Here are my rankings. Your mileage may vary (at least I hope so, otherwise it will be a pretty dull debate):-
1. Lewis Gilbert: I know this will be a controversial choice, and that it seems odd to list the director of my least favourite Bond film as my favourite Bond director. But even Moonraker had its good points, and they were mostly down to Gilbert’s greatest strength as a Bond director: he knows how to make films seem big. No other director’s Bond films seem quite as epic in scope as Gilbert’s.
2. Terence Young: The director who really established Bond. Though undistinguished as a director, his main advantage is that he lived a Bondian lifestyle himself, and was able to transmit that effortless upper-class cool to his distinctly working-class leading actor, Sean Connery. Plus, he presided over the series’ golden age, from Dr No to Thunderball, although he handed over the director’s chair on Goldfinger shortly after the start of production, to….
3. Guy Hamilton: OK, he directed some turkeys (DAF and TMWTGG), and LALD probably would have been better with someone else at the helm, but Goldfinger is generally credited as the film where the series found its unique voice, and while its hard to know exactly how much different it would have been had Terence Young stayed on, it would be churlish not to give Hamilton at least some of the credit for that.
4. Peter Hunt: Probably would have been higher had he directed more than one Bond film. He did a pretty good job of working around his leading man’s deficiencies in the acting department, except in OHMSS’s final scene, and his fast-paced editing on earlier films makes him as much an architect of the Bond style as Sean Connery, Terence Young, Maurice Binder, Ken Adam and John Barry.
5. John Glen: Deserves credit for directing five consecutive Bond films, no mean feat, but the fact that they varied so wildly in quality makes it hard to place him higher, or to regard him as anything more than a journeyman.
6. Roger Spottiswoode: A fine action director who was well suited to the “action, action uber alles” mentality of the Brosnan years.
7. Michael Apted: The best director ever to work on a Bond film, if one judges his overall filmography, but his attempt at a more character and plot driven Bond film wasn’t quite as good as it should have been.
8. Martin Campbell: You all know my views on Campbell by now, so I won’t bore you with them again.
9. Lee Tamahori: The cross-dressing incident just confirms what we already knew – Tamahori is Edward D Wood Jr with a studio budget.
"The whole idea of the Bond films--and I don't know if they haven't lost a bit of that now--was that they were paperback films, as it were." - Peter Hunt