October 5 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, the first big screen incarnation of the James Bond franchise. To celebrate, EON Productions, MGM, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Twenty Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced a series of events around the world, including an online auction organized by Christie’s in London, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in new York, and an exhibition at the Toronto Film Festival. A press release also announces that all the Bond films will be released in a Blu-ray collection, although completists will need to purchase the off-brand Bond films Never Say Never Again and 1967’s Casino Royale from a back-alley Blu-ray dealer.
Most interesting of all, October 5 will see the release of Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, a documentary about the inception of the film franchise which focuses on Bond creator Ian Fleming’s interaction with producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli. (Presumably, Everything or Nothing will not mention the James Bond videogame also titled 007: Everything or Nothing, which featured Heidi Klum and Shannon Elizabeth as Bond girls and a theme song by Mya. Yes, that happened.) It’s exciting news for Bond fans excited to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond franchise. Personally I’m more excited for October 10, 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of when the James Bond franchise actually got good with the release of From Russia With Love.
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