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60 YEARS WITH A LICENSE TO KILL

60 YEARS WITH A LICENSE TO KILL

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60 YEARS WITH A LICENSE TO KILL

There are plenty of actors who have starred in James Bond’s film in the last few years and they have pronounced the famous line: “My name is Bond, James Bond”. Actors like: Clint Eastwood, Sam Neill, Burt Reynolds, Ewan McGregor or Gerarld Butler..
Everything started in 1954 with a “non-authorized” version for TV, starring Barry Nelson who reincarnated his character “Jimmy” Bond. 
The name of James Bond came out from an ornithologist known by his creator, the writer Ian Fleming. Curiously Ian was a cousin of one of the main villians from the saga, Christopher Lee.
There are two more “non-official” films: a comedy titled “Casino Royar 1967” with David Niven, Orson Welles, Woody Allen or Billy Wilder. And “Never Say Never Again” which also didn’t have the commercial rights from the brand. In this last film, a young Steven Seagal was hired to teach Steven Seagal how to fight, but he ended up breaking his wrist.
James Bond counts with 58 loving conquers, we could also add to the list the secretary M. Eve Moneypenny. 
He has used 150 gadgets from the famous Q (the Major Boothroyd).
He has defeated 405 foes and he has drunk 302 cocktails. However the main drink he always demands is the famous vodka-martini “shook, not mixed”, the champagne is the most demanded drink in the saga.
The number of vehicles James Bond has driven to this date are 46, only the Aston Martin appears in 12 films. 
His “intro” has become the most noticeable mark in the seventh art. This structure will be copied by a famous director who refused to lead one of these films. We are talking about Steven Spielberg and his own saga Indiana Jones. “Dr. No” has been the only Bond’s film where this intro was omitted.
And meanwhile in 1962, Sean Connery earned 17.000 dollars, it is known that Daniel Craig will earn 26 millions for the 25th film of the secret agent.
All these facts make this mythical saga the oldest and a blockbuster from the story of the cinema. 
And no one doubts that 007 will still have a “license to kill” for a very long time.

Luis Díaz

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