How Did They Become James Bond?

“It’s a small group of men who’ve made this role. More men have walked on the moon than have played James Bond.” – Pierce Brosnan

So how did these six lucky men end up playing the oxymoronic title that is “the world’s most famous secret agent”?



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  • Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman famously said they liked the way the young Scotsman moved. They thought we walked like a panther. Whatever the hell that means! The film that really sold them on taking a chance on this unknown actor, was his supporting role in Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1952).



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  • He may have only played 007 once, but this Australian’s story is the most fascinating of them all. Not really an actor, but he acted like he could. This former car salesman and model, really pushed his way into the auditions to replace Sean Connery. The only bit of acting he had was starring in a commercial for a chocolate company.



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  • This charming Brit was always on the producers’ minds when it came to casting Bond in the 1960s. Unfortunately, his schedule never opened up thanks to his hit TV show “The Saint”. Think of Moore’s role in the show as 007 training.



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  • This Welsh Shakespearean thespian actually turned down the role in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, citing his youth and inexperience. His role in films like Mary Queen of Scots, Cromwell, and specifically The Lion in Winter, kept him on the mind of Albert R. Broccoli. He finally got his shot at Bond when he was hired in 1986.



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  • Take everything I mentioned about Roger Moore in The Saint in the 1960s, and swap it with Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele in the 1980s. This Irishman missed out on playing James Bond in 1987’s The Living Daylights due to his contract for Remington Steele. His hard work finally paid off in 1995’s Goldeneye.




  • There weren’t many people who believed in Daniel Craig when he was announced as the 6th James Bond actor. Barbara Broccoli never backed down from her belief that he was the right man for the gig. She was 100% correct, and I, and most of the world were so very wrong. What did it for her? She saw his starring role in a British gangster flicked titled “Layer Cake”.



Dumbest Plans By Villains

Every now and then you get a Bond villain who has an original idea, but more often than not it all comes down to world domination. That same old dream. Of course, that pesky James Bond fellow is always around to ruin things for the main baddie, but it is usually the villain’s own stupidity that does them in. And I’m not even talking about the countless times they leave the room, while James deals with another obscure way to die. Here are just some of the plans by Bond villains that will make you say… that’s just dumb!


Auric Goldfinger

You are going to break into Fort Knox. Really?! Have you truly thought this through Goldie? His plot of making the gold radioactive until 2022ish is pretty clever. However, Operation Grand Slam already had its issues from the start. Getting funded by American gangsters is one part. He kills a whole lot of them and he doesn’t think one day soon there won’t be retaliation? How about the one gangster who decided to leave without getting involved in this caper? He is murdered by Goldfinger’s henchman Oddjob. Death by car crusher! All so Auric could get the removal of the gold he gave him. So greedy! Oh and by the way, doesn’t the NY Fed have more gold than Fort Knox? Just saying.


Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Forgetting the fact that he and Bond try to the play the “I’ve never met you before in my life” game, his diabolical plan is just plain dumb. Blofeld wants to destroy the whole world’s economy by making all plant and livestock infertile. Pretty neat. How was he planning on getting this done? By using a dozen stunning young women from around the globe, who are undergoing unorthodox psychological and immunological treatments for food allergies and phobias. He was brainwashing them to distribute bacteriological warfare agents throughout their parts of the world. Considering James slept with at least 1/3 of the ladies in a couple nights, I’m not sure Blofeld should have put all his faith in his hypnotized “angels of death.”


Karl Stromberg and Hugo Drax

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These two are not villains in the same movie, but their ideas sure are. Let me make this abundantly clear for Mr. Stromberg: IT IS GOING TO BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE HUMAN RACE TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE UNDERWATER! Oh and for Mr. Drax: IT IS GOING TO BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE HUMAN RACE TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE IN SPACE! I really don’t think you two have thought this entirely through.


Max Zorin

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What can I say that Roger Ebert didn’t already say about Zorin’s moronic plan in 1985? Max is supposed to be this genetic genius. He wants to control the entire production and distribution of the world’s microchips. Max decides that the only obstacle in his way is Silicon Valley. So his plan is to wipe it out by engineering a massive earthquake that will level all of Silicon Valley. How brilliant can you be when you want to destroy the entire region that would actually buy your microchips?! Killing his own customers, rather than the competition.


