Trivia and behind the scenes moments from every James Bond film
Dr. No – 1962
Dr. No‘s budget was only $1 million, and United Artist’s wanted to pull the plug when they went over budget by $100,000.
Dr. No – 1962 : It went on to gross over $16 million when it was released in 1962.
James Bond doesn’t appear in From Russia With Love until 17 minutes into the film.
Goldfinger – 1964
Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galor in Goldfinger is the oldest woman to play a “Bond Girl”. She was 37 at the time of filming.
Thunderball – 1965
Thunderball was the first Bond film to feature James Bond in the series trademark “gun barrel” scene.
The previous films had used stuntman Bob Simmons.
You Only Live Twice – 1967
Bond never drives a car, nor goes to England in the entire movie.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 1969
George Lazenby was offered a 7 picture deal after the success of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service but instead chose to leave the franchise.
Diamonds Are Forever – 1971
Despite the fact that the movie takes place primarily in Las Vegas no one ever says “Vegas”.
Diamonds Are Forever – 1971
During the fight scene in the elevator the stuntman actually pulls off Sean Connery’s hairpiece.
Live and Let Die – 1973
Live and Let Die featured a lot of firsts for James Bond. It was the first Bond film where someone said “shit”, the first where he beds a black woman, and the first film that “Q” does not appear in.
The Man With the Golden Gun – 1974
Actor Christopher Lee, who plays the titular character, also known as Scaramanga, is series creator Ian Flemings cousin and he had been asked to play Dr. No in 1961.
The Spy Who Loved Me – 1977
Jaws, played by the recently deceased Richard Kiel, famously bites through a chain in one scene.
The prop chain was made out of black licorice.
Moonraker – 1979
The title sequence for Moonraker cost more than the entire production budget of Dr. No.
For Your Eyes Only – 1981
For Your Eyes Only was the first Bond film to not be based on a book. Rather it was taken from a short story written by Ian Fleming.
Octopussy – 1983
Octopussy was released the same year as the unofficial Bond film, Never Say Never Again. Both films were huge hits but Octopussy made 27 million dollars more worldwide.
Never Say Never Again – 1983
Never Say Never Again was technically a remake of Thunderball.
A dispute between EON Productions and the films screenwriter was eventually ruled on in court and the rights to that film were given to the screenwriter allowing for the unofficial bond film to be made.
A View To A Kill – 1985
Roger Moore’s last Bond film (he was 57) was also the first to receive a videogame tie in.
The Living Daylights – 1987
Sean Bean auditioned to play the part of 007 in The Living Daylights. He was later cast as 006 in Goldeneye.
License to Kill – 1989
The scene where Bond’s license to kill is revoked was filmed in the home of Ernest Hemingway.
When 007 is told of his demotion he replies “I guess this is a farewell to arms”. An homage to Hemingway’s well known novel.
Goldeneye – 1995
Famke Janssen who played Xenia Onatopp, performed her own driving stunts while racing Pierce Brosnan in the film.
Brosnan, did not.
Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997
Anthony Hopkins was originally cast as the films villain but walked off the set after 3 days, frustrated by the incomplete state of the script.
The World Is Not Enough – 1999
The title, The World Is Not Enough translate in latin to “Orbis non sufficit”.
Which in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was revealed to be the motto on the Bond family crest.
Die Another Day – 2002
Die Another Day set a film industry record for merchandising, collecting $120 million in product placement and tie-in deals.
Casino Royale – 2006
The shower scene originally called for Eva Green to be in her underwear but Daniel Craig argued that her character would not stop to take off her dress.
Quantum of Solace – 2008
Quantum is the first bond film to feature a duet in its title theme. Another Way to Die, performed by Jack White and Alicia Keys.
Skyfall – 2012
Daniel Craig performed the escalator slide stunt himself.