The name is Bond .... James Bond and he is licensed to thrill since he first appeared on the big screen in Dr. No (1962). What can you really say about a fictional character who is introduced to us on film through the view of a gun barrel !!! .... and a musical theme that is dramatic dangerous and full of suspense ! .... No matter your level of Cinephilia (passionate interest in cinema) ... there is hardly anyone living on this planet (who has access to electricity) .... who has never heard of James Bond, 007, licensed to kill super spy .... or cannot recognize the distinctive tune that announces a Bond moment ! This year is the 50th anniversary of the movie franchise, based on the fictional character created by British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1953.

Skyfall is the twenty-third spy film in the Eon Productions, James Bond series, produced for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Skyfall starring Daniel Craig (the first blonde 007) premiered on 23 October 2012,and is set to be released in the United Kingdom today on 26 October 2012. The film's release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the series, which began with Dr. No in 1962. The India release is slated for 1 November 2012 and the first reviews of the premiere has already annointed it the best Bond film ever !!

So we at Delhi Style Blog decided to capture the legend in a snapshot of facts that every Bond aficionado should know about .... and let us tell you .... the amount of material available on the net is so vast and scattered that we are glad we started researching 5 days ago ... but at the end of it we can pretty much guarantee that if someone is stuck on anything James Bond related on Kaun Banega Crorepati (Who Wants To Be A Millionaire).... Delhi Style Blog should be your unquestioned Phone - A - Friend :D ... so here he is ... the epitome of what every male wants to be ... but not allowed by the state, government, mother, wife and girlfriend :P hahahahaha :D

Name : James Bondif you want to know how he got his name, read here ), in short he is named after a real life American ornithologist( one who spies on birds and hence are "bird" experts ... hahahaha ... Bond is a spy and he is a "bird" expert of the female variety, how apt !! )

Agent/Spy Name : Agent 007 ( As far back as Elizabethan times, the 00 symbol resembling a pair of eyes ... on a document ... signified it was top secret. It meant ‘For your eyes only’. A double O prefix was also used by the German intelligence service during World War 1.  "00" (Double Oh) designation are given to the agents in the James Bond series who are licensed to kill; Bond himself is famously agent 007.
all you spy lovers can read more about 00 agents here )

007 : License to kill is a literary device used in espionage fiction. It refers to the official sanction by a government or government agency ... to a particular operative or employee ... where it is signified by the "00" (Double Oh) designation .. to initiate the use of lethal force in the delivery of their objectives.
Mandatory retirement age from the 00 section is 45, James Bond was 38 when he got his License to Kill.

Title : Royal Navy Commander James Bond, CMG, RNVR
CMG - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George
RNVR - Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Nationality : British
Occupation : Spy

Father : Andrew Bond, of Glencoe, Scotland
Mother : Monique Delacroix, of the Canton de Vaud, Switzerland
Aunt : Charmian Bond, village of Pett Bottom (lol), England, (who raised him after he lost his parents in a car crash when he was 11 years old)
Ancestor : Sir Thomas Bond ( family history ), Bond Street, shopping mecca in London named after this ancestor (fashionista trivia :)
Family motto : Orbis non-sufficit (Latin, meaning The World Is Not Enough), which originates from the epitaph of Alexander the Great (the original, Before Christ, James Bond !! hahaha)
Birthdate : 11 November 1920/1921(year disputed) ( doesnt really matter to us coz he is ageless :)
Zodiac : Scorpio

Education : Eton College - England, Fettes College - Scotland, University of Geneva - Switzerland
Language : holds a degree in Oriental languages, is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, and Russian, and can get by with passable Greek, Spanish, Chinese, and Japanese.
Work History : joined Ministry of Defence in 1941 as Lieutenant, ended as Commander in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserves after Second World War(1939-1945), joined the British secret service - Military Intelligence, Section 6 better known as MI6 if you love spies and espionage read here )

Residence : in a flat off the King's Road in Chelsea, London ( you didn't expect the exact house number of a spy, did you ? heheheh ;)
Housekeeper : elderly Scottish lady named May

Marital Status : Widower, married only once, to Countess Teresa di Vicenzo nee Draco better known as Tracy Bond who is conveniently killed off during their honeymoon (a wife is highly inconvenient for a stud spy ;P) however ( if you are interested in his brief marital life read here )

