12 fascinating facts about 007 himself - Bond - James Bond

If you're a fan of the James Bond films and novels, then you'll definitely want to take a look at these fascinating and unusual facts about all things Bond!

The latest James Bond film Spectre is set to be released on October 26 in the UK and it has some tough box office competition!

Not only is the previous Bond instalment Skyfall the highest grossing James Bond film of all time at over £715 million, but this year's Jurassic World has topped the box office début record with opening weekend takings of £330 million.

The trailer released in July this year proved that the latest Bond film has the potential to top its predecessor (and maybe Jurassic World?), but we will have to wait for those all-important statistics to find out whether it has.

Until then why not freshen up on your 007 knowledge and take a look at the selection of facts about James Bond:

1. GoldenEye – more than just a novel

Ian Fleming (creator of James Bond) has a Jamaican estate called Goldeneye. He wrote 14 of the Bond novels there and it is thought to be the namesake of the 1995 Bond film.

2. Shaken, not stirred

The preferred drink of James Bond and his creator was a Martini, shaken not stirred. Both men believed that to stir the drink would bruise the gin.

3. First female villain

The first female villain of the James Bond films appeared in the 1999 film The World is Not Enough. Sophie Marceau played Elektra King, starring opposite Pierce Brosnan.

4. Sean Connery

Star of seven Bond films Sean Connery had to wear a toupee in each film as he began to lose his hair aged just 21.

5. Did you spot Rowan Atkinson?

British comedian Rowan Atkinson had a supporting role in Never Say Never Again (1983).

6. The oldest Bond girl

Honor Blackman is the oldest actress to play a Bond girl. She was 37 when she appeared as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964).

MI6 The organisation which Bond works for is a real agency in the UK. Yet the Government only officially recognised the organisation in 1994 despite the service being derived from the Secret Service Bureau in 1909.

7. No smoking

James Bond was a heavy smoker in the novels, yet the agent hasn't touched a cigarette or cigar since Die Another Day in 2002. Ian Fleming was known to be a very heavy smoker on at least 80 a day.

8. Three appearances in Bond

Maud Adams is the only actress to have appeared in three Bond films. She starred as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983), while she appeared as an extra in A View To A Kill (1985).

9. Liam Neeson said no to an action film?!

The Taken star, among many other action films, turned down the offer of the role for the 1995 hit GoldenEye because he was not interested in starring in action movies.

Neeson reportedly later admitted the reason behind declining the role was because his late wife Natasha Richardson said she would not marry him if he played James Bond.

10. Bond must be British

Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Adam West were all considered for the role of James Bond in 1970 but they turned it down, believing that the actor who has the role must be British.

American actor Dick van Dyke was considered for James Bond in 1967 but producer Albert R. Broccoli did not find his version of an English accent appealing, so he was not chosen.

11. Fleming's last Bond books

Ian Fleming died at the age of 56 on his son Caspar's 12th birthday from a heart attack (on August 12, 1964). The Man with the Golden Gun was published eight months after his death despite being unfinished – Fleming had not edited the work before his death.

Octopussy and The Living Daylights were published in the final Bond book on June 23, 1966.

12. And... Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

As well as being the creator of one of the world's top fictional special agents, Ian Fleming also wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, published in 1964. He had created the tale to tell to his son Caspar. The story was later made into a film in 1968.

Do you think Spectre will be a contender with Skyfall and Jurassic World in the battle for box office glory? Let us know what you think!