History Film / JamesBond

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* AgentsDating: Happens many, many, [[RuleOfThree many]] times in the series, if you're willing to be sufficiently loose with the [[ReallyGetsAround term "date."]] More details on some of the movies' pages and in the trope page.

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* AgentsDating: Happens many, many, [[RuleOfThree many]] many times in the series, if you're willing to be sufficiently loose with the [[ReallyGetsAround term "date."]] More details on some of the movies' pages and in the trope page.page.
* TheAllegedCar: The initially {{Cool Car}}s Bond is given invariably turn into this by the time that Bond is done with them, to Q's great dismay.



* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]SharpDressedMan: Bond almost always wears a handsome suit.

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* BadassInANiceSuit[=/=]SharpDressedMan: BadassInANiceSuit: Bond almost always wears a handsome suit.



* BeautyIsNeverTarnished[=/=]DirtForcefield: Both Bond and his ladies usually keep tidy despite everything they face. Exceptions for 007 are ''Dr. No'' (after he's imprisoned and beat up), ''Licence to Kill'' (he ends up covered in blood, sweat and sand), ''Die Another Day'' (after the ActionPrologue, he spends 14 months being tortured and looks like ''Film/CastAway'') and the first two Daniel Craig movies, since those are essentially a two-parter DarkerAndEdgier ContinuityReboot.

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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished[=/=]DirtForcefield: BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Both Bond and his ladies usually keep tidy despite everything they face. Exceptions for 007 are ''Dr. No'' (after he's imprisoned and beat up), ''Licence to Kill'' (he ends up covered in blood, sweat and sand), ''Die Another Day'' (after the ActionPrologue, he spends 14 months being tortured and looks like ''Film/CastAway'') and the first two Daniel Craig movies, since those are essentially a two-parter DarkerAndEdgier ContinuityReboot.



* BlueBlood: Bond's family is strongly hinted as coming from Scottish nobility. ''Skyfall'' drives this point home, with the title itself referring to Bond's ancestral home.
** In ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service'', Bond's history is explored, and it's noted that he has a family crest and motto, evidence of noble standing.

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* BlueBlood: Bond's family is strongly hinted as coming from Scottish nobility. In ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service'', Bond's history is explored, and it's noted that he has a family crest and motto, evidence of noble standing. ''Skyfall'' drives this point home, with the title itself referring to Bond's ancestral home. \n** In ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service'', Bond's history is explored, and it's noted that he has a family crest and motto, evidence of noble standing.



* BodyCountCompetition: Bond probably has the highest on-screen body count of any film character ever, counting all 24 official movies. Unsurprisingly for an action hero/government assassin, he kills at least one person in every film, and more commonly ''a lot'' of people.
** He has canonically [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQa_4biNkWU killed 362 people]]. Roger Moore has the highest body count of the Bonds, with 121 kills. Pierce Brosnan gets the close second with 103, which is quite remarkable because he appeared 3 fewer movies than Moore.
* BroadStrokes: Essentially the only times there was strict continuity was from 1962-1967, and again the Craig era.[[note]]Disregarding 50th anniversary MythologyGags like the Aston in ''Skyfall'', that is.[[/note]] Since then, it's just been getting messier. New actors, explicitly different settings and "soft" reboots are only some of the continuity problems. All fans have their own theories or lack thereof.

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* BodyCountCompetition: Bond probably has the highest on-screen body count of any film character ever, counting all 24 official movies. Unsurprisingly for an action hero/government assassin, he kills at least one person in every film, and more commonly ''a lot'' of people.
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people. He has canonically [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQa_4biNkWU killed 362 people]]. Roger Moore has the highest body count of the Bonds, with 121 kills. Pierce Brosnan gets the close second with 103, which is quite remarkable because he appeared 3 fewer movies than Moore.
Moore and it was noted that Brosnan's Bond tended to get his hands on automatic weapons ''a lot''.
* BroadStrokes: Essentially the only times there was strict continuity was from 1962-1967, and again the Craig era.era, which was a reboot.[[note]]Disregarding 50th anniversary MythologyGags like the Aston in ''Skyfall'', that is.[[/note]] Since then, it's just been getting messier. New actors, explicitly different settings and "soft" reboots are only some of the continuity problems. All fans have their own theories or lack thereof.



