All 25 James Bond movies are now on Prime Video. Here are the 15 you need to see and the 10 you can skip.

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"Goldfinger."20th Century Fox
  • All the James Bond movies are now available on Prime Video.

  • You have to make sure to watch "Goldfinger," "A View to a Kill," and "Skyfall."

  • Skip "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," "The World is Not Enough," and "Spectre."

Must-see: "Dr. No" (1962)

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Sean Connery in "Dr. No."United Artists

The classic first movie in the franchise didn't just introduce us to the dashing spy character based on the Ian Fleming novels, but also to the first 007 in movie history, Sean Connery.

Thanks to his good looks, charming Scottish accent, and action moves, he became the blueprint of a movie hero in the early 1960s.

Tying it all together was the story, which was just damn good. He faces the OG villain in the franchise, Dr. No.

Must-see: "From Russia With Love" (1963)

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Sean Connery in "From Russia With Love."United Artists

Connery returned to play Bond in the second movie in the franchise. This time, he's fighting bad guys on the Orient Express and Istanbul. And the gadgets he uses became a hallmark for most of the 007 movies going forward.

Must-see: "Goldfinger" (1964)

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Sean Connery in "Goldfinger."United Artists

Arguably the greatest Bond movie in the Connery era, here he takes on the villain Auric Goldfinger ("No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die"), drives around in an Aston Martin, and saves Fort Knox from blowing up.

Must-see: "Thunderball" (1965)

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Sean Connery in "Thunderball."Eon Productions

Connery is at it again, and though this one isn't as good as "Goldfinger," it still has top-notch action. Eye-patch villain Emilio Largo is one of the best in the franchise, too.

Also, this is the movie where Bond flies around on a jet pack!

Must-see: "You Only Live Twice" (1967)

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(L-R) Sean Connery and Donald Pleasence in "You Only Live Twice."Eon Productions

With the story set in Japan, the sights are dazzling. And with the SPECTRE's Number One Blofeld (played perfectly by Donald Pleasence) as the movie's villain, things couldn't get any better with his lair featuring piranhas and battles with ninjas.

Must-see: "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)

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Sean Connery in "Diamonds Are Forever."20th Century Fox

After retiring from the Bond role, which only lasted one movie ("On Her Majesty's Secret Service"), Connery returned and proved he is the true Bond when he breaks up a diamond smuggling ring while also breaking some hearts.

Then he retired from the role. Sort of (more on that at the end).

Must-see: "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977)

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(L-R) Roger Moore and Richard Kiel in "The Spy Who Loved Me."Eon Productions

For the third movie in the Roger Moore era, he finally hit his stride as Bond.

Teaming with a KGB agent, he has to track down missing submarines that are armed with ballistic missiles. And he also has to run from the clutches of the giant henchman Jaws, named that way thanks to his giant metal teeth.

Jaws, played by Richard Kiel, quickly became a fan favorite.

Must-see: "Moonraker" (1979)

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Sean Connery and Lois Chiles in "Moonraker."United Artists

Trying to compete with the popularity of "Star Wars," 007 goes to space in this mission.

It's cheesy but lots of fun. Moore once again faces off with Jaws, which we can't get enough of.

Sadly, it's their final showdown. Not because Bond kills him, but because Jaws finds love by the end of the movie.

Must-see: "A View to a Kill" (1985)

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Christopher Walken and Grace Jones in "A View to a Kill."Eon Productions

The Moore era closed with perhaps Bond's most 1980s story.

Christopher Walken plays the villain, who chases Bond in a giant blimp. Grace Jones is the fantastic henchwoman, dressed throughout in amazing outfits. And the movie features the best Bond song of them all, performed by '80s icons Duran Duran.

Must-see: "The Living Daylights" (1987)

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Timothy Dalton in "The Living Daylights."United Artists

This movie marks the start of the Timothy Dalton era, and it began with a bang as he fits nicely in the 007 role here.

Like one of Moore's movies, this one is set around the KGB, but unlike Moore, Dalton gave the character a ferocious edge — which was fitting as the character was headed into the 1990s.

Must-see: "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997)

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Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh in "Tomorrow Never Dies."YouTube

Moving to the Pierce Brosnan era (Dalton only stuck around for two movies), Bond is more dashing, the Bond girls are ravishing (hi, Michelle Yeoh!), and the action is hitting Hollywood-blockbuster level with lots of explosions of gun fire.

Must-see: "Die Another Day" (2002)

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Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry in "Die Another Day."20th Century Fox

This movie marks Bond's 40th anniversary and arguably the best one in the Brosnan era.

