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Remembering Albert R. Broccoli on the Anniversary of his birth

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Albert R. Broccoi James Bond producer
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond Movie History - remembering producer Albert R. Broccoli, or just “Cubby” for those who knew him, on the anniversary of his birth in 1909. Without Mr. Broccoli (1909–1996), there would have never been a James Bond movie series.

Although it was fellow producer Harry Saltzman who was the first to purchase an option on Ian Fleming’s 007 novels in 1960, it was Broccoli who had the connection and clout in Hollywood to bring the deal to first Columbia Pictures (which turned him down) and then United Artists which made a multiple picture deal, financing 1962's Dr. No (for a little over $1 million).

And whereas Saltzman was a gambler who played at many film tables (the Harry Palmer series, The Battle of Britain), Broccoli was totally focused on bringing Bond to the masses – an endeavor that would continue until the end of his life.

I am indebted to Mr. Broccoli, because he agreed to a meeting with me in early 1977, where I first presented the idea of a James Bond movie history book.

And although unfortunate circumstances led to our falling out years later, it was long after he introduced me to his stepson Michael Wilson in London that summer – which led to my first 007 tome, “The James Bond Films: A Behind the Scenes History” (1981).

So let us raise a tall flute of champagne to the uber Bond producer, Mr. Albert R. Broccoli.

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