The first film of the franchise 'Dr No' released on October 5, 1962. Albert R Broccoli's EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have declared it the Global James Bond Day, a day-long series of events for Bond fans around the world.
The celebrations come ahead of the release of the 23rd James Bond franchise 'Skyfall', which hits theatres on October 26 in the UK, November 2 in India and November 9 in the US. "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," Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of 'Skyfall', said in a joint statement.
A new feature documentary titled 'Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007' on the three men- Bond producers Albert R Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming, will be also be unveiled. The other worldwide events celebrating Bond's golden anniversary include a global online and live auction charity event of 50 lots and the proceeds from them will go to 12 charitable institutions.
The auction is organised by Christie's in London. There will also be a retrospective of Bond films 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 the Toronto International Film Festival.