Ian Flemming and Bond, James Bond 007

Bond films celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012.
Bond films celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. | Source

Ian Flemming's Bond books

Casino Royale 1953

Live and Let Die 1954

Moonraker 1955

Diamonds are Forever 1956

From Russia with Love 1957

Dr. No 1958

Goldfinger 1959

For Your Eyes Only 1960

Thunderball 1961

The Spy Who Loved Me 1962

On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1962

You Only Live Twice 1964

The Man with the Golden Gun 1965

Octopussy and The Living Daylights 1966

After the Beatles, the best and greatest invasion from Britain to the U.S. (no not the Rolling Stones) is none other than James Bond, Secret Agent of British intelligence and also known by his code number 007.

He has been popping up in novels and movies since 1953 and is the imaginative, suave, debonair, saavy, gentlemanly, handsome and sexy character creation of novelist, Ian Flemming. And Flemming had loads of experience and background with which to create this character.

And Bond has been capturing the imaginations of both men and women for years; men, who want to be James Bond and women who want to be a 'Bond girl'. The Spy Who Loved Me.

And, which Hollywood actress hasn't wanted to be a 'Bond girl?' It certainly boosts their umm ... acting career.

We have been watching Bond, 007, save the free world from the arch enemy of the Cold War, the USSR, following WWII and today he saves democracy from terrorists from around the world. From Russia with Love.

And, this year we are celebrating fifty-one years of James Bond, agent for British MI6 intelligence organization, fulfilling our imaginations of the perfect intelligence agent who never dies. You Only Live Twice.

James Bond has been a movie screen character since 1962, and my favorite James Bond, hands down and forever, is Sean Connery. He is the epitome and archetype of what Flemming created for his novels. I have actively watched Bond films through Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and now Daniel Craig. Timothy Dalton was also in there as Bond for a film or two, but these four are the ones who have been the most popular Bond figures.

Daniel Craig is my second favorite Bond, not the usual prototype as he is shorter and light-haired, and not at all as Flemming pictured his dashing character. But he has a certain raw power and sexiness as well a vulnerability I like in his Bond portrayal.

That Flemming's one character has evolved over the years and retained his popularity is amazing to me. His films have been the most profitable and the novels have been best sellers since 1953. In fact, the Bond films are the second highest grossing film series behind Harry Potter.

Although Flemming died in 1964 of a heart attack, other authors have gone on to continue writing Bond novels, short stories, films, TV programs and video games and they all have been wildly popular.

Today, British novelist Raymond Benson is the continuation Bond author and considered the best writer of Bond novels in continuing what Flemming started and writing in the vein Flemming did of his character.

Benson has said of Flemming that he was a "master storyteller by the time he wrote Thunderball in 1961."

Flemming has also been ranked by The Times of London as number fourteen on its list of "The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945."

And Flemming himself has been quoted as describing his Bond books as "thrillers designed to read as literature." He said he was influenced by the writing of Dashiell Hammett and Graham Greene among others.

Flemming's creation, James Bond, has become the most endearing, successful and popular world-wide icon in fiction and films ever created.

Daniel Craig, the current James Bond character in the films.
Daniel Craig, the current James Bond character in the films. | Source
Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond novels and creator of the famous iconic character.
Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond novels and creator of the famous iconic character. | Source
Ian Flemming's Goldeneye house and estate on the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea.  This is where Flemming wrote his James Bond novels each winter.
Ian Flemming's Goldeneye house and estate on the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea. This is where Flemming wrote his James Bond novels each winter. | Source

Ian Flemming 1908-1964

Flemming was educated at Durnford School beginning in 1914, a prep school on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, and it was not a pleasant experience for him. He was not a great student academically and was bullied quite often during his time there.

He was also educated at Eton, Sandhurst and briefly at Munich University and the University of Geneva. At Eton, again he was just average academically, but excelled at sports and held the title of "Victor Ludorum" for two years between 1925-27. With this title also goes a trophy presented to the most successful athletic competitor for the year.

Flemming had a difficult start in life and because of his randy lifestyle at Eton, he was asked to leave a term early to take a crammer course to enter the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He attended Sandhurst but left a year later without gaining a commission.

In 1927, he attended Tennerhof, in Kitzbuhel, Austria, a small private school run by former British spy Ernan Forbes Dennis, attended the universities in Munich and Geneva, and then applied for the British Foreign Service but failed the examinations and so failed attaining a position.

