The results of the MI6 Reader Awards are now in - what was the best of Bond in 2005?

MI6 Reader Awards 2005 - Results
30th December 2005

It's the time of year when award ceremonies are warming up to congratulate success from the past year. The MI6 Reader Awards allowed you to vote for the best of Bond from 2005 - and now the results are in!

Best Book

With the second book in the Young Bond series - Blood Fever - about the hit shelves in the UK, the first novel by author Charlie Higson won the 2005 Best Book prize. SilverFin sold over 500,000 copies around the world in 2005, and took home 27% of votes.

Runner-up were the classic James Bond newspaper comic strips collected by Titan Books in various compilations, including Casino Royale, Dr No, The Spy Who Loved Me and Colonel Sun in 2005 - with 22% of the vote.

(27%) Charlie Higson - SilverFin
(22%) Titan Books - James Bond classic comic re-issues
(11%) Jeremy Black - The Politics of James Bond
(11%) Henry Chancellor - James Bond: The Man and His World
(11%) Kate Westbrook - The Moneypenny Diaries: Intended for Her Eyes Only
(6%) John Griswold - Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies
(4%) Sir Christopher Frayling - Ken Adam: The Art of Production Design
(4%) Barry Parker - The Fantastic Physics of Film's Most Celebrated Secret Agent

Best Game

Despite the return of Sir Sean Connery to the role of James Bond in the new 007 videogame for 2005 - From Russia With Love - the honours did not go to the 1963 remake. Instead, the Platinum re-release of the 2004 videogame "Everything or Nothing" stormed away with an amazing 59% of votes to win Best Game award.

"From Russia With Love" came in as runner up with 32% of the vote. A Sony PSP version will be released in early 2006.

(59%) Everything or Nothing (Platinum) - PS2, Xbox, GameCube
(32%) From Russia With Love - PS2, Xbox, GameCube
(7%) Scene It? 007 Edition - DVD
(1%) GoldenEye: Rogue Agent - Nintendo DS

Best Collectible

The run away winner in the 2005 poll was not a new 007 product. The James Bond Special Edition DVD Collection box set was first released in 2000 by MGM Home Entertainment, then again in 2002, and with an update in 2003 to include "Die Another Day". Released again in 2005, although this time under the new Sony banner, the 20 title set complete with collectors tin has proven a winner again with 32% of the vote.

An honourable mention goes to the 1/4 scale premium Sean Connery figure from Sideshow Collectibles, which received 23% of the vote.

(32%) Sony - James Bond special edition DVD box set
(23%) Sideshow - 1/4 scale Sean Connery
(16%) RC2 - 1/18th scale Aston Martin DB5
(11%) Corgi - Gold plated Aston Martin's
(6%) Sideshow - 1/4 scale Pierce Brosnan
(6%) Sideshow - 1/12th scale Roger Moore (Moonraker)
(2%) TeNeues - James Bond movie poster calendar


Best Event

Despite the lack of a movie release in 2005, there were plenty of James Bond related events taking place around the world. The 40th anniversary of Thunderball saw a special day devoted to Connery's 1965 film, with cast, crew and special guests attending a special screening in London. The event won 67% of the vote.

Another tribute day to 007 was "A Celebration of James Bond with George Lazenby" held at Pinewood Studios, England, and took 20% of votes as runner up.

(67%) Thunderball 40th Anniversary event (London, UK)
(20%) A Celebration of James Bond with George Lazenby (Pinewood, UK)
(5%) Live And Let Die screening at Abbey Road (London, UK)
(5%) Charlie Higson "SilverFin" tour (Various, USA)
(2%) James Bond videogame talk at NFT (London, UK)

Rikki Lee Travolta Award (for self-publicising rumours)

The world's media was awash with speculation over the casting of the sixth James Bond, and it even extended to actors self-publicising false rumours to try and up their ante in Hollywood. Rikki Lee Travolta walked away with his self-titled award this year for a slew of fake news stories covering his screentest, grass roots support and even rebuttal of the role.

Of the other media parasites, Fiat spread rumours about supplying a Panda 007's car in "Casino Royale" (only to retract them much later) and won 21% of the vote in runners up place. Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage came close with 20%, following his claims that he was refused the part of Bond due to his nationality.

(45%) Rikki Lee Travolta - 007 #6
(21%) Fiat Panda - Car
(20%) Nicolas Cage - 007 #6
(9%) Alice Cooper - Villain
(3%) David Walliams - Henchman