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    Literature Trivia 
  • Adaptation Overdosed: The novels became movies, comics, radio plays and video games.
  • Creator Breakdown: Fleming was notable for being a very heavy smoker and drinker, both which killed him at the age of 56. Interestingly, he seems to have noted the toll his addiction was taking on him throughout the Blofeld Trilogy. Thunderball opens with Bond failing a medical (a thinly veiled copy of Fleming's own) and being sent to a health farm (something that Fleming himself was ordered by his doctor to do). He later tells Moneypenny "I would rather die of drink than of thirst" which was reputedly a favorite line of Fleming's to anyone who told him to stop drinking. By On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond admits that he needs three drinks for every one that Tracy drinks, and confesses to having tried and failed multiple times to quit the mountainous amount of cigarettes that he gets through (according to friends, this was a fair piece of self-reflection by Fleming). And You Only Live Twice shows Bond as a depressed, drunken shadow of a man due to Tracy's death.
  • Follow the Leader: The extraordinary success of Fleming's novels prompted a humongous trend of spy novel books that glutted the market for years to come, essentially replacing the detective genre.
  • Outlived Its Creator: Even after Ian Fleming died more Bond novels were written. Not to mention films with original stories.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Bond originally drove a Bentley, which was destroyed in Moonraker. As Ian Fleming was working on Goldfinger, he received a letter saying "I hope you have the decency to fix Bond up with a decent bit of machinery - I would suggest an Aston Martin". The Aston went on to become the iconic Bond car thanks to the film adaptation of Goldfinger, despite only appearing in one novel.
    • He switched Bond's Weapon of Choice from a somewhat underpowered .25ACP Beretta to the iconic Walther PPK in similar circumstances, even partially basing the initial characterisation of Q on the author of the letter.
    • Fleming was also impressed enough by Sean Connery's performance in the movies that he made Bond canonically have Scottish ancestry.
  • Write What You Know: Since Fleming had a beach home in Jamaica and wrote all Bond novels there, he had Bond go to the island on three occasions.

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    Overall Film Series Trivia 
  • Actor-Shared Background: Of the six actors who've played James Bond, Sean Connery was the only one who served in the Royal Navy like Bond did.
  • AFI's 100 Years... Series:
  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Often the reason why actors and musicians accept to take part in a Bond film.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The infamous "Oh, James!" line that numerous people have used to imitate the equally numerous Bond Girls has actually been used very infrequently, probably about in only 1/3 of the films.
  • California Doubling: So, so, common. For instance, basically every underwater scene will be shot at the Bahamas (where the original in Thunderball were done) even if the depicted sea is not the Caribbean.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: The fourth-highest grossing film franchise ever (behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars and Harry Potter), thanks to also being one of the longest running ones.
  • Cast the Runner-Up:
    • Julian Glover and Sean Bean were candidates to play James Bond at some stages. They wound up playing villains in For Your Eyes Only and Goldeneye.
    • According to some sources, Ralph Fiennes was considered to play 007 in Goldeneye. He would later take over as M opposite Daniel Craig.
    • Michael Billington was screen-tested for the role more than any other actor and was said to have been Albert R. Broccoli's first choice had Roger Moore not been available. He met director Peter Hunt and did a photo shoot for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He was also screen-tested for Live and Let Die, Moonraker, and Octopussy. He ultimately appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me AS Sergei Barsov, Agent XXX's ill-fated lover, at the start of the film.
    • George Baker was said to be Ian Fleming's ideal candidate, but he was unavilable. He would appear as Sir Hilary Bray in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Captain Benson in The Spy Who Loved Me.
    • Lois Maxwell was offered either Miss Moneypenny or Slyvia Trench in Dr. No. She uncomfortable wearing such revealing clothes and chose Moneypenny.
    • Martine Beswick tried out for Honey Ryder in Dr. No, but was deemed too young and inexperienced. She would later play one of the fighting girls in From Russia with Love and Paula Caplan in Thunderball.
    • Christopher Lee claimed that he almost got the role of Dr. No. He would eventually play a Bond villain in The Man with the Golden Gun.
    • Tania Mallet auditioned for Tatiana Romanava in From Russia with Love. She was cast as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger.
