James Bond is a helpful movie franchise. That is how the 007s stack up
Daniel Craig plays James Bond in No Time To Die.
When the first James Bond film “Dr. No” was released in 1962, a ticket cost just 70 cents.
Almost 60 years later, the average ticket price is around $ 9 and the dashing 007 makes its 25th big screen appearance.
Based on the works of Ian Fleming, James Bond has been a fixture in the cinema for decades and is one of the top-selling film franchises in film history.
The 25th Bond film “No Time to Die” hit theaters on Friday ahead of its October 8 release in the UK.
The last 24 films have grossed more than $ 6.89 billion worldwide and played 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 round as a legendary British spy. With Craig as the star, the James Bond franchise had its best theatrical release in history and, according to Comscore, grossed almost 3.2 billion US dollars worldwide between 2006 “Casino Royale” and 2015 “Specter”.
In fact, “Skyfall” was the first James Bond film from 2012 to top a billion dollars worldwide.
Of course, ticket prices are much higher these days and there are many more entertainment options for consumers to spend their money on, making receipts from the 1960s look very different from today’s numbers. But the cash experts do not adjust to inflation because there are many variables that need to be included in the calculation beyond the changing ticket price, such as additional international markets.
During Connery’s time as Bond, the franchise grossed an average of around $ 100 million at box offices around the world. At the time, movie tickets were less than $ 2 and one James Bond movie was released annually.
After Lazenby’s solo run as 007 and Connery’s reprisals, Roger Moore took on the role for seven films and grossed an average of $ 120 million at the box office between 1973 and 1985. Back then, tickets were around $ 2.50 each.
Dalton took on two films and achieved similar results at a time when tickets were selling for just under $ 4.
It wasn’t until the audience saw a six-year gap between Dalton’s “License to Kill” and Brosnan’s debut in “Goldeneye” that the James Bond franchise saw a massive surge in box office receipts.
1997’s “Goldeneye” became the top-grossing James Bond film, with tickets selling $ 356 million worldwide. In four films, Brosnan’s Bond grossed an average of $ 372 million per frame at the box office and helped revitalize the brand.
Then came Craig. “Casino Royale” updated the 007 character and was a more polished and gritty incarnation of the iconic hero. The film grossed nearly $ 600 million during its 2006 theatrical life.
It is unclear how “No Time to Die” of 2021 will ultimately fare at box offices around the world compared to its predecessors. The film is released at a turbulent time in the cinema business. The coronavirus pandemic paralyzed the industry for months and ticket sales have yet to recover.
The studio tried to give the film its best chance of a big box-office hit by delaying it during the pandemic.
“No Time to Die” first kicked off its November 2019 release when Danny Boyle, who was to write and direct the film, left the project. It fluctuated between a few dates before it was released in April 2020. With cinemas closed around the world during the health crisis, it was postponed first to November 2020 and then to April 2021 before being rescheduled for an October date.
The advance sale of tickets at home and abroad has given box office analysts hope for a solid cinema operation. Especially because if fans want to get their Bond fix, they have to see “No Time to Die” in the cinema.
Disclosure: Comcast owns NBCUniversal and CNBC. Universal publishes “No Time To Die” internationally, while Amazon-owned MGM is responsible for domestic publishing
FIX: Updated this article to show that there is a six year gap between License to Kill and Goldeneye.