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1 - Spectre (2015) - 2 hours, 28 minutes and 6 seconds
2 - Casino Royale (2006) - 2 hours, 24 minutes and 33 seconds
3 - Skyfall (2012) - 2 hours, 23 minutes and 10 seconds
4 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - 2 hours, 22 minutes and 19 seconds
5 - License to Kill (1989) - 2 hours, 13 minutes and 21 seconds
6 - Die Another Day (2002) - 2 hours, 12 minutes and 27 seconds
7 - A View to a Kill (1985) - 2 hours, 11 minutes and 19 seconds
8 - The Living Daylights (1987) - 2 hours, 10 minutes and 55 seconds
9 - Octopussy (1983) - 2 hours, 10 minutes and 50 seconds
10 - Thunderball (1965) - 2 hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds
11 - Goldeneye (1995) - 2 hours, 10 minutes and 1 second
12 - The World Is Not Enough (1999) - 2 hours, 8 minutes and 21 seconds
13 - For Your Eyes Only (1981) - 2 hours and 8 minutes*
14 - Moonraker (1979) - 2 hours, 6 minutes and 30 seconds
15 - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - 2 hours, 5 minutes and 41 seconds
16 - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - 2 hours, 5 minutes and 14 seconds
17 - Live and Let Die (1967) - 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds
18 - Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - 2 hours and 11 seconds
19 - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - 1 hour, 59 minutes and 21 seconds
20 - You Only Live Twice (1967) - 1 hour, 57 minutes and 2 seconds
21 - From Russia with Love (1963) - 1 hour, 55 minutes and 13 seconds
22 - Goldfinger (1964) - 1 hour, 50 minutes and 2 seconds
23 - Dr No (1962) - 1 hour, 49 minutes and 46 seconds
24 - Quantum of Solace (2008) - 1 hour, 46 minutes and 16 seconds
*For Your Eyes Only's running time is of 2 hours and EXACTLY 8 minutes, that's why i didn't add seconds
@Wepurpleyou said something about Lynch replacing Craig in future movies. I believed that as well - and to be fair, there were a lot of misleading articles. Now that I looked a bit more into it I found out that it's NOT officially confirmed that she will become the new lead of the franchise.
Here's what IS confirmed: James Bond quits his job (not the first time for Craig's Bond) and while he's in exile (probably the scenes in the trailers where he and Madeleine/Lea Seydoux seem to be couple) another MI6 agent (Nomi/Lashana Lynch) gets the 007 number. I would guess that those things happen at the beginning of the movie (similar to Skyfall when everyone thought Bond is dead).
That's what IS confirmed. That Nomi will keep the 007 number and become the main character of the next movie is NOT yet confirmed. Don't trust clickbait articles with misleading titles (as I and many others did).
I wish you all a nice day :)
What are your thoughts on confirmed casting of Lashana Lynch as new 007 agent? Lynch's character Nori will appear in No Time to Die and will replace Bond as Daniel Craig leaves the franchise. I am frustrated with this decision and I'll explain why if anyone wants to hear it, but now I am interested in your opinions. Please, no hate comments.
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What if they did a reboot version of Live and Let Die? Who would cast as the main villain?
The Man, The Myth, The Legend
He was the 1st actor who played James Bond. He was 90 years old
1 - License to Kill and Goldeneye (July 14, 1989-November 24, 1995) - 6 years, 4 months and 10 days
2 - Spectre and No Time to Die (October 26, 2015-April 2, 2021) - 5 years, 5 months and 7 days
3 - Die Another Day and Casino Royale (November 20, 2002-November 16, 2006) - 3 years, 11 months and 27 days
4 - Quantum of Solace and Skyfall (October 31, 2008-October 26, 2012) - 3 years, 11 months and 25 days
5 - Skyfall and Spectre (October 26, 2012-October 26, 2015) - 3 years
6 - The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day (November 26, 1999-November 20, 2002) - 2 years, 11 months and 25 days
7 - The Man with the Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me (December 19, 1974-July 7, 1977) - 2 years, 6 months and 19 days
8 - You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (June 13, 1967-December 18, 1969) - 2 years, 6 months and 5 days
9 - Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies (November 24, 1995-December 12, 1997) - 2 years and 18 days
10 - A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights (June 13, 1985-June 29, 1987) - 2 years and 16 days
11 - The Living Daylights and License to Kill (June 29, 1987-July 14, 1989) - 2 years and 15 days
12 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever (December 18, 1969-December 30, 1971) - 2 years and 12 days
13 - Octopussy and A View to a Kill (June 6, 1983-June 13, 1985) - 2 years and 7 days
14 - Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only (June 26, 1979-June 24, 1981) - 1 year, 11 months and 29 days
15 - The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (July 7, 1977-June 26, 1979) - 1 year, 11 months and 19 days
16 - Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace (November 16, 2006-October 31, 2008) - 1 year, 11 months and 15 days
17 - Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough (December 12, 1997-November 26, 1999) - 1 year, 11 months and 14 days
18 - For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy (June 24, 1981-June 6, 1983) - 1 year, 11 months and 13 days
19 - Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die (December 30, 1971-June 27, 1973) - 1 year, 5 months and 28 days
20 - Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun (June 27, 1973-December 19, 1974) - 1 year, 5 months and 22 days
21 - Thunderball and You Only Live Twice (December 29, 1965-June 13, 1967) - 1 year, 5 months and 15 days
22 - Goldfinger and Thunderball (September 18, 1964-December 29, 1965) - 1 year, 3 months and 11 days
23 - Dr No and From Russia with Love (October 5, 1962-October 11, 1963) - 1 year and 6 days
24 - From Russia with Love and Goldfinger (October 11, 1963-September 18, 1964) - 11 months and 7 days
For many, Sean Connery was the definitive James Bond. Suave and cold-hearted, his 007 was every inch the Cold War dinosaur of the books.
