The upcoming Skyfall was known as “Bond 23” prior to the announcement of the movie’s name, because it will be the 23rd in the series — sort of. In the 50 years from Dr. No to Skyfall, 23 James Bond movies will have been released by Eon Productions, the company founded in 1961 by Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.
That doesn’t mean there haven’t been other movies. Bond first appeared onscreen in a 1954 television version of Casino Royale. Another Casino Royale, a spy-movie spoof, was released in 1967 by a man who had purchased the rights to the book but didn’t want to compete with Eon. It starred Bond girl Ursula Andress, Peter Sellers, Orson Welles and a young Woody Allen as “Jimmy Bond.” Another notable non-Eon Bond movie was 1983’s Sean Connery vehicle and Thunderball copycat Never Say Never Again, which opened just a few months after Octopussy. (For more on the Thunderball–Never Say Never Again controversy, see the next slide.)
(PHOTOS: Sean Connery Throughout TIME)