13 Facts About Albert Broccoli


Co-founder of Danjaq, LLC and Eon Productions, Albert Broccoli is most notable as the producer of many of the James Bond films.

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Albert Broccoli was born in the borough of Queens, New York City, the younger of two children of immigrants from the Calabria region of Italy, Giovanni Albert Broccoli and Kristina Vence.

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Family moved to Florida, and on the death of his father Giovanni, Albert Broccoli moved to live with his grandmother in Astoria, Queens, in New York City.

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Albert Broccoli is alleged to have been involved in an altercation with comedian and Three Stooges creator Ted Healy outside the Trocadero nightclub, just before the latter's death in 1937.

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Albert Broccoli admitted that he was indeed involved in a fist fight with Healy at the Trocadero.

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At the beginning of the 1950s, Albert Broccoli moved once more, this time to London, where the British government provided subsidies to film productions made in the UK with British casts and crews.

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Together with Irving Allen, Albert Broccoli formed Warwick Films, which made a prolific and successful series of films for Columbia Pictures.

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Albert Broccoli made one notable attempt at a non-Bond film, an adaptation of Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968, and due to legal wrangling over the rights to story elements, ceded producer credit on Thunderball to Kevin McClory.

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Nonetheless, by the mid-1960s, Albert Broccoli had put nearly all of his energies into the Bond series.

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Saltzman and Albert Broccoli had differences over Saltzman's outside commitments; however, in the end, it was Saltzman who withdrew from Danjaq and EON after a series of financial mishaps.

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In 1966, Albert Broccoli was in Japan with other producers scouting locations to film the next James Bond film You Only Live Twice.

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Albert Broccoli became a mentor to Dana's teenage son, Michael G Wilson.

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Albert Broccoli died at his home in Beverly Hills in 1996 at the age of 87 of heart failure.

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