One of the longest-running franchises, James Bond movies have been entertaining us since Sean Connery uttered the line "Bond ... James Bond" in 1962's "Dr. No."
As the franchise has made over $4 billion worldwide to date, and with the 24th movie, "Spectre," coming out November 6, there are still no signs that the world's coolest spy will be slowing down — even if Daniel Craig is getting tired of playing him.
But what has made the franchise so unstoppable for so long?
Let's dive in to the numbers and see which of the movies did the best in theaters and which did the worst. The results may surprise you.
Note about figures: Below domestic box-office totals are based on 2015 adjusted gross. (Source: Box Office Mojo)
1. BEST "Thunderball" (1965) — $624 million (actual $63.5 million)
Sean Connery's fourth time playing 007 turned out to be his most successful commercially. The film, in which Bond must recover two nuclear warheads from SPECTRE member Emilio Largo, exceeded the previous movies and, with adjusted numbers, is the highest-grossing Bond outing to date.
2. BEST "Goldfinger" (1964) — $553 million (actual $51 million)
In the third film in the franchise, Connery hit his stride playing Bond as he goes against villain Goldfinger, who attempts to rob Fort Knox. The spy gadgets and Bond's ride, the Aston Martin, became fan favorites.
3. BEST "Skyfall" (2012) — $315 million (actual $304 million)
Daniel Craig's third time as Bond became a modern-day classic in the franchise. With Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes at the helm and Javier Bardem playing the villain, the movie became not only the highest-grossing Bond movie — before adjusting for inflation — but also the highest-grossing movie ever in the UK.
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