Later this year, James Bond returns to movie theaters in No Time to Die, starring Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming’s secret agent 007, license to kill. In this installment, Bond will once again do battle with the forces of SPECTRE, a criminal organization hellbent on world domination. He’ll also have to do battle with a different sort of ghost: The audience’s accumulated memories from 24 previous movies, stretching back more than half a century.

With the Bond series hitting 25 films, the staff of ScreenCrush decided this was the perfect time to figure that out. And, in keeping with our subject, we had to do it big, by ranking every movie in the series from worst to best. We took everything into account; the gadgets, the titles, the song, the stars, the action, the women, even the fashion. You’ll note we didn’t include Never Say Never Again, since that doesn’t belong to the official Eon Productions canon. But we rewatched and reconsidered everything else — up to and including Spectre, which you’ll find below — to bring you this ultimate James Bond ranking. Some choices may leave you shaken; others will no doubt stir you into a commenting frenzy. And just like Bond himself, these rankings are likely to change over time. For now, here’s our list.

Enter your number to get our free mobile app