Bond Movies: Commercial Appeal (Global Box-Office)–Dr. No

James Bond Movies: Commercial Appeal

Ranking the movies in terms of rate-of-return profitability (with budgets and grosses from The Numbers and Box Office Mojo).

The earlier movies are at the top of the list and the later ones, which cost exponentially more, are at the bottom.

United Artist/Getty Images

25. Dr. No (1962)

Budget: $1 million
Global Box Office: $59.6 million

The first Bond movie is both the lowest-grossing and most profitable, in terms of gross versus budget (ratio of input to output), entry in the entire franchise.

Sean Connery, who originated the part, was paid a mere $16,500 for his part.

In five years, his salary would grow to $750,000 per film, plus percentage of the grosses.