James Bond has a license to kill, and clearly also a license for brilliant one-liners. With the new 007 movie No Time to Die coming out soon, we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to revisit some of Bond’s best quotes from all 58 years of Bond movies.
From playful sexual innuendos to downright corny lines that come dangerously close to dad jokes, here are 12 of the most iconic James Bond quotes of all time.
1. Shaken, not stirred.
007 sure loves a stiff vodka martini.
Fun fact: According to the criteria for alcohol use disorder, James Bond is a raging alcoholic. A scientific article published in the Medical Journal of Australia titled License to Swill analyzed al 24 films in the franchise, and suggests 007 has a “chronic alcohol consumption problem at the ‘severe’ end of the spectrum.”
2. That’s awkward.
This gem of a 007 quote from Diamonds are Forever might resonate with any man who’s ever had someone walk in on them at an…inopportune time.
Bond: “Well, I’m afraid you’ve caught me with more than my hands up.”
3. The introduction of the most iconic name in cinematic history.
Pussy Galore: “My name is Pussy Galore.”
Bond: “…I must be dreaming.”
Really, though. Pussy Galore is my favorite name in the entire James Bond franchise. It’s so wrong that it’s right.
4. Honey looks for shells, James Bond looks at Honey looking for shells.
The scene where James Bond meets Bond girl Honey Ryder in the movie Dr. No gives us yet another iconic quote that is actually quite relatable, considering how otherworldly gorgeous Ursula Andress is. She is literally Venus in the flesh and the epitome of a woman.
Honey: “What are you doing here? Looking for shells?”
Bond: “No, I’m just looking.”
All of us: Same.
5. “I never miss.”
Elektra: “You wouldn’t kill me. You’d miss me.”
*Bond totally kills her*
Bond: “I never miss.”
Oh my god, this is so cheesy that it hurts.
6. Christmas does WHAT?
The name’s Bond. James ‘cringy pun’ Bond.
Bond: “I was wrong about you.”
Christmas Jones: “Yeah, how so?”
Bond: “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.”
7. Miss Anders’ modesty is confusing.
Bond: “Miss Anders! I didn’t recognise you with your clothes on.”
8. Wet woman, dry martini, and James Bond.
Fatima Blush: “Oh, how reckless of me. I made you all wet.”
Bond: “Yes, but my martini is still dry. My name is James.”
The smoothest pickup line of all time? Methinks so.
9. She’s just dead, no big deal.
Bond: *Uses villainess as a human shield* “Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She’s just dead.”
Bond: *electrocutes someone in a bathtub* “Shocking. Positively shocking.
11. Plenty O’Toole: The Bustiest Bond Girl
Plenty: Hi, I’m Plenty!
Bond: *direct eye contact with her ample bosom* But of course you are.
Plenty: “Plenty O’Toole!”
Bond: “Named after your father, perhaps?”
Oh, Plenty O’Toole. Busty bond girl extraordinaire.
12. Bond. James Bond.
Lastly, let’s round out the list with perhaps the most iconic 007 quote of all time: Sean Connery, a.k.a. the OG James Bond saying the legendary line for the first time.
The new James Bond movie No Time to Die hits theaters April 2, 2021.