VIDEO: James Bond Celebrates 51st Anniversary

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a total of 23 James Bond films since 1963

ABOVE VIDEO: It was 51 years ago today that ‘Dr. No’, the very first James Bond film hit theaters. 

The James Bond series focuses on a fictional character created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in 12 novels and two short-story collections.  According to Wikipedia, since Fleming’s death in 1964 seven other authors have written authorized Bond novels or novelizations.

It was 51 years ago today that ‘Dr. No’, the very first James Bond film hit theaters. The series' 23 films have combined box office total of about 4.5 billion dollars

It was 51 years ago today that ‘Dr. No’, the very first James Bond film hit theaters. The series’ 23 films have combined box office total of about 4.5 billion dollars.

The fictional British Secret Service agent has also been adapted for television, radio, comic strip, video games and film. The films are the longest continually running and the second-highest grossing film series to date, which started in 1962 with Dr. No, starring Sean Connery as Bond.

As of 2014, there have been twenty-three films in the Eon Productions series.

Daniel Craig, above, is the eighth man to play James Bond and is also the current Bond.

Daniel Craig, above, is the eighth man to play James Bond and is also the current Bond. (007.com image)

The most recent Bond film, Skyfall (2012), stars Daniel Craig in his third portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series. There have also been two independent productions of Bond films: Casino Royale (a 1967 spoof) and Never Say Never Again (a 1983 remake of an earlier Eon-produced film, Thunderball).

The Bond films are renowned for a number of features, including the musical accompaniment, with the theme songs having received Academy Award nominations on several occasions, and one win.

Other important elements which run through most of the films include Bond’s cars, his guns, and the gadgets with which he is supplied by Q Branch.


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