Five fascinating film and TV facts #95

The Doctor's first kiss, Guardians of the Galaxy's Chinese name change and Elijah Wood's blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in Back to the Future Part II...



Thought Sean Connery was the first actor to play 007 on screen? Think again! Back in 1954, American Barry Nelson played Ian Fleming’s spy in a 1954 TV adaption of Casino Royale. His Bond underwent a nationality switch, appearing as a US agent called ‘Jimmy’ in the CBS series after the network bought the rights for Fleming’s first book for $1,000. The episode was originally broadcast live but believed lost for decades until a kinescope surfaced in the 1980s.

While Matt Smith and David Tennant’s Doctors were no strangers to smooching, the very first time the Doctor actually kissed a companion (causing much uproar amongst Whovians) was his 8th incarnation Paul McGann who shared a steamy embrace with companion Grace in 1996’s Doctor Who: The Movie.

You may remember actor Bob Hoskins as first mate Smee to Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook in the 1991 Peter Pan adventure Hook. But were you aware that Hoskins reprised the same role in Syfy’s 2011 prequel miniseries Neverland opposite Rhys Ifans’ ‘Jimmy’ Hook?

Last month saw us pass the exact date that Marty McFly and Doc Brown arrived in the future. But when rewatching the dark and zany Back to the Future Part II, did you happen to spot the youngster on the arcade game in the Café 80s? That’s right, it was none other than Frodo Baggins himself, Elijah Wood.


Not all movies are given the same name around the world. Take 2014 smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy which went by a far less punchy title when it was released in China. Who wouldn’t want to see a film called ‘Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team’?