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James Bond – superspy

James Bond - superspy

James Bond – superspy


Ian Fleming, the man who invented James Bond, was a secret agent himself. Fleming worked for British Naval Intelligence.
After the war, Ian promised a friend that he would write ‘the spy story to end all spy stories.’ And he kept his promise.
In the early 1950s Fleming began a career as a writer with the publication of Casino Royale. His books were an instant sensation, with their mixture of high living, violence, and sex proving irresistible to readers.
Ian Fleming died in the early 1960s, but his most famous creation was already destined to outlive him.
The James Bond films are one of the most successful series of films in cinema history. They are known for a number of elements, including spectacular stunts, outrageous villains, and beautiful women.
The name James Bond and certain other phrases—license to kill, Agent 007 — have become synonymous with action, adventure, and a glamorous lifestyle.

Bond also reflects the changing times. The Bond of Connery— sexist, violent, and cruel—so popular in the 1960s changed with the changing attitudes of the times, especially concerning women, into the more gentle and funny Bond of Moore in the late 1970s and 1980s.
As the Cold War ended, Dalton’s Bond found himself facing a maniacal drug dealer in License to Kill and the AIDS crisis prompted a monogamous (!) Bond in The Living Daylights. In the new world order of the 1990s, Brosnan’s Bond has faced ex-Soviet agents in Goldeneye and a crazed media baron in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Source: Film Encyclopedia of Popular Culture

Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming


The role of James Bond played:
Sean Connery (1962-1967; 1971; 1983)
The first to play James Bond, Sean has no need to alter his Edinburgh brogue since Ian Fleming’s character was a Scot. Appearing in six official 007 movies, Sean actually had to have special training on how to behave in polite society.
Sean Connery

Sean Connery


George Lazenby (1969)
Next came George Lazenby in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. George’s portrayal of Bond was attacked by critics for making the character too unpleasant; which seems strange considering 007 is basically an assassin.
George Lazenby

George Lazenby


Roger Moore (1973-1985)
Roger’s interpretation of Bond was as a wise-cracking playboy. Roger’s Bond movies ballooned into romps around the world where a very thin storyline was held together by cars, gadgets and beautiful women.
Roger Moore

Roger Moore


Timothy Dalton (1987-1989)
In the late eighties the world had changed and people wanted a less cheerful Bond again. Dalton’s movies were meant to return 007 to the man of the novels, a smooth-talking ruffian.
Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton


Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002)
To take the movies into the 90s, a cool Bond was needed – a second Sean! In Pierce Brosnan they found him. Mean and ruthless like Sean, but at the same time suave and witty – the masses loved him, the critics loved him, but he decided he was getting too old and quit.
Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan


Daniel Craig (2006-present)
Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Bond movies tend to have beautiful women. Each film traditionally has 3 main female roles: the first one always dies, the second always turns out to be a villain and the third one survives.

Bond Girls
Dr. No, 1962

Ursula Andress and Ian Fleming

Ursula Andress and Ian Fleming

From Russia With Love, 1963

Daniela Bianchi

Daniela Bianchi

Goldfinger, 1964

Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman

Thunderball, 1965

Claudine Auger

Claudine Auger

You Only Live Twice, 1967

Karin Dor

Karin Dor

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Diamonds Are Forever, 1971

Jill St. John

Jill St. John

Live And Let Die, 1973

Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour

The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974

Britt Ekland

Britt Ekland


Maud Adams

Maud Adams

The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

Barbara Bach

Barbara Bach

Moonraker, 1979

Lois Chiles

Lois Chiles

For Your Eyes Only, 1981

Carole Buke

Carole Buke


Cassandra Harris and her husband Timothy Dalton

Cassandra Harris and her husband Timothy Dalton

Never Say Never Again, 1983

Kim Basinger

Kim Basinger

A View To A Kill, 1985

Grace Jones

Grace Jones


Tanya Roberts

Tanya Roberts

The Living Daylights, 1987

Maryam D'Abo

Maryam D’Abo

Licence To Kill, 1989

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell


Talisa Soto

Talisa Soto

Goldeneye, 1995

Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen


Izabella Scorupco

Izabella Scorupco

Tomorrow Never Dies, 1997

Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh


Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher

James Bond – superspy

The World Is Not Enough, 1999

Denise Richards

Denise Richards


Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau

Die Another Day, 2002

Halle Berry

Halle Berry


Rosamund Pike

Rosamund Pike

Casino Royale, 2006

Eva Green

Eva Green

Quantum of Solace, 2008

Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Craig and Gemma Arterton

Olga Kurylenko, Daniel Craig and Gemma Arterton

Skyfall, 2012

Berenice Marlowe

Berenice Marlowe


Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris

Spectre, 2015

Lea Seydoux

Lea Seydoux