Best of the James Bond Legacy

Nick Runkel, Online Editor

Goldfinger: As the third James Bond film “Goldfinger” builds on the previous two films’ success and propelled the Bond series to new heights.  The first blockbuster in the series shows Agent 007, also known as James Bond (Sean Connery), working with the CIA to foil Auric Goldfinger’s (Gert Frobe) international gold bullion smuggling operation. Operation Grand Slam, as the plot was known, takes Bond to Ft. Knox, KY and sees him and members of the US Army guard detachment allow Goldfinger to break into the gold vault and then spring their trap. With Goldfinger neutralized, Bond rides off into the sunset to fight another day.

Live and Let Die: This is Roger Moore’s first time as 007 and he continues Sean Connery’s excellence by using intelligence, guile, and some timely luck to find Harlem drug lord Dr. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto), who murdered three British Secret Service agents.  As the story progresses Bond finds himself escaping crocodiles, gangsters, and a crooked local Sheriff J.W. Pepper (Clifton James). Bond learns Kananga’s plans by seducing his psychiatrist, Solitaire (Jane Seymour), and uses this information to kill Kananga. He then is quickly hustled out of the country by his re-occurring CIA ally Felix Leiter (David Hedison).

GoldenEye: This is the 17th Bond film and the first one not to take elements from Ian Fleming’s original Bond novels. “GoldenEye” is also the first appearance for Pierce Brosnan as 007. The movie finds Bond and 006 (Sean Bean) infiltrating a Russian chemical weapons factory, they are able to sabotage the facility but Bond seems to be the only one able to escape. Bond continues his mission with the help of 006 but recruits the only known survivor of the weapons blast, Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco) to help him on his mission. Bond and Simonova spend the remainder of the movie neutralizing the GoldenEye weapons system and learn that 006 was not lost in action as was previously thought.

Skyfall: In latest installment of Bond series James Bond (Daniel Craig) must return to MI6 after using his supposed death to retire from active service and chase down cyber terrorist Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) who is a rouge British agent. Bond plans a trap at the safest place he can think of, his childhood home in Scotland. He instructs MI6 Quartermaster Q (Ben Whinshaw) to leave an electronic trail for Silva to follow and Bond assisted by M (Judi Dench) and the SkyFall gamekeeper Kincade (Albert Finney) kill Silva but M dies. In the final scene, M’s funeral, Eve Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) announces her retirement from field service and becomes the MI6 office secretary.