Is There a James Bond Movie Timeline?

The quick answer to this headline is NO.

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve watched Bond movies with the idea that these are just random missions, and events, in the life of one man. Think of James Bond like The Simpsons. The characters never grow drastically old, even if times change. If you try your hardest at creating a Bond universe timeline, you will end up with a massive headache and a nosebleed. With that in mind, I’ll give it a shot. The most important factor in all of this is YOU MUST throwout the silly notion that “James Bond” is a codename. There are a handful of times when his dead wife is mentioned, and thanks to the Craig films we know all about his childhood.

James Bond does have a codename. It’s 007.

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  1. Casino Royale – aka Bond Begins
  2. Quantum of Solace – a direct sequel to Casino Royale
  3. Dr. No 
  4. From Russia With Love – Spectre wants payback for Dr. No’s death
  5. Goldfinger
  6. Thunderball 
  7. You Only Live Twice 
  8. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Bond still on the hunt for Blofeld/Spectre
  9. Diamonds Are Forever – very brief act of revenge for the death of Bond’s wife
  10. Live And Let Die 
  11. The Man With The Golden Gun – the return of Sheriff J.W. Pepper
  12. The Spy Who Loved Me
  13. Moonraker – Jaws reappears
  14. For Your Eyes Only – we see the grave of Tracy (Bond’s wife)
  15. Octopussy 
  16. A View To A Kill
  17. The Living Daylights
  18. Licence To Kill 
  19. Goldeneye
  20. Tomorrow Never Dies 
  21. The World Is Not Enough
  22. Die Another Day – we see many of the gadgets used in past films
  23. Skyfall – we see a weary Bond, sick of his job
  24. Spectre – a sequel to Skyfall… but completely ruins this timeline

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My timeline needs to be taken with a grain of salt. How does Judi Dench go from being Pierce Brosnan’s boss, all the way back to being young Daniel Craig’s boss? And of course, the film Spectre throws everything out the window with the ridiculous notion that Casino, Quantum, Skyfall are all connected. Oh and Bond and Blofeld are foster brothers?!

The only other film franchise with a more convoluted timeline is X-MEN.

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