For all you '90s babies out there, Pierce Brosnan may have been the only James Bond you ever really knew. You'd probably heard of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. But Brosnan was your Bond. To celebrate and commemorate, we decided to pull together a list ranking all of the Bond movies in order to the greatest from the Brosnan era.
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The World Is Not Enough
We kick things off starting with the third installment from the Brosnan Bond collection. Though we've chosen this as the lowest on the list, there are plenty of things to highlight that were great about it. For starters, the opening sequence in this film has Bond absolutely shredding with his Q-boat. Some would say it's one of the best intros from the Brosnan era. We'd also like to highlight the villains in this flick, especially giving credit to actress Sophie Marceau. She plays the role of a seductively evil woman named Elektra King. Though there may be some cheesy puns along with some other not-so captivating performances, the movie certainly still brings the action.
Die Another Day
Ranked third on our list, we have the film that concluded the end of Pierce Brosnan's run as Bond. Though many have argued that this is their least favorite film, we have some compelling reasons why we wouldn't rank it at the bottom of our list. One reason is that the lovely Halle Berry is Bond's love interest in this one. Something else to take note of is that we get to see a version of Bond where his own agency turns against him. He's forced to go rogue because they believe he's leaked classified information. And our final reason to like the movie is the sword fighting. There's one scene in particular where fencing turns into a full-fledged fight between Bond and a man named Gustav Graves. The men literally almost fight to the death and it's something you won't want to miss.
Tomorrow Never Dies
Securing its position in the number 2 spot on our list, this film sticks to the winning formula of a successful James Bond movie. It has Bond teaming up with beautiful Chinese spy Colonel Wai Lin, played by "Crazy Rich Asians" star Michelle Yeoh. And it has a sinister villain named Elliot Carver, played by "The Two Popes" star Jonathan Pryce. Pryce brings a powerful and intimidating presence to his character. And he shows what it means to be a proper Bond villain. To top it all off, Brosnan shows off his motor skills by racing through the city with Lin in his lap and a helicopter on his tail.
It should come as no surprise that we've awarded this film the number one spot on our list. Like they always say, nothing beats the first time. Brosnan needed to bring his A game in order to prove to audiences that he had what it took to be the new Bond for future movies to come. Safe to say, he didn't disappoint.
At the beginning, Brosnan springs into action, showers his enemies with bullets, hops on a motorcycle, and launches off a cliff onto a plane in midair. That's as Bond as it gets. Not to mention the villainous duo that Brosnan goes up against are formidable actors Sean Bean and Famke Janssen. The title was further popularized by the notorious Nintendo 64 game from the '90s. But that game only exists because this film was made.
Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.