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    Sean Connnery

    Dr.No - 1962
    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.

    From Russia with Love - 1963
    SPECTRE hires a seductive young female Russian agent to act as a fake defector in a plot to assassinate James Bond; Bond in turn uses her to get a Soviet decoding machine.

    Goldfinger - 1964
    Bond battles gold magnate Auric Goldfinger, who plans to irradiate the gold supply of Fort Knox making it worthless, increasing the value of Goldfinger's supply.

    Thunderball - 1965
    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.

    You Only Live Twice - 1967
    After faking his own death, Bond investigates the hijacking of American and Russian manned spacecraft from orbit. Bond's cover includes a fake marriage to Kissy Suzuki.

    Diamonds Are Forever - 1971
    Bond traces a diamond smuggling operation first to Holland and Las Vegas and then to a SPECTRE plot to build a satellite with laser beams capable of destroying weapons on the ground.

    George Lazenby

    On Her Majesty's Secret Service - 1969
    Removed from hunting Blofeld, Bond almost resigns, but Moneypenny alters his letter to a request for leave. He pursues Blofeld on his own. Incognito as Blofeld's hired genealogy expert, Bond discovers SPECTRE's plan for biochemical terror. Meanwhile, Bond falls in love with and marries a crime lord's suicidal daughter.

    Roger Moore
    Live and Let Die - 1973
    Bond fights voodoo priests and heroin smugglers in New York, New Orleans and San Monique in a film imitating the conventions of "blaxploitation" movies of the era.

    The Man with the Golden Gun - 1974
    While trying to locate a missing solar expert, Bond is led to believe the world's top assassin is aiming for him. Bond soon learns that the expert's disappearance and the assassin's appearance are related.


    The Spy Who Loved Me - 1977
    Bond teams up with a female Russian agent to locate two missing nuclear submarines; he winds up dealing with a man whose dream is an undersea empire.

    Moonraker - 1979
    Bond investigates the mid-air hijacking of one of the Moonraker space shuttles. The shuttle's maker, Hugo Drax, is using his shuttle fleet to help in wiping out every human on Earth and re-populating it with a hand-picked racial rainbow of superior human pairs.

    For Your Eyes Only - 1981
    Bond's investigation of the murder of a marine archaeologist working for the British Secret Service leads him to a race against the Soviets for a submarine attack computer in a sunken ship.

    Octopussy - 1983
    The murder of Agent 009 and a forgery of a Fabergأ© 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 with General Orlov is plotting to "accidentally" detonate a nuclear device on a US air base in Germany, hoping NATO will disarm and the Soviets can take over Europe in record time.

    A View to a Kill - 1985
    Bond investigates a high-tech firm, Zorin Industries, and uncovers a plot to corner the market on microchips by manufacturing an earthquake that would drown Silicon Valley (and all of Zorin's competition).

    Timothy Dalton

    The Living Daylights - 1987
    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-for-drugs smuggling scheme.

    Licence to Kill - 1989
    Bond resigns from the secret service to avenge the attempted murder of his CIA friend, Felix Leiter.

    Pierce Bronsan

    GoldenEye - 1995
    Bond fights to prevent an arms syndicate from using the GoldenEye satellite weapon against London to cause a global financial meltdown.

    Tomorrow Never Dies - 1997
    Bond investigates media mogul Elliot Carver, who aims to start a war between the UK and China so he can be guaranteed exclusive coverage for his new cable news channel.

    The World Is Not Enough - 1999
    Bond is asked to play bodyguard to an oil heiress whose father was murdered in MI6 headquarters. The heiress was once a captive of a terrorist who is slowly dying and cannot feel pain, but Bond soon learns the two still have a connection...and a plan.

    Die Another Day - 2002
    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.

    Daniel Craig

    Casino Royale - 2006
    Bond, in his first assignment as a '00' agent, attempts to frustrate the schemes of terrorist financier Le Chiffre by defeating him at a high-stakes game of Texas Hold ‘em at Casino Royale in Montenegro.

