The Best Bond Movies, Books, Villains, and Theme Songs

Notes from a fan who's seen it all.
Nov. 5 2012 3:42 AM

The Best Bond Movies, Books, Villains, and Songs

A ranking of everything 007.

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007s From Best to Worst

1. Sean Connery
2. Daniel Craig
3. Roger Moore
4. George Lazenby
5. Timothy Dalton
6. Pierce Brosnan

Bond Movies From Best to Worst

*Subject to change upon rewatching

Bond Books From Best to Worst

Bond Villains From Best to Worst

1. Goldfinger (Gert Frobe, Goldfinger)
2. Stromberg (Curt Jurgens, The Spy Who Loved Me)
3. Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan, Octopussy)
4. Drax (Michael Lonsdale, Moonraker)
5. Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen, Casino Royale)
6. Largo (Adolfo Celi, Thunderball)
7. Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman, Dr. No)
8. Blofeld (Eric Pohlmann as the voice and Anthony Dawson as the body, From Russia with Love—even without a face, a great villain)
9. Blofeld (Donald Pleasance, You Only Live Twice)
10. Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem, Skyfall)
11. Sanchez (Robert Davi, License to Kill)
12. Scaramanga (Christopher Lee, The Man With the Golden Gun)
13. Julian Glover (Kristatos, For Your Eyes Only)
14. Blofeld (Charles Gray, Diamonds are Forever)
15. Blofeld (Telly Savalas, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
16. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto, Live and Let Die)
17. Zorin (Christopher Walken, A View to a Kill)
18. Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens, Die Another Day)
19. Carver (Jonathan Pryce, Tomorrow Never Dies)
20. Renard (Robert Carlyle, The World is Not Enough)
21. Alec Trevelyav (Sean Bean, Goldeneye)
22. Mr. Green (Mathieu Almaric, Quantum of Solace)
23. Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker, The Living Daylights)

Top Five Theme Songs

1. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
2. “You Only Live Twice
3. “The Living Daylights
4. “All Time High” (from Octopussy)
5. “Moonraker

Also in Slate, Isaac Chotiner examines what makes James Bond great.

Isaac Chotiner is a senior editor at the New Republic.

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