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There are several reasons why Bond would order his drink 'shaken, not stirred'. Firstly, he might prefer a colder drink, as shaking a martini will certainly result in a colder beverage. However, this causes the drink to lose its clarity due to the tiny ice chips and is often frowned upon by 'connoisseurs' who claim this 'bruises' the gin. Secondly, it is ...


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I don't think it had any plot driven change. The Bond franchise was feeling threatened by newer spy movies (such as the Bourne series) which have more action, (slightly) more plausible plots (compared to ray-gun satellites etc), and have less comedic elements. A reboot with a new younger actor and a deliberate step away from some of the conventions of the ...


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The order of the movies is reversed: Movie Order: You Only Live Twice (1967) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Novel Order: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) You Only Live Twice (1964) The IMDb FAQ explains: ... screenwriter Richard Maibaum stuck very closely to the original story when writing the ...


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Love the other answers already given but one extra contributory factor may be that, and you may not remember this, there was a huge backlash against 'Die Another Day's over-use of frankly bullshit technology and the makers commented at the time that they knew they'd gone too far. In particular the invisible car was just laughed at when I saw it theatrically, ...


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The new movies starring Daniel Craig were intended as a reboot of the series. As part of that reboot it seems that they have moved away from having so many gadgets and are focusing more on the character's own abilities.


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The first thing that comes to my mind is Tracy (Diana Rigg), the woman Bond (George Lazenby) marries in On Her Majesty's Secret Service:   [Source] The follow up film, Diamonds Are Forever , shows James Bond (Sean Connery) tracking down Blofeld in the pre-title credits, but it is only assumed that Bond is doing so out of revenge for Tracy's death. ...


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Yes, it is true. When the movie was test screened in US, it had the name "Licence Revoked" but after the test screening the audience associated it too strongly with driving. Sources: here and here. Some have speculated that the change might have had something to do with Greg Beeman's License to Drive, but this was released over a year earlier, so it's ...


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I think the house-keeper called her Emma because Em is short for Emma so he just makes the logical assumption that this is her nickname. I also think that M means something like Master as Q is referred to in Skyfall as Quartermaster. I strongly doubt that M has any direct link to her actual name as that would suggest that hire people based on their own ...


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Well I would choose not to speculate on the Bond-M relation and rather point out something from the movie. Cut to the scene where Moneypenny hands Bond the object in question: Moneypenny: Maybe that was her way of telling you to take a desk job. James Bond: Just the opposite! So, IMO, that was M's way of providing an emotional nudge to Bond, to ...


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First of all, let's clarify the amount. In the casino, when Bond cashes in the chip, he receives a case that is stuffed full of packets of large bills. I would estimate that the amount was at least a million USD, but probably much more. I believe that the point of using the casino chip is that it offers both sides several advantages. For the assassin, it ...


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It seems the women in James Bond's love life often have provocative names: Honey Rider, Dr. No (1961): 1960s sexual position name for reverse cowgirl Domino Vitali/Petachi, Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983): Dominatrix? Kissy Suzuki, You Only Live Twice (1967): "kissing machine"? Tiffany Case, Diamonds Are Forever (1971): beautiful ...


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As noted in Wikipedia, (the Judi Dench) M's real name is very likely Olivia Mansfield. The source for this entry is this article on comingsoon.net which reveals: There was also something else that cropped up while we were looking through the archive, something that may be of even more interest to Bond fans. As we looked at the porcelain bulldog M ...


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From the James Bond Wiki: Most of the background information on Jaws comes from Christopher Wood's novelisation of the film The Spy Who Loved Me... In Wood's novel, Jaws's real name is Zbigniew Krycsiwiki and he was born in Kraków, Poland. Krycsiwiki was arrested by the secret police for his part in the "1972 bread riots". While imprisoned the ...


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This answer was already partly asked and answered here, but to offer a quick answer for this question: No. The thing you have to keep in mind is that while Quantum of Solace is directly after Casino Royale (the opening car chase in QoS being very soon after Bond shoots Mr. White in the leg at the end of CR), Skyfall is set sometime after Quantum of Solace. ...


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Production of Skyfall was delayed for several months in 2010-11 due to the bankruptcy and delayed sale of studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), with the production being officially suspended on 19 April 2010. The press release from producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, for the film, then known as 'Bond 23', stated: "Due to the ...


