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On May 8 1963, with the release of Dr. No, North American moviegoers got their first look-down barrel of Gun-at super-Spy James Bond, immortal character created by Ian Fleming in his now-famous series of novels and portrayed onscreen by relatively unknown Scottish actor Sean Connery. Connery had acted in repertory theater and television and scored some bit parts in films before landing his first significant role, opposite Lana Turner in Another Time, Another Place. Bigger roles follow, notably in Tarzans Greatest Adventure. Harold Saltzman and Albert Cubby Broccoli, producers of Dr. No, had other actors in mind to play Bond, including Cary Grant and James Mason; Fleming himself preferred another leading candidate, David Niven. After winning the role, however, Connery swiftly made it his own. Costarring Ursula Andress, Joseph Wiseman and Jack Lord, Dr. No sends Bond, British Secret Service agent, to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a fellow agent and his secretary. There, he is forced to confront villainous Chinese scientist Dr. No with the help of bikini-clad seashell collector, Honey Ryder and a CIA agent. Dr. No establishes many signature elements of the Bond film series, including its distinctive theme song, fast-pace action sequences, sexy Bond girls-both good and bad, Bonds ' fondness for vodka martinis shake, not stir and his introduction of himself as Bond. James Bond. READ MORE: BondJames BondWas create To Mourn British Empire Connery went on to appear in six MORE Bond Films, including From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again. The title of the last film, unofficial remake of Thunderball, was self-mocking reference to Connerys past statements that he had finished With Bond franchise. Though he was a major box-Office attraction after the overwhelming success of Goldfinger, Connery had reportedly already tired of playing Bond by the time he made Thunderball. Afraid of being pinned down by his famous alter ego, he begin seeking out different and MORE challenging roles, scoring hits with such films as Man Who Would Be King. With acclaimed turns in Name of Rise and Untouchables, for which he won the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor, Connery move fully out of the Bond spotlight and emerged as one of Hollywood's most venerable leading men. Meanwhile, other actors keep the Bond franchise going over years, with varying degrees of success. George Lazenby played Bond in only one film, on Her Majestys Secret Service, while Roger Moore had a well-receive run of seven films, beginning With Live and Let Die and ending With View To Kill. After two films starring Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan was credited with breathing new life into the franchise with his debonair portrayal of Bond in four films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Die, World Is not Enough and Die Another Day.

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Bonus: 'Unofficial' James Bond movies

January 20: ITV broadcasts Live and Let Die For First Time in the United Kingdom. The film holds the record for most View broadcast Film on Television in the UK by attracting 23. 5 million viewers. April 14: Moonraker is nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards. Spring: Richard Maibaum and Michael G. Wilson base next Bond script on the stories For Your Eyes Only and Risico. July 6: Roger Moore, angry over Secret tests of other actors, States categorically that he will not play Bond again. July 23: Moore signs to play James Bond in For Your Eyes Only. Autumn: 24-Year-old Ross Hendry of Harrow, Middlesex, founded James Bond British Fan Club. September 2: Production of For Your Eyes Only begins in the North Sea, With three Days Shooting exterior Scenes Georges. September: Steven Jay Rubin's James Bond Films is publish. November: ABC-TV broadcasts Spy Who Love Me For First Time on Free Television in US. Late 1980: Playboy and United Artists sponsor Bond Girl contest. Winner Robbin Young appear in For Your Eyes Only. January 1: Production of For Your Eyes Only moves to Cortina d'ampezzo in Italy, where Filming wraps in February. Since it is not snowing at time of filming, producers pay for trucks to bring snow from nearby mountains, which is then dumped in the city's streets. January 7: RCA Selectavision buys laser-disc rights to 007 Films for $1. 5 million. January 16: After being admitted in November 1980 to Royal Free Hospital in London, suffering from stomach cancer, Actor Bernard Lee Die. Consequently, upcoming For Your Eyes Only will be the first and only 007 Film without the character M. April: John Gardner's First James Bond continuation novel, Licence renew, is published in the UK and in the US. Summer: Film historian Jim Schoenberger discovers kinescope of CBS Climax! Broadcast of Casino Royale. June 24: Premiere of twelfth Official James Bond Film For Your Eyes Only At Odeon Leicester Square in London, setting an All-Time opening-Day record for any Film At any Cinema in the UK with a gross of £14 998. The film goes on general release in the UK the same day. For Your Eyes Only had its North American Premiere in Canada and US on Friday 26 June, At approximately 1 100 cinemas. July 1: Marvel Comics publishes its comic book adaptation of For Your Eyes Only as issue 19 of Marvel Comics Super Special. It was later repackaged as a two-issue comic book. July 24-26: James Bond Weekend in Century City, California; George Lazenby and Herve Villechaize attend. August 3: For Your Eyes Only by Sheena Easton is Release as a single. It is the first James Bond theme to have music video produce, and, related to this, Easton is the first singer to perform a Bond theme on screen during opening credits. November 22: ABC-TV broadcasts Moonraker For First Time on Free Television in US.

