Die Another Day (2002)
Bond investigates North Korean Colonel Tan-Sun Moon. He is illegally trading African conflict diamonds for weapons. Tan-Sun Moon is apparently killed and Bond is captured and tortured for 14 months, after which he is exchanged for Zao, Moon’s assistant. Despite being suspended on his return, he decides to complete his mission and tracks down Zao to a gene therapy clinic, where patients can have their appearances altered through DNA restructuring. Zao escapes, but the trail leads to British billionaire Gustav Graves.
Graves unveils a mirror satellite, ‘Icarus’, that is able to focus solar energy on a small area and provide year-round sunshine for crop development. Bond discovers that Tan-Sun Moon has also undergone the gene therapy and has assumed the identity of Graves. Bond then exposes Moon’s plan to use the Icarus as a sun gun to cut a path through the Korean Demilitarized Zone with concentrated sunlight, allowing North Korean troops to invade South Korea and reunite the countries through force. Bond disables the Icarus controls, kills Moon and stops the invasion.
Casino Royale (2006)
Casino Royale serves as a reboot of the series, with Bond gaining his 007 status in the pre-credits sequence. Bond is instructed to investigate the funding of terrorism. He tracks down and kills a bomb-maker and takes his mobile phone. Searching through the phone, Bond discovers a text message which he traces to Alex Dimitrios, and then on to financier Le Chiffre. Le Chiffre’s investments involve short-selling stock in successful companies and then engineering terrorist attacks to sink their share prices. Bond foils Le Chiffre’s plan to destroy the prototype Skyfleet airliner, which forces Le Chiffre to set up a high-stakes poker tournament at the Casino Royale to recoup his fortune. Bond is instructed to beat Le Chiffre and is aided by a member of HM Treasury, Vesper Lynd.
Bond beats Le Chiffre at the poker table, but Lynd is kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game, as is Bond, who is captured whilst pursuing them; Lynd is ransomed for the money and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is subsequently killed by Mr. White, a liaison between Le Chiffre and a number of his clients. Bond learns that his poker winnings were never repaid to the Treasury, which Lynd was supposed to have done. Bond establishes that she was a double agent. Bond pursues her and is attacked by members of White’s organisation. James Bond survives, but White takes the money and Lynd sacrifices herself in exchange for Bond’s life, as he later finds out from M. Bond subsequently finds and captures White.
Quantum of Solace (2008)
Bond along with M, interrogates Mr. White regarding his organisation, Quantum. M’s bodyguard, Mitchell, a double agent, attacks M, enabling White to escape. Bond traces the organisation to Haiti and a connection to the environmentalist Dominic Greene.
Bond uncovers a plot between Greene and an exiled Bolivian General, Medrano. The plot would put Medrano in power in Bolivia while Quantum are given a monopoly to run the water supply to the country. Bond ascertains Quantum are damming Bolivia’s supply of fresh water to force the price up. James Bond attacks the hotel where Greene and Medrano are finalising their plans and leaves Greene stranded in the desert with only a tin of engine oil to drink. Bond then finds Vesper Lynd’s former lover and member of Quantum, Yusef Kabira.