The James Bond franchise is arguably the most successful British cinematic property out there, and you know what? It completely deserves it.
This series is a national treasure in every way. The James Bond movie is basically a genre of its own at this point and there is simply nothing else in blockbuster cinema like it. Nothing else has that intoxicating mixture of ultra-cool glamour, steely rage, devilish charm and wacky escapism that these movies offer, and there is so much greatness in every single one of these offerings.
Yes, some movies are better than others, but every single Bond movie - including the bad ones - has at least one great element.
With the franchise having reached the sixty-year milestone, and with it currently taking a break as Eon search for the next Bond, it's as good a time as any to look back on the series. So, what is the best thing in each of the franchise's twenty-five films? It's time to find out.
From ace action to mesmerizing villains, from unforgettable songs to, believe it or not, riveting emotional storytelling, these are the finest individual assets from each Bond mission.
Starting at the very beginning...
25. Dr No - Sean Connery's Iconic Performance
"Bond. James Bond."
From the first second he appeared on-screen, Sean Connery simply was Bond. A charisma machine if there ever was one, Connery's sublime work created a cinematic legend with few equals, and even now, he remains the quintessential Bond for most fans.
The first film in the series also benefits from a well-written screenplay, beautiful visuals and an infectious sense of cool, but the main reason the film works as well as it does - and also why certain rather iffy scenes and the film's wildly uneven pacing are far easier to ignore - is because of its star.
Suave, badass, cooler than a cucumber yet also very witty when he needed to be, Connery really got Bond absolutely right, and even if there's a strong argument to be made that Daniel Craig ultimately upstaged him as the best James Bond, Connery is still just as great to watch after all these years.