The best Bond film, eh? Well it's certainly not the frankly laughable and bloddy long "on her Majesty's secret Service" and to be honest I haven't really stayed in touch with the recent Bonds to pass Judgement beyond "a pile of consumer shash".
the definitive Bond is Goldfinger. No argument, it is the most rounded and polished, crowd pleasing and accessible bond film, with a decent plot line and no real fantastical suspensions of disbelief are required along the scale of some of the other storylines (underwater cities and Volcano Lairs etc.) A big goddam laser that can project a spot on the moon is both clench fist, waghand and cut hand at the same time, it has the famous pussy Galore and her rollings in the hay and that dastardly Odd Job fellah that resembles Benny the University Flatmate. A classic, with no real comparison.
Having said that, it is a little more comic book to something like "Live and let Die" which was one of the more chilling films, but is let down by a poor finale and some really ropey acting. Mr Big has some of the best lines in a bond movie "names is for tombstones baby" and Solitaire steams up the sreen, but i really liked Rosie and was a little annoyed that she got killed by those sinister scarecrow things.
All in all, my favourite bond is Easily "From Russia with Love" and I don't think you would find a finer and more accurate big-screen depiction of the life of a cold-war spy than this fine film. The gadgets don't get outrageous (invisible cars? what is the fucking point? Surely a super spy should be able to infiltrate anywhere, like a blending ghost?!?!?) with a suitcase full of little and realistic gizmos:
A Knife. I would rather take a solid blade to battle against unknown danger than any number of dart firing pens and super laser watches. Just stick that in between their ribs and twist it until they shudder in your arms. Sorted.
A Bomb. anyone fucks with your stuff and your secret documents, they get a face full of shit. A common device used by bankers and businessmen the world over, so still wouldn't attract unwarranted attention that, say, a flashy motor that can shoot stinger missiles from it's headlights might.
A sniper Rifle. Not enough attention is paid to the fact that if you have a knife, a bomb and a sniper rifle, you can pretty much kill anyone in the world, and as a spy with a licence to kill, that's a pretty useful thing to know. The Sniper rifle gives you the advantage of distance and folds away nicely for easy transportation "Ice skates" style wherever you may choose to wander without anyone knowing you'd just bumped off an industrialist from the treeline.
It's slick, for it's time, and connery really Owns the Bond character, a fact that shines through in the more polished Goldfinger, but it's like Definitely maybe to Whats the story, or Master of Puppets to the Black album. You have to truly appreciate the Raw material to fully understand the finished product, so From Russia with love gets the Best Bond Movie title, with a close second being Goldfinger and an even closer third being Goldeneye, because it rocks.
And you, apart from the best Bond film (I think you would obviously agree with me if the chips were down, as i'm blatantly right) which Bond film has the best intro?