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Classic James Bond: 3 007 Movies That Helped Shape the Genre

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Following the blistering success of the 2012 blockbuster "Skyfall," Bond … James Bond lit up the Twitterverse again in late March with the release of the first trailer for "Spectre," the hotly anticipated 24th official installment in the 007 franchise due for a November 2015 release. Played once again by Daniel Craig, Bond has almost single-handedly been revived by the actor since his debut in the 2006 hit "Casino Royale," owning the role much in the same way Sean Connery did when he kicked off the Bond film series in 1962.

Here's a look at three of 007 films that helped shape movies about James Bond – a genre unto itself.

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1. "Dr. No" (1962)



In 2014 poll by CBS News, voters far and away named Sean Connery the definitive James Bond, and it only makes sense because he the actor to play 007 in first film in the franchise, "Dr. No." The film may not be the best-received Bond film, critically, but it was certainly a powerful enough screen debut for Connery as the super spy to more five more 007 portrayals played the role (six, if you count the unofficial Bond film "Never Say Never Again"). Its main villain, Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) was memorable (as was the series' first "Bond Girl" Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder), and the film introduced viewers to the global crime syndicate SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), the organization that's resurfaced to take center stage in 2015's Bond film.

2. "Goldfinger" (1964)


While "Dr. No" was a winner with fans and critics, the best-loved Sean Connery Bond film – at least according to users of the Internet Movie Database and review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes – is "Goldfinger." Featuring Gert Frobe as the villainous title character, Honor Blackman as Bond Girl Pussy Galore and Shirley Eaton as the gold-painted Jill Masterson, "Goldfinger" scored a "fresh" 96 percent approval rating by Rotten Tomatoes critics, while more than 123,000 IMDb users collectively gave it a score of 7.8 out of 10. Singer Shirley Bassey also has the distinction of contributing the first memorable Bond movie song with the rousing title track.

3. "Live and Let Die" (1973) 



While George Lazenby replaced Sean Connery for one film in the middle of the Scottish actor's run of Bond films (Lazenby played 007 in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" in 1969), Roger Moore proved with "Live and Let Die" that he had the charisma to sustain the role over a course of 12 years and seven films – more than any of the six actors to wear the tuxedo of the British secret agent.

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Of course, that required a smashing debut, and the London-born actor got set a lasting tone for the character with "Live and Let Die." Moore also brought a different tone to the role in his debut. While Connery was a little rougher around the edges, his second replacement played Bond as more debonair. No matter Bond fans' opinions on Moore's performance in "Live and Let Die," there's no question that the title track by Paul McCartney is one of, if not the best, of all 007 theme songs.

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Following the blistering success of the 2012 blockbuster Skyfall, James Bond lit up the Twitterverse again in late March with the release of the first trailer for Spectre, the next 007 installment. Here's a look at three more films that shaped Bond movies.
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