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Reader Ranking Announcement: James Bond!

I meant to follow up February's very popular Meryl Streep Reader Ranking with another participatory countdown that's turned over to you! But I've been slow about it. Here's a perfect opportunity. Let's do everyone's favorite spy, James Bond. Deborah has been listing her favorites as we count down to Daniel Craig's third outing as 007, Skyfall on November 9th. 

The official James Bond films as a reminder... 

  1. Dr. No (1962) Connery 
  2. From Russia With Love (1963) Connery 
  3. Goldfinger (1964) Connery 
  4. Thunderball (1965) Connery 
  5. You Only Live Twice (1967) Connery 
  6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Lazenby
  7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Connery 
  8. Live and Let Die (1973) Moore 
  9. The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Moore
  10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Moore 
  11. Moonraker (1979) Moore 
  12. For Your Eyes Only (1981) Moore 
  13. Octopussy (1983) Moore 
  14. A View To a Kill (1985) Moore 
  15. The Living Daylights (1987) Dalton 
  16. License to Kill (1989) Dalton
  17. Goldeneye (1995) Brosnan 
  18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Brosnan 
  19. The World is Not Enough (1999) Brosnan 
  20. Die Another Day (2002) Brosnan 
  21. Casino Royale (2006) Craig 
  22. Quantum of Solace (2008) Craig 

Confession: I have a soft spot for Octopussy (1983) which most people think is terrible, because it's the first Bond I ever saw.How to play along: 

  • Send me a ranked list of every James Bond film you've seen by November 1st with "BOND RANK" in the subject line. Your list could be as short as 3 films or as long as 22 -- I'll take any size list but the lists are weighted to prioritize the readers who've seen the most (just like we did with Streep). If you need help remembering which film is which here's a handy compendium.
  • Bonus Points: If you include a list of your 7 favorite Bond Girls in the e-mail, I'll add more weight to your film rankings if you do.
  • Feel free to include soundbytes. I might publish them if they're relevant to the final rank.
  • Feel free to include links to something you've written about the franchise if you have a blog. I might link them if it's relevant to the final writeup.
  • Depending on your enthusiasm we'll know how Bond crazy we should get in early November when Skyfall premieres.


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Reader Comments (11)

first thought that came to my mind : this is opposite of actressexual..... with love

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

Apologies in advance for the long email I just sent you!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWill h

Can't participate since I've only seen two films so far... both of Daniel Craig's films. Never really did get into bond until Craig took over so I'm looking forward to this readers' rankings to figure out which ones to see. Hell, I ended up seeing 6 new Meryl Streep films after the last one!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

murtada -- i hadn't really thought of that but I see it now. Weird that I like James Bond too. Hopefully some readers do!

October 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

Live and Let Die, Casino Royale, and Goldeneye merit consideration!

Best Bond: Connery, Craig, Brosnan, & then Moore.

Best Babe: This category is tough but obviously Eva Green is near the top of the list.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I'm having trouble getting thru. what is the email address?

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertom

If we're ranking Bonds: Craig, Connery, Dalton, Brosnan, Lazenby, Moore.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

[murtada -- i hadn't really thought of that but I see it now. Weird that I like James Bond too. Hopefully some readers do!]

James Bond has plenty to offer gay men as well as the rest of everyone else. Firstly, him, he's hot, usually, except for Roger Moore, I have no mushy feelings about him. Second, gay boys love women too, just not sexually. There are tons of exciting and interesting women to fawn after. Third, we love adventure and escapism—and glamorous exotic locations. We want to travel around the world with a masculine man with an accent, looks good in a suit, tux, or nothing at all—who will rescue us, kill our captors, and, always in the mood for a romp.

The music in the films is also hypnotic.Bond is very gay friendly even when someone can argue the opposite.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter4rtful

Nat: By Bond Girls, we are including female Bond villians, right?

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

Female Bond villains are generally considered Bond girls because he often sleeps with them, too.

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Gow

yes, i believe the rule is so long as he sleeps with them, they're a Bond girl.

the email addy is filmexperience (at) gmail (dot) com

YAY. the lists are starting to arrive. keep 'em coming.

October 16, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R
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