Tuesday, October 16, 2012

“Bond…..James Bond”

Standing in front of the mirror and holding up our fingers like a gun we have all repeated this dialogue at least once. 

Photo Credit- Imperial War Museum London

James Bond was a fictional character created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953 and today 59 years later he is the world’s most famous spy. What makes Bond the most popular character of all times is that he is everything that you want to be, he is immortal,  Intelligent, and good looking. He always gets the women, drives awesome cars, can hold his liquor no matter how many martinis he drinks, wears the most expensive clothes and watches and most importantly has the license to kill.

A total of 22 Bond films have been made and 6 different actors have played the role so far and this has not affected the popularity of the spy.

From Top left to right: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Photo credit- J and J productions 

As an audience we have come to love the character James Bond and not the actor playing it. So let’s get up close and personal with our favorite spy.

Name: James Bond aka 007
Even though today the name refers to the hot-shot British spy, the creator of James Bond Ian Fleming named him after an American ornithologist, a Caribbean bird expert.

Age:  He can be anywhere between late thirties to early forties.

Physical appearance:  Slim build; a three-inch long, thin vertical scar on his right cheek; blue-grey eyes; a "cruel" mouth; short, black hair, a comma of which falls on his forehead. He is 183 centimetres (6 feet) in height and 76 kilograms (167 lb) in weight.

Profession:  A secret service agent working for the British government.

Income: £2,000 a year (£39,058 in 2012 pounds), although when on assignment he worked on an unlimited expense account.

Sean Connery in underwater action as James Bond.
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Skills and abilities: Shooting, hand-to-hand combat, skiing, golf and underwater swimming.

Marital Status: Single (he was once married to Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo however she was killed on their wedding day)

Children: He has an illegitimate child with Krissy Suzuki but she never told him.

Address:  A flat on King’s Road, Chelsea, London-UK.

Bond at home.
Photo credit- Front Page

Favorite Cuisine: When in England and not on a mission, Bond dines as simply on dishes such as grilled sole, oeufs en cocotte and cold roast beef with potato salad.

Favorite Beverages: Vesper or Vesper Martini is a cocktail that was originally made of gin, vodka, and Kina Lillet. We must also remember that Bond likes his martini "shaken not stirred"

The Vesper martini-"shaken not stirred"
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Smoking habits: Bond is a heavy smoker, at one point smoking 70 cigarettes a day. Bond has his cigarettes custom-made by Morland of Grosvenor Street, mixing Balkan and Turkish tobacco and having a higher nicotine content than normal; the cigarettes have three gold bands on the filter.Bond carried his cigarettes in a wide gunmetal cigarette case which carried fifty; he also used a black oxidised Ronson lighter.

Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace.
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By Syeda Nawab Fathima

The writer is a media and communications student specializing in Journalism in Manipal University, Dubai.