The Real-Life Inspiration Behind James Bond Led A Fascinating Life Full Of Crime

Have you heard of the real-life inspiration behind the character James Bond?

Bond creator Ian Flemming gave the spy new life in 1953 after reading about a man named Sidney Reilly’s exploits. Reilly was a British spy in the early 1900s who was loyal to no one but himself. Sound familiar? Throughout his career, the “Ace of Spies” committed very real crimes, some of which are echoed the James Bond books and movies we all know and love.

1. Murdering a man on a train.

In 1895, train operators in Paris found a man dying inside a train car. He had been stabbed many times but regained consciousness long enough to say he had been robbed by two men. It later came out that he was a member of an illegal anarchist group. Reilly and an accomplice stole money from the anarchist and Reilly fled to the United Kingdom.

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Can You Identify These 15 Famous Pop Culture Characters By Their Eyes?

Artist Jason Edmiston is devoting his next showcase entirely to paintings of the eyes of famous fictional characters, some of which are easy to pin down, while others are a little trickier.

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Austin, Texas’ collectible boutique Mondo has made itself the destination for a rarefied kind of geeky art and accessories, like Gremlins-themed knit sweaters and the Cannibal Holocaust soundtrack on vinyl. While Mondo is most famous for the limited edition posters that sell out in seconds after their availability is announced on Twitter, the gallery has since expanded into fine art and has been home to solo showcases from illustrators and designers, as well as themed group shows inspired by Batman and Disney.

But Mondo’s upcoming “Eyes Without A Face” show, featuring the work of artist Jason Edmiston, doesn’t have a theme so much as a set of parameters. It’ll consist of around 150 paintings of distinctive eyes, belonging to famous pop culture figures. “I’d say 75% are movies — that’s the most visually interesting — but I’ve got television, video games, people in the news, cartoons, comic books, and toys,” Edmiston told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview. The paintings all have the same 3:1 aspect ratio — inspired by a glimpse of Edmiston’s own eyes in a rear-view mirror– and they’re also all to scale. “I’ve got tiny characters that are a half-inch wide all the way up to a seven-and-a-half foot wide painting. It’s quite a range,” he said.

“Eyes Without A Face,” which will run at Mondo from Mar. 13 through Apr. 4, was born in part out of Edmiston’s desire to create a show of original artwork that would be more accessible to people who don’t have several thousand dollars to drop on one painting. But he’s also created a test of people’s pop culture knowledge: None of the works in Edmiston’s “portrait experiment” will be identified by the character or by the property they’re from. And while most should be familiar, there are a few that might prove tricky. “I think that’s a big part of the fun of the show,” the artist said.

The images below are of paintings that will appear in “Eyes Without A Face,” the first 11 of which are exclusive to BuzzFeed News.

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Disney Has Been Hiding Secrets In Their Movies For Years. I Don’t Know How I Never Saw #3.

One of my favorite things in a movie is when the director inserts a hidden ‘easter egg.’ There’s nothing more satisfying than finding it in the background or another secret place. Well, as it turns out, Disney is the best of the best with hiding items and characters from their other movies in unlikely scenes. I don’t think I’ll ever watch another Disney movie without looking in the background after seeing these. Check them out.

Brother Bear – Nemo makes an appearance when Kenai disrupts the salmon fishing.

101 Dalmations – Lady and the Tramp show up in the Twilight barking scene.

Aladdin – The Beast is one of Sultan’s toys

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame – Aladdin’s Magic Carpet, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Pumbaa from The Lion King, are seen on the street surrounding Notre Dame during the “Out There” scene.

101 Dalmations – Peg from Lady and the Tramp is in the window of Percy’s Pet Shop

The Great Mouse Detective – Bill the Lizard, from Alice In Wonderland, is part of Ratigan’s gang.

The Little Mermaid – During the wedding scene, The King and The Grand Duke from Cinderella are guests.

Oliver & Company – Yep, that’s Jock, Peg, and Trusty from Lady & The Tramp.

