IT’S a name that conjures up suave
sex appeal and dashing daredevil skills.
But for the real men named after Britain’s most famous spy, being called James
Bond is both a blessing and a curse.
From one man who was jailed for 60 days when police did not believe his
name, to those that groan after hearing the same joke every day, the life of
a real 007 is
And new documentary The Other Fellow, out today, reveals just how tough it
Director Matthew Bauer told The Sun: “I thought it would just be Aston
Martin jokes and ‘Shaken not stirred’, but there’s a lot more to it.
“They told me stories of being on the run from the police, crazy James Bond
fans and stalkers.”
Among the 14 men featured is Gunnar James Bond Schafer.
He lives like his spy hero and changed his name, fittingly, in 2-007.
The 65-year-old, who sells car parts and runs a 007
museum in Sweden,
has millions of pounds worth of Bond
memorabilia, from the Lotus
Esprit S3 Turbo used in 1981’s For
Your Eyes Only to Bond
Every day, he styles his hair like Bond actor Pierce
Brosnan, only drinks James’s favourite Bollinger Champagne and refuses
to marry — to be more like Bond.
Gunnar told us: “Everything in my life is to do with James Bond.
“We are similar in our love of martinis, Champagne, the clothes, Omega
watches and everything.
“A lot of ladies send me messages and I know what they want. I can read
between the lines, but generally women are a mystery to me.
"Fortunately, no one has ever wanted to fight me because of James Bond.
"If they did, I’m a good runner so would be better off doing that than
trying to kill people.
“Living like James Bond is a legacy and I’m honoured to be part of the
story, it’s helped me through some bad times.”
His obsession with Bond followed the disappearance of his father Johannes,
who went missing while visiting family in Germany in
1959, when Gunnar was two years old.
Johannes fought in the German navy during World
War Two, but deserted his post and escaped to Sweden, where he became a
Gunnar said: “I always wondered what happened to my dad and when I saw my
first Bond movie, Goldfinger, it reminded me of his story.
“He and Bond have so much in common, but were on opposite sides, one good
and one bad.
“James Bond could have had the same experiences as my dad and he became
someone I looked up to, who helps me through the day.
“I learned everything my missing father would have taught me from James
Gunnar vowed never to tie the knot after seeing 1969’s
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, fearing a similar fate to 007’s wife Tracy
Di Vicenzo, who was murdered shortly after she and the spy wed.
He joked: “James Bond married once and she was killed in one hour.
"I’ve already lost my dad and my wife could die. So I don’t see why I should
risk losing a wife too.”
Gunnar’s fixation has seen him amass more than 25,000 pieces of 007
He started off with a toy version of James
Bond’s Aston Martin in 1965 before progressing to the real deal.
He now owns 14 vehicles used by 007.
They include the BMW Z3 from 1995’s Golden
E-Type from the original Casino
Royale in 1967 and a BMW R 1200 motorbike that plays a big part in a
chase scene in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies.
He also has a tuk-tuk taxi from 1983’s Octopussy,
the gondola from 1979’s Moonraker and
a hovercraft and snowmobile from 2002’s Die Another Day.
He said: “Of course, I would love to be James Bond. It would be the crowning
moment for everything and the legacy of my life.”
Here, we take a look some of the other men called James Bond.
The Other Fellow is in cinemas
now and available on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, iTunes and Sky