Nobody does it better: The best of Bond
AT 53 YEARS old, the James Bond franchise is the longest continually running film series and has made over US$6 billion (S$8.4 billion) worldwide to date. We've pored over all 24 Eon films to pick the best from the series:
BEST BOND - TIMOTHY DALTON
Daniel Craig may have received praise for bringing a dark and realistic edge to his Bond, but Dalton did it first back in the 80s.
Dalton's ruthless yet vulnerable portrayal stayed true to the character from Ian Fleming's novels, not to mention he read the source material, did his own stunts and is classically trained. For an actor who turned down the role multiple times, it's a shame that he starred in only two films.
BEST BOND GIRL - TRACY BOND, ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE
Bond has seduced countless women on his missions, but only one became Mrs Bond.
Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo, played by The Avengers star Diana Rigg, starts off suicidal and wanting nothing to do with Bond. But over the course of George Lazenby's underrated sole entry, she gradually falls in love with the spy and even gets to rescue him in a car chase.
Their romance was meaningful and sincere, which made her death at the end all the more tragic.
BEST VILLAIN - FRANCISCO SCARAMANGA, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN
Charming, sophisticated and deadly, Scaramanga is one of the few Bond baddies to truly admire and relish meeting the spy. Third nipple aside, he's also the coolest, armed with a self-assembled, custom single-shot handgun and a car that converts into a plane.
The late Christopher Lee played the eponymous assassin with supreme confidence and class. Coincidentally, Lee was a distant cousin of Fleming - who recommended him for the role of Dr No - and a real-life spy during World War II.
BEST ACTION SEQUENCE - PARKOUR CHASE, CASINO ROYALE
Craig's Bond begins his first mission in pursuit of a bomb-maker in Madagascar.
Not only are the stunts impressive - Craig performed most of them and his double did the crane-arm jump for real - but the sequence was also great visual storytelling, with the rookie agent using brute force and quick thinking to keep up with his more nimble quarry, played by veteran traceur Sebastien Foucan.
BEST THEME SONG - SKYFALL
Adele's magnificent epitaph to Bond's presumed demise in the pre-title sequence is a rousing tribute to the brassy ballads of the likes of Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger and Tom Jones' Thunderball, while managing to be excellent in its own right.
With a killer hook, Adele's sultry vocals and sweeping orchestrals that reference the chord progression of Monty Norman's theme, this is pure Bond from suspenseful start to triumphant finish. It is also the only Bond theme to win the Golden Globes, the Brit Awards and the Academy Awards.