Throwback Thursday: Bond, James Bond (06 Apr 2017)
Throwback Thursday: Bond, James Bond
This week for Throwback Thursday, we go back in time and take a look at the most famous secret agent in the world, agent 007, James Bond. 007 has been driving in nice cars, kissing beautiful women, drinking Martini’s and a cultural phenomenon for over 50 years. We now let you know a few things that you might not of known about him.
American actor Barry Nelson played the first ever Bond in 1954, after Ian Fleming, the creator and writer of the Bond novels, sold the original television rights to Casino Royale for $1,000. The production company adapted Bond for an American audience by making him an American and be referred to as ‘Jimmy.’
There have been 24 Bond films to date, which have grossed over $7,040 billion in total, they have become the longest running film series, since the 1962 film ‘Dr. No’ which starred Sean Connery.
The 2012 film, Skyfall, won 5 Oscars which is more than any other Bond film.
MI6, the agency that Bond works for, was only acknowledged as real in 1996.
There are 12 Bond novels and two short-story collections. The novels were widely popular in England but were not as successful in America, until then president John F. Kennedy listed one of the books, ‘From Russia with Love’ as one of his ten favourite books. After that, sales for the novels started to go up in the U.S.A.
Australian model George Lazenby, played the second on-screen Bond after Connery, at the time he was the highest paid model in the world. He was known for his diva tendencies during filming. He refused other Bond films, claiming that their popularity would die down. Lazenby claimed that he was trying to be Bond off-screen as well as on.