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James Bond: 60 years ago, Sean Connery shot the first film

In January 1962, Sean Connery wore the costume of James Bond for the first time when the first applause was given on the set of “Doctor I”. Watch the first of twenty-five 007 films with expert Laurent Perriot.

1. Sean Connery on the set of “Doctor I”.

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And for the first time, his name was Bond, James Bond. Little known from 1954’s Casino Royale, 1962’s most famous secret agent came to life on screen. It’s January 16th and Sean Connery will make his first step as 007 in front of Terence Young’s camera in James Bond’s 007 from Doctor Who.

Although the franchise and Daniel Craig can wait last year to present a new ending to the dying character, look back at the birth of James Bond in the cinema with expert Lauren Perriot ( 1989, the founder of the James Bond fan club in France and the author of the books The best kiss in the world (2020) and Saga Bond’s Ritual Copies (2021) interview in 007 questions, of course.

Alosine: We’re celebrating the 60th anniversary of the filming of “Doctor I.” What do we know about the media coverage of this event at the time? Was it really an event or a “Lamda” movie?

Laurent Perriot: “Wonderful!” Ian Fleming is excited at the London premiere. The audience follows with the same joy. James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No In the year It is supposed to be a film that dusts off the spy films of the 1930s.

How was Sean Connery chosen for the role?

Dana Broccoli, Cubby Broccoli’s wife, was the first to suggest it. Sean Connery After seeing him in the Disney film Darby O’Gill and the Sprites for the role of James Bond. She is his chosen source. For Doctor Who, Ian Fleming first asked his friends and fellow Jamaican Noel Coward to play the character. They all refused. Fleming’s distant cousin Christopher Lim turned down the role, although he later played Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun. Terence Young, on the other hand, loved Cary Krant.

How did “Dr. No” set the stage for what would become the James Bond franchise?

Before being billed as the start of a franchise, this first installment sets the formula: luxury, exoticism, glamour, adventure and action. James Bond 007 vs. Dr. No It also includes geopolitical tensions: the situation drives the action, as opposed to conventional narratives of the genre. And thanks – a stylized creation by Maurice Binder -, the iconography is in place: Bond is seen in the barrel of a revolver, he is shot, blood covers the screen, female silhouettes and dreamlike images appear.. This iconography becomes a symbol. Another element, the immediate use of the original musical theme, was an instrumental score written by Monty Norman, arranged and remastered by John Barry. Not forgetting the stunning visuals of Ken Adam’s collections.

Among the cult characters in the film, there is clearly Ursula Andres / Honey Rider who comes out of the water. What do we know behind this scene?

His appearance literally marked the history of cinema, became a cult scene, immediately entered the Western collective consciousness. It is a freely motivated plan. Birth of Venus By Botticelli. The legend of the James Bond girl was born … Ursula Andres and costume designer Tessa Prendergast worked together to create this legend: a bikini with a strappy bra and a triangle top, all made of ivory cotton. This is a very simple two-piece variation: a belt attached to the waist and a knife on the side to support. This list gives a literal meaning to the concept of the female mortal. The beach where Honey Rider can be seen emerging from the water is adjacent to the Ian Fleming Estate (christened Golden Eye) and suggested to the film crew by Chris Blackwell, later to be named ‘James Bond Beach’.

Ian Fleming died in 1964, two years after the film’s release. Was he able to visit the set?

yes, Ian Fleming He was mostly present on the set of the movie in Jamaica (where else he lives). He saw and
I liked the movie. He also attended and saw the next one, Kisses from Russia. He visited Goldfinger, the third James Bond film, but died before seeing the film.

As a 007 expert, have you had a chance to meet the veterans of this original shoot? what Does it keep memories?

I had a chance to meet. Terence Young At home in Cannes for a long afternoon. Creativity, to compensate for the production’s lack of finance, he used many tricks: the accuracy of the frame, the switching of interior and exterior shots, bright colors… James Bond was portrayed by Terence Young. His style, bringing Sean Connery On Saville Row in his own clothes.

Can you share some of the lesser-known stories surrounding this film?

  • The two main actors of the film, Ursula Anders and Eunice Gayson, voiced by Nicky van der Zyl in VOA. This was almost all of the James Bond girls of the 1960s.

  • As Bond enters Dr. I’s dining room, he notices Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington, a painting stolen from the National Portrait Gallery in London in 1961 and only recovered in 1965. The movie was sponsored by Theft!

  • On the budget side, it took in $1 million for $60 million in revenue.For comparison, Skyfall had a $200 million budget in 2012 for $1.1 billion.

  • The only budget Dr. No In the year That’s about the same as the phone bill it cost to film Moonraker in 1979.

  • Anthony Dawson, who plays Professor Dent (the man with the tarantula), will be Blofeld’s hand in the next two James Bonds.

Bonus question for the fan: Do you remember your first discovery of “Doctor I”? What do you remember? What does the film represent to you?

I got the movie in the early 80s on VHS, then a few years later finally on the big screen
screen when exiting. In the midst of Roger Moore’s heyday, I inevitably found the film “a little dated” at the time, but I immediately understood its impact and strength. Sean Connery. And of course I was impressed with the basic elements and foundations that created the cinematographic saga.

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