More Amazing James Bond Facts
1967, Sean Connery's brother Neil starred in an Italian James Bond
knock-off film called O.K. Connery (aka Operation Kid Brother). A large
number of familiar faces from the Bond films appeared in the movie with
Neil Connery - including Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Adolfo Celi, and
Daniela Bianchi. Neil Connery looked a little bit like Sean but had
none of his brother's charisma or screen presence. Neil was dubbed in
the film because he had a medical condition involving his throat at the
time and couldn't speak very well. O.K. Connery is terrible film
objectively but could be seen as a guilty pleasure. Lois Maxwell said
that Sean Connery was very angry that Bond regulars had agreed to
appear in the Italian movie and felt betrayed by them. The ironic thing
is that Lois Maxwell was better paid on O.K. Connery than she ever was
on the Bond films!
In the PTS of 1981's For Your Eyes Only, most
people are baffled when the ersatz Blofeld (impaled by his wheelchair
on Bond's helicopter) says - "I'll buy you delicatessen in stainless
steel!" This line was suggested by Cubby Broccoli. It was an old saying
that New York mob people would say when they wanted to negotiate or do
business. The writers on the film hated the delicatessen line but Cubby
was the boss so it ended up in the movie.
Moore said that when he played James Bond he used to pretend the
villain had halitosis in order to make himself appear somewhat repulsed
whenever Bond encountered the baddie.
the first day of shooting for On Her Majesty's Secret Service, a
security guard on the gate at Pinewood Studios didn't recognise George
Lazenby and wouldn't let him in.
the 1955 novel Moonraker we learn that James Bond is paid a salary of
£1,500 a year. That would equate to around £40,000 in today's money.
Fleming was a consultant for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. television spy
action series when it was in development. Cubby Broccoli complained
that Fleming was helping the opposition!
In the film Diamonds Are Forever, Bond has membership of the Playboy Club. His membership number is 40401.
Fleming wrote Casino Royale on a gold-plated typewriter. In 1995,
Fleming's typewriter was auctioned at Christie's for £50,000.
In the film Dr No, Bond is an MI7 agent. There is no such thing as MI7 in either the Fleming books or real life.
Goldfinger came out, there was an urban legend that Shirley Eaton had
died as a result of being covered in gold paint. In reality, Shirley
Eaton was (and still is) very much alive and you can't actually die
from painting your skin.
legendary sequence in Goldfinger where Bond is strapped to a table as
Auric Goldfinger demonstrates his laser, there was someone under the
table with a blowtorch to give the effect of the laser cutting into the
surface. It was an understandably nervous experience for Sean Connery.
lengthy sequence in On Her Majesty's Secret Service where Bond chases
one of Blofeld's men over London rooftops was cut from the movie.
George Lazenby must have been irritated to see this sequence hit the
cutting room floor because he injured his arm shooting it.
he was cast as James Bond, Sean Connery worked with a dance teacher
named Yat Malmgren so he could learn how to be more graceful and
panther like in his movements and gestures.
Seventeen boats were destroyed in the stunt rehearsals for Live and Let Die.
The French premiere of Goldeneye was cancelled after Pierce Brosnan protested against French nuclear testing.
early plans for the film adapatation of On Her Majesty's Secret
Service, Blofeld's headquarters was going to be located on the Maginot
Line. The Maginot Line was a series of military fortifications built by
the French along their eastern border in the 1930s to protect
themselves from any German aggression. It was manned by the French army
and even had its own subway system. It proved to be ineffective in
World War 2 because the Germans aimed the focal point of their attack
at the Ardennes region of Belgium and simply bypassed the Maginot Line.
After the war ended, French troops were stationed at the Maginot Line
again and one of its biggest bunkers became a NATO command centre. When
France left NATO in 1966, the Maginot Line was abandoned.
was very chilly at Pinewood Studios when they shot some of the bedroom
scenes for Bond and Solitare in Live and Let Die so Roger Moore and
Jane Seymour wore football socks in bed to stay warm.
