This 007 timeline is a comprehensive list of important dates in the history of the James Bond franchise and the real history behind it. It lists all the important events which have taken place from the character's inception in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, to the present day.
Events are split into sections based on when they occurred, first by decade, then year and finally by month.
- January 4: Birth of James Bond, ornithologist.
- May 28: Writer Ian Fleming is born in Mayfair, London to Evelyn St Croix Rose, and Valentine Fleming, a Member of Parliament.
- April 5: Film producer Albert R. Broccoli is born in Queens, New York City, United States, the younger of two children born to Italian immigrants, Giovanni Broccoli and Kristina Vence.
- Desmond Llewelyn is born.
- July 28: Beginning of the Great War also known as World War 1.
- October 27: Producer Harry Saltzman is born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the son of Jewish immigrants.
- April 16: Barry Nelson is born.
- May 20: Valentine Fleming, father of Ian, killed in the Great War.
- Russian Revolution.
- November: End of World War 1.
- Creation of the Soviet Union.
- April 16: Kingsley Amis, author of Colonel Sun, The Book of Bond and non-fiction related to Bond, is born.
- June 8: Screenwriter Kevin McClory is born in Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin, in the Irish Free State.
- November 20: John Gardner, writer of the Bond novels from 1981 to 1996, is born.
- February 14: Lois Maxwell is born
- May 27: Christopher Lee is born.
- October 14: Roger Moore is born in Stockwell, London, England.
- April 4: Birth of Monty Norman, composer of the James Bond theme.
- November 12: Bob Holness is born in South Africa
- August 25: Sean Connery is born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland.
- November 3: John Barry is born, composer of many Bond film scores.
- First publication of James Bond's Birds of the West Indies, which Ian Fleming later buys.
- May: Ian Fleming is recruited by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence of the Royal Navy, to become his personal assistant.
- September 1: Outbreak of World War 2.
- September 5: George Lazenby was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia.
- September 12: Operation Ruthless, a plan aimed at obtaining details of the Enigma codes used by Nazi Germany's navy, was instigated by a memo written by Fleming to Godfrey.
- January 21: Michael G.Wilson was born in New York City, New York.
- Fleming formed a unit of commandos, known as No. 30 Commando or 30 Assault Unit (30AU), composed of specialist intelligence troops.
- April 14: The creation of the real life SMERSH, initially targeted mostly at German agents in the Soviet Union.
- December 17: Christopher Cazenove is born.
- May: Fleming is demobilised and becomes the Foreign Manager in the Kemsley newspaper group, owners of The Sunday Times. He works full-time for the paper until December 1959, but continues to write articles until at least 1961.
- March 21: Actor Timothy Dalton is born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, United Kingdom. Some sources disagree about his year of birth, providing instead 1944.
- February 15: To distract himself from his forthcoming nuptials, Fleming starts writing Casino Royale at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica.
- March 18: Fleming finishes work on the script and shows it to an ex-girlfriend, Clare Blanchard, who advises him not to publish it at all, but that if he does so, it should be under another name.
- March 24: Ian Fleming marries Lady Anne Rothermere in Port Maria's town hall, Jamaica.
- May 12: Fleming lunches with William Plomer of publisher Jonathan Cape to discuss his book.
- July: Jonathan Cape Publishers agree to publish Casino Royale with the help of Peter Fleming, Ian's brother.
- January: Fleming starts writing The Undertaker's Wind at Goldeneye, later changing the title to Live and Let Die.
- April 13: Fleming publishes his first novel, Casino Royale in London, establishing the character of James Bond. It was estimated that a copy sold out every six and a half minutes and by the end of May, the first print run had sold out.
- October: British and American film studios show interest in the film rights to Casino Royale, but both deals fall through.
- January: Ian Fleming starts writing Moonraker at Goldeneye.
- March 23: Casino Royale first published in the US by Macmillan.
- April 11: The Sunday Chronicle from Colombo, Ceylon attributes front page story to "James Bond".
- May: Hollywood producer Gregory Ratoff buys option to Casino Royale CBS Television buys TV rights to the novel.
- October 21: An hour-long television adaptation of Casino Royale is aired as an episode of CBS's dramatic anthology series Climax Mystery Theater.
- January: Fleming starts writing Diamonds are Forever at Goldeneye.
- March: Hollywood producer Gregory Ratoff purchases full film rights to Casino Royale.
- April: The first US paperback edition of Casino Royale published by Pocket Books under the title You Asked For It. Also, the first British paperback edition of Casino Royale published by Pan Books, selling 41,000 copies.
- September: Fleming visits Istanbul and takes the Orient Express. In Istanbul, he meets Pedro Armendariz who will later play Kerim Bey in From Russia with Love.
- September 6: Birth of Raymond Benson, author of non-fiction and role playing games about James Bond, and Bond novelist from 1997 to 2002.
- Mid-September: Moonraker is published in the US, initially under the variant title Too Hot to Handle.
- Mid-November: American actor John Payne and the Rank Organization battle for the film rights to Moonraker.
- December: The first spoof of James Bond, by John Russell, appears in the Christmas issue of The Spectator.
- c.1955-58: Moonraker is adapted for radio by the Durban Repertory Theatre and aired on the South African Broadcasting Corporation's Springbok Radio. Possibly not authorized by Fleming or his agents, it was the first radio adaptation of a 007 novel and starred actor Bob Holness as Bond. Unlike the American TV adaptation, this portrays Bond as British.
- March: Actor John Payne quits negotiations for a film of Moonraker. Later, British actor Ian Hunter shows interest.
- March 25: Raymond Chandler writes an admiring review of Fleming's Bond novels for The London Sunday Times.
- March 26: Fleming's fourth novel, Diamonds Are Forever is published in the UK.
- May: Gun expert Geoffrey Boothroyd complains to Fleming that Bond's Beretta 418 is a "Lady's gun" and suggests a Walther PPK instead.
- Summer: Fleming writes a treatment for a television series set in Jamaica with a hero named James Gunn and a villain called Dr. No.
- August: Fleming commissions artist Richard Chopping to paint the cover of From Russia, with Love.
- December: Henry Morgenthau reports to Fleming that he's failed to sell the idea of a "James Gunn" TV series.
- December: The US paperback of Moonraker is published under the title Too Hot to Handle by Permabooks. This edition was rewritten to Americanise the British idioms used.
- April 8: The fifth Bond novel, From Russia, with Love, is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. Fleming toys with the idea of killing off the James Bond character, unsure of whether he should write another Bond novel or not.
- April: Fleming meets with MI5 agent, John Collard, in Tangier to discuss efforts to stop African diamond smuggling. Later in September, The Sunday Times runs articles by Fleming on diamond smuggling.
- July 7: John McLusky draws James Bond comic in London Daily Express (he later adapts 13 Fleming novels).
- Popular Library in the US reissues Casino Royale in paperback; for reasons unknown its title is changed to You Asked for It.
- February: Pan publishes paperback edition of Diamonds are Forever, selling 68,000 in 1958 (and 592,000 in 1964).
- March 31: Fleming's sixth novel, Dr. No, is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. The novel was originally a screenplay written in 1956 for what would have been a television show entitled Commander Jamaica. It marks the first appearance of both Major Boothroyd and Bond's signature weapon, the Walther PPK.
- May: Actor Sean Connery stars in a Disney film which brings him to producer Albert R. Broccoli's attention when casting begins for Dr. No.
- June 12: Fleming writes an outline for a Bond television series which becomes the premise of For Your Eyes Only.
- Summer: Fleming and his friend, Ivar Bryce, begin talking about the possibility of a James Bond film. Irving Allen, Broccoli's partner in Warwick Films, meets with Fleming.
