Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

  • Directors: Ken Hughes
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli, Stanley Sopel
  • Writers: Roald Dahl, Ken Hughes, Richard Maibaum
  • Genres: Family, Comedy, Musical, Fantasy
  • Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Adrian Hall, Heather Ripley, Lionel Jeffries

The time is the 1910s. Jeremy and Jemima Potts are playing in a wrecked car in Mr. Coggins’ junkyard. The wreck, Coggins explains to a potential customer, was a winning Grand Prix race car until it crashed. The customer is only interested in it for salvage, but Coggins accepts his offer, much to the children’s dismay.

On the way home, the children meet the beautiful Truly, who demands to know why they are not in school. They take her home to their windmill, where she is introduced to their eccentric father, Caractacus Potts—who is about to make an attempt to fly—and the equally eccentric Grandpa Potts, who, resplendent in soldiers’ uniform, explains that he is going to India for “a cup of tea with the Maharaja”, before disappearing into the outhouse at the end of the garden. Truly shows interest in Caractacus’ odd inventions, but he is affronted by her attempts to tell him that his children should be in school. Angrily, she leaves.

The children tell Caractacus about the car, and he promises to try and get it, although he can’t afford to outbid the scrap man. Edison, the family dog, discovers that the supposedly useless “sweets with holes in”, made by Caractacus, can whistle. Caractacus goes to a local sweet factory the next day, and attempts to show his new candy to Lord Scrumptious, who turns out to be Truly’s father. He initially refuses to look at the sweets, but eventually gives in, and finds he likes them. However, the whistling attracts every dog in the village, and they ruin the factory’s confectionery, and Lord Scrumptious throws Caractacus out.

Back at the seaside, Jeremy and Jemima finish the story themselves: “And Daddy and Truly were married!” “And lived happily ever after!” When Truly asks, “Is that how the story ends?” Caractacus is evasive, and later tries to “apologize” for the children’s ending by saying “It’s ridiculus for the children to say that”. Truly, feeling rebuffed, storms off. The Potts arrive home to find Lord Scrumptious waiting with wonderful news: he has decided to market the whistling sweets Caractacus invented to dogs. Now assured of riches, Caractacus is about to sign the contract, but dashes off in Chitty to tell Truly the news. He runs her off the road yet again, carries her from the car, and they decide to be married after all. As they drive off together in Chitty, the car takes to the air again, this time without wings.

Goldfinger

  • Directors: Guy Hamilton
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors:

In the pre-title sequence, James Bond (Sean Connery) destroys a Mexican drug lord’s base with plastic explosives and defeats an assassin by electrocution. The story begins in Miami Beach, Florida, with CIA agent Felix Leiter (Cec Linder) delivering a message to Bond from M to watch Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe). Bond foils Goldfinger’s cheating at gin rummy by distracting his employee, Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton). After blackmailing Goldfinger into losing, Bond and Jill consummate their new relationship in Bond’s hotel suite. Bond is knocked out by Goldfinger’s Korean manservant Oddjob (Harold Sakata), who then covers Jill in gold paint, killing her by epidermal suffocation.

In London, Bond learns that his true mission is determining how Goldfinger transports gold internationally. He plays a high-stakes golf game with his adversary (with a recovered bar of Nazi gold as the prize); despite Goldfinger’s cheating, Bond wins the match. Goldfinger warns Bond to stay out of his business by having Oddjob decapitate a statue by throwing his steel-rimmed top hat. Undeterred, Bond follows him to Switzerland, where he unintentionally foils an attempt by Jill’s sister Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet) to assassinate Goldfinger for the death of her sister, Jill.

With Fort Knox safe, the President of the United States invites Bond to the White House to thank him. Bond boards a military Lockheed JetStar for Washington D.C., but Goldfinger has forced Pussy Galore to hijack it. Bond and Goldfinger struggle for the latter’s gold-plated revolver and accidentally discharge it, shattering a window, and creating an explosive decompression of the aircraft, causing Goldfinger to get sucked out of the cabin. Bond rescues Galore, and they parachute safely from the aircraft before it crashes.

