Bond at 50? 59 Actually!

The release of Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman’s production of Dr. No marked the start of an incredible journey for the producers, actors, crew and audiences that is set to continue later this month with Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film.

But, as we mark Bond’s cinema half-century, it is important to remember that the character is actually 59 years-of-age. He celebrates his 60th birthday next year.

Ian Fleming published the first of his fourteen Bond books, Casino Royale, on 13 April 1953. The final two, The Man with the Golden Gun (1964) and Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1965), were published after Fleming’s death. During his lifetime Fleming sold thirty million books. More than double that number were sold in the two years following his death. A full bibliography of all seventeen Fleming titles is below.

Eon Productions, who secured the film rights to the Bond books, have so far grossed over $5 billion from the film series, making them second only to Harry Potter at the box office, with no sign of any imminent decline.

To mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Bond film series, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment have released Bond 50, the complete James Bond film experience that showcases all 22 titles in high-definition on Blu-ray, complete with a dossier of more than 122 hours of bonus features.

Released just prior to the theatrical premiere of Skyfall, Bond 50 offers a look at the latest Bond film through video blogs shot with the cast and crew. The Bond 50 collection also provides two all-new pieces that spotlight the history of 007. The World of Bond takes a look at the style and attitude that is the signature to Bond; pulling together the cars, the women, the villains and the music that have been a staple of these films for the past 50 years. Being Bond profiles the six distinguished actors that have had the honor of portraying 007.

Additional bonus content in the Bond 50 collection includes cast and crew commentaries, the behind-the-scenes making of each film, in-depth interviews with every actor that played Bond, a closer look at the exotic locations as shot on-the-set, the women of Bond, the villains of Bond, Bond’s cars and gadgets, music videos and much, much more!

EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US-based company that co-owns, with MGM, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films, as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK-based production company that makes the James Bond films.

Following the death of legendary Bond producer, Albert R. Broccoli on 27 June 1996, his step-son Michael G Wilson and daughter Barbara Broccoli picked up his mantle and have continued to produce the films, including some of the most successful Bond films ever, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

Ian Fleming Bibliography

  1. Casino Royale (1953)
  2. Live and Let Die (1954)
  3. Moonraker (1955)
  4. Diamonds Are Forever (1956)
  5. From Russia, with Love (1957)
  6. The Diamond Smugglers (1957)*
  7. Dr. No (1958)
  8. Goldfinger (1959)
  9. For Your Eyes Only (1960)
  10. Thunderball (1961)
  11. The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
  12. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)
  13. Thrilling Cities (1963)*
  14. You Only Live Twice (1964)
  15. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang (1964)*
  16. The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
  17. Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

* Three non-James Bond titles.