No Time To Die is finally here (Picture: Nicola Dove/Eon)
Not even a global pandemic can stop James Bond from returning to our screens.
It was then moved to November 2020, but was once again delayed to April 2021 after a second lockdown was introduced in the UK and cinemas remained shut across most of the world.
It was pushed back once again to September 30, 2021, at the start of the year after it became clear that cinemas were going to remain shut until May.
But the time has finally arrived for fans to enjoy Craig’s return as 007 in what will be his final contribution to the nearly 60-year-old franchise.
But just how many Bond movies are there, and which one has been the most successful?
How many James Bond movies are there?
No Time To Die is the 25th installment in the official Eon-produced series.
The franchise began back in 1962, where Sean Connery made his debut as the character in Dr. No.
There have been two unofficial James Bond movies produced independently outside of Eon productions, the 1967 spoof Casino Royale starring David Niven and Never Say Never Again in 1983, a remake of Thunderball which featured the return of Connery in the role.
Here is the full list of the official entries in the series:
- Dr. No (1962)
- From Russia With Love (1963)
- Goldfinger (1964)
- Thunderball (1965)
- You Only Live Twice (1967)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
- Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
- Live and Let Die (1973)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Moonraker (1979)
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- Octopussy (1983)
- A View to a Kill (1985)
- The Living Daylights (1987)
- Licence to Kill (1989)
- GoldenEye (1995)
- Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
- The World Is Not Enough (1999)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- Casino Royale (2006)
- Quantum of Solace (2008)
- Skyfall (2012)
- Spectre (2015)
- No Time To Die (202!)
What is the most successful James Bond film?
Can No Time To Die match Skyfall’s box-office takings? (Picture Danjaq/Eon Productions)
Currently, the highest-grossing James Bond film is Skyfall.
The 23rd entry in the franchise – released to coincide with its 50th anniversary – grossed a total of $1.109 billion (£958,264,720) worldwide.
Skyfall is also the second highest-grossing film of all time in the United Kingdom box-office, earning £103.2 million in the UK alone – Star Wars: The Force Awakens is number one with £123.2 million.
Since Dr. No premiered in 1962, the franchise has averaged $273.8 million (£203.9) worldwide per film – but since 1990, the franchise has averaged $538.7 million (£401.2) per film.
Who created James Bond?
James Bond was created by British novelist Ian Fleming and debuted in Casino Royale, published in 1953.
By the time Fleming died in 1964 aged 56, he had written 14 James Bond books and seven short stories.
Following Fleming’s death, the series continued with numerous authors contributing to the series.
Authors of further adventures of James Bond include Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffrey Deaver, William Boyd and most recently Anthony Horowitz.
No Time To Die is released in cinemas across the UK from September 30.
Credit: Original article published here.