James Bond, the skirt-chasing, gadget-laden superspy, has an important anniversary coming up.
To mark 50 years of Bond films, the backers of the 007 series are declaring 5 October "Global James Bond Day."
The date is tied to the 1962 release of Dr. No, the first film in the long-running franchise. The latest adventure for the "shaken not stirred" martini lover, Skyfall, opens early November.
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Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will sponsor the day-long series of events.
Among the events celebrating Bond's golden anniversary are an online and live auction charity event, 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 an exhibition, Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, at the Toronto Film Festival.
Also among the offerings is a new documentary, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, which will be directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon) and focuses on the relationship between Bond producers Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and the spy novels' author Ian Fleming. Reuters