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Sean Connery as James Bond in a scene from the 1963 film, From Russia With Love. Connery, a relatively unknown Scottish actor and former bodybuilder, was cast in the hit movies as Bond.  From Russia with Love was the second in the series.
When Ursula Andress emerged from the sea, curves glistening, with a dagger strapped to her bikini in 1962's Dr. No -- the first Bond film made -- she made the Bond girl an instant icon.
This Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball.
George Lazenby, right, and actress Diana Rigg as they share a moment during takes of On Her Majesty's Secret Service at Schilthorn near Muerren, Switzerland, in 1969. Along with sports cars, gadgets and sex appeal, an impeccable sense of style is a hallmark of the James Bond movie franchise.
Jane Seymour, left, and Roger Moore, in the James Bond 1973 film, Live and Let Die. Initially, Bond girls were part of the esthetic of the series. They had more transient roles.
Ian Lancaster Fleming, best-selling  British author and creator of a fiction character known as secret agent James Bond, seen here in 1962.
Actor Sean Connery in Tokyo during filming of the James Bond spy movie,
Jill St. John in
Roger Moore is accompanied by co-star Barbara Bach as they arrive for the screening of their 1977 Bond feature, The Spy Who Loved Me, during the Cannes Film Festival at the French Riviera. Moore played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor.
Swiss specialist car maker Rinspeed, in London, built a 2008 model, the sQuba, which the company claims is the world's first real submersible car. Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht, known for his extraordinary automotive creations, is also a James Bond fan and kept revisiting in his mind, the scene from the 1977 Bond movie
Roger Moore, right, as James Bond, and Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, in the 1977 film,
Actor Roger Moore, as James Bond in ''The Spy Who Loved Me,
Richard Kiel, right, as Jaws and Roger Moore, as James Bond, fighting in the 1977 film, The Spy Who Loved Me. Those teeth could do some serious damage.
Sean Connery as James Bond in Never Say Never Again. The film, a 1983 remake of Thunderball, has its ironic title because it brought Connery back as Bond after a 12-year hiatus.
Timothy Dalton as James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987).
Grace Jones as May Day from the James Bond 1985 film, A View to a Kill. Modern Bond girls also present a more formidable challenge to the suave secret agent.
Timothy Dalton, as James Bond, right, and Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in Licence To Kill (1989).  Along with sports cars, gadgets and sex appeal, an impeccable sense of style is a hallmark of the James Bond movie franchise.
Mike Myers, right, and Verne J. Troyer perform in a scene from New Line Cinema's comedy
Sophie Marceau, left, and Pierce Brosnan in a scene from the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough.
Daniel Craig, right, appears with Eva Green in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. Whatever their role, Bond girls still must be inarguably beautiful.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, meets actor Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, during the world premiere of Casino Royale at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in London in 2006.
A general view of the James Bond movie memorabilia charity auction at Christie's auction house during the press pre-view showing large portraits of the actors who have portrayed the famous movie icon James Bond, with Sean Connery, at right, in London, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
Jeff Beque of Winnipeg, not pictured, has a James Bond room in his basement. One of his many items is the original motion picture soundtrack album for Dr. No.
One of collector Jeff Beque's items is an book featuring Bond girls.
