From gripping espionage missions to heart-pounding action sequences, the James Bond film franchise has enthralled audiences for decades. With a legacy spanning over 50 years, each installment has left an indelible mark on cinema history.
Join us as we rank the iconic 007 movies, from the blockbusters that shattered box office records to the hidden gems that deserve a closer look. From Skyfall to Goldfinger, prepare for a thrilling journey through the most and least profitable adventures of James Bond.
Skyfall - Box Office: $1,110,526,981
Skyfall, the most profitable James Bond 007 movie in the series, had a budget of $200,000,000 but managed to rake in an astonishing worldwide box office of $1,110,526,981.
Starring Daniel Craig as Bond, Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem, the film garnered critical acclaim and numerous awards, including two Oscars for Best Original Song and Best Sound Editing.
Spectre - Box Office: $879,077,344
Spectre, one of the most profitable James Bond 007 movies in the franchise, boasted a staggering budget of $300,000,000.
Its captivating storyline and thrilling action sequences mesmerized audiences worldwide, resulting in a phenomenal box office success of $879,077,344. The film starred a talented cast of Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, and Léa Seydoux.
No Time To Die - Box Office: $759,959,662
No Time To Die stands as one of the most profitable James Bond 007 movies to date. Made with a hefty budget of $250,000,000, the film managed to amass a remarkable worldwide box office revenue of $759,959,662.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the movie stars Daniel Craig in his final outing as James Bond, alongside talented actors such as Léa Seydoux, Rami Malek, and Lashana Lynch.
Casino Royale - Box office: $594,420,216
Casino Royale jumps off the list as one of the most profitable James Bond 007 movies. It was filmed with a budget of $102,000,000 and a worldwide box office of $594,420,216. This thrilling installment introduced Daniel Craig as the new Bond, showcasing his exceptional portrayal of the iconic character.
The film's success can be attributed to its gripping storyline, stunning action sequences, and a stellar cast that included Eva Green and Judi Dench.
The 2006 release of Casino Royale made a huge success due to its realistic portrayal of the popular James Bond character as seen in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Elton John at its London premiere in 2006.
This success solidified the series's mythos and cemented its place in the 007 series' history.
Quantum Of Solace - Box office: $591,692,078
Quantum of Solace, the 22nd film in the James Bond 007 series, proved to be a profitable venture. Made with a budget of $230,000,000, the movie managed to rake in a worldwide box office collection of $591,692,078.
Directed by Marc Forster, it starred Daniel Craig as James Bond and featured talented actors such as Olga Kurylenko and Mathieu Amalric.
Die Another Day - Box office: $431,942,139
Released in 2002, the action-packed film Die Another Day became a financial triumph in the iconic James Bond franchise.
Starring Pierce Brosnan as 007 and Halle Berry as the character Jinx, the movie was made with a budget of $142 million and raked in an impressive $431,942,139 at the global box office.
The World Is Not Enough - Box office: $361,730,660
The World Is Not Enough (1999) is a highly lucrative addition to the 007 series, boasting stars Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and Sophie Marceau as the seductive villainess.
With a budget of $135 million, the film managed to more than double its budget and haul in $361,730,660 at the global box office, cementing its profitability.
Goldeneye - Box office: $356,429,933
Goldeneye (1995) stars Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, and Izabella Scorupco. It was one of the most profitable of the 007 series. Produced with a budget of $60,000,000, it grossed an astonishing $356,429,933 at the worldwide box office.
Its merchandise and video games sold incredibly well, making it one of the most successful Bond films of all time.
Tomorrow Never Dies - Box office: $339,504,276
Released in 1997, Tomorrow Never Dies is one of the highest-grossing films in the 007 franchise. Starring Pierce Brosnan as James Bond and directed by Roger Spottiswoode, the action-packed movie garnered $339,504,276 worldwide.
The 1997 release had a budget of $110,000,000, and its success extended beyond the box office, with merchandise, sales, and gaming flourishing.
Moonraker - Box office: $210,300,000
Moonraker (1979), starring Roger Moore, Lois Chiles, and Michael Lonsdale, was one of the biggest box office earners of the James Bond series.
Director Lewis Gilbert worked with a budget of $31 Million, and it grossed over $210 Million worldwide. In addition to its success at the box office, merchandise, sales, and gaming based on the movie did well.
For Your Eyes Only - Box office: $195,300,000
Starring Roger Moore as Agent 007, the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only achieved remarkable success within the franchise. Released in 1981, the movie's budget of $28 million proved to be a sound investment, as it amassed an impressive $195.3 million in box office revenue.
Its triumph contributed to For Your Eyes Only being hailed as one of the most prosperous entries in the series.
The Living Daylights - Box office: $191,199,996
Starring Timothy Dalton as James Bond, The Living Daylights proved to be one of the most triumphant entries in the 007 series.
Released with a budget of $40 million, the film went on to generate a remarkable $191.2 million at the worldwide box office. Dalton's portrayal and thrilling storyline contributed to the movie's undeniable success.
Octopussy - Box office: $187,500,000
Octopussy, starring Roger Moore, was one of the most successful James Bond movies. It had a budget of $27,500,000 but took in an impressive $187,500,000 at the box office.
It received quite a few awards, and its theme song was even nominated for the Academy Awards. It's no wonder it was one of the top-grossing installments in the Bond series.
