Fans have been enthralled by every new entry in the James Bond franchise since the first movie debuted 60 years ago. There have been 27 films in the franchise, and seven actors have played the famous spy.
The movies are based on an Ian Flemming book from 1953 about a British spy with the codename 007 who works for the M16. The film rights to the book were purchased by producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1961, and they went on to found EON Productions, which went on to produce all but two of the Bond films.
Due to the fact that two Bond movies were made by various production firms, Bond fans have argued over which of the two is better. Both “Never Say Never Again” and “Casino Royale” from 1967 were made by Jack Schwartzman’s Taliafilm and Columbia Pictures.
Here is a list of all the James Bond actors and what they are currently doing.
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In 1967, “Casino Royale,” the first Bond film not made by EON Productions, starred David Niven. Niven had previously won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance in the 1958 movie “Separate Tables” before embarking on that famous role. After leaving his employment as a second lieutenant in the British Army, he started acting.
He started out as an extra, but after catching Samuel Goldwyn’s eye, he started to star in more and more movies in the late 1930s. When World War II started, Niven abandoned his film career and enlisted again, serving until he was promoted to lieutenant-colonel. He had trouble when he returned to Hollywood, but after appearing in “Around the World in 80 Days,” for which he won an Oscar, his career began to take off.
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Niven appeared in a few movies after “Casino Royale,” such as “Before Winter Comes,” “Paper Tiger,” and “Death on the Nile.” In the 1983 film “Better Late Than Never,” he played his last acting role. Niven managed to produce four books, an autobiography that sold five million copies, a collection of short stories, and two novels in addition to appearing in all these movies as a star. When he died, he was in the middle of writing his third book.
Primula “Primmie” Susan Rollo was Niven’s first wife. They had two kids together before she died at the age of 28 after falling down a flight of stairs. Niven had two children with Hjrdis Paulina Tersmeden, whom he had married as his second wife, in 1948. They were married up until his passing in 1983.
Niven was given an ALS diagnosis in 1981 after noticing exhaustion and muscle weakness in 1980. After spending a few years in the hospital, Niven was discharged and went back to his home in Switzerland in February 1983, where his health continued to deteriorate. At the age of 73, he passed away in his home in July 1983.
For the 1969 Bond film “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” George Lazenby replaced Sean Connery as Bond. Lazenby received a seven film contract after making his Bond debut, but he chose to decline it on the advise of his agent. Later, he appeared in more Bond parodies, such as “The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
Lazenby returned to acting in 1972 after spending 15 months sailing across the globe. This was after the birth of his first kid. He traveled to Hong Kong to work on the “Game of Death” movie with Bruce Lee, but Lee passed away before production could start. He produced “Stoner,” “The Man from Hong Kong,” and “A Queen’s Ransom” instead.
After finishing his work on a number of TV movies and programmes in Hong Kong, he relocated to Australia before returning to Hollywood in the late 1970s. He made his film debut in “Saint Jack” in 1979 before landing parts in “Hawaii 5-0” and “Evening in Byzantium.” He appeared in several “Emmanuelle” cable movies in 1993.
He made an appearance in “In the Blink of an Eye” in 2021, and he has two films in pre-production: “Z Dead End” and “The Order.”
Zachary and Melanie, his first kid and first wife, were born to Lazenby and Chrissie Townson in 1973. When he was 11 years old, their son Zachary was discovered to have a brain tumor. He died at the age of 19. Pam Shriver, his second wife, was married to him in 2002; she filed for divorce in 2008. Kaitlin, George, and Samuel were the three children the couple had together.
Before playing James Bond, Roger Moore had a distinguished career. From “Live and Let Die” in 1973 to “A View to Kill” in 1985, he went on to star in seven Bond movies.
Following the completion of his final Bond film, Moore had five years off before making a comeback with the TV series “My Riviera” and going on to star in the films “The Quest” and “Spice World” in 1996 and 1997, respectively. He appeared as a voice actor in films like “Boat Trip,” “The Fly Who Loved Me,” “Agent Crush,” and “The Wild Swans” in the early 2000s. His most recent on-screen appearance was in “The Saint” in 2017.
