All the Best 007 Puns, Jokes, and One-Liners

95 of the Best James Bond 007 Puns, Jokes, Quotes, and One-Liners

007 James Bond puns, quotes and one liners

Dr. No Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Dr. No Puns and One Liners
Honey Ryder: Are you looking for shells?
James Bond: No. I’m just looking.

 

Dr. No Puns and One Liners
James Bond: I think they were on their way to a funeral

 

From Russia With Love Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

From Russia With Love Puns and One Liners
Tatiana Romanova: I think my mouth is too big
James Bond: No, it’s the right size … for me, that is

 

From Russia With Love Puns and One Liners
Tatiana Romanova: Horrible woman!
James Bond: She’s had her kicks

 

Goldfinger Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Goldfinger puns and one liners
Felix Leiter: Where’s your butler friend?
James Bond: Oh, he blew a fuse

 

Goldfinger puns and one liners
James Bond: Shocking. Positively shocking.

 

Goldfinger puns and one liners
Pussy Galore: Where’s Goldfinger?
James Bond: Playing his golden harp.

 

Goldfinger puns and one liners
Pussy Galore: My name is Pussy Galore
James Bond: I must be dreaming

 

Goldfinger puns and one liners
James Bond: Manners Oddjob. I thought you always take your hat off for a lady.

Thunderball Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Thunderball Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Don’t worry. I’ll tell the chef.

 

Thunderball Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Do you mind if my friend sits this one out? She’s just dead.

 

Thunderball Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: I think he got the point.

 

Thunderball Puns and One-Liners
Domino: What sharp little eyes you’ve got
James Bond: Just wait till you get to my teeth

You Only Live Twice Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

You Only Live Twice Puns
Tanaka: You know what it is about you that fascinates them, don’t you? Its the hair on your chest. Japanese men all have beautiful bare skin.
James Bond: Japanese proverb say, “bird never make nest in bare tree.”

 

You Only Live Twice Puns and One-Liners
Tiger: It can save your life, this cigarette
James Bond: You sound like a commercial

 

You Only Live Twice Puns
Tanaka: In Japan, men cone first, women come second.
James Bond: I just may retire here.

 

You Only Live Twice Puns
James Bond: Oh the things I do for England

 

You Only Live Twice Puns
Helga Brandt: I’ve got you now
James Bond: Well, enjoy yourself

 

You Only Live Twice Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Bon appetit

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: This never happened to the other fella

 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Puns and One-Liners
Irma Bunt: Is anything the matter, Sir Hillary?
James Bond: Just a slight stiffness coming on.

 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: He had a lot of guts

 

On Her Majesty's Secret Service Puns and One-Liners
Tracy: Suppose I were to kill you – just for a thrill
James Bond: I can think of something more sociable to do

Diamonds Are Forever Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Diamonds are Forever puns and one-liners
James Bond: There’s something I’d like you to get off your chest

 

Diamonds are Forever puns and one-liners
James Bond: Well he certainly left with his tail between his legs

 

Diamonds are Forever puns and one-liners
Plenty: Hi. I’m Plenty
James Bond: But of course you are.
Plenty: Plenty O’Toole
James Bond: Named after your father, perhaps?

 

Diamonds are Forever puns and one-liners
James Bond: As long as the collars and cuffs match

 

Diamonds are Forever puns and one-liners
James Bond: I was out walking my rat and I seem to have lost my way

Live & Let Die Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Live & Let Die Puns and One-Liners
Miss Caruso: Such a delicate touch
James Bond: Sheer magnetism, darling

 

Live & Let Die Puns and One-Liners
Solitaire: Is there time before we go, for lesson number three?
James Bond: Absolutely. There’s no sense in going off half-cocked.

 

Live & Let Die Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Just being disarming, darling

The Man With the Golden Gun Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

The Man With the Golden Gun and One-Liners
James Bond: Speak now or forever hold your piece

 

The Man with the Golden Gun Puns and One-Liners
Saida: I’ve lost my charm
James Bond: Not from where I’m standing

 

The Man with the Golden Gun Puns and One-Liners
Goodnight: I’ll keep the wine properly chilled
James Bond: And everything else warm, I trust?

The Spy Who Loved Me Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

The Spy Who Loved Me Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: When one is in Egypt, one should delve deeply into its treasures

 

The Spy Who Loved Me Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Keeping the British end up

 

The Spy Who Loved Me Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: All those feathers and he still can’t fly

Moonraker Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Moonraker Puns and One-Liners
Drax: Why did you break up the encounter with my pet python?
James Bond: I discovered it had a crush on me.

 

Moonraker Puns and One-Liners
Drax: Desolated, Mr Bond
James Bond: Heartbroken, Mr. Drax

 

Moonraker Puns and One-Liners
Q: I think he’s attempting reentry

For Your Eyes Only Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

For Your Eyes Only Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Forgive me father, for I have sinned
Q: That’s putting it mildly, 007

 

For Your Eyes Only Puns and One-Liners
Bibi: That’s a laugh. He still thinks I’m a virgin
James Bond: Well, put your clothes on. I’ll buy you an ice cream.

Octopussy Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Octopussy Puns and One-Liners
Magda: He suggests a trade. The egg for your life
James Bond: Well, I heard the price of eggs was up … but isn’t that a little high?

 

Octopussy puns and one liners
Kamal Kahn: You have a nasty habit of surviving
James Bond: You know what they say about the fittest

 

Octopussy puns and one liners
Magda: You have a very good memory for faces
James Bond: And figures

 

Octopussy puns and one liners
Magda: It’s for my scrapbook. I collect memories
James Bond: Well, let’s get on with making a few new ones

Never Say Never Again Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Never Say Never Again Puns and One-Liners
Fatima Blush: How reckless of me. I made you all wet.
James Bond: Yes, but my martini is still dry.

 

Never Say Never Again puns quotes and one liners
Largo: Do you lose as gracefully as you win?
James Bond: I don’t know. I’ve never lost.

 

Never Say Never Again puns quotes and one liners
Nurse: I need a urine sample
James Bond: From here?

 

Never Say Never Again puns quotes and one liners
Fatima Blush:Now write this: “The greatest rapture of my life was afforded me on a boat in Nassau by Fatima Blush,” and sign it “James Bond, 007.”
James Bond: I just remembered. It’s against Service policy to give endorsements.

