With all the talk about which actor will next fill out the iconic tuxedo, it’s easy to forget that not only is Daniel Craig still playing the deadly secret agent James Bond, but that his next big screen adventure is just a few weeks away. As we get closer to finally unravelling the mystery of who exactly Christoph Waltz is playing in “Spectre” — Blofeld? Khan? — the YouTube channel Auralnauts (via EW) has taken it upon itself to sort through Bond’s 53-year-long career on the big screen and see just how often the super spy used his license to kill.
There were six simple rules laid down for new supercut: 1) Guns, blades, and projectiles always kill unless otherwise depicted; 2) Close proximity explosions kill unless otherwise depicted; 3) Indirect kills as a result of an explicit action by Bond count; 4) Kills must occur on screen, or be reasonably indicated through on screen action; 5) Dream sequences, fantasies, or movies within a movie count; If it’s on screen, it’s a kill; 6) Actors that are killed more than once in the franchise count each and every time. One final caveat is that only the official Eon productions can be counted, which rules out previous non-Craig-starring versions of “Casino Royale” as well as “Never Say Never Again.”
So, exactly how many people has Bond killed across 23 movies? Well, if you must know and don’t have roughly 40 minutes to spend watching the supercut, the final tally is 362, with Roger Moore being the most prolific killer at 121 in spite of, or maybe because of, being the quippiest Bond the series has ever had.
Follow Bond’s continuing deadly rampage when “Spectre” is released on November 6th. In the meantime, watch the “James Bond Kill Count” supercut below.