James Bond: which film of the saga cost the most?

Dying can wait being out, this is an opportunity to look again at the films of the 007 saga by combing through what they cost and brought back. But with figures taking inflation into account! What is the most expensive movie?

Since his first (mis) cinematographic adventures against Dr No in 1962, until Mourir can wait, which made a great start here with already 1.38 million admissions at the time of writing, the saga of James Bond is a particularly well-established cash machine; beyond the -finally not so many- incarnations of agent 007.

The pharaonic budget of the ultimate incarnation of Daniel Craig in the guise of Bond, $ 250 million excluding marketing costs, prompts us to reconsider precisely the budgets of all the previous films of the saga, and what they brought back.

But with a small subtlety: the figures are adjusted for inflation over the year 2021, which gives an interesting overview to better measure the variations in the production budgets of the films of the saga, as well as their revenues. A film like Good Kisses from Russia, for example, brought in nearly $ 79 million at the time. It was already really a lot. Adjusted for inflation, this equates to over $ 707 million today!

James Bond 007 vs. Dr No (1963)


MGM / Eon / Danjaq productions

James Bond 007 vs. Dr No
Production budget in 1962: $ 1 million, or $ 9.08 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 59.6 million, or $ 541.3 million after adjustment.

Good kisses from Russia (1964)


United Artists / MGM / Danjaq productions / Eon

Good kisses from Russia
Production budget in 1963: $ 2.5 million, or $ 22.41 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 78.9 million, or $ 707.28 million.

Goldfinger (1965)


United Artists / MGM / Danjaq productions / Eon

Goldfinger
Production budget in 1964: $ 3.5 million, or $ 30.9 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 124.9 million, or $ 1.10 billion after adjustment. The first billionaire Bond!

Operation Thunder (1965)


Eon Productions Ltd / MGM / Danjaq productions / United Artists

Operation Thunder
Production budget in 1965: $ 5.6 million, or $ 48.76 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 141.2 million, or $ 1.22 billion after adjustment.

You Only Live Twice (1967)


Eon Productions Ltd / MGM / Danjaq productions / United Artists

We only live twice
Production budget in 1967: $ 9.5 million, or $ 78.02 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 111.6 million, or $ 916.5 million.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)


Eon Productions Ltd / MGM / Danjaq productions / United Artists

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Production budget in 1969: $ 7 million, or $ 52.3 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 87.4 million, or $ 653.26 million after adjustment.

Diamonds Are Eternal (1971)


Eon Productions Ltd / MGM / Danjaq productions / United Artists

Diamonds are forever
Production budget in 1971: $ 7.2 million, or $ 48.76 million after adjusting for inflation
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 116 million, or $ 785.67 million after adjustment.

Live and Let Die (1973)


Danjaq productions / Eon Productions Ltd

Live and Let Die
Production budget in 1973: $ 7 million, or $ 43.2 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 161.8 million, or $ 999.6 million after adjustment.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions

The man with the golden gun
Production budget in 1974: $ 7 million, or $ 38.9 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 97.6 million, or $ 543.05 million after adjustment.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)


Eon Productions Ltd / MGM / Danjaq productions

The spy who loved me
Production budget in 1977: $ 14 million, or $ 63.37 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 185.4 million, or $ 839.2 million after adjustment.

Moonraker (1979)


Eon Productions Ltd / danjaq productions / MGM

Moonraker
Production budget in 1979: $ 34 million, or $ 128.4 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 210.3 million, or $ 794.5 million after adjustment.

Just For Your Eyes (1981)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions / MGM

Just for your eyes
Production budget in 1981: $ 28 million, or $ 84.4 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 195.3 million, or $ 589.3 million after adjustment.

Octopussy (1983)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions / United Artists / MGM

Octopussy
Production budget in 1983: $ 27.5 million, or $ 75.7 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 187.5 million, or $ 516.3 million after adjustment.

Dangerously Yours (1985)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions

Dangerously yours
Production budget in 1985: $ 30 million, or $ 76.4 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 152.4 million, or $ 388.5 million after adjustment.

Killing is not playing (1987)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions / United Artists

Killing is not playing
Production budget in 1987: $ 40 million, or $ 96.58 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 191.2 million, or $ 461.6 million after adjustment.

License to Kill (1989)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions

License to kill
Production budget in 1989: $ 42 million, or $ 92.9 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 156.2 million, or $ 345.5 million after adjustment.

Goldeneye (1995)


Danjaq / MGM / United Artists

Goldeneye
Production budget in 1995: $ 60 million, or $ 107.9 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 353.4 million, or $ 636.09 million after adjustment.

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions / United Artists

Tomorrow never dies
Production budget in 1997: $ 110 million, or $ 188 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 346.6 million, or $ 592.3 million after adjustment.

The World Is Not Enough (1999)


Eon Productions Ltd / Danjaq productions / United Artists / MGM

The world is not enough
Production budget in 1999: $ 135 million, or $ 222.28 million after adjusting for inflation. Clearly, the Bond period Brosnan saw their budgets completely out of whack …
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 390 million, or $ 642.14 million after adjustment.

Die Another Day (2002)


Danjaq productions / MGM

Die another day
Production budget in 2002: $ 142 million, or $ 216.5 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 456 million, or $ 695.3 million after adjustment.

Casino Royale (2006)


MGM / Danjaq productions / Eon Productions Ltd / Columbia Pictures

Casino Royale
Production budget in 2006: $ 140 million, or $ 190.4 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 599 million, or $ 815.03 million after adjustment.

Quantum of Solace (2008)


Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / Eon Productions Ltd / Columbia Pictures

Quantum of Solace
Production budget in 2008: $ 230 million, or $ 293.03 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 586.1 million, or $ 746.72 million after adjustment.

Skyfall (2012)


Eon Productions Ltd / MGM / Columbia Pictures / Danjaq productions

Sky Fall
Production budget in 2012: $ 200 million, or $ 238.9 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 1.108 billion, or $ 1.324 billion after adjustment.

007 Specter (2015)


MGM / B24 / Eon Productions Ltd / Columbia Pictures / Danjaq productions / Sony Pictures Entertainment

007 Specter
Production budget in 2015: $ 245 million, or $ 283.5 million after adjusting for inflation.
Recipes at the global soundtrack: $ 880.502 million, or $ 1.019 billion after adjustment.

Die Can Wait (2021)


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To die can wait
Production budget: $ 250 million
Global Soundtrack Recipes (as of October 14, 2021): $ 326.43 million. Figure given as an indication, not representative of the film’s theatrical career since released on October 6.

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