Every Single James Bond Movie, Ranked
"It's that time of year once again: the leaves turn, there's a chill in the air, the house fills with the smells of Thanksgiving dinner, and from another room you hear the distinct sound of your dad snoozing through a James Bond marathon.
In the year since we last ranked the Bond films, the world lost Roger Moore and learned that Daniel Craig would be returning for Bond 25. In pouring one out for Sir Roger, do we find ourselves more accepting of his sillier entries? Does knowing that Spectre isn't Craig's final Bond change its aftertaste? Our love for the franchise is an organic, evolving thing, and as such we're taking this opportunity to revisit our rankings and see what's remained constant, and what's changed from last year."
11. Thunderball (1965)
Previous ranking: 11
What we said last year: "There's an unofficial rule about a Bond actor's fourth film: it's epic, overstuffed, overlong, and kind of a mess. That rule was established here in Thunderball, and depending on your fondness for the Connery era you might be more or less forgiving in your ranking of this one. But give yourself over to the interminable underwater sequences and in-no-hurry pacing, and Sean Connery's victory lap after Goldfinger offers much in which to sit back and luxuriate. Bond in the Bahamas just feels correct, a proper SPECTRE blackmail plot is always more satisfying than the world domination stuff that followed, and the most beautiful array of co-stars with whom any Bond has ever shared the screen is nothing to sneeze at."
What we think now: "People hate Thunderball... but we can't. It's too perfectly cast, the direction's too dazzling, and John Barry's score is too beautiful for us to be objective. Everyone has a favorite Bond movie to doze off to; this is ours."