From Russia with Love

  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Romance, Thriller
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In a mansion garden late at night, James Bond (Sean Connery) is alternately stalking and being stalked by a tall, blond assassin. Bond is captured and strangled violently to death by a man named Red Grant, using a garrote wire hidden in a watch. Suddenly, huge floodlights switch on and the dead person turns out to be a man wearing Bond’s disguise. This completes SPECTRE’s training exercise.

Kronsteen, a chess grandmaster, and SPECTRE’s expert planner, has devised a plot to steal a Lektor cryptographic device from the Soviets, sell it back to them, and also punish MI6 (the British Secret Service) for killing their agent Dr. No. Ex-SMERSH operative Rosa Klebb (Lotte Lenya) is put in charge of the mission by the megalomaniac Blofeld. She has already chosen a female pawn: Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi), a cypher clerk at the Soviet consulate in Istanbul. Klebb departs to SPECTRE Island, the organisation’s secret training base, and approves Red Grant as an assassin.

In London, M (Bernard Lee) tells Bond that Romanova has contacted their “Station ‘T'” in Turkey, offering to defect with a Lektor, which MI6 and the CIA have been after for years. She has said that she will only defect to Bond, whose photo she has allegedly found in a Soviet intelligence file. In fact she is following orders from Klebb, who pretends she is still working for SMERSH and that this is a SMERSH deception.

Bond and Romanova reach Venice and check into a hotel. Rosa Klebb, disguised as a maid, attempts to steal the Lektor. In the climax, Klebb gets the drop on Bond, and holds him at gunpoint but the gun is knocked away by Romanova. Klebb releases her poisoned toe-spike, but Bond narrowly dodges her kicks and pins her to the wall with a dining chair. Romanova grabs the gun and shoots Klebb. Riding in a gondola, Bond throws the film of him and Romanova into the water, and they sail away.

The Spy Who Loved Me

  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
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Ballistic missile submarines from the Royal Navy and the Soviet fleet mysteriously disappear. Bond is summoned to investigate. On the way he escapes an ambush by Soviet agents in Austria, killing one of them in a downhill ski chase that concludes when he skies off a cliff and falls only to open a Union Flag parachute. Bond learns that the plans for a highly advanced submarine tracking system are on the market. He travels to Egypt and attempts to contact the prospective seller near the pyramids, where he first encounters Major Anya Amasova (codename “Triple X”) of the KGB, his rival for the plans. Together, they travel across Egypt tracking the microfilm plans, meeting the seven feet-tall steel-toothed assassin Jaws along the way. Ultimately, they partner due to a truce supported by their respective superiors and identify the person behind all the thefts as Karl Stromberg, a shipping tycoon.

While traveling to Stromberg’s base in Sardinia, Bond saves Amasova from Jaws and their rivalry changes into affection. Posing as a marine biologist and his wife, they visit Stromberg’s base and learn of his mysterious new supertanker, the Liparus. After they leave the base, Jaws and other henchmen, including a helicopter pilot named Naomi, chase them, but all attempts fail due to Bond’s driving skills and the fact that his car—a Lotus Esprit from Q Branch—can convert into a submarine. Amasova learns Bond killed her lover in Austria; she says that she will complete the mission with him, but kill him when it ends.

Bond reunites with Amasova and they flee in an escape pod as Atlantis is sunk. In the pod Amasova reminds Bond that she has vowed to kill him and picks up Bond’s gun, but admits having forgiven him and the two make love. They are unknowingly picked up by the Royal Navy and their escape pod is opened in front of everyone, much to the consternation of their superiors, M and General Gogol.

