The 'Just the facts' useless Bond trivia Compilation

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  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    He is in Goldfinger and every film from The Spy Who Loved Me onwards.
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    Didn't he have a bigger role than the second or two we see him in SF? I thought there was a funeral scene filmed that he was more prominent in, but it was cut in the end.
  • QBranchQBranch Always have an escape plan. Mine is watching James Bond films.
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  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    Creasy47 wrote:
    Didn't he have a bigger role than the second or two we see him in SF? I thought there was a funeral scene filmed that he was more prominent in, but it was cut in the end.

    Yes, that's right.
  • 0BradyM0Bondfanatic70BradyM0Bondfanatic7 Quantum Floral Arrangements: "We Have Petals Everywhere"
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    This page has a lot of interesting tidbits about Terence Young in it that I thought many here would find interesting:

    http://cscottrollins.blogspot.com/2012/09/remembering-director-terence-young-bond.html
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    I understand that set designer Ken Adam is also German and Jewish. His family fled in the early thirties after their shop was destroyed by brown shirts. He later joined the RAF and flew planes. Had he been shot down and captured he would have been seen as a traitor and shot rather than being given any POW treatment.
    Interesting....
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    It's non-canon, but I just found out that Steven Seagal was a martial arts advisor/instructor on the set of NSNA. I never knew that. The NSNA (still haven't seen it) trivia states that when Seagal was working with Connery, he actually broke his wrist. I'm not sure if there's any truth to this, can't believe I've never heard it before.
  • The Special Edition booklet for Tomorrow Never Dies contains a Casino Royale shoutout. It mentions that among Bond's distinguishing features is a scar from plastic surgery on the back of his left hand, where the SMERSH operative carved "spy".
  • edited July 2014 Posts: 19,339
    I think,off hand,that MGW's longest cameo is in CR as the police chief.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Useless trivia: there's a helicopter in every Bond film with the exception of DN and TMWTGG:

    (following list not intended to be complete)

    * FRWL - Klebb's ride to Spectre Island
    * GF - Used to carry the 'atomic device'
    * TB - Bond and Leiter use one to search for the Vulcan
    * YOLT - Little Nellie's brutal assailants
    * OHMSS - Raid on Piz Gloria
    * DAF - Raid on oil rig
    * LALD - Chasing Bond and Solitaire through the opium field
    * TSWLM - Naomi chases Bond and XXX
    * MR - Corrine takes Bond from the airport to the Drax estate
    * FYEO - the PTS
    * OP - Orlov's ride to the Monsoon Palace
    * AVTAK - the PTS
    * TLD - medical helicopter carrying Koskov from the safe house
    * LTK - the PTS
    * GE - the Tiger
    * TND - chasing Bond and Wai Lin on the bike
    * TWINE - taking Bond and Electra into the mountains
    * DAD - Ensuring Zao's escape from the clinic
    * CR - takes Bond to Solange's corpse
    * QOS - brief helicopter attack during aerial battle
    * SF - attacks Bond's parental house
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    TLD has the medical helicopter that Koskov is flown away in at Bladens Safe house ;)
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    you're right, @barryt007! Adjusting list now. ;-)
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Useless trivia: there's a helicopter in every Bond film with the exception of DN, TMWTGG and TLD:

    (following list not intended to be complete)

    * OHMSS - Raid on Piz Gloria

    This and the superb 'Journey to Blofeld's hideaway', help make these the best moments of OHMSS for me. I get such a buzz where Barry's music peaks as the Jet Ranger reaches the summit and 'Over and out' is nicely menacing too! Barry is an undoubted genius and the Bond series wouldn't have been the same without him!
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
    edited July 2014 Posts: 21,652
    FRWL, TMWTGG and TLD are the only two films that keep Bond completely dry.
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    FRWL and TLD are the only two films that keep Bond completely dry.

    Except for some seaspray? And he looks like he showered.
  • Samuel001Samuel001 Moderator
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    FRWL and TLD are the only two films that keep Bond completely dry.

    As well as The Man With The Golden Gun.
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Samuel001 wrote: »
    DarthDimi wrote: »
    FRWL and TLD are the only two films that keep Bond completely dry.

    As well as The Man With The Golden Gun.

    Ha, OK, thanks, @Samuel001! I wasn't so sure about Bond's breakout from the karate school. ;-)

  • edited August 2014 Posts: 4,813
    WOW. This guy:

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    "I got a brotha"

    Is also THIS GUY

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    I swear, fact is stranger than fiction sometimes!!
  • Creasy47Creasy47 In Cuba with Natalya.Moderator
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    @Master_Dahark, I was BLOWN away the last time I watched DAF and figured that out. All I could say was "No....no way!!!"
  • DarthDimiDarthDimi Behind you!Moderator
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    Yeah, Captain Spaulding a.k.a. Sid Haig. He's in almost every Rob Zombie movie these days. ;-)
  • PropertyOfALadyPropertyOfALady Colders Federation CEO
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    DarthDimi wrote: »
    Not sure if this was mentioned before but here's a little piece of trivia.

    In QOS, when Bond throws the guy off the roof and Greene' henchman steps out of the car to shoot him, there's a single shot in which we see a large number like a white neon sign on the roof. It says "299 792 458 m/s". This is actually the speed of light (in vacuum). (Here's a picture of it: http://www.led-professional.com/resources-1/articles/tech-talks-bregenz-martina-paul/IMG_0033-var.jpg/image_large). Apparently it was put there for some science/tech convention.

