Global 'James Bond Day' celebration set for 5th October
After 50 years of martinis, girls and guns, James Bond fans will be celebrating the long-lasting franchise worldwide with a day of 007 events, including a film retrospective in New York and a music night in Los Angeles.
Scheduled for October 5, Global James Bond Day will mark the 50th anniversary of the British secret agent's first U.K. film release 'Dr. No' in 1962.
MGM Studios and EON Productions announced the day-long series of 007 events on Wednesday.
Starting Global James Bond Day, the Museum of Modern Art in New York will showcase '50 Years of James Bond', a film retrospective that will run until October 31.
"50 Years of James Bond" was organized by Anne Morra, associate curator for MOMA's Department of Film.
She has worked at the museum since it first acquired the Bond collection from the filmmakers themselves in the 1980s.
Louis Jourdan, Kabir Bedi and Roger Moore made "Octopussy" memorable in 1983.
"We haven't collected other franchises in such depth. This is very unusual for us. James Bond is the only instance-except for Harry Potter-where we have all the films. And since the producers donated each work, it makes the collection distinctive," the New York Daily News quoted Morra as saying.
Back in 1987, Bond producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli donated 35mm prints of all 14 existent 007 films to the MOMA for the spy's 25th anniversary.
He also promised to donate a fresh print for each subsequent Bond outing, a pledge upheld by his daughter Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson-current Bond producers-after Broccoli died in 1996.
"We felt we should share this collection with the public, knowing that this is the 50th anniversary and that it's so unique," she added.
The MOMA will also install the gallery exhibition 'Goldfinger: the Design of an Iconic Film Title', featuring preparatory material and artwork from the iconic Goldfinger title sequence by art director Robert Brownjohn.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will also celebrate Bond title sequences with 'The Music of Bond' at the 1000-person capacity Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.
Hosted by film historian Jon Burlingame, the night will showcase some of the best known songs and scores from the series, while projecting over 20 film clips, explained Ellen Harrington, director of exhibitions and special events for the Academy.
The night's guests will include Vic Flick, guitarist for the "James Bond Theme", and Don Black, songwriter of several Bond songs including 'Thunderball' and 'Diamonds are Forever'.