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James Bond Movies In Order: How To Watch All 27 007 Movies

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If you’re looking to watch all the James Bond movies in order, you’ll hit the good stuff right away: All the Sean Connery movies in his first run are classics of the franchise. Before hitting Connery’s departure from the 007 role in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever , you’ll encounter George Lazenby’s solo entry (1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ) and 1967’s comedy spoof Casino Royale , which was made outside of Eon Productions, the company founded to steer Bond from the book to the big screen.

Roger Moore took on the mantle from 1973’s Live and Let Die to 1985’s A View to a Kill , with Connery returning one last time in the non-Eon Never Say Never Again in 1983.

Timothy Dalton appeared twice as Bond to close out the ’80s with The Living Daylights and License to Kill .

After six years, the longest period between switching lead actors, Pierce Brosnan debuted with 1995’s GoldenEye , and exited with 2002’s Die Another Day .

2006 saw the introduction of Daniel Craig as the latest Bond in town with Casino Royale , and he will be retiring with the long-delayed No Time to Die . With its 2021 release, Craig will hold the record for longest continuous actor to represent Bond.

Continue on to see the full list on how to watch all the James Bond movies in order! — Alex Vo

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Dr. No (1962) 95%

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From Russia With Love (1963) 97%

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007: Goldfinger (1964) 99%

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Thunderball (1965) 85%

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007 - You Only Live Twice (1967) 74%

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Casino Royale (1967) 26%

007 on her majesty's secret service (1969) 81%.

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Diamonds Are Forever (1971) 64%

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Live and Let Die (1973) 66%

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The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) 42%

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The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) 82%

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Moonraker (1979) 60%

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For Your Eyes Only (1981) 69%

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Octopussy (1983) 42%

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Never Say Never Again (1983) 71%

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A View to a Kill (1985) 37%

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The Living Daylights (1987) 73%

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Licence to Kill (1989) 79%

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GoldenEye (1995) 80%

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Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 57%

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The World Is Not Enough (1999) 51%

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Die Another Day (2002) 55%

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Casino Royale (2006) 94%

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Quantum of Solace (2008) 63%

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Skyfall (2012) 92%

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Spectre (2015) 63%

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No Time to Die (2021) 83%

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2015, Action/Adventure, 2h 28m

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Spectre nudges Daniel Craig's rebooted Bond closer to the glorious, action-driven spectacle of earlier entries, although it's admittedly reliant on established 007 formula. Read critic reviews

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A cryptic message from the past leads James Bond (Daniel Craig) to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets the beautiful widow (Monica Bellucci) of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy (Christoph Waltz) he seeks.

Rating: PG-13 (Language|Intense Sequences of Action|Sensuality|Some Disturbing Images|Violence)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English

Director: Sam Mendes

Producer: Michael G. Wilson , Barbara Broccoli

Writer: John Logan , Neal Purvis , Robert Wade , Jez Butterworth

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 6, 2015  wide

Release Date (Streaming): Jul 24, 2016

Box Office (Gross USA): $200.1M

Runtime: 2h 28m

Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Production Co: Danjaq Productions, Eon Productions Ltd., Columbia Pictures, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

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Cast & Crew

Daniel Craig

Christoph Waltz

Léa Seydoux

Ralph Fiennes

Monica Bellucci

Ben Whishaw

Naomie Harris

Dave Bautista

Andrew Scott

Rory Kinnear

Jesper Christensen

Alessandro Cremona

Marco Sciarra

Stephanie Sigman

Screenwriter

Neal Purvis

Robert Wade

Jez Butterworth

Michael G. Wilson

Barbara Broccoli

Callum McDougall

Executive Producer

Hoyte Van Hoytema

Cinematographer

Film Editing

Thomas Newman

Original Music

Dennis Gassner

Production Design

Christopher Lowe

Supervising Art Direction

Andrew Bennett

Art Director

Ben Collins

Mark Harris

Neal Callow

Anna Pinnock

Set Decoration

Jany Temime

Costume Design

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Audience reviews for spectre.

Visually stylish and a nice homage to the 60s Bond movies, neatly tying together plot points from the previous Daniel Craig bond movies, but felt quite pedestrian, I never really felt anything for any of the characters: things just happened without any excitement or emotion. At least it wasn't too silly, but again lacked humour.

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One of the most obvious characteristics of the Bond series is that each instalment of the franchise can sit on its own. Modern audiences are asked to believe that the character has been the same age for more than 50 years, and the series has bent or tinkered with its conventions ever so slightly as the decades have rolled past in order to stay relevant. While this has kept the Bond series as a whole firmly in the realms of fantasy, it has allowed individual entries in the series to push for something more gritty or realistic; if it works, it's embraced and carried forward, and if not the series reverts to type with very few tears. Since the franchise was effectively rebooted with Casino Royale, an approach more becoming of comic books has been employed: different writers and directors come in and somehow try to stitch all the character's actions together into an overarching narrative. Doctor Who, Sherlock and Star Wars have all shown that this is not an easy thing to pull off, and it's harder still to convince an audience that such an undertaking was always intentional. Spectre attempts to tie together the events of its predecessors with a story about chickens coming home to roost - and while there is much to applaud about Sam Mendes' film, it is also riddled with problems. The first such problem is the amount of emphasis given to each of the previous films. You would imagine that any story which seeks to claim that the events of Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall were all an elaborate means to bring us to this point would place an equal weight on each instalment and the events therein. Instead, Quantum of Solace has been practically airbrushed out of history; besides the odd mention of Quantum, we get no reference to its plot and Dominic Greene is never seen on camera. The refusal to even hint at it is too constant a factor for it to be an accident; it is as though the whole production threw up their hands, admitted that it was terrible, and then asked us to forget that it ever existed. A related problem is that the script for Spectre is deeply conflicted, especially when it comes to the film's female characters. Madeleine Swann is written like two completely different people who have been composited; one moment she's being icy cold, compelling and giving Bond a run for his money with a gun, the next she's being captured for the umpteenth time and needing to be rescued. For all the steps forward that the Daniel Craig era has taken, it still can't resist a damsel in distress. None of the women in Spectre are given a fair crack of the whip. Even if we put Léa Seydoux to one side, that still leaves us with Monicca Bellucci. The film has a great opportunity here, casting an older woman with the promise of a deeper relationship. Instead, she gets five minutes of screen time to look scared, sleep with Bond and then leave. Dressing her in stockings is at best a nod back to Teri Hatcher in Tomorrow Never Dies and at worst just lazy fanservice. Not every woman in Bond's life has to be helpless without him, and the series has been at its best when the women are equal to him - either in a fetishistic way, like Xenia Onatopp or Bambi and Thumper, or something more mature and three-dimensional. Then there are the villains to consider. Sherlock's Andrew Scott waltzes through the whole film like he has "bad guy" tattooed on his forehead, but at least he's fully committed to what he is doing. Christoph Waltz, meanwhile, is completely underwhelming as Blofeld. Having Bond and Blofield as adopted brothers is workable, but Waltz can't decide whether to play it as the Jew Hunter from Inglorious Basterds or as a straight-up pantomime. He seems uncomfortable in the costume, looking like Hyman Roth in The Godfather Part II but without the threat. Either it's just a bad performance, or Mendes didn't know what he wanted from the character. Further evidence of a confused director can be found in the torture scene. The rope torture and poisoning scenes in Casino Royale were justified; they were both an effective means of moving to a grittier style and a meaningful way of showing Bond's vulnerability. Torture has been used as a novelty in Bond films before - there's a lot of it in the Brosnan era, whether Xenia's thighs in Goldeneye or the neck-breaking chair in The World Is Not Enough. But here it feels all too routine, as if Mendes said: "We need a torture scene here" and then got the specifics from a trip to the dentist. Like Skyfall before it, Spectre makes a number of conscious nods to its back catalogue. There's a lot more references to the Connery era this time around, with the DB5 and the gadgets on the DB10 nodding to Goldfinger, and Blofeld's cat and base borrowing heavily from You Only Live Twice. The sequence on the train is essentially a more stereoidal take on the train fight in From Russia with Love, and Swann's appearance particularly in the dining car is strongly influenced by Tatiana Romanova. But unlike its predecessor, these references are here for their own sake rather to make any attempt at justifying the franchise's longevity. There are a lot of plot details in Spectre which don't make sense or which are disappointing - another probable consequence of having four writers. The DNA scan on the Spectre ring is both a very arbitary gadget and a contrived plot device, asking us to accept both the technology and the fact that all the people involved would have worn the same ring. Then there's the ease with which Bond is able to blow up Blofeld's base, or the comparable ease with which Blofeld is able to wire up the whole of the MI6 building without anyone noticing. The final act is deeply anticlimatic, falling emotionally short where The Bourne Ultimatum hit a home run. In the midst of all these niggles, flaws and frustrations, there is an awful lot about Spectre which can be enjoyed, at least in the moment. For all its concessions to cliché, the film does make some interesting points about our increasingly surveillance-driven world and how easily it can be manipulated. The set-pieces are beautifully filmed, with Mendes lending excellent coverage to both the car chases and the long opening shot in Mexico. If you only watch Bond films for the car chases and fight scenes, rest assured they are still exhilirating enough to allow you to gloss over the plot holes. There are also improved performances within the supporting cast. Ben Whishaw's Q in Skyfall was essentially Brains from Thunderbirds, but here he becomes more rounded and appealingly tetchy. It's a different Q from Desmond Llewellyn's, but it still feels like a kindred spirit. Ralph Fiennes was always going to have a hard job following Judi Dench as M, but here he rises to the occasion, taking the tension he exhibited in In Bruges and bringing along some devil-may-care attitude for the ride. The best aspect of Spectre, however, is the scene involving Mr White - if nothing else because it is the most effective at tying up a part of the overarching story. There's a wonderfully bleak, pathos-ridden quality to the scene, with one man utterly defeated and the other delaying the inevitable. The writing is unpredictable but coherent, with Craig and Jesper Christiansen dualling brilliantly and the latter giving a sad, dead-eyed performance. Hoyte von Hoytema, who shot Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, does a fantastic job, contrasting the dark, oppresive colours in the cabin with the stark, deathly white of the snow. Spectre is a watchable slice of the Bond saga which pales in regard to two of the three films which preceded it. It's still heaps better than Quantum of Solace, if only because it always has a rough idea of where it is going even during its moments of writing conflict. But while its visual spectacle can give Casino Royale and Skyfall a run for their money, it doesn't have either the brains or the heart to rise above them. Bond fans will embrace it, but the rest of us will be expecting more effort next time around.

This is the movie that fans wanted to be even better than the critically acclaimed "Skyfall" that was released back in 2012. This movie clearly isn't that sequel! However, it really is a movie that can be enjoyable if you watch it with the right audience. If you watch it with the most die-hard Bond fans, this movie probably isn't for you, but if you just love Bond and love spy films, this movie is definitely something that you should check out. Daniel Craig once again proves why he was chosen back in 2006 and Christoph Waltz (who probably wasn't the Bond villain everyone was hoping for) shows why he is one of the best actors out there right now.

Every couple of years we get to go to the movies and hear the immortal words "Bond is back!". It's been 53 years since Sean Connery stepped into the role that he made iconic or made him an icon. That is a debate for a later time. Six Bonds later and the franchise still delivers enjoyable adventures that span the globe (with the occasional dud). Spectre is officially the 24th film and it really harkens back to the Bond of 30 years ago. The previous three films have built to this point in which Bond (Daniel Craig) has found that there is a huge criminal syndicate called Spectre that has been behind the events going all the way back to Casino Royale. Spectre represents a series of events in which Bond attempts to pull back the curtain and expose the puppet master in the form of Ernst Stravo Blofeld (Christophe Waltz). What's interesting about Spectre is that after 45 years of legal wranglings James Bond finally gets to face his arch nemesis. Blofeld is a characters that has never been played by the same actor twice and Christophe Waltz is a wonderful return for the character. Cold, calculated evil delivered. Craig once again fits into Bond and exudes that dark, brooding Bond. Some have mentioned the Roger Moore era of Bond being represented in this film, but Craig keeps the film grounded. Each Bond is his own man, yet the same man. Bringing us to the story, it once again leads to world control. Not from nukes or space stations, but information. We live in an information age. Our bogeymen sit at computer screens now. Who is on the other end of that camera watching you.Bond stories tend to recycle themselves, but amazingly most of them hold up. Spectre is a very good follow up to the almost perfect Skyfall. What's enjoyable about James Bond films, particularly when comparing films with the Bournes and Mission: Impossibles out there. Each individual Bond film makes its own mark, be it in villains, locales, or general bad assery. Other spy franchise seem to blend together, creating a murky identity when trying to remember what film had this or that happen. Bond has never had that problem and it's one of the many reasons that these films endure and continue to endure.

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On a rogue mission in Mexico City Bond kills an assassin. Back in London, Bond is grounded by M but confides in Moneypenny that he was acting on orders from the previous M before she died. Bond travels to Rome and infiltrates a secret meeting, but their leader Franz Oberhauser, reveals Bond’s presence. The terrifying Hinx pursues Bond in a car chase. In Austria, Bond meets his old nemesis Mr White and makes a promise to keep Mr White’s daughter safe in exchange for leading him to Oberhauser. The daughter, Dr Madeleine Swann, is reluctant to help, but after Bond rescues her from Hinx she agrees. She reveals the secret organisation is SPECTRE. Swann leads Bond to Tangier and from there they journey by train to a desert location, Swann makes Bond question the life he has chosen for himself. Hinx appears and a vicious fight ensues. At a high-tech facility in the desert Bond and Swann meet Oberhauser, He amasses information to manipulate events and is about to gain control of a global surveillance network. After Oberhauser tortures Bond and reveals himself to be Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Bond and Swann escape and destroy the base. In London Bond debriefs M, is captured by Blofeld, then rescues Swann. Bond has the opportunity to kill Blofeld but decides to let him live. Bond joins Swann, leaving his old life behind.

Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, Andrew Scott, Rory Kinnear, Jesper Christensen

Michael G. Wilson Barbara Broccoli

Release Date

26 October 2015 (UK) 6 November 2015 (USA)

World Premiere

26 October 2015, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Pinewood Studios, London locations, UK; Lake Altaussee, Obertilliach and Sölden, Austria; Rome, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico; Tangier, Erfoud and Sahara desert, Morocco

“Writing’s On The Wall” – performed by Sam Smith, written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes

Aston Martin DB5 , Aston Martin DB10 , Jaguar C-X75 , Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, Land Rover Discovery Sport SVR, Land Rover Defender Big Foot,  Fiat 500, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander aircraft, McDonnell Douglas MD500E, AgustaWestland AW109. Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm Bo 105

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  • Omega Seamaster 300 with two-tone NATO strap. Built in explosive charge with a one-minute timer
  • Blofeld’s torture chair
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  • Hinx’s thumbnails

The pre-title Day of the Dead sequence employed 1,520 extras, dressed and made up by 107 different make-up artists, 98 of whom were local. On each working day it took three and a half hours to get the crowd prepared

The Red Bull helicopter that featured in the pre-title sequence is built especially for barrel-rolling and free-diving and piloted by aerobatic pilot Chuck Aaron

Spectre marked the first time Bond has filmed in Rome, Italy

It was also the first time Aston Martin and the Bond production team collaborated on creating a new car designed specifically for the film with the DB10

Stefan Zurcher began looking for appropriate locations in Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, 12 months before shooting commenced. His first Bond film was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service where he played a Piz Gloria guard. He continued to work on eight more Bond films in different capacities. He is also known as “The Snowman”

The exterior of the Ice Q in Solden was selected for the start of the chase. The main outdoor set was constructed in Obertilliach, a small village with 500 inhabitants in the Austrian Tirol

Two 20 tonne cranes were used in order to simulate the flight in the forest. The plane was 18m wide and the path through the trees was only 20m wide. Special carbon fibre cables were used between the cranes. Laser equipment was used to ensure the one kilometre path through the trees was in a straight line

A snow team of 30 people worked round the clock to guarantee perfect snow conditions on the road and in the forest

Spectre includes a Guinness World Record for the largest on screen explosion (of Blofeld’s lair)

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Spectre sees Daniel Craig return for his fourth round of 007 missions and with No Time To Die finally on the horizon - a Bond marathon is in order. It may be one of the most divisive Bond movies to date, but in the words of Bond himself "it's all a matter of perspective..." so here’s everything you need to know to watch Spectre online wherever you are in the world.  

Release date: 2015

Director: Sam Mendes

Cast:  Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Naomi Harris, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes

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With MI6 still in disarray after the attacks in Skyfall, Spectre sees Craig globetrotting to hunt S.P.E.C.T.R.E, a criminal organization led by Ernst Stavro (Christoph Waltz). While on a mission to prevent the threats posed by the criminal syndicate, M confronts challenges in London to keep the 00 department alive. 

The 24th Bond film was one of the most expensive movies ever filmed, costing a staggering $300 million. Filming across five locations, the intense and gripping spy thriller focusses on the fast-paced action sequences with visual effects, stunts, and computer-generated imagery. 

While the Bond movie received mixed reviews, Sam Smith’s theme song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ became the first in the history of the Bond franchise to have a number one song surpassing Adele’s Skyfall which came a close second. 

Can the 00 survive another round? Keep reading for all the details on how to watch Spectre wherever you are in the world. 

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How to watch Spectre from outside your country

If you're abroad or out of your country for whatever reason, you can still stream your favorite TV shows and movies, including Spectre, by using a VPN. By downloading a  best VPN , you can avoid any geo-blocks that you may experience when trying to access your usual streaming service if you’re outside of your country.

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Where to watch Spectre online in the US for free 

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Spectre is currently available to watch in the US in a few different places, and if you've got cable, you'll find a few providers offering the latest Bond movie. 

The FX channel comes as a part of your package, meaning you're able to stream Spectre with the online streaming platform, FX Now . Login by entering your cable provider details to access the movie. 

Other TV packages such as Spectrum TV and Direct TV also have Spectre available to watch, you'll just need to log in if you've got the app, or visit the online sites to stream. 

How to watch Spectre without cable and for free

You'll find the 2015 Spectre available to watch with FuboTV . New subscribers can access a 7-day FREE trial , and in that time you can watch Spectre, binge-watch the likes of Dexter and Schitts Creek. Once the free trial ends, a FuboTV cost of $64.99 a month will give you 111 channels, and a whole host of popular movies and TV shows. 

Outside of the US? As mentioned above, you can avoid regional blocks by checking out a VPN solution to stream your favourite films and TV from anywhere. 

Where to watch Spectre online in the UK

If you're a Virgin TV Go customer you're able to catch all the 007 action as Spectre is available to watch either on your TV or device. If you're looking for more Bond adventures ahead of the No Time To Die release, you'll also find the special  'Being James Bond' documentary on Virgin TV Go, featuring Daniel Craig as he chats all-things Bond with producers.  

Unfortunately, if you're not a Virgin TV customer, Spectre is currently only available for rental at £3.49 on either Amazon Prime Video , Apple TV, Google Play, YouTube or Rakuten TV. 

Those with Virgin TV wanting to log-in to watch the service from abroad will need to download a VPN to connect like they would at home.

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Canadian viewers looking for all the Bond films, including Spectre are in luck - Crave currently has the entire franchise of Bond movies available to stream.  

To watch Spectre, you’ll need to be signed on to the middle-tier subscription package, Movies + HBO to access the movie. A monthly subscription costs $19.98 plus tax, but before any payment first-time customers are able to sign up for a 7-day FREE trial .

Not in Canada? That's no problem- don’t forget a VPN will enable you to stream all your usual content, wherever you are, including your favorite Bond films.

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If you're Down Under, you'll need to check out the rental options in order to watch Spectre. 

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How to Watch All the James Bond 007 Movies in Order

By Pat Saperstein

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Looking for a satisfying movie viewing project that takes you through the past 60 years of cinema history with a huge helping of action, intrigue and attractive faces? Why not try watching all the James Bond 007 movies in order, from its very beginning with “Dr. No” to Roger Moore’s first 007 movie “Live and Let Die” to Daniel Craig’s final outing as the superspy in 2021’s “No Time to Die.”

Those who haven’t seen some of the earlier Bond films are in for a musical treat, with title songs from the likes of Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Louis Armstrong, Sheena Easton, Duran Duran and of course, Paul McCartney & Wings’ iconic “Live and Let Die.”

The 007 films are also a prime place for spotting some of the best supporting actors, from villains like Javier Bardem and Rami Malek to romantic interests — and occasionally villains as well — like Halle Berry, Sophie Marceau and Michelle Yeoh.

So settle in with a bowl of popcorn and maybe a Vesper martini, and let the action begin.

This list includes all 25 films produced by Eon Productions, as well as the two Bond films that were produced by other production companies, the 1967 “Casino Royale” and “Never Say Never Again.”

Dr. No (1962)

DR. NO, Ursula Andress, Sean Connery, 1962

“Dr. No” was not Ian Fleming’s first novel about the master spy known as 007, but it was the first to be adapted for the big screen. Many of the tropes of the series are established in this first installment, from the Jamaica setting to the attractive local shell diver, Honey Ryder, who is taken prisoner with Bond by the henchmen of Dr. No, a member of SPECTRE — the nefarious Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Exortion organization that would continue to bedevil Bond for decades to come.

Stream “Dr. No” on Prime Video.

From Russia With Love (1963)

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, 1963

President John F. Kennedy was reportedly a fan of the book “From Russia With Love” was based on, and the story continues the plot from “Dr. No” as SPECTRE decides to take revenge on Bond for killing their agent. The film initiates the globe-trotting the series would become known for, with a fateful trip to turkey and an adventure on the Orient Express train.

Available to rent on Prime Video.

Goldfinger (1964)

GOLDFINGER, Sean Connery, Shirley Eaton, 1964.

From a luxury hotel in Miami to the winding roads of Switzerland to a Kentucky horse farm and a plan to rob Fort Knox, “Goldfinger” quickly became the quintessential 007 film. Iconic characters include the pilot Pussy Galore, a skilled fighter and love interest for Bond, and the indelible image of Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton, covered in gold paint.

Rent “Goldfinger” on Prime Video.

Thunderball (1965)

THUNDERBALL, Sean Connery, 1965

Bond is assigned to the Bahamas to stop an atomic bomb threat in “Thunderball,” in which nearly a quarter of the film takes place underwater, with an impressive aquatic battle scene. It remains one of the most financially successful 007 films when adjusted for inflation.

Stream “Thunderball” on Prime Video with MGM+.

You Only Live Twice (1967)

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, Sean Connery, Mie Hama, Tetsuro Tamba, 1967, crouch

When an American spacecraft is hijacked, Bond goes to Japan to investigate the island headquarters of SPECTRE Number One Ernst Stavro Blofeld and help prevent the Cold War from becoming WWIII. The screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, who based the storyline only loosely on Ian Fleming’s novel.

Rent “You Only Live Twice” on Prime Video.

Casino Royale (1967)

CASINO ROYALE, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, 1967

Based on the first 007 novel by Ian Fleming, “Casino Royale” is a spy parody starring David Niven as the “original” Sir James Bond 007. It’s one of only two films, the other being 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” that wasn’t produced by Eon Productions since the rights to that Ian Fleming novel were sold separately. With a madcap comedic tone, the spy caper has a star-studded cast including Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, William Holden, Charles Boyer, Jean-Paul Belmondo and John Huston.

Rent “Casino Royale” on Apple TV+.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, George Lazenby (center), 1969

The only 007 film to star George Lazenby as Bond, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” features Telly Savalas as the evil Blofeld, who oversees 12 Angels of Death tasked with spreading a worldwide virus. After saving her from drowning, Lazenby romances and marries Countess Teresa di Vicenzo, played by Diana Rigg, the daughter of a crime boss. The action travels from the beaches of Portugal to the snowy Swiss Alps, with the story following the novel more faithfully than most Bond entries.

Rent “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” on Prime Video.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, Sean Connery, 1971

Sean Connery returned to the 007 series after a brief sabbatical, impersonating a diamond smuggler and working to stop Blofeld from destroying Washington, D.C. Legendary Bond singer Shirley Bassey also returned to perform the iconic theme song. The story finds Bond traveling to Las Vegas in an attempt to chase down the stolen diamonds being launched into space in a laser-equipped satellite.

Rent “Diamonds Are Forever” on Prime Video.

Live and Let Die (1973)

LIVE AND LET DIE, Roger Moore, Gloria Hendry, 1973

How do you follow up a theme song like “Diamonds Are Forever”? With the equally iconic “Live and Let Die” from Paul McCartney and Wings, the first rock song to open a Bond film. Suave star Roger Moore assumes the secret agent role this time, in a plot that revolves around Bond’s efforts to foil a corrupt Caribbean drug lord, and is set in Harlem, New Orleans, and Jamaica.

Rent “Live and Let Die” on Apple TV+.

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, Christopher Lee, Roger Moore, 1974

The energy crisis and the martial arts film craze meet up in the plot for “The Man With the Golden Gun,” which finds Bond facing off with the assassin Scaramanga, played by Christopher Lee. The superspy sets off on a quest to find info on a golden bullet etched with 007, traveling from Beirut to Macau to Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Rent “The Man With the Golden Gun” on Apple TV+.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, Roger Moore, Richard Kiel, 1977.

Roger Moore returns in the story of Bond and Soviet agent Anya Amasova, who team up to stop reclusive madman Karl Stromberg from trying to destroy the world and create a civilization under the sea. Stromberg’s henchman Jaws provides one of the series’ most memorable villains, while the scenic action ranges over Egypt, Sardinia and Austria.

Rent “The Spy Who Loved Me” on Prime Video.

Moonraker (1979)

MOONRAKER, Roger Moore, Richard Kiel, Lois Chiles, 1979. (c) United Artists/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Made two years after the first “Star Wars” movie re-introduced the world to the joys of science fiction, “Moonraker” has Bond tracking down the hijackers of a space shuttle. 007 travels from California to Venice, Italy and Rio de Janeiro before blasting into space — where he joins the 10,000 mile high club — to defeat the evil Drax’s forces.

Rent “Moonraker” on Prime Video.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, Roger Moore, 1981, (c) United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection

After “Moonraker,” Bond returned to Earth in a more traditional entry, in which he gets entangled with rival Greek businessmen while looking for a missile command system. Set in Corfu, Greece as well as Italy and Albania, it features a spectacular action scene set at an abandoned mountaintop monastery, and one of the most thrilling ski chases ever captured on film. The romantic title song by Sheena Easton was nominated for an Oscar.

Rent “For Your Eyes Only” on Prime Video.

Octopussy (1983)

OCTOPUSSY, Louis Jourdan, Kabir Bedi, Roger Moore, 1983. (c) MGM/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Bond follows a Soviet general who is stealing valuable objects from the Kremlin, which leads him to an exiled Afghan prince and his mysterious associate — the titular Octopussy, played by Maud Adams. She lives in a floating palace in Udaipur, India, and controls the Octopus cult. From India to East Berlin, Bond’s race to deactivate a nuclear warhead will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Rent “Octopussy” on Prime Video.

Never Say Never Again (1983)

NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN, from left: Kim Basinger, Sean Connery, 1983. ©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection

Sean Connery returned to play 007 for the last time in this movie that was outside of the usual Eon Productions, and distributed by Warner Bros. Released just a few months after “Octopussy,” it sees Bond returning to action after SPECTRE, led by Klaus Maria Brandauer’s Maximilian Largo, steals two nuclear weapons. Moving from France to Spain to the Bahamas, Bond ends up in an underwater battle to save the world from nuclear annihilation.

Stream “Never Say Never Again” on Prime Video with Max.

A View to a Kill (1985)

A VIEW TO A KILL, Roger Moore as James Bond, Grace Jones, 1985. © MGM/ courtesy Everett Collection

In Roger Moore’s last appearance as Bond, he faces off against May Day, played by singer Grace Jones, who together with her industrialist boyriend Max Zorin, are trying to bring down Silicon Valley by setting off explosives to cause a massive earthquake. Though Christopher Walken makes a suitably diabolical Zorin, the role almost went to David Bowie, who would have brought an interesting twist to the series.

Rent “A View to Kill” on Prime Video.

The Living Daylights (1987)

THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS, Maryam D'Abo, Timothy Dalton, 1987, (c) United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection

Timothy Dalton took over as 007 in “The Living Daylights,” which was based on a short story by Ian Fleming. In this popular entry, Bond helps a KGB general defect while in Czechoslovakia, then must track down the new KGB head in Tangiers, Morocco. Covering terrain from Austria to Afghanistan, it’s a race against time in a story that revolves mostly around the tensions between the Soviet Union and the West.

Rent “The Living Daylights” on Prime Video.

License to Kill (1989)

LICENCE TO KILL, from left: Carey Lowell, Timothy Dalton, 1989, © United Artists/courtesy Everett Collection

In the last film to star Timothy Dalton as Bond, he travels to the Key West wedding of his friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter. Bond and Leiter capture a drug lord by pulling his plane out the air with a helicopter, but still arrive in time for the wedding. But he ends up being suspended from MI6 and becomes a rogue agent, chasing drug traffickers across a fictional Central American country.

Rent “License to Kill” on Apple TV+.

GoldenEye (1995)

GoldenEye

Pierce Brosnan entered the picture as Bond in “GoldenEye,” a lengthy six years after the last installment. 007 must prevent a rogue ex-MI6 agent from trying to cause a worldwide financial crisis by taking out London with a satellite weapon. Judi Dench became the first woman to play M with the action moving to Moscow, Puerto Rico and Monte Carlo.

Rent “GoldenEye” on Prime Video.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

TOMORROW NEVER DIES, Pierce Brosnan, Michele Yeoh, 1997.

In Pierce Brosnan’s second outing as 007, Jonathan Pryce plays Eliot Carver, a media mogul who is, once again, attempting to start World War III. Bond travels to Germany where he encounters an ex-flame who is now married to Carver. It’s then on to Okinawa and Vietnam, with supporting players including Michelle Yeoh and Ricky Jay adding intrigue.