When Pierce Brosnan first had to drive the Aston Martin in Goldeneye, he left the handbrake on by mistake and damaged the car.
Daniel Craig was the first Bond actor who wasn't born before the movie franchise began.
for Thunderball was so great that they had two simultaneous premieres
in London full of celebrities, glitz, and huge crowds of fans. Sean
Connery never turned up to either of them.
they were shooting The Spy Who Loved Me in Egypt, the Egyptian
government assigned an official to the production whose job it was to
make sure that nothing in the movie or script was at all derogatory
about their country. Bond's wisecrack in the film about "Egyptian
builders" was therefore dubbed in much later in the safety of Pinewood
Studios thousands of miles away.
Browning, the director of underwater photography on Thunderball, was
the man in the monster suit in the classic horror film Creature from
the Black Lagoon.
car in Thunderball is capable of projecting high pressure jets of
water. This effect was achieved in a fairly simple way. They simply ran
the hose from an unseen fire engine through the Aston Martin.
one of the girls at the swimming pool in for Your Eyes Only, was born
Barry Cossey. After a sex-change operation, she became a model.
was so popular in Britain that some cinemas sold all their seats and
then sold extra tickets to customers who were willing to stand!
the film Live and Let Die, Bond is told that "Hamilton" has been killed
in New York. This is a joke based on the fact that Guy Hamilton
directed the film.
Broccoli told George Lazenby not to come to the On Her Majesty's Secret
Service premiere looking scruffy. You can probably guess what happened.
Lazenby, ever the rebel, turned up with long hair and a beard.
U.S army jet pack scenes in Thunderball required two American military
pilots to be on the set as they were the only people trained to fly it.
One of the red 1969 Mercury
Cougar XR-7s driven by Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
sold at Bonhams auction house in 2020 for £356,500.
the Fleming novels, Bond has a housekeeper called May. This character
was not translated into the films. The reason why May is not a
character in the movies is mostly because we rarely see Bond at home
during the films and having a housekeeper seems a rather bygone
old-fashioned type of thing.
of the reasons why Judi Dench was cast as M (besides being a great
actor) is that it was revealed in 1993 that the real life head of MI5
was a woman Stella Rimington. MI5 is the United Kingdom's domestic
counter-intelligence and security agency and part of its intelligence
machinery alongside the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6).
original theme song for Thunderball was Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (the
Italian nickname for Bond). This song was recorded by both Shirley
Bassey and Dionne Warick. United Artists did not like the fact that the
song didn't mention the movie's title and so at the last minute a new
song (Thunderball by Tom Jones) replaced Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. United
Artists might have regretted that decision in the end because
Thunderball by Tom Jones didn't sell especially well - at least in
comparison to Goldfinger.
has Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington in his art collection.
This portrait had been stolen in real life when Dr No went into
It is obviously
quite awkward today that the Afghan freedom fighters in The Living
Daylights are the people who became the Taliban.
news that George Lazenby had probably quit Bond franchise leaked before
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was released. As a result, the
promotional campaign downplayed Lazenby and billed James Bond as the
star. This was very different from the Connery films - which always
made a big deal of declaring that Sean Connery IS James Bond.
Thunderball, all the 00 agents are required to attend a meeting. There
are nine seats - indicating that there are nine agents in the OO
An incredible 23 million people watched Live and Let Die when it was first broadcast on British television in 1980.
they began pre-production on For Your Eyes Only it was deemed very
unlikely that Roger Moore would be back so they hired a number of
stuntmen with black hair because the prime candidates to become the new
007 were dark haired actors like James Brolin and Michael Billington.
