James Bond 007
When it comes to secret agents, nothing can hold a candle to the awesomness that is James Bond 007. James Bond is the most recognized spy character by far and his legendary missions to save the world are some of the most ridiculous and most memorable scenes in action movie history. James Bond has it all, cool gadgets, expensive cars, beautiful women, and a license to kill. 00 agent James Bond is a literary character from author Ian Flemming which based the super spy character off of a friend and real life spy named Dusko Popov. Even though most of the exploits of Flemmings’ super spy seem far fetched, some of the story is seeded in truth. The role of James Bond has been played by several men and many fans are fierce fans of their favorite ‘Bond’ actors. Many Bond fanatics are Sean Connery fans because he was the first actor to portray the famous secret agent, although this is not entirely true. The actual title for the first Bond on screen goes to actor Barry Nelson and his 1954 television portrayal that pre-dated the first big screen Bond film by 8 years.
No matter which Bond is your favorite you have to admit that 007 is here to stay with no plans of stopping in the near future.
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Dr. No (1962): Super spy James Bond stops a Chinese scientist living on a Jamaican island from ending the US Space program.
From Russia with Love (1963): James Bond puts his life on the line to get a decoding device from the beautiful assassin out to kill him.
Goldfinger (1964): Bond takes down the man that plans to irradiate Ft. Knox’s gold supply making it worthless and making his more valuable.
Thunderball (1965): Bond is tasked to stop one of the leaders of an underground group from becoming a terrorist and destroying America.
You Only Live Twice (1967): James Bond fakes his down death and finds a missing space craft before WW3 breaks out.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969): Bond tries to quit, spies on a company, and marries a suicidal chick.
Diamonds Are Forever (1971): Bond stops a diamond smuggling operation of a secret organization with a satellite laser weapon.
Live and Let Die (1973): 007 is sent to stop a powerful voodoo man that makes heroin.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974): Bond is out to find a missing solar expert and tracks a deadly assassin in order to find them.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977): Bond has to find two submarines armed with nukes under the control of a madman.
Moonraker (1979): Super Spy James Bond stops a man that wants to exterminate all humans to re-populate the earth with hand picked couples.
For Your Eyes Only (1981): Bond is on a mission to retrieve an encryption computer that is in a sunken ship before others do.
Octopussy (1983): James stops an international jewel smuggling operation that turns into a front for a nuclear attack on NATO forces.
Never Say Never Again (1983): Bond is reactivated out of retirement to stop his nemesis from blowing up major cities with nukes.
A View to a Kill (1985): 007 stops an computer chip manufacturer ex-Nazi that plans to create an earthquake that will drown silicon valley.
The Living Daylights (1987): Bond travels all over the world to stop a weapons and drugs smuggler.
License to Kill (1989): Bond quits and tracks down the drug lord responsible for killing his CIA friend.
Goldeneye (1995): James Bond has to stop a tech genius and a former “00″ agent from using a satellite to destroy England’s finances.
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997): James Bond stops a media tycoon from starting a war between two countries so he can have the coverage rights.
The World Is Not Enough (1999): Bond is sent to protect a girl and ends up stopping a nuclear attack on Europe.
Die Another Day (2002): James Bond and his invisible car stop a crazy man with a satellite that can project a powerful laser weapon.
Casino Royale (2006): Newly appointed agent James Bond plays a game of no limit poker against a terrorist to win his operational finances.
Quantum of Solace (2008): James Bond is out to stop an underground organization that controls the water supply for power in small countries.
Skyfall (2012): Bond returns rusty after his assumed death to stop a rogue former secret agent hell bent on shutting down MI6 and killing M.
Fun Facts about James Bond
- David Niven or Cary Grant was Ian Flemming’s preference for James Bond, but EON chose Sean Connery instead.
- David Niven was the only bond actor to be mentioned by name in the text of two 007 novels.
- The 1983 release of ‘Never say never again’ was a remake of the 1965 ‘Thunderball’ and actually starred Sean Connery as Bond. This happened through a legal loophole that allowed director Kevin McClory to create it. It was a non-official franchise film and was actually in the theaters at the same time as the EON official film ‘Octopussy’ (1983). United Artists’ parent company ‘MGM’ has since bought the name ‘James Bond’ preventing a repeat of this from happening in the future.
- Barry Nelson is actually noted as being the ‘first’ Bond with his TV appearance as James Bond on an anthology show called ‘Climax!’ in 1954. The adaptation was from ‘Casino Royale’ and preceded Sean Connery by 8 years. He is also the only American to play the role to date.
- Desmond Llewelyn has been in the most bond movies to date. His character simply known as ‘Q’ the quartermaster outfitted James Bond with his new gadgets. He has been in every Bond movie since ‘From Russia With Love’ until his death in 1999. Desmond has been in a total of 17 of the films including the EON produced made for TV movie titled ‘Welcome to Japan Mr. Bond’ which was bundled with the 2006 special edition release of ‘You Only Live Twice’.
- Desmond Llewelyn briefly introduced a new character ‘R’ played by John Cleese (from Monty Python) to take his place in his last Bond film titled ‘The World is Not Enough’ (1999). John Cleese was the official quartermaster ‘Q’ in ‘Die Another Day’ (2002) after Desmond’s death shortly after the previous film.
- Ian Flemming originally wanted his cousin famous actor ‘Christopher Lee, to play Dr. No. But the producers instead chose Joseph Wiseman.
- Joseph Wiseman was the only early Bond villain to not have his voice dubbed over by another actor.
- Sean Connery wore a toupee in every one of his Bond films.
- The movie’s line “Bond. James Bond.” was voted as the #22 movie quote by the American Film Institute, and as #51 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere.
- Sean Connery is morbidly afraid of spiders. The shot of the spider in his bed was originally done with a sheet of glass between him and the spider, but when this didn’t look realistic enough, the scene was re-shot with stuntman Bob Simmons. Simmons reported that the tarantula crawling over Bond was the scariest stunt he had ever performed. According to Steven Jay Rubin’s 1981 book “The James Bond Films”, this tarantula was named Rosie.
- In Dr. No, Miss Moneypenny, the epitome of British efficiency, is played by Lois Maxwell, a Canadian.
- Real lasers were used in assisting with the creation of the special effects in ‘Moonraker’.
- The 2006 Casino Royale is the longest Bond film with a run time of 144 minutes.
- Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.
- Casino Royale (2006) is the first film since Dr. No (1962) where there were no nude dancing females during the opening title sequence.
- The bomb-maker in the epic running chase scene in the beginning of ‘Casino Royale’ was played by Free Running /Parkour legend Sebastien Foucan.
- Quantum of Solace was the only ever direct sequel in the entire series.
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