The Evolution of James Bond

New poster for No Time to Die (picture: MGM twitter)

What has changed during 50 years of Eon Production’s franchise? In honor of the new film ‘No Time To Die’ released in cinemas on Thursday, read the evolution throughout Bond’s stardom.

Over the 50 years of iconic Bond heroes across the 25 films, it has become one of the highest grossing franchises in its industry. From Sir Sean Connery’s laconic and almost overconfident portrayal as the first Bond, to the hot-tempered and vengeful nature of Daniel Craig, James Bond has had various actors fulfil the highly unique role.

With their interesting storylines, elaborate stunts and revolutionized technology, Bond has never failed to impress with its escapism. 

Beginning the fame of the franchise was Sir Sean Connery. His starring role as the lead in ‘Dr. No’ in 1962 could be considered as one of the most valuable contributions to the screen, set to follow with stylistic sequels. Connery’s Bond uses endless amounts of action, witty humour, and the iconic introduction of the Aston Martin, so no dull moments in his films, capturing women’s hearts with his charming persona and kicking in the memorable request: “Shaken… not stirred”.

From then on, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan followed the trend with their own twists and additions. All known for their suave demeanour, light-hearted humour and sophisticated wardrobe.

Now, Daniel Craig redefined James Bond to sell to a new audience. It’s had its criticisms, but Craig’s portrayal brings about new emotional complexities to Bonds persona.  Adding to the action, Craig brings a new level of recklessness, intelligence and an even bigger ego. But Craig still manages to keep his debonair style and ambivalence, modernising the franchise for the 21st century.

So, who will be the next bond after Craig? We will have to wait.