James Bond Articles
The gross revenues of all the James Bond films, adjusted for inflation, with a histogram of 007's box office performance. Includes a list of the highest grossing Bond films, highest grossing actors, and the highest grossing actors per film.
There are many things which can be claimed to typify the James Bond character, from the clothes he wears and the cars he drives, to the cigarettes he smokes. However, there is something which, arguably, defines bond more than anything else; his choice of firearm.
The Gun Barrel Sequence is the scene that typically opens any James Bond film, game, or other video media. It features James Bond walking along a white backdrop, shown through the view of the barrel of a henchmans gun. Realizing he is about to be killed, Bond quickly whips around and shoots the assassin first. The scene has been shot with many different actors including Bob Simmons, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Title designer Robert Brownjohn's sequence for Goldfinger, the third James Bond film, features live-action scenes from the initial three Bond films projected onto bikini-clad, gold-painted starlet Margaret Nolan. It passed the film censor despite its suggestiveness and won a British Design and Art Direction Gold Award.
In addition to introducing the toughest James Bond yet, Casino Royale's popularity owes much of its success to Ian Fleming's original story, which it expands and brings right up to date. However, that isn't the only factor in its favour; it has a great script that plays with audience expectations ingrained over the last 40 years and features the best Bond girl for years.
The question of which actor first played James Bond, has multiple answers. Most fans consider only the 23 EON Productions Bond films as official. But there were several unofficial films, one of which aired 8 years before EON Productions was founded.