Ah, the movie tie-in … Every successful film franchise has some authorized products to shill, but the marketing folks in charge of Dr. No started slow. To coincide with the release of the first Bond film, they issued a paperback edition of Ian Fleming’s novel, a soundtrack album, a 45-rpm single of the Bond theme — and a comic-book adaptation of the screenplay. The 32-page comic follows the film’s plot, except for a few key differences: Professor Dent tries to shoot James Bond before he’s killed, and Dr. No is electrocuted in the comic instead of drowned. The U.S. comic was censored to delete all racial skin color and dialogue thought to be offensive.
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