What is your golden moment from 50 years of James Bond?
With the release of the new James Bond film Skyfall marking 50 years of Bond, we chart the 50 greatest Bond moments of the past five decades
1. That’s our man
Sitting at the casino table, with the finest poker face ever, Sean Connery in Dr No (1962) introduces himself to his opponent Sylvia Trench, coolly lighting his cigarette, uttering the immortal words, “Bond, James Bond”.
2. Close encounter
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The camera pans up to the face of a sleeping Bond, as the hairiest, scariest tarantula creeps up his shoulder. The minute it’s on his pillow, he commando rolls out of bed and crushes it on the floor with his slipper – repeatedly.
3. Earth shattering
A washed-up Bond is awoken on Dr No’s mysterious Crab Key island by the strains of Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) singing as she collects conch shells. He’s just in time to see her emerge from the surf in her iconic white bikini.
4. Shoe surprise
Spectre’s No 3 Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) disguises herself as a maid in From Russia With Love (1963) and, left alone with Bond, shoots a spike out of her shoe, which Bond has to fight off with a chair.
5. Train trouble
As Bond escapes with the Lektor device on the Orient Express, Red Grant (Robert Shaw) tries to stop him, ending in one of the most thrilling high-speed fist fights ever.
6. On fire
In the slick but bizarre pre-credit sequence for Goldfinger (1964), Bond emerges from the sea with a gull on his head, strips wetsuit to reveal a white tux, blows up a drugs lab, kisses a naked girl and electrocutes a guy in the bath with the words, “shocking, positively shocking”.
7. Midas touch
One of the most enduring images in Bond history, a dressing-gown clad 007 finds Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) naked and dead on his bed, covered head to toe in nothing but suffocating gold paint.
8. Laser sharp
In a scene to make grown men shudder, Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) aims a laser beam at Bond’s crown jewels, and when the spy asks, “Do you expect me to talk?” he replies: “No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”
9. Come again?
Having survived the laser beam with his manhood intact, Bond wakes up on Goldfinger’s private jet and comes face to face with the female pilot (Honor Blackman), who introduces herself as “Pussy Galore”. His obvious response? “I must be dreaming.”
10. Hats off
One of Bond’s more fearsome opponents, Goldfinger’s henchman Oddjob, tries to stop 007 defusing a bomb due to blow up Fort Knox by throwing his razor sharp hat at him in the bank vault. He comes to a somewhat electrifying end.
11. Jet set
The opening to Thunderball (1965) sees Bond escape from the chateau of a Spectre operative he’s just slain in style – by jetpack.
12. Murder on the dance floor
Bond uses Spectre agent Fiona Volpe (Luciana Paluzzi) as a human shield when Vargas (Philip Locke) tries to shoot him in a club. He then props her dead body on a chair, saying, “Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She’s just dead.”
13. Beach attack
Vargas finally gets his comeuppance when Bond, mid-chat with a bikini-clad Domino (Claudine Auger), shoots the henchman with a harpoon, which skewers him to a tree. Always one for a pun, Bond quips: “I think he gets the point”.
14. Yellow peril
As the theme tune blasts out in You Only Live Twice (1967), Bond takes to the skies in flimsy-seeming yellow gyrocopter Little Nellie, equipped with a surprising amount of ammunition, and takes down four big Spectre helicopters.
15. Enter the villain
Ever wonder how some Bond films get their titles? On meeting 007, white-cat stroking Blofeld (Donald Pleasance), says: “They told me you were assassinated.” Bond answers: “Yes, this is my second life.” So Blofeld quips: “You only live twice, Mr Bond.” Ta-da!
16. Ninja sacrifice
Japanese SIS agent Aki (Akiko Wakabayashi) pays a heavy price for sleeping with Bond. At the ninja academy, an assassin drips poison down a thread onto their bed, aiming for 007’s mouth. But Bond turns in his sleep and Aki swallows the poison.
17. Snow business
George Lazenby manages to make Bond look ultra-cool, even in a one-piece ski suit, bobble hat and on one ski, as he evades Blofeld and his men on a night-time downhill chase in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).
18. The last Mrs Bond
Stop the tears if you can when 007’s new wife Tracy (Diana Rigg) is killed by Spectre in a drive-by shooting on their honeymoon. Bond cradles her body in his arms, saying, “It’s all right really, we have all the time in the world,” as the song starts to play…
19. Absolutely pun-tastic
With Sean Connery back at the helm, there’s light relief in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) when Bond meets another would be girlfriend whose name is Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood). “But of course you are,” he quips, smoothly.
20. Snap decision
Croc farm owner Ross Kananga literally risked life and limb an amazing five times for the iconic stunt scene in Live And Let Die (1973), when Bond (Roger Moore) escapes from Kananga (yes, named after the stunt guy) by using crocodiles as stepping stones.
21. Speedboat spectacle
Having escaped the crocs, Bond steals a speedboat and there ensues one of the best Bond chase sequences ever. The boats fly over roads and past a wedding, leaving ditsy Sheriff JW Pepper (Clifton James) totally gobsmacked.
22. Flippin’ amazing
Bond casually asks his bewildered passenger, “Ever heard of Evel Knievel?” as he drives off a broken bridge and barrel rolls his AMC Hornet across a river in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).
23. Smoke & mirrors
Christopher Lee, as baddie Scaramanga, challenges Bond to a duel, then leads him into his trippy, mirrored funhouse, where 007 expertly uses his wits to overcome his three-nippled enemy.
