007: 20 Shaken-Not-Stirred Facts About James Bond


1James Bond

James Bond

The real James Bond was actually an Ornithologist. When asked by Ian Fleming if it was okay to use his name he replied simply: "Fine With It."

2License to kill

License to kill

The British Secret Service (James Bond's employer) really can issue a "license to kill". It's called a Class Seven authorization and must be approved by the MI6 agent's superiors all the way up to the Foreign Minister.

3George Lazenby

George Lazenby

George Lazenby wasn't an actual actor. He got himself a suit, a Rolex, and a new haircut then met with the producer and made up movies he had been in. He later landed the role of James Bond.

4John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy was a huge James Bond fan. He viewed an early print of 'From Russia with Love' at the White House on November 21st, 1963. It was the last film he ever saw. He was killed the next day in Dallas.

5Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

For his time as James Bond, Daniel Craig has the privilege of taking any Aston Martin from the factory for the rest of his life.

6Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig finished writing the Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" because of the 2008 Writers Strike. Also, it has absolutely nothing at all in common with the short story it gets its name from.

7Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino was offered to direct 'Casino Royale' with the film set in the 50's, make it in black and white and retain Pierce Brosnan as Bond.

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8James Bond roles

James Bond roles

Adam West, Clint Eastwood, and Burt Reynolds were all offered the role of James Bond, and all declined, believing James Bond should always be played by a British actor.

9Christian Bale

Christian Bale

Christian Bale turned down the role of James Bond, saying "I've already played a serial killer."

10Skyfall shaving scene

Skyfall shaving scene

The scene in Skyfall where Daniel Craig is shaved with a straight razor led to a 400% increase in straight edge razor sales.

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  1. Quantum of Solace isn’t a short story, it’s a chapter heading in For Your Eyes Only and relates to a couple who separate then divorce. The husband, bereft at the fact his wife was unfaithful, leaves her and takes everything.



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