    • Joe Robinson was a contender for Donald "Red" Grant in From Russia with Love. He would later play Peter Franks in Diamonds are Forever.
    • Cec Linder was originally cast in Goldfinger as Mr. Simmons (Goldfinger's opponent at the card game), while Austin Wills was cast as Felix Leiter.
    • Luciana Paluzzi auditioned for Domino in Thunderball, but decided it would be more fun to play a bad girl.
    • Mie Hama was originally intended for the larger role of Aki in You Only Live Twice, but doubts over her mastering of English, meant that she was ineligible for the part. Hama's reported depression over losing the role, and the disgrace it would bring to her family (she threatened to throw herself off the Imperial Hotel), was instrumental in her taking the equally important, though less vocal part of Kissy Suzuki. Meanwhile Akiko Wakabayashi was originally cast as Kissy.
    • Jill St. John was originally considered for Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds Are Forever before being cast as Tiffany Case.
    • Broccoli wanted Lois Chiles to star as Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me, but she was taking a break from acting at the time. She would star as Holly Goodhead in Moonraker.
    • Louis Jourdan was considered for Hugo Drax in Moonraker. He would later play a Bond villain in Octopussy.
    • Carole Bouquet was slated to play Holly Goodhead before she had to turn it down, only to play Melina Havelock in For Your Eyes Only.
    • Grace Jones was considered for the title role in Octopussy. She would later play May Day in A View to a Kill''.
    • Maryam D Abo creen-tested for the role of Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill, but was rejected for being too young for the part. She would be the main Bond girl as Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights.
    • Monica Bellucci was nearly cast as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies, but according to Pierce Brosnan, "the fools said no". She would later play Lucia in Spectre.
    • Maria Grazia Cucinotta was considered for the role of Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough, but this was nixed when it was discovered her English wasn't up to par. This did however, parlay into her brief but memorable role as the Cigar Girl Assassin.
    • Javier Bardem was considered for Renard in The World is Not Enough. He would play the villain Raoul Silva in Skyfall.
  • Channel Hop: The first 12 films were distributed by United Artists. After they merged with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, MGM/UA handled the franchise in the US, while United International Pictures (joint venture between Paramount and Universal Studios) released the films internationally through their deal with MGM, until the 20th film (Die Another Day), which 20th Century Fox handled internationally. Following Sony Pictures' brief purchase of MGM, they began to release the films through their Columbia Pictures banner, beginning with the 21st film (Casino Royale) with MGM still producing. Even after MGM's split from Sony, Columbia continued distributing the Bond films until their rights expired with the 24th (Spectre). The 25th film (No Time to Die) will be distributed in the US by the newly revived United Artists (a joint venture between MGM and Annapurna Pictures) and internationally by Universal.
  • Fake Nationality: All over the freaking franchise!
  • Fandom Nod: No Time To Die will introduce a new 007—a black woman. This is likely acknowledging the countless fans who have clamored for a black or female actor to take on the role, as well as those who have suggested that "James Bond/007" is a code name given to a succession of agents.
  • Follow the Leader:
  • Franchise Zombie: Roger Moore's contract was for five movies. Eventually he was convinced to do two more, even as Moore felt he was getting too old for the role.
  • Fountain of Expies:
    • Both Bond and Blofeld have often been used as templates for homages and parodies of secret agents and supervillains respectively by every form of media going, in particular Connery's incarnation of the former (though Moore's incarnation is not unheard from) and Donald Pleasence's incarnation of the latter.
    • For movie audiences who first saw Bond in the 1990s, when Bond is mentioned, Pierce Brosnan's incarnation has about as much recognition as the classic Connery original. Also because the generation that grew up with Brosnan as Bond also coincided with the branching of the franchise into popular spin-off video games, thereby increasing his exposure.
  • Irony as She Is Cast: According to Roger Moore's book Bond on Bond, Desmond Llewelyn (Q from From Russia With Love through The World is Not Enough) was a Walking Tech Bane who couldn't get a pocket calculator to work if his life depended on it.
  • Jossed: For decades, a lot of fans theorized that the entire series actually shared the same continuity, with "James Bond, 007" being a code name for MI6's top agent at the moment. This was finally killed by Skyfall, where "James Bond" is shown to be the birth name of Daniel Craig's character, not a code name he was given when he became 007.
