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Dr. No, 1962
A prop tarantula, the life-like model of wire and composition -- 4½x4¼in. (11.5x11cm.) -- believed to have been made for production purposes for the famous bedroom scene in the 1962 United Artists/Eon film Dr. No
BENSON, Raymond The James Bond Bedside Companion, London: Boxtree Limited, 1988, pp 168-169
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A tarantula was James Bond's [Sean Connery] unwelcome bedside companion in one of the most memorable scenes in the first James Bond film Dr. No, 1962. In the final production, a live spider was used on top of a sheet of glass and on a stuntman's arm. It is thought however that this prop tarantula would probably have been used by the camera crew as a 'stand-in' for the live version, in the preparation of camera angles etc. It also appears to match up to a publicity still of Connery with the spider (see illustration).

In the film version of Fleming's novel, the spider replaced a centipede. It is thought that this substitution was made as a tarantula is generally more widely recognised, and the producers may also have felt that the majority of audiences would not realize that the bite of a tropical centipede is lethal.


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