Shaken but he's taken: James Bond completes 50 years

Oct 05, 2012, 11:40 IST | Hemal Ashar

Today October 5, is Global James Bond Day, which marks 50 years to the day when the first Bond film was released. Events and an auction of Bond memorabilia is ongoing, all celebrating The Man with the Golden Gun who has a license to kill

The world’s sexiest super spy’s appeal lives on. With the new James Bond flick, Skyfall ready to hit screens later this year, Bond fans are already sitting on the edge of their seats. Meanwhile, the world is spinning dizzily as Bond-centric events are being held celebrating the agent 007. A run-down of the men who played Bond all through these years, leaving us like the famous Bond martinis, shaken at times, and though, James Bond did not like his martinis that way -- stirred too.

Love is a gamble: Eva Green and Daniel Craig in Casino Royal. Pic/Jay Mediment

Sean Connery
They do not make them like Sean Connery any more. He brought a ruthless charm to the 007 role with his dimple as deep as a Mumbai pothole and a seriously sexy one cocked eyebrow. His first film, Dr No, was a huge hit and he immortalized the martinis “shaken not stirred” line. Experts claim a mix suaveness and savagery earned him high scores.
Rating: 8/10

United Kingdom, Slough : Christie`s security chief Geraldo Eghan shows the bikini worn by Ursula Andress in the first James Bond movie, Dr.No during a viewing  of James Bond memorabilia. Ursula earned the sobriquet Ursula Undress  because of this number 

1962: Dr No
1963: From Russia With Love
1964: Goldfinger
1965: Thunderball
1967: You Only Live Twice
1971: Diamonds Are Forever
1983: Never Say Never Again

George Lazenby
This Australian once sold cars for a living. He did only one Bond film -- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which many claim has been the best Bond movie, though that could give rise to lively debate. Lazenby has actually said that the film was a big mistake. The audience thought Lazenby was a mistake too, with the Internet responses screaming: Worst Bond Ever. Hmmm… 007… so not heaven.
Rating: 5/10

London: Singer-songwriter Adele will perform the theme song for the upcoming Bond movie 'Skyfall'

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Roger George Moore
The name is Bond. James Bond. Nobody said it quite so smoothly as this son of a policeman. He is the first James Bond to be honoured with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire). As sharp as a Saville Row suit, Moore brought an urbane sophistication to the role. Moore has been quoted recently as saying that his former wives (two of them) battered him during his turbulent real-life marriages. He said he was hit with a teapot and whacked over his head with a guitar. So not James Bond, really. What about your license to kill?
Rating: 7/10

London, Greater London, United Kingdom: Posters from the 1965 film 'Thunderball' are seen alongside James Bond memorabilia at Christie's auction house

1973: Live and Let Die
1974: The Man With The Golden Gun
1977: The Spy Who Loved Me
1979: Moonraker
1981: For Your Eyes Only
1983: Octopussy
1985: A View To A Kill

London, Greater London, United Kingdom: A pair of swimming trunks worn by actor Daniel Craig in the film 'Casino Royale' are seen on display during the press preview of '50 years of James Bond - The Auction' at Christie's auction house 

Timothy Dalton

After Moore’s smoothness, Timothy Dalton’s rugged allure made the audience sit up and watch the transformation of the most famous spy in the world. Though the Wales-born actor essayed the role in two movies, his car an Aston Martin with skis on wheels found more fans than Dalton did himself. Well, when it’s Bond it’s all about Car-masutra and Kamasutra. The Bond babes can vouch for that.
Rating: 6/10

1987: The Living Daylights
1989: License to Kill

London, Greater London, United Kingdom: Casino chips and stacks of money used in the film 'Casino Royale' are seen on display during the press preview of ‘50 years of James Bond - The Auction’ at Christie’s auction house in London. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, Christie’s are holding an auction of Bond memorabilia from the archives of EON Productions. Pics/AFP 

Pierce Brosnan

Nobody could wear a dinner jacket with the same panache as him. However, this Ireland-born actor then decided to free audiences from the Bond-age as the creases on his face outnumbered those on his tuxedo. He knew his ‘license to kill and thrill’ had expired. Yet, for the four-film Bond lifespan, fans believe Pierce was fierce.
Rating: 6.5/10

