Sean Connery

Sean Connery (Photo credit: twm1340)

Fancy a job as a British intelligence agent? Here’s a link I think you’ll love! The fictional James Bond works for the real MI6, which is properly known as the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service). The SIS was formed in 1909, but it’s existence was officially denied until 1994. They now have their own website – click HERE to enter – it’s cool 🙂

The first Bond film of the current series was Dr No (1962), with Sean Connery as Bond, and Ursula Andress as Honey Rider. Dr No was not the first Bond book written by Ian Fleming. The first book was Casino Royale, but the film made from that, a comedy starring David Niven, was in a different style to the rest, so was never accepted as part of the current family of films.

(Wikipedia) – “They form one of the longest continually-running film series in history, having been in on-going production from 1962 to the present (with a six-year hiatus between 1989 and 1995). In that time Eon Productions has produced 23 films, most of them at Pinewood Studios. As of March 2013, the series has grossed just over US$6 billion, making it the second-highest-grossing film series (behind Harry Potter)”. Six actors have portrayed Bond, from Sean Connery (6 films), through George Lazenby (1 film), Roger Moore (7 films), Timothy Dalton (2 films) and Pierce Brosnan (4 films), to Daniel Craig (3 films so far)- the latest film being Skyfall.

Wax figure of Daniel Craig at Madame Tussauds,...

Wax figure of Daniel Craig at Madame Tussauds, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)