James Bond is one of cinema’s greatest characters, who is perennially in difficult situations, but always comes out on top. After 23 instalments and six actors, a new movie hits cinemas this year, and in honour of this, we present his five best scenes.
Diamonds are Forever (1971) Lift fight scene
This film sees Blofeld stockpiling diamonds for a deadly laser satellite, but one of the most memorable scenes has 007 (Sean Connery) fighting smuggler Peter Franks in a lift. The battle in confined space is brutal, but afterwards Bond explains his injuries to Tiffany Case by claiming to have just fought James Bond!
Casino Royale (2006) Poker scene
Bond (Daniel Craig) is up against terrorist-funding Le Chiffre here, but it is the high stakes casino battle between the two at the poker table that stands out. If he wins, Le Chiffre will use that cash to finance terrorist activity, making the stakes extremely high – and it produces more genuine tension than Bond had managed in years, an affect that would have been lost if they had been playing at an online casino, but not even Bonds technology could see him take down evil over the internet..
Dr No (1962) Honey Rider emerges from the sea
The Bond Girls are part of the formula, but the first appearance of Honey Rider in the first ever film (where he takes on the eponymous villain and his weapons for destroying US space plans) surely remains unmatched. To be fair it is more down to Ursula Andress, a white bikini and the Jamaican scenery than anything Bond does – but 007 knows when to take a backseat.
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) Scaramanga duel
Roger Moore’s Bond is facing Scaramanga in this film – who plans to use an invention he has stolen to turn the heat from the sun into a weapon of destruction. One of the best scenes is duel between the two on Scaramanga’s island, which captures the mix of tension, excitement and comedy that makes Bond great.
Goldfinger (1964) Oddjob demonstration
Goldfinger wants to bring down the world economy by stockpiling all the gold, and one of his henchmen is Oddjob. The scene where the latter shows his killer bowler hat to Bond (Sean Connery) on the golf course is unforgettable.
Bond remains iconic, thanks to scenes like these, and we can expect more of them in the new film.