October 5, 2012, is Global James Bond Day, marking the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Dr. No—the movie that launched a glorious film franchise.
To celebrate . . .
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles will host an evening of The Music of Bond: The First 50 Years.
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City will run a month-long James Bond film festival—Dr. No through Quantum of Solace—screening the museum’s own collection of 35mm film prints, which were a gift from producer Albert R. Broccoli himself. An accompanying exhibition will highlight the making of the Goldfinger opening title sequence.
And Designing 007: 50 Years of James Bond Style opens at the Toronto International Film Festival late in October.
So far, though, the most tempting event of all is the 50 Years of James Bond auction at Christie’s in London. Beginning September 28, 40 lots of James Bond memorabilia—Bondiana?—will be put up for bid in an online-only sale. Highlights include a signed first edition of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service; props from Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice; the actual tarot cards dealt by Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live and Let Die; Christopher Lee’s belt complete with “golden” bullets from The Man With the Golden Gun; suits worn by Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan; dresses worn by Halle Berry and Maryam D’Abo; shooting scripts; film posters; and even items from Skyfall, which opens November 9 in the U.S.
You can also bid online for items that will be auctioned live at the invitation-only main event on October 5 in London, where the 10 “star lots” will include an 18-volume limited edition set of Ian Fleming’s works, a 2008 Aston Martin 6 Litre V-12 DBS 2-door Coupe from Quantum of Solace, and the powder-blue La Perla swim trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale. (Did we mention that 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale go to charity?)
What piece of “James Bondiana” would you most like to own?