Prime Video now has every James Bond movies in its library. Goldfinger, A View to a Kill, and Skyfall are essential viewing for every Bond fan.
You may safely skip “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “Spectre.”
The first film in the series introduced us not only to the dashing spy persona created by Ian Fleming in his books but also to Sean Connery, the first actor to play 007 on film.
Must-see James Bond movies: “Dr. No” (1962)
In the early 1960s, he epitomized the ideal cinema hero thanks to his excellent looks, charming Scottish accent, and action skills.
The plot was the glue that held everything together. Dr. No, the series’ original bad guy, awaits him.
Must-see: “From Russia With Love” (1963)
James Bond movies: For the second installment, Connery reprised his role as James Bond. He’s taking the battle to the bad guys on the Orient Express and in Istanbul this time. And the gadgets he utilizes become a characteristic for most of the 007 movies coming ahead.
Must-see: “Goldfinger” (1964)
In what is often regarded as Connery’s best James Bond movies, Bond battles Aurric Goldfinger (who famously says, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die”), cruises about in an Aston Martin, and prevents the destruction of Fort Knox.
Definitely check out “Thunderball” (1965)
Even if this isn’t as wonderful as “Goldfinger,” onnery is back at it, and the action is excellent. Emilio Largo, the villain who wears an eyepatch, also stands out as a top performer in the series.
This is the film in which Bond first uses a jet pack to explore the city.
Must-see: “You Only Live Twice” (1967)
With the tale situated in Japan, the views are breathtaking. Things couldn’t get much better than that, what with the movie’s villain being SPECTRE’s Number One Blofeld (played superbly by Donald Pleasence), whose lair has piranhas and clashes with ninjas.
Must-see: “Diamonds Are Forever” (1971)
James Bond movies: Connery’s retirement from the character of James Bond lasted for just one film (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”), but he came back and showed he is the genuine Bond by dismantling a diamond smuggling ring at the same time he broke several hearts.
Then he stepped down from his position. Just about (more on that at the end).
Must-see: “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977)
Roger Moore’s performance as James Bond improved with each successive film he starred in throughout his tenure.
He joins forces with a KGB operative to find missile-equipped submarines that have gone missing. The massive henchman Jaws, so-called for his enormous metal fangs, must also be avoided.
Almost immediately, Richard Kiel’s portrayal of Jaws won over audiences.
Must-see: “Moonraker” (1979)
James Bond movies: In an effort to rival the success of “Star Wars,” 007 embarks on a space expedition.
It’s corny but in a good way. We’re thrilled to see Moore go up against Jaws again.
Sadly, it’s their last showdown. The reason Jaws survives the movie is not that Bond kills him, but because he falls in love.
Must-see: “A View to a Kill” (1985)
The last Bond narrative set during the Moore period was perhaps the most 1980s.
James Bond movies: The enemy, played by Christopher Walken, rides about after Bond in a huge blimp. Grace Jones plays a wonderful villain and always looks gorgeous. In addition, the film boasts a performance by ’80s legends Duran Duran of the greatest Bond theme music ever.
Must-see: “The Living Daylights” (1987)
The Timothy Dalton era as Bond begins with this film, and it does it triumphantly; Dalton is a natural in the 007 characters.
James Bond movies: The movie’s plot revolves around the KGB like one of Moore’s, but Dalton gives the character a far more vicious edge, which is appropriate for the 1990s.
Must-see: “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1997)
Once Pierce Brosnan took over (Dalton lasted for just two films), the series reached new heights of sexiness and action, with Bond looking suave and the Bond ladies looking stunning (hello, Michelle Yeoh!).
Must-see: “Die Another Day” (2002)
Bond’s 40th anniversary is celebrated with this, probably the greatest Brosnan-era film.
As the series enters the new millennium, it follows the trend of modern blockbusters by increasing its reliance on computer-generated imagery (CGI). Bond fights it out in North Korea alongside Bond girl Halle Berry, yet the film maintains a realistic action vibe.
Must-see: “Casino Royale” (2006)
After “Die Another Day” after four years, the series is restarted with a new Bond. With Daniel Craig’s arrival, 007 becomes more serious than ever before.
Must-see: “Skyfall” (2012)
James Bond movies: The film marks a turning point for Craig as a Bond villain, and it’s easily one of the finest Bond films of all time in our book.
The film, directed by Sam Mendes and featuring Javier Bardem as the antagonist, and photographed brilliantly by the great cinematographer Roger Deakins, reaches a tense climax (spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched the film).
Must-see: “No Time to Die” (2021)
James Bond movies: The last Bond film starring Daniel Craig is a spectacular send-off. The last half hour of the film is among the most exhilarating in the series, and the action is among the greatest in recent memory.
Skip: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969)
Connery announced his retirement from the role of James Bond after “You Only Live Twice,” allowing George Lazenby to take over. Fan and critical backlash against the model-turned-actor ensued as he tried to fill Connery’s shoes.
The movie is uninteresting, although Lazenby has his moments.