Global James Bond Day: The Best of Bond

Posted on 27 September 2012
By Bert Bernstein
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October 5th is Global James Bond Day, an international celebration of the world’s greatest secret agent.

The day-long series of events celebrating James Bond’s golden anniversary includes 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.

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.”

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 and facebook/JamesBond007

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 UK 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.

50 Years of James Bond – The Auction Online
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. View the catalogue.

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.

Shaken, Not Stirred: Bond on Film
As the highest-grossing and longest-standing franchise in film history, TIFF Bell Lightbox will feature the 22 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.