- Winter: Bryce introduces Fleming to a young Irish writer and director, Kevin McClory, and the three of them, together with Fleming and Bryce's friend Ernest Cuneo, form the partnership Xanadu Productions.
- March 23: Goldfinger, the seventh novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape.
- May: Fleming, Bryce, Cuneo and McClory come up with a story outline based on an aeroplane full of celebrities, and a female lead called Fatima Blush. Over the next few months there are ten various outlines, treatments and scripts.
- July: Fleming writes a memo to Ernst Cuneo and Kevin McClory, creating the criminal organization SPECTRE.
- Late Summer: Fleming writes a film treatment including a stolen atomic bomb, and underwater battle and characters named Domino and Largo.
- October 21: Fleming writes a second film treatment called "James Bond of the Secret Service".
- December 21: After McClory brings in writer Jack Whittingham to work with Fleming, they meet in New York to begin a full-fledged screenplay which will be titled "Longitude 78 West" (or, later, "Thunderball").
- American editions of Moonraker revert to the original title.
- January 4: Fleming writes the novel Thunderball at Goldeneye, based on the film outlines developed with Whittingham and McClory.
- February: Pan publishes Dr. No paperback in the UK, selling 115,000 copies in 1960 (530,000 in 1964).
- April 11: A collection of short stories by Ian Fleming are published in the UK by Jonathan Cape under the title For Your Eyes Only.
- June 18: Barbara Broccoli was born in Los Angeles, CA.
- December: Harry Saltzman secures options on all existing and future Ian Fleming titles (except one).
- March 17: In an article in LIFE Magazine, US President John F. Kennedy lists From Russia, with Love as number nine of his ten favourite books. This causes a massive increase in sales as a result.
- March 27: Thunderball, the eighth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. Notably, it introduces Bond's nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
- April 12: Days after a hearing to stop the publication of Thunderball, Fleming suffers a heart attack.
- May: Harry Saltzman is introduced to Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli by a mutual friend, screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz.
- June 20: Broccoli and Saltzman make a deal with United Artists to finance first 007 film with a $1 million budget.
- January 16: Fifth and final draft of Dr. No screenplay revisions completed.
- January-March: Shooting begins in Jamaica on Dr. No. First shot - Bond in the phone booth at Kingston Airport.
- April 16: The Spy Who Loved Me , the ninth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series is published. It is the shortest novel in the series, and is told from the first-person perspective of a woman named Vivienne Michel, rather than the third-person used in the other books.
- Spring: Filming concludes on Dr. No after 58 days.
- March 30: Fleming involved in brief collaboration with TV producer that leads to series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- June: Argosy publishes Berlin Escape, later titled The Living Daylights.
- June 21: Original recording of the James Bond theme.
- October 5: Dr. No, the first EON Productions James Bond film, premieres at the London Palladium.
- Ian Fleming's short story "Property of a Lady" is published in the 1963 book The Ivory Hammer: The Year at Sotheby's: 219th Season 1962-1963.
- April 1: On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the tenth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series is published. It is the first Fleming novel published after the release of the film Dr. No.
- April 1-August 23: Shooting of From Russia with Love.
- May 9: Dr. No opens in the US.
- May: Pan publishes a second paperback edition of Thunderball in the UK, selling 808,000 copies during the course of the year.
- October 10: The film version of From Russia with Love opens at the London Palladium. Notably, it is the first time the character of Ernst Stavro Blofeld appears on screen, with Desmond Llewelyn making his first appearance as Q.
- November 19: Ten-day court case ends after McClory takes Fleming to court over the publication of Thunderball, suing him for plagiarism. Fleming and Ivar Bryce agree to settle out of court. McClory gains the literary and film rights for the screenplay, while Fleming is given the rights to the novel, although it has to be recognised as being "based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and the Author".
- Roger Moore, nearly a decade before his film debut as 007, portrays James Bond in a comedy skit for the comedy series Mainly Millicent. Moore is currently starring in the TV series, The Saint, and around this time an episode of the series ends with a woman mistaking Moore's character, Simon Templar, for James Bond.
- January-March: James Bond, the ornithologist whose name was used as Agent 007, visits Fleming at Goldeneye.
- March 16: You Only Live Twice, the eleventh novel (and twelfth book) in Ian Fleming's James Bond series of stories is published. It is the final Bond novel to be released in Fleming's lifetime.
- March 19: Connery begins work on Goldfinger at Pinewood Studios Stage D. The film wraps on location on July 11.
- April: Paul McCartney, member of the English rock band The Beatles, visits Pinewood to see the Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger and orders one.
- August 12: Fleming dies at age 56 of a heart attack in Canterbury, Kent, England.
- September 17: The third Eon Productions film Goldfinger is premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, with general release in the United Kingdom the following day. The United States premiere occurs on 21 December 1964, at the DeMille Theatre in New York. The film opened in 64 cinemas across 41 cities and eventually peaked at 485 screens.
- February-March: In France, stores sell $3 million in Bond merchandise during the French release of Goldfinger.
- April 5: Angie Dickenson presents the Oscar for Best Sound Effects to Norman Wanstall for Goldfinger.
- April 1: The Man with the Golden Gun, the twelfth novel (and thirteenth book) of Ian Fleming's James Bond series is posthumously published. It is the first and only full-length Bond novel by Fleming published after his death, though some short stories remain unpublished.
- June: Playboy publishes The Man with the Golden Gun, along with a 12-page pictorial of Ursula Andress in the same issue.
- November: Playboy publishes a James Bond issue including a notorious interview with Sean Connery.
- November 26: David Wolper's documentary, The Incredible World of James Bond, airs pulling a large 50 share.
- February 16: Filming commences the fourth Eon Productions film Thunderball after producers Broccoli and Saltzman agree with McClory to cinematically adapt the novel. The joint production stops McClory from making any further versions of the novel for a period of ten years following the release of the Eon-produced version.
- December 9: The fourth Eon Productions film Thunderball premieres in Tokyo, Japan and opens on 21 December in New York and 29 December in London. Variety reported that Thunderball was the number-one money maker of 1966 at the North American box office by a large margin, with a net profit of $26,500,000.
- March: Jonathan Cape posthumously publishes Octopussy and The Living Daylights, a collection of two of Fleming's short stories.
- April 18: At the Academy Awards ceremony, John Stears wins for Best Visual Effects for Thunderball.
- July 4: Filming begins on You Only Live Twice. On July 27th, fans mob Connery and Diane Cilento upon their arrival in Tokyo. That day at a press conference, Connery remarks that "Japanese women are just not sexy."
- October 7 & 14: Fleming's biography is published in LIFE and The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson is also published by McGraw-Hill.
- November 1: O.K. Connery (also known as Operation Kid Brother and Operation Double 007), an Italian-produced 007 spoof starring Sean Connery's younger brother, opens. The film's cast included several actors from the Eon James Bond film series - Adolfo Celi, Daniela Bianchi, Anthony Dawson, along with Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell.
- November 11: Donald Pleasence is brought in as Blofeld for You Only Live Twice at the last minute replacing Czech actor Jan Werich, who both Gilbert and Broccoli determine is not menacing enough – the official excuse being that Werich is ill.
- April 11: You Only Live Twice opens in London at the Odeon, Leicester Square. It opens at the New York Astor on June 13th.
- April 13: The non-Eon James Bond satire Casino Royale is released. Although it parodies James Bond, it strays far from the original character.
- May: Pan publishes The Spy Who Loved Me in paperback in the UK for the first time. It sells 517,000 copies.
- May 21: Roger Moore's long-running British television series, The Saint, debuts in America on NBC.
- June: Connery is released from his Bond contract and announces his refusal to return in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- July: Pan publishes a paperback edition of Octopussy and the Living Daylight; the title is shortened to Octopussy and a third short story is added. It sells 79,000 copies in the UK 1967 and 362,000 copies in 1968.
