Commander James Bond, also known as 007, is a suave, sophisticated 00 Agent of MI6. He carries a licence to kill, is well trained in many forms of combat, is skilled at driving and weaponry, speaks many languages, and is well versed at espionage. He is assigned many difficult missions, of which he has an excellent record. He is also skilled at wooing women, who come to be known as Bond girls. He is the main character.
The character of James Bond first appeared in the 1953 Ian Fleming novel Casino Royale, and appeared in the thirteen subsequent novels, as well as short stories by Fleming and other writers. He first appeared on the silver screen in the 1962 film Dr. No, portrayed by Sean Connery. He has since been portrayed by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and currently by Daniel Craig. He also appears in many video games and other branches of the James Bond franchise.
Because the James Bond Film Franchise has lasted nearly sixty years, the characters do not age in relation to release of the first film. Rather, Bond is always mid-aged. The 2006 film Casino Royale rebooted the series by showing Bond's introduction to the position as a 00 agent.
James Bond is an iconic character in film and pop culture. His time-tested status has led to many parodies in films and television shows. There have also been legal disputes regarding Ian Fleming's works, so some non-EON versions of James Bond exist. Even though he was first introduced to the world in 1953, James Bond is still relevant to today's audiences.