** Tracy Di Vicenzo gets a CallBack from time to time,being Bond's legal wife and apparent greatest love.

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** Tracy Di Vicenzo gets a CallBack from time to time,being time, being Bond's legal wife and apparent greatest love.love in the original continuiry.



** The Craig films appear to have done this with an entire ''organization''. ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' and ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' featured Bond against a shadowy organization called Quantum. It was initially announced that the Quantum story would play out in a trilogy of films (much like SPECTRE was the prime focus of ''Thunderball'', ''You Only Live Twice'' and ''On Her Majesty's Secret Service''). Perhaps due to the lukewarm response to ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', the Quantum trilogy idea was dropped and ''Skyfall'' takes place some years later with no further reference made to it. As it is, the producers have finally regained the copyright ownership of Ernest Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, with [[spoiler:both]] being used again in ''Spectre'', where it was mentioned that Quantum had since evolved into SPECTRE.



* CoolCar: Varies from film to film, but you can usually count on at least one per film.
** The Aston Martin [=DB5=] is crtainly the most memorable. Introduced in ''Goldfinger'' and brought back for a cameo in ''Thunderball'', the car was later featured in both the Brosnan and Craig films, with it [[spoiler:playing a major role in ''Skyfall'']].
** AllegedCar: The cars invariably turn into this by the time that Bond is done with them, to Q's great dismay.

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* CoolCar: Varies from film to film, but you can usually count on at least one per film.
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film. The Aston Martin [=DB5=] is crtainly the most memorable. Introduced in ''Goldfinger'' and brought back for a cameo in ''Thunderball'', the car was later featured in both the Brosnan and Craig films, with it [[spoiler:playing a major role in ''Skyfall'']].
** AllegedCar: The cars invariably turn into this by the time that Bond is done with them, to Q's great dismay.
''Skyfall'']].



* DesignStudentsOrgasm: Every movie title sequence.

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* DesignStudentsOrgasm: DesignStudentsOrgasm:
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Every movie title sequence.



* DisposableWoman: Bond's enemies kill [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Tracy]], [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Paris Carver]] and [[spoiler:all women with whom Daniel Craig sleeps--Vesper, Fields, and Severine; in the latter's case, it's a deconstruction]].
* DistressedDude: For a {{Badass}} secret agent, Bond sure ends up in sticky situations a lot.

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* DisposableWoman: Bond's enemies kill [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Tracy]], [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Paris Carver]] and [[spoiler:all women with whom Daniel Craig sleeps--Vesper, sleeps before ''Spectre''--Vesper, Fields, and Severine; in the latter's case, it's a deconstruction]].
* DistressedDude: For a {{Badass}} badass secret agent, Bond sure ends up in sticky situations a lot.lot.
* DirtForcefield: Both Bond and his ladies usually keep tidy despite everything they face. Exceptions for 007 are ''Dr. No'' (after he's imprisoned and beat up), ''Licence to Kill'' (he ends up covered in blood, sweat and sand), ''Die Another Day'' (after the ActionPrologue, he spends 14 months being tortured and looks like ''Film/CastAway'') and the first two Daniel Craig movies, since those are essentially a two-parter DarkerAndEdgier ContinuityReboot.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', though the latter is more of a BittersweetEnding than a downer.]]

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* DownerEnding: DownerEnding:
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[[spoiler: ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', and ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', though the latter is more of a BittersweetEnding than a downer.]]



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness[=/=]NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: ''Film/DrNo'' lacks many of the trademarks that the franchise is known for. A [[TheTeaser Cold Open]], the CoolCar, gadgets and many others are all absent.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness[=/=]NonIndicativeFirstEpisode: EarlyInstallmentWeirdness:
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''Film/DrNo'' lacks many of the trademarks that the franchise is known for. A [[TheTeaser Cold Open]], the CoolCar, gadgets and many others are all absent. ''Film/DrNo'' also contains the infamous scene where Bond murders Professor Dent; even Fleming never had Bond act so cold-bloodedly in the books, and for all intents and purposes Bond wouldn't act this way again until 2006's ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', which was, like ''Film/DrNo'', the start of a new continuity.