A View to a Kill Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

A View to a Kill Puns and One-Liners
Jenny Flex: I love an early morning ride
James Bond: Well, I’m an early riser myself

 

A View to a Kill Puns and One-Liners
May Day: Someone will take care of you
James Bond: Oh, you’ll see to that personally?

 

A View to a Kill Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: There’s a fly in his soup

 

A View to a Kill Puns and One-Liners
Zorin: You slept well?
James Bond: A little restless but I got off eventually.

 

A View to a Kill Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Don’t worry. It’s all wrapped up.

The Living Daylights Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

The Living Daylights Puns and One-Liners
Kara Milovy: What happened to Necros?
James Bond: He got the boot.

 

The Living Daylights Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: We have an old saying too, Georgi – and you’re full of it

 

The Living Daylights Puns and One-Liners
Kara Milovy: What happened?
James Bond: Salt corrosion

 

The Living Daylights Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: He met his Waterloo

License to Kill Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

License to Kill Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Looks like he came to a dead end

 

License to Kill Puns and One Liners and Quotes
James Bond: Pam, this is Q – my uncle. Q, this is Miss Kennedy, my cousin.
Q: Ah! We must be related.

 

License to Kill Puns and One Liners and Quotes
Perez: What about the money?
Sanchez: Launder it

 

License to Kill Puns and One-Liners
He disagreed with something that ate him

GoldenEye Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

GoldenEye Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: No, no no. No more foreplay.

 

GoldenEye Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: One rises to meet a challenge

 

GoldenEye Puns and One-Liners
Natalya: Do you know how to disarm the weapon?
James Bond: I suppose that depends on what kind of weapon you’re talking about disarming.

 

GoldenEye Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Beg your pardon. I forgot to knock.

 

GoldenEye Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: She always did enjoy a good squeeze

Tomorrow Never Dies Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Tomorrow Never Dies Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: I’m just up here at Oxford brushing up on a little Danish

 

Tomorrow Never Dies Puns and One-Liners
Moneypenny: You always were a cunning linguist

 

Tomorrow Never Dies Puns and One-Liners
M: Remind her. Then pump her for information.
Moneypenny: You’ll just have to decide how much pumping is needed, James.

 

Tomorrow Never Dies Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Backseat driver

 

Tomorrow Never Dies Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: They’ll print anything these days

The World is Not Enough Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

The World is Not Enough Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: I thought Christmas only came once a year!

 

The World is Not Enough Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: If you can’t trust a Swiss banker, what’s the world come to?

 

The World is Not Enough Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: If you’re Q, does that make him R?

 

The World is Not Enough Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: One last screw?

Die Another Day Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Die Another Day Puns and One-Liners
Mr. Kill: I’m Mr. Kill
James Bond: That’s a name to die for

 

Die Another Day Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Time to face gravity

 

Die Another Day Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Saved by the bell

 

Die Another Day Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: I’ve missed your sparkling personality

 

Die Another Day Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: You know you’re cleverer than you look
R: Still, better than looking cleverer than you are.

 

Die Another Day Puns and One-Liners
Verity: I see you handle your weapon well
James Bond: I’ve been known to keep my tip up

Casino Royale Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Casino Royale Puns and One-Liners
Vesper: I’m the money
James Bond: Every penny of it

 

Casino Royale Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: That last hand nearly killed me

 

Casino Royale Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: The whole world’s gonna know that you died scratching my balls

Quantum of Solace Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Quantum of Solace puns and one liners
Mathis: I think she has handcuffs
James Bond: You hope so

 

Quantum of Solace puns and one liners
Felix Leiter: Regimes change once a week down here. Medrano is no dirtier than the next guy.
James Bond: Ah, you see that’s what I like about U.S. intelligence. You’ll lie down with anybody.

Skyfall Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

Skyfall puns and one liners
Sylvia: What has she done to you?
James Bond: Well, she never tied me to a chair

 

Skyfall puns and one liners
Q: Every now and then a trigger has to be pulled
James Bond: Or not pulled. It’s hard to know which in your pajamas.

 

Skyfall puns and one liners
M: Where have you been?
James Bond: Enjoying death.

SPECTRE Puns, Quotes, and One-Liners

SPECTRE Puns and One-Liners
Madeline Swann: Given the choice, why does a man choose the life of an assassin?
James Bond: Well, it was that or the priesthood.

 

SPECTRE Puns and One-Liners
Lucia: What do you do?
James Bond: Life insurance

 

SPECTRE Puns and One-Liners
Madeline Swann: Do you drink?
James Bond: Too much

 

SPECTRE Puns and One-Liners
James Bond: Visionaries … psychiatric wards are full of them

 


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Rank the Bond Movies

Your mission . . . rank all 25 Bond movies

As Bond fans, it’s easy to say, “XYZ is the best Bond movie.” But why? It’s completely subjective – and I’ve even found that when you actually rank a Bond movie on it’s individual parts, the answers may surprise you.

So, to settle the debate for once and for all, I’ve broken down a Bond movie into 5 core elements: Action, Story, Villain, Girls, Bond. Rank them on a scale of 1-5, and let’s just see if Goldfinger, OHMSS, or Casino Royale wins … or maybe Moonraker is the best. Only time will tell!

Once you take the survey, you’ll instantly see what everyone else has ranked. Then, when we hit critical mass, I’ll tally it all up and post the results on the UnivEx Facebook page.

Have fun! (and please do try to answer all of the questions)


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James Bond "Pop Art" 007 Movie Posters

James Bond 007 Fan Art

James Bond “Pop Art” 007 Posters

James Bond fan art is everywhere online … especially on Facebook.

As the creator of Universal Exports, I always have my eye out for something special. That’s exactly what Alain Bossuyt has created with his Pop Art James Bond Movie Poster collection. According to Alain:

I started with those creations in 2011/2012. I use a kind of pop art style and some references to Saul Bass.

Check out Alain’s Facebook page and his Behance page to purchase his beautiful work.

 

See More of Alain's Art


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Reexamining Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

A Reappraisal of Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond

A Reappraisal of Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond

Reexamining Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

Pierce Brosnan reinvented 007 for a new generation

In 1995, the James Bond franchise was in disrepair. Fans hadn’t seen a new movie in 6 years — and the few that had come before that hiatus were not fan favorites (at the time). Then, along came Pierce Brosnan …

To help us evaluate the lasting influence of Pierce Brosnan, here’s an article by Nicolás Suszczyk: author of The Bond of the Millenium

 

. . . begin editorial . . .

