Did you know…about catchphrases?

“The name is Bond, James Bond.”

Bond is back, uttering his famous catchphrase in the film Skyfall, but did you know that many of the character catchphrases we think we know are actually completely wrong?

Sherlock Holmes never once said “Elementary, my dear Watson” in the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The closest he ever came was to say “Elementary” when explaining a deduction in “The Adventure of the Crooked Man”.

Other so-called ‘catchphrases’ incorrectly attributed to literary and film characters include:

 “Beam me up, Scotty” – Star Trek’s Captain Kirk would say “Beam me up”, “Energize” and (once, in Star Trek IV) “Scotty, beam me up”.

Play it again, Sam” – The actual lines from Casablanca are “Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake, play ‘As Time Goes By’.” And “You played it for her, you can play it for me. … If she can stand to listen to it, I can. Play it.”

Luke, I am Your Father” – Vader actually says “No, I am your Father!” in The Empire Strikes Back.

Do you feel lucky, punk?” – Dirty Harry actually says  “Did he fire six shots, or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a 44 magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well do ya, PUNK!”

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