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 V.17 No.46 | November 13 - 19, 2008 

Film News

The James Bond Primer

Babes, cars, gadgets and more

Feel the need to bone up on your Bond history before catching Quantum of Solace? The 22nd film in the official 007 series hits theaters this Friday. Here’s all you need to know about the last 46 years’ worth of cinematic superspies.

Dr. No (1962)

Bond: Sean Connery
Babe: Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress)
Car: Sunbeam Alpine convertible
Gadget: Walther PPK, Bond’s weapon of choice until it’s replaced by the P99 in Tomorrow Never Dies
Villain: Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman)
Scheme: Sabotage American missile tests at Cape Canaveral.

From Russia with Love (1963)

Bond: Sean Connery
Babe: Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi)
Car: Bentley Sports Tourer
Gadget: Briefcase with hidden AR-7 survival rifle, knife, gold coins and gas bomb
Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Anthony Dawson)
Scheme: Steal Lektor decoding device, sell it back to the Russians.

Goldfinger (1964)

Bond: Sean Connery
Babe: Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)
Car: Aston Martin DB5
Gadget: The legendary Aston Martin DB5, complete with ejector seat, revolving license plate, tire slashers, bulletproof shield, machine guns, smoke screen and oil slick sprayers
Villain: Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe)
Scheme: Nuke Fort Knox, irradiating America’s gold supply and thereby increasing the value of Goldfinger’s personal holdings.

Thunderball (1965)

Bond: Sean Connery
Babe: Domino Derval (Calaudine Auger)
Car: Aston Martin DB5
Gadget: Jet pack
Villain: Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi)
Scheme: Steal two nuclear bombs, threaten to blow up Miami, demand $100 million in gold.

You Only Live Twice (1967)

Bond: Sean Connery
Babe: Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama)
Car: Toyota 2000GT (driven by Japanese secret service agent Aki)
Gadget: Mini-rocket-launching cigarette
Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence)
Scheme: Incite war between U.S. and U.S.S.R. by hijacking spacecraft.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)

Bond: George Lazenby
Babe: Countess Tracy di Vicenzo (Diana Rigg)
Car: Aston Marin DBS
Gadget: Safecracker with built-in photocopier for secret documents
Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Telly Savalas)
Scheme: Extort amnesty for all past crimes by sending brainwashed models to destroy the world’s agricultural crops using bacteriological warfare agents.

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Bond: Sean Connery
Babe: Tiffany Case (Jill St. John)
Car: Ford Mustang Mach 1
Gadget: Grappling cord suspenders
Villain: Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray)
Scheme: Stockpile the world’s diamond supply, use it to build satellite death ray.

Live and Let Die (1973)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Solitaire (Jane Seymour)
Car: Bond briefly commandeers a London double-decker bus.
Gadget: Rolex Submariner watch with bullet-deflecting electromagnet. Also, it’s got a buzz saw blade.
Villain: Dr. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto)
Scheme: Use voodoo to corner the world’s heroin market.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland)
Car: AMC Hornet X hatchback special coupe
Gadget: The Golden Gun itself. The film’s villain assembles it from a pen, a lighter, a cigarette case and a cuff link. The best Bond can do here is a fake nipple.
Villain: Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee)
Scheme: Exploit the energy crisis (or something) by acquiring the Solex Agitator, a vital component for a solar power plant.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach)
Car: Lotus Esprit S1
Gadget: Lotus Esprit S1. Amost as loaded as the Aston Martin DB5, with the added bonus of converting into a submarine.
Villain: Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens)
Scheme: Capture submarines, nuke New York and Moscow, trigger World War III, rebuild civilization from a hideout under the sea.

Moonraker (1979)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles)
Car: MP Roadster
Gadget: Wrist dart gun with cyanide-tipped and armor-piercing darts
Villain: Sir Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale)
Scheme: Wipe out all life on Earth with nerve gas, repopulate planet with carefully chosen (read: sexy astronaut) breeding stock.

