DOB: 25 August 1930
Height: 6ft 2”
Age When Cleared For Duty: 32
Dr No (1962)
From Russia With Love (1963)
You Only Live Twice (1967)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Suave, tuxedoed brutality mixed with tongue-in-cheek wit. The benchmark all other Bonds are measured by.
FAVOURITE REQUISITIONS FROM Q
● Weapon-crammed briefcase
● Jet pack
● Geiger counter disguised as a watch
● Miniature aqualung
Aston Martin DB5 equipped with machine guns, rear bullet-proof shield, rotating numberplates and ejector seats (Goldfinger). Little Nelly gyrocopter equipped with air-to-air missiles and machine guns (You Only Live Twice).
BOND GIRLS: 16
Favourites Who wouldn’t fancy a little late night decyphering with From Russia With Love’s Tatiana (Daniela Bianchi), but the sweetest of them all has to be Dr No’s Honey Rider (Ursula Andress).
Regularly faced off against the forces of global terror outfit Spectre (Dr No, Auric Goldfinger, Emile Largo) – even running into the boss, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, twice.
Psycho killer Red Grant tests 007 in a scrap (From Russia With Love) and campy killers Wint and Kidd almost skewer him (Diamonds Are Forever), but it’s hat-slinging butler from hell Oddjob (Goldfinger) who makes all other henchmen look puny.
Thunderball’s underwater battle between hundreds of men takes some beating for sheer spectacle, though the storming of Blofeld’s volcano base in You Only Live Twice runs it a close, ahem, second.
00 ASSESSMENT: 82 CONFIRMED KILLS
Favourites Shooting Vargas with a spear gun (“I think he got the point” – Thunderball); electrocuting a thug in a bath tub (“Shocking, positively shocking” – Goldfinger) and cold-bloodedly shooting unarmed attacker Dent not once, but twice (Dr No).
Finished third in the tall man’s division of Mr Universe.
Turned down Gandalf in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Bond [strapped to a table as a laser beam advances towards his crotch] “You expect me to talk?”
Goldfinger “No, Mr Bond – I expect you to die.” (Goldfinger)
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