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June 24th, 2019, 23:04
After re-watching all the Bond movies in order over the last many weeks I found myself looking at various reviews and charts on YouTube and the internet in general to see what everyone else is thinking about these movies.

In terms of simply asking for favourites one gets a whole raft of contrary opinions and even the supposedly cricically worst of the lot garners many a fan. Upon rewatching them all I've found myself not really disliking any of them intensly enough to specifically cite any single one as the worst.

But I was still left curious as to how each movie was accepted at the box office. Could the box office provide any clues as to which are the best in terms of sheer across the board popularity? And how would that match with my own tastes?

This is actually a very hard question to answer as these kind of statistics are very hard to come by. For example, I can go to 1989 on Box Office Mojo and see that Licence to Kill ranked only no.36th of all films for that year in domestic US grosses, the worst US domestic gross for a Bond ever. However, Bond never 'flops', so this doesn't tell me how popular the movie was globally.

So I found a global set of charts on The Numbers website. But this only goes back as far as 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me. So I found out that the least financially successful Bond movie, Licence to Kill, still managed to be the no.10 grossing movie of that year globally, but I could not find out the global placing for all the movies made before 1977, just the grosses.

As an interesting note, no Bond movie has ever finished outside the top 10 movies of the year globally. In fact, 19/24 have finished in the top 5, regardless of US domestic grosses. Which must say something.

Looking at the grosses for pre-1977 Bonds, I think it's safe to say that all of them were top 5 finishers at the very least, more probably usually in the no.1 or no.2 spot, though this is only by guestimation compared to the only other available grosses for those years. Combined with the fact that in ye olden days, movies tended to run for years in the cinema with regular re-releases until TV and then video & DVD ended that need.

So what I've done is put together all of the grand total grosses for all the movies, then taken that data to a generic google inflation calculator and simply factored every gross to it's 2019 value. The results of this are as follows:

no.1 Skyfall $1.238bn
no.2 Thunderball $1.147bn
no.3 Goldfinger $1.031bn
no.4 Spectre $950.4m
no.5 Live and Let Die $933.2m
no.6 You Only Live Twice $855.6m
no.7 The Spy Who Loved Me $783.5m
no.8 Casino Royale $755m
no.9 Moonraker $741.8m
no.10 Diamonds Are Forever $733.5m
no.11 Quantum of Solace $703.6m
no.12 From Russia With Love $660.3m
no.13 Die Another Day $614.8m
no.14 Goldeneye $598.9m
no.15 On Her Majesty's Secret Service $572.2m
no.16 The World Is Not Enough $556m
no.17 For Your Eyes Only $550.2m
no.18 Tomorrow Never Dies $547.7m
no.19 Dr. No $508.8m
no.20 The Man With The Golden Gun $507m
no.21 Octopussy $482.1m
no.22 The Living Daylights $431m
no.23 A View To A Kill $363.2m
no.24 Licence To Kill $322.4m

And now for the excuses. No.24 was the only Bond movie to ever be given a harsher age rating than any of the others, detering fathers from taking their kids to see it. No.23 has a positively ancient Bond who himself thought it was silly he still had the part, so is the one with the absurdly old Bond. No.21 had to compete with a rival Bond movie playing at the exact same time, Never Say Never Again, the infamous 'Other, Non-Canon, Bond Movie'. No.19 was the first one, most people were, like, who dis? etc.

Giving us a no excuses bottom three of… wait a minute… those now left as the bottom three are all great Bond movies! As are the ones with excuses, lol. Ironically, one of my least favouries is actually Thunderball, it's so damn hard to see anything in all that underwater stuff.

As for who's the most popular Bond? Again, very difficult as:

Connery/Craig > Brosnan > Lazenby > Dalton is fairly evident, but then where does one put Moore, he both tops and bottoms the list. And let's be fair, Dalton never got his fair shot after the company got itself bogged down in legal disputes after his second movie that was itself screwed by the ratings board.

One of the only things that 'most' people agree on though is that Die Another Day is the dumbest Bond movie. Weirdest Bond movie. And possibly (?) the 'worst' Bond movie. And I gotta agree with this view somewhat, although with me it's not a set in stone position, it kinda depends on mood.

The other thing that's most agreeable almost universally is that both Goldfinger and Skyfall are examples of a Bond movie that really nails it.

My most 'controversial' personal favourites are both Moonraker and Live and Let Die. I also really liked The World is Not Enough and is my favourite Brosnan movie above even Goldeneye.
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June 24th, 2019, 23:53
I'm a Moore fan, fav's are Live and let die, Octopussy and View to a kill.
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June 25th, 2019, 00:30
Thunderball, Goldfinger, and Live and Let Die are my top three favourite Bond flicks. Good idea on composing this list!
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June 25th, 2019, 01:35
For me Casino Royale was the most perfectly executed Bond movie. Which is interesting, because Martin Campbell can be a coin toss when it comes to directing, and was very different than Goldeneye. They played their cards well (pun intended) with casting Mikkelsen as an intriguing villain, signing on the controversial Craig, and getting the little details into the characters for the movie. The movies following were good, but I think fell flatter after being spoiled by CR. However, i'm very happy to hear that Rami Mallek will be the villain in Bond 25, and that Beasts of no Nation director is at the helm for this one. It should stand out.

I of course have a special place for all the Connery bond movies, as he mostly established the cookie cutout for a Bond Character. When you watch them, you don't say "this is so cliche" because every other imitation movie is the cliche to Connery's style.

