This article originally appeared on eightieskids.com
After 60 years in the movie business, Ian Fleming’s suave secret agent James Bond 007 is as alive and well as ever. With its escapist adventure and glamour, the long-standing popularity of the franchise isn’t hard to explain: when Bond’s on form, nobody does it better.
Still, while we’ll admit to finding all 25 Bond movies entertaining, there’s no doubt that while some are stone-cold classics, some don’t quite hit the same heights. Where would you rank these among the best and worst of 007?
One of the best: GoldenEye
When Pierce Brosnan was introduced as the fifth James Bond actor on 1995’s GoldenEye, it proved to be one the true highlights of the series. With Brosnan pitching his performance midway between Connery’s brooding menace and Moore’s sardonic charm, the actor delivers a compelling take on the character.
Happily, Brosnan is backed up not only by a well-above-average script, but also one of the best ensemble casts in Bond history. GoldenEye sports exemplary villains in Bean’s Trevelyan and Famke Janssen’s Xenia Onatopp, a great love interest in Izabella Scorupco’s Natalya Simonova, and perhaps most notably, Judi Dench is introduced as the third M.
One of the worst: A View to a Kill
It’s easy to forget given he took on the role more than a decade later than Sean Connery, but Roger Moore was actually the older of those two Bond actors. While this wasn’t too obvious at first, it became ever more apparent in Moore’s later Bond films; and when the actor finally had the good sense to stand down, aged 57, it was hard not ask why he hadn’t done it a few films sooner.
Still, even if Moore hadn’t been far too old for the part – and clearly less than a match for his athletic female counterpart, Grace Jones’ May Day – it’s doubtful that 1985’s A View to a Kill would have worked all that well. Moore himself would admit later the film didn’t work, feeling that the tone wasn’t quite right.