The Bond That Never Was

James Mason was once considered to play James Bond in a 1958 TV adaptation of From Russia with Love, which was ultimately never produced. Despite being in his fifties, he was still under consideration to play Bond in Dr. No before Sean Connery was cast. He was also approached to appear as Bond villain Hugo […]

The Other GoldenEye

During the 1988-1994 production gap of James Bond films, between Timothy Dalton’s License to Kill and Pierce Brosnan’s GoldenEye, there was still some “new” James Bond material to be screened in 2 made-for-TV movies: Goldeneye: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming – the Real James Bond (1989) Taking its title from Ian Fleming’s home in […]

The Rebel Bond

George Robert Lazenby’s fame as 007 was fleeting – he starred in only one film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, before Sean Connery returned – but the story of how this ‘Aussie’ landed the most coveted action role in cinema is legend. Lazenby’s childhood was spent skiing and stock car racing, both of which he […]

James Bond Spin-Offs

In 2002, the character, ‘Jinx’ in Die Another Day was picked to be a spin-off vehicle for Halle Berry. Bond film producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson were very excited about developing a possible series of movies with the character. In 2002, Broccoli was quoted in EW as saying ”Basically, we’re looking for any […]

The Real James Bond

Even though most Bond enthusiast know that James Bond is loosely based on Ian Fleming’s own stint in the Naval Intelligence Division as a commander with the codename 17F, he also decided to include some of the exploits of the first well known super-spy Sidney Reilly. Sidney G. Reilly 1873-1925, also known as the “Ace […]

An American James Bond?

There have been several Americans who were considered to play in the first James Bond movie Dr. No. The most interesting pick from the creator of James Bond, was Steve Reeves from the famous Hercules movies of the late 50’s and early 60’s. Even though now we probably can’t imagine him being a suave slim […]

Cary Grant As James Bond?

Apparently the producers of the James Bond films originally approached Cary Grant about playing the role of Britain’s 007 agent. Cary declined the role because he didn’t want to be tied to a film series. Some say he turned down the role of James Bond in Dr. No (1962), believing himself to be too old […]