The Man With The Golden Anniversary: James Bond Celebrates 50 Years On Film With “Global James Bond Day,” A Worldwide Series Of Events Planned For October 5, 2012
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(TM), 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.”
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in SKYFALL(TM), the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is 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. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.
About Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions
EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-two films produced since 1962. Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE. They are currently producing the 23rd film, SKYFALL.
About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, and interactive media. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,000 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC. For more information, visit www.mgm.com
About Sony Pictures
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in 159 countries. For additional information, go to http://www.sonypictures.com/
About Passion Pictures
Passion Pictures – headed by John Battsek – is one of the most prolific independent production companies in the UK and has secured a reputation for working with a line-up of international talent in the feature documentary arena. Starting with Oscar®-winning ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER in 1999, Passion Pictures has since been responsible for over twenty documentary films, many of which have achieved international theatrical distribution. These include IN THE SHADOW OF THE MOON (Audience Award Winner, 2007 Sundance Film Festival World Documentary Competition); SERGIO (Based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Samantha Power, Academy Award® shortlisted 2010); Tim Hetherington & Sebastian Junger’s Oscar® nominated RESTREPO; FIRE IN BABYLON (Grierson Trust Winner, Best Historical Documentary); THE TILLMAN STORY (Academy Award® Shortlisted, 2011); BETTER THIS WORLD (Triple Emmy nominated 2012).
James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM (Academy Award® Shortlisted, 2012) was the first project produced under Passion’s strategic alliance with Simon Chinn’s Red Box Films, and the companies launched two new films together at Sundance Film Festival 2012: THE IMPOSTER, Bart Layton’s first feature documentary based on the extraordinary story of serial imposter Frederic Bourdin, and Malik Bendjelloul’s directorial debut SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN which opened Sundance Film Festival 2012 and went on to win the Special Jury Award and the Audience Award. Both films were released in US and UK cinemas this summer.
Passion Pictures is currently working on several new feature film projects, including two new films with Greg Barker; Nadav Schirman’s THE GREEN PRINCE based on the NY Times Bestselling memoir THE SON OF HAMAS; and a narrative feature adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning dystopian novel HOW I LIVE NOW is currently in post production, with Kevin MacDonald directing for FilmFour.
About Red Box Films
Red Box Films was founded in 2005 by Simon Chinn to produce MAN ON WIRE, which won over 30 international awards including an Academy Award®, a BAFTA and the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and became one of the highest grossing theatrical documentaries of recent years. Red Box has gone on to become one the world’s most successful independent producers of theatrical feature documentaries, winning numerous awards and securing worldwide distribution for its subsequent films, which include PROJECT NIM, SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN and THE IMPOSTER. In 2008 Red Box Films formed a strategic alliance with Passion Pictures to co-produce feature documentaries. Forthcoming productions include THE GREEN PRINCE, based on Mosab Hassan Yousef’s New York Times bestseller ‘Son of Hamas’ and EVERYTHING OR NOTHING, the definitive inside story of the James Bond film franchise for MGM. For more information, visit: http://redboxfilms.co.uk .
About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.