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Also Known As: Broccoli (Cubby), Albert Romolo Broccoli Died: June 27, 1996
Born: April 5, 1909 Cause of Death: heart disease
Birth Place: Astoria, New York, USA Profession: producer, assistant director, agronomist

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As the original producer of the James Bond franchise, Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli commenced an iconic franchise that became one of the longest-running and most successful in cinema history. Starting with "Dr. No" (1962), Broccoli introduced the world to the suave secret agent, James Bond, who had a license to kill, a love of vodka martinis and a weakness for bedding dangerous women. Though the first film was grounded in some degree of spy realism, Broccoli rapidly increased the size of his productions to include lavish locales, over-the-top stunts and impossible gadgets that only added to the success of the series. He worked in partnership with Harry Saltzman through EON Productions to make "From Russia with Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964) and "Thunderball" (1965), all of which starred Sean Connery as the original and what most called the best actor to play Bond. Though he produced other films in the 1960s, Broccoli concentrated solely on Bond by the time Roger Moore took over the role. After Saltzman sold his share, Broccoli flew solo on "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and up to "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), increasing both the campy tone and box office take. Broccoli brought daughter Barbara and...

As the original producer of the James Bond franchise, Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli commenced an iconic franchise that became one of the longest-running and most successful in cinema history. Starting with "Dr. No" (1962), Broccoli introduced the world to the suave secret agent, James Bond, who had a license to kill, a love of vodka martinis and a weakness for bedding dangerous women. Though the first film was grounded in some degree of spy realism, Broccoli rapidly increased the size of his productions to include lavish locales, over-the-top stunts and impossible gadgets that only added to the success of the series. He worked in partnership with Harry Saltzman through EON Productions to make "From Russia with Love" (1963), "Goldfinger" (1964) and "Thunderball" (1965), all of which starred Sean Connery as the original and what most called the best actor to play Bond. Though he produced other films in the 1960s, Broccoli concentrated solely on Bond by the time Roger Moore took over the role. After Saltzman sold his share, Broccoli flew solo on "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and up to "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), increasing both the campy tone and box office take. Broccoli brought daughter Barbara and stepson Michael G. Wilson into the fold with "A View to A Kill" (1985), saw the series slip with the Dalton films and returned to prominence with his last, "GoldenEye" (1995), all of which cemented his legacy as the producer of cinema's most popular film series.

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Born in Astoria, Queens, New York
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Family moved to Long Island
1938:
Entered film industry as assistant director at 20th Century-Fox
1951:
Moved to London
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Formed Warwick Productions in England with former director turner producer Irving Allen
1953:
First film as producer "Red Beret/Paratrooper"; also marked first collaboration with producer Irving Allen and first of three films with star Alan Ladd
1955:
First U.S.-U.K. co-production, "Cockleshell Heroes"
1956:
First of five films with star Victor Mature, "Safari" and "Zarak", the former Broccoli's first solely U.S. producing credit
1956:
First of five collaborations with director John Gilling, "Odongo"
1959:
Last film with both John Gilling and Victor Mature, "The Bandit of Zhobe"
1960:
Last collaboration with producer Irving Allen, "The Trials of Oscar Wilde"
1962:
Formed Eon Productions with producer Harry Saltzman
1962:
Produced first James Bond film, "Dr. No"; marked first collaboration with Harry Saltzman
1963:
Last U.S. production for many years, "Call Me Bwana" (almost all of the James Bond films are U.K. productions)
1968:
Produced last non-James Bond film, "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang"
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Formed another production company with Saltzman, Danjaq S.A.
1974:
Last collaboration with producer Harry Saltzman, "The Man with the Golden Gun"
1979:
Began ongoing collaboration with producer Michael G. Wilson (his stepson) on the James Bond films; first film together, "Moonraker"
1987:
First brought in daughter Barbara Broccoli as an associate producer on the James Bond films with "The Living Daylights"
1988:
Dedication, on July 18, of the Dana and Albert Broccoli Building of the Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, NY, a new structure which houses the girls' wing of the organization
1989:
Last producing credit, "Licence to Kill"
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Education

City College of New York: New York , New York -

Notes

Awarded Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Received Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres from the French government

"If Cubby Broccoli were on fire, I wouldn't piss on him to put out the flames." --Sean Connery

On his prickly relationship with Connery during the filming of the Bond movies, Broccoli reportedly said: "It all happened years ago and Sean's lack of grace at the time has ceased to bother me. My only regret is that his maturity as an actor was not matched by a similar maturity as an adult."

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wife:
Dana Broccoli. Writer. Survived him.

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daughter:
Barbara Broccoli. Producer. Worked with father on James Bond films; married producer Fred Zollo December 24, 1991 in Beverly Hills, CA; survived him.
daughter:
Tina Broccoli. Survived him.
son:
Tony Broccoli. Survived him.
step-son:
Michael G Wilson. Producer. Survived him.
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"When the Snow Melts: The Autobiography of Cubby Broccoli" Boxtree

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