I always thought he was based specifically on Cary Grant in North by Northwest, which feels very much like a prototypical Bond film. Is that just an inkling of mine or does it have basis in fact?
Samuel T. Cogley said:
James Bond was based in part on Cary Grant.
You are correct. I have proof, but it's in one of the several biographies that I have for Grant. I'll have to look for it tomorrow.
Grant would have turned 104 today, by the way.