Years from now, when someone asks what we did during the COVID-19 lockdown back in the Spring of 2020, I will say that I gardened, baked, slept long and well, attended countless Zoom webinars and watched every one of the 24 James Bond movies to date, in order of their release.

I did not grow up standing in line on the opening day of the latest Bond film. I didn’t even think much about them. But a few weeks ago, I had this idea to watch them all and see what the fuss was about. Cameron signed on, too.

Here then is my personal guide to Bond.* And unlike Cameron, I very much liked the last four Daniel Craig movies. Read his take on James Bond and the gods here.

*Each film is rated 1 to 5 Walther handguns, with 5 being best.

DR. NO (1962)
Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery
Notable co-stars Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No, Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder, Jack Lord as CIA operative Felix Leiter
Director Terence Young
Budget $1.1 million
Soundtrack Introduced the enduring James Bond theme music, written by Monty Norman
About The first film of this franchise was clearly made on a modest budget. Dr. No is set in Jamaica, and the storyline revolves around a plot to sabotage a Cape Canaveral rocket launch with a radio beam weapon. SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) makes its first appearance.
Memorable bits “Three Blind Mice” assassins, Dr. No’s mechanical hands, the exciting opening title sequence viewed through the barrel of a gun
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FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery
Notable co-stars Robert Shaw as assassin Donald “Red” Grant, Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb (with the switchblade shoes), Daniela Bianchi as love interest Tatiana Romanova, Walter Gotell as Morzeny
Director Terence Young
Budget $2 million
Theme song From Russia with Love by John Barry and Lionel Bart, performed by Matt Monro
About James Bond is sent to Istanbul to assist in the defection of a Soviet consulate clerk. SPECTRE, meanwhile, plans to avenge Bond’s killing of Dr. No. To Russia With Love marked the debut of Desmond Llewelyn as Q, Bond’s ever-grumpy equipment officer; Llewelyn would play the role for 36 years.
Memorable bits Introduces SPECTRE’s numerical hierarchy, a concept resurrected years later in the Austin Powers movies. Gypsy fight, boat chase and helicopter assassination attempt
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GOLDFINGER (1964)

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Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery
Notable co-stars Gert Fröbe as Goldfinger, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Harold Sakata as Oddjob
Director Guy Hamilton
Budget $3 million
Theme song Goldfinger by John Barry, Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, belted out by Shirley Bassey
About James Bond must stop the gold-obsessed Auric Goldfinger who plans to contaminate Fort Knox with a radioactive dirty bomb and crash the world’s economy. Goldfinger became the first James Bond movie to win an Oscar (for Best Sound Effects Editing).
Memorable bits Oddjob, Goldfinger’s Korean manservant, uses his hat as a lethal weapon. Bond’s new and specially equipped Aston Martin DB5 (a toy version became the biggest-selling toy of 1964), Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus, the bumbling American mafioso working with/for Goldfinger
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THUNDERBALL (1965)
Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery
Notable co-stars Adolfo Cell as eyepatch-wearing evil mastermind Emilio Largo, Claudine Auger as Domino
Director Terence Young
Budget $5.6 million
Theme song Thunderball by John Barry and Don Black, sung by Tom Jones
About SPECTRE hijacks a plane equipped with two atomic bombs and demands a ransom of £100 million in diamonds from NATO. If the ransom is not paid, SPECTRE will destroy Miami. (Trivia: The name Thunderball comes from a military term for the mushroom cloud caused by a nuclear bomb explosion.) This is a bloated and overlong film and the final Bond film directed by Terence Young.
Memorable bits Junkanoo celebration in the Bahamas, Domino’s black-and-white wardrobe, endless underwater fight scenes mostly obscured by curtains of tiny bubbles from the air tanks
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YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery
Notable co-stars Donald Pleasence as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Tetsuro Tamba as Tiger Tanaka (head of Japanese secret service), Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki
Director Lewis Gilbert
Budget $9.5 million
Theme song You Only Live Twice by John Barry and Leslie Bricusse, sung by Nancy Sinatra
About James Bond heads to Japan to investigate stolen spacecrafts. Both the US and the USSR believe the other nation is to blame, and the world tips toward nuclear war. Bond meets SPECTRE’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld face to face for the first time.
