James Bond 007

James Bond 007 is a fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short story collections.[1] The character has also been used in the longest running and most financially successful English-language film franchise to date, starting in 1962 with Dr. No.[2][3][4]

After Fleming’s death in 1964, subsequent James Bond novels were written by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson and Sebastian Faulks. Moreover, Christopher Wood novelised two screenplays, Charlie Higson wrote a series on a young James Bond while other writers have authored unofficial versions of the character.[5]

There have been 22 films in the EON Productions series to date, the most recent of which, Quantum of Solace, was released on 31 October 2008 (UK).[6][7] In addition there has been an American television adaptation and two independent feature productions. Apart from movies and television, James Bond has also been adapted for many other media, including radio plays, comic strips and video games.

The EON Productions films are generally termed as “official” films originating with the purchase of the James Bond film rights by producer Harry Saltzman in the late 1950s.[8]

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
3 Goldfinger 1964 Guy Hamilton $124,900,000 $3,500,000 $868,659,354
4 Thunderball 1965 Terence Young $141,200,000 $11,000,000 $966,435,555
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
11 Moonraker 1979 $210,300,000 $34,000,000 $624,527,272
12 For Your Eyes Only 1981 John Glen $202,800,000 $28,000,000 $481,005,579
13 Octopussy 1983 $187,500,000 $27,500,000 $405,873,493
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
Totals Films 1-22 $4,809,157,447 $1,123,000,000 $11,686,214,000

* All figures are in US Dollars[37]
Figures are inflated to 2008 dollars as of 24 March 2008 figures based on the Consumer Price Index.

Sean Connery

George Lazenby

Roger Moore

Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

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