Multi-lingual Bond actors

Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,766MI6 Agent

I know Roger Moore spoke Italian. But did he speak more languages besides English and do the other Bond actors speak more than one language?

If we expand the question to other actors with major roles in the Bond series I immediately think of Christopher Lee. I belive he spoke 5-6 languages. Are there many other good examples?

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  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 1,817MI6 Agent

    I think Sir Roger must have spoken some French.

    Tim may speak some Welsh? Perhaps some Russian from his previous relationship with a Russian artiste.

    I imagine people like Dame Judi and the older generation have a decent level of French, given it was a key subject at school then, more so than it is now (sadly).

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,099MI6 Agent

    I believe Britt Ekland and Maud Adams spoke Swedish. I seem to remember the BTS features for TMWTGG indicated that Christopher Lee enjoyed speaking Swedish with them.

    Per her wiki, Maud Adams is fluent in 5 languages.

    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,766MI6 Agent

    I've seen Britt Ekland and Maud Adams speak Swedish, but I don't think we should count people's mother tongues. Five languages for Adams is impressive!

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 1,817MI6 Agent

    Maud Adams is practically perfect in every way.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,099MI6 Agent

    Famke Janssen is fluent in Dutch (mother tongue), English, French, and some German.

    I believe Eva Green speaks English and French and maybe Swedish.

    Jeroen Krabbe speaks Dutch (mother tongue), English, and I believe a few others.

    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 17,766MI6 Agent

    It's not unusual for Europeans to be able to speak three languages, even though the skill levels may vary. Mother tongue, English and a third language.

  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,571MI6 Agent

    When I visited the Netherlands a few years ago I was really impressed with most people's facility to speak other languages. Everybody appeared to speak English and in Amsterdam it almost seemed like English was the second language. I think people in Europe tend to be more multi lingual in general. Here in the USA, it seems the only folks who speak more than one language are immigrants or people who need to for their jobs.

    I always got a kick out how in the Bond films, Bond was always fluent in whatever language he needed to speak at the moment, including Japanese.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,099MI6 Agent

    I noticed that when I was in the Netherlands as well.

    Beautiful country, too. Really lovely people.

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    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
  • HowardBHowardB USAPosts: 2,571MI6 Agent
    edited May 23

    My daughter did a semester of college in Amsterdam and fell in love with the place.

    I always thought Amsterdam should have been used more as a location in Bond films.

    When we visited her I couldn't help but notice how parents and their children were switching back and forth between Dutch and English.

    IMO, I think one of the big problems in the USA is how foreign languages are taught in the schools. They don't teach the languages conversationally but as an academic exercise. I had three years of Spanish in high school and didn't learn much at all. After three years, you should be able to actually speak/understand a language somewhat passably.

  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 2,298MI6 Agent

    HowardB said:

    IMO, I think one of the big problems in the USA is how foreign languages are taught in the schools. They don't teach the languages conversationally but as an academic exercise. I had three years of Spanish in high school and didn't learn much at all. After three years, you should be able to actually speak/understand a language somewhat passably.

    I agree with this. In English speaking Canada, mandatory French class was always just rote memorization of conjugated verbs, I never absorbed a maudite thing. In my late twenties I went to Quebec for a summer immersion course, where the teachers had us tell stories and take part in debates, basically using what vocabulary we had on the fly to express ourselves, and it turned out I could do that! thats how you learn a language! Unfortunately when summer was over I returned back to the West Coast where very little French is spoken, and what I learned that summer did not stick.


    My experience in American cities is there's so many Mexican / Latin American restaurants everywhere, there's opportunity to practice Spanish if you want, and Spanish speakers are far happier to hear an Anglo butcher their language than a francophone is.

  • GymkataGymkata Minnesota, USAPosts: 3,099MI6 Agent

    I could not agree more in terms of how foreign languages are taught in school. Add in the general apathy of the students and none of it sticks.

    I've had pretty good luck with Babbel actually. I used that to learn Italian for my trip two years ago and it actually worked pretty slick. It helped that Italian is very similar to Spanish (which I took in high school) so I was able to get back into that mindset pretty easily.

    Current rankings:
    OHMSS>FRWL>CR>TSWLM>YOLT>MR>SF>FYEO>GE>OP>DN>
    TWINE>TND>QOS>TB>TMWTGG>GF>LALD>TLD>AVTAK>SP>DAF>LTK>DAD
    Bond rankings: Lazenby>Moore>Connery>Craig>Brosnan>Dalton
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