He strode across screen, licensed to kill. He moved like a panther, hungry and in search of prey. There was no contest. His great rival, Roger Moore, by contrast, simply cocked an eyebrow, smiled and did a quip.
But whereas Ian Fleming's hero went to Eton, Connery's own background was noticeably short of fast cars, beautiful women and vodka Martinis - either shaken or stirred.
Thomas Sean Connery was born in the Fountainbridge area of Edinburgh on 25 August 1930, the son of a Catholic factory worker and a Protestant domestic cleaner.
His father's family had emigrated from Ireland in the 19th Century; his mother traced her line back to Gaelic speakers from the Isle of Skye.
The area had been in decline for years. Young Tommy Connery was brought up in one room of a tenement with a shared toilet and no hot water.
He left school at 13 with no qualifications and delivered milk, polished coffins and laid bricks, before joining the Royal Navy. Three years later, he was invalided out of the service with stomach ulcers. His arms by now had tattoos which proclaimed his passions: "Scotland forever" and "Mum & Dad".
In Edinburgh, he gained a reputation as "hard man" when six gang members tried to steal from his coat. When he stopped them, he was followed. Connery launched a one-man assault which the future Bond won hands down.
He scraped a living any way he could. He drove trucks, worked as a lifeguard and posed as a model at the Edinburgh College of Art. He spent his spare time bodybuilding.
Too beautiful for words
The artist Richard Demarco, who as a student often painted Connery, described him as "too beautiful for words, a virtual Adonis".
A keen footballer, Connery was good enough to attract the attention of Matt Busby, who offered him a £25-a-week contract at Manchester United.
But, bitten by the acting bug when odd-jobbing at a local theatre, he decided a footballer's career was potentially too short and opted to pursue his luck on the stage. It was, he later said, "one of my more intelligent moves".
In 1953, he was in London competing in the Mr Universe competition. He heard that there were parts going in the chorus of a production of the musical South Pacific. By the following year, he was playing the role of Lieutenant Buzz Adams, made famous on Broadway by Larry Hagman.
American actor Robert Henderson encouraged Connery to educate himself. Henderson lent him works by Ibsen, Shakespeare and Bernard Shaw, and persuaded Connery to take elocution lessons.
Connery made the first of many appearances as a film extra in the 1954 movie Lilacs in the Spring. There were minor roles on television too, including a gangster in an episode of the BBC police drama Dixon of Dock Green.
The ladies will like him....
In 1957, he got his first leading role in Blood Money, a BBC reworking of Requiem for a Heavyweight, in which he portrayed a boxer whose career is in decline.
It had been made famous in America by Hollywood legend Jack Palance. When Palance refused to travel to London, the director's wife suggested Sean.
"The ladies will like him," she said.
A year later, he was alongside Lana Turner - proper Tinsel Town royalty - in the film Another Time, Another Place. Her boyfriend, the mobster Johnny Stompanato, reacted badly to rumours of a romance.
He stormed on set and pulled out a gun. Connery grabbed it from his hand and overpowered him, before others stepped in and kicked him off set.
He was praised for his role in the BBC drama, Blood Money
The name's Bond...
And then came Bond. Producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had acquired the rights to film Ian Fleming's novels and were looking for an actor to portray 007.
Richard Burton, Cary Grant and Rex Harrison were all considered, even Lord Lucan and the BBC's Peter Snow.
It was Broccoli's wife, Dana, who persuaded her husband that Connery had the magnetism and sexual chemistry for the part.
