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Published on Oct 05, 2012
 
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The name's Bond, James Bond: 007 marks 50 years

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - James Bond fans on Friday celebrated 50 years of the suave British spy's adventures on the silver screen with a day of 007-themed events around the world.

Bond appeared in a film for the first time in the now classic "Dr. No", released on Oct 5, 1962, introducing himself with the immortal line "Bond... James Bond" over a high-stakes game of baccarat.

The movie franchise has gone on to become one of the most successful in history, with the 22 Bond films taking in more than US$5 billion (S$6.1 billion).

To mark "Global Bond Day", British diva Adele released a clip of the theme song for "Skyfall", the 23rd and newest Bond film, on her website ahead of its worldwide premiere on Oct 23.