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In Honour Of ‘Global James Bond Day’ & The First Bond Film 50 Years Ago, We Present 50 Amazing Facts
October 5, 2012
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Well, the big day has finally arrived. Today is 'Global James Bond Day' celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 007 films.

On this day in 1962, the first James Bond film - 'Dr. No' - had its world premiere in London. So, in honour of one of the greatest movies franchises of all time, we present 50 trivia facts about James Bond.

1 - there have been 22 James Bond movies, with the upcoming 'Skyfall' set to be the 23rd

2 - the Bond movie franchise has made $4.9 billion in ticket sales - the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time (behind 'Harry Potter')

3 - it's estimated more than 2 billion people (nearly a third of the world's population) have watched Bond movies

4 - the first Bond film, 'Dr. No', was made for just under a million dollars

5 - there have been six James Bond so far - Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig

6 - Sean Connery is said to have worn a toupee in all of the Bond movies he appears in

7 - Roger Moore has played Bond the most - seven times; although so has Connery if you include 'Never Say Never Again' (a remake of Thunderball)

8 - Moore was also the oldest actor to play Bond, at 58 (he's three years older than Connery)

9 - the gun barrel opening sequence was apparently designed at the last minute by Maurice Binder, by pointing a pinhole camera through a real gun barrel

10 - it's not actually Connery in the gun barrel opening; it's stuntman Bob Simmons. Apparently, Connery didn't film the sequence himself until 'Thunderball'

11 - since 'Dr. No' was released in '62, James Bond has killed more than 150 men and slept with 44 women, three-quarters of whom have tried to kill him

12 - James Bond has made love in a number of places - on a train, in a forest, on a plane, in a submarine, on a motorized iceberg, and in a hospital

13 - the James Bond character was created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in 12 novels and two short story collections

14 - Fleming took the name from a man named James Bond, who was an ornithologist (the study of birds)

15 - the real life James Bond was a Carribean bird expert and wrote a book called 'Birds of the West Indies', of which Fleming had a copy

16 - Fleming chose the name because in his words, "I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could find. James Bond was much better than something more interesting, like Peregrine Carruthers"

17 - Fleming based Bond on secret agents and commando types he met during the Second World War, when he was in the British naval intelligence division

18 - many of Bond's passions in life are based on Fleming's own loves such as scrambled eggs, gambling and golf (Bond had the same handicap as Fleming)

19 - 'Smirnoff' is the brand of vodka used in James Bond's martinis

20 - Fleming also used the names of school friends, acquaintances, relatives and lovers throughout his books

21 - Fleming suggested his friend and neighbour - Noel Coward - play the villain for the first Bond film. Coward is said to have responded 'Dr No? No. No. No.'

22 - Fleming wrote many of his Bond novels at his 'Goldeneye' Estate in Oracabessa, Jamaica during January and February of each year

23 - a number of the Bond movies, including 'Dr. No' and 'Live and Let Die', were filmed near the estate

24 - in 1976, 12 years after Fleming's death - the 'Goldeneye' property was sold to Bob Marley

25 - a year later, Marley sold it to Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell, who owns it to this day

26 - in 1995, 'Goldeneye' would be the name of the 17th Bond film and the first to star Pierce Brosnan

27 - in January of 2011, Jamaica officially opened the Ian Fleming International Airport not far from the estate

28 - James Bond went to public school at Fettes College in Edinburgh; Fleming's father and Tony Blair went there as well and Connery was once the school's milkman

29 - six other authors have written authorized Bond novels, after Fleming's death in 1964

30 - the late producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli's name has appeared in every official Bond intro since 'Dr. No'

31 - for 50 years, the Broccoli family has held on to its 50 per cent stake in the films; studio partner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer owns the other half

32 - 'The Spy Who Loved Me' is reportedly the last film Elvis Presley ever saw on August 10, 1977 during a special screening in Tennessee. Elvis died six days later

33 - in March of 1961, in Life Magazine, U.S. President John F. Kennedy listed Ian Fleming's book 'From Russia With Love' as one of his top ten favourite novels of all time

34 - after hearing of JFK's endorsement, it's said the producers decided to make this the second James Bond movie

35 - 1974's 'The Man With The Golden Gun' was the first Bond film to be shown at the Kremlin, during the height of the Cold War

36 - in 'Octopussy' when the TukTuks are racing through a busy street in India, a bike goes between the two vehicles. This wasn't part of the script; it was a local citizen who didn't realize they were filming

37 - there have been two independent productions of Bond films - 'Casino Royale' (a 1967 parody) and 'Never Say Never Again' (a 1983 remake of 'Thunderball')

38 - 'Casino Royale' starred David Niven as Bond, who was said to be Fleming's first choice to play the character; in 'You Only Live Twice', Niven is referred to as the only real gentleman in Hollywood

39 - the film's slogan was 'Casino Royale is too much for one James Bond', so as part of the story other characters are "designated" as James Bond including Peter Sellers (of 'Pink Panther' fame)

40 - Woody Allen and Jacqueline Bisset were also in 'Casino Royale'; Allen played Dr. Noah/Bond's nephew Jimmy while Bisset played an agent named 'Miss Goodthighs'

41 - Ursula Andress also starred in 'Casino Royale'; she was also the first official Bond girl playing 'Honey Ryder' in 'Dr. No'

42 - Bond films have been nominated 10 times for Academy Awards, five times in technical categories and five times in musical categories

43 - among the Bond theme songs nominated for an Oscar are Paul McCartney's 'Live and Let Die', Carly Simon's 'Nobody Does It Better', and Sheena Easton's 'For Your Eyes Only'

44 - for 'Casino Royale', Burt Bacharach's 'The Look Of Love' as sung by Dusty Springfield was also nominated for an Oscar

45 - Tom Jones recorded the 'Thunderball' theme, and apparently fainted after singing the long high note at the song's climax

46 - Along with the movies, the Bond character has been adapted for television, radio, comic strips and video games

47 - In 1954, CBS reportedly paid Ian Fleming $1,000 (about $8,600 by today's standards) to adapt his novel 'Casino Royale' into a one-hour TV adventure

48 - if you count that TV series, Barry Nelson was technically the first actor to play Bond. He played "Jimmy" Bond opposite bad guy Peter Lorre

49 - the first Bond video game was developed by Parker Brothers and released for Atari, the Commodore 64 and ColecoVision; since then, games have been released for Nintendo 64 and by Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision

50 - Adele's theme song for the upcoming Bond movie - 'Skyfall' - premiered today on her website at 0.07 am; it was recorded at Abbey Roads Studios in London with a 77-piece orchestra and went to the top of the iTunes chart this morning

Here it is.

By the way, the highest any Bond theme song has been on the charts was No. 2 in 1985 - 'A View To A Kill' by Duran Duran.

Here's the trailer for 'Skyfall', with Daniel Craig playing Bond again.

As well, the Toronto International Film Festival is getting in on the celebration. TIFF has an upcoming exhibition called 'Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style'.

It's the largest exhibition ever devoted to Bond, featuring costumes, props, models, gadgets, concept artwork, storyboards and other artifacts from the franchise. Here's a sneak peek.

The exhibition opens on October 26. You can find out more about it here.

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It's expected to go for about $8,000 dollars. You can see more of the items up for auction at the Telegraph's website.

It's also put together a cool look at some of the best Bond movie posters. Here are a few.

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You can see more here.

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