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Every aficionado has his favourite James Bond actor: mine is definetely Sean Connery – the tough guy, his machismo ready beneath the polished persona.

007 James Bond in A View to a Kill with Grace Jones as May Day

Bond’s tastes are also often taken from Ian Fleming’s own as was his behaviour, with Bond’s love of golf and gambling mirroring Fleming’s own. Fleming used his experiences of his espionage career and all other aspects of his life as inspiration when writing, including using names of school friends, acquaintances, relatives and lovers throughout his books.

There is now a lively debate on the best Bond movie ever, with most major film critics giving the top mark to either “From Russia with Love” (Connery’s favourite, as he re-asserted in a 2002 ABC interview with Sam Donaldson) or its brassy follow-up, Goldfinger.
Some reviewers have also warmed to “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” – it might have been the best James Bond film ever had Connery appeared in it. I’ve tried to transform the Bond and its manors to the next level : 2007, the year of 007, despite of the first screenshots and the terrible face of Daniel Craig. Listen to Golden Eye by Tina Turner and take a look at the milo version of James Bond.
My dear, uncooperative Domino.
007 James Bond


Fleming also endowed Bond with many of his own traits, including sharing the same golf handicap, the taste for scrambled eggs and using the same brand of toiletries. On another occasion, Fleming said: “I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could find, ‘James Bond’ was much better than something more interesting, like ‘Peregrine Carruthers’. Exotic things would happen to and around him, but he would be a neutral figure—an anonymous, blunt instrument wielded by a government department.

Spectre: daniel craig as james bond in a Tom Ford midnight blue Tuxedo

Roger Ebert, while clearly expressing his approval of the advanced special effects and Ken Adam’s extravagant production sets, criticised the pace in which the locations of the film evolved, remarking that,
“it’s so jammed with faraway places and science fiction special effects that Bond has to move at a trot just to make it into all the scenes”.

Christopher Null of said of the film:
“Most rational observers agree that Moonraker is without a doubt the most absurd James Bond movie, definitely of the Roger Moore era and possibly of all time”.

However, while he criticised the extravagance of the plot and action sequences, he believed that this added to the enjoyment of the film, and particularly approved of the remark “I think he’s attempting re-entry!” by “Q” during Bond and Goodhead’s orbiting of the Earth which he described as “featuring what might be the best double entendre ever”.

A silver aston martin db5 in goldfinger: sean connery in a custom fitted grey suit

My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as, drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.

Christopher Walken and Roger Moore
Principal photography on Goldfinger commenced on 20 January 1964 in Miami, Florida, at the Fontainebleau Hotel; the crew was small, consisting only of Guy Hamilton, Broccoli, Adam, and cinematographer Ted Moore. Sean Connery never travelled to Florida to film Goldfinger because he was filming Marnie elsewhere in the United States. Miami also served as location to the scenes involving Felix’s pursuit of Oddjob.
Broccoli earned permission to film in the Fort Knox area with the help of his friend, Lt. Colonel Charles Russhon.
To shoot Pussy Galore‘s Flying Circus gassing the soldiers, the pilots were only allowed to fly above 3,000 feet. Hamilton recalled this was “hopeless”, so they flew at about 500 feet, “and the military went absolutely ape”.
Goldfinger Starring
Sean Connery
Honor Blackman
Gert Fröbe
Based on Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
James Bond 007: Goldfinger


The powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated Operation Grand Slam, a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond, armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin, must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries.

The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections.

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