Rather than fight off the villagers with torches and pitchforks, I’m not going to even make a value judgement on who was the best Bond. Rather, I will offer the best films in the Connery, Moore and Brosnan eras. My apologies to fans of George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton. They just didn’t make enough films to be considered true Bonds. Lazenby stupidly quit after only one film (after he fought like hell to get the part in the first place), and Dalton less-stupidly quit after two films (plus he originally turned down the role in 1969 before it went to Lazenby).


“From Russia With Love” (1963) – A great cold war spy film even outside of the Bond structure. Who can forget the terribly powerful (an un-Bond-esque) confrontation between James Bond and SPECTRE assassin Grant on the train?

Runner Up: “You Only Live Twice” (1967)


“For Your Eyes Only” (1981) – Yeah, the villain is a little weak, but like “From Russia With Love,” this film supercedes the franchise itself and provides a strong, suspenseful action film. Plus, Topol is a hoot as the Pistachio-chomping Colombo.

Runner Up: “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977)


Die Another Day (2002) – Pierce Brosnan didn’t gel 100% as Bond until his preceding The World Is Not Enough, and this latest film sticks its tongue firmly in cheek, managing to not only poke fun at itself, but at popular Bond spoofs as well.

Runner Up: “The World Is Not Enough” (1999)

Best Bond villians and more in part three of THE BEST OF BOND>>>

Posted on June 3, 2003 in Features by


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