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Best Bond Gunfights to Honour Boyle/Bond Duo

*Warning, this post contains minor spoilers for Skyfall, Goldeneye and You Only Live Twice, so continue at your own risk*

James Bond shootout.

Rumours are now confirmed (kind-of) that renowned director, Danny Boyle, will be directing the next 007 film and we are beyond excited about the partnership. Although the studio has not confirmed the collaboration, Boyle bragged about his new job at an event for Trust, a new FX drama series he is directing about a wealthy American family tormented by power, money and corruption.

Famous for cinema classics 28 Days Later, Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle will bring his unique flair to the 25th 007 film planned for release sometime in November of next year. If Boyle and Bond's previous collaboration is anything to go by it will definitely be spectacular, though we’re not sure if the Queen will be interested in reprising her SkyDiving roll!

What also makes this film eagerly awaited is that it will be the last time we see sauve English actor Daniel Craig as our super-spy hero.

Boyle will be joining forces yet again with screenwriter John Hodge, and the storyline is yet to be confirmed; although chances are we won’t find out anything about the plot anytime soon as both are being quiet on the subject.

However, a good guess would be that it will be set before Casino Royale, as the end of Spectre saw Bond leaving the spy life behind him.

Here at Surplus Store we love James Bond; the ultimate spy known for his gadgets, girls and guns! To honour our favourite spy, we’re going through some of our favourite action scenes with awesome gunfights:

SKYFALL (2012)

DANIEL CRAIG

COURT SCENE

We don’t think there will be any objections to this scene from Skyfall being added to the list. M, (Judie Dench) perhaps the most iconic character in Bond after 007 himself, is caught off guard in the courtroom as baddie Silva and his accomplices barge through the doors and start open firing on the agents inside. M is saved, of course, but not by Bond – who is running desperately to the scene - but by Mallory (Ralph Fiennes) as he pushes her out of the line of firing. The suspense alone is enough to have you on the edge of your seat. Enter Bond, shooting at Silva’s accomplices in complete precision. But what makes this scene so epic, is the shooting of the fire extinguishers that results in a gulf of steamy gas to fill the room that conceals Bond as he calmly struts across the room, shooting through the gas and causing the villain to admit defeat and retreat away from the scene – now, if that doesn’t scream classic Bond fight, what does?! You can watch the scene here:

GOLDENEYE (1995)

PIERCE BROSNAN

OPENING SEQUENCE

Now, we couldn’t have a list without the renowned opening of GoldenEye where Pierce Brosnan bungee jumps a 220m-high dam into a Soviet camp hosting chemical weapons.

After infiltrating the lair, he climbs through the ducts before adding a bit of humour to this timeless Bond film, hanging upside down in front of a squatting solider in the bathroom stating, in a rather quintessential English way: “Beg your pardon, forgot to knock,” and knocks the guy out cold!

Double agent Alec, played by Sean Bean, should get his own mention for this film as he works alongside Bond to go through the lair as they fight off a host of Soviet soldiers. He cemented his name in this film by receiving not one, but two deaths, one of which is in the following scene. Tension is built by the surrounding gas cylinders, making each fire a nervous spectacle to watch, and arguably one of the best gunfight scenes!

He leaves the bunker, one against hundreds of soldiers, in one of the most iconic manners in cinematic history, and, of course, conventionally unscathed. Upon his motorbike, he launches himself off a clifftop after a pilotless plane spiralling to the ground - of which he takes the control of and flies away back to safety. Now, if that’s not one of the best Bond exits, we, and the rest of the 90s eager-watching fans, don’t know what is! If you haven’t already seen it, make a point of watching it (We’ve shared it here for you to make it easier, too!):

YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)

SEAN CONNERY

SPECTRE'S BASE

Long before YOLO, we had YOLT. In its longer format, ‘You only live twice’, and title of 60’s Bond movie that had it all… volcano, ninjas and guns - all the elements you need for an action-packed movie! Inside the volcano (Spectre’s base) which looks like space vomit (we can look past the realism of the set), enfolds a scene that set the standard for all the Bond films that followed it. With rifles, explosions and hand-to-hand combat that looks like a synchronised dance, watch this movie simply for its comic effect from our modern-day eyes:

These are just a couple of our favourite Bond gunfights - let us know which scenes are your favourite by commenting on our social media channels! Alternatively, feel like Bond yourself by purchasing one of our sleek airsoft guns.

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