Bond producers praise team 007 as they cement their handprints in Hollywood

Bond producers praise team 007 as they cement their handprints in Hollywood

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said having the cast and crew of “A Team” is what made the 007 franchise so successful as she and her brother Michael G Wilson were honored during a footprint ceremony. hands to Hollywood Boulevard.

The sibling duo, aged 62 and 80, own EON Productions and have produced the last nine films in the beloved spy series.

To celebrate the franchise’s 60th anniversary on the big screen, Broccoli and Wilson signed their names and pressed their hands into the concrete outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli Hand and Footprint Ceremony

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

James Bond originated as a literary character created by Ian Fleming in 1953, with Canadian Harry Saltzman and American Albert “Cubby” Broccoli producing the first film adaptation in 1962 with Doctor No.

A series of blockbuster films followed with Sean Connery starring George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig, all later in the role.

Reflecting on the longevity of the franchise, Broccoli said, “Ian Fleming wrote a really interesting and multifaceted character, the literary character of the 1950s.

“And Cubby and Harry made him the movie hero he is and I think it was the fact that he was so able to keep up with the times with the various actors who played them, starting of course with Sean Connery. and passing through Daniel Craig and they made a huge difference to the success of these films along with all the wonderful actors.

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli Hand and Footprint Ceremony

Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with Christoph Waltz (Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP)

“We had Christoph Waltz here today who played the legendary Blofeld so beautifully. And the extraordinary women who have been in these films over the years and the directors and all the technicians and craftsmen.

“We’ve just had Team A in these films for 60 years and I think that’s why they’ve been so successful.”

Wilson said it was an “extraordinary honor” for him and Broccoli to make their mark on Hollywood Boulevard during the pivotal year for the spy series.

He added that it was an “extra special” occasion for him as he recalled that he used to sneak into the famous boulevard and get his hands on the same impressions with his friends when he was a child.

“At that age I never dreamed for a second that, over 70 years later, I would be here with my best production partner anyone could ever have: my sister Barbara,” he said.

The event was also attended by Oscar winner Waltz, who played Bond nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 2015’s Specter and 2021’s No Time to Die.

Broccoli and Wilson were recently awarded CBEs at Buckingham Palace after being included on the 2022 New Year’s honors list.

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