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James Bond: The 50-year anniversary of "Dr. No"

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 03:43 PM

It is really nifty to be fifty – particularly when your name is James Bond! Suave, debonair, and with an unlimited capacity for adventure, women, exotic locales, and drinks - James Bond is celebrating a milestone birthday in 2012.

Sean Connery as James Bond A TRUE CINEMATIC LEGEND: THE ONE & ONLY JAMES BOND

"Dr. No" is the first Bond film. Like many Bond films, it has parallels to the historical time period in which it was filmed. In “Dr. No,” the plot centers on the disruption of American rockets from a secret base in the Caribbean meant to spur war between two superpowers – America and Russia. It premiered less than two weeks before secret missiles in the Caribbean nearly did do so in the Cuban missile crisis.

james bond sean connery photo 2

A LICENSE TO KILL - AND A LICENSE TO THRILL!

From the stunning graphics of the opening sequence to the classic theme score, this film was based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel with the same title. It was the beginning of the splendid partnership of Harry Saltzman, Producer and Albert Broccoli, Producer – founders of the Bond brand.

aston martin james bondA LEGENDARY ASTON MARTIN - ONE OF THE FIRST OF JAMES BOND'S MANY ICONIC CARS

In the series’ 50-year history, there have been only a handful of the films which remained substantially true to their written source material. Dr. No has many similarities to the original novel and follows its basic plot with a few notable exceptions. One of these is Bond’s fight with a giant squid and his escape from Dr. No’s complex using a dragon-disguised swamp buggy. Components missing from the novel, but include in the film include Bond gambling in a casino, the introduction of Bond’s recurring girlfriend Sylvia Trench,  the fight scenes with an enemy chauffeur and Quarrel, the seduction of Miss Taro, the introduction of Felix Leiter, and the character Professor Dent.

"Dr. No&squot;s" namesake and James Bond&squot;s first nemesis - The villainous Dr. No himself

"DR. NO'S" NAMESAKE AND JAMES BOND'S FIRST NEMESIS - THE VILLAINOUS DR. NO HIMSELF

Many of the iconic aspects of the typical Bond film were first established in Dr. No.  The classic introduction of the character through the view of a gun barrel and the highly stylized main title sequence were both originally created by Maurice Binder and are continued with the Bond franchise up to today.   Binder’s opening sequences and the elaborate visual style first crafted by production designer Ken Adam are hallmarks of all 50 years of the Bond series.

Sean Connery Ursula Andress Bond girlSEAN CONNERY WITH THE STUNNING URSULA ANDRESS - THE VERY FIRST "BOND GIRL"

The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx collection is a proud owner of an original “Dr. No” poster featuring a charming and handsome Sean Connery alongside the first “Bond Girl” – Ursula Andress. Who can forget her famous debut as the first Bond girl? The poster is: Near Mint 30" x 40"– British Quad – A Particularly Desirable Original Poster in that it Represents the First James Bond Film and is of British Origin – Bond’s home country.

Original Dr. No poster
A PRISTINE RELIC OF THE 1960S - A NEAR-MINT 30"X40" ORIGINAL DR. NO MOVIE POSTER

 

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