James Bond: 60th anniversary celebration at BFI announced

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2022 marks 60 years of James Bond films. (Eon Productions)
2022 marks 60 years of James Bond films. (Eon Productions)

A weekend of events to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the James Bond movies has been announced by the British Film Institute (BFI).

Taking place on 1-2 October, 2022 at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, the anniversary celebrations will comprise of screenings and events.

Details and ticketing info will be announced shortly.

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The BFI will also be honouring long time Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson with BFI Fellowships in recognition of 'the pair’s extraordinary achievements and enormous contribution to cinema'.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Producer Ms. Barbara Broccoli and Producer Mr. Michael G. Wilson at the World Premiere of
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson at the World Premiere of No Time To Die. (Getty Images for EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Universal Pictures)

The BFI regularly holds 007 events to mark anniversaries, with the most recent happening in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

George Lazenby held a Q&A after a screening of his sole outing as 007, on the day which also saw screenings of 1979's Moonraker and 1999's The World Is Not Enough.

With 2022 marking 60 years since the release of Dr No, you can expect Sean Connery's 007 debut to feature in the weekend of screenings. Other Bond titles celebrating anniversaries in 2022 include 2002's Die Another Day, and 2012's Skyfall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  David Walliams and George Lazenby attend the 50th anniversary screening of
David Walliams and George Lazenby attend the 50th anniversary screening of On Her Majesty's Secret Service at BFI Southbank, 2019. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The BFI Fellowship will be presented to Wilson and Broccoli at the BFI Chair’s Dinner, hosted by BFI Chair Tim Richards, on 28 June at Claridges, London. They join other BFI Fellows including Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker, Tilda Swinton, Sir David Lean, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Nicholas Roeg CBE, Orson Welles, Sir Ridley Scott, Dame Judi Dench, and Sir Steve McQueen.

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The filmmaking siblings, who took over the reins of the Bond franchise from their father Albert R 'Cubby' Broccoli from 1995's GoldenEye onwards, said: “We are so proud to be awarded the BFI Fellowship on behalf of all of those who have been a part of the James Bond series over 60 years and feel honoured to join such an esteemed group of distinguished industry fellows.

No Time To Die hits UK cinemas on 30 September (MGM/Universal Pictures/EON)
No Time To Die hit UK cinemas on 30 September, 2021. (MGM/Universal Pictures/EON)

"We are very grateful to so many members of the British film industry who we have worked with over the course of our careers and thank the British Film Institute for their tremendous support and leadership for the creative industries in the UK."

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Tim Richards the BFI Chair paid tribute to the duo saying: “I am honoured and excited to be awarding Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with the prestigious BFI Fellowship.

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"I can think of no-one else more deserving particularly as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the incredibly successful James Bond franchise. With amazing insight and vision Michael and Barbara have not only re-invented Bond for today’s audiences, but No Time to Die arrived at exactly the right moment to welcome those audiences back to the big screen experience as never before.

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"As equally, if not more, important is their commitment to our industry away from the spotlight, where they work tirelessly to open doors for others by playing a huge part in educating, supporting and inspiring the next generation of film makers.”

The James Bond films are being re-released in UK and Ireland cinemas throughout the year. This weekend sees the release of 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, starring Sir Roger Moore as 007.

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