Writer Ian Fleming created the character James Bond in his 1953 novel “Casino Royale”. Today there have been countless other books and 24 films centering around the MI6 secret agent with the code name 007. Next April the 25th James Bond movie will be released. “No Time To Die” will star Roger Craig as Agent 007.
The first actor to portray Mr. Bond was Barry Nelson … say what??? Who in the hell is Barry Nelson ??? This took place in 1954 in a TV show titled “Climax” that adapted Fleming’s “Casino Royale” book. It wasn’t a huge success and certainly didn’t give James Bond the notoriety he deserved.
The first real James Bond was Sean Connery who starred in seven motion pictures from 1962 to 1983. In my opinion Connery is James Bond and all other actors are imposters. I’m not saying the other actors didn’t do a good job but I grew up watching Connery and he will always be my 007 … David Niven donned the tuxedo for one film “Casino Royale” in 1967. It was more of a spoof/comedy and not a true James Bond movie … George Lazenby played 007 in 1969 (after Sean Connery decided to bow out) in the movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Connery returned for the next Bond film … The next James Bond was played by Roger Moore who played the character in seven films from 1973 to 1985. He played James in the movies: ”Moonraker”, “Octopussy”, “For Your Eyes Only”, “The Spy Who Loved Me’, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “Live and Let Die” and “A View To A Kill” … Timothy Dalton was cast as James Bond and played the role in two films … In 1995 actor Pierce Bronson became agent 007 and in my opinion is the second best James Bond (yes Sean Connery will always be #1). Bronson starred in four films with “Goldeneye” his best … the last (and current) actor to work for MI6 is Daniel Craig who has done four James Bond movies to date. Rumor is this will be Craig’s last movie as James Bond.
James Bond Trivia:
- What is Mr. Bond’s favorite drink?
- Who performed the theme song for the movie “Live and Let Die”?
- What is the global criminal organization that James Bond fights?
- Who is the secretary Bond talks to at MI6?
- What brand of automobile does James Bond drive in most 007 films?
- What is James Bond’s favorite gun?
Answers: A martini (shaken not stirred) … Paul McCartney … SPECTRE … Miss Moneypenny … Austin Martin DB5 … Walther PPK
I could write page after page of James Bond trivia but enough is enough! There you have it … the quick history of Ian Fleming’s James Bond.