As I'm now showing my youngest the Bond movies I've been sharing with her my experiences of being a Bond fan from way back before she was born.
She asked me what the best Bond film was - and I said there's no such thing. I said it's not been made yet and never will be. It spans generations, means different things to different people. Since 1962 cinemagoers all over the world have had "their own" Bond.
But what defines exactly what that is?
The first Bond movie released in my lifetime was "Moonraker" - and in my formative years Moore was making the last movies of his run. I remember the Timothy Dalton films coming out when I was a kid. In fact, I begged my parents to take me to see The Living Daylights but that never happened. And of course I was too young for Licence To Kill (not that I cared - 89 was about Batman to me).
During the six year hiatus after LTK I remember watching Bond films on TV but they were like a relic of the past. Didn't really think too much of them really.
When I was 17 Goldeneye came out. And to be completely honest I sort of shrugged it off. Thought "They're making a new one of THOSE?!?" But I wasn't expecting it to be the huge hit it was - nor indeed did I suspect it would usher in a new era for these movies.
Anyway - there was a buzz about it and I was spending a Saturday with my then girlfriend. So we went to see it simply because it was on.
The interesting thing about GE is that for the first time it reflected the world I lived in. I don't think I saw it that way then, but I definitely think I picked up on it subconsciously. Surprisingly - it was mainly centred around Judi Dench as M.
My Mum was a big career woman, and M's always reminded me of her. My Mum very much had to prove herself in a predominantly man's world - AND succeeded.
Plus I can remember seeing the Berlin wall come down on the TV and the end of the Cold War. I was growing up in a world that was recovering from that era.
Also - it was the first one I actually paid to see in a cinema.
GE feels like the first Bond film that was made for ME. And it planted the seed from where my Bond fandom would grow. Yeah, I was aware of Connery, Lazenby, Moore and Dalton and had seen those movies... but it's Pierce Brosnan's Bond who's up there with the likes of Luke Skywalker, Indiana Jones, Batman and Superman as pop culture icon from my childhood.
So even though I lived in a world where Moore and Dalton had new Bond films out (AND Connery if we're counting NSNA) - I consider myself of the Brosnan/Goldeneye generation of Bond fans.
So who's YOUR Bond - and how did you come to that conclusion?