It was on October 5, 1962, the first James Bond film Dr No was released. It was the beginning of Ian Fleming’s suave, sophisticated secret agent thrashing the evil men and saving the world. It is also the biggest and longest film franchise with 22 films so far grossing $4.9 billion ( Rs 25,340.35 crores) in ticket sales.
Worldwide events celebrating Bond’s golden anniversary include a global online and live charity auction event organised by Christie’s in London, a global survey to discover the favourite Bond film country by country, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, a Music of Bond night in Los Angeles hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Designing 007: 50 Years of James Bond Style opens 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 in one comprehensive collection with BOND 50, released worldwide on September 24.
A new feature documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, will also be unveiled Today. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon fame), the docu-film focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming.
A measure of the James Bond’s popularity in Britain came during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, when actor Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth shared a short, comic and hugely popular scene filmed in Buckingham Palace.
The 23rd James Bond film Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig and directed by Sam Mendes is releasing on October 23. This film is produced by EON Productions for MGM, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.