James Bond - The History
James Bond is undoubtedly the most successful fictional spy in history. He originated as a literary hero in 1953 when Ian Fleming published his first Bond novel, Casino Royale. Over the next 11 years, Fleming would write a further 11 novels and 9 short stories. The first Eon produced (i.e., “official”) Bond film, Dr. No, was released in 1962. This kicked off what would become the longest running film franchise ever, with 24 films (and counting) to date.
In the official Bond series, 6 different actors have portrayed Bond, with Sean Connery being the original. He appeared in films 1-5 and 7, as well as in the unofficial Bond film, Never Say Never Again, in 1983. Roger Moore played James Bond on 7 different occasions, mostly in the 1970s, and George Lazenby held the role for just one film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), before turning the role back over to Connery. More recently, Timothy Dalton (2), Pierce Brosnan (4), & Daniel Craig (4) have held the role. These 6 actors represent 4 different nationalities, and, as of 2016, all 6 remain alive and well.
S.P.E.C.T.R.E. & Spectre
In the earliest Bond films, various members of S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (which stands for the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion) served as Bond’s chief antagonists. This concept, however, was abandoned after the 1971 release of Diamonds are Forever due to years of litigation. Fleming had been accused of plagiarism and sued by early Bond collaborator Kevin McClory over the rights to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. and its members. It wasn’t until November 2013 that a settlement between McClory’s estate and Danjaq, LLC (Eon’s sister company) finally opened the door for the return of the infamous organization.
In Craig’s fourth appearance in the role, a message from an old friend sends secret agent James Bond 007 on a mission that leads him to uncover the biggest and most sinister secret of all. The hitherto unknown Spectre organization is on the brink of infiltrating every major intelligence agency on Earth, and it’s up to Agent 007 and his closest MI6 allies to prevent the biggest intelligence coup in history. Featuring Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Monica Bellucci, and WWE wrestler Dave Batista as Mr. Hinx, Spectre delivers everything we’ve come to expect from Bond. Of course, Spectre is just one of many great Bond films currently available at Best Buy.