On October 5, 1962, James Bond came blazing onto the big screen with the famous gun barrel sequence in Dr. No, and the world’s worst villains would never be safe again. Now, 50 years later, there’s no escaping 007 for us good guys either as just about everyone—from book publishers to the auction house Christie’s—is doing something special for the anniversary. For its part, MOMA is presenting 50 Years of James Bond, all 22 of the Bond films all month, starting with Dr. No on Friday. Today, compare and contrast Bonds when Sean Connery saves the planet from nuclear war in You Only Live Twice (1967) and George Lazenby, who played the secret agent only once during Connery’s short-lived retirement from the series, must stop a maniac and his harem of brainwashed beauties from destroying the world’s agriculture in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). In between films, check out the exhibition Goldfinger: The Design of an Iconic Film Title, which looks at how designer Robert Brownjohn projected moving footage onto the body of the lovely Margaret Nolan.
Mondays-Sundays, 2:30 p.m. Starts: Oct. 7. Continues through Oct. 31, 2012
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 26, 2012