If you haven’t already reserved the date, get ready to do so now. Bond, James Bond is celebrating his 50th birthday – or at least the franchise is. On October 5th, Global James Bond Day will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first UK release of a Bond movie.
The movie was “Dr. No.” MGM Studios and EON Productions are spearheading the day-long series of Bond events. Exciting events for the day will include a “50 Years of James Bond” film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which will run until October 31. It will also include
The gallery exhibition “Goldfinger: the Design of an Iconic Film Title” will also be featured at MOMA.
Christie’s will be hosting a live charity auction event in London for Bond’s anniversary that day and there will be a Music of Bond night in L.A. hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In Toronto, you can catch the Designing 007: 50 Years of James Bond Style.
In addition, fans can catch a glimpse at the new documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films which is called Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007. This film, directed by Stevan Riley, focuses on the James Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s about how they’ve made the longest running film franchise in movie history.
Here are some fun, quick facts about the Bond franchise to get everyone ready for the big day.
1. Ian Fleming chose the name James Bond, and he did so because, “I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could think of. James Bond seemed perfect.” He found the name when looking at the name of the author of the book Birds Of The West Indies that was on his bookshelf.
2. There have never been agents 001 or 005.
3. Seven actors have played the role of James Bond including: Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
4. By the end of 2012, there will be 26 James Bond movies as part of the collection.