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Feldman and his friend, the director Howard Hawks, had an interest in adapting Casino Royale, considering Leigh Brackett as a writer and Cary Grant as James Bond. They eventually gave up once they saw the 1962 film Dr. No,
Writing in 1959 to his friend Ivar Bryce, whose company Xanadu was planning to make the first Bond film, Fleming said, "Both Dehn [a Hollywood screenwriter] and I think that Richard Burton would be by far the best James Bond."
Producer Charles K. Feldman kept him on a contract for two years before the film was made.
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