|Would You Have Guessed This?|
Adjusted for Ticket Price Inflation
|Rank||Title (click to view)||Studio||Adjusted Gross||Unadjusted Gross||Release|
|3||You Only Live Twice||UA||$287,950,000||$43,084,787||6/13/67|
|5||Die Another Day||MGM||$221,224,000||$160,942,139||11/22/02|
|6||Tomorrow Never Dies||MGM||$215,827,700||$125,304,276||12/19/97|
|7||From Russia, with Love||UA||$213,838,800||$24,796,765||4/8/64|
|8||Diamonds Are Forever||UA||$212,989,600||$43,819,547||12/17/71|
|10||The World Is Not Enough||MGM||$199,327,500||$126,943,684||11/19/99|
|12||Quantum of Solace||Sony||$188,066,100||$168,368,427||11/14/08|
|14||The Spy Who Loved Me||UA||$168,451,200||$46,838,673||7/13/77|
|15||Live and Let Die||UA||$160,299,600||$35,377,836||6/27/73|
|16||For Your Eyes Only||MGM||$158,129,000||$54,812,802||6/26/81|
|18||Never Say Never Again||WB||$141,133,800||$55,432,841||10/7/83|
|19||On Her Majesty’s Secret Service||UA||$128,627,800||$22,774,493||12/18/69|
|20||A View to a Kill||MGM||$113,698,700||$50,327,960||5/24/85|
|21||The Living Daylights||UA||$104,990,000||$51,185,897||7/31/87|
|22||The Man with the Golden Gun||UA||$89,944,100||$20,972,000||12/18/74|
|23||License to Kill||UA||$70,032,600||$34,667,015||7/14/89|
The top two most popular Bond films, by a huge proportion, are two of Sean Connery’s best. The third place film, You Only Live Twice, also Connery. In fact five of the top eight are Connery movies, and he only made six Bond films (not including Never Say Never Again, because we should never include Never Say Never Again). Connery’s closest thing to am underperforming Bond movie is Dr. No, the original Bond movie that launched the franchise.
Looking at the numbers it also is close to inarguable that Pierce Brosnan was the second most popular bond. Three of his four Bond movies finished in the top 10 with his fourth film finishing eleventh. Roger Moore’s time as Bond was all over the map from the high of Moonraker (shockingly #4) to the low of The Man With The Golden Gun (equally shocking at #22, the second least popular Bond movie of all). Daniel Craig has a chance to challenge Brosnan, but Skyfall will have to do a lot better than Quantum of Solace if he is going to fight his way into that discussion. And maybe the least surprising thing is that Timothy Dalton’s time as Bond was an unmitigated disaster.
I am not that shocked to see Connery’s movies dominating the top of the list or to see that Brosnan’s time as Bond was much more popular than most seem to acknowledge (it is as if tipping your hat to Pierce is somehow a slap in the face to the new grittier Bond of Daniel Craig). I will say that as a whole the cream rose to the top (with some notable exceptions) and the junk sunk to the bottom (with some notable exceptions). I guess I will just have to rank all the Bond films myself to see who close popularity and quality mirror each other.
But hey, what do I know? I’m fat.