Fifty Fascinating Facts About James Bond Part 2

Updated on September 10, 2018
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Mohan is a family physician, film and TV aficionado, a keen bibliophile and an eclectic scribbler.

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Casino Royale
Casino Royale
Quantum of Solace
Quantum of Solace

Bond, James Bond

When I was little, Bond films worked a treat because of their predictability. They offered variations of the same formula and while film snobs may view this as repetitious, there are benefits to such familiarity.

As I grew up, there is the added nostalgia of remembering the films I watched with my dad, my friends and eventually my wife ( who is not a great Bond fan). There will be a momentous rite of passage next week, when Skyfall opens and I take my eldest son to watch Bond on a giant IMAX screen.

The clever conceit of the modern Bond is to recreate the old formula but adding more up to date, gripping storylines, world class action sequences, great cast and some good screenwriters and directors to the mix.

I throughly enjoyed Casino Royale with Daniel Craig, because it rebooted the franchise for the new era. As a stand alone thriller, it has all the right touches. As a Bond film it really stood apart. Though I missed somewhat the sense of fun, I'd rather have a gripping thriller than cheesy oneliners. Skyfall promises to redress the balance and bring back some more of the old magic. It was understandable that Bond needed a sense of grittiness and global intrigue in the new world of Jason Bournes and Jack Ryans , but we fans still like our Bond to be, well, Bond.

As I recently watched the re-runs of those golden oldies, I was still struck by how well they withstand scrutiny ( in most cases) due to their iconic formula : A pre-credit stunt, the stunning title sequence with the theme song, The meeting with M, a flirt with Miss Moneypenny, a funny interlude with Q ( who always seem to equip Bond with the right tools for the forthcoming job with psychic precision!) the introduction of a global Supervillain, his silent henchman, The villains lair, seduction of the major and minor Bond girls, a sporting event which could be just a card game or something more exotic, a chase, international travel, the showdown, the final cheeky scene with the Bond girl. You can't go wrong with that formula, although some have tried to mess it up.

Thanks for reading the first 25 Bond facts, dear reader, here are 25 more.

I realise most Bond fans are men, so here's something to lure the ladies.
I realise most Bond fans are men, so here's something to lure the ladies.
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Devil May Care by Sebastian FaulksCarte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver

26. Other Authors

The 14 Bond books ( listed in part I) written by Ian Fleming were followed by various authors attempting to recreate the James Bond magic. The first such attempt was by English author Kingsley Amis who wrote the book ' Colonel Sun' in 1968 under the pseudonym Robert Markham.

After a long gap, thriller writer John Gardner picked up the Bond franchise and wrote 16 books including a couple of film novelisations, between 1981 and 1996. After this author Raymond Benson, a Bond aficionado, scribed 6 new novels and three novelisations until 2002.

After a 6 year hiatus reknowned British author Sebastian Faulks was commissioned to write a new original bond Novel for Ian Fleming's 100th anniversary in 2008. This book was called 'Devil May Care' - a marvellous Bond title.

Mystery writer Jeffery Deaver was invited by the Fleming Estate to pick up the Bond mantle with his 'Carte Blanche' which was released in 2011. It is rumoured that author William Boyd will pen the next Bond for release in 2013.

Bond, James Bond.
Bond, James Bond.

27. Vintage Bond

The Youthful Roger Moore who took over from Sean Connery to play Bond in Live and Let Die is actually 3 years older than Connery. Moore was 45 when he started playing Bond and 58 when he retired from playing the iconic role. In comparison Connery started playing Bond at 32 and stepped down after Diamonds are Forever at only 41. He did however return to play the role one more time in 1983 for Never say Never again , and was still only 53 at that time.

There have so far only been two actresses who played Bond Girls when they were actually older than the actor playing Bond. Honor Blackman playing Pussy Galore in Goldfinger ( was 37 to Connery's 34) and Diana Rigg who played Countess Teresa di Vincenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service ( was 31 to Lazenby's 30).

Moore or Less?
Moore or Less?

Original Casino Royale for TV

A fan made trailer using edited sequences from the TV spisode of 'Climax!' - Casino Royale

28. The Very First Bond on Screen

Here is quiz gold for you: The very first actor ever to play James Bond on screen was US actor Barry Nelson. He played the role as an American Agent 'Jimmy Bond' in an adaptation of Casino Royale for the US TV series 'Climax!' in 1954.

This was originally intended to be a ongoing series but no one had heard of James Bond at that stage as the books were yet to be popular.

The role of the villain Le Chiffre was memorably played by veteran Peter Lorre in this episode.

The Actors who have portrayed Felix Leiter
The Actors who have portrayed Felix Leiter

29. Later, Leiter

CIA agent Felix Leiter is the only character in the Bond films to have been played by eight different actors in the nine films he appears so far.

Jack Lord in Dr No, Cec Linder in Goldfinger, Rik Van Nutter in Thunderball, Norman Burton in Diamonds are Forever, David Hedison in Live and Let Die and License to Kill, Bernie Casey in Never Say Never Again, John Terry in The Living Daylights and recently Jeffrey Wright in Casino Royale.

Build me a Lair

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Ken Adam's Design for MoonrakerKen Adam's production design for You Only Live TwiceThe Actual Set of Blofeld's Lair in YOLTConference room setVillain's Lair in The Spy who Loved MeSupertanker in TSWLMDrax's Space Station MoonrakerShuttle Port Moonraker
Ken Adam's Design for Moonraker
Ken Adam's Design for Moonraker
Ken Adam's production design for You Only Live Twice
Ken Adam's production design for You Only Live Twice
The Actual Set of Blofeld's Lair in YOLT
The Actual Set of Blofeld's Lair in YOLT
Conference room set
Conference room set
Villain's Lair in The Spy who Loved Me
Villain's Lair in The Spy who Loved Me
Supertanker in TSWLM
Supertanker in TSWLM
Drax's Space Station Moonraker
Drax's Space Station Moonraker
Shuttle Port Moonraker
Shuttle Port Moonraker
Sir Ken Adam, OBE
Sir Ken Adam, OBE

Fort Knox

30. Sir Ken Adam

The spectacular set designs for James Bond movies were created by production designer Sir Ken Adam. He gave the unique look for James Bond films starting from Dr No (1962) through Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) . His last Bond film was Moonraker (1979).

Sir Adam is a BAFTA and Academy award winning production designer who has wowed audience worldwide with his designs. The spectacular villain's lair inside the volcano in You Only Live Twice and the supertanker set in The Spy who loved me are highlights in his landmark career. When planning the action sequences for The Spy Who Loved Me , Ken Adam pointed out to producer Cubby Broccoli that there just wasn’t a stage in the world big enough for the set pieces. Apparently Cubby replied, “Then Build it.” The 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios was the result of this.

When he created the set of the interior of Fort Knox for Goldfinger he was completely relying on his imagination as there was no access to the interior for security reasons. Many people believed it was the real Fort Knox and wondered how the crew were allowed access. Adams later said he was glad they weren't allowed access as he felt liberated to use his imagination.

31. Scorpio

James Bond's official date of birth from the books has been guestimated at 11th of November 1920 by 'Bond Scholars'. His starsign is therefore Scorpio.

James Bond Short story collection by Ian Fleming
James Bond Short story collection by Ian Fleming

32. Short Stories

All the original James Bond Novels have now been filmed. Fleming wrote a few James Bond short stories of which 'Octopussy', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'From a View to a Kill', 'Living Daylights' and ' Quantum of Solace' have been used as film titles.

The remaining short stories, the titles of which haven't been used yet are ' Risico', 'The Hildebrand Rarity' , 'The Property of a Lady' and '007 in New York'.

'The Property of a Lady' does however, features the theme of the Faberge egg that was used in the film Octopussy. The Auction house pamphlet featured in the film actually lists the item under 'The Property of a Lady'.

Ian Fleming enjoying a Smoke
Ian Fleming enjoying a Smoke
Morlands of Grosvesnor Street Cigarettes
Morlands of Grosvesnor Street Cigarettes

33. Morlands of Grosvesnor Street

Bonds chosen cigarettes ( for his 70 a day habit! ) are custom made cigarettes from Morlands of Grosvesnor street. They are made from a blend of Balkan and Turkish tobacco for a higher nicotine content and had three gold bands on the filter. Author Ian Fleming based this on his own smoking habit and preferred cigarettes. It is one of the many product endorsements Fleming makes in his books for his favoured brands. ( Fleming died of a second Heart attack at a fair health warning folks!)

