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The James Bond Films

The James Bond Films: According to Guinness World Records, the most profitable film series of all time was "James Bond." See Greatest Film Franchises: Box-Office for other statistics. It is also the longest continuing series of English language films. The modern day action-hero - the James Bond '007' character that was employed for Her Majesty's Secret Service - was loosely based on the character in Britisher Ian Fleming's twelve James Bond novels. A number of Fleming's short stories were developed by other writers.

Before the movies, Bond made his first appearance on TV, debuting on CBS in 1954, with Barry Nelson as the American 007 agent named Jimmy Bond in an adaptation of Fleming's first Bond novel Casino Royale. Fleming made his sole cameo appearance in the Bond film From Russia With Love (1963). The only two Bond films with a tragic ending for Bond's romantic partners were On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Casino Royale (2006).

Beginning in the Cold War 60s (after restrictions on violence and sex were lifted somewhat), the slick, escapist Bond action/adventure spy films appealed to large audiences with their exotic, travelogue locales, tongue-in-cheek humor and dialogue, nifty gadgets and ingenious toys (provided by Q Branch) to combat evildoers, fast-action suspense and audacious stunts, and gorgeous scantily-clad sexy women. The action-oriented, sophisticated and skillful agent, with a taste for fancy clothes (often tuxedos), dry vodka martinis ('shaken, not stirred') and cars (notably the Aston Martin DB5, the Lotus Esprit, and various BMWs), battled various types of eccentric, deadly and infamous criminals who planned to assault the world. The intriguing superhero lead role has been played by six actors - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. Also pictured in the descriptions of each film are the main villains and Bond girls.

As of 2012, the official Bond films have received 14 Academy Awards nominations (with four wins, marked with asterisk):

Sean Connery made a reluctant comeback as Bond for Never Say Never Again (1983) - a virtual remake of Thunderball (1965). The film was reportedly titled that way since Connery was quoted as saying "Never again!" after making Diamonds Are Forever (1971). Currently, Roger Moore is the longest continually-serving James Bond actor (with 12 years and 7 films) and the oldest (he was 46 when he started and 58 when he stepped down). Daniel Craig was the first blonde actor to play Bond and the first to be born after the start of the film series. The 50th Year Anniversary of Bond films coincided with the release of the 23rd official Bond film in 2012.

Also, see all of the James Bond title screens here: James Bond Title Screens

For those keeping track of statistics:

Bond Actor
No. of Films
Bond Kills
Bond Trysts
Sean Connery 6 films (1962-1971) 59 kills 23 trysts
George Lazenby 1 film (1969) 4 kills 4 trysts
Roger Moore 7 films (1973-1985) 51 kills 25 trysts
Timothy Dalton 2 films (1987-1989) 9 kills 6 trysts
Pierce Brosnan 4 films (1995-2002) 57 kills 11 trysts
Daniel Craig 3 films (2006-present) 51 kills 5 trysts

See also James Bond Films - Summary
See also Greatest James Bond Girls
See also Ranked James Bond Films

James Bond Actors and Their 23 Films - With Title Screens
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
6 Bond films (official) from 1962-1971, 1 Bond film (unofficial), 1983
Dr. No (1962)
Dr. No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
From Russia With Love (1963)
Goldfinger (1964) Goldfinger (1964)
Thunderball (1965) Thunderball (1965)
You Only Live Twice (1967) You Only Live Twice (1967)
 
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Never Say Never Again (1983)
Never Say Never Again (1983)

Casino Royale (1967) with David Niven

George Lazenby
George Lazenby
1 Bond film, 1969

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Roger Moore
Roger Moore
7 Bond films from 1973-1985

Live and Let Die (1973)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Moonraker (1979) Moonraker (1979)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
 
Octopussy (1983) Octopussy (1983)
A View to a Kill (1985)
A View to a Kill (1985)
   


Timothy Dalton
2 Bond films from 1987-1989

The Living Daylights (1987)
The Living Daylights (1987)
Licence to Kill (1989)
Licence to Kill (1989)


Pierce Brosnan
4 Bond films from 1995-2002

GoldenEye (1995)
GoldenEye (1995)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
The World is Not Enough (1999)
Die Another Day (2002)
Die Another Day (2002)


Daniel Craig
3 Bond films from 2006-2012

Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale (2006)
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Quantum of Solace (2008)

Skyfall (2012)

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