** ''Film/DrNo'' also contains the infamous scene where Bond murders Professor Dent; even Fleming never had Bond act so cold-bloodedly in the books, and for all intents and purposes Bond wouldn't act this way again until 2006's ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', which was, like ''Film/DrNo'', the start of a new continuity.



* FamousNamedForeigner: The KGB Chief is called [[Creator/NikolaiGogol Gogol]], and his second's name is [[Creator/AlexanderPushkin Pushkin]].

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* FamousNamedForeigner: The KGB Chief is called [[Creator/NikolaiGogol Gogol]], and his second's sucessor's name is [[Creator/AlexanderPushkin Pushkin]].



* GirlOfTheWeek: Or, in Bond's case, more a Girl Of The Movie -- though some movies have two, often one good and one evil.

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* GirlOfTheWeek: Or, in Bond's case, more a Girl Of The of the Movie -- though some movies have two, often one good and one evil.



* GrayingMorality: Over the course of the series, although the Craig reboot seems to have started out grey.
** ''Film/DrNo'' and ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' are actually pretty grey movies; it becomes lighter with ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', but has light and dark moments throughout. The series is more cyclical as far as this trope goes--it starts off grey, but then becomes progressively more outlandish and lighthearted, before going becoming DarkerAndEdgier again.

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* GrayingMorality: Over the course of the series, although the Craig reboot seems to have started out grey.
GrayingMorality:
** ''Film/DrNo'' and ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove'' are actually pretty grey movies; it becomes lighter with ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'', but has light and dark moments throughout. The series is more cyclical as far as this trope goes--it starts off grey, but then becomes progressively more outlandish and lighthearted, before going becoming DarkerAndEdgier again.
** The Craig reboot seems to have started out grey.



** S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the first handful of films.

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** S.P.E.C.T.R.E. SPECTRE in the first handful of films.



** Also, to a far lesser extent, the [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman duck]] [[NeverLiveItDown hat]].



* IncrediblyLongNote: The title themes tend to end in a suitably epic fashion. Especially Music/ShirleyBassey's songs.
** And of course, Music/TomJones fainted on the last note of ''Thunderball''.

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* IncrediblyLongNote: The title themes tend to end in a suitably epic fashion. Especially Music/ShirleyBassey's songs.
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songs, and of course, Music/TomJones fainted on the last note of ''Thunderball''.



* {{Jerkass}}: Sure, he's a hero and he saved the world on numerous occasions, but the guy's an ''asshole''. Just how much is subject to change with every actor. Good thing the villains tend to be even bigger Jerkasses.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Probably better named "Before I Kill You, Mister Bond...". Actually averted in nearly every movie- Bond almost always figures the gist of the plan on his own, and what the BigBad tells him is usually more like a MotiveRant, explaining the ''profit'' in their otherwise senseless act of mass murder or seemingly mundane criminal enterprise that Bond was trying to stop anyway.
** ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' is the only movie that comes close to playing this straight, and it actually zigs-zags it a lot anyway, starting with Bond overhearing the villain explaining his plan to ''somebody else'', and not even telling them the real plan anyway (partly by being interrupted) as well as murdering them afterwards. Sort-of played straight when Bond confronts him with apparent holes in his scheme and Goldfinger ''tells him'' he didn't get the whole plan, then confirms Bond's alternate theory- its still possible Bond had an inkling of what was really going on anyway, and would have / had figured out the real scheme, and was just manipulating Goldfinger into confirming his suspicions.
* LargeHam: Practically [[EvilIsHammy all villains and/or henchmen like to chew scenery.]]

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* {{Jerkass}}: Sure, he's a hero and he saved the world on numerous occasions, but the guy's Bond is an ''asshole''. Just how much is subject to change with every actor. Good thing the villains tend to be even bigger Jerkasses.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Probably better named "Before I Kill You, Mister Bond...". Actually averted in nearly every movie- Bond almost always figures the gist of the plan on his own, and what the BigBad tells him is usually more like a MotiveRant, explaining the ''profit'' in their otherwise senseless act of mass murder or seemingly mundane criminal enterprise that Bond was trying to stop anyway.
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anyway. ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' is the only movie that comes close to playing this straight, and it actually zigs-zags it a lot anyway, starting with Bond overhearing the villain explaining his plan to ''somebody else'', and not even telling them the real plan anyway (partly by being interrupted) as well as murdering them afterwards. Sort-of played straight when Bond confronts him with apparent holes in his scheme and Goldfinger ''tells him'' he didn't get the whole plan, then confirms Bond's alternate theory- its still possible Bond had an inkling of what was really going on anyway, and would have / had figured out the real scheme, and was just manipulating Goldfinger into confirming his suspicions.
* LargeHam: LargeHam:
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Practically [[EvilIsHammy all villains and/or henchmen like to chew scenery.]]



