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The latest Bond movie has just been released and is already breaking records in Europe. It even beat the previous record of 2004’s Harry Potter. On November 6, the movie opens in the US.

The James Bond character was created by Ian Fleming in 1953. Fleming stated that Bond was a combination of people he met when he was working in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II. The spy was named after a Caribbean Bird expert.

The first Bond movie, Dr. No was released in 1962. Fleming demanded that the actor that played Bond would resemble both the American Singer Hoagy Carmichael and himself. So it was decided that the role of the MI6 secret agent would go to Sean Connery.

Later actors included: David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, in twenty-four movies. Connery and Moore both featured in 7 of them. Although many find Sean Connery to be the ultimate Bond, Flemings own description of Bond of being a somewhat posh, upper-class brat more resembled Roger Moore’s interpretation.

Fleming wrote 11 Bond-novels. After his death in 1964, seven other authors continued the adventures of England’s most famous secret agent.

Every Bond-movie contains a certain number of recurring ingredients:

  • The bond girls: every movie features a girl who is going to be the object of Bonds love life. Either an enemy or an ally, but she must absolutely be sexy. The most iconic girl ever, probably was Ursula Andress, in the first movie. Everybody certainly remembers the bikini-scene which was very daring for its time. A scene which was successfully repeated by Halle Berry in “Die Another Day”. Other remarkable Bond girls were Diana Rigg and Grace Jones.
  • A fast and shiny car: several brands and models were used, driven by Bond himself or other characters: from an Alfa Romeo, AMC, Aston Martin, Ford, Audi through Lotus, Bentley, Jaguar and many more. The only exception to this rule can be seen in “For Your Eyes Only” where Bond had to make his escape in a borrowed Citroen 2CV because his Lotus was blown up by an unfortunate car thief.
  • Q’s gadgets: the secret service inventor created several cool gadgets in every movie which coincidently came very handy for the job.
  • A good song: many artists scored a huge hit with a Bond movie theme song, like Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger”, Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die”, Duran Duran’s “View to a kill”.

One thing is sure; the part of Bond was certainly paying off:

Starting from $0.1 million for Sean Connery in the first movie, up to $17 million for Daniel Craig in the previous movie Skyfall.

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But then again, the movies also are a worldwide success: from $59 million box office for Dr. No to $1,110 million for Skyfall.