Paying tribute to 50 years of James Bond

 

The new James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” opens Friday, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes. Ian Fleming, who served in Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division, created the Bond character in 1953 and eventually penned 14 books,

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1. Sean Connery

2. George Lazenby

3. Timothy Dalton

4. Daniel Craig

5. Pierce Brosnan

6. Roger Moore


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1. Herve Villechaize as Nick Nack

2. Grace Jones as May Day

3. Joseph Wiseman as Dr. No

4. Richard Kiel as Jaws

5. Harold Sakata as OddJob

6. Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb

7. Donald Pleasence as Blofeld


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1. Ursula

Andress as Honey Ryder

2. Halle Berry

as Giacinta ’Jinx’ Johnson

3. Shirley Eaton

as Jill Masterson

4. Olga Kurylenko as Camille

Montes Rivero

5. Jill St. John

as Tiffany Case

6. Eva Green

as Vesper Lynd

7. Britt Ekland

as Miss Mary Goodnight


FILMS

1. Dr. No ’62

2. From Russia With Love ’63

3. Goldfinger ’64

4. Thunderball ’65

5. You Only Live Twice ’67

6. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ’69

7. Diamonds are Forever ’71

8. Live and Let Die ’73

9. The Man With the Golden Gun ’74

10. The Spy Who Loved Me ’77

11. Moonraker ’79

12. For Your Eyes Only ’81

13.Octopussy ’83

14. A View to a Kill ’85

15. The Living Daylights ’87

16. License to Kill ’89

17. GoldenEye ’95

18. Tomorrow

Never Dies ’97

19. The World Is

Not Enough ’99

20. Die Another

Day ’02

21. Casino Royale ’06

22. Quantum of Solace ’08

23. Skyfall ’12

Note: “Never Say Never Again,” a 1983 remake of “Thunderball,” featured Sean Connery as James Bond but since it was not made by the studio or regular 007 producers, it is not considered an official entry in the series.

HOW HE GOT HIS NAME

The James Bond character was based on a combination of intelligence agents Fleming had known during WWII, when he himself was an agent.

BOND’S CONQUESTS

Since 1962’s “Dr. No,” Bond has killed more than 150 men and slept with 44 women, three-quarters of who have tried to kill him.

THE VERY FIRST

Sean Connery was not the first choice of film producers. When he met with them, he showed up unshaven and acting nonchalant about the role. His attitude won him the part of a lifetime.

THE BOND MEN

Some actors originally considered to play Bond include front-runner Cary Grant, James Mason, Patrick McGoohan, Rex Harrison, Burt Reynolds, Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The role was offered to Clint Eastwood, who declined, saying he thought it should be played by a British actor. Roger Moore became the oldest Bond at 58, when he retired from the role after seven films, a few months after the release of “A View to a Kill” in 1985. He stayed on the job longer than any other Bond actor, 12 years.

TOP GROSSING FILM

1965’s “Thunderball” earned $1.04 billion, adjusted for inflation. Bond films have grossed more than $12 billion worldwide, which makes them second-highest-grossing series of all time, behind “Harry Potter.” It has been estimated that a quarter of the world’s population has seen at least one Bond film.

MOST MEMORABLE LINE

The signature “Bond…James Bond” has been praised as one of the greatest catch phrases in all of movies. Daniel Craig does not utter it in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace.”

BALDING BOND

Connery was starting to go bald when he won the part of Bond. In each of his films as Agent 007, he sported a toupee.

OSCAR-WINNING BOND

Bond films have been nominated 10 times for Academy Awards, five times in technical categories and five times in musical categories. The first Bond film to win an Academy Award was 1964’s “Goldfinger.” It captured Oscars for Best Effects and Sound Effects.

BOND’S CONQUESTS

Among the places where Bond has made love are on a train, in a forest, in a plane, in a submarine, on a motorized iceberg and in a hospital.

BOND BABES’ NAMES

The first “Bond girl” was Ursula Andress, who played Honey Rider in “Dr. No.” Dr. Goodhead, Moneypenny, Miss Mary Goodnight were others. In the “Goldfinger” novel, the character of Pussy Galore is a lesbian.

BOND THEME SONG

The most successful songs from Bond movies were also hits on the pop charts. The most popular have been “Goldfinger” (sung by Shirley Bassey), “Live and Let Die” (Paul McCartney & Wings), “Nobody Does it Better” (Carly Simon), “Thunderball” (Tom Jones) and “For Your Eyes Only” (Sheena Easton). “A View to a Kill” by Duran Duran in 1985 was the only Bond theme to top the Billboard 100. Tom Jones recorded the “Thunderball” theme, and fainted after singing the sustained high note at the song’s climax.

EVIL GENIU S

Orson Welles (“Citizen Kane,” “Touch of Evil”) was considered for the title role of “Goldfinger,” but he reportedly wanted too much gold for his performance.

BOWIE AS VILLAIN

David Bowie was originally cast as the villain, Max Zorin, in “A View to a Kill,” instead of Christopher Walken.

BIG BAD BLOFELD

The character of SPECTRE overlord Blofeld was first played by Donald Pleasance, who would later be identified with another successful film franchise, as the psychiatrist in the “Halloween” series of slasher movies. In “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Blofeld was played by Telly Savalas, better known as TV’s favorite bald detective, “Kojak.”

WHO’S Q

Absent in “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace,” “Skyfall” (2012) will see the return of the beloved character Q (played by Ben Whishaw). What does Q stand for? Quartermaster. Desmond Llewellyn, who played gadget-master Q, appeared in 17 Bond films.

BONDING WITH COMRADES

“The Man With The Golden Gun” was the first Bond film to be shown at the Kremlin.

MADE IN HAVANA

Moore’s contract demanded that he be provided an unlimited supply of hand-rolled Monte Cristo cigars.

ALMOST A SPIELBERG

Steven Spielberg was in discussions to direct “For Your Eyes Only” when George Lucas offered him the opportunity to direct “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

KARATE KID

Steven Seagal was the martial arts instructor for the unofficial Bond film, “Never Say Never Again.”

NO ANIMALS HURT

The practice of using a disclaimer in movies stating “no animals were mistreated during production” got its start in “Never Say Never Again.” It was the result of controversy over a horse jumping off a cliff.

WARDROBE FUNCTION

Pierce Brosnan’s contract for “Goldeneye” specified that he could not appear in any other film wearing a tuxedo.

LITTLE ORPHAN JIMMY

According to “Goldeneye,” Bond’s parents were killed in a climbing accident.

NEAR DEATH

Connery narrowly avoided disaster during “Thunderball” when he agreed to enter a pool filled with Golden Grotto sharks.

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