* LighterAndSofter: Moore's tenure was decidedly less graphic, at least until his last movie (which he hated). The actor fought against a scene in ''For Your Eyes Only'' where Bond boots a henchmen's car off of a cliff, but it was included anyway. Tellingly, in the opening gun barrel scene, Moore's gun has no muzzle flare.
** Ironically, however, Moore's Bond personally (and occasionally cold-bloodedly--see Stromberg) personally killed virtually all the villains he encountered (Kristatos being an exception). Connery's Bond killed only Dr. No--everyone else either got away (including Blofeld) or the Bond girl did the nasty work.

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* LighterAndSofter: Moore's tenure was decidedly less graphic, at least until his last movie (which he hated). The actor fought against a scene in ''For Your Eyes Only'' where Bond boots a henchmen's car off of a cliff, but it was included anyway. Tellingly, in the opening gun barrel scene, Moore's gun has no muzzle flare.
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flare. Ironically, however, Moore's Bond personally (and occasionally cold-bloodedly--see Stromberg) personally killed virtually all the villains he encountered (Kristatos being an exception). Connery's Bond killed only Dr. No--everyone else either got away (including Blofeld) or the Bond girl did the nasty work.



* TheMagicPokerEquation: Very often, usually in baccarat, when Bond has a ridiculously high probability of getting 9 at any key point. Taken UpToEleven in the final poker hand in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''[[spoiler:, when the four remaining players show an ace-high flush, a full house, a better full house (Le Chiffre), and a straight flush (Bond).]]

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* TheMagicPokerEquation: Very often, usually in baccarat, when Bond has a ridiculously high probability of getting 9 at any key point. Taken UpToEleven in the final poker hand in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''[[spoiler:, ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', [[spoiler: when the four remaining players show an ace-high flush, a full house, a better full house (Le Chiffre), and a straight flush (Bond).]]



* MoodWhiplash: Very much so in the Brosnan era, but present in the Connery and Moore films too.
** There's a bit of it in ''Skyfall'' too, [[spoiler:especially at the end]].

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* MoodWhiplash: Very much so in the Brosnan era, but present in the Connery and Moore films too.
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too. There's a bit of it in ''Skyfall'' too, [[spoiler:especially at the end]].



* NonIndicativeFirstEpisode:
** ''Film/DrNo'' lacks many of the trademarks that the franchise is known for. A [[TheTeaser Cold Open]], the CoolCar, gadgets and many others are all absent. ''Film/DrNo'' also contains the infamous scene where Bond murders Professor Dent; even Fleming never had Bond act so cold-bloodedly in the books, and for all intents and purposes Bond wouldn't act this way again until 2006's ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', which was, like ''Film/DrNo'', the start of a new continuity.
** In retrospect, ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'' and ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' could be this with the Moore era. The comedic elements that peppered Moore's run are there, but the writers at the time seemed indecisive about whether or not to make the series more humorous or playing them like the earlier films.



* ThePaidForHarem: One of the perks of being a Bond Villain.

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* ThePaidForHarem: PaidHarem: One of the perks of being a Bond Villain.



** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' when Bond makes up a porn-sounding alias for Vesper, to her annoyance.
* ThePornomancer: Bond. It's one of his defining traits. The Dalton and Craig eras, being DarkerAndEdgier, play with it. Bond practically has to be dragged into bed in the teaser for ''The Living Daylights'', and stays monogamous throughout that movie and more-or-less ''Licence to Kill''. In the Craig era, he actually '''doesn't''' sleep with or even romance the main Bond girl of ''Quantum of Solace'', a first for the franchise, and [[spoiler: the same goes for ''Skyfall'', as the film reveals M to be the "Bond girl" for the film, he doesn't actually sleep with Eve Moneypenny, and the other Bond girl is only on screen for a few minutes before being William Tell'd to death]].