Rent “Tomorrow Never Dies” on Prime Video.

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, from left: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, 1999, (c) MGM/courtesy Everett Collection

Full of almost-unbelievable stunts, from a boat chase involving a hot air balloon escape to a stealth attack on a submarine, “The World Is Not Enough” gives Pierce Brosnan a workout as he travels from Spain to Azerbaijan to Istanbul, working to protect a billionaire’s daughter and foil a scheme to trigger a nuclear meltdown.

Rent “The World Is Not Enough” on Prime Video.

Die Another Day (2002)

DIE ANOTHER DAY, Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, 2002. (c) MGM/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Pierce Brosnan’s final Bond film brings in Monty Python member John Cleese as Q, with Halle Berry co-starring in the story that incorporates a North Korean setting. 007 is looking for a mole in British intelligence and a billionaire who’s working with a North Korean operative. From a gene therapy clinic in Havana to an ice palace in Iceland, there’s plenty of international intrigue for Brosnan’s final foray.

Rent “Die Another Day” on Prime Video.

Casino Royale (2006)

CASINO ROYALE, Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, 2006. ©Sony Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

Daniel Craig makes his first appearance as 007 in “Casino Royale,” the third time adaption of the source material after the 1950s TV version and the satirical 1965 movie. Though Quentin Tarantino was reportedly interested in helming a Bond film, “GoldenEye” director Martin Campbell ended up making it instead. Bond takes on terrorist Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelson, trying to clean him out in a high stakes poker game.

Rent “Casino Royale (2006)” on Apple TV+.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

QUANTUM OF SOLACE, Daniel Craig, 2008. ©MGM/courtesy Everett Collection

Directed by Marc Forster, “Quantum of Solace” functions as a sequel to “Casino Royale,” with Bond teaming up with Olga Kurylenko to stop a member of the terrorist group Quantum from carrying out a coup in Bolivia. Bond keeps the action non-stop as he races from Austria to Mexico, Panama, Chile, Italy and Wales.

Stream “Quantum of Solace” on Prime Video.

Skyfall (2012)

SKYFALL, l-r: Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, 2012, ph: Francois Duhamel/©Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection

One of the most successful Bond movies of the past 20 years sees 007 presumed dead after a dramatic fight atop a moving train. Though he had decided to retire after his presumed death, he returns to duty, where he fights his way from an opulent casino in Macau to an abandoned island in Japan to his childhood home in Scotland.

Rent “Skyfall” on Prime Video.

Spectre (2015)

SPECTRE, Daniel Craig, Day of the Dead, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015. ph: Stephen Vaughan/©Columbia Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Kicking off with a colorful Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, Bond manages to block a bomb plot and finds a ring with an octopus design on the dead attacker. Bond then goes rogue on an unauthorized mission, traveling to Rome for the bomber’s funeral and then on to Austria and the Sahara desert before landing back in London in the ruins of the old MI6 building. Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Naomie Harris co-star.

Rent “Spectre” on Prime Video .

No Time to Die (2021)

NO TIME TO DIE, from left: Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, 2020. ph: Nicola Dove / © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection

Daniel Craig’s final film as 007 has him reuniting with Madeleine Swann, as the two travel to the grave of his former lover Vesper Lynd and narrowly escape a bombing attempt in Italy. Five years later, Bond comes out of retirement to infiltrate a Spectre party in Cuba as part of an attempt to eradicate dangerous nanobot weapons from the world. The film’s powerful ending is one of the most emotional climaxes in the series.

Stream “No Time to Die” on Prime Video.

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James Bond films are, and always have been, more imitative than innovative. Even in the 1960s they were essentially superhero movies starring an indestructible character who wore street clothes (and the occasional wet suit) instead of tights and a cape. He ran, jumped, drove and flew through loosely connected setpieces that borrowed whatever cliches happened to be popular in action cinema at that moment and amped them up with more beautiful locations, bigger explosions, cornier jokes, and lush, loud music by John Barry . Given the franchise's lineage, it was only a matter of time before the producers went the extra kilometer and started modeling the Bond films on the Batman and Marvel franchises. The new superhero films featured fussy world-building and onion-layered subplots doled out over many films and many years. Their conception owed quite a bit to comic books and to serialized television like "24" (James Bond by way of " Die Hard "). The last three Bond films drew on all of those traditions, plus Bond's own distinctive set of cliches, and set the stage for this fourth Craig outing, "Spectre."

The second Craig Bond, " Quantum of Solace ," built a convoluted narrative scaffolding atop 2006's "Casino Royale"—the best movie in the fifty-plus-year-old franchise, and the only one that would satisfy even if the main character were named Oswald Chutney. The final act of "Royale" killed off Bond's one true love, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), which set the stage for an emotionally burned-out, extra-icy Bond investigating a global conspiracy in "Solace" that turned out to be connected to the bad guys he fought in "Royale." "Spectre" occurs in the aftermath of MI-6's decimation in the last Bond picture. It retroactively forces connections between "Royale," "Solace" and " Skyfall ," by way of a video-recorded warning sent to Bond by his old boss M (Judi Dench) right before her death, urging Bond to follow the trail from Mexico City to Italy to Morocco and beyond, and dig to the bottom of the conspiracy that claimed so many agents' lives.

The movie feels like a culmination of everything the franchise has been building toward since Craig stepped into the part in "Casino Royale." The most recent incarnation of Bond doesn't just have stunts and quips and gadgets and curvy women with porno names. Courtesy of "Skyfall," it has a mythology that turns Bond into Batman minus the cape and cowl, and boasts a Bond version of Stately Wayne Manor; an Alfred-the-butler figure ( Albert Finney in "Skyfall"); a tragic orphan back-story (repeated via the death of Dench's matriarchal figure, who's even called "Mum"), and a Joker-type bad guy (Javier Bardem's fey torturer).

If you loved all that stuff, you'll adore "Spectre," which revives the titular organization from the Sean Connery era Bond flicks. It has subplots, characters and incidents that amount to what genre fans would call "ret-cons." And it introduces us to a new big bad, Franz Obenhauser ( Christoph Waltz )—aka Ernst Stavro Blofeld; please don't act surprised, neither of us were born yesterday! This new (old, really) villain makes Bardem's character in "Skyfall" seem like a junior Joker at best, if that. He even lures Bond into a ruined building that he's transformed into a combination haunted house and gallery installation, and by the end, he acquires a scar whose gruesomeness rivals the Joker's mouth disfigurement.

If "Spectre" were a great movie, or even a consistently good one, this might be wonderful, or at least intriguing. But this is a weirdly patchy, often listless picture. The Craig Bonds are so expensive and expansive that they can't help but impress with sheer scale. And every now and then they come up with bold images, like the silhouettes of Bond and a foe grappling in front of neon signage in "Skyfall," and the overhead shot of Bond entering the bombed-out ruins of MI-6 headquarters in "Spectre" preceded by a shadow four times as long as he is tall. But an hour or two after you've seen "Spectre" the film starts evaporating from the mind, like "Skyfall" and "Solace" before it. It's filled with big sets, big stunts, and what ought to be big moments, but few of them land. 

What's the problem? Maybe it's the script. It's credited to a murderer's row of gun-for-hire writers, but it can't seem to come up with anything but undistinguished chases and fights and quips pasted together by exposition that's half baked even by Bond standards. Like Christopher Nolan's Batman, Bond shows up wherever he has to be and escapes certain death as needed, without a hint as to how he pulled it off. And even by Bond's damn-the-rules, full-speed-ahead standards, the character is such a suitcase nuke in a cable-knit sweater that it's hard to see him as England's (or the West's) disreputable protector, which is how you pretty much have to see Bond if you're going to root for him. (Omelets, eggs.) In the pre-credits sequence, Bond wreaks destruction on Mexico City, creating an international incident that gets him suspended for the umpteenth time; when he argues that the terrorists he was trying to foil would've caused more damage, he sounds like a parody of the sort of hero who would say such things. At least when Tom Cruise offers similar defenses the " Mission: Impossible " movies (the latest of which has a plot not hugely different from this one's, come to think of it) it's meant to be ludicrous and frothy, not freighted with righteous woe. 

Or maybe the problem is the production itself. The crew teams "Skyfall" director Sam Mendes with production designer Dennis Gassner and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema (" Interstellar ") and fills the screen with deserts and lakes and forests and mountains and historic skylines and converging perspective lines and tastefully arranged rectangles-within-squares and shallow planes of focus (the movie often seems to be in 3-D even though it's not), but too often ends up looking rather like a SuperBowl ad for cell phone service or cologne.

Or maybe—blasphemy alert—the problem is Craig's performance. He might be the most drop-dead-serious actor  to play Bond, and he probably comes closer than anyone to making the character seem plausibly human ( Pierce Brosnan had his moments, even though the scripts were even less inclined to support his efforts than Craig's). But as the character has become increasingly opaque and recessive—so much so that Mendes and company seem less interested in Bond as a cold but complex person than as a sculptural object to light and pose—you may wonder what the point is. This Bond is a sinewy husk of a man, pursing his lips and staring into the middle distance. He's turned into the narrator of Edgar Allan Poe's " The Raven " but with a sidearm. The actor and the writers give us so little to grab onto that it's hard to sense Bond's feelings, much less feel with him. Late in "Spectre," we're supposed to believe that Bond is truly attached to his love interest, Lea Seydoux's Madeleine Swann (nice double Proust reference there). She reciprocates the craggy killer's affection even though, as she rightly observes, she was living in hiding for years until Bond led the bad guys straight to her. But there's little in this film's writing of Bond, or in Craig's performance, to imply that the character is capable of investing in anything more emotionally fraught than a martini mixed with house vodka. 

Or perhaps the problem is historical fatigue. Even the better bits of "Spectre," such as a close-quarters fistfight on a passenger train between Bond and a thick-necked henchman ( Dave Bautista of " Guardians of the Galaxy "), and a mostly wordless, almost one-take stalking/assassination sequence set during a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, pale in comparison to their Bondian inspirations (respectively, "From Russia with Love," and " Live and Let Die " by way of "Octopussy"). We've been assured by the producers that "Spectre" contains homages to every previous Bond picture. That's great if you go to films mainly for Easter egg-style trivia in the form of situations and props. But it's not so great if you're inclined to take the makers of these films at their word, and expect a Bond film like "Casino Royale," something with more brains and nuance than the usual, as opposed to a film that purports to be that kind of movie but is content to posture and strut rather than doing the necessary dramatic spadework.

Whatever the explanation(s), "Spectre" is the third Bond film in a row to write conceptual and dramatic checks that the movie itself can't cash. We're at the point now where these films are consistently more fun to anticipate than they are to watch. The media campaigns tend to be more cunning and surprising than anything that ends up onscreen. This film won political correctness kudos for casting Monica Bellucci as Bond's first age-appropriate lover (she's two years older than Craig), but "Spectre" itself squanders her in two scenes, then ditches her for the 30-year old Seydoux. Blofeld's chief henchman is a bust, just a muscleman in a suit; he makes a memorably nasty entrance blinding a rival with his thumbs, but from then on, he's all sneers and punches and kicks. Blofeld fizzles, too. Waltz, who tends to give the same performance over and over with minor variations but at least has the decency to be a hoot each time, is in "Spectre" only slightly longer than Bellucci, and has been drained of the glee he displayed in Quentin Tarantino's films. The payoff of his character's storyline is so dumb that it makes the "twist" in " Star Trek Into Darkness " seem sensible and heartfelt. Stupider still is Bond's reaction when he finally gets the drop on his nemesis. Bags of Scrabble tiles make more sense.

Even the look of "Spectre" makes promises that the film won't keep. Between the copious mirror and reflection shots, the surveillance screens and wall-mounted cameras, and Waltz's all-seeing, all-knowing baddie, we're tacitly promised the first James Bond horror movie: a creepy Cubist study in voyeurism and fear, powered by nightmare logic and silhouettes and moments of physical violation; Bond by way of " The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari " or Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse films. Beyond novelty, such an approach would have made the film's instances of slipshod plotting feel all-of-a-piece, like the "because I said so" storytelling in Nolan's Batman pictures.

But of course "Spectre" can't give us that, because Bond films are products before they're anything else, and products aren't allowed to challenge or upset people. If Mendes didn't keep finding original ways to stage unoriginal moments, this film's star rating would be lower than it is. Even by the generous standards of Bond pictures, which have been graded on a curve since 1962, "Spectre" has to be considered a missed opportunity.

Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz

Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor at Large of RogerEbert.com, TV critic for New York Magazine and Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.

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Spectre (2015)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, sensuality and language.

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Spectre is the twenty-fourth film in the James Bond series produced by EON Productions . Like the previous film Skyfall , Spectre was written by John Logan , Neal Purvis and Robert Wade is directed by Sam Mendes and features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond. [1] The film was released in the UK on 26 October 2015, fifty years after release of Thunderball (1965), thirty years after release of A View to a Kill (1985), and twenty years after release of GoldenEye (1995), and worldwide on 6 November 2015 in regular and IMAX theatres. It continues a story arc which started in Craig's first three films: Casino Royale , Quantum of Solace , and Skyfall .

In the film, a cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre . [2]

The film's title is derived from the criminal organisation SPECTRE , which was prominent during the original Bond films and several Ian Fleming novels. The organisation's logo, an octopus, is also referenced in the official teaser poster.

  • 1.1 Hunting Spectre
  • 1.2 Legacy of the Pale King
  • 1.3 Loose ends
  • 2.1 Pre-production
  • 2.2 Production
  • 2.3 Promotion
  • 3 Cast & Characters
  • 5 Locations
  • 8 References

Hunting Spectre [ ]

During the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico City, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium, before shooting a briefcase containing their bomb. In doing so, the building they are in explodes and collapses. Bond gives chase to a criminal operative named Marco Sciarra , who survived the blast and, in an attempt to escape, boards a helicopter. Bond follows and in the ensuing struggle he throws both Sciarra and the pilot out of the helicopter to their deaths, while in the process, stealing Sciarra's band ring , which has an octopus symbol on it. Bond's actions are revealed to be him working on the unofficial orders of the previous M , who told him that if she died, he was to kill Sciarra and attend his funeral. On his return to London , Bond is indefinitely taken off field duty by the current M , who is in the midst of a power struggle with Max Denbigh (also known as the code name 'C', assigned to him by Bond), the head of the newly created Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6 . C also wants to create the " Nine Eyes " intelligence co-operation agreement between nine countries, and close down the '00' section in the process.

Bond disobeys M's orders and travels to Rome to attend Sciarra's funeral. That evening he visits and seduces Sciarra's widow Lucia , who tells him about a criminal organisation to which her husband belonged and where they are meeting that evening after he rescues her from assassins. Bond enters the meeting by showing the ring, where he sees the head of the organisation, in shadow, chairing a meeting, referring to terrorism in Hamburg and Tunisia, as well as Mexico City and distribution of counterfeit pharmaceutical products. The head mentions the events in Mexico, and mentions Bond by name, turning to face him as he does so. Having been recognised, Bond escapes the meeting and a car chase through Rome ensues, with Bond in an Aston Martin DB10 pursued by Mr. Hinx , an assassin for the organisation, who drives in a Jaguar C-X75 . Eve Moneypenny acts as a source of information for Bond and informs him that a reference he heard in both Mexico and the meeting will lead to Mr. White , a former member of the Quantum organisation which is revealed to be a subsidiary of this new organisation. Bond also asks for a check on the name Franz Oberhauser , revealed to be the name of the meeting’s chairman, who Bond recognised might be from his past.

