• Despite depicting Bond’s first-ever mission as a 00 agent, Casino Royale was the fourth Bond film to feature a casino with that name.
• Quantum of Solace is the most expensive Bond movie ever made. It’s also the shortest.
• Christopher Lee had to wear full-body fake tan for The Man with the Golden Gun.
• For Your Eyes Only is the only Bond film not to feature M. Actor Bernard Lee died during pre-production and the role was left empty as a mark of respect.
• The Living Daylights may mark the first appearance of Timothy Dalton as the titular superspy, but he’d actually been offered the role before. He turned it down in the 60s as he believed he was too young, and then again for Diamonds are Forever, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill.
• Thunderball was a military term used by US soldiers to describe the mushroom cloud seen during the testing of atomic bombs.
• That laser beam in Goldfinger? It’s the first to be featured in a movie like, ever.
• Dr. No was chosen as the first Bond film as it had the most straightforward plot and only one major location, making it super-cheap to produce.
• The Spy Who Loved Me holds the record for most Oscar nominations by a Bond movie, with three.
• Roger Moore is, to date, the only James Bond to be seen hang gliding.
• At the time of being cast as James Bond, George Lazenby was the highest-paid model in the world. He’s the only one-time Bond in the history of the franchise.
• The mud bath at the start of Diamonds are Forever was, in fact, mashed potatoes. Needless to say, they didn’t smell too great after 24 hours under the studio lights.
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