Family members intervened on his behalf at this point, and in 1931 he obtained a position as sub-editor and journalist for Reuters news service and was sent to the USSR as a foreign correspondent. He did not do badly as a journalist.

However, in 1933, he gave in to family pressure and went into banking with a position with a financial firm Cull and Company. He went on to become a stockbroker in 1935, but was unsuccessful in a business or banking career.

He finally found his niche when in 1939 he was recruited by Rear Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence for the Royal Navy and became his personal assistant. At this time he was also commissioned into the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as a lieutenant and then promoted to commander.

Here, as an administrator, he excelled and was invaluable to Godfrey as his personal assistant.

He was later moved into an administration position for spy operations in Naval Intelligence during WWII.

From 1941-42 Flemming was in charge of "Operation Goldeneye" and was in charge of the intelligence framework in Spain in case Hitler tried to invade and take over Spain during WWII.

He continued to work in commando units sent to the front lines to obtain documents from the Germans. He never fought with any unit himself, but selected the targets and directed operations from the rear.

He was also involved and oversaw the distribution of intelligence to the Royal Navy in preparation for "Operation Overlord."

In 1942, Flemming attended an Anglo-American intelligence summit on the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean Sea and fell in love with the island and decided to live there after the war.

He had a house and estate built, named Goldeneye, on Jamaica and this is where he wrote his Bond novels.

After the war, Flemming returned to journalism and became Foreign Manager at the Kennsley newspaper group. He worked for The Sunday Times and oversaw a network of foreign correspondents for the newspaper. He had a three month vacation each winter written into his contract and for those three months escaped to his estate in Jamaica each winter.

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Flemming chose a Bently as the car of choice for our Bond hero.
Flemming chose a Bently as the car of choice for our Bond hero. | Source
Pierce Brosnan as 007 who took his martinis "shaken not stirred."
Pierce Brosnan as 007 who took his martinis "shaken not stirred." | Source

The James Bond Novels

Here on the warm and sun kissed island of Jamaica with its "don't worry, be happy" relaxing lifestyle, Ian Flemming wrote his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952. With the one thing he had been wildly successful at, naval intelligence, he made spying the crux of his novel and created the Bond character as an officer in the British Secret Intelligence Service - MI6, with code number 007, and also made him a commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, as Flemming himself had been.

Flemming wrote twelve Bond novels and two short story collections. His Bond character was based on a composite of a number of secret commandos Flemming knew during WWII.

He actually took the name for his character from an American friend and ornithologist on Jamaica , a Mr. James Bond, who was an expert on Caribbean birds. Flemming was also a birdwatcher and in his first novel, he wanted his character Bond to be dull and uninteresting - just a man things happened to. His character, of course, changed greatly over the rest of the novels.

He took the code number 007 from the British naval intelligence's key achievement during WWI, the breaking of the German diplomatic code. The German document, the Zimmerman telegram #0075, was the code that was broken and also led to the U.S. entering the WWI. 00 in British intelligence meant highly classified and, of course, that is what Bond is, a highly classified MI6 secret agent.

Flemming's image of Bond was a man of "dark rather cruel good looks." Bond's age was made by Flemming to be from mid-to-late 30's and he never ages in Flemming's novels. He even gave Bond some of his own traits and characteristics such as Flemming's own golf handicap, taste for scrambled eggs, love of gambling, and love of martini's, "shaken not stirred."

In fact, the phrase, "shaken not stirred," for how Bond likes his martini's first appeared in the novel, Diamonds are Forever (1956), but Bond actually never said the line until the novel, Dr. No (1958). It was first said by Sean Connery in the film, Goldfinger (1964). It became a popular phrase in a popular world-wide culture.

Interestingly, in the film, You Only LIve Twice, Bond's martini is offered to him "stirred not shaken," but our ever gracious and gentlemanly Bond ignored the host's gaff telling him his drink was perfect.

Flemming also gave Bond a sense of humor and Scottish ancestors in his novel, You Only Live Twice. Bond's Scottish ancestry became the focal point of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, as the name of Bond's ancestral estate in Scotland, but also with ancestral demons Bond had to confront as well as his enemy.

Flemming used his three month vacation in Jamaica every year to write another Bond novel for his increasing fan base. His last two novels, The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy and The Living Daylights, were published posthumously.

His first five Bond books he wrote all received great reviews but by 1958 Flemming was receiving harsh criticism for his Bond novels. Paul Johnson of the New Statesman described his latter novels as "sex, snobbery, and sadism."

Flemming also wrote some of the screenplays for the films of his novels and sales of his books increased dramatically when President John F. Kennedy stated From Russia with Love was one of his ten favorite books.

In the middle of writing his Bond novels, Flemming took time out to write Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, a children's novel based on a bedtime story he told his young son, Caspar, and it was published two months after his death.

Ian Flemming was always a heavy smoker and drinker and died in 1964 when he suffered a heart attack brought on by heart disease. He was only 56 years old.

Flemming is remembered for his Bond novels and character and his creation has appeared in official and unofficial films twenty-five times and Bond has been portrayed by seven different actors. Flemming left us with a huge icon for the ages.

The first Bond novel adapted to film, starring Sean Connery as James Bond.
The first Bond novel adapted to film, starring Sean Connery as James Bond. | Source

Dr. No

M, James Bond's boss at MI6, played by Judi Dench in the last several Bond films.  She didn't  survive in Skyfall.
M, James Bond's boss at MI6, played by Judi Dench in the last several Bond films. She didn't survive in Skyfall. | Source

The James Bond Films

Ian Flemming's James Bond books were perfectly written to be turned into films for the big screen with the handsome James Bond along with all the action and beautiful women Bond squired through his films.

James Bond films have been a lucrative and on-going production since 1962 to the present with only a six year hiatus from 1989-95.

EON productions has produced twenty-three of the films and was first owned by Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and is now owned and run their by their children. Most of the films, when not on location, are filmed and completed at Pinewood Studios in England.

The Bond films have grossed USD $6 billion and are only second in gross to the Harry Potter films.

Six actors have portrayed Bond 007 in the EON productions:

  • Sean Connery
  • George Lazenby
  • Roger Moore
  • Timothy Dalton
  • Pierce Brosnan
  • Daniel Craig

David Niven played an elderly James Bond in 1965's Casino Royale, but the film was not produced by EON productions. Niven was 56 years old at the time and he played an older Bond who previously had won the Victoria Cross and was called back into service.

And Sean Connery reprised his role as Bond in 1983 in the film, Never Say Never. This film also was not made by EON productions. Any Bond film NOT produced by EON productions is considered an unofficial Bond film. Only Bond films made by EON productions are considered official Bond films as they hold the rights to the novels.

The first Bond film by EON productions was Dr. No in 1962. Sean Connery who played Bond was not their first choice of actor. Connery took over the role when first choice Patrick McGoohan turned down the role. And, the rest, as they say is history,

At the time, Sean Connery was so backward that director, Terence Young, had to 'educate' Connery for the role. Young introduced Connery to the high life, restaurants, casinos and women of London. Hard to believe, isn't it? Apparently, Connery was a quick learner.

Another amazing fact is that the Hollywood studios were not interested in funding the Bond films believing them to be "too British" and "too blatantly sexual." Finally, to get the films made, EON had to create the Danjaq company to hold the rights to the films that EON produced. I bet Hollywood rues the day it ever said no to a Bond film.

The filming for Dr. No took place on the island of Jamaica, but the next Bond film and those coming after were shot on location in Europe because it cost less to film there.

Maurice Binder created the title sequence and introduced the gun barrel motif that appears on all the EON production of Bond films.

The next Bond film is slated to open in November 2015 with Daniel Craig as Bond. Since Skyfall is the highest grossing Bond film ever, and it was nominated for several Academy awards, EON productions is bringing back Sam Mendes to direct again and Daniel Craig has at least two more Bond films under contract.

Update November 2015: Daniel Craig as James Bond, 007, is back, this time in the highly awaited film, Spectre. It will be in theaters on November 6, 2015. Spectre, two years in the making, takes place in Mexico City, Rome and the breathtaking Austrian Alps. Directed by Sam Mendes, Bond's license to kill goes forward as Bond takes on Spectre, the sinister organization he stumbles onto while pursuing a cryptic message he has received from his past.

The new Bond girl is the lovely Lea Seydoux, as Dr. Madeline Swann, a renowned psychologist, who becomes more than just another Bond conquest. They fight together their arch-enemy played by Christoph Waltz.

