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2. December 2013 13:28
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50 Years of Bond

2. December 2013 13:28 by m | 0 Comments

In late 2012 this 50th anniversary magazine went on sale just about everywhere - I picked mine up at the Grocery Store. With over 250 "amazing photos", an "ultimate" ranking guide to Bond Girls, Bond films and Bond Villains, SkyfallSkyfall Preview & Interviews, rare behind-the-scenes pics and an Evil Genius quiz, plus The untold Story of 007; the magazine packs quite a lot into its 84 pages.

One of the more interesting sections is "Bond by the numbers". I haven't taken the time to verify the data, but according to this magazine, James Bond has been in 73 fistfights, saved the world 23 times, disarmed 12 nuclear bombs and has slept with 57 women, which do seem like plausible statistics. Counting Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again, both Connery and Moore come out roughly even (though no doubt Connery will be glad to know he comes out slightly ahead!): Both starred in 7 Bond films, Connery's Bond bedded 20 women to Moore's 19 and killed 38 bad guys to Moore's 34. We can also see that there has been an upturn in violence since 1995: Brosnan's Bond racked up 36 kills in just 4 movies, and Daniel Craig already had 17 by the end of Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace. Over the same period, there has also been less emphasis on sex, or at least a change to the 3 women per picture formula outlined to Roald Dahl before he wrote You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice:

"You can come up with anything you like so far as the story goes, but there are two things you mustn't mess about with. The first is the character of Bond. That's fixed. The second is the girl formula. That is also fixed....You use three different girls and Bond has them all...So you put in three girls. No more and no less. Girl number one is pro-Bond. She stays around roughly through the first reel of the picture. Then she is bumped off by the enemy, preferably in Bond's arms...Girl number two is anti Bond. She works for the enemy and stays around throughout the middle third of the picture. She must capture Bond, and Bond must save himself by bowling her over with sheer sexual magnetism. This girl should also be bumped off. preferably in an original fashion....Girl number three is violently pro Bond. She occupies the final third of the picture. and she must on no account he killed. Nor must she permit Bond to take any lecherous liberties with her until the very end of the story. We keep that for the fade-out."

- [Source: Playboy Magazine June 1967, P86-91. Read the full article.]

Brosnan's Bond only slept with 7 women and Craig's with 3 (though he would add 3 more in SkyfallSkyfall).

The "Ultimate Rankings" are just the traditional list of girls gadgets and villains, and one of my favorite Bond films, The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights, is ranked 23rd in the list of films - I mean really: below A View To A KillA View To A Kill? Below Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again? Below The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun? There is no way that film belongs on the bottom! Favorite, of course, is not the same as best, but still.

Then, in the behind the scenes photos, the writers actually seem to believe that skin suffocation is a real thing! 

"Don't try this at home, ladies. Actress Shirley Eaton, who played doomed, gilded Bond babe Jill Masterson, risked her life to film this classic scene. Due to the heavy nature of the gold paint, a doctor was on set at all times to monitor her for “skin suffocation” and her stomach was left bare. But it’s just an urban legend that she actually died."

Skin doesn't breath! It can't suffocate you! No wonder they ranked The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights last - clearly they're not playing with a full deck... Well, at least there are a lot of glossy color photos!

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ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S ISSUE

50 Years of Bond

The Ultimate Ranking Guide #1 BOND GIRL #1 BOND FILM #1 BOND VILLAIN

SkyfallSkyfall Preview & Interviews

Rare Behind-the-scenes pics
Take the Evil Genius Quiz
Over 250 Amazing Photos
Plus, the untold story of 007

FROM Dr. NoDr. No TO SkyfallSkyfall, THE 24 JAMES BOND MOVIE POSTERS CELEBRATE THE EVOLUTION OF EVERYONE’S FAVORITE SECRET AGENT.

CONTENTS: ULTIMATE COLLECTOR'S ISSUE

02: Bond by the numbers.

From 1 (times Bond has been married) to 121,267,000 (dollars he’s won gambling) -and everything in between.

04: The making of SkyfallSkyfall

Exclusive interviews with stars Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem and director Sam Mendes on putting together the $200 million production. Plus: Behind-the-scenes shots of the highly anticipated movie.

10: The Untold Story of 007

A new documentary explains how Ian Flemings books took on a life of their own, thanks to two larger-than-life producers, 24 killer theme songs and six debonair leading men.

14: Best Bond Films

We rank the first 23 Bond films and explain why For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only is slightly better than Die Another DayDie Another Day.

38: Best Bond Girls

An alluring and scantily clad lineup of the 12 sexiest and most dangerous women to go toe to toe with Bond between the sheets.

48: Best Bond villains

From Ernst Stavro Blofeld to Auric GoldfingerGoldfinger, their intricate evil plots and convoluted methods of murder set a new bar for film bad guys — and we rank the top 12.

54: Cars and Gadgets

We pick 007’s sleek cars and useful spy gadgets that every fan wishes he had, from the Aston Martin in GoldfingerGoldfinger to the nifty wrist gun in MoonrakerMoonraker.

58: On-Set Access

Candid, rarely displayed behind-the-scenes photographs of the making of several Bond films.

68: Bond’s Travel Log

Visit some of the most exotic, eye popping locations on the planet as we span the globe for the most visually stunning Bond destinations including Brazil, Greece, Thailand and Jamaica.

74: Fan Page

Three of the worlds most 007-obsessed superfans give their take on all of Bond’s burning questions.

76 Evil Genius Quiz

What was Dr. Nos first name? What real-life billionaire makes a cameo appearance in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale Test how big a fan you are with this 50-question quiz.

80: Martini 101

Making a martini James Bond would enjoy isn’t as simple as you think. We have the original recipe for the Vesper martini.

Agent 007 by Numbers.

AFTER 48 HOURS AND 7 MINUTES OF FILM, THERE’S MORE TO ADD UP THAN JUST HOT AND COLD BODIES.

Times he's been chased: 52
Assassination attempts on his life: 86
People he’s personally killed: 135 (113 confirmed, 22 unconfirmed)

Travel
Countries visited: 36
Outer space visits: 1
Parachute jumps 6
Air miles logged: 1996943
complaints about jet lag: 0

Vehicles piloted
Boats: 12
planes: 9
Motorcycles: 4
Hang gliders: 2
jet skis: 2
spacecraft: 1
jet packs: 1
Bond vehicles wrecked: 6

Fights
Fistfights: 73
Knife fights: 17
Gunfights: 43
Times we've seen him bleed: 12
He’s fended off 8 animals: (Sharks 4 times, crocodiles once, 1 snake, 1 tarantula, 1 tiger)

The Good Life
Martinis drunk: 26
Bottles of champagne drunk: 8 (4 bottles of Bollinger and 4 bottles of Dom Perignon)
Casinos visited: 12
Card games played: 9
Money won gambling: $121,267,000

Saving the world
Times he’s saved the world: 23
Nuclear Bombs disarmed: 12
Nukes that went off: 3
Times the Prime Minister thanked him: 1
Times he’s worked with Felix Leiter at the CIA: 10
Enemy lairs destroyed: 11

The Women
Women he’s slept with: 57
Women he’s slept with who ended up dead: 13
Women he’s slept with who tried to kill him: 9
Women he’s slept with then killed: 3
Women he’s slapped, spanked or gotten rough with: 9
Times he’s been married: 1

MISCELLANEOUS
Times he's gone rogue: 3
Number of aliases used: 17
Q’s gadgets used: 33
He’s scuba dived 13 times.
13 Bond themes have made the Billboard Hot 100.

The Making of SkyfallSkyfall

THE AGENT: DANIEL CRAIG; THE BADDIE JAVIER BARDEM; AND THE EVIL GENIUS, ER, DIRECTOR SAM MENDES; GIVE AN EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF THE 24TH [sic] BOND FLICK, SKYFALL JUST MAKE SURE THAT ONCE YOU’RE DONE READING, YOU’RE NOT SITTING IN AN EJECTOR SEAT!

THEIR top-secret mission: to make SkyfallSkyfall, the most intense, visceral and smart spy film ever while honoring the conventions and traditions of the beloved 007 series. The James Bond franchise’s 24th [sic] film also has the burden of huge expectations, thanks to a bigger-than-ever $200 million budget, an unusually long nearly four-year layoff and, of course, the series’ 50th anniversary.

Photo: SkyfallSkyfall stars Javier Bardem and Daniel Craig, with director Sam Mendes.

The plot is as guarded as an underground island bunker in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but we do know a few things about what to expect. Notably, that early on Bond gets shot—for the first time ever—and, while he’s presumed dead, the identities of his fellow MI6 secret agents are exposed. And before the mysterious villain Silva turns London into rubble, Bond, who also travels to China, Scotland and Istanbul, must once again save the day. We sat down with stars Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem and director Sam Mendes to get the scoop—and from what they have to say, it promises to be a character-driven, thinking Bond fan’s action flick!

How does SkyfallSkyfall stack up against previous Bond films?

Daniel Craig: I’m more excited about this than I was about my first one, becausc we’ve got a classic Bond movie and the talent is phenomenal. When you play football with the best people, your game improves. It’s the same with acting. Bond’s relationship with M [Judi Dench] has much more story to tell. And Javier is one of the best actors in the business. I had to raise my game to work with his villain.

Photo: If Looks Could Kill. The stunning new Bond Girl is played by French actress Berenice Marlohe. “She has a sensuality and danger that is quite out of fashion ” says Mendes.

"IT'S MORE PLAYFUL THAN THE LAST TWO. I WANTED TO CREATE A BOND FILM AS CLASSIC AS POSSIBLE" - Sam Mendes

How did Daniel get you guys to join in?

Javier Bardem: I met Daniel two years ago, and he said, ‘Would you ever be interested in doing a Bond movie?’ and I said, ‘Well, if it’s with you, of course!’ And when I got the material, I was very drawn to it. It’s very well put together, complex, entertaining and fun. It’s powerful on top of being a Bond movie. Sam Mendes: I’ve been friends with Daniel since I directed him in Road to Perdition, and I really liked Casino RoyaleCasino Royale. Bond was, for the first time, a real person in a real situation. The franchise seemed anchored again, so when he suggested I do it, I agreed that night. It seemed possible for me to make a big, fabulous, glamorous, escapist film and also say something about the world we live in.

What did Sam bring to the table?

DC: Like me, he’s a Bond fan through and through. He’s read every book, we both like the same films {Live And Let DieLive And Let Die and From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love) and the same bits in them. We wanted to get something that excited us and turned us on and hopefully will turn everybody else on. He has added more emotional engagement than previous Bond adventures and has pushed the characters emotionally as far as he could. So it has an individual look to it.

JB: Sam is very brave — he’s a great director, and he loves performance. He has this instinct for smelling great options that will make the scene go a little bit further in different ways. He’s not, ‘This is what I think, this is what it is’—he’s the opposite. He’s, ‘OK, bring on your ideas, and let’s cook — and while we cook, we shoot.’ It’s great, because then everything is alive and one thing takes you to another, and it’s like wow, look how far we went from here.

SM: I tried to push the characters physically and emotionally as far as I could within the context of a Bond film. People sometimes forget in the cliche of Bond — which is the untroubled international playboy — that Fleming created a very conflicted character.

What can you tell us about Silva?

SM: He’s a classic baddie, somebody flamboyant and frightening.

JB: There’s a lot of scaffolding behind him, and that’s the fun part. He thinks he’s doing the right thing. That’s the danger of an evil person—they think they’re right. Sometimes it’s so obvious that he’s not right, but he doesn’t care.

Why did you bring back franchise icons like Bond’s Aston Martin and the gadget guru Q?

DC: Sam and I talked about our favorite bits in our favorite Bond films and how we could reintroduce them.

SM: It’s more playful than the last two films. I wanted to create a Bond film as classic as possible.

Were the action scenes difficult to shoot?

SM: I had directed bits of action before, so I knew it would be complex and time-consuming. But part of the pleasure of doing the film was pushing myself in new directions.

JB: I’ve never made a movie of this scopc. So many elements have to fall into the same place in order for something to work. It was so big, so noisy. It was impressive. When you’re on the set, you feel like you want to be there — because these two guys make this thing easy and enjoyable and creative and fun — and that’s very important energy.

DC: To get back into Bond shape, I trained for about 12 weeks, five days a week. It was hell on earth. I did a lot of weights, and I boxed and ran. Bond has got to be fit; he’s got to be a killer. Also, I needed to be physically strong, otherwise I would get a lot of injuries due to all the running and jumping, which I need to do. I was exercising to avoid injuries! ♦

Photo: Bad Boys. “Some of the Bond villains are amazingly ft done by amazing actors” explains Bardem. “But I tried to avoid watching them, with all respect, because I didn’t want to be influenced by something that has already been done.”

Photo: Excite Bike. You spend three weeks working on a sequence that’s only going to be four minutes long ” says Mendes. “I’ve made movies that cost less than one Bond car chase!”

Photo: Say Cheese! He's been dubbed the “Grumpy Bond” by the British press, but Craig sneaks a smile between takes. Though he admits there's a burden to the role. “When you fl make a $200 million " production, you feel the pressure ,” he says. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be truly relaxed on a Bond set.”

Photo: Top Roof Driver. And you thought he drove the car himself? Craig gets a little help from a stunt driver while shooting a high speed chase in London.

Photo: Master of Disguise. That's no cop, that's Bardem as bad guy Silva -- but what is his evil plan anyway? Tight-lipped producer Michael G Wilson leaked, "He knows a bit about M and MI6... and is involved in a revenge."

