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James Bond: The story of an all-time favourite character

Girls, booze, drugs and lots of action; how has James Bond changed over the years

Writer Ian Fleming created a fictional British Secret Service agent who is the focus of the James Bond series.

The fictional British Secret Service agent was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. This illustration is the writer's image of James Bond commissioned to aid comic strip artists.

'Dr. No': The 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Joseph Wiseman, filmed in Jamaica and England.

The first James Bond movie, 'Dr. No' is a 1962 British spy film, starring Sean Connery in the main lead. Many of the iconic aspects of a typical James Bond film were established in this film, like how it begins with an introduction to the character through the view of a gun barrel and a highly stylised main title sequence. It got mixed responses from critics with some flagging it down for Bond's cruelty and the sexual content.

'Thunderball' was released in 1965 and Sean Connery played James Bond

The movie wasn't well appreciated. Critics said that the film overabused the idea of showing amour and sleaze. It had too many girls, too many gadgets and a good for nothing storyline.

'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977)

This one is hands down the best Bond movie of the 70's with Roger Moore as the lead. It had stunts, plotline, villain and all.

'Die Another Day' - Pierce Brosnan as Bond

This Bond prefers brunette women as 70% of his women were all brunette. Brosnan's Bond films had a lot more women, and scenes of intimacy and hold the record for the highest number of gadgets featured in one Bond film.

'Casino Royale' with Daniel Craig as Bond

Daniel Craig continues the tradition of being a Bond. He was seen wearing blue trunks that his predecessor had worn a couple of years back for a similar scene. However, this Bond is less wild than his peers, he doesn't thrive on cigarettes, and nor have critics accused the movies of being overtly sexist like in earlier times.