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The newest Bond girl, Lea Seydoux, Spectre 2015

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Spectre - November 2015

EON productions of official Bond films

Bond film
Year
Actor
Dr. No.
1962
Sean Connery
From Russia with Love
1963
Sean Connery
Goldfinger
1964
Sean Connery
Thunderball
1965
Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice
1967
Sean Connery
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
1969
George Lazenby
Diamonds are Forever
1971
Sean Connery
Live and Let Die
1973
Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun
1974
Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me
1977
Roger Moore
Moonraker
1979
Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only
1981
Roger Moore
Octopussy
1983
Roger Moore
A View to a Kill
1985
Roger Moore
The Living Dayights
1987
Timothy Dalton
License to Kill
1989
Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye
1995
Pierce Brosnan
Timorrow Never Dies
1997
Pierce Brosnan
The World is Not Enough
1999
Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day
2002
Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale
2006
Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace
2008
Daniel Craig
Skyfall
2012
Daniel Craig
Spectre
2015
Daniel Craig

Skyfall - the film, and song by Adele

Famous Bond Girls

Ursula Andress, the first Bond girl, in the film Dr. No. (1962)
Ursula Andress, the first Bond girl, in the film Dr. No. (1962) | Source
Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002) and it looks like the bathing suit design has never died.
Halle Berry in Die Another Day (2002) and it looks like the bathing suit design has never died. | Source
Shirley Eaton from Goldfinger (1964)
Shirley Eaton from Goldfinger (1964) | Source
Britt Eckland from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Britt Eckland from The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) | Source
Barbara Bach from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Barbara Bach from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) | Source
Michelle Yeoh from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Michelle Yeoh from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) | Source
Jane Seymour from Live and Let Die (1973)
Jane Seymour from Live and Let Die (1973) | Source
Jill St John from Diamonds are Forever (1971)
Jill St John from Diamonds are Forever (1971) | Source
Sophie Marceau from The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Sophie Marceau from The World Is Not Enough (1999) | Source
Berenice Marlohe from Skyfall (2012)
Berenice Marlohe from Skyfall (2012) | Source

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Now this I know something about. LOL

I loved the earlier films; not so much the later ones. Don't know why that is other than the fact that I am a traditionalist. :) Great review and bio.


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Ashok Rao 3 years ago from Mumbai, India

Interesting! I grew up watching bond movies and I always felt Connery was the best bond ever. It's hard to believe that the director had to educate Connery for the role. I remember my dad never missed bond movies but he never used to take me with him. In India most of the bond movies got 'A' certificate and my dad felt some of the scenes were not appropriate for me to watch. Although Sean Connery became very popular with the bond movies, I think he gave his best in the movie Untouchables for which he won academy for best supporting actor.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

I'm sure you do know about this Bill. I find the Bond films so fun and hilarious. They can be quite astonishing - today the action is full of explosions and what not, almost hard to believe. Thanks so much for your visit and I'm glad you enjoyed this.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Ashok: Thanks so much for reading and leaving such insightful comments. No, Bond movies definitely are not for children, but once grown up I think they are such fun. I loved Sean Connery also, and felt he best portrayed Bond. But, then I like men, tall, dark and handsome. LOL I forgot about Connery's role in The Untouchables - thanks for the memories. Your visit is most appreciated.


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DreamerMeg 3 years ago from Northern Ireland

The only Bond in my book was Sean Connery - he IS James Bond, sadly, now retired! I used to read all of Ian Fleming's novels and he wrote some others as well as the James Bond ones.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

DreamerMeg: Hi there. Yes Flemming wrote some non-fiction about the war, I believe. Yes, I agree Sean Connery IS James Bond. Really the best actor for the part-so smooth and suave! Thanks for reading. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

"Bond. James Bond." has brought so much fun and excitement to my home. Growing up with two sons, action and adventure was our thing.

Bond always delivered. So, you can imagine how much I love this hub.

I tried viewing "Skyfall" with Adele, but there were technical issues.

I have had that happen before. Not sure why. Regardless V+!

Thanks for the trip down a wonderful lane of memories,

Kim


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TravelinJack 3 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

Sean Connery was definitely the best James Bond!