Photo: Dial M. Working with Judi Dench was one of the reasons Mendes took the job to begin with. “I said yes^ to doing a Bond movie with Daniel and Judi,” I says Mendes. “I thought it was a master stroke when Judi was cast as M. There was much more 1 complexity in her relationship with Bond, andJ we’ve taken that further.”

Photo: He's On A Boat. Craig and Berenice Marlohe get ready to film on a yacht off the coast of Turkey, one of the many exotic locales the franchise is famous for.

Photo: Action! Daniel Craig recently signed on for two more Bond films. He says, “I’ll keep playing Bond as long as the quality of the films, remains high and as long as they want me to do them.”

007 The Untold Story

AN ACCLAIMED NEW DOCUMENTARY, EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007, ATTEMPTS TO EXPLAIN THE JAMES BOND PHENOMENON. HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS.

Ian Fleming.

IAN FLEMING (1908-1964) didn’t quite have the action-movie existence of his most famous creation, but he lived a pretty interesting life nonetheless. He was bom into a wealthy family and attended several private schools, where he performed poorly academically. As a young man, he bounced around between jobs until landing at British Naval Intelligence. Fleming excelled and was instrumental in several successful allied operations during World War II — including one called Golden Eye, which is also the name of the 18th Bond film and of his Jamaican estate. After the war, Fleming worked as a journalist before publishing his first Bond novel, Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, in 1953. He went on to write 13 more Bond books (he also wrote Chitty Chitty? Bang Bang), but a lifetime of hard drinking and chain-smoking — he was rumored to have smoked about 80 cigarettes a day— caught up with him when he died of a heart attack at age 56.

THE MEN BEHIND THE MYTH

Ian modeled 007 on several people. Bond’s name was borrowed from — you guessed it — James Bond, a well-known American ornithologist who studied Caribbean birds. In the books, Fleming repeatedly compared Bond’s appearance to that of Hoagy Carmichael, a well-known 20th-century musician and actor with dark hair, an angular face and a prominent nose. Bond’s persona was borrowed from a number of agents Fleming knew or heard of during the war, but 007 probably behaved most like Fleming himself. They were both chain-smokers, they both loved eggs — Bond is constantly eating eggs in the books — they both loved to gamble, etc.

THE LITERARY AND CINEMATIC BOND HAVE MAJOR DIFFERENCES

The Bond in the books is more ruthless — he treated both women and bad guys worse than he does in the films — but he was also more tormented by the awfulness he inflicted on others and they on him. In short, he wasn’t as much of a superhero as the movie charactcr. (Daniel Craig’s portrayal probably comes closcst.) Physically, Fleming’s Bond had a dark complexion, a prominent scar on his chcck and that angular Hoagy Carmichael face. He was in his mid-to-late 30s and was a slim six feet tall. None of that describes Craig — or, really, any of the other men who have played Bond.

The producers

FEW people in Hollywood believed turning Ian Flemings best selling spy novels into films was a slam dunk. Larger than life producers Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman were the exception. Broccoli was a mildly successful independent producer who longed to bring Bond to the screen.

Photo: Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli (left) and Harry Saltzman, sharing an office and a desk in 1965.
Photo: Roger Moore, with Albert and his stepson, Michael G Wilson, who played a priest on the set of For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only in 1981.
Photo: Roger joined current producers and Albert’s kids Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli in 2012.

In 1958 he arranged a meeting with Fleming to purchase the rights but was unable to attend when his wife became ill. In his stead, his then partner, Irving Allen, promptly insulted Fleming by saying, “These books are not even good enough for television ” killing any deal between them. Jump to 1961, when fledgling producer Saltzman became mesmerized with Bond after reading GoldfingerGoldfinger. In a tremendous gamble he spent his life savings, $50,000, for a mere six-month option on the character. After desperately trying to make a studio deal, fate stepped in and he was introduced to Broccoli by mutual screenwriting friend Wolf Mankowitz. The pair formed Eon Productions, and as the deadline for the option ticked down, they struck a last-second deal with United Artists to make Dr. NoDr. No for a then whopping $1 million. ♦

Numbers Game:
■    Series Worldwide Gross: $5 billion ($12.3 billion when adjusted for inflation) and second only to the Harry Potter franchise.
■    Series Production Budget: $1 billion
■    Academy Award Nominations: 7; 4 were for Best Music.
■    Academy Award Wins: 2, Best Sound Effects for GoldfingerGoldfinger, Best Special Visual Effects for ThunderballThunderball.
■    Bond Books Written By Fleming: 12 novels and 2 short-story collections
■    Bond Books Sold Worldwide: More than 100 million
■    Non-Eon Bond Films: 2, including the 1967 spoof Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, starring Woody Allen and David Niven, and 1983’s Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again.

Oh, James!

Sean Connery (1962-67,1971, 1983)
Films: 7
Kills: 38
Pay Day: $18.3M
Babes: 20

Fleming initially didn’t approve of casting the “overgrown stuntman,” but Connery quickly won him over. Now 82, the Scotsman quit Bond in 1971, but he was lured back in 1983, for Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again, the title a jab at his claim that he was done with 007.

George Lazenby (1969)
Films: 1
Kills: 1
Pay Day: $400K
Babes: 3

Director Peter R. Hunt didn’t mind Lazenby s lack of acting experience, since he “oozed sexual assurance.” But Lazenby, now 73, ditched 007 after just one movie, branding Bond “a brute” and joining the hippie movement — a move he’d later regret.

Roger Moore (1973-85)
Films: 7
Kills: 34
Pay Day: $24M
Babes: 19

With 12 years as the suave spy, Moore holds the record as the longest-running Bond — and the oldest. He was 45 when he accepted the role and 58 when he stepped down. Moore is still suave today, at 85

Timothy Dalton (1987-89)
Films: 2
Pay Day: $5M
Kills: 6
Babes: 4

Dalton sought to make his 007 serious and dark, as Fleming originally wrote the character. While his somber take won mixed reviews, Dalton, now 66, was contracted for a third film — until it was cancelled due to legal issues.

Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002)
Films: 4
Kills: 36
Pay Day: $41M
Babes: 7

Brosnan was devastated when his Remington Steele contract prevented him from playing Bond in 1987, but he got his chance in 1995. After so many thrills and kills, the Irish actor, 59, was dismissed to make way for a younger actor.

Daniel Craig (2006-Present)
Films: 3
Pay Day: $24M
Kills: 17 and counting
Babes: 3, and counting

Critics were hesitant to accept the hunky Brit, 44, as the new 007, but his performance in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale earned him a BAFTA nomination — and the hearts of Bond fans everywhere.

Photo: The Music Man. Barry was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1998.

John Barry
The James Bond Theme.

THE English composer, who passed away in 2011, is the person to thank every time you hear a Bond films signature brassy, larger-than-life score. Or, as Barry himself described the theme, “million-dollar Mickey Mouse music.” Barry admitted that he never saw Dr. NoDr. No or knew anything about James Bond prior to writing the iconic score, but he went on to create music for 10 other 007 flicks. After Bond, Barry wrote scores for Dances with Wolves, Out of Africa and Born Free.

TOM JONES
ThunderballThunderball

If 007 were a singer, he’d be the lady-killer Tom. The Welsh crooner actually fainted holding the final note for his Bond theme song.

Nancy Sinatra
You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice

Producers wanted Aretha Franklin but chose Nancy, to ride the popularity of her hit single, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."

Shirley Bassey

Film: GoldfingerGoldfinger, Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever, MoonrakerMoonraker

THE booming, powerful voice behind three Bond hits, Shirley Bassey was born into poverty in Cardiff, Wales, and as a teen worked in a factory to help support her family. But she first found fame in 1956 with “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song),” which led to her singing the theme for GoldfingerGoldfinger as well as two subsequent 007 songs. In addition to non-Bond hits like “Big Spender” and “History Repeating,” Shirley performed for President Kennedy and even starred on her own BBC television show.

She now lives in Monaco.

Photo: Shirley Bassey: She loves gold!

Adele
Film: SkyfallSkyfall

WHEN Adeles name came up, I just jumped at it,” gushed Daniel Craig over the Grammy-winning songstress. “I said, ‘We have to get her.’” Bond’s wish was her command. Adele, best known for her wrenching breakup ballads, says she was thrilled to lend her epic vocals to the latest film: “[Recording ‘Skyfall’] was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond Girl back in the day.”

Photo: Adele: Someone Like Her. 007 himself, Daniel Craig, was desperate to land the British songstress for the SkyfallSkyfall sound track

PAUL McCARTNEY & WINGS

Live And Let DieLive And Let Die

The former Beatle wrote the Grammy-nominated anthem in one day after reading Ian Flemings book, before the screenplay was even finished.

CARLY SIMON
The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me

The first Bond theme not titled after a movie since Dr. NoDr. No, Simons tune, “Nobody Does it Better,” went gold and became her biggest hit.

SHEENA EASTON
For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only

The Scottish songstress earned an Academy Award nomination for her song, which also peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

DURAN DURAN

A View To A KillA View To A Kill

The tune won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. The band was chosen to record the theme after drunkenly approaching Albert R.  Broccoli at a party.

TINA TURNER
GoldeneyeGoldeneye

Bono and The Edge from U2 wrote the sultry song specifically for Tina, and it became one of her most successful hits, reaching number five in Europe.

THE BEST OF BOND

FOR TRUE BOND FANS, THE BASELINE IS SIMPLE: THEY’RE ALL GREAT BUT SOME HAVE EARNED THEIR LICENSE TO THRILL WITH MORE CHARISMA THAN OTHERS!

23. The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights (1987)

THERE are some traps even Bond can’t escape. In this case, the trap is a script torn between serious new 007 Timothy Dalton and the lingering, winking persona of Roger Moore. Timothy does his damnedest to be formidable, unraveling the threads of a Soviet general’s defection all the way to an American arms dealer trying to start WWIII, but between subpar puns he comes across like an earnest MI6 accountant rather than a suave agent with a Licence To KillLicence To Kill. Better to focus on the action, which ranks among the franchise’s most convincing until Casino RoyaleCasino Royale.

Photo: In the opening sequence, Dalton gracefully falls from the sky and lands on this lucky lady's yacht.

■ SUPPORTING SPIES For an opening scene, actors bearing resemblance to Roger Moore and George Lazenby were cast as fellow Double-Os as a clever way of introducing Timothy as the new 007.

■ TOP SECRET Timothy had been considered for Bond as far back as the late ’60s. The opportunity arose again when Albert R. Broccoli declined to give Pierce Brosnan the role because he was still too closely tied to another suave, gun-wielding character: Remington Steele.

22. A View To A KillA View To A Kill (1985)

ROGER MOORE’S final turn is a grand tour of man-made monuments, as 007 spars with a rogue industrialist, from the Eiffel Tower to the Transamerica Pyramid to the Golden Gate Bridge. But those locations beg for big stunts, and we worry for 57-year-old Roger as he gamely fights (and beds) crazy-eyed hench-woman May Day (Grace Jones) and dangles from a blimp. As played by Christopher Walken in full scenery-chewing mode, Max Zorin seems like a rational mass murderer, except for that whole plan to flood Silicon Valley. Maybe Bond could just reason with him over a pot of Earl Grey and then call in the Marines.

Photos: May Day had superhuman strength thanks to a genetic breeding experiment / Moore grunts his way up the Eiffel Tower while in pursuit of May Day who then leaps off -- before base jumping was cool.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL To stage the stunt jump off the Eiffel Tower, a platform extension had to be constructed. It’s painted to blend in but can be easily spotted in the finished scene.

■ TOP SECRET Christopher was the first actor to star in a Bond movie after winning an Academy Award (for The Deer Hunter). The next would be Halle Berry, who played a Bond Girl shortly after winning for Monster's Ball.

21 Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace (2008)

IN the first movie of the series that can be considered a direct sequel, Bond continues to investigate the shadowy criminal organization known as Quantum as a means to avenge the death of his lover Vesper Lynd from Casino RoyaleCasino Royale. Daniel Craig is still outstanding, and a scene where Bond eavesdrops on Quantum operatives at an outdoor opera production is nifty. But the overall impact is compromised by an overreliance on Bourne-style fight scenes and a muddled climax in which it takes way too much effort for 007 to defeat a bantamweight villain. And hey, nobody wants the bad puns back, but it wouldn’t hurt for Bond to at least crack a smile every now and then. It’s a Bond movie, not Schindlers List.

Photo: Playing a fellow agent, Olga Kurylenko was glad when she was cast that she didn’t have any sex scenes with Craig. Fans, not so much.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL The sight of Bond bedmate Strawberry Fields’ body covered head to toe in crude oil is a knowing homage to the infamous gilded corpse in GoldfingerGoldfinger.

■ TOP SECRET Daniel said that Quantum was much more physically challenging than Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, requiring training in boxing, speedboating and stunt driving.

20 Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again (1983)

SETTLE down, purists! There’s definitely a case to be made that this ThunderballThunderball rehash doesn’t deserve to be ranked at all, that it’s outside the canon of official Bond movies, made possible only due to an old legal settlement that gave control of one story line to a Fleming collaborator. But hey, that is Sean Connery back in the tux after 12 years, still exuding 007 charm while lending a hint of world-weariness befitting a seasoned secret agent reactivated to rescue his country in time of need. Toss in fresh Bond Girl Kim Basinger (23 years younger than Sean) and an excellent update of SpectreSpectre lieutenant Largo, and you realize that maybe it’s not an international crisis for two Bonds to exist at once. Never again, though.

■ NOBODY QUOTES IT BETTER “Good to see you, Mr. Bond. Things have been awfully dull ’round here. I hope we’re going to see some gratuitous sex and violence in this one.”

