The Spy Who Won't Die

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“From Russia with Love” was just another paperback by a guy named Fleming, that is until U.S. President John Kennedy listed it in 1961 as among his favorite books. From that instant, it was Gold-Finger, and Tomorrow Never Dies, and Diamonds seemingly Forever for the empire that is Bond, James Bond.

Through Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan, the on-screen character of Bond has gadgeted and seduced his way into the affections of filmgoers who look to the laconic spy for a well-pressed sense of cool. An eclectic succession of villains has come to fame, while fast cars and brand-name products now pay to associate themselves with the Bond myth. For a character who was supposed to only live twice, Bond keeps coming back, for your ears only.


Michael Harvey, curator of the exhibit “Bond, James Bond” at London’s Science Museum

Toby Miller, professor of cinema studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts

Peter Lamont, production designer who’s worked on 17 James Bond films