Everyone knows the name and he makes sure of it. "Bond, James Bond" is one of the quintessential movie catchphrases of all time. It may not be in every single James Bond film but it is often enough that fans cheer and applaud every time it is heard. Since its establishment, so many other films, including Batman, have taken inspiration from the catchphrase.
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The greatest part about the catchphrase is how malleable it is. It can be used in an action sequence, a pleasant conversation, or during a more romantic moment. With over twenty movies in the James Bond franchise, which ones are used effectively?
Though Sean Connery"s delivery of the classic line earlier in the film is classic, there is an even better one in Goldfinger. After Bond sabotage"s Tilly Masterson"s car in order for her to crash, he stops to "lend a hand." Of course, this is James Bond and he can"t resist turning on that famous charm.
The best part is that Tilly doesn"t have any of it. Even when Bond goes in to deliver the iconic introduction, Tilly stops him from finishing it. In a way, it"s like karma for Bond in the scene as he did endanger the woman"s life.
9 For Your Eyes Only (Roger Moore)
Every actor to portray James Bond has delivered the iconic line excellently and in different ways. Roger Moore excelled at the charm factor when using it to "woo" over the ladies; even in the sillier films of his tenure, his introductions are always on point.
A perfect example of this would be in For Your Eyes Only. After a surprisingly daring car chase featuring a candy yellow Citroën 2CV, Bond finally introduces himself to Melina. Despite his age: with that smile, suave tone, and bright eyes, that 2CV suddenly feels like an Aston Martin DB5.
This one is the definition of a throwback incarnation of the famous catchphrase. James Bond in a smokey casino, soft music, and likely surrounded by the enemy. An attractive woman, destined to be the newest Bond girl, having a seductive conversation with Bond.
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It all culminates in Daniel Craig embracing his inner Sean Connery coolness as he says the line. "Bond, James Bond." For many, Skyfall is considered one of the penultimate James Bond films and successfully harking back to the very first James Bond film adds to that sentiment.
7 On Her Majesty"s Secret Service (George Lazenby)
The James Bond franchise was on thin ice after Sean Connery left. Replacing an iconic character was considered to be the decision a fool would make back then. However, On Her Majesty"s Secret Service needed to be made, which meant that George Lazenby needed to stun the audience immediately.
What better way to introduce a new James Bond than with the iconic line? After saving his future wife Teresa "Tracy" Draco from drowning, Bond greets her with a good morning and says that his name is "Bond, James Bond." It"s a solid introduction that immediately shows Lazenby"s more down to Earth version of the character.
George Lazenby got his introduction in a much more laid back opening. Timothy Dalton, on the other hand, was given a giant action sequence in The Living Daylights before he is given any dialogue. Bond lands on a woman"s boat and politely swipes her cell phone to report his situation. This is when Bond introduces himself in the one and only time Dalton will ever say it.
Dalton"s delivery is much different than others, especially at the time. It was the perfect reflection of what kind of Bond he was; less of the slick suave superstar and more of the gritty, darker agent under fire.
5 Dr. No (Sean Connery)
It is impossible to talk about James Bond"s catchphrase without mentioning the first time it was uttered in Dr. No. As Sean Connery lights his cigarette, he says his name is "Bond..." He closes his lighter, "James Bond." Not only is it one of the first lines of James Bond but it is the first clear look at the character"s face in the franchise.
Without this iconic introduction, the likes of Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton would have never said it. It also set the staple of James Bond introducing himself to a gorgeous woman in a fancy casino.
The best time Roger Moore used this catchphrase was by far his first time in Live And Let Die. Entering the main villain"s location, he meets Solitaire and, of course, introduces himself with the iconic line.
Everything about how Moore delivers the line here is perfect. The right tone, the perfect smile, and even a nice little pause and turn between "Bond" and "James Bond." It showed that Roger Moore was indeed a perfect actor for the role and the franchise wasn"t going away anytime soon.
3 GoldenEye (Pierce Brosnan)
Brosnan was already on fire after a killer opening scene and introduction to his suave portrayal of the character in GoldenEye. That"s why when Brosnan finally spoke the line to Famke Janssen"s Xenia, fans simply agreed that he was indeed "Bond, James Bond."
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Like Skyfall, it definitely harks back to Dr. No as he"s sitting across from the woman who asks his name later. To build-up to the introduction, Brosnan also uses another famous catchphrase: "Vodka martini. Shaken, not stirred."
Pierce Brosnan"s best performance as James Bond can be found in his third film. By The World Is Not Enough, Brosnan had really perfected his portrayal of the character; so even in the cheesiest of scenes, he knew how to balance it with a great enough performance to make it work.
In his second time introducing himself, Bond escapes Renard"s silo using a lift with Christmas Jones. "My name is Bond..." Bond shoots the lift making it rocket to the top as the theme triumphantly roars, "James Bond." Just as they reach the top. Cheesy? Yes. Effective? Also yes.
1 Casino Royale (Daniel Craig)
Those who don"t care for that much cheese, however, can enjoy Casino Royale"s version. For the entire movie, Daniel Craig had never said any iconic lines, minimal one-liners and wasn"t overly suave, which made the character much more grounded. Even the theme song never appears throughout Casino Royale.
However, the ending comes along to solidify the beginning of the end of James Bond"s origin story. He puts a bullet in Mr. White"s leg after White asks, "Who is this?" Bond walks in, the music builds up as Craig perfectly delivers the line that he earned throughout the film: "The name"s Bond...James Bond." Roll credits with the iconic theme song and audiences cheered.
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Melody MacReady is a writer and transwoman (she/her), passionate about all things pop culture-related. From movies to shows to games to comic books, there is not much that she does not enjoy or appreciate. Melody is also an aspiring film writer and director as well as a voice actor as a hobby. This spark for content creation came from her childhood, growing up with media of all kinds which inspired her to write short stories, write comics, and begin writing about them on the internet. Melody"s biggest inspiration came from first seeing Zack Snyder"s Watchmen in 2009; the film combined with her knowledge of how scenes were done via behind-the-scenes featurettes prior to the film"s release made her fall in love with filmmaking. Not only does she write for lifwynnfoundation.org, The Gamer, Comic Book Resources, and GameRant but she runs her own personal blog, discussing many things pop culture-related.