Many renowned James Bond fans and fellow actors often agree that Sean Connery is perhaps the biggest reason that Ian Fleming’s secret agent became a popular success worldwide. I agree with them, but I also feel that without Pierce Brosnan we wouldn’t have James Bond after the 1990s or in this millennium that is almost twenty years old.

And lately, I see that the Brosnan era had been the object of biased hatred lately. “Parodic” is one of the terms used aside of sentences that include “bad acting”, “weak Bond girls” and “lack of personality from the leading actor” on Facebook comments or forum posts. I couldn’t possibly disagree more and this was the starting point of The Bond of The Millennium, my most recent book released only two months after The World of GoldenEye had been available to buy.

Before typing, I sat to watch the four films and gave a read to the novelizations and the film scripts that were available to me. I had all of my theories in mind, yet after rewatching GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day I reaffirmed them: those were fantastic films and they have set a precedent for many of the things we saw in the Daniel Craig adventures, which will follow up next year with No Time To Die.

Pierce Brosnan in the fire as James Bond

Pierce Brosnan was far from parodic.

Yes, he had a big sense of humour as all of the action heroes of the time did have: John McClaine, Harry Tasker, Martin Riggs, but he also explored a hidden and obscure side of 007: his emotions.

Although George Lazenby cradled in his arms the dead body of his wife Tracy in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Timothy Dalton was close to tears when examining the maimed legs of Felix Leiter in Licence To Kill, Brosnan was arguably the first to introspect the psyche of James Bond.

He sits down in a Cuban beach knowing that a final confrontation with his former friend is coming. Natalya, the leading girl of GoldenEye, sits next to him and begins to question his lifestyle and profession: “You think I’m impressed? All of you with your guns, your killing, your death, for what, so you can be a hero? All the heroes I know are dead.” Bond replies that this is what keeps him alive.

“This job of yours is murder on relationships,” his former girlfriend Paris Carver (now the wife of the villain) questions him in Tomorrow Never Dies. Moments later, after betraying her husband, she appears dead on Bond’s hotel room and an authentic feeling of grief and emotion draws on his face, minutes before avenging her death, that is.

Bond and Natalia in GoldenEye

How the Pierce Brosnan films influence the Daniel Craig era

In Casino Royale and SPECTRE, Vesper Lynd and Madeleine Swann convinced Bond to resign in order to lead a life together, but Natalya Simonova and Paris Carver – although they weren’t meant to be romantically attached to Bond– were the first ones to question his profession and lifestyle.

In On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, it was Bond who felt he had to resign in order to marry Tracy and give her a different life, but she seemed to accept his profession and wasn’t precisely horrified when facing risky situations as a downhill ski chase evading avalanches and armed SPECTRE skiers. This is one of the things where the Brosnan era paved the way for situations seen in Craig’s tenure

In Skyfall, the MI6 Headquarters are blown away and the leading threat comes from a man M tried to get killed in the past. The same happens in The World Is Not Enough, which in a certain way is also a deconstruction of two Ian Fleming novels: Casino Royale and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Barbara Broccoli herself said that, in Elektra, Bond “thinks he has found Tracy but he has actually found Blofeld”. He will get romantically involved with this woman played by Sophie Marceau and she will betray him like Vesper Lynd from the original 007 novel.

However, in one of the most shocking moments of the entire series, it will be the secret agent the one to pull the trigger when she thought she wouldn’t dare to kill her. One has to have guts to write and play a scene like that and Michael Apted himself was worried that the test audiences may find it too disgusting and he didn’t have another way to conclude Bond’s romance with Elektra.

Still, audiences understood Bond did what he had to do and the scene was brilliantly played by Brosnan and Marceau: that uttering of “I never miss” as he caresses the body of Elektra is hard to imagine with another actor in the role, judging from the style of their portrayals. But the fifth official 007 actor could balance the strong and weak side of James Bond with great success in that scene.

Pierce Brosnan in a tank in GoldenEye

The Bond of the Millennium

In The Bond of The Millennium, I evaluate much of the overlooked pros of Brosnan’s portrayal and I give another look at Die Another Day: for many, the worst film in the series and the one that put the franchise at risk and caused the reboot.

That’s a greatly exaggerated statement: the film was financially the most successful of this era and EON Productions did want to go this way before getting the rights of Casino Royale and feeling this could be an opportunity to begin a new timeline in the series.

While Die Another Day has many questionable things, the movie is considerably violent – probably the most violent film since Licence To Kill. Bond locked up, beaten up and savagely tortured is one of the most visually shocking things seen in the series and the 20th entry in the series was the first one to question Bond’s future and relevance: he has always succeeded in coming back alive, but what if he was captured in “the scariest place on Earth” (as Bill Clinton described North Korea)?

Pierce Brosnan's James Bond being tortured in Die Another Day

What happens next?

We learn the first rule of the cold world of espionage: “Get caught and you’re given up”, rehashing an idea first put in the mouth of renegade agent 006 in GoldenEye and later observed by Raoul Silva, another operative fallen in disgrace, in Skyfall.

Beyond the literary aspect of the Pierce Brosnan James Bond film, I decided to give you a look at what happened behind the scenes of each of them: stuntman Jean Pierre Goy talked to me about that spectacular bike jump from a roof to another in Thailand, Lee Sheward told me how he fell into the Carver printing press and the lovely Sarah Donohue gave me a lot of details of the shooting of The World Is Not Enough’s boat chase over the Thames River.

Brosnan was also the first Bond to be formally digitalized into the virtual world of video games, therefore there is a chapter focusing on the interactive James Bond adventures, primarily the original ones like 007 Racing, 007 Nightfire and Everything or Nothing.

Composer Ed Lima and screenwriter Danny Bilson gave me some details of their work in some of these games and testified about the unbreakable rules EON and MGM Interactive gave them to create the characters in these stories.

Although I have many people to thank for and to dedicate this book, I felt that the leading dedication should go to Pierce Brosnan himself. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I know that James Bond has occupied at least one-third of his life: a time span that included moments of joy and success but also frustration and tragedy.

