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Bond in the ‘60s

Bond in the ‘60s

6 Films on Screen

While the character of James Bond made his debut in the pages of Casino Royale, published by Ian Fleming in 1953, the British secret agent didn’t become a worldwide phenomenon until the first film adaptation, Dr. No, was released in 1962. It was a smash hit in the U.K. and finally made its way to North American screens in 1963. For the next decade, James Bond films were consistently found in the Top-10 grossing films of the year they were released. The films made Sean Connery a star. But they also served as a reflection of style in the changing 1960s. From formal attire to beach wear, the James Bond films dressed everyone in the trends of the time, and even projected what the future might be wearing. The advertising for the films reflected the style of the decade as well, as exemplified by the poster for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, currently on view in our Crashing into the ‘60s poster exhibition. These action-filled espionage adventures still thrill to this day, and established a six-decade pattern for escapist entertainment.

Dates and Titles:

May 15: Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962, 110 min.)

May 22: From Russia with Love (Terence Young, 1963, 115 min.)

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