During the 1960s, it wasn’t the MCU, Star Wars franchises, and Harry Potter that was ruling the audience hearts. Why? Because there were movies on Bond, James Bond. More nearly 6 decades, the only, licensed to kill agent – 007, has been the real star of silver screens. Today, we explore this legend right from the beginning.
The one and only 007, licensed to kill. For almost 6 decades, the British super-spy James Bond has lit up the silver screen.
Till now, there have been six different actors who have played the role of the cold-blooded killer who is ready to do anything for Queen and Country. They are George Lazenby, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig. All of them have placed their own unique twist on the characters played by them in over an incredible 24 films. Now, it will soon be 25. We have compiled the list of all the James Bond action movies along with information about the 25th which is due for release in 2020.
Complete Jame Bond Movies list since 1962
The Sean Connery Era
Dr. No (1962)
It was Dr. No. Who started it all. This film had Sean Connery playing the role of James Bond. He is sent by MI6 to Jamaica for an investigation regarding the death of a chief of a station in Kingston. In Jamaica, the fans see Felix Lieter who is also the counterpart of Bond in the CIA. This is one of those characters that will recur in the series frequently. This film also discloses the first official “Bond Girl” Honey Ryder which is played by Ursula Andrews.
After Bond meets Honey, they are kidnapped and then taken to a secret facility run by the main villain Dr. No. Here he discusses plans to take over the world by meeting with other members of SPECTRE. Undoubtedly, 007 puts all their efforts to take the world in vain and gets the girl in the end.
From Russia With Love (1963)
On the second number of the Jame Bond movies list is From Russia with Love starring Sean Connery who plays the James Bond. This film was released just after a year of Dr. No. This movie became the reason of fans witnessing all the iconic pieces. It was this movie that let the fans meet the head of Q branch which was played by Desmond Llewelyn who continues to play this role in next 17 Bond films.
The movie plot of From Russia with love takes Bond to Istanbul from London and then to Belgrade and finally hits Venice while fighting the evil SPECTRE. In this journey, he is accompanied by the Bond Girl Tatiana Romanova. This time Daniela Bianchi plays the Bond girl. The most iconic role of Bond villain was Blofeldwhich appeared in five movies and was played by five different actors.
The year 1964 brought Goldfinger to theaters. At the time of ranking, this particular film will sit on the top in the list of James Bond action movies. The film comes with an iconic theme song which was sung by Shirley Bassey, has an iconic villain in Auric Goldfinger, a Bond Girl named Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackmon, and finally a henchman. The movie has Bond traveling to Miami to Kentucky from London in the wake of chasing the supervillain, Goldfinger. Finally, he wins over in the end by destroying all the plans of Goldfinger to rob Fort Knox.
After 14 months of the release of Goldfinger came out Thunderball and it might be the campiest opening of any James Bond movie by Connery. The film shows Bond escaping by using a jet pack. In this movie, he takes on the supervillain Emilio Largo who attempts to steal nuclear bombs for SPECTRE. The Bond Girl Domino of this movie is played by Claudine Auger. For almost two decades, Warner Bros gave second adaptation of the original Thunderball novel. It had Sean Connery as Bond once again.
You Only Live Twice (1967)
This James Bond action movie was filmed in Japan and it was supposed to be Sean Connery’s final film as Bond. His resignation came halfway through filming and along with it came the announcement that he will not be returning in the next movie.
You Only Live Twice was a classic Bond movie yet controversial as Ronald Dahl was selected as the screenwriter and it was decided that the Bond looks and the way he talks Japenese were somewhat racist in a scene that had Connery in “yellow-face.”
It was for the very first time that one of the many best bond movies didn’t have Sean Connery playing the Bond character on screen. Post announcement of him leaving the franchise, the producers started the hunt for the next Bond. The role went to Australian George Lazenby, and he was offered a seven picture deal. His agent told the producers that it wasn’t a good idea to stick so long, ergo, he signed a deal for the movie only.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service although has got on the bad ends for a few fans but it was actually a great James Bond action movies and had everything a fan should want. Blofeld came back in this movie but this time it was played by the legendary Telly Savalas. Tracy, the Bond Girl, was played by Diana Riggs. She actually becomes Mrs. Bond in the film. This movie is one of the darker films in the series.
The Sean Connery Era 2.0
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Sean Connery came back with a bang! Post expiring of George Lazenby’s one-film deal, the beloved Connery was brought back by Eon and United Artists. The man who played the role of an ambassador to the Japan and friend to James Bond in the movie – YouOnly Live Twice – too came back for the series in Diamonds Are Forever but this time he returned as the evil Ernst Blofeld.
This time, the movie showcased two “Bond Girls,”:- Tiffany Case and Plenty O’Toole. The first one was played by Jill St. John and while the second one was played by Lana Wood. And this was the first time that the gambling legend James Bond had come to visit Las Vegas only to dine at the… Circus Circus.
