In celebration of the 50 years of the legendary film icon James Bond, and in anticipation of the release of the 23rd James Bond adventure, Skyfall, in U.S. theaters on November 9, The Museum of Modern Art pays tribute with a full retrospective of all 22 Bond films-from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008)-from October 5 through 31, 2012, in The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. 50 Years of James Bond is organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film.
Coinciding with Global James Bond Day on October 5, the exhibition kicks off that evening at 8:00 p.m. with the screening of Dr. Nointroducing Sean Connery as the original Bond, and will screen the Bond films in chronological order twice during the month of October.
In 1987, MoMA celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of the first film in the Bond series with a gallery exhibition and film series on the occasion of accepting a generous donation of the first 14 Bond films by producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli. Aligning with MoMA's mission of collecting, preserving, and exhibiting films, Broccoli presented the pristine, 35mm prints to MoMA with the promise to provide new prints of all subsequent Bond releases. To date, the collection has grown to include 22 prints, with the acquisition of Skyfall anticipated later this year.