A possible location for Bond's apartment in Chelsea
A possible location for Bond's apartment in Chelsea
Bond's sombre apartment in Dr No, complete with a shapely pair of legs.
Bond's sombre apartment in Dr No, complete with a shapely pair of legs.
The Modern Kitchen in 'Live and Let Die' complete with an espresso machine ( oh, and a shapely pair of legs hiding in the wardrobe to avoid M)
The Modern Kitchen in 'Live and Let Die' complete with an espresso machine ( oh, and a shapely pair of legs hiding in the wardrobe to avoid M)

34. Home, Sweet Home

In all the 22 film outings thus far, we've only seen Bond's flat in two of the films. In the first Connery outing, Dr No and subsequently when Roger Moore is introduced in Live and Let die.

In the books, Ian Fleming describes Bonds residence as 'small but comfortable'. It is a two bed room flat on the first floor of a converted Regency House. It is located in a tree lined square, just off King's Road in Chelsea.

Fleming even goes on to describe the rooms: Living room is booklined (may explain the knowledge Bond seems to have on a variety of subjects) with a small ornate desk under a large window overlooking the square; Bedroom with wallpaper as white with gold stripes from Cole & Sons, deep red curtains and dark blue bed spread ( perhaps Bond's interior design expertise needs work); A white tiled bathroom with a bath and a simple glass shower cabinet.

009 gets the point.
009 gets the point.

The memorable clown (009) chase from Octopussy

35. License to Die?

In the films, the Double-O agents don't have a very good life expectancy ( as Bond reminds us in Casino Royale). In the various films 002, 003, 004 and 009 have been killed by various villains. 006 ( spoiler alert) who is believed dead later returns as the two faced Janus in Goldeneye. 001 is never mentioned and 005 briefly appears in Thunderball.

008 however, is mentioned many times as a possible replacement for Bond should he die on a mission or get suspended for insubordination. He (or she?) is the only one who comes across as worthy of Bond's shoes and is a survivor like bond.

John Dee ( Elizabethan Spy?)
John Dee ( Elizabethan Spy?)
Dee's Glyph : Indicates the Moon, the sun, the Elements & Fire.
Dee's Glyph : Indicates the Moon, the sun, the Elements & Fire.

36. Oh -Oh - Seven

Although pronounced Double - O they actually are two zeroes.

It it rumoured that when Fleming was in naval intelligence one of their stellar achievements in breaking the German diplomatic code. The document that was cracked first, The Zimmerman telegram, was code named 0075.

There is also speculation that the 16th century philosopher, mathematician, occultist and spy John Dee used to sign his glyph with two circles and an elongated seven when sending documents to Her Majesty Elizabeth I, indicating they were 'for her eyes only'.


SPECTRE ( SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is a global terrorist organisation led by the megalomaniacal Ernt Stavro Blofeld. The organisation debuted in in the novel Thunderball and drew it's membership from some of the world's greatest villainous organisations: The Gestapo, Mafia, Union Corse, Heroin smugglers of Turkey and Marshall Tito's secret Police. Fleming wanted to create an enemy to Bond that was politically not allied to any country for fear of upsetting other nations.

The more dated SMERSH from the cold war years is a Soviet organisation. It is made up of a portmanteau of two Russian words ' SMERt SHpionam' meaning ' Death to the Spies'.

QUANTUM is the shadowy global organisation that appeared in the film Casino Royale and is functioning as a SPECTRE replacement for the modern era. It reappeared in Quantum of Solace. It is a apolitical, powerful cabal of international terrorists, plutocrats, techo billionaires and members of the Intelligence agencies.

Strip by McClusky
Strip by McClusky


Bond originally started appearing as a daily comic strip in the Daily Express from 1958. The strips were originally illustrated by John McClusky until 1966 and then were taken over by Yaroslav Horak continued the series until 1984. Although initially based on the Fleming Novels the strips then spun off into original stories created by various writers ( primarily Jim Lawrence) and in total there were 46 storylines.

All the Daily Express strips are now collected into four handsome Omnibus volumes available at amazon.

There are many other international comic strips featuring James Bond.

