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In 1953, Fleming wrote Casino Royale, the very first James Bond novel. The novel made a lot of money, and he continued to write one James Bond novel each year until he died in 1963. In a 1956 South African radio program Moonraker he was voiced by Bob Holness. In 1962 Albert. R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman started to produce the first James Bond movie, Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as James Bond. The movie became extremely popular, and they continued to make more Bond movies. In the end of the 1960s Connery did not want to do any more Bond movies, and many thought that Bond was now dead. In 1969, George Lazenby appeared in one movie as the Bond character, but the movie was not successful.
In 1971 Sean Connery stepped back into the role for one movie "Diamonds are Forever". After this in 1973, producers came up with the Live and Let Die movie, starring Roger Moore as Bond. The movie became a very big success. The series continued throughout the 1970s and 1980s with Roger Moore playing the role of Bond.
In the 1980s, Bond movies were not as successful at the box office. Unlike the 1960s and 1970s, in the 1980s there were many other action movies being produced that could compete with the Bond series.
After Moore left the role as Bond, he was replaced with Timothy Dalton in the late 1980s. Dalton tried to make a serious, "down to earth" Bond, closer to the Fleming novels. Fans did not like Dalton's interpretation of the Bond character, and the movies made little money.
In 2002, the James Bond character was used in the 20th movie, Die Another Day, the 40th anniversary of the movies and the 50th anniversary since Fleming wrote his first Bond novel. In 2006, the 21st movie, Casino Royale, was released. Pierce Brosnan, who played James Bond in the previous four moviess, was replaced by Daniel Craig, the first James Bond to have blonde hair. The movie is based on the first Ian Fleming novel of the same name, but is set in the present day. The movie features a cameo appearance by Richard Branson, a British billionaire. It has a new model of Aston Martin DB9, the car that made James Bond so famous in the 1960s. Many fans think that whilst this movie is different to other movies, it is much better, and movies in the future (however few there will be) will be in this new format. In 2008, Craig appeared in a second Bond movie, Quantum of Solace and a third, Skyfall, in 2012.
|Franchise Count||Title||Year||Actor||Director||Total Box Office *||Budget *||Inflation Adjusted |
Total Box Office *†
|1||Dr. No||1962||Sean Connery||Terence Young||$59,600,000||$1,200,000||$425,488,741|
|2||From Russia with Love||1963||$78,900,000||$2,500,000||$555,909,803|
|5||You Only Live Twice||1967||Lewis Gilbert||$111,600,000||$9,500,000||$720,388,023|
|6||On Her Majesty's Secret Service||1969||George Lazenby||Peter R. Hunt||$87,400,000||$7,000,000||$513,445,231|
|7||Diamonds Are Forever||1971||Sean Connery||Guy Hamilton||$116,000,000||$7,200,000||$617,520,987|
|8||Live and Let Die||1973||Roger Moore||$161,800,000||$12,000,000||$785,677,477|
|9||The Man with the Golden Gun||1974||$97,600,000||$13,000,000||$426,826,774|
|10||The Spy Who Loved Me||1977||Lewis Gilbert||$187,300,000||$28,000,000||$666,367,656|
|12||For Your Eyes Only||1981||John Glen||$202,800,000||$28,000,000||$481,005,579|
|14||A View to a Kill||1985||$157,800,000||$30,000,000||$316,186,616|
|15||The Living Daylights||1987||Timothy Dalton||$191,200,000||$40,000,000||$362,876,056|
|16||Licence to Kill||1989||$156,200,000||$32,000,000||$271,586,451|
|17||GoldenEye||1995||Pierce Brosnan||Martin Campbell||$353,400,000||$60,000,000||$499,954,330|
|18||Tomorrow Never Dies||1997||Roger Spottiswoode||$346,600,000||$110,000,000||$465,588,535|
|19||The World Is Not Enough||1999||Michael Apted||$390,000,000||$135,000,000||$504,705,882|
|20||Die Another Day||2002||Lee Tamahori||$456,000,000||$142,000,000||$546,490,272|
|21||Casino Royale||2006||Daniel Craig||Martin Campbell||$599,200,000||$150,000,000||$640,803,677|
|22||Quantum of Solace||2008||Marc Forster||$586,090,727||$230,000,000||$586,090,727|
Many of the James Bond movies were massive hits. However, there are two movies classed as unofficial Bond films and not recognised as part of the series. The 1967 version of Casino Royale was a spoof, featuring "Jimmy Bond". Also, Never Say Never Again was not made by Albert R. Broccoli's production company, EON Productions. Connery is the tallest actor to play James Bond to this day.
- Sean Connery trivia at WDW.com