The 50 Most Beautiful Shots of the James Bond Franchise

The 50 Most Beautiful Shots of the James Bond Franchise

The name’s Bond. Bondathon. With twenty-four official James Bond films to conquer before No Time To Die hits theaters, Bond fan Anna Swanson and Bond newbie Meg Shields are diving deep on 007. Martinis shaken and beluga caviar in hand, the Double Take duo are making their way through the Bond corpus by era, so hang up your hats and pay attention. This entry explores the best shots of the James Bond franchise.


If you sit down and watch all twenty-four James Bond films, patterns invariably emerge. And we’re not just talking about enduring cocktail preferences or the odd recurring side character. Rather, when you look at the visual language of all the Bond films, you’ll see consistent trends: a preference for shadows, a love of a long take, and an undeniable sense of cool. That’s precisely what makes Bond films so special: they have managed to evolve over nearly sixty years while still retaining what makes Bond, Bond.

In the Sean Connery era, the vibe is very much that of an institution. Directors, title designers, and cinematographers enjoyed as much of a “tenure” as any of the 007 actors. Ted Moore shot a total of six Bond films and shares his seventh credit with Oswald Morris. A South African and a Royal Air Force veteran, Moore defined the calm, collected lens of Bond’s world. From intense static mediums to kinetic pans, Moore kicked the franchise off with a distinctly professional feel.

To date, the only cinematographer who can rival Moore’s run is Alan Hume, who shot three entries in the Roger Moore era (and is best known for shooting Return of the Jedi). After Hume comes longtime Bond camera operator Alec Mills, who performed DP duties on both of the Timothy Dalton films.

While it was less common, there were one-off cinematographers before the Pierce Brosnan era. One of the few nice things you can say about You Only Live Twice is that it is shot by Lawrence of Arabia‘s DP, Freddie Young. The vibrant and vicious On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was shot by Hammer House of Horror veteran Michael Reed. Barbarella‘s Claude Renoir shot The Spy Who Loved Me. And The Day of the Jackal‘s Jean Tournier is the man behind Moonraker.

The new millennium saw a steady stream of ever-changing talent. The Brosnan era welcomed the likes of Adrian Biddle (of Aliens prestige), David Tattersall (who shot The Green Mile), and veteran Paul Thomas Anderson cinematographer Robert Elswit. Phil Meheux introduced fans to a post-Cold War Bond with GoldenEye, and he was called back to ring in yet another era with Casino Royale.

Ultimately, the Daniel Craig era has benefitted from some top-shelf talent, from Roberto Schaefer to repeat Christopher Nolan collaborator Hoyte Van Hoytema, to the greatest working cinematographer himself: Roger Deakins. With Linus Sandgren (La La Land, First Man) behind the lens of the upcoming No Time To Die, the visual strength of the Craig era may very well prove uncontested.

This is one of the most iconic franchises in cinema history. And visuals make an icon. So let’s get into it: here are our favorite fifty shots from the Bond films.


Dr. No (1962)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Terence Young



Dr. No (1962)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Terence Young


Dr No James Bond Shots

Dr. No (1962)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Terence Young


Dr No James Bond Shots

From Russia With Love (1963)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Terence Young


From Russia With Love James Bond Shots

From Russia With Love (1963)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Terence Young


From Russia With Love

Goldfinger (1964)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Goldfinger James Bond Shots

Goldfinger (1964)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Goldfinger James Bond Shots

Thunderball (1965)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Terence Young


Thunderball James Bond Shots

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Cinematography by Freddie Young
Directed by Lewis Gilbert


You Only Live Twice James Bond Shots

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Cinematography by Michael Reed
Directed by Peter R. Hunt


On Her Majestys Secret Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Cinematography by Michael Reed
Directed by Peter R. Hunt


On Her Majestys Ssecet Service

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Cinematography by Michael Reed
Directed by Peter R. Hunt


On Her Majestys Secret Service James Bond Shots

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Cinematography by Michael Reed
Directed by Peter R. Hunt


