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Fifty Fascinating Facts About James Bond

Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.


Bond, James Bond

My father was a stoic man. He worked in the police department and always conveyed a sense of stern discipline and demanded abject compliance to his rules as much from his family as from his line of work. I was the eldest of three sons, and there is no denying that I lived in fear of my dad. Underneath all that fear and the anxiety of violence, my dad and I shared some key moments that I will never forget. My dad loved English action films ( I grew up in South India), and despite whatever trauma happened in the house ( or often because of it!), he used to take me to watch films.

For a boy growing up in a run down suburb of Madras, nothing was more exotic than the Hollywood gloss. And the films that left me most awestruck, fueled my fantasies and stoked the fire of adventure form one of the greatest action series of all time.

The James Bond Films.

What more, I admired the style and decorum, the glamour and etiquette and developed a passion to wear a tux one day. Believe me, where I grew up, dreaming of wearing a tux one day was as much a fantasy as going to Mars.

Their quality may vary, the world conquering supervillainy may now look a tad dated, the one liners may even come across as cheesy, their approach to sex and sexuality even misogynistic, but there is no denying the sheer exuberance and the global success ( they've made billions in box office and still continue to do so as the longest running movie series).

Ian Fleming' s impression of what Bond looked like : sketched by his own hand

Ian Fleming' s impression of what Bond looked like : sketched by his own hand

Bond 50

The first Bond film was released in 1962 so 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond in celluloid. In order to celebrate this anniversary I've compiled here my own Fifty fascinating facts about suave British spy for your delectation. You don't need to be a fan of Bond to read this, as I feel James Bond films make a fascinating study of cultural trends even more so than the books that inspired them.

As a completist, the temptation is to flood you with Bond Trivia, but I'll resist the urge and bring you nuggets of information that you may or may not know, but will always stay memorable whether you are a Bond fan or not and may come in handy in a pub or Christmas quiz!

Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964)

Ian Lancaster Fleming (28 May 1908 – 12 August 1964)

1. The Author and His Creation

Ian Fleming modelled a lot of the traits of his famous creation on his own. Like the author, James Bond smoked handmade cigarettes at the rate of 70 a day. He drank liberally - at least one drink for every 7 pages in the novels- totaling to around 317 drinks in the course of the book series. However, only 17 of them were the famous ' shaken not stirred' Vodka Martinis!

Commander Bond is recruited to MI6 from the British Navy. Ian Fleming served in the British Naval Intelligence unit during the second world war.

Fleming was only 56 when he died of a second heart attack- the lifelong habit of heavy smoking and drinking taking its toll. However, his hero lives on despite a lifestyle that will make any medical professional go pale with concern ( or envy, as the case may be!)

Birds of the West Indies by James Bond

Birds of the West Indies by James Bond

2. You Know My Name, You Know My Number

American Ornithologist and author James Bond would have never suspected that a copy of his book would land with Ian Fleming ( who was a keen birdwatcher himself).

Stuck for a name for his main character, Fleming was searching for a 'dull, Anglo-Saxon yet very masculine sounding name' and happened upon the book and the author's name on the cover and promptly took inspiration from it. He originally wanted his hero to be a 'dull man to whom exciting things happened' and felt James Bond was the dullest name he has come across! If I was the original Mr Bond, I wouldn't know whether to be flattered or annoyed!

3. The Ian Fleming Novels

There are 12 original James Bond novels and two short story collections written by Ian Fleming and published between 1953 and 1966 ( the last two The Man with the Golden Gun and the collection Octopussy & The Living Daylights published posthumously. Fleming always produced a book a year and this accounted for the growing popularity of his novels with best seller status.

4. US Sales

After President John F Kennedy stated in an interview that 'From Russia with Love' was one of his top ten reads, Fleming's sales in the US went ballistic.Overall the Bond Novels have sold over 100 million copies across the world!

5. Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang

When Fleming was recuperating from his first heart attack, his friends suggested that he relax by writing a children's story instead of plotting a Bond. He took on the challenge and produced the popular children's story 'Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang' that also went on to become a film and a musical.