■ TOP SECRET With Never and OctopussyOctopussy released within months of each other, many speculated on which Bond would win at the box office. Both were hits, making nearly $200 million apiece.

19 OctopussyOctopussy (1983)

WHAT’S the most logical strategy for the Soviet Union to take over Western Europe? Obviously, a rogue general tricking the governments into disarming by exploding a nuke unwittingly smuggled onto a U.S. Air Force base by a beautiful cult leader’s traveling circus. In other words, forget the plot and focus on the pre-title sequence, in which Bond flies a plane through an airplane hangar; the exotic settings, shot on location in India; and some superior hand-to-hand combat. It’s fun if you don’t take any of it seriously. But let’s make this perfectly clear: James Bond, elite secret agent of the British Secret Service, should never, ever be seen dressed as a circus clown.

Photos: Roger Moore - Always ready with a light / At the time, this collapsible-wing BD-5j airplane was the world's smallest jet.

■ NOBODY QUOTES IT BETTER “007? On an island populated exclusively by women? We won’t see him 'till dawn!”

■ TOP SECRET With Roger Moore dithering over playing the role again, James Brolin was nearly hired as the new Bond. But when news broke of the Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again project, the producers felt they needed an established Bond to go up against Sean Connery and convinced Roger to sign on.

18 Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever (1971)

THE 1970s are a topsy-turvy time for Bond, what with two bikini-wearing bodyguards tossing him around like a rag doll and a couple of male hitmen hinting that they’re gay. Indeed, it might even come as a relief to see reliable old nemesis Blofeld again — though maybe not multiple Blofeld look-alikes who are part of a scheme to use smuggled diamonds to build a space laser that will upend the balance of international power and stuff.

It’s an equally tumultuous period for Bond fans, who, after the aborted George Lazenby experiment, are grateful enough to see Sean Connery back in the role to overlook this entry's campy, slipshod execution.

Photos: Bond really is superhuman! Actually he’s just running from Blofeld through a lunar simulator and steals a moon buggy to escape. / After taking a movie off, Connery returned as Bond, but it would be his last turn in the “official” run of the series.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL For the moment in the car chase when Bond drives through a narrow alley on two wheels, the entrance was filmed at Universal Studios in L.A. and the exit filmed on Fremont Street in Las Vegas.

■ TOP SECRET It took $1.25 million to sign Sean again, a then astronomical fee that affected the budget for action sequences and special effects.

17 The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough (1999)

IF the world’s superpowers could keep a handle on their nuclear subs, Bond could get a comfy desk job. In this case, ex-KGB agent Renard plans to use one to destroy Istanbul and corner the world oil market. Complicating matters is the fact that Bond is assigned to protect an oil heiress who is secretly abetting the criminal and isn’t above using her feminine wiles to throw Bond off the scent. When 007 discovers the double-cross, he only briefly hesitates before shooting his lover to death so that he can pursue the sub. Unfortunately, action scenes such as a boat chase on the Thames don’t carry the same sense of surprise, and even the most ardent Bond Girl devotee can’t quite accept Denise Richards as a nuclear scientist.

Photo: The pre-credits sequence, which includes a boat chase, lasts a series-long 14 minutes

■ 007 FACT Denise Richards, as nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones, said that she liked the role because it had “depth of character, in contrast to Bond Girls from previous decades.” To that end, the movie ended with the two in bed and Bond’s cheesy line, “I thought Christmas only came once a year.”

■ TOP SECRET Includes a scene in which Desmond Llewelyn (who played Q in 16 films) introduces his successor as MI6’s gadget guru, played by John Cleese. Desmond was killed in a car accident shortly after the film’s release.

■ REVEALING SOURCES The movie’s title is the motto from the Bond family coat of arms, first mentioned in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

16 Die Another DayDie Another Day (2002)

PIERCE BROSNAN’S swan song starts promisingly, as 007 is captured in North Korea, tortured and imprisoned so long that he grows a hobo beard. Too bad the originality soon runs dry, with the filmmakers marking the franchises 40th anniversary with a kitchen-sink strategy. Just when audiences realize they want a grittier fiIm, they get an invisible car, a Madonna cameo, a screwy plot involving gene-therapy makeovers and giant mirrors and a scene where Bond surfs a CGI tidal wave. It’s one thing to be as ridiculous as a Roger Moore-era movie; it’s another to do it unintentionally. Like Bond himself, however, men everywhere appreciate Halle Berry’s bikini homage to Dr. NoDr. No.

Photo: Madonna records the techno inspired theme song and plays a small role as a fencing instructor. Um, why?

■ REVEALING SOURCES A more explicit sex scene with Jinx was trimmed to keep the film in PG-13 territory.

■ TOP SECRETS Though product placement has long been a mainstay, Die Another DayDie Another Day incorporated 24 companies for a reported $70 million, earning it the nickname Buy Another Day. For Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, the placement number was reportedly dialed back to eight.

15 For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only (1981)

AFTER the way-out-there MoonrakerMoonraker, Bond makes a welcome return to Earth, and so does his mission — a more straightforward setup that finds 007 joining forces with a revenge-seeking Greek woman to pursue a tycoon trying to sell a vital piece of British naval tech to the KGB. When Bond kicks a car containing a helpless henchman over a cliff, were reminded that this man has a Licence To KillLicence To Kill, after all. The only sour note is the discomfiting scene where our now visibly middle-aged hero has to rebuff the bedroom advances of a teenage snow bunny.

Photo: Former competitive ice skater Lynn-Holly Johnson plays a randy... competitive ice skater! / In a nod to how outlandish the series had become, Bond evades henchmen with this tiny Citroen 2CV after his Lotus blows itself up.

■ REVEALING SOURCES In the pre-credits sequence, Bond lays flowers at the grave of his murdered wife (see On Her Majesty's Secret ServiceOn Her Majesty) and then pilots a helicopter to drop a bald would-be assassin, wheelchair and all, down a smokestack. Though the baddie is never named, due to legal conflicts over control of the character, even casual fans realize it’s supposed to be Blofeld.

■ TOP SECRET During filming, actress Cassandra Harris, who has a small role in the movie, introduced legendary Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli to her husband, Pierce Brosnan.

14 Licence To KillLicence To Kill (1989)

THANK goodness for Bond marathons on television. That’s when fans usually rediscover this second Timothy Dalton effort and find themselves thinking, “What was all the fuss? This is pretty darn good.” Indeed, in a nice break from formula, Bond resigns from MI6 in order to exact personal revenge upon the drug lord who maimed recurrent CIA pal Felix Leiter. As an ex-operative who flies Bond to a banana republic, Carey Lowell gets a bit more to do than the average Bond Girl, and the violence is more graphic than in the cartoonish Roger Moore era — perhaps as a reaction to the Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger action flicks dominating the '80s box office. Before we knew we wanted an angry, vengeful Bond, Timothy gave us one. We should have been more grateful.

Photo: Licence To KillLicence To Kill was the first Bond not named after an Ian Fleming title. It was also the last film for six years—the longest drought in the series.

■ TOP SECRET Bond quits MI6 at Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West. That’s why he says, “I guess this is a farewell to arms,” when M revokes his Licence To KillLicence To Kill.

■ SUPPORTING SPIES The character of Felix Leiter has appeared in 10 Bond movies, played by nine different actors.

13 Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies (1997)

THE highlight of this second Pierce Brosnan effort is watching Bond spar with a beautiful Chinese operative (played by Asian star Michelle Yeoh) who is every bit his equal; the scene in which they’re handcuffed to each other on a motorcycle while being chased across Saigon by a helicopter is an especially inspired bit of choreographed chaos. The rest falls slightly shy of the lofty expectations set by GoldeneyeGoldeneye. Basing the character of a megalomaniacal media baron on Rupert Murdoch is irresistible, but his dastardly scheme — to manufacture a war to, um, gain exclusive broadcast rights in China — comes off as half-baked, as does the overly opportune fact that his wife used to be hot and heavy with our hero.

Photo: Entering a new era, this as the first film made after the death of series granddaddy Albert R Broccoli.

■ REVEALING SOURCES Teri Hatcher says she took the role of Bond’s ex-paramour to fulfill her husband’s fantasy of being married to a Bond Girl. She later called her character “artificial.”

■ TOP SECRET Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies didn’t achieve the box-office success of GoldeneyeGoldeneye. Then again, it was released on the same day as a little movie called Titantic.

12 MoonrakerMoonraker (1979)

A decades-spanning movie franchise is like a living organism; it must adapt to its environment or die. And since sci-fi ruled Hollywood in the late 70s, fans should consider themselves lucky that Bond doesn’t fight space-nut nemesis Hugo Drax with droids and a light saber. MoonrakerMoonraker is easily the most tongue-in-cheek of the series, but its also pure, escapist fun, from the return of metal-mouth henchman Jaws to the big-budget spectacle of a zero-gravity laser battle high above Earth outside Draxs space-station lair. Roger Moore certainly seems to be having a jolly good time, dispatching one-liners with the same relish as he does Drax’s master-race subordinates. Oh, and do 007 and astrobabe Holly Goodhead seize the genre’s opportunity for weightless sex? Of course.

Photo: The faux space setting may look cute now, but the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

■ NOBODY QUOTES IT BETTER “Mr. Bond, you persist in defying my efforts to provide an amusing death for you.”

■ TOP SECRET Since NASA wouldn’t launch an actual space shuttle until 1981, Bond effects guru Derek Meddings had to build miniatures and simulate a blastoff using bottle rockets and signal flares.

11 The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun (1974)

THE bad guy nearly steals the show in this one. Not only does Scaramanga make a hobby of dueling other international assassins in his psychedelic funhouse lair, but he spouts better dialogue and deploys the movies best gadget: a car that transforms into a plane. Dutifully taking the bait, Bond tracks Scaramanga's mistresses and flunkies from Beirut to Bangkok, with a memorable pit stop at an MI6 outpost cleverly hidden in the partially submerged wreck of a British ship in Hong Kong harbor. Audiences were underwhelmed by this somewhat small-scale effort, however, where even the main henchman, played by Herve Villechaize, is half size.

Photo: Through the duel scene was cinematically strong, since when did 007 start giving villains a sporting chance?

■ 007 FACT To say Ian Fleming had a thing for gold would be an understatement. Not only did he pen The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun and GoldfingerGoldfinger, but he also wrote his novels on a golden typewriter at his Jamaica estate, GoldeneyeGoldeneye!

■ REVEALING SOURCES Ian Fleming had wanted his cousin, British actor Christopher Lee, to play Dr. NoDr. No, 12 years before he took the role of Scaramanga.

■ TOP SECRET Roger Moore reportedly didn’t care for scenes that demonstrated Bond’s darker side, such as when he shoves a beggar child into the water and threatens to break a woman’s arm if she doesn’t reveal information. He thought Bond would have just charmed it out of her.

10 Dr. NoDr. No (1962)

MADE 50 years ago on a wee budget, the debut James Bond film still holds up to the rest. Subsequent installments might exploit the franchise’s now familiar elements to greater effect, but to watch Dr. NoDr. No is to witness the first time the celluloid 007 coolly mocks a megalomaniacal criminal, the first time he engages in innuendo-laced banter with Miss Moneypenny, the first time he offs a flunky with a Walther PPK, the first time he — feel the chills — introduces himself as “Bond. James Bond.” Toss in prototypically voluptuous Bond Girl Ursula Andress rising from the sea in a white bikini, and you’ve got movie magic that will continue to inspire for another 50 years.

After watching the movie, Ian Fleming gave his review “Dreadful. Simply dreadful.”

Photo: Bond first introduces himself — last name first, of course — in this scene at a London casino.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL Bond pauses to study a painting in Dr. NoDr. No’s lair. Viewers at the time might have recognized it as a Goya portrait of the Duke of Wellington that had been famously stolen from London’s National Gallery the year before.

■ TOP SECRET The producers cast Sean Connery because he was physically imposing but moved gracefully. Fleming reportedly considered him too “unrefined” to play the upper-crust Bond but was won over by his performance in Dr. NoDr. No.

9 Live And Let DieLive And Let Die (1973)

TO this day, when film buffs hear the words boat chase, they instantly flash to this movie. Even interjected with moments of hokey humor, the sight of high-powered speedboats roaring like mad through the real Louisiana bayou ranks among Bond’s top sequences, and it culminates in a world-record jump that has to be seen — repeatedly — to be believed. And to Roger Moore’s credit, it takes only about 10 minutes to get completely comfortable with him filling 007’s shoes. Unfortunately, the rest of his debut is about as silly as you’d expect a spy-Blaxploitation movie mashup to be, complete with pimp-mobiles, voodoo rituals and a heroin-pushing villain who gets blown up like a helium balloon.

Photos: It took 135 hp to power the Glastron through its record-breaking jump. / Moore and a young Jane Seymour as Solitaire, a seer who loses her psychic powers once Bond takes her virginity.

■ REVEALING SOURCES To make a break from Sean Connery’s iconic portrayal of Bond, Roger’s 007 doesn’t wear a hat, smokes cigars instead of cigarettes and orders bourbon instead of a martini.

■ TOP SECRET Apparently, Paul McCartney didn’t hold a grudge over 007’s earlier insult to the Beatles (see GoldfingerGoldfinger). His title song with Wings — a huge hit that reached No. 2 on the U.S. charts — was the first rock theme of the Bond franchise.

8 From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love (1963)

WHAT’S a secret agent to do when a gorgeous Russian defector climbs naked into his bed? Well, yes, of course — then afterward, secure the decoder device she’s offering to the Brits while determining whether it’s all a double-cross by the Soviets or the puppet masters of SpectreSpectre. The gratuitous use of Gypsy girls and an explosive powerboat chase that wouldn’t be topped until Live And Let DieLive And Let Die notwithstanding, this second Bond movie comes closest to the missions of real European spies in the thick of Cold War paranoia. As such, it’s not just an excellent 007 movie — it’s practically a piece of history.