Legacy of the Pale King [ ]

Bond travels to Austria to find Mr. White at his current home, and finds him dying of Thallium radiation poisoning, which was planted on his phone after falling from favour with the organisation and its leadership, due to White's reservations about human tracking. Bond wins his trust by disarming himself of his weapon after discovering White has a daughter, Dr. Madeleine Swann , that he is protecting from the organisation. Bond promises to protect her from them before White tells him Madeleine can lead him to "l'Américain", which will, in turn, lead him to the organisation. White then uses Bond's gun to shoot himself in the head. Bond finds Swann at a secluded Austrian clinic where she works, but she tries to have him thrown out before she is snatched by Mr. Hinx. Bond chases the kidnappers by plane and forces their three cars to crash before he makes his escape with Swann, who is still angry with Bond. The pair then meets with Q , who reveals that Sciarra's ring contains digital files linking Oberhauser, the leader of the organisation, and Bond's three previous missions . Swann then informs them about the name of the organisation, Spectre , and that l'Américain is a hotel in Tangier, Morocco, rather than a person, as Bond has suspected previously.

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Oberhauser tortures 007.

The couple travels to the hotel and stays in the suite her father used to stay in every year since he was married to Swann's mother . Bond discovers White had built a secret room full of videotapes, charts, and photographs, as well as maps and coordinates of where they should go next. They travel to the nearest point a train will go, but are again attacked by Mr. Hinx. After fighting and nearly killing them both, Hinx is flung off the train, presumably to his death, by a rope attached to several beer kegs, leading to Swann and Bond having sex. At the end of the journey, they are transported to a facility in the desert, where they are met by and held prisoner by who Bond thinks is Franz Oberhauser, the son of Hannes Oberhauser , Bond's temporary foster father, who was murdered. While drilling into Bond's head and nerves with mechanical probes , Oberhauser also informs him that C is part of the Spectre organisation, and he feeds all the intelligence data straight to Spectre. Oberhauser then tortures Bond and reveals that the name Franz Oberhauser was what Bond and Hannes called him, but his real name, the name he uses now, is actually Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He secretly renamed himself while Bond stayed with him and he took in his mother’s bloodline. He faked his death thirty-four years ago to be recognised as his real name and to avoid legal trouble after he murdered his father, Hannes; Blofeld reveals that he killed his father because he felt that Bond had replaced him as his father's favourite. Bond and Swann escape with the help of Bond's exploding watch , destroying the facility in the process.

Loose ends [ ]

Back in London, Bond and Swann meet M, Bill Tanner , Q, and Moneypenny, and they travel to arrest C and stop the launch of the Nine Eyes programme. En route they are ambushed and Bond is kidnapped by Spectre agents. M and the others escape and proceed to wait for C in his office, arrest him and shut down Nine Eyes before it launches; in an ensuing struggle, C falls to his death at the hands of M. Bond has, meanwhile, been taken to the old MI6 building—derelict since Raoul Silva 's attack in Skyfall , and now scheduled for demolition—but he disables his captors before entering the building. He meets Blofeld - who was ferociously marred by the explosion where Bond escaped earlier on, leaving him with a horrific scar and blindness in one eye - who tells him the building is rigged to explode in three minutes and that Swann is hidden somewhere within it, before giving Bond a choice: die in the explosion whilst trying to rescue Swann, or leave with his life and be forever haunted by the fact that he did not save her. Bond finds her and the couple escapes by boat out onto the Thames. They chase Blofeld — who is in a helicopter — and shoot it down; the helicopter crashes onto Westminster Bridge. Bond comes close to executing Blofeld but then lets him be arrested by M and leaves with Madeleine. The next day Bond retrieves his old Aston Martin DB5 from Q, now fully repaired, and drives off with Madeleine.

Film History [ ]

Pre-production [ ].

Shortly after Skyfall premiered, pre-production on Bond 24 began. Bond franchise staples Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson returned as executive producers and EON Productions , MGM and Sony/Columbia Pictures returned as production companies. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment secured the rights for home distribution.

With Daniel Craig under contract for two more Bond films, MGM and EON Productions hired Skyfall writer John Logan to pen Bond 24 and 25 as a two-parter, to film simultaneously and release in 2014 and 2015. [3] Immediately after Skyfall Mendes had shown interest in directing Bond 24 but passed in March 2013 in order to focus on his stage work. [4] MGM, EON, and Mendes continued to meet and plan the future of the Bond franchise and decided to abandon the two-parter concept and push back the release of Bond 24 to 2015 to accommodate Mendes' schedule. [5]

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Mendes on the set of Spectre

On July 11, 2013, it was officially announced that Daniel Craig , Sam Mendes , and John Logan would return for Bond 24 for an Autumn 2015 release. [1]

On October 21, Ralph Fiennes confirmed he would be in Bond 24 saying "I think everyone knows that, I don’t think that’s particularly a secret" and later hinted that Gareth Mallory might not be stuck behind a desk in the film. [6] [7] On November 24 Naomie Harris confirmed she would also be returning. [8] In late March 2014, John Logan teased that he had completed the first draft of the script, hinted that some elements from the original films may return but was cautious to reveal any specifics about the possible return of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. , Quantum , other 00 agents , or other returning elements. [9] In an April 2014 interview with Charlie Rose, Sam Mendes revealed that Bond 24 would be a "continuation" of the character stories he began in Skyfall, namely the new characters' (M, Moneypenny , Tanner , and Q ) relationships with Bond and each other. [5]

On June 27, it was announced that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were hired to polish the script, specifically to "punch up the script and sprinkle in more gags" and improve the banter between Bond, Moneypenny and M. Some reports indicated the re-write was more significant than originally planned. Due to the re-writes, production was pushed back to December 6, 2014, with the same hopeful autumn 2015 release date. [10] [11] In November screenwriter Jeremy "Jez" Butterworth was hired to do a final polish of the script, which reportedly did not affect the filming schedule. [12]

Spectre press conference - full cast and Mendes

The full principal cast of Spectre and director Sam Mendes. L-R: Andrew Scott, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Mendes, Lea Seydoux, Daniel Craig, Monica Belluci, Christoph Waltz, Ben Whishaw, Dave Bautista and Rory Kinnear.

Months after it was confirmed Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins would not be returning for Bond 24 [13] Hoyte van Hoytema was named cinematographer. [14] Set construction was spotted in Obertilliach, Austria. [15] In October 2014 French actress Lea Seydoux was announced as being cast as a Bond girl in the film. [16] In November two time Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz was announced as being cast in an unspecified role. [17] On December 4, 2014, the official title and cast were announced. [2]

Production [ ]

Production began on December 5 at Pinewood Studios . Locations for Spectre include Mexico City, Rome, Tangier, Morocco, Sölden Austria, Obertilliach and Lake Altaussee. [2] Jesper Christensen revealed in an interview on December 5, 2014, that he would be returning as Mr. White . [18]

In a production video published February 26, 2015 director Sam Mendes shared that the film would continue to explore Bond's past and how his longer-tenured experience in MI6 affects his working relationship with M, Q, and Moneypenny. On March 9, 2015, it was announced that Mexican model and actress Stephanie Sigman joined the film as Estrella . [19]

In late March it was revealed that the opening sequence of the film would take place during a Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City, Mexico and feature "one of the biggest opening sequences ever" according to the films' producers. [20]

It is estimated that Spectre had the highest budget of any Bond film and during production $36 million of vehicles, namely Aston Martin DB10s , were destroyed. [21] Industrial Light & Magic ended up doing VFX effects for the movie during production.

Principal photography wrapped on July 5, 2015. [22]

Promotion [ ]

On March 27, 2015, the first teaser trailer for the film was released, showing Spectre takes place soon after the events of Skyfall , as MI6 is still in ruins and Bond receives his personal effects from Moneypenny, collected by forensics from the destroyed Skyfall Lodge . The trailer also features Eve Moneypenny , Mr. White , and first glimpses of Monica Bellucci's Lucia Sciarra and Christoph Waltz' Franz Oberhauser .

The first theatrical trailer was released in mid-July 2015.

On 8 September 2015, it was announced the theme song would be titled " Writing's on the Wall " and was written and performed by Sam Smith and produced by Smith, Jimmy Napes, and Disclosure with a release date of 25 September 2015. [23]

In mid-September Spectre received a PG-13 rating with an estimated run-time of 148 minutes. [24]

Cast & Characters [ ]

James Bond (Daniel Craig)

Sam Mendes at the Spectre announcement press conference

  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Written by: Ian Fleming (characters only), John Logan , Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (screenplay)
  • Produced by: Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
  • Cinematography by Hoyte van Hoytema
  • Production Design by Dennis Gassner
  • Edited by Lee Smith
  • Music composed by Thomas Newman
  • 2nd Unit Director Alexander Witt
  • SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould
  • VFX Supervisor Steve Begg
  • Costume Designer Jany Temime
  • Stunt Coordinator Gary Powell

Locations [ ]

  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • London, England
  • Saint Peter's Square, Vatican
  • Rome, Italy
  • Altaussee, Austria
  • Tangier, Morocco
  • For the first time in their shared history, Aston Martin specially commissioned the DB10 specifically just for the film. It was designed and built exclusively for the James Bond Franchise.
  • Director Sam Mendes would later revisit the concept of using a single long tracking shot, as seen in Spectre's opening sequence, in his Oscar-nominated war film, 1917 , only extended for an entire movie.
  • Kingsley Amis receives screen credit due to a plot point and some dialogue having been adapted from his Bond novel, Colonel Sun . Although Die Another Day featured a character whose name referenced that of Amis' titular villain, this was the first film to directly adapt material from the novel; indeed, it is the first Bond film to acknowledge adapting any literary Bond story not written by Ian Fleming .
  • The SPECTRE conference sequence references a similar set-piece event in the original Thunderball novel and its 1965 film adaptation , with a key difference being that Bond is not present in the earlier version (and, indeed, does not encounter Blofeld at all in Thunderball ).
  • This is the only Daniel Craig's Bond film where Bond is seen sporting a white dinner suit.
  • The name Oberhauser comes from the short story Octopussy .
  • The film represents the first appearance of Blofeld's cat since the non-Eon Never Say Never Again or the official For Your Eyes Only .
  • It is stated that a snow team of 30 people worked against the clock for guarantee the snow conditions on the road and in the forest of the movie. [25]
  • Spectre has a Guinness World Record for the largest explosion on screen (that of Blofeld's lair).

Gallery [ ]

  • Spectre (film)/Gallery

References [ ]

  • ↑ 1.0 1.1 7/11/13 — 007.com — Bond 24 news
  • ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 12/4/14 — 007.com — Bond Returns in Spectre
  • ↑ 10/26/13 — Deadline.com — ‘Gladiator’ Scribe John Logan To Write Next Two James Bond Films
  • ↑ 2/15/13 — Hitfix.com — Skyfall' director Sam Mendes likely to return for next James Bond film
  • ↑ 5.0 5.1 4/30/14 — EmpireOnline.com — Sam Mendes Explains His Bond 24 Return
  • ↑ 3/5/14 — Hitfix.com — Ralph Fiennes stokes James Bond rumors and talks about M's future
  • ↑ 10/19/13 — Metro.co.uk - Ralph Fiennes ‘excited’ about playing M in the next James Bond film
  • ↑ 11/24/13 — NYDailyNews.com - As Winnie Mandela, Naomie Harris found the role of her career in ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’
  • ↑ 3/5/14 — EmpireOnline.com — John Logan Gives Bond 24 Script Update
  • ↑ 6/27/14 — SlashFilm.com — ‘Bond 24′ Brings Back ‘Skyfall’ Scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
  • ↑ 9/15/14 — TheHollwoodNews.com — Bond 24 Gets A Start Date
  • ↑ 11/6/14 — ComicBookMovie.com — Edge of Tommorow Screenwriter Polishing Bond 24 Script
  • ↑ 2/19/14 — EmpireOnline.com — Roger Deakins Won't Shoot Bond 24
  • ↑ 9/16/14 — Collider.com — HER and INTERSTELLAR Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to Replace Roger Deakins on BOND 24; May Shoot on Film
  • ↑ 9/25/14 — ComicbookMovie.com — First BOND 24 Set Photo Has Surfaced
  • ↑ 12/10/14 — Move over Rihanna, actress Léa Seydoux is the new Bond girl
  • ↑ 21/11/14 — Christoph Waltz Boards Bond 24
  • ↑ 12/5/14 — ScreenRant.com — ‘Quantum of Solace’s Mr. White Says He’s Returning for ‘Spectre’
  • ↑ 3/9/15 — @007 on Twitter
  • ↑ 4/30/15 — Independent.co.uk — Spectre: New opening sequence in Mexico set to be 'biggest ever done' for Bond film
  • ↑ 9/30/15 — Pulse.ng — New bond movie wrecked $36M in cars during filming
  • ↑ 7/5/15 — MI6-hq.com — It's a wrap for 'Spectre' as principal photography ends
  • ↑ 11/8/15 — RollingStone.com — Sam Smith Confirms 'Spectre' Bond Theme Song 'Writing's on the Wall'
  • ↑ 9/14/15 — Overmental.com — James Bond 007: Spectre’s Runtime Will Make Bond History.
  • ↑ [hhttps://www.007.com/the-films/spectre/ Spectre - Official File] (en) (2022).
  • 1 Blofeld (Christoph Waltz)
  • 2 Mr. White
  • 3 Lyutsifer Safin

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What is the best order to watch the james bond movies.

With the final Daniel Craig movie released, and Amazon offering full access to James Bond on Prime Video, here's the best order for watching the movies.

James Bond is one of the longest-running franchises, telling the stories of British agent James Bond. The latest release, No Time To Die, was pushed back several times, but Daniel Craig's last movie is now available, bringing to a close another chapter in Bond history. With Prime Video offering access to the entire Bond Collection, it's a great time to watch these movies again.

If you want to re-watch the entire franchise to celebrate Bond or simply to prepare yourself for the next Bond film, we've compiled this handy guide of all the movies to date - even the ones not part of the official Eon/MGM canon. It's in order of theatrical release, starting with the Connery era, right up to Craig. (Don't worry: We've appended a spoiler-free version of our guide at the bottom.

Those of you who want to mix things up a bit more can check out our alternative viewing orders, at the bottom. For instance, we made a list based on the order of Ian Flemings' novels (he created the character). There are also speed-run viewing orders with distinct narrative tie-ins. All these lists at the bottom of our guide are free of spoilers. So, peruse them, and figure out which one sounds best.

Either way, you'll be good to go for Bond 25. We've also got a feature on the best James Bond gadgets of all time if you fancy yourself a super fan.