24. Send him packing
As Bond and Goodnight (Britt Eckland) canoodle on Scaramanga’s stolen Chinese junk, after escaping from his island, small stowaway Nick Nack confronts them and, as he throws bottles of wine at 007, the spy picks up a suitcase and closes him inside it.
25. Rule Britannia!
In the thrilling opening sequence to The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Bond evades gun-toting Soviet assassins on the Austrian slopes then ski-jumps into oblivion, before releasing an oh-so patriotic Union flag parachute to a fanfare of the theme music.
26. Big splash
Bond takes a car wash to new depths by driving his submersible white Lotus Esprit deep into the Mediterranean to get a closer look at Stromberg’s underwater hideout.
27. What a mouthful!
A giant magnet leaves arch henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) hanging by his metallic dentures over a shark pool, providing 007 with the perfect, droll one-liner: “How does that grab you?”
28. O Sole Mio
In Moonraker (1979), Bond navigates the waterways of Venice at high speed in his motorised gondola before inflating the hovercraft skirt and making a head-turning exit through the Piazza San Marco.
29. Dizzy heights
Halfway down the descent from Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro, 007 and CIA agent Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles) grapple with Jaws on the roof of a cable car.
30. It must be love!
Jaws and diminutive, pig-tailed girlfriend Dolly (Blanche Ravalec) turn the tables on evil industrialist Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) and float back to Earth in their space station escape module.
31. Defying gravity
Bond and Goodhead celebrate, unaware MI6 has patched into their shuttle’s cameras. “My God, what’s Bond doing?” gasps the Minister of Defence. “I think he’s attempting re-entry Sir,” deadpans Q (Desmond Llewelyn).
32. No mercy
007 shows his mean streak in For Your Eyes Only (1981), by eliminating assassin Emile Locque (Michael Gothard) with a kick to the bad guy’s car as it teeters on a cliff edge. “Had no head for heights,” quips the secret agent.
33. Sky’s the limit
In the opening to Octopussy (1983), Bond rolls a folding-wing jet fighter out of a horse box then dodges a surface-to-air missile by piloting the it through the open doors of an aircraft hanger.
34. I will survive
Afghan prince Kamal Khan (Louis Jordan) is a little shocked to find 007 in the boudoir of jewel smuggler Octopussy (Maud Adams). “You have a nasty habit… of surviving,” rues the dapper villain.
35. Crash bang!
In the centrepiece car chase of A View To A Kill (1985), Bond commandeers a taxi to chase May Day (Grace Jones) and tears the blue Renault 11 TXE in half as he scythes through Parisian traffic.
36. Snow joke
With ski-bound gunmen in hot pursuit in The Living Daylights (1987), Bond (Timothy Dalton) and musician Kara Milovy (Maryam d’Abo) slide to safety astride her cello case.
37. Plane crazy
007 trades blows with sadistic enemy Necros (Andreas Wisniewski) while clinging to a cargo net as it dangles precariously out of the rear door of an airborne Hercules.
38. Tipping point
As a snarling henchman pulls the trigger on a rocket launcher aimed at 007 in Licence To Kill (1989), Bond skilfully cheats death by driving his articulated petrol tanker up a handily placed roadside ramp onto five wheels.
39. Flamin’ heck
007 avenges DEA pal Felix Leiter (David Hedison) by setting gasoline-soaked drug lord Sanchez (Robert Davi) alight using the cigarette lighter, which Felix and his wife Della (Priscilla Barnes) gifted Bond at their wedding.
40. What goes up
In the spectacular opening to GoldenEye (1995), Bond (Pierce Brosnan) takes flight in glorious slow motion and bungee-jumps down the awe-inspiring Contra Dam in Switzerland.
41. Tank tops
007 pursues General Ourumov (Gottfried John) through teeming St Petersburg in an armoured tank, razing entire city blocks to rescue computer programmer Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) from the military man’s clutches.
42. Tongue lashing
Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) teases Bond about bedding his Scandinavian language tutor in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), saucily quipping, “You always were a cunning linguist, James!”
43. Wheely impressive
Handcuffed to Chinese spy Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), 007 weaves through the streets of Saigon on a 1200cc BMW motorcycle and leaps over the rotor blades of a hovering helicopter.
44. London calling
Tower Bridge and the Millennium Dome provide the backdrop to the exhilarating boat chase between Bond and slinky assassin Maria Grazia Cucinotta) that opens The World Is Not Enough (1999).
45. Festive frolics
Brilliant, beautiful nuclear scientist Dr Christmas Jones (Denise Richards) allows Bond to plunder her reactor, setting up the obvious innuendo: “I thought Christmas only comes once a year!”
46. Wet dream
In homage to Ursula Andress in Dr No, NSA agent Jinx (Halle Berry) emerges from the sun-dappled waters of Cuba in Die Another Day (2002), clad in a blazing orange two-piece. “Magnificent view,” chirps Bond appreciatively.
47. Let there be light
Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) directs a beam of concentrated sunlight from the Icarus satellite at 007’s rocket-powered ice racer as the secret agent careens across a huge glacier in Jökulsárlón, Iceland.
48. Jump start
Casino Royale (2006) kicks off in a typically rousing style with Bond (Daniel Craig) chasing after bomb-maker Mollaka (free-running expert Sébastien Foucan) across the girders of a construction site in Madagascar.
49. Blue swoon
007 emerges from the surf in the Bahamas in a pair of La Perla swimming trunks that leave little to the feverish imagination.
50. Top gear
The winding roads around Lake Garda provide a stunning backdrop to the turbo-charged opening to Quantum Of Solace (2008) as Bond puts the pedal to the metal in a battered Aston Martin DBS.