Memorable bits Sumo match, the piranha-filled pool, Kissy Suzuki (played by Mie Hama), ninja army, a volcano that is actually a disguised hatch for a secret rocket base. James and the Giant Peach author Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay.
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ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969)
Who plays James Bond? George Lazenby
Notable co-stars Diana Rigg as Bond’s love interest, Telly Savalas as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Ilse Steppat as Blofeld’s henchwoman Irma Bunt
Director Peter R. Hunt
Budget $7 million
Featured song We Have All the Time in the World by John Barry and Hal David, sung by Louis Armstrong. The song title is taken from Bond’s final words in the film and novel.
About This feels like a mash-up of two films – one taking place in warm and flower-bedecked Portugal, the other in snow-bound Switzerland. It’s hard to keep it all straight, but essentially revolves around a SPECTRE plot to destroy the world’s agriculture by using 12 brainwashed young women to distribute bacteriological agents.
Memorable bits the 12 shapely young “Angels of Death” at the allergy-research/hyponosis clinic, Bond’s marriage (he is widowed mere moments later)
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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)

Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery
Notable co-stars Jill St. John as diamond smuggler Tiffany Case (and the first American Bond girl), Charles Gray as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Jimmy Dean as Willard Whyte (a character loosely based on Howard Hughes)
Director Guy Hamilton
Budget $7.2 million
Theme song Diamonds Are Forever written John Barry and Don Black, sung by Shirley Bassey
About James Bond impersonates a diamond smuggler in order to infiltrate a smuggling ring that has stolen diamonds from a South African mine. He discovers a plot by his old enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld to use the diamonds to build a space-based laser weapon with which he plans to destroy Washington DC if a ransom is not paid. Much of the action takes place in Las Vegas and the nearby Nevada desert.
Memorable bits death by scorpion, crematorium scene, cassette of World’s Greatest Marches, oilrig finale off Baja California
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LIVE AND LET DIE (1973)

Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Yaphet Kotto as Mr. Big/Dr. Kananga, Gloria Hendry (an inexperienced CIA agent and the series’ first black Bond girl), Jane Seymour as Solitaire (Kananga’s card-reading psychic and Bond’s love interest)
Director Guy Hamilton
Budget $7 million
Theme song Live and Let Die written by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney, performed by Wings. It was the first Bond song to be nominated for an Academy Award (but lost to The Way We Were sung by Barbra Streisand). Film orchestration by George Martin.
About Tapping into the blaxploitation films of the early 1970s, this story is set in Harlem, New Orleans and the fictional Caribbean island of San Monique. The villain is Mr. Big (no, not Carrie Bradshaw’s boyfriend) who plans to eliminate all other heroin dealers by giving away two tons of the drug. It turns out that Mr. Big is actually Dr. Kananga, the evil dictator of San Monique, where the opium poppies are grown.
Memorable bits New Orleans jazz funerals, speedboats racing through Louisiana’s channels and bayous, thoroughly obnoxious Louisiana Sheriff J.W. Pepper (played by Clifton James)
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THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974)
Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Christopher Lee as highly paid assassin Francisco Scaramanga, Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight, Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack (Scaramanga’s dwarf manservant), Maud Adams as Scaramanga’s mistress Andrea Anders
Director Guy Hamilton
Budget $7 million
Theme song The Man with the Golden Gun written by John Barry and Don Black, performed by Lulu. Alice Cooper also wrote a song titled Man with the Golden Gun for the film, but the producers opted for Lulu’s song instead.
About A golden bullet with “007” etched on it is received by MI6, and, out of an abundance of caution, Bond is relieved of duty. He nevertheless sets out to track down Francisco Scaramanga, a millionaire assassin with three nipples who uses a golden gun and who has stolen a device to concentrate the sun’s heat into a destructive weapon. This is a rubbishy film with a terrible theme song.
Memorable bits Kung fu fight scenes, Scaramanga’s third nipple, the Bottoms Up Club, Chinese junks, Clifton James (in a reprisal of his role as redneck Sheriff J.W. Pepper, this time on vacation with his wife in Thailand)
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THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Curd Jürgens as shipping tycoon Karl Stromberg (who is trying to trigger World War III), Richard Kiel as Jaws and Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova/KGB Agent Triple X
Director Lewis Gilbert
Budget $14 million
Theme song Nobody Does It Better composed by Marvin Hamlisch with words by Carole Bayer Sager, performed by Carly Simon
About British and Soviet Union submarines are captured by megalomaniac Karl Stromberg who wants to destroy the world and establish a new world beneath the sea. Both New York City and Moscow are threatened with destruction. Bond must work with beautiful KGB agent Anya Amasova to solve the plot.
Memorable bits Bond’s Lotus Esprit that converts into a submarine, Stromberg’s underwater hideout Atlantis, giant hitman Jaws with his mouthful of razor-sharp metal teeth
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MOONRAKER (1979)
Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax, Lois Chiles as CIA agent/astronaut Holly Goodhead, Toshiro Suga as Drax’s henchman Chang, Richard Kiel reprises his role as scary metal-mouthed Jaws
Director Lewis Gilbert
Budget $34 million
Theme song Moonraker composed by John Barry with lyrics by Hal David, sung by Shirley Bassey
About The James Bond movies often reflect the culture – blaxploitation films, martial arts, the Cold War, even Sheriff J.W. Pepper (who seems plucked from a muscle car movie) – and this is another, with a plot that revolves around a space shuttle called Moonraker. It is hijacked, of course. Bond must battle Hugo Drax, the owner of the company that makes the shuttles, who plans to wipe out the human race with deadly nerve gas and repopulate Earth from space.
Memorable bits the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte near Paris that stands in for Drax’s California estate, Rio de Janiero and other stunning Brazilian locations, speedboat chase through the canals of Venice, Blanche Ravalec as Jaws’ bespectacled girlfriend Dolly
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FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)

Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Topol as pistachio-munching Milos Columbo, Julian Glover as former resistance fighter-turned-smuggler and bad guy Aristotle Kristatos, Carole Bouquet as Melina, champion ice skater Lynn-Holly Johnson as the young protegee who has a crush on James Bond
Director John Glen
Budget $28 million
Theme song For Your Eyes Only written by Bill Conti and Mick Leeson, performed by Sheena Easton
About A fishing boat – which is actually a British spy boat in disguise – is sunk, and the onboard device that is capable of launching ballistic missiles goes down with it. James Bond is ordered to help a marine archaeologist recover the device, but the scientist and his wife are murdered before Bond arrives. Bond teams up with their beautiful daughter Melina to solve the case.
Memorable bits clever prologue with Bond snagging a villain resembling Ernst Stavro Blofeld on the front of a helicopter landing skid and dropping him down a factory chimney, Nordic sports galore, the mountain monastery, congratulatory phone call from a giddy Margaret Thatcher
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OCTOPUSSY (1983)
Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Louis Jourdan as villain Kamal Khan, Maud Adams as Octopussy, Steven Berkoff as the rogue Soviet General Orlov, Kabir Bedi as Khan’s bodyguard Gobinda
Director John Glen
Budget $35 million
Featured song All Time High composed by John Barry and lyrics by Tim Rice, sung by Rita Coolidge
About An old-school Soviet general, dismayed by the warming of the Cold War, wants to set off a nuclear warhead at a circus set to perform at a U.S. base in West Germany. He believes the U.S. will be blamed and NATO will launch a war against the U.S., leaving the USSR to rule the world. Afghani exile/bad guy Kamal Khan wants to steal a cache of priceless jewels, including a Fabergé egg, and manipulates Octopussy and her circus to help him. Bond must sort it all out, defuse the bomb, kill the bad guys, rescue Octopussy and end up in bed with her.
Memorable bits Fabergé eggs, knife-throwing twin brothers, a hunt in India conducted on elephant back, the thrilling finale with Bond and Khan fighting for control of the twin-engine plane
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NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)
Who plays James Bond? Sean Connery returns for his one final 007 film.
