Monday, November 17, 2008

James Bond 1962 - present

It has been 46 years since the first James Bond title is released. In total, there are 22 James Bond titles, including the latest Quantum of Solace.

1. Dr.No (1962)

Actor: Sean Connery

James Bond traces a mysterious murder to a Chinese doctor living on a small Jamaican island who, working for SPECTRE, plans to disrupt American rocket launches.

2. From Russia with Love (1963)

Actor: Sean Connery

SPECTRE hires a seductive young female Russian agent to act as a fake defector in a plot to assassinate James Bond.

3. Goldfinger (1964)

Actor: Sean Connery

Bond battles gold magnate Auric Goldfinger, who plans to irradiate the gold supply of Fort Knox making it worthless.

4. Thunderball (1965)

Actor; Sean Connery

Bond is sent by his boss to a health farm where he gets a valuable lead in his next mission: to track down the villain in a SPECTRE robbery of nuclear weapons.

5. You Only Live Twice (1967)

Actor: Sean Connery

After faking his own death, Bond investigates the hijacking of American spacecraft from orbit. Bond engages in a fake marriage with Kissy Suzuki to fool the enemy.

6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Actor: George Lazenby

Removed from hunting Blofeld, Bond almost resigns, but Moneypenny alters his letter to a request for leave. He pursues Blofeld on his own, with a lead from his girlfriend’s father. Incognito as Blofeld’s hired genealogy expert, Bond discovers his plan for biochemical terror.


7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Actor: Sean Connery

Bond traces a diamond smuggling operation first to Las Vegas and then to a SPECTRE plot to build a satellite with laser beams capable of destroying weapons on the ground.

8. Live and Let Die (1973)

Actor: Roger Moore

Bond fights heroin smugglers in New Orleans and Jamaica in a film imitating the conventions of “blaxploitation” movies of the era.

9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Actor: Roger Moore

A golden bullet with “007″ etched in its surface is received by MI6. It has been sent by Scaramanga, who has been hired to assassinate Bond.

10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Actor: Roger Moore

Bond teams up with a female Russian agent to locate two missing nuclear submarines.

11. Moonraker (1979)

Actor: Roger Moore

Bond investigates the mid-air hijacking of a space shuttle, and suspects the wealthy manufacturer of the shuttle himself, Hugo Drax.

12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Actor: Roger Moore

Bond’s investigation of the murder of a marine archaeologist working for the British Secret Service leads him to a broader smuggling operation.

13. Octopussy (1983)

Actor: Roger Moore

The murder of Agent 009 and a forgery of a FabergĂ© egg leads Bond to Kamal Khan and Octopussy, the leader of an all-female ‘octopus cult’. Khan has betrayed Octopussy, who also owes Bond a favour for having helped her father long ago. They ally against Khan, who is plotting the use of a nuclear bomb.

14. A View to a Kill (1985)

Actor: Roger Moore

Bond investigates a high-tech firm, Zorin Industries, and uncovers a plot to cause an earthquake in Silicon Valley and disrupt its computer industry.

15. The Living Daylights (1987)

Actor: Timothy Dalton

Bond deliberately misses when the Russian agent he must shoot turns out to be a civilian (and an attractive female cellist) who was asked to impersonate a (fictitious) spy. They investigate the fake defector for whom she was allegedly working, leading them to a weapons-smuggling scheme.

16. Licence to Kill (1989)

Actor: Timothy Dalton

Bond resigns from the secret service in order to seek revenge for the wounding of his CIA friend Felix Leiter.

17. GoldenEye (1995)

Actor: Pierce Brosnan

Bond fights to prevent an arms syndicate from using the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London in order to cause a global financial meltdown.

18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Actor: Pierce Brosnan

Elliot Carver, a media mogul, tries to start a world war for his own profit. Bond teams up with a Chinese agent to stop him.

19. The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Actor: Pierce Brosnan

Bond investigates the assassination of a British oil tycoon named Sir Robert King. Featuring a female villain who attempts to seduce Bond.

20. Die Another Day (2002)

Actor: Pierce Brosnan

Bond is captured by North Koreans after he kills Colonel Moon. When released, his 00 status is revoked. Bond goes out on his own to discover who betrayed him, teaming up with a female American agent. Moon’s henchmen have ties to a mysterious diamond dealer, Gustav Graves

21. Casino Royale (2006)

Actor: Daniel Craig

Bond attempts to frustrate the schemes of terrorist financier Le Chiffre by defeating him at a high-stakes game of Texas Hold ‘Em at an expensive casino in Montenegro.

22. Quantum of Solace (2008)

Actor: Daniel Craig

Bond goes after the Quantum organization behind Le Chiffre to get revenge for Vesper’s death.

My favorite Bond is Pierce Brosnan, especially like him in films using futuristic gadgets and cool extraordinary cars. Quantum of Solace is a little disappointing with the lack of gadgets used (only a boring Sony Ericsson phone). Die Another Day is the best title as what I have seen so far. Well, I have not seen many, James Bond’s first title is almost 30 years older than me.

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