James Bond films' history as dramatic as the movies
LONDON (REUTERS) - As a new documentary shows, the real story behind the James Bond film franchise is almost as dramatic as the 007 fantasies themselves, full of twists and turns, personality clashes, heroes, villains, beautiful women and narrow escapes.
Everything Or Nothing is released in theatres on Friday, branded "Global James Bond Day" to mark 50 years since the world premiere of Dr No which introduced author Ian Fleming's suave, sophisticated secret agent to the masses.
An anniversary Blu-ray box set, a swanky charity auction at Christie's and the new 007 fragrance for men are some of the ways in which Bond is being celebrated, underlining the lasting appeal of a character who has been constantly reinvented.
A measure of the fictional spy's popularity in Britain came during the opening ceremony of the London Olympics, when Bond actor Daniel Craig and Queen Elizabeth shared a short, comic and hugely popular scene filmed in Buckingham Palace.