Adjusted for inflation, the James Bond films are the top-grossing film franchise ever, according to money-tracking website Box Office Mojo. That's right: It's ahead of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and Batman.
He introduced the idea of a European vacation to America.
From Vanity Fair:Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton once said, "Buy your ticket—we’re going to take you places!" And at the time, he was right. "As of 1960, fewer than 2 percent of all Americans had traveled internationally by air," reports VF, "So both Dr. No and From Russia with Love include what are essentially fetish shots of Pan Am jets landing on runways."
Sure, any bartender's got the emblematic cocktail—shaken, not stirred—ready to go when 007 shows up on film, but his drink of choice is actually a scotch and soda in Ian Fleming's original books. He's also ordered up everything from Stingers to Mojitos. (Plus, a controversial sponsorship has him throwing back some Heinekens in Skyfall.)
Now available from Harrods for just under $70, the official James Bond 007 cologne is said to contain notes of apple, lavender, rose thorn, geranium, and other scents. No wonder Bond's got a sweet game going with the ladies.
Sean Connery is perhaps the iconic James Bond actor, but Roger Moore holds the record for most consecutive 007 films starred in: From 1973 to 1985, he appeared in Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill.
Two of the Bond movies are actually "indie" flicks.
Eon Productions is responsible for most of the 25 James Bond films to date, from 1962's Dr. No to the 2012 Skyfall, but two 007 adventures were made independent of the famed company: the original Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again.
Duran Duran trumps Paul McCartney, Nancy Sinatra, and more.
The theme to 1985's A View to a Kill is the only 007 theme to reach the top spot on Billboard's Hot 100 list. That puts it ahead of other Bond favorites, including "Live and Let Die" by Paul McCartney and The Wings, "You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra, and "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey.
George Lazenby, probably the least well-known actor to ever play 007 (he appeared only in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service), was picked for the role after producers saw him in a TV ad for Fry's Chocolate Cream, an English candy bar.