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How to watch James Bond films in order and where to watch online

Everything to know about watching the James Bond films in release date and chronological order

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Published: Saturday, 8th January 2022 at 7:30 pm

No time to figure out how to watch all of the 007 films in the right order?

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Then RadioTimes.com has all of the answers you need but these really are for your eyes only (okay, we’ll stop with the puns now).

In light of the recent release of the hit fifth and final film to feature Daniel Craig as James Bond, No Time To Die, we have assembled the list of Bond films and how to watch them in both release date and chronological order.

However, if you are keen to know more about No Time To Die, then do be sure to check out our No Time To Die ending explained, full cast page, and, of course, everything about THAT *spoiler* moment.

Also, if you want more information on who each James Bond actor was and the order in which they played the role then check out our page on that.

So, without further ado, here is all you need to know about the order of James Bond films.

James Bond films in release date order

Of course, the best way to view the James Bond films in the official franchise would be to watch them in release date order.

You would be able to enjoy the historical, production and storyline context to all of the entries in the series.

The James Bond films in release date order can be seen below.

  1. Dr. No (1962)
  2. From Russia with Love (1963)
  3. Goldfinger (1964)
  4. Thunderball (1965)
  5. You Only Live Twice (1967)
  6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  8. Live and Let Die (1973)
  9. The Man with the Golden (1974)
  10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  11. Moonraker (1979)
  12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  13. Octopussy (1983)
  14. A View to a Kill (1985)
  15. The Living Daylights (1987)
  16. Licence to Kill (1989)
  17. Goldeneye (1995)
  18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  19. The World is Not Enough (1999)
  20. Die Another Day (2002)
  21. Casino Royale (2006)
  22. Quantum of Solace (2008)
  23. Skyfall (2012)
  24. Spectre (2015)
  25. No Time To Die (2021)

Sean Connery was, naturally, the first Bond in the series, followed by George Lazenby, then Roger Moore, then Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan before finally Daniel Craig.

1. Dr. No (1962)

Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No

Actor Joseph Wiseman on the set of "Dr No". (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

What's Dr. No about?

In 007's big-screen debut, Bond decides to battle against an eccentric scientist, Dr No, who is determined to ruin the US space programme. For this purpose, he journeys to Jamaica to nip in the bud this megalomaniac peril.

Who's in the Dr. No cast?

  • Sean Connery as James Bond/007
  • Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Julius No
  • Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder
  • Jack Lord as Felix Leiter
  • Anthony Dawson as Professor R.J. Dent
  • John Kitzmiller as Quarrel
  • Zena Marshall as Miss Taro
  • Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Peter Burton as Major Boothroyd
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch Dr. No?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

2. From Russia with Love (1963)

From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love

What is From Russia with Love about?

In From Russia with Love, James Bond is sent to steal a top-secret Soviet decoding machine and ends up helping its operator defect to the West. However, he discovers the mission is really a trap set by international crime syndicate Spectre, and struggles to evade his would-be assassins

Who is in the From Russia with Love cast?

  • Sean Connery as James Bond/007
  • Pedro Armendariz as Ali Karim Bey
  • Lotte Lenya as Colonel Rosa Klebb/Number 3
  • Robert Shaw as Donald ‘Red’ Grant
  • Walter Gotell as Morzeny
  • Vladek Sheybal as Kronsteen/Number 5
  • Anthony Dawson as Number 1
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Major Boothroyd
  • Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench
  • and Bernard Lee as M
  • introducing Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova

Where can I watch From Russia with Love?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

3. Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger

What is Goldfinger about?

In Goldfinger, James Bond is assigned to investigate a notorious German gold smuggler and discovers his quarry has ambitions much greater than first suspected. Pursuing the criminal mastermind around the world, Bond uncovers the villain's audacious scheme to destroy the global economy with a daring attack on Fort Knox.

Who is in the Goldfinger cast?

