1. Choose a category from one of these: Television, Stage & Screen, Nightly News, Publishing, Lives & Times, Music.
2. Find 8 bits of trivia about your selected category
We narrowed it down even further. We decided to do screen, specifically James Bond film.
1. The first James Bond film was Dr. No. It was a second choice. While Casino Royal was the first Ian Fleming novel, it was decided Thunderball would be the first movie. There was a problem, however. Ian Fleming had plagiarized the book from a movie script that was written for him by Kevin McClory and Jack Whitingham. Fleming was sued and the studio decided to use Dr. No instead. More on this in a bit.
3. Paul McCartney recorded the theme for Live and Let Die. It is a staple to his concerts, along with a huge fireworks display, to this day. The next film is title Quantum of Solace and is the second film starring Daniel Craig. Paul McCartney turned down the chance to record for this movie and for him a second Bond film.
4. Paul McCartney’s turn down may have created good news for a current singer who has had more of her fair share of trouble lately. It was announced yesterday that Amy Winehouse is recording a song co-written by the movie’s producer Mark Ronson. It has not officially been accepted yet.
5. Ian Fleming lost his law suit concerning Thunderball to McClory and Whitingham. They were awarded the movie rights. They had no backing to make the film, so they sold the rights back to Eon, the official production company. They sold them the rights for ten years. When the ten years were up Sean Connery and McClory started writing a film that they were to call Warhead, essentially a remake of Thunderball. Eon sued and McClory backed down lacking funds to fight. By 1983, Warner Brothers decided to back McClory and they won the lawsuit. The film title became Never Say Never Again and starred Sean Connery in his last go round as 007.
6. At the same time as Never Say Never Again came out, the official company released Octopussy starring Roger Moore. Both films did very well, but Octopussy grossed more money.
7. Casino Royal, as we stated, was the first Fleming James Bond novel. It also was the first production of the Ian Fleming character. The book was written in 1953 and in 1954 CBS got the rights to do a one hour adaptation. So who played the first Bond? It was Barry Nelson. Linda Christian was the first Bond Girl and Peter Lore played the first villain. For some reason CBS made “Jimmy Bond” (Yes, that’s what they called him.) a CIA agent and his best friend Felix a British agent in a nationality reversal of sorts.
8. We all know that the first three film actors were Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore. But did you know that they all filmed a role as James Bond at the same time? You can probably guess that it was in 1983. Moore was in Octopussy and Connery in Never Say Never Again and George Lazenby filmed The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. reunion film as Bond. You see Ian Fleming was also behind the original The Man From U.N.C.L.E. TV series.
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