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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Who is your favorite James Bond actor? Please vote!

     Who is your favorite James Bond? This fictional spy character was created in 1953 by author Ian Fleming, who branded him so successfully! The novel series became a film series and we enjoyed watching him on the big screen at the local theatre. Twelve novels and two short-story collections are left behind since Fleming's death in 1964. 

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     In my youth alongside my father, I enjoyed watching MI6 agent James Bond, with his 007 license to kill, save the world from dastardly villains. The James Bond film series is the longest-running one known to mankind. Beginning in 1962 with Sean Connery to the present with Daniel  Craig, it has been a continuous series of spy thrillers hitting the big screen, grossing well over $6 billion, making it the second-highest-grossing film series, trailing Harry Potter     Here's some historical facts on the James Bond TV and movie series:
  • 1954- Author Ian Fleming was paid $1000 for the TV rights for Casino Royale, and it was broadcast on CBS  in October, 1954 as an episode of the Climax! Mystery Theatre.
  • The first official EON Productions James Bond film was Dr. No. Released in 1962, it opened with the gun barrel sequence that become a trademark of the series.
  • Roger Moore came on the scene in 1964. Busy guy! He played Simon Templar on The Saint and starred as James Bond in an episode of the comedy sketch show Mainly Millicent.
  • When Sean Connery departed from the series in 1967, the producers found Australian model George Lazenby to play the new James Bond. 
  • George Lazenby retired from the series after filming On Her Majesty's Secret Service, so the producers were told to bring back Sean Connery at any cost. Connery agreed to do one last film, getting paid a $1.25 million base salary plus an estimated 12.5% of the profits. The film was Diamonds Are Forever and was a complete success. He  didn't enjoy the money, for he donated his entire base salary to a Scottish education charity.
     I recently attended a workshop on James Bond at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. It was sponsored by the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO), which I am a member of. Many Bond enthusiasts attended. Die-hard Bond fans have studied the alcoholic libations he frequently enjoyed. There are over fifty 007 drink recipes mentioned, from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace. Bond also had his favorite champagnes and wines. Let's did he like that martini prepared?
Robert Morton, Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and authors the book Penumbra Database, part of the "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean" spy series.