I don’t know why he thinks he wasn’t good enough in the role and I sincerely hope (should he ever read my book) that he changes his mind and knows how much the series and the fans owe him.

The Bond of The Millennium is now out in Paperback and Kindle formats through the Amazon store, although for some regions BookDepository is more convenient since the shipping comes free.

… about the author …

Nicolás Suszczyk is a long-time James Bond fan and the author of The World of GoldenEye, which examines the cultural and historical impact of the 17th James Bond movie. 


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No Time to Die • Behind the Scenes Photos

No Time to Die Behind the Scenes Bond 25

No Time to Die — Behind the Scenes Photos

No Time to Die in Matera, Italy

No Time to Die in Jamaica

No Time to Die in the UK


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The Bond Villains

James Bond Villains

Every James Bond 007 Movie Villain

Dr. No - Joseph Wiseman - James Bond Villain

Dr. No

Played by:
Joseph Wiseman in Dr. No

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Drowning in scalding radioactive liquid

Lotte Lenya as Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love

Rosa Klebb

Played by:
Lotte Lenya in From Russia With Love

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Shot by Tatiana Romanova

Anthony Dawson as Blofeld in From Russia With Love

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Anthony Dawson in From Russia With Love

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived

Auric Goldfinger

Played by:
Gert Frobe in Goldfinger

Worked For:
Red China

Cause of Death:
Sucked out an airplane window

Emilio Largo - James Bond Villain in Thunderball

Emilio Largo

Played by:
Adolfo Celi in Thunderball

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Shot with a harpoon by Domino

Blofeld in Thunderball

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Anthony Dawson in Thunderball

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived

Donald Pleasence as Blofeld in You Only Live Twice

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived

Charles Gray as Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Charles Grey in Diamonds Are Forever

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived

Yaphet Kotto as Mr Big in Live and Let Die

Kananga / Mr. Big

Played by:
Yaphet Kotto in Live and Let Die

Worked For:
Self-Employed

Cause of Death:
Overinflation

Fransisco Scaramanga

Played by:
Christopher Lee in The Man With the Golden Gun

Worked For:
Self-Employed (hired by Hi-Fat)

Cause of Death:
Shot by Bond

Carl Stromburg

Played by:
Curt Jurgens in The Spy Who Loved Me

Worked For:
Self-Employeed

Cause of Death:
Shot by Bond

Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax in Moonraker

Hugo Drax

Played by:
Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax in Moonraker

Worked For:
Self-Employed Meglomaniac

Cause of Death:
Shot with a dart and sucked into space

Julian Glover as Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only

Harris Kristatos

Played by:
Julian Glover in For Your Eyes Only

Worked For:
KGB

Cause of Death:
Stabbed in the back by Colombo

Kamal Kahn in Octopussy

Kamal Kahn

Played by:
Louis Jourdan in Octopussy

Worked For:
Self-Employed (hired by General Oralov)

Cause of Death:
His plane crashed into a mountain due to Bond’s tampering.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Max VonSydow in Never Say Never Again

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived

Christopher Walken as Max Zorin in A View to a Kill

Max Zorin

Played by:
Christopher Walken in A View to a Kill

Worked For:
Self-Employed

Cause of Death:
Thrown off the Golden Gate Bridge

Joe Don Baker as Brad Whittaker in the Living Daylights

Brad Whittaker

Played by:
Joe Don Baker in The Living Daylights

Worked For:
Self-Employed Arms Dealer

Cause of Death:
Crushed by a bust

Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez in License to Kill

Franz Sanchez

Played by:
Robert Davi in License to Kill

Worked For:
Self-Employed Drug Kingpin

Cause of Death:
Immolation by Bond’s lighter

Alec Trevelyan, 006

Played by:
Sean Bean in GoldenEye

Worked For:
Self-Employed (Janus Organization)

Cause of Death:
Dropped from a satalite dish and then crushed by it

Elliott Carver Johnathan Pryce Tomorrow Never Dies

Elliot Carver

Played by:
Jonathon Pryce in Tomorrow Never Dies

Worked For:
Self-Employed Media Barron

Cause of Death:
Crushed by the sea drill

Sophie Marceau as Elektra King in The World is Not Enough

Elektra King

Played by:
Sophie Marceau in The World is Not Enough

Worked For:
Self-Employed

Cause of Death:
Shot by Bond

Toby Stephens as Gustav Graves in Die Another Day

Gustav Graves

Played by:
Toby Stephens in Die Another Day

Worked For:
Self-Employeed

Cause of Death:
Sucked into a jumbo jet’s engine

LeChiffre

Played by:
Mads Mikkelsen in Casino Royale

Worked For:
QUANTUM / SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Shot by Mr. White

Dominic Green Quantum of Solace Villain

Dominic Green

Played by:
Mathieu Amalric in Quantum of Solace

Worked For:
QUANTUM / SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Left to die in the desert by Bond

Javier Bardem as Silva in Skyfall

Raoul Silva

Played by:
Javier Bardem in Skyfall

Worked For:
Self-Employed (Though Blofeld took credit for his scheme in SPECTRE)

Cause of Death:
Stabbed by Bond’s father’s old combat knife, which was flung through the air into Silva’s back

Jesper Christensen as Mr. White - James Bond Supervillain

Mr. White
aka, The Pale King

Played by:
Jesper Christensen in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and SPECTRE

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Suicide – bullet to the head

Ernst Stavro Blofeld

Played by:
Christoph Waltz in SPECTRE

Worked For:
SPECTRE

Cause of Death:
Survived


John McLusky - the original James Bond 007 comic strip artist for the Daily Express

John McLusky — the first 007 Comic Strip Artist

John McLusky - the original James Bond 007 comic strip artist for the Daily Express

John McClusky – James Bond 007 Comic Strip Artist for the Daily Express

Before the James Bond movies captivated the world, Agent 007 was a comic strip character in the Daily Express.

John McLusky's drawing of James Bond, 007Faithfully inked by John McLusky, the depiction of 007 was quite similar to Sean Connery. In fact, there is a long-standing theory that Connery got the role, in part, due to his likeness to the comic character.

