The James Bond franchise is one of the longest running in the entertainment industry. It is made up of more than 14 novels written by Ian Fleming, 24 individual movies and countless video games, which mean that there are plenty of facts about the famous spy that you will probably be completely unaware of. While everyone knows that he enjoys plenty of relationships with woman and likes his vodka martinis shaken and not stirred, the entries on this list might surprise you or in a few cases might even shock you.
Sean Connery Was Not The First Bond
Many people believe that Sean Connery was the first actor to portray the 007 in a movie. However, while Dr. No was the first film in the Eon Productions series, there was a previous adaptation of Casino Royale in 1945 that features American actor Barry Nelson taking on the role of James Bond. There were also a number of other portrayals for radio and television before Connery was cast.
The Movie Rights Were Sold For $1,000
Casino Royale, the first James Bond movie ever made and the one mentioned previously in the article, was made after CBS bought the film rights from Ian Fleming for just $1,000. That didn’t mean that he didn’t make much money from his creation though, the ensuing popularity of his novels and royalties from the highly successful Eon Productions supplied him with a steady stream of cash.