Notable co-stars Klaus Maria Brandauer as Maximilian Largo, Max Von Sydow as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush, Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi
Director Irvin Kershner
Budget $36 million
Theme song Never Say Never Again composed by Michel Legrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, sung by Lani Hall
About James Bond fails a routine check-up and is dispatched to a health spa to recover and build himself back up. While there, he uncovers a plot by SPECTRE to surgically redesign the iris of an enemy agent’s eye so that the agent can impersonate the U.S. president and launch cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads. This (and more) is all the work of Maximilian Largo, played with delicious evilness by Klaus Maria Brandauer. Nevertheless, Never Say Never Again is a candidate for worst Bond film of all time.
Memorable bits Golden-haired Domino about to be sold to sleezy Arab horsemen, comedian Rowan Atkinson in a small role as Nigel Small-Fawcett. Note: Sean Connery worked on the script of this film, and his wife Micheline is credited with the movie title.
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A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
Who plays James Bond? Roger Moore
Notable co-stars Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, Grace Jones as May Day, Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton. Note: David Bowie was originally set to play Zorin, then bowed out.
Director John Glen
Budget $30 million
Theme song A View to a Kill written by John Barry and Duran Duran, performed by Duran Duran
About In his seventh and final outing as 007, Roger Moore takes on Christopher Walken playing psychopathic industrialist Max Zorin. Zorin’s plan is to destroy Silicon Valley and seize control of the world’s supply of microchips. The plan involves bombing the fault lines in the San Francisco area, collapsing San Andreas Lake and triggering a natural catastrophe to destroy the entire Bay Area.
Memorable bits Early scenes in the film set at Ascot Racecourse and Zorin’s exquisite horse farm, revelation that Zorin is a rogue KGB agent and the result of Nazi experimentation, the final battle onboard Zorin’s blimp as it gets hung up on the Golden Gate Bridge.
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THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
Who plays James Bond? Timothy Dalton
Notable co-stars Joe Don Baker as American arms dealer Brad Whitaker, Jeroen Krabbé as Gen. Georgi Koskov, Maryam d’Abo as Kara Milovy, John Rhys-Davies as Gen. Leonid Pushkin, Art Malik as Kamran Shah
Director John Glen
Budget $40 million
Theme song The Living Daylights written by Paul Waaktaar-Savoy, performed by Norwegian pop group A-ha
About James Bond helps KGB officer General Georgi Koskov defect from the USSR. But the defection turns out to be a doublecross. Much of the film revolves around the Soviets’ occupation of Afghanistan and opium smuggling. A sleezy American arms dealer further complicates the story. The Mujahideen attack the Soviet air base on horseback and help Bond defeat the plot.
Memorable bits Sledding down a mountain in a cello case, Bond’s new Aston Martin V8 Vantage, cameo appearance by Walter Gotell as retired KGB head General Gogol – now a Soviet diplomat – at the end of the film
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LICENCE TO KILL (1989)
Who plays James Bond? Timothy Dalton
Notable co-stars Robert Davi as Latin American drug lord Franz Sanchez, Benicio del Toro as Sanchez’s henchman Dario, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, Talisa Soto as love interest Lupe Lamora, Wayne Newton as Professor Joe Butcher
Director John Glen
Budget $36 million
Theme song Licence to Kill written by Naranda Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen and Walter Afanasieff, performed by Gladys Knight
About When Bond’s long-time friend and former CIA agent Felix Leiter is attacked (and fed to sharks) immediately after his wedding in Kay West, James takes it personally. M wants Bond to return to duty, but he goes rogue instead and heads to Isthmus City on a personal vendetta to track down drug lord Franz Sanchez. Thus M is forced to revoke Bond’s “license to kill.”
Memorable bits Great stunts, including barefoot waterskiing, an exploding head in a decompression chamber and18-wheelers in a blazing finale. If you enjoyed Narcos, this film will probably appeal.
