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Did 007 exist before James Bond?

That depends on the source According to the wiki, Bond is the only 007 in Ian Fleming's Bond stories: James Bond is the only agent 007. In the novel You Only Live Twice, Bond was transferred into ...
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Where is the original Fabergé egg in Octopussy?

It's been a while, but as far as I know, the chain of events is this one (quoted from an entire thread about this confusing matter in a James Bond forum and corroborated by IMDb here, which also ...
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What does "A View to a Kill" mean?

The original title is derived from a foxhunting song. From the James Bond Wikia page: The title itself is adapted from Ian Fleming's short story "From A View to a Kill", contained in the For Your ...
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Is the title of The Man With the Golden Gun deliberately deceptive, or is something missing from the adaptation?

I don't believe there was any intended deception. The films were adapted from two separate novels with those respective titles, which had two distinct villains. For Goldfinger, they chose to simplify ...
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Has a Bond car ever survived a mission?

Yes. Sometimes (although rarely) Bond's cars survive. It's a little difficult to determine which cars were "issued" by MI6. But I've compiled a list of cars we can assume came from them (as opposed ...
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Why did M force Bond to use Walther / why only Bond?

There is A LOT of interesting history behinds the choice of Bond's gun... When Fleming wrote Casino Royale, Bond's debut novel, he wrote him as being issued a Beretta 418, as this was a weapon ...
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Why are James Bond roles not played by American actors?

Well, James Bond is a British/English secret agent - working for the British Secret Service (M.I. -whatever). The series have been mainly filmed in the United Kingdom (Pinewood Studios), much of it ...
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Could 007 have just had Goldfinger arrested for imprisoning and almost killing him in Switzerland?

Because that is not Bond's mission. The mission is to establish how Goldfinger is illegally transferring gold out of the country so the government can seize his assets. As yet, we have failed to ...
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Aren't Bond and the villains going quite slow in the ski chase? Or is it just an impression?

As someone who skis 50+ days a year, let me try and address some of the questions you pose. For reference I went and reviewed the scene you were talking about again (it's been a little while). A ...
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What is the significance of the special opening credits in Bond movies?

The main significance the opening credits now have are primarily just that of being part of the James Bond tradition. They are so ingrained in those films that they you can hardly take them away and ...
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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?

Yes... and no. Contrary to popular belief, and to every other Bond movie ever produced, it is entirely necessary to possess foreknowledge of the previous Daniel Craig Bond movies to garner the ...
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What does "A View to a Kill" mean?

Max Zorin is actually planning to destroy Silicon Valley. The exchange between Zorin and May Day happened as they were in a blimp over San Francisco Bay. Zorin's answer to May Day can be translated ...
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Who is the Bond Girl in Skyfall?

The biggest problem in answering this is understanding what is a Bond girl? The wiki for "Bond girl" describes them as: A Bond girl is a character (or the actress portraying a character) who is ...
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Why does blood seep from the eye of Le Chiffre in Casino Royale?

CommanderBond.net has comments from Mads Mikkelsen from an interview. Mikkelsen also talks about the distinguishing feature of Le Chiffre–the scar above his eye. ‘The weeping blood is a disease. It ...
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How did James Bond win poker in Casino Royale?

Although I am not a poker player, 'much of the popularity of poker is due to the wonderful combination of luck and skill. If it were solely a game of skill, the inexperienced wouldn’t play because ...
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Why isn't James Bond a code name?

On the technical side, as Jonny Bones said, because Ian Fleming didn't write a code-name, he wrote a character. A character with his own backstory, personality, mannerisms likes & dislikes. A ...
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Why does the Spectre octopus only have 7 tentacles?

The answer is almost certainly related to aesthetics rather than any deeper meaning. The logo has been portrayed inconsistently throughout the Bond franchise, with the octopus starting out as a ...
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Why don't the Bond girls return in subsequent movies?

Because they're supposed to be "forgettable" and the films don't share much of a continuity to begin with. First of all, James Bond is himself not much of a character for lasting relationships. The ...
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Why did the movies of James Bond replace SMERSH with SPECTRE?

What you need to know is here, it was Fleming himself who suggested the change whilst working for producer Kevin McClory on the script for what would become Thunderball (book and film) prior to ...
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Why did Le Chiffre need the password from Bond?

Vesper is not working with Le Chiffre, though they are working for the same employer. Le Chiffre is in deep with Quantum following the loss of the warlord's money and needs the winnings to cover his ...
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What does the barkeeper say to James Bond (possibly in Turkish)?

As a native Turkish speaker, let me answer your question. The bartender says (in Turkish) - Sorun değil which means - No problem.
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Is Léa Seydoux the first person to be in both Mission: Impossible and a Bond film?

No. German actor Andreas Wisniewski starred in both franchises (and in Die Hard!). He is best known for his portrayal of Necros in the 1987 Bond film The Living Daylights and as Max's henchman in ...
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What did Q's hint that a watch tells time tell James but not me?

First of all you seem to have gotten the line wrong. He tells him it tells the time and then later tells him that the alarm is quite loud. I took it as simply as an ironic joke; a reference to the ...
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Why isn't James Bond a code name?

There's no concrete answers to why it's never acknowledged, but as Johnny Bones points outs, most of the films are based on books (Film to the left, book to the right): Dr. No (1962) — Dr. No (...
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In Skyfall, why did M order Eve to "take the shot?

It's not so much that the bad guy was dangerous. It's more that the hard disk he's stealing contains the names of hundreds of secret agents in active undercover operations. It's sacrificing one life ...
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Why does James Bond prefer to call Max Denbigh "C"?

C is an appropriate initial as Bond thinks of him as a C*nt (a slang word for a part of the female reproductive anatomy, and one of the few words you would have trouble saying on British TV). It ...
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What is the significance of the special opening credits in Bond movies?

There is an excellent article about the opening title sequences in James Bond film here - Telegraph Article Link To summarize: For the original Dr No. film, Maurice Binder, an art director at Macy'...
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Whose signature is shown in the Spectre teaser?

Charmian Bond, James's aunt and legal guardian. She was mentioned in his obituary in Fleming's novel You only Live Twice. From Wikipedia: After the death of his parents, Bond goes to live with his ...
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Why didn't Eve keep shooting at the train scene?

After she took the first shot, it probably took her at least a second to assess the situation and make the realization that she hit someone and they had fallen off of the train. Then she would have ...
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What did M mean by saying that she got one thing right?

She meant that she was right in trusting Bond to do the job, even if he failed the tests, and failed in the other choices. M accepts her failure a little while before they get prepared for Silva to ...
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