The Roger Moore Era
Live And Let Die (1973)
This was the 2nd time when the starring role in the new Jame Bond Move didn’t have Sean Connery. The role was picked by Roger Moore who made it truly his own and played it in a much campier way as compared to the roles played by both Connery and George Lazenby. This James Bond Movies instated a vast change in the franchise because it had Moore playing the role for a while. Along with the character, even the stories of the movies were made a little more over the top.
Live And Let Die holds the honour of having the most bizarre stories. Why? Because there was an attempt made by the producers to cash in on the Blaxploitation genre, a popular genre during those days. Even though the roles played by Yaphet Kotto were excellent yet the whole thing seemed a bit bizarre. Jane Seymour turned out as the best ever girl to play a Bond Girl.
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The very next year, James Bond came back in The Man With The Golden Gun and it had Roger Moore once again. Francisco Scaramanga, a titular character is an assassin who literally has James Bond’s name written on one of his golden bullets. The character was put to action by none other than the great Christopher Lee. His henchman was Nick Nack which was played by the legendary Herve Villechaize.
The first appearance of Maud Adams came to light in a James Bond movies as Andrea Anders. Once again, the movie had a classic Bond Girl character name – Mary Goodnight – played by Britt Ekland.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
The tenth film in the best bond movies series was The Spy Who Loved Me. It had everything that fan would have wanted in a Bond film – an exemplary reprobate in Curd Jurgens as Stromberg, a shocking Bond Girl in Barbara Bach and possibly the most scandalous partner in crime ever, Richard Kiel as Jaws.
The most amazing theme was also featured in this film which was created by Carly Simon. Another great fact about The Spy Who Loved Me is that producer Albert “Cubbie” Broccoli wanted Steven Spielberg to direct it, however, he turned down the offer because he was busy in post-production on Jaws.
In the ranking of all the James Bond Movies, Moonraker will always find its place either at the bottom or near to it. The real concern can be explained with the truth behind it. The storyline of the film is extremely ridiculous. This Bond movie has Jame Bond in space.
Initially, the sequel to the James Bond action Movie, The Spy Who Loved Me was supposed to be – For Your Eyes Only. However, the producers decided to change the gears due to the success spree created by Star Wars in the year 1977, hence, they place the James Bond in space. This didn’t go well. Although it did mark the return of Richard Kiel as Jaws while the Moonraker to has the weirdest Bond Girl ever – Dr Holly Goodhead which was played by Lois Chiles.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
The entry of James Bond movies into the third decade came with this movie – For Your Eyes Only. Even though this movie had the trademark from the Roger Moore-era movie which included humour and over-the-top moments, it marked the return of some great ideas and unique cinema creation since the blunder of Moonraker. The movie starts with James Bond standing at the grave of his late wife Tracy. Apart from “On Her Majesty’s Request,” this was the only time she is referred to in the whole series.
Just after that, James is seen on a helicopter which is being controlled by his old nemesis, Ernst Blofeld, who happens to be in a wheelchair. Also, watch out for the Tywin Lannister himself, Charles Dance, who is one of the baddies chasing Bond.
You got that right, this film is famous for its name. I don’t know how but it got past the censors and received a PG rating. Octopussy premiered the same year, its rival James Bond movie – Never Say Never Again – was released with Sean Connery returning the role.
It was Octopussy that won the race of box office race while Never Say Never Again didn’t receive the much-needed love form the Bond fans. This was one of those Bond movies which was filmed in India, hence, it became a must-watch for fans. In this movie, James Bond was tasked to follow a general who has been stealing treasures from the Soviet Union. Somehow, this turns into a race to prevent the nuclear weapon from detonating.
A View To A Kill (1985)
A View To A Kill, the 14th in the series of James Bond movies and also the seventh but final for Roger Moore’s career in the role of 007. Moore is the only actor with the highest tally of playing the role of James Bond. In this mid-‘80s romp, the only thing that stands out is Christopher Walken’s turn as Max Zorin, the blonde-haired supervillain. He aims to wipe northern California from the map by causing an earthquake while he takes a ride on a blimp that has his name on it. In this James Bond movie, Grace Jones plays the role of a Bond Girl and a henchperson. Both the plot and the movie perfectly define the over-the-top camp of the Roger Moore era.
After Roger Moore retired as 007, Remington Steele star Pierce Brosnan replaced him. Brosnan would get locked into his contract while the producers approached Timothy Dalton to star in The Living Daylights. Dalton played James Bond in a very different way and it was a big departure from Moore. He did the role with more an edge, played it tougher, became an angrier Bond and more realistic.
Among the fans, the Bond played by Dalton was much appreciated by the fans for the next few years. In the same movie, Joe Don Baker plays the role of a villain who again returns in the Brosnan era in the form of a CIA agent – Jake Wade. The return of Bond’s classic car was marked by The Living Daylights – the Aston Martin. Also, it would be the last movie to have the title from the story of Ian Fleming until 2006’s Casino Royale.
Licence To Kill (1989)
For Timothy Dalton, License To Kill is the second and final James Bond movies and it is also one of the most under-appreciated films in the entire series. The movie explores the darker and violent side of the Bond that was really played to the strengths of Dalton.