Strip by Yaroslav Horak
Strip by Yaroslav Horak

39. Golf

James Bond's Golf handicap is 9, the same as his author's.

Diana Rigg as Countess Teresa Di Vincenzo
Diana Rigg as Countess Teresa Di Vincenzo

40. Wedding Blues

Bond has only been ever smitten by two women. The First is Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale but it doesn't quite work out as she betrays him ( she does protect his life) .

The second is Bonds only (official) marriage to Tracy ( countess Teresa De Vincenzo) in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It lasts mere hours as Tracy gets killed by Irma blunt and Blofeld in a drive by shooting on their Wedding Day leaving Bond heartbroken.

Bond in the novels is a broken man after this, drinking heavily and failing in his work. M gives Bond one last chance by sending him to Japan on a mission in You Only Live Twice. Thankfully Bond is able to track down Blofeld and kill him in a duel at the end of this mission, thus getting his revenge.

Richard Kiel as 'Jaws'
Richard Kiel as 'Jaws'
Hervé Villechaize  as Nick Nack
Hervé Villechaize as Nick Nack

41. The Long and Short of it

The seven foot tall Jaws who appeared as Stromberg's silent henchman was so popular with the audience he was written into the script for Moonraker. Richard Kiel, the actor who played Jaws suffered from a condition called Acromegaly brought about by excessive growth hormone.

He could only wear those metal gnashers for a minute or two at a time due to the extreme discomfort.

At the other end of the scale Scaramanga's assistant Nick Nack was played by French actor Hervé Villechaize in The Man with the golden gun. He was just an inch under four feet. The actro aslo appeared in the long running TV series Fantasy Island as a character called Tattoo.

Alligator hop from Live and Let Die
Alligator hop from Live and Let Die
See ya later' gator.
See ya later' gator.

42. Trespassers will be eaten

When scouting for location for Live and Let Die, the team came across an alligator farm with the sign 'Trespassers will be eaten'. They were so taken with the place, they shot the famous 'hopping on the alligator ' scene.

The owner of the farm 'Ross Kananga' was immortalised by the use of his name for the villain of the film and he also performed the 'jumping on the alligator' scene as Moore's double.

Dionne Warwick's Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

No good about Goodbye - Shirley Bassey

43. Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

The original title song for Thunderball was recorded by Shirley Bassey and re-recorded by Dionne Warwick. This song was called 'Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' ( Bond's nickname with Japanese audiences at that time). However as the producer insisted that the title song should feature the name of the film, at the last minute 'Thunderball' was recorded by Tom Jones.

Of the tunes, "All time High" for Octopussy , "You know my Name" for Casino Royale and "Another Way to Die" for Quantum of Solace do not feature the name of the film at the beginning or anywhere in the lyrics. "Nobody does it better" for The Spy Who loved me does feature the title in the lyrics of the song.

Shirley Bassey, who has given us the most Bond Songs ( Goldfinger, Diamonds are forever, Moonraker ) also recorded the theme song for Quantum of Solace called 'No Good About Goodbye' which was unused.

Bond Girls
Bond Girls

44. The Bond Girl Inspiration

It is claimed that the inspiration to the quintessential Bond girl template comes from a girl friend of Ian Fleming called Muriel Wright. She was 26 when she met Fleming a wealthy model who was also a talented skier, polo player and a rider. She was extremely devoted to Fleming despite his apparent unfaithfulness tragically died in an air raid in 1944.

Flemings Bond girls ( in the novels) all have model like figures, wear assertive clothes, use minimum jewellery, wear little or no make up and no nail varnish ( Bond doesn't like nail colours!) are usually wealthy and are sexually adventurous. Many have a traumatic past and open up to Bond in moire ways than one.

Bernard Lee as 'M'
Bernard Lee as 'M'
Dame Judi Dench as 'M'
Dame Judi Dench as 'M'

45. M

James Bond's boss M is the head of the secret intelligence. In the novels he is initially referred to as 'M' and in Moonraker his initials are revealed to be M__ M_. In the final novel, The Man with the Golden Gun, Fleming reveals his name as Vice Admiral Sir Miles Messervy.

Bernard Lee played M in eleven films up to Moonraker.

Robert Brown played M after Lee's death from 1983 to 89 ( he had initially played Admiral Hargreaves in The Spy Who Loved Me and the producers felt it was natural he would be promoted to M).