Photos: The final test for a SpectreSpectre assassin? A punch in the gut with brass knuckles. / Despite the violence of this epic fight scene, Bond walked away without a scratch

■ 007 FACT Producer Albert R. Broccoli claimed in an interview that he got his unusual surname because his family first brought the vegetable to the U.S.

■ LINE, PLEASE Tatiana: “The mechanism is... Oh, James, James, will you make love to me all the time in England?” Bond: “Day and night. Go on about the mechanism.”

■ REVEALING SOURCES When JFK cited Fleming’s From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love as a favorite book, it was put in line as the next Bond adaptation. According to the book Death of a President, it was the final movie seen by Kennedy, in a private White House screening two days before he was assassinated.

7 GoldeneyeGoldeneye (1995)

WHEW, that was close. For a while there, it looked liked the whole franchise was falling apart, like an overly complex plan for world domination. So after two Timothy Dalton-led movies that failed to connect with fans or critics and a lengthy hiatus due to legal disputes, the producers doubled down with a bigger budget and longtime Bond-in-waiting Pierce Brosnan.

He nails 007's mix of narcissism and duty, and the jaw-dropping action scenes (who hasn’t wanted to drive a tank through city traffic?) actually serve the story line. GoldeneyeGoldeneye also marks the first appearance of Dame Judi Dench as M, a portrayal so strong it lives into the Daniel Craig era.

Photos: Desmond Llewelyn reprised his role as Q in three of Brosnan’s Bond films before his death in a car accident. / Along with new 007 Pierce Brosnan came bigger action and higher production values.

■ NOBODY QUOTES IT BETTER Alec Trevelyan: “I might as well ask you if all the vodka martinis ever silence the screams of all the men you’ve killed, or if you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect.”

■ TOP SECRET During a tense game of cat and louse between Bond and traitorous former colleague 006 in a junkyard of Soviet-era statues, fans learn that both Double-0 agents are orphans.

6 ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969)

YOU have to get over the shock that Sean Connery has been replaced by novice Aussie actor George Lazenby. And the paucity of gizmos. And the egregious ruffled shirts. Then you can see this underappreciated movie for what it is — the first attempt to reboot Bond, 37 years before Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, complete with more realistic sets and a welcome dose of human pathos. Even Blofeld, played here by Telly Savalas, is more relatable as he blackmails the world into forgiving his past transgressions. There is still ample spy-vs.-henchmen action, especially a bravura ski chase, and a United Nations of femme fatales. The filmmakers just push fans too far too fast: If this Bond didn’t — gasp! — get married, even the ruffles would be forgiven.

Photos: After defeating adversaries on the beach, new Bond Lazenby quips, “This never happened to the other fellow.” / At 30 years old, Lazenby was the youngest actor to play Bond

■ REVEALING SOURCES Majesty’s was the first 007 novel published by Ian Fleming after the movie adaptations started being filmed and includes a sly reference to Bond’s Scottish heritage to explain Sean Connery’s accent.

■ TOP SECRET Since Lazenby had already decided he wouldn’t play Bond again, the producers couldn’t persuade him not to attend the Majesty’s premiere with a hippie-ish beard and long hair.

5 The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

THE opening ski chase says it all about this movie, and for that matter, the entire Roger Moore oeuvre: It makes no sense that Bond has an oversize duffel bag strapped to his back while eluding enemy agents who can’t shoot straight, but when he free-falls off a cliff and cheats death by popping a Union Jack parachute, it all somehow makes sense. Afterward, Bond achieves detente (wink, wink) with a female Soviet agent and sneaks around the Egyptian pyramids to foil an evil mastermind trying to destroy the world and create a new undersea civilization. Barbara Bach ranks among the most alluring Bond Girls, and henchman Jaws, an unkillable behemoth with metal teeth, is so memorable he returns for MoonrakerMoonraker — after one-upping his blockbuster namesake by biting a shark.

The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me garnered three Academy Award nominations — the most of any Bond film. When the crew complained about the food in Egypt, producer Albert R. Broccoli cooked up a vat of pasta.

■ NOBODY QUOTES IT BETTER “Mmm, maybe I misjudged Stromberg. Any man who drinks Dom Perignon ’52 can’t be all bad.”

■ TOP SECRET When editing the scene in which Bond walks across a desert, an assistant editor put in music from Lawrence of Arabia as a joke. His bosses were pleased — and it remained in the final cut.

4 GoldfingerGoldfinger (1964)

A standout just for contributing one of the most iconic images in cinema history — the gold-painted nude body of a slain beauty.

But woven into 007s mission to thwart a murderous tycoon from manipulating world economies, the third Bond movie also establishes elements that would become series trademarks, including Desmond Llewelyns portrayal of gadget-master Q, an elaborate pre-title sequence, and, with henchwoman Pussy Galore, suggestive Bond Girl names that continued with Holly Goodhead, Xenia Onatopp and Alotta Fagina. OK, you caught us — that last one is from Austin Powers.

Photo: The "Designing 007" exhibition currently touring the globe features a life-size replica of a gilded Jill Masterson / Had GoldfingerGoldfinger's Rolls-Royce actually been made of gold, it would have been too heavy to drive. / Bond gives Pussy Galore a taste of her own medicine before administering some of his own.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL The scene in which Bond is nearly bisected by a laser marks the first movie appearance of that technology, developed four years earlier.

■ TOP SECRET Though the Bond films nudged social mores, they weren’t exactly in tune with the rock ’n’ roll youth culture of the mid-sixties. Hence 007’s square proclamation, “There are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above a temperature of 38 °F. That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.”

■ 007 FACT When GoldfingerGoldfinger debuted, it was so popular that some movie theaters stayed open 24 hours a day to accommodate audience demand.

3 You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice (1967)

THIS near epic unfolds in Japan, and the fusion of British style and Asian energy creates what may be the coolest of all Cold War-era Bond flicks. Sean Connery publicly declared that this film would be his last time in the role. Fittingly, he finally confronts SpectreSpectre mastermind Blofeld, who is capturing American and Soviet spacecraft to spark World War III. Before raiding a high-tech lair hidden under a volcano, 007 receives training from sexy female ninjas; pilots a heavily armed minicopter; fires a cigarette-propelled rocket; rides a secret subway around Tokyo; and otherwise cranks all Bondian tropes to 11. Tying it all together is the most stirring of composer John Barry’s sound tracks — the theme song sticks in the brain way after all the secondary characters and plot zigzags have gone fuzzy.

Photo: Bond’s WA-116 autogyro was shipped to him by Q in four suitcases. / In this scene, Bond explains to his Japanese host that chicks dig chest hair. / This Bond film is the only one in which 007 doesn’t drive a car.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL During filming of the aerial combat scene, cameraman John Jordan’s foot was severed by a spinning helicopter blade.

■ TOP SECRET This is the first time Bond fakes his own death at the beginning of the story, a device being recycled 45 years later, for SkyfallSkyfall.

2 Casino RoyaleCasino Royale (2006)

THE stakes are high when Bond enters a poker tournament to provoke a terrorist moneyman, and even higher for this knockout reboot. With the Bourne movies proving that audiences crave more realistic spy fare, franchise producers responded with a moody, action-packed Bond origin story that’s light on gadgets and girls — and replaced Pierce Brosnan with Daniel Craig, a Brit who exudes more steely menace than suave charm. The gamble pays off. The tone is set by the black-and-white intro, in which our hero coldly assassinates an MI6 traitor, and by the time villain Le Chiffre vividly tortures a bound and naked Bond, you’re almost praying for a Roger Moore-era bon mot. Instead, you remain riveted. Not just a worthy Bond movie — a great movie, period.

Photos: Whether wearing a tuxedo or acting as a blunt instrument, Craig kills as 007. / Producer Barbara Broccoli became interested in Craig after seeing him in Layer Cake. / Eva Green has stated that she hates it when people compliment her for being beautiful. / Craig’s emergence from the Caribbean Sea was a wink to Ursula Andress’ famous scene in Dr. NoDr. No.

■ LICENSE TO THRILL The sequence in which Bond pursues an acrobatic bombmaker through a Madagascar slum took six weeks to film.

■ TOP SECRET Though Casino RoyaleCasino Royale was Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, it was the last book title that lent its name to an official Bond movie — likely because it was previously used to title a 1967 Bond spoof starring David Niven and Woody Allen.

■ 007 FACT Between takes of the drawn-out Texas hold ’em scene, the cast would pass the time by actually playing poker. Baddie actor Mads Mikkelsen claims that he won the most cash at the table.

1 ThunderballThunderball (1965)

BY the release of this fourth Bond film, the series had exploded into a bona fide worldwide phenomenon, and Sean Connery wore the 007 role like a bespoke tux. Or, in this case, a bespoke burnt-orange wet suit, as Bond chases clues and a convenient bevy of dripping-wet, bikini-clad vixens, around the Bahamas to stop eye patch-sporting SpectreSpectre villain Emilio Largo from vaporizing Miami with hijacked NATO nukes. The scheme is convoluted, but not a penny of the budget (larger than the first three movies combined) goes to waste, from a then mind-bending jet-pack stunt to an intense underwater fight climax. Audiences were enthralled, making ThunderballThunderball the biggest Bond box-office hit (adjusted for inflation) to date.

Photos: Connery has said that ThunderballThunderball was his favorite 007 performance. / A former U.S. military man with connections to the White House helped producers procure all the latest gadgets. / Claudine Auger was recommended by a producer who met the actress while vacationing in Nassau, where parts of ThunderballThunderball were filmed. / Domino was one of four Bond conquest in ThunderballThunderball.

■ NOBODY QUOTES IT BETTER “My dear girl, don’t flatter yourself. What I did this evening was for king and country. You don’t think it gave me any pleasure, do you?”

■ TOP SECRET The only movie in which all Double-0 agents are seen in one place, when M summons them to a briefing about SpectreSpectre’S plot. Bond arrives stylishly late. ♦

THE BEST BOND GIRLS

THE NAMES. THE COSTUMES. THE BON MOTS. FRIEND OR FOE. THESE WOMEN GIVE JAMES CAUSE TO GET SHAKEN. DESPITE 24 BOND FILMS AND EVEN MORE BOND GIRLS, ONLY 12 ACHIEVED ICON STATUS

Ms. Yes. Swiss actress Ursula became an international sex symbol as Honey Ryder in 1962's Dr. NoDr. No.

■ 007 FACT Ursula Andress didn’t shy away from her sexpot persona. The actress, whose accent was so heavy that her voice in the film had to be dubbed, posed for Playboy in 1965. When a reporter asked why, she simply purred, "Because I’m beautiful."

12 Diana Rigg as Countess Teresa di Vicenzo
■ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969

BOND rescues this depressed damsel in distress on a beach in Portugal as she prepares to commit suicide to escape her life as a mobsters daughter. But the Countess, a.k.a. Tracy, isn’t your ordinary Bond babe; she and 007 forge a relationship beyond the usual one-night stand. After the spy escapes assassins in Switzerland, she ultimately wins Bond’s heart, and the lovebirds marry. But sadly, the new Mrs. Bond is gunned down by Irma Bunt, Blofelds henchwoman, just minutes after the ceremony. Happily, her real life was far from tragic. Diana — an alumna of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art — landed her iconic role of Emma Peel in the cult TV show The Avengers before being a Bond Girl. She will also appear on the next season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, as Lady Olenna Tyrell, a sharp-tongued political matriarch known as the Queen of Thorns.

Photo: Bond and his bride: Diana’s character has the distinction of being the only one of 007’s conquests to get him down the aisle.

11 Jill St. John as Tiffany Case
Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever) 1971

THE plot of this 007 film may be hazy, and Bond himself is surprisingly reserved (not one martini!), but Jill’s presence makes up for it. The bombshell, who began acting at the age of 6, spends the majority of the film prancing around in a variety of bikinis as diamond smuggler Tiffany. Named after the jewelry store she was born in, Tiffany makes the list as the first American Bond Girl. After Diamonds, Jill continued her acting career — she had a cameo on Seinfeld’s classic “The Yada Yada” episode — and pursued her second love: cooking, writing a food column for USA Weekend and publishing a cookbook. She’s one tasty dish!

Photo: Tiffany and Bond get cozy under a bearskin.

■ 007 FACT Jill St.John was no less magnetic offscreen. Before marrying her fourth and current husband, Robert Wagner Jill enjoyed romances with Frank Sinatra and baseball player Sandy Koufax. Rumor has it, even Sean Connery bedded her. Can you blame him?

10 FAMKE JANSSEN as Xenia Onatopp
GoldeneyeGoldeneye, 1995

HER attempt to crush Bond between her legs isn’t the only reason why Xenia lands on this list, although her antics certainly are a first. While some Bond Girls are scary — Grace Jones’ May Day, anyone? — Famke’s feisty henchwoman is both terrifying and titillating. Bond first encounters the Soviet villainess during a high-speed race in the hills above Monte Carlo, with Bond’s Aston Martin nose to nose with her Ferrari. Since she obviously had an issue with aggression, 007 smoothed Xenia’s rougher edges with his brand of Bonding, which included some fighting/ foreplay in a sauna. While Xenia met a grisly end, Famke went on to star in the X-Men movies alongside fellow Bond Girl Halle Berry.

