As we await the announcement of a new James Bond, the franchise turns 60
At this point in the history of James Bond, the party is in order, as No time to die has been published worldwide. The fifth and final film for Daniel Craig’s Bond, the film was the primary focus of producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, as well as everyone else at Bond headquarters. Were we will have to wait a little longer for the next 007 to be selected, but following the release of the new film, today is the perfect time to celebrate the first time Sean Connery has stepped into these cinematic shoes.
It was on this day, November 3, 1961, that Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman announced that Dr No would star Sean Connery in the very first big-screen version of Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Although others have been considered for the role before Connery’s casting, and a 1953 television adaptation of Casino Royale Technically marks the very first portrayal of Bond in filmed media, today was the day 007 from cinema landed its first actor. A reminder of this historic date has come from 007’s official Twitter, as you will see below:
On this day in 1961, Sean Connery was announced as the first actor to play James Bond, in DR. NO. pic.twitter.com/mkMm81UPUENovember 3, 2021
The whole story of the James Bond franchise is absolutely wild, especially when you consider some of the early steps to get things going. Initially, one of the most interesting ideas was to adapt Thunder clap with Alfred Hitchcock directing and Cary Grant as 007. But history would see this plan abandoned, giving way to Dr No with Sean Connery and director Terence Young to start.
As the success of the James Bond franchise grew through Sean Connery’s first five films, it was clear that the man was going to be a tough act to follow. Leaving the franchise before the 1969s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Connery would be drawn back into the role of 007 three more times in his lifetime. Due to the public reception of George Lazenby’s sole entry being quite disastrous at the time, the door was open for Sir Connery to make multiple appearances as Bond again.
Sean Connery’s last official entry was from 1971 Diamonds are forever, who saw the actor bid farewell to 007 in the EON Productions canon. He would later play James Bond in The unofficial 1983 remake of Thunder clap, entitled Never say never, marking his last film release in the legendary tuxedo. Connery’s last “final performance” as James Bond came when EA Games brought him in as the voice of James Bond for the official video game adaptation of 2005. From Russia with love.
2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the UK release of Dr No, which means it’s literally the start of the festivities. There will be more chances to elevate your cocktail of choice (martinis encouraged) to the story of 007, especially with a new book on the way by author Anthony Horowitz. And according to Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, the music of the franchise is the number one celebration item the folks at EON Productions have in mind for their official commemoration.
But, of course, even with his literary fame predating his cinematic glory, James Bond probably wouldn’t be so important without Sean Connery. Laying the groundwork for the character to become a staple in all kinds of media, there are a good number of fans who always claim that no one has done better. So for today let’s have a toast at the end Sir Sean Connery and his vital role making Bond, James Bond a household name.
Until then, for those of you who haven’t seen No time to die, and have graciously avoided any twists and turns, the movie is more than likely at a movie theater near you. But if you are looking to take advantage of spoiler-free fun with the cast, this can also be arranged. Last but not least, if you are looking to the future, you can search the rest of the 2021 films waiting for you by the end of December.