The Bond Books


Casino Royale



Live and Let Die






Diamonds are Forever



From Russia with Love



Dr No






For Your Eyes Only


Short Story collection




The Spy who Loved Me



On her Majesty's Secret Service



You Only Live Twice



The Man with the Golden Gun



Octopussy & The Living Daylights


Short Story collection

Dr No released in 1962

Dr No released in 1962

6. Dr No & Thunderball

Dr No was chosen as the first film by producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R Broccoli as the original choice Thunderball was mired in controversy over its rights. Thunderball was actually written as a screenplay which Ian Fleming later novelised. The co-scripter Kevin McClory sued Fleming for the rights of the novel and settled out of court. Fleming retained the rights to the novel while McClory got the rights to the screenplay. This is how Thunderball got remade by McClory as ' Never Say Never Again' using another production company.

Sean Connery as 007

Sean Connery as 007

7. Sean Connery

Unknown Actor ( and former milk man, coffin polisher, truck driver, artist model and third prize winner in Mr Universe competition) Connery was cast after many actors were considered for the role and discarded. Cary Grant was approached but would only commit to one film. The producers wanted someone who would work in a franchise.

Ian Fleming called him an 'overgrown stuntman' and hated his casting and wanted a 'proper Englishman'. However, after the monstrous success of the films, Fleming grew fond of Sean Connery's portrayal and as a tribute made Bond's ancestry Scottish in the books. The first director 'Terence Young' took Connery to his hairdresser and Suit maker to introduce him to the world of suave London style miles away from from his Glaswegian roots.

Miss Moneypenny ( Lois Maxwell)

Miss Moneypenny ( Lois Maxwell)

8. Miss Moneypenny

Actress Lois Maxwell who played the perennial favorite Miss Moneypenny was originally offered the role of the first bond girl in the film Dr No, the character Sylvia Trench ( appearing in the above video) Maxwell didn't want a raunchy role and instead opted for the role of M's secretary. It was a wise choice, while Sylvia Trench only appeared in two films, Miss Money Penny appeared in 14 films from 1962 to her last appearance in A View to a Kill 1985!

Desmond Llewelyn

Desmond Llewelyn


The role of 'Q' is largely absent in the books and is only alluded to in a few novels. Although the 'Q' branch is mentioned a few times. Fleming used 'Q' as a short term for 'Quartermaster'. Immortalized on screen by actor Desmond Llewellyn, the role was largely created for the film franchise.

'Q's real name is Major Boothroyd in the novel Dr No.. This is a tribute to a Scottish arms firearms expert Geoffrey Boothroyd who wrote to Ian Fleming to say that the original gun Bond was equipped with in the first 5 novels - a Beretta M418- was a 'girl's gun'.

10. The Gun

Fleming took heed to this advice and changed James Bond's gun to the now famous Walther PPK and gave the armourer from 'Q' branch the name Boothroyd as a tribute.

Allegedly it is the same gun used by Hitler to commit suicide!

Walther PPK

Walther PPK

12. Honey Ryder

Honeychile Ryder in the novel (it was shortened to Honey Rider in the film) is not the first bond girl, although the more famous one by that stunning introductory scene. Bond's first conquest in films is Sylvia Trench played by actress Eunice Gayson.

Her appearance in the white bikini has been voted by many as one of the sexiest introductions in movie history and sent bikini sales soaring across the world. Ursula Andress also appears in the spoof Bond film Casino Royale starring David Niven and Woody Allen in 1967, playing the character Vesper Lynd.

Nikki Van Der Zyl: Voiceover artist who dubbed for many Bond Girls including Ursula Andress, Claudine Augur, Shirley Eaton and Mie Hama

Nikki Van Der Zyl: Voiceover artist who dubbed for many Bond Girls including Ursula Andress, Claudine Augur, Shirley Eaton and Mie Hama

13. Nikki Van Der Zyl

Ursula Andress had such a strong swiss accent that her voice was dubbed by voice artist Nikki van der Zyl. The German actress and voice over artist then went onto voice of several bond girls over the course of many years and is an unsung heroine of the Bond films. In Dr No she voiced Ursula Andress and Eunice Gayson and set a precedent for voicing many female characters in the same Bond film She also acted as voice coach for Gert Frobe who played Goldfinger.

Fleming's Beachfront holiday home in Jamaica

Fleming's Beachfront holiday home in Jamaica

Aerial view of Goldeneye, Jamaica

Aerial view of Goldeneye, Jamaica

14. Goldeneye, Jamaica

Ian Fleming wrote all his novels in his annual Jamaican holiday retreat. His beachfront home in Jamaica must have been an ideal venue to conjure up James Bond storylines. The producers of the films used the name of the house as the title for return of the Bond series after a hiatus, starring Pierce Brosnan.

