October 5th, 2012
10:15 AM ET

James Bond at 50: His best moments

Sit back, relax and fix yourself a martini - shaken, not stirred - as we present to you the "Connoisseurs Guide to James Bond" in honor of International Bond Day.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, "Dr. No," which launched an iconic franchise spun from Ian Fleming's novels.

The 1962 flick starred Sean Connery as Bond, Ursula Andress as Honey Rider and Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No. While Connery is a favorite for his portrayal of the dashing 007, a variety of actors have taken on the part, from Roger Moore to Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig, who stars in November's 23rd Bond film, "Skyfall."

In honor of Bond's 50th, CNN spoke with Bond "connoisseur" John Cork, the co-writer of the "James Bond Encyclopedia" and "James Bond: The Legacy."

Check out the video above to hear Cork's top Bond moments, from his favorite Bond girl (Diana Rigg's Tracy in 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"), to his favorite moment, which happens in 1977's "The Spy Who Loved Me."

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soundoff (25 Responses)

    I can't wait to see this movie ... I will even sneek in a martini, shaken of course!

    October 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 007Fan

    I can't argue with any of John's best moments...especially the opening of The Spy Who Loved Me.

    October 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. AFan

    i always love goldfinger.

    October 8, 2012 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. bondettes....

    she's just the ultimate betrayal to bond

    October 7, 2012 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. bencoates57

    Goldfinger sukkkks. All my friends and I who were advised to see Goldfinger after watching all the Moore films were sorely disappointed.

    October 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MJ

    Goldfinger was one of my favorites

    October 5, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gmenfan54

    The best James Bond was Sean Connery. No one else even comes close.

    October 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Also @ smug Erik

    Maud Adams was also a Bond Girl in The Man With The Golden Gun, & was an extra in A View To A Kill. Your Bond kung fu is weak

    October 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sokman

    Barry Nelson actually portrayed Bond first, 8yrs before Sean Connery. So the next time you're showing your a$s trying to make others look dumb, make sure you get your facts straight so you don't look even dumber.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bondette...

    octopuzzy is the one.

    October 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Larry Rosen

    Peter Goss, deserves to be in the Basketball Ha ll o Fame.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stuart Roberts

    Cheltenham Townhsip Pa., has produced a Bucket of Mult-talented people.
    One person was the leader of this large group: Peter Goss of Meadowbrook Pa., was a giant of a man who tuaght the
    world that be a good perosn is the most important thing we do. In the annals of Cheltenham Township, Peter Goss was
    the best man we had.

    October 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Erik

    Looking over the comments everyone is posting makes me wonder at A the average age of people on here and B the IQ rating....

    He would be 82...thats how old Sean Connery is after all...you know...the first Bond?? Y'all know who that is right?

    And Google Maud Adams and you will see Octapu**y....

    October 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. I'm not sure about 8 children...

    but i do love OCTOPU22Y

    October 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  15. My favorite Bond movie was


    October 5, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jamal

    The newest Bond looks kind of gay. Time for an African American 007.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Yup


      October 5, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      I think your gay?!? And stop trying to re-write everything black. That's racist!

      October 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • fekt

      i sincerely hope you're being silly. bond is not even american let alone african american. bond already has a recurring african american character, felix who is a cia agent. actually he's one of the few recurring characters in the series that gets some respect.

      October 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • bencoates57

      Roger Moore actually recommended Cuba Gooding Jr. Look it up!

      October 6, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  17. tracie

    I wonder who changes his poooopy diapers?

    October 5, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  18. Marcos

    He is ancient. Been at it for fifty years and had to be 20 or so when he started secret agent stuff. That would make him 70 years old or older. That is oooooold. I sure hope he is wearing his adult diapers. Maybe he can hunt bad guys in the nursing home.

    October 5, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |

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