  • Killed by Request: Averted. Sean Connery equally hated the character of and playing James Bond. He wanted to have him killed off not only so he wouldn't have to play him ever again, but so that he wouldn't have to hear or see about him ever again, either. Obviously, his request was denied.
  • One-Hit Wonder: George Lazenby's only claim to fame is having played Bond in just one film in the series (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), which has been considered as one of the canon's best.
  • The Other Darrin: Bond, obviously. But also other recurring characters such as M, Moneypenny, Blofeld, Felix (especially) and even Q between Dr. No and From Russia with Love.
  • The Pete Best:
    • Contrary to popular belief, Sean Connery wasn't the first actor to portray James Bond. Barry Nelson, an American, played him first by a good eight years before Connery. He played James Bond as an American named "Jimmy Bond" in the Climax! adaptation of Casino Royale mentioned above. Both his portrayal, and the Climax! episode at that, are barely even mentioned in most Bond related merch or books. The episode, a live broadcast, was considered lost until a kinescope emerged in the 1980s almost 30 years after the fact. What makes him The Pete Best though is that even when he had played him before, he wasn't even considered for the role for Dr. No, although the fact he was American and older than Connery by almost thirteen years probably didn't help his case.
    • Sort of; Peter Burton played a character named Major Boothroyd in Dr. No who is described as an armourer, before Desmond Llewelyn made the role as Q.
  • Production Posse: Cubby Broccoli thought of the series as his beloved "family business", and frequently retained crewmembers and collaborators through the years.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Timothy Dalton was strongly influenced by the first three Bond films and drew heavily from the books for his portrayal.
    • Pierce Brosnan decided to become an actor after his parents took him to see Goldfinger as a child, and has also mentioned being influenced by Roger Moore's performance in The Saint.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Sean Connery's then-wife has stunt (particularly swimming) and stand-in parts in You Only Live Twice.
    • Pierce Brosnan's wife Cassandra Harris played Countess Lisl von Schlaff in For Your Eyes Only (Brosnan even visited the set once). She even hoped that someday he'd get to be Bond. It came true, but unfortunately she passed away before it happened.
  • Reality Subtext: Desmond Llewelyn's Q explains in The World Is Not Enough that he intends to retire and turn that John Cleese's R will replace him as quartermaster (much to Bond's disappointment). A few weeks after the film's release Desmond Llewelyn died in a car accident, tragically making this a definite farewell to the actor.
    Q: I've always tried to teach you two things: First, never let them see you bleed.
    Bond: And the second?
    Q: Always have an escape plan.
    [A trap door opens beneath Q, slowly lowering him out of sight as Bond sadly watches.]
  • Technology Marches On: Given that it's a gadget-heavy series that spans over 50 years, it's bound to happen every now and again. However, the more high-tech, and therefore obviously fictional, a gadget was then the less likely it was to look silly in a few years.
    • Casino Royale (2006) came close to invoking this by featuring Blu-ray discs in several scenes back before it was determined what the next-generation HD disc would be and the aforementioned format was locked in a duel with HD DVD for the title. Beyond that, however, the Daniel Craig films appear to be intentionally averting this trope by rarely giving Bond anything more high-tech than a mobile phone to play with. However, ironically the real-life cell phone Bond uses in the 2006 film is already dated and outmoded, whereas some of his gadgets from the 1960s such as the rebreather from Thunderball or even Q's radioactive tracking lint in OHMSS, still come across as cutting-edge.
    • Skyfall parodies it, with Bond's only gear besides his firearm being a simple radio transmitter, which for its size would have been cutting edge back in 1962, but could be built with parts from a Radio Shack nowadays. Sam Mendes' explanation was that the most innovative gadgets they could think of were basically available in your local Apple store, so it was less ridiculous to avoid them entirely. The over-the-top gadgetry and special effects extravaganza of Die Another Day also generated bad press, and thus the Craig installments focused on others strengths of the character to build audience appeal.
