Happy Anniversary James Bond!
It’s been fifty years since the first movie featuring James Bond, also known as Agent 007, opened in movie theaters across the country. Based on a series of spy thrillers written by British author Ian Fleming, it is one of the longest running series in movie history and one of the most successful. The series has grossed over $5 billion dollars, having only been surpassed by the recent Harry Potter series of movies. Six actors have starred as James Bond over the years starting with Sean Connery in 1962 in Dr. No. Over the last 50 years fans have followed James Bond’s thrilling and dangerous adventures as he has defeated villains and often found romance with one of the many ‘Bond’ girls that appear in all his movies.
Sean Connery set the style as the original James Bond, and appeared in six of the Bond movies and one unofficial James Bond film, Never Say Never Again. This movie is considered an unofficial 007 movie because it was not produced by Eon Productions, the company that has produced all the other Bond films. Connery was followed by actor George Lazenby who starred in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1968. This was the only Bond film Lazenby appeared in and in 1973 Roger Moore took over the role and went on to star in seven of the movies in the series, more than any other actor. His first was Live and Let Die and last was A View to a Kill in 1985. Moore felt he was too old for the part by 1985 and he was replaced by Timothy Dalton, who appeared in two Bond films, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill.
After a six year break, Pierce Brosnan became the new James bond in GoldenEye in 1996. After appearing in four James Bond movies, actor Daniel Craig appeared in Casino Royale in 2006 and is set to appear in the latest Bond film, Skyfall, opening on Nov. 9th.
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No and celebrating 50 years of James Bond movies, October 5th has been declared Global James Bond Day. A number of events will be occurring, including an exhibit featuring 50 years of James Bond style in Toronto, a night of James Bond music in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC will be showing the entire collection of James Bond movies during the month of October. This is a great opportunity to see any of the movies that you may have missed, or to see some of your old favorites again. And of course, don’t forget to check our collection of 007 movies at the Westport Library.