4. Thunderball (1965)
Such a catchy plot the terrorist organization SPECTRE holds atomic weapons for ransom it's been copied and spoofed for 40 years (see Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery). The underwater battle sequences don't seem quite as spectacular as they once did (impressive enough back then to win a special-effects Oscar), but Bond in the Bahamas remains hard to beat and that flying jetpack is still one of 007's suavest exits.
Image Credit: Thunderball: Everett Collection
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