BFI Announces James Bond 60th Anniversary Weekend

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

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

Running from October 1-2, 2022 at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, the anniversary celebrations will include exhibitions and events.

Ticket details and information will be announced shortly.

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The BFI will also be honoring longtime Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson with BFI Fellowships in recognition of the duo’s extraordinary achievements and enormous contribution to film.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Mrs.  Barbara Broccoli from producer and Mr.  Producer 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)

BFI regularly holds 007 events to mark anniversaries, the most recent being in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BFI. To Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

George Lazenby held a Q&A after a screening of his only appearance as 007, the day he also saw screenings from 1979 moonraker and 1999 The world is not enough.

With 2022 marking 60 years since the launch of Dr. No, you can expect Sean Connery’s 007 premiere to appear over the weekend of screenings. Other Bond titles celebrating anniversaries in 2022 include 2002 die another dayand 2012 Sky fall.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: David Walliams and George Lazenby attend the 50th Anniversary Screening of

David Walliams and George Lazenby attend the 50th Anniversary Exhibition of To Her Majesty’s Secret Service at BFI Southbank, 2019. (David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The BFI Fellowship will be introduced to Wilson and Broccoli at the BFI President’s Dinner hosted by BFI President Tim Richards on June 28 in Claridges, London. They join other BFI members 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 brothers, who took over the reins of the Bond franchise from their father Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli from 1995 GoldenEye onwards, said: “We are very proud to receive the BFI Fellowship on behalf of all those who have been a part of the James Bond series for over 60 years and are honored to be part of such an esteemed group of distinguished industry fellows.

No Time to Die hits UK cinemas on September 30 (MGM/Universal Pictures/EON)

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

“We are very grateful to so many members of the British film industry that we have worked with throughout our careers and we 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 president of the BFI, paid tribute to the duo saying, “I am honored and excited to award Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli the prestigious BFI Scholarship.

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“I can’t think of anyone more deserving, especially as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the incredibly successful James Bond franchise. With incredible vision and vision, Michael and Barbara have not only reinvented Bond for today’s audiences, but no time to die arrived at exactly the right time to welcome audiences back to the big screen experience like never before.

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“Equally, if not more importantly, is their commitment to our industry out of the spotlight, where they work tirelessly to open doors for others, playing an important role in educating, supporting and inspiring the next generation of filmmakers.”

James Bond films are being re-released in UK and Irish cinemas throughout the year. This weekend sees the release of 1977 The spy who loved mestarring Sir Roger Moore as 007.

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