50 Years of James Bond
October 5–31, 2012
In 1987, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the release of Dr. No (1962), producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli donated newly made 35mm prints of all 14 Broccoli-produced James Bond feature films to The Museum of Modern Art. With this extraordinary gift came a promise to provide MoMA with a new 35mm print of each subsequent Bond film. To date, this collection has grown to 22 films—all of the James Bond films produced by Eon Productions—and since his passing in 1996, “Cubby” Broccoli’s daughter Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have generously continued this tradition.
Created by novelist Ian Fleming in 1953, the iconic James Bond, 007, is among the few MI6 agents with the “00” grade—a license to kill. In addition to his deadly skills, the sophisticated, suave, and impeccably dressed Bond remains a loner, despite countless romantic encounters with stunning female spies, voluptuous assassins, provocative party-girls, and a charismatic psychopath or two. The alluring aura of danger and self-confidence he exudes is irresistible to women, but none are allowed to get too close.
Whether portrayed by Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or Daniel Craig, Bond is forever loyal to Queen and country, possessed of a martini-dry sense of humor, considerably stylish, and eternally enigmatic. When his boss, M, is in need of a formidable agent to quell a globe-spanning espionage crisis, 007 is sent into the field with his trusty Walther PPK, an array of handy spy gadgets, and an unwavering commitment to his mission.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Dr. No and the extraordinary open-ended donation from Albert R. Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli, and Michael G. Wilson, MoMA presents all 22 films in its James Bond collection.
Organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film.
The exhibition is supported by BNP Paribas.
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1963. Great Britain. Terence Young. 114 min.
1964. Great Britain. Guy Hamilton. 110 min.
1965. Great Britain. Terence Young. 133 min.
You Only Live Twice
1967. Great Britain. Lewis Gilbert. 116 min.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
1969. Great Britain. Peter Hunt. 135 min.
Diamonds Are Forever
1971. Great Britain. Guy Hamilton. 120 min.
Live and Let Die
1973. Great Britain. Guy Hamilton. 121 min.
The Man with the Golden Gun
1974. Great Britain. Guy Hamilton. 125 min.
The Spy Who Loved Me
1977. Great Britain. Lewis Gilbert. 126 min.
1979. Great Britain. Lewis Gilbert. 126 min.
For Your Eyes Only
1981. Great Britain. John Glen. 127 min.
1983. Great Britain. John Glen. 131 min.
A View to a Kill
1985. Great Britain. John Glen. 131 min.
The Living Daylights
1987. Great Britain. John Glen. 130 min.
Licence to Kill
1989. Great Britain. John Glen. 133 min.
1995. Great Britain. Martin Campbell. 130 min.
Tomorrow Never Dies
1997. Great Britain. Roger Spottiswoode. 119 min.
The World Is Not Enough
1999. Great Britain. Michael Apted. 128 min.
Die Another Day
2002. Great Britain. Lee Tamahori. 132 min.
2006. Great Britain. Martin Campbell. 145 min.
Quantum of Solace
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