November 9, 2012 by jooshanoosh
”[Bond] wasn’t infallible, but he always knew the answer, always knew exactly what to do in any situation. And he always knew how to wear a suit.” – Daniel Craig
And with that, here’s your homework before you venture to see Skyfall in theaters:
1. Casino Royale (2006)
The first Daniel Craig film is gritty, edgy, and yet still very 007. Easily my favorite and, for those unfamiliar with the series, the best place to start. I will go out on a limb and say the first 15 minutes might be the best of any action movie.
2. From Russia With Love (1963)
The second Connery film has always been at the top of my list with plenty of thrills, gorgeous camera work and crazy villains. The fist fights make you feel like you’re there in the room. Yikes.
3. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
Model George Lazenby faked his way into the Bond role and gets criticized for not being an “actor” but the story is super strong and gives him a chance to be flawed and fantastically three dimensional. And there’s Kojak as the bad guy.
4. Goldfinger (1964)
Probably the most iconic Bond movie was Connery’s third. Loads of gadgets, guns, goons, and girls. I think the woman they spray painted gold almost died or something. Look it up. Plus, Oddjob!
5. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Roger Moore was my childhood bond. That feels weird typing that. Anyway, this movie made me a lifelong fan and I wanted to be James Bond to all the ladies (without all the misogyny, of course). It introduces the villain Jaws (the non-shark) and has one of the best opening scenes of them all.
6. Goldeneye (1995)
This is the Brosnan Bond I remember most fondly. Of all the 007s, he was the most smooth but his films got progressively cartoonish so, unless you like that sort of thing, don’t waste your time on any other ones he did.
7. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Moore’s most serious turn as Bond has quite a lot of awesomeness in cars and on cliffs but I remember this one mostly for the theme song.
8. Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Craig’s second entry was forgettable to many but is still a solid entry in my book and, being the most recent, probably gives you a good lead up to the events in Skyfall.
9. The Living Daylights (1987)
There was a time I considered Timothy Dalton the best James Bond. I don’t know. It’s probably because he was the grittiest since Connery. I like Moore and Brosnon but, in my head, Bond was always supposed to be rough and tumble and then be able to clean up nice not prissy and never breaking a sweat. That’s why the best of the two Dalton entries gets the last spot.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments!