Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die finally arrives in cinemas this week and with this being the final time we’ll see Daniel Craig in the iconic role, the JumpCut team has come together to rank all of Craig’s outings as Bond.. James Bond.
The team was asked to rate each entry out of 10 and the below results are based on the average rating.
4. Quantum of Solace (2008)
Average Rating: 4.8
Marc Forsters’ Quantum of Solace was Craig’s second outing as Bond and starred Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric, Gemma Arterton, Jeffrey Wright, and Judi Dench.
Following the death of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), Bond is out for revenge and attempts to hunt down her killer. During his mission, he meets Camille Montes (Kurylenko) who is looking to avenge the murder of her family. The journey to avenge their loved ones leads them to Dominic Greene (Amalric), who is a member of the ‘Quantum’ organization and currently attempting to overthrow the Bolivian government.
In our official review for the film, Jakob Lewis Barnes wrote: There can be no argument that Quantum Of Solace is the worst of Daniel Craig’s four outings as 007, but I think that’s more a case of being in good company than the film itself being fundamentally awful. There’s an evident lack of direction and consistency, but some of the thematic elements are interesting, with revenge taking center stage. Most importantly, the credibility of James Bond as a character isn’t compromised by the disappointing aspects around him; he’s still the clinical, brooding agent who can break someone’s face one moment, then perfectly deliver a one-liner the next. [FULL REVIEW]
3. Spectre (2015)
Average Rating: 5.2
Sam Mendes returned to the director’s chair for Craig’s fourth outing as Bond after directing its predecessor, Skyfall, 3 years earlier. Craig was joined by Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Ben Whishaw, and Monica Belucci for his penultimate mission.
Following the death of M (Dame Judi Dench), Bond receives a posthumous message which sends him on the hunt for a deadly assassin which leads him to discover the existence of a global criminal organisation – SPECTRE – led by Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Waltz). Bond’s mission leads him to Mr White, an old nemesis, who tells him to find and protect his daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann (Seydoux), who could help unravel SPECTRE’s secrets.
In our official review of the film, Nick Deal said: Spectre is not as good as its predecessor, but it’s a film that nods towards previous films in the franchise that more avid fans will enjoy, as well as being, on the whole, an exciting watch for the rest of the viewing audience like myself. For me, it was slightly underwhelming – probably as a result of my own high expectations – but ‘Spectre’ is a solid new addition to one of the most iconic cinema franchises of all time. [FULL REVIEW]
2. Skyfall (2012)
Average Rating: 8.6
Sam Mendes’ first directorial effort in the Bond franchise and starred Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney, and Dame Judi Dench alongside Craig. Skyfall became the first film in the 007 franchise to gross over $1 billion worldwide and it was the second highest-grossing film of 2012, sandwiched between The Avengers in the top spot and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises in third.
After accidentally being shot by M and falling from a train, Bond is presumed dead. Three months later, a cryptic message appears on Moneypenny’s laptop just moments before a bomb explodes inside MI6 headquarters. Seeing the explosion on the news, Bond returns to London and is put back into active service, with a little thanks from M. Chasing a lead, Bond meetings Raoul Silva (Bardem), a former MI6 agent turned cyberterrorist, and he learns that things are pretty personal between Silva and M.
In our full official review, Jakob wrote: Sam Mendes takes the Bond franchise to another level with Skyfall, adding a degree of cinematic flair and aesthetic beauty without compromising on action. The sequence in Hong Kong is truly stunning; an example of masterful visionary filmmaking. Even when the film shifts and takes us to Scotland – a move which has been criticised by some – serves up some breathtaking shots and outrageous, explosive action. [FULL REVIEW]
1. Casino Royale (2006)
Average Rating: 8.8
Here we are, back where it all started. Casino Royale was Daniel Craig’s first outing as Bond and it says a lot that after 15 years, it is still sitting so highly on our lists. Martin Campbell, who had previously directed GoldenEye back in 1995, returned to the Bond franchise to direct the 21st film in the franchise kick off the Craig era.
We meet Bond at the beginning of his career as Agent 007 as he’s tasked to stop a mysterious private banker to world terrorism, Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), by beating him at a game of high-stakes poker at, you guessed it, Le Casino Royale. Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), a Treasury Agent, meets Bond with the $10 million required to buy into the poker game and the pair get close over the course of their dangerous mission.
In his full review for us, Jakob wrote: The tone of Casino Royale may not be “classic” Bond as such, but this is exactly how it should be done. Bond doesn’t have to be on the charm offensive from start to finish, or be a part of camp, unconvincing fight scenes. Daniel Craig proves here that Bond is far more effective when given a chance to scope out his man and silently and subtly make the kill. [FULL REVIEW]
And with that, let’s cue the music…