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Cinematically, Bond has been a major influence within the spy genre since the release of Dr. No in 1962, with 22 secret agent films released in 1966 alone attempting to capitalise on its popularity and success. Television also saw the effect of Bond films, with several spy series produced.

Following the release of the film Dr. No in 1962, the quote "Bond ... James Bond", became a catch phrase that entered the lexicon of Western popular culture. In 2001 it was voted as the "best-loved one-liner in cinema" by British cinema goers[1] and in 2005, it was honoured as the 22nd greatest quotation in cinema history by the American Film Institute as part of their 100 Years Series.[2] The 2005 American Film Institute's '100 Years' series also recognised the character of James Bond himself in the film as the third greatest film hero.[3] He was also placed at number eleven on a similar list by Empire.[4] Premiere also listed Bond as the fifth greatest movie character of all time.[5]


  1. "James Bond tops motto poll", 11 June 2001. Retrieved on 4 November 2011. 
  2. 100 Years Series: "Movie Quotes". AFI 100 Years Series. American Film Institute. Retrieved on 4 November 2011.
  3. 100 years series: 100 heroes and villains. AFI 100 Years Series. American Film Industry. Retrieved on 8 June 2011.
  4. The 100 Greatest Movie Characters: 11. James Bond. Empire. Retrieved on 8 June 2011.
  5. 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. Premiere. Retrieved on 8 June 2011.

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