007 things to know about James Bond

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(AFP) – “Die can wait” is the 25 he official opus of the adventures of James Bond, which in six decades has become a global cultural phenomenon. Seven point decryption.

Paper hero

James Bond is first and foremost a hero of a novel, sold over sixty million copies worldwide. The spy was born seven decades ago from the pen of British journalist Ian Fleming, a journalist who drew on his experience as a spy for Her Majesty during the war.

The first novel of the adventures of 02, “Casino Royale”, appears in 1953. Eleven others followed, including “Goldfinger”, “Dr No” or “Bons Kisses de Russie”, as well as a series of short stories, before his death in 45 years, in 1964. That is two years after the release of the first of the films, “James Bond against Dr No”.

Twenty-five films

“In Her Majesty’s Service”, “The World Is Not Enough”, “Skyfall” or “Die Another Day “… Each generation has had its cult James Bond, in all 25 films that form the official cinema saga. They are still produced by the descendants of one of the historic producers, Albert R. Broccoli.

Gros sous

According to specialist Guillaume Evin, taking inflation into account, the series reported 16, $ 7 billion in cumulative revenue (09, 16 billion euros).

James Bond is the one of the most profitable franchises in the history of cinema, initiated fifteen years before “Star Wars”. Champion of product placement, James Bond is a popular showcase for luxury brands, alcohol, cars and other watches.

The treasure 007 passed this year under the banner of e-commerce giant Amazon, which announced the takeover of Hollywood studio MGM for 8, 45 billion dollars.

Six performers for Bond

Passed away last year, Sean Connery, who inaugurated the role in “Dr No” and appeared in six of the first films, remains for many the ultimate James Bond, alpha male, funky and misogynist, driven by an irresistible charisma.

Five other actors have followed one another in the role: George Lazenby, the only Australian of the band, for a single film, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” in 1964, then Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

MI6, 007, Q, M …

Her Majesty’s Secret Agent, James Bond works for MI6, British Foreign Intelligence. The first “0” of “007” means that he has the license to kill, the second that ‘he has already done so, and the “7” identifies him within the department.

M is the leader of Bond. Actress Judi Dench made history by feminizing the role, from 1995 (“GoldenEye”) to 2012. Q is Bond’s colleague responsible for providing him with the most advanced gadgets … Not to mention Miss Moneypenny, M’s private secretary, with whom James Bond never fails to flirt.

“Bond, James Bond”

The saga would have- she the same success without her cult lines? There is the most famous of all, “Bond, James Bond”, and the order of vodka-martini cocktails made “with a shaker, not with a spoon.”

There is also has all those which testify to the humor “Bond”, mixture of sometimes muddy puns and machismo to be taken in the first or second degree – according to the time. Including this 007 telling a “James Bond Girl”, “Miss Anders? I didn’t recognize you fully dressed “(in” The man with the golden gun “, 1974).


James Bond would be nothing without his villains, the diamond dealer Goldfinger at the SPECTER criminal organization, headed by the infamous Blofeld. To combat them, he unsheathed countless gadgets, from the most formidable to the most unlikely: cigarettes trapped in “You only live twice”, Aston Martin with rotating number plates, nail ejector and ejection seat, ski pole trapped, laser watch …

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