October 5 will be World James Bond Day!

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There are 3 sets of movie posters adorning the walls of my modest man-cave, representing the 3 movie franchises that I fell in love with as a kid: Star Wars, Indiana Jones and James Bond. It’s no coincidence that the latter occupies the biggest wall real estate. I’ve been a Bond fanboy ever since I first saw Sean Connery perform that leaping shot from inside the barrel of a gun in Dr. No.

There was even a period a couple years ago where I was watching a Bond film one day, all the behind the scenes footage for the next 2 days, and then on to the next film. Rinse. Repeat.

Every day was James Bond day for me back then, and now it looks like the rest of the world has finally caught up. Sony Pictures has revealed the following press release announcing the release of a new James Bond documentary on October 5th 2012, exactly 50 years since the release of the first James Bond cinematic adventure, Dr. No, and has declared that the day will now be known as World James Bond Day:

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise on the anniversary of Dr. No, which enjoyed its world film premiere in London on October 5, 1962, and in anticipation of the worldwide release of the 23rd James Bond adventure SKYFALL™, Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today that October 5, 2012 will be Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world.

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 (full details at www.christies.com/bond), 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. Leading up to Global James Bond Day, for the first time ever fans can own all 22 films in the franchise on Blu-ray Disc in one comprehensive collection with BOND 50, releasing worldwide beginning September 24. Further updates by country will be announced in due course on 007.com and facebook/JamesBond007.

Commenting on Global James Bond Day, 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.”

There’s no word yet on whether or not those “further updates” for Bond Day events will include anything here on our shores, but you can bet your shaken not stirred behinds that I’ll be doing my best to find out about it.

And, then just 3 weeks after the day of International Bonding (thanks, I’ll be here all night) on October 26th, Europe will see the release of Bond’s latest big screen adventure, Skyfall, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the third time (We’ll unfortunately have to wait until 30 November for the local release). This time around Bond’s loyalty to M will be tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Last Updated: August 30, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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