Elliot Carver

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Some madmen dream of world domination. Carver just wants higher ratings. Seriously, even Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes would roll their eyes at his villainous scheme. He wants to start WWIII between the U.K. and China. But why? In the hopes that the existing Chinese leadership in Beijing get wiped out and replaced with political leaders who would allow the Carver Media Group Network to secure exclusive broadcasting rights in China for the next century. Gentlemen and ladies, hold the presses. This just in: THIS WON’T WORK! And let me just say I never want WWIII, but wouldn’t trying to get the USA and Russia to start WWIII create even bigger ratings?


Elektra King

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Some want to rule the world. Some ask for the world. Some believe the world is theirs for the taking. Elektra King is all of these people! This insane daughter of an oil magnate, wanted to cause a nuclear meltdown in the waters of Istanbul. She’s already one of the richest women in the world, but yes we know, the world is not enough for her too. Forgetting the fact that she thinks she can kill millions and make it look like an accident; wouldn’t a gigantic nuclear explosion cause more chaos with the oil rich nations of the Middle East?


Raoul Silva


Let me go on record and say I love Silva as a Bond villain. He’s probably my all-time favorite. However, if his one and only goal in life was to kill M… he certainly takes his sweet time. Could have killed her in the MI6 explosion. Bleep. Could have killed her in the courtroom. Poof. He even couldn’t do it in the church when he has a gun to her head. Blop. Mommie was very bad, but Silva just couldn’t do it. He wasted his time and ours. But it sure was fun watching.


Franz Oberhauser…oops excuse me… Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Franz Oberhauser is responsible for everything bad that happened to James Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Spectre. This still leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Every villain was under his orders. Every woman close to James, who was murdered, was because of Franz. He’s been the “author of all his pain” throughout James’ spy career. What if James had grown up to be a teacher? Or financial planner? Or janitor? There are inspired revenge plans, and then there is retroactively exacting vengeance. I guess my issue is less with Oberhauser/Blofeld and more with Spectre’s screenwriters and producers.

Hef and JFK and Bond

Yesterday was my birthday, which I proudly share with the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. Which got me thinking. While it’s obvious Ian Fleming, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman are the three of the main reasons why Bond fans continue to enjoy the six decades of films… JFK is someone who deserves a lot of credit for the overall legacy of James Bond.

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In an interview in 1961, a reporter asked President Kennedy what type of books he liked read. Kennedy was known to be a big fan of Fleming’s 007 novels and listed From Russia With Love as one of his top ten favorite books of all-time. Once the public found out about what this extremely popular President enjoyed reading, the Fleming-Bond books became best-sellers.

The two men did get a chance to meet. Fleming was invited to a party in Washington D.C. held by President Kennedy, very early in his first term. They had a quite an intriguing conversation about the crisis with Cuba. Fleming told the President a very peculiar way to get rid of the Communist leader of Cuba, Fidel Castro. Sounding like something straight out of Bond story, Fleming said that Castro’s beard was the key. Without his trademark beard, Castro would be normalized. Fleming said that the U.S. should announce that they found that beards attract radioactivity and any man with a beard could become radioactive and sterile. If Castro fell for it, he would immediately shave it all off and the Cuban people would see him as just an ordinary man. It’s reported that JFK had a good laugh about this bizarre suggestion. This tale makes me want to view the pre-title sequences of Goldfinger and Octopussy again in a different mindset.

I think JFK fancied himself as an American Bond. It’s comforting to know that one of the last films he ever saw was the adaption of his favorite 007 adventure, From Russia With Love in November 1963.

But it wasn’t just cool Kennedy who helped make Bond, James Bond iconic. Let’s not forget about the ultimate bachelor in his robe and pjs; smoking a pipe.

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Hugh Hefner ties into James Bond and the 1960s perfectly. Hef lived the life that most men wanted to live. It was his decadent magazine (Playboy) that first published Ian Fleming’s James Bond short story, “The Hildebrand Rarity”. Following that publication  came five other 007 stories. A three-part version of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, “The Property of a Lady”, a serialized “You Only Live Twice”, and then Fleming’s final 007 work “The Man with The Golden Gun”.