James Bond movies in order of release

NOTE: THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

  • Dr. No (1962)

Starring: Sean Connery

The very first James Bond film sees Scottish actor Sean Connery bring the British character to life on the big screen. Agent 007 goes to Jamaica to investigate the death of a British intelligence chief. There, he meets Honey Ryder, the first Bond girl, played by Ursula Andress. Bond also discovers the existence of an evil organisation known as Spectre (or Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion).

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  • From Russia with Love (1963)

The second Bond film fleshes out the Spectre organisation, by showing its numerical hierarchy. Number 5 in Spectre, a chess grandmaster named Kronsteen, devises a plan to obtain a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets while also planning revenge on Bond for killing Spectre operative Dr. No. The leader of the organisation, the unseen Number 1, dispatches Rosa Klebb, aka Number 3, to make Kronsteen’s plan a reality.

  • Goldfinger (1964)

James Bond is up against one of the greatest villains of all time, the gold-obsessed Auric Goldfinger. Goldfinger hatches a plan to steal all the gold from Fort Knox in the US - and only 007 can stop him, of course. The film also has two of the more famous characters in the franchise: Oddjob, Goldfinger’s Korean manservant; and Pussy Galore (giggles), a Bond girl played by Honor Blackman.

  • Thunderball (1965)

Spectre has hijacked a plane loaded with two atomic bombs and is demanding a ransom of £100 million in diamonds. Bond is on the case to find the two bombs, and he tracks a lead to the Bahamas. There, he meets CIA agent Felix Leiter and discovers the identity of Spectre’s Number 2.

  • You Only Live Twice (1967)

A spacecraft is stolen and lands in the Sea of Japan, and James Bond heads there to investigate. Once he arrives, he discovers the identity of Number 1, the leader of Spectre: Ernst Stavro Blofeld. He also uncovers Blofeld's plan to deceive the nations of the world into starting WWIII.

  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Starring: George Lazenby

Sean Connery retires from the franchise at this point. So, an Australian actor, George Lazenby, steps in to take over the role for a single film. We see him hunt for Blofeld. He also falls in love with and - for the first (and only time) - marries a Bond girl, Contessa Tracy di Vicenzo. This movie is thought to follow Ian Fleming's novel plot the most, and it's also more of an drama than any of the other films in the franchise.

  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Sean Connery briefly returns to foil a diamond-smuggling ring. He travels all over the world, before making it to the Whyte House casino in Las Vegas, where he learns Blofeld is behind the diamond-smuggling operation. Blofled wants to use a laser-armed satellite to destroy all the nuclear weapons in the US, Soviet Union, and China, and thus force the countries into a bidding war. We also meet Bond girl Plenty O'Toole, perhaps the silliest name in the franchise after Pussy Galore.

  • Live and Let Die (1973)

Starring: Roger Moore

This is British actor Roger Moore's first film as Bond. We see him try to stop Mr. Big, a drug lord who has a plan to monopolise heroin by giving away two tons of it for free, all in an effort to push other dealers out of business. In this film, Bond goes from Harlem to New Orleans, and finally, to the fictional island of San Monique. This is also the first film to feature a black woman as a Bond girl, with Rosie Carver played by Gloria Hendry.

  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Bond is relieved from duty after a golden bullet with "007" etched on it is received by MI6. The bullet is believed to be from the famed assassin Francisco Scaramanga, who uses a golden gun to kill his targets. Bond sets off to find Scaramanga and tracks down the location of a small device, called the Solex Agitator, which can harness the power of the Sun.

  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

After British and Soviet Union submarines are captured, Bond joins forces with KGB agent Major Anya Amasova. The two of them work together to identify the person behind the thefts: Karl Stromberg, a shipping tycoon and scientist, who has a plan to destroy both New York and Moscow in order to trigger a nuclear war that will allow him to create his own civilization.

  • Moonraker (1979)

Following the hijacking of the Moonraker space shuttle, Bond must find the location of the stolen ship. He learns that Hugo Drax, the owner of the company producing the space shuttles, is behind it all, and Drax is working on a plan to wipe out a large portion of the human race with a deadly nerve gas. Eventually, Bond must venture to space to defeat Drax on his space station.

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  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)

After a spy boat carrying a device that’s capable of ordering the launch of ballistic missiles is sunk, Bond is ordered to help a marine archaeologist, named Timothy Havelock, recover the device. When the archaeologist is murdered, Bond not only has to find the launch device, but also figure out who killed Havelock and why. Dun, dun, dun, duuuun...

  • Octopussy (1983)

Bond investigates the murder of Agent 009, who was killed in East Berlin while carrying a fake Faberge egg. This leads to 007 uncovering a nuclear weapon plot in West Germany. Octopussy has an ensemble of memorable villains, including knife-throwing identical twins. Meanwhile, the title Octopussy comes from the film's main antagonist and Bond girl - an international jewel-smuggler residing on an island populated by women.

  • A View To A Kill (1985)

The seventh and final film to star Roger Moore sees James Bond pitted against Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin, an industrialist who’s attempting to corner the market in microchips by destroying Silicon Valley. His plan revolves around bombs underneath lakes and fault lines that will trigger the whole of San Francisco Bay Area to be destroyed by floods.

  • The Living Daylights (1987)

Starring: Timothy Dalton

In his first film as the MI6 agent, British actor Timothy Dalton helps KGB Officer General Georgi Koskov defect from the Soviet Union. Once he’s in allied hands, he tells them General Leonid Pushkin reinstated the policy of smiert spionam ("death to spies"). Bond is ordered to get Pushkin before he can kill more agents and harm relations between the Soviet Union and the West.

  • License to Kill (1989)

After Bond helps his old friend Felix Leiter in capturing a drug lord, named Franz Sanchez, the criminal ends up escaping and grievously injuring Leiter and killing his wife. When M, the head of the MI6, orders Bond to return to regular duty, he refuses, causing M to revoke his license to kill. That means Bond must embark on his mission of vengeance as a rogue agent.

  • GoldenEye (1995)

Starring: Pierce Brosnan

This is Irish-American actor Pierce Brosnan's debut film as Bond. His fellow MI6 agent, Alec Trevelyan, is murdered. But, 10 years later, following an attack on a bunker in Siberia and the theft of the control disk for a satellite weapon known as Goldeneye, Bond learns he's actually alive.

  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Bond finds himself investigating the sinking of a British warship in Chinese waters and discovers a connection to media mogul Elliot Carver. With the help of a Chinese special agent, Bond uncovers Carver’s plan to start a conflict between the British and Chinese, with the promise from a rogue Chinese general that Carver will receive exclusive broadcasting rights in China.

  • The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Bond is sent to retrieve money for Sir Robert King, a friend of M, the head of MI6, only to have the money turn out to include a hidden bomb that kills King. Agent 007 soon realises a former KGB agent-turned-terrorist named Renard set the trap. M dispatches Bond to stop Renard and protect King’s daughter.

  • Die Another Day (2002)

Bond’s mission is to investigate a North Korean general involved in trading African conflict diamonds, but 007 is captured and subjected to torture for 14 months before he is released. He is suspended upon his return, but continues on his mission, and uncovers a plot to use a mirror satellite that harnesses solar energy to cut through the militarized border between North and South Korea, allowing the North Koreans to invade.

  • Casino Royale (2006)

Starring: Daniel Craig

Casino Royale is technically a remake of an unofficial Bond film, and it reboots the entire franchise, with British actor Daniel Craig. It shows him earning his 00 status by disrupting terrorist money manager Le Chiffre. After Bond foils his plan to blow up a plane, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes poker game, with the hopes of recouping his lost money. Bond is sent to defeat Le Chiffre and bankrupt any organization who trusted him.

  • Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond learns exiled Bolivian General Medrano is working with Dominic Greene, who's part of an organization known as Quantum, so that he can be installed as president of the country - all in exchange for a small patch of desert. What seems like a great deal for Medrano turns south, as it’s revealed Quantum will control the entire water supply of Bolivia. But Bond does all he can to stop him.

  • Skyfall (2012)

After a botched mission, Bond is presumed dead, and M is put under review amid questions about her leadership of MI6. When the intelligence agency’s headquarters in London are attacked, Bond comes out of hiding to uncover the people behind the attack, which leads him to Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent, who was captured and brutally tortured by the Chinese government. Silva blames M and is trying to kill her and her reputation.

  • Spectre (2015)

Bond receives a message from M, the head of MI6, following her death, which leads to him stopping a terrorist attack. For taking part in an unauthorized mission, Bond is suspended by the new M. He continues on, of course, and ends up uncovering the evil organization known as Spectre as well as its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is now played by German-Austrian actor Christoph Waltz.

  • No Time to Die (2021)
  • Amazon Prime Video

The latest Bond entry sees a retired 007 forced back into action - to stop a plot from a villain, known as Safin, who has been threatening millions of lives. Bond is again played by Daniel Craig, but he will have help this time from a female agent, named Nomi, as well as his old friends Miss Moneypenny, Q, and M. No Time to Die really wraps up the story arc of all the Danial Craig movies.

Bonus: 'Unofficial' James Bond movies

Casino royale (non canon-1967).

Starring: David Nivens

This is a so-called "unofficial" Bond film, because it wasn't produced by Eon and distributed by MGM, but rather Famous Artists and Columbia. It stars British actor David Nivens coming out of retirement to deal with the evil organization SMIRSH. It also has Orson Welles as the main antagonist, Le Chiffre. While still being a spy film, it’s far more of a satirical comedy, which makes it slightly different from the official Bond films.

Never Say Never Again (non canon-1983)

Sean Connery returns as James Bond - 12 years after he last played the role. Again, this isn't an official Eon/MGM film. Instead, it was made by Taliafilm and distributed by Warner Bros. The film’s title is a reference to Connery, who once said he would never play James Bond again. And it's actually a remake of Thunderball. (One of Ian Flemings’ writing partners won the film rights to the novel, so that's where this version comes from.)

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James Bond movie order at a glance (spoiler free)

This is the same list as above, only spoiler-free and much quicker to read:

  • A View to A Kill (1985)

Unofficial Bond films:

  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • Never Say Never Again (1983)

The novel order

James Bond, the character, was created by author Ian Fleming. The entire Jame Bond franchise is based on his 14 novels, although the movies were made in a different order. If you'd like to watch the films directly inspired by the novels, in the order that Fleming wrote them, here you go:

  • From Russia With Love (1963)
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

Spectre storyline order

Six of the first Bond films feature 007 squaring off against foes from the evil organization Spectre, and they all build toward the big reveal that Blofeld is its leader. So, here is an order that follows the early days of Spectre:

  • Dr.No (1962)

Optional: Add Spectre (2015) to this order. You could also follow the Spectre storyline list with the reboot order, which has many Spectre ties.

Cold War and Post Cold War era order

Beginning with The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond is forced to play a key factor in diffusing confrontations throughout the Cold War and during the fall of the Soviet Union. While these films aren’t as neat of a storyline as the Spectre series or the reboot series, it does have overarching themes and introduces some recurring characters. Here's an order featuring Cold War-era storylines:

The reboot order

In 2006, the character of James Bond was rebooted, with Daniel Craig’s debut as 007. The five films that star Craig are all part of an interconnected narrative that becomes clear as the films move forward. They also serve as an origin story for Spectre. Here's the reboot order:

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James Bond Movies In Order: Chronologically and By Order of Release Date

For over 60 years and 25 movies, James Bond has been the go-to name for spy thrillers. Here are each of the 007 movies in order of release.

More than 60 years ago, movie history was made when Dr. No hit theaters. The film, based on the Ian Fleming novel, was the first time James Bond was portrayed on the big screen. Prior, he appeared in an hour-long episode of the thriller anthology series Climax! Mystery Theater. This episode was an adaptation of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale , and was the first live-action appearance of 007. This episode aired in 1954, and it would take eight years before he reached iconic status when he first hit the silver screen.

Update October 5, 2023: In honor of James Bond Day, which is the anniversary of when Dr. No was released in the U.K., this article has been updated with even more information regarding the James Bond film franchise.

Since then, the character has become synonymous with the movie spy genre . Even those who have never seen the films know the legendary gun barrel sequence in the opening titles or the iconic score. Plenty of James Bond films are available for streaming on platforms such as Amazon Prime, HBO Max, and Netflix. It is never the wrong time to get caught up with this legendary series. To help fans navigate, here are all the James Bond films in order of release since there is largely no chronology whatsoever until the recent handful of Daniel Craig films. Additionally, readers need to know what the future of the franchise looks like as it enters a possible new era.

James Bond Movies in Order of Release Date

1 dr. no (1962).

While not the first of Fleming's stories, Dr. No was chosen to be the first of 007's big-screen adventures; the producers had bought the rights to most of Fleming's novels, but not the first, Casino Royale . Dr. No features the debut of the late, great Sean Connery as James Bond , one of the most iconic performances of all time. The movie follows suave British agent 007 as he attempts to uncover the secrets of Dr. No, an evil scientist looking to destroy the US space program. The film is missing much of the franchise's staples and has yet to find its identity, but nonetheless has a slick '60s style.

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The franchise's first Bond girl is Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress). Honey is a shell diver who helps Bond face Dr. No. The movie was a huge success, grossing nearly 60 times its modest budget, and skyrocketed both Sean Connery and James Bond into the mainstream. Today, the movie is bogged down by hokey acting and even hokier special effects. While still entertaining, Dr. No should mostly be seen just to witness the beginnings of one of cinema's most prolific franchises.

2 From Russia With Love (1963)

Just a year later, 007 returned to the big screen in From Russia with Love . This first of many sequels is where some Bond-isms start to sprout. One such example is Q, who makes his first brief appearance here. Bond learns that Dr. No was working for a secret organization known as SPECTRE , a criminal empire Bond would face for many movies to come.

Another first in the series that debuts here is Ernst Starvo Blofeld, Bond's arch-nemesis. Blofeld's name is never mentioned, but fans can clearly see that it's him. Blofeld's face is never seen, only his lower body, as he is usually seen stroking a white cat. Sean Connery returns as 007 and is joined by Daniela Bianchi as Bond girl Tatiana. This movie holds up better than Dr. No , especially in the action department.

3 Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger is the first movie in the series to truly feel like a Bond film. Most of the classic tropes of the franchise appear here. Aspects such as Q's gadget gags and the legendary Aston Martin finally appear in this movie. Even classic lines such as "Shaken, not stirred" are first uttered in Goldfinger , along with others which are endlessly quotable, like "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die." The film's Bond girl is also known as one of the best — Pussy Galore played by Honor Blackman.

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Regardless of the double entender in her name, Pussy is praised for being one of the few Bond girls who aren't used just for eye candy. The film sees Bond go after the titular Goldfinger. What makes Goldfinger work is that he isn't out for world domination or power. At the end of the day, he is simply a glorified bank robber. He is looking to radiate all the gold in Fort Knox, making it worthless and him rich. Goldfinger is one of the best Bond films and is where the series really began to take shape.

4 Thunderball (1965)

The fourth Bond film in as many years sees Connery once again in the role of 007. By now, Connery has perfectly slipped into the role and James Bond was a worldwide phenomenon. One interesting thing about Thunderball is this is the first time Sean Connery performed the iconic Gunbarrel opening. Prior to this film, it was stuntman Bob Simmons. This marked the first time the actor portraying Bond was featured in the gun barrel, a tradition that would last for the rest of the series. Once again going against SPECTRE, Bond must stop the organization from holding the world ransom using nuclear warheads. Bond must charm Domino (Claudine Auger) into joining him, and together they set out to stop SPECTRE.

