Every Daniel Craig James Bond movie, ranked by rewatchability
Looking for a new James Bond. The producers are looking for a younger actor to take on the role of everyone’s favorite gentleman spy. After Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 ended in spectacular style last year with the bittersweet finale of No time to die, Eon has some pretty big boots to fill with the next incarnation of the iconic spy movie franchise. Fans may have to wait a while for the next Bond film, but Craig has left behind five action gems to revisit in the meantime.
Some of the films from Craig’s five films as 007, such as the heartbreaking Casino Royale and entertainment Skyfallrequire more rewatches than others, such as bloat The ghost and the mediocre ones A spectrum of comfort.
5 Quantum of Solace (2008)
After Casino Royale kicked off Craig’s tenure as 007 with some of the best reviews in franchise history, his second film A spectrum of comfort was met with some of the worst reviews a Bond film has ever received. This is the weakest film of the Craig era so far.
The choppy storytelling can be forgiven in Bond films like Thunder ball and Octopuses which still have the franchise’s classic sense of fun. A spectrum of comfortIts biggest crime is that it doesn’t have the distinctive feel of a Bond film. It’s just a simple action thriller with a simple industrialist villain. At the very least, this villain gets one of the series’ coldest death scenes as 007 abandons him in the desert with nothing to drink but a can of butter.
4 The Ghost (2015)
If it wasn’t for the distinctive Bondian feel A spectrum of comfort was missing The ghost I would give Quantum gives it a run for its money as Craig’s weakest Bond film. After Sam Mendes blew their minds with his first Bond film, Skyfallfans were bitterly disappointed by his second. The ghost is let down by its bloated runtime and meandering plot that unnecessarily ties the entire Craig era together in a retroactive Marvel-style continuity.
Still, The ghost there are some fun things worth revisiting a few times, like the Day of the Dead cold open, Christoph Waltz’s chilling turn as Blofeld, and 007’s brutal fight with Mr. Hincks on a high-speed train (an intuitive homage to the iconic fight with Red Grant in From Russia with love).
3 No Time To Die (2021)
The bittersweet finale of the Craig era, No time to die, has more of a sense of closure than any other Bond actor’s final performance in the role. It marks a welcome return to the classic Bond film structure, with an action-packed, global adventure that builds to a climactic battle in the villain’s spectacular secret lair.
Rami Malek’s portrayal of Lucifer Safin, a traditional Bondian megalomaniac with apocalyptic plans to reshape the world, is more understated than the average Bond villain. With a running time of three hours, No time to die it’s way longer than it needs to be, but there’s so much exciting action that it doesn’t feel that long at all.
2 Casino Royale (2006)
Martin Campbell’s hard reboot Casino Royale reinvented the Bond myth from scratch. It’s an origin story that describes how Bond earned his 00 status and his license to kill, and where his cold-blooded emotional detachment comes from. Casino Royale is one of the best-crafted films in the franchise. It’s pretty light on action, but its plot is compelling enough to make up for it. Casino Royale opens with a mind-blowing parkour chase, then slows down the middle action with extended poker sequences. Interrupting action scenes like the brutal stairwell brawl and the explosive airport chase keep the audience on the edge of their seats in this espionage-focused installment.
It all ties into Bond’s most tragic love story since On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. 007 falls so madly in love with Vesper Lynd that he quits MI6 to go on a long vacation with her. She betrays him, which breaks his heart. He then learns that she only betrayed him to save his life, but before he can reconcile with her, he fails to save her from drowning in a sinking building in the devastating finale. It’s an emotional roller coaster. By the end of the film, Craig has become the 007 that fans know and love.
1 Skyfall (2012)
The third entry in the Craig era, Skyfallfound the perfect intersection between the gritty realism of Casino Royale and the over-the-top fun of 007’s classic adventures. Sam Mendes brought back all the familiar hallmarks missing from Craig’s first two Bond films, such as the Aston Martin, the stingy one-liners and wacky gadgets provided by Q Branch.
The plot is rather nonsensical when put under the microscope, but the film’s thrilling action sequences – magnificently shot by Roger Deakins – more than make up for it. From Bond’s near-death experience in the cold open to the silhouetted battle in Shanghai to the climactic invasion of Raul Silva’s home in the Scottish Highlands, Skyfall is full of riveting sequences that never get old.
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