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.
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