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Bond... James Bond

Updated on July 11, 2013

The 2nd most successful movie franchise of all time is James Bond

Since 1962 the James Bond movies based on the fictional British spy created by Ian Fleming have drawn fans around the world. It's estimated that one out of every five people on the planet have seen at least one James Bond movie in their lifetime.

Bond is currently in his sixth incarnation, played by British actor Daniel Craig.

Development on the 23rd installment in the Bond franchise, SKYFALL, was a bit bumpy, but all those bumps seem to have paid off. SKYFALL has produced a bigger opening weekend than any previous Bond film and looks set to become the most lucrative film of the entire series! The film features supporting performances from Dame Judi Densch, Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem.

SKYFALL THEME SONG - by Adele

Despite the label, this is a fan video and not truly an "official" music video for the song.

SKYFALL Trailer - Opening in the US in early November 2012

Here's our first look at SKYFALL. If you keep a careful eye out, you can see Javier Bardim, now blond as the bad guy for this installment.

Who's YOUR Favorite Bond?

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There have now been six actors who have stepped into the movie role of James Bond. Which one fits your idea of James Bond the best?

My favorite James Bond actor was/is...

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The Bond Collection(s) - DVD box sets of the Bond movies

The entire James Bond Movie Collection has been revamped and re-released. Each set is packed with tons of extras and special features as well as five great Bond movies. Or go whole hog and get the ultimate Bond DVD box set bundle!

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Here is a list of "official" James Bond films, listing which actor played Bond at the time.

1. Dr. No - 1962 - Sean Connery

2. From Russia With Love - 1963 - Sean Connery

3. Goldfinger - 1964 - Sean Connery

4. Thunderball - 1965 - Sean Connery

5. You Only Live Twice - 1967 - Sean Connery

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 1969 - George Lazenby

7. Diamonds Are Forever - 1971 - Sean Connery

8. Live and Let Die - 1973 - Roger Moore

9. The Man with the Golden Gun - 1974 - Roger Moore

10. The Spy Who Loved Me - 1977 - Roger Moore

11. Moonraker - 1979 - Roger Moore

12. For Your Eyes Only - 1981 - Roger Moore

13. Octopussy - 1983 - Roger Moore

14. A View to a Kill - 1985 - Roger Moore

15. The Living Daylights - 1987 - Timothy Dalton

16. Licence to Kill - 1989 - Timothy Dalton

17. GoldenEye - 1995 - Pierce Brosnan

18. Tomorrow Never Dies - 1997 - Pierce Brosnan

19. The World is Not Enough - 1999 - Pierce Brosnan

20. Die Another Day - 2002 - Pierce Brosnan

21. Casino Royale - 2006 - Daniel Craig

22. Quantum of Solace - 2008 - Daniel Craig

23. Skyfall - Daniel Craig

Actor David Niven played James Bond in a 1967 version of CASINO ROYALE and Sean Connery reprised Bond for NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN in 1983, but since both of these films were not made by EON Productions, they are considered unofficial Bond films.

Animator Jennifer Shiman's wonderful 30-Second Bunnies Theatre just released their amazing (and 74.1 second long) Bunny Bond Medley, which touches on all the Bond films. Can you name all the references?

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The Beautiful Bond Girls

To be a Bond Girl is to be beautiful and deadly. The deadly part refers to both the skills possessed by some of these female characters and to the fact that a variety of actresses have only ever been known for their Bond girl roles.

Being a Bond girl also often means you either get the guy, or you get a really interesting and tragic death as a character. Favorite variations on the Bond girl include a fellow secret agent, the hired help for the bad guy, the bad guy's girlfriend, or the daughter of a famous scientist.

You often also get a great character name as a Bond girl. Honey Ryder, Tiffany Case, Solitaire, Mary Goodnight, Holly Goodhead and Xenia Onatopp are just some of the buxom beauties who live in Bond's world.

Official James Bond Watches - one of the tools of the trade

If you are a man of action, make sure you've got a watch that can keep up with you. For modifications like lasers and explosive darts, you'll have to find your own Q...

Bond Videos - trailers and credit sequences

Here are some trailers from various Bond movies and a few of the famous opening credit sequences.

Monopoly... the game is Monopoly

Monopoly James Bond 007
Monopoly James Bond 007

This game is licenced to thrill as the world's foremost super spy teams up with the world's most popular board game. The world is not enough as you attempt to bankrupt your opponents and own IT ALL. The James Bond 007 edition of America's favorite board game comes complete with 6 collectible pewter tokens featuring Odd Job's Bowler Hat, Rosa Klebb's Shoe, Aston Martin DBS, 007 logo, Acrostar plane and the Lotus submarine car.

 

The Villains - The actors who've given life to the villains of Bond

Getting to be the villain in a Bond film gives actors a chance to be seen in a big international film, deliver snappy dialog about just how hard it can be to try to kill a British secret service agent, and suffer a spectacular on-screen death.

