Saltzman had secured the cinematic
rights to Ian
Fleming's James Bond adventures (all except
the content of 'The
Spy Who Loved Me' shortstory and - at the time
for a reported $50,000 in early 1961, but his short 6 month
time-frame to secure a studio deal
fast running out.
In step Cubby
Broccoli, who had been
interested in the Fleming rights for some time. The pair
formed Danjaq S.A., the company responsible for the rights
to the pictures, named after their wives: Dana and Jacqueline.
The more famous EON Productions was created shortly after
the confirmation of their partnership (on July 6th, 1961)
and to date is a subsidiary of Danjaq, responsible for
making the pictures themselves.
The next move was to organise a meeting with Arthur Krim,
head of United Artists for 20th June 1961.
In less than
one hour, UA granted Saltzman and Broccoli a budget of
$1m to make the first James Bond film, "Dr.
The deal would see 60% of the profits go to EON, and 40%
to United Artists.
Above: United Artists president