To say I'm a huge James Bond fan would not be right. I'm a Bond fanatic! I have watched each movie more than twice. I could go into detail about each film, and I can just talk about them for hours. Naturally I can't wait for Spectre to come out this November! It is my most anticipated film this year. So in preparation of the new Bond movie coming out, I decided to rank all the 23 movies from Worst to Best. And, instead of giving short reviews of each film, I wanted to tell you guys an awesome fun fact about each movie. Let's get started....
23. A View To A Kill
Fun Fact: The title song performed by Duran Duran was the only James Bond song to be number one on the Billboard Charts.
22. Diamonds Are Forever
Fun Fact: Howard Hughes gave the producer Albert Broccoli special access to film in some of his casinos in Las Vegas. Broccoli and Hughes were good friends way before the Bond movies became a phenomenon.
Fun Fact: The main title song was titled "Mr. Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" sung by Dionne Warwick. John Barry, the composer and writer, didn't know how to incorporate Thunderball and its story into the song. So he wrote a song describing James Bond. The Producers told Barry to scrap the song, because it didn't include the title of the movie and people would be confused. You can still here the original theme of "Mr. Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" throughout the film. You can listen to it here...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxT6mufIyM.
20. The Living Daylights
Fun Fact: Many actors auditioned for the role before the producers settled on Timothy Dalton. James Brolin, Sam Neill, and even future Bond, Pierce Brosnan. Brosnan was the main choice, but he was contracted to shoot another season of Remington Steel and was unable to be in the movie.
19. Die Another Day
Fun Fact: James Bonds cover in Havana is an Ornithologist, or a person who studies birds. This is a nod to the creation of James Bond. While looking for a name for his main character, Ian Fleming picked up a book while in Jamaica called Birds of The West Indies. The author of the book is James Bond and Ian Fleming liked the name enough to use it. Pierce Brosnan picks up the book at one point when he's discussing his cover in the movie.
18. Licence To Kill
Fun Fact: The original title was Licence Revoked, even though it was the more aptly named, the title was changed to Licence to Kill because many U.S citizens didn't know what revoked meant. Revoke means to take away or to repeal. Also, the way Licence is spelled is the British spelling. The American spelling is License.
Fun Fact: This was Bernard Lee's last film as M. He was in eleven Bond films the most out of anyone so far. Robert Brown played M in four movies, and Judi Dench played M in seven movies.
16. You Only Live Twice
Fun Fact: The Toyota 2000GT, that the character Aki drove, was altered due to Connery’s height. The film producers requested two open-top convertible models for the movie.
15. The Man With The Golden Gun
Fun Fact: The cork-screw car jump was apparently conceived years before the movie went into production. Researchers at Cornell University were studying rollover collisions for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and they did a computer simulation of the barrel roll stunt used in the film. The stunt was recorded on 8 cameras, and the stunt man got it on the first take. They never did a second take as it was deemed to dangerous.
14. The World Is Not Enough
Fun Fact: The opening sequence runs for 15 minutes before the title credits start. This is the longest opening in the entire franchise next to Skyfall which the opening is 13 minutes long.
13. Live and Let Die
Fun Fact: The speedboat jump during the bayou chase set a Guinness World Record at the time.
Fun Fact: While shooting in India the cast and crew got food poison, and instead of eating any more of the food, producer Albert Broccoli made spaghetti and meatballs for everyone until they wrapped in India.
11. Dr. No
Fun Fact: Ursula Andress's voice was dubbed by German voice actress Nikki Van der Zyl. Nikki has voiced many women in the James Bond franchise up till Moonraker. She also voiced Andress again in the movie The Blue Max.
10. The Spy Who Loved Me
Fun Fact: At the end of the movie the credits state that Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only. But the next movie that came out was Moonraker. The reason for the change was because, the Producers wanted to cash in on the Sci-Fi craze thanks to Star Wars which came out the same year as The Spy Who Loved Me. Spy Who Loved Me was the second highest grossing movie in 1977.
9. From Russia With Love
Fun Fact: President John F. Kennedy placed From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming on his top book list. It was number three. This and On Her Majesty's Secret Service are the most faithful to their books than any other movie.
8. For Your Eyes Only
Fun Fact: The reason why Bonds car, the Lotus, explodes is that director John Glen wanted to let people know that James Bond isn't going to rely on fancy gadgets like he has in past movies. The movie mirrors From Russia and On Her Majesty's with locations, themes, and action sequences.
Fun Fact: Goldeneye was one of the first movies that wasn't from one of Ian Flemings books. It was also the name he gave the house he lived in Jamaica where he wrote all his James Bond novels. But, Ian Fleming got the name Goldeneye from a plan he was in charge of in WWII. The plan was to monitor Spain if they ever joined the Axis powers, and then be able to sabotage their communications. Though the Nazis never took over Spain so the plan was closed.
6. Quantum of Solace
Fun Fact: This is the only Bond film to include a boat chase, a foot chase, a car chase, and a plane fight/chase.
5. Tomorrow Never Dies
Explanation: This is so high up on my list because this is the first Bond film I ever saw. I was five when my parents took me to see this at the theater. I fell in love with it! It's just so much fun and inspired me...I know.
Fun Fact: Besides Spectre, this was the first James Bond film since the original four that was made and released in the same year. Production started in April and released that December in 1997. The script wasn't finished and everything was rushed. Anthony Hopkins was originally cast as Elliot Carver, but left because of the chaos on Day Three of shooting.
Fun Fact: The original choice for the spy car of the film was not the Aston Martin DB5 but an E-Type Jaguar, which cost half as much. Jaguar declined and the producers went to Aston Martin's David Brown. He supplied them two production prototypes of the newly released Aston Martin DB5. One was used for straight driving, and the other was for adding various gadgets and features by production designer Ken Adam.
3. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Fun Fact: The base in the Swiss Alps, Piz Gloria, is a real location. At the time of the production it was a half finished restaurant. When the producers asked to use the location for the movie, the owners agreed as long as they finished the interior for them. So the crew worked on the interior, and after the movie was finished the owners put up posters of the movie and the cast. It's still open today.
Fun Fact: Daniel Craig did most of his own stunts. Like the fight on the train, and he even slid down the escalator when he is chasing after Silva in the subway station.
1. Casino Royale
Fun Fact: During the free running chase in Madagascar, Bond runs through a construction site. This location that they used is in Jamaica, and the building has been around since the 1950's. It was supposed to be a hotel, but due to financial problems it was never finished. The building can be seen in Thunderball and it can be seen in the beginning of the movie Death Wish.