The Black Cauldron – When Taran, Princess Eilonwy, and Fflewddur Fflam discover the Fair Folk and their underground kingdom, Tinkerbell appears among the fairies.

Oliver & Company – Ratigan, from The Great Mouse Detective, and Scooby Doo are hidden among the photos in the “Perfect Isn’t Easy” scene.

Hercules – the slain lion is Scar from The Lion King.

The Princess and the Frog – that’s Aladdin’s magic carpet in the opening scene.

Tangled – look closely because that’s Pinocchio up in the rafters during the I’ve Got A Dream scene.

Lilo & Stitch – don’t miss the Dumbo toy sitting there.

The Princess and the Frog – Louis pulls on some swamp grass and imitates Madam Mim from The Sword and the Stone.

Tangled – 3 classic Disney books appear in this one. Sleeping Beauty, Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast

Oliver & Company – Princess Aurora in the background.

The Princess and the Frog – King Triton appears as the Mardi Gras float.

Tarzan – That’s Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast

The Rescuers – Bambi and his mother 🙂

The Princess and the Frog – While Mama Odie sings “Dig a Little Deeper,” she throws around a few items, one of which is Genie’s Magic Lamp from Aladdin.

Lilo & Stitch – a Mulan poster shows up in the background

Little Mermaid – Hey look, it’s Goofy!

Beauty and the Beast – When Maurice and Felipe are lost in the woods, the road signs say Valencia and Anaheim. Disney Land is in Anaheim and Valencia is where many Disney artists study (California Institute of Technology)

Treasure Planet – a doll of Stitch on the shelf

The Fox and the Hound – Wart (in squirrel form) from The Sword in the Stone makes a cameo.

Lilo & Stitch – The ball from Pixar’s Luxo Jr. can be seen in the background.

Now that you’ve seen all of these, go re-watch the movies. There are probably even more if you look close enough. Share these Disney “secrets” with your friends below.

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This Is What Famous Movie Scenes Looked Like BEFORE The Effects Were Added. Um… Wow.

Think of the last time you went to the movies. Even if you watched a film about slavery or truck drivers, if it wasn’t a documentary, odds are it was filled with visual effects. Hollywood has perfected the art of CGI to where you won’t even realize what you’re looking at is completely faked. Thanks to the visual effects studios of Industrial Light & Magic, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks, and Rhythm & Hues along with visual effects software company Imagineer Systems, we were able to see what movies would look like without their “magic.” I was shocked by the amount of times my eyes were tricked.

In Life of Pi, the actor wasn’t anywhere near a tiger.

He wasn’t even on the ocean.

Sandra Bullock looked far above the earth in Gravity.

But she was safely in a movie studio.

In Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio looked as if they flew to Italy to shoot one scene.

He never left Los Angeles.

Scenes of vintage New York City looked too good to be true in The Great Gatsby.

They were too awesome to be real.

We all knew that Superman wasn’t really flying…

But Henry Cavill probably did less than you think.

When Robert Downey Jr. looks like he is wearing an Ironman suit…

He’s actually just wearing a unitard.

Transformers obviously had a lot of CGi.

But did you know just how much?

Alice in Wonderland was a beautiful movie to watch.

Wonderland, though, was pretty much all CGI.

James Franco was a wonderful Wizard of Oz.

He just wasn’t in Oz.

He wasn’t even close.

Pacific Rim was full of fighting robots, so of course it was faked.

But the entire city of Hong Kong was dreamt up by designers as well.

Zachery Quinto’s huge, leaping fight scene in Star Trek was visually impressive.

It was actually quite tame to film.

One of the last sequences in the Lone Ranger was beautiful and well shot.

It was mainly filmed in front of a screen, though.

The cool Hunger Games consoles weren’t advanced technology.

They were just flat, green tables.

Mark Ruffalo wore this suit to make the Hulk’s movements look natural.

It took a lot of editing…

But they were able to pull it off.

A lot of the scenes, actually, in the Avengers weren’t shot in a real city.

Instead, the sequences were shot in front of green screen backdrops.