1995: Golden Eye
1997: Tomorrow Never Dies
1999: The World Is Not Enough
2002: Die Another Day

London, Greater London,  United Kingdom: A Christie’s employee looks at a pre-production replica BMW Z8 Roadster made for the film 'The World is Not Enough' during the press preview of ‘50 years of James Bond - The Auction’

Daniel Craig
He brings some celebral content to the role. The most recent 007 has broken records in Quantum of Solace. Craig, an English actor, debuted in a Bond role in Casino Royale where he certainly got a sexy vibe on. He has worked in theatre originally and says that in an increasingly complex world, Bond is an anti-hero of sorts. He is after all, a killer, so audiences need to question their image of Bond during a film, though they may have no doubt about him towards the end. The Bond babes are draped on Craig’s impressive arm in these movies, proving that the spy’s celluloid world is still all about the good and the bed. Ahem.
Rating: 7/10

2006: Casino Royale
2008: Quantum of Solace
2012: Skyfall (to be released)

Global James Bond Day
Global James Bond Day will be marked today, October 5. It is celebrated for the M-16 agent, or the world’s best-known spy called James Bond code named 007. It marks the date when EON Productions released the first ever James Bond movie, Dr. No (on October 5, 1962). Ian Fleming created the character. Ian Fleming wrote the books and EON Productions made movies on the character.

London, Greater London, United Kingdom: A Christie’s employee poses next to a 1/3 scale replica Aston Martin DB5 used in the film ‘Skyfall’ during the press preview of ‘50 years of James Bond - The Auction’ at Christie's auction house in London. The model is expected to fetch 30,000 - 40,000 GBP (46,000 - 60,000 USD). 

Between the covers
Ian Fleming's Bond titles are going to be re-published in physical and ebook format. These books are releasing this month and Vintage Publishing (division of Random House) has two editions of each title. The jacket designs are inspired by the film posters of Saul Bass. Vintage Classics will launch a Vintage 007 range of 14 titles. Several will include brand new introductions from writers including Giles Foden -- Diamonds Are Forever, Sam Bourne -- Dr No, Tom Rob Smith -- From Russia With Love, Andrew Taylor -- Live and Let Die and Alan Judd -- Casino Royale.

Make some noise for the Desi Boyz 
With the Indian film industry going global in terms of projects and locations, the world is eyeing a Desi Bond. For a while now, Bollywood has been going breathless with excitement at the prospect of an Indian gal becoming a Bond babe. While, that has not happened yet we think there is no harm in dreaming. Like James Bond girls who go by names like (talk about innuendoes) Octopussy, Holly Goodhead, Mary Goodnight, and Kissy Suzuki let's see if we have a Caress-me Kapoor, Preahanka Romanova, Aishwarya Raight or even Katrina Quaff. 

The boys who could be Bond are:
Hrithik 007 Roshan
Hrithik’s cool moves on the dance floor might make him the Bond with the two right feet. Couple that with the fact that a tuxedo sits well on him and he’s got a body which can rock those swim trunks the way Daniel Craig did, it is not surprising that he got the votes in.

John Abraham Bond?
The name is John, John Bond. The man with the eight-pack (or is it six-pack?) abs, and dimples (Sean Connery is not the only one who had them) is yet another pick for a desi Bond. Maybe he still has to mature into an actor instead of a wooden model but James Bond flicks have shown that the Bond acting ability may be limited to a periodical smirk. The body though is surely extremely Bond.

Saif Ali Can
Kareena Kapoor's arm charm wears a tux in some ad or the other. Plus, he speaks in some indefinable, is it supposed to be British? accent. His age too, is close to James Bond-ish. Seems to have polished up after his long-haired, adolescent avatar in jabhi jabh koi ladki dekhun mera dil diwaana bole…ole ole ole….

Akshay License to Kill Kumar
All about being a hottie at 40, he was one of the candidates with his mix of comic timing and sharp dress sense. Yet, he earned some minus marks because of the inane, funny lines he has spouted. Bond is never slapstick, only smooth. Smirk. Smirk.

Ranbir Caper Kapoor
Earned a smattering of votes but one thinks at 20-something he still has time to graduate from milk (also used to make barfi) to Martinis.  

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