James Bond has the honour of being the world’s most famous fictional spy. The James Bond franchise is one of the most successful the world has ever seen, having accumulated more than $7 billion in ticket sales. If you’re a fan, you’ll love these 26 James Bond facts:
Legendary 007 facts…
The James Bond novels began publication in 1953. The first official movie adaptation was released in 1962.
The original James Bond was a birdwatching book author. Ian Flemming, the author of the novels, asked Doctor James Bond if he could use his name. The ornithologist acquiesced.
The first Bond film is “Dr. No“, released in 1962 with Bond being played by Sean Connery.
‘From Russia With Love‘ was the last movie John F. Kennedy saw in 1963. He was killed the very next day.
Ian Flemming used a gold-plated Royal Typewriter to write the James Bond novels.
Goldfinger was a game-changer. It was the first movie ever to feature a laser beam. It also marked James Bond’s first time driving an Aston Martin and using gadgets.
Aston Martin DB5 as driven by James Bond in Goldfinger.
The movies are famous for the opening gun barrel sequence. The man who appeared in this sequence for the first three movies was Bob Simmons, a stuntman.
While the name came from a bird watcher, the character of James Bond was based on Ian Flemming, a former spy who loved his Martini’s shaken, not stirred.
Bond’s gun of choice was a Beretta 418 pistol until a fan wrote to Ian Flemming, complaining that it was a lady’s gun.
‘The World is not Enough‘ is not just the name of a movie. It is also the Bond family motto.
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Goldeneye in Jamaica was once the home of Ian Flemming – and it’s now a luxury hotel.
Not only has Hollywood rewarded Daniel Craig handsomely for his role as James Bond but he now has the right to take any Aston Martin from the manufacturer. And this is a lifetime privilege from the company.
George Lazenby is one of the lesser-known Bond actors. This could be imputed to the fact that he wasn’t an actor when he interviewed for the role. Lazenby met the producer after securing a suit, Rolex, and a new haircut. He made up various movies to pad his resume and somehow convinced the management to give him the role.
During his tenure as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan’s contract prohibited him from wearing tuxedos in movies outside the franchise.