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20 pieces of Goldfinger Trivia, part 1

November 16, 2014

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1) Gert Fröbe, although a brilliant choice for the title role, had such a heavy German accent, his lines were dubbed by Michael Collins. 2) The golfball of Bond’s choice is a Penfold Hearts.  3) Nadia Regin who plays Bonita in the Pre-Title Sequence also starred as Kerim Bey’s mistress in From Russia with Love. […]

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The Downton Abbey connections

November 15, 2014

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I take it that you all are watching Downton Abbey. What are the apparent connections between Bond and Downton? Julian Fellowes, the creator and screenplay writer of Downton, is also an actor and played the Defence Minister in Tomorrow Never Dies. Hugh Bonneville, playing the patriarch of Downton, is one of the crew members of […]

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Dick Tracy

September 29, 2014

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It was a tough situation for James Bond (Roger Moore) in San Francisco, back in 1985 and “A View to a Kill“, having survived a burning lift shaft and after carrying a weakend geologist down a fire ladder being faced with a murder charge. Bond has to drop his alias of James Stock of the […]

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Bond/Ladies age difference

July 27, 2014

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This is a list of the age difference beteende Bond and the Bond girl, approx. It has been calculated like this: Formula: X (Bond girl actress birth year) – Y (Bond actor birth year) Roger Moore might have youthful looks but is often old enough to be the father of his leading lady. The only […]

Who’s Who of Knives in Backs

January 22, 2014

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When Silva dropped dead after getting an old-fashioned knife in his back in “Skyfall“, it wasn’t the first time someone expired like that.  I hope this is a full list. Let me know if anyone is missing. Victim first, perpetrator second Ali Kerim Bey – Donald Grant “From Russia with Love” Dikko Henderson – Random […]

20 pieces of GoldenEye Trivia, part 1

December 31, 2013

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1)  “GoldenEye” is the name of Ian Fleming’s Jamaica house. 2) There is another film called “Goldeneye“. It was a 1989 TV movie about the secret life of Ian Fleming. Charles Dance, also known as a “For your eyes only” henchman, starred as Ian Fleming. 3) When released in 1995 it was the first Bond […]

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“Another Time, Another Place”

December 30, 2013

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James Bond (Sean Connery) Bond is leaving Shrublands in “Thunderball“. Ms Fearing (Mollie Peters) follows him to the parked Aston Martin and she appears to be quite keen to continue their romance. “Any time, James. Any place”, she says. Bond replies: “Another time, another place”. And drives off. Not only an eloquent yet harsch reply […]

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For your eyes only: Rare Sheena Easton Demo

December 29, 2013

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Youtube is a great resource. In January 2010 a video was uploaded of a rare demo version of Sheena Easton’s Bond theme “For your eyes only“.  It has a typical demo sound to it but what’s interesting is the alternate lyrics. Here they are in full. Enjoy! Music: Bill Conti. Lyrics: Michael Leeson. Recorded Demo […]

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When Bond yelled like Tarzan

December 27, 2013

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Surely one of the worst gags of the series: James Bond being chased by Kamal Kahn’s posse swings himself along the vines and yells like Tarzan. Come on! Comic relief yes, but if “Octopussy” would be anymore relieved the film would let loose from the reel. The Tarzan yell has a great page on Wikipedia, actually so there’s […]

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The Bill Tanners

December 22, 2013

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This is the full list of actors who have portrayed one of Bond’s best friends, Secret Service Chief of Staff Bill Tanner. Michael Goodliffe as the Chief of staff in “The Man with the Golden Gun” James Villiers as Tanner, M’s replacement in “For your eyes only” Michael Kitchen as Bill Tanner in “GoldenEye” and […]

Milos Colombo

December 20, 2013

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Milos Colombo is one of the more memorable Bond allies. His entrance in “For your eyes only” gives its second half extra energy. Much thanks to actor Chaim Topol.  As for the name Colombo it is a Fleming original. Enrico Colombo features in the short story “Risico” that was adapted into the “For your eyes […]

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Black Velvet

August 29, 2013

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In the very first scene of “The Man with the Golden Gun” Scaramanga gets out of the sea and sits by the water with his lady Ms Anders. Nick Nack serves him Guinness and Moet Chandon to make a “Black Velvet“. “Black Velvet”, Francisco Scaramanga’s choice of drink is simply a mixed drink stout beer […]

Novelizations

August 22, 2013

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Seven James Bond films have been published as novelizations. They differ from the Ian Fleming novels as they are based on the movie scripts rather than Fleming’s original Bond stories. Starting in 1977 with script writer Christopher Wood’s novelization of “The Spy who loved me” and ending with the 2002 Raymond Benson’s novelization of “Die […]

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The Guns of Navarone Connections