The Spy Who Loved Me - Box office: $185,400,000
The 1977 James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me was one of the most profitable in the series. With an initial budget of $14 million, the film proved highly successful, amassing $185.4 million in box office gates globally.
Roger Moore starred as Bond alongside Barbara Bach and Curd Jürgens in an epic cinematic adventure.
Live And Let Die - Box office: $161,800,000
Live and Let Die (1973), starring Roger Moore as James Bond, was one of the most successful and profitable 007 films.
Shot in various locations in the U.S. and. the island of Jamaica, it made $161,800,000 at the box office on a budget of $7,000,000, making it a great return on investment.
Never Say Never Again - Box office: $160,000,000
Never Say Never Again, the James Bond classic starring Sean Connery and Kim Basinger, was one of the most profitable films in the 007 franchise. With a budget of $36,000,000, it earned an impressive $160,000,000 at the box office.
The film featured Connery as Bond and Basinger as Domino, the beautiful mistress of Bond’s enemy. It proved to be a milestone in the Bond series.
Licence To Kill - Box office: $156,167,015
The James Bond franchise has been a huge success, with Licence to Kill particularly memorable. The budget was $42,000,000, yet the movie still managed to draw $156,167,015 at the box office.
Directed by John Glen, the film starred Timothy Dalton and Talisa Soto. It follows Bond as he seeks revenge for the murder of his friend.
A View To A Kill - Box office: $152,627,960
A View to Kill was a highly successful installment of the James Bond franchise, starring Roger Moore and Christopher Walken. With a budget of $30,000,000, it went on to make $152,627,960 worldwide, making it one of the most profitable Bond movies.
The premise followed Bond's mission to prevent an evil mastermind from gaining access to a space-based weapon.
Thunderball - Box office: $141,200,000
Thunderball, a part of the James Bond saga, starred Sean Connery and Claudine Auger. It was a less popular version in the 007 series but an incredibly successful film with a budget of $9M, making $141.2M at the global box office.
The film follows Bond on his mission to retrieve two atom bombs stolen by a criminal organization.
Goldfinger - Box office: $124,900,000
Released in 1964, Goldfinger, the third film in the James Bond series, remains one of the most financially successful entries. With a budget of $3 million, this thrilling spy flick captivated audiences worldwide, ultimately grossing a remarkable $124.9 million at the box office.
The film features Sean Connery as the suave secret agent, taking on the formidable villain Auric Goldfinger.
Diamonds Are Forever - Box office: $115,999,985
Diamonds Are Forever, the James Bond thriller, is one of the more profitable movies in the 007 franchise. Despite its modest budget of $7,200,000, it earned more than $115,999,985 at the worldwide box office.
Interestingly, the title track was performed by Shirley Bassey and was the only Bond theme to reach #1 in the UK Singles Chart.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971
The Diamonds Are Forever theme song for the movie of the same name is a classic featuring Shirley Bassey's iconic vocals. The scenes inside the music video complement the classic song perfectly.
Bassey's original song inspired the stellar rap version by Kanye West, which features additional rugged rhymes and flows.
You Only Live Twice - Box office: $111,600,000
With its action-packed plot and memorable performances from Connery and villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasance), You Only Live Twice was a global smash-hit, grossing over $111.6 million at the box office on a budget of $9.5 million.
The 1967 classic James Bond film follows secret agent Bond (Sean Connery) as he attempts to stop SPECTRE from triggering global warfare.
The Man With The Golden Gun - Box office: $97,600,000
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) was one of the most profitable James Bond films. It had a budget of $7 million and grossed $97.6 million worldwide.
The movie starred Roger Moore as Bond and Christopher Lee as villain Francisco Scaramanga. It featured a complex plot involving Scaramanga's use of a solex agitator to generate solar power.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Box office: $82,000,000
On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the 6th installment in the James Bond franchise, was surprisingly profitable with a budget of $8 million but grossing a global ticket total of $82 million.
The film starred George Lazenby as 007, his only Bond movie at his request. Sean Connery retired from playing Bond briefly but returned for the 1971 thriller Diamonds Are Forever. An unexpected success, this movie is an affectionate favorite for fans.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) stands out in the James Bond franchise as the only film starring George Lazenby as Bond.
It departed from the typical formula by emphasizing emotional depth and romance, showing a more vulnerable side of Bond. The movie also featured a breathtaking ski chase scene and a tragic ending.
From Russia With Love - Box office: $78,900,000
From Russia With Love, the second James Bond movie starring Sean Connery as Agent 007, was made with a budget of $1 million but grossed a total of $78.9 million in worldwide revenue.
The villain, played by Robert Shaw, is a SMERSH assassin sent to kill Bond. It was the second lowest-budget movie of the Bond series but one of the most profitable.
Casino Royale (1967) - Box office: $41,744,718
The 1967 Casino Royale is an adventure comedy starring a large ensemble cast and had a budget of $12 million. The story follows a former spy and his plan to ruin a counterfeiting organization. It grossed $41,744,718 globally a the box office.
Compared to the 2006 version starring Daniel Craig, the 1967 version is more comedic and focuses more on the bumbling and comedic aspects rather than the high action intensity of the 2006 release.
The 1967 spy comedy film Casino Royale, directed by Ken Hughes, marked the first James Bond adaptation of Ian Fleming's novels.
While deviating from the source, the movie's humor and innovative style set the foundation for future Bond films. It featured notable actors and actresses like David Niven, Peter Sellers, and Ursula Andress.