These are my choices for the best five James Bond movies over the past 50 years:
1) "Goldfinger" (1964): The, ahem, gold standard that provided the template for decades of fun, outlandish Bond adventures to follow -- Shirley Bassey's iconic title song, Ken Adam's outlandish sets, derby-tossing henchman Oddjob and the gadget-laden Aston Martin DB5.
2) "From Russia With Love" (1963): Fans of Ian Fleming's novels consider this fast-paced thriller to be the best, and its seduction scene between Bond and Daniela Bianchi's Tatiana Romanova is still used to screen test potential 007s.
3) "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977): After the poor performance of 1974's "The Man With The Golden Gun," Roger Moore's third film brought back all the essential Bond ingredients: huge action set-pieces, cool gadgets, a hit theme song and an amazing opening stunt with Bond skiing off a mountain.
4) "Casino Royale" (2006): Borrowing more from Bourne than Brosnan, Daniel Craig's first outing rebooted the series and reset audiences' expectations for what a serious Bond film could be.
5) "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969): It doesn't compare to the spectacle of "Thunderball" or "You Only Live Twice," but George Lazenby's only stint as 007 takes a mostly successful gamble as presenting Bond as a vulnerable, romantic hero -- helped immensely by co-star Diana Rigg and John Barry's amazing score.