It has been 56 years since Sean Connery first uttered those famous words, “Bond. James Bond.” Bond movies are well known for its exotic locales, beautiful women, outlandish plots, great theme song, fantastic, classic & gadget-filled cars and let’s not forget – vodka martinis, shaken not stirred.
This article is for entertainment purpose as well as inspiration. I think there are a couple of things that can be learnt from James Bond Lifestyle, his dressing, his choice of cars, his body language – the way he walks and the way he speaks, his charisma, strength, confidence, determination, focus on duty and last but not the least – his taste in women – intelligent and beautiful women. He is simply a combination of a classy gentleman and an alpha male.
This is for all fans of Mr. Bond and for every Stylish Man who appreciates and is inspired by Agent 007’s lifestyle.
Below is a compiled list of all James Bond Films as well as cars he used from inception till date beginning with Sean Connery, going through George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and then Daniel Craig.
#1. Dr. No, 1962
James Bond: Sean Connery | Bond Girl: Honey Ryder | Director: Terence Young
Car Used by James Bond: Chevrolet Bel Air
Dr. No was the first 007 film produced by EON Productions. Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of MI6 agent John Strangways. He finds his way to Crab Key island, where the mysterious Dr. No awaits.
#2. From Russia With Love, 1963
James Bond: Sean Connery | Bond Girl:Tatiana Romanova | Director:Terence Young
Car Used by James Bond: Bentley 4¼ Litre
When MI6 gets a chance to get their hands on a Lektor decoder, Bond is sent to Turkey to seduce the beautiful Tatiana, and bring back the machine. With the help of Kerim Bey, Bond escapes on the Orient Express, but might not make it off alive.
#3. Goldfinger, 1964
James Bond: Sean Connery | Bond Girl: Pussy Galore | Director: Guy Hamilton
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DB5
The Bank of England has detected an unauthorized leakage of gold from the country, and Bond is sent to investigate. The suspect is one Auric Goldfinger, the richest man in the country. Bond catches Goldfinger cheating at cards, with the assistance of Jill Masterson, who is killed and painted gold in revenge. Bond must foil his plots, while avoiding the deadly Korean, Oddjob.
#4. Thunderball, 1965
James Bond: Sean Connery | Bond Girl:Domino Derval | Director: Terence Young
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DB5
Emilio Largo, the Number 2 at SPECTRE, has stolen two nuclear warheads. He threatens to destroy a city in the United States and England unless a large ransom is paid. Bond is sent to the Bahamas to investigate.
#5. You Only Live Twice, 1967
James Bond: Sean Connery | Bond Girl: Aki | Director: Lewis Gilbert
Car Used by James Bond: Toyota 2000GT Roadster
Ernst Stavro Blofeld is hijacking American and Russian space shuttles, in an attempt to start a war between the two nations. Bond is sent to Japan to investigate, with the help of Tiger Tanaka, the head of station in Tokyo. Armed with over 100 trained ninjas, Bond infiltrates Blofeld’s volcano lair.
#6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969
James Bond: George Lazenby | Bond Girl: Tracy Di Vicenzo | Director: Peter Hunt
Car Used by James Bond: Mercury Cougar XR-7
Bond rescues the suicidal Tracy Di Vicenzo, and is brought at gunpoint to meet her father, Marc-Ange Draco, the head of one of the largest criminal organization in Europe. Draco strikes a deal with Bond, agreeing to reveal the location of Blofeld, if Bond will look after his daughter.
#7. Diamonds Are Forever, 1971
James Bond: Sean Connery | Bond Girl: Tiffany Case | Director: Guy Hamilton
Car Used by James Bond: Ford Mustang Mach 1
Sean Connery is back for a fast paced hunt through a diamond smuggling pipeline. MI6 arrests small time smuggler Peter Franks, and Bond takes his place, meeting courier Tiffany Case. He follow the trail of the diamonds, as everyone who touches them gets killed. The end of the pipeline is Blofeld, with another plan for World Domination.
#8. Live and Let Die, 1973
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Solitaire | Director: Guy Hamilton
Car Used by James Bond: Chevrolet Impala
Several British agents are killed in a short period of time, during routine surveillance of dictator Dr. Kananga. Bond is sent to New York to investigate, and falls into a trap of gangster Mr. Big, thanks to his psychic tarot card reader, Solitaire.
#9. The Man with the Golden Gun, 1974
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Andrea Anders | Director: Guy Hamilton
Car Used by James Bond: AMC Hornet
MI6 is sent a golden bullet with 007 engraved onto it. M fears that Bond will be assassinated by Francesco Scaramanga, the $1 million a shot hitman, known for his golden gun, and sends Bond to find him first.
#10. The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Anya Amasova (XXX) | Director: Lewis Gilbert
Car Used by James Bond: Lotus Esprit S1 – the submarine car
British and Russian submarines have been hijacked, and the two countries come together, sending 007 and Russian Agent Anya Amasova to track down a stolen microfilm and investigate. The tension rises as Amasova discovers that Bond had killed her lover in the course of duty. Bond needs to get Amasova on his side as a life insurance policy against her threat to kill him when their mission is over.
#11. Moonraker, 1979
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Holly Goodhead | Director: Lewis Gilbert
Car Used by James Bond: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
A space shuttle, on loan to MI6 by Hugo Drax, is hijacked in mid-air. Bond is sent to investigate Drax, on the pretence of an official apology. Bond discovers that Drax hijacked the shuttle himself, and stumbles upon a secret lab with fatal poisons. Drax plans to create a space colony and commit a global genocide, to regenerate a perfect species.
