First, I appreciate the good Bonds for their own qualities, rather than being one of these Connery-only chauvinists.
I'm probably the world's biggest Moore fan, but Man with the Golden Gun needs to be on a worst list, not a best list. The superior Moore films are, as Jason listed, Spy who Loved Me and Live and Let Die. Octo***** is quality Cold War, and For Your Eyes Only isn't bad. Moonraker has problems, mainly a wooden villain. I never need to see A View to a Kill again, and I'm surprised they made it.
I voted for Live and Let Die because it's my favorite, not because you can really truly argue it's the best. It's so deliciously stupid. It's got one of the best chase scenes in the whole Bond oeuvre, the boat chase on the Bayou, and probably the single most beautiful Bond girl, a young Jane Seymour. They haven't yet figured out that they want to make Moore the 1970s king of cheese yet, but the whole thing is silly enough the be appreciated meta-. I like Moore even better than Connery because I perceive Bond to be satire, not unironic action. Moore's funnier. If you're taking Bond seriously*, you've got a healthier suspension of disbelief than I can muster.
Die Another Day, the last Brosnan film, is the best of his four.
I want to like From Russia with Love best of the Connery films, but I had to concede to Goldfinger, even though the mad super-villain is not my favorite Bond formula.
* - I haven't seen the new film, but it's in my queue. I hear it's a real film, not merely a Bond movie.
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