Happy Birthday James Bond!

Celluloid Celebrations

Today is Global James Bond day. It is fifty years since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words ‘The name is Bond, James Bond,’ in Dr No while chain smoking in a casino and ordering his martini shaken and not stirred.
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Bond’s creator, Ian Flemming was a bit of Bond character himself. Coming from a wealthy family and educated at Eton and Sandhurst, Flemming was an author, journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer.
In WWII Fleming was involved in the planning stages of exciting sounding missions like ‘Operation Mincemeat (was this executed at Christmas maybe?) and Operation Golden eye which later became the title of the seventeenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the first to star Pierce Brosnan. He was also involved in the running of two intelligence units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force during the War, both doubtless a rich source of material for his future 007.

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I am smokin’ a fag!

 In the Bond Novels, James was a shameless chain smoker, who enjoyed over 70 cigarettes a day. In the first films, Sean Connery’s Bond didn’t smoke that much, but occasionally lit up a cigarette. When it came time for Roger Moore to start playing the British Agent, he wanted to differentiate himself from Connery’s Bond as much as possible. So, instead of cigarettes he decided he’d smoke cigars. Moore was a well known cigar aficionado, and actually had a clause added to his contract giving him an unlimited supply of cigars on set. While the exact figure of the Roger Moore cigar budget is still unknown, producer “Cubby” Broccoli said it was “in the thousands.” Like his fictional creation, Flemming was an enthusiastic smoker and drinker and died of a heart attack aged 56. Less well known is that fact that Flemming also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!

A girl a month – at least

Bond girls were always attractive accessories in the book and the films and they usually provided glamour, sex and then death in that order. Who can forget ‘Pussy Galore’ ‘Honey Rider’ and ‘Plenty O’Toole?’ Bond is most definitely a man’s man and whenever they try to big up the girl’s parts it never quite works for me. Bond consumes women like canapes, and of course no one approves of that sort of thing now. And yet, there is something about him we women will always find compellingly attractive in a  way that Metro-sexual man with his personal grooming regime, his recipe repertoire and ability to talk about emotions (yawn) will just never have…

Seven actors have played the misogynistic MI6 agent over the years and although many still see Connery as the original and the best Bond, his cinematic appeal endures. He even recently appeared in the Olympic opening ceremony and pushed the Queen out of a helicopter! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bond!                                                                       50 years old – the cassette tape

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