Herschel Saltzman (October 27, 1915 – September 28, 1994), better known as Harry Saltzman, was a film producer best known for co-producing the James Bond film series with Albert R. Broccoli until selling his share of the franchise to United Artists in 1975. He retired from the business at that point with the exception of producing the 1988 British-Italian-Yugoslavian co-production Time of the Gypsies.
Background and filmography
Saltzman was raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, but he moved to Britain where he entered the film business producing social dramas such as 1959's Look Back in Anger and 1960's Saturday Night and Sunday Morning.
He joined forces with Albert "Cubby" Broccoli in 1962 to create the production company, EON Productions, and their first film in the James Bond series, Dr. No. Saltzman remained Broccoli's partner up to 1974's The Man with the Golden Gun. In total, Saltzman produced nine James Bond films. In addition to the creation of EON Productions, he and Broccoli also started Danjaq, LLC, a holding company responsible for the copyright and trademarks of James Bond on screen. Danjaq is a combination of Broccoli's and Saltzman's wives' names and the parent company of EON Productions. In 1975, after financial difficulties, Saltzman sold his 50% stake in Danjaq to United Artists Corporation. The resulting legalities over the Bond property delayed production of the next Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, for three years.
Other notable productions include The Ipcress File (1965), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and Call Me Bwana (1963) starring Bob Hope. Call Me Bwana is the only film to be produced by EON Productions outside of the James Bond franchise.
On September 28, 1994, Saltzman died from a heart attack at the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, two daughters, and a sister.
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- Harry Saltzman at the Internet Movie Database.