James Bond – 50th Anniversary of First Film“Bond, James Bond” is the opening line of a famous series of books written by Ian Fleming featuring the fictional British Secret Service agent with the code name 007.  In total Fleming wrote twelve novels and two short story collections.  Such was the success of the books that after Fleming’s death in 1964 other authors were invited to write Bond novels.

Fleming based his Bond character on secret service agents and commando people he met during his time in the Royal Navy Intelligence Division during the Second World War. Bond also shares many of the hobbies and tastes that Fleming enjoyed.

The Bond stories have been produced into films which have enjoyed world-wide success. ‘Dr No’ starring Sean Connery as Bond was the first film, released in 1962, and to date there have been twenty-two films released. The latest, number twenty-three, will be

‘Skyfall’, which is due for release this month. The stories have also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip and video games.

‘Skyfall’ will star Daniel Craig as Bond. It is the third time he has played Bond, and the sixth actor to play the role. As usual there are a number of well known features that appear in most Bond films. Bond loves his cars, his weapons and many special gadgets that he is supplied with by Q Branch.  The films are also known for their musical soundtracks which over the years have won many awards.

Pete Miller