Vassar College is a private liberal arts college located in Poughkeepsie, New York. Originally founded as a women-only college in 1861, when it was the second degree awarding institution in the United States, Vassar became a co-educational college in 1969. Vassar offers undergraduate degrees in 50 separate programmes, with a student body of around 2,500, while it also has a long-standing relationship with Yale University.
In "Moonraker", having travelled to the secret space station constructed by Hugo Drax, Bond and CIA agent and trained NASA astronaut Holly Goodhead begin an effort to sabotage the billionaire's plan, which involves a fight with a number of Drax's guards. Having seen Goodhead's prowess, Bond asks if she learned to fight at NASA, to which she replies no, she learned at Vassar.
Answer: Duke of Wellington
In 1961, the "Portrait of the Duke of Wellington" by Francisco Goya, painted between 1812 and 1814, came up for auction. Thanks to a special grant from the UK Treasury, the painting was purchased for the National Gallery in London. However, 19 days after it was put on display, the painting was stolen by Kempton Bunton, as a protest against the use of public money to fund its purchase and the lack of free television licences for elderly people. The painting was eventually returned four years later in 1965 via the left luggage office at Birmingham New Street railway station.
The theft of the painting became a major cause célèbre in the UK at the time, and was referenced in the first "James Bond" film, when Bond sees the painting displayed in Dr No's apartment, suggesting that it was the film's villain who had it stolen. The painting used in the film was a copy produced by production designer Ken Adam, who obtained a slide from the National Gallery, which he used to produce the prop over the course of a weekend. Ironically, the copy was subsequently stolen and was never returned.
Bond's rank is referenced throughout the series. We even see him in uniform in 'You Only Live Twice', 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Tomorrow Never Dies'.
It would be easy to assume that, in the rebooted Daniel Craig era, this part of his backstory had been dropped as it's not referenced overtly. However, those of you with a keen eye may have spotted that in 'Skyfall', he is indeed referred to as Commander James Bond in the obituary M is reading after his presumed death.
Answer: Roger Moore's
Early in Moore's first film, "Live and Let Die", Bond is in a taxi tailing a suspicious car when the driver warns him that he's heading straight into Harlem. Bond tells the driver, "there's an extra 20 bucks for you" for keeping with the car, to which the driver, who is black, responds, "Man, for 20 bucks I'd take you to a Ku Klux Klan cookout." Bond films are renowned for capturing the spirit of their given era, and perhaps none takes greater liberties in doing so than "Live and Let Die", which indulges heavily in Blaxploitation themes that were popular in films of the time.
Moore played Bond for seven films, beginning with "Live and Let Die" in 1973 and finishing with "A View to a Kill" in 1985.
Answer: Dr. No
In 'Dr. No,' James Bond is investigating the death of another British secret agent. The trail leads him to Jamaica where he unravels a plot by Dr. Julius No, who intends to use radio technology to take down an American manned spacecraft.
Cubby Broccoli co-produced 'Dr. No' with Harry Saltzman in 1962. This wasn't the first ever Bond production released. In 1954 the first screen adaptation of a Bond novel was released in the form of a television programme; this was 'Casino Royale (Climax!)' starring Barry Nelson and Peter Lorre.
Answer: Die Another Day
Colonel Moon plots to take control of South Korea, via a laser satellite called the Icarus. After a mission in North Korea goes wrong, 007 is held in captivity for 14 months. After being released, he intends to find those who betrayed him. However, British billionaire Gustav Graves isn't who he seems...
When 007 is in Cuba, he picks up a book called 'Birds of the West Indies', authored by the real James Bond. The book was first published in 1936 and when Fleming was creating the character, he owned the book (Fleming was a keen bird watcher) and as to why he chose the name: 'I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could find, and 'James Bond' was much better than something more interesting, like 'Peregrine Carruthers.' Exotic things would happen to and around him, but he would be a neutral figure - an anonymous, blunt instrument wielded by a government department.' Published in an October 1965 interview with 'Reader's Digest'.
Answer: Diamonds are Forever
007 is sent to investigate the existence of a diamond smuggling operation. His investigation eventually leads him to Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who is using the diamonds to create a laser satellite. Can 007 avoid his henchmen assassins and foil his plans?
After the departure of George Lazenby, the question of who would fill the shoes of the role became pertinent once again. American actor John Gavin was considered, but United Artists' boss, David Picker, wanted Sean Connery to return to the role at any price. When approached, Connery demanded £1.2 million and was given the choice of two films backed by United Artists.
Quarrel (John Kitzmiller) is a Jamaican fisherman working for Bond (Sean Connery). He is burned to death on Crab Key by a flame-thrower posing as a dragon.
