Re: RARA-AVIS: Helm vs Bond:

Mark Sullivan (
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 19:57:12 -0500 (EST) Mark Blumenthal wrote:

While the first movie made of both series was a parodiy, the Helms kept
their tone and stuck with the woefully inadequate Dean Martin. The
Bond's soon had Sean Connery in movies that took the action seriously.

Although Casino Royale was the first book in the Bond series, the parody
movie of the same title which came out in 1967 was not the first Bond
movie. That was Dr. No in 1962. Sean Connery had already done his
initial 5 Bond movies (coming back later in Diamonds Are Forever and the
Thunderball-remake Never Say Never Again) before Casino Royale was made.
The first Dean Martin/Matt Helm film, The Silencers, came out in 1966,
the same year as the great spy-spoof Our Man Flint, starring one of the
coolest men alive (now that Lee Marvin is gone), James Coburn.


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