Real-world threat: Wily test missiles
Bond version: Nuclear-powered missile jammer
Spy fiction has an endless love affair with nuclear weapons technologies, and James Bond’s universe, created in 1952, is no exception. No fewer than six films (more than a quarter of the franchise) rely on nuclear plot devices for Bond to foil and save the world.
Arguably one of the best threats is from Dr. No, based on author Ian Fleming’s book published in 1958. Producers released the film in 1962 and took advantage of real-world events to twist the script. Fleming’s Dr. No ran an underground (and very corny) evil lair on a fictitious Caribbean Island. Inside: a nuclear reactor-powered radio beam that could sabotage missiles launched from the nearby (and very real) Turks Island.
Because military missile testing at Cape Canaveral wasn’t going well during the movie’s writing -- the rockets kept veering off-course -- producers leaped at the chance to relocate Dr. No’s lair near U.S. soil, where he sabotaged real-life missile tests from Bond’s fictitious world.