9 MAUD ADAMS as Andrea Anders & OctopussyOctopussy
The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun, 19Z4; OctopussyOctopussy, 1983

MAUD holds the distinction of being the only woman cast as a Bond Girl twice, both times opposite Roger Moore’s 007. In The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun, Andrea is the bad guy’s main squeeze and as such, sends Bond an ominous gold bullet engraved with its target: 007. As the female lead in OctopussyOctopussy, a classic name in Bond lore and the only film title to feature a woman’s name, Maud runs an all-woman circus to cover up her jewelry smuggling ring. (Look at the clown, not the Faberge egg!) Like many lawless Bond Girls, a little R&R with 007 resets OctopussyOctopussy s moral compass. Maud herself went on to appear in a third Bond film, as an extra in A View To A KillA View To A Kill.

8 KlM BASINGER as Domino Petachi
Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again, 1983

THE film’s title references Sean Connery’s declaration to the press in 1971 that he would “never again” play James Bond. Could it have been the flawless looks of blonde Kim, in her breakout role, that lured Connery back? Kim was recommended for the part by Talia Shire (Adrian to Sly’s Rocky), after she spotted Kim’s “luminescent” beauty on a TV show. As a Bond Girl, Kim became an American sex symbol and went on to a decade-long reign. Yet Kim’s Domino has more than the requisite looks 007’s sexual sidekick demands; she saves James — and the world — from the wicked Largo just as the villain is about to detonate a nuke. Not that the film doesn’t end with a bang...

Photo: Sorry Kim! Bond bedded four women in the 1983 film, more than any other 007 movie since ThunderballThunderball.

7 Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore
GoldfingerGoldfinger, 1964

"MY name is Pussy Galore.” The fact that Honor managed to utter her first line with a straight face is almost as shocking as her character’s name — which would still be scandalous even by today’s standards! But Honor oozed couth and class as the leader of an all-female crime ring and self-declared “damn good pilot.” Even Sean Connery’s 007 agrees that she’s no ordinary conquest. “You’re a woman of many parts, Pussy!” he cheekily quips during their barnyard tussle. Pussy soon finds herself caught between her boss, the evil GoldfingerGoldfinger, and 007. Pussy is number eight out of a total of 57 on-screen Bond conquests but definitely a fan favorite. At 38, she was also the oldest Bond Girl in the franchise’s history. After the film, Honor recorded an album, Everything I’ve Got, and she released her latest single in 2009, titled, interestingly, “The Star Who Fell from Grace.”

Photo: Unlike other objects of Bond’s affections, Miss Galore insists that she’s “immune” to his charms. Famous last words, Pussy... / just so you don’t forget her name, Pussy spells it out for you.

■ 007 FACT The character of Pussy was based on a woman named Blanche Blackwell, the love of Bond author Ian Fleming’s life. In his novel, Pussy has black hair, fair skin and violet eyes. Sounds like someone had a crush on Elizabeth Taylor!

6 DANIELA BlANCHI as Tatiana Romanova
From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love, 1963

MORE THAN 200 actresses from around the world auditioned for the role of Russian cipher clerk Tatiana, only to lose out to Daniela. Miss Rome and a runner-up for Miss Universe, Daniela thawed the Cold War with her beauty in one of the all-time best Bond films. Assigned to seduce Bond for Mother Russia, Tatiana sneaks into his Istanbul hotel suite in the middle of the night, wearing only a black-lace choker.

The pair had a difficult time with pillow talk — Tatiana spoke almost no English and learned her lines phonetically. But her Italian accent was still so heavy, producers had to hire a less-accented actress to rerecord her lines. And 007 never says his famous catchphrase, “Bond, James Bond,” in this second installment of the franchise.

■ 007 FACT The sexy hotel-room scene with James and Tatiana (above) is considered so quintessentialy Bond that it’s used as an audition scene for prospective Bond Girls. Not a bad day at the office for 007!

Photo: Connery said that this Bond flick was one of his favorites. With such a stunning costar, it’s easy to see why.

5 Eva Green as Vesper Lynd
Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, 2006

THE woman who started it all! Vesper Lynd — a play on West Berlin — is by far the most complicated Bond Girl, with a whole diary full of dark secrets. Vesper and Bond’s deep yet doomed romance takes center stage in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, explaining how James became the heartless womanizer audiences know and love. He falls hard for the raven-haired, green-eyed beauty and even resigns from MI6for her. Yet the ultimate show of devotion is when 007 names his martini after her. Bond is more than shaken when he discovers Vesper initially double-crossed him and stirred when she kills herself in a demented bid for redemption.

4 MIE HAMA as Kissy Suzuki
You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, 1967

DON’T mess with Mie! The Japanese stunner played a kickass ninja secret agent but was no shrinking violet off camera either. When producers wanted to fire her for not learning English faster, she threatened to commit ritual suicide out of shame. She may have been bluffing, yet movie honchos backed off and Mie kept her role. But public opinion didn’t seem to bother her when she posed for Playboy. Fans in her native Japan were furious she didn’t use a body double (they may be missing the point of the magazine), but Mie was proud to be the first Asian woman to ever grace the nudie mag.

Mie (pronounced mee-yay) has been called the Japanese Brigitte Bardot and appeared in more than 60 movies before Bond.

3 Halle Berry as Jinx Johnson
Die Another DayDie Another Day, 2002

OK, so the Bond Girl name generator spit out a lemon with Jinx Johnson. Yet Johnson is still the perfect yin to Bond’s double-entendre-loving yang, with wit and beauty to spare. As a freakishly sexy NSA agent, Jinx survives a near drowning in a melting ice palace and ultimately stabs her bitchy rival, Miranda Frost, after a sword fight aboard a plane (hey, it happens). Still, the best action is in the two sex scenes with Halle’s Jinx and Pierce Brosnan’s Bond, which rank as some of 007s most, er, satisfying. Ursula Andress’ Honey Ryder was the inspiration for the first shot of Jinx walking out of the ocean wearing a retro bikini and strap-on knife. But while Ursula may have initiated the role, Halle was the first African American Bond Girl to play a heroine.

Whitney Houstor and Salma Hayek were both considered for the part of Jinx. Producers got it right with Halle.

2 Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, a.k.a. Agent XXX
The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

TRAINED in the frozen | wastelands of Siberia, Agent XXX is a master spy for the KGB. Widely hailed as the first liberated Bond Girl, XXX outwits Roger Moore’s 007 in several far-flung locales as they vie for possession of a secret microfilm. When Triple X learns Bond shot her lover during the movie’s famed Union Jack parachute opening sequence, the pro in her resists killing him until their mission is completed. Bond defeats the steel toothed Jaws, averts global nuclear war and escapes the sinking enemy base Atlantis, only to find himself at the wrong end of XXX’s gun. Too smitten to pull the trigger, she opts to instead make love to the MI6 superspy in their escape pod — which naturally features a luxurious bed and chilled Dom Perignon ’52.

■ 007 FACT Who’s a better conquest than James Bond? A Beatle, of course. In 1965 Barbara attended the band’s famous concert at Shea Stadium, not knowing that 15 years later she would walk down the aisle with drummer Ringo Starr.

1 Ursula Andress as Honey Ryder
Dr. NoDr. No, 1962

SOMETIMES the first really is the best! There is no disputing Ursulas reign as the No. 1 Bond Girl of all time — and she has the only Golden Globe awarded to a Bond actress to prove it. Ursula captured the hearts (and other parts) of males across the world the moment she arose from the Caribbean Sea with nothing but a knife and a white bikini. She established the three musts for Bond Girls to come:

1) sexy name — Honey Ryder; 2) sexy accent — Swiss; and 3) sexy profession — shell diver. But this Honey wasn’t too sweet, kicking a little SpectreSpectre ass when she had to. Her personal life was equally dramatic: On the day he was killed in a car crash, James Dean had wanted Ursula to join him on his fateful drive — but when he realized that she was in love with actor John Derek (whom she would later marry), Dean sped out of Los Angeles without her. ♦

Photos: Too hot handle? Upon the film’s release, the Vatican issued a statement condemning Dr. NoDr. No’s lack of morality. / Ursula's iconic white bikini sold for $60,000 at auction.

THE TOP VILLAINS

EACH BOND VILLAIN BRINGS HIS OR HER OWN SPECIAL BRAND OF EVIL TO THE SPY FRANCHISE. BUT THESE 12 BADDIES DESERVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL (IN A GOOD WAY!)

12 Sophie Marceau as Elektra King
The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough, 1999

SHE’S beautiful, fabulously wealthy and crazier than a cuckoo clock. There’s something irresistible about messed-up oil baron heiress King, and Bond falls hard for her, the first female supervillain of the franchise. The character stands in stark contrast to actress Sophie, who was born in Paris to a shop assistant mother and a truck driver father. She began modeling in her teens and eventually started working with European heavies like Gerard Depardieu before breaking into Hollywood with Mel Gibson’s Braveheart. Her seductive King, who suffers from Stockholm syndrome and is under the thumb of her former captor, Renard, has Bond deep under her spell until he finally comes to his senses after discovering her evil schemes. “You wouldn’t kill me. You’d miss me,” she quips to an armed and agitated Bond. He shoots, then fires again: “I never miss.”

11 Harold Sakata as Oddjob
GoldfingerGoldfinger, 1964

S it possible for a stone-cold killer to be lovable? Such is the legacy of the most infamous henchman in the entire Bond franchise. Auric Goldfingers chauffeur, golf caddy and murderous enforcer gets his muted charm and imposing demeanor courtesy of Harold, a Japanese-American weight lifter who won silver for the United States in the 1948 Olympics. Standing 5'10" and weighing 230 lbs., he came to define the archetypal Bond henchman — and not just because of his size. It was because Oddjob didn’t talk (he grunted, “Ah!”), whacked people in a wacky manner (with his much parodied steel-rimmed bowler hat), and died a spectacular death (being electrocuted). As for the curious smile on his face, it can only be assumed it comes from having painted Jill Masterson’s nude body gold.

Photo: Bond and GoldfingerGoldfinger look on as Oddjob demonstrates his hat trick.

10 Christopher Walken as Max Zorin
A View To A KillA View To A Kill, 1985

Dozens of actors were considered to play sinister Silicon Valley tycoon Zorin, but the part went to Christopher. The beloved actor brought his iconic oddity to this villain —humor, ambition, ruthlessness, insanity. While most Bond fans don’t love Kill, it ain’t because of Christopher, especially when he cackles before falling off the Golden Gate Bridge to his doom.

Photo: These two opposites share a love of murder and mayhem.

9 Robert Shaw as Red Grant
From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love, 1963

WHAT’S a homicidal, paranoiac convicted murderer to do after escaping from Dartmoor prison in England? Why, become a SpectreSpectre assassin, of course. While notone of the flashier Bond adversaries, this brute makes the list because of the understated performance delivered by Robert. Hired and run by Rosa Klebb, Grant must first act as Bond’s protector so the spy can unwittingly deliver a Russian decoder to SpectreSpectre. The two match wits when they meet on the Orient Express, and their subsequent fight to the death in Bond’s cabin is a cinematic touchstone. Choreography, cinematography and editing DNA from that close-quarters fight can be found in the Bourne franchise.

Photo: Like so many others, Grant makes the fatal mistake of not shooting first and asking questions later.

8 Richard Kiel as Jaws
The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me, 1977; MoonrakerMoonraker, 1979

DILETTANTE Bond fans who gripe that the Roger Moore-era films began to parody themselves often point to this 7'2", steel toothed henchman buffoon as Exhibit A. Real Bond fans, however, know that Richard’s Jaws is a big reason The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me and MoonrakerMoonraker are impossible to turn off when they come on TV at 10 o’clock at night. Born in Detroit in 1939, Richard was acting, writing and producing his way through show business before being hired to kill 007. Originally set to be offed in The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me, he proved so popular with test audiences that he was spared. Virtually impossible to kill — he survived a fall from a plane, a Peter Pan over a waterfall, ejection from a moving train and a plummet from space — Jaws only had one line despite all this screen time. It was a champagne toast to his girlfriend, Dolly: “Well, here’s to us.” Right back at you, big guy.

Photo: The steel dentures worn -by Richard Kiel were so uncomfortable that he could only wear them for 35 seconds at a time.

7 Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre
Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, 2006

WHAT made Le Chiffre such a compelling Bond villain? For starters, he cried blood and dominated at the card table and yet was insecure about having to use an inhaler. He also relished doing his own wet work. Le Chiffre torturing a naked Bond in a chair with a length of knotted rope established a high water mark for brutal realism in the spy franchise. The oft-humiliated character was played to perfection by Danish actor Mads, who auditioned for the part while Daniel Craig looked on, dressed in a tuxedo.

Mikkelsen won the Best Actor award at Cannes in 2012 for his role in The Hunt.

6 Joseph Wiseman as Dr. NoDr. No
■ Dr.No, 1962

SETTING the tone for all future Bond villains, the titular antagonist of the fist film was highly intelligent, had a penchant for cockamamie murder plots — three blind mice assassins, deadly tarantulas — and enjoyed a spot of civilized conversation with 007 before deciding to just kill him. And while Dr. Julius No was the first villain to die in the film franchise, Canadian-born Joseph was one of the last surviving bad guys of the Sean Connery-era films. He died (of natural causes) in 2009 in New York City.

Photo: Dr. NoDr. No’s metal prosthetic hands were, in fact, plain ol’ rubber gloves

5 Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb
From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love, 1963

IF ever there were a poster girl for lesbian Soviet counter intelligence officers who carry brass knuckles and will kick someone to death with a poison-tipped shoe blade without compunction, Rosa Klebb is it. Although the hammer and sickle adorn her uniform, her true master is SpectreSpectre. Klebb, No. 3 in the organization, is tasked with a seemingly impossible mission: dupe sexy Russian cipher clerk Tatiana Romanova into helping Bond steel a decoder, then send an assassin to kill Bond and retrieve it. Needless to say, Bond gets the better of the assassin (see No. 9 on this list), and in the finale, Tatiana shoots Klebb before she can puncture Bonds shin with her nifty blade.