The Living Daylights

  • Directors: John Glen
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli, Michael G Wilson
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Music, Thriller
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In the pre-title sequence, Agents 002, 004, and 007 parachute onto the Rock of Gibraltar as part of a war games scenario to test its defenses. 002 is immediately captured by the SAS, while Bond and 004 begin scaling the cliffs to the base. As they ascend, an assassin appears and, after shooting an SAS guard, sends a tag reading “Smiert Spionam” (“Death to Spies”) down the rope before cutting it, killing 004. Bond chases the assassin, ending in an explosives-laden Land Rover careening down Gibraltar’s roads and then into the air. Bond escapes (via his reserve parachute) mid-air from the falling jeep, while the assassin is killed when the Land Rover explodes, and Bond lands on a nearby yacht.

In Bratislava, Bond along with Saunders, another MI6 Agent, conducts the defection of a KGB officer, General Georgi Koskov, covering his intermission escape from a concert hall. He notices a sniper assigned to assassinate Koskov, who is actually a cellist named Kara Milovy. Suspecting that she is not an actual assassin, he shoots her sniper rifle out of her hands, instead of killing her, much to Saunders’s condemnation. Koskov is smuggled through the Russian gas pipeline into Austria and flown to England. There, at a countryside manor (Blayden House), Koskov informs MI6 that the KGB’s old policy of Smert’ Spionam, meaning Death to Spies, has been revived by General Leonid Pushkin, the new head of the KGB (heir to General Gogol). He presents them a list of British and American targets of SMERSH. Milovy is immediately speculated as an assassin. The leaders of MI6 leave for London to convene, while Koskov stays at the manor. Some time later, an assassin named Necros infiltrates the building, burns the list of targets, and abducts Koskov, killing two staff members and sending another two to the hospital.

Bond returns to Tangier and arrives at Whitaker’s residence as General Whitaker is playing Pickett’s Charge on Little Round Top, fighting the Battle of Gettysburg on his terms. When Bond tells him that the opium is burned, Whitaker takes out a submachine gun with a shield of bullet-proof glass. When Bond uses up all of his bullets, Whitaker fires. Bond hides behind a pillar with a bust of the Duke of Wellington, and inserts his explosive key chain on it while Whitaker taunts Bond on how Wellington had to hire German mercenaries to defeat Napoleon. Bond’s explosive key-chain, triggered by a wolf whistle, topples the bust onto Whitaker, who crashes onto a diorama of Waterloo, and, as Bond sums it up, “He [meets] his Waterloo.” At the same time Pushkin and his bodyguards arrive. Koskov is arrested and ordered to be flown back to Moscow in a “diplomatic bag”.

Dr No

  • Directors: Terence Young
  • Producers: Harry Saltzman, Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors:

In sunny Jamaica, British Intelligence Station Chief John Strangways (Timothy Moxon) is ambushed while departing a bridge game at the exclusive Queen’s Club by the Three Blind Mice, a trio of black Jamaican assassins disguised as beggars. The body is bundled into a waiting hearse (a La Salle model) and driven away by an accomplice.

The three henchmen then break into “Station J” (Strangeway’s home/office), murder his secretary, Mary (Dolores Keator), and steal all files related to Dr. No. Hence the Jamaica Station fails to call in its daily radio report to British Intelligence headquarters.

An MI6 messenger soon arrives at the Le Cercle casino in London, looking for British Secret Service agent James Bond (007) (Sean Connery). The super-spy is thus introduced during a high-stakes game of Chemin de Fer with the beautiful sophisticate Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson). Bond is called away, but not before winning in style and making a pass at Sylvia (offering a date and leaving her with his card).

At British Intelligence headquarters, Bond does some office flirtation with his secretary, Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell), Bond is briefed by his chief, “M”, with orders to investigate Strangways’ disappearance, and to determine whether it is related to his cooperation with the American CIA on a case involving the disruption of Cape Canaveral rocket launches by radio jamming. Bond is also issued with his trademark Walther PPK sidearm by MI6 armourer Major Boothroyd (Peter Burton).

Bond and Honey float on open water in the boat, which has run out of fuel. Felix Leiter arrives on a British Navy ship and they are thrown a rope to be towed to safety. Bond lets go of the tow rope, setting them adrift once again. He passionately kisses Honey before disappearing with her into the depths of the boat.