Shooting this kind of scene in the real New York City would have been difficult to control.

Thankfully, they didn’t have to.

And Scarlett Johansson was never in danger while filming this daring scene.

Although she still had to jump on some guy’s back.

For the Dark Knight Rises, the Pittsburgh football stadium was used.

There weren’t 80,000 people in the crowd, though. The crews just filmed smaller groups of people in different locations.

They also couldn’t REALLY blow up the field in the movie.

This is what it looked like while it was being filmed.

Designers added debris to the stadium.

Then, they digitally replaced almost the entire surface of the field.

Did you know just how much computer generated images you were looking at when you watched those movies? I know to expect some visual effects, but the sheer amount of digital editing in movies is always surprising. Share this with your friends. See if they know just how much of the movies they watch are completely fake.

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Ridiculous Movie Mistakes That Weren’t Fixed…Did You Notice Them?

If you’re a movie aficionado, you probably thrive on finding mistakes in plots, scenery, and all-around logic. It’s probably the only thing film buffs like more than the movies themselves. The tiny mistakes that go unnoticed to everyone, even the director, until it’s too late are like little golden nuggets when you uncover them.

Check out a few of our favorite film-editing flubs below…did you catch them when you originally watched the movies?

In “Jurassic Park,” when this raptor opens the door, take a close look at its butt. No, not like that, you weirdo. You can see someone place a hand on the tail to make sure the dino doesn’t tip over.

There’s a scene in the background of “Back to the Future Part III” where one of Doc Brown’s kids points to his crotch in a very strange way.

During this fight scene between Harry Potter and Draco, when Draco falls off the table, a camera man can be spotted in the crowd of onlookers.

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This classic Star Wars blooper made it into the movie. Watch the stormtrooper on the right — you’ll see that he hits his head on the door quite obviously.

“Gladiator” is apparently full of mistakes. One example that you can see here when the horse moves his face is a man in jeans trying to get out of the shot before being noticed.

Can’t get enough? Here are 20 movie mistakes that are so rewarding once you spot them.

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Now that you realize how many mistakes are in movies, you’ll probably keep your eyes peeled for them going forward. It might change how you watch films altogether, but if you catch a mistake, it’s so worth it when it comes to these mega-budget movies.

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25 Celebrities Who Almost Played Your Favorite Characters

Even though you might not be able to picture a frozen hellscape in which Harry Potter is not played by Daniel Radcliffe, the fact of that matter is that someone else almost did.

In fact, the same is true for plenty of popular movie and TV characters. What would “Pretty Woman” be without Julia Roberts? Who else could even legally play Han Solo other than Harrison Ford? These are the hard-hitting questions, friends, and I’m here to give you some answers.

Here are 25 beloved characters that were almost played by other actors.

1. Britney Spears was considered for the role of Allie Calhoun in “The Notebook.” Rachel McAdams got the gig instead.

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2. Are you cringing at the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow almost played Rose DeWitt Bukater in “Titanic”? Same.

3. In that vein, Macaulay Culkin almost played Jack in “Titanic” instead of Leonardo DiCaprio.

4. Jim Carrey was close to playing Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” because why the hell not?

5. Can you picture Her Royal Majesty Queen of All Things Angelina Jolie as a valley girl? The casting director of “Clueless” entertained the idea.

Something tells me that Mrs. Jolie-Pitt is more than happy to have left Cher Horowitz off her resume.

6. Human-shaped dumpster fire Nicolas Cage almost snagged the role of John Bender in “The Breakfast Club.” Fortunately for all of humankind, he didn’t.

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7. Instead of the late, great Alan Rickman, casting directors for the Harry Potter franchise almost went with Tim Roth (who for all I know could be a great actor but is also not Alan Rickman) to play Severus Snape.

8. Are you sitting down? Good. As it turns out, John Travolta was originally asked to play Forrest Gump over Tom Hanks, who absolutely nailed the performance in every way.

9. Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” was almost played by Ashley Olsen instead of Leighton Meester.

