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James Bond is the top spy in Britain. He is sent by M, the leader of the British secret service, on dangerous missions to defeat villains who threaten the peace of the world. To help him he uses gadgets created for him by Q, a top British scientist. His one weakness is his love of beautiful women, who are often used to try to trap him.

James Bond films, based on characters created by the British writer Ian Fleming, have been made over the last 40 years. They have become famous throughout the world.

Bond Ultimate Collectors Set (42 DVDs, including 21 Bond films)
Studio: MGM Entertainment
Date: November 2007
Bond on Set: Filming "Casino Royale"
Photographer: Greg Williams
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd
Date: 26 Oct 2006

James Bond, The Legacy
Authors: John Cork, Bruce Scivally
Publisher: Boxtree
Date: September 2002

The Mini Rough Guide to James Bond
Author: Paul Simpson
Publisher: Rough Guides
Date: November 2002
Bond Girls Are Forever
Authors: Maryam D'Abo, John Cork
Publisher: Boxtree
Date: October 2003
The Art of Bond
Authors: Laurent Bouzereau, Lee Pfeiffer, David Worrall
Publisher: Boxtree
Date: 6 Oct 2006

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- Quantum of Solace is the 22nd official film in the James Bond series.
- Daniel Craig plays James Bond for the second time. The Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko plays the leading lady Camille. French actor Mathieu Amalric plays the villain.
- There were a number of accidents while filming a car chase scene in Italy.
- The film goes on general release in the UK on Friday 31 October 2008.
- Further information about the film can be seen on the official James Bond website:

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- Casino Royale is the 21st official film in the James Bond series, and is based on Ian Fleming's first bond book.
- The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, some of the stars from the film and other celebrities, will attend the film's world premiere in London on Tuesday 14th November 2006. The main event will be at the Empire cinema, but other cinemas in Leicester Square will also be showing the film at the same time and will also have red carpets and celebrity guests. Crowds are expected to gather from the middle of the afternoon.
- This is the first film starring Daniel Craig as 007. He is the 6th actor playing James Bond, and is only the second one who is English.
- Other stars include Eva Green (as Vesper Lynd), Judi Dench (as M), Giancarlo Giannini (as Mathis), Jeffrey Wright (as Felix Leiter), Mads Mikkelsen (as Le Chiffre), Simon Abkarian (as Alex Dimitrios) and Catarina Murino (as Solange).
- The theme song is written and performed by Chris Cornell, who currently heads the group Audioslave and previously founded Sound Garden.
- The film goes on general release in the UK on Friday 17 November 2006.

Daniel Craig

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- Die Another Day is the 20th film in the James Bond series. The first film (Doctor No) was made 40 years ago, in 1962.
- The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended the film's world premiere (first showing) on Monday 18th November 2002 at London's Royal Albert Hall.
- The film opened in cinemas across the UK on Wednesday 20th November 2002.
- Further information about the film can be seen on the official James Bond website:

Empire cinema,
Leicester Square, London

Die Another Day premiere,
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington

Pierce Brosnan,
James Bond ("007")

Who are the main characters?

James Bond - a British spy (secret agent) known as "007" (pronounced: "double-oh-seven"). His most famous saying is "My name's Bond. James Bond".
M - the head of MI6, the British "Secret Intelligence Service" which gathers information outside the UK (MI is the Ministry of Intelligence)
Jinx (the "Bond Girl") - a highly trained female US agent
Miranda Frost - another female agent who Bond meets in the film
Gustav Graves - the power-hungry villain of the film
Zao - the fierce assistant of Gustav Graves
Q - chief scientist working for the British secret service, inventing gadgets for James Bond to use
Miss Moneypenny - M's secretary, with whom James Bond often flirts

Who are the main actors and actresses?

Pierce Brosnan - James Bond (007)
Pierce Brosnan plays 007 for the fourth time. The previous films were GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough.
Halle Berry - Jinx
The "Bond girl" in the film is the actress Halle Berry, playing a US agent called Jinx. Earlier in 2002 Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the film "Monster's Ball".
Dame Judi Dench - M
Dame Judi Dench is a famous British actress who has played M (the head of the foreign military intelligence service MI6) in the last four Bond films. She recently starred in the film "Iris", about the life of the British author Iris Murdoch, and won an Oscar in 1999 for her role in "Shakespeare in Love".
John Cleese - Q
A famous British comedian. He was part of the "Monty Python" team of comedians. He created and starred in the comedy series "Fawlty Towers" in the mid 1970s: this is perhaps the most popular comedy series in Britain, and is often repeated on television.

Halle Berry ("Jinx"),
Pierce Brosnan ("007")

Dame Judi Dench

Samantha Bond
("Miss Moneypenny")