A View to a Kill

  • Directors: John Glen
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli, Michael G Wilson
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
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In the pre-title sequence, James Bond (Roger Moore) is sent to Siberia to locate 003’s corpse and recover a microchip. Upon doing so, he is ambushed by Soviet troops but flees in a submarine built to resemble an iceberg. After Bond has returned to England, Q (Desmond Llewelyn) has the microchip analysed and informs M (Robert Brown), Bond and the Minister of Defence that its design is an exact match of a microchip made by Zorin Industries. The retrieved microchip is also designed to withstand the damage caused to other chips by a nuclear explosion.

Bond and his superiors visit Ascot Racecourse to observe the company’s owner, Max Zorin (Christopher Walken). While at the track, Zorin’s horse miraculously wins the race; Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Patrick Macnee), a horse trainer, believes Zorin’s horse was given drugs, although when screened prior to the race, it did not show any signs of doping. Through Tibbett, Bond meets a French private detective named Aubergine (Jean Rougerie) to discuss how the horse won. Aubergine informs Bond that Zorin is holding an annual horse sale later in the month. However, during their dinner at the Eiffel Tower, Aubergine is assassinated by Zorin’s mysterious bodyguard, May Day (Grace Jones). Bond steals a Renault taxi to chase May Day but fails to apprehend her.

In the aftermath, Bond is ironically awarded the Order of Lenin by General Gogol. Q, inside a special van in California, uses his fake-dog surveillance camera to locate 007. He finds him safely making love to Stacey in her shower.

Octopussy

  • Directors: John Glen
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
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The pre-title sequence involves Bond’s mission to destroy technology which has fallen into enemy hands and features him flying a nimble homebuilt Bede BD-5J aircraft.[1]

When a fatally wounded British agent 009 (Andy Bradford) stumbles into the British Embassy in East Berlin with a fake Fabergé egg, MI6 immediately suspect Soviet involvement. Fortunately, the real egg turns up at an auction in London. Bond (Roger Moore) is sent to find out who the seller is and subsequently why 009 was murdered. Bond switches the real egg with a fake one at the auction. When an exiled Afghan prince, Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan), pays £500,000 to buy the egg (following Bond’s own bidding on the object to drive up the price), Bond follows him to his palace in India to find out why.

It turns out that a renegade Soviet, General Orlov (Steven Berkoff), supplies Khan with priceless Soviet treasures, and replaces them in state depositories with replicas. Khan is in turn smuggling them into the west with help from Octopussy (Maud Adams), a fabulously wealthy woman who lives in a floating palace in India, surrounded by women who are members of her “Octopus” cult.

Bond defeats Khan in a game of backgammon while exposing him using loaded dice that always rolled a double-six and, assisted by his ally Vijay (Vijay Amritraj), foils Khan’s bodyguard Gobinda’s (Kabir Bedi) attempts to kill them. But one of Khan’s associates, Magda (Kristina Wayborn), seduces Bond and steals the Fabergé egg. Bond is immediately captured by Gobinda and locked in Khan’s palace, but using a pen containing aqua regia[2], he cuts a window’s iron bars and escapes. His Seiko watch fitted with a beacon traces the Fabergé egg. He hears through a microphone that Orlov is planning to meet Khan at Karl-Marx-Stadt in East Germany, where Octopussy’s circus is scheduled to perform. Khan notices the microphone and orders Gobinda to “Get Bond!”. Posing as a corpse, Bond escapes.

Back in India, Khan is preparing to leave his palace. Octopussy, Magda and their cult members arrive, followed by Q (Desmond Llewelyn) and Bond in a hot air balloon. They launch an assault and overpower the guards. Gobinda and Khan capture Octopussy, escaping to an airplane by horseback. Bond reaches the plane and mounts it just as it takes off and then disables one of the engines. But then Gobinda climbs to the plane roof and ends up falling to his death during a desperate airborne fight with Bond. As the plane loses height, Bond and Octopussy manage to jump onto a cliff as the plane crashes in a mountain. While M (Robert Brown) and Gogol discuss the return of the jewelry, Bond recuperates with Octopussy aboard her private boat in India.