Favourite Cocktail : Vodka Martini shaken not stirred ( the martini, contains approximately 130 calories ... this is approximately what he burns during sex :P)
Favourite Alcohol brand : Smirnoff Vodka (Bond picked up the habit from a time in Moscow, of dropping a pinch of black pepper on the surface of the drink, that sinks to the bottom taking the impurities with it) Though in the latest Bond film Skyfall, Daniel Craig will be seen drinking Heineken beer !
Favourite Food : Scrambled Eggs
Favourite Snob Food : Beluga Caviar
Favourite Tea :Yin Hao, the highest traditional grade of jasmine tea
Favourite Coffee : Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
Favourite Cigarette : custom-made by Morland of Grosvenor Street, London ... mixing Balkan and Turkish tobacco and having a higher nicotine content than normal ... the cigarettes have three gold bands on the filter to mirror his naval Commander's rank.
Favourite Outfit : Tuxedo and White Shirt, present preference in Skyfall, tightly cut Tom Ford suits which are sinfully hot !!!
Favourite Car : Aston Martin DB5 ( back to Aston Martin in Skyfall)
Favourite Watch : Omega Seamaster (used to be Rolex Submariner till 1995)
Favourite Sunglasses : Tom Ford (currently the Tom Ford Marko TF144 28P in Skyfall)
Favourite Shoes : Crockett & Jones ( current choice in Skyfall)
Favourite Gun : Walther PPK
Favourite Game : Baccarat and Golf

Actors as James Bond in the movie listings :

Sean Connery :
  • Dr. No
  • From Russia with Love
  • Goldfinger
  • Thunderball
  • You Only Live Twice
  • Diamonds Are Forever

  • George Lazenby :
        On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    Roger Moore :
  • Live and Let Die
  • The Man with the Golden Gun
  • The Spy Who Loved Me
  • Moonraker
  • For Your Eyes Only
  • Octopussy
  • A View to a Kill

  • Timothy Dalton
  • The Living Daylights
  • Licence to Kill

  • Pierce Brosnan
  • GoldenEye
  • Tomorrow Never Dies
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Die Another Day

  • Daniel Craig
  • Casino Royale
  • Quantum of Solace
  • Skyfall

  • To commemorate 50 years of James Bond, we have compiled a list of the top 5 tracks from the 23 Bond movies, we have put up all 23 on You Tube  :) ( James Bond 50 years Playlist )

    1. Skyfall - Adele 2012
    Skyfall is where we start
    A thousand miles and poles apart
    Where worlds collide and days are dark
    You may have my number, you can take my name
    But you’ll never have my heart
    Let the sky fall
    When it crumbles
    We will stand tall
    Face it all together
    At Sky Fall

    2. Die Another Day - Madonna 2002
    I'm gonna break the cycle
    I'm gonna shake up the system
    I'm gonna destroy my ego
    I'm gonna close my body now
    Uh, uh
    I think I'll find another way
    There's so much more to know
    I guess I'll die another day
    It's not my time to go

    3. The World is Not Enough - Garbage 1999 The world is not enough
    But it is such a perfect place to love
    And if you're strong enough
    Together we can take the world love

    4. Tomorrow Never Dies - Sheryl Crow 1997
    Darling I'm killed
    I'm in a puddle on the floor
    Waiting for you to return
    Oh what a thrill,
    Fascinations galore
    How You tease, how you leave me to burn
    It's so deadly my dear
    The power of wanting you near
    Until that day,
    Until the world falls away
    Until you say there'll be no more good-bye's
    I see it in your eyes,
    Tomorrow never dies

    5. Golden Eye - Tina Turner 1995 ( our most fav Bond song :)
    See reflections on the water
    More than darkness in the depths
    See him surface and never a shadow
    On the wind I feel his breath Golden eye, I found his weakness
    Golden eye, he'll do what I please
    Golden eye, no time for sweetness
    But a bitter kiss will bring him to his knees
    You'll never know how I watched you from the shadows as a child
    You'll never know how it feels to be the one who's left behind
    You'll never know the days and nights, the tears, the tears I've cried
    But now my time has come and time, time is not on your side
    See him move through smoke and mirrors
    Feel his presence in the crowd
    Other girls they gather around him
    If I had him I wouldn't let him out
    Golden eye, not lace or leather
    Golden chain take him to the spot
    Golden eye, I'll show him forever
    It'll take forever to see what I've got
    You'll never know how I watched you from the shadows as a child
    You'll never know how it feels to get so close and be denied
    It's a gold and honey trap I've got for you tonight
    Revenge is a kiss this time I won't miss
    Now I've got you in my sight
    With a golden eye
    Golden, golden eye
    With a golden eye, golden eye

    6. James Bond theme from Dr. No 1962 ( first Bond film :)

    In his house in Jamaica, called "Golden Eye", author Ian Fleming, himself an ex spy, used to write 1,000 words in the morning ..... then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another 1,000 words in late afternoon .... then down more martinis and hob nob with glamorous women .... it is not too hard to imagine where his inspiration for James Bond came from !! Over the course of 22 films until Skyfall, at least 4,662 shots have been fired at Bond, along with 130 other attempts to kill our hero .... on the other hand, Bond has killed 198 villains so far .... mostly with his trusted Walther PPK gun (Hitler was found dead after having shot himself with a Walther PPK 7.65mm, the very same kind of gun that became James Bond’s signature weapon) ... he has successfully seduced more than 40 women and three quarters of them has tried to kill him ... lol... but Bond still survives and returns with style with the latest babe, booze and bad in Skyfall in exactly 7 days from now, in Delhi ... until then, look out for more dits on our favourite super spy as we celebrate his 50th birthday :)




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