"Take the bloody shot" — it's time to kill James Bond

"Take the bloody shot" — it's time to kill James Bond

The Eon James Bond film timeline is simple: 1962-2002 and 2006-present. Daniel Craig is the only Bond actor with a separate timeline from the other five who have portrayed 007.

George Lazenby's Bond (1969) was the same character as Sean Connery's (1962-67 & 1971). In the Australian's only outing as 007, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), it is drilled into the audience that it's the same person. The title sequence shows clips from the previous Connery films, and the new 007 is seen looking through his souvenirs of earlier missions while we hear bursts of instrumentals of songs from these outings. An early draft of Majesty's even featured Bond undergoing plastic surgery to explain the transition.

On to Roger Moore (1973-85) — still the same person. Bond's marriage in Majesty's is referenced in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). Timothy Dalton's Bond (1987-89) also becomes unsettled at the unintentional reminder of his deceased wife, by Felix Leiter's bride, Della, in Licence to Kill (1989).

 

All of these references work. It wasn't until the twentieth Bond film, Die Another Day, that references went from happy nostalgia to being winced at. It was the 40th anniversary of the James Bond films. One or two subtle references would have been nice, but not 20+. Much like the CGI and corny dialogue, the producers should have reigned in the in-your-face nods to previous Bond films. Yet it's still reinforcing the notion that Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan all played the same character.

The Eon James Bond film timeline is simple: 1962-2002 and 2006-present. Daniel Craig is the only Bond actor with a separate timeline from the other five who have portrayed 007.

George Lazenby's Bond (1969) was the same character as Sean Connery's (1962-67 & 1971). In the Australian's only outing as 007, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), it is drilled into the audience that it's the same person. The title sequence shows clips from the previous Connery films, and the new 007 is seen looking through his souvenirs of earlier missions while we hear bursts of instrumentals of songs from these outings. An early draft of Majesty's even featured Bond undergoing plastic surgery to explain the transition.

On to Roger Moore (1973-85) — still the same person. Bond's marriage in Majesty's is referenced in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). Timothy Dalton's Bond (1987-89) also becomes unsettled at the unintentional reminder of his deceased wife, by Felix Leiter's bride, Della, in Licence to Kill (1989).

All of these references work. It wasn't until the twentieth Bond film, Die Another Day, that references went from happy nostalgia to being winced at. It was the 40th anniversary of the James Bond films. One or two subtle references would have been nice, but not 20+. Much like the CGI and corny dialogue, the producers should have reigned in the in-your-face nods to previous Bond films. Yet it's still reinforcing the notion that Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan all played the same character.

It's time to kill James Bond. But not for good. James Bond always returns.

"At any cost — any — Bond must die"— Dr. Kananga, Live and Let Die

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Joe Emery

Joe is Editor of For Bond Fans Only and a writer by trade. When he's not watching Bond, he can be found listening to The Beatles and worrying about West Ham. You can find him on Twitter @JWEmeryLtd

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