Daniel Craig's James Bond Films Ranked From Worst to Best

Updated on April 13, 2020
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Daniel Craig came into the Bond franchise and turned it upside down, giving Bond a fresh and gritty take.

The newest Bond entry will fly into theaters later this year, so I re-watched all four of Craig's James Bond movies. And now... let's rank them from worst to best.

Keep in mind that my list is not the list of all lists. These are my opinions and I based the rankings of what I personally liked or didn't like. The great thing about films is that we all have our own personal opinions on them.

#4: Quantum of Solace

My least favorite of Craig's James Bond films is Quantum of Solace by a long shot. This film is the only one out of all four that I do not like.

I know a lot of people actually put this above Spectre. But for me, Spectre has a lot more enjoyable qualities than Quantum of Solace. Instead of feeling like a gritty James Bond film, it came off more like a Jason Bourne film.

Where Casino Royale brought the classy, slick action, Quantum of Solace tries to up the ante in all the wrong ways.

I found the story confusing. I did not understand Dominic Greene's evil plan surrounding oil. This is supposed to be a huge match for Bond, but it feels like it's just an average day for him.

After watching the film, I did some research into it and it makes sense to why the story came out so bad. This film was being made during the big writing strike and Marc Forster, the director, had to write a lot of scenes. He even stated that he is not a writer.

I give credit to this because he stepped up and said that this film is bad and here's why.

The editing in this film is also very bad. The action scenes do not feel exciting because of how choppy they are. I kept finding myself confused as to what is happening.

I noticed that most action scenes began in the middle with no context. There is a scene where Bond is getting on an elevator with the bad guys and the scene just cuts to him in the middle of a fight with them.

This left me very confused and uninterested in the fights.

Craig was good as Bond in the film. I understand what they were trying to do with making him upset from the events from Casino Royale. However, where he needs to come off as heartbroken and betrayed, he comes off as moody instead.

This film just did not offer a whole lot for me. It is very boring and not enjoyable. This is a huge stepdown from its predecessor.

#3. Spectre

Spectre is probably the most underrated film in Craig's Bond series. I had only watched this film once when it first came out. I did not remember much about it and was scared to watch it again, fearing for another Quantum Solace.

However, Spectre offers a deeper dive into James Bond that I actually enjoyed. For me, the main theme in the film is that Bond is driven by something that keeps him from slowing down. He is always going and can't stop to enjoy a normal life.

Christoph Waltz as Blofeld was also very surprising for me. He is not in the film as much as I would have liked. However, I think linking him to the previous films is an interesting way to make him a more personal villain for Bond.

See, that is what I liked most about this film. This is a very personal adventure for Bond. We see him hunt this man who is behind all his pain from the beginning.

Did it come off perfectly? No. But it worked well enough for me to give us an interesting take on Bond with a nice mystery thrown in there.

This film also offers a whole lot of action, done in the right way! I feel like this is what Quantum of Solace was trying to do, but Spectre kept the elegance to Bond.

This film is not as good as the first two, but it does not deserve the hate that it gets. It is not the best Bond film, but it is a great action movie that offers a lot for the character of James Bond.

#2. Casino Royale

I think this is where most people disagree on the rankings. My runner up for the Craig series is Casino Royale.

Casino Royale and Skyfall are two of my favorite movies in general, so it is hard to say which is better. I honestly would say that neither is better than the other. There are things that I find more enjoyable in Skyfall than I do in Casino Royale that sets them apart.

This movie is my introduction to James Bond as I have never seen any before. However, I understood that Bond is supposed to be an elegant hitman.

We don't see Bond as the cold hitman that he normally is. He is a wild ride. His arrogance outweighs his self-awareness. He does it for the thrills. Because he thinks he is the best.

This film takes it's time to start, showing Bond on a mission before we get into the main storyline. They set up almost a little origin story for Bond that does not get boring. Most movies, you would be wondering when the film is going to start and when it will end if it is as long as this. But the film is so well filmed that you don't want it to end.

The action is so fantastic to watch. Everyone knows the famous parkour scene that feels so practical. You know what, this film is amazing. If you haven't seen it go watch it.

This film just feels like a classic James Bond film. It has the action, mystery, and romance that you expect from James Bond.

The Bond girl in the film is perfect for James Bond. The two deliver back and forth quippy dialogue. We really feel that this woman has gotten to James Bond and he does love her.

This film sets up perfectly to what makes James Bond tick. I don't think there is a more perfect introduction to Daniel Craig's Bond.

#1. Skyfall

Drum roll, please... Skyfall is my favorite Daniel Craig James Bond film. It is hard to talk about how great this film is because everything about it is great. This was a huge return for Bond after Quantum of Solace.

The film remembers that it is a James Bond film. It does not focus on summer blockbuster action, but rather on the long-drawn-out chase sequences.

Sam Mendes came in to direct and did a fantastic job. He understood what made James Bond the hitman that he is. It is a slick and beautiful movie to watch.

Bond is stripped down in this movie. He has been out of the game and is out of shape. He fails his test to get back into the 00 initiative. We see Bond at his lowest and he has met his match. Javier Bardem is the perfect Bond villain. He is terrifying with a plan that he has thought out.

This villain is not the evil guy holding a cat threatening to blow up the moon or whatever. He is out for revenge. This is personal which makes him more menacing. He will stop at nothing to follow his plan out.

This is the film where it feels like Bond may actually lose. He struggles with who he must trust and he has gotten to be the cold-hearted hitman. There is always a sense of danger as Bond does everything in his power to redeem himself.

Just as with Spectre, I really liked how personal this film got. We see Bond go back home to fight his battles. The last action scene is so much fun for me. Bond booby traps his childhood home in a Home Alone manner.

Because he is out on his own, he must use the resources he has available. He gets creative. I loved that aspect of the film. That is why he is James freaking Bond.

And that is my list!

What do you think? Do you agree with my list or would you rearrange it? Is Daniel Craig your favorite James Bond and are you excited for his last appearance in No Time To Die?

And remember that we all have our different opinions when it comes to film and that's what makes it so much fun to talk about!


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