Photo: Lenya said the first thing people would do upon first meeting her was look at her shoes.

4 Geoffrey Holder as Baron Samedi
Live And Let DieLive And Let Die, 1973

Of all the henchment who've attempted to kill 007, Baron Samedi is the spookiest: He's a bona fide voodoo spirit. When drug kingpin Kananga hands over the enchanting Tarot reader Solitaire to Samedi for sacrifice, Bond -- played for the first time by Roger Moore -- finds himself battling supernatural forces instead of plain old evil geniuses. And although the top-hat-clad, face-painted Samedi appears to die twice in the film, he reemerges in the end -- much as his demonic character endures to this day.

Photo: Holder, as the mythical voodoo lord, captures Solitaire (Jane Seymour).

3 Gert Fröbe as Auric GoldfingerGoldfinger
GoldfingerGoldfinger, 1964

MAN has climbed Mount Everest and gone to the bottom of the ocean. He’s fired rockets at the moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavor...except crime!” As impressive as that motivational speech is to criminal wannabes everywhere, it’s interesting to note that German actor Gert didn’t speak any English — so his voice was actually dubbed by another actor. Often named by Bond aficionados as the quintessential villain in the best Bond film, the man with the Midas touch was also known for his two besties, Oddjob and Pussy Galore.

Photo: Among the most harrowing (and infamous) of Bond’s near-death experience? GoldfingerGoldfinger’s bisecting-laser table.

2 Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax
MoonrakerMoonraker, 1979

LIKE most megalomaniac industrialists, Drax had a dream: to engineer a new master race in the heavens who would descend to Earth and repopulate the planet. (The master-race thread comes from Ian Fleming’s MoonrakerMoonraker novel, which was written in 1955, when neofascism was emerging in England.) French-English stage actor Michael perfectly captured the nouveau-aristo criminal s sadistic self-awareness. And although the Roger Moore-era Bond films are known for their campy humor, Drax is responsible for one of the most haunting scenes in the entire 007 franchise, when he dispatches his Dobermans to viciously run down and devour his beautiful assistant.

Photo: Thanks to Lonsdale, meticulous facial hair Jias come to indicate * a penchant for world domination.•

1 Donald Pleasence as ErnstStavro Blofeld
You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, 1967

ANY devious crackpot could hatch plots to steal nuclear weapons or hijack an orbiting spacecraft, but only a true evil genius could actually pull off those wildly audacious stunts. No Bond supervillain is more iconic than the bald, cat-stroking Blofeld, who’s known for his sadistic killing methods. (Why merely shoot a foe when you can watch him get eaten alive by piranhas?) Blofeld’s raison d’etre is never explored in the films, but Ian Fleming offers a backstory in the book ThunderballThunderball: Born in Poland on May 28, 1908 (the authors birthday), he sold secrets to Nazi Germany during WWII and hid out in South America before launching the terrorist organization SpectreSpectre. Of the four actors who’ve played Bond’s arch nemesis, Donald, in You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, best embodied Blofelds twisted mastermind. ♦

Photos: The übervillain by which all other criminal masterminds are judged: Donald Pleasence, as Blofeld, is flanked by Bond girls Karin Dor and Mie Hama, as Helga and Kissy / Telly Savalas plays Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). / Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever (1971) features Charles Gray in the Blofeld role.

BOND CARS AND GADGETS

IT TAKES MORE THAN TRAINING, GOOD LOOKS AND A LICENSETO KILL TO SAVE THE WORLD BOND’S TOYS ADD SPICE TO THE 007 FRANCHISE FORMULA.

■ 007 FACT Way before square playboy Austin Powers and freakazoid Dr. Evil spoofed the Bond series, Operation Kid Brother, starring Sean Connery's younger, look-alike brother, Neil, disappointed audiences everywhere. (Don't bother Googling it -- it's that bad.)

Lotus Esprit 51
The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

BOTH American and Russian submarines were featured in Roger Moore’s third (and arguably best) turn as 007, but they couldn’t compete with the one Bond used. That’s because it was a white Lotus Esprit...that turned into a submarine. (And it fired sea-to-air missiles, which was bad news for a sexy evildoer in a pursuing helicopter.) Lotus first released the Esprit in 1976 and kept making it, largely unchanged, until 2004 — an Esprit Turbo appeared in 1981’s For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only — but it had some flaws. Though lauded for its handling, the SI was generally thought to be underpowered, struggling to do 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds. On the other hand, that’s pretty speedy for a sub.

Photos: The Lotus Esprit sub was actually filled with water and piloted by divers. / For this stunt an empty Lotus shell was propelled off the dock using air pressure.

Mercury Cougar XR7
■ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969

TECHNICALLY, this wasn’t Mr. Bond’s car — it was Mrs. Bond’s car. That’s right, we’re talking about the sixth Bond film, which starred George Lazenby as 007 and Diana Rigg as the missus. While several American-made cars have played bit parts in Bond movies, the Cougar in OHMSS was front and center, showing off what a pony car could do. Well, sort of: Much of the movie takes place in the Swiss Alps in wintertime, and the Cougar handled awfully well on a racetrack literally made of ice, considering it was a rear-wheel-drive muscle car powered by a 428 Cobra Jet Ram Air V8.

Aston Martin DBS
GoldfingerGoldfinger, 1964

IF budget cuts forced MI6 to limit Bond to just one car, this would be it. In fact, different versions of the DB5 have appeared in no less than five of the movies (six, if you count a deleted scene from Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies). When Bond first climbed behind the wheel in GoldfingerGoldfinger, he quickly made use of all the cool gadgets supplied by Q: bulletproof windshield, onboard tracking system, revolving license plates, smoke screen, oil slick, machine guns, passenger ejector seat. Unfortunately, the actual car did not come with any ofthat. But it did boast an all-aluminum 4.0-liter 282-hp power plant and a top speed of 145 mph — plenty fast enough to tail a gigantic Rolls-Royce Phantom III made largely of solid gold.

LITTLE NELLIE
Subsequent versions of the WA-116 autogyro featured in You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice were used by NATO for spying.

MINI SCUBA TANK
Four minutes of air was all 007 needed to escape a pool filled with sharks in ThunderballThunderball.

Q-BOAT
The aluminum-hulled spy boat is in The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough is powered by a Chevrolet 350 V8 and tops out at 70 mph.

Sunbeam Alpine Series II
Dr. NoDr. No, 1962

IT may not be the most famous Bond car, but it’s the first: He drove it while in Jamaica, investigating the mysterious Dr. NoDr. No — and not surprisingly, Bond was immediately forced to drive at ill-advised speeds on twisty mountain roads in order to elude pursuers. (Also not surprising? He was on his way to a romantic rendezvous, which he didn’t miss.) Though it was easy on the eyes, the Series II made only 80 hp, was reported to have a 0-60 time of more than 13 seconds and, being a postwar British sports car, it probably broke down more often than 007 used his Licence To KillLicence To Kill. The things Bond did for England!

Photo: You wouldn't think it’d be so difficult to outrun a Packard LeSalle hearse.

WALTHER PPK
Bond's standard-issue sidearm was originally manufactured in Germany but is now made only in America.

WRIST DART GUN
Bond was lucky to have this gadget when he was being spun to death in a centrifuge in MoonrakerMoonraker.

JET PACK
The Bell Textron Rocket Belt from ThunderballThunderball is powered by hydrogen peroxide and can climb 60 feet.

MICROCHIP IMPLANT
A version of this technology featured in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale exists for dogs...like Bond.

PHONE BOOTH TRAP
When GoldeneyeGoldeneye came out in 1995, people still used these strange contraptions.

PEN GRENADE
Click it once, and Bond can sign his name; click three times, and it goes boom!

Aston Martin DBS V12
Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, 2006

Casino RoyaleCasino Royale was a reboot of sorts — we not only learned how Bond earned his Licence To KillLicence To Kill but also saw him win his DB5 in a poker game (though Q Branch would no doubt argue with that version of the story). We also see Bond cruising around Nassau in an nifty white, um, Ford Mondeo (a model made and sold in Europe). At the time, Ford owned Aston Martin, so the company brokered a product-placement package deal with the film’s producers. Of course, the real automotive star of the show was Bond’s DBS VI2. It wasn’t full of gadgets — 007 used only a secret gun compartment and what amounted to an extremely complex first-aid kit — but it was as sexy as a Bond Girl. It could also outrun just about any henchman, thanks to a 5.9-liter V12 pounding out 420 lb.-ft. of torque that pushed the aluminum and carbon fiber machine past 190 mph. And, as Bond discovered, it did a pretty good job of protecting occupants during horrific car crashes. ♦

ON SET BEHIND THE SCENES

GO INSIDE THE WORLD OF BOND, JAMES BOND, IN THESE RARELY SEEN SNAPSHOTS.

Red Alert
From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love, 1960, Istanbul, Turkey

Who knew Bond needed help in the bedroom? Director Terence Young steered sta Daniela Bianchi in the right direction during her iconic bedroom scene with Sean Connery’s 007. In it, she always thought her mouth was too big. Bond’s saucy reply?

“No, it’s the right size...for me, that is.” Oh, James!

Beach Bond-ing
■ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969

Talk about quicksand! Producer Albert R Broccoli enjoyed a smoke break with George Lazenby (the only Australian to play 007) while the crew embedded railroad ties into the sand so that Bond’s Aston Martin could speed down the beach in the film’s opening sequence.

Lots To Love
The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me, 1976, Pinewood Studios

A gaggle of Bond Girls primped and posed on the set of The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me. The film gets its title from Ian Fleming’s 10th Bond novel but shares little else. It’s considered to be the first 007 film with a completely original story, the next being 1995’s GoldeneyeGoldeneye.

■ 007 FACT Where exactly did the name “James Bond” come from? Wanting a “flat, quiet” name for his hero, Ian Fleming found inspiration in the book he was reading at the time, Birds of the West Indies, and its author—a man named James Bond.

Hold Tight!
For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only 1981, Corfu, Greece

Being a Bond Girl isn’t all bikinis and martinis, as French actress Carole Bouquet found out. Here, she and Roger Moore, tied together, hung on tight as a speedboat prepared to drag them through shark-infested waters for one of the movie’s most sensational scenes.

Ready For His Close Up
Die Another DayDie Another Day, 2002, London

Director Lee Tamahori set up the perfect shot for Pierce Brosnan, one of only two Bonds to ever film a scene inside 007’s office (the first occurs in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service). Die Another DayDie Another Day also set ( another record: 24 product placements — a cinematic record at the time.

(Half) Naked Lunch
Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever) 1971, Los Angeles

Hey, even spies have to eat! Sean Connery looked delighted to take a lunch break on set, and he should’ve been — producers originally wanted Burt Reynolds to take over as the seductive spy, but he turned it down.

Dilemma Over Dalton
The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights, 1987, Vienna

The film was Dalton’s first appearance as the 1 British spy, but other actors were nearly cast in the iconic role — among them, fellow Brit Sean Bean, who would go on to play 006 agent Alec Trevelyan in GoldeneyeGoldeneye, opposite Pierce Brosnan.

Wet ’N’ Wild
Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, 2006, The Bahamas

After years of the Bond Girls in bikinis, Daniel Craig gave the ladies a little treat, courtesy of his infamous blue swim trunks, while shooting Casino RoyaleCasino Royale. Suddenly, a lot more women seemed interested in operating boom mics...

Hands-On Therapy
You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, 1967, On Location

Sean Connery enjoyed some pampering, i courtesy of Jeanne^ Roland. The film’s title comes from a haiku in Fleming’s original novel: “You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice. Once when you are born. And once when you look death in the face.”

Sparks Fly
■ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1968, The Swiss Alps

George Lazenby gives costar Helena Ronee a light during filming. To win his role as 007, he went to the same tailor and barber as previous Bond Sean Connery to look more like him. Did it work?

■ 007 FACT Having been a male model, George Lazenby said that producers were worried about his sexuality and devised a test: “They sent a girl up to my apartment...the next day they were convinced I was straight.”

War Games
A View To A KillA View To A Kill, 1984, On Location

Roger Moore looked dapper even over a game of backgammon with Albert R. Broccoli between scenes The actor also enjoyed the finer things off camera. In his contract, he stipulated an unlimited supply of hand-rolled Monte Cristo cigars.

■ 007 FACT Although its villainous leader, Blofeld, doesn’t appear in Dr. NoDr. No, audiences are introduced to the dastardly organization SpectreSpectre, which stands for “Special Executive for Counter-Intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion.”

Head Over Heels
Dr. NoDr. No, 1962, Jamaica

Showing off, Sean? Connery flipped for Ursula Andress on the set of the first 007 flick. But he didn’t need to try so hard to impress; the Scottish actor, who once worked as a coffin polisher and a milkman, was later voted the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine.

A Family Affair
GoldeneyeGoldeneye, 1995, Puerto Rico

Pierce Brosnan feels the need for speed as the crew prepares for filming. His 22-year-old son, Christopher, serves as a hand double for his dad during shooting; Pierce injured his arm just days before filming and appointed his son the stand-in for certain shots.

Where The Magic Happens
■ 1964, Jamaica

Author Ian Fleming works on his next 007 novel — at his Caribbean estate, nicknamed GoldeneyeGoldeneye. The British Secret Intelligence Service, of  which Fleming was a member, also used Golden Eye as the name of a top-secret WWII contingency plan in the event that the Nazis invaded Spain.