  • Sean Connery as James Bond/007
  • Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore
  • Gert Frobe as Auric Goldfinger
  • Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson
  • Harold Sataka as Oddjob
  • Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson
  • Cec Linder as Felix Leiter
  • Martin Benson as Mr Solo
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch Goldfinger?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

4. Thunderball (1965)

Thunderball

What is Thunderball about?

In Thunderball, James Bond travels to the Bahamas on the trail of two nuclear warheads stolen from a British aircraft. The lethal weapons have fallen into the hands of international crime syndicate Spectre, which plans to fire them at the US coast unless an exorbitant ransom is paid.

Who's in the Thunderball cast?

  • Sean Connery as James Bond/007
  • Adolfo Celi as Emilio Largo/Number 2
  • Claudine Auger as Dominique ‘Domino’ Derval
  • Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe
  • Rik Van Nutter as Felix Leiter
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch Thunderball?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

5. You Only Live Twice (1967)

You Live Only Twice

What is You Only Live Twice about?

You Only Live Twice sees James Bond sent on a mission to uncover the truth behind the disappearances of Soviet and American space capsules before the mutually suspicious superpowers go to war. The trail leads to Japan, where Bond finally comes face to face with his arch-enemy Blofeld.

Who is in the You Only Live Twice cast?

  • Sean Connery as James Bond/007
  • Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki
  • Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki
  • Tetsurō Tamba as Tiger Tanaka
  • Teru Shimada as Mr. Osato
  • Karin Dor as Helga Brandt/Number 11
  • Bernard Lee as M
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • Charles Gray as Dikko Henderson
  • and Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Where can I watch You Only Live Twice?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service

What is On Her Majesty's Secret Service about?

In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, James Bond prevents a young woman - Teresa `Tracy' Draco - from committing suicide. Her father is Marc-Ange Draco, the head of a powerful crime syndicate who is impressed by Bond and wants him to protect his daughter by marrying her. In exchange, he offers Bond information that will lead him to master criminal and arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is intent on destroying world peace by means of a lethal virus unless he receives an international amnesty for his crimes.

Who's in the On Her Majesty's Secret Service cast? 

  • George Lazenby as James Bond/007
  • Diana Rigg as Countessa Teresa ‘Tracy’ di Vincenzo
  • Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • Gabriele Ferzetti as Marc-Ange Draco
  • Ilse Steppat as Irma Bunt
  • George Baker as Sir Hilary Bray
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Diamonds Are Forever

What is Diamonds Are Forever about?

In Diamonds Are Forever, James Bond masquerades as Peter Franks to uncover a diamond smuggling conspiracy. He must also deal with his old rival Ernst Stavro Blofeld who wants to use the diamonds to build a giant laser.

Who is in the Diamonds Are Forever cast? 

  • Sean Connery as James Bond/007
  • Jill St. John as Tiffany Case
  • Charles Gray as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • Lana Wood as Plenty O’Toole
  • Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte
  • Bruce Cabot as Bert Saxby
  • Bruce Glover as Mr. Wint
  • Putter Smith as Mr. Kidd
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch Diamonds Are Forever?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

8. Live and Let Die (1973)

Live And Let Die

What is Live and Let Die about?

In Live and Let Die, James Bond is sent to New York to investigate the mysterious deaths of British agents. On his journey he meets a voodoo master and a tarot card reader.

Who is in the Live and Let Die cast?

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big
  • Jane Seymour as Solitaire
  • Julius Harris as Tee Hee Johnson
  • David Hedison as Felix Leiter
  • Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver
  • Clifton James as Sheriff J.W. Pepper
  • Geoffrey Holder as Baron Samedi
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch Live and Let Die?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Man With The Golden Gun

What is The Man with the Golden Gun about?

James Bond's investigation into the death of a world-renowned scientist working on solar technology draws him into a battle of wits with a stealthy assassin, the Man with the Golden Gun, who dispatches his victims with a golden bullet and has the British secret agent next in his sights.