- Spring: Random House publishes 003½: The Adventures of James Bond Junior.
- April: The search for a new 007 is narrowed to five candidates including: John Richardson, Anthony Rogers, Robert Campbell, Hans de Vries, and George Lazenby.
- September 5: Richard Maibaum completes shooting script for On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- March 2: Daniel Craig is born in Chester, United Kingdom.
- March 28: Colonel Sun - the first continuation James Bond novel published after the death of Ian Fleming - is published by Glidrose Productions and written by Kingsley Amis under the pen name of Robert Markham.
- October 21: Shooting begins for On Her Majesty's Secret Service at a Swiss mountaintop restaurant staged as SPECTRE HQ, Piz Gloria.
- Notwithstanding the paperback release of Colonel Sun, this is the first year since 1952 that there hasn't been any new (or previously unpublished) James Bond literature.
- June 23: On Her Majesty's Secret Service wraps up production, 58 days behind schedule.
- August 4: John Barry, Academy Award composer for previous Bond films, is signed by the producers Broccoli and Saltzman to score On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- November 19: The LP soundtrack of On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World" are released.
- November: George Lazenby steps down from the role as James Bond following advice that the Bond series was outdated, and unresolved disputes with Broccoli and Saltzman.
- December 18: Eon Productions' sixth 007 film (and the first to not star Sean Connery), On Her Majesty's Secret Service, premieres at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
- Winter: Corgi releases On Her Majesty's Secret Service toys including the Ford Escort, Mercury Cougar, Ford Capri, SPECTRE Mercedes and the James Bond bobsled.
- February 7: The LP soundtrack of On Her Majesty's Secret Service makes the charts, reaching #103.
- Autumn: Richard Maibaum completes screenplay of Diamonds Are Forever. Producers hire writer Tom Mankiewicz.
- February: Connery retakes role of Bond, replacing John Gavin and signs on with Eon Productions for more than $1 million of the total $7 million Diamonds Are Forever budget.
- February 24: Screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz completes first draft of the Diamonds Are Forever script.
- April: Connery makes a nine-week tour of the US filming Diamonds Are Forever before production moves to Pinewood Studios in England.
- August: Filming of Diamonds Are Forever wraps up.
- September: ABC's short-lived series The Persuaders debuts, starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis with musical score by John Barry.
- December 14: The seventh film in the Eon Productions film franchise, Diamonds Are Forever, has its UK premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square. It grossed $116 million worldwide, of which $43 million was from the United States.
- January: John Brosnan's James Bond in the Cinema is published in the US by Tantivy Press.
- January 8: The LP soundtrack of Diamonds Are Forever hits the charts eventually reaching #74. The single Diamonds Are Forever with Shirley Bassey as vocals, hits the charts on January 29th to eventually reach #57.
- January: United Artists sells television rights for the 007 films to ABC for an unprecedented sum of $17 million.
- Spring: Producer Harry Saltzman approaches Roger Moore to play Bond. Moore accepts, then changes his home phone number from 2-007.
- July 4: British playwright and screenwriter Jack Whittingham dies of a heart attack in Valletta, Malta.
- September 17: ABC-TV airs network premiere of Goldfinger, the first televised Eon Productions James Bond film, and gains a 49-point share and a 31.1 rating - a record as one of the most-watched programs in television history.
- BBC screens Omnibus: The British Hero with Christopher Cazenove as Bond. Although the adaptations are small segments, they are also more faithful to Fleming's books than many of the Eon productions.
- January 7: Richard Maibaum finishes the first draft of the screenplay for The Man with the Golden Gun.
- June 27: The release of Live and Let Die in the United States; the eighth film in the James Bond film series, and the first to star Roger Moore as Bond. The world premiere was at Odeon Leicester Square in London on 6 July 1973, with general release in the United Kingdom on the same day.
- July 7: Fawcett Gold Medal paperbacks publishes Roger Moore's James Bond Diary.
- July: The single of Paul McCartney & Wings' title song from Live and Let Die hits the charts eventually reaching #2.
- November 6: Shooting begins for The Man with the Golden Gun, at Hong Kong harbor with ocean liner wreck.
- January: Richard Schenkman and Bob Forlini start the first ever James Bond fan club in Yonkers, New York. Their first newsletter Bondage is published.
- April 9: Filming of The Man with the Golden Gun begins in Thailand with shots of the Cessna 206/Seabee and the opening credits with Scaramanga, Andrea Anders, Nick Nack, and gangster Rodney.
- April 12: The theme song for Live and Let Die becomes the first James Bond movie theme to be nominated for the Best Song Academy Award, though it loses to the theme from The Way We Were (ironically written by future Bond movie theme composer, Marvin Hamlisch).
- June 24: Crew of The Man with the Golden Gun return to Pinewood Studios to begin eight weeks of interiors.
- November 18: Lulu's title theme single The Man with the Golden Gun is released by Chelsea Records.
- December 19: The ninth Eon James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun is premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, with general release in the United Kingdom the same day. The film was made with an estimated budget of $7 million; despite initial good returns from the box office, The Man with the Golden Gun grossed a total of $97.6 million at the worldwide box office, with $21 million earned in the USA, making it the fourth lowest-grossing Bond film in the series.
- October 2: Ian Fleming's troubled son, Caspar, dies of a suicidal drug overdose.
- December: After suffering troubling financial disputes, his wife's diagnosis of terminal cancer, and depression, producer Harry Saltzman sells United Artists his 50% stake in Danjaq, LLC, the parent company of Eon Productions, for £20 million.
- Kevin McClory first announces that he is remaking Thunderball under the title Warhead. The concept would remain in limbo before eventually being replaced by the Never Say Never Again project.
- December 11: British-American Chamber of Commerce honors Roger Moore as Man of the Year.
- February 16, 23: ABC telecasts On Her Majesty's Secret Service in a bizarre two-part broadcast. 
- April 22: Construction of the 007 sound-stage begins at Pinewood Studios under direction of set designer Ken Adam.
- July: Production of The Spy Who Loved Me begins on location at Auqituq National Park in Canada, Sardinia, and the Great Pyramids of Egypt.
- October 31: ABC-TV airs the network premiere of Live and Let Die. By this time, ABC is airing the films with a uniquely worded parental advisory.
- December 5: The 007 Stage - one of the largest silent stages in the world - is officially opened at Pinewood Studios in a ceremony attended by former British Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. ABC-TV airs the network premiere of Diamonds are Forever (even though it already aired the film that followed it a few months earlier).
- July 23: Nobody Does It Better, the title song from The Spy Who Loved Me, hits the charts eventually reaching #2. On August 27th, the LP soundtrack of The Spy Who Loved Me hits the charts eventually reaching #40.
- Winter: British sales of the British Pan Bond paperback editions hit 27,863,500 copies.
- December: BBC-TV broadcasts a four-part series on the filming of The Spy Who Loved Me.
- July 7: The Spy Who Loved Me, the tenth Eon James Bond film and the first to be made without Harry Saltzman, opens with a Royal Premiere attended by Princess Anne at the Odeon Leicester Square. It grossed $185.4 million worldwide, with $46 million in the United States alone. On 25 August 2006, the film was re-released at the Empire Leicester Square Cinema for one week.
- March 29: The Best Original Song Nominee Nobody Does It Better is performed by Aretha Franklin on the Academy Awards telecast.
- Winter: Former-Bond George Lazenby appears in a Sony commercial as a 007-ish "Secret Agent" meeting a "Q"-like character. In the years to come, Lazenby will spoof Bond in numerous productions.
- February 27: Principal photography for Moonraker finishes in France.
- June 25-30: The Museum of Modern Art in New York shows a James Bond exhibit.
