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“Global James Bond Day” celebrates 50 years of 007 films

By Angela Covo | 31 de agosto de 2012

Get ready to celebrate the world’s favorite and most famous spy, Agent 007, now the man with the golden anniversary as well. For 50 years, since 1962, the James Bond movie franchise has delighted audiences with 22 films on the silver screen. PHOTO: Sean Connery portrays James Bond in the first film of the successful franchise, “Dr. No.” (courtesy photo) Click the headline for the rest of the story!

San Antonio.- Get ready to celebrate the world’s favorite and most famous spy, Agent 007, now the man with the golden anniversary as well. For 50 years, since 1962, the James Bond movie franchise has delighted audiences with 22 films on the silver screen. PHOTO: Sean Connery portrays James Bond in the first film of the successful franchise, “Dr. No.” (courtesy photo) Click the headline for the rest of the story!

By Angela Covo, angela.covo@gmail.com

This October, it’s all about “Bond … James Bond.”

For men and women alike, the spy, also affectionately known as double-oh-seven, is one of the most popular, enduring and charismatic characters in film. Even the earliest movies in the franchise still resonate with audiences. Author Ian Fleming, who passed away in 1964, created the character in 1953 and features him in 12 novels and two short story collections. 

The movies and the character are associated with unbeatable style and panache (think “vodka martini, shaken, not stirred”), great cars, great gadgets and fantastic music scores -- some of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond films, which made their grand entrance on Oct. 5, 1962 with the London premiere of “Dr. No,” Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day.

James Bond fans, new and old, will be able to get the thrilling behind-the-scenes story of the longest-running franchise in cinema history with a new feature documentary, “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007,” to kickoff the celebration. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon), the documentary focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and writer, Ian Fleming. 

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and produced some of the most successful Bond films ever, including “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.” They are currently producing the 23rd James Bond film, “SKYFALL.”

“We are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating James Bond's golden anniversary on film with this special day of events for Bond fans around the world,” the producers said.

Other worldwide events celebrating Bond’s golden anniversary include a global online and live auction charity event of 50 lots to benefit twelve charitable institutions organized by Christie´s in London (full details at www.christies.com/bond), a global survey to discover the favorite Bond film by country, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, a Music of Bond night in Los Angeles hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a fashion exhibition, “Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style,” at TIFF in Toronto. 

Leading up to Global James Bond Day, for the first time ever, fans can own all 22 films in the franchise on Blu-ray Disc in one comprehensive collection with BOND 50, available beginning September 24. 

Meanwhile, get ready for a fantastic new addition to the franchise with Daniel Craig as James Bond (for the third time) in Bond’s newest adventure, “SKYFALL,” where the spy’s loyalty to M will be tested. The 23rd movie in the franchise started filming last year on location in London, of course.

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The yarn is promising -- with MI6 under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film comes from the original sources -- Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment with director Sam Mendes. 

You can keep up to date with all the news online at 007.com.

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