The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. Since Fleming's death in 1964, eight other authors have written authorised Bond novels or novelizations: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd and Anthony Horowitz. The latest novel is Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz, published in May 2018. Additionally Charlie Higson wrote a series on a young James Bond, and Kate Westbrook wrote three novels based on the diaries of a recurring series character, Moneypenny.
The character has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, video games and film. The films are the longest continually running film series of all time and have grossed over $7.040 billion in total, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond. As of 2019, there have been twenty-four films in the Eon Productions series. The most recent Bond film, Spectre (2015), stars Daniel Craig in his fourth portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series. There have also been two independent productions of Bond films: Casino Royale (a 1967 spoof) and Never Say Never Again (a 1983 remake of an earlier Eon-produced film, Thunderball). In 2015 the series was estimated to be worth $19.9 billion, making James Bond one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
From Russia with Love
, released in 1963, is the second film
in the James Bond series
, and the second to star Sean Connery
agent James Bond
. The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli
and Harry Saltzman
, and directed by Terence Young
. It is based on the 1957 novel of the same name
by Ian Fleming
. In the film, James Bond is sent to Turkey
to assist in the defection of Corporal Tatiana Romanova
, where SPECTRE
plans to avenge the killing of Dr. No
From Russia with Love is considered the best film in the James Bond series by many critics and by Connery himself, and is still highly regarded more than 40 years after its release. Michael G. Wilson, the current co-producer of the series, stated "We always start out trying to make another From Russia with Love and end up with another Thunderball." In 2004, Total Film magazine named it the ninth-greatest British film of all time.
In 2005, the film was adapted into a video game, James Bond 007: From Russia with Love. Produced by Electronic Arts, the game featured all-new voice work by Sean Connery as well as his likeness and those of several of the film's supporting cast.
Sir George Henry Martin CBE
(born 3 January 1926) is a British record producer
. He has directly and indirectly contributed to the main themes of three films in the James Bond
series. Martin was responsible for the signing of Matt Monro
to EMI for the second Bond film, From Russia With Love
just months prior to his recording of the song of the same title.
Martin also produced two James Bond themes. The first was "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey in 1964. Despite producing the film's theme that became a hit single, Martin did not partake in the movie's score or the James Bond Theme.
In 1972, Martin finally had a crack at arranging and producing the music for the entire film of Live and Let Die. Apart from scoring a successful chart entry for the song itself (by Paul McCartney), Martin also arranged the score that served as a precursor to the music of 1970s blaxploitation films.
Did you know...
- ...that Duran Duran was chosen to do the song A View to a Kill after bassist John Taylor (a lifelong Bond fan) approached producer Cubby Broccoli at a party, and somewhat drunkenly asked "When are you going to get someone decent to do one of your theme songs?"
James Bond news
- 4 December - 24th film announced, titled Spectre
- 26 October - "Spectre" is released in the United Kingdom.
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