Dame Judi Dench was cast to bring Bond into the new era for Goldeneye and continues to play the role since 1995. Skyfall will be her 7th film

Shaken, not Stirred
Shaken, not Stirred

46. The Vesper Martini

James Bond personally creates his own Martini in the book Casino Royale . The Kina Lillet is a brand of dry vermouth that may be labelled White Lillet.


  • 3 measures of Gordon's Gin
  • 1 measure of vodka
  • 1/2 measure Kina Lillet
  • lemon peel for garnish


The Vesper according to Ian Fleming and James Bond :

"Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?"
-Casino Royale, Chapter 7

Stunt Co-ordinator Bob Simmons as Colonel Jacques Bouvoir  in Thunderball
Stunt Co-ordinator Bob Simmons as Colonel Jacques Bouvoir in Thunderball
Bob Simmons
Bob Simmons

47. Bob Simmons

Bond will not be Bond without the incredible stunt sequences that often set a world record. The template for the action sequences was set by Stunt co-ordinator Bob Simmons who joined the crew for Dr No and worked on all Bond films from Dr No until and including A View to a Kill.

He pulled off some spectacular action sequences, many of which where risking life and limb. Simmons is famous for featuring in the opening gun barrel sequence for the first four films. He also played stunt double for Connery and Moore. He had his own starring moment when he played the grieving widow who turns out to be the nefarious Jacques Bouvoir in the opening action sequence for Thunderball with a brutal fight sequence in the living room.

The Spy who Loved Me ski jump

Casino Royale Madagascar chase

Goldeneye opening Dam jump

Moonraker parachute Jump

48. Stunts

Some of the memorable sequences that have been voted as top Bond stunts include:

  • The incredible parkour chase and crane jump in Casino Royale

  • The ski jump in The Spy Who Loved Me ( a world record)

  • The bungee jump from the Dam in Goldeneye ( a world record)

  • The car jump across a bridge in The Man with the Golden Gun

  • The Speedboat chase in Live and Let Die

  • Motorbike Jumping over a helicopter in Tomorrow Never Dies

  • Speedboat leap in Live and Let Die

  • Ski chase in OHMSS

  • Little Nellie gyrocopter in You Only Live Twice

  • Aston Martin crash and roll in Casino Royale

  • MicroJet flown through hangar in Octopussy

  • Parachuteless jump in Moonraker

49. Oscar overflow

Skyfall the forthcoming 23rd adventure for James Bond features the most Oscar nominated cast and crew boasting over 35 nominations and five Oscar wins between them! Director Sam Mendes, Villain Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench are among those who have got the little bald statuette at home.

50. From Fleming

When the Manchester Guardian did a piece on James Bond books back in the fifties and cast aspersions on the sex, glamour and product placement ( quote :what is more sinister is the cult of luxury for it's own sake- held up for the readers emulation unquote) , Ian Fleming wrote back in the letters to editor- a charming, cultured reply about what Bond is all about:

' Perhaps Bond's blatant sexuality is a subconscious protest against the current fashion of sexual confusion. Perhaps the violence springs from a psychosomatic rejection of welfare wigs, teeth and spectacles and Bond's luxury meals and drinks are simply saying no to 'toad-in-the- hole and tele-bickies. Who can say?'

Perhaps the Bond fantasy for men is not unlike the current trend of Fifty shades of Grey.. a taste of the forbidden and the frowned upon.


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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Happy Birthday, James Bond...

      Shaken, not of the sexiest phrases in film.

      Oh, no...for your eyes only, might be...

      Cannot wait to see the latest...Dame Judi Dench is the best m ever and I cannot get enough of Adele's song.

      Excellence in every aspect. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      D.Juris Stetser 

      7 years ago from South Dakota

      Docmo, This is truly an amazing hub! I've loved every Bond movie, Fleming's novels, and (Especially !!!) Sean Connery's portray as the 'original' Bone. You've obviously burned the midnight oil with all the research here, and covered every possible aspect, including looks into the villains and their villainy...It's just wonderful. Voted Up, Awesome, Beautiful, Interesting...It's only sad there are no more options like Amazing, Stupendous, Kudo's Again, Docmo!!!

