How Many Times James Bond Has Actually Fallen In Love

The James Bond franchise has seen the titular spy romance many women, but he hasn’t fallen in love all that often. There had never really been a movie franchise on the scale of the Bond movies when they first arrived. The combination of beautiful people, big action setpieces and exotic locales drew in audiences, and in the years that followed, other blockbusters – most notably the Indiana Jones franchise – would borrow liberally from its formula. The series is also famous for its Bond women, where each entry would see 007 romancing a new love interest.

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In the early days of the James Bond movies – some notable exceptions aside – these characters tended to be underdeveloped and were often included to be seduced or rescued. The Daniel Craig Bond movies saw a notable shift in this area, with his 007 tending to develop more serious emotional connections. Quantum Of Solace is partly considered groundbreaking for the fact Craig’s 007 doesn’t sleep with Olga Kurylenko’s leading lady, Camille. Over the course of the 25 Bond films (to date), there are only a handful of times when the spy actually fell in love.

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James Bond Has Been In Love Three Times

Eva Green as Vesper Lynd and Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale and No Time To Die

The three big loves of Bond’s life were Tracy (Diana Rigg) from 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Eva Green’s Vesper from Casino Royale and Léa Seydoux’s Madeleine Swann, who was introduced in Spectre. Of course, it could be argued that 007 developed strong feelings for many of the women he courted along the way. Timothy Dalton’s Bond was noted for being more of a romantic, and the relationship he developed with Maryam d’Abo’s Kara is certainly one of the sweeter ones seen in the series.

Mostly though, the Bond movies have stuck with the character’s tendency to swiftly move on from a relationship once a mission has ended. He’s a spy and professional killer by trade, so there’s little chance that he would settle down, even if did have strong feelings for a love interest. In the spy game, a committed relationship would probably be seen as a sign of weakness that could be exploited. In the Ian Fleming Bond books, it was Vesper’s betrayal in Casino Royale that hardened Bond’s heart against falling in love; the 2006 movie adaptation kept this element too.

Classic Bond’s Lack Of Love Made Tracy More Special

on her majestys secret service diana rigg tracy bond

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the debut of George Lazenby’s 007; it was also his final appearance. The film was considered a disappointment upon release, but it has since been reappraised as one of the franchise’s best. That’s down to its surprising emotional core, where Lazenby’s more naive 007 meets Rigg’s Tracy and they fall for one another. Tracy is arguably the most well-rounded female character in the series, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service does a tender job fleshing out their burgeoning romance.

The movie ends with Bond marrying Tracy too, with the couple driving off to a new life together. Of course, Tracy is gunned down moments later, resulting in one of the franchise’s most tragic moments. It would have been interesting to see how Lazenby’s 007 would have developed had the actor stayed on in the role. The original plan was for Lazenby to return in Diamonds Are Forever, where he would have hunted down Blofeld seeking to avenge Tracy’s death. When Sean Connery took the role back for the eventual 1971 movie, Tracy’s death isn’t even mentioned.

Why Daniel Craig’s Bond Era Was The Most Emotional

Daniel Craig as James Bond and Lea Seydoux as Madeline Swann in Spectre

At the beginning of the 2000s, the Bond series was in trouble. While Pierce Brosnan’s Die Another Day was a success, it’s considered something of a nadir creatively and has aged poorly. The Bourne movies also reinvented the spy genre, so the 007 franchise was in dire need of a makeover. Thankfully, EON regaining the rights to Fleming’s Casino Royale allowed for a natural reset, with Daniel Craig’s casting promising a Bond that had never been seen before.

This promise was fulfilled because while Craig was more than capable with the action scenes, he also worked to make Bond a more rounded character. He could be suave, charming and inventive, or petty, childish or vindictive. It’s little wonder that Craig’s run was the most emotional of the Bond saga, where the spy fell in love twice. Vesper was incredibly important in shaping the 00 Agent he became, while his love story with Madeleine covered two movies.

No Time To Die even revealed they had a young daughter, which would have been an unthinkable plot development in the Connery or Roger Moore days. Given the hard work the Craig series put into making James Bond more of a human being than he had ever been prior, it will be intriguing to see where Bond 26 takes him next. Will he continue to evolve like the Craig version, or will he be the emotionally icy figure seen in the earlier seres? The next movie could even right an old franchise wrong by having 007 seek revenge on Tracy’s killers.

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