James Bond—just hearing the words “Agent Double-O 7″ or listening to the familiar guitar and horn sounds is enough to identify the famed spy character. The franchise has survived numerous actor changes, generational differences and three various reboots. With Spectre hitting movie theaters this week, let’s not forget about the Bond classics that made the hit series. Browse through our list of the best James Bond films and the famous posters that advertised them.
The Spy Who Loved Me (Roger Moore)
A unique, clever parody exemplifying the stereotype of Bond movies and spy films overall. The Austin Powers trilogy would later borrow elements from this particular movie.
Skyfall (Daniel Craig)
Considered to be Daniel Craig’s finest portrayal of the action spy, and perhaps the second greatest movie of the franchise.
You Only Live Twice (Sean Connery)
The first Bond movie to upgrade from spy thriller to full-on action film.
For Your Eyes Only (Roger Moore)
This movie, at the time of its release, brings the 007 film series back to the familiar Cold War theme which dominated most of the earlier movies.
Casino Royale (Daniel Craig)
Daniel Craig is introduced as the new iconic James Bond actor in this reboot of the legendary franchise, starting from Bond’s early days as an ordinary agent. By the end of the film, he fits in smoothly as the new Agent 007.
Goldfinger (Sean Connery)
This film showcased a bunch of excess elements: a henchman throwing a weapon disguised as a hat, a love interest who leads a deadly all-female Galore group, and a main villain obsessed with gold who’s willing to nuke Fort Knox to get it. It’s one of the most iconic entries in the franchise.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (George Lazenby)
Although not well received in the 60s, this movie now ranks as one of the best Bond films in the franchise’s history.
From Russia With Love (Sean Connery)
Sean Connery’s finest performance as Bond, in a movie lacking the usage of gadgets and high in scenes of brutality. It also features one of the best single fight moments in the history of the spy series.
GoldenEye (Pierce Brosnan)
Pierce Brosnan reintroduced James Bond to a new generation of movie enthusiasts. It’s the first Agent 007 film set after the end of the Cold War, and it’s considered Brosnan’s finest portrayal of the legendary spy.