It's hard to believe that 50 years ago the first ever Bond film, Dr No (1962), hit our screens. Sean Connery stepped into the 007 role with his licence to kill, taste for Martinis "shaken not stirred" and penchant for beautiful women. The world's most famous secret agent was born. And who can forget the iconic scene of Ursula Andress stepping out of the sea in her white bikini? A million male hearts raced.
Now, 23 films, six actors, countless beautiful Bond girls, gadgets, car chases and some cracking one liners later, and we have Skyfall, the latest installment of the Bond franchise, released in cinemas today. James Bond may have changed with the times into a leaner, meaner, slightly more troubled double agent, but his enduring appeal remains.
We'll be pinning these images of a rather dashing Sean Connery and gorgeous Ursula Andress to our Pinterest board in honour of 50 years of Bond, booking our tickets to Skyfall, in cinemas now, and treating ourselves to The James Bond Archives (Taschen, £135), which features behind the scenes interviews, on set photos and previously unseen stills.
If that's not enough, guests who order their martini "shaken, not stirred" will receive the second round of drinks complimentary "on James" this Sunday at the Galvin at Windows Bar. Located on the 28th floor of the London Hilton on Park Lane, there's a stunning view of Buckingham Palace. Perfect for those on Her Majesty's secret service.
To pin these images to one of your Pinterest boards, use the P 'Pin it' button in the top left-hand corner (just above the image).