Moore had four marriages, the first when he was 18 and married Doorn Van Steyn. Due to conflicts about their finances, they got divorced in 1953. He wed Dorothy Squires in 1953, but conflict soon developed between them. Moore split from Squires in 1961 for Italian actress Luisa Mattioli, but they were unable to wed because Squire would not grant him a divorce. She did so eventually in 1969, and Moore and Mattioli wed.
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Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian were the three children Moore and Mattioli had. After receiving a prostate cancer diagnosis in 1993, Moore had second thoughts about his love life and met Kristina “Kiki” Tholstrup, a Danish socialite of Swedish descent. He wed Tholstrup in 2002 after divorcing Mattioli in 2000. They wed till his passing in 2017.
The actor’s latter years were marked by a litany of diseases, including prostate cancer (1993) and type 2 diabetes (2013 diagnosis). He overcame prostate cancer, but later received a lung cancer diagnosis. Moore passed away from liver and lung cancer in 2017 in Switzerland.
After Roger Moore left the character, Timothy Dalton played Bond in two movies, “The Living Daylights” in 1987 and “License to Kill” in 1989. He had been given the part for “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” at first, but he turned it down because he felt he was too young. He was asked once more before deciding to accept in 1987.
After quitting the Bond franchise, Dalton kept acting steadily, portraying Nazi spies in “The Rocketeer,” Rhett Butler in the miniseries “Scarlett,” a prequel to “Gone With the Wind,” and even returning to the stage for the 2004 stage production of “His Dark Materials.” He provided Mr. Pricklepants’ voice for “Toy Story 3” as well, and he will return for “Toy Story 4” in 2019.
Dalton has most recently been in three seasons of the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful,” and he has played the Chief in the HBO Max program “Doom Patrol” since 2019.
Before meeting singer Oksana Grigorieva in 1995 and beginning a long-term relationship with her, Dalton was involved in a number of high-profile relationships during the 1970s and 1980s with actresses including Vanessa Redgrave, with whom he spent 15 years, Whoopi Goldberg, and Stefanie Powers. Alexander was born into their union, and they split up in 2003.
BROWN, PIERCE The part of James Bond was initially offered to Pierce Brosnan in 1986, but because of his agreement with NBC to continue filming the series “Remington Steele,” Thomas Dalton was given the opportunity to take it. In 1995’s “GoldenEye,” Brosnan was the fifth actor chosen to play James Bond after being released from his NBC contract. In four films, his most recent being 2002’s “Die Another Day,” he portrayed the role.
Brosnan continues to have success in his post-Bond career and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 2005 for his performance in “The Matador.” The 2008 movie “Mamma Mia,” in which he co-starred with Meryl Streep, was his next significant part. Although the movie was a tremendous hit, critics mostly criticized Brosnan’s singing in it. For the 2018 sequel, “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again,” he played the same part once more.
In the 2017 movie “The Foreigner,” Brosnan worked with “GoldenEye” director Martin Campbell once more. Most recently, Brosnan was cast in “The Out-Laws” on Netflix, the action movie “The King’s Daughter,” and the upcoming DC superhero movie “Black Adam.”
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Sean was born to Brosnan and Cassandra Harris, who were married in 1980 and had one child together. After their father passed away, Brosnan subsequently took in Charlotte and Chris, the two kids from Harris’ previous relationship. Ovarian cancer was discovered in Harris in 1987, and he passed away in 1991 at the age of 43. They had been married for 17 years when she passed away. Brosnan took the defeat badly. She wanted him to portray James Bond, which encouraged Brosnan to take the part.
In 1994, Brosnan first met Keely Shaye Smith, his second wife, and they wed in 2001. Together, the couple’s two kids, Dylan and Paris, were born. Since 2001, Brosnan has served as an ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, and he is well-known for using the sale of his paintings to support a number of philanthropic organizations.
James Bond was replaced by Daniel Craig in the 2006 film “Casino Royale.” Craig began his career in television before playing the notorious spy, and his breakthrough performance came in the BBC drama “Our Friends in the North” in 1996.