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The Name’s Bond, James Bond.
The iconic spy still lives on after making an entry in 1962 with Dr No and becoming the longest continually running film series. The author Ian Fleming, introduced the British Secret Service agent, also known by his code name 007, in 1953 with the novel Casino Royale.
He wrote a further 12 books and two short stories. The Bond character was written by eight other authors after Fleming’s death. There are a total of 25 Bond films until now. Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Bronsnan and Daniel Craig have played the role over the years.
Bond is also known for his fancy cars with special gadgets, guns and his women often referred to as the Bond Girls. The trademark Bond tune was augmented by award-winning title songs.
Here are five Bond movies to make your day.
Cast: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Bernard Lee
Director: Guy Hamilton
A gold smuggler, Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), becomes the focus of Bond’s (Connery) mission with the briefing that he should find out how he operates.
This puts Bond through many escapades, dealing the dead body of Goldfinger’s employee sprayed with gold, a Korean manservant named Oddjob who kills with his hat and a pilot Pussy Galore (Blackman) who finally helps Bond escape.
The Goldfinger chase finally ends at Fort Knox where an elaborate plot is hatched. Bond escapes amidst action galore.
Dr No (1962)
Cast: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman, Bernard Lee
Director: Terence Young
While tracking a missing MI6 agent, Bond (Connery) gets entangled in a plot to disrupt a key rocket launch with a radio device. His antagonist is Dr No (Wiseman), a reclusive character living on an island Crab Keys.
Bond lands in Jamaica and is taken away by a man posing as a chauffeur. Later Bond goes to Crab Keys and meets Honey Rider (Andress) who helps him in his mission. Bond and Honey are imprisoned but they escape after destroying the device.
This is the first Bond film and the trademark Bond features begin to appear as the film progresses.
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Cast: Roger Moore, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Maud Adams
Director: Guy Hamilton
A golden bullet sent to Bond (Moore) sets off a chain of adventures in the Far East where 007 is tracking down the antagonist Francisco Scaramanga (Lee), who uses a golden gun.
The story revolves around solar energy and though Bond is removed from the case due to threats to his life, he pursues it unofficially. He later flies into Scaramanga’s fortress on an island.
Bond is invited for a duel but Scaramanga disappears while they take the 20 paces back before the duel. But Bond finds him and a fight ensues. Lee was much appreciated for his role in this film.
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle, Denise Richards, Judi Dench
Director: Michael Apted
Bond (Brosnan) is trying to recover money stolen from a British oil tycoon but ends up in a misadventure which takes him to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkey. The tycoon is klled by his assistance who runs away with the money.
M (Dench) sends Bond to protect the tycoon’s daughter Elektra (Marceau) but there seems more to her than what seems on the surf ace. Bond traces the stolen money to Renard (Carlyle), a KGB agent turned terrorist. Bond is assisted by a nuclear physicist Christmas Jones (Richards).
The chase ends in a submarine where some stolen plutonium if inserted into its nuclear reactor would result in a huge explosion. An underwater fight ensues with Renard after Bond rescues Jones.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Cast: Daniel Craig, Olga Kurylenko, Giancarlo Giannini, Mathew Amalric, Judi Dench
Director: Marc Forster
Bond (Craig) gets mixed up in Bolvian politics where an exiled general is planning a coup on his government. Bond is helped by Camilla Montes (Kurylenko) who is supposed to be killed by a hitman sent by her environmentalist businessman and lover Dominic Greene (Amalric).
Bond rescues Camilla and follows Greene to Austria where he gatecrashes into an organisation, Quantum’s meeting. Bond then heads to Bolivia after convincing his old ally Rene Mathis (Giannini) to come with him.
An eco hotel starts the climax where Greene seeks control of Bolivia through monopolising the oil supply.