The British public have had a love affair with Ian Fleming’s super-suave secret agent, James Bond, ever since the very first Bond film came out in 1962.
Apart from his dashing good looks, flawless taste in suits and cocktails, fearless outwitting of all manner of dastardly enemies and, of course, his unwavering success with the ladies, there are some key threads that run through the entire Bond franchise of movies like a well-shaken Martini.
Take, for instance, the glamourous lifestyle of Britain’s top secret agent. Think about it – how many times have you seen James Bond in that most sumptuous of settings, the casino?
Lots is the answer; always impeccably turned out in black tie, Bond is often to be found in that most peerless backdrop of upscale adult pleasures, often teaching his shadowy counterparts a thing or two about how to hold your nerve at the tables.
We surveyed 2,000 Bond movie fans to ascertain which of those many casino scenes is the most iconic. Here’s what they said:
Another element that film fans would feel enormously deprived of if they didn’t appear in every Bond movie is the fearless derring-do stunts that pepper the franchise. There have been so many since the first film in ‘62 that directors these days have to work super hard to come up with a stunt crazy enough to eclipse previous ones, let alone have the famed Bond name associated with it.
The nation’s favourite secret agent has, somehow, survived everything from a plane chase through a mountain range, tipping a juggernaut on to the wheels on one side to escape the bad guys, a parkour chase at the top of a crane and jumping a river in a car while barrel-rolling in mid-air.
In fact, the bungee jump off the edge of the Contra Dam in 1995’s Goldeneye was so epic that it actually entered the Guinness Book of Records.
However, here are the top five most heroic stunts ever pulled off by 007, as voted for by the Great British public: