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007 at 50

3 July 2012
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BAFTA celebrates the James Bond film franchise turning 50.

The James Bond film franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and BAFTA are celebrating this milestone with a retrospective of Bond features. We've delved into the BAFTA archive to bring you features with Bond directors Guy Hamilton and Lewis Gilbert, production designer Ken Adam, and composers David Arnold and John Barry.

Guy Hamilton

All that Glitters is Goldfinger: In Conversation with Guy Hamilton

BAFTA celebrates the life and career of director Guy Hamilton and explores the making of a classic Bond film. Bond composer David Arnold hosts this event which also features Goldfinger Bond girl Shirley Eaton. Hamilton went on to direct three more Bond films after Goldfinger - Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun.


A director’s job is to show off his star to his very best advantage. All actors have strengths and weaknesses….cash in on their strengths and cover-up their weaknesses.

Lewis Gilbert at BAFTA

In Conversation with Lewis Gilbert

British cinema legend Lewis Gilbert narrates talks to friend and colleague, Julie Walters about his extraordinary career. From Reach for the Sky and Alfie to the Bond Films, Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, the director's remarkable career in the British film industry spans over seven decades. Gilbert directed three Bond Films - You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.

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The things you think are disasters turn out to be wonderful and the things you think are wonderful turn out to be disasters...

Sir Ken Adam

A Tribute to Sir Ken Adam

In this 90th birthday celebration for Sir Ken Adam, friends and colleagues (including Lewis Gilbert and Roger Moore) pay tribute to a man whose inspirational career in production design has spanned well over 70 years. Learn about the challenges that the legendary production designer faced while working on the Bond films & why he enjoyed them. Adam worked on Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds are Forever, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.

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When you do a scribble and everything seems to work…that is the most exciting part. That is when you know you’ve done something interesting.

John Barry Final

John Barry's Golden Touch: Discussion

Recorded at London's Somerset House in August 2011, Miguel Mera is joined by musicians Martin Phipps and Richard Jacques to discuss the work of the late film composer John Barry. After arranging the famous James Bond theme first heard in Dr. No, Barry went on to write brand-defining Bond scores for 11 of the next 14 films from From Russia With Love in 1963 to The Living Daylights in 1987.

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Barry had a great clarity of vision. He's sure about what he's doing and he's going to do it again and again, and he knows it will work.

David Arnold

David Arnold: In Conversation

Talking to producer/director Stephen Woolley David Arnold provides a unique insight into an award-winning back catalogue. Arnold reminisces about making compositions at the foot of his bed at the start of his career before discussing his passion for James Bond and the pressure of landing his dream job on the global franchise with Tomorrow Never Dies. Arnold has since gone on to write the scores for The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.


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During Casino Royale we reward the audience with snippets of the Bond theme, just with a taster of it, because he hasn't earned it yet. He hasn't earned it until the end of the movie.

Bond: Dr No

Gimmicks in Bond: Peter Murton, Art Director

From deep within the BAFTA archive we have uncovered an article from the Journal of the Society of Film and Television Arts in 1966 which discusses the use of Gimmicks in Bond. In this piece, Art Director Peter Murton debates which came first, Bond or the gimmicks, looking at the array of gadgets and personal devices that were designed to give Bond an edge over his enemies.

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Gimmicks have become synonymous with James Bond and have added another facet to his character.