It is said Fleming was involved in an World War II secret operation called Goldeneye, that inspired the name of his property.

15. Nassau, Bahamas

While filming Thunderball, Sean Connery fell in love with Nassau , Bahamas that he bought himself a house over there as a holiday retreat.

James Bond - Coat of Arms

James Bond - Coat of Arms

16. Orbis Non sufficit

The coat of arms of James Bond's family is introduced in the novel On her Majesty's Secret service. The Latin phrase 'Orbis Non sufficit' translates to ' The World is not enough' which later became the title of a bond film.

17. The Bond Family

In the novel You Only Live Twice, Fleming reveals Bond is the son of a Scottish father, Andrew Bond and a Swiss mother, Monique Delacroix. Bond's parents are killed in a mountain climbing accident in the near Chamonix, leaving a eleven-year-old James an orphan bond's Scottish ancestry was a tribute to Sean Connery by the now impressed Fleming.

Famous Gunbarrel sequence

Famous Gunbarrel sequence

18. The Gunbarrel sequence

In the first three bond films, the person who appears in the title Gun barrel sequence is stuntman Bob Simmons. Connery only started appearing from the film ThunderBall.

Maud Adams as Octopussy

Maud Adams as Octopussy

Maud Adams in The Man with the Golden Gun

Maud Adams in The Man with the Golden Gun

19. Reappearances

Many Actors have resurfaced as different characters in the Bond movies : The most significant re-appearance goes to Swedish actress Maud Adams. She appeared as Andrea Anders in The Man with the Golden Gun and returned as the title character Octopussy in the eponymous film. She was so well liked by the producers, she even had a passing cameo in A view to a Kill.

Thunderball art by Mcginnis

Thunderball art by Mcginnis

20. The Posters

Many of the iconic Bond poster art were created by artist Robert McGinnis who also created hundreds of paperback covers for the pulp novels of the era. His composition and design of the Bond posters make them an extremely desirable collectors item.

All the Bonds in one

All the Bonds in one

Man with the Golden Gun - Poster Art by Robert Mcginnis

Man with the Golden Gun - Poster Art by Robert Mcginnis

21. The United Kingdom of Bond

James Bond has been played by Scottish actor ( Connery) twice by Englishmen ( Roger Moore, Daniel Craig), A Welshman ( Timothy Dalton) , an Irish actor ( Pierce Brosnan) and an Aussie ( George Lazenby).

Contrary to popular opinion George Lazenby who only played Bond in On her Majesty's secret Service actually signed a multi picture deal and then left but was not fired. All other actors left of their own volition except Brosnan, who was 'let go' as the reboot of Casino Royale demanded a younger actor.


22. Return of Connery - Twice

Connery was lured with a hefty price tag and a share of the profits to play Bond again in Diamonds are Forever after OHMSS. The rich purse that he got for the film, Connery generously donated to a Scottish EducationTrust. ( He would later return to film Never Say Never again, for a rival production company.

23. 0000007

The Web address of James Bond's IMDB character page is 0000007.


24. Roald Dahl

Children's Author Roald Dahl who wrote many popular novels such as Matilda Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach etc. ( that have been filmed subsequently) wrote the screenplay for the Bond film You Only Live Twice. He also wrote the screenplay adaptation of Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Binder's Title Sequences

Binder's Title Sequences

Maurice Binder (August 25, 1925 – April 4, 1991)

Maurice Binder (August 25, 1925 – April 4, 1991)

25. The Main Titles

One of the highlights of the Bond movies are the truly modern title sequences that feature the iconic gun barrel as well as various scantily clad women doing all manner of gymnastics. The colorful designs were created by popular title designer Maurice Binder.

Maurice binder designed the original title sequences for Dr No and then returned to the Bond series from Thunderball onwards, designing the titles for all subsequent bond films up to License to Kill. His designs have inspired many.

Binder has also designed title sequences for many famous Hollywood films such as a Barbarella, Dracula, Charade, Arabesque, Wild Geese and the Last Emperor. He was a true pioneer who contributed to the bond iconology.



Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 25, 2013:

Mohan (Docmo),

I've returned to read another time the first in your series of Hubs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the release of Ian Fleming's inaugural James Bond film. What a great tribute to Fleming and to Bond!

