After a torturous four-year wait, 007 is finally returning to the big screen. Facts are still pretty thin on the ground at the moment, but what we do know is that the twenty-fifth installment of the series, titled No Time to Die, will arrive on 8 April 2020.
Daniel Craig will be renewing his role as the leading light, although this is reportedly the last time he will be stepping into Bond’s impeccable shiny suits. It’s already being coined as the most ambitious Bond film yet, so it’s time to prepare yourself for the biggest cinematic release of the year by playing some of the best Bond-themed video games in history.
Ranging from classic franchise games to modern online titles – these are the games you need to play before Bond 25 hits the screens.
1. Goldeneye 007
There is no better place to start than with this legendary N64 title from all the way back in 1997. Although it may look pretty basic by today’s standards, Goldeneye 007 was revolutionary at the time it was released. It was one of the first-ever games to introduce multiplayer deathmatches, which is part of the reason it remains a cult classic, played by students and long-time Bond fans alike all around the world.
2. From Russia with Love
This 2005 title takes its name from the iconic Sean Connery film of the same name and has similarly gone on to acquire legendary status in the years since. Perhaps one of the main reasons people keep coming back to this game is that EA managed to persuade the actual Sean Connery to reprise his role as Bond over 40 years since the film, getting him to deliver some stellar voice acting with that irresistible Scottish drawl.
3. Mini Baccarat
This one is not specifically a Bond title, but any serious fan of the franchise knows why they need to play it. Baccarat is without a doubt Bond’s favorite casino game, one which he plays at length in Dr. No, Goldeneye, Thunderball, and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It may well make an appearance in next year’s film, so get to grips by playing Mini Baccarat online and learning the rules of the classiest casino game out there.
4. Quantum of Solace
More recent Bond video games tend to get a bad rap, but this 2008 PS3 and Wii release definitely deserve your attention. It might come as a surprise that the story mode of the game actually follows the plot of the previous Bond film Casino Royale, but don’t let that put you off. The combat mechanics are seamless, whilst the original score for the game deserves recognition as one of the best in gaming history.
5. Agent Under Fire
This standalone game is the only one that focuses heavily on one of 007’s favorite pastimes – driving souped-up Aston Martins at breakneck speed through treacherous terrain. In this 2001 Gamecube title, you get the opportunity to drive all the classic models from the most iconic films through locales such as Hong Kong, Bucharest, and the Swiss Alps. This is another title where the multiplayer mode is the reason to stick around, as there are few racing games that can match it.
Now that you have your list, it’s time to get playing. NTTD will be with us before you know it, so it’s time to immerse yourself in all that is gloriously Bond.