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50 Years of Bond. James Bond.

The evolution of the spy with a license to kill

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    Sean Connery

    En español | At 6 feet 2, Sean Connery filled out his tux quite nicely as the first Bond in Dr. No in 1962. But he began his career on a smaller scale, in the 1959 Disney leprechaun movie Darby O'Gill and the Little People. Connery played Bond in six more films.

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    Ursula Andress in 'Dr. No,' 1962

    Before Raquel, before Farrah, it was Ursula whose image graced the walls of teen boys. The Swiss miss loved her leading men, including James Dean and Marlon Brando. Her iconic white bikini from Dr. No sold in a 2001 auction for nearly $60,000.

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    George Lazenby, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' 1969

    Unknown Australian actor/model George Lazenby had a big kilt to fill after Connery retired from the Bond role. Lazenby's reviews from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) were mixed, but he has since become a beloved guest at 007 events.

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    George Lazenby and Diana Rigg, 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service,' 1969

    George Lazenby's 007 role in On Her Majesty's Secret Service was his first and last, as was a new twist for the notorious fictional bachelor: Bond Boy meets — and marries — Bond Girl, the Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg).

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    Roger Moore, 'Octopussy,' 1983

    Roger Moore played Bond the longest, in seven consecutive films from 1973 to 1985. He was the oldest Bond as well (45-58). Moore became a UNICEF ambassador after witnessing India's poverty while shooting Octopussy.

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    Grace Jones, 'View to a Kill,' 1985

    Grace Jones was no regular Bond Girl. The Jamaican-born model/singer played May Day, an assassin with incredible strength. She treats Bond better than this fellow but still meets her own tragic end.

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    Timothy Dalton, 'Licence to Kill,' 1989

    The fourth Bond (The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill), Timothy Dalton, would later play an American literary icon: Rhett Butler in 1994's Scarlett, a TV miniseries sequel to Gone With the Wind.

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    Pierce Brosnan, 'Goldeneye,' 1995

    After a Scot, an Australian and two Brits, producers decided on an Irishman for the fifth Bond — Pierce Brosnan. He had been approached before but was booked shooting Remington Steele.

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    Halle Berry, 'Die Another Day,' 2002

    Though her stunning looks usually land Halle Berry good-girl roles, Jinx Johnson definitely showed the Oscar winner's tougher side. This bikini shot was a nod to Ursula Andress' beach scene 40 years before in Dr. No.

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    Daniel Craig, 'Casino Royale,' 2006

    Another homage to Ursula Andress? Fans couldn't keep their eyes off his abs and embraced the brooding first blond Bond. In 007's most royal mission, he escorted Queen Elizabeth II to the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies.

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    Dame Judi Dench, 'Casino Royale,' 2006

    The most fearsome Bond Girl of all? Dame Judi Dench as M, head of Her Majesty's Secret Service. At times cold, yet quietly caring, she serves both as demanding leader and maternal compass for Bond.

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