Thunderball is responsible for some behind-the-scenes controversy. Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sued Ian Fleming for the rights to the story. Before Dr. No , Thunderball was to be the first Bond film. The screenplay was an original work written by the trio, and later Fleming published it as his own novel. This led the two to later make their own film based on the script titled Never Say Never Again , and for EON productions (the company behind the Bond films) to lose the right to use the name SPECTRE from 1973 to 2013, redefining Bond plots in the process.

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5 Casino Royale (1967)

The story behind Casino Royale is legally complicated . Gregory Ratoff bought the rights to it and produced the first live-action Bond, the television episode of Climax! Mystery Theater . He wished to turn it into a movie but died before he could, and his widow sold the rights to his former agent, Charles Feldman. Feldman could never settle with the producers over at EON to make his version of Casino Royale , and he tried to entice Connery to defect and join his film, but the Bond actor demanded $1 million at the time (in what was likely a coincidental but still hilarious synchronicity with the Dr. No villain).

So, Feldman, with his rights to just one title, made a ridiculous satire to mock the entire James Bond franchise with the satirical Casino Royale , which turned into a ridiculous, troubled production more interesting than the movie itself. Six-time Oscar-nominee Ben Hecht was hired to write the script, and then had a heart attack and died. Feldman then hired a variety of people, from acclaimed Catch-22 novelist Joseph Heller to brilliant Sunset Boulevard director Billy Wilder to work on the script. Six directors ended up working on the project. The film ultimately starred David Niven as Bond, and it featured Woody Allen, Peter Sellers, and the original Bond girl, Ursula Andress. Even Peter O'Toole showed up, and was literally paid for his work in champagne. The Burt Bacharach score won a Grammy, but the film is mostly remembered as a trivia question these days.

6 You Only Live Twice (1967)

You Only Live Twice is where all the popular spy clichés finally came together in one movie. The film's primary villain is once again Blofeld, who is shown on screen for the first time. Before he helped change the face of horror with Halloween , Donald Pleasence portrays Blofeld, whose look in the film should be familiar to many.

The design of Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers series was lifted straight from Blofeld in You Only Live Twice . Bond must stop Blofeld from orchestrating a nuclear war between America and Russia at the height of the Cold War. This was the first of the official Bond movies to heavily differ from Ian Fleming's source novels, using a script actually written by children's book author Roald Dahl. The film is as thrilling as a Bond movie can get, and is one of the absolute best.

7 On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)

For the first time in the official series, the actor playing James Bond was changed. On Her Majesty's Secret Service features George Lazenby in his first and only portrayal of the legendary super spy. While today, it is typical not to get attached to an actor who plays James Bond , audiences in 1969 were less than enthusiastic to welcome anybody but Connery in the role. This (along with its more emotional and sentimental version of Bond) damaged the film's success, although it was still a huge hit.

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service sees James truly fall in love for the first time in the series, as he meets Tracy Di Vicenzo, a woman who more than holds her own against the famed secret agent. The movie is best known for its shocking ending. Shortly after their wedding, James and Tracy are ambushed by SPECTRE agents. This leads to Tracy dying in James' arms, as the grief-stricken agent tries to convince himself she is okay.

8 Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

The first Bond film of a new decade sees Sean Connery once again return to the role of 007. The film wastes no time getting down to business, showing James on the warpath seeking out Blofeld for revenge against Tracy's death. After seemingly avenging his late bride, James must travel to Las Vegas to seek information on a hijacked space laser aimed at Washington. This film is arguably the most humorous of the series, as James' wit is dialed up to 11, perhaps to counteract the of the incongruous previous movie's emotional devastation .

Due to Connery's return, the film was much better received by fans. However, this return was short-lived, as this was the last time Connery would appear as James Bond in the 'official' series. This was also the last film produced while EON productions held the rights to the name SPECTRE and Blofeld. By the time the next film was released, Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham had won the rights to those names, as well as the Thunderball story.

9 Live And Let Die (1973)

Once again, the role of James Bond was passed to another actor after Sean Connery retired from the role. This time, however, the replacement was much better received. Live and Let Die was Roger Moore's introduction as 007, and he would go on to play him for the next six films. The plot sees 007 investigating the murders of three fellow agents.

He soon becomes involved in a plot orchestrated by Mr. Big to cause a global threat using heroin. This film is notable for featuring the first Black Bond girl, CIA agent Rosie Carver, played by Gloria Hendry. The movie is a fun addition to the series, with a great title song and score, and it's a worthy first film for Roger Moore. Roger not only does a good job filling Sean Connery's shoes, but he would also go on to make the role his own in a specific way.

10 The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

Roger Moore's second film, The Man With the Golden Gun sees James set out to find Francisco Scaramanga, a famed assassin who has named Bond his next target. Scaramanga's signature weapon is a golden gun that can kill its victims using a single bullet. Christopher Lee played the titular assassin, and most fans agree he is one of the best of Bond's foes.

The film also features Maude Adams in her first of three appearances in the franchise, albeit as a different character each time. This movie is not only praised as one of Roger Moore's best but one of the best in the entire series . The Golden Gun featured in the film would go on to have a life of its own in the Goldeneye Nintendo 64 game, as a highly sought-after weapon in the multiplayer mode.

11 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The film that is frequently called Moore's best is The Spy Who Loved Me . The film features the first appearance of iconic baddie Jaws, played by Richard Kiel. Jaws is notable for his huge stature and his metal teeth. The film's title was also the basis of the name of the second Austin Powers film, The Spy Who Shagged Me .

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The story has 007 on a mission to stop Karl Stromberg from wiping out New York City with nuclear weapons. This is the film where Roger Moore had become fully accepted as James Bond. The film's Bond girl is Russian agent Anya Amasova, played by Barbara Bach. The Spy Who Loved Me is still well regarded and is essential viewing for anyone looking to get into Bond.

12 Moonraker (1979)

With the success of Star Wars in 1977 , space was all the rage. EON productions took note of this new craze and sent Bond to the stars for his latest adventure, Moonraker , the first fully original story since the franchise launched. This space plot proved to pay off financially, as it was Bond's most financially successful movie until Goldeneye 16 years later (if you don't count Never Say Never Again ). Fans, however, were much more mixed. They criticized the film for leaning too heavily into science fiction and trying to capitalize on the success of Star Wars , and the film is certainly the most ridiculous in the series so far.

Bond doesn't spend the entire film in space, however. Most of the film is the typical globetrotting fare fans had grown accustomed to. Richard Kiel reprises his role as Jaws and even has his own romantic subplot. Moonraker is a fun time, but it is foreshadowing the outlandish nature the series would soon take on.

13 For Your Eyes Only (1981)

While Blofeld legally hadn't appeared in a Bond film since Diamonds are Forever , he does make an unnamed appearance at the beginning of For Your Eyes Only . While visiting Tracy's grave (making this Bond the same as in On Her Majesty's Secret Sevice and disproving the popular code name theory ), he is attacked by a man whose face or name isn't known. He is clearly Blofeld, and Bond makes short work of him. The film itself is much more realistic than the science fiction-heavy Moonraker .

This is arguably the darkest Bond movie up to that point and deals with the repercussions of revenge. The film's Bond girl is Melina Havelock, a Greek woman seeking vengeance for the deaths of her parents. The darker story is a huge tonal shift from the previous film and works in the film's favor. While perhaps not the best, For Your Eyes Only is still a worthy entry.

14 Never Say Never Again (1983)

Sean Connery was glad to have left the Bond films; he told The Observer , "I have always hated that damned James Bond – I’d like to kill him." However, Connery was at that point legally contentious with EON, and when offered $3 million to appear in Never Say Never Again (a title referring to Connery's decision to never play Bond again), the actor took the deal. Crucially, the film was based on Thunderball , the only title that Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming (the latter two of whom died of heart attacks before its release) had film rights to after lawsuits with EON.

Never Say Never Again humorously opens with James Bond, out of shape, failing a physical and being sent to a health clinic. There, he gets involved in a plot involving SPECTRE and Blofeld, who is alive in this film after dying in the previous one, making Never Say Never Again not just outside of canon but outside of continuity. The great Max Von Sydow plays Blofeld, and a young Kim Basinger and Rowan Atkinson ( Mr. Bean ) star. Audiences adored seeing Connery and the more light-hearted film after For Your Eyes Only , and it was the highest-grossing Bond film at the time, even if it's unofficial.

15 Octopussy (1983)

The film with the most suggestive title, Octopussy follows Bond as he investigates the mysterious death of a fellow agent. Maude Adams makes her second Bond appearance as the titular Octopussy, a woman looking to blow up an American Air Force Base. The film was much less polarizing than For Your Eyes Only .

Octopussy carried the humor and silliness of some earlier films while still remaining mostly grounded and realistic. Fans of the time seemed to prefer this mixture of tones. Octopussy doesn't do anything spectacular or groundbreaking. While not making any best of Bond lists, it is still far from the worst 007 movies.

16 A View To A Kill (1985)

Christopher Walken as a Bond villain alongside art-pop singer Grace Jones seems like something out of a ridiculous parody. Alas, it is a very real thing that appears in Roger Moore's final Bond film, A View to a Kill . The movie features Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, a businessman responsible for deadly technology. Roger Moore had been playing James Bond for eleven years, and it was starting to show. Most of the action featuring Bond is very clearly a stunt double, and when it is Moore the action is very limited.

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While the idea of an older Bond isn't bad (as attested to by Never Say Never Again ), this film treats him like he is still a man in his 30s or even 40s. Roger Moore was 57 at the time. The worst elements are the fact that the film's main Bond girl, played by Tanya Roberts, was considerably younger. While seeing Christopher Walken face James Bond is entertaining, most fans place this film low on their franchise lists.

17 The Living Daylights (1987)

When Roger Moore unsurprisingly retired from the role of 007, the search was on for the new Bond. Several actors, including Sam Neil, tested , but Bond was finally replaced with Timothy Dalton starting with The Living Daylights . EON Productions used casting a new Bond as an opportunity for rebranding the series. They wanted to take James back to his darker roots, as he was in Ian Fleming's source material. This film features a much more serious Bond, although he still cracks the occasional joke.

The Living Daylights sees 007 uncovering a weapons plot that could cause global destruction. Fans were highly receptive to the film, as they saw it as a breath of fresh air after the last few films had grown stale. This movie is seen as an underrated fan favorite and comes highly recommended.

18 License to Kill (1989)

License to Kill is one of the films that would show Bond at his most ruthless. After James' newlywed friend is left for dead and his wife murdered, he sets out for revenge. James is disavowed from the MI6, meaning he is a rogue agent for the duration of the film. This is one of the few times Bond's mission is purely personal.

The movie was mixed due to his darker tone at the time, but is much better received today. The idea of a darker, grittier Bond has been popularized with the Daniel Craig era, making License to Kill ahead of its time. This marks Timothy Dalton's second and final outing as 007, and many fans feel he is the most underrated Bond. License to Kill also has one of the earliest Benicio Del Toro performances .

19 GoldenEye (1995)

James Bond and his iconic film series seemed to fall out of public favor following License to Kill . While successful, the film failed to recapture the glory days of 007. EON Productions knew James Bond needed yet another revamp if he was to survive throughout the '90s and into the new millennium. It took six years (the longest gap in between Bond movies), but in 1995 it happened. This revamp was successful in not only making James Bond a household name again but also helped usher in a new era of spy thrillers. GoldenEye is Pierce Brosnan's first movie as James Bond and fans (including a young Idris Elba ) praised him immediately. Also debuting in GoldenEye is Judi Dench as M, a performance nearly as iconic as Bond himself.

This was the first James Bond film released post-Cold War, meaning a lot had to change. The plot follows 007 as he investigates a deadly weapon, the titular GoldenEye, that has been stolen. He soon discovers the mastermind is Alec Trevelyan, the former 006 and close friend of James'. This is the film that helped formally introduce James Bond to a new generation. The action sequences are among the best in Bond, and Pierce Brosnan proves right away he was born to play 007.

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For those who may not be accustomed to older-style films, GoldenEye is a great place to start the James Bond journey. It takes elements from the older films and modernizes them in a way that isn't too gimmicky. The movie was directed by Martin Campbell, who would revive the series yet again in 2006. GoldenEye 's influence extends past the silver screen as well. A video game tie-in was released on the Nintendo 64. This game is not only known as one of the best N64 games, it was key in the popularization of the first-person shooter genre and split-screen multiplayer.

20 Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Pierce Brosnan's second outing as 007 sees him facing off against a corrupt media mogul. Elliot Carver wants his news empire to be known worldwide, and he plans on invoking a massive war to do so. Carver makes his own news' he causes death and mayhem and later reports it. Bond is hot on his trail and, along with Chinese agent Wai Lin ( the great Michelle Yeoh ), plans on stopping him. Tomorrow Never Dies continued the success of Bond in the '90s.

The film received rave reviews and did well at the box office. The plot harkened back to some earlier Bond films, and fans ate it up. Brosnan further cemented himself as Bond, and new Bond girl Wai Lin quickly went down as one of the best. The movie is a fun and worthy successor to GoldenEye. This was the first 007 movie made after the passing of Albert R. Broccoli, who had been with the franchise since the beginning, and was involved in its endless lawsuits.

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Spectre is the 24th entry in the official James Bond film series and Daniel Craig returns for the fourth time as Agent 007. Skyfall director Sam Mendes returns to helm the 2015 sequel and the cast includes Christoph Waltz , Léa Seydoux , and Dave Bautista in addition to Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes , returning from the previous film .

The following weapons were used in the film Spectre :

  • 1.1 Walther PPK
  • 1.2 Heckler & Koch VP9
  • 1.3 Arsenal Firearms 2011 Dueller Prismatic
  • 1.4 Glock 17 (FAB Defense KPOS G1)
  • 1.5 Glock 17
  • 1.6 SIG-Sauer P226R
  • 2.1 Heckler & Koch G36C
  • 2.2 Steyr AUG A3
  • 2.3 Czech Small Arms Sa vz. 58 Compact
  • 2.4 Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I
  • 3.1 Unidentified Flare Gun
  • 3.2 Aston Martin Weapons
  • 3.3 The Gunbarrel

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Walther PPK

James Bond ( Daniel Craig ) once again carries a Walther PPK as his sidearm of choice in the film. This pistol also is seen in the hands of both Mr. White ( Jesper Christensen ) and Madeleine Swann ( Léa Seydoux ).

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Heckler & Koch VP9

SPECTRE henchmen are seen using the Heckler & Koch VP9 as their primary firearm. Bond is also seen armed with captured VP9s during the course of the film. This is likely one of the first appearances of the VP9 in a feature film.

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Arsenal Firearms 2011 Dueller Prismatic

In the scene where Bond pursues Swann and Hinx on a plane, Hinx ( Dave Bautista ) fires back at Bond with an AF2011 Dueller Prismatic double-barreled pistol. This is one of the first appearances of the pistol in any media.

