What and when was your first experience of 007 ?

edited March 2011 in Bond Movies Posts: 19,339
For me i remember watching MR at holiday times as it was always on then, but my first cinema experience of him was OP in 1983 when it took on NSNA and won.
So suppose i have liked Bond since i was 11 or 12.
30 years now !!

Howz about you lot ?
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  • royale65royale65 Caustic misanthrope reporting for duty.
    edited March 2011 Posts: 4,159
    Great idea, barry007! I was just thinking of starting this one up again…

    I used to watch Bond movies on ITV, back in the day! Back in the 1990’s, anyway…

    I remember Goldfinger and Moonraker, vaguely… In particular the Venice museum fight…

    My first Bond film at the movies was TWINE, and I was hooked! Brosnan captivated me, he seemed so sure of himself, and as a 12 year old boy, with all the insecurities that goes with being a 12 year old boy, he seemed a breath of fresh air. I wanted to be like him so much. Brosnan still holds a very special place in my heart.

    Anyway, from here I got all of the Bond movies on VHS, and later on DVD.

    I’ve been a fan for about 15 years
  • edited March 2011 Posts: 449
    Memories are quite vague from my early years, so I can't be sure whether my first Bond film was Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies or The World Is Not Enough. All three of which I would have seen on cable television when I was around 10 years old or younger.

    My first Bond film in theaters was either Die Another Day or Casino Royale—I can't quite remember. (I know, my memory is horrible).
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    Mine was GE when I first saw it on VHS. Like royale65 Brosnan still holds a very special place with me.

    I also vaguely remember watching LTK on tv and enjoying it (though I think that was after I'd watched GE).
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
    edited April 2014 Posts: 13,251
    The GoldenEye 64 video game had a big impact on me but it was showings of the Bond films as a marathon in the mid 90's on ITV which hooked me. Though I knew who Bond was before the release of the game from when I was about 6 or 7 from what others had told me, it was the exposure to it that took my interest to another level.

    I happened to watch Dr. No first, on ITV as part of this Bond marathon in 1998 and thereafter watched the rest of the films - up to Tomorrow Never Dies as part of ITV's "00-Heaven" season, which was sponsored by Martini. This only strengthened and perhaps cemented my interest in Bond.

    I was on holiday and forgot to record GoldenEye but rented it on VHS about a year later. The N64 game was also a big factor of enjoyment from my childhood. It was also strange having not seen the film but playing the game and of course my entire family, young and old loved it, that also gave me confidence that the James Bond films were something special.

    A new Bond film every week was such an exciting time of my life as a child. I saw The World Is Not Enough the weekend it was released on VHS and the same for Die Another Day on DVD, although I was old enough to see it in the cinema at the time of it's release, I chose not too. I knew it would be a bad film just by knowing what I did about it and not proper Bond in my eyes. I had always felt this as the then-recent films felt different to me, as if something was lacking or had changed.

    I then bought The World Is Not Enough on VHS upon release, rented Die Another Day on DVD, and have watched the following films in the cinema. Between Die Another Day and Casino Royale I read all of Fleming's novels.

    As for why I got hooked. As a child I'd seen nothing like it. The stories I was just really into and loved how I could see the series change over time. Also watching the films over time, in order, instead of being introduced through the new film I think helped not skew my view on Bond and have any preference to a particular era. Watching, say, only Craig's films from 2006 to when Quantum came out, then going back in those years to watch the rest, really can't help matters and may well result in a bias in some way.
  • edited March 2011 Posts: 107
    On television: The Spy Who Loved Me. 1992-ish.
    In theaters: GoldenEye. 1995.
  • saunderssaunders Living in a world of avarice and deceit
    edited March 2011 Posts: 987
    I was about six and a friend of my Dads let me watch a double bill of DN and TSWLM recorded off the TV, I remember having a nightmare that night that I was trapped in Dr No's lair and had to go and have a cuddle with my mum, now I just think the idea of being trapped in his secret base sounds absolutely bloody fantastic.
  • I remember watching Bond films when they were on TV in the 90's, but my uncle got me Goldeneye for my birthday in 1999.

