi

The Stand-out Scene
In one of the more brutal scenes from the early Bond films, 007 squares off against a SCEPTRE agent in the confined quarters of the Orient Express.

The Best Line
In typical creepy fashion, Blofeld delivers this line: “Siamese fighting fish, fascinating creatures. Brave, but of the whole stupid. Yes they’re stupid. Except for the occasional one such as we have here who lets the other two fight. While he waits. Waits until the survivor is so exhausted that he cannot defend himself, and then like SPECTRE… he strikes!”

#2
Goldfinger (1964)

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The Agent
Sean Connery

The Villain
Auric Goldfinger played by Gert Fröbe

The Girls
Jill Masterson played by Shirley Eaton
Tilly Masterson played by Tania Mallett
Pussy Galore played by Honor Blackman

The Stand-out Scene
There are a lot of iconic scenes in this one, but there’s nothing quite like walking into a room and seeing a corpse covered in gold paint.

The Best Line
After knocking a fan into a bathtub and electrocuting a baddie, Bond let’s out a hilariously obvious pun. “Shocking! Absolutely shocking!”

#3
Licence to Kill (1989)

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The Agent
Timothy Dalton

The Villain
Franz Sanchez played by Robert Davi

The Girls
Pam Bouvier played by Carey Lowell
Lupe Lamora played by Talisa Soto

The Stand-out Scene
Licence to kill is one of the bloodiest 007 films to date. It stays true to form when Sanchez puts Milton Krest in a pressure chamber, increases the pressure, then cuts it off completely, causing Krest’s head to burst like a water balloon.

The Best Line
Franz Sanchez: “Señor Bond, you got big cojones. You come here, to my place, without references, carrying a piece, throwing around a lot of money… but you should know something: nobody saw you come in, so nobody has to see you go out.”

#4
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

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The Agent
Sean Connery

The Villain
Ernst Stavro Blofeld played by Charles Gray

The Girls
Tiffany Case played by Jill St. John
Plenty O’Toole played by Lana Wood

The Stand-out Scene
In a flamboyantly choreographed fight scene, 007 gets his ass handed to him by two vicious vixens, Bambi and Thumper.

The Best Line
Tiffany Case enters the room, nearly naked, and Bond reacts with a very cool, “That’s quite a nice little nothing you’re almost wearing. I approve.” Oh James, you slut.

#5
Goldeneye (1995)

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The Agent
Pierce Brosnan

The Villain
Janus played by Sean Bean

The Girls
Natalya Simonova played by Izabella Scorupco
Xenia Onatopp played by Famke Janssen

The Stand-out Scene
Ninety seconds into the movie, 007 takes a breathtaking bungee jump off the top of a 700 ft dam. What a great way to start one of the most action-packed films in the Bond franchise.

The Best Line
This is 007 for the new era, and it takes things a little deeper by asking Bond, “Did all those vodka martinis ever silence the screams of the men you’ve killed… or do you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect?”

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