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The Best Pre-Dalton James Bond Movies, Ranked

Updated October 14, 2018 2.5k votes 261 voters 1.9k 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.

  • Goldfinger1


    Sean Connery, Honor Blackman


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

    Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as...  more

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  • The Spy Who Loved Me2

    The Spy Who Loved Me

    Roger Moore, Barbara Bach


    Directed byLewis Gilbert

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  • From Russia with Love3

    From Russia with Love

    Sean Connery, Robert Shaw


    Directed byTerence Young

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  • For Your Eyes Only4

    For Your Eyes Only

    Roger Moore, Sheena Easton


    Directed byJohn Glen

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  • Thunderball5


    Sean Connery, Luciana Paluzzi


    Directed byTerence Young

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  • Live and Let Die6

    Live and Let Die

    Jane Seymour, Roger Moore


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service7

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    George Lazenby, Diana Rigg


    Directed byPeter R. Hunt

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

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  • Moonraker8


    Roger Moore, Lois Chiles


    Directed byLewis Gilbert

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  • You Only Live Twice9

    You Only Live Twice

    Sean Connery, Donald Pleasence


    Directed byLewis Gilbert

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  • Octopussy10


    Roger Moore, Maud Adams


    Directed byJohn Glen

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  • Dr. No11

    Dr. No

    Sean Connery, Ursula Andress


    Directed byTerence Young

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  • The Man with the Golden Gun12

    The Man with the Golden Gun

    Christopher Lee, Roger Moore


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • Diamonds Are Forever13

    Diamonds Are Forever

    Sean Connery, Sammy Davis


    Directed byGuy Hamilton

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  • A View to a Kill14

    A View to a Kill

    Christopher Walken, Roger Moore


    Directed byJohn Glen

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  • Never Say Never Again15

    Never Say Never Again

    Sean Connery, Kim Basinger


    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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