    I eventually watched them all when I got all the DVD's.
  • Posts: 1,063
    OP as well as MR so I'm a Moore guy all the way. AVTAK was my first theater exp at age 10. I had seen TB and GF before going to the theater to see Bond so I was aware of that Connery guy but all that did was add to the legend of Bond. If this guy Moore could replace him then he must be even better! Now I understand Connery rules but Moore is still my fav actor.
  • Posts: 163
    We were university students in late 1950s and read the Bond novels, the writing was different and there was something in Fleming's writing that attracted us. One of my university friends purchased "From Russia with Love" in 1958, and we read it in turn and soon "Dr NO" etc..
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Watching Dr No as a very young boy, age 6 I believe. Sir, yes, sir, that one got me hooked on 007 forever. It was in '88. I worked my way through the Connery's from there. The Moores came much later and it took me some time to get used to a different face.
  • LudsLuds Moderator, Director
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    As I recall my initial Bond experience was in the mid to late 80s as a youngster, around the age of 6-7 years old, that would have been around 1985 to 1987 time frame, I watched parts of Goldfinger with my parents and found it mind-blowing.

    I learned about it a bit, tried to watch more flicks and caught The Living Daylights with my best friend P-O in the early 90s when it aired on TV. I kept watching them as I could. and eventually when I started to have my own money I started renting them in the around 93 at the local video store. I convinced my mother that this would be a perfect Christmas gift, getting the entire Bond collection on VHS in I suppose November 1994 or 1995. My first experience in theaters was TND as I didn't actually care to see GE in theaters at the time, not sure if it's because I was going through a marathon and wanted to see it afterwards.

    I started to read Bond online in around 2001 or 2002 when MI6 was and remains the True best James Bond site. At the time there was no forum. I registered to the original forum, named 007news in April of 2003 iirc, and have been a member ever since.
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    007 Nightfire on the PlayStation 2 at my cousin David's house. I will never forget that first moment that I played "The Exchange". That single level simply screams 007!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    My first James Bond experience was being given GE as a gift on VHS around the age of 8 or 9, and watching, rewatching, and rewatching it, time and time and time again, until I was given TND and TWINE on VHS, and they were added in to the mix. From there, it was a matter of picking up the others on VHS, or renting them at my local Blockbuster and Video Warehouse.

    My first Bond experience in theaters was one viewing of DAD, then three viewings of CR, and five viewings of QoS. From here on out, I plan on seeing every Bond film in theaters at least five times.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    My first James Bond experience was being given GE as a gift on VHS around the age of 8 or 9, and watching, rewatching, and rewatching it, time and time and time again, until I was given TND and TWINE on VHS, and they were added in to the mix. From there, it was a matter of picking up the others on VHS, or renting them at my local Blockbuster and Video Warehouse.

    My first Bond experience in theaters was one viewing of DAD, then three viewings of CR, and five viewings of QoS. From here on out, I plan on seeing every Bond film in theaters at least five times.

    I have actually never seen a Bond movie in theaters, simply because of my age, 16. I wasn't a Bond fan in 2006 when CR came out, and by the release of QoS in 2008, I wasn't age-appropriate to see it, or so my dad had told me. But there's no doubt that I am seeing SkyFall this November! It's already a done-deal!

  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @00Beast, I always forget this; you're so much more mature than 16, I would surmise at least in your 20's.

    It's nice to know that you'll get to see SF when it releases in November; shame we have to wait until then to see it, though.
  • X3MSonicXX3MSonicX https://www.behance.net/gallery/86760163/Fa-Posteres-de-007-No-Time-To-Die
    edited May 2012 Posts: 2,635
    my first of the TV, Goldeneye.

    my first on Cines, were QoS.

    And i'm being a Bond fan for 13 years. And i'm 18 old. That's cause i played Goldeneye 64 then i watched the movie. There's how it started...
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    GE in the cinema with my father in '95. I was 5 years old. Still one of my favourites, even to this day :)
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    GE in the cinema with my father in '95. I was 5 years old. Still one of my favourites, even to this day :)

    I'm very jealous. I bet it was a wonderful experience.
  • CraigMooreOHMSSCraigMooreOHMSS Dublin, Ireland
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    GE in the cinema with my father in '95. I was 5 years old. Still one of my favourites, even to this day :)

    I'm very jealous. I bet it was a wonderful experience.

    Yes, my memory is somewhat blurred of it by now. But I remember coming out and feeling like a superspy! Same went for the rest of Brosnan's efforts, which I all saw on the big screen. They may not of been of the ultra high quality that most wanted, but if they don't leave you with a good feeling inside you then something isn't quite right. They have the "feel good factor" and it's the one reason I'll always go back to GoldenEye instead of Casino Royale.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    I always feel like Bond when I stop out of a Bond film. Even when I watch one at my house, I still walk around - like Craig - and feel like I'm in character. I always get like that when I see amazing films, I just connect to the character.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    I always feel like Bond when I stop out of a Bond film. Even when I watch one at my house, I still walk around - like Craig - and feel like I'm in character. I always get like that when I see amazing films, I just connect to the character.
    Exactly! I have times like that, where I love a movie character and will act like them after the film/show.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, my girlfriend would not stop questioning if I was mad or upset with her after we got out of the opening release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, because I stepped out in the cold, lit up a cigarette, and just would not talk at all. I was so into that movie, so into Blomkvist's character, that it was all I could think about and act like. Same goes for SF: when it comes, I know I will see it, and walk out feeling just like Bond, not being able to focus on anything else.

