There are few fictional characters as beloved as the British spy, James Bond. From his origins in the books of Ian Fleming, to his role as the star of many multi-million dollar movies, Bond has managed to evolve through the decades with surprising ease.
With everybody from the world’s top pop stars to the most innovative gaming companies keen to get in on the 007 action, it’s clear that Bond has plenty of appeal. But how did this 64-year old spy manage to gain such popularity?
Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels began in 1953 with Casino Royale and quickly established the character as being someone who would be sophisticated to know their way around a blackjack game whilst being tough enough to take down some of the world’s most formidable villains.
Whilst Fleming died in 1964, Sean Connery brought James Bond to life on the silver screen through huge box office hits like Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever. Whilst Connery is still many fans’ favourite Bond, it’s been fascinating to see how a succession of actors have managed to bring something different to this uniquely British character.
From the sadly-missed Roger Moore offering a humorous take on 007, to Daniel Craig delivering a blend of toughness with a touch of sensitivity, it’s clear that the Bond phenomenon is multi-faceted.
And such is the appeal of Bond that he’s also played a part in helping video gaming culture take off with the likes of the Golden Eye game for N64 even being made into a documentary. Whilst this game focused on Bond’s fighting skills, he’s also helped inspire a new generation of fans enjoy classic casino games like blackjack at websites like LadyLucks thanks to movies like 2006’s Casino Royale.
It’s James Bond’s ability to move with the times whilst retaining his trademark enthusiasm for glamorous women, technological gadgetry and casino games that is a big part of his success. Recent movies have featured on-trend topics of surveillance, hacking and terrorism, and with 1999’s Die Another Day anticipating the arrival of virtual reality, it shows how James Bond can stay abreast of current social trends.
But despite Bond’s reliability, there’s still the question of who will be the next actor to play James Bond. Since Daniel Craig seems unlikely to step back into 007’s shoes, there’s been stars like Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender lined up to play the role of the spy who’s synonymous with gun-toting glamour, fast cars and casino games.