Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Barry Nelson, American Actor, Was the Very First 007
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Slated for this year's Academy Awards is a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 007 movie franchise which will include guest appearances by all six film actors who essayed the role of James Bond on the silver screen: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. They reportedly will all step onstage to the accompaniment of songstress Adele's rendition of the Bond theme tune, "Skyfall."
However, it must be stressed that American actor Barry Nelson was the very first to play the 007 role in 1954 (some nine years in before the first movie debuted) in the TV version of Casino Royale on the hour-long Climax anthology series. Interestingly, he was referred to as "Jimmy" throughout the production.
Nelson had a long career in television (such as roles in The Twlight Zone, Thriller, and Murder, She Wrote) as well as films (such as The Shining, Pete 'n' Tillie and Airport).
Sadly, he passed away in 2007 at the age of 90. Bu
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