- June 26: The premiere of the eleventh Eon James Bond film Moonraker, in the Odeon Leicester Square, United Kingdom; grossing $70,308,099 in the UK. Three days after the UK release, it went on general release in the US, opening in 788 cinemas. On mainland Europe, the most common month of release was in August 1979. Given that the film was produced largely in France, and it involved some notable French actors, the French premiere for the film was relatively late, released in that country on 10 October 1979. Moonraker grossed a worldwide total of $210,300,000.
- July: Playboy profiles the James Bond character in a cover story devoted to "The Girls of James Bond".
- January 20: ITV broadcasts Live and Let Die for the first time in the United Kingdom. The film holds the record for the most viewed broadcast film on television in the UK by attracting 23.5 million viewers.
- April 14: Moonraker is nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards.
- Spring: Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson base next Bond script on stories For Your Eyes Only and Risico.
- July 6: Roger Moore, angry over secret tests of other actors, states categorically that he will not play Bond again.
- Autumn: 24-year-old Ross Hendry of Harrow, Middlesex, founds the James Bond British Fan Club.
- September 2: Production of For Your Eyes Only begins in the North Sea, with three days shooting exterior scenes with the St. Georges.
- September: Steven Jay Rubin's The James Bond Films is published.
- November: ABC-TV broadcasts The Spy Who Loved Me for the first time on free television in the US.
- Late 1980: Playboy and United Artists sponsor Bond Girl contest. The winner Robbin Young appears in For Your Eyes Only.
- January 1: Production of For Your Eyes Only moves to Cortina d'Ampezzo in Italy, where filming wraps in February. Since it is not snowing at the time of filming, the producers pay for trucks to bring snow from nearby mountains, which is then dumped in the city's streets.
- January 7: RCA Selectavision buys the laser-disc rights to the 007 films for $1.5 million.
- January 16: After being admitted in November 1980 to the Royal Free Hospital in London, suffering from stomach cancer, actor Bernard Lee dies. Consequently, the upcoming For Your Eyes Only will be the first and only 007 film without the character M.
- April: John Gardner's first James Bond continuation novel, Licence Renewed, is published in the UK and in the US.
- Summer: Film historian Jim Schoenberger discovers kinescope of CBS "Climax!" broadcast of Casino Royale.
- June 24: Premiere of the twelfth Eon James Bond film For Your Eyes Only at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, setting an all-time opening-day record for any film at any cinema in the UK with a gross of £14,998. The film went on general release in the UK the same day. For Your Eyes Only had its North American premiere in Canada and the US on Friday 26 June, at approximately 1,100 cinemas.
- July 1: Marvel Comics publishes its comic book adaptation of For Your Eyes Only as issue 19 of Marvel Comics Super Special. It is later repackaged as a two-issue comic book.
- July 24-26: James Bond Weekend in Century City, California; George Lazenby and Hervé Villechaize attend.
- August 3: "For Your Eyes Only" by Sheena Easton is released as a single. It is the first James Bond theme to have a music video produced, and, related to this, Easton is the first (and, to date, only) singer to perform a Bond theme on screen during the opening credits.
- After his previous failure to begin production of Warhead, Kevin McClory finds a production company set up by a top Hollywood lawyer and announces a new project. Again, it would be a remake of Thunderball starring Sean Connery. It would become Never Say Never Again.
- The release of the first James Bond video game, Shaken but Not Stirred. A text-based adventure game developed and published by Richard Shepherd Software, it was released in the United Kingdom for the ZX Spectrum.
- March 29: Sheena Easton performs "For Your Eyes Only" on the Academy Awards, with the song becoming the third Bond theme to receive a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. The associated production number includes Richard Kiel as Jaws and, in one of his final public appearances, Harold Sakata reprising Oddjob.
- At some point in the pre-production of Octopussy, American actor James Brolin is nearly signed to replace Roger Moore as James Bond, but a last-minute deal results in Moore returning.
- August 10: Filming commences on the thirteenth film, Octopussy, with a scene set on location at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin.
- August 20: Whilst performing research for Octopussy, production designer, Peter Lamont, is among the passengers held on-board a hijacked Indian Airlines flight from Mumbai to New Delhi.
- October 1: The romantic detective series Remington Steele debuts on NBC and makes an instant star out of its lead actor, Pierce Brosnan. Almost immediately, fans begin looking at him as a possible future heir to the role of James Bond.
- April: John Gardner's 007 continuation novel, Icebreaker, is published in the US with a UK release in the summer.
- April 5: George Lazenby appears as a "Bondesque" character, complete with gadget-equipped Aston Martin DB5 (with 'JB' plates), in the CBS-TV broadcast of The Return of the Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair. This is an acknowledgement of Ian Fleming's contribution to the creation of the TV series.
- June 6: The premiere of the thirteenth Eon James Bond movie Octopussy at the Odeon Leicester Square, with Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in attendance. The film subsequently opens in the US on June 10th and, overall, earned slightly less than For Your Eyes Only, but still grossed $187,500,000, with $67.8 million in the United States alone.
- June: The ABC-TV special, James Bond: The First 21 Years is featured with President Reagan honoring a tribute to 007.
- September 13: In the US, Victory Games introduces a series of James Bond, 007 role-playing games.
- October 5: A newly discovered asteroid is named 9007 James Bond in honour of Ian Fleming.
- October 7: The non-Eon James Bond film and remake of the 1965 film Thunderball - Never Say Never Again - is released by Warner Bros, featuring the one-off return of Sean Connery as Bond.
- October 8: Author Steve Rubin hosts the "007 Master Trivia Marathon" at a theater complex near Los Angeles.
- November 4: A double feature of Moonraker and From Russia with Love is put into limited release for a week, the sole fruit of a larger reissue plan at Eon intended to compete with Never Say Never Again.
- A side-scrolling video game titled James Bond 007 is developed and published by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, ColecoVision, and Commodore 64.
- Spring: John Gardner's third Bond continuation novel Role of Honour is published in the US by Putnam and in the UK by Jonathan Cape.
- April: Philip Gurin's The James Bond Trivia Quiz Book is published in the US by Arbor House.
- April 18: Prince Andrew, Duke of York is the guest of honour at an Olympic fundraiser attended by such Bond alumni as Roger Moore, John Barry, Sheena Easton, Anthony Newley and Tom Jones.
- June 20: Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson complete screenplay for A View to a Kill. The script undergoes eleven revisions.
- June 27: The 007 Stage is burnt to the ground towards the end of filming of Ridley Scott's Legend.
- Mid-August: Production begins on A View to a Kill.
- January 7: After being rebuilt, the 007 Stage is reopened with the new name, the "Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage".
- May 22: A View to a Kill, the fourteenth entry in the Eon series of James Bond films is premiered at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, where stuntman B.J. Worth jumped with a parachute to City Hall. The UK charity premiere was held on 12th June at the Odeon Leicester Square Cinema in London, with Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in attendance. It achieved a box office collection of $152.4 million worldwide with $50.3 million in the US alone and would be the last to star Roger Moore as 007.
- May 25: "The James Bond 007 Master Trivia Tournament" is held at AMC Puente 10 Theatres in Industry, California.
- June 13: Roger Moore and Producer Albert R. Broccoli meet and mutually agree that it is time for a younger actor to take over from the 58 year old veteran. Broccoli, however, claims that he let Moore go from the role.
- Autumn: Following the financial and critical disappointment of A View to a Kill, work begins on scripts for Bond 15.
- November 26: Variety reports that Roger Moore has notified Cubby Broccoli that he will not be returning as James Bond.
- December 3: Roger Moore officially announces his retirement from the role after 12 years and 7 films.
- Two separate computer games are released to tie-in with the film A View to a Kill. The first, an action game titled A View to a Kill: The Computer Game, is developed and published by Domark. The second game, titled James Bond 007: A View to a Kill, is a text-based adventure video game developed by Angelsoft and published by Mindscape.
