James Bond film franchise shares photo of Ian Fleming visiting Sean Connery on Dr No set

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Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, which wouldn’t exist without the 007 novels of Ian Fleming. Today marks 57 years since the Bond book author died and now the official 007 Twitter account has paid tribute. A photo has been posted of Fleming visiting Sean Connery and the Bond producers on the set of the first 007 movie Dr No in 1962.

The tweet read: “On this day in 1964, author Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, passed away.

“Here Fleming is seen with producers Cubby Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and Sean Connery during the production of DR. NO.”

The Bond author had been a heavy smoker and drinker and previously suffered a heart attack in 1961, before dying of a fatal one on August 12, 1964 at the age of 56.

Fleming only lived to see the first two Bond movies in Dr No and From Russia With Love.

In 1962, Dr No’s shoot took place a few yards away from Fleming’s Goldeneye estate in Jamaica, so he would often visit filming with friends.

While during the 1963 filming of From Russia With Love, the author spent a week on the Istanbul set where he helped supervise production and toured the city alongside the producers.

Then in April 1964, he did visit the set of Goldfinger but would die a few months later before the movie hit cinemas.

Last year, one-time Bond star George Lazenby shared Fleming’s “scarily similar’ coronavirus prediction.

The 81-year-old star of 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service posted on Instagram how Fleming “predicted” coronavirus in the novel the film was adapted from.

Lazenby said: “Believe it or not, Operation Corona was coined by Ian Fleming for the scarily similar story in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”

It’s true. In the book and movie Operation Corona saw Bond disguise himself as genealogist Sir Hillary Bray to tempt the villainous Blofeld out of Switzerland.

In an odd coincidence, the SPECTRE chief’s plan was to brainwash a group of women called the Angels of Death to distribute bacteriological warfare agents throughout the world.

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Blofeld intended on holding the world to ransom, threatening to destroy its agriculture.

While in real-life Operation Corona was an RAF initiative taken during the Second World War.

When RAF bombers attacked cities in Nazi Germany, Allied German speakers would impersonate their Air Defence officers to confuse German nightfighters.

Operation Corona was launched in October 1943 and was made possible thanks mainly to German Jews who fled to England from the Nazis.

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