In my view, Sean Connery, the first cinema James Bond, was the best Bond.
And the first three films, Dr. No, From Russia With Love and Goldfinger, are the best of the Bond films.
The three films from the 1960’s are the best of the film series chiefly because of Sean Connery and the fact that the films followed the novels of the late, great Ian Fleming so closely.
To prove my point, you can watch a video of Sean Connery’s four best moments from those three films via the below link:
The films are great, but one should also read Ian Fleming's James Bond thrillers, which are darker and more complex than the films.
Note: You can read my Crime Beat columns on Ian Fleming and James Bond, as well as my Counterterrorism magazine piece on Commander Ian Fleming’s WWII naval intelligence commando group 30 AU, via the below links: