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Milos Colombo

December 20, 2013


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 […]


August 22, 2013


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 […]

Melina Havelock

March 8, 2013


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 […]

Jaws’ mother calls him Zbigniew

February 2, 2013


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 […]


December 20, 2012


Hardly a coincidence, the name of the dying agent in the beginning of ”Skyfall”: Ronson, is the also the brand name of the black cigarette lighter used by Fleming’s Bond in the novels. I would like to think that this is a small Fleming reference from scriptwriters Purvis, Wade and Logan.

Milton Krest

December 9, 2012


One of few pieces of Ian Fleming material in “Licence to Kill” is the name of one of the villains in Sanchez’s network of drug trafficking: Milton Krest, played by Anthony Zerbe. In the film he uses a marine science laboratory as a front for his drug business. Also that marine interest of the character […]

Hugo Drax

December 4, 2012


The surname of “Moonraker” villain Drax probably has two origins. One is the British Admiral with the quadruple-barrelled name: Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernie-Erle-Drax. Bond author Ian Fleming went to school with him. His many names (including first names Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly) and titles have allegedly inspired characters in PG Wodehouse novels. In real life Sir Reginald […]