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** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'' when Bond makes up a porn-sounding alias for Vesper, "Stephanie Broadchest" (let's just say that [[AbsoluteCleavage it was very accurate]]), much to her annoyance.
* ThePornomancer: Bond. It's one of his defining traits. The Dalton and Craig eras, being DarkerAndEdgier, play with it. Bond practically has to be dragged into bed in the teaser for ''The Living Daylights'', and stays monogamous throughout that movie and more-or-less ''Licence to Kill''. In the Craig era, he actually '''doesn't''' sleep with or even romance the main Bond girl of ''Quantum of Solace'', a first for the franchise, and [[spoiler: the same goes for ''Skyfall'', as the film reveals M to be the "Bond girl" for the film, ''Skyfall''; he doesn't actually sleep with Eve Moneypenny, and the other Bond girl is only on screen for a few minutes before being William Tell'd to death]].



* ProductPlacement: A lot, especially in the Craig films. It has been joked that Bond has a License To Shill.

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* ProductPlacement: A lot, especially in the Craig films. lot. It has been joked that Bond has a License To Shill.Shill.
** Became an issue with ''Licence to Kill'', to the extent that the makers were forced to include the American Surgeon General's warning against smoking into the closing credits due to its use of a recognizable cigarette brand in one scene, yet the visible presence of a Players Tobacco poster in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''--intended to be a ShoutOut to something from the original ''Thunderball'' novel--garnered no such concern.



** There was outrage when Heineken got product placement in ''Skyfall'', because everyone knows Bond only drinks vodka martinis! The cosmic irony is that, while rooted in a few such drinks making appearances in the novels, the association of Bond with vodka largely comes from the product placement of a vodka company in the 1960s.
** Became an issue with ''Licence to Kill'', to the extent that the makers were forced to include the American Surgeon General's warning against smoking into the closing credits due to its use of a recognizable cigarette brand in one scene. (Yet the visible presence of a Players Tobacco poster in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''--intended to be a ShoutOut to something from the original ''Thunderball'' novel--garnered no such concern.)

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** Despite the above-mentioned toning down for ''Casino Royale'', much mileage was given to a scene in the film where Bond goes looking for security camera footage that plays out as an ad for Sony [=DVDs=]. (Funnily enough, this was made while the "[=LaserDisc=] vs. DVD" war was still waging.)
** There was outrage when Heineken got product placement in ''Skyfall'', because everyone knows Bond only drinks vodka martinis! martinis. The cosmic irony is that, while rooted in a few such drinks making appearances in the novels, the association of Bond with vodka largely comes from the product placement of a vodka company in the 1960s.
** Became an issue with ''Licence to Kill'', to the extent that the makers were forced to include the American Surgeon General's warning against smoking into the closing credits due to its use of a recognizable cigarette brand in one scene. (Yet the visible presence of a Players Tobacco poster in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''--intended to be a ShoutOut to something from the original ''Thunderball'' novel--garnered no such concern.)
1960s.



* RecurringCharacter: Q, M, Moneypenny and Felix Leiter are the ones who appear the most. (Though it should be noted that M and Q are [[LegacyCharacter titles passed around between different individuals]] over time.)
** Blofeld and Jaws are about a fair bit, on the other side of the fence. Until Creator/RogerMoore [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped the former down a smokestack]] ''before the opening credits'' in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and helped convince the latter to perform a HeelFaceTurn (which also made Jaws utter his only on-screen line that wasn't a wordless grunt or scream) in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. However, since the copyright issue about Blofeld has been settled with MGM getting the full use of the character again, it's more than likely he and SPECTRE will be back to challenge Bond again. As of recent events, [[Film/{{Spectre}} SPECTRE is back.]]

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* RecurringCharacter: RecurringCharacter:
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Q, M, Moneypenny and Felix Leiter are the ones who appear the most. (Though it should be noted that M and Q are [[LegacyCharacter titles passed around between different individuals]] over time.)
** Blofeld and Jaws are Blofeld, about a fair bit, on the other side of the fence. Until fence, until Creator/RogerMoore [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped the former down a smokestack]] ''before the opening credits'' in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and helped convince the latter to perform a HeelFaceTurn (which also made Jaws utter his only on-screen line that wasn't a wordless grunt or scream) in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''.''Film/ForYourEyesOnly''. However, since the copyright issue about Blofeld has been settled with MGM getting the full use of the character again, it's more than likely he and SPECTRE will be back to challenge Bond again. As of recent events, [[Film/{{Spectre}} SPECTRE is back.]]



