James Bond Watches

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The Literary James Bond

Pportrait of Ian Fleming wearing his Rolex Explorer. National Portrait Gallery London

Ian Fleming created the most famous spy of all time. And Mr Bond is very particular in the watch he wears, just as his creator was.

"A gentleman's choice of timepiece says as much about him as does his Saville Row suit." –Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming suffered from a heart attack and passed away in 1964. Ironically, he was in the prime of his life at just 56 years old. It was sad he did not live to see the rest of his novels turned into movies. Ian Fleming foresaw it when he said:

"I have always smoked and drank too much. In fact, I have lived not too long, but too much. One day the Iron Crab will get me. Then I shall have died of living too much." –Ian Fleming

Books

Ian Fleming wrote a total of Fourteen James Bond novels, as follows in date of manuscript completion (Not Movie Completion Dates):

1. Casino Royale (1953)
2. Live and Let Die (1954)
3. Moonraker (1955)
4. Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
5. From Russia with Love (1957)
6. Dr. No (1958)
7. Goldfinger (1959)
8. For Your Eyes Only (1960)
9. Thunderball (1961)
10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
11. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
12. You Only Live Twice (1964)
13. The Man With The Golden Gun (1965)
14. Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Ian Fleming also wrote Nine James Bond Short Stories:

1. From A View To A Kill (1959)
2. Quantum Of Solace (1959)
3. The Hildebrand Rarity (1960)
4. For Your Eyes Only (1960)
5. Risico (1960)
6. The Living Daylights (1962)
7. 007 in New York (1963)
8. The Property Of A Lady (1963)
9. Octopussy (1965)

Films

To date there have been a total of 25 or 27 James Bond movies. It is argued that the 1967 Casino Royale movie starring Peter Sellers was a spoof and Never Say Never Again was not an official franchise release so some say they doesn't count.

01.  1962  Dr. No  [Sean Connery] 1st
02.  1963  From Russia with Love  [Sean Connery] 2nd
03.  1964  Goldfinger  [Sean Connery] 3rd
04.  1965  Thunderball  [Sean Connery] 4th
05.  1967  You Only Live Twice  [Sean Connery] 5th
06.  1967  Casino Royale [Peter Sellers] 1st
07.  1969  On Her Majesty's Secret Service  [George Lazenby] 1st
08.  1971  Diamonds Are Forever  [Sean Connery] 6th
09.  1973  Live and Let Die  [Roger Moore] 1st
10.  1974  The Man with the Golden Gun  [Roger Moore] 2nd
11.  1977  The Spy Who Loved Me  [Roger Moore] 3rd
12.  1979  Moonraker  [Roger Moore] 4th
13.  1981  For Your Eyes Only  [Roger Moore] 5th
14.  1983  Octopussy  [Roger Moore] 6th
15.  1984  Never Say Never Again  [Sean Connery] 7th
16.  1985  A View To A Kill  [Roger Moore] 7th
17.  1987  The Living Daylights  [Timothy Dalton] 1st
18.  1989  License to Kill  [Timothy Dalton] 2nd
19.  1995  GoldenEye  [Pierce Brosnan] 1st
20.  1997  Tomorrow Never Dies  [Pierce Brosnan] 2nd
21.  1999  The World Is Not Enough  [Pierce Brosnan] 3rd
22.  2002  Die Another Day  [Pierce Brosnan] 4th
23.  2006  Casino Royale  [Daniel Craig] 1st
24.  2008  Quantum of Solace  [Daniel Craig] 2nd
25.  2012  Skyfall  [Daniel Craig] 3rd
26.  2015  Spectre  [Daniel Craig] 4th
27.  2020 No Time To Die [Daniel Craig] 5th

Watches In Bond Films

There have been many but here are some of the more popular examples