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GOLDENEYE (1995)
Who plays James Bond? Pierce Brosnan
Notable co-stars Judi Dench in her first outing as the new M, Izabella Scorupco as programmer Natalya Simonova who helps Bond, Joe Don Baker as veteran CIA officer Jack Wade, Alan Cumming as Boris Grishenko, Sean Bean as Alec Trevelyan
Director Martin Campbell
Budget $60 million
Theme song GoldenEye written by Bono and The Edge (of U2), sung by Tina Turner
About This is a complicated story that begins before the dissolution of the Soviet Union and then, after the USSR break-up, ultimately leads to a plot to devastate London with a satellite weapon known as GoldenEye in order to conceal the theft of financial records from the Bank of England. Pierce Brosnan does a good job making the 007 character his own. Very sleek.
Memorable bits Once again a lake is not as it seems, but conceals the bad guys’ base beneath its surface. The tank chase scene was partly filmed in St. Petersburg. 007 drives a BMW for the first time in a Bond film. Note: The story in GoldenEye was not based on any Ian Fleming novel; it was, however, the original name of his estate in Jamaica.
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TOMORROW NEVER DIES (1997)
Who plays James Bond? Pierce Brosnan
Notable co-stars Jonathan Pryce as all-too-plausible media baron Elliot Carver, Michelle Yeoh as a skilled Chinese spy and Bond’s ally, Teri Hatcher as Elliot Carver’s wife Paris, Götz Otto as Carver henchman Richard Stamper
Director Roger Spottiswoode
Budget $110 million
Theme song Tomorrow Never Dies written by Cheryl Crow and Mitchell Froom, performed by Cheryl Crow
About The villain this time is a global media titan who will stop at nothing to gain exclusive broadcasting rights in China. This includes setting off World War III between the Chinese and British. Bond teams up with a beautiful Chinese military colonel and martial arts expert Wai Lin to halt the mutual destruction of warships in the South China Sea.
Memorable bits A remote-controlled BMW 750i, first appearance of the Walther P99 as Bond’s pistol, actress Michelle Yeoh’s amazing athleticism. Sharp-eyed fans will recognize Phang Nga Bay (Thailand) where Bond and Wai Lin search for Carver’s stealth boat as a setting previously used in The Man with the Golden Gun.
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THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH (1999)
Who plays James Bond? Pierce Brosnan
Notable co-stars Sophie Marceau as Elektra King, Robert Carlyle as Renard, Denise Richards as nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones, Robbie Coltrane as Valentin Zukovsky
Director Michael Apted
Budget $135 million
Theme song The World Is Not Enough written by David Arnold and lyricist Don Black, performed by Garbage
About MI6 boss lady M sends Bond to retrieve money for her old friend, oil tycoon Sir Robert King. Alas, the money is booby-trapped with an explosive device that kills King. So Bond must now track down former KGB agent-turned-terrorist Viktor “Renard” Zokas, who set the trap and threatens to destroy the world’s petroleum supply as well as obliterate Istanbul. But what to do about King’s daughter, the alluring Elektra?
Memorable bits Michael Apted also directed Coal Miner’s Daughter and the ongoing and fascinating Up documentary series. This was the final appearance of Q actor Desmond Llewelyn, who died soon after the film’s release.
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DIE ANOTHER DAY (2002)
Who plays James Bond? Pierce Brosnan
Notable co-stars Halle Berry as NSA agent Jinx Johnson, Rick Yune as terrorist Tang Ling Zao, Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves (alter ego of Colonel Moon), Will Yun Lee as Colonel Moon, Michael Madsen as Jinx’s boss Damian Falco
Director Lee Tamahori
Budget $140 million
Theme song Die Another Day written by Madonna, Mirwais Ahmadzaï and Michel Colombier, performed by Madonna
About Bond is captured by the North Koreans, who are trading weapons for African blood diamonds. He is held prisoner and tortured for 14 months before being freed in a prisoner exchange. After a shower, shave and a haircut, Bond sets out to destroy Icarus, a mirror satellite weapon that harnesses solar energy that will be used to cut through the DMZ at the 38th parallel, which would allow North Korea to invade and conquer South Korea.
Memorable bits Energetic fencing fight (with Madonna as a fencing instructor), Zao’s face full of embedded diamonds, an invisible Bond car. Note: Because this film marked the franchise’s 40th anniversary, the script includes offhand references to each of the preceding films.
