Today would have been Albert R. (Cubby) Broccoli’s one-hundredth birthday. He is a seminal figure in the creation of James Bond as a movie character; almost as important to the films as Ian Fleming was to the books. In honor of this momentous occasion, Chris Wright of has assembled a collection of tribute articles, including one by me.

This striking collection of authors includes David Hedison—the first man to play Felix Leiter twice—and Richard Kiel (Jaws).

Mine begins:

When Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman began as independent producers, they created, with Dr. No, a low budget masterpiece. Their surprise hit could have gone off in any number of directions, but they stood solidly by a vision that was uniquely theirs.

Click through and read them all!