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Glock 17 (FAB Defense KPOS G1)

Bond carries a Glock 17 in a FAB Defense KPOS G1 carbine conversion kit during the opening scene in Mexico City. It is fitted with a suppressor and a laser/illuminator of some sort (similar to an ATPIAL but the positioning of the lasers is different) which is also depicted as a laser microphone.

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Gareth Mallory / M ( Ralph Fiennes ) arms himself with a Glock 17 in the third act of the film. Max Denbigh / C ( Andrew Scott ) also keeps a Glock 17 in his desk.

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SIG-Sauer P226R

While traveling on a train, Bond gives a SIG-Sauer P226R to Madeleine ( Léa Seydoux ) who shows her weapon skills by quickly unloading the weapon. The gun is not used afterwards. James correctly identifies the weapon as a "SIG 226".

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Heckler & Koch G36C

SCO19 officers are armed with Heckler & Koch G36C rifles.

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Steyr AUG A3

Bond picks up a Steyr AUG A3 from a display at Q's underground laboratory.

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Czech Small Arms Sa vz. 58 Compact

Bond takes a CSA Sa vz. 58 Compact off a guard at the secret SPECTRE desert base. One is also seen at the safehouse in Tangiers.

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Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I

A Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I rifle is seen in the safehouse.

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Unidentified Flare Gun

A helicopter pilot attempts to use unidentified flare gun (similar to the Orion flare gun ) while fighting with Bond in the skies above Mexico City.

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Aston Martin Weapons

The Aston Martin DB10 driven by Bond is seen fitted with several weapons, including rear-mounted machine guns and flamethrowers; only the latter is actually used during the film, since the other weapons were never loaded before Bond "borrowed" the car.

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The Gunbarrel

The gunbarrel sequence returns to the film's beginning for Spectre . Unlike his predecessors, Daniel Craig has appeared in a newly filmed sequence for each of his films.

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How many james bond main villains are linked to spectre.

The evil organization known as SPECTRE has frustrated James Bond throughout his career, but how many villains can be linked to the group?

Which  James Bond villains can be traced back to the dastardly SPECTRE organization ? Long before Thanos and the MCU, the  James Bond movies gradually built toward an overarching enemy between 1962's  Dr. No and 1967's  You Only Live Twice . The man in the shadows proved to be Ernst Stravro Blofeld, and his bunch of bad guys was SPECTRE - a group dedicated to causing trouble between the world's superpowers; their exploits ranging from revenge and extortion (the final two letters of the acronym) all the way through to world domination. SPECTRE enjoyed a recurring presence throughout the early  James Bond movies, disappeared for a bit due to legal issues, then returned in the Daniel Craig era.

There's a recurring theme in  James Bond 's world, in which the main villain of one film is ultimately revealed as an agent or associate of SPECTRE, and it's this hierarchy of evil that established Blofeld as 007's arch-nemesis. The trope also means many  James Bond  antagonists have been connected to SPECTRE one way or another, both in the classic era, and during Daniel Craig's run. Focusing on main villains of individual films and their notable henchmen, these are the threads that, put together, create the tangled web known as SPECTRE.

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Classic SPECTRE (1962-1981):

Blofeld - Of course. The SPECTRE leader made several fleeting appearances before debuting fully in  You Only Live Twice . Returns in  On Her Majesty's Secret Service ,  Diamonds Are Forever and  For Your Eyes Only (sort of).

Dr. No - The first major villain 007 faces, Dr. Julius No lends his nuclear expertise to SPECTRE after being turned down by the U.S. and Russia.

Red Grant - A dangerous assassin who chases Bond in  From Russia With Love , looking to procure the Lektor code-breaker machine.

Rosa Klebb - The SMERSH double agent also debuted in  From Russia With Love , and was actually operating as a high-ranking SPECTRE member, assigning Red Grant for the Lektor mission.

Largo - Famed for his eye patch,  Thunderball 's Emilio Largo was SPECTRE's "Number Two" and handled the extortion side of their operations.

Count Lippe - Guy Doleman's  Thunderball villain proved to be a SPECTRE agent, hijacking a nuclear-armed aircraft on the organization's behalf.

Fiona Volpe - A SPECTRE assassin sent to kill 007 in  Thunderball . Falls out of Blofeld's good graces when she fails.

Irma Bunt - Stepping into the deadly shoes of Rosa Klebb, Irma Bunt is Blofeld's right-hand woman in  On Her Majesty's Secret Service .

Mr. Wint   & Mr. Kidd - A pair of top Blofeld assassins chasing Sean Connery in  Diamonds Are Forever .

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Blofeld - Christoph Waltz's version of Blofeld in 2015's  Spectre  is a complete reinvention, revealed as Bond's adoptive brother from childhood. They didn't get along.

Mr. White - Appearing throughout Daniel Craig's run as  James Bond , Mr. White was a respected member of SPECTRE until he started having second thoughts about Blofeld's increasingly dark methods. Father to Madeleine Swann.

Le Chiffre - Mads Mikkelsen's  Casino Royale villain was supposed to win a high-stakes poker game on SPECTRE's behalf. Le Chiffre associated with Quantum, which itself was a subdivision of SPECTRE.

Dominic Greene - The main antagonist of  Quantum of Solace was commissioned by Blofeld to acquire a lucrative piece of Bolivian land, although it's unclear whether Greene knew the identity of his  true employer.

Raoul Silva - A top-form Javier Bardem is a disgruntled former MI6 employee looking for revenge. The extent of his involvement with SPECTRE is unknown, but Silva was certainly attached to the group.

Patrice - Patrice was a constant thorn in 007's side during  Skyfall . As with Silva, the franchise retroactively linked Patrice to SPECTRE and Blofeld.

Max Denbigh - A mole in the U.K. government, Moriarty Max Denbigh does his damnedest to end MI6's double-0 program and deliver the organization's intelligence database into Blofeld 's lap.

Mr. Hinx - When Blofeld is finally revealed, Dave Bautista's Mr. Hinx is the SPECTRE leader's chief henchman, quickly earning a place at the table.

Safin  - The main villain of  No Time To Die , Rami Malek's Safin has a history as a SPECTRE assassin, requiring 007 to seek Blofeld's expertise in a  James Bond first.

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Every Sean Connery James Bond Movie, Ranked

Nobody does it better.

One of cinema's most iconic characters, James Bond has appeared in 27 films across seven decades, being constantly re-imagined by new actors and fresh creative ideas. For all the innovation the epic action saga has seen, though, there is yet to be a 007 quite like Sean Connery 's original.

Appearing in seven Bond films across a tenure spanning 21 years, Connery utilized his smooth manner and effortless charisma to make Bond a surprisingly endearing action hero. His performances established spy-thrillers as must-see cinematic blockbusters, set the gold standard for what James Bond should be, and were the essential ingredient to making many of his Bond films quintessential films. Still, for all his triumphs in the role, not all of his movies are equally impressive. The best Sean Connery James Bond movies showcase his unique take on the role and all the debonair charm he brought to his performance .

7 'Diamonds Are Forever' (1971)

Director: guy hamilton.

Serving as Connery's first return to the role after George Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service , Diamonds Are Forever has come to be viewed as Connery's worst Bond film. Carrying on from where Lazenby's Bond flick finished, 007 avenges his murdered wife before investigating a smuggling operation in the international diamond market. There, he learns of Blofeld's ( Charles Gray ) plot to weaponize the gems in a laser satellite.

There is some value to Diamonds Are Forever , especially regarding its stellar handling of the action sequences and a truly killer tune from the iconic Shirley Bassey; alas, much of the story doesn't work . The characters fail to resonate and many of the actors didn't pop off the screen—particularly a lazy Gray as Blofeld. Plus, the story's focus on melodramatic beats and dull-edged comedy made for an underwhelming experience. Even Connery looked disinterested for most of the film, which is never a good sign for a James Bond movie.

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6 'Never Say Never Again' (1983)

Director: irvin kershner.

If Diamonds Are Forever is widely regarded to be Connery's most underwhelming Bond film, then it's only fair to say that Never Say Never Again is his most polarizing. Featuring the then-53-year-old Connery's unofficial return, it saw him reprise the role 12 years after his previous 007 outing and some 21 years since his James Bond debut. A bold-faced re-make of Thunderball , Never Say Never Again tracks an aging Bond tasked with engaging in spy games with SPECTRE as the criminal organization plots a devastating nuclear attack.

Never Say Never Again is not necessarily a rewatchable James Bond watch , but it is an essential one, if only because of its sheer bravado. It doesn't make much sense, especially as it stands outside the Eon Production's canon and very much feels like an attempt at a Bond movie rather than a real one. While it has its fair share of critics, Never Say Never Again is a passably entertaining spy flick bolstered by an emphatic reminder as to why Connery is the definitive 007.

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5 'You Only Live Twice' (1967)

Director: lewis gilbert.

While most pundits would rank You Only Live Twice as the fifth best of Connery's Bond films, the regard in which they view the film would change significantly. Alone in the vast chasm between the best and worst of Connery's Bond flicks, You Only Live Twice runs wild with a sense of adventure. This is largely thanks to Roald Dahl 's imaginative screenplay—yes, the man behind Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory wrote this—featuring volcanic fortresses and questionable moments, especially under a modern assessment.

Still, You Only Live Twice occupies a deft balance between upping the spectacle and steeping to parody , which both Bond purists and lovers of films like the Kingsman franchise can enjoy, albeit for different reasons. With Bond having to stop SPECTRE's scheme to see America and Russia engage in all-out war, it ensures the stakes remain high while injecting a new sense of humor into the franchise. A scene-stealing turn from Donald Pleasance also makes this highly enjoyable.

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4 'Thunderball' (1965)

Director: terence young.

The fourth Bond film ever made, Thunderball may not quite have reached the level set by the first three installments, but it still ranks highly for lovers of the saga. With a dramatically ramped-up budget resulting in a boost of action bravado, Thunderball appealed to audiences and critics alike as an infectiously exciting blockbuster boasting large-scale adventure thrills in abundance.

With SPECTRE plotting to use NATO nuclear bombs to take over the world, Bond must thwart the organizations' plan before it's too late. Brave, bold, and entirely captivating, Thunderball touted one hell of a ride with some of the franchise's best characters to boot. It took the franchise to the next level, proving Bond could do larger-than-life while still maintaining its essence. The campy and endlessly entertaining Thunderball is one of the biggest and best Bond movies ever to grace the screen, with a never-better Connery at the center of it all.

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3 'Dr. No' (1962)

A pioneering commercial accomplishment, a resounding critical success, and the jumping point of a cinematic dynasty, Dr. No 's influence cannot be overstated . It follows Bond's investigation into the deaths of MI6 agents in Jamaica and his confrontations with an eccentric scientist wanting to destroy America's space program.

In some respects, Dr. No is surprisingly grounded. There is very little in the way of gadgetry, Q did not make an appearance, and the series' penchant for veering into fantasy was largely understated. Joseph Wiseman 's nefarious Dr. Julius No does contribute to enhancing the eccentric surrealism later in the film. However, most of Dr. No's appeal came from its unflinching action and Connery's suave style , which proved to have a mesmerizing impact on audiences, both at the time and retrospectively.

2 'From Russia with Love' (1963)

Taking all the thrills and espionage excitement of Dr. No and coupling that with a bigger commitment to larger-than-life exuberance, From Russia with Love effortlessly surpassed its already incredible predecessor. Transpiring at a frantic rate, it follows Bond's mission to find a decoding device in order to ease Cold War tensions while combating SPECTRE at every turn.

From Russia with Love's political inflections made for a particularly rousing action movie for its time, and it hasn't lost any of its dare or flare in the decades since. Connery is more than comfortable in the role by now, joined by an equally impressive Daniela Bianchi as the iconic Bond Girl Tatiana Romanova . Aside from being one of Connery's greatest Bond movies, From Russia with Love stands tall among the greatest Bond movies ever made and a pinnacle of 1960s action .

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1 'goldfinger' (1964).

Universally lauded as the definitive James Bond film, Goldfinger was where so much of the Bond movie DNA either first appeared on-screen or cemented itself as a pivotal hallmark of the franchise. From its snappy wit and quotable one-liners to the wonder surrounding its gadgetry and its willingness to embrace more overt humor, Goldfinger invigorated the Bond formula with even more style and fun .

It follows Bond as he investigates a gold smuggling rink and discovers powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger ( Gert Fröbe ) plotting to raid Fort Knox and decimate the global economy. Goldfinger is a franchise-defining picture that cemented the Bond movies as the ultimate spectacle of fun, flashy action. The film remains highly regarded for nearly every aspect, from its plot to the memorable characters and Shirley Bassey's legendary theme. Connery's Bond legacy was already ensured, but this film ensured his place as a cinematic icon; indeed, Goldfinger is unequivocally the greatest Bond film ever made .

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32 Of James Bond's Most Quotable Lines

These quips are forever.

Daniel Craig smiles while laughing in an interrogation in No Time To Die.

007 isn’t just a man known for his slick trigger finger for her majesty, he’s also got his own way with words. As the James Bond movies have offered many quotable lines for fans to throw out at the right time, it’d be a shame not to celebrate that fact. So let’s take some time and discuss the lines that best sum up the wit and wisdom of Commander Bond.

“Bond. James Bond.” - Dr. No (1962)

Introducing himself to the world in the 1962 classic Dr. No , Sean Connery ’s initial iteration of 007 dropped the perfect calling card. Introducing himself to Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson) over a game of Baccarat, and with his theme music playing during the said moment, James Bond made quite the first impression with his easily identifiable catchphrase.

“Red wine with fish. Well, that should have told me something.” - From Russia With Love (1963)

Even some of the best James Bond villains have those moments where Commander Bond has gotten the upper hand. In From Russia with Love , a prime example came out of our hero deducing that heavy Red Grant (Robert Shaw) was actually an agent for S.P.E.C.T.R.E., simply by paying attention to his drink order at dinner. 

“Shaken, not stirred.” - Goldfinger (1964)

It’s the drink that 007 made famous, and supposedly for his own reasons. But while author Ian Fleming’s creation had become known for drinking this from day one, the first time we actually heard him order it came in 1964’s Goldfinger . The rest was well-mixed history.

“I think he got the point.” - Thunderball (1965)

The art of the one-liner is one James Bond has practiced for quite some time. And one of the best examples of that skill at work is in Thunderball , when a day on the beach with Domino (Claudine Auger/Nikki van der Zyl) sees our hero dispatching an enemy agent with a spear gun as sharp as his wit. 

“Bon appetit.” - You Only Live Twice (1967)

What more is there to say when you feed a henchman trying to take you out to a pool of piranhas? Sean Connery delivers this line so brilliantly in You Only Live Twice , which almost hints at the even campier history of one-liners such as this coming in Roger Moore’s James Bond movies .

“We have all the time in the world.” - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

One of the greatest upsets in the 007 franchise is how George Lazenby had only one James Bond movie. But the upside is that one film happens to be On Her Majesty’s Secret Service , quite possibly the most influential Bond adventure ever. This heartbreaking final line is part of the proof, to the point where its use in No Time To Die was appropriately devastating.

