James Bond
Gespeeld door Barry Nelson (1954 in een onofficieel televisieprogramma)
Bob Holness (1954 in een onofficieel radioprogramma)
Sean Connery (1962-67; 1971, in 1983 in een onofficiële film en in 2005 in het computerspel From Russia With Love)
David Niven (1967 in een onofficiële film)
George Lazenby (1969)
Roger Moore (1973-85)
Timothy Dalton (1987-89)
Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002, in 2004 in de computerspellen Everything or Nothing en Nightfire)
Daniel Craig (2006-heden)

Commander James Bond is een fictieve geheim agent in werking met de MI6 een geheime dienst, die bekend is uit boeken en films. Het personage is verzonnen door schrijver Ian Fleming, die in de jaren 50 en 60 een boekenreeks over hem schreef.

James Bond is vernoemd naar een Amerikaanse ornitholoog met dezelfde naam, een expert op het gebied van Caribische vogels. Fleming was op zoek naar een onopvallende naam voor zijn hoofdpersoon en na het lezen van Bond's veldgids Birds of the West Indies (Vogels van West Indië) besloot hij dat James Bond een uitstekende keuze was.

James Bond was a well-known ornithologist. His Birds of the West Indies is an unusually rich source of names. According to Bond, the Sooty Tern is also known as the Egg Bird; Booby; Bubí; Hurricane Bird; Gaviota Oscura; Gaviota Monja; Oiseau Fou; Touaou. But when the keen birdwatcher Ian Fleming needed a name that sounded as ordinary as possible, he had to look no further than the title page of Bond’s great work. Why does the name of an actual ornithologist sound so right as the name of a fictional spy? Why couldn’t Fleming have used another pair of common monosyllables—John Clark, say? Bond is a solid, blue-chip, faith-giving kind of a name. Who wouldn’t prefer a government Bond under their mattress (we’re talking AAA British) to a petty clerk? Is your word your clerk? I don’t think so. Bond. It’s in the name.

The Bond movies are the ultimate in action movies and as any aficionado of action movies knows, nothing steals the show like the supercars driven by the heroes and villains.

In Hollywood you have the garish cars driven in such movies as the Fast and the Furious series where engine high tuning and modification is the name of the game or Gone in 60 Seconds where stealing some of the world’s most expensive vehicles is the raison d’ętre.

Bond cars almost always wowed with their understated strength and beauty and with improbable modifications to make them invincible, they became the ultimate movie car.

Bond Car Year Film Car
1962 Dr No Sunbeam Alpine
1963 From Russia With Love Bentley Mark IV
1964 Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5
1965 Thunderball Aston Martin DB5
1967 You Only Live Twice Toyota 2000GT
1969 On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Aston Martin DBS
1971 Diamonds are Forever Aston Martin DBS
1973 Live and Let Die Chevrolet Impala
1974 The Man With The Golden Gun AMC Hornet
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me Lotus Esprit S1
  1979 Moonraker None
1981 For Your Eyes Only Lotus Esprit Turbo
1983 Octopussy Alfa Romeo GTV6
1983 Never Say Never Again 1937 model Bentley 4˝l
1985 A View to a Kill Renault 11 Turbo
1987 The Living Daylights Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
1989 Licenced to Kill Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
1995 Goldeneye Aston Martin DB5
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Aston Martin DB5
1999 The World is Not Enough BMW Z8
2002 Die Another Die Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
2006 Casino Royale Aston Martin DBS V12
2008 Quantum of Solace Aston Martin DBS V12
2012 Skyfall Aston Martin DB5

Pride of place at the top of the tree is the Aston Martin in its various forms, quintessentially English, it went with 007 like Martini goes with vodka but there was some flirting with foreign cars when corporate sponsorship of the films became important to their preservation. Prior to the nineties, it would have been unthinkable for 007 to have driven a German car but it happened before a return to tradition. And it wasn’t always understated; remember the Lotus Esprit and Esprit Turbo from The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only. You couldn’t ever have imagined Sean Connery driving such a car and only Roger Moore could have got away with it.

Titelsong Artiest Film Jaar Componist
James Bond Theme en
Kingston Calypso
Orkest o.l.v.John Barry Dr. No 1962 Monty Norman & John Barry
From Russia with Love Matt Monro From Russia with Love 1963 John Barry & Lionel Bart
Goldfinger Shirley Bassey Goldfinger 1964 John Barry,Anthony Newley,
Leslie Bricusse
Thunderball Tom Jones Thunderball 1965 John Barry & Don Black
You Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice 1967 John Barry & Leslie Bricusse
On Her Majesty's Secret Service Orkest o.l.v.John Barry On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969 John Barry
Diamonds Are Forever Shirley Bassey Diamonds Are Forever 1971 John Barry & Don Black
Live and Let Die Paul McCartney & Wings Live and Let Die 1973 Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney
The Man with the Golden Gun Lulu The Man with the Golden Gun 1974 John Barry & Don Black
Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 Marvin Hamlisch & Carole Bayer Sager
Moonraker Shirley Bassey Moonraker 1979 John Barry & Hal David
For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton For Your Eyes Only 1981 Bill Conti & Michael Leeson
All Time High Rita Coolidge Octopussy 1983 John Barry,Tim Rice & Stephen Short
A View to a Kill Duran Duran A View to a Kill 1985 John Barry
The Living Daylights a-ha The Living Daylights 1987 John Barry & Pĺl Waaktaar
Licence to Kill Gladys Knight Licence to Kill 1989 N. Michael Walden,Jeffrey Cohen,
Walter Afanasieff
GoldenEye Tina Turner GoldenEye 1995 Bono & The Edge
Tomorrow Never Dies Sheryl Crow Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 Sheryl Crow & Mitchell Froom
The World Is Not Enough Garbage The World Is Not Enough 1999 David Arnold & Don Black
Die Another Day Madonna Die Another Day 2002 Madonna & Mirwais Ahmadzaď
You Know My Name Chris Cornell Casino Royale 2006 David Arnold & Chris Cornell
Another Way to Die Alicia Keys & Jack White Quantum of Solace 2008 Jack White
Skyfall Adele Skyfall 2012 Adele & Paul Epworth

Titelsongs van de onofficiële films:

Titelsong Artiest Onofficiële Film Jaar Componist
Casino Royale Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Casino Royale 1967 Burt Bacharach
Never Say Never Again Lani Hall Never Say Never Again 1983 Michel Legrand