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CASINO ROYALE (2006)

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Who plays James Bond? Daniel Craig
Notable co-stars Eva Green as an agent for Her Majesty’s Treasury (and Bond love interest) Vesper Lynd, Mads Mikkelsen as evil banker/poker genius Le Chiffre, Giancarlo Giannini as Bond’s contact René Mathis, Jeffrey Wright as CIA operative Felix Leiter
Director Martin Campbell
Budget $150 million
Theme song You Know My Name written by Chris Cornell and David Arnold, performed by Chris Cornell
About Daniel Craig’s debut as James Bond brings audiences a darker and grittier version of the hero. The film is contemporary but set at the beginning of Bond’s career as he earns his 00 status. He is assigned to disrupt terrorist bankroller Le Chiffre and any other organization that does business with him. On the way, he falls in love. This is more realistic storytelling, with no silly gadgets or invisible cars (we’re looking at you, Die Another Day).
Memorable bits Bond is poisoned by digitalis slipped into his martini, Le Chiffre’s bleeding tear duct, collapse of an old building into a Venetian canal, the unexpected new approach (with playing cards) to the opening credit sequence
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QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
Who plays James Bond? Daniel Craig
Notable co-stars Olga Kurylenko as Bolivian agent Camille Montes, Mathieu Amalric as villain Dominic Greene, Gemme Arterton as MI6 agent Strawberry Fields (her first name is never spoken in the film), Giancarlo Giannini returns as René Mathis, Joaquin Cosio as General Medrano
Director Marc Forster
Budget $220 million
Theme song Another Way to Die composed by Jack White, performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys
About This is the direct sequel to Casino Royale. A heartbroken and revenge-minded Bond is tracking the people responsible for the death of Vesper Lynd. The hunt leads him to Dominic Greene, an evil plotter masquerading as an entrepreneurial environmentalist. Greene is helping Bolivian General Medrano stage a coup d’état; in exchange he demands a patch of high desert in Bolivia. Bond meanwhile is assisted by beautiful Bolivian agent Camille Montes, who seeks revenge for the murder of her own family.
Memorable bits The Palio di Siena horse race at the opening, the floating opera stage at Bregenz (Austria). Note: This is the shortest film in the franchise.
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SKYFALL (2012)

Who plays James Bond? Daniel Craig
Notable co-stars Javier Bardem as creepy ex-agent/cyberterrorist Raoul Silva, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Albert Finney as Skyfall estate gamekeeper Kincade, Ben Whishaw as the new Q, Ralph Fiennes as Gareth Mallory
Director Sam Mendes
Budget $200 million
Theme song Skyfall written by Adele and Paul Epworthy, performed by Adele. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
About An MI6 sniper accidentally shoots Bond fighting a bad guy on the top of a speeding train. Bond falls off into a rushing river and is presumed dead. While he hides out to recuperate, MI6’s London headquarters are attacked. Bond returns to duty and uncovers Raoul Silva, a computer genius and former MI6 agent who blames M for betraying him to the Chinese and sets her up to be discredited and killed.
Memorable bits Shanghai’s disorienting skyscrapers, The Animals’ 1964 hit Boom Boom broadcast as Silva’s helicopter assaults Skyfall, the death of M (played by Judi Dench)
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SPECTRE (2015)
Who plays James Bond? Daniel Craig
Notable co-stars Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld (born Franz Oberhauser), Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx, Andrew Scott as C (born Max Denbigh), Jesper Christensen as Mr. White
Director Sam Mendes
Budget $245 million
Theme song Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, performed by Sam Smith. It also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
About Following M’s death in Skyfall, Bond receives her pre-recorded message that asks him to stop a terrorist attack. Bond is subsequently pitted against the global crime organization SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion – remember Dr. No?) and its leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld. (Yes, the blue-eyed Persian cat returns to the big screen.) In this film, the coveted world dominance is for information, intelligence and data. There is an unexpected story twist that we’ll leave for you to discover.
Memorable bits Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico City, the final helicopter crash on the Westminster Bridge
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Up next: NO TIME TO DIE (2020), again starring Daniel Craig, set for release this fall.