Bond and Lincoln: Who Knew They Had So Much in Common?

It's not just good reviews and enthusiasm at the box office, these two screen heroes had tragic pasts, signature drinks, even special gadgets

01 of 07

GADGETS

GADGETS
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Bond had everything from a TV watch to a submarine car – and of course Sean Connery's jetpack in 1965's Thunderball. Lincoln's trademark stovepipe hat doubled as storage space for speeches and other important papers.

02 of 07

HURTFUL HISTORY

HURTFUL HISTORY
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Before his assassination, Lincoln had already lost two sons, including Willie in 1862. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Bond lost his wife Tracy (played by Diana Rigg) in a drive-by shooting on their wedding day, no less.

03 of 07

MEN BEHAVING BADLY

MEN BEHAVING BADLY
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Bond's womanizing, drinking and killing people, in the name of Queen and country, were legendary. Though known as Honest Abe, Lincoln hinted at a darker side. "It has been my experience," he once said, "that folks with no vices also have very few virtues."

04 of 07

1969

1969
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The year that had us shaking our heads. The most obscure Bond was Australian model/actor George Lazenby, who left the franchise after one movie, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, in '69. As for Abe, the late Dynasty actor Lee Bergere played a space-traveling replica of the 16th president on Star Trek that year.

05 of 07

SIGNATURE DRINK

SIGNATURE DRINK
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Bond never saw a martini he didn't drink, provided of course it was shaken and not stirred. History is divided on whether Lincoln had a taste for beer, he did enjoy a spot of coffee: the cup he was drinking from the night of his assassination is on display at the National Museum of American History.

06 of 07

RECURRING NEMESIS

RECURRING NEMESIS
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Lincoln rose to fame facing Stephen Douglas in a series of seven debates before eventually defeating the man known as the Little Giant in the 1860 Presidential race. Bond most famously tussled with Blofeld, a cat-loving psychopath responsible for his wife's death, in six films (seven if you include the unauthorized Never Say Never Again) before eventually dropping him in smokestack in the opening sequence of For Your Eyes Only. They even look a little alike.

07 of 07

FEMALE LOVE

FEMALE LOVE
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Lincoln's heart was set on Mary Todd ever since spotting her at a party in 1839, a love that endured her despite her many emotional problems. Bond also was never without a girl, or two, or three. A sampling: Honey Rider, Vesper Lynd, Pussy Galore, Kissy Suzuki, Plenty O'Tool, Mary Goodnight, Holly Goodhead, Octopussy, and Dr. Christmas Jones.

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