Who's in the The Man with the Golden Gun cast?

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga
  • Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight
  • Maud Adams as Andrea Anders
  • Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack
  • Richard Loo as Hai Fat
  • Soon-Tek Oh as Lieutenant Hip
  • Clifton James as Sheriff J.W. Pepper
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch The Man with the Golden Gun?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me

What is The Spy Who Loved Me about?

After the Royal Navy Polaris submarine carrying sixteen nuclear warheads mysteriously disappears, James Bond teams up with Major Anya Amasova, whose lover he had killed in Austria, in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Who is in the The Spy Who Loved Me cast?

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova/Agent Triple X
  • Curd Jürgens as Karl Stromberg
  • Richard Kiel as Jaws
  • Caroline Munro as Naomi
  • Walter Gotell as General Gogol
  • Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch The Spy Who Loved Me?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

11. Moonraker (1979)

Moonraker

What is Moonraker about?

In Moonraker, James Bond's investigations into the mysterious disappearance of a space shuttle lead him to a sinister industrialist, who is plotting to wipe out most of the human race. The secret agent also faces a rematch with his old enemy, metal-toothed hitman Jaws.

Who is in the Moonraker cast? 

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Lois Chiles as Dr. Holly Goodhead
  • Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax
  • Richard Kiel as Jaws
  • Corinne Cléry as Corinne Duflour
  • Emily Bolton as Manuela
  • Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray
  • Toshiro Suga as Chang
  • Walter Gotell as General Gogol
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Bernard Lee as M

Where can I watch Moonraker?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

For Your Eyes Only

What is For Your Eyes Only about?

In For Your Eyes Only, James Bond goes in search of a British weapons system aboard a sunken vessel before it falls into the hands of enemies who will use it to deactivate all Western submarines. Unfortunately, his mission is hindered by a crossbow-toting woman out to avenge her father's murder.

Who is in the For Your Eyes Only cast? 

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock
  • Chaim Topol as Milos Columbo
  • Julian Glover as Aristotle Kristatos
  • Lynn-Holly Johnson as Bibi Dahl
  • Michael Gothard as Emile Leopold Loque
  • Cassandra Harris as Countess Lisl von Schlaf
  • John Wyman as Erich Kriegler
  • Walter Gotell as General Gogol
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray
  • James Villiers as Bill Tanner
  • and Desmond Llewelyn as Q

Where can I watch For Your Eyes Only?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

13. Octopussy (1983)

Octopussy

What is Octopussy about?

James Bond investigates the mysterious death of a British agent in East Berlin, a mission that leads him to a glamorous, international jewel thief named Octopussy. He discovers one of her criminal cohorts, an Indian gangster, is in league with a crazed Soviet general who plans to heat up the Cold War by detonating a nuclear bomb in an American Air Force Base.

Who is in the Octopussy cast? 

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Maud Adams as Octopussy
  • Louis Jordan as Kamal Khan
  • Kristina Wayborn as Magda
  • Kabir Bedi as Gobinda
  • Steven Berkoff as General Orlov
  • David Meyer as Mischka
  • Anthony Meyer as Grischka
  • Walter Gotell as General Gogol
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Robert Brown as M

Where can I watch Octopussy?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

14. A View to a Kill (1985)

A View To A Kill

What is A View to a Kill about?

Max Zorin, a menacing microchip manufacturer, develops a scheme to exterminate all of his Silicon Valley competitors. Now it is up to James Bond, agent 007, to put an end to the maniac's lethal plot in A View to a Kill.

Who is in the A View to a Kill cast?

