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Albert R. Broccoli

Albert R. Broccoli [4]

Born:April 5, 1909
Died:June 27, 1996 (87)
Filmography Rating:7.07 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.88 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.29 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:79.99%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Dr. No [1962](53) => Producer
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1968](59) => Producer
Moonraker [1979](70) => Man at St. Marks Square (uncredited)
GoldenEye [1995](86) => Producer

Trivia that mentions this person:
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [1968]
  • Has the distinction of being the only non-[James Bond] film produced by Albert R. Broccoli after the Bond series began. This is because the novel on which the movie is based was written by Ian Fleming, creator of [James Bond].
  • In an interview during filming in October 1967 Dick Van Dyke revealed that he only accepted the role of Caracatus Potts on the condition that he would not have to attempt an English accent. Dick Van Dyke originally turned the part down but was repeatedly offered the part with more money added in each offer. When the offer reached seven figures plus a percentage of the profits, he accepted the role. And in his 2011 autobiography @&Dick Van Dyke: My Lucky Life In and Out Of Show Business, he revealed that he did not get along with producer Albert R. Broccoli or director Ken Hughes during filming.
    Dr. No [1962]
  • [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, the original producers of the [James Bond films], cast Sean Connery because they liked how he was a big, tough-looking man who nonetheless moved gracefully ("like a cat").
  • Producers [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were adamant that the film be directed by an Englishman, someone cultivated enough to understand the world of 007.
    Diamonds Are Forever [1971]
  • Producers [?] Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli cast Lana Wood as Plenty O'Toole after seeing her in Playboy Magazine. Her voice is dubbed in the movie, and she is standing on a box for some of her scenes with Sean Connery because, even in high heels, she was too small to fit into the frame with him. In the scene in Bond's hotel room, she was unaware that her derrière would be visible through her pink panties.
  • George Lazenby was asked to make a second [Bond] movie but declined, due to a lengthy and restrictive potential contract. Burt Reynolds was the original choice to replace him but was unavailable. Then American actor John Gavin was signed to play James Bond in this movie. At the time, he had recently played the French Spy OSS 117 in the Eurospy flick OSS 117 - Double Agent. Adam West turned down the role because he felt that James Bond should be a British actor. Michael Gambon turned down the role because he was "in terrible shape" and "had tits like a woman." At the last minute Sean Connery agreed to return as Bond for the sixth time in a two-picture deal and at an astronomical salary for the time. Producer Albert R. Broccoli insisted that Gavin be paid-out the full salary called for in his contract.
    Thunderball [1965]
  • When Bond and Domino meet underwater and disappear behind a rock, the scene was originally supposed to show Domino's bikini float out from behind the rock. Producer Albert R. Broccoli vetoed this because he felt it was too suggestive.
    The Living Daylights [1987]
  • Timothy Dalton was originally considered for the role of James Bond in the late 1960s, after Sean Connery left the role following You Only Live Twice. Dalton was screen tested by Albert R. Broccoli for On Her Majesty's Secret Service but he turned down the part as he thought he was too young. He was also considered for Diamonds Are Forever but turned it down again, still feeling he was too young. He was considered again for the role in For Your Eyes Only when for a time it was unclear whether Roger Moore would return. However, Dalton declined at that time, as there was no script (or even first draft). Dalton was offered the role again in 1983 for Octopussy, and yet again in 1985 for A View to a Kill, but had to decline the role both times due to previous commitments.
    Tomorrow Never Dies [1997]
  • Dedicated to the memory of long-time Bond-film producer Albert R. Broccoli.
    From Russia with Love [1963]
  • The love scene between Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi caused censorship problems in Britain. In the scene, a sweating SPECTRE cameraman films James Bond and Tatiana Romanova in bed from a cabinet de voyeur. The British Board of Film Censors mandated to producers Albert R. Broccoli and [?] Harry Saltzman that the voyeurism in the scene was too explicit and to keep the footage of the cameraman as minimal as possible or face risking having the whole sequence censored.
  • Albert R. Broccoli once named this film along with The Spy Who Loved Me and Goldfinger as his three favorite [James Bond] movies, according to an interview with the [Hollywood Reporter]'s [?] Robert Osborne.
  • Hoping for an end to the Cold War, producers Albert R. Broccoli and [?] Harry Saltzman didn't want James Bond's main enemy to be Russian, so for the film version his nemesis is the fictitious criminal organization SPECTRE, seeking revenge for the death of their operative, Dr. No.
    For Your Eyes Only [1981]
  • A line of dialogue had to be cut from the opening helicopter sequence due to legal reasons involving [?] Kevin McClory. The bald man could not be called Blofeld as [?] Kevin McClory had won a court case some years previous and owned the rights to the use of SPECTRE and Blofeld. Disposing of Blofeld so early was producer Albert R. Broccoli's way of telling McClory that the success of 007 did not depend on him. McClory later released a rival [Bond] movie, Never Say Never Again, featuring the Blofeld character. Blofeld has not appeared in EON productions since this movie.
  • Steven Spielberg was very much interested in directing a [James Bond] film and did have talks with Albert R. Broccoli to direct this film, but Broccoli told him he only wanted British directors to helm the [Bond] series. Shortly afterwards George Lucas offered Spielberg an iconic hero of his own in the form of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • First and only [Bond] film in the official series not to feature the M character. It was the first [Bond] film not to feature Bernard Lee as M, who had played the role in the previous eleven films in the series. Lee died of stomach cancer on January 16, 1981, after the filming of "For Your Eyes Only" had started but before his scenes were shot. Although Bernard Lee was dying of stomach cancer, he did try to film at least one scene in the movie, but in the end it was too much for him and he had to bow out. He died not long after. As a result, Q's role in the film was slightly expanded to fill the gap. As such, a number of scenes originally intended to include M were re-written with Q, e.g. the confessional scene. As a mark of respect, producer Albert R. Broccoli refused to recast the role, changing the script to say that M was on leave. The tele-movie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) also did not feature the M character.
    Octopussy [1983]
  • The elephant hunt sequence had its origins in The Man with the Golden Gun. Producer [?] Harry Saltzman had wanted an elephant stampede in the movie so Bond and Scaramanga could chase each other on elephant back. The rest of the creative team balked at the idea, but Saltzman went to see an elephant trainer. It turns out that elephants need a special shoe on their feet to protect them from rough surfaces when they work. A few months later, while filming in Thailand, Albert R. Broccoli got a call saying his elephant shoes were ready. [?] Harry Saltzman had apparently ordered about 2,600 pairs of them. The sequence did not end up being in The Man with the Golden Gun and the man who made the shoes did not get paid. As of 1990, EON Productions allegedly still owed him.
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service [1969]
  • Adam West, a personal friend of Albert R. Broccoli, was offered the part of James Bond for the movie. West said that while he was very tempted, he ultimately turned it down feeling the role should be played by an English Actor.
    A View to a Kill [1985]
  • This was Lois Maxwell's final appearance as Miss Moneypenny. Apparently, after she was told that she would be retiring from the role, she thought that she could become the M character as a promotion. However, at the time producer Albert R. Broccoli believed that audiences would not accept James Bond being given orders by woman. The M character did become a lady a decade later when Judi Dench took on the role in GoldenEye.
    Darby O'Gill and the Little People [1959]
  • This was the film that brought Sean Connery to the attention of Albert R. Broccoli, who then went on to cast Connery in his most famous role as James Bond in Dr. No.
    Never Say Never Again [1983]
  • John Barry was invited to do the music for this movie. He politely declined, out of respect for producer Albert R. Broccoli and his association with EON Productions.