Wednesday 22 May 2019

007 Irish Connections

- In his 2011 Bond novel Carte Blanche, Jeffrey Deaver casts an Irishman as the villain. A deadly assassin, the bad guy is known as 'The Irishman' or, less evocatively, Niall Dunne.

- Dublin writer and producer Kevin McClory became embroiled in a long-running dispute with Ian Fleming over the rights to the movie version of Thunderball. In 1983, he produced an adaptation of the novel, Never Say Never Again, which saw Connery reprise the part of 007.

- Two of the actors who have played Bond have Irish heritage. Pierce Brosnan lived in Navan until he was 11 while Connery's grandfather emigrated to Edinburgh from Ireland in the mid 19th Century. Meanwhile, Hollywood gossip has it that Kerry's Michael Fassbender would be the perfect actor to carry on the franchise when Craig has had enough.

- The only Irish Bond girl was Alison Doody, who played Jenny Flex in A View To A Kill. Eighteen at the time, she is the youngest Bond girl yet.

- Bond's only visit to Ireland is in the 1987 novel No Deals, Mr Bond by John Gardner. He travels to Dublin to investigate an international spy ring, where he liaises with Inspector Norman Murray, who refers to 007 as 'Jacko B'.

- Gardner also created an Irish understudy for gadget maestro Q -- Ann Reilly, dubbed 'Q'ute' by Bond.

- Timothy Dalton, who portrayed Bond in the late 1980s, is an enthusiastic salmon angler and has often been seen in his waders in rivers across the country.

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