It was 50 years ago today that 'Bond...James Bond" first introduced himself to moviegoers when Dr. No had its world premiere in London. Based on the sixth Bond novel by Ian Fleming, the film turned Sean Connery into a household name and served as a template as things like its exotic setting, Maurice Binder's opening gun barrel sequence, and Bond ending up with the girl became familiar elements in the franchise. Dr. No was even endorsed by JFK as seen in this clip from Stevan Riley's Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, which premieres Friday, October 5th, 2012 at 8pm ET only on EPIX.
Riley's documentary focuses on Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. Those that don't have EPIX, can sign up for a 14-day free trial, and here's the documentary's trailer to server as further enticement.
Further worldwide events celebrating Bond's golden anniversary include a global online and live auction charity event of 50 lots to benefit twelve charitable institutions organized by Christie's in London (full details at www.christies.com/bond ), 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 TIFF in Toronto.
Those working on the upcoming Skyfall, the 23rd entry in the franchise, such as director Sam Mendes and actors Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney get in on the celebration. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli 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."
It wouldn't be a party without some music, so it's great timing that Skyfall's theme song by Adele has been released. It's wonderfully reminiscent of classic Bond themes by the likes of Shirley Bassey and Lulu.