Re: RARA-AVIS: Helm vs Bond:

blumenidiot (
Fri, 29 Jan 1999 19:44:59 -0600 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 before Casino Royale was made.

I didn't remember correctly. You're right about date of release, but I seem
to remember there was a copyight hassle which kept Casino Royale from being
released until long after it had been made. I doubt the delay was as long as
five years though.

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, James Coburn.

Coburn would have been my pick for a serious Helm movie. He even looked
close to Hamilton's description of Helm as a "beanpole".

Mark Blumenthal

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