Skyfall marks the 23rd official Bond film. But there were other TV and movie productions involving 007 and they actually pre-date the 1962 release of Dr. No.
Tomorrow Never Dies was not as big a hit as its predecessor, Goldeneye, particularly when one considers that the cost of the former soared in excess of $100 million. There was no more original material from Ian Fleming to mine for a storyline, but the title of the next film was taken from a Fleming novel.
By April of 1994, Timothy Dalton decided enough was enough.
Licence to Kill had come out in 1989, done okay at the box office, yet no sequel was on the horizon. So, he quit. Now Cubby Broccoli and his team had to decide who to cast as their lead character, and decided to give one actor a second shot.
Following 1983’s Octopussy, the plan was to make a film titled From a View to a Kill, and the first choice to play the main villain, “Max Zorin”, was David Bowie. But he turned the role down, as did Sting.
The end credits of the James Bond films began to make mention that James Bond will return were entirely wrong only once.
$5.5 million. Reportedly, that’s how much money Sean Connery turned down when the producers of the James Bond films tried to get him to return after the success of Diamonds are Forever.
So far this series has looked at the first five films in the James Bond franchise, all of which starred Sean Connery. But while filming the last of those five, You Only Live Twice, he decided that would be his last film. Some say the reason he made that decision was that he was hounded by the international press during the shooting of the film in Japan, including an incident where someone tried to get a photo of him using a restroom.
In Part II of “Countdown to Skyfall – A History of the James Bond Franchise” the details of that legal battle mentioned in Part I take center stage.
October 5, 2012 was the 50th birthday of the big screen version of James Bond. On that day in 1962, in the United Kingdom came the premiere of Dr. No, the first of 22 official films in the Bond franchise thus far.
As we count down to the November 12th premiere of Skyfall, the latest official Bond film, Tail Slate will be looking back at the history of the franchise. The 22 Bond films from EON Productions to date have grossed over $5 billion worldwide, more than the Star Wars films although not quite as much as the Harry Potter series.
Today we take a look at the first films in the series, starting with Dr. No.
Adele is expected to perform the theme song to the 22nd official “James Bond” film Skyfall, according to Total Film. Sony has yet to confirm it, but if true (and it likely is), she joins an impressive list of recording artists who have recorded Bond theme songs. Those artists, and the Bond themes they recorded are: