James Bond FAQ

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Last update: 7 December 2020

The books

Who wrote James Bond?

The original James Bond books were written by Ian Fleming, who worked in Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote 12 Bond novels and two collections of short stories. Since then a number of other authors have written additional Bond adventures.

Who were James Bond’s parents?

Toward the end of You Only Live Twice, it was revealed that Bond’s parents were Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix. His father was a Scot who worked for Vickers and his mother was from the Swiss Canton de Vaud.

How did James Bond’s parents die?

According to James Bond’s (premature) obituary in the 12th James Bond book, You Only Live Twice (1964), his parents were killed in a climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges near Chamonix in the French Alps.

Who was James Bond married to?

In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Bond married Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo. She is the daughter of Marc-Ange Draco, the head of a Corsican crime syndicate, the Union Corse. She is the widow of a fast-living Italian count, hence the title, but is usually known simply as Tracy.

The movies

How many James Bond movies are there?

There are currently 24 movies in the series produced by Eon Productions. However, there were also two other films produced separately, plus a 1954 television production of Casino Royale.

Which James Bond movie should I watch first?

While it would be good to start at the beginning and work your way through all the movies in order, that’s not particularly convenient for most people. The best idea is to start with whatever Bond movie you can get your hands on. That worked for most Bond fans!

Which James Bond movie was first?

The first 007 film was Dr No. It was released in 1962 and starred Sean Connery as 007 with Joseph Wiseman as Dr Julius No and Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder.

What James Bond movie is after Skyfall?

The Bond film following Skyfall is SPECTRE, which was released in 2015. Starring Daniel Craig as 007, it marks the return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld to the series.

What James Bond movie is after SPECTRE?

The Bond film after SPECTRE is No Time to Die. After suffering a series of delays, first because the original director left the production and then due to the covid-19 pandemic, the film is due to be released in 2021.

When will James Bond start filming?

No Time to Die has finished filming. It is unknown when Bond 26 will start.

In which James Bond film does M die?

M dies at the end of Skyfall, after Bond takes her to his family’s ancestral home in Scotland. There he plans to ambush Raoul Silva and his men. The film was released in 2012 and stars Daniel Craig as 007.

Which James Bond got married?

James Bond was married in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), with George Lazenby as 007. His bride was Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo, better known simply as Tracy, played by Diana Rigg.

Which James Bond movie made the most money?

In 2012 Skyfall became the first James Bond movie to earn more than a billion dollars at the box office. Although it is the Bond with the biggest box office, Thunderball almost certainly had better audience figures.

Which James Bond movie was released in 1983?

There were two Bond films released in 1983. Octopussy was produced by Eon Productions and starred Roger Moore. Never Say Never Again was also released that year with Sean Connery returning as 007.

Which James Bond movie is Jaws in?

Jaws was a steel-toothed henchman played by Richard Kiel in two Bond films. He was so popular in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) that he returned in Moonraker (1979).

Filming locations

Which James Bond film was shot in the Bahamas?

The first Bond film to be shot in the Bahamas was Thunderball. It was released in 1965 and starred Sean Connery. Scenes for the 2006 film Casino Royale with Daniel Craig were also shot in the Bahamas.

What James Bond movie was filmed in Key West?

Licence to Kill included scenes shot in Key West. The film starred Timothy Dalton as 007 and was released in 1989.

What James Bond movie was filmed in Switzerland?

George Lazenby’s only appearance as 007 was On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). The film made extensive use of locations in Switzerland, including the mountain-top headquarters of Blofeld, Piz Gloria.

What James Bond movie was filmed in Venice?

There are three Bond films that have used scenes shot in Venice. The first was From Russia With Love (1963), although the scenes are obviously back projected. Next was Moonraker (1979) and finally Casino Royale (2006).

Which James Bond film was filmed in Corfu?

For Your Eyes Only (1981) was Roger Moore’s fifth outing as 007. Many scenes were shot in the Greek island of Corfu, including those supposed to be in Spain.

Which James Bond movie was filmed in Thailand?

The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) visited Thailand during filming. Some scenes of Roger Moore’s second Bond movie were shot in Bangkok, the Thai capital, as well as in surrounding areas.

The actors

Who has played James Bond?

Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have all played James Bond in the series by Eon Productions. David Niven played Bond in a 1967 spoof version of Casino Royale. But prior to that Barry Nelson was 007 in a US television production of Casino Royale.

Who played James Bond first?

Sean Connery was the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen in Dr No (1962). However, Barry Nelson played 007 in a 1954 TV version of Casino Royale, making him the first onscreen 007.

Who was James Bond in Goldfinger?

