The Best James Bond Movies From The '60s And '70s
By Sarah Norman | June 14, 2023
When it comes to iconic films of the 1960s and '70s it doesn't get much more classic than the 007 franchise. These films about the adventures of super spy James Bond have taken him from swinging London to the Bahamas, inside a volcano, and all the way to outer space. With 15 films alone in the Groovy era, it's hard to know which is the best. Thankfully viewers have rated and reviewed the films on Rotten Tomatoes so you don't have to slog through something like Casino Royale (1967) to get through the good stuff.
The following Bond films are all from the '60s and '70s with a brief foray into the '80s, but we don't go further than '83 just to keep things on brand. Do you agree with the Rotten Tomatoes ranking of the Bond films? Or do you think that Moonraker and Diamonds Are Forever should be right up top? Whatever the case, hopefully, this list doesn't leave you shaken and not stirred.
Goldfinger is number one with a bullet Rotten Tomatoes or not. This is the movie where the concept of 007 on-screen coalesced into the character we know today. He's sexy, his villain (Goldfinger) is over the top, and it contains quite possibly one of the most famous lines in cinema history - "A martini. Shaken, not stirred."
The film also has cool gadgets, ridiculous double-crosses, and an insane final fight that every Bond film that followed would try to emulate in one way or another. This is Bond at its best.