James Bond, the famous movie icon that every generation has come to know at some point in their lives, returns on the new film No Time To Die. Regardless of the talent portraying the peerless spy for every franchise, the film series always ends up becoming one of the most watchable. In fact, the most successful 007 movie, Skyfall, earned 1.1 billion when it came out in theatres. But while Bond is much-loved globally, how much do you really know about this icon?
Here are five things to know about the man with a licence to kill:
1. Born on paper
James Bond started life on the page, his name taken from the cover of a Jamaican bird-watching book because author Ian Fleming wanted something as mundane as possible.
Fleming was able to draw from some rich real-life experiences, having served in naval intelligence during World War II.
One of Commander Fleming's key missions was Operation Goldeneye, aimed at sabotaging ties between Spain and Germany—which later gave him the name for his Jamaican home, and inspired the 1995 movie.
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His first novel, Casino Royale, was released in 1953 and was a huge escapist hit at a time of postwar rations and hardship in Britain.
He went on to write 13 more Bond novels and also penned the hit children's musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for his son.
He died in 1964 at the age of 56, just two years after the first film appeared.