21. Moonraker (1979)
> Starring: Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, Michael Lonsdale
> Favorable reviews: 43% of audiences
> Domestic box office gross: $70.3 million
Eon Productions originally planned to release “For Your Eyes Only” after “The Spy Who Loved Me.” However, due to the success of “Star Wars,” which came out in 1977, the company reconsidered and instead made the space-themed “Moonraker.” The movie was the highest-grossing Bond film until the release of “GoldenEye” in 1995.
20. The World Is Not Enough (1999)
> Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle
> Favorable reviews: 49% of audiences
> Domestic box office gross: $126.9 million
“The World is Not Enough” is the final movie to feature actor Desmond Llewelyn in the role of Q, putting an end to a 17 film streak. It’s also the first film in the series to feature a female character as one of the lead antagonists — Sophie Marceau as Elektra King.
19. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
> Starring: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland
> Favorable reviews: 56% of audiences
> Domestic box office gross: $21.0 million
Another Roger Moore turn as 007. This time, Bond faces the imperious Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), who plans to sell solar cell technology to the highest bidder. The movie is memorable for Scaramanga’s alluring hideout — an island redoubt off the coast of Thailand — and colorful supporting characters such as Scaramanga’s diminutive henchman Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize), and tobacco-chomping Sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James).
18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
> Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh
> Favorable reviews: 53% of audiences
> Domestic box office gross: $125.3 million
The 18th Bond movie made by Eon Productions features Jonathan Pryce as media titan Elliot Carver, who wants to break into the Chinese media market. Carver tries to provoke a war between China and the West in order to obtain broadcasting rights in the world’s most populous country. Worth noting: The minister of defense in “Tomorrow Never Dies” is played by “Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes.
17. Quantum of Solace (2008)
> Starring: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Mathieu Amalric
> Favorable reviews: 58% of audiences
> Domestic box office gross: $168.4 million
The second Bond film starring Daniel Craig is both violent and fast-paced, with many critics such as Roger Ebert criticizing it as being too much of an action film. Yet the film has many supporters who believe it to be an exciting, modern take on Bond. It’s gritty, engaging, and, at 106 minutes — the shortest film in the series — exceedingly to the point.