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An enormous box office smash, the first-class Skyfall is also a critical darling, with some experts and longtime James Bond fans calling it the 50-year-old franchise's best movie to date. To celebrate that half-century mark, the editors at LIFE pooled together their intensive research and love for all things 007 into LIFE 50 Years of James Bond, a one-stop shop for cinema buffs to peep tons of glossy images, test their brains with trivia, and read firsthand accounts from the series' past stars and creators. By the time you're finished it, those "Skyfall >>> every other Bond movie" claims might get modified.