Revealed: The most destructive James Bond is ...
This is according to leading insurance experts at More Than after they examined every piece of damage caused in 24 official Bond films, to coincide with the release of the latest movie in the Bond franchise.
The figures are bound to leave you shaken (not stirred) as they show Roger Moore caused £4.6 billion worth of damage, including destroying an entire space station, while the latest actor to play the British MI6 spy, Daniel Craig stacked up almost £449 million worth of damages in the latest installment, Spectre.
The most devastation (£4.3bn) was created during Moonraker (1979) while the least destruction (£419,280) was made in Thunderball (1964).
Sean Connery may have a reputation for being the most dashing Bond, Pierce Brosnan may be the deadliest, Timothy Dalton could be described as the most serious and Daniel Craig may be the most ‘definitive’ Bond, but eyebrows are bound to be raised as Roger Moore lays claim to the title of being the most destructive 007 of all time.
Experts at MORE TH>N Insurance have estimated that Roger Moore caused an astonishing £4.6 billion worth of damage to vehicles, buildings, artifacts, possessions and the environment during his 12-year career as Bond, which is sure to leave more than just his vodka-martini shaken.
Nowhere is Moore’s mayhem more evident than in the 1979 film Moonraker, in which his Bond plays a part in the obliteration of five space shuttles and an entire space station: an estimated £4.1 billion cost that’s more wince-inducing than all of Roger Moore’s one-liners put together.
Everything from £3 smashed ashtrays and £25 stolen shirts to the £300 million lairs of villains and £1 billion submarines have been documented and costed revealing in excess of £8 billion worth of destruction over 50 years - almost as much as the entire GDP of Jamaica where james Bond author Ian Fleming famously lived and wrote the Bond books.
According to the findings by More Than, in the 24 official Bond films, 210 vehicles have been damaged or destroyed, causing costs in the region of £33.9 million.
However, it’s not just cars that have been damaged at the hands of MI6’s most prolific agent, with £1.1 billion worth of damage also inflicted on homes, landmarks and buildings by Bond.
This includes the complete destruction of a £3m Scottish mansion in Skyfall, £8 million of havoc on the streets of St. Petersburg in Goldeneye (1995), not to mention Blofeld’s £300m volcano lair in You Only Live Twice (1967). Taking everything into account, the average cost of destruction per James Bond film currently stands at a staggering £349,165,782.
Tovah Grosscurth, director of home claims at More Than, said: “We are shaken (but not stirred) to discover Roger has done more damage than Daniel as Bond.
“Nevertheless, whoever goes by the name Bond, James Bond, might want to consider taking out a very specialist insurance policy!”
Accounting for inflation and values in today’s money, the most destructive Bonds are:
Roger Moore: £4,630,196,134 (£661,456,590 average per film)
Pierce Brosnan: £1,905,765,384 (£476,441,346 average per film)
Sean Connery: £1,297,087,560 (£216,181,260 average per film)
Daniel Craig: £449,183,670 (£132,582,275 average per film)
Timothy Dalton: £80,058,778 (£70,082,275 average per film)
George Lazenby: £36,417,110 (£36,417,110 average per film)