James Bond is one of the highest grossing film franchises in history. Here’s how the 007s stack up

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  • The James Bond franchise has grossed over $6.89 billion globally and starred seven different actors – Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
  • With Craig as the star, the James Bond franchise has seen its best theatrical performance in history, grossing nearly $3.2 billion globally between 2006’s “Casino Royale” and 2015’s “Spectre.”
  • 2012’s “Skyfall” was the first James Bond film to reach $1 billion worldwide.

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In 1962, when the first James Bond movie “Dr. No” was released in theaters, a ticket cost just 70 cents.

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Nearly 60 years later, the average ticket price is around $9 and swift 007 is making its 25th appearance on the big screen.

Based on the works of Ian Fleming, James Bond has been a fixture in movie theaters for decades and is one of the highest-grossing film franchises in cinematic history.

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On Friday, the 25th Bond film “No Time to Die” reached theaters in the UK ahead of its October 8 release.

The last 24 films have collectively grossed over $6.89 billion globally and starred seven different actors – Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig .

"No Time to Die" marks Craig's fifth and final turn as the iconic British spy. According to comScore data, with Craig as the star, the James Bond franchise has seen its best theatrical performance in history, grossing approximately $3.2 billion globally between 2006's "Casino Royale" and 2015's "Spectre". is of.

In fact, 2012's "Skyfall" was the first James Bond film to reach $1 billion worldwide.

Of course, these days, ticket prices are much higher and there are more entertainment options for consumers to spend their money on, so box office receipts from the 1960s look vastly different from today's numbers. But box office experts don't adjust for inflation because there are many

During Connery's time as Bond, the franchise averaged around $100 million at the global box office. At the time, tickets to the cinema were less than $2 and a James Bond movie was released annually.

Following Lazenby's solo run as 007 and Connery's Vengeance, Roger Moore took on seven films between 1973 and 1985, earning an average of $120 million at the box office. At the time, tickets cost about $2.50.

Dalton took over for two films, producing similar results at a time when tickets sold for just under $4.

It wasn't until there was an eight-year gap between audiences between Dalton's "License to Kill" and Brosnan's debut in "Goldeneye" that the James Bond franchise saw a massive increase in box office receipts.

1997's "Goldeneye" became the highest-grossing James Bond film with $356 million in tickets sold worldwide. Over the course of four films, Brosnan's Bond averaged $372 million per picture at the box office and helped revitalize the brand.

Then came Craig. "Casino Royale" updated the 007 character and was a more candid and serious embodiment of the iconic hero. The film grossed approximately $600 million during its theatrical run in 2006.

It's unclear how 2021's "No Time to Die" will ultimately fare at the global box office compared to its predecessors. The movie is releasing at a time of turmoil in the theater business. The coronavirus pandemic shut down the industry for months and ticket sales are yet to recover.

However, advanced ticket sales internationally and domestically gave box office analysts expectations of a solid theatrical performance. In particular, because "No Time to Die" will feature a special theatrical performance.

Disclosure: Comcast is the owner of NBC Universal and CNBC. Universal is releasing "No Time to Die" internationally while MGM handles the domestic release.

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