When they learned that Roger was coming back they had to hurriedly get
all their fair haired stuntmen back.
the audio commentary for The Man with the Golden gun, Roger Moore said
he didn't like the moment where Bond pushes the kid in the water.
eighties Bond films had increasingly static budgets because they were
still paying off the interest on Moonraker going over budget. John Glen
complained that the static budgets of the Bond films at this time made
it difficult to stage all the action in Licence To Kill.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service was called 007 Seized The Snow Mountain Castle in Norway.
famous crocidle stunt in Live and Let Die was a late replacement for a
planned sequence where Bond nearly meets his end in a coffee bean
milling machine. This would appear to explain why they go to great
lengths early on in the film to show that Bond has an expresso coffee
machine in his flat. It was meant to anticipate the punchline of a
When they made
For Your Eyes Only they found it almost impossible to get Carole
Bouquet to smile in a natural way. So, for a scene where her character
had to smile they slipped in an outtake of Bouquet laughing at a cheeky
joke by Roger Moore.
Brosnan found himself in the wars shooting Tomorrow Never dies. He had
to endure a bout of influenza and then needed stitches when a
protective helmet worn by a stuntman hit him in the face.
door code to the bio-room in Moonraker is the theme from Close
Encounters of the Third Kind. Steven Spielberg had to be asked
permission to use this. In return, Spielberg was allowed to use the
James Bond theme in The Goonies several years later.
2013, the film director Steven Soderbergh argued the case for OHMSS
being the best Bond film - "Shot to shot, this movie is beautiful in a
way none of the other Bond films are — the anamorphic compositions are
relentlessly arresting — and the editing patterns of the action
sequences are totally bananas; it’s like Peter Hunt took all the ideas
of the French new wave and blended them with Eisenstein in a Cuisinart
to create a grammar that still tops today’s how fast can you cut
aesthetic, because the difference here is that each of the shots — no
matter how short — are real shots, not just additional coverage from
the hosing-it-down school of action, so there is a unification of the
aesthetic of the first unit and the second unit that doesn’t exist in
any other Bond film. And, speaking of action, there are as many big set
pieces in OHMSS as any Bond film ever made, and if that weren’t enough,
there’s a great score by John Barry, some really striking sound work,
and what can you say about Diana Rigg that doesn’t start with the word
The British government only acknowledged the existence of MI6 in 1986.
St John and Lana Wood play Bond girls in Diamonds Are Forever. There
was a strange connection between these women some years later. Jill St
John later married Robert Wagner. Wagner used to be married to Lana's
sister Natalie Wood. Natalie Wood mysteriously drowned in 1981 while on
a yacht with Robert Wagner and Lana has always suspected foul play in
her sister's death. There is another bizarre Bond connection to this
story because the third person on the yacht that tragic night was
Christopher Walken. At the time Wood and Walken were shooting a sci-fi
film called Brainstorm together. Wood had almost completed her scenes
for the movie and only had a few left to shoot. They were all on Robert
Wagner’s boat Splendour. After a night of drinking, Natalie apparently
left the boat and her dead body was later found off Catalina Island,
near Los Angeles. The 43 year-old Natalie Wood had drowned. She was
wearing a nightgown and socks - which hardly seems like swimming
attire. Her death was ruled an accident but bruises were later found on
her body - which suggested foul play. The night in question, Wood,
Wagner, and Walken had gone ashore to have dinner and returned to the
boat around 10pm. They were all said to be mildly intoxicated from the
drinks they had enjoyed that evening. Rogert Wagner said that Natalie
retired to their cabin at around 10-45pm but when he went to join her
he found that she was gone. Wagner said he had spent some time chatting
to Walken before he went to see his wife. Upon noticing that the dinghy
was missing, Wagner said he alerted the authorities (the Harbor Patrol
and Coast Guard). A police helicopter found Natalie's drowned body the
next morning. Wagner's account of that night and his actions has been
disputed ever since. Not everyone believed he was telling the truth.
Dennis Davern, who was the captain of the yacht that night, later said
that Wagner and Walken had a blazing argument that night during which
Wagner accused him of having designs on his wife. Davern further
claimed that Wagner showed no interest whatsoever in looking for
Natalie Wood after she went overboard. Davern assumed that Wood had
taken the dinghy ashore after an argument with her husband. The dinghy
in question was found near Natalie Wood's body when she was discovered.