- Spring: After an extensive search for a new actor to play Bond (involving auditions by New Zealander Sam Neill, Irish-born Pierce Brosnan and Welshman Timothy Dalton) the producers eventually offer the role to Brosnan after a three-day screen-test. No formal announcement was made by the Bond producers.
- Spring: John Gardner's fifth James Bond continuation novel Nobody Lives For Ever is published in the US by Putnam.
- May 17: Moore is awarded Friars' Man of the Year with Frank Sinatra as toast-master and Dean Martin and Cary Grant participating.
- June 28: Sotheby's Entertainment Memorabilia Auction sells the Aston Martin DB5 (BMT216A) from Goldfinger for $275,000.
- July 15: Due to the publicity Brosnan is receiving as the heir-apparent to the licence to kill, television network NBC exercises a 60-day option in his contract to make a further season of the recently cancelled show Remington Steele. Brosnan, with his 7-year contract, is obliged to return to the show.
- August 6: Bond producer Albert Broccoli withdraws the offer given to Brosnan, citing that he does not want the character associated with a contemporary TV series. Timothy Dalton, whose name has never been publicly mentioned as a contender prior to late July, is named the 4th James Bond on August 7th. Shooting on The Living Daylights is consequently postponed to late September in order to allow Dalton to complete another movie.
- September 29: The Living Daylights begins filming.
- December 11: Royal dignitaries Prince Charles and Princess Diana visit the set of The Living Daylights to meet the new James Bond, Timothy Dalton.
- The text-based video game James Bond 007: Goldfinger (based on the 1964 film) developed by Angelsoft and published by Mindscape. is released for the PC, Macintosh, and Apple II platforms.
- January 25: Pierce Brosnan stars in a US James Bond-like Diet Coke® commercial premiering during Super Bowl XXI.
- February 13: Production wraps on The Living Daylights.
- April: Esquire publishes an interview with Sean Connery titled, "So... we meet at last, Mr. Bond: an encounter with Sean Connery."
- May 13: In the US, Roger Moore hosts the ABC-TV special, Happy Anniversary, 007 commemorating the 25th anniversary of Bond.
- June 5-July 23: New York Museum of Modern Art holds 007 exhibition, with screenings of fourteen Bond films.
- June 29: The 15th Eon James Bond film (and the first to feature Timothy Dalton as 007) The Living Daylights is premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London, with Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in attendance. The film was released in the US on July 31 and grossed the equivalent of $191.2 million worldwide. In the United States it earned $51,185,000, including an opening weekend of $11,051,284.
- August 29: Retired 007 actor, Roger Moore hosts Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond, an hour-long television documentary on the history of Bond for the 25th anniversary of the film series.
- September: Playboy has a cover feature "The Women of James Bond," with an accompanying Maryam d'Abo pictorial.
- September: Publisher Domark Software releases the platform game The Living Daylights (based on the eponymous film) for Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Commodore 64, MSX, and ZX Spectrum platforms.
- December 9: Connery is interviewed on US television by ABC-TV's Barbara Walters, discussing his reasons for leaving the role of 007.
- January 24: A second 007-style Diet Coke® commercial starring Pierce Brosnan airs during Super Bowl XXII, with Brosnan fighting ninjas on a train.
- March 11: Sean Connery opens the Academy Awards with the phrase "The name is Connery, Sean Connery." Later that evening he receives the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Untouchables.
- April 13: Roger Moore attends the unveiling of a Bond statuette in his image at Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, California.
- May 5: Michael G. Wilson completes the script of Licence to Kill "from a story by Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson."
- May: John Gardner's eighth James Bond continuation novel, Scorpius, is published in the US by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- July 18: Shooting begins on Licence to Kill in Mexico City's Churubusco Studios.
- The speedboat racing game Live and Let Die (based on the 1973 film) is released for Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, and ZX Spectrum platforms. It is developed by Elite Systems International and published by Domark Software.
- Fall of the Berlin Wall, and end of the Iron Curtain.
- February 14: Ornithologist James Bond, after whom Ian Fleming named the character, dies.
- March 29: At the Academy Awards telecast, the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor was presented by Sean Connery, Michael Caine, and Roger Moore.
- April 15: George Lazenby once again appears as a James Bond-like character in "Diamonds Aren't Forever," an episode of the syndicated mystery series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents; in the episode, his character is referred to as James, but no one is able to utter his surname.
- April 20: The top-down shooter game Licence to Kill (based on the upcoming film) is released for a variety of contemporary platforms, developed by Quixel and published by Domark Software.
- June: The paperback novelization of Licence to Kill by John Gardner was published by Charter Books in the US.
- June 13: The 16th Eon James Bond film Licence to Kill premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London and opened in the US on July 14th. The film grossed a total of £7.5 million in the UK, with $156 million taken worldwide. US cinema returns were $34.6 million, making Licence to Kill the least financially successful 007 film in the US, when accounting for inflation. The first Eon Bond film not to take its title from a Fleming novel or story (though elements from several are incorporated), it is to be Timothy Dalton's second and final portrayal of James Bond.
- July: John Gardner's ninth continuation novel Win, Lose or Die is published in the Us by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- August: George Lazenby hosts the television movie Goldeneye, with Charles Dance as Ian Fleming and Roger Moore's daughter.
- December 16: Sixty-year-old Sean Connery is voted the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine.
- Winter: Dalton suggests Broccoli donate Licence to Kill cigarette lighter to charity. The bidding rises to £3000.
- The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs a radio drama adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1964 novel You Only Live Twice, starring actor Michael Jayston as the titular character for the first and only time.
- February 12: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery's son, Jason, airs on the cable network TNT.
- May 5: The 25th Anniversary of the release of Thunderball was celebrated in London by the James Bond 007 Fan Club.
- July: John Gardner's 10th continuation novel, Brokenclaw, is published in the US by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- August: Veteran screenwriter Richard Maibaum and director John Glen leave Eon Productions on 'amicable' terms amid trade press reports of a "bloodless coup".
- September 29: The First James Bond 007 Fan Convention at Pinewood features Molly Peters and Desmond Llewelyn.
- Pre-production on Bond 17 begins, Alfonse M. Ruggiero produces a 17-page draft.
- MGM/UA is sold to Pathé Communications. Danjaq, the Swiss based parent company of Eon, sues MGM/UA and its new chairman to protect the TV distribution rights of the James Bond series from being devalued. These legal disputes result in pre-production of Bond 17 being paused for several years.
- The top-down shooter game The Spy Who Loved Me (an adaptation of the 1977 film) is released for a variety of contemporary platforms, developed by The Kremlin and published by Domark.
- Delphine Software International's adventure video game Operation Stealth is released with the James Bond licence in North America, branded James Bond 007: The Stealth Affair.
- Final collapse of Soviet Union and end of the Cold War.
- March: Turner Broadcasting airs Diamonds Are Forever gaining the largest movie audience in basic cable history after acquiring the exclusive US television rights to the James Bond film library.
- April 9: Maurice Binder, title designer and creator of the James Bond Gun barrel sequence, dies of lung cancer in London.
- May: John Gardner's eleventh 007 continuation novel, The Man from Barbarossa, is published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- July: Eclipse Comics prints a new James Bond comic, Permission to Die, written and illustrated by Mike Grell.
- August 8: Roger Moore appointed UNICEF's special representative for the film arts.
- 30 September: Debut of the spin-off animated television series James Bond Jr. which followed the adventures of Bond's nephew. It would run until 2 March 1992 with a total of 65 half-hour episodes produced.
- Autumn: The Ian Fleming Foundation is founded and dedicated to restoring, archiving and preserving Ian Fleming's legacy.
