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James Bond 50th Anniversary 1962-2012

50 Years of James Bond poster

4 January 2013 BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The 85th Academy Awards® will include a tribute to the James Bond movie franchise, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, the telecast's producers announced today.

“We are very happy to include a special sequence on our show saluting the Bond films on their 50th birthday,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “Starting with Dr. No back in 1962, the 007 movies have become the longest-running motion picture franchise in history and a beloved global phenomenon.”

The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar
® Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

James Bond documentary Everything Or Nothing to get exclusive Odeon UK release through Sony
Everything Or Nothing reviewed

James Bond documentary Everything Or Nothing to get exclusive ODEON UK release through Sony.

To commemorate fifty years since Dr. No premiered in London, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films will release new James Bond documentary Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of Bond on 5 October as part of Global James Bond Day.

It has now been announced that the documentary, focussed on Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming, will be released in the UK through Sony on an exclusive basis with ODEON Cinemas in selected locations.

Exclusive Q&A with Director Stevan Riley


50 Years of James Bond - The Museum of Modern Art, New York

50 Years of James Bond - The Museum of Modern Art, New York
5–31 October 2012

In 1987, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the release of Dr. No (1962), producer Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli donated newly made 35mm prints of all 14 Broccoli-produced James Bond feature films to The Museum of Modern Art. With this extraordinary gift came a promise to provide MoMA with a new 35mm print of each subsequent Bond film. To date, this collection has grown to 22 films — all of the James Bond films produced by EON Productions — and since his passing in 1996, ‘Cubby’ Broccoli’s daughter Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have generously continued this tradition.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No and the extraordinary open-ended donation from Albert R. Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael G. Wilson, MoMA presents all 22 films in its James Bond collection.

Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title
5 October 2012 – 31 March 2013

Accompanying 50 Years of James Bond is Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title, an installation that features the first film title sequence to enter MoMA’s collection as a design work in its own right, in conjunction with related preparatory material. It was designer and art director Robert Brownjohn (1926-1970) who conceived, designed, and directed the Goldfinger title sequence.


Sir Roger Moore launches BOND 50 on Blu-ray

12 September 2012 - 007 Days of James Bond
James Bond legend Sir Roger Moore today set the digital timer on a golden briefcase containing the first box set of all 22 Bond films on Blu-ray, which will travel the length of Great Britain from Monday 17th to Monday 24th September.

To mark the Golden Anniversary of James Bond on film, the golden briefcase will set off in an Aston Martin DBS featured in Quantum of Solace from Eilean Donan Castle in the Scottish Highlands at 10.07am on Monday 17th September, embarking on a seven-day journey.

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The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame

James Bond Theme guitarist Vic Flick
‘James Bond Theme’ Guitarist Vic Flick

Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m. Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame
With Special Guests lyricist Don Black and guitarist Vic Flick

Fifty years to the day after the U.K. opening of the first Bond film, Dr. No, on October 5, 1962, the Academy pays homage to the memorable title songs and indelible scores that have become as celebrated as the character’s many exploits.

Over the 22 films released to date as part of the official James Bond series, there have been several constants: suave but deadly leading men, gorgeous and barely clad Bond girls, over-the-top villains and incredible music. Bond theme songs, sung by such leading performers of their era as Shirley Bassey (‘Goldfinger’), Nancy Sinatra (‘You Only Live Twice’), Paul McCartney and Wings (‘Live And Let Die’), Carly Simon (‘Nobody Does It Better’) and Sheena Easton (‘For Your Eyes Only’), consistently landed on the pop music charts. Duran Duran’s ‘A View To A Kill’ became the first Bond song to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Combine those notable elements with the remarkable scores by composers including John Barry, Marvin Hamlisch, Bill Conti and David Arnold, and you have a body of work that continues to play a major role in popular film culture.

Hosted by music historian and writer Jon Burlingame, the program will feature many of the people who made the music, including lyricist Don Black (title songs for Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun and The World Is Not Enough) and guitarist Vic Flick, who laid down the famous guitar lick for the ‘James Bond Theme’.

George Lazenby as James Bond 007 - On Her Majesty's Secret Service Designing 007 - Fifty years of Bond Style - Toronto
26 October 2012 - 20 January 2013

The Toronto International Film Festival plays host to the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style and has three special film programmes running parallel with the exhibition. FULL STORY

  • Shaken, Not Stirred: Bond on Film
    As the highest-grossing and longest-standing franchise in film history, TIFF Bell Lightbox will feature the twenty-two official Bond films made by EON.

