The 'Just the facts' useless Bond trivia Compilation

saunderssaunders Living in a world of avarice and deceit
edited March 2011 in Bond Movies Posts: 987
Okay chaps between us we must have collected a rather impressive collection of useless Bond related trivia, so I thought we should start compiling it all together for easy access so that next time were out with friends we can regale them with our shared knowledge and be endlessly fascinating and informative.

If we could post one interesting Bond related fact or piece of trivia each time:

Fact Number One: The production costs of Moonraker was equal to the total costs spent on the first six Bond films put together.

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  • Fact Number Two: Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway and Raquel Welch were all considered for the role of Domino in TB.
  • haserothaserot has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.
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    Carey Grant was the initial choice to play James Bond in the film Dr. No..

    (pretty basic, i know)
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    Brozza married one of Roger Moore's on-screen Bond girls from For Your Eyes Only, and he met Albert Broccoli for negotiations for the Bond role while visiting the set of that very movie. Sadly she died of cancer in 1991.
  • haserothaserot has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.
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    Sam Neill (of Dead Calm and Jurassic Park fame) auditioned for role of James Bond back in 1986, along with Pierce Brosnan
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    Another tidbit that I'm sure we are all aware of...John Gavin (Psycho) was cast and paid to pay the role of James Bond in DAF.
  • Posts: 437
    The TOP 4 longest gaps between Bond movies in the film series' history are all since 1989:

    1. License to Kill (1989) — GoldenEye (1995)
    2. Quantum of Solace (2008) — Bond 23 (2012)
    3. Die Another Day (2002) — Casino Royale (2006)
    4. The World Is Not Enough (1999) — Die Another Day (2002)

    That's how little Bond films we've been getting lately. Man how I wish they were still being churned out like back then.
  • nick_007nick_007 Ville Marie
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    For as long as James Bond has existed he has served under the same Monarch. Queen Elizabeth II took the throne almost a year before Fleming wrote CR. (also pretty basic but scarily puts things into perspective of how old both HM and Bond are)
  • edited March 2011 Posts: 437
    @nick_007

    Maybe when Charles or William take over, they can make a new film On HIS Majesty's Secret Service!
  • Brigitte Bardot and then Catherine Deneuve were offered the role of Tracy in OHMSS before Diana Rigg was cast.
  • Fleming got the name James Bond from a book on birds. He chose it because of its dullness.
  • nick_007nick_007 Ville Marie
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    Quoting GeorgeLazenby: Fleming got the name James Bond from a book on birds. He chose it because of its dullness.
    Birds of The West Indies!
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  • St_GeorgeSt_George Swanning about with Madeleine
    edited March 2011 Posts: 1,538
    Here's a good 'un...

    On moving into his new salubrious London flat back in the day, disgraced former Tory Cabinet member, rubbish novelist and, yes, jailbird Jeffrey Archer discovered to his delight that the phone number ended in '007' - the reason being that John Barry had lived there before him and had requested said number from phone operator British Telecom...
  • saunderssaunders Living in a world of avarice and deceit
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    In Goldfinger despite largely being set in America, Sean Connery did not actually film any scenes in the country.
  • edited March 2011 Posts: 437
    Quoting nick_007: Birds of The West Indies!

    And alas, here is the true James Bond!
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  • St_GeorgeSt_George Swanning about with Madeleine
    edited March 2011 Posts: 1,538
    @Bond At last, the true face of James Bond.

    Quick, peeps, first one to find an actor out there who most closely resembles that chap for Bond#7 gets a lucrative casting job with Eon for life. ;)

    To help us all in this task, here's the feller again...

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    Hmmm, is he about to shoot someone with that bird there...? :p
  • edited March 2011 Posts: 638
    Quoting St_George: Quick, peeps, first one to find an actor out there who most closely resembles that chap for Bond#7 gets a lucrative casting job with Eon for life. ;)


    Steve Buschemi IS James Bond
    [img]http://whatever-dude.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/steve-buscemi.jpg[/img]
  • When the GF crew was in Kentucky someone told Peter Hunt that the reason none of them could get inside Fort Knox to check it out was because there wasn't actually any gold inside it. Or something like that.
  • haserothaserot has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.
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    @St_George

    if Jim Broadbent were Bond..
  • OHMSS was originally intended to follow GF, then TB but difficulty with the winter locations resulted in it being postponed until after YOLT.
  • TB was originally going to be first, but the legal issues started around then and they decided to go with Dr. No instead.
  • haserothaserot has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.
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    Quoting GeorgeLazenby: TB was originally going to be first, but the legal issues started around then and they decided to go with Dr. No instead.
    I also believe that Casino Royale was Broccoli and Saltzman's original plan to be the first film - but Fleming wouldn't sell over the rights to the story..
  • nick_007nick_007 Ville Marie
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    Quoting haserot: I also believe that Casino Royale was Broccoli and Saltzman's original plan to be the first film - but Fleming wouldn't sell over the rights to the story..
    It' not that he wouldn't it is that he couldn't. He had already sold off the rights to CR years earlier, non? Hence CR-1954
    Quoting Bond: And alas, here is the true James Bond!

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    Woah. Classic Fleming?
    X_X
  • haserothaserot has returned like the tedious inevitability of an unloved season.
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    he looks like a creepy shop teacher from a half remembered nightmare..
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe S.A.R.A.H.
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    Abe Vigoda for Bond#7...?
  • Bond wears a tuxedo in every film except You Only Live Twice and Live and Let Die even though he did on the poster of the former and publicity stills of the latter. :-?
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    maybe there will be someone that will tell me is this true or not.
    but i read in newspaper that Ian Fleming got the idea to write about agent 007 after he met real agent from balkan on a boat.he was serbian or croatian cant remember.so Fleming met that agent and they start to talk and become friends so after the agent told all his stories Fleming decided to write about some agent.so he made James Bond 007.now i dont know if some of the Bond adventures really happened to that guy but casino royale is in montenegro and that is in balkan.who knows that might really happen to that agent :)
  • edited March 2011 Posts: 10,153
    I think Cubby wasn't very happy with the theme song for LALD, he openly called it ****. Until, one day, a music producer came to the set and offered to pay EON a huge load of money (If I remember correctly, it was atleast equal to the film's budget) to buy the rights to the song. Cubby declined the offer, and the next day, when he arrived on set, he told everyone "We have a great theme song for the movie !" I also remember reading that Cubby hated GF's theme song.
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    FYEO was due to follow TSWLM, but the subsequant success of Star Wars led Cubby to the inevitable conclusion....
  • saunderssaunders Living in a world of avarice and deceit
    edited March 2011 Posts: 987
    Irma Bunt actress ILse Steppat sadly died less than a week after OHMSS opened.
  • Sean Connery never utters the words "Bond. James Bond." in 3 Bond films: FRWL, TB and YOLT. From OHMSS-CR'06, the actor playing Bond says those 3 words at least once in each individual 007 film.
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