On Her Majestys Secret Service

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Diamonds Are Forever James Bond Shots

Live and Let Die (1973)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Live And Let Die

Live and Let Die (1973)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Live And Let Die James Bond Shots

Live and Let Die (1973)

Cinematography by Ted Moore
Directed by Guy Hamilton


Live And Let Die James Bond Shots

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Cinematography by Ted Moore and Oswald Morris
Directed by Guy Hamilton


The Man With The Golen Gun James Bon Shots

The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)

Cinematography by Ted Moore and Oswald Morris
Directed by Guy Hamilton


The Man With The Golden Gun

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Cinematography by Claude Renoir
Directed by Lewis Gilbert


The Spy Who Loved Me James Bond Shots

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Cinematography by Claude Renoir
Directed by Lewis Gilbert


The Spy Whomst Loved Me James Bond

Moonraker (1979)

Cinematography by Jean Tournier
Directed by Lewis Gilbert


Moonraker

Moonraker (1979)

Cinematography by Jean Tournier
Directed by Lewis Gilbert


Moonraker James Bond Shots

Moonraker (1979)

Cinematography by Jean Tournier
Directed by Lewis Gilbert


Moonraker

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Cinematography by Alan Hume
Directed by John Glen


For Your Eyes Only James Bond Shots

Octopussy (1983)

Cinematography by Alan Hume
Directed by John Glen


Octopussy

Octopussy (1983)

Cinematography by Alan Hume
Directed by John Glen


Octopussy

Octopussy (1983)

Cinematography by Alan Hume
Directed by John Glen


Octopussy James Bond Shots

A View to a Kill (1985)

Cinematography by Alan Hume
Directed by John Glen


A View To A Kill James Bond Shots

The Living Daylights (1987)

Cinematography by Alec Mills
Directed by John Glen


The Living Daylights James Bond Shots

The Living Daylights (1987)

Cinematography by Alec Mills
Directed by John Glen


The Living Daylights

License to Kill (1989)

Cinematography by Alec Mills
Directed by John Glen


Licence To Kill

License to Kill (1989)

Cinematography by Alec Mills
Directed by John Glen


Licence To Kill James Bond Shots

License to Kill (1989)

Cinematography by Alec Mills
Directed by John Glen


Licence

GoldenEye (1995)

Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Directed by Martin Campbell


Goldeneye James Bond Shots

GoldenEye (1995)

Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Directed by Martin Campbell


Goldeneye James Bond Shots

GoldenEye (1995)

Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Directed by Martin Campbell


Goldeneye

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Cinematography by Robert Elswit
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode


Tomorrow Never Dies James Bond Shots

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Cinematography by Adrian Biddle
Directed by Michael Apted


The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Cinematography by Adrian Biddle
Directed by Michael Apted


The World Is Not Enough James Bond Shots

Die Another Day (2002)

Cinematography by David Tattersall
Directed by Lee Tamahori


Die Another Day

Die Another Day (2002)

Cinematography by David Tattersall
Directed by Lee Tamahori


Die Another Day

Casino Royale (2006)

Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Directed by Martin Campbell


Casino Royale James Bond Shots

Casino Royale (2006)

Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Directed by Martin Campbell


Casino Royale James Bond Shots

Casino Royale (2006)

Cinematography by Phil Meheux
Directed by Martin Campbell


Casino

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer
Directed by Marc Forster


Quantum

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Cinematography by Roberto Schaefer
Directed by Marc Forster


Quantum Of Solace James Bond Shots

Skyfall (2012)

Cinematography by Roger Deakins
Directed by Sam Mendes


Skyfall James Bond Shots

Skyfall (2012)

Cinematography by Roger Deakins
Directed by Sam Mendes


Skyfall James Bond Shots

Skyfall (2012)

Cinematography by Roger Deakins
Directed by Sam Mendes


Skyfall James Bond Shots

Spectre (2015)

Cinematography by Hoyte Van Hoytema
Directed by Sam Mendes


Spectre James Bond Shots

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