    It's a funny thing though, a film titled 'quantum' something also showing, albeit in one quick shot, the speed of light. ;-) I hesitate to read anything into this at all but for those who want to spot hidden codes in Bond films, even when they are completely unintentional, it might lead to something... You see, sunlight is the clue. Sunlight travels in space at 299 792 458 m/s. It comes in light quanta. The dune hotel runs on hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen being also the main fuel for our Sun and thus the indirect source of sunlight one might say. Furthermore, the word 'solace' has 'Sol' in it, which also hints at the Sun. When sunlight is directed through a drop of water - you know, like the water Greene is harvesting in Bolivia - it is dispersed and what is revealed after dispersion is... a spectrum of light, spectrum being the word Newton thought up after the Latin word for ghost or *spectre*. So who knows, QOS may have secretly left behind several clues that SPECTRE is the ghostly organisation behind Quantum... :D

    Oh, my gosh! My brain just melted. @DarthDimi was way ahead of everyone else!
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
    edited July 2017 Posts: 1,984
    Here's a few:

    1. M threatens to replace Bond with the unseen 008 twice — first in Goldfinger and then in The Living Daylights.

    2. Sean Connery is the only Bond to never have any scenes in the snow. He seems to know his skiing per Goldfinger, though.

    3. George Lazenby is the only Bond to never have a car chase. The OHMSS car chase featured Tracy at the wheel.

    4. George Lazenby is also the only Bond to never have a car with notable gadgetry installed. Connery had the DB5, Moore had the Lotus, Dalton had the Vantage, Brosnan had, well, all of his, and Craig had the DB10.

    5. Lazenby is the only Bond who never carried any particularly exotic in-field gadgets. The most he had was a safecracker, a telescopic sight and a camera.

    6. Lazenby is the only Bond who straight up overpowers an ultra-big henchman. All the other Bonds find their attacks fail miserably and are frequently thrown around.

    7. Roger Moore is the only Bond to never get behind the wheel of an Aston Martin, despite playing Bond the longest. In fact, since Connery, every Bond has been in an Aston Martin in their first movie.

    8. Roger Moore is the only Bond to not be introduced with any hint of mystery (unseen at first or obscured by shadow). The opening shot after the LALD credits zooms out to reveal him straight up. On the other hand, Connery has the distinction as the only Bond to be introduced like that twice, since he left the franchise and came back to it in 1971.

    9. Moore is also the only Bond to not be featured in his first PTS.

    10. Timothy Dalton is the only Bond who never has a one-on-one fisticuff on solid earth with a noteworthy character. His hands are bound in the prison fight in TLD, his fight with Necros was outside a plane, and his barbrawl fight in LTK was against no-namers. Connery has fought Dr No, Red Grant, Oddjob, Peter Maivia, Peter Franks, etc. Lazenby has fought Draco's thugs, Moore has fought Sandor, Jaws and various other thugs, Brosnan has fought 006 and a few thugs, and Craig has fought various thugs.

    11. Timothy Dalton is also the only Bond to never encounter ultra-big henchmen.

    12. Pierce Brosnan is the only Bond to not to star in a movie with a title taken from Fleming.

    13. The illusion of Bond "dying" was a common theme in the early PTSes, especially the ones with Terrence Young — in FRWL a fake Bond is strangled to death and in TB the opening shot is of a coffin with the initials "J.B." on them. YOLT did this again by having Bond appear to be killed. In DAF, this is reversed when Bond instead appears to kill the main villain Blofeld, who is revealed to be a fake/the real one survived after the fact. This is mentioned in the DAF commentary.

    14. To memory, Goldfinger is the only Bond film where no blood is seen.

    15. To memory, Moonraker is the only Bond film where Bond never fires his Walther. I can't remember if he even draws it.

  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    Creasy47 wrote: »
    It's non-canon, but I just found out that Steven Seagal was a martial arts advisor/instructor on the set of NSNA. I never knew that. The NSNA (still haven't seen it) trivia states that when Seagal was working with Connery, he actually broke his wrist. I'm not sure if there's any truth to this, can't believe I've never heard it before.

    I recently saw an interview with Connery on the Tonight Show and he tells this story!
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    It's true, yeah. Connery didn't know it was a broken wrist (he thought it was just a pain) until after shooting or something.
  • thedovethedove hiding in the Greek underworld
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    George Lazenby wanted Blood Sweat and Tears to record the theme song for OHMSS. I have trouble picturing them doing it well. I LOVE the instrumental that played over the opening credits.
  • BennyBenny Classified Administrator, Moderator
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    Here's a few:



    16. Also to memory, George Lazenby is the only Bond to never be in a convertible.

    What about riding in Draco's Rolls Royce?
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
    edited July 2017 Posts: 1,984
    @Benny Forgot that. Fair enough.

    Changing it to Roger Moore on second thought. Don't remember him being in a convertible, as long as we aren't counting the severed Renault in AVTAK.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    @Benny Forgot that. Fair enough.

    Changing it to Roger Moore on second thought. Don't remember him being in a convertible, as long as we aren't counting the severed Renault in AVTAK.

    Wasn't he in a convertible with Goodnight in TMWTGG?
  • ForYourEyesOnlyForYourEyesOnly In the untained cradle of the heavens
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    @echo - Ah, right. That's all of them, then.
  • DwayneDwayne New York City
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    So, I’m sitting down at an indie movie house on a Saturday and instead of an endless set of coming attractions, I see a clip from YOLT. YOLT! What gives? It turned out to be from an interview with Michael Chow (“Spectre #4”) conducted by his first wife Grace Coddington for something called “M2M.tv”.

    The full interview (35 minutes) can be seen here: https://m2m.tv/watch/m. Very interesting fellow – painter, poet and restaurateur.
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