  • Unfinished Episode:
    • When it was clear that Roger Moore was serious about retiring from the role, the original plan for the 15th film in the series (and the 25th anniversary) was to be a prequel. In the original version, a twenty-something James Bond teams up with a senior agent named Burton Trevor on a mission to infiltrate the jungle compound of a Chinese warlord named Kwang. Trevor would die helping Bond escape, Bond would hunt down and kill Kwang and subsequently be promoted to the Double-0 section, taking Trevor's old number "007". The story would end with Bond getting the mission for Dr. No. Albert R. Broccoli rejected this, claiming that no-one wanted to see James Bond as a rookie. Despite Broccoli's wishes to the contrary, Casino Royale (2006) would depict Bond as a newly-promoted 00 agent.
    • Had Licence to Kill not underperformed at the American box office, Timothy Dalton would have done a third film. It would have been called The Property of a Lady and would be about an attack on a Scottish nuclear facility that threatens to set off World War III and Bond’s efforts to stop it taking him to Tokyo and Hong Kong. It would also feature Bond’s battles with another 00-Section spy, Denholm Crisp (played by Anthony Hopkins), who had been his mentor but had become a traitor. Legal disputes prevented it from being made and during the long hiatus, Dalton moved on.
    • A treatment was written for fourth film with Dalton, Reunion with Death, which would have been set in Japan and featured Leila Ponsonby, Bond's secretary from the novels.
  • The Wiki Rule: Here and here.
  • Word of Saint Paul: Lois Maxwell believed that Bond and Moneypenny did have an affair when they were younger, "back when he was the tea boy at MI 6 and she was one of the girls in the typing pool". They had a weekend in the country, but called it off for the sake of their careers, deciding they were Better as Friends, though not above flirtatious banter.
  • Written by Cast Member: Daniel Craig has enjoyed much creative input in the writing of his character, unlike the previous actors. He helped director Marc Forster to flesh out the script of Quantum of Solace when the Writers Strike troubled the movie's production, and was responsible for hiring Phoebe Waller-Bridge to work on the No Time to Die script.
  • You Look Familiar: Because the film series has had the same producers for the entirety of its existence, several actors have reappeared in differing roles over the years. This includes:

    Gunbarrel Openings Trivia 
There have been nine variations on the iconic gunbarrel opening. As shown by the compilation videos on YouTube, every gunbarrel scene has a different soundtrack.
  • The first one, with Stunt Double Bob Simmons as the Bond. This one was used from Dr. No to Goldfinger. The "Bond" is actually a silhouette.
  • When the aspect ratio changed, the sequence had to be re-done. This version used Sean Connery, and was the first version to "expand" onto the screen. This edition was seen in Thunderball, You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever. It was filmed in black-and-white, and a sepia tint was added for two of those movies.
  • Lazenby featured in the gunbarrel sequence only once. His Bond drops to one knee when firing and is wiped out by the blood.
  • Roger Moore was the first Bond to shoot the sequence twice—again, necessitated by an aspect ratio change. He's the first Bond to lose the hat, too. He's also the first Bond to don a tuxedo in the gunbarrel. Moore is also notable for being the only Bond that uses the Weaver stance when shooting—so he can be said to be the only Bond that employs proper firearm etiquette in the gunbarrel sequence.
  • Timothy Dalton filmed it once.
  • Pierce Brosnan filmed it twice, but the one he did when he was about to star in The Living Daylights was never used, as he was prevented from starring in it at the last moment by his contracts on Remington Steele. GoldenEye had the first digitally-generated gunbarrel. Die Another Day had a CGI bullet added in, as celebration of the 40th anniversary.
  • Daniel Craig has done four different gunbarrels to this day.
    • To signify the reboot status in Casino Royale, Craig's gunbarrel was actually incorporated into the opening sequence, with the blood now being opaque. It's the second gunbarrel to segue directly into the opening.
    • Quantum of Solace featured a return of sorts to the "classic" form. It was now at the end of the movie, featured a different barrel and Craig became the first Bond to be shown walking away at the end.
    • Skyfall's gunbarrel was also featured at the end, in a different pose yet again.
    • Spectre once again puts the classic gunbarrel back at the start of the movie like it used to before Casino Royale. This time Craig doesn't conceal the gun while walking. It also holds steady and then fades to black before fading into the opening sequence, rather than the typical "gunbarrel shifts from left to right then widens to reveal opening scene".

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