Mel Jay from Australia on July 21, 2013:

Really enjoyed reading this hub and I can relate to your interest - my Dad took me to these films too - hence my lifelong fondness for Bond. Up and interesting from me, Cheers,Mel

MG Singh from UAE on July 14, 2013:

I was wondering whether you are writing an article or e book. It's such a lovely subject and you are informed and know what to write. I suggest without offense, that brevity the essence of an article. Look at O Henry , what a lovely writer he was.

Thank you for a nice post

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on July 14, 2013:

@Thief12- thank you very much- glad you enjoyed the facts.

@handymanbill- me too. I have watched all of them a few times - a legacy that my dad started by taking me to the bond movies.

Bill from Greensburg Pennsylvania on July 14, 2013:

really great hub. I have seen almost all of the bond series. They were always

a movie that I had to go see. Great Hub

Carlo Giovannetti from Puerto Rico on June 09, 2013:

Some really cool facts.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on June 04, 2013:

@Maria- this is essential to be read with a martini in hand- glad you found this interesting. I think we both grew up loving us some Bond.

@Dotti- Thank you so much!

@Nithya- much appreciated!

@vinaya- thanks for the visit and comment.

@Rahul - indeed. Thank you very much.

@novecento - I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. you'd like the part II of this too. Thank you!

@Elias- thank you so much. I'm glad you found the info enjoyable.

Elias Zanetti from Athens, Greece on June 04, 2013:

Great hub, Docmo. I have seen most of the Bond movies and enjoued the wealth of information and facts that you provide. The video is also amazing!

novecento on February 16, 2013:

Truly great Hub. I enjoyed reading through and seeing how many of these I already knew, and was deligted to find that many of them were unknown to me. Perhaps a hub on a comparison between the different Bond actors? Keep up the good work!

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on December 12, 2012:

Some relly interesting facts Doc..... all hail Bond and all hail fleming....

My personal favorite is Sean Connery though

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on November 10, 2012:


thanks for this fascinating article. James Bond is much older than me, but I have watched all Bonds and Sean Connery is my favorite. I think Craig is also ok. Tomorrow Never Dies is my best 007 movie.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 09, 2012:

Awesome!! Fantastic write up. You write so well. Voted up.

Just watched Sky Fall, Awesome movie.

D.Juris Stetser from South Dakota on November 03, 2012:

Loved this....Loved the first Bond in particular....Amazing amount of work and research. Voting Up, Beautiful , Awesome, and interesting.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on October 25, 2012:

I have just been ridiculously behind... As I write, I also require a drink

every seven pages...hee-hee...oh my, that talent is staggering and I would

be as well...

I am freaked out that Fleming wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I just

got the memo...??

As I also premiered 50 years ago, I have grown up loving me some

James Bond. And I have finally appreciated that YOU are my modern

day, JB. Thank you for a fabulous video and a source of much cool

information. I will checkout your Part 2 soon. Voted UP and all that.

Gotta give a shout to Adelle for the theme song in the latest...

Hugs, Maria

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 17, 2012:

@ Cogerson-- it's always great to get your appreciation on a film themed hub as I know how much work you put into yours. It is particularly fulfilling that I was able to list some new facts here. Really appreciate your visit and comments. Thanks for sharing and fingers crossed that some of the bond traffic comes this way too! Thank you very much

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 17, 2012:

@Mary- what a delightful comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this little labor of love. My childhood love of films blossomed with the sheer scale of bond films and their penchant to globetrot and show us exotic locations. I like the Daniel Craig interpretations very much. Hope you bump him to him and say hi from me!

@alifeofdesign - much appreciated . Always good to meet a fellow fan. Thank you for your visit !

@Sasha- I enjoyed the research but to be fair I'm a bit of bond nerd and knew a lot of these facts already! I do like the Gillette covers and hence their inclusion here.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on October 17, 2012:

This is an incredible hub. Filled with music(read the hub while listening to the video you attached), great facts that were interesting and in many cases providing new facts on James Bond and the Bond franchise.

I love the photo in the video and later in the hub of all the Bonds around the table. I will be sharing this hub in many places....I will also be e-mailing it to my uncle who is the biggest Bond fan I know. Truly a pleasure to read this hub.....voted up and across the board....fantastic job of the best I have ever read here on HubPages.

P.S. I hope you get lots of traffic....the 50th anniversary is really bringing me views on my James Bond hub.....over 1400 the last 30 days.