John Cleese,


Before going to see the film, you may want to study the meanings of these words or phrases:
conflict diamonds (diamonds sold outside the official system by a country which is at war); demilitarised zone (DMZ; an area without any soldiers); a landmine (weapon); saved by the bell; concierge (an assistant in a hotel); out of my hands (not under my control); firing squad (a group of people used to shoot someone); ally (a friend or partner); cyanide (a poisonous gas); double-O status (a spy who has a licence to kill, like 007); rescinded (taken away); cardiac arrest (a heart attack); to check out (to sign out when leaving a hotel); kiss of life (giving oxygen to someone who has stopped breathing, from one mouth to another); Bollinger (a type of champagne); to get even; friends in high places (friends who have important positions in society); gene therapy; to have a jinx (to have lots of bad luck); a predator (a hunter); prey (someone who is hunted); ornothologist (a person who studies birds); frisky (randy, wanting sex); DNA; to bankroll (to provide money for something); fencing (sword-fighting); to settle a wager (to pay a bet you have lost); torso (chest/upper part of the body); a publicity stunt (something down to attract the attention of television or other media); laundering (trying to make money obtained through crime appear to have been earned legally); a marksman (a person who is trained to use guns); cryptology (the study of coded messages); something to die for (something that is really desirable); side effects (medical problems caused by a medicine or an operation); to mourn (to grieve for a dead person); Big Bang theory (the main theory about the creation of the universe); to get the thrust of something (to understand the main idea about something); shards (sharp pieces of glass); a laser (a beam of light); to be tied down (not to be free, for example because of a relationship); colonel (pronounced like "kernel": a senior person in an army); swagger; quips (short jokes); to betray someone; an occupational hazard (a danger that arises from doing your job); a sparkling personality; a punchline (the funny end of a joke); to draw the line; global warming; tailoring; to shrink (to become smaller); to wrap something up (to finish something); thermal imaging (using heat t make a map of something); to camouflage (pronouned as a rhyme to "large": it means to hide something by making it look like its surroundings); an ejector seat (a seat which throws someone out of an aeroplane if there is an accident); ergonomics (the study of people and their working conditions to improve efficiency); a bunker (a strong safe building); a (military) coup (an attempt to change the government using the army); to implicate someone in something; an incursion; a switchblade (American English for a flick knife); a big shot; the 38th parallel (a line used to determine the border between North and South Korea); a bug (a small insect); to squash (to crush); to bail out (to leave a sinking ship or similar difficult situation); autopilot (flying an aeroplane by computer); to drown (to die in water); to the point; to read your every move (to anticipate everything you do in advance); oops (a word that is said when you do something accidentally); to go down together (to die together); a perfect fit

Icarus was a character in Greek mythology (many Bond films and characters in literature refer to characters in old stories such as this). Daedalus and Icarus tried to escape from somewhere by making wings from feathers and wax, but Icarus ignored his father's advice about not flying too close to the sun, so his wings melted and he died.


The film's story starts and ends in Korea, with visits to Hong Kong, Cuba, London and Iceland. Filming was mainly in England, Spain, Iceland and Hawaii.
Among the English places shown are:
- The MI6 headquarters in Vauxhall, London
- The underground station at Vauxhall Cross, which is not used any more
- Buckingham Palace (the main home of Queen Elizabeth the Second) and the Victoria Memorial.
- The Houses of Parliament (including Big Ben, the clock tower shown on the home page)
- The Eden Project, in Cornwall (see:

Secret Intelligence Service,
Vauxhall Cross, London

Victoria Memorial,
Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace,


There are many jokes in the film, but they may be hard for a non-English speaker to understand. Many of these are puns (playing with words which have two meanings). Some examples:
- The phrase "saved by the bell" is used when someone is in trouble but is rescued by a bell ringing (for example, in a boxing match, or at the end of a class at school). The second meaning in the film is the literal (direct) meaning of the words - being rescued by a bell (the object itself, not its sound).
- "I'm just here for the birds" could be said by someone who enjoys the hobby of bird-watching. However, a "bird" is also a slang word for a girl (used by some British men), so the second meaning is someone who likes looking at women (like James Bond).
- "Come, father - watch the rising of your son". The son is asking his father to watch his moment of becoming powerful. But it sounds like the phrase "the rising of the sun".
The second meaning in many of the puns in a James Bond film is sexual - this type of humour is known as "double entendre".

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Tomorrow Never Dies

The World Is Not Enough

Below is the full list of Bond films which have been made. For each film, the year in which the film was made and the name of the actor who played James Bond is shown. You can buy the DVD, video or book by clicking on the link underneath the picture (if you are living outside the UK be careful to make sure that you can play the DVD or video format in your country). It is also possible to buy a special collection box containing all 20 DVDs (see: The James Bond Collection 2002).

Doctor No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live And Let Die (1973), The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View To A Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence To Kill (1989), Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).

In 2006 the 21st James Bond film will be released: Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig. For more details about Daniel Craig, see:

Doctor No
From Russia With Love (1963)
You Only Live Twice (1967)

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Sean Connery
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book

On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Live And Let Die
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

George Lazenby

Sean Connery

Roger Moore

Roger Moore

Roger Moore
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Never Say Never Again
A View To A Kill

Roger Moore

Roger Moore

Roger Moore

Sean Connery

Roger Moore
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video
DVD; Video

The Living Daylights
Licence To Kill
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Timothy Dalton

Timothy Dalton

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book
DVD; Video; Book

Die Another Day
Casino Royale

Pierce Brosnan
Daniel Craig
DVD ; Video ; Book

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A famous singer is often used to sing the title music from the James Bond films. Madonna sings the theme to "Die Another Day" (she also appears in the film, in the sword-fighting (fencing) scene). The song "London Calling" by The Clash (a song made in the 1970s) is also heard. Below are CDs containing the music to this film, and a CD containing some of the most famous songs from previous films.

Die Another Day (film soundtrack CD)
Artists: Various (including Madonna)
Label: Wea
Date: November 2002
CD single (Madonna)

The Best of Bond ...James Bond (CD)
Artists: Various (original artists)
Label: Capitol
Date: September 2002
(does not include "Die Another Day")

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