Read here 60 unknown and very interesting facts about James Bond!
1. 3/4 of the women he’s slept with have tried to kill him! Funnily enough, James Bond’s favorite drink, the Martini (shaken, not stirred) contains about 130 calories, which is about how much he burns when having sex!
2. Q’s real name, Major Boothroyd, is only mentioned in Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and The Spy Who Loved Me.
3. M’s house in Skyfall is the former home of John Barry, Bond composer.
4. From Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, James Bond has killed 352 people and slept with 52 women.
5. Daniel Craig was given 85 copies of Bond’s Tom Ford suit for the opening sequence of Skyfall. Skyfall’s cast went through 200,000 rounds of ammunition while undergoing weapons training.
6. Ian Fleming wrote the Bond novels on a gold-plated Royal typewriter.
7. While Bond producer Cubby Broccoli was impressed with Sean Connery after seeing him in Darby O’Gill and the Little People, he wanted verify his attractiveness to women – so he took his wife to another screening of the film. Mrs. Broccoli was impressed.
8. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to feature Bond driving an Aston-Martin and using gadgets – it was also the first film in history to feature a laser beam.
9. George Lucas found inspiration for the character of Indiana Jones by watching Sean Connery’s portrayal of Bond. When Connery was cast in The Last Crusade, Lucas said: “Who else but Bond could have been worthy enough to play Indiana Jones’ dad!”
10. President JFK is partly responsible for Bond’s success in the US. In a 1961 interview with Life Magazine, he listed From Russia, With Love as one of his favorite novels of all time. Sales boomed, and the next Bond film made was From Russia, With Love due to the president’s influence. Incidentally, this is the last movie JFK ever saw – he watched it one day before his trip to Texas in 1963. JFK also included Fleming in conversations about how to defeat Fidel Castro in Cuba – perhaps why some of the plans sound like something out of a James Bond novel!
11. Stuntman Bill Cumming was paid a $450 bonus to jump into Largo’s shark infested pool in Thunderball.
12. Sean Connery wore a toupee in each of his Bond films. While filming Diamonds Are Forever, actor Joe Robinson accidentally pulled off the toupee during a fight scene.
13. Ian Fleming wrote Bond an obituary for You Only Live Twice. From it, we learn that Bond’s parents were Andrew Bond, a Scottish man, and Monique Delacroix, a Swiss woman. Mr. Bond worked for a weapons company and traveled often with his family. Both parents died when Bond was 11. He lived with an aunt in England, studied at Eton and Fettes College in Edinburgh, graduated from high school at 17 and was recruited into the Royal Navy. “The world is not enough” is the Bond family motto.
14. Judi Dench’s ringtone is the James Bond theme song. Dench, who has played M since Goldeneye in 1995, was filming for Skyfall when her phone went off.
15. One of the Bond Girls, Caroline Cossey, was actually born as Barry Kenneth Cossey. She is now an English model and perhaps most popular for being the first transsexual person to pose for Playboy.
16. Stuntman Bob Simmons is the figure who appears in the opening gun barrel sequence for the first three James Bond movies.
17. The five pilots flying the planes in Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus in Goldfinger were actually men wearing blonde wigs.
18. Ursula Andress’s voice was dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl due to her heavy accent. Van der Zyl dubbed many women’s voices from Dr. No in 1962 to Moonraker in 1979.
19. Richard Kiel, who played Jaws, could only keep his metal teeth in his mouth for about half a minute at a time, and the chain that he bit through at the Pyramids in The Spy Who Loved Me was made of licorice.
20. Actors once up for the role of Bond: David Niven, Cary Grant, Patrick McGoohan, Christopher Lee, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Adam West, Tom Jones, Liam Neeson, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler, Sean Bean, and Will Smith.
21. Many claim the Bond character was based on Ian Fleming: both preferred coffee to tea, smoked the same kind of cigarettes, were commanders in the British Navy, loved women, and preferred their martinis shaken – not stirred. Fleming was also a spy. Once he was recruited into naval intelligence, he became the personal assistant to Admiral John Godfrey – who may have served as inspiration for M.
22. Casino Royale’s car barrel roll stunt with the Aston Martin DBS broke the world record for the most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon – the car completed seven full rolls.
23. Each scene that shows Roger Moore running in his seven Bond films was performed by a body double – Moore felt he looked awkward when running. Despite handling and being around many firearms on set, Moore suffers from Hoplophobia – a fear of firearms which dates back to a childhood accident where he was shot in the leg with an air rifle by his brother.
24. Sammy Davis Jr. filmed a deleted cameo scene for Diamonds Are Forever — he was at the casino playing roulette.
25. The Beretta 418 pistol was James Bond’s gun of choice until a fan wrote Ian Fleming a letter saying it was a lady’s gun. The Beretta M418 is a 6.35 mm Italian ‘pocket pistol,’ which was first introduced between 1919 and 1922. It’s so small you can fit it in the palm of your hand. While the fan said it was a lady’s gun, it was actually pretty popular among high ranking Italian officers during World War II. However, due to the size, it’s really underpowered for real combat.
26. Fleming chose the name “James Bond” because he wanted to find a name “as mundane as possible.” Bond’s namesake is actually the ornithologist Dr. James Bond – lifted from a birdwatching book that Fleming had handy.
