Dr. No, James Bond: Sean Connery improvised 007’s famous catchphrase.
In the first-ever EON Bond film, Dr No, Sean Connery immortalized the renowned fictional spy with a multitude of scenes and pieces of conversation, as well as embarking on an affair with the first-ever Bond girl.
The James Bond persona was not yet the famed cinematic spy that he is today when EON began production of a little independent picture called Dr No in 1961. Sean Connery had only appeared in a few films at the time and was eager to establish his mark as 007 in Ian Fleming’s hero in the first large-scale adaptation. The film was made on a shoestring budget of little under $1 million in 1962.
Ken Adams, the film’s production designer, said of the 2005 shoot, “It was a disaster to tell you the truth since we had so little money.” (Image courtesy of The Guardian)
Finally, thanks to its outstanding storyline and some instantly recognizable moments, the film turned out fantastically.
In one of the most well-known entrances of all time, Dr. No welcomed Bond to the big screen.
Bond is seen lighting a cigarette at a gambling table while repeating, “Bond, James Bond.”
However, this line of dialogue was not included in the original script.
Bond was supposed to introduce himself to Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson) in the original draft for Dr No by declaring, “I am James Bond.”
Connery apparently didn’t think this line was forceful enough, so he went off script and said, “Bond, James Bond.”
He also apparently experimented with a few tries to get it right before adding the pause while lighting a cigarette, thereby becoming an on-screen legend. (Image courtesy of ScreenRant)
Dr No was a huge hit, grossing slightly over $60 million at the box office, which was a huge sum at the time.
Connery went on to play the dashing super-spy in five more EON films, the last of which being Diamonds Are Forever in 1971.
However, Connery will remember Dr No because he allegedly had an affair with Ursula Andress, the first-ever Bond girl on set.
Andress as Honey Ryder, a local shell diver who is unavoidably drawn into Bond’s secret agent shenanigans.
Connery married his first wife, Diane Cilento, in 1962 and was married to her until 1973.
Last year, on October 31, 2020, the Scottish actor died.
Andress spoke after his death. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”