Based on best selling books by Ian Fleming 1908-1964, in British Naval Intelligence in WW2.
In 1961, US producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman purchased the filming rights to Fleming's novels. They founded Eon Productions, based in London, and, with financial backing by United Artists, produced Dr No in 1962, directed by Terence Young and featuring Sean Connery as Bond. It was a financial success, and United Artists doubled the budget offered to Eon Productions to $2 million for the company's next film, From Russia with Love in 1963.
Incidentally, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquired the United Artists studio in 1981 for a reported $350 million.
List of Movies on Wikipedia
- Sean Connery 1962-1971
except On her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 (George Lazenby)
- Roger Moore 1973-1985
except Never Say Never Again 1983 (Sean Connery)
- Timothy Dalton 1987-1989
- Pierce Brosnan 1995-2002
- Daniel Craig 2006+
- Bernard Lee 1962-1979
- Robert Brown 1983-1989
- Judi Dench 1995-2015 (in 2015 pseudo-posthumously)
- Ralph Fiennes 2012+
- Desmond Llewellyn 1963-1999
- John Cleese 1999-2002
- Ben Whishaw 2012+
- Lois Maxwell 1962-1985
except "Never Say Never Again" Pamela Salem 1983
- Caroline Bliss 1987-1989
- Samantha Bond 1995-2002
- Naomie Harris 2012+
Villains (well, some of them)
- 1962 Dr No plans to disrupt the Project Mercury space launch from Cape Canaveral with his atomic-powered radio beam in Crab Key, a (fictional) island near Jamaica.
- 1963 From Russia with Love. SPECTRE's expert planner Kronsteen, known as "Number Five", devises a plot to steal a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets and sell it back to them while exacting revenge on Bond for killing their agent Dr No. Ex-SMERSH operative Rosa Klebb, SPECTRE's Number Three, is in charge of the mission. She recruits Donald "Red" Grant as an assassin and Tatiana Romanova, a cipher clerk at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul, as the unwitting bait.
- 1964 Goldfinger, a bullion dealer, plans to rob Fort Knox with a private army by using materials US gangsters have smuggled to him.
- 1965 Thunderball Emilio Largo, SPECTRE's Number Two, hijacks a US bomber loaded with two atomic bombs, transfers them to the Bahamas and demands a ransom for their return.
- 1967 You Only Live Twice. SPECTRE's Number One, Ernst Stavro Blofeld (actor Donald Pleasence), in conjunction with Osato, a Japanese industrialist, hijacks a Project Gemini spacecraft, called in the movie "Jupiter 16". On a Japanese island, Blofeld plans to fake in front of each superpower that the spacecraft, Bird One, is an enemy spacecraft, in order to transform the Cold War into World War III.
- 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service. James Bond's marriage to Tracy di Vicenzo - Diana Rigg (at the end). Her father is Marc-Ange Draco, the head of the European crime syndicate, Unione Corse. With his help, Bond foils Blofeld (Telly Savalas)'s plan of brainwashing patients in the Swiss Alps in order to distribute bacteriological warfare agents throughout various parts of the world.
- 1971 Diamonds are Forever. Blofeld (Charles Gray) is having a satellite built by a laser refraction specialist, Professor Dr Metz, able to blow up nuclear missiles, which Blofeld plans to auction to the highest bidder.
- 1973 Live and Let Die. Three MI6 agents investigating Dr Kananga, the dictator of a small (fictional) Caribbean island, San Monique, have all been killed. Through his alter ego, Mr Big, Kananga plans to distribute two tons of heroin from his poppy fields, free of charge at his Fillet of Soul restaurants.
- 1974 The Man with the Golden Gun. Bond is looking for a British scientist, Gibson, who has invented the "Solex agitator", a device to harness solar power and solve the energy crisis, but he has disappeared. Bond is threatened by a professional assassin, Francisco Scaramanga, who always uses golden bullets. Bond follows his mistress to Hong Kong, where he witnesses the murder of Gibson by Scaramanga and the theft of the Solex agitator. Bond is subsequently assigned to retrieve the agitator and assassinate Scaramanga.
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