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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  • Goldfinger
    1
    Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Guy Hamilton
  • From Russia with Love
    2
    Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Robert Shaw
    • Released: 1963
    • Directed by: Terence Young
  • Dr. No
    3
    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman
    • Released: 1962
    • Directed by: Terence Young
  • For Your Eyes Only
    4
    Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol
    • Released: 1981
    • Directed by: John Glen
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
    5
    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    6
    George Lazenby, Diana Rigg, Joanna Lumley
    • Released: 1969
    • Directed by: Peter Hunt
  • Thunderball
    7
    Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi
    • Released: 1965
    • Directed by: Terence Young
  • You Only Live Twice
    8
    Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Donald Pleasence
    • Released: 1967
    • Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
  • Live and Let Die
    9
    Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Guy Hamilton
  • Moonraker
    10
    Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michaël Lonsdale
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
    11
    Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Guy Hamilton
  • Diamonds Are Forever
    12
    Sean Connery, Jill St. John, Charles Gray
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Guy Hamilton
  • Octopussy
    13
    Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: John Glen
  • A View to a Kill
    14
    Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Grace Jones
    • Released: 1985
    • Directed by: John Glen
  • Never Say Never Again
    15
    Sean Connery, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Barbara Carrera
    • Released: 1983
    • Directed by: Irvin Kershner