Guincho Beach, Portugal near Cascais - Location of the James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" a photo by litlesam on Flickr.
The first James Bond movie came to the little theater in my home town in 1962. I remember seeing the previews while at a Saturday matinee. I had never heard of James Bond before. But the preview made the film look very exciting. The announcer said in a very excited voice that Dr. No was the first in a new series of James Bond films. I think the words "first in a new series" created some sort ovief thrill to this ten year old boy. There was something exciting about being able to experience the first in a new series. So the next Saturday I lined up at the State Theater in Havre de Grace, Maryland with my twenty five cents for admission and entered a new world of excitement that continues to fascinate me to this day 50 years later.
As the "new series" of James Bond films continued to explore more exotic locations and the story lines grew more and more fantastic I grew into adulthood still nursing the fantasy to see some of these places in reality. Travel was an extravagance in the 1960's. It was much too expensive for a family with a modest income to even think about world travel. I grew up. I got married. I had the American dream of the house, the yard, two children, the dog and the mortgage. And James Bond continued to travel and to entice me. This year I am turning sixty. Its the fiftieth anniversary of the first James Bond film this year also. There is a new Bond and new adventures. This year the new Bond film is filming in locations in Turkey. Of course Turkey is one of those fantasy sites for me. So although I have been able to travel as an adult and I have been able to see some of the exotic locations I experienced in the Bond movies, once more Bond is giving me the beckon call to another place I have never seen. In November I will once again enter a dark theater and like that ten year old boy in 1962, I will be transported to a world beyond my imagination. The bullet title sequence will appear. The familiar guitar strum of the James Bond theme will be heard. I guess some things never change. And I like it that way.