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And then we have the connection between Bond and Playboy in the film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. While waiting to crack a safe in Bern law office, James grabs a copy of the February 1969 issue of Playboy. Bond (played by George Lazenby) takes a good look at the monthly centerfold, and has a smile on his face like a horny teen boy. I guess that could be James Bond’s inner child.

In Diamonds Are Forever (the very next Bond flick), the character Tiffany Case finds Bond’s wallet (which James put inside the jacket of the deceased Peter Franks). And of course, she takes out his Playboy Club membership card. Can’t you just imagine James hanging out with the bunnies in the grotto?

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Actors/Actresses Used in Multiple Roles

“Hey, where have I seen that face before?” If you are watching any James Bond movie, you might see many familiar faces throughout the storied franchise. The casting directors have never been afraid to take on the continuity police.

Here are some actors and actresses that you have seen a couple of times as different characters.



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Maud Adams is probably the most famous one of these multi-used performers. First as Scaramanga’s mistress in TMWTGG and then as the title character in Octopussy. She and Roger Moore had terrific chemistry. You can add a 3rd movie to her Bond resume. She is an extra somewhere in A View To A Kill, when James is first seen in San Francisco.



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When we first see Gray in 1967’s You Only Live Twice, he’s a Bond ally named Henderson, who doesn’t last too long with a knife stuck into his back. In some strange casting four years later, he portrays the iconic villain Blofeld.



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Sure we love him as the pseudo-friendly head of the KGB in a bunch of the films, but we can’t forget that he first played a commander of Spectre in 1963’s From Russia With Love.



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He went from working for NASA, to working for Willard Whyte, to being a submarine commander! That’s an impressive Bond film resume.



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This big southern boy started out in the Bond universe as arms dealer Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights, and then less than 10 years later popped back up as Felix Leiter-wannabe Jack Wade in a couple of Brosnan ones.



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You aren’t going to get more British than his performance as genealogist Sir Hilary Bray in OHMSS; and Baker then followed it up as a Royal Navy captain in TSWLM.



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Thats right. Boba Fett himself. Bulloch played one of the submarine crewmen in the opening of TSWLM, and then later played Q assistant Smithers.



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We all know him as Jaws food AKA Aziz Fekkesh in The Spy Who Loved Me, but we can’t overlook his looking for James Bond in Tangiers in TLD.



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I always remember him more as the Spectre P.A. announcer in YOLT, rather than as Mr. Ling in Goldfinger.



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And yes, it’s Martine and NOT Martin! She first entered the world of 007 as one of the two gypsy fighting girls in FRWL. She had more of a part when she came back two years later as agent named Paula in Thunderball.



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Okay, this one is a little controversial to me. I have my doubts that he played two different gangsters in Diamonds Are Forever and The Man With The Golden Gun.



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Even with her limited screen time as Kerim Bey’s unsatisfied mistress in FRWL, and as the girl who makes Sean Connery say “positively shocking” in the classic Goldfinger pre-titles sequence, Nadia will always be remembered as an iconic early Bond girl.



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She went from giving James her “very best duck” in 1967, to playing poker with him in 2006. She will flip you in YOLT and she will bluff you in Casino Royale.



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Albert makes Bond a martini in The Spy Who Loved Me. Six years later in Octopussy, he is a true ally of James as Saruddin.



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Mary was one of Octopussy’s acrobatic circus girls; and then in the very next movie she gives Bond a helping hand in AVTAK. She and James take a very awkward five day trip from Siberia to Alaska.

007 Most Iconic Moments

Daniel Craig is currently in Jamaica filming his fifth (and final?) Bond movie. Now is about the time the word “legacy” pops up. Each actor has those truly Bondian moments that last a cinematic lifetime. Here are seven classic 007 moments from each actor. The kind of moments that define the character of James Bond – 007.

Of course, it’s easier for the actors who played James at least four times to build a legacy. Sadly, George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton only were in a total of three films. But I believe they each had their own 007 moment.

