Over the past half century the Bond movie franchise has evolved so much with Bond himself becoming a massive cultural icon regardless of whichever actor playing the part. But not all Bond films have been equal in quality, there have been some dire ones as well as some great ones, especially in the last few years with Daniel Craig’s outing as Bond which are so much more grounded and grittier in style and acting.
As we have the latest installment of Bond movie out now, we thought this would be a great opportunity to put together our list of the best James Bond movie quotes from all the films so far.
If your favorite quote doesn’t show up in out list share it with us in the comments. Prepare yourself from some seriously campy lines as well as some great one-liners…
1. Casino Royale (2006)
Daniel Craig’s first jaunting in the Bond role and currently our favorite film from the entire Bond franchise. Craig’s intense performance, showing us a combination of tough but vulnerable Bond plus the back to the basics feel of the movie with its grittiness really breathed new life into the franchise.
James Bond: [to Vesper] Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?
Director Same Mendes came in and really jump-started the franchise again to another level with a great balance between the action and some worthwhile backstories.
[Eve watches as Bond gets his razor to start shaving]
Eve: Cut-throat razor. How very traditional.skyfall-8
James Bond: Well, I like to do some things the old-fashioned way.
Eve: Sometimes the old ways are the best.
James Bond: Everybody needs a hobby.
Silva: So what’s yours?
James Bond: Resurrection.
Q: Age is no guarantee of efficiency.
James Bond: And youth is no guarantee of innovation.
3. Dr. No (1962)
Sean Connery’s first outing as Bond and a perfect kick off to the franchise.
[after winning a game of chemin-de-fer]
James Bond: I admire your courage, Miss…?
Sylvia Trench: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr…?
James Bond: Bond. James Bond.
4. Goldfinger (1964)
This is where Connery really establishes himself as the quintessential Bond and the film that introduced us to Bond’s Aston Martin, the brilliant opening song by Shirley Bassey and not to mention the Shirley Eaton’s death by gold body paint, adding it all up to some pretty classic stuff!
Pussy Galore: My name is Pussy Galore.
James Bond: I must be dreaming.
5. From Russia With Love (1963)
Less gadgetry with a smarter plot and more developed characters and action scenes.
James Bond: There’s a saying in England: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
It was always going to be tough to top Skyfall but Mendes still makes it spectacular and exciting and manages to combine the best of old and new Bond, plus a great opening scene!
Franz Oberhauser: Why did you come?
James Bond: I came here to kill you.
Franz Oberhauser: And I thought you came here to die.
James Bond: Well it’s all a matter of perspective.
7. You Only Live Twice (1967)
Although the action sequences are pretty cartoonish and over the top we love this because it gave us the most memorable villain played by Donald Pleasence as the scarred, cat stroking Blofeld, who was brilliantly spoofed by Mike Myers in Austin Powers.
Blofeld: James Bond. Allow me to introduce myself. I am Ernst Stavro Blofeld. They told me you were assassinated in Hong Kong.
James Bond: Yes, this is my second life.
Blofeld: You only live twice, Mr. Bond.
8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
George Lazenby’s one and only appearance as Bond and the only one which has Bond marry! Lazenby had some mighty shoes to fill and although he did his best the film lacks a little in charisma but it makes up for it in the story and we get to see Bond being emotionally vulnerable for the first time.
James Bond: This never happened to the other fellow.
9. Thunderball (1965)
Most memorable for having the evil organization SPECTRE getting its first appearance and we get some overly long underwater action sequences. Although it’s still classic Bond the film misses it’s mark and lacks the excitement of the first three Connery Bonds.
Fiona: Some men just don’t like to be driven.
James Bond: No, some men don’t like to be taken for a ride.
10. Quantum of Solace (2008)
After Casino Royale this was such a disappointment but when you put in perspective against all the Bond movies it doesn’t come up so bad, plus Craig is always watchable.
James Bond: They say you’re judged by the strength of your enemies.
11. Live and Let Die (1973)
Roger Moore’s introduction into playing Bond and marks the beginning where the series starts to take up its campiness level up another notch. It’s saving grace is the great opening song from Paul McCartney and Wings.
Mr. Big: [to his men] Is this the stupid mother who tailed you uptown?
