When the first 007 film’s 60th anniversary occurs this fall, James Bond is in for quite the party. In September, Christie’s and EON Productions are organising a two-part charity auction, and the BFI will organise screenings and an in-depth discussion series later in the month. Then, just in time for October’s James Bond Day, Shirley Bassey will be the featured performer for a retrospective concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
The auctions, titled Sixty Years Of James Bond, will include 60 famous pieces honouring each of the 25 instalments in the franchise. The online auction will run from September 15 until James Bond Day on October 5. The live auction will take place in London on September 28. One of eight replicas created for the film No Time To Die last year, the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 stunt car is the star of the live auction and is expected to fetch up to £2 million. There will be a total of 25 lots from No Time To Die, with six lots apiece for the super agent’s portrayers, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.
Other vehicles include a special edition 007 Land Rover Defender with the 60th Anniversary emblem on the instrument panel, a Land Rover Defender 110 from No Time To Die, and an SFX version of the Q Jet Boat from The World Is Not Enough.
A five-night stay at the Ian Fleming Villa in Jamaica, where he wrote all fourteen James Bond novels, a Swarovski-encrusted, gold-plated egg made to look like a Faberge egg from Octopussy, and Dalton’s hand-signed tuxedo from Licence to Kill are also up for auction. (View the available lots here and here.)
The Prince’s Trust, which works with children, will receive a portion of the proceeds, and the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund will use it to help organisations that aid current and former personnel of the three intelligence agencies as well as the UK Special Forces.
The James Bond At 60 Weekender, hosted by the BFI from September 30 to October 2, will feature in-person events with producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli as well as an inside look at stunts and SFX work with Special Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould.
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Three of Craig’s most recent appearances as 07:00 will be screened at the BFI IMAX. The BFI website will start selling tickets on August 4.
The Sound Of 007 In Concert, featuring Shirley Bassey, who earlier this year introduced the BAFTA Film Awards with a show-stopping performance of “Diamonds Are Forever,” will take place on October 4 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be a part of The Sound Of 007, which is being produced by EON Productions and will be curated by five-time Bond composer David Arnold. Sale of tickets has begun.