4 James Bond Movies Where 007 DOESN’T Use His Iconic Name Catchphrase

James Bond says, “Bond, James Bond​​​​​​,” or a derivative of the catchphrase in almost every 007 movie, but not all. The iconic line continues to be a staple of the franchise and was even used twice in No Time to Die. That movie put a clever twist on the catchphrase, as the main character says “Bond” when checking in with an MI6 clerk. After the clerk can’t find him in the system, Bond frustratingly adds, “James Bond.” It’s also incorporated into the final scene. When telling her daughter about 007, Madeleine says, “His name was Bond, James Bond.” It’s the very last line of the end of Daniel Craig’s era.

The classic James Bond name catchphrase was first used by Sean Connery in the original 007 movie, Dr. No. Its popularity through the decades is even more impressive considering Connery improvised the James Bond line. However, for better or worse, there have been some James Bond movies that went without using the line. Whether it makes sense in the context of the movie’s premise, actors getting bored with the familiar dialogue, or because a WGA writers’ strike led to a rushed script, four movies in the canonical EON franchise do not use the iconic catchphrase of 007 stating his name as “Bond, James Bond.”

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From Russia With Love (1963)

Sean Connery as James Bond on the phone in From Russia with Love

From Russia with Love is the second James Bond movie, and at this point, the catchphrase wasn’t iconic yet, so the fact that Sean Connery doesn’t utter the line isn’t that much of a glaring omission. However, 007 does say his name catchphrase in the book that the movie is based on. It’s likely that the producers didn’t know the line would become so cemented in pop culture, or they didn’t want to use the same dialogue from the previous movie, which makes sense from a writing standpoint. However, the power of the line prevailed and the Connery said it in almost every one of his subsequent James Bond movies.

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Thunderball (1965)

Sean Connery starred in six official movies as James Bond, and the actor only says “Bond, James Bond” in three of them. Thunderball is the second of his movies where he doesn’t use the line. The lack of the iconic catchphrase makes sense in the context of the movie. It has higher stakes than the three previous 007 installments, as it’s about Bond recovering nuclear warheads from SPECTRE, and it’s mostly a tale of espionage, meaning the character obviously isn’t telling everybody his true identity. James Bond is depicted as a more serious agent than before in Thunderball, and having him use the catchphrase might have undermined that.

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You Only Live Twice (1967)

James Bond with Miss Moneypenny in You Only Live Twice.

It comes as a surprise that Sean Connery only uttered “Bond, James Bond” in half of the 007 movies he starred in. You Only Live Twice is the third movie in which Connery avoids saying the iconic catchphrase. Skipping the line makes sense when it comes to the movie’s premise, as James Bond is attempting to establish himself as an agent in Japan, and he immerses himself into the local customs, too. Therefore, it wouldn’t make sense if Bond was walking around and introducing himself as “Bond, James Bond.” Connery was also bored with playing Bond by 1967, so he might simply have not wanted to say it.

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Quantum Of Solace (2008)

James Bond hanging from scaffolding in Quantum of Solace

It would make sense that the line isn’t used as often in the Daniel Craig era of the James Bond franchise, as his five-movie stint is more grounded and often deals with heavy themes such as betrayal and grief. However, the catchphrase is still spoken in all but one Craig-led Bond movie, and it’s said twice in No Time to Die. The 2007 WGA writers’ strike impacted Quantum of Solace, as it’s well-documented how the movie’s script was finished quickly before the date of the strike, and that no writer was on set. If that hadn’t been the situation, the James Bond catchphrase might have made it into the movie.

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