'James Bond' Celebrates 60 Years

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"Dr. No," the archetypal movie successful the James Bond franchise, debuted successful the U.K. connected Oct. 5, 1962.

You cognize his name, and you cognize the mode helium orders his martini. James Bond is the prima quality of the longest-running movie franchise successful history.  

And this year, the celebrated 007 is celebrating his 60th anniversary.  

"Dr. No" — the archetypal movie successful the James Bond franchise — debuted successful the U.K. connected Oct. 5, 1962. 

And since then, the spy bid based connected the novels by Ian Fleming has formed 7 antithetic actors successful the pb role, spanned 26 different films and made implicit $2.2 cardinal astatine the planetary container office.  

This year, the full franchise was besides included successful Amazon’s $8.5 cardinal acquisition of MGM Studios. 

But what is it astir planetary ace spy James Bond that draws planetary audiences? 

Reviews from 1963 described the archetypal movie arsenic “a tinseled action-thriller, spiked with a enigma of a sort.” And passim the years, Bond has been described arsenic an idealized man: suave, charming and intelligent.  

But beyond Bond himself, the franchise elevated the Hollywood careers of “Bond girls” similar Michelle Yeoh and Rosamund Pike. The cosmopolitan costumes inspired decades of manner trends for men and women. And Bond’s on-screen affinity for intoxicant has driven income for gin and promoted definite brands of vodka.  

In solemnisation of James Bond’s 60th, London’s Royal Albert Hall hosted “The Sound Of 007 In Concert” and archetypal props from the films, including Bond’s Aston Martin stunt car, were auctioned for foundation done Christie’s.  

The auction raised implicit $6.7 cardinal for organizations similar The Prince’s Trust and UNICEF.