"Well, Miss Moneypenny, I didn't know that"British Secret Intelligence Service agent Commander James Bond, KCMG, RNVR, has been thrilling cinema audiences for almost fifty years.
We take a look at some of the weird and wonderful things that have made 007 tick in 22 outings as the world's suavest superspy.
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- Writer Ian Fleming named James Bond,after an American ornithologist, a Caribbean bird expert who wrote the definitive field guide book Birds of the West Indies.
- As a struggling actor with the National Youth Theatre, Daniel Craig worked in the restaurant kitchens and as a waiter.
- Goldeneye is the nickname of Fleming's beachfront house in Jamaica where he wrote the Bond novels and short stories between 1952 and 1964.
- Former Bond Timothy Dalton is a keen fisherman who also supports Derby County Football Club.
- All scenes showing Roger Moore running in his seven Bond movies were performed by doubles, since the actor felt he looked awkward.
- Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.
- In Goldfinger, Pussy Galore's Flying Circus was supposedly comprised solely of women but was actually made up of men wearing blonde wigs.
- The character of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) in Casino Royale was based by Ian Fleming on the World War II resistance fighter Christine Granville.
- From Russia With Love was chosen as the second Bond film after President John F Kennedy listed the book among his top ten favourite novels of all time.
- In Casino Royale, director Martin Campbell has a cameo as the truck driver murdered by a terrorist at Miami Airport.
- Desmond Llewelyn’s seventeen performances as Q remains the most times a single actor has played the same role in major motion picture history.
- The acronym of Blofeld’s villainous organisation SPECTRE stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion.
- Fleming originally conceived 007 as “an anonymous, blunt instrument wielded by a government department.”
- One-time-only Bond actor George Lazenby was supposed to have dinner with martial arts star Bruce Lee on the night that he died.
- Fleming emphasised Bond's Scottish heritage in admiration of Sean Connery's cinematic portrayal from Dr No onwards.
- Thunderball was originally going to be the first James Bond movie, but legal wrangles with its co-author led to Dr No being chosen instead.
- For Goldfinger, a 24-hour guard was placed on the Fort Knox set at Pinewood Studios so that pilferers would not steal the gold bar props.
- Several changes had to be made to the script of GoldenEye during production because the plot was virtually identical to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s True Lies.
- Roger Moore suffers from hoplophobia, fear of firearms which meant countless 007 setpieces had to be re-shot.