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10. Johnny Depp came close to playing Ferris Bueller, but then, ya know, didn’t.

11. Molly Ringwald is great and all, but Vivian Ward’s character was basically written for Julia Roberts. “Pretty Woman” would be nothing without Julia Roberts. NOTHING, you hear me?

12. Christina Applegate almost won the bend-and-snap-off against Reese Witherspoon to play Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”

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13. Gabourey Sidibe’s iconic turn as Precious in the eponymous film almost never came to be, since fellow queen Jennifer Hudson was considered for the role.

14. Jennifer Lawrence almost played a significantly less irritating version of Bella Swan in “Twilight,” but casting directors ultimately decided on Kristen Stewart.

15. Because everything hurts and life is awful, I’m forcing you to come with me and confront the fact that some kid named Liam Aiken almost played Harry Potter. Misery loves company.

16. We all loved watching Maya Rudolph play Lillian in “Bridesmaids,” but I’m sure Mindy Kaling would’ve been just as funny if she’d been given the role after auditioning.

17. Mars was apparently in retrograde when Al Pacino was considered to play Han Solo. Fortunately, Harrison Ford rolled up and was all like, “Nah, man,” probably.

18. If you need me, I’ll be tracking down the person who almost cast Rob Lowe as Dr. McDreamy, otherwise known as Derek Shepherd, otherwise known as a character that should never be played by Rob Lowe under any circumstances, in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

19. Hugh Grant almost played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” but lost out to Kenneth Branagh in the end.

20. An actor by the name of Thomas Jane fought in what I can only imagine was a slime-ball battle in his own mucus with fellow human slug Jon Hamm for the role of Don Draper in “Mad Men.” Ultimately, Hamm won.

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21. In what would’ve been the cutest swap in history, Harry Potter’s gigantic friend Hagrid was almost played the late Robin Williams instead of Robbie Coltrane, who also happens to be awesome.

22. It’s hard to picture Mia Thermopolis without seeing Anne Hathaway’s face, but Cameron Diaz was the one who initially received an offer from those in charge of “The Princess Diaries.”

23. Will Smith turned down the lead role in “The Matrix,” at which point it was offered to Keanu Reeves.

24. Instead of yelling “INDYYYYYYY” at the sight of Harrison Ford, we could’ve been assaulting Tom Selleck’s ears had the scales tipped in his favor for the lead in “Indiana Jones.”

25. Jeremy Irons was close to overtaking Anthony Hopkins to play creep extraordinaire Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

I just can’t live the same life anymore. John Travolta as Forrest Gump? Tim Roth as Severus Snape? Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.

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We Love Movies, But Most Movie Posters Are Lame. This Artist Is On A Mission To Change That.

We recently featured a lot of artists who work to cleverly redesign movie posters. However, they all pale in comparison to Jaemy Choong.

Choong is a Malaysia-based designer who mashes-up official movie posters with the real world. The results are a whole new level of quirky. Just wait until you see his take on The 40-Year-Old Virgin. It’s pure genius. 

1.) Alice in Wonderland (2010).

2.) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014).

3.) The Shining.

4.) The Silence of the Lambs.

5.) 007: Skyfall.

6.) Jennifer’s Body.

7.) Tron: Legacy.

8.) Scream.

9.) Freddy vs. Jason.

10.) Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.

11.) The Amazing Spider-Man (2012).

12.) The Crazy Ones.

13.) Captain America: The First Avenger.

14.) House of Wax (2005).

15.) E.T.

16.) Guardians of the Galaxy.

17.) Edward Scissorhands.

18.) Mrs. Doubtfire.

19.) The Simpsons Movie.

20.) The 40 Year-Old Virgin.

21.) The Terminator.

22.) Pacific Rim.

23.) Transformers.

24.) Hellboy II: The Golden Army.

25.) The Love Guru.

26.) Starship Troopers.

Via: Design Taxi

Who would have thought to mash-up E.T. with Darth Vader? Simply brilliant. For more amazingly quirky movie poster reinterpretations, make sure to follow Jaemy Choong on Instagram.

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