Whenever a new Bond movie is about to hit theatres, it’s inevitable that people will start asking that age old question, “What is the best James Bond film of all time?” Having an excuse to revisit the franchise’s extensive history is always part of the fun, but this year it makes even more sense with the Bond 50 box set hitting stores as well. This time around the 007 fan site MI6 decided to set up what is quite possibly the biggest poll on the subject ever conducted, and the results may surprise you.
After tabulating over 15,000 votes where they asked fans to pick the 5 best and 5 worst Bond films, it was one of the most recent films that came out on top with a pretty decisive victory. Casino Royale showed up on 75% of the “best” lists, proving that nostalgia isn’t everything. By comparison, Goldfinger and From Russia with Love, the #2 and #3 films, were picked by just over 50% of fans. In our own Film Junk poll back in 2008, Casino Royale also came out on top, but I would have thought on a Bond-specific fan site there would be a lot more love for the old classics. So what do you think, does this poll settle the debate once and for all? Check out the top 10 after the jump or visit MI6 for the full results.
1. Casino Royale (Daniel Craig) — 75%
2. Goldfinger (Sean Connery) — 54%
3. From Russia With Love (Sean Connery) — 53%
4. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (George Lazenby) — 46%
5. GoldenEye (Pierce Brosnan) — 37%
6. The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore) — 33%
7. Thunderball (Sean Connery) — 29%
8. The Living Daylights (Timothy Dalton) — 26%
9. Dr. No (Sean Connery) — 19%
10. For Your Eyes Only (Roger Moore) — 17%