“When I wrote the first one in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I wanted him to be a blunt instrument … when I was casting around for a name for my protagonist I thought by God, (James Bond) is the dullest name I ever heard.” —Ian Fleming, The New Yorker, 21 April 1962
On the contrary, James is probably the best and most exciting thing that has happened to popular culture! Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton are the 5 men who will never be forgotten as being 007. Their style, swagger, gadgets, relationship and subtle humor in-between make the films worth every single second.
Today is the day that Dr. No was released back in 1962. In 2012, people all over the world are celebrating James Bond’s 50th Birthday in ways that are special to them.
Watch a Bond back-to-back movie marathon.
Go skydive in a tuxedo and land in a yacht.
Drive an Aston Martin.
Drink a medium dry vodka martini shaken, not stirred.
Bid for Bond memorabilia at the Christie’s auction.
Watch a retrospective film at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Go to work with a Bond-themed Casual Friday, where men will be in Tuxedos and women in gowns.
Listen to the Skyfall theme song sung by Adele.
I, on the other hand, will be sharing my love for the British spy on my fingertips. The 5 elements that define James are the title imagery of the lens shutter with the dripping blood, his tuxedo and black bow tie, GOLDFINGER (also representing his golden year), 007 and red for the lust for the Bond girls.
How will you be celebrating?