Special Report

These Are the James Bond Movies That Did Best at the Box Office

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21. Never Say Never Again (1983)
> Domestic box office: $161.4 million
> IMDb rating: 6.2
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 37%
> Starring: Sean Connery, Kim Basinger, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Max von Sydow

After Sean Connery declared that he would never play Bond again following “Diamonds Are Forever” in 1971, he returned to the role in this remake of a previous Bond film, “Thunderball.” And like Connery, Bond is called back into action to retrieve two nuclear weapons stolen by SPECTRE — SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion — a worldwide criminal organization.

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20. Casino Royale (1967)
> Domestic box office: $170.8 million
> IMDb rating: 5.1
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 34%
> Starring: David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles

Although the film is based on Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” Bond novel, this film is a parody and not to be confused with the later version of the same title. David Niven plays 007, who is lured out of retirement to track down the killers of international spies, an organization known as SMERSH. Box office receipts were strong, but critics were less than impressed with the spy spoof.

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19. Dr. No (1962)
> Domestic box office: $173.4 million
> IMDb rating: 7.2
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 82%
> Starring: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Moviegoers got their first taste of “Bond, James Bond” in this 1962 thriller. Bond travels to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow agent. There, he matches wits with the mysterious Dr. No, who aims to scuttle a planned space launch from Cape Canaveral. The movie also introduces audiences to SPECTRE — a nefarious organization Bond locks horns with on several occasions.

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18. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
> Domestic box office: $180.6 million
> IMDb rating: 6.7
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64%
> Starring: Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet, Topol, Lynn-Holly Johnson

Similar to many of the 1980-era Bond films, “For Your Eyes Only” pits the British agent against the Soviets for control of a piece of technology — in this case the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator, an encryption device used in the Royal Navy’s submarine fleet. The grittier film marked a welcome departure from earlier Bond movies that critics said were getting too silly and unbelievable.

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17. Live and Let Die (1973)
> Domestic box office: $190.4 million
> IMDb rating: 6.8
> Rotten Tomatoes audience score: 64%
> Starring: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Roger Moore stepped into the role of Bond in his 1973 outing. Unlike previous Bond movies, Bond isn’t going toe to toe with Cold War adversaries. Instead, his mission is to stop a drug lord from distributing tons of heroin.