The original James Bond, Sean Connery, and Claudine Auger star in a scene from Thunderball (1965). To Auger's left is Adolfo Celi, playing an extortionist secret agent in possession of stolen nuclear warheads.
Bond girl Auger poses for a Thunderball publicity shot in a sexy lace bodysuit. Auger was Miss France 1958.
Photographers crowd in for a shot of Connery and Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi, who played evil Bond girl Fiona in Thunderball.
Connery, in a scene from You Only Live Twice (1967), which was the fifth Bond film. Audiences were first introduced to 007 (and Connery) in the seminal Dr. No (1962).
Donald Pleasance as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Connery's cat-loving nemesis in You Only Live Twice. The character of Blofeld was reprised many times throughout the film series by numerous actors.
Shirley Eaton in the title role of Goldfinger (1964). Goldfinger met her death ("skin suffocation") after being painted head-to-toe in 24-karat gold.
Australian actor George Lazenby, who played 007 in just one Bond film, On Her Majesty's Service (1969), takes a cigarette break with costar Helena Ronee while filming in the Swiss Alps. Lazenby quit the franchise for fear of being typecast.
Lazenby and British actress Diana Rigg in a scene from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Queen Elizabeth made Rigg a Dame in 1994.
Following Lazenby's departure, Connery returned to the role of 007 in Diamonds are Forever (1971). Seen here in the grip of Bond girl Lola Larson, Connery received a $1.25 million salary (unheard of at the time), plus 12.5 percent of the gross profits, to star in Diamonds.
Roger Moore downs a "shaken, not stirred" martini. Moore was the second James Bond, filling Connery's very large shoes beginning in 1973's Live and Let Die.
Moore poses on the set of Live and Let Die, directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Jane Seymour as a Tarot card-reading Bond girl.
Moore, in a scene from the 1976 KGB-fueled Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Barbara Bach, who starred as Agent XXX in the film, once remarked that Bond was "a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets."
Moore dresses as a clown in a scene from Octopussy (1983). One of the most infamous films in the franchise, Octopussy was directed by John Glen, who holds the record for most Bond films directed.
Photographed in August of 1984, Moore stands casually among 16 Bond girls featured in Glen's View to Kill.
Welsh actor Timothy Dalton on the set of The Living Daylights (1987). Dalton also starred in 1989's License to Kill. He was first approached to play Bond in 1983, but walked away due to a busy schedule. When Pierce Brosnan turned down The Living Daylights, due to his contract for Remington Steele, Dalton was free and ready.
Pierce Brosnan and costar Sean Bean on the bonnet of an Aston Martin DB5 during a publicity shoot for Goldeneye (1995). Brosnan starred in three more Bond flicks after Goldeneye. And he scored three BMWs used in the films as part of his contract.
Daniel Craig, en route to be unveiled as the new James Bond at a 2005 press conference in London. Craig beat out Clive Owen, Ewan McGregor, and Jude Law for the immortal role. His third Bond film, Skyfall, is in theaters now.