One Less For Moore
Live And Let DieLive And Let Die, 1973, New Orleans

The film features a love scene between Bond and an African-American woman, played by actress Gloria Hendry. But in South Africa, due to apartheid, the nation’s government required those sex scenes be removed before it would allow the film’s release.

Worth Her Weight
GoldfingerGoldfinger, 1964, Pinewood Studios, England

Don't try this at home, ladies. Actress Shirley Eaton, who played doomed, gilded Bond babe Jill Masterson, risked her life to film this classic scene. Due to the heavy nature of the gold paint, a doctor was on set at all times to monitor her for “skin suffocation” and her stomach was left bare. But it’s just an urban legend that she actually died.

Double Down
Licence To KillLicence To Kill, 1989, Mexico

It was cards and kingpins for 007 in Timothy Dalton’s last Bond film. The movie’s villain, drug lord Franz Sanchez, was based on real-life trafficker Manuel Noriega, who was captured by U.S. troops the year ^ this film premiered.

■ 007 FACT How does a musician get to write a Bond song? First, he or she has to be sober — which took Amy Winehouse out of the running for the Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace theme. She was tapped to record a demo, but plans were scrapped due to fears she wasn’t reliable enough to record the music. Alicia Keys and Jack White recorded a song instead.

Trouble-07
Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace, 2008, Siena, Italy.

In terms of stunts and physicality, Daniel Craig thought that his previous 007 film, Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, was a “walk in the park” compared to Quantum. He was injured three times during filming.

Moore To Love
■ Roger Moore, 1968

Even before he was cast as the deadly, sexy spy, Roger Moore clearly had the look down as he sipped a vodka martini — which, just FYI, should always be made with Smirnoff. Despite playing the spy in seven films, his Bond never once orders his martini shaken, not stirred. ♦

THE 007 WORLD TOUR

007 HAS INTRODUCED US TO SOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL AND EXOTIC PLACES. You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, SO VISIT THEM BEFORE YOU Die Another DayDie Another Day.

THE CARIBBEAN

Laughing Waters Beach, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Dr. NoDr. No, 1962

Just as the goddess Aphrodite was born from the sea, so was the first Bond Girl (and arguably the film franchise), when a bikini-clad Ursula Andress stepped onto Laughing Waters Beach and into the collective erotic consciousness of mankind. Ursula herself was mystified by the sensation the scene caused: "I was just standing there and doing nothing by the sea. I couldn't believe that it appealed so much," she later said, which somehow reinforces why she was so damn sexy there, along with the fairy-tale Dunn's River falls, which also feature prominently in Dr. NoDr. No. These days, the tourist resorts surrounding Laughing Waters raise an age old question: Did Fleming destroy the Jamaica he loved by immortalizing it?

■ 007 FACT Only four years after Fleming wrote his first Bond novel, British Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden and his wife stayed at GoldeneyeGoldeneye for a month. Shortly afterward, Fleming’s notoriety skyrocketed. You can bet they shared a A few bottles of Dom Perignon ’53.

DON’T let that British rapier wit fool you: James Bond is Jamaican. Ian Fleming fell in love with the island in 1942 while visiting the country for a conference. Following the war, he bought 15 acres in Oracabessa, on the north coast, and built a three-bedroom beachfront villa, which he named after a WWII operation. When Fleming began writing Casino RoyaleCasino Royale here in 1952, Baby Bond was born, fully armed and licensed to kill. Fleming penned most of his novels at GoldeneyeGoldeneye, which is now attached to a larger resort owned (not so coincidentally) by the location manager for Dr. NoDr. No. For $5,500 a night, anyone can rent the villa and bond with the spirit of the great creator.

Like Bond, Fleming had vices; along with smoking cigarettes, he drank a bottle of gin a day in his later years.

Fleming liked to snorkel off his beach and feed a local octopus — a scene depicted in OctopussyOctopussy.

Legend has it Columbus set foot on this beach too, 468 years before Ursula.

One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas
Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, 2006

CASINO’S smoldering Bond reboot meant ensuring he remained true to his roots, and nowhere are those roots more firmly grounded than in The Bahamas. More than 20 films have been shot there. It’s no coincidence that the luxurious Ocean Club, where 007 stays during the early part of the film, dates back to 1962, the year Dr. NoDr. No premiered.

Fontainebleau, Miami, USA
GoldfingerGoldfinger, 1964

THERE was no hotel more luxurious in Miami Beach, and few in the world, when GoldfingerGoldfinger filmed there in 1964. Sitting in the heart of Millionaires Row and right on the beach, it quickly became a staple for movie stars and mobsters. It’s almost believable that both Bond and GoldfingerGoldfinger, his next assignment, would happen to be vacationing there at the same time. When Bond notices Goldy cheating during his poolside gin rummy games, he gets right back to business by barging his way into his room, seducing the sexy card-spotter on his balcony, and ordering him to start losing. Such provocation would become a 007 staple.

The Fontainebleau, remodeled in ’08, is once again amongst Miami’s j swankiest hotels.


EUROPE

Chateau de Chantilly, France
A View To A KillA View To A Kill, 1985

DURING the French revolution, Chateau de Chantilly was destroyed. Luckily for Bond scouts, it was rebuilt in the 1870s, which later made it an ideal home for a villain who embodied the excessiveness of the mid-1980s.

The Holy Trinity Monastery, Meteora, Greece
For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only, 1981

THE Monastery hosted the thrilling gravitational finale, in which we see Bond the mountaineer slapped against rock as he races to stop Kristatos’ guard from uprooting his last piton. Later, when Bond hurls the much sought-after ATAC device off the peak as the Russian General Gogol arrives to collect it, he delivers one of his best Cold War zingers: “That’s detente, comrade: You don’t have it, I don’t have it.”

In protest of the film’s violence, the Holy Trinity monks tried to sabotage filming here.

Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul,
The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough, 1999

THE Cold War spy hive of Istanbul was a no-brainer setting for Flemings novels. And while the Hagia Sophia scenes in From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love are classics, the lesser-known Maidens Tower, which adorns an islet in the Bosphorus Strait, stays truer to the franchises creed of introducing audiences to new places. Named after a legend about a sultan who cloistered his daughter there, the tower becomes a prison for M, who shows plucky field skills by rigging a clock to a nuke locator card to transmit her coordinates.

Photo: Step 1: Dive 1 from tower. Step 2: Storm nuclear sub. Step 3: Fight a man incapable of feeling pain.

Piz Gloria Revolving Restaurant, Schilthorn, Switzerland
■ On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969

SO many locations in the world owe tourism dollars to Bond; Schilthorn stands alone as the one location literally built by the franchise. When producer Albert R. Broccoli decided to set Blofelds lair at the famous revolving restaurant, it was unfinished due to stalled financing. In exchange for using it, Broccoli put up the money to complete it. To this day, it is named Piz Gloria — the same name Fleming used in his novel. Life imitates art!

Eon Productions paid $125,000 to finish the restaurant and build a helipad. Elevation: 9,744 feet.

■ 007 FACT Many of the shots in Majesty’s were fiImed by aerial cameraman John Jordan, who lost a foot to a helicopter blade while filming You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice. He died in 1969 when, wearing a prosthetic limb, he fell 2,000 feet while shooting aerials for Catch-22.

The Orient Express, The Balkans
From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love, 1963

ABOUT a decade before 1974 classic Murder on the Orient Express, Bond and Co. were offing one another in style on this unrivalled moving location. From the moment Grant follows Bond and Tatiana aboard in Istanbul with lethal intentions, the*train — steaming ever closer to its destination — becomes a vehicle of tension for their inevitable confrontation.

From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love was inspired by a communist operative who assassinated a U.S. naval attache in 1950.

MI6 Headquarters, London
■    Brosnan’s Films, 1995-2002; SkyfallSkyfall, 2012

NO Bond tour is complete without a visit to the imposing building where 007 gets his marching orders. Technically called the SIS Building, ungrateful lefty Londoners refer to it as Legoland or Babylon-on-Thames. Bond has always called it HQ, and it features bomb- and bulletproof walls, triple-glazed glass to prevent electronic warfare, and two moats. For all the times we’ve seen Bond rile Moneypenny’s knickers before striding into Ms office, only the Pierce Brosnan films feature scenes shot at the real MI6 headquarters.

Expect the MI6 building to be featured prominently in SkyfallSkyfall.

SOUTH AMERICA

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
MoonrakerMoonraker, 1979

The original Terminator: No one can kill Jaws only escape him. DIRECTOR Lewis Gilbert's use of the empty space around Rio’s most iconic geographical feature instantly made the Sugarloaf confrontation between Bond, Holly Goodhead and Jaws one of the most imaginative fight sequences in 007 history. Once Jaws (don’t be fooled; he’s clever) bites off the cable to our protagonists’ gondola and immobilizes them, old Metal Mouth sallies in on the opposite car and starts thumping. Yeah, that chain inside 007’s gondola is convenient, but it’s still fun watching him improvise a zip line and whisk Holly away to safety.

Bond Budgeting 101: Shoot the Amazon boat chase in Florida.

Iguazu Falls, Parana, Brazil
MoonrakerMoonraker, 1979

LESS well known than the great falls of Niagara and Victoria, Brazil’s Iguazu Falls are every bit as spectacular. Almost two miles wide and reaching as high as 300 feet, they roar: “boat chase ends here.” When 007, pursued by Jaws, races straight for the falls, we witness one of the most elegant vehicular transformations ever, as his boat spawns glider wings, allowing him to escape while Jaws plummets over the edge. Cue up the violins as we’re then treated to an enchanting tableau of Iguazu’s beauty as Bond soars on in search of Drax’s secret base.

The Residencia, Cerro Paranal, Chile
Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace, 2008

TO capture the emotional desolation that Bond feels throughout Quantum, director Marc Forster set the final scene in one of the most severe places on Earth: Chile’s Atacama Desert.

Perfectly punctuating the harsh environment is the magnificently austere Residencia, where Bond confronts Greene. Builtto comfortably house astronomers who work at the nearby European Southern Observatory, the Residencia contains an oasis complete with palm trees and a swimming pool. For the crew, it was just like Hollywood!

ASIA

Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur, India
OctopussyOctopussy, 1983

A masterpiece of white marble built by a maharana in 1743, the Lake Mm* Palace served as the perfect location for OctopussyOctopussy’s “floating palace” — which Bond comically infiltrates in a boat disguised as a M m crocodile. The palace, which is actually built atop a four-acre rock, is now a luxury hotel where anyone can stay, as the shooting crew did in 1982. “It was the shortest travelling time to any location I’ve ever been on,” said five-time Bond director John Glen. “We rolled out of bed, and you were on the set.”

The Lake Palace is known as the most romantic hotel in India. James Bond agrees.

Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun, 1974

Limestone islands and pillars, covered in emerald forests, rise from the pale green waters of the Andaman Sea. Millions never would have learned such earthly beauty existed if Bond hadn’t flown his Republic RC-3 Seabee over the bay on his way to a duel with Scaramanga. Spiritually, at least, it was also the first time we saw Herve Villechaize, who plays Scaramanga’s henchmen Nick Nack, all but proclaim, “The plane, the plane” as 007 arrives. (Unlike Mr. Roarke, Scaramanga explodes the plane with his secret solar weapon.) Because ofthat film, millions have visited since; but Phang Nga still remains largely pristine, thanks to the national park that was established in 1981.

Himeji Castle, Himeji, Japan
You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, 1967

WHEN a Bond film scores an epic location, count on a languorous, aerial approach. We first see Himeji Castle through 007s eyes, as he choppers in to rendezvous with his Japanese counterpart, Tiger Tanaka. And what a sight it is. Rising like an intricate, multitier wedding cake above its eponymous city, Himeji — also known as the “White Egret Castle” — is the best surviving example of classical Japanese castle architecture. Dating back tft 1609, it has miraculously endured centuries of war, both feudal and global. After Bond lands, were then treated to the unusual sight of seeing him go back to school — ninja school. Final exam: killing an assassin who has infiltrated the campus.

During filming, a local newspaper mistakenly reported that the crew had damaged the castle. ♦

BATTLE OF THE BOND FANS

WORLD’S BIGGEST BOND AFICIONADOS CONFESS TO THEIR 007 OBSESSIONS.

1. Graham Rye Editor and  Publisher, 007 Magazine
2. David Zaritsky, Bond Memorabilia Collector
3. Remmert van Braam, Founder, JamesBondLifestle.com

What are your most and least favorite films?

GRAHAM: From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love. It’s very close to the original novel, and the battle on board the Orient Express is the best fight scene in the series! The worst is Die Another DayDie Another Day, because it’s stupid and insults the audiences intelligence.

DAVID: ThunderballThunderball. It’s a perfect mix of locations, gadgets, girls, adventure and panache. My least favorite is A View To A KillA View To A Kill. An aging Bond, dull female lead and low budget makes for a film that hasn’t aged well and drags down the series.

REMMERT: Casino RoyaleCasino Royale is my favorite. It follows the novel closely and gives a modern twist to the story, and the thrilling action scenes have suspense. The movie I don't watch so often is The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough. It has the least appeal and little soul.

What is your favorite Bond scene?

GRAHAM: The confrontation dialogue in the train compartment between Bond and Grant in From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love.

DAVTD: Love the Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies backseat car chase in the parking garage. Very innovative, pure fun — and the shots in the scene keep upping themselves.

REMMERT: One that springs to mind is from Die Another DayDie Another Day, when a bearded Bond walks into a five-star hotel in Hong Kong, wearing shabby hospital pajamas, and is still recognized and treated with the utmost respect. Another scene is the Madagascar chase in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale. The relentless pace, amazing stunts and humor (crashing through a wall) make it one of the best chase scenes of the series.