“Exceptionally fine shot.” - Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

The ‘70s were the era of the punchline for 007. Even before Roger Moore would charmingly ham it up with his Commander Bond, the final official entry for Sean Connery’s James Bond began to prepare the world for a more humorous James. Setting up a punchline delivered by Marc Lawrence’s henchman in Diamonds are Forever , it’s admittedly a perfectly deadpan gag that (almost) kills. 

“Well he always did have an inflated opinion of himself.” - Live And Let Die (1973)

While Roger Moore’s interpretation of James Bond was less cold-hearted and more devil may care, his legacy as a well-timed comedy machine will always be welcomed. Even in one of his most serious entries, 1973’s Live and Let Die , the then-freshman 007 actor started building that foundation early, and with great impact.

“There's a useful four letter word, and you're full of it.” - The Man With The Golden Gun (1975)

Deflating a villain’s ego is something that James Bond can call one of his great skills in trade. That said, James outdid himself in The Man with the Golden Gun , as he turns an intended toast of compliment from Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) into a doorway to slam the competition for being a hired killer.

“Keeping the British end up, sir.” - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Double entendres became a stock in trade for Roger Moore’s 007, and The Spy Who Loved Me is arguably the best one from his arsenal. After finally cozying up to opposing agent Col. Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach), one of the Bond Women who were equal to 007 , the only explanation James had for his superiors was this short but sweet retort.

“His name’s Jaws. He kills people” - Moonraker (1979)

Reintroducing Richard Kiel’s iconic entry in the history of James Bond villains and henchmen , this bon mot from Moonraker had Roger Moore summing up his foe from The Spy Who Loved Me in six simple, but hilarious words. Delivering this line with a dry wit while preparing for hand-to-hand combat on a cable car very high up just seals the deal even further.

“He had no head for heights.” - For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Perhaps the most deadly serious Roger Moore James Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only still saw some room for well-placed instances of humor. Moore’s most cold-blooded moment, which saw 007 dispatching the villainous Loque (Michael Gothard) by pushing his car off a ledge, Sir Roger’s delivery walks a fine line between taunt and punchline; leaving us with a truly iconic scene.

“Fill ‘er up, please.” - Octopussy (1983)

Timing is everything, both for James Bond and Sir Roger Moore. After a daring pre-credits sequence that culminates in an impressive escape, thanks to a rather compact jet plane, we’re sent straight to Octopussy’s credits with a smile, and a polite request for fuel.

“Rest and recreation, my darling. The trip back from Siberia took a lot out of me.” - A View To A Kill (1985)

Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) and James Bond historically have a flirtation that sees them bantering with only the most affectionate dialogue. A View to a Kill showed just that, when James’ return from the field saw the English spy referencing his business/pleasure cruise with a female agent, after retrieving an important microchip in the Russian ice.

“Whoever she was, I must have scared the living daylights out of her.” - The Living Daylights (1987)

As the 007 movies moved into the era of Timothy Dalton’s James Bond , the wit of the Roger Moore days didn’t simply fade away. Though The Living Daylights was one of the more grounded, Ian Fleming-influenced entries, Dalton still got to smile and crack a title-dropping gag that oozed that trademark Bond charm.

“Don’t you want to know why?” - License To Kill (1989)

While The Living Daylights was more of a traditional James Bond movie, License to Kill played itself as a grittier, more action-influenced picture. Timothy Dalton got to show a harder edge to the good Commander that directly connected to Daniel Craig ’s 007; and this taunting question to the nefarious Sanchez (Robert Davi) set up a Bond villain death that’s still one of the best, and most brutal.

“No. For me.” - Goldeneye (1995)

If James Bond feels truly betrayed, the party on the other end better have a good excuse. Former spy turned villain Alec Trevelyan ( Sean Bean ) learned that the hard way at the end of Goldeneye , right as he dared to ask his former best friend, “For England, James?” Pierce Brosnan’s 007 cemented himself in history with this answer, and the explosive finale that followed.

“You forgot the first rule of mass media, Elliot: give the people what they want!” - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

There are admittedly two types of James Bond one-liners: cold-blooded retorts and sly, almost comical comebacks. And yet there are moments like when 007 prepared to end vicious media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) in Tomorrow Never Dies when a healthy intersection arrives.

“I never miss.” - The World Is Not Enough (1999)

When taking his parting shot at surprise villain Elektra King (Sophie Marceau), the oil heiress made the mistake of presuming she was safe from 007, with a poor choice of last words: “You wouldn’t kill me. You’d miss me.” Cue The World Is Not Enough’s ice-cold takedown, which is still a legendary contribution to Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond .

“Time to face gravity.” - Die Another Day (2002)

Die Another Day will always be a silly, campy watch in the annals of Bond history. That doesn’t mean it’s without its moments though, as Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) gets this sardonic wake-up call, right before being thrown out of a plane by James Bond himself. Some villains just walk right into these things.

“I’m sorry. That last hand nearly killed me.” - Casino Royale (2006)

The era of Daniel Craig’s James Bond was one of reinvention, as Casino Royale acted as a soft reboot to the saga. That didn’t mean everything was being revamped though, as while Martin Campbell ’s second 007 directing gig was one of the leanest and meanest, Bond still had his cracking wit to dish out to enemies like Le Chiffre ( Mads Mikkelsen ). 

“I never left.” - Quantum of Solace (2008)

The relationship between M (Dame Judi Dench ) and James Bond constantly feels like a tense family affair. But there are moments of tenderness, like when Quantum of Solace saw James avenge the death of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). Welcoming him back into active service, the formerly rogue Bond dropped three words to show where his loyalties always lay.

“What makes you think this is my first time?” - Skyfall (2012)

For a moment in time, Skyfall’s interrogation between Raoul Silva and James Bond was almost cut. If that decision had held up, one of Daniel Craig’s best 007 lines would have gone with it. Thanks to producer Barbara Broccoli fighting to keep it , this entry in 00-history still lives, and it still hits with perfection each time it plays.

“Visionaries? Psychiatric wards are full of them.” - Spectre (2015)

James Bond teasing Ernst Stavro Blofeld ( Christoph Waltz ) is basically a sport at this point. So when 2015’s Spectre finally revived Bond’s arch-nemesis, after a 007 rights battle that carried on for decades, seeing Daniel Craig mouth off against his reinvented foe was another tradition that was gladly welcomed back.

“Had to show someone your watch. Really blew their mind.” - No Time To Die (2021)

Normally, James Bond gets to make witty comments about his gadgets in the same room as Q ( Ben Whishaw ). No Time To Die broke that format, along with setting some other historical precedents, in a way that honored the past. 

“That’s a Smith and Wesson. And you’ve had your six.” - Dr. No (1962)

Trying to get the drop on James Bond is like trying to outwit him in conversation. Professor Dent (Anthony Dawson) failed at both of these tasks, leading to Sean Connery taking him down after dropping this hard knowledge in Dr. No . Poor guy never had a shot.

“Shocking. Positively shocking.” - Goldfinger (1964)

A good 007 fight scene flows like dialogue. The action is well-paced and fierce, and when the moment calls for it, James Bond gets to lay down a one-liner that says it all. Goldfinger had this formula down to a tee, as a henchman zapped with a heat lamp in a bathtub gave Sean Connery this electrifying comeback.

“This never happened to the other feller.” - On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Introducing a new James Bond actor is a sacred moment, right down to the first time it happened in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service . With a slight breaking of the fourth wall, George Lazenby’s first and only time out as 007 got off to a brutal but cheeky start.

“Alright. Keep your hair on.” - You Only Live Twice (1981)

James Bond and Blofeld are an iconic hero/villain pair in the movie world, with their frequent encounters allowing many insults to be hurled between them. While his appearance is technically an unofficial cameo in You Only Live Twice , Roger Moore got his chance to deliver his cutting humor with the series’ dastardly evil-doer.

“I’m more of a problem eliminator.” - License To Kill (1989)

With a tagline like “His bad side is a dangerous place to be.”, how could you not expect License To Kill to go this hard with its dialogue? Offering his services to the harsh Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi), in hopes of taking down his organization from the inside, Commander Bond provided this pretty solid job description in his defense.

“Life’s full of small challenges.” - The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Trying to defuse a nuclear bomb is tough enough as it is. But having to do so while rocketing through a pipeline, in close quarters with James Bond, was something that Dr. Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) actually did in The World is Not Enough . And in an odd way of encouragement, he provided this bit of wisdom when discussing the tense situation.

“I know.” - No Time To Die (2021)

The heartbreaking No Time To Die ending gave the world something it never thought it would see: the death of James Bond. Turning the moment into a truly tragic affair, Daniel Craig’s final words in character was this sorrowful sign-off with his beloved Madeleine (Léa Seydoux).

Whether it’s a withering rejoinder or a good-natured dose of cheek, James Bond will always be a quotable character that stands as a cinematic titan. So if you’re ever in need of momentary wisdom, take a moment and think of what Commander Bond would say. 

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1. "Dr. No" (1962) -A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program. (Sean Connery) 2. "From Russia With Love" (1963) -James Bond willingly falls into an assassination plot involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Sean Connery) 3. "Goldfinger" (1964) -While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (Sean Connery) 4. "Thunderball" (1965) -James Bond heads to the Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme. (Sean Connery) 5. "You Only Live Twice" (1967) -James Bond and the Japanese Secret Service must find and stop the true culprit of a series of space hijackings, before war is provoked between Russia and the United States. (Sean Connery) 6. "OHMSS" (1969) -James Bond woos a mob boss' daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Ernst Stavro Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps involving beautiful women from around the world. (George Lazenby) 7. "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971) -A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon. (Sean Connery) 8. "Live And Let Die" (1973) -James Bond is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organisation and a reliable psychic tarot card reader. (Roger Moore) 9. "Man With The Golden Gun" (1974) -James Bond is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin, while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. (Roger Moore) 10. "Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) -James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. agent whose lover he killed. (Roger Moore) 11. "Moonraker" (1979) -James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide. (Roger Moore) 12. "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) -James Bond is assigned to find a missing British vessel, equipped with a weapons encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (Roger Moore) 13. "Octopussy" (1983) -A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. (Roger Moore) 14. "A View To A Kill" (1985) -The recovery of a microchip off the body of a fellow agent leads James Bond to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley. (Roger Moore) 15. "The Living Daylights" (1987) -James Bond is sent to investigate a KGB policy to kill all enemy spies and uncovers an arms deal that potentially has major global ramifications. (Timothy Dalton) 16. "License To Kill" (1989) -James Bond is sent to investigate a KGB policy to kill all enemy spies and uncovers an arms deal that potentially has major global ramifications. (Timothy Dalton) 17. "Goldeneye" (1995) -James Bond is sent to investigate a KGB policy to kill all enemy spies and uncovers an arms deal that potentially has major global ramifications. (Pierce Brosnan) 18. "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) -James Bond sets out to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (Pierce Brosnan) 19. "World Is Not Enough" (1999) -James Bond uncovers a nuclear plot while protecting an oil heiress from her former kidnapper, an international terrorist who can't feel pain. (Pierce Brosnan) 20. "Die Another Day" (2002) -James Bond is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul, who is funding the development of an international space weapon. (Pierce Brosnan) 21. "Casino Royale" (2006) -After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, secret agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro. (Daniel Craig) 22. "Quantum of Solace" (2008) -James Bond descends into mystery as he tries to stop a mysterious organisation from eliminating a country's most valuable resource. (Daniel Craig) 23. "Skyfall" (2012) -James Bond's loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. When MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. (Daniel Craig) 24. "Spectre" (2015) -A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the existence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions. (Daniel Craig) 25. "No Time To Die" (2021) -James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. (Daniel Craig) -------------------------

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Vehicle, Electric Vehicle: Could Lucid Motors Power James Bond's Next On-Screen Car?

D istribution rights to one of the most well-known spy movie franchises now belong to Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) after the e-commerce giant acquired media company MGM.

The next James Bond installment could provide a boost to Amazon's media efforts and also help an electric vehicle company.

What Happened: The James Bond movies remain staples at the box office and also rank as some of the highest grossing movies in the U.K. of all-time.

Fans of the Bond films eagerly await news of a 26 th movie, which will feature a new actor taking over the role of 007, but some good news for electric vehicle fans could be coming for the franchise.

Lucid Group (NASDAQ:LCID) could be behind the technology of an electric vehicle in the next Bond movie, according to comments made recently from Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson.

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Speaking at the ribbon-cutting for a Lucid production facility in Arizona, Rawlinson hinted that a long-term partnership between the EV company and auto company Aston Martin could see Lucid featured in the next James Bond movie, according to Electrek .

Through a partnership, Lucid Motors will supply its electric powertrain technology to Aston Martin. The technology will help Aston Martin launch its first fully electric vehicle in 2025.

"It is little wonder that Aston Martin chose our Sapphire technology, and certainly, Lucid will be powering the Aston Martins of the future, and a little bird tells me that maybe Mr. Bond will be powered by Lucid, as a consequence Wouldn't that be cool?" Rawlinson said.

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Why It's Important : After five movies as the lead James Bond character, Daniel Craig will no longer play the well-known spy. Betting odds show actors like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy, James Norton, Rege-Jean Page and Damson Idris as the favorites to land the 007 role.

The last five Bond movies, which featured Craig, are among the highest-grossing films in the franchise ever. Here's a look at their domestic and worldwide box office gross, as reported by BoxOfficeMojo .

  • 2006: "Casino Royale": $167.4 million domestic, $606.0 million worldwide
  • 2008: "Quantum of Solace": $168.4 million domestic, $589.6 million worldwide
  • 2012: "Skyfall": $304.4 million domestic, $1.11 billion worldwide
  • 2015: "Spectre": $200.1 million domestic, $880.7 million worldwide
  • 2021: "No Time to Die": $126.9 million domestic, $774.2 million worldwide

Amazon's acquisition of MGM was one of its biggest of all time and could see exclusive content come to Amazon Prime Video. Amazon launched a James Bond-themed reality competition called "007: Road to a Million," which was exclusive to Prime Video. The series consisted of eight episodes and was released in November 2023. The series was renewed for a second season.

Aston Martin has been a staple in James Bond movies and is expected to be featured in the next installment. Based on the partnership with Lucid, intentions for an electric vehicle to be released in 2025 and comments from Rawlinson, Bond could be driving an electric vehicle while chasing bad guys in the next film.

Coincidentally, the CEO of another electric vehicle company, and professional and person rival to Rawlinson, owns the vehicle from one of the Bond films.

Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk owns one of the vehicles used in the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me," which featured a car that could drive underwater. The vehicle purchased by Musk was one of eight cars used during filming, but the only one used in the underwater scenes.

Musk bought the car at auction in 2013 for $997,000.

Tesla fans may know by now that the vehicle used in "The Spy Who Loved Me" helped inspire the design for the Cybertruck electric truck, which was launched by Tesla in late 2023 with its first deliveries.

"It was amazing as a little kid in South Africa to watch James Bond in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me' drive his Lotus Espirit off a pier, press a button and have it transform into a submarine understeer," Musk said previously.

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