Everyone may have a different opinion on who was the best James Bond but one thing we can all agree on is the character himself is worth a celebration. Not only are we getting a new chapter for the Bond franchise in November when Skyfall starring Daniel Craig but we will also be treated on October 5th to a worldwide event, Global James Bond Day. The celebration is set to coincide with the not only the 50th anniversary of Dr. No released in London on October 5th, 1962, but also the release of the documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007.
The documentary centers around producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. The documentary will give us an insider’s perspective on the drama that happened behind the cameras throughout the film franchise.
Cities worldwide will be holding events ranging from film festivals to fashion shows. Follow the event on Facebook or Twitter for updates as more cities join in the fun. Christie’s in London will be holding a special Bond charity auction. Proceeds from the sale will benefit UNICEF’s work for children and 11 other charities. The Museum of Modern Art in New York will be hosting a Bond film retrospective. In Los Angeles, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will host Music of Bond Night and Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, an exhibition showing a behind the scenes look at not just the fashion of 007 but also set design, automobiles, gadgets, special effects and much more. There will also be a survey conducted to find out favorite Bond films by country.
While the most extravagant events will likely take place in major cities I’m sure there will be film festivals and special events everywhere once word continues to spread about this incredible affair. If your city hasn’t made plans yet, no one says you can’t plan your own event. Making it even easier to have your own 007 celebration, on September 24th Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection will be released on Blu-ray and include a limited edition hardback book (the collection will also be available on DVD but will not include the book).
Regardless of who provided the looks, 007 has kept us dreaming of global adventure, crazy gadgets, sexy cars and even sexier women for 50 years and he doesn’t seem to be retiring anytime soon. So stock up on olives and gin, start practicing the perfect 007 martini and mark your calendar for October 5th for Global James Bond Day.