License To Roast: Every One Of James Bond’s Killer Puns

Published November 6, 2015

Ahead of this weekend’s release of Spectre, we’re looking back at the less angsty days of the franchise, when Bond would dispatch bad guys with a cheesy one-liner before going back to quaffing vodka martinis in one of his usual luxurious locations. Here, we revisit every one of those post-kill quips. Prepare yourselves, some of these are poshitively shocking:

Dr. No

Dr. No Hearse Crash
Bond outmaneuvers the bad guys chasing him in a hearse, causing them to drive off a cliff and, of course, explode.

From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love Klebb Death
Feisty Commie Rosa Klebb is shot while trying to stab Bond with a poisoned blade in her shoe.


Goldfinger Electrocution
An assassin is messily dispatched with the aid of a bathtub and an electric fan.


Goldfinger Oddjob
Killer butler Oddjob is electrocuted while retrieving his decapitating-hat from the bars of a vault in Fort Knox. This sentence makes sense if you watch a lot of Bond movies.


Goldfinger Ending
Bond ensures gold-obsessed Goldfinger gets sucked through the window of a depressurizing plane. Pussy Galore (yes, really) asks where he is.


Thunderball Harpoon
Bond harpoons a guy right into a tree.

You Only Live Twice

You Only Live Twice Piranhas
A henchman is hurled into a pool full of piranhas (what, you don’t have a piranha pool in your secret HQ?)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Ski Chase
A henchman gets knocked into an industrial snow-plough, which begins to spew red snow. New Bond George Lazenby gives it his best shot.

Diamonds Are Forever

Diamonds Are Forever Tails Between Legs
Assassin Mr. Wint is given a lethal wedgie with his own shirt tails, has a bomb tied to his rear end and, just to be certain, shoved off the side of a cruise ship.

Live And Let Die

Live And Let Die Inflated
Roger Moore manages a few good kill-quips in his time as Bond, but none more ridiculous than this. Kananga is force-fed a compressed gas bullet, causing him to inflate like a balloon and burst.

Live And Let Die

Live And Let Die Disarming
Bond finishes the film by hurling a henchman off a train after taking out the baddie’s deadly, clawed prosthetic arm. The damsel in distress emerges and asks what he’s up to.

The Man With The Golden Gun

Man With The Golden Gun Piece
Bonus entry: A rare Bond movie with no post-kill quips to speak of, we still couldn’t leave out the part where Bond interrogates a man while aiming a rifle at his groin.

The Spy Who Loved Me

The Spy Who Loved Me Feathers
Bond rams a motorcyclist—covered in feathers from a collision with a truck full of pillows—off a cliff.


Moonraker Good Sport
007 blasts an assassin out of a tree during a duck hunt intended to cover his own murder.


Moonraker Assassin
A kung-fu assassin is sent careening out of a church tower, smashing headfirst through a piano below.


Moonraker Drax Death
Bond shoots Hugo Drax in the heart with a poisoned dart, then pushes him out of an airlock into space.

For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only Cliff
Bond kicks a henchman off a cliff (a recurring theme in the series), still inside his precariously perched car.

The Living Daylights

Living Daylights Boot
Unbelievably, both Octopussy and A View To A Kill pass by with no good quips, leaving it up to new Bond Timothy Dalton to bring back the tradition. Here, a henchman is tossed from a cargo plane, still clutching Bond’s shoe.

The Living Daylights

Living Daylights Waterloo
Brad Whitaker is crushed under an exploding bust of the Duke of Wellington, squished against a scale model of the general’s most famous battle.

License To Kill

License To Kill Dead End
A henchman is impaled on a forklift truck, then driven through a wall for good measure.


Goldeneye Good Squeeze
Bond’s former lover Xenia Onatopp gets horribly crushed to death by a helicopter.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies Backseat Driver
In a moment more fitting for Hot Shots than a Bond film, 007 ejects his unwanted copilot, causing them to smash through the cockpit of the enemy plane above which—have you guessed it yet?—explodes.

Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies Print Anything
Bond punches a villain into an industrial printing press, which begins churning out blood-soaked pages.

The World Is Not Enough

The World Is Not Enough Never Miss
Elektra tells Bond he can’t kill her because he’d miss her too much. The old romantic promptly shoots her in the face.

Die Another Day

Die Another Day Gravity
“Time to face destiny!” yells Gustav Graves. Bond tosses him out of an airplane (while electrocuting him, because why not?)

Spectre hits theaters November 6—check out the trailer below:

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A New York-based publisher established in 2010, All That's Interesting brings together subject-level experts in history, true crime, and science to share stories that illuminate our world.