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The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked

Updated October 14, 2018 2.6k votes 257 voters 1.8k views15 items

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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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  • Goldfinger1
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    Goldfinger

    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman

    Released1964

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as...  more
  • The Spy Who Loved Me2
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    60

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach

    Released1977

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star...  more
  • From Russia with Love3
    143
    54

    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw

    Released1963

    Directed byTerence Young

    From Russia with Love is the second James Bond film made by Eon Productions and the second to...  more
  • For Your Eyes Only4
    114
    44

    For Your Eyes Only

    Roger Moore, Sheena Easton

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Glen

    For Your Eyes Only is the twelfth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star...  more
  • Thunderball5
    124
    52

    Thunderball

    Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi

    Released1965

    Directed byTerence Young

    Thunderball is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series starring Sean Connery as the...  more
  • Live and Let Die6
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    59

    Live and Let Die

    Jane Seymour, Roger Moore

    Released1973

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    This film is the eighth spy film in the James Bond series to be produced by Eon Productions,...  more

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  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service7
    121
    65

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    George Lazenby, Diana Rigg

    Released1969

    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service is the sixth spy film in the James Bond series, based on the...  more
  • Moonraker8
    117
    60

    Moonraker

    Roger Moore, Lois Chiles

    Released1979

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    Moonraker is the eleventh spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth to star Roger...  more

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  • You Only Live Twice9
    110
    55

    You Only Live Twice

    Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence

    Released1967

    Directed byLewis Gilbert

    You Only Live Twice is the fifth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fifth to star Sean...  more
  • Octopussy10
    101
    61

    Octopussy

    Roger Moore, Maud Adams

    Released1983

    Directed byJohn Glen

    Octopussy is the thirteenth entry in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and the sixth...  more
  • Dr. No11
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    76

    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress

    Released1962

    Directed byTerence Young

    Dr. No is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery; it is the first James Bond film....  more
  • The Man with the Golden Gun12
    88
    56

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    Christopher Lee, Roger Moore

    Released1974

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    The Man with the Golden Gun is the ninth spy film in the James Bond series and the second to...  more
  • Diamonds Are Forever13
    75
    65

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Sean Connery, Sammy Davis

    Released1971

    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Diamonds Are Forever is the seventh spy film in the James Bond series by Eon Productions, and...  more
  • A View to a Kill14
    90
    65

    A View to a Kill

    Christopher Walken, Roger Moore

    Released1985

    Directed byJohn Glen

    This film is the fourteenth spy film of the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to...  more

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  • Never Say Never Again15
    64
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    Never Say Never Again

    Sean Connery, Kim Basinger

    Released1983

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

    Never Say Never Again is a 1983 spy film based on the James Bond novel Thunderball, which was...  more