2. Sadly, Sean Connery refuses to participate in the 50th anniversary promotion of the franchise. It’s not like he owes his entire career to playing the iconic spy or anything, though.
3. “Fifty years ago, at the dawn of the commercial-jet age, James Bond strode into movie history, to show audiences how stylish and thrilling life could be. But creating the cinematic Bond was fraught with peril, as best-selling author Ian Fleming discovered when he first tried to take his hero to the screen. David Kamp recalls the unlikely team — two small-time producers, a journeyman director, and a ‘rough diamond’ of a star — behind 007’s film debut, Dr. No, the beginning of a $5 billion franchise.”
By the way, that’s a photo of Connery, Bond author Ian Fleming, and actress Ursula Andress, who played Honey Ryder in Dr. No and is still considered the standard by which all Bond girls are measured.