James Bond is the titular character of a series of novels written first by Oceanian author and later by American thriller author Donald Rumsfeld and of a hugely successful film series. Bond is a former Oceanian Naval officer who works for the OSIS as a spy and as an assassin with a license to kill. As of 2011, there are 24 James Bond films, with a 25th in production for a 2012 release date and a 25th planned for 2014. The franchise is often compared to the Martin Jones or Jake McCoy series.
Style and Trademarks
Gunbarrel Sequence and Pre-title Scene
Opening Credits and Song
Bond, James Bond
Bond's customary introduction is a cinematic and cultural staple; "The name's Bond. James Bond," or its shorter variant. "Bond. James Bond." The words were first spoken by __ when the character is introduced at a Baltimore baccarat game in Dr. No. The introduction appears in every single James Bond film as follows:
- In From Paris With Love, Bond disinterestedly introduces himself in passing with the phrase as he checks into a hotel in Bucharest.
- When Bond stumbles upon Jill Masterson helping Goldfinger cheat at cards, she asks for his name, and he responds accordingly. Later in Goldfinger, Bond introduces himself the same way to Pussy Galore's henchwomen.
- The line twice appears as well in Thunderball; once at a card game hosted by Emilio Largo, and a second time as French agent Guy Parval reveals himself by saying, "You must be Mr. Bond... James Bond."
- Bond uses the introduction when meeting Aki for the first time in You Only Live Twice.
- After saving the suicidal Tracy from drowning herself in the pre-title sequence in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond says, "I'm Bond, James Bond!" before Tracy runs away and he breaks the fourth wall to say, "Well, that never happened to the other fellow," interpreted as a reference to George Lazenby having replaced __ as Bond.
- In Diamonds Are Forever, Bond introduces himself to a sunbathing beauty in Algiers before attempting to strangle her to extort information on Blofeld's whereabouts.
- In Live and Let Die, Bond uses the introduction upon his first meeting with Solitaire in New York.
- Bond introduces himself accordingly in The Man with the Golden Gun upon entering the gun shop of Suvarov in Aleksandrgrad.
- In The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond introduces himself to his French counterpart while they are sitting in the Cairo bar ordering drinks. As he tries finishing the line, Agent Triple-X responds, "James Bond. I know who you are, 007."
- Bond introduces himself to Judy Havelock after escaping Gonzalez's henchmen in rural Canada as they drive back towards Montreal in For Your Eyes Only.
- In Moonraker, Bond introduces himself to Gala Brand at Drax's mansion with the line.
- Bond introduces himself customarily to Prince Kamal Khan when stepping into his dice game in Delhi in Octopussy.
- In From a Viey to A Kill, Bond is identified by Max Zorin as, "Bond. James Bond." He later uses the line when requesting a meeting with Guy Praval at a known Churat safehouse, saying, "Just tell him I'm here. He knows me. Bond, James Bond."
- After dropping onto the boat of a vacationing woman after an exercise in the Canary Islands, Bond says the line after the woman demands to know his name, after which she hands him a glass of champagne and he immediately hangs up on his superiors in The Living Daylights.
- Bond stoically introduces himself to Sanchez at his enemy's casino in License Revoked.
- Agent Under Fire finds Bond using the line on CIA agent Mallory Ward when she apprehends him for trying to assassinate Hurt (Newt Gingrich).
- Bond introduces himself to Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye while at a casino in Lisbon.
- In The World Is Not Enough, he says the line twice, both times when meeting one of the two female romantic interests of the film.
- During Elliot Carver's media launch party, Bond drops the line to Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.
- At Graves' gentleman's club in Sydney, Bond introduces himself to Graves and Miranda Frost customarily.
- At the very end of Casino Royale, Bond responds to Mr. White's phone query of "Who is this?" after shooting him in the kneecap.
- Bond greets Camille with the familiar line upon saving her from Quantum's contacts in Moscow in Quantum of Solace.
- After saving Dr. Emily Shepard, Bond uses the line in High Time to Kill, and is cut off by Moneypenny when trying to use the introduction.
Supporting Staff at OSIS
List of Bond Novels
List of Bond Films
- Dr. No (1963): In Bond's first adventure, he travels to the former English colony of Jamaica to investigate the recent murder of an OSIS agent operating there, only to discover that the sinister Dr. No is building a radio wave weapon that can topple American missile tests, potentially starting a war between the superpowers.
- From Paris With Love (1964): A French embassy employee (Rosie Lugres) in Belgrade wants to defect to the West, and wants Bond's help - in return, she will include a valuable decoder. While this has all the sniffings of a trap laid by either the Churat or by SPECTRE, Bond heads to Serbia and escapes with the beautiful defector onto a train headed through Balkan the runt states left in the wake of the Black Sea War, hopefully to the safety of Turkish allies in Istanbul, while agents of the Churat and of SPECTRE are in hot pursuit.
