Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli,87, the Hollywood producer whose 17 James Bond movies matched suave 007 with beautiful women, diabolical villains and gee-whiz gadgets for three decades, died Thursday at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home. He underwent heart bypass surgery a year ago. The James Bond movies, inspired by the Ian Fleming novels about the urbane British spy, are the most successful, longest-running film series ever.
Mr. Broccoli successfully kept the entertaining packages of adventure, sex, posh backgrounds, gadgetry and wit coming even though the actors playing Bond changed and the supply of Fleming novels was exhausted.
He and co-producer Harry Saltzman began the series in 1962 with "Dr. No." It is said that Mr. Broccoli's wife, looking at audition films, saw the unknown Sean Connery on the screen and said, "Take that one! He's gorgeous!"
Mollie Beattie,49, who as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director for the past three years defended the Endangered Species Act against attacks from Republicans in Congress, died Thursday in Townshend, Vt., of brain cancer. She was the first woman to head the agency, which oversees wildlife refuges and endangered species. She resigned this month because of ill health.
John K. Hanson,83, a salesman who built Winnebago Industries into a leading motor-home maker, died of complications from a stroke Thursday in Forest City, Iowa.
Pub Date: 6/29/96