  • Roger Moore as James Bond/007
  • Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton
  • Christopher Walken as Max Zorin
  • Grace Jones as May Day
  • Patrick Macnee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett
  • Patrick Bauchau as Scarpine
  • David Yip as Chucky Lee
  • Willoughby Gray as Dr. Carl Mortimer/Hans Glaub
  • Fiona Fullerton as Pola Ivanovna
  • Manning Redwood as Bob Conley
  • Alison Doody as Jenny Flex
  • Walter Gotell as General Gogol
  • Geoffrey Keen as Sir Frederick Gray
  • Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • and Robert Brown as M

Where can I watch A View to a Kill?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

15. The Living Daylights (1987)

The Living Daylights (1987)

What is The Living Daylights about?

In The Living Daylights, James Bond crosses the continents to help a KGB agent to defect to the West. While protecting him from an unknown assassin, the super-spy is drawn into the world of arms dealing and a plot to trade millions of pounds' worth of diamonds for weapons to supply mercenaries around the world.

Who is in the The Living Daylights cast?

  • Timothy Dalton as James Bond/007
  • Maryam d’Abo as Kara Milovy
  • Joe Don Baker as Brad Whittaker
  • Art Malik as Kamran Shah
  • Jeroen Krabbe as General Georgi Koskov
  • John Rhys-Davies as General Leonard Pushkin
  • Andreas Wisniewski as Necros
  • Thomas Wheatley as Saunders
  • Walter Gotell as General Gogol
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • Geoffrey Keen as Frederick Gray
  • Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny
  • John Terry as Felix Leiter
  • and Robert Brown as M

Where can I watch The Living Daylights?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

16. Licence to Kill (1989)

License to Kill

What is Licence to Kill about?

After his friend, Felix Leiter, is gravely injured by a drug lord, James Bond seeks revenge. With the MI6 refusing to back him, Bond takes matters into his own hands in Licence to Kill.

Who's in the Licence to Kill cast? 

  • Timothy Dalton as James Bond/007
  • Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier
  • Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez
  • Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora
  • Anthony Zerbe as Milton Krest
  • Frank McRae as Sharkey
  • Everett McGill as Ed Killifer
  • Wayne Newton as Professor Joe Butcher
  • Benicio Del Toro as Dario
  • Anthony Starke as Truman Lodge
  • Pedro Armindarez Jr. as President Hector Lopez
  • David Hedison as Felix Leiter
  • Priscilla Barnes as Della Churchill
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • Caroline Bliss as Miss Moneypenny
  • and Robert Brown as M

Where can I watch Licence to Kill?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

17. GoldenEye (1995)

Goldeneye

What is Goldeneye about?

James Bond heads for Russia to investigate the connection between the theft of an experimental helicopter and an orbital satellite weapon, Goldeneye, with the power to devastate entire cities. He discovers both have fallen into the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind with a grudge against Britain and a connection with 007's past.

Who is in the Goldeneye cast?

  • Pierce Brosnan as James Bond/007
  • Sean Bean as Alec Trevelyan/006
  • Izabella Scorupco as Natalya Simonova
  • Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp
  • Joe Don Baker as Jack Wade
  • Gottfried John as General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov
  • Robbie Coltrane as Vladimir Dmitrovich Zukovsky
  • Alan Cumming as Boris Grinshenko
  • Desmond Llewyn as Q
  • Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
  • Michael Kitchen as Bill Tanner
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch Goldeneye?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Tomorrow Never Dies

What is Tomorrow Never Dies about?

In Tomorrow Never Dies, James Bond joins forces with a Chinese agent to foil a media mogul's scheme to start a war between their countries - a case complicated by the fact that an old flame is now married to his new enemy. Using an undetectable stealth ship, the press baron plans to launch an undetectable sneak attack on both nations' navies, knowing they will blame each other - giving him exclusive global media coverage of the resulting conflict.

Who is in the Tomorrow Never Dies cast? 

  • Pierce Brosnan as James Bond/007
  • Jonathan Pryce as Elliot Carver
  • Michelle Yeoh as Colonel Wai Lin
  • Teri Hatcher as Paris Carver
  • Joe Don Baker as Jack Wade
  • Ricky Jay as Henry Gupta
  • Götz Otto as Richard Stamper
  • Vincent Schiavelli as Dr. Kaufman
  • Geoffrey Palmer as Rear Admiral Roebuck
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
  • Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch Tomorrow Never Dies? 