Entering the 2000s, the franchise, like all blockbusters, is using more CGI. But there's still a grounded action feel in this one as Bond battles it out in North Korea with Halle Berry as the Bond girl.

Must-see: "Casino Royale" (2006)

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Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale."Sony Pictures Releasing

Four years after "Die Another Day," the franchise gets a reboot and a new Bond. Daniel Craig joins the party and introduces the most serious 007 yet.

Must-see: "Skyfall" (2012)

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Daniel Craig in "Skyfall."MGM Studios

Craig finds his groove in this movie, which, for us, is in the top five of the best Bond movies of all time.

Directed by Sam Mendes, starring Javier Bardem in the villain role, and shot beautifully by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, the movie has a real high-stakes feel by the end (if you've never seen the movie we won't give away why).

Must-see: "No Time to Die" (2021)

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Daniel Craig in "No Time to Die"MGM

The latest Bond movie closes out the Craig era in grand fashion. The movie's action is some of the best in years and the final half hour is some of the most thrilling you'll find in the franchise.

Skip: "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969)

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Diana Rigg and George Laznby in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service."20th Century Fox

After "You Only Live Twice," Connery said he was retiring from playing Bond, opening the door for George Lazenby. It didn't turn out well as the model-turned-actor felt the wrath of fans and critics who wanted Connery back.

Lazenby has his moments, but the movie itself is a dull one.

Skip: "Live and Let Die" (1973)

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(L-R) Yaphet Kotto and Roger Moore in "Live and Let Die."United Artists

Roger Moore's first Bond movie has one of the best Bond songs, performed by Paul and Linda McCartney's band Wings, but in the movie's attempt to cash in on the popular blaxploitation genre, it feels bland and at times more like a cop procedural than a spy movie.

Skip: "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974)

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"Christopher Lee and Roger Moore in "The Man with the Golden Gun."United Artists

Though featuring the likes of Christopher Lee and Hervé Villechaize as the villains, once again Moore finds himself navigating a dull story.

Though, this is the movie that features the cool corkscrew car jump.

Skip: "For Your Eyes Only" (1981)

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Roger Moore in "For Your Eyes Only."20th Century Fox

Once again, Moore finds himself with a mixed bag of lackluster action and lazy writing.

Skip: "Octopussy" (1983)

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Roger Moore in "Octopussy."20th Century Fox

The Moore era was an interesting one. Take this mission for example, where he has to save the world by dressing up as a clown to infiltrate a circus that isn't on the level. Fun, but also forgettable.

Skip: "Licence to Kill" (1989)

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Timothy Dalton in "Licence to Kill."Eon Productions

Following "The Living Daylights," Timothy Dalton returned for "Licence to Kill" and, sadly, it didn't have the same energy that the previous title had.

Though Dalton was praised for his serious tone in "Daylights," it's a bit too much his second time.

Skip: "GoldenEye" (1995)

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(L-R) Sean Bean and Pierce Brosnan in "GoldenEye."MGM/UA Distribution Co/United International Pictures

Great video game, but not the best Bond movie of the Pierce Brosnan era.

Skip: "The World Is Not Enough" (1999)

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Pierce Brosnan and Denise Richards in "The World Is Not Enough."Eon Productions

This one you can't really blame Brosnan for. With a tired plot and Denise Richards not cut out to play a Bond girl, the movie is a big pass.

Skip: "Quantum of Solace" (2008)

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Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko in "Quantum of Solace."20th Century Fox

Coming off the success of "Casino Royale," Craig goes even darker with the Bond character. But it didn't work out. The lack of action in this movie is the thing that's most disappointing.

Skip: "Spectre" (2015)

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Daniel Craig in "Spectre."Sony

After the success of "Skyfall," director Sam Mendes returned but couldn't recapture the magic.

The movie feels like the weight of the role was getting to Craig. It also looks like everyone is just going through the motions of being part of a Bond movie.

Thankfully that was corrected in "No Time to Die."

Special shout out: "Never Say Never Again" (1983)

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Sean Connery in "Never Say Never Again."20th Century Fox

All the titles above were produced by Eon Productions, which is the flagship company of the franchise. But in 1983, a Bond movie not produced by Eon hopped some complex legal hurdles to be released.

And Connery returned to play Bond.

The title played on Connery vowing after "Diamonds Are Forever" he'd "never" play Bond again. But thankfully he did.

"Never Say Never Again" is a solid movie as it follows a now older Bond who is brought back into the spy world to stop SPECTRE from destroying the world. The movie also features great performances from Max von Sydow as Blofeld, Kim Basinger as the Bond girl, and Rowan Atkinson doing the comic relief.

Seek this movie out!

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