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Open Cloze - (C1) Advanced Certificate of English

For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

James Bond - A license to kill

James Bond is (0) AN English secret agent created by the British novelist Ian Fleming, (1) ............ started out as a journalist and later worked in the Foreign Office. The character of Bond became popular not only in Fleming’s books but through many movies (2) ............ well. "007" was first introduced in the novel Casino Royale in 1953. James Bond is probably one of the  famous and longest running characters in film history. (3) ............ his first appearance in Dr. No (1962) the Queen’s number one spy has travelled  to more places, romanced more women, escaped from more dangerous situations and saved the world more times than anyone. After the war he entered the British Secret Intelligence Service, known as MI6, where he became a “double-0” agent with a license to kill. His assignments have (4) ............ him to volcanic islands, India, Las Vegas and even a space station in orbit. He has charm, loves beautiful women, likes martinis - shaken, not stirred- fine suits and fast cars. Most of Bond’s missions bring him into contact with shadowy figures of the underworld. Starting in 1962, Fleming’s novels have been (5) ............ into successful films. All 22 of them have made a net profit of over $4 billion. Sean Connery was the first, and for many true followers of the series the best, Bond. He played the role in six movies from 1962 to 1971. Daniel Craig is the present Bond, starring in 5 movies since 2006. Bond films always have the same ingredients: a (6) ............ of action, car chases, leaps from high mountains, gunfights and narrow escapes. The selection of a Bond girl is almost as important as the choice of the main character himself. She is not only beautiful but also a woman that causes Bond great trouble when he finds himself attracted (7) ............ her. James Bond always drives in extravagant cars that have included an Aston Martin, a BMW Z3 and a Lotus Esprit. He also is the first to test Q's latest inventions - deadly darts, watches that explode and special guns. Bond reports to M, head of MI6, who finds the agent's habits frustrating but respects his many talents and sends (8) ............ on missions where all other agents have failed.

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