Albert R. Broccoli, often referred to as “Cubby”, was the longstanding patriarch of the Bond series before his death in 1996 due to natural causes. Actors, writers, directors, stage hands come and go but no one else had been involved with Bond from the beginning the way Cubby had.
Cubby Broccoli, along with his initial producing partner Harry Saltzan, early on saw the potential of Ian Fleming`s novels to be turned into thrilling big screen adventures, even when studio heads weren`t so sure. Even after Saltzman relinquished producing duties in 1975, Cubby Broccoli kept the series moving full steam ahead, during difficult times, when many people felt Bond films had run their course.
In 1982 he received the Irving G. Thalberg Award in recognition of his outstanding lifetime achievement as a motion picture producer. He was introduced to the audience by Roger Moore. In 1987 he was honored with an Order of the British Empire and named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. He is survived by his wife Dana Broccoli.