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November 4, 2012

Developing a Personal Bond, James Bond

A retrospective of James Bond through the years

-- — James Bond has not only survived Goldfinger, Blofeld, Jaws, armies of henchmen and nefarious plots to destroy or conquer the world, 007 the movie franchise has survived numerous changes in actors playing the superspy, the real-world fall of the Soviet Union, and the fickle tastes of movie-goers during the past half-century.

This coming weekend, Nov. 9, “Skyfall” opens in theatres. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, “Skyfall” seems like the bazillionth James Bond movie (It is the 23rd in the Eon Productions series). The plot takes a bit of a different spin as Bond must save his British spy agency MI6, as his boss M’s past comes back to haunt her.

Judi Dench playing M represents another change that Bond has survived — women rising to positions of leadership, which seemed more impossible than any world-conquering devices revealed in 1962 when the first Bond movie, “Dr. No,” was released.

Of course, today, the biggest controversy surrounding Bond may be which actor is the best Bond. Is it Sean Connery? Roger Moore? Piece Brosnan? Or the latest Daniel Craig? Or perhaps your tastes run toward George Lazenby or Timothy Dalton.

Today, The Times presents a quick look at the world of Bond, James Bond, that encompasses something from all Bonds.

   

BOND MOVIES

A look at the “official” EON Production James Bond movies and the actors who played him.

Dr. No (1962) Sean Connery

From Russia with Love (1963) Connery

Goldfinger (1964) Connery

Thunderball (1965) Connery

You Only Live Twice (1967) Connery

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) George Lazenby

Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Sean Connery

Live and Let Die (1973) Roger Moore

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Moore

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Moore

Moonraker (1979) Moore

For Your Eyes Only (1981) Moore

Octopussy (1983) Moore

A View to a Kill (1985) Moore

The Living Daylights (1987) Timothy Dalton

License to Kill (1989) Dalton

GoldenEye (1995) Pierce Brosnan

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Brosnan

The World Is Not Enough (1999) Brosnan

Die Another Day (2002) Brosnan

Casino Royale (2006) Daniel Craig

Quantum of Solace (2008) Craig

Skyfall (2012) Craig

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