“No Time to Die” is the 25th official Bond film, and the franchise retains its status as one of the most popular in the world. Here are five things to know about the man with a license to kill.
Born on paper
James Bond started life on the page, his name taken from the cover of a Jamaican bird-watching book because author Ian Fleming wanted something as mundane as possible. Fleming was able to draw from some rich real-life experiences, having served in naval intelligence during World War II. He died in 1964 at the age of 56, just two years after the first Bond film appeared.
The longest gap was between Timothy Dalton’s last 1989 outing “License to Kill” and Pierce Brosna’s “Goldeneye” in 1995. The codename “007” has a specific meaning. The “00”
“SPECTRE”, the organization that causes Bond so much trouble, is short for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion”.
A famous fan
One big name who gave Bond an early boost was President John F Kennedy, who cited “From Russia With Love” in his top 10 books. Reportedly, it was also the last film he ever watched before leaving for Dallas in November 1963.