Robert Smith, the captain of the rescue boat on duty at the time, said
he found Robert Wagner's attitude strange at the time. He claimed that
Wagner had not immediately reported Natalie's disappearance. John
Corina, a lieutenant in the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Homicide
Bureau, said in 2011 that new witnesses had come forward in the case.
These witnesses were on boats mored near the Splendour at the time.
They reported hearing a ferocious argument from Wagner's yacht that
night. This evidence supported the claims of Dennis Davern.
sister Lana Wood remains convinced that Wagner knows more than he has
confessed to and might have murdered her sister. The investigation into
Natalie wood's death later suggested that she could have picked up some
of her injuries before she went in the water. The official verdict
remains ambiguous and her death was put down to 'drowning and other
undetermined factors'. One thing that is clear is Natalie Wood had been
drinking that night so was in no fit state to swim ashore or pilot a
dinghy. It could be that in her intoxicated state she underestimated
how difficult it would be to get ashore. Though it could all have been
a tragic accident the suspicion surrounding Wagner's participation has
never completely gone away. As for Christopher Walken, well, Walken has
(unsurprisingly) rarely spoken about the tragedy. In his few recorded
comments on the tragedy he said it was just a random accident. One
theory is that Wagner might have lowered the dinghy himself to make it
look like Natalie Wood left the boat of her own free will. Wood was
said to be scared of water - which would appear to make it unlikely
that she would willingly climb into a dinghy alone and at night. Dennis
Davern also claimed that Wagner refused to turn the boat's lights on to
scan the water when it became apparent that Natalie Wood was gone. It
should be stressed that Robert Wagner has never been charged with
anything and believes any suggestion he had a hand in Natalie Wood's
tragic death is completely preposterous. His grief at the funeral
certainly seemed genuine too. However, John Corina has said that
attempts by the police to interview Wagner about the case were
persistantly frustrated by Wagner's lawyers. Robert Wagner would
probably argue that he spoke to the police at the time and has nothing
more to say. In recent years Suzanne Finstad wrote a bigraphy of
Natalie Wood in which she claimed that a doctor who examined Wood's
body found friction burns consistent with being pushed while trying to
hold onto something. It seems like the mystery of Natalie wood's death
will continue to keep armchair detectives busy for some time to come.
Lani Hall said she didn't like her Never Say Never Again title song very much at all. She thought it was a bit rubbish.
Roger Moore said he loved making Moonraker in France because the relaxed French crew didn't start work until noon.
Kim Basinger had to wear a wig on Never Say Never Again reshoots because she'd already cut her hair for another film.
end of Diamonds Are Forever was supposed to feature a confrontation
between Bond and Blofeld in a salt mine. However, they couldn't get
permission to shoot in any local mines so they abandoned this idea.
plot of the movie Quantum of Solace was partly inspired by the
Cochabamba Water War. The Cochabamba Water War was a series of protests
that took place in Cochabamba, Bolivia's fourth largest city, between
December 1999 and April 2000 in response to the privatisation of the
city's municipal water supply company SEMAPA.
Ilse Steppat, who played Irma Bunt in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, died only four days after the film was released.
of the extras at Felix Leiter's wedding in Licence To Kill was a woman
named Sandi Sentell. Sentell had won a competition to appear in a Bond
The helicopter PTS in For
Your Eyes Only was shot at the abandoned Beckton Gas Works in London.
This was where Stanley Kubrick later shot parts of Full Metal Jacket.
motorbike chase in Never Say Never Again was supposed to be much more
spectacular. The bike was supposed to have 'wings' which came out to
make it capable of leaping over trucks and small buildings. Much to the
annoyance of director Irvin Kershner though, this bike chase was made
much more modest in the end thanks to budget cuts.
Roger Moore had to go to a bus depot in London to learn how to drive a double-decker bus before he made Live and Let Die.
d'Abo dubbed herself as Kara in the French language version of The
Living Daylights. She was a fluent French speaker after spending her
youth in Paris.