* RecurringExtra: In the Roger Moore films ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', the man who keeps seeing Bond do crazy stuff in Italy, probably without ever realising it is the same man (emerging from the sea in his car-sub; driving around the streets of Venice in his land-gondola; and escaping from armed assassins on skis in the Italian alps, respectively). In each case he is drinking and in the first two, finds what he's seeing so bizarre that he [[NoMoreForMe seems to wonder if he's been drinking too much]] (though not enough to ''stop'', evidently). Played by Victor Tourjansky, who was the assistant director for these Italy-set scenes in all three films.

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* RecurringExtra: RecurringExtra:
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In the Roger Moore films ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' and ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', the man who keeps seeing Bond do crazy stuff in Italy, probably without ever realising it is the same man (emerging from the sea in his car-sub; driving around the streets of Venice in his land-gondola; and escaping from armed assassins on skis in the Italian alps, respectively). In each case he is drinking and in the first two, finds what he's seeing so bizarre that he [[NoMoreForMe seems to wonder if he's been drinking too much]] (though not enough to ''stop'', evidently). Played by Victor Tourjansky, who was the assistant director for these Italy-set scenes in all three films.



* SealedWithAKiss: Nearly ''every'' one, [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService with]] [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 four]] [[Film/QuantumOfSolace notable]] [[{{Film/Skyfall}} exceptions]].
* SequelEscalation: Sometimes inverted (''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' > ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' > ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''), but usually the movies get bigger and bigger.
** As with GrayingMorality, it's something of a cyclical process, often (but not always) coinciding with a new actor taking the role of Bond; every so often, the series 'reboots' to adopt a more gritty tone only to gradually escalate into larger-scale plots and action sequences, at which it goes gritty again.

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* SealedWithAKiss: Nearly ''every'' one, [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService with]] [[Film/CasinoRoyale2006 four]] [[Film/QuantumOfSolace notable]] [[{{Film/Skyfall}} [[Film/{{Skyfall}} exceptions]].
* SequelEscalation: Sometimes inverted (''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' > ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' > ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''), but usually the movies get bigger and bigger.
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bigger. As with GrayingMorality, it's something of a cyclical process, often (but not always) coinciding with a new actor taking the role of Bond; every so often, the series 'reboots' to adopt a more gritty tone only to gradually escalate into larger-scale plots and action sequences, at which it goes gritty again.



* SharpDressedMan: Bond almost always wears a handsome suit.



* SociopathicHero: How long have you got? Aside from Bond's endless coldly wasting {{Mooks}} with the only emotion registering usually being amusement, he doesn't treat women much better: he all but rapes Solitaire in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', prior to that he practically raped his poor nurse Patricia Fearing in ''Thunderball'' as well as Pussy Galore in ''Goldfinger'' and ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' begins with him strangling a woman with her own bikini top.

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* SociopathicHero: How long have you got? SociopathicHero:
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Aside from Bond's endless coldly wasting {{Mooks}} with the only emotion registering usually being amusement, he doesn't treat women much better: he all but rapes Solitaire in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', prior to that he practically raped his poor nurse Patricia Fearing in ''Thunderball'' as well as Pussy Galore in ''Goldfinger'' and ''Film/DiamondsAreForever'' begins with him strangling a woman with her own bikini top.



** ''In Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Bond uses a small camera to take snap shots of a map that shows where the "Angels Of Death" are to release a biological agent.

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** ''In Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'', Bond uses a small camera to take snap shots of a map that shows where the "Angels Of of Death" are to release a biological agent.



* StrictlyFormula: To the point that when Creator/RoaldDahl decided to add an original plot in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' to solve the lack thereof in the novel, the producers allowed him to do so only if he made sure to follow a few trends and include a few elements set by the other movies. Although there are a few variations, a James Bond movie usually goes something like this:

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* StrictlyFormula: To the point that when it was decided to bring Creator/RoaldDahl decided to add an original plot in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' to solve the lack thereof in the novel, the producers allowed him to do so only if he made sure to follow a few trends and include a few elements set by the other movies. Although there are a few variations, a James Bond movie usually goes something like this:



* SupervillainLair: The best of which, like the volcano rocket base in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', were designed by legendary production designer Ken Adam.