And then my often unpopular opinion: I liked Dalton, and I thought A View To A Kill was a great Bond movie. Cheesiness included.

I'm disappointed Clive Owen missed the boat for grabbing a Bond role. Maybe we'll be gifted to a couple more BMW films.
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June 25th, 2019, 01:40
I haven't watched Skyfall yet but I very much enjoyed Casino Royale (Quantum of Solace was less enjoyable) and Daniel Craig is my favourite Bond. I hated Brosnan - he just appear so meek!
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June 25th, 2019, 03:34
Live & Let Die definitely wins the best Bond music award. Well… probably. I haven't been watching the new ones.
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June 25th, 2019, 17:02
Originally Posted by skally_wag View Post
I'm a Moore fan, fav's are Live and let die, Octopussy and View to a kill.
Awesome trivia fact about A View To A Kill: Dolph Lungren's first movie.

Originally Posted by Carnifex View Post
Thunderball, Goldfinger, and Live and Let Die are my top three favourite Bond flicks. Good idea on composing this list!
Thanks, Bond movies have reached that stage now where they're a goldmine for list-lovers, I could do loads if I put my mind to it. So be warned of encouraging me

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I of course have a special place for all the Connery bond movies, as he mostly established the cookie cutout for a Bond Character. When you watch them, you don't say "this is so cliche" because every other imitation movie is the cliche to Connery's style.

And then my often unpopular opinion: I liked Dalton, and I thought A View To A Kill was a great Bond movie. Cheesiness included.

I'm disappointed Clive Owen missed the boat for grabbing a Bond role. Maybe we'll be gifted to a couple more BMW films.
A good documentary to watch is the one about Terence Young on one of the Dr. No DVDs explaining how most of the cookie cutout you reference was actually Connery learning everything he could about sophistication from Young and how the Bond model was based very largely on it's first director, Mr. Young. Young even had a Bond moment when his helicopter crashed into a deep river for real on the set of FRWT & had to perform a real life Bond escape from the bottom of the river, only to continue filming as if nothing had happened.

I don't think it's an unpopular opinion that Dalton was great, I don't think anyone rates him badly, he was just unlucky with his timing.

I had no idea Clive Owen was up for the part, he'll have to join a gigantic list of nearly-Bonds Ooop, there's me thinking of doing more lists again already…

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I haven't watched Skyfall yet but I very much enjoyed Casino Royale (Quantum of Solace was less enjoyable) and Daniel Craig is my favourite Bond. I hated Brosnan - he just appear so meek!
I know what you mean about Brosnan, but it's not that bad and will depend greatly on which one you saw probably. I myself have grown to like his Bond as time has evened out the initial disconcertion. I also was a bit dubious of Craig's movies after seeing them in the cinema, but, again, with time and then watching them all in order on DVD they work much stronger together and I have a whole new appreciation for QoS and onwards.

Originally Posted by Zloth View Post
Live & Let Die definitely wins the best Bond music award. Well… probably. I haven't been watching the new ones.
I don't know what you class as new, even Craig's first outing was 13 years ago now

But, yeah, the music has been pretty great for a lot of them. I feel sure you must have at least heard Adele's Skyfall, just one of her vids of it has 360m views and it was one of those unavoidable songs for many years. Unless you have a particularly comfortable rock that is highly customisable to linger within, you lucky soul you.

But, essentially, I wouldn't know what to recommend without a date definition.
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June 25th, 2019, 20:15
Originally Posted by lackblogger View Post
A good documentary to watch is the one about Terence Young on one of the Dr. No DVDs explaining how most of the cookie cutout you reference was actually Connery learning everything he could about sophistication from Young and how the Bond model was based very largely on it's first director, Mr. Young.
Thanks! Going to have to check that one out!
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June 25th, 2019, 23:05
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Live & Let Die definitely wins the best Bond music award. Well… probably. I haven't been watching the new ones.
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June 25th, 2019, 23:24
I'm a bit of a heretic on the Bond movies. I think very few of them are actually good films.
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June 25th, 2019, 23:31
Watch them all then watch all 24 recent mainstream… trash?
Ergo, all Bond movies are good.
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June 25th, 2019, 23:56
Any time I see Craig I think that it is Putin playing in a Bond movie.
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Any time I see Craig I think that it is Putin playing in a Bond movie.
That's because the producers weren't opposed to "Putin" Craig in a Bond movie…
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June 26th, 2019, 02:54
I’m surprised For Your Eyes Only isn’t higher on the list. I too am a big Live and Let Die fan. It has one of the greatest lines delivered by Yaphet Kotto: “Names is for tombstones, baby! Y'all take this honky out and waste him!”
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June 26th, 2019, 02:57
The sheer dialogue in Live and Let Die is amazing, and even more so now. It's really a great film.
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June 26th, 2019, 10:32
A Bond movie, not my cup of tea.
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June 26th, 2019, 10:50
Haven't watched any of the Craig movies, but out of the other ones Goldfinger is my favorite. That movie and Sean Connery is what I picture when I think of James Bond.
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June 26th, 2019, 13:44
You should. The Craig movies are a nice refresh to the series adding quite a bit more believability and a serious tone.
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June 26th, 2019, 17:54
I kind of grew up with bond movies being in the media mainly in the 70s and before that … So, I'm simply not used to the "more serious tone" … I would have problems of a clown suddenly trying to be an serious actor (playing Hamlet, for example), so to say.
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June 26th, 2019, 19:13
I watched part of one of the bond movies long ago and have no interest in watching anymore.
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