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Craig is making his image known as Bond, but my favorite, as is yours, remains Sean Connery. My second favorite is Brosnan. Who doesn't enjoy a good Bond movie with all its suspense, danger and gadgets? The photos of Bond women reminds me that they were also a part of what makes the films so popular. Great review! Happy Thanksgiving, Suzette!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Kim: I have always enjoyed the Bond movies. They are so much fun and entertainment. Sometimes I just want to be entertained - no deep thoughts or literature! LOL I fixed the Adele and Skyfall video. I don't understand why these unlink either; but it is working now, who knows for how long. Thanks so much for reading and for your comments. Glad you enjoyed this! Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Kim and enjoy your day!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

TravlinJack: Yes, Sean Connery is the best James Bond ever! I agree. HIs films are so fun and entertaining to watch. Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments. Glad you enjoyed it!


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Suzette,

Totally loved this hub. I am still and have always been a James Bond fan. I still have every 007 book written by Ian Flemming as well as others by John Gardener 'For Special Services, Licence Renewed, and Win Lose or Die'. I agree totally with you that Sean Connery was the best Bond, and he became one of my favorite actors in anything he starred. I also agree that Daniel Craig is the best since Connery and has a smoldering ruggedness about him that most of the others lacked.

I even wrote a book review while at school on "Octopussy" but received quite a bit of flack regarding my comments of some of the scenes and characters in particular "Pussy Galore". Voted up ++


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Dianna: Thanks so much for reading and for you comments. I love Bond movies - they are so fun and entertaining. What is a Bond movie without the 'Bond girls?' Thanks so much for your visit and you Have a Happy Thanksgiving also! Enjoy your day!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jodah: You are so funny. I can image a book review of Bond for a school class. Especially with the double entendre names of the Bond Girls. LOL One thing about Bond - the movies are so delightful to both men and women and they always made great 'date' movies. Sean Connery will always BE James Bond, but Daniel Craig is doing a great portrayal of him. Thanks so much for reading and I'm glad you enjoyed this.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I agree with DreamerMeg- Sean Connery was James Bond, Roger Moore just did not have it. Very enjoyable hub. Thank you.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jackie: THanks so much for reading and I am glad you enjoyed this one. I am a Sean Connery fan, too! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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Mr Archer 3 years ago from Missouri

Very well done! I have read all of the Bond books, and seen every one of the Bond films. Connery is my favorite Bond but I am becoming favorable towards Craig. His darkness and straightforward personality as Bond is just what I think Bond should be.

I had always thought Roger Moore was originally chosen as Bond, not McGoohan. Either way, my feeling is he was perhaps the worst Bond next to Dalton.

Best Bond Moment: Goldfinger and the line "No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Perfect!


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mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

suzettenaples it it obvious that a home on the island of Jamaica is key to writing Bond thillers. Bon voyage. lol You have out done yourself. One of the great tradgies in my history is when my S.S. card arrived ending in 006. No question in my mind that someone swapped out the 007 card. (no laughing out loud on this fact)

Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig is the way I see it. Craid has to overcome the lack of Fleming. One the stories are darker. And two, Craig showed up in a movie driving a Ford. A Ford can you believe it.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Mr Archer: Good for you for having read all the Bond books. I have not and I have not seen all the movies either. I agree with you, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton did nothing for me as Bond. I think Sean Connery will always be the Bond icon - he really looks and acts like the Bond that Flemming wrote. I do like Daniel Craig and I didn't think I would, but his portrayal is a good one even though he doesn't physically look like the character that Flemming wrote. It is good to see Bond evolve. LOL Thanks so much for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Mike: LOL we can't all be 007. So sorry! It's because you are suppose to be the writer, not the secret spy! You write just as good mystery thrillers as Flemming and I love the characters you create. Yes, I guess you better get to Jamaica for some of your mystery writes. Sean Connery and Daniel Craig are my favorite Bond portrayals and I was surprised by Craig - I didn't think I would like him, but his portrayal is a good one. I never cared for Pierce Brosnan - he just didn't quite convince me he was Bond, I don't know why. So glad you enjoyed this and thanks so much for your visit.


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heidithorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

One of my favorite film franchises of all time! I've watched Goldfinger, The Spy Who Loved Me, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day so many times, I think I have them almost memorized. :)

Great summary of the series. My fave Bonds are Connery and Brosnan, although Craig is doing a good job. Will miss Judi Dench as M, but looking forward to the next one in 2015.


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LKMore01 2 years ago

Awesome Hub, Suzette. Sean Connery will always be my favorite James Bond. Incredible photo's, research and such entertaining information in this article.


