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

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

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

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said having the ‘A Team’ of cast and crew is what made the 007 franchise so successful as she and her brother Michael G Wilson were honored at a handprint ceremony on 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 silver screen, Broccoli and Wilson signed their names and pressed their hands into the cement 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 Dr No.

A string of blockbusters followed, first starring Sean Connery with George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig all later taking on the role.

Reflecting on the longevity of the franchise, Broccoli said: “Ian Fleming wrote a very interesting, multi-faceted character, the literary character of the 50s.

“And Cubby and Harry made him the cinematic hero that he is, and I think it’s been the fact that he’s been so able to keep up with the times with the different actors that have portrayed them, starting obviously with Sean Connery and went on to Daniel Craig , and they have made a huge difference to the success of these films along with all the amazing 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 has 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 the A-team on these movies 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 spy franchise’s landmark year.

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

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

Oscar-winning Waltz, who played Bond’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 2015’s Specter and 2021’s No Time to Die, was also present at the event.

Broccoli and Wilson were recently honored with CBEs at Buckingham Palace after being included in the 2022 New Year Honors List.

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