James Bond: There seems to be some mistake. My name is…
Mr. Big: Names is for tombstones, baby! Y’all take this honkey out and waste him, okay?
12. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moore’s third outing and the movie serves more as a parody, but it did give us Jaws one of the most memorable henchmen and another great theme song from Carly Simon.
James Bond: Which bullet has my name on it? The first or the last?
Major Anya Amasova: I have never failed on a mission, Commander. Any mission.
James Bond: In that case, Major, one of us is bound to end up gravely disappointed, because neither have I.
13. GoldenEye (1995)
Pierce Brosnan first outing as Bond and his best, also directed by Casino Royal’s Martin Campbell. This is a stylish and bold attempt to reinvent the franchise after it had sunk so low and although it manages to achieve it the movie doesn’t have the class of the original Connery Bond movies or the grounded grittiness of the current ones.
James Bond: Governments change. The lies stay the same.
14. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Moore’s second outing at Bond, the plot is silly and nonsensical but Christopher Lee’s triple-nippled villain Scaramanga is a highlight!
Francisco Scaramanga: A duel between titans. My golden gun against your Walther PPK.
James Bond: One bullet against my six?
Francisco Scaramanga: I only need one, Mr. Bond.
15. The Living Daylights (1987)
Timothy Dalton’s first appearance as Bond and after the Roger Moore era Dalton brought in a more serious approach to the role with the whole franchise looking more grounded and less ridiculous, but it was just too humorless.
Kara Malovy: Knowing you only two days and all I can think of is how we would be together.
James Bond: Don’t think. Just let it happen.
16. Licence to Kill (1989)
Dalton’s final outing as Bond with a blood-soaked revenge story making it one of the grimmest of the Bond films but still a good edgy action movie.
[referring to his gun]
James Bond: In my business you prepare for the unexpected.
Franz Sanchez: And what business is that?
James Bond: I help people with problems.
Franz Sanchez: Problem solver.
James Bond: More of a problem eliminator.
17. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Roger Moore’s fifth turn in the lead role, the whole movie just looks lacklustre with a forgettable story and villain.
James Bond: The Chinese have a saying; “Before setting off on revenge, you first dig two graves.
Melina: I don’t expect you to understand, you’re English, but I’m half Greek and Greek women like Elektra always avenge their loved ones.
18. Moonraker (1979)
Bond in space with Moore returning for his fourth outing. Totally absurd plot with some seriously cheesy action but even with its silliness it’s still entertaining and we get the return of Jaws!
Dr. Holly Goodhead: You know him?
James Bond: Not socially. His name’s Jaws, he kills people.
19. Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Connery returns in his last Bond role looking a bit jaded. The movie had a lot of typical Bond moments but it all just looks mediocre.
Plenty O’Toole: Hi, I’m Plenty.
James Bond: But of course you are.
Plenty O’Toole: Plenty O’Toole.
James Bond: Named after your father perhaps?
20. A View to a Kill (1985)
Moore’s last turn as Bond and his era ends with a flat note with some silly villainous turns from Christopher Walken and Grace Jones and even sillier dialogue. Still not the worst Bond movie though!
May Day: Wow! What a view!
Max Zorin: To a kill!
21. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Brosnan’s second outing as Bond and even though he’s charming and suave the story lacks personality and is plagued with silly one-liners.
Admiral Roebuck: With all due respect, M, I think you don’t have the balls for this job.
M: Perhaps. But the advantage is, I don’t have to think with them all the time.
22. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Brosnan returns again with another bland Bond action movie with little to save it.
Elektra King: I could have given you the world.
James Bond: The world is not enough.
Elektra King: Foolish sentiment.
James Bond: Family motto.
23. Die Another Day (2002)
Brosnan’s final performance in the franchise’s 40th anniversary which turned out to be a sadly ridiculous and over the top homage to the series which also includes the worst Bond gadget: an invisible Aston Martin. This pretty much says it all!
James Bond: Do you believe in bad luck?
Jinx: Let’s just say my relationships don’t seem to last.
James Bond: I know the feeling.
24. Octopussy (1983)
Moore’s second to last portrayal of Bond with an outrageously silly plot and takes the camp factor to a new level that it just loses its entertainment value.
[referring to her tattoo]
James Bond: What is that?
Magda: That’s my little octopussy.