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James Bond Turns 50, Throws Worldwide Party (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 29, 2012 at 1:19PM

Mark your calendars: this year, October 5 will be Global James Bond Day in honor of 50th anniversary of the the famous MI6 agent's film debut. "Dr. No", the first Bond film, premiered on October 5, 1962, and Albert Broccoli's EON Productions (the company behind the Bond films from "Dr. No" to this year's "Skyfall") are partnering with MGM, Sony and Fox Home Entertainment for a day of worldwide events celebrating the spy's life in film.

There's the comprehensive Blu-Ray collection of all 22 Bond films called BOND 50 (September 24 in the UK and September 25 in North America, with a world-wide rollout over the following week in the lead-up to October 5). And don't forget our own Bill Desowitz's "James Bond Unmasked," which features interviews with all six Bonds. 

The newest film in the Bond franchise, "Skyfall," will be released in the U.S. on November 9. Sam Mendes ("American Beauty") helms the 23rd Bond film, with Craig returning as the titular shaken-not-stirred secret agent.

Watch James Bond trailers here. Here's the first from 1962, "Dr. No."

This article is related to: Skyfall, Blu-ray

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.