Ever since I was a young boy I have always been enamored by fine watches. So, ever since I was a kid, one of the alluring elements of Bond movies for me was to observe which types of watches were being used, especially by Bond. As I matured I found that I share many of Bond’s predilections for enjoying the “finest” things life has to offer. I think a fine watch is part of the character makeup for depicting Bond as a suave and “smooth operator.” Admittedly, I am not quite as good looking as some of the Bond actors; however, I am as well travelled and I have had my share of exciting “missions” as a U.S. Army helicopter pilot. As an adult, I came to appreciate fine watches more as I started earning some real money. Now I will tell you that because I am a pilot I have a natural affinity for Breitling chronograph watches. Unfortunately, Bond was only issued one Breitling by Q in the movie “Thunderball.” However, I thought it would be fun to write about Bond watches, I hope you enjoy, tell me what you think and if you enjoy Bond watches as well.
1962 Rolex Submariner from first 007 film, “Dr. No”
James Bond generally preferred wearing a Rolex Submariner (it was Ian Fleming’s personal watch of choice while writing the books), or an Omega Seamaster throughout the movies; however, when issued a specialty watch from Q-Branch, 007 has worn every gadget watch from Geiger counters to circular saws. Uncharacteristically, the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No” had no real gadgets at all.
Dr. NO was made only for a million dollars back in the day of 62. It was cast well, produced well and stayed very close to the original book, believe it or not even had some of the exact same lines! It became a hit, more movies were made and the rest was history. The first of the James Bond movies but the 6th in the series of books has Bond back on duty and taking on a mission to Jamaica to discover the dissapearance of another MI6 operative who was keeping an … more
The legend begins here as British super-agent James Bond (007) emerges for the first time. This film also introduces audiences to the smooth talking charm of Sean Connery who is able to turn the character into icon in his first quote: "Bond, James Bond." Who could have guessed back in the day that this character would become the star of the longest running film series of all time? Now, Dr. No is a good Bond film, but it isn't the best, as it is soon surpassed by films such … more
In watching this movie, the first in the James Bond sequene, once again, you can see how much Sean Connery grew into the Bond character. When he asks questions, there is a bit of an edge to his manner of delivery, Connery has not yet perfected the suave demeanor that made him so popular. Furthermore, after Bond and Honey Ryder are captured by Dr. No, Bond admits that he is scared, something not quite in keeping with his fearless approach. Nevertheless, you can see why Connery will always … more
Recently graduated with a Masters in Humanities degree from Old Dominion University reading in philosophy and history. I graduated from the Univ. of Miami in 1980 with a B.A. in Political Science; specializing … more
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Released in 1962, this first James Bond movie remains one of the best, and serves as an entertaining reminder that the Bond series began (in keeping with Ian Fleming's novels) with a surprising lack of gadgetry and big-budget fireworks. Sean Connery was just 32 years old when he won the role of Agent 007. In his first adventure James Bond is called to Jamaica where a colleague and secretary have been mysteriously killed. With an American CIA agent (Jack Lord, pre-Hawaii Five-O), they discover that the nefarious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) is scheming to blackmail the U.S. government with a device capable of deflecting and destroying U.S. rockets launched from Cape Canaveral. Of course, Bond takes time off from his exploits to enjoy the company of a few gorgeous women, including the bikini-clad Ursula Andress. She gloriously kicks off the long-standing tradition of Bond women who know how to please their favorite secret agent. A sexist anachronism? Maybe, but this is Bond at his purest, kicking off a series of movies that shows no sign of slowing down. --Jeff Shannon