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The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked 

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Bond. James Bond. You know his name, but the super spy behind the famous moniker has worn many faces. Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and George Lazenby all donned the sharp suit and suave attitude of the British secret agent in the first few decades of the iconic series. But despite the changes in actors, the best early James Bond movies feature instantly recognizable images: beautiful women, crazed villains, and martinis that are always shaken, never stirred. This is a list of the top old James Bond movies including everything from Dr. No to The Spy Who Lived Me to Moonraker.

Which Bond is your favorite? That's a difficult choice. Maybe you're a fan of 1960s James Bond movies, and plan to vote Goldfinger up to the very top of the list. Sean Connery, the very first Bond, personified cool as he drove around the world in his iconic Aston Martin. Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) also shared the screen as the "Bond girls" in this 1964 film. If you prefer 1970s Bond flicks, Live and Let Die is ready for you to click the thumbs up. This rollicking Roger Moore film also features a stellar theme song by Paul McCartney and Wings. Other good old James Bond movies include The Man with the Golden Gun, Octopussy, and You Only Live Twice.

Which classic Bond film do you think is the best? Vote your favorites up to the top and get in on the conversation in the comment section.

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From Russia with Love is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi

Released: 1963

Directed by: Terence Young

From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Released in 1963, the film was produced by ...more

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Thunderball is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi, Claudine Auger

Released: 1965

Directed by: Terence Young

Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, which ...more

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Garry Marshall

Released: 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film ...more

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On Her Majesty's Secret ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley

Released: 1969

Directed by: Peter R. Hunt

On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. Following the decision of Sean Connery to retire from the ...more

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You Only Live Twice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence, Lois Maxwell

Released: 1967

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

You Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, and ...more

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The Spy Who Loved Me is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Caroline Munro

Released: 1977

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the ...more

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Dr. No is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord

Released: 1962

Directed by: Terence Young

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For Your Eyes Only is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Roger Moore, Sheena Easton, Charles Dance

Released: 1981

Directed by: John Glen

For Your Eyes Only is the twelfth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It marked the directorial debut of John Glen, who ...more

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A View to a Kill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Christopher Walken, Roger Moore, Grace Jones

Released: 1985

Directed by: John Glen

This film is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian ...more

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Moonraker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Richard Kiel

Released: 1979

Directed by: Lewis Gilbert

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Live and Let Die is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Jane Seymour, Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto

Released: 1973

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

This film is the eighth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions, and the first to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Produced by Albert R. ...more

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The Man with the Golden ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, Britt Ekland

Released: 1974

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of ...more

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Octopussy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan

Released: 1983

Directed by: John Glen

Octopussy is the thirteenth entry in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film's title is taken from a short ...more

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Diamonds Are Forever is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Sammy Davis, Jr.

Released: 1971

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh spy film in the James Bond series by Eon Productions, and the sixth and final Eon film to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. The film is ...more
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Never Say Never Again is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked
Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Rowan Atkinson

Released: 1983

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Never Say Never Again is a 1983 spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball, which was previously adapted in 1965 under that name. Unlike the majority of Bond films, Never Say Never Again ...more