More on that later …

First, let’s dive into the incredible life story of John McLusky — as written by his son, Graham McLusky.


Early days

My brother Sean and I were brought up living in the British countryside, in an idyllic spot, overlooking hundreds of acres of open farmland. A perfect setting.

Our Mother and Father were living in London in the 50’s and after Sean & I came into the world we all moved to this fabulous country location. This may never have come about if Dad hadn’t been asked by the Daily Express Newspaper to develop a new strip cartoon series with them.

This was to be the beginning of the Bond Legend as we know it today. Unfortunately both our parents have passed now.

In 1958, the very first Bond strip cartoon was formulated.

Dad carefully developed a face for this most British of  spies, James Bond. He was presented with a drawing of a face for Bond, which Fleming had commissioned. Dad thought this looked very “Sexton Blake” with a rather pompous demeanour, so rethought it out to be a rugged, good looking chap with that curl of hair on the forehead.

He was given approval by Fleming and then began the drawings for the adaptation of the Fleming story, ‘Casino Royale’.

This series of strip cartoons was first published in August 1958 and ran until the December of that year. It was an instant success and was responsible for increasing the newspaper’s sales. This was also responsible for our parents being able to move to the countryside too! Bond, as we know and love today, was born!

My Father said once, when he had submitted the first drawings of Bond, he had no idea how much of an impact they would make when blown up to enormous proportions and spread all over London on the big hoardings! This was the start of a long and interesting relationship with 007.

Casino Royale #49 - by John McLusky
Casino Royale #49 – by John McLusky

Starting out

My Father first started drawing Bond from our home in London. It was a small ground floor studio flat, just off the Earl’s Court Road, with a raised balcony in the main living area for a workspace. Luxury!

I was only a little lad then and had absolutely no idea as to what my Father was up to every day with his pens and pots of ink, tone sheets, artboard etc.

My Mother, Sheila, had just finished working as a Costume Designer in the film industry in order to bring up yours truly and now it was down to Dad alone to bring in the family income.

Mum worked on such films as Disney’s Treasure Island, Captain Horatio Hornblower, Fools Rush In & It Started In Paradise. Mainly in and around Denham & Pinewood Studios, I believe.

My brother Sean was born in 1959 and we all lived together in this flat until our parents managed to obtain the most incredible, unrepeatable bargain of a country property. Half an acre, four cottages at one end and another three cottages at the other end.

The four cottages became one large house and the three cottages became an artists’ studio for my father to work in. This became our home for many years. Quite a difference from London. It was amazing growing up in the Hertfordshire countryside then.

Casino Royale #52 - by John McLusky
Casino Royale #52 – by John McLusky

Hard work

I can remember my father having to virtually lock himself away for hours on end in his studio to produce the volume of work necessary to keep Bond appearing, daily, in the newspaper.

John would emerge for breath and a meal or two on occasions and then submerge himself again to finish his target for the day.

My Brother and I would play, go to school, come home from school, bring friends back and thoroughly enjoy ourselves whilst Dad was slaving away over his drawing board! I can remember sometimes going up to his studio to pay him visits. I suppose I wanted to remind myself that this figure, with a green eyeshade, bent over a drawing board with a single anglepoise lamp, was indeed my Father.

I would watch the Bond work being composed and inked in, amazed at the skill and dexterity of Dad.

I was unaware as to just how much experience he had at the time. (In later years, after Bond, he went on to draw cartoons for ‘T.V. Comic’ [Laurel & Hardy, The Keystone Kops, Pink Panther and many other characters], ‘Look & Learn’, children’s television programmes like ‘Hatty Town’ & ‘George The Dragon’) plus a raft of incredible graphic design projects!

Was there no end to this man’s capabilities? Well no… in later years become a fully fledged Punch & Judy Professor, performing at events and seaside resorts, well into his retirement! Before retirement, he taught art and history of art at local schools & colleges and made a massive impression on many keen students over those years.

The amount of work and meticulous attention to detail that Dad put into his drawings was amazing. He observed, he noted, he collected references, he studied everything which could possibly help in producing some of the finest comic art we have ever seen.

You Only Live Twice #433 - by John McLusky
You Only Live Twice #433 – by John McLusky

Criticism

Each day he would bring his finished Bond strip cartoon panels back to the house and show my brother and I so that we could comment and pick out any flaws that weren’t immediately obvious to the trained adult eye! (I’m sure that Mother would have made the most sensible observations).

However, Dad would take everyone’s comments seriously and make alterations if necessary. He would be fine tuning his work right up to the point of sending it off for publication.

I have a feeling that my brother and I were responsible once for helping James Bond out of a sticky situation with a toy Luger Pistol!

Dad needed a reference for this particular weapon quickly and had nothing to hand in his archives. (He had just about everything else but Lugers). Sean and I had just the answer. We extracted a toy Luger Pistol from our toy box and loaned it to Dad. (In those days a great deal of attention to detail was given to manufacturing toy guns and it seemed the perfect solution to us at the time).

The moment arrived later for us to inspect his work and Dad produced the strip cartoon panel. The first thing my brother and I asked was why a toy cap gun was being brandished in such a serious situation. “What do you mean?” asked Dad.

It was pointed out to him by his “critics” that the little pop-up hatch for the roll of paper caps had been drawn in!

Back to the drawing board for some white touch up ink and Bond was saved from a seriously embarrassing moment in his career as the number one spy!

On Her Majesty's Secret Service #55 - by John McLusky
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service #55 – by John McLusky

 

The Face of Bond

It has been said by more than one person that it is quite possible that my Father’s face of Bond may well have been responsible for a certain Mr. S. Connery obtaining the position of 007 for the first films.

the-daily-express-james-bond-comicDenied by some but you cannot get over the uncanny resemblance, can you? The first film was not made for a number of years after the first strip cartoon was published. I heard a story once which may well be true.

Sean Connery, appearing in a theatre production, was sitting in his dressing room with another fellow actor who was reading a copy of the Daily Express. The first film, Dr No was being planned and they were looking for an actor to play the part of Bond.

This gentleman remarked to Connery that he thought that he should go for the part of Bond, as he looked remarkably like the face in the strip cartoon. Well, the rest is history!

 

Film connections

For many, many years, both my parents had a very good friend who worked in the film industry. Her name was Freda Pearson, a delightful Polish lady. She escaped Poland, to Britain, during WW2. Her husband at the time was shot in front of her by invading forces and she managed to get away and get to Britain, where she set up home.

The Face of James Bond - John McLuskyShe can be seen on the titles of a number of Bond films as Set Dresser. An incredibly important role as she was totally responsible for making each scene look just right. She would work very hard in making sure that what we see today in those memorable pictures looked absolutely correct.

I believe that at one time she even made the film crew eat most of a meal and leave the table part finished to make the particular scene work!

I remember that after she had finished on some of her films, she would be able to obtain some of the props and furnishings for a very low cost. Many items were unwanted by the film company at the end of the pictures and had to be disposed of. Freda, and I am sure many other people associated with the films, would be able to buy all sorts of things for next to nothing.

We seemed to acquire a bit of the furniture from some of the films on occasions. Poolside furniture from ‘Goldfinger’, a table from ‘Dr. No’, an enormous heap of wood panelling in strips from one of the ‘Goldfinger’ sets and other items which I am unsure about now.

Freda, I seem to remember, managed to furnish most of her flat from Bond items!  Dear Freda, she passed away many years ago, a lovely lady and great family friend, with a heart of gold.

 

 

Fame

I don’t think that anybody in my family had any idea how big James Bond was going to be over the years to come, after Dad first started with the Express. It is a phenomena that really is unsurpassed by any other fictional character. Are there any Sherlock ‘Baker Street’ Holmes Fan Clubs out there or ‘Dracula’ appreciation societies? Shouldn’t think so.

John found the interest, shown by so many people in his work, rather exciting and bewildering.

He was so pleased that there were so many people out there, young and not so young, who would enjoy reading his strip cartoons. (Still read today by thousands of fans). He had many good friends and a large and happy family.

What more could a man want? Well… how about a prestigious Exhibition of his Bond Artwork at the Barbican Centre in London? My Brother Sean and his wife Katie arranged this fabulous exhibition for him while he was alive. Dad was there with all his friends and family members.

 

‘The Face of James Bond’ Exhibition

An exhibition of original Bond Strip Cartoon Work by John McLusky.

It took place from 25th November 1995 to 14th January 1996. There was a press and private view on the Tuesday 28th November during the evening. What an evening that was. Smirnoff Vodka sponsored the show and plenty of Martini’s, shaken not stirred, were consumed by a considerable number of people!

It was a marvellous exhibition and Dad revelled in it all.

Lots of friends turned up for the private view, he was interviewed on T.V., the atmosphere was more of a big party and a reunion. My heartfelt thanks go out to my Brother and Kate for producing such a memorable moment for Dad. So professionally produced and presented. He never forgot that.

James Bond Artwork for sale

It was at the exhibition that Dad started to find that people were becoming interested in buying his work. He sold some to a number of collectors over the years. Now, through my Brother and I, some his original cartoon strips are still for sale. 

I put together a web site about Dad and his Bond Art, along with other interesting items I have found. www.jamesbondcomicart.co.uk. Drop by sometime and take a look.

I just hope that Dad will continue to be remembered by a lot of people. He deserves it, because I feel that so much rests on the first concept of Bond’s face.

If Bond had been initially envisaged in a different way,  the early films would have turned out somewhat differently with a completely different lead actor! Having said that, all the other Bond actors would have been different people too, I imagine!

I really do think that many thanks go to Dad for creating ….The Face of Bond.

To find out more, go to the James Bond Original Artwork Website

… about the author …

Graham McLusky, elder Son of John McLusky is a Theatre Lighting Designer and runs a web and app agency in the UK. Together with his brother Sean, they look after John’s Estate.

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The Austin Powers - James Bond Connection

The Austin Powers – James Bond Connection

The Austin Powers movies are, from start to finish, James Bond spoofs. The main characters of Austin and Dr. Evil are based directly on Bond and Blofeld as well as countless other references, nods and puns. If you come up with a Austin Powers/Bond reference that is not listed here, please e-mail me.

Thanks to Caroline G, Chris, Tony Mandley, Sally Brake, Kyle Vanover, Evan Symon, Josh McElreath, Eekilb and The FileFly for their contributions.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery


General Bond References

  • Basil Exposition is based on M.
  • Austin Powers is a secret agent working for British Intelligence.
  • Dr. Evil loves sharks as many Bond villains do.
  • Towards the end of the film Scott Evil makes fun of Dr. Evil for not just shooting Powers with a gun when he has the chance. Instead, Dr. Evil tells Powers his plan for world domination then locks him up with one inept guard, just like every Bond villain tends to do.
  • Mr. Bigglesworth is based on Blofeld’s cat.
  • Austin Powers’ very hairy chest is a nod to Sean Connery’s.
  • Dr. Evil has a ring that looks a lot like the SPECTRE ring.
  • Both Dr. Evil and Blofeld are known for their Nehru jackets.
  • Dr. Evil’s obsession with sharks is just like many Bond villains’s similar obsession (Blofeld, Largo, Sanchez, etc.)

Austin Powers International Man of Mystery posterDr. No References

  • When Austin Powers is first dethawed there is a “urination scene” in which the set looks just like the set from the “decomanination scene” on Dr. No’s island.
  • In a deleted ending available on the DVD version, Austin and Vanessa find themselves in a raft with Vanessa wearing Honey Ryder’s bikini.
  • When the laser is being fired into the earth’s core, Dr. Evil wears a protective suit that looks just like Dr. No’s

From Russia With Love References

  • Frau Farbissina is based on Rosa Klebb.
  • When we first see Dr. Evil we do not see his face. Rather, we just see him stroking his white Persian cat. This is a spoof of the first time we see Blofeld.

Goldfinger References

  • Random Task is based on Oddjob. They look the same and while Oddjob throws his bowler hat, Random Task throws a shoe.
  • Alotta Fagina is based on Pussy Galore.
  • When Austin is held captive in Dr. Evil’s lair he asks, “Do you expect them to pay?” To which Dr. Evil responds, “No, I expect them to die!”