    Quantum of Solace - 2008
    Bond pursues Quantum, the organisation he believes responsible for the death of Vesper Lynd while his superiors believe he has gone rogue and is seeking revenge. Bond finds an ally in Camille Montes, a young woman seeking revenge for the death of her family at the hands of a corrupt Bolivian general. Together, they discover a plan by Quantum to stage a military coup in Bolivia and hijack the country's supply of fresh water.
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    Octopussy
    6.57%
    14
    Man with the Golden Gun
    9.39%
    20
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    0.47%
    1
    Dr. No
    12.68%
    27
    Live and Let Die
    5.16%
    11
    .
    0.47%
    1
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    8.92%
    19
    World is Not Enough
    7.04%
    15
    .
    0.47%
    1
    Licence to Kill
    2.82%
    6
    Diamonds are Forever
    14.08%
    30
    .
    0.47%
    1
    Golden Eye
    5.63%
    12
    The Spy who Loved Me
    11.27%
    24
    .
    0.47%
    1
    Die Another Day
    5.16%
    11
    Quantum of Solace
    8.45%
    18
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    0.47%
    1

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  • #2
    'Live and Let Die' deserves special mention, thanks to the incredible lyrics of the Paul McCartney theme song:

    "But if this ever-changing world in which we live in ..."

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    • #3
      Good poll topic.
      My top 3 would be (in no particular order):
      Live and Let Die, Casino Royale (2006), On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I think I'm one of the few who really liked Lazenby as 007, and Connery not so much.
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      • #4
        If Connery had played Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service I think it would be easily number 1, great plot and the lovely Diana Rigg of course as a bonus.

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        • #5
          In no order, Dr. No, Goldfinger, and For Your Eyes Only. Dr. No, gets a vote from me, because it was the very first.

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          • #6
            Top 3 for me: Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Lemming51 View Post
              Good poll topic.
              My top 3 would be (in no particular order):
              Live and Let Die, Casino Royale (2006), On Her Majesty's Secret Service. I think I'm one of the few who really liked Lazenby as 007, and Connery not so much.
              Ah, Bond. I do enjoy the Bond ouvre, the books, the films, and the music.

              Lazenby was terrific. Too bad his management was so short-sighted. He would've gone far in the role. OHMSS is definitely in my top five.

              I would go somewhere along these lines:
              BEST: From Russia With Love
              Honorable mentions: Goldfinger, On Her Majety's Secret Service, Casino Royale, Dr. No, For Your Eyes Only.

              WORST: Tie--The Man With the Golden Gun, Moonraker
              Dishonorable Mentions: Die Another Day, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Quantam of Solace.

              That said, all of the films are at least enjoyable, and even the weaker ones have great moments. The scene in Octopussy where Bond has to disarm a nuclear weapon in the middle of a circus...that is still unbelievably gripping.

              Best music: Tough choice between Goldfinger, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and Live and Let Die, but I'd have to give the nod to OHMSS. John Barry never did better work, and I've loved his stuff forever.

              Best book: Again, a tough choice, this one between Casino Royale, From Russia With Love and The Spy Who Loved Me, but I would give this one to the latter; it's so different, written from the woman's point of view and very poignant as a result. If they ever redo this one, they need to follow the book to the last word.
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              • #8
                Trivia. Ian Flemming who wrote the James Bond books was an actor. Most memorable, to me, he played Dr. Watson in the early English versions of Sherlock Holmes.

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                • #9
                  Goldfinger - back when I was young enough to almost believe it could happen
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                  • #10
                    It's Maude Adams vs Maude Adams in the first pairing.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by NoviVespa View Post
                      Trivia. Ian Flemming who wrote the James Bond books was an actor. Most memorable, to me, he played Dr. Watson in the early English versions of Sherlock Holmes.
                      Not the same fellow. An incredible coincidence, but not the same person.

                      More trivia. "Goldeneye" is not based on any Fleming work...not unusual for the films, but it does have a connection to him. The title is based on the name of Fleming's estate in Jamaica.
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                      • #12
                        Hey, numb, you left out the Sean Connery - Kim Bassinger remake of Thunderball, Never Say Never Again from '84. Bad toupee for Bond and was not produced by Brocolli & Salzman. Some kind of contract dispute, IIRC.
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                        • #13
                          Well-known trivia: 'Casino Royale' was not inspired by Monte Carlo but by the casino in Estoril, Portugal, located a few miles from the former F-1 track.

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                          • #14
                            And universally regarded as the worst bond girl ever, Denise Richards horrifically miscast as nuclear physicist Christmas Jones in 'The World is Not Enough.'

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by midtown View Post
                              Hey, numb, you left out the Sean Connery - Kim Bassinger remake of Thunderball, Never Say Never Again from '84. Bad toupee for Bond and was not produced by Brocolli & Salzman. Some kind of contract dispute, IIRC.
                              Yup. More's the pity too. Klaus-Maria Brandauer made an excellent super-villain, and Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush was definitely one of the best of the wicked "Bond girls".
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