  • Bond Vs Blofeld
    The six films from the series in which Bond battles with his arch-nemesis, criminal mastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld, will screen back to back from Friday, October 26 at 7pm until Saturday, October 27 at 1pm.

  • In Conversation With... John Glen
    December 10, 7:00pm One of the longest-serving members of the 007 production team, director and editor John Glen joins us on December 10th to discuss his more than twenty years of work on the James Bond franchise and share his behind-the-scenes insights about the legendary series.

Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, Sean Connery, Ian Fleming and Harry Saltzman in 1962

Global James Bond Day

It has been announced that October 5th, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for 007 fans around the world.

Commenting on Global James Bond Day, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of Skyfall, said, “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.”

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, releasing worldwide beginning September 24th. Further updates by country will be announced in due course on 007.com and facebook/JamesBond007

50 Years of James Bond - The Auction

50 Years of James Bond - The Auction Online Only
28 September - 8 October 2012

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, Christie’s announces 50 Years of James Bond – The Auction which will present a unique opportunity to acquire a piece of Bond memorabilia direct from the archives of EON Productions as well as donations from the Bond cast. Forty lots will be offered at an online-only auction from 28th September to 8th October 2012, with 10 further lots to highlight an invitation-only auction at Christie’s South Kensington on 5th October – marking the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Dr. No. These 10 further lots will also be accessible to both internet and live, real-time bids.

All items offered for sale will be on public exhibition at Christie’s South Kensington saleroom, 85 Old Brompton Road from 11am on Saturday, 29 September until 5pm on Friday, 5 October 2012; admittance free. All proceeds of the auction will benefit UNICEF’s work for children and other charitable causes.

Dr. No is one of five James Bond films being screened at the 65th Cannes Film Festival

May 16-27 2012 - 007 makes his 50th anniversary debut at the 65th Cannes film festival.
Park Circus and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios are pleased to announce a special celebration at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival to mark the 50th Anniversary on the big screen of Ian Fleming’s James Bond.

Five James Bond films will screen in new digital versions as part of the Cinema de la Plage screenings.

The celebration will kick off with a 50th anniversary screening of Dr. No directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery and Ursula Andress.


Designing 007 - Fifty years of Bond Style

Designing 007 - Fifty years of Bond Style
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr. No to this year's Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.

In collaboration with EON Productions and with unprecedented access to their archives, Designing 007 will be a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.

Images from the Designing 007 exhibition

OMEGA celebrates fifty years of James Bond in film

February 22 2012
OMEGA celebrates fifty years of James Bond in film
OMEGA celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of the first James Bond film with the launch of two commemorative limited edition watches, a press conference and a showcase of props from every James Bond film at its new Westfield Stratford (England) boutique.

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Bond in Motion - 50 Vehicles. 50 Years.

January 15 2012
Opening 17th January 2012 at Beaulieu, BOND IN MOTION is a collaboration between EON Productions and Beaulieu and features fifty vehicles to celebrate fifty years of 007 movies. BOND IN MOTION will run from 17th January 2012 to 5th January 2014 in the National Motor Museum.

The exhibition, the largest of its kind staged anywhere in the world showcases 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles.

James Bond Royal Mail commemorative sheets - 007 Posters Dr. No & Quantum of Solace

January 15 2012


Royal Mail are marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series with a very special limited edition commemorative sheet, featuring ten iconic Bond movie poster labels alongside ten, first class, Union Flag stamps. With 22 movies to choose from however, the task of deciding exactly which of the iconic Bond images will make it into the pack is fiendishly difficult. Which is where you come in because the final ten posters will be chosen not by Royal Mail, but by you, Bond’s most loyal fans. Every Bond movie poster from the last 50 years is available here to view, allowing you the once in a lifetime opportunity to decide which of your favourite ten will be immortalised in this special edition.

Voting closes on 27th January 2012 and the sheets will be available from 1st May 2012.


BOND 50: Celebrating five decades of James Bond 007

January 12 2012

In celebration of James Bond’s monumental golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today unveiled BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering. The longest running film franchise of all time, the Bond 50 collection marks the debut of nine James Bond films previously unavailable in high definition Blu-ray. Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers.