26 Brilliant James Bond Facts

James Bond has the honor 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 James Bond facts:

26 Brilliant James Bond Facts

1.    Bond’s journey to the big screen took less than a decade.

The James Bond novels began publication in 1953. The first official movie adaptation was released in 1962.

2.    Bond was named after a bird fancier.

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.

3.    Bond goes way back.

The first Bond film is “Dr. No“, released in 1962 with Bond being played by Sean Connery.

James Bond Facts

Aston Martin DB5 as driven by James Bond in Goldfinger.

4.    007 has a presidential link.

‘From Russia With Love‘ was the last movie John F. Kennedy saw in 1963. He was killed the very next day.

5.    Writing in style!

Ian Flemming used a gold-plated Royal Typewriter to write the James Bond novels.

6.    One James Bond movie changed cinema.

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.

7.    Who does Bond shoot at the start?

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.

8.    Inspiration wasn’t too far away

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.

9.    Bond changed his gun.

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.

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como, Italy

10. There’s a Bond motto.

‘The World is not Enough‘ is not just the name of a movie. It is also the Bond family motto.

11. The author had an appropriately named property.

Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Goldeneye in Jamaica was once the home of Ian Flemming – and it’s now a luxury hotel.

12. Bond actors have plenty of perks.

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.

James Bond Island, Ko Tapu, Thailand

James Bond Island, Ko Tapu, Thailand

13. George Lazenby was an interesting case.

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.

14. Pierce Brosnan had his wardrobe tied.

During his tenure as James Bond, Pierce Brosnan’s contract prohibited him from wearing tuxedos in movies outside the franchise.

15. Connery vs Seagal!

Sean Connery took martial arts lessons from Steven Seagal while filming the 1983 film ‘Never Say Never Again‘. At one point, Seagal got so angry that he broke Connery’s wrist.

16. There’s a dark link with a famous Bond weapon.

Bond’s most popular weapon is the Walther PPK. Hitler used the same model to kill himself.

17. Which Bond killed the most?

Pierce Brosnan’s Bond killed 47 people in Goldeneye. This makes him the deadliest Bond.

18. Tomorrow never dyes!

Sean Connery started going bald at the age of 21. So he had to wear a toupee in all his Bond movies.

Walther PPK hand gun

Walther PPK gun

19. Only one Bond left Earth.

Roger Moore is the only Bond to have travelled in to space. (Moonraker).

20. There’s a tie for most performances.

Roger Moore and Sean Connery both played Bond a total of 7 times each.

21. Bond loves femme fatales.

3/4 of James Bond’s female lovers have attempted to kill him.

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22. A Bond movie holds a stunt record.

The Aston Martin barrel roll stunt in Casino Royale broke the world record for the most barrel rolls (assisted by a cannon).

23. Did Bond unearth a secret in real life?

Before 1994, the British Government did not officially acknowledge the existence of MI6.

24. Clever acronyms galore!

Spectre is an acronym that stands for ‘Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion’ – a fictional criminal and terrorist organisation.

vespa martini

A Vespa Martini. Shaken, not stirred, of course.

25. What’s in a code?

The 00 prefix indicates Bond’s “licence to kill”.  007 was assigned to Bond in reference to a key intelligence achievement of the First World War: the breaking of the German diplomatic code.

26. On Her Majesty’s ceremonial service!

In 2012, a short film was created starring The Queen and James Bond in celebration of the London Olympics.

Every Bond film, in date order:

Year released Film title Bond actor
1962 Dr. No Sean Connery
1963 From Russia With Love Sean Connery
1964 Goldfinger Sean Connery
1965 Thunderball Sean Connery
1967 Casino Royale David Niven
1967 You Only Live Twice Sean Connery
1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service George Lazenby
1971 Diamonds Are Forever Sean Connery
1973 Live and Let Die Roger Moore
1974 The Man With The Golden Gun Roger Moore
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me Roger Moore
1979 Moonraker Roger Moore
1981 For Your Eyes Only Roger Moore
1983 Octopussy Roger Moore
1983 Never Say Never Again Sean Connery
1985 A View To A Kill Roger Moore
1987 The Living Daylights Timothy Dalton
1989 Licence To Thrill Timothy Dalton
1995 Goldeneye Pierce Brosnan
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Pierce Brosnan
1999 The World Is Not Enough Pierce Brosnan
2002 Die Another Day Pierce Brosnan
2006 Casino Royale Daniel Craig
2008 Quantum Of Solace Daniel Craig
2012 Skyfall Daniel Craig
2012 Happy and Glorious Daniel Craig
2015 Spectre Daniel Craig
2020 No Time To Die Daniel Craig