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10 weird James Bond facts you may be surprised about

Thursday 25th October 2018
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With all the buzz surrounding the next identity of 007, let's look at some of the lesser know facts that have made James Bond one of the most watched movie franchises of all time.

1. The King of Pop turned secret agent

Some time in the early 80s, Michael Jackson actually pleaded with the films creators to become the first black bond.

As much as we all love the King of Pop, I'm sure everyone will agree the casting department at MI6 made the right move here. 

2. Absolute anarchy

Our beloved secret agent is responsible for no less than 352 deaths ranging from Dr No, all the way to Quantum of Solace.

Funnily enough he has slept with 52 women in that time which keeps things nice and tidy for the record books. 

3. Taxi!

The fifth instalment of Bond is the only movie where the agent does not drive a car.

The 1967 film You Only Live Twice does not even feature an Aston Martin.

He does however crash a small plane which more than makes up for it. 

4. Nope!

The shark-infested pool in Thunderball is iconic in its own right, however stuntman Bill Cumming was reportedly paid just $450 to jump into the water with the live sharks.

In today's money that is around $3,600 (or £2,750) to swim with live sharks. Really doesn't seem worth it.

5. Ring Ring!

Actress Judi Dench actually has the James bond theme music as her ring tone. According to her co stars on the movie Skyfall, her phone rang and the iconic music played. She was a little embarrassed by all accounts but we all still love her. 

6. The difficult second album

Of all the Bond films out there, Quantum of Solace is the only actual sequel. All the rest are just stand alone stories. This makes it easier to account for Bond's age and appearance changing every two or three movies and gives Ian Fleming and film makers much less restrictions when writing the storylines.

7. Confidential

From 1953, Ian Fleming had wrote about a secret agent who worked for MI6 which, at the time, didn't officially exist until the intelligence agency became public knowledge in 1994.

We bet when the first Casino Royale novel hit stores, the British government was slightly unnerved by this secret getting out.

8. Shaken, not stirred

We all know the iconic beverage of preference for 007, a martini, shaken not stirred.

However, what you may not know is the amount of calories in a martini is around 130, the same number of calories an average male burns during a roll around in the sheets.

Was this coincidence or clever writing by Ian Fleming?

9. Tuxe-no

While Pierce Brosnan was under contract to play 007 it is reported that he wasn't allowed to wear a tux in any other role.

One of the clauses, apparently, in the contract for the role as James Bond Stated that Brosnan wasn't to wear the iconic outfit of the secret agent for any other movie he starred in during his time in MI6.

10.  Blondes have more fun.

If you pay close attention to the background planes in Pussy Galore's Flying Circus the pilots are not what they appear.

The film stars females for the foreground shots but the background footage of the in-flight planes show male pilots wearing blonde wigs.

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