Sean Connery as James Bond in 'Dr No'

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Sean Connery as James Bond in 'Dr No'

by Bert Cann
chromogenic print, 1962
16 5/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. (422 mm x 373 mm)
Acquired from EON Productions Ltd, 1985
Photographs Collection
NPG x34555

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  • Bert Cann (1917-1982), Photographer. Artist or producer of 3 portraits.

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In 1961, Fleming signed the contract with film producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman that resulted in the 'Bond' franchise; it remains one of the most successful of its kind. Dr No, featuring actor Sean Connery as James Bond, was released the following year and was enormously popular. Connery's tall, athletic build and dark good looks suited the glossy and action-driven format.

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Current affairs

After a series of by-election defeats, the prime minister, Harold MacMillan organises a drastic cabinet reshuffle, dismissing one third of his cabinet. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe's wry comment summed up the desperate action: 'greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his friends for his life.'
Britain suffers the 'Big Freeze' with no frost-free nights between 22nd December 1962 and 5th March 1963.

Art and science

The Beatles have their first hit with Love Me Do and release their first album Please Please Me.
The new Coventry Cathedral is consecrated and creates a showcase for British artistic talent with the first performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, a wall hanging by Graham Sutherland, stained glass by John Piper, and sculptures by Jacob Epstein and Elizabeth Frink.


The world comes to the brink of nuclear war with the Cuban Missile Crisis. In response to the USA's nuclear advantage, the USSR sent missiles to Cuba. The crisis lasted for 12 days before a deal was finally stuck between Khrushchev and Kennedy in which the Cuban missile bases were dismantled in return for the secret removal of US missiles from Turkey.

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