James Bond Car Collection and other 007 Collectables, Books, VHS and Space Shuttle. A look at the memorabilia and collectables that I’ve amassed over the years. The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. Since Fleming’s passing in 1964, eight other authors have written authorised Bond novels or novelizations: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd and Anthony Horowitz. The latest novel is Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz, published in September 2015. Additionally Charlie Higson wrote a series on a young James Bond, and Kate Westbrook wrote three novels based on the diaries of a recurring series character, Moneypenny.
The character has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, video games and film. The films are the longest continually running and have grossed over $7.040 billion in total, making it the fourth-highest-grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond. As of 2017, there have been twenty-four films in the Eon Productions series. The most recent Bond film, Spectre (2015), stars Daniel Craig in his fourth portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series. There have also been two independent productions of Bond films: Casino Royale (a 1967 spoof) and Never Say Never Again (a 1983 remake of an earlier Eon-produced film, Thunderball). In 2015, the franchise was estimated to be worth $19.9 billion, making James Bond one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time.
The Bond films are renowned for a number of features, including the musical accompaniment, with the theme songs having received Academy Award nominations on several occasions, and two wins. Other important elements which run through most of the films include Bond’s cars, his guns, and the gadgets with which he is supplied by Q Branch. The films are also noted for Bond’s relationships with various women, who are sometimes referred to as “Bond girls”.
► Actors Who Played Bond – Complete History
1954 Barry Nelson, 1956 Bob Holness, 1962 Bob Simmons, 1962-1967, 1971, 1983 Sean Connery, 1967 David Niven, 1969 George Lazenby, 1973-1985 Roger Moore, 1973 Christopher Cazenove, 1987-1989 Timothy Dalton, 1990 Michael Jayston, 1995-2002 Pierce Brosnan, 2006-2012 Daniel Craig.
2008-2012 Toby Stephens voiced James Bond in three BBC Radio 4 productions.
1. It is actually stuntman Bob Simmons who appears in the opening gun barrel sequence for the first three James Bond movies.
2. SPECTRE stands for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, Extortion.
3. Dr. No‘s budget was only $1 million, and when costs overran by $100,000 United Artists wanted to pull the plug, scared that it would never recoup its costs.
4. Bond author Ian Fleming wanted his cousin Christopher Lee to play Dr. No. Christopher Lee later starred as Scaramanga in 1974’s The Man With The Golden Gun.
5. Bond doesn’t appear until 17 minutes and 15 seconds into From Russia With Love.
6. From Russia With Love‘s six-minute fight scene with Red Grant on the Orient Express took two days to film.
7. Many actors have appeared in more than one role in the Bond series – Maud Adams (as Andrea Anders and Octopussy), Joe Don Baker (as Brad Whitaker and Jack Wade) – but the first was in fact Sean Connery, playing a SPECTRE agent wearing a James Bond mask in From Russia With Love‘s pre-credit sequence.
8. Q is only referred to by his real name, Major Boothroyd, in Dr. No, From Russia With Love and The Spy Who Loved Me.
9. The body count in Goldfinger is 62.
10. The five pilots flying the planes in Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus in Goldfinger were actually men wearing blonde wigs.
Throughout the James Bond Car collection, collectors noticed a number of errors both in the printed publication and the models themselves. Notable examples include;
- Some of the issues have the same photo of Bond on the front cover: 4 & 87, 16 & 95, 20 & 85, 29 & 99, 37 & 86, 41 & 100, 50 & 96, 60 & 91. While others have the same poster on the back cover. Issue 6 is the only magazine not to feature 007 on the cover, Zao is used.
- Models from ‘Casino Royale’ (except issue 100) and ‘Quantum of Solace’ have been neglected miniature figures, even if the scene in which they are depicted requires one.
- Felix Leiter’s 1964 Thunderbird from issue 42 has the taillights of the 1965 model.
- issue 50, The model is a copy of the original MG TD with several modifications, not the MP Lafer.
- issue 64: The Bentley made on a larger scale than 1:43, its scale of about 1:35.
- Issue 65, The Italian police Defender chasing Bond and the Alfa Romeos is supposed to be a 2.5 Puma, but the model is actually an older TD5.
- Issue 69 is highly inaccurate in relation to the rear end of the real Aston Martin V8 Volante.
- Issue 70 wrongly contained the X350 version of the Daimler Super-8 instead of the X308 Daimler Super V8 as featured in the film.
- The Audi 200 quattro from issue 72 is out of proportion and not an accurate model. It does however correctly show the flared fenders of the Exclusive version featured in the film.
- issue 76: The Ford Ranchero is out of proportion and not an accurate model. Cab 1:36, grille 1:40, 1:43 etc.
- Issue 84: The Dragon Tank is out of proportion vertically and not an accurate model.
- Issue 87: On page 7 ‘MI6 on Location’, picture 8 with M sitting at her desk claimed it was from ‘Casino Royale’ but it is a picture from ‘Quantum of Solace’.
- Issue 88 is a model of a Cadillac hearse converted by Miller-Meteor, not the Superior Coach Company as shown in the film. The magazine also includes a wrong poster on the back. A ‘Dr. No’ one is published instead of one from ‘Diamonds Are Forever’.
- The first run of issue 89’s box lists the Ford Anglia as being from the film ‘From Russia with Love’ when in fact it was from ‘Dr. No’. This has been corrected for later releases in other countries.
- Issue 99 purports that the military officer Bond impersonates to seek access to the airfield seen at the start of ‘Octopussy’ is General Toro, he was in fact of the rank of Colonel not General as the magazine erroneously states.
- Issue 102, the Bondola has a grey base as opposed to the rest of the collection which have black bases. The vehicle also lacks a figure of Roger Moore and it is in the much smaller scale of 1:72.
- (German) Issue 105 says that the Ford Country Squire has an engine size of 36,390 cc.
- issue 108, The model shows the version 1972 with sliding side door, while in the movie – the bus from 1971 with a conventional door.
- Issue 111, Largo’s 1965 Thunderbird retains the 1964 grille from issue 42.
- Issue 113, the VAZ as featured in ‘GoldenEye’ has the wrong ‘Lada Niva’ rear badge.
- Issue 117, The Mercedes Benz Model is not of a W180 220s but a W120 180 which has indicator on side of fender near windscreen
- Issue 119: The back of the diorama for the model states the film is ‘For Your Eyes Only’, rather than the correct film ‘Thunderball’. The Lincoln Continental limousine is poorly modelled, particularly the passenger compartment, curved shoulderline and too large taillights. The reverse lights are moulded in red instead of clear plastic.
- Issue 120: The back of the diorama has no film listed although the corresponding film was printed on the preceding issue.
- issue 125: The model shows the long-wheelbase version of the Dodge Ram, pickup in the movie with the standard wheelbase.
- Issue 127: The Ambulance is facing the wrong direction.
- Issue 128: The Morris Minor neglects to have a registration plate present, and the folded up roof is the incorrect colour; being that of the car’s body