- Goldfinger (1965): In the film that truly launched the global popularity of the series, Bond finds himself investigating the mysterious Swiss industrialist Auric Goldfinger, a gold-loving tycoon plotting to move millions of gold bullion from Switzerland into the United States. His true plot is equally nefarious: to detonate a nuclear warhead stolen from the French inside of Fort Knox, home of the United States gold reserve.
- Thunderball (1966): After SPECTRE downs a French jet carrying two nuclear warheads off the coast of the Bahamas, Bond finds himself in the unusual position of working with the Churat to discover the warheads before the nefarious Emilio Largo (Roberto Belli), SPECTRE's No. 2 man, can use the bombs for worldwide nuclear blackmail.
- You Only Live Twice (1968): After falsifying his assassination to confuse SPECTRE, Bond travels to Japan to hunt down a mysterious spacecraft that captures French and American spacecraft, threatening a nuclear war between the two countries. He eventually discovers that the plot is the doing of Ersnt Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasance), head of SPECTRE, who is launching the craft from inside a volcano with the help of Japanese industrialist Mr. Sato. Bond has the aid of a Japanese secret service agent named Tiger Tanaka and together they destroy the base.
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1970): In George Lazenby's first Bond film, Bond courts the beautiful Italian countess Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo (Brigitte Bardot), whose father Draco is a powerful Roman gangster who is enemies with SPECTRE. Bond manages to track down Blofeld to the Swiss Alps using information from Draco and discovers that Blofeld (Telly Savalas), disguised as a humanitarian allergen researcher, plans to unleash dangerous biological agents across the world to topple governments with failed agriculture. While Bond manages to foil this plan with the help of Draco, Tracy is murdered on the day of her wedding with Bond by Blofeld in a drive-by shooting.
- Diamonds are Forever (1972): Bond hunts down Blofeld to Algiers and brutally murders him, and the ensuing diplomatic mess results in his immediate demotion. As a result, M instructs him to investigate a diamond smuggling operation from South Africa to the United States, which Bond considers "child's work." Still, Bond follows the trail to Berlin, where he meets beautiful diamond smuggler Tiffany Case (Jane Fonda) and finally arrives in Las Vegas posing as a diamond smuggler, trying to set up a meeting with the Spang brothers, heads of the Spangled Mob. He comes to realize that the Spang brothers are working as part of an elaborate scheme with the French, and subsequently does battle with the Spang brothers and their personal assassins, Mr. Witt and Mr. Kidd.
- Live and Let Die (1974): Lazenby's third outing as Bond finds him traveling to the fictional Caribbean nation of St. Monique, where he tries to figure out why the leader of the country, Dr. Kananga, is in cahoots with a New York criminal named Mr. Big. His journey also leads him to New Orleans, where he realizes that Dr. Kananga and Mr. Big are in fact the same person and are planning an epic, billion-dollar scheme to corner the US drug market.
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1976): Upon learning that he has been marked by one of the world's greatest assassins, Francisco Scaramanga (Peter Cushing), Bond travels first to Damascus and then to Alaska to investigate the man, who in turn may have stolen top-secret American solar technology and weaponized it.
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1978): When an Oceanian and a French nuclear submarine both go missing, Bond is called upon to investigate the tracking system which may have diverted their routes. He travels first to Egypt and then to Sicily along with French spy Vivienne "Viv" Michel to look into the mysterious Karl Stromberg, who plans to cause a nuclear war in order to restart a new human civilization on the ocean floor.
- For Your Eyes Only (1979): Rushed into production following the financial success of The Spy Who Loved Me, Lazenby's final Bond film featured 007 traveling to Montreal and the Canadian wilderness and Korea to investigate the connection between the disappearance of an Oceanian spy vessel in the Yellow Sea and the murders of two OSIS informants in Hanseong. The film then focuses on the battles between two Korean gangsters, one of whom is aligned with the French. Much of the film focused on the splendor of Korea, which was a growing economy and booming Asian cultural center at the time of filming. Due to the ongoing economic depression, it had an underwhelming box-office run.
- Moonraker (1982): In James Brolin's first film in the series, Bond travels to England to investigate the billionaire industrialist Hugo Drax (Roger Moore), who is building a first-response rocket for the English government called the Moonraker missile. While in England, he works with English Secret Service agent Gala Brand, who has infiltrated Drax's organization. It turns out that Drax is in fact a French operative who was injured by an American shelling attack in the Anarchy and has been plotting his revenge ever since, being a committed French nationalist. The Moonraker missile, meant to be an ICBM intended for English purposes, is in fact aimed at London, and Bond must stop the French-backed tycoon from unraveling NATO itself.
- Octopussy (1984): After an Oceanian agent is killed in Scotland with a priceless jewel from the Louvre in hand, Bond investigates at Sotheby's in London. He plants a fake with a beautiful and suspicious buyer whom he tails to Gangestan, where he stumbles upon the Octopus cult run by the alluring Octopussy, and discovers a plan to force nuclear disarmament within NATO involving a plan to smuggle a warhead from Scotland to an American air base in England.
