10 Charts of 2012 Preview: James Bond by the Numbers

The 10 Charts of 2012 starts Saturday.  Here’s another couple of other charts to serve as a preview.

I am an unabashed fan of James Bond. (If you like the movies and haven’t read the original Ian Fleming novels, go out and do so.) And I’d be happy to tell you why Timothy Dalton was an underrated Bond or why On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (even with George Lazenby as Bond) is one of the best movies in the series.

The latest entry in the James Bond movie series, Skyfall, has shattered previous box office records for the franchise.  It has already earned more that $100 million more in the U.S. than the second highest grossing Bond movie domestically, 2008’s Quantum of Solace.  In worldwide box office, Skyfall is poised to become the movie in history to cross $1 billion in box office receipts, crushing 2006’s Casino Royale, which earned $599 million worldwide.  But how does Skyfall compare if you adjust domestic box office receipts against inflation?

Source: Box Office Mojo

Source: Box Office Mojo

Daniel Craig’s incarnation of Bond still has some work to do to catch up to the heights of Sean Connery’s popularity in the 1960s.  (And yes, I excluded Never Say Never Again from consideration.  It’s not official.  Don’t make me go into that.)

Meanwhile, The Economist provided another way to look at the Bond series.  Turns out Pierce Brosnan is the most lethal of the bunch.  Who woulda thunk?

Source: The Economist

Source: The Economist

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