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James Bond. 007. No question the world’s most famous spy. No question the world’s sexiest male spy. Bond is a man’s man and James Bondevery woman’s daring dream — not the take home for dinner and marry me dream, mind you —- but that audaciously bold fantasy that causes butterflies and heart palpitations. James Bond is a super spy that never ages, never tires; a superman that drinks too much, womanizes brazenly, fights, gambles, and we love it — all of it. James Bond epitomizes pop culture and how a fictional character can become larger than life.

The British Secret Service agent is known the world over for his cultured elegance, cool techno spy gadgets, beautiful companions (aka Bond girls), sleek cars and intrepid international adventures. While 007 sips martinis (shaken, not stirred) and chases surreal bad guys in his beloved Aston Martin DB5, he’s never without witty repartee.

James Bond owes his life to Ian Fleming, the novelist who wrote the series of 007 adventure books, starting with Casino Royale in 1953. Fleming went on to write twelve novels and nine short stories. In 1961, Fleming sold the movie rights to Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli, partners of Eon Productions. The rest, as they say, is history.

Only surpassed by Harry Potter, the Bond film franchise comes in a respectable second, grossing more than $5 billion. James Bond is the longest running film franchise, with twenty three official movies produced by Eon Productions.

Behind the name.

 BOND: Fleming was an active birdwatcher, and searching for a somewhat pedestrian name for his spy character, he chose James Bond, the name of the author of a book called Birds of the West Indies.

GOLDENEYE: Ian Fleming wrote most of his James Bond novels from his winter home in Jamaica. The estate was named Goldeneye.

SKYFALL: Named after the Scottish estate, Skyfall, which is James Bond’s ancestral home.

M: Following her death at the end of Skyfall, it was finally revealed that M’s real name was Olivia Mansfield.

Bond. James Bond.

Sean Connery started balding at the young age of 21. In all his James Bond movies, Connery wore a toupee.

Daniel Craig is not only the only blonde Bond, Craig is also the only Bond actor to be born after the series began.

After the release of Die Another Day, a man approached Pierce Brosnan in a Dublin bar and asked to shake his hand. He obliged and then cracked up when the man said: “That’s the closest my hand will ever get to Halle Berry’s bottom”.

Roger Moore felt strongly that he looked awkward when running so a stunt double was used for all of Moore’s running scenes.

Throughout the series of novels and movies, James Bond has driven many exceptional automobiles including the Aston Martin DB5, DB7. V8 Vantage, V12 Vanquish; the Lotus Esprit; the BMW Z3, BMW 750iL and the BMW Z8.

Over the years, many well-known actors were considered for the part of James Bond including David Niven, Burt Reynolds, Christopher Lee, Gerard Butler, Will Smith and singer Tom Jones.

Our Top 5 Bond Girl Picks


1.Honey Ryder – Ursula Andress – Dr. No – 1962

2.Tatiana Romanova – Daniela Bianchi – From Russia With Love – 1963

3.Vesper Lynd – Eva Green – Casino Royale – 2006

4.Mary Goodnight- Britt Ekland – The Man with the Golden Gun – 1974

5.Teresa Di Vicenzo – Diana Rigg – On Her Majesty’s Service – 1969


The Official 23

Only twenty three Bond films are considered originals, produced by Eon Productions


1.         Dr. No – 1962 Sean Connery

2.         From Russia With Love – 1963 – Sean Connery

3.         Goldfinger – 1964 – Sean Connery

4.         Thunderball – 1965 – Sean Connery

5.         You Only Live Twice – 1967- Sean Connery

6.         On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 1969 – George Lazenby

7.         Diamonds Are Forever – 1971 – Sean Connery

8.         Live and Let Die – 1973 – Roger Moore

9.         The Man with the Golden Gun – 1974 – Roger Moore

10.       The Spy Who Loved Me – 1977 – Roger Moore

11.       Moonraker – 1979 – Roger Moore

12.       For Your Eyes Only – 1981 – Roger Moore

13.       Octopussy – 1983 – Roger Moore

14.       A View to a Kill – 1985 – Roger Moore

15.       The Living Daylights – 1987 – Timothy Dalton

16.       Licence to Kill – 1989 – Timothy Dalton

17.       GoldenEye – 1995 – Pierce Brosnan

18.       Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997 – Pierce Brosnan

19.       The World is Not Enough – 1999 – Pierce Brosnan

20.       Die Another Day – 2002 – Pierce Brosnan

21.       Casino Royale – 2006 – Daniel Craig

22.       Quantum of Solace – 2008 – Daniel Craig

23.       Skyfall – 2012 – Daniel Craig

FROM inside the Holiday 2013 issue of NICHE