James Bond – Dr. No
October 6, 1962
Dr. No, first in the James Bond series, makes its world premiere in London. It starred Sean Connery as 007.
It was based on the 1958 novel by Ian Fleming. Produced on a budget of $1.1 million, it took in over $59 million at the box office.
Connery wasn’t the first choice for the role of Bond. Actor Patrick McGoohan who played spy John Drake in the television series Danger Man and David Niven both turned down the role. David Niven went to play Bond in the 1967 James Bond spoof Casino Royale.
However, it was not the first James Bond movie. The first James Bond movie was a live TV-broadcast of Casino Royale.