“I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE, MISS . . . ?”

Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

The first line of dialogue spoken by James Bond in Dr. No—and thus his first line in Eon Productions’ 007 series as a whole. It is delivered by Sean Connery at a baccarat table to actress Eunice Gayson, portraying playgirl Sylvia Trench. The location is Les Ambassadeurs, a private club in London. Gayson replies, “Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr. . . . ?” to which Connery replies, “Bond, James Bond,” as he finishes lighting his cigarette.

When director Terence Young first shot this sequence, Connery timed the flick of his lighter to the beginning of the line, which caused a few chuckles among the crew. Young suggested that Connery open his lighter sooner. Thus, when the scene cut to reveal Bond, he would be pictured in a swirl of cigarette smoke, there would be a beat, then one of the most famous lines of dialogue in screen history would be uttered. The technique obviously worked.

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