On October 5, 1962 a little movie called Dr. No screened in London and kicked off the long, storied career one of Hollywood’s most enduring film icons: Super spy James Bond. In the years since, Bond, a character originally created by author Ian Fleming, has appeared in 23 official films, four loosely affiliated movies, and the dreams of adolescent boys the world over who one day hope to be as suave and deadly as the world’s most famous spy.
Those of you who’ve already done the math may realize that October 5, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond’s silver screen debut. As such, the numerous studios who have backed the Bond movies over the years have agreed to join forces to celebrate the beloved character. We’ve already brought you comprehensive information on what you’ll find in the upcoming, massive 50th anniversary Blu-ray box set, but it seems as if the studios want to take this party to the next level. A global level.
This morning the studios sent out a press release that describes Global James Bond Day as “a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world,” before getting into specifics on what this nascent holiday will include for Bond fans:
A new feature documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Passion Pictures and Red Box Films, Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, will be also be unveiled, country-specific details to follow. Directed by Stevan Riley (Fire In Babylon), Everything or Nothing focuses on three men with a shared dream – Bond producers Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming. It’s the thrilling and inspiring narrative behind the longest running film franchise in cinema history which began in 1962.
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, 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.
Huh. When we read the word “global” we expected this thing to be, like, global. As the press release points out though, the majority of these events are located in the world’s largest cities — at least as far as Hollywood is concerned — so it seems that the only people who could readily attend these things without travelling hundreds of miles would be the same people who populate premieres and film festivals on a relatively regular basis anyway. That’s great for them, but what’s to become of James Bond fans who don’t live in LA, New York or London? Well, those people can access the aforementioned Christie’s auction by visiting the event’s official site, but everything else is pretty location dependent.
Then again, in 2012 it’s only a matter of time before every bit of footage mentioned above is uploaded to the ‘net. Ethics aside, you may have to wait a bit, but those of you who currently reside in the wilds of Kansas will still get a chance to consume all of this content. Our worldwide information superhighway is pretty neat like that.