- Spring: Lee Pfeiffer and Philip Lisa's The Incredible World of 007 is published by Boxtree Ltd. in the UK.
- June: John Gardner's twelfth continuation novel, Death is Forever, is published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- June 20: Release of Eurocom's action video game James Bond Jr. for the Super NES. The original Nintendo Entertainment System variant had released in September 1991. It is the first and last "Bond" game published by THQ.
- July 1: Dark Horse Comics issues its first installment of the Bond comic Serpent's Tooth, by Paul Gulacy and Doug Moench.
- September: EMI distributes The James Bond 30th Anniversary Collection audio CD-ROM set featuring never-before-heard 007 recordings.
- October 3: London's ITV screens The Living Daylights and a 50 minute television special called 30 Years of James Bond.
- December 10: MGM/UA lawsuits delaying the production of further Bond films are settled after key executives leave MGM and Credit Lyonnais helps finance the studio out of debt. As the legal debates draw to a close and in 1993 a more "Bond-friendly" view is taken by the execs.
- March 1: Dark Horse Comics publishes a second Bond comic. A Silent Armageddon, by Simon Jowett and John M. Burns. In addition, the story Light of My Death by Das Petrou and John Watkiss appears in Dark Horse Comics #8-11.
- April: Michael France, writer of action hit Cliffhanger is hired to write the next James Bond film. In the May 13th issue of Variety, MGM creative affairs VP Elizabeth Robinson announces that work on the 17th 007 movie has resumed with writer Michael France writing a fresh script for the as-yet-untitled movie.
- April 21: TBS inaugurates "James Bond Wednesday" offering a different 007 double feature every Wednesday.
- June 17: Corgi Toys sponsors the second tour, "The World's Biggest Little Motor Show," displaying full-sized and model scale versions of various 007 vehicles.
- August: France turns in a second draft for Bond 17.
- August 14: Release of James Bond 007: The Duel, an action platform video game developed by The Kremlin and published by Domark for Sega's Mega Drive/Genesis, Master System and Game Gear consoles. It is the last time Timothy Dalton's likeness is used for 007.
- September 11: TV Guide, touts Timothy Dalton's appearance in the television film "Framed", quoting him as saying that he will be in the next upcoming Bond film.
- December: Sean Connery flies on to the set of CBS's Late Night with David Letterman with a jet pack, ala Thunderball.
- December 12: The "Diamonds are Forever 22-Carat Christmas Special" is held at Pinewood Studios with guests Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn.
- June 1: Dark Horse Comics issues its first installment of their comic Shattered Helix, by Simon Jowett, David Jackson and David Lloyd.
- January: Michael France finishes the first draft of Bond XVII, now named GoldenEye.
- April 11: On the set of American television miniseries Scarlett, Timothy Dalton formally announces his resignation from the role of James Bond.
- June 8: In a press conference at the Drawing Room of London's Regent's Hotel, Pierce Brosnan is introduced to the world as the new 007.
- Dark Horse Comics publishes the story Minute of Midnight by Doug Moench and Russ Heath in Dark Horse Comics #25.
- September: After two weeks' work, screenwriter Kevin Wade leaves GoldenEye.
- September 7: Terence Young, director of Dr. No, From Russia with Love and Thunderball, dies in Cannes, France at age 79.
- September 29: 007 producer Harry Saltzman and past partner to Albert R. Broccoli at EON Productions, dies at the American Hotel in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France.
- October 28: A 30th anniversary screening of Goldfinger is shown at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
- November: A small crew travels to Puerto Rico to shoot wide shots and aerial footage for GoldenEye.
- January 1: Dark Horse Comics issues the first installment of their final 007 comic The Quasimodo Gambit, by Don McGregor and Gary Caldwell.
- January 16: Cameras roll on the first official day of production for GoldenEye (Bond 17) at Leavesdon Studios (then EON Studios).
- May 5: Fleming's gold-plated typewriter is sold to an anonymous buyer at an action at Christie's in South Kensington for a staggering $90,000.
- August 16: Roger Moore's remarks about Pierce Brosnan playing Bond in GoldenEye by saying, "Both Sean Connery and I will be forgotten after everybody sees Pierce."
- October 22: Kingsley Amis dies.
- October 29: FOX-TV airs a James Bond special, "The World of 007," hosted by Elizabeth Hurley.
- Fall: MGM/UA Home Video releases a boxed set of the first six Connery Bond films with a bonus video, "Behind the Scenes with Goldfinger and Thunderball."
- November: Boulevard Books publishes a paperback of John Gardner's novelization of the GoldenEye screenplay.
- November 12: The Second Annual James Bond Convention in New York is attended by Brosnan and fellow cast members of GoldenEye.
- November 13: The world premiere of the 17th Bond film GoldenEye is held at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. On November 21st, the Royal premiere is held at the Odeon, Leicester Square. It is the first to star Pierce Brosnan as 007.
- March: With John Gardner having announced his retirement from writing Bond novels, Raymond Benson, author of The James Bond Bedside Companion and several James Bond Role Playing Game scenarios, is chosen to write the next James Bond novel.
- April 14: A special commemorative English Heritage Blue Plaque is placed outside Ian Fleming's former London home.
- May: GoldenEye is released to video outlets for rental. It is later made available for purchase on videotape in October.
- June: John Gardner's 16th and final James Bond novel, COLD aka Cold Fall, is published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
- June 28: Acclaimed 007 producer, Albert R. Broccoli dies in Beverly Hills at age 87.
- July: Dave Worrall's The James Bond Die Casts of Corgi, with over 350 photos and illustrations, is published.
- December: James Bond 007: The Ultimate Dossier dual CD-ROM set is released for retail throughout the US by MGM Interactive, Inc. (developed by Micro Interactive, New York, NY).
- April 3: Raymond Benson's first James Bond continuation novel, Zero Minus Ten, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
- August 23: Japanese release of GoldenEye 007, a first-person shooter video game developed by Rare and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 64. The iconic game was based on the 1995 film of the same name.
- October 13: Kevin McClory and Sony Pictures Entertainment Company (SPE) announce their intention to remake Thunderball for a second time. The rumored title would be Warhead 2000.
- December 19: Tomorrow Never Dies is released in the USA. It is the first Bond film to be release after the death of Albert R. Broccoli in 1996.
- February 9: North American release of James Bond 007, an action-adventure video game developed by Saffire and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy.
- May 7: Raymond Benson's second James Bond continuation novel, The Facts of Death, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
- May 9: James Bond 007: A License To Thrill theme park attraction opens with a joint premiere at Paramount's five North American amusement parks - Paramount's Great America, Paramount's King Dominion, Paramount's Carowinds, King's Island, and Canada's Wonderland in Toronto, Canada.
- March 30: Kevin McClory's Warhead 2000 AD project is officially terminated after Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer obtains the film rights to Casino Royale from Sony Pictures Entertainment for $10 million in the out-of-court settlement of a law suit.
- May 6: Raymond Benson's third James Bond continuation novel, High Time to Kill, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
- November 16: North American release of Tomorrow Never Dies, a third-person shooter stealth video game based on the 1997 film of the same name. Developed by Black Ops Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, it was released exclusively for the Sony PlayStation.
- November 19: The World Is Not Enough, the 19th film in the Eon James Bond series, is released in the USA.
- August 17: Q actor Desmond Llewelyn launches the James Bond 007: A License To Thrill simulator ride (now named 007: Licence to Thrill) at the London Trocadero at Piccadilly Circus.
- December 1: The final location of the James Bond 007: A License To Thrill attraction opens Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, now named 007: License to Thrill.
- December 19: Q actor Desmond Llewelyn dies in a car accident returning home from a book signing.
