1st-generation 007 film fans guess how many they have left


The James Bond film series began 56 years ago in October. For those of us who were there in the early years, the question increasingly is becoming, “How many Bond films do we have left in our lifetimes?”

These are some Bond fans scoff at that perspective. They preach patience. Three years? Four years between films? So be it. That’s just how it works.

In my case, one of my younger brothers died earlier this year. And one of my friends, who was a big 007 film fan, died last year after years of health struggles stemming from a serious accident. He’ll never see Bond 25 (at least on this plane of existence).

Back in those glorious, early days, Bond films came out once a year. After a while, they came out every other year. The whole enterprise had an air of dependability about it.

Yes, it was a different time then. At the same time, Eon wanted to strike while the iron was hot.

In the late 2010s? The Eon camp would say, “We’ll get around to it.”

We’ll see how the Bond 25 situation plays out. And, it should be remembered that 24 films from 1962 through 2015 is a good run.

But, for at least some early 007 film fans, the romanticism no longer exists. Many of those fans aren’t looking for a lecture about patience.

5 Responses

  1. I’m 55 years old and I have only seen 2 James Bond films in this decade. With the way things stand now with no director either it will be delayed again until 2020 or they will make a quickie as they did Quantum of Solace.The script had to be in by November 1 because of the Writer’s Strike. I still believe if they get up off their buttocks they could make a James Bond film every 2 years if they wanted to. Who says you can not start writing a new script after the current movie is in the can? Should James Bond become tv-movies or tv-miniseries which can be produced quicker and released on television faster? Doctor Who episodes can begin production in April and ready for television in October. With the current EON team, I think James Bond is dying. We might only get one film in the next decade.

  2. My father took me to see Goldfinger. Even as young as I was it left an impression on me that has lasted my lifetime. I did not get to see the first two until they re-released them and I saw them at a drive-in. By the time my father bought me the toy attache kit I was already hooked. Of course by then the spy craze took over and I and my friends spend hours of playtime being globe hopping secret agents in our yards and at the playground. It’s hard for this generation to image seeing a movie only once or twice in a theater and then not seeing it again for YEARS until they were finally released to television – AND there were no VCRs (hell, many didn’t even have color tv yet) – yet that was the reality of being a Bond fan then. At least the films got me to read the novels – then I was REALLY hooked. It’s true – we got spoiled having every Bond come out within 24 mos – even that seemed like an eternity then. When that line at the end came up “JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN…”, – everyone could not WAIT until that promise was fulfilled and up to DAF, we were never disappointed. I remember going to see OHMSS on a cold, see your breath in the air, snow covered day that Dec in 1968 and even though Connery was gone, the film was still great and the fact it was really that damn cold out it made it easier to relate and what it would have been like in those alps (of course I was skiing and tobagganing at that time myself). I saw the film four times. It said Bond would return in DAF. Great! I read the novel, couldn’t wait. Then..I saw the film. Damn, oh, was I depressed. Bond was middle aged and out of shape. The film was a rerun of YOLT except in Las Vegas and California. Blofeld seemed as menacing as an arrogant restaurant reservation receptionist. Well, at last the films were still coming out every year or two. Now it’s 2018. The last film was three years ago. If the new one was coming out this fall I would say, well…that’s not too bad. Now it looks more like five years instead of three? Also, I thought SF was great. They’re actually making Bond himself interesting as a character (like the one in the books who actually had a life outside his missions) who has real emotions. Then they go WAY overboard and bring Blofeld and SPECTRE back and screw it all up by making all of Craigs past missions being only about Blofeld torturing Bond over a childhood grievance! What? When I have a better time watching Ghost Protocol than I do a Bond film does that mean the romance has finally gone? I hope not, but it sure feels like it – specially if I only get to one during an entire presidential term of office.

  3. Well this made for depressing reading. I turned 50 this year and I am trying not to do the maths on how many films I might live to see. I have lost friends the same age and even younger. You never can tell. The fact is it is an average 3 years between films these days when the franchise is on a roll.

  4. Interesting discussion. I saw the double feature of Dr. No and Goldfinger in the movies right around the release of Thunderball. How many do I have left. At this rate I will be lucky to have one more.

  5. Many of us fans in our sixties have seen the bond character evolve so many times over the decades, we’ve seen the logevity of the franchise tested several times causing six actors to be casted at it’s most crucial times. (1968) george lazenby (1973) sir.roger moore timothy dalton (1987) pierce brosnan (1995) and daniel craig (2006) with 25 films in the history of james bond films the franchise has broken film records with the most installments to date and probably more beyond my lifetime.

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