From the BFI with love this fall as London’s BFI and IMAX will mark sixty cinematic years of Bond, James Bond. Over two days (October 1st and 2nd 2022), the capital’s movie hub will celebrate six decades of 007 with a series of screenings and events. To mark the celebrations the BFI are also giving Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson the valued BFI Fellowship. This honour marks the decades of support, employment and support that Wilson and Broccoli have brought to British film production and exhibition. The Fellowship will be given to the producing pair at a special reception at London’s Claridge’s on June 28 2022.
“I am honoured and excited to be awarding Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with the prestigious BFI Fellowship. I can think of no-one else more deserving particularly as we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the incredibly successful James Bond franchise. With amazing insight and vision Michael and Barbara have not only re-invented Bond for today’s audiences, but No Time to Die arrived at exactly the right moment to welcome those audiences back to the big screen experience as never before. As equally, if not more, important is their commitment to our industry away from the spotlight, where they work tirelessly to open doors for others by playing a huge part in educating, supporting and inspiring the next generation of film makers.”
Tim Richards, BFI Chair
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are deeply proud of the accolade and subsequent celebrations. The BFI has been a perfectly located and celebratory hub of James Bond over the years. In 2009 the Southbank centre of cinema held a rich season marking the centenary of Bond legend Albert R. Broccoli (including a quite memorable screening of 1962’s Dr. No to a room full of Bond legends hosted by Roger Moore in April 2009). Countless Bond film screenings and Q & A sessions have sold out there and a September 2019 Bond Day event included three classic 007 adventures back on the big screen and with Bond director John Glen and OHMSS star George Lazenby in attendance.
‘We are so proud to be awarded the BFI Fellowship on behalf of all of those who have been a part of the James Bond series over 60 years and feel honoured to join such an esteemed group of distinguished industry fellows. We are very grateful to so many members of the British film industry who we have worked with over the course of our careers and thank the British Film Institute for their tremendous support and leadership for the creative industries in the UK.’
– Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
The BFI will be marking this anniversary year of the franchise with a special James Bond Sixtieth celebration weekend events in London at the BFI Southbank and the neighbouring BFI IMAX on October 1st and 2nd 2022 – including screenings of some classic Bond movies back on the big screen where they belong.