James Bond 50: Pay Attention, 007…

 

As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

The sixteenth film in the series, Timothy Dalton’s second and last as 007, was darker and more violent than its predecessors. All the more reason then for Q (Desmond Llewelyn) to counter some of its sentiments with a good dose of British humor. That was always his job, but as the years went by and Llewelyn truly became a fixture who wouldn’t change even when they replaced Roger Moore after seven films, Bond fans grew even more fond of the silvery gentleman. In the clip above, he gets to surprise 007 and has more screen time than usual. All in all, Llewelyn appeared in 17 James Bond movies before passing away in 1999 at the age of 85; at the memorial service, Roger Moore emphasized how valuable his friend had been to the series. Llewelyn never made much money off of the Bond films, but was paid more handsomely for ads like the one below:

My 2006 review of Licence to Kill.

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