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* SupervillainLair: The SupervillainLair:
** Most films feature one, the
best of which, like the volcano rocket base in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'', were designed by legendary production designer Ken Adam.



*** It was also {{lampshaded}} in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch where an interviewer talked with Blofeld, Goldfinger and Largo. For example, they mention how contractors tended to jack up the price of gadgets (like electric chairs) when they find out a Bond villain is the customer.
*** Averted in ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'' where the villain just straight up stole an island, which was left in major disrepair after being abandoned decades ago when the population evacuated in a mistaken chemical accident scare.
*** Ironically, ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' actually ''does'' feature a moment where Stromberg, having [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness whacked two henchmen he doesn't need anymore]], orders a letter to be written to their next of kin explaining that they've been killed. Being a [[{{Jerkass}} bit of a dick]], he uses the opportunity to throw in a PostMortemOneLiner at their expense:

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*** ** It was also {{lampshaded}} {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch where an interviewer talked with Blofeld, Goldfinger and Largo. For example, they mention how contractors tended to jack up the price of gadgets (like electric chairs) when they find out a Bond villain is the customer.
*** ** Averted in ''{{Film/Skyfall}}'' where the villain just straight up stole an island, which was left in major disrepair after being abandoned decades ago when the population evacuated in a mistaken chemical accident scare.
*** ** Ironically, ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' actually ''does'' feature a moment where Stromberg, having [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness whacked two henchmen he doesn't need anymore]], orders a letter to be written to their next of kin explaining that they've been killed. Being a [[{{Jerkass}} bit of a dick]], he uses the opportunity to throw in a PostMortemOneLiner at their expense:



* {{Tuxedo and Martini}}: Bond films literally invented it.

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* {{Tuxedo and Martini}}: TuxedoAnd Martini: Bond films literally invented it.



* WatchThePaintJob: If the movie features a gadget-laden CoolCar, you can bet James will wreck it. Later movies have Q {{Lampshade}} this tendency, bemoaning James' destructiveness and begging him to please, ''please'' return something in good shape this time.

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* WatchThePaintJob: If the movie features a gadget-laden CoolCar, you can bet James will wreck it. Later movies have Q {{Lampshade}} {{Lampshade|Hanging}} this tendency, bemoaning James' destructiveness and begging him to please, ''please'' return something in good shape this time.
24th Sep '16 6:58:19 PM JamesAustin
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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold War Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and the pre-titles of ''Film/GoldenEye'' are the only times ''in the entire series'' where USSR is outright antagonistic, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: James will wear a tuxedo at some point in each movie. (The gun barrel doesn't count.)
** Averted in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', where Roger Moore isn't seen in a tuxedo at all (except for the gun barrel sequence, that is) to fill on the gritty look the producers wanted on Moore's debut.
** Also averted in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.

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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold War Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and the pre-titles of ''Film/GoldenEye'' are the only times ''in the entire series'' where the USSR is outright antagonistic, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.
* ClothesMakeTheLegend: James will wear a tuxedo at some point in each movie. (The gun barrel doesn't count.)
** Averted
) The only times where it is averted are in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', the latter where Roger Moore isn't seen in a tuxedo at all (except for the gun barrel sequence, that is) to fill on the gritty look the producers wanted on Moore's debut.
** Also averted in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
debut.



* ProtagonistTitle: None of the film thus far have used "James Bond" as part of their titles, but the franchise as a whole is refered to as the ''James Bond'' franchise. In some countries, the titles of the films are preceded by Bond's code number, 007.



** Blofeld and Jaws are about a fair bit, on the other side of the fence. Until Creator/RogerMoore [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped the former down a smokestack]] ''before the opening credits'' in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and helped convince the latter to perform a HeelFaceTurn (which also made Jaws utter his only on-screen line that wasn't a wordless grunt or scream) in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. However, since the copyright issue about Blofeld has been settled with MGM getting the full use of the character again, it's more than likely he and SPECTRE will be back to challenge Bond again.
*** As of recent events, [[Film/{{Spectre}} they're back.]]