Aloe Kim on October 13, 2012:

Wow the research you had to do for this! Great hub! I can't beleive James Bond had been around for 50 years! I'd never seen the Michael Gillette covers... they're great! ^_^ voting and pinning!

Graham Gifford from New Hamphire on October 12, 2012:

Great hub! Very entertaining. I'm a Bond fan and, I must say, Daniel Craig's darker Bond is now my favorite. Looking forward to the latest movie out in a few weeks. I enjoyed your video. Nice Job!

Mary Craig from New York on October 12, 2012:

Where do I start? This was amazing...from your family background to the information about the title sequences. This is just so comprehensive there is no doubt you're a Bond fan...add to that a fabulous writer and you have this wonderfully informative and enjoyable hub!

There isn't a person on the planet that hasn't seen at least one Bond movie but you've given us so much information we didn't have before. Truly and outstanding hub.

BTW, Daniel Craig is a local here...seems he has a summer/vacation home in the area and is often spotted in a local gym....I may have to start going to the gym!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Shared and pinned as well.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 11, 2012:

@Mary: It is truly hard to match Connery's iconic interpretation of the role , especially as he was there first and everyone else will be compared against him. That said I feel each actor brought their own ( even Lazenby) to the role. appreciate your visit and comments!

@GlimmerTwinFan: It's always a delight to discover a fellow fan as there is so much to share and talk about regarding the bond mythos. thank you!

@Genna : appreciate your visit and comments. I am glad this piece flowed as there are so many similar articles currently on the net it is hard to stand apart... thank you very much!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 11, 2012:

@Dianna: the theme music is so familiar and sets the mood for this piece hopefully- I'm delighted so many fans and non fans do appreciate the chemistry of Bond movies. thanks very much!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 11, 2012:

@Nell: Brosnan's Irish charm and rugged good looks helped the resurrection of bond for the nineties. He was actually considered for the role much much earlier but couldn't due to a TV contract. I think he deserves kudos for the modern Bond. thank you!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 11, 2012:

Sean Connery was always my favorite Bond man…until Daniel Craig come on the scene. I was pleased to see them sitting together in the B&W poster. This hub is so interesting, and expertly crafted, Doc, as well as clever and inventive. There is a smooth elegance to the flow of the presentation -- rather like Bond himself. Up and much more.

Claudia Porter on October 11, 2012:

Awesome hub about the greatest movies! My ring tone is the Bond theme song and I have all of them on Blu ray. Voted up! Really good info here for fans and newbies alike. Can't wait to read more.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 11, 2012:

Great Hub! I loved Connery; he was a real James Bond. I never cared much for the other actors who attempted to be a James Bond. I still enjoy watching Bond movies on NetFlix. I enjoyed your photos and video, too.

I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

Dianna Mendez on October 10, 2012:

I played the song here and was immediately "bonding" with the hub. My favorite Bond is still Connery. Always enjoy reading your posts.

Nell Rose from England on October 10, 2012:

Great hub Doc! I love all the bond films but my favourite bond had to be Pierce brosnan, he is so yummy! seriously though great info, and voted up! nell

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@tina: welcome to hubland and glad you popped over to read this. Much appreciated.

@Dana:'s great to hear such wonderful appreciation. sex ,suaveness, action, drama and artistry? that's going on my CV;-) thank you so much, Strang. Dana, Strang.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@Leslie: I tend to agree with you. I am growing more fond of Craig's interpretation and I think Skyfall may seal the deal! I'm glad this made you smile. Such a lovely smile too!

@Paula: you adorable thing. thank you for such glowing compliments. I'm blushing here. I'm glad you liked this effort. I enjoy writing an sharing info and hope it shows ...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@michelle: appreciate your visit and support, Michelle. Glad you enjoyed this one. From Russia with Love is considered a true classic by many: both the book and the movie.

@Julie: thank you, kindly.

@Nikki: thanks very much for your visit!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@Mhatter: thanks very much for popping over to visit this hub.

@Ishwaryaa: wow. thank you for your compliments on this hub. I hope you Dad enjoys this... I tried to collate as many nuggets of new and obscure info as I can to give a flavour of the bond mythology.

