As recounted in the documentary “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007,” Fleming was a bit at a loss for what to do with herself after leaving the British army. But during the Cold War, Fleming was inspired to write “the spy thriller to end all spy thrillers,” which he did so at his getaway at Goldeneye. in Jamaica. It is clear that based on James Bond’s description in “Casino Royale”, when combined with Fleming’s life experience, Bond is more or less the author’s ego. But where exactly did that name come from? It turned out to be a book about birds.
“When I started writing these books, I wanted to have a really flat, soothing name. And one of my bibles here is James Bond’s Birds of the West Indies. I thought, ‘It’s James Bond now. It’s a really quiet name.’ So I simply stole it and used it. “
Although the book sold well (despite some criticism due to the content) Fleming had always found Bond to be a good fit for the movies, Hollywood had a hard time keeping up with his wavelength. The original attempt, 1954’s “Casino Royale” with Jimmy Bond as a TV series, turned the British spy into an American. Then Albert “Cubby” Broccoli appeared in the picture, and thus began one of the most important cinematic projects in history. Don’t exaggerate it or anything.
Broccoli created escapist features largely in the UK, such as “Fire Down Below”. These photos put Cubby on the map but the important thing is that he is actually a fan of Fleming’s “Bond” books. As well as Harry Saltzman, a former entertainer from the circus world who actually paid Fleming for the rights to the books. But Saltzman lacked connections with Hollywood and, when his option expired, meaning the benefits would lapse, a fateful meeting was in the cards. Cubby came to the painting through mutual friends. Using his connections, they formed a company called EON, which literally means “everything or nothing”, to finally bring Bond to the big screen.
But what about distributors? In the end, EON cut the contract with United Artists, but that was only because someone else delivered what would become a golden opportunity, as David Picker of United Artists explains.
“First place was Columbia, because that’s Cubby’s home. They turned him down. And then United Artists got a phone call from Cubby and Harry saying they wanted to see us. So we faced off. They said we had to spend somewhere over a million dollars, and in those years it was a serious budget. It was a risk. It was a pivotal moment for me, a very big decision. We said it was fine.”
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