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

19. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

The World is Not Enough

What is The World Is Not Enough about?

In The World Is Not Enough, James Bond is assigned to protect the heiress of an oil dynasty after her father is killed in a bombing at MI6 headquarters. The attack is the work of an infamous terrorist who is unable to feel pain after surviving a gunshot to his head, and who now intends to destroy the world's supply of oil.

Who is in the The World Is Not Enough cast? 

  • Pierce Brosnan as James Bond/007
  • Sophie Marceau as Elektra King
  • Robert Carlyle as Victor “Renard” Zokas
  • Denise Richards as Dr. Christmas Jones
  • Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky
  • Desmond Llewelyn as Q
  • John Cleese as R
  • Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
  • Michael Kitchen as Bill Tanner
  • Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch The World Is Not Enough?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

20. Die Another Day (2002)

Die Another Day

What is Die Another Day about?

James Bond is suspended from duty in Die Another Day after being taken hostage in North Korea but goes against orders to track down those who betrayed him. During the pursuit of the terrorist he was investigating before his capture, he discovers a connection with a British billionaire who has constructed a devastating orbital weapon.

Who is in the Die Another Day cast? 

  • Pierce Brosnan as James Bond/007
  • Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson
  • Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves
  • Rosamund Pike as Miranda Frost
  • Rick Yune as Zao
  • Will Yun Lee as Colonel Tan-Sun Moon
  • Kenneth Tsang as General Moon
  • Michael Madsen as Damian Falco
  • John Cleese as Q
  • Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny
  • Colin Salmon as Charles Robinson
  • Madonna as Verity
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch Die Another Day? 

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

21. Casino Royale (2006)

CR_13909_r – Eva Green (left) and Daniel Craig (right) star in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions’ action adventure Casino Royale. Photo Credit: Jay Maidment

What is Casino Royale about?

James Bond achieves his '00' status and is dispatched on the trail of Le Chiffre, an international criminal financing terrorist organisations across the world. Bond's investigation leads to Casino Royale in Montenegro, where he takes part in a high-stakes poker game in a bid to bankrupt Le Chiffre and put an end to his plans.

Who is in the Casino Royale cast?

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond/007
  • Eva Green as Vesper Lynd
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre
  • Giancarlo Giannini as René Mathis
  • Caterina Murino as Solange Dimitrios
  • Simon Abkarian as Alex Dimitrios
  • Isaach de Bankole as Steven Obanno
  • Jesper Christensen as Mr White
  • Ivana Milicevic as Valenka
  • Tobias Menzies as Villiers
  • Claudio Santamaria as Carlos
  • introducing Sebastien Foucan as Mollaka
  • with Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch Casino Royale?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

22. Quantum of Solace (2008)

Daniel Craig and Judi Dench in Quantum of Solace

What is Quantum of Solace about?

In Quantum of Solace, James Bond sets out on a personal mission of vengeance as he pursues the secret criminal organisation Quantum. His search leads him to the head of an ecological corporation that is plotting to orchestrate a coup in a Latin American country to get his hands on a precious natural resource.

Who is in the Quantum of Solace cast?

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond/007
  • Olga Kurylenko as Camille Montes
  • Mathieu Amalric as Dominic Greene
  • Giancarlo Giannini as René Mathis
  • Gemma Arterton as Fields
  • Anatole Taubman as Elvis
  • Jesper Christensen as Mr White
  • David Harbour as Gregg Beam
  • Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner
  • Tim Pigott-Smith as the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
  • Joaquin Cosio as General Medrano
  • with Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch Quantum of Solace? 

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £9.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review 

23. Skyfall (2012)

Daniel Craig as James Bond in Skyfall

What is Skyfall about?

