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James Bond 007 in the 60s
Around the World with Secret Agent James Bond - in the 60s

© by Mike Keenan


Not-so-secret agent 007 is actually well known world-wide, and numerous incarnations of Bond - James Bond , include Sean Connery , Roger Moore , David Niven , George Lazenby , Timothy Dalton , Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig . They all fought the good fight against evil and they swept luscious ladies off their feet throughout the world. While some might like to preoccupy themselves with the lovely ladies alone, the geography in the James Bond movies is equally compelling. Let's take a look at both - the ladies and where James Bond took us in the 60s.
     The Bond movie industry began with Dr. No in 1962. It was a British spy film starring Sean Connery and based upon Ian Fleming 's 1958 novel. The film was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, a partnership that continued until 1975.
     Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent. The trail leads to the underground base of Dr. No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American manned space launch with a radio beam weapon. Dr. No was not the first Fleming novel; instead, Casino Royale marked the Bond debut. However, Dr. No was the first of a successful series of 23 films and it launched a genre of 'secret agent' films in the 1960s.
     Many iconic aspects of a James Bond film were established in Dr. No: an introduction to the character through the view of a gun barrel and a highly stylised main title sequence, both created by Maurice Binder. Production designer Ken Adam established an elaborate visual style that is one of the hallmarks of the Bond film series.
     The geography in Dr. No involves only Kingston and Crab Key Jamaica as well as MI6 headquarters in central London, England.
     In From Russia with Love , the second Bond film, 007 is sent to assist the defection of Soviet consulate clerk Tatiana Romanova in Turkey , where SPECTRE plans to avenge Bond's killing of Dr. No. Following the success of Dr. No, United Artists doubled the budget available for the producers. Accordingly, in addition to filming on location in Istanbul, Turkey, the action scenes were shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire and in Scotland . Zagreb , Croatia, Belgrade , Serbia and Venice , Italy are all involved in the action.
     Goldfinger (1964) is the third film. Bond investigates gold smuggling by bullion magnate Auric Goldfinger, and he uncovers Goldfinger's plan to attack the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox . Goldfinger was the first Bond blockbuster, with a budget equal to that of the two preceding films combined. Filming took place in the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the US states of Kentucky and Florida . Many elements introduced here appear in later films, such as the hi-tech and 'gadgets' and an extensive pre-credits sequence. Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award.
     Thunderball (1965) followed with Bond's mission to find two NATO atomic bombs stolen by SPECTRE. The search leads Bond to the Bahamas , where he encounters Emilio Largo, the card-playing, eye-patch wearing SPECTRE Number Two. Backed by CIA agent Felix Leiter and Largo's mistress, Domino, Bond's search culminates in an underwater battle with Largo's henchmen. A quarter of the film consists of underwater scenes. Geographical areas featured are Château d'Anet , Anet France, Shrublands Health Retreat, England, Paradise Island , Bahamas and the Florida coast off Miami. The film earned $141.2 million worldwide, exceeding the earnings of the three previous Bond films. John Stears won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.
     You Only Live Twice dispatches Bond to Japan after American and Soviet manned spacecraft disappear mysteriously in orbit. Bond travels to a remote Japanese island in order to find the perpetrators and encounters Ernst Stavro Blofeld, head of SPECTRE. Geography featured is Hong Kong , Cape Cod , Tokyo and SPECTRE's hideout, Kyushu , Japan.
     On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) featured George Lazenby as the new Bond who faces Blofeld (Telly Savalas), planning to sterilize the world's food supply through a group of brainwashed 'angels of death.' Bond meets, falls in love with, and eventually marries Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg). The film was shot in the Piz Gloria , the Swiss Alps, England and Estoril , Portugal.

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The Bond Girls
Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..   Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ..   Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)..   Caroline Munro as Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)..   Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965)  .. Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963)..   Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in Live And Let Die (1973)..   Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)..   Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973)..   Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..   Lana Wood as Plenty OToole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..   Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965)..   Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan in Thunderball (1965)..   Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..   Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing in Thunderball (1965)..   Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..   Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..   Ursula Andress as Honeychile Ryder in Dr. No (1962)..   Zena Marshall as Miss Taro in Dr. No (1962)

Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.

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