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Gun to your head - or, rather, powerful laser device pointed close to your groin - you could probably list all six actors who've played James Bond.
But Connery, Brosnan, Moore and so on are the just the tip of the (admittedly quite small) iceberg, as this list of the "other" Bonds proves...
1. Bob Holness
Best known for everyone's favourite pee-themed, letter-obsessed quiz show, Holness enjoyed a wide and varied career before he settled down behind the Blockbusters desk, once working as an airborne traffic reporter and briefly holding down a job in a South African printing press.
How he then ended up as secret agent James Bond 007 seems as great a mystery as "Who are the kind of parents that call their daughter Pussy Galore?" But he did, thanks to a 1956 BBC radio play based on Moonraker.
2. Barry Nelson
One remarkable aspect of Shakespearian plays is their ability to reinvent themselves, changing their surface depending on cast and crew in order to reflect the ideas of the age, while nonetheless remaining exactly the same story as originally conceived. Like Doctor Who, if you will. Since 2009, the works of the Bard have reached an...
- Philip Bates
He follows in the footsteps of Kenneth Branagh, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hiddleston, Rosamund Pike and Holby City star Hugh Quarshie, who in 2012 became the first black actor to play the role of Bond in audio form reading Dr No as part of a Classic Bond boxset.
"I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: 'I am the new James Bond'," said Oyelowo. Even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the 'to be or not to be' speech.
"I was asked specifically by the Fleming estate, which is really special. »
3 items from 2015
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