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Calendar >  Everything You Needed to Know About James Bond – Part 1

Everything You Needed to Know About James Bond – Part 1

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TR Robertson –Recently announced, you will have to wait a little longer to get your James Bond fix as the 25th James Bond movie, No Time to Die will not be in movie theatres until April of 2021. This will be Daniel Craig’s 5th and final James Bond movie (unless you believe the rumors that Craig signed up for 2 final Bond movies).  2021 will mark the 59th anniversary of James Bond in the movies, since Sean Connery’s first appearance as James Bond in 1962 in Dr. No. The new Bond has yet to be announced. The 25 movies have generated a wealth of trivia over the years surrounding the making of the movies, the stars in the movies, the props used in the movies – especially the cars and the Bond girls, and much more. Since it will be a number of months before we can see anything other than the trailers for this action packed movie, here is an abundance of James Bond trivia to keep up your interest and to prepare you for another incredible Bond adventure – “Shaken, not stirred”.

  • Author Ian Fleming wrote most of his James Bond books in his Goldeneye estate in Oracabessa, Jamaica.
  • He names his home after novel Reflections in a Golden Eye and the WW II “Operation Golden Eye”, which he was in charge of running in Spain.
  • Close to the home is James Bond Beach where Ursula Andress filmed her Dr. No scenes.
  • 007 and Fleming shared a lot in common such as hair style, eye color, both were smokers, loved to drink, were womanizers, attended Eton boarding school, and were lieutenant commanders in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
  • Fleming once said, “Bond was a compound of all the secret agents and commandos I met during the war.”
  • President John Kennedy was a huge Bond fan and said From Russia With Love was one of his favorite books.
  • Director John Glenn directed five Bond films from 1981 to 1989 and worked on three Bond films before this.
  • George Lazenby, at age 30, was the youngest actor to play Bond and was only in one film. He turned down working on six other Bond films, due to some poor advice.
  • Never Say Never Again was Sean Connery’s last Bond film, a loose remake of the film Thunderball.
  • Fleming mentions the actor/singer Hoagy Carmichael in several of his novels when trying to describe to readers who Bond looked like.
  • The following American actors were considered or auditioned for the role of Bond – Clint Eastwood, Dick Van Dyke and James Brolin. Brolin almost took the part for Octopussy before Roger Moore decided to return for another Bond role.
  • Sean Connery once placed third in Scotland’s Mr. Universe pageant.
  • Prior to filming Dr. No, Connery was given lessons in the “sophisticated life” so he could pull off the suave Bond role.
  • Fleming made Bond Scottish in his books after Connery’s casting in the films.
  • Dr. No was filmed on a one-million-dollar budget.
  • Christopher Lee, who played the villain Scaramanga, in Man With the Golden Gun, was a step-cousin of writer Ian Fleming.
  • Fleming wanted Lee to play Dr. No, but Joseph Wiseman was chosen instead.
  • Stuntman Bob Simmons appeared in the opening gun barrel sequences for the first three James Bond movies.
  • The crime syndicate SPECTRE stands for Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion.
  • Bond does not appear until 17 minutes and 15 seconds into the film From Russia With Love.
  • Bond’s six-minute fight scene with Red Grant on the Orient Express, in the film From Russia With Love, took two days to film.
  • Q is only referred to by his real name, Major Boothroyd, in Dr. No, From Russia With Love and The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • The body count in Goldfinger is 62.
  • The five pilots flying the planes in Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus were men wearing blonde wigs.
  • The Bond producers wanted Orson Welles to play Auric Goldfinger, but he wanted too much money.
  • Sean Connery wears a toupee in all his Bond movies.
  • Thunderball stuntman Bill Cumming was paid a $450 bonus to jump into Largo’s shark infested pool.
  • You Only Live Twice is the only official James Bond film in which Bond does not drive a car.
  • Bond does not go to England at all in You Only Live Twice.
  • John Barry’s score for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was the first Bond film to use synthesizers and electric guitars.
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is the first Bond film where 007 wears skis.

This is but a sampling of Bond facts and trivia. More later in celebration (hopefully) of the next Bond film and a reopening of movie theatres across the country.

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