In 1980, when there were only a dozen James Bond features to choose among, it was easy to know everything there was to know about the screen's most popular superspy. Reeling Back invites you to test your recollection of those simpler times with this film quiz.
JAMES BOND AT 18
Wednesday, December 8, 1980.
BEFORE 1962, JAMES BOND was a literary phenomenon. Author Ian Fleming had already written nine books about his British secret agent before 007 came to the screen. Numbered among his readers was the American president, John F. Kennedy.
Since 1962, Bond has been a movie phenomenon. So far there have been 11 feature films in the "official" series of James Bond movie adaptations.
Now [December 1980], in an effort to generate a little pre-Christmas cheer, Canadian Odeon Theatres is programming eight days of 007 films, a Bond-anza event that includes 10 of the 11 "official" features. Before this major Bond market opens, filmgoers may want to check their recollection of some of the fundamental facts with this quiz.
1. The "official" Bond series [to 1980] has featured three actors in the title role. Name them.
2. What is M's full name? Who always appears in the role?
3. Translate SMERSH.
4. A Bond adventure wouldn't be a Bond adventure without an involvement with a beautiful woman. From the following list, match the actress with the role she played:
A. Diana Rigg a. Tiffany Case
B. Mie Hama b. Pussy Galore
C. Claudine Auger c. Honey Ryder
D. Honor Blackman d. Domino Vitali
E. Jill St. John e. Tracy Vicenzo
F. Ursula Andress f. Kissy Suzuki
5. What do the letters S.P.E.C.T.R.E. stand for?
6. Gert Frobe, Charles Gray, Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasence and Telly Savalas have all played Bond villains. Which of them played S.P.E.C.T.R.E. chief Ernst Stavro Blofeld?
7. Canadian actress Lois Maxwell has appeared in every Bond film to date. She plays . . . ?
8. Name the film in which Bond battles (a) Oddjob; (b) Nick Nack; (c) Rosa Glebb; (d) Jaws; (e) Bambi and Thumper.
9. The 12th Bond film, currently in production, is called . . . ?
10. In 1967, Columbia Pictures released an "unofficial" Bond feature, a film not part of the canonical United Artists franchise. A manic spoof, it brought together five directors, and featured David Niven as Sir James Bond. What was it called?
1. Sean Connery (in Dr. No, 1962; From Russia With Love, 1963; Goldfinger, 1964; Thunderball, 1965; You Only Live Twice, 1967; and Diamonds Are Forever, 1971), George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 1969) and Roger Moore (Live and Let Die, 1973; The Man With the Golden Gun, 1974; The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977; Moonraker, 1979).
2. Admiral Sir Miles Messervy, K.C.M.G., played by Bernard Lee.
3. Smyert Spionam (or, Death to Spies), is the Soviet counter-espionage agency in the Bond universe.
4. A-e in On Her Majesty's Secret Service;
B-f in You Only Live Twice;
C-d in Thunderball;
D-b in Goldfinger;
E-a in Diamonds Are Forever;
F-c in Dr. No.
5. Special Executive for Counter Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. They're the bad guys.
6. Charles Gray (Diamonds Are Forever), Donald Pleasence (You Only Live Twice) and Telly Savalas (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) all played Blofeld. Gert Frobe and Christopher Lee had the title roles in Goldfinger (Auric Goldfinger) and The Man With the Golden Gun (Scaramanga).
7. Miss Moneypenny, M's secretary.
8. (a) Goldfinger; (b) The Man With the Golden Gun; (c) From Russia With Love; (d) The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker; (e) Diamonds Are Forever;
9. For Your Eyes Only, scheduled for release in 1981, will star Roger Moore.
10. Casino Royale, based on the one Fleming novel for which producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli did not have the screen rights.
The above is a restored version of a Province movie quiz by Michael Walsh originally published in 1980. For additional information on this archived material, please visit my FAQ.
More Bond: In 1983, Sean Connery returned for one more go around as 007 in the second (and last) non-series Bond feature, Never Say Never Again LINK.