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I remember watching a MythBusters episode testing if there is a perceptible difference, resulting in an affirmation that there is a difference. And the Wikipedia article on “Shaken, not stirred” contains a whole section explaining a lot, including a claim that Fleming liked his martinis shaken, not stirred because Fleming thought that stirring a drink ...


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OliverC s answer is great. Just adding something to make it more informative. Searched the net and found an interesting note on the continuity of the Bond film series. In 1995 producer Michael G. Wilson in a fan convention in New york stated: Bond films weren’t one big film series but rather a “series of series.” when asked about continuity of the ...


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The use of monikers such as M and Q is, IMO, more to do with tradition and traditional anonymity than secrecy. (See my answer to another Bond question for more on this.) You can see colleagues mingling socially (the opening scenes of Licence to Kill come to mind) and Bond pops up to M's flat on a couple of occasions. M, Q, and Miss Moneypenny are all invited ...


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There is no proper reason whatsoever for him to link the unsecure device retrieved from an enemy to the network of MI6. The usual approach would be to treat it with the highest level of suspicion and analyze the hardware and contained data in a secure isolated environment, and Q should have known that, considering that he is supposed to be a genius IT ...


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This is only speculation, I am not aware of an in universe answer: It shows how focussed/cold and detached he has become. He is prepared to let innocent people die rather than risk the chance of jeopardising his mission by potentially giving himself away etc. It was established at the end of Casino Royal where he tells M to keep 'sweating' his friend as ...


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A: Because the writers wanted to give Bond style. You asked for the “science”, and the answers so far reflect that. To me this misses the point entirely. I’m interested in the artistic decisions, as they are more relevant to the movie series: Cocktails are all about taste and style, (not unlike print typeface.) Bond drinks the most debonair cocktail - ...


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First, I just want to note that I've only seen the film once, so I'm going by memory. Remember that the whole plot, from the youtube videos to the leak about Patrice's whereabouts, to Silva's capture on the island, was all part of Silva's plan. Whether Patrice succeeded in his assassination attempt or not, he was bait for Bond to follow. And it didn't ...


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It is more likely to have been real imho. Bond is superficially charasmatic and able to make shallow relationships with ease, like his ability to seduce women. However, he has issues forming deep relationships with anyone. His relationships with women usually end quickly with little emotional connection. It is the same in the bar, one minute he is ...


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In Never Say Never Again, (1983), James Bond plays "Domination" against Maximilian Largo. There's a video on Youtube.


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The dog represents Bond and the hate/love relationship between him and M. M feels responsible for turning Bond into the cold, detached (ugly) agent that he's become, and that, combined with the fact that he's so good at it, is why she refuses to let him go. Hence, why the dog is so ugly and why she insists on keeping it. Bond, on the other hand, would ...


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In the older James Bond movies, the women were basically just there as eye candy and wouldn't have been taken seriously as head of an organization like the Secret Service. It has become true to life now, especially as Stella Rimington became the Director-General of the real life MI5 from 1992-1996. Also In Fleming's earlier James Bond novels M was always a ...


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Not at all, rather on the contrary. They rather reintroduced classic characters, but adapted them to the new modern rebooted Bond, like Q (who is now rather a hacker than an inventor) or Moneypenny (who is much stronger and more self-confident than the languishing little secretary she was before the reboot). In the end Bond is a different character himself ...


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There is also a Wikipedia entry on the character, which explains the meaning and origin: As with many of Ian Fleming's creations, the name is a double entendre—in this case with respect to pussy, which is both another word for a housecat and a slang term for vulva and vagina, while galore means an abundant or plentiful supply of something.


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Nick Nack never intends to help Bond. He just wants to lure Bond into the "funhouse", where Scaramanga is waiting to kill him. If I remember correctly, the movie opens with an assassin hired by Nick Nack going into the funhouse where he is stalked and killed by Scaramanga as practice. It seems to be part of Nick Nack's job. The scene is here.


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Bond isn't fond of the "British Bulldog" figurine, but clearly M is. He makes disdainful remarks when he sees that, of all things, the ugly figurine he dislikes so much survived the explosion. When he receives it at the end of the movie, it's because M left it to him. She knew how much he disliked it, so what could be a better present to remind him of her!



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