For George Lazenby, it’s got to be wearing the kilt. It takes balls.

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For Timothy Dalton, his moment is also a very Fleming moment. It’s intense, dark, and oddly humorous. Don’t be a problem solver. Be a problem eliminator.



001. “Bond, James Bond”

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002. The Laser scene.

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003. “Shocking. Positively shocking.”

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004. The train fight.

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005. “I think he got the point.”


006. Taking a bath, Japanese style.

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007. Plenty of Vegas style.




001. The ski jump.


002. “My name is Bond… James Bond.”


003. Kicking the car over the cliff.


004. “What a helpful chap.”


005. Just clowning around.

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006. The lucky dice.


007. The head nod.

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001. “The name’s Bond… James Bond.”

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002. The dam bungee jump.

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003. The motorcycle chase vs the helicopter.


004. Parking garage mayhem.


005. Fight with Xenia.


006. The boat chase.


007. A sword fight at the gentlemen’s club.




001. Getting his 00 status.

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002. “The name’s Bond, James Bond.”

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003. A perfect shot.


004. Fixing cufflinks.

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005. Winning the Aston Martin DB5.


006. On the train with Vesper.


007. Hobby? Resurrection.

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The Gunbarrels: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Ever since I was a little kid, the OPENING gunbarrel for 007 has thrilled me. The moving target, the walk, the music, the pose, the running blood, etc. Every actor has his different style, and every composer puts their own spin on one of the most famous themes in film music history.

Here’s how I rate all 24ish (I mean some aren’t true gunbarrels) from the franchise.













007 World: James Bond Theme Park

Stars Wars. Harry Potter. Why should Disney and Universal have all the theme park fun?

James Bond movies are going strong with 25 official movies over nearly 60 years. There are plenty of film plots, memorable characters and cool gadgets to make a 007 theme park a major tourist attraction.

Before I continue, I want to give a shoutout to James Bonding (theme park episode), as well as Brad Hamilton for his awesome videos of what “The Spy Who Loved Me” and  “Moonraker” and “Tomorrow Never Dies” would all look like as theme park rides.

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What Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, and the rest of EON Productions, need to realize is that they have enough material for an entire 007 theme park, and not just a pavilion in some other company’s park.

Here are some things I’d like to see at the park.

NAME: 007 World

LOCATION: Orlando/Central FL. Why? Besides that I live in Orlando? It is theme park heaven. It’s always a tourist destination. And most importantly, tons of land to develop.

PAVILIONS: Each ride, attraction, restaurant, etc., will be located in different pavilions throughout 007 World. Think of it in the same vein as Disney’s Epcot.

  1. London. Of course. This is the park entrance. You will have MI6, Big Ben, double-decker buses, and shops on Savile Row for you to get a custom made suit a la Bond.
  2. Latin America – Mexico City, “Isthmus City“, Rio, the Amazon, the Bolivian desert, etc.
  3. The Alps/Winterland – Think of all the skiing locations and snow scenes from Bond movies: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, The World Is Not Enough, Spectre. There will be replicas of Piz Gloria and the clinic where Madeleine Swann works.
  4. Europe – Not much needs to be said considering all the European locations. Paris, Venice, Athens, Hamburg and many others come to mind.
  5. The Caribbean – The beaches of Jamaica, Bahamas, Cuba, etc.
  6. The Middle East – Istanbul, Tangier, Cairo. Just think about riding the Orient Express as if you are in From Russia With Love. Or experiencing the Pyramid show like in The Spy Who Loved Me.
  7. Asia – You Only Live Twice (Japan), The Man With The Golden Gun (Thailand), Skyfall (China) are just a few of examples where the world of Bond meets Asian culture. As well as all that India has to offer, as it did in Octopussy.
  8. Russia – Yes, the old Soviet Union gets its own pavilion. Be like James. Shoot in and out of Russia.
  9. America – The old Vegas strip, New Orleans, the Louisiana swamps, Key West and San Francisco.


HOTELS: Yes, there will be gambling at all of them.

