(Reuters) - The eagerly awaited James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” starring British actor Daniel Craig in the lead, premieres in London on Wednesday and opens around the world in November.
Here are some details about the “Bond” films
-- Daniel Craig now has two to his credit with “Casino Royale,” the 21st in the series, and “Quantum of Solace.” Craig, 40, is the first Bond actor to have been born after the Bond series began.
-- The earliest Bond is Sean Connery, 78. He starred in six Bond movies as well as the unofficial “Never Say Never Again” in 1983.
-- George Lazenby, 69, was an actor/athlete, winning two ski competitions in Australia. He also only starred in one Bond movie, “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
-- Roger Moore, 81, formerly “The Saint” on television, had a 13 year-stint as Bond starring in seven adventures.
-- Timothy Dalton, 62, starred in two Bond movies - “The Living Daylights” and “License To Kill.”
-- Pierce Brosnan, 55, is the only 007 actor to have been married to a Bond girl, Cassandra Harris, who starred in Roger Moore’s fifth outing as 007, “For Your Eyes Only.” Brosnan made four Bond movies.
-- David Niven, who died in 1983, played the character in the spoof original “Casino Royale” in 1967. Agent 007 was also played on U.S. television by Barry Nelson in 1954, although the agent’s name in that case was “Jimmy Bond.”
-- Bond’s tastes have entered popular culture. He likes his cocktails shaken, not stirred, and introduces himself as “Bond ... James Bond.” But his frequent flings with glamorous leading ladies including Pussy Galore and Honey Ryder have earned him a reputation as a sexist.
THE FILMS - BOX OFFICE RECORD:
-- The 21 official Bond films have amassed billions of dollars at the box office worldwide. The most recent, 2006’s “Casino Royale,” grossed around $594 million globally.
-- According to Forbes, the Bond films have generated $11.5 billion at the box office taking into account inflation, beginning with 1962’s “Dr. No” through to the “Casino Royale” remake.
-- If books, videogames and ephemera are included, the current total value of the Bond franchise jumps to the region of $13.5 billion - an exact figure is not available.