27. If you type \”James Bond\” into Google Translate and have it translated to Standard Chinese, it will translate to \”007\”.
28. Liam Neeson was reportedly offered the role of James Bond in 1995s Goldeneye. He reportedly turned it down because he wasn’t interested in starring in action movies! Of course, he would revert that decision only 4 years later when he starred in Star Wars, Episode I. He must have really regretted it because he also showed a particular set of skills in his 2008 movie Taken that would have made him a great 007. It’s interesting to think, though, what could have been if Liam Neeson had been James Bond, instead of Pierce Brosnan. Interestingly enough, on the list of rejected actors for the role of Bond is Robert Pattison “because his image of being dirty and possibly his age.”
29. A visit to Jamaica during World War II inspired Ian Fleming to buy an estate there, which he called Goldeneye. Fleming wrote many of his 14 novels there and, long after Fleming’s death, it became the namesake of the 17th Bond film – Pierce Brosnan’s Bond debut.
30. The Man With The Golden Gun’s corkscrew car jump over a canal was performed in one take and was captured by 8 cameras. It was the first stunt ever to be calculated by computer modeling.
31. For his time as James Bond, Daniel Craig has the privilege of taking any Aston Martin from the factory for the rest of his life.
32. A movie was made in 1967 as a spoof of James Bond. The movie was called OK Connery and starred Sean Connery’s brother Neil.
33. While under contract to play James Bond, Pierce Brosnan wasn’t allowed to wear a tuxedo in any non-Bond film.
34. Adam West, Clint Eastwood, and Burt Reynolds were all offered the role of James Bond, and all of them declined, believing that James Bond should always be played by a British Actor.
35. The producer of the James Bond movies is a woman. She casts Bond, his girls and decides on the stories. Barbara Broccoli has been in the business for 30 years, leading the most successful cinema franchise.
36. Sean Connery, during the filming of the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again,” was taking martial arts lessons and in the process pissed off his instructor, who in turn broke Connery’s wrist. The instructor was Steven Seagal.
37. When questioned about his terminal cancer and impending death musician, Warren Zevon stated “I just want to live long enough to see the next James Bond movie.” He achieved this goal and lived long enough to see the ironically named “Die Another Day”.
38. The existence of MI6, the agency with which James Bond works for in the movies, wasn’t officially acknowledged by the British government until 1994.
39. There are two James Bond movies with the same plot, Never Say Never Again and Thunderball. Sean Connery played James Bond in both films, 18 years apart.
40. The Bond family motto was “The world is not enough”.
41. In Daniel Craig’s James Bond films, M’s real name is Olivia Mansfield.
42. James Bond movie You Only Live Twice was written by Roald Dahl.
43. All the actors who played James Bond in the past have been 6’1″ to 6’2″ except Daniel Craig who is 5’10”.
44. James Bond is a heavy smoker, at one point smoking 70 cigarettes a day. Ian Fleming himself smoked up to 80 cigarettes a day.
45. Actually, it’s Sir Thomas, not Sir Sean. His full name is Thomas Sean Connery.
46. James Bond has been shot at 4.662 times during his career.
47. The only Bond films to win Oscars are Skyfall (sound editing and original song), Goldfinger (sound effects) and Thunderball (visual effects).
48. Bond was born in Germany, raised in Scotland and England, and considers himself Scottish.
49. The actress playing the Bond girl has only been older than the actor playing Bond twice. They also both starred in the BBC series The Avengers: Honor Blackman was 37 and Connery 34 in Goldfinger, and Diana Rigg was 31 and George Lazenby 30 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
50. Agents 002, 003, 004, and 009 have been killed, while 006 was Sean Bean’s villain in GoldenEye. 008 is Bond’s replacement in the unfortunate event of his death, while neither 001 nor 005 have ever been mentioned.
51. In each and every appearance as Bond, Sean Connery wore a hairpiece. Shekshy bashtard.
52. In the Bond films up to Casino Royale, Bond is seen to consume 114 drinks – the equivalent of one every 24.3 minutes. He primarily drinks champagne (35 glasses) and only enjoys one beer. And is pissed a total of 0 times.
53. The only Bond film since From Russia With Love that doesn’t involve a helicopter at some point is The Man With The Golden Gun. A useless and boring fact, but it is true.
54. The 22 official Bond films have earned just shy of $12billion at the box office, if ticket prices are adjusted for inflation. Which is, like, pissing loads, innit.
55. Bond is fluent in French, Italian, German and Russian, is handy with Greek, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese, and has a degree in Oriental languages. He also knows how to say ‘where is the library’ in English.
56. Actor Michael Collins ended up voicing all of Goldfinger’s lines, which were then dubbed over Gert Fröbe’s performance, because the German actor, unbeknownst to the film’s producers when they hired him, couldn’t speak English.
57. Quantum Of Solace is the only film in the series that’s considered to be a direct sequel.
58. Bond was 38 when he became a 00 agent.
59. Goldfinger was eventually banned in Israel – it was revealed that Fröbe had been a member of the Nazi party during World War II. The ban was lifted when a Jewish family publicly thanked the actor for protecting them from persecution during the conflict.
60. James Bond’s IMDB character page is 0000007.