1984, the year
before Roger Moore's last Bond film was released, saw a number of
rumours that Pierce Brosnan was going to be the new Bond. An Australian
newspaper published an article in which they said Brosnan had already
signed a secret deal to replace Roger. Brosnan had to deny these
rumours and even wrote to Cubby Broccoli assurring him that these
stories did not originate from him or anyone connected to him.
Hamilton said he didn't like Yaphet Kotto very much when he directed
Live and Let Die. "Yaphet Kotto, I regret bitterly. I did not enjoy
working with him at all. Originally it was to be a very distinguished
American black actor. Suddenly Harry Saltzman announced he's out and UA
say Yaphet Kotto is really hot property. We were forced into Yaphet
Kotto. I'd never met him until he turned up on the set. He starts off
thinking he should be playing Bond - quite seriously. He was very badly
behaved, he would try and make life difficult."
a Bond film came out, Cubby Broccoli liked to go to cinemas and watch
the film with an audience so he could see what worked and what didn't.
He was always especially interested to see which jokes made the
audience laugh and which didn't.
to writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the script and production
of Never Say Never Again was so amateurish that the crew started
shooting scenes in the Bahamas without the script yet having any
explanation whatsoever for why Bond should be in the Bahamas!
Bouquet suffered from sinus problems and couldn't do any underwater
scenes in For Your Eyes Only. They used the magic of movies to make it
appear that her character Melina was underwater.
Hendry said that Roger Moore was an absolute gentleman on the set of
Live and Let Die and even generously shared his chauffeur driven
limousine with her.
If a 1983
interview he conducted with Starlog for the release of Octopussy is
anything to go by, James Bond writer Richard Maibaum wasn't the biggest
fan of Roger Moore's Bond. Maibaum felt the films had become too
tongue-in-cheek and complained that Roger kept changing lines in the
script in favour of his own quips.
Roger Moore was the first actor to shoot a second gunbarrel intro. He had to do this because of an aspect ratio change.
character of Nigel Small-Fawcett in Never Say Never Again was a last
minute invention of Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to give the film
more humour. Rowan Atkinson, who played the character, was completely
unknown outside of Britain at the time. Atkinson is famous in many
countries now for playing Mr Bean.
what it's worth, Licence To Kill has a higher Rotten Tomatoes rating
than Quantum of Solace or Spectre and is only 5% behind No Time to Die.
It also has a higher rating than the last three Brosnan films. Of the
Brosnan era, only Goldeneye outscores Licence To Kill on RT and that's
only by 2%. And yet people still write about Licence To Kill as if it
was a complete critical misfire!
to Robert Sellers in the book When Harry Met Cubby, Broccoli &
Saltzman considered dumping Roger Moore a week into the production of
Live and Let Die and tried to get Sean Connery back.
McLaughlan, the head of public relations at Lotus Cars, used an
ingenious but simple ploy to get the Lotus in the Bond films. He simply
parked a prototype Lotus Esprit at Pinewood Studios! Someone from EON
saw the car and the Lotus ended up in The Spy Who Loved Me.
Quantum of Solace was called A Grain of Comfort in Croatia.
mansion belonging to Sanchez in the movie Licence To Kill was owned by
friends of Cubby Broccoli. In return for a donation to a charity of
their choice, Cubby was given permission to use the house in the film.
Saltzman was said to be obsessed with gadgets - much more so than Cubby
Broccoli. So the tradition of gadgets in Bond films probably stems from
The moon buggy
in Diamonds Are Forever kept breaking down during the chase sequence
because it wasn't designed for rocky desert terrain.
the 1990s there were stories that a new version of Never Say Never
Again was going to be released on laserdisc with a new music score and
much deleted footage put back in. Most Bond fans would pay money to
Britt Ekland, who
played Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun, said that Cubby
Broccoli thought she was too thin so before shooting began he took her
out to a lot of Italian restaurants to try and fatten her up and gain a
few more curves.
actually became a very accomplished skier after moving to Switzerland
in the 1970s. Even so, he wasn't allowed to ski in the James Bond films
for insurance and safety reasons.