In Skyfall, James Bond pursues a mysterious criminal mastermind who has orchestrated a terrorist attack on MI6 headquarters and exposed the identities of undercover agents around the world. The trail leads to a rogue former operative who has a personal vendetta against the intelligence organisation's leader.

Who is in the Skyfall cast? 

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond/007
  • Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva
  • Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory
  • Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
  • Bérénice Lim Marlohe as Sévérine
  • Ben Whishaw as Q
  • Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner
  • Ola Rapace as Patrice
  • Helen McCrory as Clair Dowar MP
  • with Albert Finney as Kincade
  • and Judi Dench as M

Where can I watch Skyfall?

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £9.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

24. Spectre (2015)

Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann in Spectre

What is Spectre about?

James Bond goes rogue after receiving a cryptic message that sets him on the trail of a secretive criminal network. While his colleagues face a new threat closer to home, Bond embarks on a globetrotting journey in search of the elusive mastermind behind the syndicate, Spectre, whom he discovers may have links to his own past.

Who is in the Spectre cast?

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond/007
  • Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann
  • Ben Whishaw as Q
  • Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
  • Dave Bautista as Mr Hinx
  • Andrew Scott as C/Max Denbigh
  • Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner
  • Jesper Christensen as Mr. White
  • with Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra
  • and Ralph Fiennes as M

Where can I watch Spectre? 

Available on Amazon Prime Video. £3.49 for rental, £7.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

Read our full review

25. No Time To Die (2021)

NO TIME TO DIE

What is No Time To Die about?

After the events of Spectre and a heartbreaking opening sequence, James Bond is retired in Jamaica when he is approached by old ally Felix Leiter to aid him in retrieving a kidnapped scientist from an evil new foe with dangerous new technology. Along the way, Bond is reunited with his former lover Dr. Madeleine Swann and old foe Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Who is in the No Time To Die cast?

  • Daniel Craig as James Bond
  • Rami Malek as Lyutsifer Safin
  • Léa Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann
  • Lashana Lynch as Nomi/007
  • Ben Whishaw as Q
  • Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
  • Billy Magnussen as Logan Ash
  • Ana de Armas as Paloma
  • David Dencick as Dr. Valdo Obruchev
  • Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner
  • Dali Benssalah as Primo
  • with Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter
  • with Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld
  • and Ralph Fiennes as M

Where can I watch No Time To Die?

Available on Amazon Prime Video, £4.99 for rental, £13.99 for purchase. Also available for rent or purchase on Sky Store, YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft.

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James Bond films in chronological order

All of the EON films prior to Casino Royale (2008) take place in the same timeline and follow each other but are so loosely serialised that they require little knowledge of prior entries.

However, there are numerous references or follow-up plot points to previous films in the franchise, including films where Bond is played by previous actors.

For example, For Your Eyes Only’s (1981) opening title sequence features Roger Moore’s Bond visiting the grave of his the character’s late wife Tracy (Diana Rigg), who was killed in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) opposite George Lazenby’s James Bond.

The same sequence also features the return of Ernst Stravro Blofeld (albeit not named and not credited) and Bond appears to take revenge on the villain.

Following Die Another Day (2002), however, the franchise is rebooted for Casino Royale (2008) which takes place at the beginning of the character’s career as 007.

The Daniel Craig films, therefore, take place in their own timeline as Bond meets the likes of Q and Moneypenny for the first time.

Albeit somewhat confusingly, Judi Dench returns after the Brosnan era to play M opposite Craig, but here she is the first M that Bond serves under until she is replaced by Gareth Mallory (Ralph Fiennes).

Craig’s era - and presumably timeline - as Bond ends with No Time To Die.