1. Dr. No - Dr. No - Joseph Wiseman

2. From Russia With Love - SPECTRE, including Rosa Klebbs (Lotte Lenya) and Red Grant (Robert Shaw)

3. Goldfinger - Auric Goldfinger - Gert Fröbe

4. Thunderball - SPECTRE, Emilio Largo - Adolfo Celi

5. You Only Live Twice - SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld - Donald Pleasance

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Ernst Stavro Blofeld - Telly Salavas

7. Diamonds Are Forever - Ernst Stavro Blofeld - Charles Gray

8. Live and Let Die - Kananga/Mr. Big - Yaphett Kotto

9. The Man with the Golden Gun - Francisco Scaramanga - Christopher Lee

10. The Spy Who Loved Me - Karl Stromberg - Curd Jürgens

11. Moonraker - Hugo Drax - Michael Lonsdale

12. For Your Eyes Only - Aristotle Kristatos - Julian Glover

13. Octopussy - Kamal Khan - Louis Jourdan

14. A View to a Kill - Max Zorin - Christopher Walken

15. The Living Daylights - General Georgi Koskov - Jeroen Krabbé

16. Licence to Kill - Franz Sanchez - Robert Davi

17. GoldenEye - Alec Trevelyan - Sean Bean

18. Tomorrow Never Dies - Elliot Carver - Jonathan Pryce

19. The World is Not Enough - Renard - Robert Carlyle

20. Die Another Day - Gustav Graves - Toby Stephens

21. Casino Royale - Le Chiffre - Mads Mikkelsen

22. Quantum of Solace - Dominic Greene - Mathieu Amalric

23. Skyfall- Javier Bardem - Raoul Silva

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In honor of Ian Fleming's 100th birthday

In honor of Ian Fleming's 100th birthday
In honor of Ian Fleming's 100th birthday

Do you have a favorite Bond actor or James Bond movie? If so, let us know!

MI6 Messageboard - Q&A, comments, feedback, declarations of Bond passion

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    • squidlydoo profile image

      squidlydoo 

      5 years ago

      All though my favourite Bond was Connery, I think this movie is one of the best yet!

    • january962 profile image

      january962 

      6 years ago

      My favourite Daniel Craig...can't wait for Skyfall.

    • christopherwell profile image

      christopherwell 

      7 years ago

      I've always thought Timothy Dalton was underrated -- LIVING DAYLIGHTS is one of my favorite Bond films. I liked LICENSE TO KILL a lot, too.

      BTW, I featured your lens at Guide To James Bond Songs

    • hamdaniamin profile image

      hamdaniamin 

      7 years ago

      Great lens on Bond.

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      Shadrosky 

      7 years ago

      Can't go wrong with Bond! Nice!

    • DuaneJ profile image

      DuaneJ 

      7 years ago

      great job..enjoyed this lens...

    • papawu profile image

      papawu 

      9 years ago

      I am a long time fan of James Bond, but for me, Sean Connery was the best James Bond. The others were great as well, except Dalton, and I like the ruggedness that Craig has brought to the Bond franchise. Well done lens.

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      RebeccaJF 

      10 years ago

      Fantastic Bond lens! So much great information. Pierce is my favorite.

    • Pyeman73 LM profile image

      Pyeman73 LM 

      10 years ago

      Super, super Bond lens. Well done. I am very excited that Craig has done so well and the franchise has new life.

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      aidenw 

      11 years ago from USA

      I love James Bond. Roger Moore is my favorite actor but I also like Pierce Brosnan. Still trying to get used to Daniel Craig :) Great lens!

    • dc zhen profile image

      dc zhen 

      11 years ago

      I wonder how many other folks will agree with me that the Living Daylights was the best Bond movie ever... and yes, it also starred the best actor ever to play James- Timothy Dalton! looking at the poll somewhere on this page I'd have to say- not many..sob sob. great lens by the way!

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      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I had to vote for Sean Connery - he's a classic.

      Showing my age, Susan

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      catch-cheating 

      11 years ago

      detail info about james bond film, 5 star

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      fefe42 

      11 years ago

      I have only watched the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies so I voted for him as my fave James Bond Actor. Looks like I should really watch some of the Sean Connery Bond movies.

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      songbird6 

      11 years ago

      Wow, so thorough! Great job.

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      Johnnysaing 

      11 years ago

      Hi,Relache,

      I love your James Bond Lens, I love the old Bond movies...staring Sean Connery, and Roger Moore...

      Fantastic presentation....

    • RichardMensies profile image

      RichardMensies 

      11 years ago

      I had reservations about Craig, but tried to keep an open mind. After seeing him in action I think he's one of the best. Maybe not quite on the same level as Sean Connery, but second best.

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Loved the new Bond! Excellent storytelling, great photography. Best Bond since Sean (who, of course, still reigns as the best Bond ever). Nice to see Judi Dench again. Nice lens.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I had a good time too, srinivas! I think they've successfully re-started the franchise.

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      hi, Bond movie is Good!!! I wish him to get more success in the next coming movies!!!

    • schwarz profile imageAUTHOR

      Rae Schwarz 

      11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Taichi, I don't mind that you didn't like the movie, but I've never given much credence to folks who don't bother to say WHY they don't like something.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Thanks, Mike, glad you liked the lens!

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      Mikey LM 

      11 years ago

      I really enjoyed Casino Royale and I do think Craig is the best Bond yet. Great lens!

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      anonymous 

      11 years ago

      Casino Royale was the worst movie I have seen in a long time, if you go. I've got an even better idea than spending $10 on seeing the new bond movie. Go and rent yourself Golden Eye $4, then shake up a martini $3, then get a nice meat sandwich. You'll be having a great Bond time.

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      Rae Schwarz 

      11 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Ok, as far as Bond movies go, that one ROCKED!!! Great re-start of the franchise.

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