Mankiewicz (who wrote the script) felt that Jane Seymour was miscast as
Solitare in Live and Let Die. Mankiewicz felt that Seymour looked far
too young and innocent and this made it seem as if Bond was taking
advantage of her.
was founded in a small London workshop in 1913 by the engineer Robert
Bamford and the car enthusiast Lionel Martin.
abandoned Diamonds Are Forever moon buggy was later rescued from a
muddy field and restored by Graham Rye of 007 Magazine. It then found a
new home at Planet Hollywood.
Hunt (director of OHMSS) said that Sean Connery approached him about
directing Never Say Never Again. Hunt said he he couldn't possibly
accept the offer because he would have felt like a 'traitor' to EON and
Lotus comes out of the sea onto a beach in The Spy Who Loved Me, 007
hands a fish to a bemused onlooker before he drives off. Cubby Broccoli
didn't like the fish joke (he wondered how a fish would get in a
waterproof underwater car!) and wanted it removed but Lewis Gilbert and
Roger Moore both loved it and persuaded Cubby to let it remain the
Madeline Smith was only
paid £100 to play Miss Caruso in Live and Let Die. "It was a tiny
amount. You hardly got anything at all in those days. But I was 23, and
it was a wonderful experience. I absolutely loved Roger Moore. I could
not believe it when I got the part. I never even auditioned for it. I
had been in an episode of The Persuaders, which Roger had directed, and
unbeknown to me, he suggested me for the part."
Kershner had only seen two Bond films when he directed Never Say Never
Again. He had no interest in James Bond and only did the film as a
favour to Sean Connery.
production began on Live and Let Die, Tom Mankiewicz had lunch with
Sean Connery in a charm offensive that EON hoped might persuade Connery
to do the film. It was of course unsuccessful. "I always hear that it's
my ******* obligation to play James Bond," Connery told Mankiewicz.
"I've done six, when does my ******* obligation stop? After ten,
The French Navy supplied the frigate and Eurocopter Tiger you see in Goldeneye.
Brosnan had a beard and long hair at the press conference unveiling him
as James Bond because he was about to shoot a Robinson Crusoe film.
production on The Spy Who Loved Me in Egypt, the crew were in low
spirits because of the poor quality of the food. Cubby Broccoli
therefore had his favourite pasta and tomatoes flown in, took over a
local restuarant, and personally cooked spaghetti bolognaise for the
entire cast and crew. This raised morale and made Cubby even more
If you include audiobooks, short films, and video games, over two hundred people have played James Bond.
was briefly banned in Israel when it was reported in the media that
Gert Frobe was a former member of the Nazi Party. Frobe left the Nazi
Party in 1937. It transpired that Frobe had actually helped hide and
rescue Jews during the war.
Bowie turned down the part of villain Max Zorin in A View To A Kill. "I
didn't want to spend five months watching my double fall off
mountains," said Bowie.
Never Dies was supposed to begin with a mountain climbing PTS but this
plan was abandoned in the end. Roger Spottiswoode said the sequence was
abandoned because it would have been too dangerous to shoot.
GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 sold about 8 million copies.
Drax's henchman Chan in Moonraker is played by Toshiro Suga. Suga was Michael G. Wilson's akido instructor.
he was interviewd on the set of The Spy Who Loved Me for the BBC, Roger
Moore admitted that he didn't have the faintest idea what the plot of
the film was!
Roger Moore said he got banged up quite badly shooting the ice hockey sequence in For Your Eyes Only.
Adolf Hitler shot himself with a Walther PPK.
A first edition of the Casino Royale novel can go for over £5,000.