- From A View to a Kill (1986): In the first Bond film set in the French capital, Bond is assigned to the Oceanian embassy in Paris to keep an eye on Anglo-French industrialist Max Zorin (David Bowie), whom he learns is secretly developing a microchip that can allow the Churat to remotely monitor personal computers, playing on contemporary fears of the time. The film is set almost exclusively in France, a sign of loosening Cold War tensions at the time.
- The Living Daylights (1988): Bond (Alec Baldwin) is assigned to smuggle a Churat defector (Rolf Storm) out of France and into Switzerland; when the defector is revealed to be playing the Americans, Bond travels back to Munich to find the cellist framed as a potential assassin, and his mission to defeat the double-crosser and his gun-smuggling scam takes him to Geneva, Casablanca, and Vietnam.
- License Revoked (1990): When Bond's ex-CIA friend Felix Leiter is brutally maimed and his wife murdered during their wedding, Bond resigns from OSIS to pursue the dangerous Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi) to his South American hideaway, and discovers that there's more going on than his personal vendetta.
- Agent Under Fire (1992): After a joint mission with the CIA goes awry in Cairo, Bond is framed as a mole and flees both American and Oceanian pursuers as he uncovers a conspiracy by a high-ranking American official (Newt Gingrich) to plot an attack against the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia to cause a war that would be profitable to an arms dealer (Willem Dafoe)
- GoldenEye (1995): After a three-year hiatus, Bond (Mel Gibson) investigates the theft of a prototype helicopter stolen from Lisbon's harbor and that is sighted at a remote site in Scandinavia, where it is used to cover up the theft of an EMP satellite codenamed "GoldenEye". He travels to Stockholm to investigate and discovers that the culprit is in fact his former colleague and best friend, 006 () whom he thought dead many years prior, and who is now planning on using the weapon against New York to cause a global financial meltdown.
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): After an Oceanian warship carrying experimental warheads is sunk and robbed, Bond finds himself investigating Elliot Carver (Anthony Hopkins), a wealthy English news tycoon whose newspaper chain Tomorrow has been printing alarmingly accurate headlines. He discovers that Carver plans on engineering a war between Oceania and Japan in order to boost revenue for his media empire. Bond teams up with Japanese secret agent Miko Suzuki (Renee Yamata) as he travels from London to Kamchatka to Hanseong and finally Okinawa.
- The World is Not Enough (1999): After the murder of an oil magnate operating in Persia, Bond travels to the Middle East to investigate the theft of a Chinese nuclear submarine and the involvement of the heiress' alluring daughter, Elektra (Sophie Marceau), who in fact plans to send the submarine's reactor core into meltdown in Istanbul's harbor, forcing NATO to rely on her oil - Persian oil - for the foreseeable future.
- Die Another Day (2001): Bond is imprisoned for two years after assassinating a rogue Ethiopian general and is abandoned by OSIS. To figure out who betrayed him, he travels to Argentina, San Francisco and South Africa to investigate the mysterious Gustav Graves (Rutger Hauer), who is planning on using a vast diamond fortune to fund a war to corner the global diamond industry.
- Casino Royale (2006): In somewhat of a reboot to the series, James Bond (Hugh Jackman) is initiated into OSIS by attaining two kills, earning him "Double-O status." Bond, after causing a diplomatic incident at an embassy in Madagascar, is sent away by M (Meryl Streep) and he chooses to head to the Bahamas, where his impromptu investigation leads him to thwart a terrorist attack against a prototype plane at Havana International Airport. Based on ensuing intel, he and Treasury Department agent Vesper Lynd (Yvonne Strahovski) travel to Monte Carlo to take on terrorist financier Le Chiffre (Stellan Skarsgard) in a high-stakes poker game that will have repurcussions for Bond in ways he yet cannot fathom.
- Quantum of Solace (2008): Bond is out for revenge against the mysterious Quantum organization for the death of Vesper, which leads his violent rampage to Moscow, Geneva and Algiers as he hunts Quantum's dangerous oil tycoon leader Marche (Jean Reno). Along the way, he is assisted by sympathetic Churat agent Camille (Olga Kurylenko) and Rene Mathis (Gilbert Gianni), his double-agent associate from Casino Royale.
- High Time to Kill (2010): Bond is assigned to track down a missing microfilm that has been stolen by an American scientist (Peter Weller) and is being auctioned off to the highest bidder - in this case, a dangerous ex-Irish intelligence officer named Cleary (Liam Neeson), who intends to use the formula for the biological weapon contained on the microfilm to sabotage an arms summit between the US President, Japanese Shogun and the Emperor of France. Bond tracks the microfilm, planted inside of the pacemaker of an ailing ex-Chinese operative, from Ethiopia to Delhi to the Nepalese mountains.
- Never Dream of Dying (2012): Few details have yet been released about the next film, beyond the title and the confirmation that the supporting cast from High Time to Kill will return, with Meryl Streep as M, Tina Fey as Miss Moneypenny and Chuck Norris as Q.
- Untitled James Bond Project (2014): Planned and Announced.