- May 4: Raymond Benson's fourth James Bond continuation novel, Doubleshot, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
- November 20: North American release of 007 Racing, a third-person racing video game developed by Eutechnyx and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation video game console.
- May 3: Raymond Benson's fifth James Bond continuation novel, Never Dream of Dying, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
- November 13: North American release of Agent Under Fire, a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube video game consoles.
- A third edition of Octopussy and the Living Daylights is released, with the addition of a fourth short story, 007 in New York, previously published in magazines and some editions of Fleming's non-fiction work, Thrilling Cities.
- May 2: Raymond Benson's sixth and final James Bond continuation novel, The Man with the Red Tattoo, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton.
- November 1: Release of 007 Ice Racer, a racing video game developed by In-Fusio and published by Vodafone for mobile phones. Based on the Iceland chase sequence from the upcoming film Die Another Day.
- November 18: North American release of Nightfire, a first-person shooter video game developed by Eurocom (Gearbox Software for Windows) and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, Xbox,Nintendo GameCube, and Game Boy Advance video game consoles.
- November 20: The twentieth Eon film, Die Another Day, is released. It was the last film starring Pierce Brosnan.
- Release of 007 Hover Chase, a racing video game developed by IOMO and published by Vodafone for mobile phones. Based on the pre-title hovercraft action sequence from the 2002 film Die Another Day.
- February 17: North American release of Everything or Nothing, a third-person shooter video game developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo GameCube video game consoles. It would be Pierce Brosnan's last time in the role of 007.
- July: Pierce Brosnan announces that he is leaving the role, stating "Bond is another lifetime, behind me".
- November 22: North American release of GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, an alternate-reality, first-person shooter video game developed by EA Los Angeles and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, Xbox,Nintendo GameCube, and Nintendo DS video game consoles.
- March 3: SilverFin, first novel in the Young Bond series and first by Charlie Higson, is published in the UK by Puffin Book and in the US on April 27, 2005 by Miramax Books.
- June 21: The quote "Bond. James Bond," is declared as the 22nd greatest film quote of all time by the American Film Institute.
- October 14: After considering more than 200 actors from around the world for over two years, Eon Productions officially name Daniel Craig as the sixth actor to portray 007, taking over from Pierce Brosnan. The actor arrives at a press conference in London by speedboat.
- November 15: North American release of From Russia with Love, a third-person shooter video game, developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, and PlayStation Portable video game consoles. Based on the 1963 film of the same name it featured veteran 007 actor Sean Connery.
- Sony leads a consortium that purchases MGM, allowing Sony to gain distribution rights starting with the 2006 film Casino Royale.
- January 3: Principal photography for Casino Royale commences and concludes on 20 July 2006. The film is primarily shot at Barrandov Studios in Prague, with additional location shooting in the Bahamas, Italy and the UK. The shoot concludes at Pinewood Studios.
- November 14: The twenty first Eon film, Casino Royale, is released starring Daniel Craig as 007. This version is a reboot the film series, establishing a new timeline and narrative framework not meant to precede or succeed any previous Eon Bond film. However, it is still remains a part of the Bond film franchise produced by Eon Productions.
- November 20: Kevin O'Donovan McClory, screenwriter and film producer, dies in London.
- November: Release of the mobile platform video game Casino Royale developed by Javaground and published by Sony Online Entertainment to tie-in with the film's launch.
- August 3: Bond novelist John Gardner dies.
- September: TAMBA Internet releases Avenue of Death, a browser-based adventure game based on the Young Bond book Hurricane Gold, promoting its launch.
- May 24: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the first of its new series of 007 radio dramas, starring Toby Stephens as the titular character and adapted from Ian Fleming's 1958 novel Dr. No.
- April: Release of James Bond: Top Agent, a turn-based fighting game developed by Javaground and published by Sony Online Entertainment for mobile phones (December 2009 for iOS). The game was pre-loaded on Sony Ericsson's limited-edition James Bond themed Sony Ericsson C902 phone.
- May 28: Sebastian Faulks's first and only James Bond continuation novel, Devil May Care, is published in the UK by Penguin Books, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming.
- August 23: Six to Start releases The Shadow War, a browser-based adventure game based on the Young Bond book By Royal Command, promoting its launch.
- October 29: The twenty-second Eon film, Quantum of Solace, is released. The film picks up right where the 2006 film Casino Royale leaves off, with Bond avenging the death of Vesper Lynd.
- As a tie-in with the movie release, all of Ian Fleming's James Bond short stories (previously published in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and the Living Daylights) are compiled by Penguin Books into a new short story omnibus titled Quantum of Solace.
- October 31: EU release of the video-game Quantum of Solace, a series of shooter games developed separately by Treyarch, Beenox, Vicarious Visions and Eurocom for various platforms and published by Activision across October/November.
- October 2: A graphic novel adaptation of SilverFin written by Charlie Higson and illustrated by artist Kev Walker is released by Puffin Books in the UK  and by Disney Hyperion in the US on 18 May 2010.
- Skyfall, then known by the working title Bond 23, was suspended throughout 2010 because of MGM's financial troubles.
- April 3: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the second of its new series of 007 radio dramas, adapted from Ian Fleming's 1958 novel Goldfinger.
- December 21: Bond 23 resumes pre-production.
- November 2: North American release of GoldenEye 007, a first-person shooter video game developed by Eurocom and Blood Stone a third-person shooter video game, developed by Bizarre Creations. Both games were published by Activision.
- January 16: To celebrate 50 years of Bond, the Bond In Motion exhibition opens at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, New Forest in England and runs until December 2012. The exhibition features fifty 007 vehicles including the Rolls-Royce Phantom III, Aston Martin DB5, and the BMW 750iL.
- February: Glu Mobile publishes 007: License to Drive, a single-player racing video game developed by Gamelion Studios for mobile phones.
- May 25: Jeffery Deaver attends the promotional launch of his forthcoming 007 novel at London's St. Pancras International Station. The event featured Royal Marine Commandos and motorcycle stunt woman and model Chesca Miles.
- May 26: Jeffery Deaver's first and only James Bond continuation novel, Carte Blanche, is published in the UK by Hodder & Stoughton. It is the first book to have a contemporary setting since Benson's The Man with the Red Tattoo.
- April 17: Online retailer Amazon announces that it has purchased the North American rights to Ian Fleming's James Bond books.
- July 6: Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style opens at the Barbican Centre in London and runs until 5 September 2012, before travelling to other cities including Dubai, Paris, Mexico City, Madrid, Rotterdam, Moscow, Melbourne, Shanghai and Toronto.
- July 21: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the third of its new series of 007 radio dramas, adapted from Ian Fleming's 1963 novel From Russia with Love.
- July 27: Daniel Craig plays Bond alongside Queen Elizabeth II in a short film, Happy & Glorious, directed by Danny Boyle for the BBC as part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
- October 5: 50th anniversary charity auction of Bond memorabilia from the archives of EON Productions plus donations from Bond cast members held at Christie’s, London. An online-only auction ran from September 28th to October 8th.
- October 16: North American release of 007 Legends, a first-person shooter video game developed by Eurocom and published by Activision.
- October 23: Skyfall is premiered at the Royal Albert Hall in London, becoming the twenty third Eon James Bond film. The event was attended by Charles, Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. The film was released in the UK three days later on 26 October and into US cinemas on 8 November.
- November 16: The International Spy Museum in Washington opens a 5,000 square feet James Bond exhibit with more than 100 artifacts from the films, titled Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains.
- January 4: Activision and Steam's online stores quietly remove online copies and pages for Quantum of Solace, Blood Stone, and 007 Legends without explanation or warning.
- February 20: Activision confirms that it will be backing away from licensed games.
