X-Tra Bond Trivia [April A2Z]

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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!

Today I’m going to share some random Bond facts. Who knows, they may help you in a trivia contest…

Bond’s favorite gambling game is baccarat, which is insanely complicated, similar to an 007 storyline. There are several variations of baccarat, but it’s basically a card game, somewhat like blackjack, except face cards and tens are worth zero. If your cards add up to more than 10, you drop the 10 (6 and 7 is 3, etc.). You’re trying to get an 8 or 9, against another player or the house or both. The vast majority of games are played via fixed rules for both the player and the banker, with the gamblers betting on whichever. The house (banker) has the edge, of course. The fixed-rule baccarat games are called punto banco, but that’s not what 007 plays. Bond plays the variation known as chemin de fer (“railway” in French), where it is player vs player, with one designated banker.

There are variations of both types of games too, and the only reason I became aware of baccarat at all is because Bond plays the game. He plays in Thunderball, Dr. No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, and GoldenEye. I haven’t seen them all, but I have seen most of them. I wonder if he’ll play baccarat in 2021’s No Time to Die?

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When the producers needed a new bond in 1967, they found George Lazenby, an Australian man, who was the highest paid model in the world at that time. At age 30, he was the youngest actor to portray Bond (so far). Lazenby’s manager advised him against accepting a multi-movie contract, so George was one and done, though he was offered a contract for seven films. Here he is front and center…

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How many actors have portrayed Bond? You think maybe 5 or 6, right? Nope! It’s 13. (So far.)

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Bond was 38 when he became a double-oh. How did he earn that? He killed two enemies in the field.

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The Bond family motto is “The World Is Not Enough,” and the Bond family home is… Skyfall.

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Bond’s on-screen girlfriend introduced herself in the opening scene of Dr. No as “Trench. Sylvia Trench,” which Bond then parried back with his famous opener. It’s important to know that he didn’t originate it, and it materialized out of flirtatious banter, not as an attempt to sound intimidating. Eunice Gayson played Sylvia in the first two films (Dr. No and From Russia with Love), and the running joke was that Bond would get called away on important biz just as things were getting spicy.

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Q is occasionally called “Major Boothroyd,” as we discussed, but does he have a first name? Yes, it’s Algernon! Bond mentions it in Never Say Never Again.

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Sales of the book From Russia with Love exploded in 1961 after President JFK said it was one of his favorite novels. The next Bond film was made from the book, and it was the last movie JFK ever saw ~ one day before his trip to Texas in 1963.

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While under contract to play James Bond, Pierce Brosnan was not allowed to wear a tux in any non-Bond movie.

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Barbara Broccoli (daughter of Albert) has been producing the Eon Bond films since 1995.

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To date, the 22 official Bond films have earned $12B. But the first, Dr. No, went $100K over budget and the producers considered bailing because they weren’t sure it would turn a profit.

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Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond! Only two left…

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Information and images from TalkFilmSociety, Wikipedia, 007james.com, UselessDaily, and CultBox.

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14 responses to “X-Tra Bond Trivia [April A2Z]

  1. Interesting info.

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  2. Love the image in your post…signature iconic Bond! Great interesting points! Thank you Paula, very much. ⚘

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  3. It’s been fun to read about the Bond movies. Lots of interesting facts. πŸ™‚

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  4. I knew “some” of those… and STILL don’t understand baccarat! But thanks for trying! LOL πŸ˜€

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  5. Highest paid model? I’m not seeing itπŸ€·πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ
    Cool bits of trivia. This has been fun!

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  6. Such good trivia info. You’re turning me into a Bond expert.

    β€œX” selection of the day:

    A2Z 2021 Jethro Tull Songs Day 24 X A Passion Play (whole album) (1973)

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