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Jesse Marinoff Reyes ( Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.)

007′s Big Screen Debut in the USA

Bond...James Bond

The sixth of the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming—begun in 1953 with Casino Royale, later used to relaunch/reintroduce the movie franchise in 2006 with Daniel Craig in the role pioneered by Sean Connery, not counting the 1967 spoof starring one-time Bond candidate David Niven—but the first to be adapted into a motion picture in 1962 which opened on May 8, in the United States.

“Wildly thrilling, packed with convincing detail, streaked with sadism.”

Dr. No

Great Pan Books, 1962 (movie tie-in edition)
Photographs: Eon Productions/United Artists

addendum. dave: quite a story how The Bond franchise was brought to the screen. Harry Saltzman was a neighbor of my grandfather in Sherbrooke, Quebec.Part of a then thriving English community. Saltzman ran away in 1930 at age 15, something which was not that uncommon actually with running away being open to a variety of interpretations. Harry Saltzman’s life itself is probably worthy of a film.The Bond franchise was fairly formulaic, but Saltzman was involved in producing some interesting work outside the series. His daughter Hilary apparently has returned to the  Quebec region, at least as indicated in this interview:


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Left to right, Ian Fleming, Harry Saltzman and Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli.---Gregory Ratoff announced plans to film Casino Royale in 1956 but the production never came together before his death in December 1960. Ian Fleming was certain James Bond would finally come to the screen when he made a film deal in 1959 with Kevin McClory — but the deal collapsed and now McClory was suing him over elements of the screenplay that appeared in Fleming’s latest novel, Thunderball. Cubby Broccoli had been interested in Bond for years but his erstwhile partner Irving Allen hated Fleming’s books. Harry Saltzman took a six-month option on the available Bond stories in December 1960, but he couldn’t find a studio interested in backing him and now his option was about to expire. One of the most fortuitous meetings in cinema history took place at the end of May when screenwriter Wolf Mankowitz introduced Saltzman to Broccoli. Rather than lose Saltzman’s option, now with less than a month to run, they formed a partnership and continued to seek backing through Broccoli’s contacts. After Columbia Pictures turned them down, they met with United Artists on June 21 and signed the deal that finally brought James Bond to the silver screen.

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