James Bond 50: The Swedish Connection


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.

Honestly, I had a hard time figuring out what to say about the thirteenth entry in this franchise. I do like it. Roger Moore had done this for a while and assumed an air of debonair. Steven Berkoff looked appropriately insane as a Soviet general and Louis Jourdan, the old charmer, was an unexpected choice as the chief villain. The exotic locales were another bonus. Still, I couldn’t come up with something that stood out… until I started thinking of the women. This was Maud Adams’s second role in a Bond movie after The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) and she’s a major presence in this one, accompanied by Kristina Wayborn and Mary Stavin in smaller parts. They all have Sweden in common; that’s where they were born. But the Swedish connection runs deeper than that; Britt Ekland, who played the Bond girl in The Man With the Golden Gun, was also born in Sweden. As for Izabella Scorupco in GoldenEye (1995), she was born in Poland but raised in Sweden. 007 is fond of the country, it would seem.

My 2006 review of Octopussy.

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