Thursday, October 6, 2011

007 is 49: Dr No And James Bond Burst On The Silver Screen In 1962

MI6, the James Bond web site, not the British Secret Intelligence Service, offers a look back at the film premiere of Dr No 49 years ago.

October 5th is the cinematic James Bond's birthday, as it was on this day in 1962 that 007 burst on to the silver screen in "Dr No" in cinemas across the UK. But the progress of James Bond from the printed page of Ian Fleming's adventures to the big screen EON Productions movies was not an easy passage.

Ian Fleming, seen in the above photo with Sean Connery on the set of Dr No, did not initially like the actor as his Commander Bond and he told a colleague that he found the film to be "Dreadful. Simply dreadful."

He later came to like Sean Connery and he revised his view of Dr No, stating that while his readers might be dissappointed, those who have not read the novel will think Dr No was a "wonderful film."

Ian Fleming lived to see the film version of From Russia With Love and visited the set of Goldfinger, but he died before Goldfinger was released.

You cna read the rest of the Mi6 piece via the below link:

You can also read MI6's coverage of the production of the film via the below link:

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