Sean Connery It all said of the departure of James Bond, when the legendary 007 retired from the franchise, only to return 12 years later for the Knockoff franchise film, titled “Never say never again.”
Bond goodbyes can be complicated.
Daniel Craig He clarified this after his fourth Bond outing, 2015’s “Spectre”. The British actor said he would “slice my wrist” instead of returning as Superspy. was lured back For the fifth turn in “No Time to Die” (in theaters now).
“With ‘Spectre,’ we didn’t really get the real conclusion of (Craig’s) story,” says longtime Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. Craig and the filmmakers had the rare opportunity to actually plan Bond’s farewell film instead of parting ways after release.
“We’ve done everything we possibly can with this film,” Broccoli says. “(Craig) has tied all the ends of the story. There’s nowhere for him to go from here.”
How does Craig’s 007 exit stack up against its predecessors? No one saw the clean as farewell.
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The Scottish actor who started it all with 1962’s “Dr. No” threatens to leave Bond behindSometimes. After sitting out 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Connery returned for a record $1.25 million payout for 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever.” In his sixth and final Eon Productions Bond film, the detective is found investigating suspicious transactions in the world diamond market. Bond foils nemesis Blofeld (Charles Grey) plots to build a deadly laser satellite out of diamonds, which ends in an oil rig explosion and a furious fight with Blofeld’s henchmen.
With Blofeld out of the picture, Bond and his love interest, Tiffany (Jill St. John), wonder how they can retrieve the stolen diamond from space.
Connery left the franchise for a variety of reasons, including “getting really fed up with the space stuff and special effects. I just found it getting more and more influential in the movies,” Connery told BBC in 2005.
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In his unofficial, non-Eon Productions Bond return—1983’s “Never Say Never Again”—Connery’s final scene featured a poolside plea from Nigel Small-Fawcett (Rowan Atkinson) criticizing the British government for his return to service. Bond swears “never again” before slyly looking at the camera.
The one-time 007 only appeared in 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, the film with fingerprints on “No Time to Die”. (Just listen to Hans Zimmer’s score, which features a callback to the “On Her Majesty’s” theme song, “We Have All the Time in the World” by Louis Armstrong).
Like Craig, Lazenby’s Bond has surprising emotional depth. After saving her from Blofeld, 007 marries Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg) in Germany. When Blofeld and his henchmen (Ilse Stepett) drive over and shoot Tracy, Bond pulls the car to the side of the road to retrieve the flowers. Devastated, Bond tears down his lifeless body before the end credits roll.
Former model Lazenby tried not to return to the franchise after starring in her first film, due to a misunderstanding between herself and her agent. “I had advice that James Bond was over anyway,” Lazenby told Guardian in 2017.
The only Australian Bond was replaced by Connery for 1971’s “Diamonds Are Forever”.
Moore’s seventh turn as 007 in 1985’s “A View to a Kill” featured Bond defeating the dreaded Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) and his plan to start a Microchip monopoly by erasing Silicon Valley. The detective later disappears, and true to the mild spirit of Moore’s Bond films, Q (Desmond Llewellyn) sends a remote-controlled robot in search of 007. Bond is found bathing with oil heiress Stacy Sutton (Tanya Roberts). Final moments of the film.
In December 1985, six months after the release of “A View to Kill”, 58-year-old Moore announced his retirement. The oldest actor to portray Bond held the role for over 12 years. “It was on my mind for a long time,” he said Entertainment Weekly in 2008. “I was 57 in the last one. You can see I was getting a little crookedness around the neck.”
Dalton made his second and last appearance as Bond in “License to Kill” in 1989. The first Bond film to see a detective’s license to murder is Dalton’s brooding Bond on personal vendetta against drug lord Franz Sanchez (Robert Davy) to avenge the wedding attack of his friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter (David Hedison). displays.
During a party at the home of the defeated, dead Sanchez, Bond learns that his job is back. He jumps into a pool on a balcony to romance his beautiful pilot partner, Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell).
The next Bond film was delayed, mainly due to legal problems at studio MGM, causing contract issues. “Because of the lawsuit, I was released from contract,” Dalton told Week in 2015. He parted ways with Eon Productions and landed the 1995 “Goldeneye” role alongside long-discussed Bond-pronounced, “Remington Steele” star Pierce Brosnan.
Brosnan’s 2002 farewell outing, “Die Another Day,” his fourth film as Bond, once again brings diamonds and destructive lasers into the fold. Bond has a mid-air standoff with British billionaire Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens), who gets stuck in a plane’s engine after trying to escape with a parachute. Bond and rogue NSA operative Jinx Johnson (Hal Berry) take off in a helicopter and land together in bed, where Brosnan sprinkles her with a Graves’ diamond before going in for a kiss.
“Die Another Day” was panned by critics, but was a box-office hit. Brosnan, 49, was in talks to return as Bond, but producers backed down. They turned to a new, less expensive 007, 36-year-old Craig, for 2006’s “Casino Royale.”
Brosnan’s motto after exiting the Bond franchise is “let go a little more,” he told Granthshala in 2015. “I’m as famous as I’m ever going to be. I love being able to lead a good life and take care of my family. The passion is still there. There should really be an unexpected surprise to myself every now and then and then.” To keep the audience that you have.”
Craig’s exit is certain, as the final moments of “No Time to Die” illustrate in unprecedented style.
Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is up for outrage.
“Most Bond fans will love this movie,” Fukunaga says. “There’s going to be a percentage of Bond fans that can’t get excited about it. If you do something good, it’s going to upset some. That’s how things innovate and move toward the future.”