It was on this day – Saturday 6th October 1962 – that a film of the book launched the James Bond saga across the world.
‘Doctor No’ was the sixth novel by author Ian Fleming to feature his British Secret Service agent James Bond. He had written the novel in early 1957 at his home in Jamaica and it was first published in the United Kingdom by Johnathan Cape on Tuesday 31st March 1958. The novel centred on Bond’s investigation into the disappearance in Jamaica of two fellow MI6 operatives.
Sean Connery – agent 007 – had to battle with the mysterious Doctor No – a scientific genius bent on destroying the whole U.S. space program. As the countdown to disaster began James Bond headed for Jamaica. There, surprise surprise, he encountered the beautiful Honey Ryder (played by the beautiful Ursula Andress). Together they have to confront a megalo-maniacal villain in his massive island headquarters.
Created on a one million dollar budget, the film box offices returned just short of 60 million dollars!