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      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Docmo, I have not yet read this hub. I must commend you for the sacrfice you have made putting together the video of the Bond girls through the year.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      A superb sequel! I enjoyed reading your well-researched hub from the start till the end! Now I have a lot of knowledge about Bond films thanks to you! I honestly admit that I did not find Daniel Craig cool and I & my college friends were disappointed that Hugh Jackman who was initially considered for the role of James Bond lost this role to Daniel. You ought to write a book on Bond trivia! Way to go!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & Shared

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      Charity Squid 

      7 years ago

      Great Hub!!! Wonderfully put together. I especially loved the audio in the background!!!!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I always get excited when a new James Bond movies comes out. I hope this new one lives up to the reputation you posted here. I like the list of stunts you have here. That is what keeps the fans coming back. I think Craig is a much more stern character than than more light-hearted Moore and Connery. Great post and well done. Voted up.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      7 years ago from New York

      Your best work ever Docmo. So much to soak in one hub. I know Daniel Craig's wife, Rachel Weisz is a good "asset" to his name. I went back in time to that 1981, "for your eyes only and Sheena Easton. My dad went to see "Doctor No," and I went to see Moonraker in 79. Special effect and stuntmen make this movies outstanting. We should not forget about the screenwriters. Bravissimo my friend. And last but not least I'm a scorpio as well.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is great Docmo. The screen guild should hire you to showcase films..You are that good! I love the Bond films. Roger Moore and Sean Connery are both my favorites. Thank's again for sharing..Enjoyed immensely..Cheers..

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      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 years ago

      Another awesome Bond hub! Now you have to do one on Bond movie blunders. I could give you a couple. I've said it before...greatest movies ever.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @ Mr Archer: great to hear from a fellow fan. The laser scene is my favourite too ( I'm always doing the ' do you exshpect me to talk?' Connery impression ) . In the book Fleming used a circular saw as Lasers weren't invented at the time of writing. By the time film was being made laser was just a new invention but no industrial strength ones existed. Director Guy Hamilton thought the LASER scene would be a great contemporary addition - and he was right! Thank you for your visit.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @ Cyndi: thanks for indulging my OCD hub work. I'm delighted that here are so many fans around. Thanks for sharing.

      @ suzette: great to know you enjoyed this. That's the thing about long running movie series it always brings back great memories. .. Thank you!

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      Mr Archer 

      7 years ago from Missouri

      Very informed job on a quality subject. I have been a Bond fan for the majority of my fifty odd years, and I am amazed at the depth of your knowledge and research. I was especially intrigued concerning the alligator farm tidbit; that scene has always been a favorite, along with the lasar scene in Goldfinger, "No, Mr. Bond; I expect you to die!" Perhaps the greatest line uttered in all of the Bond films (at least in my humble opinion). Great job, Sir. Enjoyed it greatly.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @ Linda: you certainly have the eye for such boy candy- especially in swimming trunks! Thanks.

      @Barbara : I'm sure loverman would enjoy this- incidentally the song that p,Amy's in the video of part I is ' nobody does it better'! Thank you.

      @drbj: you're too kind. After the recent Olympics stunt I hear queen Liz loves all things Bond. A OBE. May not be too much to exshpect. Thank you m'dear. But of coursh. ( it's hard not to slip into a Connery ' akshent')

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @ Daisy : thank you. I love Bond because of the connection the films brought with my Dad and of the memories of watching them with him. As for my acting career- I started writing plays and sketches in high school and was painfully shy until I was forced to play a lead role... Thus followed a seven year stint of acting/ writing /directing sketch shows and pays throughout university. Great experience and was voted best entertainer 5 years running! Nice memories!

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      What a fabulous article on one of the most iconic characters ever created. I love this hub! I can't believe the great trivia you know about Bond, Jamez Bond. And we women have always fantisized about being a " Bond Girl". What a fun hub and I enjoyed reading this! It brought back so many memories as Bond films were always great date movies! Thanks for the memories.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Comprehensive hub! I love watching Bond, though the first time I saw it, it was with Pierce Brosnan, so he remains my favorite. Sean Connery comes in at a close second. Fun video and great facts. Voted up, tweeted and shared.

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      As fantastic as #1 in this series is, Mohan, you have outdone yourself with this #2 entry. James Bond, Ian Fleming and Sean Connery are all icons and you have done them all proud. Award yourself an OBE. If you can't find one, let me know and I'll phone my BFF, Queen Liz, to get the job done.

      Bookmarked this one just like the last to read again ... and again. Cheers and an Up!

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      Lover Man is a BIG James Bond Fan. He's read most of Ian Fleming Books, which the Movies are based upon... So we've probably seen most of the Movies. Our Song is "No Body Does it Better" song by Carly Simon...Though it was the theme song, for the Movie, "The Spy Who Loved Me"...It's our Song, because, No Body Does it Better, than Lover Man!

      Anyway, Great Hub, Voted UP & Interesting!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Any movie that features Daniel Craig is yummilicious to Sunshine! Fascinating facts Doc! Well done!

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      Daisy Mariposa 

      7 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mohan (Dcomo),

      Thanks for researching and writing a terrific part 2. I love the Bond films, especially the pre-credit sequences. They set the tone for what's to come.

      Sean Connery and Roger Moore were both great Bonds. They portrayed the character as they saw him. Moore's Bond was not a cookie cutter copy of Connery's.

      There was a bit of controversy when Daniel Craig was selected to portray James Bond. It wasn't his acting ability or his body. It was the color of his hair. Many people felt that James Bond shouldn't have blond hair. I tend to agree.

      I know how much you love the James Bond personna. How much acting have you done, polymath?

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Leslie: as a completist my problem is always keeping it short, so I tend to go for hubs that allow me to share all the accumulated clutter of my brain! I must admit while I love the Connery cool, Moore did bring his suave charm and handsome visage to Bond and perhaps brought more female audiences to the oeuvre. For me the music brings memories of a childhood watching these with my Dad... Nostalgia does bring misty eyes ! Thanks for your visit.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Rcrumple: it's interesting you mention The man from U.N.C.L.E .. It was created by Ian Fleming as a small screen Bond, Fleming also came up with the name Napoleon Solo. Fleming was in naval intelligence and Bond was a conglomerate of various influences and he styled him after actor Hoagie Carmichael apparently. Appreciate your interest. Thank.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @Mhatter : no trouble at all. I love sharing stuff in my head anyway and am pleased that thankfully it is stuff others like reading ( well, mostly! ) Thank you very much.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @ Janine: while my wife doesn't particularly like the Bond films, I make no discrimination and love a soppy romance or a musical as much as I love an all out action thriller.... Hope your husband enjoys this second helping of all things Bond. Thanks for sharing this, you are very kind.

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      Mohan Kumar 

      7 years ago from UK

      @ Bill: It did take some time putting it together but a lifelong Bond fandom does save on research as I knew most of this info in my nerdy little head anyway. Thanks for your appreciation, Sir Bill.

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      Karen Silverman 

      7 years ago

      Docmo - you clearly put time energy - and your heart into these timely hubs, and i'm glad that you do. They've been very enjoyable - and a little heart-wrenching..

      Altho i always get looked at with derision whenever i utter such heresy - i always preferred roger moore to sean connery(

      the music brings back such incredible memories that it almost makes an old girl like me cry!

      (i had no idea that rm was OLDER than sc! Sure didn't look it eh?

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      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Mohan, an extremely interesting part 2 of your informative series. As stated before, Bond has always been an influence in my life, although somewhat indirectly at times. American spin-offs, such as the Man From U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) , I-Spy, and of course, the inport Secret Agent Man were nice for everyday viewing, but Bond was always very special. I may have missed this as I need to go back and re-read both parts of this series again, but there's a very interesting documentary out on the Real James Bond, a gentleman that Ian Flemming supposedly based his character on, that operated during World War II. Great job, my friend!

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for all the trouble you must have gone through. Even in the worst movie, I find a fascination with the Bonds.

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      Janine Huldie 

      7 years ago from New York, New York

      I am more of the mindset of your wife, but my husband is a huge fan like yourself. So again, I am sharing your articles with him, because this is truly up his alley. Wonderful job here Docmo and have also shared, voted up and tweeted, too!!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow! Great job of researching and putting this together. I can't imagine how long it took you to prepare this, but you did a yeoman's job of it.

      I'm an old-timer and there will never be another Sean Connery....and I'm a huge Diana Rigg fan as well. Anyway, great job Doc!


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