So what have I learned from my 007 movie marathon? Well, for one thing, I learned that watching all of the Bond movies in order takes a really long time, and, for another thing, I learned that a lot of the Bond movies were better than I remembered. Sure, a couple of them were worse than I remembered, but many of them were better.
The Bond films (as of late 2015) are, in order:
Dr. No (Sean Connery, 1962)
From Russia With Love (Sean Connery, 1963)
Goldfinger (Sean Connery, 1964)
Thunderball (Sean Connery, 1965)
You Only Live Twice (Sean Connery, 1967)
Casino Royale (David Niven, 1967)*
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (George Lazenby, 1969)
Diamonds are Forever (Sean Connery, 1971)
Live and Let Die (Roger Moore, 1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (Roger Moore, 1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore, 1977)
Moonraker (Roger Moore, 1979)
For Your Eyes Only (Roger Moore, 1981)
Never Say Never Again (Sean Connery, 1983)*
Octopussy (Roger Moore, 1983)
A View to a Kill (Roger Moore, 1985)
The Living Daylights (Timothy Dalton, 1987)
License to Kill (Timothy Dalton, 1989)
Goldeneye (Pierce Brosnan, 1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (Pierce Brosnan, 1997)
The World is Not Enough (Pierce Brosnan, 1999)
Die Another Day (Pierce Brosnan, 2002)
Casino Royale (Daniel Craig, 2006)
Quantum of Solace (Daniel Craig, 2008)
Skyfall (Daniel Craig, 2012)
Spectre (Daniel Craig, 2015)
*These two film were not made by Eon Productions, the production company usually associated with the Bond films. Thus they are regarded as outside the normal continuity.
I offer here a few lists of five. Make of them what you will.
I. My Top Five Bond Movies
1. Skyfall (2012)
2. Casino Royale (2006)
3. Goldfinger (1964)
4. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
5. GoldenEye (1995)
II. The Best Bond Movies, According to Rotten Tomatoes
1. Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger (96%)
2. Casino Royale (95%)
3. Skyfall (93%)
4. Thunderball (86%)
5. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (82%)
III. My Five Least Favorite Bond Movies
1. Casino Royale (1967)
2. A View to a Kill (1985)
3. Octopussy (1983)
4. License to Kill (1989)
5. Spectre (2015)
IV. The Worst Bond Movies, According to Rotten Tomatoes
1. Casino Royale (1967) (29%)
2. A View to a Kill (35%)
3. Octopussy (42%)
4. The Man with the Golden Gun (45%)
5. The World is Not Enough (51%)
V. My Top Ten Bond Villains
1. Auric Goldfinger (Goldfinger)
2. Ernst Blofeld (On Her Majesty's Secret Service)
3. Raoul Silva (Skyfall)
4. Le Chiffre (Casino Royale)
5. Hugo Drax (Moonraker)
VI. My Top Five Hottest Bond Girls
1. Sophie Marceau (The World is Not Enough)
2. Eva Green (Casino Royale)
3. Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die)
4. Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me)
5. Talisa Soto (License to Kill)
VII. My Top Five Bond Theme Songs
2. Live and Let Die
VIII. My Ideas for Future Bond Movies
1. Make a movie in which Bond does NOT go to the U.K., the U.S., or the Bahamas. Maybe put him somewhere unusual, like Turkmenistan, and keep him there for the entire duration of the movie.
2. Make a movie in which the Bond girl is the villain, and not just the villain's henchman or victim. A woman who uses his sex addiction against him would be a nice touch.
3. Make a period film, or a film that takes place in several time periods, perhaps involving a secondary character who knows or is known to Bond. Litter this film with trivia concerning previous films.
4. Hire Idris Elba as the next 007 whenever Daniel Craig decides he's had enough.
5. Make a more controversial Bond film. Something that gets people riled up. Having Russians, North Koreans, random terrorists, and rich people as the villains is a bit too convenient. What about a Bond film set in Tibet? Or Xinjiang? Or Iraq?
6. CIA agent Felix Leiter appears in many of the Bond films. What about a movie in which they were working against each other? With their respective countries on opposite sides of an international dispute?
7. Make a movie in which Bollywood icon Sharukh Khan is the villain. Of course given India's (long) history of film censorship, setting such a film in India would be a problem, but there might be ways to work around that.
8. For that matter, Laurence Fishburne would also be a great Bond villain. Or maybe he could play the version of Felix Leiter discussed in #6 above.
Other Bond Entries:
Bond: The 1960s
Bond: The 1970s
Bond: The 1980s
Bond: The 1990s
Bond: 2002 to the Present