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Today in Movie History: May 8

“Bond. James Bond.”

From the dawn of civilization until the end of time, no human being will be one-tenth as cool as Sean Connery was at that moment. From three little words came the franchise to end all franchises, with no signs of slowing down. 007’s immortal debut, Dr. No, hit U.S. screens today in 1966.

A few years later, another notable franchise began its five-year mission, which lasted far longer than anyone thought, but looked to be on life support when J.J. Abrams undertook a reboot. We’re still assessing how far it will go with Chris Pine in the captain’s chair instead of William Shatner, but no one could argue that 2009’s revamped Star Trek was a smashing success. (And Anton Yelchin, we still miss you.)

 

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