What Was (In Bond 20’s Case, Is?) The Movie Title?

1962–Dr. No:
“James Bond vs. Dr. No” (Belgium and France)
“007 Seized the Secret Island” (China)
“Mission: Murder!” or “Agent 007–Mission: Kill Dr. No” (Denmark)
“James Bond Chases Dr. No” (Germany)
“007 Is the Killing Number: Dr. No” (Japan)
“Agent 007 vs. The Satanic Dr. No” (Spain)

1963–From Russia With Love:
“Love and Kisses From Russia” (Belgium)
“Hunting Agent 007” (Denmark)
“Hearty Kisses From Russia” (France)
“Love Greetings From Moscow” (Germany)
“Moscow vs. 007” (Portugal)
“Agent 007 Sees Red” (Sweden) [!]

1964–Goldfinger:
The Man With Golden Fingers” (The Netherlands)
“007 Against Goldfinger” (Portugal)

1965–Thunderball:
“007 Averts SPECTRE” (China)
“Agent 007 In the Fire” (Denmark)
“Fireball” (Germany)
“Operations: Thundersky” (Norway)
“Atomic Ball” (Portugal)

1967–You Only Live Twice:
“007 Seizes the Rocket Base” (China)
“A Man Doesn`t Live More Than Twice” (Germany)

1967 – You Only Live Twice: Its German title “Man lebt nur zweimal” is the literal translation of the original one. “A Man Doesn`t Live More Than Twice” is a rather poor re-translation of the German title into English.
“007 Dies Twice” (Japan)
“James Bond In Japan” (Norway)

1969–On Her Majesty`s Secret Service:
“The Queen`s 007” (Japan)
“007 Seizes the Snow Mountain Castle” (Norway)

1972–Diamonds Are Forever:
“007 Averts the Diamond Gang” (China)
“The Man of Steel, Gold and Iron Catches the Gang With the Diamonds” (Hong Kong)
“Diamond Fever” (Germany and Sweden)
“Diamonds For Eternity” (Spain)

1973–Live and Let Die:
“The Dead Slave” (Japan)

1974–The Man With The Golden Gun:
“The Man With The Golden Colt” (Germany)

1977–The Spy Who Loved Me:
“007 My Beloved” (Finland)
“Beloved Spy” (Norway)

1979–Moonraker:
“007 Seizes the Space Station” (China)
“The Moon Rocket” (Norway)

1981–For Your Eyes Only:
“Top Secret” (Sweden)
“From A Deadly Viewpoint” (Finland)
“On A Deadly Mission” (Germany)
“A Deadly Point of View” (Norway)
“An Eye For An Eye” (Russia)

1983–Octopussy:
“Dangerously Yours” (France)
“Octopussy” (Germany)
“Operation: Octopus” or “Moving Target” (Italy)
“The Beautiful Prey” (Japan)
“With Death In Sight” (Norway)
“A Panorama To A Kill” (Spain)
“The Living Target” (Sweden)

1985–A View To A Kill:
“From A View To A Kill” was the working title (from Fleming`s short story of the same name in his “For Your Eyes Only”) and was considered too much of a mouthful for EON publicists to translate.
“In the Face of Death,” (a literal translation, meaning: “Facing Death” (Germany)

1987–The Living Daylights:
“Spies Die At Dawn” (Denmark)[!]
“Death Is Not A Game” or “To Kill Is Not To Play” (France) [!]
Depending how one translates “hauch”, either “The Breeze of Death” or “The Whiff of Death” (Germany)
“Danger Zone” (Italy)
“In the Line of Fire” (Norway) [!]
“High Tension” (Spain)
“Ice Cold Mission” (Sweden)

1989–Licence To Kill:
“Licence Revoked” (Title changed from “Revoked” when marketing bigwigs feared a unintelligent public would confuse the Bond film with a movie about driving. In ironic fashion, the Corey Haim vehicle “License To Drive” came out the summer of `89 also, thus justifying the marketing executives` salaries.) Posters may be found with variations of the American “license” rather than the British “licence”.

Foreign countries may not have adequate words to literally translate a film title from English into their language. They may approximate lines from the film or use a poor translation of an original, working title. For example, Japan uses the original title for “License To Kill”, “Licence Revoked” to form their translation. Thus, License Revoked became “The Cancelled License”! The film was known more gracefully, for example, as “Agent 007 With A License To Kill” (Sweden) and also as:

“Private Revenge” (Italy)
“With A Right To Kill” (Norway)
“Time For Revenge” (Sweden) [!]

1997–Tomorrow Never Dies: “Tomorrow Never Lies” (One story says the title changed when a copyist, prepping a press release, mistyped “Dies” for “Lies”. In possible verification, at least one band recorded “Lies” as a demo track for EON.)
“The Morning Never Dies” (Germany)

Other rumored titles were:
“Aquator” (starring George Lazenby as the villain, “Aquator”!)
“Avatar”
“Dream Weaver”
“On Hot Ice”
“Risico”
“Shamelady” (from Fleming`s Jamaican digs)
“Shatterhand” (Villain of novel, “You Only Live Twice”)
“The Postmaster”
“The Property of a Lady”
“The Undertaker`s Wind”
“The World Is Not Enough”
“Tomorrow Always Comes”
“Zameer Aquator”
“Zamfir Aquator”
“Zero Windchill” (Brrrr!)

1999–The World Is Not Enough, rumored titles for Bond XIX:
The aptly named “Bond 19” (USA press title)
“Bond 2000” (UK working title)
“Death Waits for No Man”
“Deathstriker”
“Elektra”
“Facts of Death”
“Fire and Ice”
“Prelude to Death” (One wag suggested the prelude was a Honda, perhaps.)
“Pressure Point”
“Shaken Not Stirred” (The working title of any Bond film not yet in the can.)
“Stonecold”
“The World Is Not Enough” (Correct!)

2002–Bond 20 rumored titles:
“Bond 20” (I don’t think so!)
“Little To Win… All To Lose”
“The Things I Do For England”
“The Infection Of The Ice”
“Colonel Moon” (title villain)
“Colonel Sun” (Kingsley Amis James Bond novel reviewed here.)
“Death Is Forever”
“For Queen and Country”
“Heroes Die”
“James Bond XX”
“Juggernaut”
“League of Dangerous Men”
“Never Send Flowers”
“Nobody Lives Forever” (John Gardner novel entitled Nobody Lives For Ever” in UK)
“Property of a Lady”
“Shaken Not Stirred” (The working title of any Bond film not yet in the can.)
“Die Another Day” (Correct!)

Rumoured filming locations:
Alaska, USA (Iceland, actually!)
Hawaii, USA (off the coast of Southern England, actually!)
New York City, USA (cancelled following events of 9/11)
Ireland
South Korea
Koln, Germany
MI-6 Headquarters, London, Great Britain

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