Licence to Kill

  • Directors: John Glen
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli, Michael G Wilson
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors:

The story opens with Bond and his friend, CIA agent Felix Leiter, on their way to Leiter’s wedding to Della Churchill. Meanwhile, DEA agents spot drug lord Franz Sanchez flying near The Bahamas, and a Coast Guard helicopter collects Leiter and Bond in an attempt to capture Sanchez. They capture Sanchez by attaching a hook and cord to Sanchez’s plane and pulling it out of the air with the helicopter. The two parachute to the wedding.

Later that day, bribed DEA agent Ed Killifer assists Sanchez in escaping. On their honeymoon night, Leiter and Della are captured by Sanchez’s henchmen; Leiter is fed to a shark as his wife is raped and killed. After hearing the news of Sanchez’s escape, Bond returns to Leiter’s house to find Della dead and Felix alive but severely injured.

Bond begins his revenge by killing Killifer, causing him to fall into the same tank with the shark that maimed Leiter. M meets Bond in Key West’s Hemingway House and orders him to an assignment in Istanbul, Turkey. Bond refuses the assignment and subsequently resigns. M accepts his resignation and immediately revokes his licence to kill. Bond quickly escapes MI6 custody and becomes a rogue agent, bereft of official backing but later surreptitiously helped by armourer Q. Bond boards a ship run by Milton Krest, Sanchez’s key lieutenant, where he ruins Sanchez’s latest drug shipment and steals five million dollars. In Leiter’s records, Bond finds details of a rendezvous in Bimini with Pam Bouvier, an ex-CIA agent-pilot, whom he recruits to his mission.

That night, a party is held at Sanchez’s former residence. Bond receives a call from Leiter telling him that M is offering him his job back. Later in the party, Bond chooses to reject Lupe’s advances, hooking her up with the country’s president instead, and cavorts with Pam Bouvier.

For Your Eyes Only

  • Directors: John Glen
  • Producers: Albert R Broccoli
  • Writers:
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Thriller
  • Actors:

In the pre-title sequence, Bond is picked up at his wife’s gravesite by a helicopter; he escapes after being trapped in the aircraft. It is remotely controlled by someone who is presumed to be Blofeld. Bond gains control of the helicopter and turns it on his enemy, who is in a motorized wheelchair; picking him up, Bond then drops him into a smokestack.

The film then turns its focus to the fishing trawler St Georges on the Ionian Sea, which is revealed to be a British spy ship equipped with Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), the system used by the Ministry of Defence to communicate with and co-ordinate the Royal Navy’s fleet of Polaris submarines. The ship dramatically sinks when an old naval mine becomes entangled in the fishing nets and pulled into the hull.

Sir Timothy Havelock, a marine archaeologist based in Greece, is contacted by the British government to secretly locate the St Georges. However, before he can give a report, he and his wife are murdered by a Cuban hitman, Hector Gonzales. Havelock’s daughter Melina survives and vows revenge. The British Minister of Defence and his Chief of Staff summon James Bond and assign him the task of recovering the ATAC. They explain that if the transmitter were retrieved underwater by another superpower the Polaris submarines’ ballistic missiles could be used against major western cities. Bond is sent to Spain after Gonzales to find out who hired him. Melina kills him before Bond can find out. Melina owns a Citroën 2CV which proves to be very resistant in the following car chase.

Bond eventually retrieves the ATAC system and talks Melina out of killing Kristatos after he surrenders. Kristatos tries to kill Bond with a hidden weapon, but Columbo throws a knife at him from behind and kills him. KGB chief General Gogol arrives by helicopter to collect the ATAC, but Bond throws it over the cliff (it is dashed to pieces on the rocks below), with the quip, “That’s détente, comrade. You don’t have it; I don’t have it.” General Gogol gives Bond an understanding smile and leaves. Bond and Melina later spend a romantic evening aboard her father’s yacht.