3 October 2012 3:32 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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To mark the 50th Anniversary of one of the most successful movie franchises of all time and with James Bond’s 23rd official outing in Skyfall due for release later this month, I have been tasked with taking a retrospective look at the films that turned author Ian Fleming’s creation into one of the most recognised and iconic characters in film history.

After 2002’s Die Another Day, there was a general feeling that the Bond series had run its course. After 40 years and twenty films, the character had become far removed from Fleming’s original novels and taken on a life of its own relying on sci-fi gadgetry and computer generated thrills in stories that were becoming predictably formulaic. Bond had survived numerous revisions over the years but when a film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s book The Bourne Identity was released in 2002 just months before Die Another Day, »

- Chris Wright

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