Published August 30, 2012 | 1:01 pm
Los Angeles: As the iconic “James Bond” franchise completes 50 years, the makers have decided to celebrate Oct 5 this year as the Global James Bond Day.
The first “James Bond” film “Dr. No” hit the theatres Oct 5, 1962, so the makers Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have declared it the Global James Bond Day.
The day will witness a series of events for Bond fans around the world. The celebrations come ahead of the release of the 23rd Bond franchise “Skyfall”, releasing in Britain Oct 26, Nov 2 in India and Nov 9 in the US.
“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,” Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of “Skyfall”, said in a joint statement.
One of the interesting events will be unveiling feature documentary titled “Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007″ in different countries on different dates.
Directed by Stevan Riley, the documentary focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s an inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in the history of cinema, which began in 1962.
The other worldwide events celebrating Bond’s golden anniversary include a global online and live auction charity event of 50 lots and the proceeds from them will go to 12 charitable institutions. The auction is organised by Christie’s in London.
There will be a retrospective of Bond films 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 TIFF in Toronto.