Felix Leiter (Jack Lord) is Bond's CIA ally.
Major Boothroyd (Peter Burton) is the head of Q-Branch.
John Strangways (Timothy Moxon, voiced by Robert Rietty) is the head of the Kingston station of the British Secret Service. He was killed at the beginning of the film by the "three blind mice."
From Quiz: Male "Bond"ing
James Bond was pushed from a crippled plane without a parachute. Lucky for him the pilot had just jumped. He soared towards the pilot and caught him in mid air. They wrestled for the chute and Bond won. He put the chute on himself while the pilot fell to his death.
Answer: George Lazenby
George Lazenby was the second to play Bond, in the 1969 film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". Lazenby is the only one of the first five Bonds to play in only one film. Sean Connery reprised the role of Bond in the next film, "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971).
Answer: Jimmy Dean
Jimmy Dean, in a weird bit of casting, was cast as the supposedly Howard Hughes-like Willard Whyte. As far as I know, this was the very last major feature film role for the Country and Western singer and sausage salesman. He did, however, do extensive TV work, and even had his own show for a few years, from 1963-1966, before his appearance in "Diamonds Are Forever".
Answer: Climbing Accident
In "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" when Tracy (his future wife) asks about his family, he tells her that his parents died in a climbing accident. That is also explained in the books. They both died when Bond was just a young boy - his mother and father went on the holiday together and left James at his aunt's house.
Answer: Dr. No
Would you believe that Noel Coward was offered the part of Dr. No? Coward's response: "No. No No." Joseph Wiseman ended up playing the villain. "Casino Royale" was not a "Bond" film, but a spoof starring Woody Allen.
The underwater fight scene was one of the most spectacular scenes in all of the "Bond" movies. In the movie "Thunderball", Bond tries to recover 2 atomic bombs that were captured by terrorists.
Answer: Peter Burton
The charater is based on a real person, Geoffrey Boothroyd, who was an expert on guns and hated the Beretta, Bond's original gun. He suggested the Walther PPK. Burton was unavailable for 'From Russia With Love,' so Demond Llewelyn played him instead.
She says this after explaining to Bond that her mother left her a list of things never to do on a first date!
Answer: Crab Key
According to local legend, Crab Key is inhabited by a dragon. This actually turns out to be a tank equipped with a flame thrower!
"Interview with the Vampire", "Mission: Impossible", "The Fifth Element" and "Tomb Raider" were also made there.
Answer: Dr. No
It was released in 1962, the year I was born. I can quite safely say that I grew up with James Bond!
'Goldfinger' is also the first movie where James Bond has a car that Q created for him.
One of the all time great movie entrances!
From Quiz: James Bond
Answer: Maud Adams
She also played a character in the 'Man With The Golden Gun' about 10 years back. She was called Miss Anders and she helped bond get the solex.
Desmond Llewelyn played the part of Q since the second Bond movie, 'From Russia With Love' (1963). In the first movie Q was played by Peter Burton.
Auric Goldfinger, the villain in the James Bond film, was known for his obsession with gold. He was a wealthy and powerful businessman who had a plan to contaminate the United States gold supply at Fort Knox. Interestingly, the character was originally written as a German named Goldfinger, but was changed to a Swiss national for the film adaptation. The name Auric is derived from the Latin word for gold, "aurum."
Answer: 'The Spy Who Loved Me' and 'Moonraker'.
Jaws, played by actor Richard Kiel, appeared in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977) and 'Moonraker' (1979).
Answer: The Living Daylights
Biathlon is a winter sport that combines the disciplines of cross-country skiing and shooting. The skiing element of the competition is a race over a set distance (with different events having different overall distances), which is then itself divided into legs that are separated by shooting rounds. The shooting element utilises a small-bore .22 calibre rifle, which is fired from either prone or standing position at a set of five targets located 50m from the competitor. If any of the targets are missed, distance is added to the next skiing leg, with the race winner being the first across the finishing line.
Erich Kriegler is an East German biathlete who Bond first encounters while escorting Bibi Dahl to watch the biathlon competition. After Bond leaves Bibi to return to town, Kriegler, who is also a KGB operative, attempts to assassinate him, but is unsuccessful.
Answer: Bob Hope
"Call Me Bwana" was a comedy film produced in 1963 by Eon Productions as part of their contract with United Artists, which specified that Eon was to make two films per year for UA, one "James Bond" film and one other. Producer Harry Saltzman suggested that the company's first non-"Bond" film feature Bob Hope, instead of an idea that was pitched to him that he produce a film featuring a British rock group called The Beatles, as he had worked with Hope before. "Call Me Bwana" was released in the summer of 1963, but received a plug through the appearance of the film poster in "From Russia With Love".