Goldfinger was the third James Bond movie and starred Sean Connery as 007. Released in 1964, it united 007 with the Aston Martin DB5 and set the template for the Bond films that followed.

Which James Bond was Australian?

George Lazenby, who played 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), was born in Australia. He was the second actor to play 007.

What James Bond actor died?

Sir Roger Moore died from cancer in 2017, the first actor to play 007 on the big screen to pass away.

Sean Connery died in 2020.

Barry Nelson, who played Bond in a 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale died in 2007.

Which James Bond movies was Roger Moore in?

Roger Moore played James Bond seven times. He appeared in Live And Let Die (1973), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and From A View To A Kill (1985).

Who played James Bond the most?

Roger Moore played James Bond in seven films produced by Eon Productions. Sean Connery appeared as 007 in six Eon Productions movies. But he also played Bond in Never Say Never Again (1983), which was produced by Kevin McClory separately from the long running series.

Who was James Bond in A View To A Kill?

Roger Moore played 007 in A View To A Kill (1985), which was his seventh and final appearance as 007. Timothy Dalton was chosen as his replacement and appeared in The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence To Kill (1989)..

Who was James Bond in Casino Royale?

Daniel Craig played James Bond in the 2006 version of Casino Royale. However, there was a spoof version of Casino Royale made in 1967 with David Niven. Prior to that Barry Nelson played Bond in a US television adaptation.

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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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5 Responses to “James Bond FAQ”

  • Rich Connell

    Is it possible to purchase posters of all of the Bond films? And if so, where are they available?


  • Christos

    As we’re all awaiting the release of No Time To Die, no doubt its been delayed and plagued by a number of issues: from storylines changing, plots not developed, directors leaving, writers conflicting, actors injured, and now the corunna virus – With Craig at the helm we’ve had A Bond release feature about evert 3-4 years give or take, and yet now even longer. Also added in the mix have been with alleged law suits battling in courts over the movie rights with EON, MGM, and even Sony pictures to I think.

    What used to be seeing a new Bond flick every 2 years has turned into almost 20 years from not having a new Bond picture come out every other year. And though budget plays a factor as does scouting locations, available actors, and so forth – one thing changed constantly. And that being the movies plot or script.

    Now assuming there were no alleged law suits ever tied up in court – coincidentally if the producers had gone with the continuation James Bond novels from John Gardner starting after Licence To Kill, they would have had all of his novelizations filmed and not have to worry about a story line other than forming a script to film off of his titled novels.

    And in retrospect, the same timing could have occured if after Licence To Kill, the producers decided to film all of Benson’s novels followed by Amis, Faulks, Deaver, Boyd, & maybe 1 iteration from Horowitz but not from Gardner, then again from that alloted time span – we would have seen all those novels turned into pictures; and not having to worry about what the plot would be in the next Bond film as its story was already written out from a previous novel.

    To this day though, such a waste has gone by that I think we’ll never see the light of day from the non Fleming books to be filmed and seen into a motion picture.

    For this to happen I believe the Broccolis would have to sell the entire franchise and all its rights to someone else who would be interested enough to film them, and of course for a movie studio willing to finance those for production.

  • Christioher

    Ive got a question on the non EON movie Never Say Never Again.

    I know some of the history tied up with McClorry,Fleming, Broccoli, anf Saltzman

  • Christopher

    Hello again
    My apologies from up above. Sometimes trying to write text from a very small text box on an android phone is tricky as my thumbs are bigger than the key strokes. Inadvertently, the submit button was engaged when it should not have been.

    My question is although it was decided long ago in history for EON to co-produce with McClory to film Thunderball,
    He also signed a 10 year contract not to do anything else with James Bond or Spectre affiliated during that time span without EONs consent. He agreed. After 10 years, one would think he is free and eligible from his contract as he fulfilled it and further, he allowed EON to use the Blofeld and Spectre characters.

    But then I honestly can’t see why EON would continue to battle him in court when he obliged with their terms from 10 years prior before.

    Furthermore, he was willing to re-film or re-make Thunderball again with a new working title 1st perhaps of Warhead and 2nd then later Never Say Never Again.

    My question is rather than impose an injunction from the film being made, why didn’t Broccoli and EON join forces and help to co-produce McClorys film Never Say Never Again?
    Surely this would have made a great addition to their official EON James Bond series.

    Personally that was a mistake on their part. Never Say Never Again for an unofficial James Bond movie was indeed a good Bind film. However though, it was nearly as good as its predecessor Thunderball.

  • James

    In one James Bond dory he is attacked in the street by an assassin, which one?
    He kills the assassin and reflects that the man was dirty and cheap but what left his body was greater than all Mexico.

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