Herald Sun's Leigh Paatch judges the best James Bond film ever

Article from: Herald Sun

November 20, 2008 12:00am

As 007's latest outing, Quantum of Solace, hits our screens, Leigh Paatsch rates the best-ever Bond, from gilt-edged class to cheesy crass.

1. Goldfinger (Sean Connery, 1964)

The gilt-edged template for the best of everything we associate with James Bond. Connery is at the peak of his powers, and every little detail feels fresh and vibrant. Still packs a wow factor, and stands up to multiple viewings effortlessly.

2. From Russia with Love (Sean Connery, 1963)

Bond has battled the Russkies on many occasions, but this was his finest hour up against the Reds. Intriguingly low-key in parts, timelessly cool in others.

3. Casino Royale (Daniel Craig, 2006)

Bond gets a modern makeover, and then some. Spectacularly captures a dark side to the super-spy that all prior productions chose to ignore. Saved the franchise from irrelevance and made a major star of Daniel Craig.

4. Dr. No (Sean Connery, 1962)

A fine introduction to all things Bond. Connery is still coming to grips with the role, but has made it permanently his own by the end. The first glimpse of a bikini-clad Ursula Andress remains an iconic moment in film history.

5. You Only Live Twice (Sean Connery, 1967)

Bond hits the Far East. Hard. Some goofy shenanigans _ unleash the Ninja warriors! _ and the finest lair (inside a volcano) a villain could ever want.

6. Thunderball (Sean Connery, 1965)

Atomic bombs. Underwater fights. Tons of gadgets. Secret agents everywhere. Definitely Bond-by-numbers, but goes great on a guilty-pleasure basis.

7. GoldenEye (Pierce Brosnan, 1995)

Brosnan got off to a flyer on his first Bond assignment. Bridged the serious and the silly stuff with consummate ease. Introduction of Judi Dench as M also a great move.

8. Quantum of Solace (Daniel Craig, 2008)

An above-average action pic, but lacks the unabashed panache of Casino Royale. Certainly the paciest Bond flick of them all.

9. The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore, 1977)

A rare, better-than-bearable outing from Mr Moore. The plot's nuclear subs churn up plenty of action and tension, and the metal-mouthed Jaws (Richard Kiel) is a bad dude par excellence.

10. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (George Lazenby, 1969)

Aussie George Lazenby's botched try-out is not as hideous as most believe, even if the bloke couldn't act for toffee. Functions best as a curiosity piece (eg: Bond gets married!).

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