Valdosta Daily Times


November 4, 2012

Developing a Personal Bond, James Bond

A retrospective of James Bond through the years


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There have been a few non-Eon Bond movies that feature unexpected names, relatively unknown names and the best-known Bond name of all.

Casino Royale (1954) Sean Connery was not the first actor to play James Bond. Barry Nelson was the first Bond in this one-hour CBS television production that made Bond an American and called the spy Jimmy Bond.

Casino Royale (1967) In this comedy, yes comedy, James Bond, played by David Niven, has grown old, while others impersonate the spy, including Peter Sellers. Woody Allen plays Bond’s nephew, Jimmy Bond.

Never Say Never Again (1983) Speaking of aging Bonds, Sean Connery returned to the role playing him as an aging spy. Even starring the most famous Bond, since it was not an Eon Production, “Never Say Never Again” is not considered part of the regular Bond series of films.

Happy and Glorious (2012) Daniel Craig played Bond in this short film created as part of the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies.


Though their roles have often changed through the years, from damsels in distress and casual love interests to superspies in their own right, the “Bond girl” has become a staple of the film series. Some of the characters and the actresses who played them.

Honey Ryder: Ursula Andress (Dr. No)

Tiffany Case: Jill St. John (Diamonds Are Forever)

Pussy Galore: Honor Blackman (Goldfinger)

Kissy Suzuki: Mie Hama (You Only Live Twice)

Plenty O’Toole: Lana Wood (Diamonds Are Forever)

Solitaire: Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die)

Teresa di Vicenzo: Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service)

Mary Goodnight: Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun)

Anya Amasova: Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me)

Octopussy: Maud Adams (Octopussy)

Xenia Onatopp: Famke Janssen (GoldenEye)

Paris Carver: Teri Hatcher (Tomorrow Never Dies)

Dr. Christmas Jones: Denise Richards (The World is Not Enough)

“Jinx” Johnson: Halle Berry (Die Another Day)

Strawberry Fields: Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace)

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