The film sees Kerim Bey, the head of MI6's Turkish station, take the decision to eliminate the Bulgarian assassin, Krilencu, in an effort to prevent Krilencu killing him. Kerim and Bond set a sting to force the Bulgarian to escape from his hideaway, which he does via a trapdoor that opens through the mouth of Anita Ekberg on the film poster, allowing Kerim Bey to shoot him as he emerges. The scene is taken from the original novel, with the exception that in the book it is a poster for the film "Niagara" featuring Marilyn Monroe.
Answer: Andrew and Monique
In 'Skyfall', Silva passes a gravestone on his way to the chapel on the Skyfall estate. It reads, 'In memory of Andrew Bond and Monique Delacroix Bond'. James' father's hunting rifle which he uses in the defence of Skyfall is also initialed AB.
Their identity is faithful to the novels - despite being so often identified as quintessentially English, Bond's parents were, in fact, Scottish and Swiss! Although we don't learn a great deal about them in the films compared to the books, their deaths in a climbing accident are referenced in both 'Goldeneye' and 'Spectre'.
The hardcore fans out there may have noticed something about the wrong answers I provided for Bond's mother (Holly, Andrea, Stacey) ...they're all Bond girls.
Answer: George Lazenby
Lazenby, as Bond, finds himself with a few minutes to kill while covertly copying documents from a law office in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", and takes time to check out the centerfold in a 1969 issue of Playboy.
Lazenby had the unenviable task of being the first actor to replace Sean Connery as Bond, and the filmmakers took pains to portray him as "man-enough" for the part, the above scene being one of the cruder examples of this.
Answer: Matt Monro
Matt Monro was a famous English crooner. He was active between 1956 to his death in 1985. He is well known for songs including 'Portrait of my Love,' 'My Kind of Girl' and 'Walk Away.'
'From Russia With Love,' was composed by Lionel Bart. This film was also the first Bond film to have its main soundtrack composed by John Barry.
Answer: For Your Eyes Only
After a British ship with a communications device called the ATAC sinks, 007 is assigned to retrieve the device. However, the Russians are also interested in obtaining the device and one of their contacts is sent to seize it first. To make things more difficult, Bond is unsure who the contact is - bitter rivals Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo accuse the other of being the contact. The investigation eventually discovers that it's Kristatos who is working for the Russians. Can 007 seize the machine before it's too late?
The phrase 'Eyes Only' was used in the secret service when referring to top secret documents. Since this is the only film (prior to the reboot in 2006) where M is absent, Bond is briefed by Bill Tanner instead and receives documents regarding his mission with the phrase 'For Your Eyes Only'.
Answer: Dr. No
A fellow British agent is murdered in Jamaica and 007 is sent to investigate. However, the investigation eventually discovers that there's more to Crab Key than fire breathing dragons.
When Bond is in M's office early on in the film, M requests that Major Geoffrey Boothroyd give advice on the firearms Bond is using. He suggests that Bond replace his Beretta 418 with the Walther PPK.
In the books prior to 'Dr. No', Bond carried a Beretta 418 pistol. Geoffrey Boothroyd, a firearms expert, once wrote to Fleming suggesting that the Beretta was not the best firearm for Bond to use. Instead, he recommended the Walther PPK. Since 'Dr. No' is the first film in the series, it wasn't long before the public began to associate the Walther PPK with James Bond.
Answer: Dikko Henderson
Dikko Henderson (Charles Gray) is a British contact living in Japan. Bond (Sean Connery) visits him to learn about his thoughts on the disappearance of US and Russian spacecraft. Henderson is stabbed in the back through a paper wall by an anonymous henchman who is working for Mr. Osato and Spectre. Charles Gray later plays Blofeld, the head of Spectre, in "Diamonds are Forever."
Tiger Tanaka (Tetsuro Tamba) is the head of the Japanese Secret Service.
Hans (Ronald Rich) is a Blofeld henchman. Bond feeds him to Blofeld's (Donald Pleasance) piranha fish.
Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada) is a Japanese businessman working for Spectre. Blofeld shoots him for failing to complete their world changing diabolical scheme.
From Quiz: Male "Bond"ing
Answer: Die Another Day
James Bond was sent to assassinate a North Korean Army Officer. He and two other agents surfed to shore during the dark of night. Bond, in disguise, was able to infiltrate the military base. Even though he was identified, he still completed his mission.
Answer: Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Sinatra, the daughter of Frank Sinatra, sang the theme for "You Only Live Twice", a film based in Japan. In the movie, Blofield has been capturing both US and Soviet spacecraft and storing them in his volcano lair, thereby increasing the tension between the two superpowers.