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A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, Elliott shares some things you probably didn't know about James Bond!

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Hi, I'm Elliot Morgan, welcome to the salon, this is Mental Floss video, and did you know that in the 1990s when Pierce Brosnan played James Bond it was in his contract that he couldn't where a tuxedo in any other movie. That's why he's wearing a really weird suit in the Thomas Crown Affair, he couldn't wear a tux.

And that is the first of many facts about James Bond that I am going to share with you today.
 
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So as you probably know, James Bond was originally a character in a series of novels written by Ian Fleming. The first one was Casino Royale way back in 1953.

And Fleming named Bond after an ornithologist, AKA a bird expert. According to Fleming "when I was casting around for a name for my protagonist, I thought My God, James Bond is the dullest name I've ever heard."

A man names Jeffery Boothroyd was a firearms expert who was in touch with Ian Fleming over the years and actually provided information about weapons for the novels.  In the Dr. No film Major
Boothroyd became a character in the series as an homage to the real-life Boothroyd. He's now just called Q.

The famous James Bond theme music first appeared in Dr. No but it was actually composed earlier than that for another purpose. A man named Monty Norman wrote it for a musical adaptation of a novel
called A House for Mr. Biswas. The musical never made it to stage and Norman later made an arrangement of the song for Dr. No.

There are a couple Bond films that are considered unofficial by fans, the first one is a 1954 TV movie adaptation of Casino Royale, starring an American as bond, Barry Nelson. You might know him as the manager of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining. This CBS movie was the first ever Bond film but many fans prefer to just forget it. There's also Never Say Never Again from 1983 which starred Sean Connery. It's not considered official canon because it was made by a different production company than most other Bond films.

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