Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!
Ian Fleming originally envisioned his fictional James Bond character to look like the above sketch (image and info from Wikipedia). Bond was meant to be a composite of various secret agents and commandos Fleming had encountered during his time with the British Navy in WWII, including his brother. He created Bond to be an intelligence officer in MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, with the code of 007.
Fleming chose the name “James Bond” from an American ornithologist (bird scientist) because he saw the name on a book and thought it sounded unromantic and masculine, perfect for his character. He also thought it sounded “dull,” which was appealing because Bond was supposed to be neutral and anonymous, a plain man who would be stuck into exotic situations.
Bond was supposed to resemble the American singer Hoagy Carmichael, and indeed this is mentioned in some of the books by other characters commenting on Bond’s appearance. Fleming also gave Bond some of his own traits, as writers are wont to do, such as his love of golf and gambling. We don’t hear much about Bond’s early life or family, which adds to his mystique.
Many fans love to hear Bond introduce himself early on with his trademark “Bond, James Bond,” during which the familiar theme music begins to play. The first time he said it was in the first 007 movie, Dr. No (1962). But he doesn’t say it in every movie! It’s supposedly missing in a few… I’ll have to rewatch them all to figure out which ones. Here he is in all his glory.
Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!
Information and images from Wikipedia and Pinterest.
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