I watched a couple good, but not great (7/10) movies recently.
In addition, I was very surprised to read that Goldfinger is considered to be better than both Dr. No and From Russia with Love. I personally thought the films got worse, not better, from Dr. No to Goldfinger.
As for Bond, it seems a widely held opinion that the movies (and the Bond 'formula') first really came into their own with Goldfinger (with the gadget ladden DB5, etc), but I too prefer the first two. For a first in a series, it's actually pretty amazing how spot on Connery is as Bond in Dr. No, and to me everything up to Crab Key island is pretty much perfect. And From Russia with Love is just perfect all the way through.
Recently saw these: and . Both great, though the first one was more up my alley (great mood, pace, etc) and I expect to rewatch it soon.