A reader’s story: an introduction to 007

James Bond means many things to many people and each has our own unique experience of Bond. Last week we looked at Paul’s story of how he was inspired to upgrade his wardrobe and lifestyle by 007, that many can relate to.


Recently I received an email relating the story of how another reader was introduced to 007, which in many ways is similar to my own introduction to James Bond:

Apart from film clips on TV (and the Corgi Aston Martin of course) my first proper Bond experience was seeing the documentary The Incredible World of James Bond, which was made and shown on TV in 1966 to publicise the then forthcoming film You Only Live Twice.

I didn’t get to see an actual film until 1971, when my parents took me to see Diamonds are Forever. From then I was hooked, and collected everything from soundtrack albums to model kits.

In 1972 I read my first Bond book – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – and promptly bought all of the others, which I would read a book a day in one sitting during the school holidays. Since then my collection has grown to include quite a few Fleming First Editions, as well as the books of Gardner, Benson etc, although my wife is now baulking at the amount of space that my collection is taking up!

My favourite Bond film has to be Goldfinger, and I remember a very happy Saturday in the summer of 1974 watching it over and over on a rerun at our local Odeon (in the days when you could stay in after a film had ended to watch it again).

Sean Connery, of course, is my favourite Bond, followed closely by George Lazenby. I happen to think that he was excellent in the role and the film is one of the few to stick closely to its source material.

I think The Man With the Golden Gun, together with Moonraker, rank as the worst of Bond and hated Roger Moore’s depiction of the character intensely.

How has 007 impacted your life? Do you have any similar experiences or something completely, different? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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2 Responses to “A reader’s story: an introduction to 007”

  • curtis hicks

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading the experience of others

  • Gonzalo González Laiz

    My Bond-fever started back in 1985 with AVTK. I get Barry´s soundtrack and listen to it over and over again. Since then, here in Spain, I had the chance to see some of Connery films and I saw some on video too.

    I´ve never miss one single Bond on cinema and I usually have seen them more than once on cinema!

    In 2003 I published this guide about Goldfinger and was something like a dream came true! http://naullibres.com/libro/guia-para-ver-y-analizar-james-bond-contra-goldfinger-guy-hamilton-1964

    It was followed by an article in 2008 for the University about Casino Royale and Ian Fleming, that you can read here: http://www.archivo007.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=471&Itemid=535

    Today I write sometime for the press and keep the Bond flag up!

    Greetings from Spain!

    Gonzalo González Laiz.