Do you consider Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again a Bond film?

GRAHAM: It is a Bond film, although not part of the official Cubby Broccoli EON Productions series. But it’s an awful movie on so many levels!

DAVID: Never heard of it.

REMMERT: To me, it is a Bond film, because Sean Connery plays James Bond. It also has locations like the Monte Carlo Casino, a good villain and underwater scenes, so it has enough. As a child watching it, unaware of the issues, I never doubted its authenticity.

What’s your best personal Bond experience?

GRAHAM: Organizing and hosting a special 25th Anniversary screening of ThunderballThunderball in London in 1990 and having director Terence Young talk me through the film while we watched it side by side in the theater.

DAVTD: Creating the prop displays at the United States premiere of Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace. Not only was it extreme fun to have my collection appreciated at the event, but it was also a charity function for the cardiovascular wing of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

REMMERT: Most involve hanging out with fellow Bond fans from around the world who have became good friends —whether at the red carpet during the London premiere of Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, visiting Bond locations around the world, or being an extra in Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace.

What’s your favorite piece of memorabilia?

GRAHAM: Probably Oddjobs steel-rimmed bowler hat, as I sold it at a Christies auction in 1998 for $100,000.

DAVID: My hands-down favorite is an Armani jacket worn by Daniel Craig in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale during the airport chase scene. Its not only an important piece in a great film, but it fits me so well it also acts as a great piece in my own wardrobe... though I admit to being a bit fearful of wearing it out!

REMMERT: My favorite items include several S.T. Dupont cuff links [Casino Royale), a Seiko 0674 LC watch (The Spy Who Loved Me) and my recently acquired Barbour X To Ki To Heritage Beacon Sports Jacket (Skyfall).

What’s your favorite piece of Bond trivia?

GRAHAM: That voice artiste Nikki van der Zyl revoiced Ursula Andress’ performance in Dr. NoDr. No and many of the other Bond Girls in the 1960s 007films.

DAVID: I like the fact that Ian Fleming was never too thrilled about Sean Connery playing the role...until his popularity swelled.

REMMERT: The tarot cards used by Solitaire in Live And Let DieLive And Let Die actually have stylized 007 logos on the backs of the cards. It doesn’t make any sense in the story, but that’s also why I like it.

What do you think about Daniel Craig?

GRAHAM: I think he’s the best James Bond since Sean Connery.

DAVID: He is tremendous. Besides being an amazing actor, he truly looks like someone who could kill you. And we mustn’t forget that Bond is an assassin! I also like that he himself is a style-minded individual and is very thoughtful of Bonds presence and image.

REMMERT: Although Craig is not as refined and elegant as, say, Pierce Brosnan, I think he brings Bond to a new level with his combination of brute force, cunning and casual style. He fits the current movie-hero image and appeals to a whole new generation. I can’t wait to see how he does in SkyfallSkyfall.

What would you name the next Bond film?

GRAHAM: Colonel Sun.

DAVID: How about something controversial, like ThunderPussy?

REMMERT: Of the original Fleming titles, The Hildebrand Rarity and The Property of a Lady have not been used yet, so I would like to see one of these become the title of the next Bond film. ♦

EVIL GENIUS 007 QUIZ

TAKE THIS QUIZ CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF BOND TO DETERMINE YOUR DOUBLE-O FAN STATUS. ANSWERS ON PAGE 79.

1 Which of these Bond flicks didn’t have silhouettes of nude women during the title sequence?
a.    Dr. NoDr. No
b.    Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever
c.    The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough

2 At 144 minutes, what is the longest Bond film?
a.    From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love
b.    On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
c.    Casino RoyaleCasino Royale

3 Which A-list actor played a Bond henchman early in his career?
a.    James Woods
b.    Benicio Del Toro
c.    Gary Oldman

4 What piece of memorabilia did Pierce Brosnan buy for $52,000?
a.    The Lektor decoder prop used in From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love
b.    GoldfingerGoldfinger's model of Fort Knox
c. Ian Fleming's gold plated typewriter

5 How much was Ursula Andress paid for Dr. NoDr. No?
a.    $6,000
b.    $15,000
c.    $60,000

6 According to Dr. NoDr. No, how much did his fish tank cost?
a. $100,000
b. $1,000,000
c. $10,000,000

7 In what Bond film does one of 007’s sexy conquests snap, “You’ve made an awful mess of my hair, you sadistic brute.”
a.    ThunderballThunderball
b.    The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights
c.    Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies

8. What is Dr. NoDr. No’s first name?
a. Julius
b. Wang
c. Ian

9 What is the epitaph on producer Albert R. Broccoli’s grave?
a.    “You only live once”
b.    “We have all the time in the world”
c.    “Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies

10 According to The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me novelization, what is Jaws’ real name?
a.    Robert Marlow
b.    Zbigniew Krycsiwiki
c.    Bartholomew Oloff

11 Who is the only singer to appear in the title sequence?
a.    Sheena Easton
b.    Shirley Manson
c.    Madonna

12 The first-ever Mustang to debut in a movie appeared in what Bond film?
a.    GoldfingerGoldfinger
b.    Live And Let DieLive And Let Die
c.    Die Another DayDie Another Day

13 Sean Connery’s golf obsession began while filming GoldfingerGoldfinger.
a.    True
b.    False

14 A Which of these men killed himself with a Walther PPK?
a.    Adolf Hitler
b.    Ernest Hemingway
c.    Hunter S. Thompson

15 What is henchman Red Grant’s nickname for Bond in From Russia With LoveFrom Russia With Love?
a.    Pally
b.    Mister B.
c.    Old Man

16 In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, how does Tracy’s father finally get his daughter to board a helicopter without Bond?
a.    He claims 007 has been killed.
b.    He punches her in the face.
c.    He says her mother is sick.

17 Which Bond actor did not attend Albert R. Broccoli’s funeral?
a.    Sean Connery
b.    Roger Moore
c.    Pierce Brosnan

18 Which Bond film required the most stunt parachute jumps?
a.    The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me
b.    MoonrakerMoonraker
c.    Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies

19 According to Bond in You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice, what is the correct temperature at which Japanese sake should be drunk?
a.    38°F
b.    52°C
c.    98.4°F

20 What is Agent XXX’s drink of choice in The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me?
a.    Shirley Temple
b.    Bacardi on the rocks
c.    Ice water

21 What clue does the parrot chirp in For Your Eyes OnlyFor Your Eyes Only?
a.    “ATAC to St. Cyril’s”
b.    “27 longitude”
c.    “Under the boat”

22 What does Xenia Onatopp do before trying to squeeze Bond to death a second time in GoldeneyeGoldeneye?
a.    Take his Walther PPK as a souvenir
b.    Kill Bond Girl Simonova
c.    Lick his face

23 What is the most impressive aspect of Max Zorin’s French estate in A View To A KillA View To A Kill?
a.    Its horse stable
b.    The 10,000-bottle wine cellar
c.    That it was moved from Scotland brick by brick

24 What does Bond realize Vesper Lynd is wearing around her neck in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale?
a.    An Algerian love knot
b.    A Persian locket
c.    A family crest

25 At what game does Kamal Khan lose to Bond in OctopussyOctopussy?
a.    Chess
b.    Backgammon
c.    Baccarat

26 How does Bond dispose of Rene Mathis’ body in Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace?
a.    He leaves it in a trunk.
b.    He throws it in a Dumpster.
c.    He covers it with rocks

27 How did Ian Fleming die?
a.    He suffered a heart attack.
b.    From liver failure
c.    He drowned in a pool.

28 How old was Sean Connery when he filmed Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again?
a.  48
b.  53
c.  57

29 When Bond shows up to kill General Pushkin in The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights, what flowers does 007 suggest the general should have been carrying instead of orchids?
a.    Roses
b.    Lilies
c.    Carnations

30 In Licence To KillLicence To Kill, how does baddie Franz Sanchez kill his business partner Milton Krest?
a.    With a crossbow
b.    Burns him alive
c.    Puts him in a decompression chamber

31 What does Fatima Blush have Bond do before she tries to kill him in Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again?
a.    Kneel
b.    Write a letter saying she was his greatest lover
c.    Renounce his service to the Queen

32 Fill in the quote from hitman Dr. Kaufman in Tomorrow Never DiesTomorrow Never Dies: “Believe me, Mr. Bond, I could shoot you from _______ and still create the proper effect.”
a.    Düsseldorf
b.    Stuttgart
c.    Antwerp

33 How does the second baddie die in the stairwell in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale?
a.    He falls and breaks his neck.
b.    Bond chokes him to death.
c.    Vesper shoots him.

34 Which Bond film features MI6 officer Strawberry Fields?
a.    The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights
b.    Die Another DayDie Another Day
c.    Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace

35 Martin Campbell directed GoldeneyeGoldeneye and which other Bond film?
a.    The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun
b.    The Living DaylightsThe Living Daylights
c.  Casino RoyaleCasino Royale

36 What was the first Bond film to not borrow a title from an Ian Fleming book or short story?
a.    Licence To KillLicence To Kill
b.    GoldeneyeGoldeneye
c.    The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough

37 In Diamonds Are ForeverDiamonds Are Forever, what tips off Bond that Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd are assassins?
a.    Mr. Wints aftershave
b.    Their phony French accents
c.    The frosting on a cake they’ve delivered

38 In Live And Let DieLive And Let Die, does Kananga read the serial number on the back of Bond’s watch to Solitaire correctly or incorrectly?
a.    Correctly
b.    Incorrectly

39 In The Man With The Golden GunThe Man With The Golden Gun, how does Francisco Scaramanga demonstrate his solar power?
a.    He blows up Bond’s plane.
b.    He makes his island glow.
c.    He lights Bond’s cigarette from across the room.

40 What does Bond say to Christmas while they make love in The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough?
a.    “I thought Christmas only comes once a year.”
b.    “Let me give you an early Christmas present.”
c.    “This sure beats eggnog.”

41 Name the movie in which a Bond Girl utters: “I know all about you, 007. It’s sex for dinner and death for breakfast.”
a.    Never Say Never AgainNever Say Never Again
b.    Die Another DayDie Another Day
c.    Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace

42 Which real-life billionaire has a cameo in Casino RoyaleCasino Royale?
a.    Richard Branson
b.    Carlos Slim
c.    Roman Abramovich

43 To whom does Sean Connery’s Bond whisper: “Let me tell you the secret of the world”?
a.    Pussy Galore
b.    Miss Moneypenny
c.    Valentin Zukovsky

44 Where does the bomb maker Bond is chasing in the beginning of Casino RoyaleCasino Royale run to?
a.    An embassy
b.    A hospital
c.    A snake house

45 What sporty Japanese car does Bond hop into in You Only Live TwiceYou Only Live Twice?
a.    Toyota 2000GT
b.    Datsun 240z
c.    Honda S800 Mk2

46 What is the name of Emilio Largo’s yacht in ThunderballThunderball?
a.    Disco Volante
b.    Shark Tooth
c.    Blanco

47 How many full Bond novels did Ian Fleming write?
a.    7
b.    12
c.    13

48 Villain Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved MeThe Spy Who Loved Me doesn’t like to do what?
a.    Shake hands
b.    Eat fish
c.    Use profanity

49 A Faberge egg figures prominently in which Bond film?
a.    OctopussyOctopussy
b.    Licence To KillLicence To Kill
c.    The World Is Not EnoughThe World Is Not Enough

50 Which of these directors was scheduled to direct a Bond film?
a.    Alfred Hitchcock
b.  John Ford
c.    Akira Kurosawa

THE ANSWERS

1. a, 2. c, 3. b, 4. c, 5. a, 6. b, 7. a, 8. a, 9. b, 10. b, 11. a, 12. a, 13. a, 14. a, 15. c, 16. b, 17. a, 18. b, 19. c, 20. b, 21. a, 22. c, 23. a, 24. a, 25. b, 26. b, 27. a, 28. b, 29. b, 30. c, 31. b, 32. b, 33. b, 34. c, 35. c, 36. a, 37. a, 38. b, 39. a, 40. a 41. b, 42. a, 43. b, 44. a, 45. a, 46. a, 47. b, 48. a, 49. a, 50. a

YOUR BOND STATUS

■    40-50 CORRECT: You’re a Double-0 ready to save the world.
■    30-39 CORRECT: Go back to MI6 for more training.
■    20-29 CORRECT: You’re tall, dark and handsome. That’s about it.
■    10-19 CORRECT: Consider flipping burgers.
■    1-9 CORRECT: Have a good time in that shark tank!

BOND’S ORIGINAL MARTINI

SHAKEN, not stirred” may be the quotable takeaway from James Bond’s oft-repeated vodka martini preference, but the original Bond cocktail is something altogether different, says Dushan Zaric, owner of New York City cocktail haven Employees Only. In Casino RoyaleCasino Royale, Ian Fleming’s first
Bond novel, our hero actually orders a Vesper, a concoction of gin, vodka and quinine-tinged Kina Lillet. Ever the perfectionist, Bond’s command — “Shake it till it’s very cold, then add a large, thin slice of lemon” — is the root of Bond’s iconic order. Here, Zaric retrofits the classic drink, bringing it back in line with its literary roots. ♦

The Vesper

■    3 parts Plymouth gin
■    1 part Russian Standard vodka
■    1/2 part Cocchi Americano aperitif
■    lemon twist

In a cocktail shaker, vigorously shake gin, vodka and aperitif with large ice cubes until very cold. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon twist.

[Source: 50 Years of Bond. Copyright © 2012 by American Media, Inc. All rights reserved.]

 
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