Broccoli apparently cast Britt Ekland in The Man With the Golden Gun
after being impressed by her nude scene in the classic British folk
horror The Wicker Man. What Cubby didn't know was that Ekland had a
body double on The Wicker Man. That wasn't really her bottom in the
Around the time that
Thunderball (which was peak Bondmania for the Bond franchise) was
released, Sean Connery recieved about 1,500 fan letters a week.
Putter smith, who plays the killer Mr Wint in Diamonds Are Forever, was a muscian with no previous acting experience.
The 2006 film Casino Royale is the first Bond movie to have a black and white sequence.
At a 2014 auction, one of Bond's safari shirts from The Man with the Golden Gun fetched nearly £5,000.
sadistic torture of Bond by Le Chiffre in Casino Royale was based on
the French-Moroccan torture known as passer á la mandoline. Ian Fleming
said this was actually done on captured Allied agents during the war.
and Let Die was one of the few Bond films that Richard Maibaum didn't
write on. He was later critical of the movie. "To process drugs in the
middle of the jungle is not a Bond caper," said Maibaum.
PTS freefall in Moonraker required over 90 jumps before sufficient
footage was in the can. The parachutists could only film very limited
footage on each jump.
In 1971, as
Diamonds Are Forever geared up for release, Sean Connery said of Cubby
Broccoli and Harry Saltzman - "They’re not exactly enamoured of each
other. Probably because they’re both sitting on fifty million dollars
or pounds and looking across the desk at each other and thinking: that
bugger’s got half of what should be all mine."
has it that Harry Saltzman didn't like Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger
song. Harry was apparently quite famous for having a tin ear when it
came to music.
It was Sean Connery
who chose Edward Fox to play M in Never Say Never Again. Fox plays M as
a priggish upper-class bureaucrat who doesn't seem to like Bond very
Sean Connery's tatoos had
to be covered up when he played Bond in the EON films. You can see them
in Never Say Never Again though.
PTS of Octopussy, though set in Cuba, was actually shot at RAF Northolt
in England. They simply added a few fake palm trees.
an interview many years after Bond, Sean Connery said that no one had
the faintest idea if Dr No was going to become a success when they were
making it. "Everyone who said that the first one was going to be a
success is a liar because they didn’t know. The film costs less than a
million dollars. They didn’t make one immediately afterwards because
they still weren’t sure. Everybody forgets that. Believe me, nobody
could have foreseen that all these years later, we’d be sitting here
discussing James Bond."
Grace was the stunt double for Richard Kiel's Jaws in the movies. To
depict the steel teeth of Jaws, Grace put tin foil wrapped orange peel
in his mouth!
The black actress
Gloria Hendry (who plays Rosie) was removed from the promotional art
for Live and Let Die in apartheid South Africa.
is often claimed that Casino Royale (2006) was the first Bond film to
feature rain. However, there appear to be a few splats of rain in On
Her Majesty's Secret Service.
the scene with Madeline Smith's Miss Caruso opens Live and Let Die, it
was actually the last scene to be shot during the production.
Jackson was in contention to direct The World Is Not Enough. It is
alleged that he dropped out of contention after Barbara Broccoli
screened his film The Frighteners and absolutely hated it.
acclaimed American director Katherine Bigelow said she was badgered by
Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal to direct a James Bond film but declined
these offers. Bigelow, had she been interested, would have become both
the first American and the first woman to direct a Bond film.
Broccoli used to be a business partner with the famous American
producer Irwin Allen. When Cubby told Allen he wanted to option the
Bond books, Allen told him the Fleming novels were awful and wouldn't
even be worthy of television.
Young once said - "If you asked me what were the three ingredients for
James Bond, it was Sean Connery, Sean Connery and Sean Connery!"
a set visit to the production of Licence To Kill, Garth Pearce noted
that Timothy Dalton hadn't let becoming James Bond change him at all as
a person. Dalton still lived in the same modest house he'd had since
before he became Bond and still did all his own shopping at the
Around 75% of the women James Bond has taken to bed have tried to kill him in the end.