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Things We Learned About Our Favorite James Bond Actors

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Surely, you are a fan of Bond. James Bond. The 007 franchise has released dozens of successful films and is arguably the greatest espionage film series ever made. One of the reasons the James Bond franchise has consistently released so many successful movies is the casting of brilliant people who've played the plethora of characters on screen, including Bond actors Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.

Bond has also gone up against some of cinema's greatest bad guys. Add to that the many Bond girls and supporting characters spread throughout the franchise, and you've got some great actors making the whole thing work.

This list highlights the most fascinating things we learned about many of these actors. 

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    Sean Connery Was A Staid Gentleman Until It Came To Defending Women

    The first James Bond film actor - and often considered the best - was the late Sean Connery. A talented actor, he was also a gentleman... most of the time. At least, he didn't mind doing what he thought was right when he saw women being treated poorly in his vicinity.

    Michael Caine once told a story about an evening he shared with the Bond star when he was 23 and Connery was 26. The two were at a club where women were singing on stage. A group of four men was heckling the women, so Connery stood up, handed Caine his coat, and single-handedly beat up the hecklers. At the time, Connery was a serious bodybuilder named Mr. Edinburgh, so he had the muscles to dominate.

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    The Queen Of England Specifically Asked To Speak In A Bond Skit

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    Queen Elizabeth II of England rarely breaks from royal protocol. But when the opportunity arose to appear in a skit during the 2012 Olympic Games in which Daniel Craig as James Bond would accompany her to the opening ceremony, she had no problem breaking tradition.

    The skit was brought to the attention of the queen via its director, Danny Boyle. According to Hello! magazine, Angela Kelly, the queen's dressmaker and personal assistant, wrote in her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe that she took Boyle's request to Elizabeth. "She was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately," Kelly wrote. "I asked then if she would like a speaking part. Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: 'Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me.'"

    Originally, the skit didn't include any lines for the queen, but she insisted. Her line was, "Good evening, Mr. Bond."

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    Sean Connery Once Disarmed A Gangster

    Before Sean Connery landed the role that would solidify him as an international superstar, he appeared in Another Time, Another Place opposite Lana Turner. In the film, Connery plays a dashing young reporter while Turner plays a fellow reporter caught in a love triangle between him and Barry Sullivan, who plays her boss.

    During the film's production, Turner was dating a gangster named Johnny Stompanato, who he wasn't keen on how close Connery and his girlfriend were getting. He pulled a gun on the actor, demanding that he keep away from Turner. Although it would be years before Connery became Bond, he channeled 007 a bit that day when he grabbed the firearm, twisted Stompanato's wrist, and ran him off the set.

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    Indiana Jones Exists Because Of James Bond

    In the 1970s, Stephen Spielberg started pitching ideas to producers about directing a James Bond film, but he met resistance and never got the chance. He was dejected, but with the counsel and help of his friend George Lucas, the two came up with an American alternative in Indiana Jones. 

    The two characters share machismo and rugged handsomeness, but there's more going on than most people realize. In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the titular hero begins the movie wearing a near-identical white dinner jacket and red carnation popularized by Sean Connery in Goldfinger.

    Spielberg eventually recruited Connery to portray Indiana Jones's father in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which linked the characters once more. In many ways, the Indiana Jones franchise pays homage to the James Bond franchise, and a lot of that has to do with the simple fact that the studios wouldn't let Spielberg direct Bond.

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