http://www.latimes.com/entertainmen...e-james-bond-daniel-craig-20151109-story.html Three of the four highest-grossing Bond movies came out in the 1960s, within just a three-year span: Thunderball, Dr. No and You Only Live Twice, which each averaged nearly half a billion in today’s dollars. (For all the comparisons, I'm adjusting for inflation, and I'm using domestic receipts; the global box office as we know it is a modern phenomenon.) In contrast, three of the four lowest-grossing Bond movies in history came out in an equally compact period of time, over just four years in the 1980's — The Living Daylights, License to Kill and A View to a Kill, which averaged just about $100 million per movie. From a popularity standpoint, those movies were a world away from the trio of 1960s super-hits. ...if you stopped a random group of people on the street, many of them would certainly say they prefer the Craig pics to the Brosnan ones. But Bond has always been about popularity, how it hits a kind of cultural solar plexus at the time that it strikes such a blow. And whether it’s the exultant fantasy of the Brosnan era, the more dour fears of the Craig era, or another factor, the majority of the Brosnan movies caught on in a bigger way, at least in theaters.