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007 at 50: Events fete anniversary of Bond movies

LONDON - A series of events today will mark the 50th anniversary of James Bond films, the iconic spy saga that helped define half-a-century of cultural, political and technological upheaval.

The suave British agent, code named 007, appeared on the silver screen for the first time in the 1962 classic “Dr. No,” introducing himself with the immortal line “Bond .?.?. James Bond” over a high-stakes game of baccarat.

Bond has been played by six actors over the 22-series adventure, but has maintained his obsession with fast cars, beautiful women, high-tech gadgets and vodka martinis - shaken, not stirred.

“For all the attempts at change, the core of the Bondian world remains the same: obsessed with sex and violence, hypermasculine, simplistically nationalistic and addicted to conspicuous consumption,” said Christoph Lindner, editor of “The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader.”

Worldwide events to celebrate Global Bond Day include an online charity auction, a survey to determine the favorite Bond film by country, a film retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and a Music of Bond night in Los Angeles.

London’s Barbican Centre marked the occasion with an exhibition showcasing the design and style of “the world’s most influential and iconic movie brand.”

AFP

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