@vasmenon: thank you vety much for your visit!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@Ruby: not bad for a lowly Glaswegian milkman to a global superstar. He was rough diamond who glowed when polished. While I do like Connery I have equal admiration for Moore and the recent Daniel Craig. Hopefully the next release will show Daniel Craig can do fun, romance as well as action as good if not better than his predecessors. thank you.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

Ah dear drbj. you know my name. You know my number. you know I like to detail my hubs with entertaining nuggets of info much like you. I'm always glad when you visit and offer your eloquent, elegant comments. Thank you!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@amy. thank you very much for your visit, dear Amy. My Dad and Sean Connery weren't above such archaic chauvinism. That era was still treating women as objects of adulation and titillation.. glad things have moved on er.. somewhat. I'm pleased I didn't take that message from the films& books ... As you say they work as a kind of wish fulfilment fantasy and the recent films have given much more credible female roles including making Bond's boss M a woman too.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@Martie: Glad you enjoyed Diamonds are Forever with your then boyfriend. Must have been a memorable trip. apparently the theme song has many double entendres ... ;-) As for me being a smooth gentle charmer, you always bring out the best in me, Baby Tjoklits. The name's Mo. Doc Mo.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@richard: you've got me thoroughly intrigued. I'm looking forward to that drink ( A vodka Martini?) and your tales of bond inspired mayhem. thank you very much. We'll swap some stories!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@LaThing: parental influence I thing plays a big part in a bit of Bond love. For a moment there I thought you said what big 'mammaries' after watching the Ursula Andress video ;-)

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@snakeslane: truly grateful for your appreciation. glad you enjoyed this hub. Google chrome or Firefox should play the video. I think IE perhaps plays it smoother if its the latest version. It is a large file though so it may be a bit slow loading...

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@nanderson: thank you very much. I'm sure you'll love the books .. they haven't dated in their scope and execution. Pardon the pun.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@Daisy- Thank you so much. I do like the books as they are so much of that era they were written and Fleming knew how to write a thriller and pander to male fantasies. It set the standards for spy thrillers for generations to come. Appreciate your visit, Mariposa.

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@mckbirdbks: I do always fancy a first edition. Fleming first edition command a fair price running in the thousands now and even soem vintage paperbacks cost a few bob. I have first edition John Dickson Carr's that have been slowly escalating in value. thanks for your visit. We should talk books sometime. I had to move house to fit my modest collection!

Mohan Kumar (author) from UK on October 10, 2012:

@Janine: thank you for your visit Janine and do let me know what your husband thinks of this... I am hoping that even the non-fans will be intrigued and interested a little bit of a film franchise that is celebrating its 50th anniversary... I'm always grateful for your support!

Dana Strang from Ohio on October 10, 2012:

This is fabulous! I was touched by the personal introduction, capitavted by the video and song selection, intrigued by the facts. Bond has such a wonderful appeal. A combination of sex, suaveness, action, drama, and artistry. The same can be said for this hub, and for you as an author. Another brilliant work.

Tina Benez from New York, New York on October 10, 2012:

Wow! Great article!;D A fine and detailed tribute indeed. U have a very good writer's voice as well :) I look forward to reading more of ur work! All the best ;)

Suzie from Carson City on October 10, 2012:

Docmo...You are a writing rock star! Love this hub. So well put together and I don't think you missed a thing! Great research job. Thanks for the BOND background music..........(I'm confessing here, my Bond is Sean unabashedly in love with Sean!)....I also like Brosnan very much....but Sean will always be Bond #1 !!! UP+++

Karen Silverman on October 10, 2012:

i hate to break trend here - but - daniel craig is fast replacing sean connery in my heart! (forgive me

i've been a bond fan since day 1 and don't find them to have changed in their misogyny or their charm!

this hub - and the videos and posters put a smile on my face that remains as i type this..

thanks for this - it was fun!

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on October 10, 2012:

Great tribute!

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on October 10, 2012:

Mohan, fantastic hub; very entertaining!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on October 10, 2012:

Thanks for the fascinating facts, docmo!! You truly are a Bond fan! Would you believe that the first novel I studied in when I was in Secondary School was From Russia with Love. Yes, as you say, the quality of films varies. Connery is still my favorite!! Thanks for sharing and I share too.