Collector Jeff Beque has a James Bond
Sean Connery as James Bond in a scene from the 1963 film, From Russia With Love. Connery, a relatively unknown Scottish actor and former bodybuilder, was cast in the hit movies as Bond. From Russia with Love was the second in the series. - The Associated Press Archives
When Ursula Andress emerged from the sea, curves glistening, with a dagger strapped to her bikini in 1962's Dr. No -- the first Bond film made -- she made the Bond girl an instant icon. - The Associated Press Archives
This Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond movies Goldfinger and Thunderball. - Scott Reyburn / Bloomberg Archives
George Lazenby, right, and actress Diana Rigg as they share a moment during takes of On Her Majesty's Secret Service at Schilthorn near Muerren, Switzerland, in 1969. Along with sports cars, gadgets and sex appeal, an impeccable sense of style is a hallmark of the James Bond movie franchise. - BOB DEAR / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES
Jane Seymour, left, and Roger Moore, in the James Bond 1973 film, Live and Let Die. Initially, Bond girls were part of the esthetic of the series. They had more transient roles. - CP
Ian Lancaster Fleming, best-selling British author and creator of a fiction character known as secret agent James Bond, seen here in 1962. - The Associated Press Archives
Actor Sean Connery in Tokyo during filming of the James Bond spy movie, "You Only Live Twice," on July 29, 1966. - The Associated Press Archives
Jill St. John in "Diamonds Are Forever." - Handout
Roger Moore is accompanied by co-star Barbara Bach as they arrive for the screening of their 1977 Bond feature, The Spy Who Loved Me, during the Cannes Film Festival at the French Riviera. Moore played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. - CP
Swiss specialist car maker Rinspeed, in London, built a 2008 model, the sQuba, which the company claims is the world's first real submersible car. Rinspeed boss Frank M. Rinderknecht, known for his extraordinary automotive creations, is also a James Bond fan and kept revisiting in his mind, the scene from the 1977 Bond movie "The Spy Who Loved Me." "For three decades I have tried to imagine how it might be possible to build a car that can fly under water. Now we have made this dream come true," Rinderknecht said. - Handout
Roger Moore, right, as James Bond, and Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, in the 1977 film, "The Spy Who Loved Me." Moore, played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. - The Associated Press / United Artists and Danjaq, LLC
Actor Roger Moore, as James Bond in ''The Spy Who Loved Me," gets into a 1976 Lotus. - 007magazine / Bonhams / BLOOMBERG NEWS
Richard Kiel, right, as Jaws and Roger Moore, as James Bond, fighting in the 1977 film, The Spy Who Loved Me. Those teeth could do some serious damage. - The Associated Press Archives
Sean Connery as James Bond in Never Say Never Again. The film, a 1983 remake of Thunderball, has its ironic title because it brought Connery back as Bond after a 12-year hiatus. - The Associated Press Archives
Timothy Dalton as James Bond in The Living Daylights (1987). - The Associated Press Archives
Grace Jones as May Day from the James Bond 1985 film, A View to a Kill. Modern Bond girls also present a more formidable challenge to the suave secret agent. - The Associated Press Archives
Timothy Dalton, as James Bond, right, and Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier in Licence To Kill (1989). Along with sports cars, gadgets and sex appeal, an impeccable sense of style is a hallmark of the James Bond movie franchise. - The Associated Press Archives
Mike Myers, right, and Verne J. Troyer perform in a scene from New Line Cinema's comedy "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." The movie, a James Bond spoof, stars Mike Myers as the sexually charged man of mystery. The "Austin Powers" movies have done the best Bond parodies. - Handout
Sophie Marceau, left, and Pierce Brosnan in a scene from the James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough. - The Associated Press
Daniel Craig, right, appears with Eva Green in the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale. Whatever their role, Bond girls still must be inarguably beautiful. - JAY MAIDMENT / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, left, meets actor Daniel Craig, the new James Bond, during the world premiere of Casino Royale at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in London in 2006. - STEPHEN HIRD / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES
A general view of the James Bond movie memorabilia charity auction at Christie's auction house during the press pre-view showing large portraits of the actors who have portrayed the famous movie icon James Bond, with Sean Connery, at right, in London, Friday, Sept. 28, 2012. - Alastair Grant / The Associated Press Archives
Jeff Beque of Winnipeg, not pictured, has a James Bond room in his basement. One of his many items is the original motion picture soundtrack album for Dr. No. - JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Archives
One of collector Jeff Beque's items is an book featuring Bond girls. - JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Archives
Collector Jeff Beque has a James Bond "Moonraker" toy autographed by Roger Moore. - JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Archives

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