Ranking Daniel Craig's James Bond movies from worst to best
Craig's final outing as Bond arrives in Irish cinemas this month!
Almost two full years since it was originally due to be released, we can barely believe it, but the 25th Bond movie No Time To Die is finally arriving in cinemas this month.
Craig is back for one final time, and while the plot is still been kept almost entirely under wraps, there is a sense of something big on the horizon with this blockbuster.
In case you've somehow missed it, here is the final trailer for No Time To Die, which is arriving in Irish cinemas on Friday, September 30:
To celebrate the arrival, we thought we'd go through Craig's tenure as Bond so far, and rank his 007 movies from worst to best, starting with...
The Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz).
Turns out that Blofeld was, in fact, Bond's sorta half-brother; a plot twist, we'll remind you, that already appeared in an Austin Powers sequel. We got a great line of dialogue out of that revelation ("I am the author of all your pain."), but really not much else, except for a truly ridiculous finale set within the about-to-be-demolished MI6 headquarters. Blofeld will be back for No Time To Die, so here is hoping they give him something better to do this time.
The Song: Sam Smith - 'Writing's On The Wall'.
It was... fine? Smith is obviously an amazing singer, but the lyrics are so painfully generic. "How do I live? How do I breathe? / When you're not here I'm suffocating / I want to feel love, run through my blood / Tell me is this where I give it all up?" Where is the fun? Where is the sexiness??
The Opening Set-Piece: Mexico City assassination.
A single tracking shot through the overflowing streets during Day of the Dead, with stellar cinematography and a cracking, drum-heavy score, this is an incredibly showy opening to the movie. But it soon devolves into OTT madness, with Bond surviving a fall through a crumbling high-rise, before diverting a stalling helicopter from crashing into the crowd below. It all looks great but doesn't make a lot of sense. Rather like most of Spectre, if we're being honest.
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3. QUANTUM OF SOLACE
The Villain: Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric).
Definitely in the running for the worst Bond villain of all time. His big plan involves charging higher prices for water. That is it. That is his entire plan. It all ends with Greene becoming a shrieking, axe-swinging lunatic in the middle of an exploding hotel.
The Song: Alicia Keys & Jack White - "Another Way to Die".
A very interesting pairing, paired with some hard guitar riffs and, well, a lot of screaming. But, importantly, the lyrics are very fun, kicking off with: "Another ringer with the slick trigger finger for Her Majesty / Another one with the golden tone voice and then your fantasy / Another bill from a killer turned a thrill into a tragedy." See? That is some fun Bond lyrics right there!
The Opening Set-Piece: Lake Garda car chase.
Picking up immediately where Casino Royale left us off, Bond gets into this vicious, kinetic car chase with his pursuers, all while the mysterious Mr. White is in the trunk. It is a brilliant action scene, but if you haven't seen Casino Royale, then you'll have absolutely no idea what is going on here, leaving you dazed and confused but excited. Rather like most of Quantum of Solace, if we're being honest.
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2. CASINO ROYALE
The Villain: Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen).
A money man with a bleeding eye and breathing concerns. His big evil plan involves winning a card game, and his big evil weapon is a rope and a chair with the seat cut out of it. None of this should really work, but Mikkelsen nails it all so perfectly that the only real sticking point is that he is dispatched so suddenly that you then miss him for the rest of the movie.
The Song: Chris Cornell - 'You Know My Name'.
The reaction to Madonna's Bond song was ... mixed, so it makes sense that they'd want to go in a very different direction for this one. The late, great Cornell is a perfect match to the new rough'n'ready 007, and the lyrics are all about guns, odds and being betrayed, so very fitting for the movie itself. Of course, the biggest problem is that - being a secret agent - nobody should actually know Bond's name, should they?
The Opening Set-Piece: Uganda parkour chase.
Technically, the actual opening to this movie is that black-and-white scene where we see Bond get his 00 status. But that is immediately followed up by this fantastic foot chase through a construction site, before eventually destroying an embassy. Craig shows off the sledgehammer approach he will be taking to the rest of the movie's action scenes, while the movie basically tells us "Yes, this is Bourne, but with a much bigger budget". It is tense, muscular, story-driven and extremely well-made. Rather like most of Casino Royale, if we're being honest.
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The Villain: Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).
It is a LONG time before Silva even appears in the movie, but when he does, the rest of Skyfall is all his. Yes, his big plan is essentially stolen from The Dark Knight, but between that rat monologue, his homoerotic interrogation of Bond, and a completely removable jaw, Silva is a pure, classic Bond villain dragged into the 21st century.
The Song: Adele - 'Skyfall'.
This was, until Billie Eilish's latest entry, the only Craig song to actually share the title with the movie. Adele is such a perfect fit for a Bong song, slotting nicely alongside some of the biggest and best divas behind the Bond songs over the years. The lyrics point towards destroying everything and trying to rebuild from scratch, be it in a relationship, or in the case of James in this movie, pretty much his entire life.
The Opening Set-Piece: Foot/bike/car/train chase through Istanbul.
Starting off very small (the discovery of a dying agent in a hotel room) before evolving into a JCB Digger VS Train Carriage fight, and ultimately Bond being accidentally sniper'd off a bridge, this is everything you'd expect from a peak Craig-era Bond action scene. It sets up the plot, the consequences, the villain, the personal costs, the supporting characters, and it does it all while looking absolutely spectacular. With this opening scene, we know Bond was essentially changing forever, delivering us brilliant new variations on stuff we felt we'd seen done to death. Rather like most of Skyfall, if we're being honest.
Clip via DB Film Scenes