  • The Casino Royale in the European Pavilion.
  • The Ice Palace (Die Another Day) in the Alps/Winterland Pavilion.
  • Phang Nga Bay (The Man With The Golden Gun) in the Asian Pavilion.
  • The Golden Dragon (Skyfall) in the Asian Pavilion.
  • The Whyte House (Diamonds Are Forever) in the American Pavilion.
  • The Ocean Club (Casino Royale) in the Caribbean Pavilion.
  • Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye House in the Caribbean Pavilion.
  • Perla de las Dunas (Quantum of Solace) in the Latin American Pavilion.


HALL OF BONDS in the London Pavilion Just like Disney’s “Hall of Presidents.” Except with Ian Fleming doing the Mark Twain part, along with six robot Bond actors. There will be a museum inside with some iconic Bond memorabilia, plus rare film footage about Fleming’s work, the actors, the role of 007, the entire film franchise, etc.


RESTAURANTS: There will be food all throughout the park and at the hotels, but these will be some of the main attraction restaurants.

  • Crab Key – Seafood – Caribbean Pavilion (Dr. No)
  • The Orient Express – Continental – European Pavilion  (From Russia With Love)
  • Monsoon Palace – Indian – Asian Pavilion (Octopussy)
  • Le Jules Verne at the Eiffel Tower – French – European Pavilion (A View To A Kill)
  • Fillet of Soul – Cajun – American Pavilion (Live And Let Die)
  • Piz Gloria – Continental – Alps/Winterland Pavilion (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)
  • The Mojaba Club – Middle Eastern – Middle Eastern Pavilion (The Spy Who Loved Me)


PARADES: You can’t have a theme park without them!

  • The Junkanoo (once daily) – Caribbean Pavilion (Thunderball)
  • Funeral Celebration (once daily) – American Pavilion (Live And Let Die)
  • Carnival (once daily) – Latin American Pavilion (Moonraker)
  • Day of the Dead (once daily, only in October) – Latin American Pavilion (Spectre)
  • Christmas (once daily, only in December) – The Alps/Winterland Pavilion (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)


SHOWS: Exhibitions throughout the day at the park.

  • The 007 Stunt Spectacular in the London Pavilion.
  • James Bond Musical Spectacular in the American Pavilion.


RIDES/ATTRACTIONS: Each film will have at least one.

Dr. No – Dr. No’s Mechanical Dragon (Caribbean Pavilion)

From Russia With Love – The SPECTRE Hedge Maze (European Pavilion)

Goldfinger – The Aston Martin DB5 Ride (European Pavilion)

Thunderball – Operation: Underwater Battle (Caribbean Pavilion)

You Only Live Twice – Ninja Training (Asian Pavilion)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – The Bobsled Ride (The Alps/Winterland Pavilion)

Diamonds Are Forever – Moon Buggy Escape (American Pavilion)

Live And Let Die – The Great American Boat Race (American Pavilion)

The Man With The Golden Gun – Scaramanga’s Fun House (Asian Pavilion)

The Spy Who Loved Me – Ski Like Bond VR (The Alps/Winterland Pavilion); The Lotus Esprit Ocean Drive (European Pavilion)

Moonraker – The Moonraker Rollercoaster (Latin American Pavilion)

For Your Eyes Only – Rock Climbing with Bond VR (European Pavilion)

Octopussy – The Jungle Hunt (Asian Pavilion)

A View To A Kill – The Great Fire Engine Ride (American Pavilion)

The Living Daylights – The Cello Snow Chase (The Alps/Winterland Pavilion)

Licence To Kill – Sky Fishing Pilot (American Pavilion)

Goldeneye – Tank Ride In The Streets (Russian Pavilion)

Tomorrow Never Dies – The BMW Obstacle Course (European Pavilion)

The World Is Not Enough – The Great English Boat Chase (European Pavilion)

Die Another Day – The Hovercraft Minefield (Asian Pavilion)

Casino Royale – Parkour with Bond VR (Caribbean Pavilion)

Quantum Of Solace – Airplane Fight (Latin American Pavilion)

Skyfall – The Skyfall Haunted Mansion (European Pavilion)

Spectre – Helicopter Control (Latin American Pavilion)