IS JAMES BOND ?
BOND IS BACK AGAIN....
and the latest Bond film, Spectre,
is certain to be an enormous
box-office hit (as all the others). But who is James Bond, and where
he come from ? Author
Ian Fleming, the creator of James
Bond, told us something about the origins of the world's most famous
Poster from one of the early "Cold
War" Bond movies
In one of the first Bond novels
, Ian Fleming
tells us that James Bond - the classic “Englishman"?
- was the son of a Scottish father and an Oriental mother. But perhaps
this was not really true.
The title of the 19th Bond film,
“The World is Not Enough", was based on the Latin motto
of the Bond
family, which is mentioned in one of the early novels. However, it now
appears that the motto is not that of the Scottish Bonds, but that of a
different Bond family, who came from the South West of England. So
perhaps, Bond really is English, not Scottish, after all. Who knows?
Bond went to school in England, anyway -
to Eton College, the same school as his creator Ian Fleming. This is
where Princes William and Harry were educated, and also many British
Prime Ministers, including David Cameron! It is a school where young
people learn how to move in high society, like Bond does so well.
After leaving school, Bond did not go to
university - it wasn’t necessary in the 1950’s......
Oh? You didn’t know Bond was
so old? He doesn’t look it, granted
but he is!
Like a few other famous people, he seems to have found the secret of
middle age (we can’t call it “eternal
youth", can we?).
Bond joined the British Secret Service,
where he soon got promoted to the top of the spyrachy
" category. From then on he was 007,
“licensed to kill", and so began a career
take him to all the corners of the earth.
In the early days, Bond’s role
was quite clear. He was working for the West, and his main enemies were
men from the KGB, and other dangerous organisations. Since the end of
the Cold War, the role of MI6
has changed, and Bond’s job
has changed with it. Now his main enemies are the
big bosses of organised crime and international terrorism.
Unlike the Cold War, organised crime is
unlikely to come to an end - at least, not in the near future. We can
therefore be sure that James Bond, the best-known English fictional
hero of the 20th century, has many more exciting adventures ahead of
Hollywood has already begun making sure
of that! The original films were based on the fifteen novels written by
Ian Fleming; but after the last of these was made into a film, it was
clear that Hollywood was not going to stop! Bond films are too popular
and too profitable to abandon. So Hollywood has invented new James Bond
In many ways, Bond has changed a lot
since the early days. To start with, several different actors have
played the part of Bond, most notably Sean Connery, Roger Moore and
today’s Daniel Craig; but over the years, Bond movies have
become more and more fantastic. Fleming’s original character
was fantastic, because he always came out alive; his adventures were
incredible, but they were based on some sort of realism.
Bond’s original car (his Aston Martin DB5) had gadgets, but
they were all plausible
They were gadgets that would let him escape if he was being chased.
More recently, Bond has had cars that
can fire missiles from the headlights
and do other remarkable things! In a sense, the modern Bond is Agent
Gadget - and the people who try to get him have some even more amazing
gadgets - like the enormous circular saw
that hangs under
a helicopter, cutting through everything that gets in its way (except
Bond, of course!).
In the next Bond films, there will
surely be lots more amazing things; but Bond will continue to be the
same, cool, calm and collected
– the classic Englishman.; Craig is unlikely to be the last
007, and Bond will doubtless go on entertaining us for many more years!
writer - novel
story - motto
phrase - granted
that is true - eternal
: permanent - spyrarchy
an invented word made from spy
(hierarchy rhymes with spyrarchy) - career
: professional life - MI
- The British Secret Service - - job profile:
work he has to do - ahead
: in front of - plausible
realistic - headlights
main lights - saw
a sharp instrument for cutting - collected
: sure of
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word endings that are missing from the following extract. Try to do
this without looking at the original text .
least one of the words does not need an ending at all!
Bond, the best-know___ English fiction___ hero of the 20___ century,
has many more excit___ adventures ahead of him.
Student activity :
Hollywood has already begun mak___ sure of that! The
were bas___ on the fifteen novels writ____ by Ian Fleming; but after
last of these was ma___ into a film, it was clear that Hollywood was
go____ to stop! Bond films are t___ popular and t___ profit____ to
abandon___ . So Holywood has invent____ new James Bond
many ways, Bond has chang___ a lot since the early days. To start with,
several different actors have play____ the part of Bond, most notab___
Sean Connery, Roger Moore and today’s Daniel Craig; but over
Bond movies have become___ more and more fantas_____.
character was fantas_____, because he always came out alive; his
adventures were incred____, but they were based on some sort of
real_____. Bond’s original car (his Aston Martin DB5) had
they were all plaus_____! They were gadgets that would let him escape
if he was be_____ chas_____.
Interview with James Bond
Working in pairs, and using information from this article and any other
information they may have, students should imagine an interview between
a reporter and James Bond. The reporter should ask at least
eight questions, including questions starting with:
What.... Where..... Why..... How......
When..... How many...... Are you....
Do you...... (the questions can be in any order).
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