It's almost forgotten today that the original James Bond was British. Ever since the 1954 adapatation of Casino Royale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq_ZJB8rcsY was such a smash hit, Bond has only been played by Americans, startng with Barry Nelson and followed by James Coburn and others. Ian Fleming was not entirely happy with the transformation of Bond into a US secret agent, but in the end he yielded--the Hollywood moguls insisted that an American audience would never believe that a "Limey" could singlehandedly defeat Internatonal Communism ("they're a bunch of socialists themselves") and other evil conspiracies. Can anyone speculate on what if Bond had stayed British? Who would have played him, and could the series have been the success it has been in OTL?