Monday, May 9, 2016

Today In History: First James Bond Film, 'Dr. No,' Arrives In USA

As ABC13 in Houston, Texas notes, on this day in 1963, Dr No, the first James Bond film, opened in the U.S.

The internationally beloved James Bond (codename: 007) film series began on this day in history when the first film Dr. No premiered in the U.S. on May 8, 1963.

Produced by Eon Productions for $1 million, the film spawned 24 more entries into the 007 series over the past 53 years which have earned more than $7 billion worldwide, according to The Numbers.

It took several years for Ian Fleming, novelist and creator of the fictional suave British spy, to get his character onto the silver screen. By the time producers Harry Saltzman and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli had approached Fleming, the first novel Casino Royale had already been made into a one-hour television movie. Realizing they would need to start elsewhere in the series, the Saltzman and Broccoli chose to film the Fleming's sixth Bond novel, Dr. No.

According to Moviefone, this choice was made because they predicted that Honey Ryder, 007's love interest, and her bikini-clad entrance from the sea would become an iconic moment.

You can read the rest of the piece and watch the video clip via the below link:

You can also read's piece on the first Bond film via the below link:

And you can read my Crime Beat column on Ian Fleming and James Bond via the below link:

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