I enjoyed watching MI6 agent James Bond, with his 007 license to kill, save the world from dastardly villains. The James Bond film series is the longest-running film series known to mankind. Beginning in 1962 with Sean Connery to the present with Daniel Craig, it has been a continuous series of spy thrillers hitting the big screen, grossing well over $6 billion, making it the second-highest-grossing film series, trailing Harry Potter. Here's some historical facts on the James Bond TV and movie series:
- 1954- Author Ian Fleming was paid $1000 for the TV rights for Casino Royale, and was broadcast on CBS in October, 1954 as an episode of the Climax! Mystery Theatre.
- The first official EON Productions James Bond film was Dr. No. Released in 1962, it opened with the gun barrel sequence that become a trademark of the series.
- Roger Moore came on the scene in 1964. Busy guy! He played Simon Templar on The Saint and starred as James Bond in an episode of the comedy sketch show Mainly Millicent.
- When Sean Connery departed from the series in 1967, the producers began found Australian model George Lazenby to play the new James Bond.
- George Lazenby retired from the series after filming On Her Majesty's Secret Service, so the producers were told to bring back Sean Connery at any cost. Connery agreed to do one last film, getting paid a $1.25 million base salary plus an estimated 12.5% of the profits. The film was Diamonds Are Forever and was a complete success and Connery didn't enjoy the money- he donated his entire base salary to a Scottish education charity.
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