Friday was “Global James Bond Day,” marking the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise. Just a few weeks later, the highly anticipated Skyfall movie will premiere. It’s online …
LIFE Books is celebrating 50 years of the cinema’s most celebrated spy with a new book out this week : LIFE 50 Years of James Bond
The fantastic book features dozens of remarkable photos from the Bond films, including behind-the-scenes images that capture the many faces of James Bond, as well as the “Bond Girls” and, of course, the villains we all love to hate.
LIFE tells the whole story in this commemorative book. Ian Fleming, a high-ranking officer in British Naval Intelligence during World War 11, dreamt up his MI6 spy, code number 007, in 1953, and a decade later, with “Dr. No”, “From Russia With Love” and then the smash “Goldfinger”, saw his creation take on a life entirely his own.
All the fun of Bond is here: The movies; the reminiscences by the stars; the “LIFE” photo shoots; the knockoffs and spoofs (“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.;” “Get Smart;” “I Spy“;” the first Casino Royale); the artefacts (a model of Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 was one of the best -selling toys of 1 g65); the trivia and inside information on M, Q and Moneypenny — anything a Bond fan would want, packed into one book and then shaken, not stirred.
James Bond was, back in the day, one of those cultural phenomena tailor-made for “LIFE”: It was bright and colourful and vibrant. Today, it still is. Happy birthday, and welcome back, Commander Bond.
Others you will certainly enjoy …
Bond On Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies
James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters
Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray]
Scroll photos and images of “James Bond”