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet)
Car: Lotus Esprit Turbo
Gadget: Seiko wristwatch with built-in two-way radio.
Villain: Aristotle Kristatos (Julian Glover)
Scheme: Find the Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator device, which would allow the KGB to control Britain’s Polaris missiles.

Octopussy (1983)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Octopussy (Maud Adams)
Car: Mercedes 250 SE
Gadget: A miniature submarine disguised as a crocodile
Villain: Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan)
Scheme: Detonate nuclear weapon in West Germany, trick the West into disarmament, invade Europe with the help of a renegade Soviet general.

A View to a Kill (1985)

Bond: Roger Moore
Babe: Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts)
Car: Bond takes a Renault 11 taxi. (Lame.)
Gadget: Polarizing sunglasses capable of seeing through tinted windows. (Lame.)
Villain: Max Zorin (Christopher Walken)
Scheme: Cause massive earthquake, flood Silicon Valley, monopolize microchip market. (Lame.)

The Living Daylights (1987)

Bond: Timothy Dalton
Babe: Kara Milovy (Maryam d’Abo)
Car: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
Gadget: Whistle-activated Philips keychain with knockout gas, explosive charge and lockpick
Villain: Brad Whitaker (Joe Don Baker)
Scheme: A Russian general fakes his own defection so he and an international arms dealer can trade diamonds for opium in Afghanistan and then ... um. This one is pretty hard to follow.

License to Kill (1989)

Bond: Timothy Dalton
Babe: Pam Bouvier (Carey Lowell)
Car: Bond steals a Kenworth W900B truck at one point.
Gadget: Dentonite toothpaste: plastic explosive disguised as toothpaste.
Villain: Franz Sanchez (Robert Davi)
Scheme: Dissolve South American cocaine into gasoline and sell it to Asian drug dealers as fuel.

GoldenEye (1995)

Bond: Pierce Brosnan
Babe: Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen)
Car: BMW Z3
Gadget: Parker Jotter ballpoint pen with C-4 explosive grenade and four-second fuse
Villain: Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean)
Scheme: Take over GoldenEye EMP satellite, use it to get revenge on England (and make a little profit).

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Bond: Pierce Brosnan
Babe: Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher)
Car: BMW 750iL
Gadget: Ericsson mobile phone with stun gun, fingerprint scanner, lock pick and remote control for BMW 750iL
Villain: Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce)
Scheme: Start a war between England and China to generate big ratings for a cable news network. (No, really.)

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Bond: Pierce Brosnan
Babe: Christmas Jones (Denise Richards)
Car: BMW Z8
Gadget: Ski jacket that inflates into a protective sphere of aluminum-coated plastic with Kevlar reinforcement
Villain: Renard (Robert Carlyle)
Scheme: Gain sole control of oil transit in the Caspian Sea by nuking Istanbul.

Die Another Day (2002)

Bond: Pierce Brosnan
Babe: Jinx (Halle Berry)
Car: Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
Gadget: Ring with an “ultra high-frequency single-digit sonic agitator unit” capable of shattering bulletproof glass
Villain: Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens)
Scheme: Blow up all the land mines between North and South Korea with a death ray satellite and invade South Korea.

Casino Royale (2006)

Bond: Daniel Craig
Babe: Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)
Car: Aston Martin DBS V12
Gadget: Portable defribrillator unit built into the glove compartment of the DBS V12
Villain: Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen)
Scheme: Regain a terrorist’s lost funds, gambled away in a poker game, by entering another poker game.

Quantum of Solace (2008)

Bond: Daniel Craig
Babe: Strawberry Fields (Gemma Arterton)
Car: Aston Martin DBS
Gadget: Sony Ericsson Titanium Silver C902 with 5MP camera, illuminated touch icons, face detection and preloaded Quantum of Solace wallpaper. (Yay, product placement!)
Villain: Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric)
Scheme: Stage a coup d’état in Latin America to gain control of precious water resources.


 

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