1. MGM planning year-long 007 celebration in 2012

    By Matt Weston on 2011-01-15

    In their report on the official announcement of Bond 23, trade paper Variety notes that MGM aren’t going to let the James Bond series’ fiftieth anniversary slip by.

    The studio have already begun preparing a year-long celebration to mark 50 years since the release of the very first 007 film, Dr No.

    Specifics remain unknown, but fans should expect a celebration to top the series’ fortieth birthday held in the lead-up to the release of 2002’s Die Another Day.

    Spy blog Double O Section speculates that the celebrations could include anything from theatrical re-releases of classic 007 films, books, toys and the release of the remaining Bond films on Blu-ray Disc.

    Bond 23, to be directed by Sam Mendes from a script by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan, will be released on 9 November 2012. The film will feature Daniel Craig reprising the role of James Bond for the third time.

    Keep watching for more details on the Bond films’ fiftieth anniversary as they come to hand.

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