    I just might have to don a suit and run out of the theater when it ends.
  • X3MSonicXX3MSonicX https://www.behance.net/gallery/86760163/Fa-Posteres-de-007-No-Time-To-Die
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    I always feel like Bond when I stop out of a Bond film. Even when I watch one at my house, I still walk around - like Craig - and feel like I'm in character. I always get like that when I see amazing films, I just connect to the character.

    Me too! when i was a kid, after some times i've had watched GE, on the following day (generally i watched it at night) i've tried to act like Bond, and i even started to speak formally like him. my school mates got on their nerves because of me :)) But it is fun. I know I'm 18 old, but sometimes i get crazy and even start to imagine a gun in my hand and walk stealthly on the house, lol.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @X3MSonicX, I'm 21 years old, and I'll still do that with my cell phone, haha. If the phone rings or I'm heading outside for something, I'll round all the corners with a certain stealth, phone in hand (as if it's a gun) and I'll be in total Bond mode.

    In fact, I used to have an airsoft pistol that was the Walther P99 model. I wonder where that went...
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    @X3MSonicX, I'm 21 years old, and I'll still do that with my cell phone, haha. If the phone rings or I'm heading outside for something, I'll round all the corners with a certain stealth, phone in hand (as if it's a gun) and I'll be in total Bond mode.

    In fact, I used to have an airsoft pistol that was the Walther P99 model. I wonder where that went...
    I wanted to take one to prom, but thankfully thought against it. The awesome tux was enough.
  • X3MSonicXX3MSonicX https://www.behance.net/gallery/86760163/Fa-Posteres-de-007-No-Time-To-Die
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    @X3MSonicX, I'm 21 years old, and I'll still do that with my cell phone, haha. If the phone rings or I'm heading outside for something, I'll round all the corners with a certain stealth, phone in hand (as if it's a gun) and I'll be in total Bond mode.

    In fact, I used to have an airsoft pistol that was the Walther P99 model. I wonder where that went...

    Hahahaha, start to act like Bond and think.. "where the villain would hide his weapon?" And maybe you can do it so successful as Bond did in TND at Gupta's room. lol
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
    edited May 2012 Posts: 33,378
    @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, the tuxedo definitely worked for me during prom. I felt beyond sharp. I went to high school in West Virginia, so needless to say, I wasn't shocked that I was overdressed for prom. People came in jeans and tie-dye t-shirts. The after party was even better.

    @X3MSonicX, good point, haha. I get into Bond's character a lot, but I love it. I can't recall how many lines from Bond films I've quoted to myself.
  • X3MSonicXX3MSonicX https://www.behance.net/gallery/86760163/Fa-Posteres-de-007-No-Time-To-Die
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    @X3MSonicX, good point, haha. I get into Bond's character a lot, but I love it. I can't recall how many lines from Bond films I've quoted to myself.

    Hahaha! I don't say anything when i get into him, i just "shoot" :P

  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 It was this or the priesthood.
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, the tuxedo definitely worked for me during prom. I felt beyond sharp. I went to high school in West Virginia, so needless to say, I wasn't shocked that I was overdressed for prom. People came in jeans and tie-dye t-shirts. The after party was even better.

    @X3MSonicX, good point, haha. I get into Bond's character a lot, but I love it. I can't recall how many lines from Bond films I've quoted to myself.

    No way! Every male wore a tux at my school. I feel lucky now. My friend asked me, and she's a great girl so I agreed so that I could be sure I'd have a good time, she would be happy, and I got to wear a tux for 4 hours. The deal couldn't have been better. I took my tux jacket off at the start while we ate and I felt like there should have been cards in front of me. I wanted to play so bad. I am happy to say I have a friend that loves Bond too, even though it isn't to my extent, but it is nice to have peers who encourage your nerdy nature regarding Bond. So all in all, great night, and better than I could have ever expected.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @0BradyM0Bondfanatic7, way. I live in a place where I feel I'm the only one with style. Proms, weddings, funerals, lots of places I go to that should involve people dressing up, don't. I feel so out of place.

    I did enjoy hearing Bond comments shouted my way during the extent of prom, though. I, too, wanted to sit down, play cards, have a vodka martini, and eyeball a beautiful woman throughout the night. I didn't play cards, but I did end up with whiskey, wine coolers, and a hot woman, if that counts, haha.
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