“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” - James Bond (Played by Sean Connery in 1964’s “Goldfinger”)
Today is the 57th anniversary of the the release of 1962’s “Dr. No”, the first edition of the James Bond film series, which has produced 24 films starring six different actors playing the suave spy, making it one of the longest continually-running film series in history. Based on a series of novels by Ian Fleming, a former intelligence officer himself, the films follow the action-filled adventures of MI6 agent James Bond, code named “007”. Fleming was inspired to create the character of James Bond while serving in Britain’s Naval Intelligence Division during World War II, basing him on several commandos he met during this time. In total, the Bond series has a combined box-office gross of over $7 billion to date, making the fifth-highest-grossing film series of all time — “No Time To Die”, the latest entry in the spy saga, hits theaters in April 2020.