Thunderball References

  • Number 2 is based on Largo and they both have eye patches.
  • The casino scene between Austin and Number 2 is a take on the casino scene in where Bond and Largo first meet.
  • The entire plot of hijacking a nuclear weapon and holding the world hostage is based on Thunderball.
  • Dr. Evil has a device that controls the chairs of his subordinates in his lair, just like Blofeld does in Paris.
  • In the deleted “Raft Ending” that features Austin and Vanessa in a liferaft, Bond turns to Vanessa and says “this is how ALL my movies end, baby!”

You Only Live Twice References

  • Dr. Evil is based on the Donald Pleseance version of Blofeld
  • Alotta Fagina says, “In Japan, men come first. Women come second.” Tiger Tanaka says the same thing to Bond in the spa.

One-off Bond references in Austin Powers

  • The song “The Look of Love” appears in the movie, which was the theme song of the 1967 version of Casino Royale.
  • Austin and Vanessa ride On Her Majesty’s Las Vegas Bus Tour, which sounds suspiciously like On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
  • Dr. Evil has a giant map of locations he owns with miniature versions of the property on the map. Blofeld has a similar map in his Whyte House office in Diamonds are Forever.
  • The “unnecessarily slow moving dipping mechanism” looks just like the one Mr. Big puts Bond and Solitaire on in Live and Let Die.
  • Austin Powers wears a white frilly shirt and blue top, just like Bond does in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • The scene where Austin and Alotta Fagina are in the hot tub is reminiscent of Bond and Pola Ivanova in A View to a Kill.
  • Austin receives a video transmission in his car, something that can be linked to You Only Live Twice or GoldenEye.

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Dr. No References

  • Dr. Evil’s lair looks like Dr. No’s Crab Key lair.
  • On Dr. Evil’s island, both Austin and Felicity emerge from the water in Honey Ryder’s bikini from Dr. No.

Austin Powers the Spy Who Shagged Me PosterYou Only Live Twice References

  • Dr. Evil’s hideout is a hollowed out volcano, just like Blofeld’s.
  • The entire opening sequence in space is a spoof on the opening sequence of You Only Live Twice.
  • Dr. Evil’s space ship’s front opens up just like Blofeld’s.
  • Austin escapes from a fight by jumping into a car driven by Felicity, just like Bond dove into Aki’s car when escaping from Oasto.

Moonraker References

  • The movie ends in outer space.
  • Dr. Evil has a spacestation.
  • Mini-Me is sucked into space at the end, just like Hugo Drax.

Single Bond Movie References

  • When Austin is dancing with Robin Spits Swallows he sees an approaching attacker in her eye and turns her around to stop him, just like in Goldfinger.
  • During the opening musical montage, there is a sign that says “Casino Royale.”
  • When Bond and Mini-Me fight with glass bottles, it can be seen as a reference to either Tracy and Grunther’s fight in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or Bond and Nick Nack’s fight in The Man With the Golden Gun.
  • Mini-Me could be seen as a spoof of Nick-Nack from The Man With The Golden Gun.
  • The title is a spoof of The Spy Who Loved Me.
  • The corridors leading to Fat Bastard’s toilet look just like those in GoldenEye.

Austin Powers: Goldmember


Goldfinger References

  • The title Goldmember is a spoof of Goldfinger.
  • Nigel Powers is strapped to a table while a laser quickly approaches his crotch, just like Goldfinger did to Bond.
  • Goldmember loves gold, just like Goldfinger did.

You Only Live Twice References

  • The Japanese setting can be seen as being reminiscent of You Only Live Twice.
  • When Foxy Cleopatra sneaks Austin into Fat Bastard’s sumo lockeroom, she is dressed like Aki.

Austin Powers Goldmember PosterThe Spy Who Loved Me References

  • Austin uses a Union Jack parachute just like Bond does during the pre-title sequence.
  • Austin’s car turns into a submarine as did Bond’s Lotus Esprit.

Single Bond Movie References

  • Austin’s Shaguar has a bulletproof shield that rises from the back, just like Bond’s old Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger and Thunderball.
  • Goldmember’s golden gun could either be a nod to Goldfinger or Scaramanga, from Goldfinger or The Man With The Golden Gun, respectivly.
  • The Japanese setting can be seen as being reminiscent of You Only Live Twice.
  • When Foxy Cleopatra sneaks Austin into Fat Bastard’s sumo lockeroom, she is dressed like Aki from You only Live Twice.
  • The title of the mini-movie during the pre-title sequence is Austinpussy, a take on Octopussy.
  • While in the streets of Japan, Austin his car gets stuck into a giant Godzilla statue and continues to drive with it on top of his car. In GoldenEye‘s tank scene, a horse statue becomes attached to the top of the tank while Bond continues to drive with it.
  • The twins Bond meets are reminiscent of the twins in The Man With The Golden Gun.
  • Austin Powers carries a Walther PPK; however, it is the chrome version.

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A Brief History of 007 Fan Pages

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In the beginning …

When GoldenEye was released in 1995, the modern Internet was in its infancy. Netscape and AOL reigned supreme, and getting onto the World Wide Web” meant listening to that modem sound.

There was no Google, YouTube, or Wikipedia. The “official 007 site” was terrible – so if you wanted to experience James Bond online, you went to one of the fansites.

The first James Bond fansite was launched in 1994 by Kimberly Last.

By 1996, James Bond websites were popping up everywhere. While some have withstood the test of time, most of the early sites are long gone: 007Forever, Sakke’s Bond Pages, King Neptune’s 007 Site, the James Bond Diner … the list goes on and on.

Universal Exports: born 4.3.96

Universal Exports v1 — April 3, 1996I first met James Bond as a kid watching the TBS marathons with my dad. The movies left such an impact that I once spent a summer trying to convince a friend that I was actually James Bond.

In high school, I was given an assignment to pick any subject and create a website about it. The choice was a no-brainer for me.

Little did I know, “UnivEx” would soon become a thriving community for Bond fans to share our love of 007.

Over the years, hundreds of people contributed content to the site, including interviews, fan stories, editorials, reviews, art, scripts, and more.

Together, we created one of the most comprehensive James Bond databases of all time.

Meanwhile, the site’s forum (The MI6 Debriefing Room) gave fans a way to chat about our favorite Bond moments and experiences. Needless to say, the topic of “which Bond movie is the best” was always a heated topic.

