Saturday, May 1, 2010

How many of these Bond... James Bond... movies have you seen?

The television station G4 has been showing James Bond movies all day, and I got to thinking that it would be cool to watch all of the James Bond movies in order. (That is, of course, after I finish watching all the Saturn Horror Award films in order. More on that tomorrow.)
I have to admit that I was a little surprised to learn that there are actually 25 James Bond movies out there. Here they are in chronological order:
1954 – Casino Royale
1962 – Dr. No
1963 – From Russia With Love
1964 – Goldfinger
1965 – Thunderball
1967 – You Only Live Twice
1967 – Casino Royale
1969 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1971 – Diamonds Are Forever
1973 – Live and Let Die
1974 – The Man With the Golden Gun
1977 – The Spy Who Loved Me
1979 – Moonraker
1981 – For Your Eyes Only
1983 – Octopussy
1983 – Never Say Never Again
1985 – View to a Kill
1987 – The Living Daylights
1989 – License to Kill
1995 – GoldenEye
1997 – Tomorrow Never Dies
1999 – The World Is Not Enough
2002 – Die Another Day
2006 – Casino Royale
2008 – Quantum of Solace
I’ve seen the made-for-TV version of most of these, but I’m sure that I’ve never watch the theatrical versions of most of these, especially those released before 1995’s GoldenEye. With the help of NetFlix, I should be able to watch all of them in order, even though it will likely take some time.
I think few people would disagree that Sean Connery was probably the best James Bond, but I was interested to learn that he hasn’t been in a James Bond film since 1971, that is, five years before I was even born. Altogether, six other actors have portrayed 007 on the big screen.
Many of you will know that the James Bond character and movies are based on the novels of British author and journalist, Ian Fleming.
Here’s a list of Fleming’s James Bond novels (and two short story collections) in order of their publication:
1953 – Casino Royale
1954 – Live and Let Die
1955 – Moonraker
1956 – Diamonds Are Forever
1957 – From Russia With Love
1958 – Dr. No
1959 – Goldfinger
1960 – For Your Eyes Only (short story collection)
1961 – Thunderball
1962 – The Spy Who Loved Me
1963 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1964 – You Only Live Twice
1965 – The Man with the Golden Gun
1966 – Octopussy and The Living Daylights (short story collection)
Of course, there has been a host of spin-off fiction stemming from Fleming’s books. Most notably is “The Moneypenny Diaries,” a trilogy of novels chronicling the life of Miss Moneypenny, Bond supervisor M’s personal secretary. The novels were written by Samantha Weinberg, under the penname of Kate Westbrook, who is depicted as the editor of the series.

5 comments:

  1. Sean Connery is James Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983). He came back to to play James Bond and that is part of the reason the film has the title that it does.

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  2. Thanks for the correction. (Is that you, Justin Jensen?)

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