Fifty-two years after “Dr. No” first opened in May 1963, the world’s most famous secret agent is still going strong with a total of 24 films including the weekend debut of “Spectre.” The latest James Bond installment has a high bar to clear following the critical and financial success of 2012’s “Skyfall,” whose world-wide gross has surpassed $1.1 billion.
Here are the charts that help put the iconic 007 franchise into perspective.
See also: Watch a film clip from ‘Spectre’
James Bond kills at the box office
The James Bond franchise is one of the longest running and most profitable in history, raking in roughly $5 billion globally when gross is adjusted for ticket-price inflation. “Thunderball” and “Goldfinger” tower above the rest when it comes to U.S. box-office receipts, earning $624 million and $553 million, respectively, when prices are adjusted for inflation. “Skyfall” ranks No. 3 in the U.S., but if you include world-wide gross, not adjusted for inflation, the film dwarfs all other Bond films, topping the $1 billion mark.
Roger Moore has played 007 the most times
Roger Moore took on the role of the British spy seven times, topping five other actors who portrayed Bond. Sean Connery was the original Bond in 1962’s “Dr. No” and appeared in six films (seven if you count 1983’s “Never Say Never Again,” which the Graphiq chart omits). Moore took over in 1973’s “Live and Let Die.”
However, critics prefer Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig has played James Bond four times, though he hinted that “Spectre” may be his last. Craig’s “Skyfall” was the most successful Bond film ever if you look at world-wide earnings.
But Sean Connery wore it best
Moore may have had more screen time as 007, but Connery was apparently the most dapper. A Bloomberg analysis shows Bond spends nearly 18 hours on screen donning a nice suit, dinner jacket or tuxedo, out of 51 total hours of footage. Connery outshines his fellow Bonds with a total of 5 hours and 16 minutes dressed up, spending more than 70% of “From Russia With Love” in a suit.
Pierce Brosnan had the most gadgets
Pierce Brosnan, who revived the franchise after a six-year absence, utilizes a total of 16 different gadgets, not including weapons, in four films, with eight related to his Aston Martin, the Bloomberg analysis shows. Some of the most memorable gadgets popping up in Bond films over the years have included cyanide cigarettes, fake fingerprints, tape recorder cameras, dagger shoes, a Rolex equipped with a laser, a car invisibility cloak, a ring camera and a write-mounted dart gun. Bloomberg’s chart examines the average number of gadgets used by Bond per film.
‘Goldfinger’ was best reviewed
1964’s “Goldfinger” is often regarded as the most quintessential and critically acclaimed Bond movie with a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The third installment features the “shaken, not stirred” line, the screen debut of the iconic Aston Martin and the first theme song from Shirley Bassey, who would put her stamp on the sound of Bond. However, audiences say their favorite Bond film is “Casino Royale,” followed by “Goldfinger” and “Skyfall.”
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