I know no-one else will vote for this, so i will.
After the mess that was A View To A Kill, the franchise could only improve...and it did with The Living Daylights.
Dalton is a tougher grittier Bond who to this day, i maintain, is the closest to the book version of Bond. Here was a man who had no qualms about killing, did not really enjoy his job but did it well. The opening intro where Bond and two fellow 00 agents attempt to invade a Gibralter station for an excercise is amazing and the stunt work just makes you realises why stuntmen will always be better than digital doubles.
This Bond film had everything - a gritty Cold War feel, a great car (Aston Martin Volante), Felix Leiter, an awesome theme from A-ha and a pulse pounding score. The only place it really falls down is in the villain department - Brad Wittiker and Koskov aren't the most threating of villains but they are nothing compared to henchman Necros! With his method of killing people whilst listening to The Pretender - Where Has Everybody Gone, he's probably the best henchman since Jaws. His final fight with Bond is one of the best stunts the franchise has ever produced.
Today, Bond's alliance with the Mujahardin to invade a Russian Airforce Base may be a bit dodgy but the action more than makes up for it with Art Malik as the charasmatic leader of the Afghan Resistance.....
Which brings me on to the action.....fisticuffs, deaths of 00 agents all over the place, tobogaging in a cello case...this film has it all. And that is why The Living Daylights is the best Bond film.....well joint tied with Goldfinger and Thunderball.
Other great Bond films of mention are;
Thunderball - My favorite Connery film. Had everything you could ask for.
You Only Live Twice - Ninjas, hollowed out volcanoes, Little Nellie....love it.
For Your Eyes Only - Best Moore film. Dark and gritty and the best ski chase in the franchise. The disposal of Blofeld is a bit crap though considering what a nemesis he is. Saying that, i do like The Spy Who Loved Me for the final battle between the freed submarine crews and Stromberg's stooges.
Goldeneye - Great film
Goldfinger - Classic
Tomorrow Never Dies - Underrated...you can't beat Bond's entrance into the arms fair at the beginning.