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Bond with the best

Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to be playing the British agent may visit the country to shoot Bond 23, meanwhile TV channel to air all 22 films through July, city club introduces Bond cocktails. Here’s some trivia to get you reminiscing…

hollywood Updated: Jun 25, 2011 13:19 IST

Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to be playing the British agent may visit the country to shoot Bond 23, meanwhile TV channel to air all 22 films through July, city club introduces Bond cocktails. Here’s some trivia to get you reminiscing…

1. Dr. No (1962)
Bond: Sean Connery

Trivia: This was chosen to be the inaugural film in the James Bond series as the plot of the source novel was the most straightforward. It had only one major location (Jamaica) and only one big special effects set piece.

2. From Russia With Love (1963)
Bond: Sean Connery

Trivia: In this film, James Bond does not say “Bond, James Bond” despite the fact that he does say it in the book this film was based on.

3. Goldfinger (1964)
Bond: Sean Connery

Trivia: Aston Martin were initially reluctant to part with two of their cars for the production. The producers had to pay for them. After this film, they never had to spend money on a car again.

4. Thunderball (1965)
Bond: Sean Connery

Trivia: James Bond does not drink a ‘vodka martini shaken, not stirred’ in this movie but he does order a Dom Perignon 55 champagne by a swimming pool whilst dining with Domino.

5. You Only Live Twice (1967)

Bond: Sean Connery

Trivia: James Bond does not drive a car in this film. This is the only EON Productions James Bond film to date in which he does not drive a vehicle.

6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Bond: George Lazenby

Trivia: This was the longest Bond film, at 140 minutes, until the appearance of Casino Royale (2006), which runs for four minutes longer.

7. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Bond: Sean Connery

Trivia: Marks the first time an actor (Sean Connery) returned to playing James Bond after another actor (George Lazenby) had played him.

8. Live and Let Die (1973)

Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: The first Bond film to be set in a fictional country. It’s also the first Bond film watched by Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to play Bond in the official series.

9. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: The island used as filming location for the Scaramanga's beach house (Phang Nga Bay, Thailand) is known as “James Bond Island”.

10. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: The movie received Three Academy Award Nominations — the most ever received by a James Bond movie to date. First Bond film to be recorded in Dolby stereo.

11. Moonraker (1979)
Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: Nepal and India were considered as locations for the movie and the latter would become one in Octopussy (1983).

12. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: This was the first Bond film to be based on one of Ian Fleming's short stories, instead of one of his novels.

13. Octopussy (1983)
Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: Because of this hotel’s involvement with this movie, Udaipur’s Lake Palace Hotel is now nicknamed The Octopussy Hotel.

14. A View to a Kill (1985)

Bond: Roger Moore

Trivia: This is the only James Bond movie ever where the famous spy genre catchphrase “Nobody ever leaves the KGB” is heard.

15. The Living Daylights (1987)

Bond: Timothy Dalton

Trivia: Last James Bond movie to use an original Ian Fleming title until Casino Royale (2006), a gap of almost twenty years.

16. License to Kill (1989)

Bond: Timothy Dalton

Trivia: First James Bond movie to include tobacco warnings in its closing credits.

17. Golden Eye (1995)

Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Trivia: Several changes had to be made to the script during production because the plot was virtually identical to True Lies (1994), which was being released at the time.

18. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Trivia: 15 BMW 750’s were destroyed in the making of the film.

19. The World is Not Enough (1999)
Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Trivia: To help promote the film, skywriters were hired to write “007” in skies across the US.

20. Die Another Day (2002)
Bond: Pierce Brosnan

Trivia: The ice palace in this film took approximately six months to construct.

21. Casino Royale (2006)
Bond: Daniel Craig

Trivia:Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.

22. Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond: Daniel Craig

Trivia: First Bond film to be released in a year ending with the number 8. There was no Bond film in 1968, 1978, 1988, or 1998.

23. Bond 23 (November 2012 – in production)
Bond: Daniel Craig

- Compiled by Serena Menon