Brutality of Bond: From Connery to Craig, how the body-count and acts of violence have grown over half a century
First Bond film Dr No featured 109 violent acts, compared to 250 in Quantum Of SolaceResearchers from New Zealand analysed 22 official Bond films to study the hypothesis that popular movies are getting more violentThey issue a warning that many youngsters are watching the films, which usually carry no age restriction
22:54 GMT, 12 December 2012
Evil megalomaniacs with a plot to take over the world are never exactly going to come quietly.
But it seems that they’ve taken a little more persuading of late.
The number of violent acts in the James Bond films has more than doubled during the franchise’s 50-year history, researchers say.
The first official 007 film, 1962’s Dr No, featured 109 episodes of violence ranging from trivial slaps to a deadly attack with a flame-throwing tractor.
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Gritty: Daniel Craig as agent 007 in Quantum of Solace. A new study claims that the amount of violence in James Bond movies has more than doubled since the beginning of the film franchise
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Violence in Bond films by year of release,
showing counts of severe and trivial violence as well as total violence.
Total violence is higher than the sum of severe and trivial violence as it adjusts for mass violence
Pierce Brosnan stars alongside Halle Berry in Die Another Day: Previous research has shown Brosnan was the deadliest 007 so far, with a shocking 19 average kills in each Bond film where he played the title role
The episodes were classified as
severe if they involved punching, kicking, or attacking with weapons.
Trivial violence included pushes, shoves and open-handed slaps, some of
them administered by outraged Bond girls as they repelled the spy’s
Pierce Brosnan was the deadliest James Bond of all, killing an average of 19 enemies per film.
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