Questions tagged [james-bond]

A British series of spy films based on the character of James Bond "007", created by Ian Fleming. Use this tag when asking questions specifically about the franchise or characters within the franchise. If you're asking about a particular entry within the franchise, also include the appropriate tags (ie: skyfall, spectre, etc)

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Why is James Bond less tech savvy in the Daniel Craig movies?

The most recent installments of James Bond (ones featuring Daniel Craig) have fewer gadgets but more raw action (like the chase sequences in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace). Is it because of plot ...
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Did 007 exist before James Bond?

This question is inspired by the recent news of Lashana Lynch taking over as 007. Did the 007 position within MI6 begin with James Bond or did he take it over from a previous agent?
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Why does James Bond keep demanding a vodka martini that is shaken but not stirred?

Is there a difference between a shaken and stirred vodka martini? Maybe some scientific explanation? (while not overtly sci-fi, there are a lot of sci-fi elements in Bond movies) It would also make ...
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Why does James Bond use his real name?

In the James Bond universe most characters go by a code name M, Q, the various 00s, In Skyfall Silva is a made up name. Others such as Tanner, Robinson and Moneypenny, Trevelyan we're not so sure but ...
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Why couldn't Bond have backup at the battle of Skyfall?

I think I am missing a key plot point here. Bond had to fake-kidnap M and bring her to Skyfall in order to lure Silva there for one last stand. Why did this have to be a secret from his colleagues ...
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Has a Bond car ever survived a mission?

James Bond has owned and destroyed many a car in his adventures, much to the chagrin of Q. Bond has destroyed cars owned by MI:6, himself, and others. In this instance I am specifically looking for a ...
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What does "A View to a Kill" mean?

The 1985 James Bond film "A View to A Kill" features Roger Moore in his final performance as 007, Christopher Walken as Max Zorin and Grace Jones as May Day, his enforcer. While my question focuses ...
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Does the ageing theme in Skyfall contradict the rebooting of the Bond franchise?

At the start of the rebooted series, in Casino Royale, we see Bond gain his 00 status, and through that film and Quantum of Solace Bond goes on his 'first' adventure. Skyfall continues this 'firsts' ...
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in Skyfall opening scene on train, does Bond fake getting shot?

Skyfall opens with a chase scene that culminates in Bond's partner accidentally shooting Bond instead of shooting the bad guy. The bullet hits Bond hard enough to blow him off a train into the river ...
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What does the "keep the fruit" term mean in Casino Royale?

In Casino Royale, when everyone orders Bond's martini cocktail, Felix Leiter, the CIA agent, says to the bartender "keep the fruit". What was he trying to say? What fruit is he referring to? Also was ...
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Is there any continuity between James Bond movies that have different actors portraying the title character?

There was a foolish (in my opinion) question asked on Scifi.SE Is James Bond a timelord? James bond keeps returning with a different face, albeit usually a similar one, and often operates with ...
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What is the meaning behind Pussy Galore's name?

While I was watching James Bond 007 - Goldfinger on TV, I remember a lesson I had back in high school. We were learning about how movies are affected/released by what is going on in society. We looked ...
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Did James Bond fail his mission in "Skyfall"?

If I understand Skyfall correctly, James Bond's primary mission is to protect M from being killed by Silva -- despite this, near the end of the movie, M dies from a wound inflicted by Silva's men. ...
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What is the significance of a man sitting on the train engine in the last scene of "Live and Let Die"?

In "Live and Let Die", after Bond throws Tee Hee Johnson from the train window at the very end of the movie, and returns to Solitair, we see an image of smiling Baron Samedi sitting on the train ...
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What is the purpose or message behind the dog figurine that Bond receives?

When Bond is given the porcelain bulldog figurine at the end of Skyfall, he smiles as if he understands the meaning of this figurine. During the movie, we can see the camera focusing on that figurine ...
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Why didn't the machine affect Bond in Spectre?

In the newest Bond movie, Spectre, there is a scene where bond is hooked up to a torture machine. He is told that Both these actions occurred, but So it seems like the torture device had literally ...
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What's written on Q's cup in Skyfall?

Saw Skyfall over the weekend and was just wondering what's written on the side and bottom of Q's cup?
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Where is the original Fabergé egg in Octopussy?

In Octopussy, James accompanies Fanning to the auction where Fabergé egg, The Property of a Lady, is being auctioned. He had the fake one and then he switched it with the one being auctioned, which is ...
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Why does blood seep from the eye of Le Chiffre in Casino Royale?

Movie Description: Le Chiffre is a villian in Casino Royale (2006). Le Chiffre is a financier of international terrorism in this movie. In order to win the money back, Le Chiffre sets up and enters ...
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Was "Licence to Kill" originally titled "Licence Revoked"?

Is there any proof that the James Bond movie Licence to Kill was actually going to be titled "Licence Revoked"? If yes, then was it because it was believed that the audience, at that time, was too ...
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Do I need to watch all James Bond movies starring Daniel Craig before watching Skyfall to understand the plot and characters?

Do I need to watch the James Bond movies starring Daniel Craig (Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) before watching Skyfall to understand the plot and characters?
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How old is James Bond?

I'd like to know James Bond's age window. He's been played by a wide variety of actors. What is the youngest and oldest Agent 007 has been portrayed to be?
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Who is the Bond Girl in Skyfall?

In almost every James Bond movie, there is always one girl who is called 'the Bond Girl'. However, in Skyfall, who is the Bond Girl? Is it Eve Moneypenny (portrayed by Naomie Harris), or Séverine (...
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Why doesn't Blofeld recognise James Bond in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service"

James Bond comes face to face with Blofeld in "You Only Live Twice" when he infiltrates his base in the volcano. Bond was played by Sean Connery and Blofeld was played by Donald Pleasence. In the ...
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Word association test in Skyfall

In Skyfall James Bond has to complete a word assocation exercise as part of his evaluation. One of the words the psychiatrist says is "skyfall" to which Bond replys "done". It seems as if the word ...
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What is the REAL password for Bond's account?