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A Relic Frozen in Time (2008-2018)

Personally, UniversalExports.net represents an incredible decade of personal growth as an artist and web designer.

Between 1996 and 2008, it underwent dozens of redesigns, each of which represented a jump in either my skills or the capabilities of the Internet.

Then, life happened. Sweet, wonderful life. As a result, the hand-designed site has remained mostly untouched since the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008.

Today, visiting the old “UniversalExports.net” is like a trip to Q’s lab in Goldfinger. The tech might be outdated, but the good stuff’s all there.

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It’s funny – I always thought of Universal Exports as a software with itterations. Each time I did a major overhaul of the design and functionality, I declared it to be a new version.

The first 6.9 versions of the site were hand-coded in ancient HTML … so updating the decades-old site with new tech was impossible. 

Enter UnivEx: v007 — a completely new take on my high school project.

The newfound coding and design freedom gives me space me to focus on my actual passion: creating new content for the site.

It also allows me to dip into the UniversalExports.net archives, hand-select the best pages, and update them with fresh design and content.

Plus, it gives me something to share on the UnivEx Facebook page.

Submissions Welcome

Universal Exports has always provided a place for fans to share our love of Bond. James Bond.

That’s why submissions of any type are always welcome. We’re especially interested in:

  • Fan Art – add your piece to the gallery
  • Editorials – 500+ words on something Bond-related
  • Interviews – over the years we’ve chatted with Jaws, Felix Leiter, Plenty O’Toole, and more
  • Advertising – hey, a webmaster’s gotta eat, right?

Got another idea? Great! Send it over and let’s chat.


Universal Exports is the world’s oldest James Bond fansite.

Established in 1996, it features thousands of pages about the cinematic and literary adventures of Agent 007.

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No Time to Die

No Time to Die — Bond 25 Title Reactions

No Time to Die — Bond 25 Title (and Font) Reactions

On August 20, 2019, the title of the 25th James Bond movie was revealed to be No Time to Die.

Personally, I could take it or leave it.

We’ve had three titles over the years with “Die” in it (Live and Let Die, Tomorrow Never Dies, Die Another Day) — so on that level, it feels a bit like retreading. 

That said, it also feels like a classic Bondian thriller. The type of thing that Fleming or Gardner or Benson would write (like the 1999 Bond novel, High Time to Kill).

In the end, the only thing that really matters is the movie itself. If No Time to Die is an awesome Bond film, then the title will be a classic. If the movie is a dud, then the title will go down in infamy alongside A View to a Kill.

Here’s the title reveal video, posted on 007.com on August 20, 2019.


A Classic Bond Connection

Some of the best titles come directly from Ian Fleming’s novels. While that well has been mostly dried up, the title of Bond 25 (No Time to Die) does have a classic 007 connection.

In 1958, long-time Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli made a movie called No Time to Die.

It was directed by none-other than Terence Young (the legendary Bond director of Dr. No, From Russia With Love, and Thunderball). The movie also starred Luciana Paluzzi (Fiona Volpe in Thunderball).

Here’s a movie description from Wikipedia:

In North Africa during the Second World War, a squadron of British tanks is destroyed in battle by panzers of their German adversaries. The three survivors are quickly captured and transported to an Italian-run POW camp. One of the men has a secret and tries to escape at every turn.

No Time to Die Movie Poster


No Time to Die — Title Reactions

As is the case with anything 007-related, everyone has an opinion … and many took to Facebook and YouTube to share theirs.

Here are a few reactions from the day No Time to Die was revealed:

  • About bloody time! Seriously, it’s a bloody relief it’s half decent and a tribute to one of Cubby Broccoli’s early films. I love it.
  • Absolutely love it! Very classic Bond. Glad to move away from the one or two word titles
  • I DESPISE the direction EON is taking with this franchise… I’m just not as hyped. 😑
  • It’s definitely better than Genome of Woman and Eclipse [both rumored titles of Bond 25].
  • Title is boring. Too much like Tomorrow never dies 
  • OK with the title, but I would rather they moved away from usually having “Kill” or “Die” in the title. 
  • This is NO TIME TO DIE because tomorrow never dies, unless you die another day. So 007, just live and let die. (Athena Stamos)
  • I’m ok with it. Not amazing, but not out of character.
  • I preferred Shatterhand [a rumored Bond 25 title]. 
  • Reminds me of ‘Another Way To Die‘ which is one of my favorite Bond songs in lyrics and one of my least favorites in execution.
  • It’s like marketing shrugged it’s shoulders and said, “… well, it’s catchy.”
  • LOVE THIS TITLE! Such a great, Bondian title! Very excited!
  • Finally, a return to the good old titles. I feel that this movie will be in the spirit of Connery’s movies. Well done Mr. Fukunaga.
  • This title has given me some quantum of solace.
  • The title is pure 70s 80s Bond style. Expecting same level of awesomeness in the movie.
  • It really reminds me of that title Troy McClure mentioned from The Simpsons — Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die.

No Time to Die - Bond 25 Title and Logo


No Time to Die — Title Font Controversy

When I first saw the font, I thought it was an odd choice. The words “No Time to Die” are tough to read at a glance, and it looks like something more befitting the 1980s.

Apparently, that feeling has been echoed around the Web, as evidenced by these Facebook comments:

  • It took months for experts to come up with the font?
  • Oddly enough, I though the type face would suit a novel more.
  • I do like the logo font! Reminds me of the Anthony Burgess paperbacks from the late-1980s.
  • You know you’re stoked for the movie when you’re impressed by the font of the title
  • The font in the actual title reminds me of the Minnesota Vikings.
  • The font somehow reminded me of Living Daylights – hopefully it will be a bit old school Bond.

In case you’re wondering, the font is called “Futura Bold.” Here’s a brief history.

Futura is a geometric sans-serif typeface designed by Paul Renner and released in 1927. It was designed as a contribution on the New Frankfurt-project. It is based on geometric shapes, especially the circle, similar in spirit to the Bauhaus design style of the period.¹


The Love Boat Connection

Naturally, when the logo for No Time to Die was released, Bond fans quickly found other famous places that used Futura as their font.

The most obvious – and comical – connection was The Love Boat, which used Futura as its title font back in 1977.

The Love Boat


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