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‘Dr. No’ was the first official (produced by EON Productions) James Bond film. Its world premiere took place at London Pavilion on October 5th, 1962. The building with nearly 1200 seats was located on the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street on the north-east side of Piccadilly Circus in London. Below you can see the facade of the building on the right.

Piccadilly Circus in London

There were five showings of ‘Dr. No’ that day, starting at 10.45 a.m. Celebrities including Sean Connery (who played 007), Zena Marshall (who played Miss Taro), film director Terence Young, producers Hally Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli, as well as James Bond author Ian Fleming attented a gala screening in the evening.

It is worth to add an interesting fact that the same day The Beatles released their first single – ‘Love Me Do’.

Sources:
– ‘Premiere Bond’, Associated Press Television News, BBC Worldwide Americas Inc., 2002
www.007magazine.co.uk

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