James Bond Weekend
A James Bond movie marathon is binge-worthy for sure
That line, it’s etched in generations of movie-goers heads… “The name is Bond, James Bond.”
Since the debut of Bond on the big screen in 1962, the Bond franchise has raked in over 7 billion dollars. If you adjust those figures for inflation, it’s over 14 billion dollars that all the Bond films have earned.
British writer/journalist Ian Flemming created the character in 1952 in a series of twelve novels and two short story collections. Fleming and Albert Broccoli created EON Productions and with the financial backing needed through United Artists, they were on their way.
Flemming passed away in 1964 but that didn’t stop the stories from coming. In all, since 1962, there have been 27 Bond films made. The Bond franchise has earned an estimated 7 billion dollars in that time collectively. When you adjust those numbers for inflation, those numbers swell to 14 billion dollars, in today’s money.
Bond films have won five Academy Awards for:
Golfinger (Sound Effects)
Thunderball (Visual Effects and Sound Effects)
Skyfall – Original song (Adele)
Spectre – Original song (Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes)
Other songs nominated for Academy Awards include Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”, Carly Simon’s “Nobody Does It Better” and Sheena Easton’s “For Your Eyes Only”.
In 1982, Albert R. Broccoli received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award
Many people may not know this but one of those stories was adapted for TV in 1954, an American actor, Barry Nelson would play 007 in that version of “Casino Royale” which aired live on CBS’ anthology series known as “CLIMAX.”
Watch that long-lost movie below:
By 1961, Bond was ready for the big screen as production began on Dr. No.
Sean Connery was one of many considered to play Bond however, Cary Grant and David Niven were also in the running for the part, much to Fleming’s chagrin, Connery was cast. In time, he’d warm up to Connery.
Before we get into the binge-session, enjoy this great history of James Bond below
There have been eight different actors who’ve played the lethal, super smooth, suave, and debonair 007, each adjusted through the decades to be sensitive to changes in attitudes towards social norms long gone.
In order, these were the men who played Bond:
1962 – Dr. No | 1963 – From Russia With Love | 1964 – Goldfinger
1965 – Thunderball | 1967 – You Only Live Twice
1971 – Diamonds Are Forever | 1983 – Never Say Never Again
DAVID NIVEN (Ian Fleming’s choice to play Bond)
1967 – Casino Royale
1969 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1972 – Live And Let Die | 1974 – The Man With The Golden Gun
1977 – The Spy Who Loved Me | 1979 – Moonraker
1981 – For Your Eyes Only | 1983 – Octopussy
1985 – A View To A Kill
1987 – The Living Daylights
1989 – License To Kill
1995 – GoldenEye | 1997 – Tomorrow Never Dies
1999 – The World Is Not Enough | 2002 – Die Another Day
2006 – Casino Royale | 2008 – Quantum Of Solace | 2012 – Skyfall
2015 – Spectre | Schedule for release in 2020 – No Time To Die
Without further adieu, let’s get you going, here are 10 of the best Bond films made, it’s no secret that Sean Connery is in the majority of them
1963 – FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
1964 – GOLDFINGER
1965 – THUNDERBALL
1967 – YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE
1971 – DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
1974 – THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
1981 – FOR YOUR EYES ONLY
1999 – TOMORROW NEVER DIES
2006 – CASINO ROYALE
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