In Casino Royale, James Bond is required to enter a password into a security device. Later in the film, he reveals that the password he supposedly entered was Vesper... However, the brief shot we of ...
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Did Bond sleep with Eve?

In Skyfall, during the scene before Bond visits the casino in Macau, when Eve shaves him, it is not completely clear to me if they sleep with each other afterwards, although the atmosphere between ...
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Where was the Scottish Skyfall scene filmed?

I know Scotland very well and have several theories of my own but can anyone tell me where this iconic shot was taken? Ideally I'm after as accurate a location as possible as I'm fairly sure I can ...
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Why does the Spectre octopus only have 7 tentacles?

Why does the Spectre octopus only have 7 tentacles? I can't find any definitive answers online other than speculation that it has to do with the number of letters in the name and possibly being a ...
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Why don't the Bond girls return in subsequent movies?

In all the James Bond movies, we have seen several characters, such as M, Q, and Moneypenny, return as recurring characters, but not the Bond girls. In Daniel Craig movies, it is clear what happened ...
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Significance of the painting in Mallory's office

In Skyfall, while Bond first meets Q in a museum they are watching the painting of a ship dragged by another ship and Q remarks: Always makes me feel a little melancholy. A grand old warship being ...
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What is the significance of the special opening credits in Bond movies?

I love James Bond movies also because of their opening credits. What is the significance of the special opening credits in Bond movies?
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Why did M force Bond to use Walther / why only Bond?

Early in Dr. No, M tells Bond to stop using a Beretta -- which Bond seems to prefer -- and start using a Walther PPK. They explicitly discuss the rationale. M even confiscates Bond's Beretta. Several ...
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How did Jaws get metal teeth?

Jaws is one of the iconic henchmen in the James Bond series. Was there any explanation given in any of the films as to how Jaws ended up having metal teeth?
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why did Silva steal the hard drive in Skyfall?

At the start of Skyfall Bond is chasing down the hard drive which contains all the names of agents under cover. Then later on in the film you find out that Silva is actually a genius hacker and he ...
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What does the "License to Kill" of James Bond actually mean?

It's common knowledge that James Bond has an official "License to kill". But what exactly does this license entail? I would assume that it means that he has a blanket authorization by his superiors to ...
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What is M's real name?

I have always thought that "M" was an arbitrary company assigned code name, a thought shared by Bond in Casino Royale (remember the scene where he broke into M's apartment?). But there have been hints ...
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Aren't Bond and the villains going quite slow in the ski chase? Or is it just an impression?

While watching the hunting scene down from the hotel on skis in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" I was wondering why (and if) they are going quite slow. If I had the same hill while on skis (and ...
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Could 007 have just had Goldfinger arrested for imprisoning and almost killing him in Switzerland?

In Goldfinger, 007's Mission was to prove Goldfinger is a criminal and get him behind bars. But midway through the movie, Goldfinger almost killed 007 on the laser table and then kidnaps him and ...
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In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?

In Skyfall, after leaving the floating casino in Macau, Sévérine gets on board a boat. Bond gets on board too and they have an amicable scene in the shower. The boat is shown going out to sea. Then,...
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Why is Bond shown to have a disregard for collateral casualties?

There are several scenes in Skyfall where Bond has opportunities to save people and apparently doesn't try: The security guard Patrice shot in Shanghai The man viewing the painting shot by Patrice ...
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Why has the Moonraker Shuttle Carrier Aircraft crashed in the Yukon?

In the James Bond movie Moonraker (1979), the earliest plot development is the theft of a Moonraker shuttle from the back of a 747 SCA, which, according to Bond (approx. 9m 36s into the film), "...
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Why did the movies of James Bond replace SMERSH with SPECTRE?

While SPECTRE also has a main role in Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, the real archenemy was SMERSH, a Russian counterspy organisation. But for the movies SPECTRE and Blofeld was almost exclusively ...
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Why would Q attach the computer of a known cyberterrorist to the MI6 computer network?

In the movie Skyfall Shouldn't Q like connect Silva's computer to a secure line or something, considering that he was a known cyberterrorist? Isn't there any sort of internal protocols for the ...
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Has James Bond ever been accused of sexual aggression or harassment?

While watching some James Bond movies, I noticed that James Bond sometimes has borderline behaviour with women (co-workers, bad-guy women, James Bond girls...) and even some behaviour were accepted in ...
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Why isn't James Bond a code name?

I first saw this when I read a Cracked article about insane fan theories that make sense. I first thought of the same thing long before I read that though because it makes sense. James Bond has had 23 ...
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Why did James Bond draw his gun?

In Casino Royale there is a scene during the poker game when Bond and Vesper go to their room during a pause. On their way Bond fetches an envelope from the reception (that I guess he deposited there ...
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What does the barkeeper say to James Bond (possibly in Turkish)?

In the movie Skyfall, the enjoying death scene: What is the barkeeper saying to James Bond at the next morning at the bar when he is handing the money and grabbing the bottle? It sounds to me like "...
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In 007 movies, have all the M's had a name beginning with M?

In Casino Royale (2006), James Bond breaks into M's apartment. They have a brief conversation regarding her codename: BOND: I though "M" was randomly assigned. I had no idea it stood for......
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Was Patrice hired for murder or suicide?

In Skyfall, the contract killer Patrice travels to Shanghai where he forces entry into a skyscraper and shoots a man in an adjacent building with his sniper rifle, when he is attacked and inadvertedly ...