August 16, 2013

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It is impossible not to be keen on the various connections the James Bond films hold to other films and film series. One such film is “The Guns of Navarone” (1961). As mentioned in the post about Melina Havelock “For yor eyes only” screenplay writers Dick Maibaum and Michael Wilson set a large portion of the film in Greece as they […]

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Middle names

August 3, 2013

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Precisely, what are the James Bond actors’ middle names? In fact sometimes their first names are their middle names. So be it.  Here’s the list: Thomas Sean Connery George Robert Lazenby Roger George Moore Timothy Peter Dalton Pierce Brendan Brosnan Daniel Wroughton Craig and of course… James David Graham Niven Robert Haakon Nielsen (Barry Nelson)

Tritsch-Tratsch-Polka

July 29, 2013

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You know the “Moonraker” scene: Bond is being attacked while riding a gondola in Venice. His gondoleer is killed by the knife-throwing coffin bloke who soon enough gets it as Bond simply throws back one of mister-coffin-who-really-belongs-in-a-60’s-batman-episode. Then a chase commences, as it turns out Bond’s gondola is probably slightly modified by Q branch.As Bond […]

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Chrome the parrot

July 22, 2013

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If you haven’t got “The Making of the The Living Daylights” by Charles Helfenstein, you simply must get a hold of a copy. Words cannot describe its brilliance. It’ll surely be a source reference of future posts here on “007 Under the Mango Tree“. For instance, in this fine book we can read about Chrome […]

20 pieces of OHMSS Trivia, part 1

July 9, 2013

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1) It is the second and so far the last time, that the producers’ names are included in text in the Gunbarrel sequence: Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman. The first film being “Dr No“. 2) “You only live twice” (1967) and “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969) were filmed in the wrong order if […]

Chimera

June 27, 2013

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In “Skyfall” the name of Severine’s yacht is “Chimera“. The yacht used in the film is called “Regina” and was built in Bodrum, Turkey by Medyat Yacht Building, for company Pruva Yachting in 2011. In november 2012 it was reported that the yacht was up for sale for approx. 11 million Euros. As for the […]

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First lines of the James Bond actors

June 20, 2013

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“I admire your courage, Miss…” Sean Connery, “Dr No” (1962) “Good morning! My name´s Bond. James Bond. Miss erm… ?” George Lazenby, “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969) “Not married, by any chance, are you?” Roger Moore, “Live and let die” (1973) “I need to use your phone. She’ll call you back. Exercise control, 007 here. I’ll […]

The Moneypenny actresses

June 11, 2013

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This is a full list of the actors who have portrayed Miss Moneypenny Lois Maxwell 1962-1985 Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You only live twice On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds are Forever Live and let Die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy who loved me Moonraker For your eyes only […]

Manticore

June 5, 2013

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The yacht in “GoldenEye” (1995) where vicious femme fatale Onatopp and her Canadian Admiral Ferrell reside is called “Manticore“.  The ship’s real name is Northern Cross, at the time a $15 million yacht, then owned by Finnish business man Jorma Lillbacka of company Finn-Power. It has a crew of eight. Top speed is 28 knots. Range: […]

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Red Stripe

May 22, 2013

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Red Stripe is one of Jamaica’s strongest brands. It is intimately associated with reggae and dancehall music and the company has also been a sponsor of Jamaican athletes and sport teams. Although Bond never drinks Red Stripe on screen in “Dr No”, there is a classic publicity shot of a resting Sean Connery next to […]

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Angel cake

May 15, 2013

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There are numerous enjoyable scenes of Bond and Moneypenny flirting. In “Goldfinger“, Moneypenny tries the “I’ll-make-you-a-nice-dessert-trick”. “What about tonight? Come round for dinner and I’ll cook you a beautiful angel cake,” she says. As it turns out Bond is actually having dinner with M and Colonel Smithers from The Bank of England. It is a […]

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Nymphalis polychloris

May 9, 2013

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The former M, Sir Miles Messervy, is a keen amateur lepidopterist. This we learn in “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” (OHMSS) when Bond visits him in his home. Bond watches M who handles a butterfly in his collection and Bond says: “Unusually small for a Nymphalis polychloris.” The butterfly Nymphalis polychloros (Latin name given by […]

James Bond Release dates: UK, USA and Sweden

April 29, 2013

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When realising that my wife’s birthday is on the same date of the Swedish premiere of “Dr No”: 29 April, I just had to put together a list like this. So, here we go. All Bond release dates in United Kingdom, United States of America and my native Sweden. Mind you that the American ones […]

Skyfall Trivia Tweets

April 20, 2013

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The official James Bond Twitter account has posted some Skyfall Trivia. Here is a summary of their tweets. Some of the content has already been addressed here on “007 Under the Mango Tree” #SKYFALL trivia: #SKYFALL is only the second film in which James Bond suffers a gunshot wound. The other time is in THUNDERBALL. […]

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See you later, alligator

April 13, 2013

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James Bond leaves the room in Shrublands after snogging Ms Pat Fearing, in “Thunderball“. “See you later”, he says and after shutting the the door he finishes the catchphrase with “alligator.” So it seems. Thanks to one of our readers (see commen section below) we rather think that Connery says “Irrigator” as he is looking […]

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The M actors

April 2, 2013

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So, which actors have portrayed M? Here is the full list. Bernard Lee 1962-1979 Dr No From Russia with Love Goldfinger Thunderball You only live twice On her Majesty’s Secret Service Diamonds are Forever Live and let die The Man with the Golden Gun The Spy who loved me Moonraker Robert Brown 1983-1989 Octopussy A […]

Kronsteen’s Chess

March 17, 2013

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“I believe that the most unforgettable game was the one that I played vs Bronstein in 1960. The balance between the strategy and the tactics was excellent. The idea was so good that it was used in a James Bond’s film”. – Boris Spassky, chess.com SPECTRE No.5, Mr Kronsteen is iconic. With sparse screen time, […]

Melina Havelock

March 8, 2013

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One of the best female leads in the Bond film series is without a doubt Carole Bouquet’s Melina Havelock of ”For your eyes only”. The character kept her surname from the Fleming short story, also titled ”For your eyes only”, but had her first name changed from Judy to Melina. Screenplay writers Dick Maibaum and […]

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Barcelona chairs in M’s flat

February 27, 2013

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In ”Casino Royale” James Bond breaks in to M’s home to use her computer. She walks in on him, annoyed with his arrogant cheek and a great scripted as well as directed scene follows. Both Bond and M sit in her Barcelona chairs. M’s got three (perhaps a fourth for the balance but it’s not visible on-screen) […]

The Felix Leiter actors

February 19, 2013

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This is a full list of the actos who have portrayed James Bond’s C.I.A ally and friend Felix Leiter. Jack Lord in “Dr No” (1962) Cec Linder in “Goldfinger” (1964) Rik van Nutter in “Thunderball” (1965) Norman Burton in “Diamonds are Forever” (1971) David Hedison in “Live and let Die” (1973) & “Licence to Kill” (1989) […]

Chemnitz, better known as Karl-Marx-Stadt

February 16, 2013

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”Well, l have to go to a circus in Karl-Marx-Stadt”, says Roger Moore’s James Bond in ”Octopussy.” Now, did you ever look at a map of Germany and thought ”I wonder where that Karl Marx Stadt is?” Well, if you had a map printed later that 1990 or just finger-scrolling your smartphone you simply wouldn’t […]

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No such thing as a Dom Perignon ’57

February 9, 2013

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In “On her Majesty’s Secret Service” James Bond happens to order a Dom Perignon that does not exist. Bond saves Tracy at the baccarat table in the Hotel Estoril Palacio, Portugal. She goes to a dining table, Bond follows her and orders a Dom Perignon ’57, but before the order arrives Tracy hands Bond her […]

Jaws’ mother calls him Zbigniew

February 2, 2013

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The steel-teethed Jaws of “The Spy who loved me” and “Moonraker” is undeniably the most popular and widely known henchman of the James Bond films. His popularity was correctly predicted so that he survived his first 007 outing and went on turn good in his second. Actor Richard Kiel will always be best remembered for his portrayal […]

Rum Collins

January 30, 2013

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In “Thunderball”, Emilio Largo and James Bond enjoy a Rum Collins when Bond visits Palmyra, home of the SPECTRE no. 2 They are served drinks by Largo’s waiter and when Largo turns to his other employees Yanni and Vargas, he offers one to the latter but… Largo: “Of course! Vargas does not drink. Does not […]

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A Bloody Big Ship

January 26, 2013

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James Bond is to meet his new Quartermaster in the National Gallery, located at Trafalgar Square , London. The theme of old versus new is always present in ”Skyfall” as well as in this scene. Bond sits, awaiting Q in Room 34 of the National Gallery, looking at the 1838 painting by J.M.W. Turner ”The […]

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The Oscar winning cast

January 22, 2013

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The Oscars are coming up and I thought you’d like to know which James Bond actors who have been awarded Oscars and those who were nominated. I think this is a full list. Let me know if anyone’s missing. (For James Bond films Oscar wins and nominations, click here) During Bond tenure Judi Dench “Shakespeare […]

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Woman with Fan

January 18, 2013

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Among the references of older Bond films and the 50th anniversary in “Skyfall“, one of my favourites is the painting shown by Severeine in the Shanghai skyscraper offering the ill-fated Asian businessman “Woman with fan” seconds before he gets a Patrice bullet in the head. The Shanghai Art Collector was played by Dave Wong. “Woman with […]

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