Vasanthan R Menon from India on October 10, 2012:

Thats a lot of interesting information about Bond. Loved reading through it. Would have loved some information about M too. Voting and sharing

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on October 10, 2012:

Wow! A fantabulous hub! You did tremendous research for this extremely engaging hub. The role of James Bond is one of the most desired roles considered by many top Hollywood actors. I have seen James Bond films with my father (only scenes, not full films). My father is a huge fan of this film series. I will show your hub to my father today. Looking forward to your next 25! Once again, an impressive hub! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared both on HubPages & Facebook

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on October 09, 2012:

Have to admit Bond is one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing these facts.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 09, 2012:

Sean Connery was the only James Bond for me. I never missed a movie. He was soo handsome. To read he was a former milk man, unthinkable. You put so much in all of your work, you are amazing. I do wish you would write more about your Father, you have hinted of a conflict. Thank you Docmo. I enjoy your writing immensely. Thank you..Cheers..

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 09, 2012:

Sean Connery as James Bond was the perfect choice for this iconic super-hero. 'Bond, James Bond' and 'shaken, not stirred' are verbal throwaways that will go down in history and have become ubiquitous as Bond's rejoinders.

You have outdone yourself again, Docmo, with this charming recapitulation of 25 fabulous Bond facts, and I look forward to the next 25, too. The video is remarkable, watchable and imaginative. Thank you for enjoying your subject so - it definitely shows. Trust me. :)

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on October 09, 2012:

Though my inclination is to dislike the concept of a misogynistic hero, I realize that the basis of the Bond movies is fantasy. Usually, I must admit that seeing a Bond film elicited much eye-rolling from me. But, I will say that even imagining being a Bond girl would have put me over the moon. Go figure.

It seemed the ultimate irony when I saw part of an interview with an older Sean Connery admitting to not being above slapping a woman. From your tribute, Docmo, I think Ian Fleming would find it fitting and proper for the Bond demeanor.

As always, Docmo, I was sorry to come to the conclusion of your piece. It is enrapturing, interesting, perfectly written and composed. It flows like a river, smooth and debonair...just like you.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 09, 2012:

Docmo, I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent, well-researched and comprehensive hub about James Bond 007 and the awesome sound tracks you have in here. It pulled so many lovely memories! "Diamonds are Forever" was the first movie I've ever seen with a boyfriend (who eventually became my husband) in a drive-in. Of course, he had to go for a second time without me to watch the movie. Until today I don't have a clue what it was all about.

I dare to say that James Bond rubbed himself off on you, or where did you learn to be such a smooth and gentle charmer?

Voted up and truly spectacular!

Oh, and I am still in love with Sean Connery!

Rich from Kentucky on October 09, 2012:

Mohan - If I said James Bond didn't play an important role in my life, I would be lying. I, too, modeled much of my early behavior after the man and his image as I dreamed to share in the life he led. Someday, when we sit together for a friendly drink, I may share some of my tales with you. There are many Bond books still being written, however, none hold a candle to those of the original. Great Hub, my friend!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on October 08, 2012:

What mamories!! Love your opening paragraph. There is so much history here. My parents were James Bond crazed LOL..... So, I got to watch most of them. Enjoyed reading it, voting up and everything!

Good one, Doc!

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on October 08, 2012:

Docmo, This is brilliant. Congratulations! (Unfortunately my IE browser is not letting me watch the video smoothly which is disappointing.) You've certainly done your research, the piece is so well written, and your love of all things James Bond shines throughout. The book cover art and abundance of photos and memorabilia you've included is stunning. I enjoyed the introduction to your own fascinating life story as well. Regards, snakeslane

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on October 08, 2012:

I am a big James Bond fan as well. I have seen all of the movies, I haven't read any of the books though. Maybe I should get into those sometime. This is a great hub, full of information and well designed. Voted up, interesting, and shared.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on October 08, 2012:

Mohan (Docmo),

Once again, you've outdone yourself with the quality and depth of your research, your detailed writing, your fantastic illustrations, and the formatting of your article.

I haven't read any of the Ian Fleming novels, but I've seen most (perhaps all) of the James Bond films. Fleming, if he were to return to this life and meet you , would shake your hand and tell you "Well done!"

I'll add *brilliant!* to that, polymath.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 08, 2012:

OK, I did all the voting. This is every bit as good as your Earl Stanley Gardner hub. You set the bar high with your video. Which means that you are setting the bar high for Hubs in the future.

Bond is the favorite of so many. I once saw a block of his first editions for sale. Years ago. The cover designs by Richard Chopping may have found a place here.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on October 08, 2012:

You wrote a great article here about James Bond. Even though I am not really a fan, my husband is and will totally be sharing this one with him and sure he will love it. Have of course voted and shared all over as usual!!