That view was not originally shared by Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. "I'm looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stuntman," he insisted.
But Broccoli was right, and Fleming was wrong. The author quickly changed his mind when he saw him on screen. He even wrote a half-Scottish history for the character in some of his later works.
A director friend, Terence Young, took Connery under his wing, taking him to expensive restaurants and casinos; teaching him how to carry himself, so the slightly gauche Scot would pass as a suave and sophisticated secret agent.
Connery made the character his own, blending ruthlessness with sardonic wit. Many critics didn't like it and some of the reviews were scathing. But the public did not agree.
The action scenes, sex and exotic locations were a winning formula. The first film, Dr No, made a pile of money at the box office. Even abroad it was hugely successful; with President Kennedy requesting a private screening at the White House.
More outings swiftly followed - From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967).
It was exhausting and occasionally dangerous. At one point, he was thrown into a pool full of sharks with only a flexi-glass screen for protection. When one of the creatures got through, Connery beat the hastiest of retreats.
There was other work, including Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, and The Hill, a drama about a wartime British Army prison in North Africa.
But by the time You Only Live Twice was completed, Connery was tiring of Bond and feared being typecast.
He turned down On Her Majesty's Secret Service, with the role given to Australian actor George Lazenby, whose career never recovered.
Saltzman and Broccoli lured Connery back for Diamonds Are Forever in 1971, meeting the actor's demand for a then record $1.25m fee. Connery used it to set up the Scottish International Education Trust, supporting the careers of up-and-coming Scottish artists.
The film had mixed reviews, with some critics complaining the film relied too much on camp humour, a theme that would continue and develop under his successor, Roger Moore.
Connery starred in the Rudyard Kipling tale The Man Who Would Be King alongside his great friend Michael Caine, but most of the next decade was spent in supporting roles, such as in Time Bandits, or as part of an ensemble cast in films like A Bridge Too Far.
Never Say Never
Having lost a lot of money in a Spanish land deal, he accepted a lucrative offer to play Bond again, in Never Say Never Again. This time 007 was an ageing hero; older, wiser and self-deprecating but ultimately still as hard as nails.
The title was suggested by Connery's wife, who reminded her husband he had vowed "never to play Bond again".
He continued to play other parts, winning a Bafta for his performance as William of Baskerville in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
A year later, his performance as a world-weary Irish beat cop, albeit with a definite Scottish accent, in The Untouchables, won him an Oscar for best supporting actor.
In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, he played Harrison Ford's father, despite being only 12 years older. And there was a knowing nod towards James Bond alongside Nicolas Cage in The Rock, where he was a British secret agent kept imprisoned for decades.
There was box office success for The Hunt for Red October, The Russia House and Entrapment; although First Knight and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen failed to take off.
And he turned down the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings in 2006, declaring himself tired of acting and sick of the "idiots now making films in Hollywood".
He was briefly considered for the role of the gamekeeper in the 2012 Bond film Skyfall, but the director, Sam Mendes, wisely felt it would be distracting to have a previous 007 appear with Daniel Craig.
Always hating the Hollywood lifestyle, he preferred to play golf at his homes in Spain, Portugal and the Caribbean with his second wife, Micheline Roqubrune, an artist he had met in Morocco.
His previous marriage, to the Australian actress Diane Cilento, had ended in 1975 amid allegations he had been violent towards her and had a string of affairs. They had one son, the actor Jason Connery.
He claimed he remained true to his Scottish roots despite living abroad
Despite his exile, he retained a full throated passion for Scotland, despite once misguidedly endorsing a Japanese blend of whisky.
He attributed his short fuse and his "moodiness" to his Celtic genes. "My view is that to get anywhere in life you have to be anti-social,'' he once said. "Otherwise you'll end up being devoured."
A long overdue knighthood, finally awarded in 2000, was reportedly held up by the Labour government because of his support for Scottish independence.
In truth, his Bond is now a museum piece; the portrayal of women impossibly dated. The action scenes are still thrilling, but the sex too often bordered on the non-consensual.
Thankfully, it's been a while since 007 slapped a woman on the backside and forced a kiss. But Connery's performance was of its time, enjoyed by millions of both sexes and gave the silver screen a 20th Century icon.
He leaves behind him a body of work that any actor would be proud of and, not least, a vacancy for the title "Greatest Living Scot".
Ian Fleming was 56 years, 2 months and 15 days old when he died and it's now been 56 years, 2 months and 16 days since he died
Ian Fleming's lifespan (May 28, 1908-August 12, 1964): 56 years, 2 months and 15 days
Time since Ian Fleming died as of today (August 12, 1964-October 28, 2020): 56 years, 2 months and 16 days
Whats the age rating of all BoNd FiLmS