The Name's Bond, James Bond
Ian Fleming wrote "Casino Royale" which marked the first
appearance of James Bond
, Agent 007 of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). In all,
Fleming wrote a total of twelve novels and two collections of short
stories. Upon Fleming's death in 1964, the Bond series
of novels continued by writers such as John Pearson, John
Gardner and Sebastian Faulks.
However, despite the success of the book series,
James Bond is most recognizable from the movies. Beginning
with the 1962 film, "Dr. No"
, the James Bond movies have been one of the most popular series. The
movies follow the agent, who has a fondness for the girls
, vodka martinis (shaken, not stirred),
fast cars , guns and
gadgets . The series takes Bond to exotic locations and
luxurious lifestyle , while facing some of the most
sinister villains imaginable.
During the course of the James Bond series, six different
have portrayed Bond, each providing a slightly different spin on the
main character. The first actor was Sean Connery who was in the role
for six films. The other actors portraying 007 were George Lazenby (one
movie), Roger Moore (7 movies), Timothy Dalton (two movies), Pierce
Brosnan (four movies) and the current Bond, Daniel Craig (two movies).
Who is the best Bond is subject for debate, and is one of the more
popular subjects of the Bond fansites
Fans of the movie series, not only debate which is the best
Bond, but also which is the best
movie . The series has had some
such as "Goldfinger", "Thunderball", "The Spy Who Loved Me", "For Your
Eyes Only", "Die Another Day", "Casino Royale" and the most recent
movie "Quantum of Solace." Despite having different actors playing Bond , all
the movies have much in common. They all feature a cliffhanger of an opening scene
, cool gadgets provided by "Q" (head of the armament division), a world
crisis that is a concern to "M" (head of MI6), sexy ladies, notorious
villains and Bond rushing in disabling a surveillance camera
as well as eluding the entire surveillance
camera system at the villains lair - saving the day!
famous aspect of the James Bond films are the soundtracks. Some of the
world"s most famous singers and groups including Paul McCartney, Duran
Duran, Tina Turner, Madonna, Tom Jones and Sheryl Crow have sung the
to Bond movies. However, probably the most famous theme music is the
James Bond movie theme. The theme was written by John Barry in 1962 for
"Dr. No" and has been a part of every Bond movie since.
The Bond movies, with its escapist theme, have been the most
popular movie series in history. For nearly
the series has grown, and has spun off other movie and television spy
series. Despite its age, the series is going strong and it is expected
that it will continue to evolve and grown.