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Thats right-Johnny Cash once wrote the Bond theme. Brooding country singer decided to try his hand at the opening score For Thunderball back in 1965, but producers decided to go with a song by John Barry and Don Black instead. It was recorded by Tom Jones, who fainted in the recording booth after holding the last note for far too long. As well as Johnny Cash, there are plenty of other random artists who have tried and failed to submit Bond themes. Alice Cooper wrote the song For Man With Golden Gun whilst Blondie recorded the track For For Your Eyes Only which didnt make the cut. Even British indie group Pulp recorded a song For originally-title Tomorrow Never lie.

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James Bond movies by actor

Films: Live and Let Die, Man with Golden Gun, Spy Who love Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy View To Kill Daniel Craig might have overtaken Moore as longest serving Bond in terms of timespan, but when it comes to the number of official films, Moore is still number one. Before taking on the role, Moore was best known for his work on the small screen-with notable roles in Saint and Persuaders, both shows in which he played parts with certain similarities to Bond. Moores Bond is considered more light-hearted than iterations that have come before, with a touch more humour injected into films while he was Star, and hes also often been described as the most elegant Bond. The actor also incorporates some of his own tastes and fashions into his portrayal of the character-including his use of Cuban cigars as opposed to cigarettes and his penchant for wearing safari suits.

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Sean Connery's James Bond movies

Connery's breakthrough came in the role of secret agent James Bond. He was reluctant to commit to film series, but understood that if films succeed, his career would greatly benefit. He played character in the first five Bond films: Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, and You Only Live Twice-then appeared again as Bond in Diamonds Are Forever and Never Say Never Again. All seven films were commercially successful. Sean Connery's selection as James Bond owes a lot to Dana Broccoli, wife of producer Albert R. Cubby Broccoli, who is reputed to have been instrumental in persuading Cubby that Sean Connery was the right man. James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, originally doubted Connery's casting, saying, he's not what I envision James Bond looks and I'm looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man, adding that Connery was unrefined. Fleming's girlfriend told him Connery had the requisite sexual charisma. Fleming changed his mind after the successful Dr. No premiere; he was so impressed, he created half-Scottish, half-Swiss heritage for literary James Bond in later novels. Connery's portrayal of Bond owes much to stylistic tutelage from director Terence Young, polishing the actor while using his physical grace and presence for action. Robert Cotton writes in one Connery biography that Lois Maxwell notice, Terence was taking Sean under his wing. He took him to dinner, showed him how to walk, how to talk, even how to eat. Cotton write, some cast members remark that Connery was simply doing Terence Young's impression, but Young and Connery knew they were on the right track. Tutoring was successful; Connery received thousands of fan letters a week, and the actor became one of the great male sex symbols of film. In preparation for the role, Connery admits to having only read only three of Ian Fleming's Bond novels; Thunderball, EON Productions ' original choice for the first James Bond film, as well as Live and Let Die and From Russia With Love. Although Bond had made him a star, Connery did not like the role, saying that he was fed up to here With whole Bond bit. In addition to growing weariness with repetitive plots, lack of character development and the general public's demands on his privacy, increasingly tense financial relationship had developed between Connery and the series producers. Despite being contracted for one further film, in 1967 frustrated Connery shocked industry by announcing that he was hanging up his tuxedo and retiring from the role of 007. In November 1969, prior to the release of the film adaptation of Her Majesty's Secret Service, Connery's successor, Austrian actor George Lazenby announced that he No longer wish to play role of James Bond. Producers contemplated replacing him with John Gavin, as well as Michael Gambon, who rejected the offer, telling Broccoli that he was in terrible shape.

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