They are named after a character in the Jane Fonda movie Barbarella.
They first toured in the US in 1982 as the opening act for Blondie.
In 1985, John and Andy Taylor released an album with Power Station while Rhodes, Le Bon, and Roger Taylor formed a group called Arcadia.
Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy spent some time as lead vocalist before they settled on Simon Le Bon.
John Taylor once described Duran Duran's sound as "Sex Pistols meets Chic." For the 2005 reunion album Astronaut, John Taylor played late Chic bass player Bernard Edwards StingRay. John has cited Edwards as a big influence on his playing style and approach.
John Taylor's full name is Nigel John Taylor. He didn't like the name Nigel, because he thought it didn't sound "Rock N Roll Enough" for a Pop star. So, when he joined the band, he told them his name was John Taylor.
They were Princess Diana's favorite band - she and Le Bon went to the same gym. On July 1, 2007, Duran Duran played at a memorial concert for her at Wembley Stadium.