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** Blofeld and Jaws are about a fair bit, on the other side of the fence. Until Creator/RogerMoore [[DroppedABridgeOnHim dropped the former down a smokestack]] ''before the opening credits'' in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and helped convince the latter to perform a HeelFaceTurn (which also made Jaws utter his only on-screen line that wasn't a wordless grunt or scream) in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}''. However, since the copyright issue about Blofeld has been settled with MGM getting the full use of the character again, it's more than likely he and SPECTRE will be back to challenge Bond again.
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again. As of recent events, [[Film/{{Spectre}} they're SPECTRE is back.]]
24th Sep '16 6:55:03 AM Saveelich
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The series has spawned [[FollowTheLeader legions of imitators]] and in many ways defined all of modern SpyFiction, with Bond himself having become the quintessential ActionHero. In fact, many tropes featured in action films to this day can be traced back to the franchise, from the [[BadassInANiceSuit Tuxedo]] to the BondOneLiner to the CoolCar.

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The series has spawned [[FollowTheLeader legions of imitators]] and in many ways defined [[TropeCodifier defined]] all of modern SpyFiction, with Bond himself having become the quintessential ActionHero. In fact, many tropes featured in action films to this day can be traced back to the franchise, from the [[BadassInANiceSuit Tuxedo]] to the BondOneLiner to the CoolCar.



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16th Sep '16 4:48:30 AM Saveelich
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A {{long runn|ers}}ing {{film}} [[SeriesFranchise franchise]] based on Creator/IanFleming's [[Literature/JamesBond novel series]] about British secret agent James Bond, code-named [[YouAreNumberSix 007]]. Over its decades long run, the franchise has featured [[TheOtherDarrin six different Bonds]], [[TropeCodifier codified]] TuxedoAndMartini SpyFiction, and ranged in tone from [[ToneShift comedic to gritty]].

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A {{long runn|ers}}ing runn|ers}}ing SpyFiction {{film}} [[SeriesFranchise franchise]] based on Creator/IanFleming's [[Literature/JamesBond novel series]] about British secret agent James Bond, code-named [[YouAreNumberSix 007]]. Over its decades long run, the franchise has featured [[TheOtherDarrin six different Bonds]], [[TropeCodifier codified]] TuxedoAndMartini SpyFiction, TuxedoAndMartini, and ranged in tone from [[ToneShift comedic to gritty]].
14th Sep '16 6:05:58 PM Saveelich
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# ''Bond 25''

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# ''Bond 25'' (TBD)
13th Sep '16 3:50:36 PM Saveelich
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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/GoldenEye'', are the only films ''in the entire series,'' where the USSR is outright villainous, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.

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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold War Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/GoldenEye'', the pre-titles of ''Film/GoldenEye'' are the only films times ''in the entire series,'' series'' where the USSR is outright villainous, antagonistic, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.
31st Aug '16 5:34:13 PM CrimsonZephyr
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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/GoldenEye'', are the only films ''in the entire series,'' where the USSR is the BigBad, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.

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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/GoldenEye'', are the only films ''in the entire series,'' where the USSR is the BigBad, outright villainous, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.
31st Aug '16 5:33:44 PM CrimsonZephyr
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* ChummyCommies: In one of the series' ultimate ironies, Bond, one of the prototypical Cold Warriors, teams up with the USSR in an EnemyMine situation more often than working directly against them. In fact, ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' and ''Film/GoldenEye'', are the only films ''in the entire series,'' where the USSR is the BigBad, and not a fellow UnwittingPawn that 007 must make a hasty alliance with in order to save the world.
24th Aug '16 2:08:44 PM Rubber_Lotus
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* TitleDrop: In most of the movies, sometimes ''very'' awkwardly ("What a view ..." "...to a kill!" Shudder).

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* TitleDrop: In most of the movies, sometimes ''very'' awkwardly ("What a view ..." "...to a kill!" Shudder). In the seventies, this was often done during Bond's mission briefing, via a "What do you know about ''[Subject this movie revolves around]'', 007?" line.
2nd Aug '16 6:47:35 PM JamesAustin
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->"''[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond The name's Bond]]. '''James Bond.'''''"

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->"''[[TheNameIsBondJamesBond The ->''"The name's Bond]]. '''James Bond. James Bond.'''''"
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