As such, the order in which to watch the James Bond reboot films is as follows:

  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • No Time To Die (2021)

James Bond films in Spectre storyline order

A number of James Bond movies, both pre- and post-reboot, see 007 go up against the nefarious organisation SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

The movies charting the SPECTRE storyline, to a greater or lesser degree, are as follows:

Pre-reboot

  • Dr No (1962)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Note: for completists, a figure who appears to be Blofeld, but is never formally identified as such, also appears in the pre-titles sequence of For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Post-reboot

  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • No Time To Die (2021)

James Bond films in Cold War and post Cold War era movie order

The Cold War looms large in the early Bond movies, serving as a backdrop to 007's adventures right up until 1995's Goldeneye, which features a pre-titles sequence set during the period before a time jump takes us into post-Cold War territory.

As such, here's how the Bond movies divide into pre- and post-Cold War eras.

Bond movies in Cold War era

  • Dr No (1962)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • A View to a Kill (1985)
  • The Living Daylights (1987)
  • Licence to Kill (1989)
  • GoldenEye (1995) - pre-titles sequence only

Bond movies in post-Cold War era

  • GoldenEye (1995) - after pre-titles sequence
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • Die Another Day (2002)
  • Casino Royale (2006)
  • Quantum of Solace (2008)
  • Skyfall (2012)
  • Spectre (2015)
  • No Time to Die (2021)

Unofficial Bond films

There are also two non-official James Bond films available to watch - 1967's Casino Royale starring David Niven, and 1983's Never Say Never Again which saw Sean Connery reprise his role as the double agent. Both films are available to rent and buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Watch Casino Royale (1967) on Amazon Prime Video

Watch Never Say Never Again (1983) on Amazon Prime Video

James Bond films in IMDb score order

CASINO ROYALE - Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.

The James Bond films are naturally a big hit with films fans, but just how do audiences weigh up the various entries into the franchise?

Here is the official Bond film series in order of their IMDb score.

  1. Casino Royale - IMDb score 8.0
  2. Skyfall - IMDb score 7.8
  3. Goldinger - IMDb score 7.7
  4. No Time To Die - IMDb score 7.4
  5. From Russia with Love - IMDb score 7.4
  6. Dr. No - IMDb score 7.2
  7. Goldeneye - IMDb score 7.2
  8. The Spy Who Loved Me - IMDb score 7.1
  9. Thunderball - IMDb score 7
  10. You Only Live Twice - IMDb score 6.8
  11. Spectre - IMDb score 6.8
  12. Live and Let Die - IMDb score 6.8
  13. The Man with the Golden Gun - IMDb score 6.7
  14. For Your Eyes Only - IMDb score 6.7
  15. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - IMDb score 6.7
  16. The Living Daylights - IMDb score 6.7
  17. Diamonds Are Forever - IMDb score 6.6
  18. Quantum of Solace - IMDb score 6.6
  19. Licence to Kill - IMDb score 6.6
  20. Octopussy - IMDb score 6.5
  21. Tomorrow Never Dies - IMDb score 6.5
  22. The World Is Not Enough - IMDb score 6.4
  23. Moonraker - IMDb score 6.3
  24. A View to a Kill - IMDb score 6.3
  25. Die Another Day - IMDb score 6.1

Well, we're sure everyone has their own favourites!

James Bond books in order

The Bond movies are, of course, based on the works of author Ian Fleming who, prior to his death in 1964, wrote 12 novels and a number of short stories featuring agent 007.

In publication order, the Fleming books run as follows:

  • Casino Royale (1953)
  • Live and Let Die (1954)
  • Moonraker (1955)
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
  • From Russia, with Love (1957)
  • Dr. No (1958)
  • Goldfinger (1959)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1960) – short story collection, containing From a View to a Kill, For Your Eyes Only, Quantum of Solace, Risico, and The Hildebrand Rarity
  • Thunderball (1961)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
  • You Only Live Twice (1964)
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
  • Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) – short story collection, the first edition contained only two stories: Octopussy and The Living Daylights; subsequent editions have also contained The Property of a Lady and 007 in New York.

Following Fleming's death, a number of different authors have written continuation novels featuring 007, including Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham), John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd, and Anthony Horowitz.

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