When Ian Fleming’s first spy novel “Casino Royale” hit bookstores in the UK in 1953, the world was introduced to the soon-to-be iconic British spy James Bond. The book detailed the exploits of the martini-drinking secret agent with a license to kill, becoming an instant hit in the publishing world, and soon more novels would follow.
Fleming was a former spy himself, working for the Naval Intelligence Division for Britain during World War II, and ran such covert units with colorful names such as 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. These covert units consisted of commandos trained in hand-to-hand combat, safe cracking, and lock picking, and primary objectives were obtaining enemy documents and securing personnel and equipment behind enemy lines.
Soon Fleming’s popular books would make it to the big screen with the premiere of the film “Dr. No”, released in 1962 and starring Sean Connery. The cinematic world was thus introduced to Agent 007 and this film would start one of the most successful movie franchise of all time, which has been going strong for nearly 60 years.
Originally the producers wanted Cary Grant to play the role of James Bond, but the famous actor would only commit to one film so the producers hired a young 30-year-old Sean Connery to play the role. The casting was perfect because Connery had a physically imposing presence, giving the impression he could easily kick ass while at the same time possessing dapper good looks, making him the perfect James Bond. Connery also played Bond as a dark anti-hero who would have no problem sacrificing anyone to achieve his objective of completing the mission.
After Connery retired from playing Bond, he cast a huge shadow over the other actors that would follow in his footsteps. Roger Moore had the most successful stint playing Bond after → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema