Posted by Kimberly Lindbergs on June 28, 2012
We’re 6 months into the year-long celebration of James Bond’s 50th anniversary and I thought it would be a good time to take another look at the various worldwide tributes and festivities that have accompanied it. Here at the Movie Morlocks I’ve been regularly sharing new posts about various espionage films under the title “Spy Games” but I’m not the only one observing the 50th anniversary of the Bond film franchise. Below are a few of the highlights from the last 6 months as well as some exciting things Bond fans can look forward to before year’s end.
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The renowned Barbican Centre in London is currently playing host to Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style, which opens on July 6th and runs through September 5th. The exhibit focuses on the costumes, gadgets, weapons, poster art, storyboards, set and character designs that have made the Bond films so appealing to audiences for the last 50 years. After the exhibit closes in London it’s traveling to Canada where it will be on display at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox Oct. 26th through Jan. 20, 2012 so 007 fans will have two opportunities to see it. If you can’t make it to London or Toronto you can still enjoy the exhibit from the comfort of home. The Barbican Centre has compiled a wonderful gallery of images from Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style on the their website.
Another London event worth noting is the Philharmonia Orchestra’s upcoming James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala at the Royal Festival Hall taking place Nov. 23. Carl Davis will be conducting the program, which includes music from all of the Bond films and he’ll be joined by vocalists Lance Ellington and Mary Carewe. More information about the James Bond 50th Anniversary Gala in London can be found at the Philharmonia Orchestra’s website.
West Coast fans of the Bond film franchise are encouraged to visit LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) where they’re hosting . . . Is James Bond. This AV (audio-visual) exhibit takes place June 9th through Sept. 9th and showcases the complete opening credit sequences from the first 22 James Bond films. The credit sequences are thematically grouped, looped and displayed on 40” monitors while individual headsets provide audio. This unique exhibition showcases the Bond film credits as stand alone pieces of filmmaking and impressive works of art. LACMA will also be presenting a James Bond double feature every Thursday night during July and Sept. in partnership with Film Independent. Further information about . . . Is James Bond is available on LACMA’s website.
Back in April the Castro Theatre in San Francisco hosted their own James Bond 50th anniversary film festival where they showed DR. NO (1962), ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (1969), FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963), DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971), THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977), THUNDERBALL (1965), LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) and FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981). The Castro Theatre hired artist Max Dalton to design two special posters for the event and they were a big hit with attendees. Even if you missed Castro’s Bond tribute you can still purchase Dalton’s unique pop art inspired posters but quantities are limited. You’ll have to act fast if you want one of these beauties to hang in your own home. Posters can be purchased at the Spoke Art website.
No James Bond film festivals taking place near you? You can still enjoy the Bond films at home. As I mentioned way back in January, MGM will be releasing their Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection Blu-ray DVD set in September. If you haven’t already pre-ordered it you might want to consider taking advantage of Amazon’s current exclusive deal that includes the MGM’s Bond 50 DVD collection as well as a copy of DK Publishing’s new book, James Bond 50 Years Of Movie Posters. The list price for Bond 50 is $299 but Amazon is currently selling it for half the price. More information is available at Amazon’s website.
Speaking of books, a lot more James Bond related books are planned for publication this year. Some of the more interesting titles include James Bond Unmasked by Bill Desowitz, which chronicles the 50-year evolution of 007 on the big screen and features exclusive interviews with all six of the Bond stars. We can also look forward to The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame that details the surprising real-life drama behind some of the most memorable movie themes ever recorded. Life Magazine’s 50 Years of James Bond promises to be a real treat for Bond fans who appreciate great photography and the previously mentioned James Bond 50 Years Of Movie Posters from DK publishing should appeal to anyone who likes good design. All of these books should be available at your local bookstore by the end of the year and you can also purchase them online.
Bond fans should also consider picking up the latest issue of Cinema Retro magazine. It features a great Sean Connery cover and the staff visits the Bond in Motion vehicle exhibit currently taking place in England. The new issue also includes reviews of new Bond related books and CDs as well as some eye-catching film poster reproductions. Overall it’s a great issue that Bond fans will appreciate. You can find more info about Cinema Retro at their website.
If you want to really immerse yourself in the world of James Bond you can pick up a copy of Activision’s upcoming video game for Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 titled 007 Legends. The game is being released in conjunction with Bond’s 50th anniversary and according to a recent press release 007 Legends will allow players to “relive a selection of James Bond’s iconic and intense undercover missions from the popular films.” If you prefer board games to video games you can always give Monopoly’s new James Bond 50th Anniversary Edition a whirl. Monopoly can be enjoyed by the whole family and this special edition of the game features imagery from all the Bond films as well as Bond-inspired playing pieces including a miniature Aston Martin and Oddjob’s bowler hat.
Last but certainly not least, Bond fans can look forward to the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London next month. Bond star Daniel Craig will appear in a special film production directed by Danny Boyle. Daniel Craig is also expected to drop into the Olympic stadium from a helicopter as millions of people watch worldwide. According to British news sources, “Daniel is determined to open the ceremony with a bang and he and the BBC producers have pulled out all the stops.” Craig’s fans can also look forward to the upcoming Bond film, SKYFALL, that debuts later this year. A trailer for the film is posted below and I must add that I think it looks pretty impressive. Of course you can’t judge a book by its cover and you can’t judge a movie by its trailer. I’ve had mixed reactions to the recent Bond films but SKYFALL has my attention and I’m looking forward to seeing it in November.
For further reading about all things James Bond I recommend visiting some of the following websites and blogs:
- The Official James Bond 007 Website
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