Looking for a man to save the world, get the girl and look ever-so-suave while doing it? The name’s Bond - James Bond! Author Ian Fleming’s Agent 007 has been thrilling moviegoers for half a century, ever since Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman’s Eon Productions first brought the character to the big screen in 1962. Over the years, the Bond films have become the longest continuously running series in cinema history (and one of the most popular with more than $5 billion in box office receipts), and the British spy at their center has become one of the world’s leading trendsetters and sex symbols.
Since Sean Connery inaugurated the role in DR. NO, there have been five more 007s – George Lazenby (ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE), Roger Moore (from LIVE AND LET DIE to A VIEW TO A KILL), Timothy Dalton (THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS and LICENCE TO KILL), Pierce Brosnan (from GOLDENEYE to DIE ANOTHER DAY) and current star Daniel Craig. Recurring characters like M, Q, Moneypenny and Felix Leiter tie the films together - along with some truly dazzling title sequences and theme songs.
A “bigger is better” approach has kept the series fresh for five decades as each film tries to top the one before in eye-catching production design, cutting-edge technology and death-defying stunt sequences. And as Fleming’s original output was consumed, writers plumbed current headlines for storylines, making the Bond films a unique window into recent history and changes in popular culture.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James Bond 007 franchise, the American Cinematheque presents all 22 Bond films! Included in the series are FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME, MOONRAKER, TOMORROW NEVER DIES, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, GOLDFINGER, THUNDERBALL, YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, FOR YOUR EYES ONLY, OCTOPUSSY, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
All attendees of these screenings can enter a drawing to win a BOND 50 Blu-ray set courtesy of MGM and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment! Available September 25th, BOND 50 features all 22 films in high definition Blu-ray and comes with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features.
Series compiled by Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.