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Television anthologies used to be all the rage, and CBS was one of the first to broadcast its programs in color. The throwback to the old serial storytelling format and eye-popping tones was a combination irresistible to viewers. CBS’ mystery program, the aptly titled Climax!, was one such program — and the show happened to be the first to portray an iconic movie character on any screen. James Bond author Ian Fleming was paid $1,000 (albeit, almost nine grand, today) to adapt his first novel, Casino Royale, into a one-hour TV action-adventure episode that aired live in 1954. Actor Barry Nelson, perhaps looking more like a Marine than a sexy double agent, played “Jimmy” Bond. (Nelson played hotel manager Stuart Ullman in The Shining.) The role...

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