- February 24: The theme song for Skyfall becomes the first James Bond movie theme to win Best Original Song at the Academy Awards. During the ceremony, Adele performs the song. The ceremony also includes a tribute to the 50th anniversary of James Bond, featuring Shirley Bassey performing the theme from Goldfinger.
- September 26: William Boyd's first and only James Bond continuation novel, Solo, is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape.
- September 30: Solo serialized for Book at Bedtime on BBC Radio 4. Read by Paterson Joseph, the book was adapted by Libby Spurrier and was broadcast in ten episodes.
- May 3: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the fourth of its new series of 007 radio dramas, adapted from Ian Fleming's 1957 novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- July 8: Youniverse Digital Limited releases a browser-based adventure game based on the Young Bond book Shoot to Kill, promoting its November 6th launch.
- March 18: Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Naomie Harris, Caterina Murino and Maryam d'Abo attend the launch of the Bond In Motion exhibition at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden. The exhibition contains more than 100 pieces including models, production art, props and vehicles.
- October: Dynamite Entertainment announces plans to publish monthly James Bond comics as part of a ten-year licensing deal with Ian Fleming Publications in 2015.
- November 6: Shoot to Kill, sixth novel in the Young Bond series and first by Steve Cole, is published in the UK by Random House.
- Due to Ian Fleming's James Bond novels having entered the public domain in Canada, Chi Dunnit books of Toronto publishes Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, a short story collection edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle, featuring works by a number of notable authors including Charles Stross, Iain McLaughlin and Karl Schroeder. Due to the Fleming copyright still being in place elsewhere, the book is only legally available in Canada.
- July 18: Glu Mobile releases menu-based role-playing game James Bond: World of Espionage as a free app for the Android and iOS platforms.
- July 25: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the fifth of its new series of 007 radio dramas, adapted from Ian Fleming's 1958 novel Diamonds Are Forever.
- October 7: While promoting Spectre, actor Daniel Craig voices frustration in an interview with Timeout magazine. Asked whether he will make another Bond film, Craig replies "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists" and notes that if he did another movie it "would only be for the money."
- October 26: Spectre has its official premier at the Royal Albert Hall in London. It becomes the twenty fourth James Bond film.
- Following the 2015 release of Spectre, Sony Pictures Entertainment's contract to market and distribute the James Bond films expires. Reportedly, Sony, Warner Bros, Annapurna, Fox and Universal are all pursuing distribution rights to the franchise, valued at between $2bn and $5bn (£1.5bn-£3.8bn), according to Hollywood Reporter.
- September 8: Anthony Horowitz's first James Bond continuation novel, Trigger Mortis, is published in the UK by Orion Publishing. Incorporating previously unpublished material written by Ian Fleming (specifically its opening chapter), the book is set in 1957 and begins two weeks after the events of Goldfinger.
- October 26: The BBC Radio 4 drama series Book at Bedtime broadcast the first episode of a serialization of Horowitz's Trigger Mortis, read by Rupert Penry-Jones.
- November 4: The first issue of Dynamite Entertainment's comic VARGR is published, coinciding with the release of Spectre. It is the 69th best selling issue of the month with estimated orders of 35,600.
- February 28: Sam Smith's theme from Spectre, "Writing's on the Wall", becomes the second James Bond movie theme to win the Best Original Song Oscar.
- June 21: Dynamite releases a hardcover collection of the first six issues of VARGR and publishes the first chapter of Ellis and Masters' follow-up story, Eidolon as issue #7.
- October: Dynamite publishes Hammerhead, a six-issue comic miniseries, bringing new creators Andy Diggle as the writer and Luca Casalanguida as the artist on board.
- December 10: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the sixth of its new series of 007 radio dramas, adapted from Ian Fleming's 1961 novel Thunderball.
- December 30: Glu Mobile shuts down the James Bond: World of Espionage servers.
- January: Dynamite publishes the first of six issues in a spin-off comic-book miniseries titled Felix Leiter which stars the eponymous character, written by James Robinson and illustrated by Aaron Campbell.
- March 1: Dynamite publishes the first issue of its third comic-book story in their monthly series entitled Black Box, penned by writer Benjamin Percy and illustrated by Rapha Lobosco.
- May: Dynamite releases another standalone comic installment called Service by creators Kieron Gillen and Antonio Fuso.
- July 24: Official announcement of Bond 25 with an intended US release date of November 8, 2019 with traditional earlier releases in the UK etc. Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are announced to be returning, along with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
- July: Dynamite publishes the first issue of their follow-up to the Hammerhead comic-book miniseries titled Kill Chain and created by the same team who wrote and illustrated its predecessor.
- August: Dynamite publishes the first issue of a spin-off comic-book miniseries titled Moneypenny, which centers on M's secretary and security agent, Moneypenny herself, written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Jacob Edgar.
- August 15: Speaking on American talk show The Late Show with Stephen Colbert actor Daniel Craig ends speculation and confirms he will play the Bond for a fifth and final time. Craig’s renewed enthusiasm for the role marks a change of mind after comments he made in 2015, which he explained as the product of exhaustion.
- October 2-5: Having acquired the rights to leverage all past and future 007 films, Scientific Games showcases Casino Royale, Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever branded casino slot machines at the Global Gaming Expo ("G2E") at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.
- October 16: A 38,789 square foot soundstage named after the late Sir Roger Moore is opened by the Countess of Wessex at Pinewood Studios.
- November: Dynamite publishes a one-shot Bond comic written and illustrated by Ibrahim Moustafa, titled Solstice.
- January 17: Dynamite publishes the first issue of its fourth comic-book story in its monthly series entitled The Body. It is written by Ales Kot, with Luca Casalanguida working on the art for the third time in the Bond comic series.
- February 23: Lewis Gilbert, director of You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), dies at home in Monaco, aged 97. Just 11 days short of what would have been his 98th birthday. 
- March 1: The Royal Mint reveals a collection of 10p coins which map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great with 'B' standing for Bond. The coin features the iconic gun barrel and 007 logo.
- March 31: The BBC's main spoken-word channel, Radio 4, airs the seventh of its new series of 007 radio dramas, adapted from Ian Fleming's 1955 novel Moonraker.
- May 23: It is confirmed that Universal has won the rights to internationally distribute Bond 25, with MGM releasing the film in the United States through a partnership with Annapurna Pictures.
- May 31: Anthony Horowitz's second James Bond continuation novel, Forever and a Day, is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. The book acts as a prequel to Flemings' Casino Royale and once again incorporates some previously unpublished writing by Fleming.
- September 20: Cary Joji Fukunaga officially replaces Danny Boyle as director of No Time To Die. The film's release date is pushed back to 14th February 2020.
- June 5: The Secret Cinema: Casino Royale immersive theatrical experience officially opens in Dagenham, East London and runs until 6th October 2019. Later running from 23rd November 2019 in Shanghai, the show marked the company's first international expansion into China.
- January 6: Composer, Hans Zimmer, officially replaces Dan Romer on No Time to Die due to "creative differences".
- January 14: American sibling songwriters, Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell are announced as creators of No Time to Die's theme song. The song is released online a few weeks later.
- March 4: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, MGM and the producers of No Time to Die announce that the release of the film has been delayed from April 2020 to mid-November 2020; it is one of the first major film releases to be delayed because of the crisis and is soon followed by other releases of spring and early summer 2020 being similarly postponed due to movie theatres worldwide being shut down.
- June 13: The release date of No Time To Die in the United States is moved up by 5 days to 20 November.
- October 2: No Time To Die is again pushed back to April 2, 2021 in order to reach a "worldwide theatrical audience".
- November 19: IO Interactive officially announce that they are developing a 007 video game under the working title "Project 007".
- January 21: No Time To Die is delayed again to October 8, 2021.
- September 30: No Time to Die premieres in the United Kingdom.
- October 8: No Time to Die premieres in the United States.
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