Which James Bond Got the Best Currency Rate?

| Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Which Bond gets the biggest payoff for his pound?

Spectre, the latest Bond film, takes place in Italy, Austria, Morroco and Mexico and throughout the years, Bond has globe trotted to some of the world’s most glamorous and exotic locales. Among these desirable destinations, the US and countries in Europe have topped the list as the most traveled to locations. There’s always a debate about who is the better Bond, but when it comes to the spending power of the pound, who had it best?

Connery fares best in America

From our research, Sean Connery clearly had the best purchasing power among all the Bonds. In 1965, when Connery was sniffing out bombs in Miami in Thunderball, the pound traded for $2.80. Twenty years later, when Roger Moore was saving California’s Silicon Valley in A View to Kill, the pound bought a measly $1.30.

We listed all the movies and years in which Bond movies took place in the US, reviewed the historical rates between the GBP and USD for these years and found that the best rate was 2.80 in 1965’s Thunderball starring Sean Connery. The worst rate of 1.30 was in 1985’s A View to a Kill with Roger Moore. These rates are compared in the following table.

Year in which Bond
was in the US
GBP/USD
exchange rate
Movie
(USA)
Actor
1964 2.79 Goldfinger Connery
BEST RATE 1965 2.80 Thunderball Connery
1967 2.75 You Only Live Twice Connery
1971 2.44 Diamonds Are Forever Connery
1973 2.45 Live and Let Die Moore
1979 2.12 Moonraker Moore
WORST RATE 1985 1.30 A View to a Kill Moore
1989 1.64 License to Kill Dalton
2006 1.82 Casino Royale Craig

Pound hits hardest in Craig’s debut

#Daniel Craig starred in the three movies that were set in Europe and he clearly would have had the best time in 2006’s Casino Royale set in breathtaking Montenegro, his Bond debut, when the pound was worth €1.47. Two year later, in 2008 for Quantum of Solace, the euro sunk to €1.26.

We compared the GBP and EUR in years that Bond visited Europe, which was three times since the Euro was issued in 1999. The following table lists these years and highlights the best and worst rates.

Year in which Bond
was in Europe
EUR/USD
exchange rate
Movie
(country)
Actor

BEST RATE

2006

1.47

Casino Royale
(Montenegro)

Craig

WORST RATE

2008

1.26

Quantum of Solace
(Italy, Austria)

Craig

2015

1.38

Spectre
(Italy, Austria)

Craig

Bond’s best holiday bet

When Bond is not serving as agent 007 for MI6, where does he go on vacation? Is the US the best destination or do Bond’s pounds fare better in other popular backdrops for the films—and holiday hot spots—including France, Italy and the Bahamas?

According to our research, the US was not the best vacation destination for Bond. In 1985, Roger Moore would have gotten a better value visiting the Amalfi Coast (ITL) in Italy. In 1965, Connery should have spent his summer on the French Riviera (FRF) and winter holidaying in the Bahamas (BSD).

Year in which Bond
was in the US
GBP/FRF
exchange rate
GBP/ITL
exchange rate
GBP/BSD
exchange rate
Movie Actor

2006

1.47*

1.47*

1.84

Casino Royale

Craig

1989

10.45

2247.50

1.74

License to Kill

Dalton

1985

11.55

2462.06

1.20

A View to a Kill

Moore

1979

9.03

1762.02

2.01

Moonraker

Moore

1973

10.91

1426.34

2.45

Live and Let Die

Moore

1971

13.47

1510.44

2.44

Diamonds Are Forever

Connery

1967

13.51

1713.83

2.80

You Only Live Twice

Connery

1965

13.70

1746.60

2.85

Thunderball

Connery

1964

13.68

1743.17

2.84

Goldfinger

Connery

*Currency is in Euro.

Europe bodes well for Spectre’s Bond

Bond has masterfully defeated evil enemy forces and kept the world safe for more than 50 years. As an agent of the British Secret Intelligence Service, he should know in which countries he can best stretch MI6’s money. With the euro struggling recently, Spectre’s Bond will probably get the biggest bang for his buck in Europe.

We may not be international espionage agents like Bond, but next time you’re headed overseas, save money on your international payments by using a trusted currency comparison tool.


FXcompared Intelligence's research of Bond's currency rates was featured in The Telegraph, FX Week and LeapRate.

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