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Friday, 19 November, 1999, 13:51 GMT
After four decades of Bond movies we give you 26 more reasons to be fascinated by the world of agent 007.
Avengers - Along with the Bond films, cult TV show The Avengers has impressed on the world that the British can combine fine tailoring with thwarting international criminal masterminds.
New Avenger Joanna Lumley featured alongside Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and John Steed, actor Patrick MacNee, starred in A View to a Kill.
Boothroyd - Although better known to cinema-goers under the codename Q, Major Boothroyd is the man who supplies James Bond with his vast array of deadly gadgets.
Played since 1963 by Desmond Llewelyn, Q is aided in Bond's latest outing by Monty Python star John Cleese as his heir-apparent R.
Casino Royale - This was first of the Bond novels written by Ian Fleming. It was also the first to be filmed - for a US TV network in the mid-1950s.
Although not part of the proper Bond canon, the spoof 1967 big screen adaptation captured the swinging sixties spirit of the originals. It boasted a stellar cast including David Niven, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Peter Sellers and... er, Ronnie Corbett.
DB5 - Bond's famous gadget-laden Aston Martin made its debut in Goldfinger, but Ian Fleming had his hero down as a Bentley man.
Despite a flirtation with a submersible Lotus Esprit in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, the 007 movies have stuck with Astons - until now. Brosnan's Bond uses German BMWs - notably a Z8 in The World Is Not Enough.
Eon - Everything or Nothing productions, the company formed by Harry Saltzman and Albert R "Cubby" Broccoli to bring 007 to the silver screen.
Saltzman, who also produced the British kitchen sink classics Look Back in Anger and Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, left the partnership in the mid-1970s.
Felix Leiter - Bond's CIA buddy is a regular fixture in Ian Fleming's novels. The American spy has fared less well in the film adaptations.
Played by Hawaii Five-O star Jack Lord in Dr No, many aficionados suggest Leiter wasn't established as a character in the mould of M, Q and Moneypenny because Eon feared he would overshadow 007.
Goldfinger - Bond's third outing, with its Aston Martin DB5, Shirley Bassey song and Pussy Galore, was recently voted the best in the series in a Total Film poll.
It also saw the first English-language role for Gert Frobe as arch-baddie Auric Goldfinger. Sadly the German actor couldn't get his tongue around the now classic lines - so his dialogue was dubbed over.
Harold Sakata - Director Guy Hamilton discovered muscle-man Sakata, who was to become Oddjob - Goldfinger's henchman with the lethal bowler hat - at a wrestling match.
Sakata, who represented the USA in the 1948 Olympics as a weightlifter, was fighting under the name Tosh Togo.
India - Tennis pro Vijay Amritraj, who was Asia's top tennis player for 14 years on the trot, assisted James Bond in Octopussy.
He helped out Roger Moore in a high-speed chase through an Udaipur market place. Unfortunately, his character came to a sticky end when one of Kamal Khan's stooges sliced him up using a bladed yo-yo.
J W Pepper - This tobacco-chewing sheriff from the Deep South is one of the few minor characters to feature in two Bond films.
Played by Clifton James, J W pursued 007 through the bayous in Live and Let Die and had his Thai holiday rudely interrupted by the super spy in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Kiel - Actor Richard Keil also has the rare distinction of appearing in two Bond films.
As metal-toothed Jaws the 7ft 4in (2.3m) giant first starred as Stromberg's deadly assistant in The Spy Who Loved Me and was brought back as a bodyguard and paid assassin for Hugo Drax in Moonraker.
Lotte Lenya - With her lethal dagger shoes, From Russia With Love's Rosa Klebb was one of Bond's most menacing adversaries.
Lenya, the Austrian-born actress who brought Klebb to life, was the wife of legendary German composer Kurt Weill.
Messervy - Admiral Sir Miles Messervy is better known as M, head of MI7. Originally played by stalwart of the British film industry Bernard Lee, Dame Judi Dench is currently warming the seat of power.
M's trusty secretary Moneypenny has also been updated, with Samantha Bond picking up from Lois Maxwell.
Noel Coward - The renaissance man was a friend and neighbour of Ian Fleming. Approached to take the role of Dr No in Bond's screen debut Coward refused point-blank.
"Dear Ian, the answer to Dr. No is no, no, no, no!"
Ornithology - Ian Fleming was keen to give his hero the most "plain sounding" name he could find.
According to Bond folklore, Fleming came up with the name after glimpsing a copy of a book entitled Birds of the West Indies on his coffee table at Goldeneye. It was written by ornithologist James Bond.
Pinewood - The studio complex near London has become the spiritual home for the Bond series.
In 1976, Cubby Broccoli was told the facility didn't have a stage large enough to film The Spy Who Loved Me. "Then build it!" he replied.
The 374-foot by 160-foot "007 Stage" cost $1m.
Quarrel - The superstitious Jamaican fisherman in Dr No gave James Bond ample opportunity to display the imperial prejudices still prevalent in 60s Britain.
Bond was given a chance to make amends for his brusque treatment of Quarrel, played by Cannes award-winning actor John Kitzmiller, when Quarrel Jnr featured in Live and Let Die.
Roald Dahl - The famous children's author wrote the screenplay for You Only Live Twice in just six weeks - largely ignoring Fleming's source novel.
Clockwork Orange writer Anthony Burgess had his script for The Spy Who Loved Me rejected. The real star of the series is Richard Maibaum, who had a hand in almost every Bond screenplay until his death in 1991.
SPECTRE - Bond has been fighting an on-and-off battle with the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion for more than nearly 40 years.
Fleming created this criminal club, worried that his previous reliance on Soviet baddies would date his work as Cold War relations thawed in the 60s.
Telly Savalas - The bald star played earlobe-less SPECTRE supremo Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Donald Pleasance and Charles Gray have also taken on the role. However, legal wrangles over the SPECTRE concept have robbed Eon of its most infamous villain.
Universal Exports - The paper-thin cover for the Double-O section. Bond's own attempts to hide his own identity have been equally half-hearted.
007 has masqueraded as a marine biologist, a heraldry expert and a circus clown.
Vodka - Bond is done more than anyone to popularise the martini cocktail - despite enraging connoisseurs by using vodka instead of gin.
Bond has turned away from his shaken not stirred "Vodka Vesper", reputedly endorsing a famous brand of gin in The World is Not Enough.
Walther - Since grudgingly picking one up in Dr No, 007's weapon of choice has been the World War II vintage Walther PPK automatic pistol.
The now legendary gun has been replaced by the Walther company's latest product, the P99.
Xenia Onatopp - The speciality of Famke Janssen's exotic character in Goldeneye was to crush men to death by wrapping her legs around their chests.
The Dutch-born six-footer seems to have escaped the career oblivion of many other Bond girls. She's since had roles in Woody Alen's Celebrity and House on Haunted Hill, and appears in next year's X-Men with Patrick Stewart.
Yes - Sean Connery's original 1961 contract called for him to do a Bond film a year until 1967. By 1965 he was growing impatient and he was released from his contract - his swansong being 1967's You Only Live Twice.
However, he said yes to a return in 1971's Diamond Are Forever - after the George Lazenby flirtation, OHMSS. And yes again to the 1983 unofficial Bond - Never Say Never Again.
Zorin - The peroxide-blond megalomaniac Max Zorin was Roger Moore's final adversary as Bond.
Bent on destroying Silicon Valley, Zorin was played by Christopher Walken - the only Oscar-winning actor to play a Bond baddie
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