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Its a fine hub, but my favorite is always Sean Connery.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

heidithorne: The Bond movies are such fun to watch. Connery will always be my favorite Bond, but Craig does him well too. I was sad that Judi Dench's M died in the last movie - I think she is being replaced by a man! Can you believe it? But, Moneypenny still remains a woman. I look forward to the next Bond film. Thanks so much for stopping by to read this and I am glad you enjoyed it.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

LKMore: Thanks so much for your visit and for your comments. I love the Bond films - they are so much fun and I can't think of another movie character that has lasted as long and been as popular as Bond. Connery was my all time favorite, but I do like Craig. I think Craig is doing good job and he is wonderful to look at! LOL Thanks so much for your visit.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

MG Singh: Thank you so much for your lovely comments and Connery has always been my favorite Bond also. I appreciate your visit.


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

Oh, I LOVE James Bond! Sean Connery was an amazing James Bond, but I really liked the younger guy, not sure of his name, better. :)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

VVanNess: James Bond is one of my favorite characters in book and film. I never miss a James Bond movie. They are so fun and Bond is always so dashing! LOL! Connery will always be my favorite Bond.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Ooh shaken not stirred Suzette! LOL! I love the Bond films, well the Pierce Brosnan ones! he was the best of the bunch, I don't like that silly little man Daniel Craig he is useless! I watched the last one? I think it was, all it was was a load of shooting, jumping and noise! they have definitely lost the plot! so to speak! great hub! voted up and shared! nell


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Nell, you are a hoot! I like Daniel Craig, although I agree there is too much action, blowing up buildings, car chases etc. and not enough in the bedroom! LOL Sean Connery is my favorite and he was so suave and smooth in the bed department. We need to see more of that. I agree, also as I like my martini's shaken also. I was sad to see M - Judi Dench, killed in this last Bond film. I always liked her so much in the films.

These Bond movies are so much fun and I always love to hear who the new Bond girl will be. So glad you enjoyed reading this and thanks for your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Nell, you are a hoot! I like Daniel Craig, although I agree there is too much action, blowing up buildings, car chases etc. and not enough in the bedroom! LOL Sean Connery is my favorite and he was so suave and smooth in the bed department. We need to see more of that. I agree, also as I like my martini's shaken also. I was sad to see M - Judi Dench, killed in this last Bond film. I always liked her so much in the films.

These Bond movies are so much fun and I always love to hear who the new Bond girl will be. So glad you enjoyed reading this and thanks for your comments.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Mines a Vodka, not a Martini! Haha!


suzettenaples 2 years ago

My martini's are always made with vodka and only dry vermouth. I can only drink very dry martini's. I can't stand the sweet stuff!


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Nell Rose 23 months ago from England

I loved Pearce the best! I don't like Daniel Craig at all! lol! too short, not attractive to me at least! but yes I do like the bond films, but only some of them, great hub!


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I have watched most of James Bond movies and still like the original actors in all. A very interesting and informative hub. Voted up!


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Nell: Love this English import - 007. I just love the movies and I never miss them. Pearce was my least favorite - I don't know why - I guess I just didn't find him that believeable as Bond. I do like Daniel Craig and he adds an edgy feel to the Bond character in my opinion. Whatever - there are plenty of Bond movies available to watch whoever your favorite Bond man is. That is what I like about the Bond franchise. Always a hot 007 available to watch! LOL!


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suzettenaples 22 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi Devika: So glad you enjoyed reading this and you enjoy Bond movies and characters also. I love the Bond franchise and never tire of watching the movies. They are just too much fun! LOL! Thanks so much for your visit, Devika. Most appreciated.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

I don't think I will ever like Bond as much as I have loved Sean! I seldom go to movies anymore, but will wait till the latest comes out on NetFlix. Great Hub with great photos!


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

I am with you, mary, I think Connery is the best 007. But, I do like Daniel Craig - he gives an edgier Bond performance. And, I think he is sexy. LOL! I always wait in anticipation for Bond films. Thank so much for reading and I am glad you enjoyed this.


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RoadMonkey 21 months ago

I read all the James Bond books when I was a teenager and really mourned when Ian Fleming died. He wrote many other books besides the James Bond books. He had an odd life, it was as interesting as one of his novels, if it was all true.


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suzettenaples 21 months ago from Taos, NM Author

RoadMonkey: Thank you so much for reading this. I have enjoyed the Bond movies over the years - I have seen more of the films than actually read the books. Flemming was an odd character as you say. I think his war experiences administering his spies gave him a host of ideas for his novels. Anyway, his novels are quite entertaining. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comments.

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