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.
MY BOND MOVIE TIMELINE:
- Casino Royale – aka Bond Begins
- Quantum of Solace – a direct sequel to Casino Royale
- Dr. No
- From Russia With Love – Spectre wants payback for Dr. No’s death
- You Only Live Twice
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Bond still on the hunt for Blofeld/Spectre
- Diamonds Are Forever – very brief act of revenge for the death of Bond’s wife
- Live And Let Die
- The Man With The Golden Gun – the return of Sheriff J.W. Pepper
- The Spy Who Loved Me
- Moonraker – Jaws reappears
- For Your Eyes Only – we see the grave of Tracy (Bond’s wife)
- A View To A Kill
- The Living Daylights
- Licence To Kill
- Tomorrow Never Dies
- The World Is Not Enough
- Die Another Day – we see many of the gadgets used in past films
- Skyfall – we see a weary Bond, sick of his job
- Spectre – a sequel to Skyfall… but completely ruins this timeline
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.
3 thoughts on “Is There a James Bond Movie Timeline?”
where is Never Say Never Again (1983)
Since NSNA isn’t an “official” Bond movie I left it out. Although, it is a remake of Thunderball.
My timeline has judi dench as the first M. She promotes James to 00 status. All her adventures as boss remain together.
Later the Spectre saga begins with Spectre. Like Bond, different actors are to be ignored. So Benard Lee and Ralph Fiennes are the same M. And Lois Maxwell and Naomie Harris are the same Eve Moneypenny.
Casino Royale – aka Bond Begins
Quantum of Solace – a direct sequel to Casino Royale
Tomorrow Never Dies
The World Is Not Enough
Die Another Day – we see many of the gadgets used in past films
Skyfall – we see a weary Bond, sick of his job
Spectre – a sequel to Skyfall… but completely ruins this timeline
From Russia With Love – Spectre wants payback for Dr. No’s death
You Only Live Twice
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – Bond still on the hunt for Blofeld/Spectre
Diamonds Are Forever – very brief act of revenge for the death of Bond’s wife
Live And Let Die
The Man With The Golden Gun – the return of Sheriff J.W. Pepper
The Spy Who Loved Me
Moonraker – Jaws reappears
For Your Eyes Only – we see the grave of Tracy (Bond’s wife)
A View To A Kill
The Living Daylights
Licence To Kill
No Time To Die – Bond temporarily retires 007 license reissued.
All further adventures continue from this point forward. If you say James Bond tackles 2 missions a year. He has been at this for 12 years.