The henchman Dario in the film is played by Benicio del Toro who is very young, one very notable thing about the cast. Carrie Lowell plays the Bond Girl in the movie while Felix Leiter who too came back for some more action wouldn’t be seen again until Casino Royale.
The Pierce Brosnan Era
Golden Eye (1995)
For nearly 6 years, License To Kill Remained the last James Bond Movies due to financial and legal wrangling. In the meantime, a lot of major changes happened. Of all the changes, the biggest one was the producers which now had Barbara Broccoli who took over for her father and the guy they wanted back in the ’80s, Pierce Brosnan.
Brosnan’s first movie, GoldenEye, became a huge hit because the public was quite excited the see a Bond movie after so many years. Another major thing that changed was M.’s role. For years, Bernard Lee did this role and then in the ’80s, it was played by Robert Brown. For this James Bond Film, the producers cast a woman, Dame Judi Dench. The big villain in this is Sean Bean, also a Game Of Thrones alum.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Tomorrow Never Dies has been well noted for its cast. The villain of this movie is yet another GOT star, Jonathan Pryce. The movie had Teri Hatcher playing the Bond Girl. Ricky Jay, the late magician and actor, plays one of Pryce’s henchman. The story of this movie revolves around James Bond preventing World War III from happening. So, it is clearly the usual weekday for him.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
The World Is Not Enough is one of the most universally panned best James bond movies that suffers from a weak plot. In the movie, you can watch James Bond protecting the daughter of a billionaire who has been recently assassinated. The weak performance from Bond Girl Denise Richards added more fuel to the suffering.
The villain, Robert Carlyle is excellent while John Cleese has his first appearance as “R.” Sadly, this film became the last James Bond action movie for Desmond Llewelyn as Q who also dies in a traffic accident just after the release of the movie.
Die Another Day (2002) (1st of Brosnan’s James Bond Movies)
Pierce Brosnan played the role of 007 for the first time in Die Another Day. Also, the file is quite famous for the appearance of Halle Barry as the Bond Girl and her scene which recreated the famous scene of Honey Ryder in Dr. No when she can be seen walking out in a bikini from the ocean. This scene became the tribute to the whole series as it celebrated its 40th anniversary.
Not just this, it even became the first movie in the series that starred John Cleese as Q. This was the very 1st time when the role was played by someone else and not by Desmond Llewelyn. A small role is also played by Madonna in the film, in addition to providing the theme song.
With the release of 2006’s Casino Royale, the first major reboot came out of the James Bond film series. This marked the beginning of a new timeline and had a new Bond star, Daniel Craig, a newbie “Double O,” & M (still played by Judi Dench).
The reboot, by practically any measure, was an enormous accomplishment as fans 7 critics commended Craig for the coarse authenticity with which he assumed the role. Casino Royale even introduced old Bond’s old CIA buddy, Felix Leiter.
Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Quantum Of Solace was a bit of a disappointment as compared to Casino Royale. The movie features a rather forgettable villain & a Bond Girl which is played by Mathieu Amalric and Olga Kurylenko. Not just this, there is one more Bond girl in the film that has a very silly name – Strawberry Fields – played by Gemma Arterton. Judi Dench and Jeffery Wright are present in their usual roles. There is one unique thing in the movie – directors Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón both have cameos in this James Bond Movie.
A lot of behind-the-scenes financial issues that had mostly to do with money problems for MGM, as it had rights to the James Bond films, Skyfall happened after four years. However, the wait was worth because it was the best James Bond movie that was ever made in the entire series. For starters, the theme song created by Adele is absolutely fantabulous which deservedly won an Oscar for Best Song.
The movie had Javier Bardem as the villain and a younger Q was also introduced in the movie which was played by Ben Whishaw. Ralph Fiennes makes his first appearance in a Bond movie. He plays the role of a Member of Parliament, Gareth Mallory, that oversees MI6. Judi Dench, as M, dying in the arms of James Bond was one of the most emotional moments in the entire series.
A good reboot is one that has a classic villain re-introduced to it. In the world of James Bond Movies, that is none other than one person and one organization, Ernst Blofeld and SPECTRE. After the 1970s, for the very first time, the nemesis of James Bond was back in this film which was directed by Sam Mendes. Christoph Waltz was the 5th actor to play the role.
Spectre wasn’t a perfect delivery but its opening sequence which was shot in Mexico City is worth any price of admission. Moreover, Ralph Fiennes’ Gareth Mallory makes his first appearance as M since his career transition that happened at the end of Skyfall.
Bond 25 (2020)
The production for the next flick of this unstoppable series has already begun. This movie will supposedly mark the end of the Daniel Craig era because according to him this is his last film. A very little is available about this movie, for say, Rami Malek will play the villain. Further, the movie has a few other newcomers – David Dencik, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch. Familiar faces that will return in this James Bond movie are Naomi Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright and Ben Whishaw.
What’s coming in the latest Bond movie makes us excited altogether. With this, we have come to an end of the list of all Bond Movies in the order of their release enveloped in more than 5 decades.
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