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1. Ian Fleming got the name James Bond from one of his favourite books, Birds of the West Indies. Fleming said he wanted "a really flat, quiet name" and James Bond fitted the bill.
2. Bond author Ian Fleming was initially sceptical about Sean Connery playing the role in the first film, Dr No in 1962, and dismissed him as an "overgrown stuntman".
3. But Fleming ended up liking Connery's performance so much he added a background to the character in his novels to make 007 Scottish by saying Bond's father was a Scotsman.
4. The first time that James Bond sports a beard in a James Bond movie is in Die Another Day. Pierce Brosnan is shown having more than just a few day's growth after being held captive for months. The closest shave to prior to this was the James Bond send-up OK Connery (1967) where Sean Connery's brother Neil Connery had a beard spoofing his brother's James Bond image.
5. Stuntman Bob Simmons was the man silhouetted in the gun barrel sequence which starts the first three Bond films. He was a stunt double for Sean Connery and stayed with the franchise in various stunt capacities until A View to a Kill in 1985. He died in 1988.