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Bond actors and actresses and their martial arts background

Exactly what it says in the tin, for laughs. MILD TROLLING ALLOWED.

Let's start with some main ones, and then we'll pass to supporting cast.

Sean Connery: Kyokushin karate (discipline I practised back then), black belt. Trained by Mas Oyama himself, it seems. Some aikido notions teached by Steven Seagal.
Honor Blackman: Judo, black belt.
George Lazenby: Shotokan karate, black belt (needs confirmation). Military self-defence techniques.
Roger Moore: Kung fu lessons (needs confirmation)
Michelle Yeoh: You won't believe it, but just some taekwondo lessons. The rest is created by her on the spot.
Dave Bautista: Brazilian jiu-jutsu, purple belt. Also wrestling (duh)

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  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    Dolph Lundgren: Karate
    Rick Yune: Tae-Kwon-Do
    Will Yun Lee: Tae-Kwon-Do, Karate?

    Frankly, I never believed Blackman's skills...

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    Judo Black Belt??
  • edited December 2015 Posts: 761
    @ggl007

    According to what I found, she was a pupil of the Robinson brothers (Doug and "Elevator fight" Joe Robinson)

    Lundgren is a Master in kyokushin. My sensei trained and sparred with him and said he was the toughest guy he ever faced, over many Japanese masters.

    All that said, gracias por mantener el Archivo 007. Gracias a vosotros pude completar la colección de cómics: es bastante difícil agenciarse los de Planeta.
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    Diana Rigg also has a black belt in judo.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!
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    @bigladiesman, is that true about Michelle Yeoh? I'm baffled!!
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @bigladiesman, is that true about Michelle Yeoh? I'm baffled!!
    Well, I've followed her career, and she started in ballet, but an injury took her out of it. Then she began the movies basically learning from choreographers, and picked it up quickly. She also did all her own stunts, learning that as she went as well. She was fearless & fastidious.

  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    chrisisall wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    @bigladiesman, is that true about Michelle Yeoh? I'm baffled!!
    Well, I've followed her career, and she started in ballet, but an injury took her out of it. Then she began the movies basically learning from choreographers, and picked it up quickly. She also did all her own stunts, learning that as she went as well. She was fearless & fastidious.

    And then there's this:



    What a woman...

    It must be a nightmare working with her on set; she must just make everyone else look plain lazy in comparison.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    I read that she learned to ride a motorcycle specifically to do this stunt. :-O
  • ggl007ggl007 www.archivo007.com Spain, España
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    @ggl007

    According to what I found, she was a pupil of the Robinson brothers (Doug and "Elevator fight" Robinson)

    Lundgren is a Master in kyokushin. My sensei trained and sparred with him and said he was the toughest guy he ever faced, over many Japanese masters.

    All that said, gracias por mantener el Archivo 007. Gracias a vosotros pude completar la colección de cómics: es bastante difícil agenciarse los de Planeta.
    You're very welcome, @bigladiesman!

    Probably in The Avengers, Honor Blackman did a lot more judo than in GF...
    :-S

    (Are you in Archivo 007?? Si no estás todavía, ya estás tardando ;) :D )
  • Michelle Yeoh has been something different in cinema, indeed. A remarkable person, always struggling to push her limits.
  • OK, let's go with the supporting cast. There are lots of them. Let's put two early ones, for instance.

    Milton Reid (DN, CR'67, TSWLM): Professional wrestling, one of the many fighters who acted under the moniker of Mighty Chang. According to Imdb and Wikipedia, he lobbied for the role of Oddjob and even challenged Hal Sakata to a wrestling match to decide who would get the part. Saltzman and Broccoli decided to go for Sakata all the way and the match never took place.

    Harold Sakata: Professional wrestling, like many weightlifters of the era. Tetsuo Higami, aka The Rubberman coached him on early MMA.

    And Merry Xmas (in Turkey?) everybody!!!


  • Peter Maivia: He was a legendary professional wrestler, grandfather of Dwayne Johnson and related to half a dozen more professional fighters.

    Tetsuro Tamba: There are old American articles that say that he earned a black belt in karate. While he made some martial arts films, some of them with the great Sonny Chiba, I don't give much credit, unless you guys know something. He was indeed trained in kenjutsu (japanese sword techniques).

    It's quite proved that Peter Sellers held a black belt in judo, and even had some rank in a Federation.

    @Gerard says several posts above that Dame Diana Rigg also holds a black belt in judo.
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