#12. For Your Eyes Only, 1981
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Melina Havelock | Director: John Glen
Car Used by James Bond: Lotus Esprit Turbo
A ship containing an Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), which can control ballistic missile attacks, is sunk. Bond is sent to retrieve the ATAC before the Russians do. MI6 had sent archaeologist Timothy Havelock to discretely locate the ship, but he and his wife were murdered in front of their daughter Melina. Bond tracks down their killer, Hector Gonzales, and must complete his work before Melina takes her revenge.
#13. Octopussy, 1983
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Octopussy | Director: John Glen
Car Used by James Bond: Alfa Romeo GTV6
Agent 009 is stabbed and crashes through a window of the British Embassy in Berlin, holding a forged Fabergé egg. Bond is sent to investigate, and begins at the Southerby’s auction for the real Fabergé counterpart. 007 is lead to India, finding corrupt Prince Kamal Khan and his beautiful associate Octopussy.
#14 A View To A Kill, 1985
James Bond: Roger Moore | Bond Girl: Stacey Sutton | Director: John Glen
Car Used by James Bond: Renault 11
Bond investigates a drugged horse racing scandal, and is led to Max Zorin, an eccentric industrialist who plans to destroy Silicon Valley, so that he can create a monopoly on microchip technologies. The chase leads Bond to the Eiffel Tower, and a Blimp ride that eclipses in a tense climax atop the Golden Gate Bridge.
#15. The Living Daylights, 1987
James Bond: Timothy Dalton | Bond Girl: Kara Milovy | Director: John Glen
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Bond is assigned to protect Georgi Koskov, an ex-KGB officer who is defecting to the British. Koskov is to escape during the intermission at the Bratislava concert hall, and must be protected from a KGB sniper. Bond sets up across the street, but decides against assassinating the sniper, when he realizes she is an amateur women.
#16. Licence to Kill, 1989
James Bond: Timothy Dalton | Bond Girl: Pam Bouvier | Director: John Glen
Car Used by James Bond: Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II
Bond and Felix Leiter catch drug lord Franz Sanchez during a raid in Miami, but Sanchez escapes after bribing DEA agent Ed killifer. Sanchez kills and rapes Leiter’s wife, and Leiter is fed to a shark, losing a leg. Bond must infiltrate and destroy Sanchez’s operation, and avenge the death of Leiter’s
#17. Golden Eye, 1995
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan | Bond Girl: Natalya Simonova | Director: Martin Campbell
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DB5
Xenia Onatopp and Colonel Ourumov hijack a special helicopter that is immune to electromagnetic pulse. The pair then go to a soviet bunker that is the control base for the Goldeneye satellite weapons. They kill the staff and destroy the base with an electromagnetic pulse from one of the satellites, themselves protected by the helicopter. Bond must investigate the attack.
#18. Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan | Bond Girl: Paris Carver | Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Car Used by James Bond: BMW 750iL, Aston Martin DB5
Media mogul Elliot Carver plans to use a stolen encoder to start a war between China and the United Kingdom, and boost ratings for his cable networks. Carver’s wife Paris is an ex-girlfriend of Bond’s, and her assistance costs her her life. Bond must fight Carver with the help of Chinese spy Wai Lin.
#19. The World is Not Enough, 1999
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan | Bond Girl:Christmas Jones | Director: Michael Apted
Car Used by James Bond: BMW Z8
Renard, a terrorist who feels no pain, and is slowly dieing due to a bullet lodged in his brain, assassinates billionaire Robert King. Bond is assigned to protect his daughter, Electra King, and must fight Renard with the help of Valentin Zukovsky and Christmas Jones.
#20. Die Another Day, 2002
James Bond: Pierce Brosnan | Bond Girl: Jinx | Director: Lee Tamahori
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin Vanquish
Bond is betrayed during a mission in North Korea, and is captured and tortured for 14 months. After revealing nothing, Bond is released in a deal with MI6, who release a terrorist in return. Bond escapes from MI6 to find the traitor, and kill the terrorist he was traded for.
#21. Casino Royale, 2006
James Bond: Daniel Craig | Bond Girl: Vesper Lynd | Director: Martin Campbell
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DB5, Aston Martin DBS V12
In a reboot of the series, Casino Royale opens with Bond gaining his 00 status, by killing two enemy agents, and earning his license to kill. Bond must win a high stakes poker game against terrorist financer Le Chiffre, to bankrupt him so that he will be murdered by his bankers.
#22. Quantum of Solace, 2008
James Bond: Daniel Craig | Bond Girl: Camille Montes | Director: Marc Forster
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DBS V12
In a continuation from Casino Royale, Bond is set to eliminate Dominic Green, a wealthy business man who is trying to control the water supply of Bolivia to extort it’s government. He also seeks to avenge the death of Vesper Lynd.
#23. Skyfall, 2012
James Bond: Daniel Craig | Bond Girl: Sévérine | Director: Sam Mendes
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DB5
Bond 23, Skyfall, was released on October 26th, 2012, with the London premiere on October 23rd. James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 itself comes under attack, Bond must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
#24. Spectre, 2015
James Bond: Daniel Craig | Bond Girl: Madeleine Swann | Director: Sam Mendes
Car Used by James Bond: Aston Martin DB10
Spectre is the upcoming James Bond film, also known as Bond 24. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. SPECTRE was released on October 26th, 2015, with the world premiere in London.
Daniel Craig has revealed that SPECTRE would be his last James Bond Movie. If this turns out to be true, then the question remains “Who will be the next James Bond after Daniel Craig?”
With this question comes several options as there are rumors that the producers are considering a Black James Bond after Daniel Craig. If this happens to be true, then I guess you and I might have a chance 🙂
For those who are aspiring to play him someday, keep your dreams alive and keep believing, nothing is impossible! Perhaps one day you will be offered the role.
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Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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