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It’s estimated that since Dr.No, a quarter of world population has at least seen one Bond film.
Bond. James Bond, every time he says it not even once has failed to leave his charm; he is the epitome of cool, smart and witty. He drives the most expensive cars as well as women mad by wearing sleekest of suits. Villains despise him and women covet to be with him and we as audience adore him.
This all began when the suave secret agent of all time debuted from Ian Fleming’s novel to onscreen on October 5, 1962 with first official Bond movie, Dr.No.
James bond is a British secret agent working for MI6 with code number ‘007’ is a man of great taste in cocktail-“shaken not stirred”, he knows how to wear a tux and woe women and above all he is a hero of pop culture with his adaptation to technology. Till now 8 different characters have played the character of James Bond and 26 films have come in 56 years but still ‘Dr.No’ is considered as one of the best of Eon Productions.
Dr.No was directed by Terence Young starred Sean Connery as Bond, who is sent to Jamaica to investigate the disappearance of a fellow British agent and the trail leads him to the underground base of Dr.No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American space launch with a radio beam. This movie has also led to the birth of new genre of “secret agent films” that flourished in 1960’s.
The most iconic aspect of Bond movies were established in Dr.No that is, through the view of gun barrel and highly stylised main title sequence, both created by Maurice Binder and Ken Adam, which is one of the hallmark of film series. This movie has also inspired NBC series, ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’. Furthermore, it’s estimated that since Dr.No, a quarter of world population has at least seen one Bond film.
Another important aspect in the movie is Bond girl. How can one forget the ravishing beauty Ursula Andres, who influenced fashion world by flaunting ‘Bikini’ in movie which made her an international celebrity and its said that the use of bikini in the movie led to the biggest impact on the history of bikini which continues to be a trend even today.
Bond films have changed dramatically over the period. Some movies were good and some were bad but Director Sam Mendes rightly said, “In a way it’s deeply old fashioned in its value but they never go out of date”
All thanks to the first James Bond says Desowitz, “I don’t believe it would have lasted if they had not cast anyone besides Sean Connery”. Well, it’s been 6 years, since 2012. October 5 is celebrated ‘Global James Bond Day’ and series of events are held on this day to commemorate reign of timeless secret agent, James Bond.