Yes... and no.
Contrary to popular belief, and to every other Bond movie ever produced, it is entirely necessary to possess foreknowledge of the previous Daniel Craig Bond movies to garner the appropriate amount of appreciation for what is occurring.
The Daniel Craig Bond movies represent a canonical reboot, in which during the first film Bond earns his 00 ...
The biggest problem in answering this is understanding what is a Bond girl?
The wiki for "Bond girl" describes them as:
A Bond girl is a character (or the actress portraying a character) who
is a love interest and/or female sidekick of James Bond in a novel,
film, or video game
But again, what does this really mean?
In the reboot of the series, ...
Skyfall Lodge used to be James Bond's home:
... the Bond family resided at Skyfall Lodge, though James Bond had not visited his ancestral home since his parents' death. Its only resident ever since has been gamekeeper Kincade.
After they died, Bond's parents were buried in the chapel on the grounds.
In an interview, Purvis and Wade, authors of the film, claim the title "fell from the sky":
Neal Purvis: “Unfortunately Rob came up with the title. Not as a
title, he came up with the name of the house.”
Robert Wade: “We were looking for a name for this house…”
Purvis: “Like Manderley in (Daphne du Maurier’s) Rebecca.”
Wade: “Exactly. It’...
There is no proper reason whatsoever for him to link the unsecure device retrieved from an enemy to the network of MI6. The usual approach would be to treat it with the highest level of suspicion and analyze the hardware and contained data in a secure isolated environment, and Q should have known that, considering that he is supposed to be a genius IT ...
It's not so much that the bad guy was dangerous. It's more that the hard disk he's stealing contains the names of hundreds of secret agents in active undercover operations. It's sacrificing one life to save hundreds.
After she took the first shot, it probably took her at least a second to assess the situation and make the realization that she hit someone and they had fallen off of the train.
Then she would have had to take more time to see that she had hit Bond, not Patrice. It would have been difficult to see this easily through the scope of the gun, and the train was ...
She meant that she was right in trusting Bond to do the job, even if he failed the tests, and failed in the other choices.
M accepts her failure a little while before they get prepared for Silva to come.
M: I f**ked this up, didn't I?
James: No. You did your job.
She was right in one choice and James Bond proved her right. That's all she meant by that ...
This is only speculation, I am not aware of an in universe answer:
It shows how focussed/cold and detached he has become. He is prepared to let innocent people die rather than risk the chance of jeopardising his mission by potentially giving himself away etc.
It was established at the end of Casino Royal where he tells M to keep 'sweating' his friend as ...
She's very altered in the films.
Miss Moneypenny, in the books, is the private secretary to M. She is completely dedicated to her work although she tends to mildly flirt with James Bond. She appears to harbour genuine affection for him too, although never states this As the Wiki for her comments:
In the novel Thunderball, Fleming wrote that she "often ...
The article's only piece of evidence is the anagram, which strikes me as interesting but not conclusive.
Rather than M being Silva's real mother, I think a key element of the story is that Silva and Bond had virtually identical past relationships with M: both Silva and Bond had been orphaned or abandoned as children, leading to each of them being selected by ...
Timelines and James Bond don't go hand in hand, he's an ageless character and will always continue to be up to date regardless of when the stories are set.
Having said that if you're determined to answer the question, there are a few clues we can divine.
He has acquired the Aston Martin, therefore it must be after Casino Royal
The Aston has an ejector seat ...
First of all, the James Bond movies (or rather the pre-Craig movies) don't adhere to an actual realistic timeline that goes through all of the movies. Without some small exceptions (Bond's wife and her death) there aren't any major cross-movie story developments and any Bond movie can be seen as rather stand-alone, even if some small comments and allusions ...
The hard drive, or rather the agent lists it contained, is not merely forgotten. In fact M mentions it to Bond and Tanner after interrogating Silva once apprehended:
Let me know what you recover from his computer. Has he transmitted the lists? If so, to whom? I want this resolved.
This still leaves it a bit open what exactly happened to the hard drive or ...
No, it is not necessary to watch the modern bond movies in sequence, nor is it necessary to watch any of the James Bond films in any particular order. A previous bond film was only referenced by a later film once in the entire series, and each movie can essentially be considered isolated from the others.
Contrary to other answers, I believe the high-value chip from the exclusive casino would not be a "safe" way to compensate a hit man. If the police found the chip on the hit man, they would know to investigate the casino.
Indeed, as soon as Bond found the chip, he went to the casino, to try to find out who ordered the hit.
Of course, in Skyfall, it turns ...
According to canon (Director Sam Mendes's commentary on Blu-Ray release) Bond did NOT sleep with Eve in Macao.
Bond and Moneypenny do NOT become lovers in Macau. (This was an important point for him.)
In Spectre, all links are connected to previous Bond stories. Here are the links as per my understanding:
Spectre: Bond and Franz Oberhauser are brothers. After the younger Bond was orphaned, Oberhauser's father, Hannes, became his temporary guardian. Believing that Bond supplanted his role as son, Oberhauser killed his father and staged his own death. He ...
"In the opening sequence, when M is writing Bond’s obituary, the bulldog is facing outward as if M is watching England. Throughout the rest of the movie, the bulldog is facing M, as if England is watching M. When she wills the bulldog to Bond, she’s giving him responsibility for England."
Earlier in the movie, Bond had been tasked with preventing Silva's distribution of the names of MI6's undercover agents
Yes, that was explicitly designed to be a failure.
We can confirm that from Director Sam Mendes's Audio Commentary on Blue-Ray release. In Extra #4 "The Death of Bond" he says, about the opening sequence:
To me, what's special about ...
Does the London Underground actually have maintenance doors that look like tall grates?
Yes, it does.
There's a reson for those kind of louvred doors. Air pressure is factor in subways/metros because of the air being pushed by the trains and normal doors would block airflow. So...louvres to let the air pass through.
There are some normal doors but these ...
Because movie lines are more and more picked from a grab-bag of the same phrases, and unfortunately, "Take the shot" is one of them.
The info was meant to be very important, and the value of all the agents' lives was worth more than that of one aging agent. Of course by the end of the movie we all know that there's no school like the old school,...
OK, decided to look into the BlueRay extras and found it.
According to Blue Ray Extra #14: "The Beginning of the End", the house was not actually in Scotland. It was designed and filmed in Hankley Common, in Surrey, England. Screenshots from ~3:15 min into the Extra:
The reasons for this are quite simple:
Silva's vendetta is personally against M, who he felt betrayed her.
Bond is M's loyal protector (the British bulldog shown by the
figure), who by this point has enough personally against Silva to be
part of the party. M doesn't want anyone else involved as enough
people have died (remember the flag strewn coffins) ...
There is a real world analogous to this situation. Dench's M is based on Stella Rimington, the first woman director general of MI5. Further, she was the first DG publicly named and subsequently photographed (by the paparazzi). If we look at it through the lens of Dench is modelled after Rimington, then it would make sense that during Bond's tenure she went ...