The James Bond Films by Steven Jay Rubin is my preferred source of shooting schedule references for the early Eon Productions 007 movies.
But now that we have an “official” history from Eon Productions itself via @007 on Twitter, it seems only appropriate to nail down some of the most important dates vis-à-vis information they’ve just provided.
Around 4:00 am EST (US) today, @007 Tweeted: “ON THIS DAY IN BOND HISTORY: 1962, shooting was completed on the first scene in which 007 says, ‘Bond. James Bond’ in DR. NO.”
Experts generally agree that this was a vitally important scene to introduce James Bond, to establish Sean Connery as on-screen incarnation of Ian Flemings by then already hugely successful literary character.
As director Terence Young said in his so-called “banned” commentary for The Criterion Collection CAV LaserDisc release of Dr No, attention to detail was never greater than in preparation and filming for this scene. Cigarette case. Reveal. Timing of line delivery.
And, as readers of this James Bond Watches Blog know: The view of the Rolex Precision wristwatch that Sean Connery was wearing continue reading…