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007 Chronicles (10-10-63)

10th October 2013

The second James Bond film, 'From Russia With Love', debuted in London exactly 50 years ago today

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The world premiere of the second James Bond film, "From Russia With Love", took place at multiple locations in London on 10th October 1963. Of the many locations, the Leicester Square Odeon was the prime venue and featured the lions share of the guest stars.

Midday saw the crowds begin to gather outside the Odeon in Leicester Square in anticipation of the stars’ arrival. Actors from the film included both Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, not to mention the Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman who were also in attendance. The Duke and Duchess of Bedford represented the Royal family at the premiere.

Left to right: Harry Saltzman, Sean Connery, Diane Cilento and Albert R. Broccoli at the "From Russia With Love" premiere.

From an estimated budget of just US$ 2,000,000, Saltzman and Broccoli managed to create film that not only grossed over US$ 78,900,000 putting it amongst the top earners of the time, but also upon reflection, one of Broccoli’s and Connery favourites in the series.

Almost six months later, "From Russia With Love" opened against "How The West Was Won" and "Dr. Strangelove" in the US and proved to be a greater success than "Dr. No".

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