Roger Moore, the longest serving 007 who starred in seven films between 1973 and 1985, has today officially launched a seven day anniversary tour to commemorate half a century of Bond.
As part of the 007 Days of Bond celebration a number of James Bond stars are set to appear at locations across the UK which have been used in the iconic franchise. The tour will also mark the launch of a Bond box set containing all 22 films on Blu-ray.
This morning, in true 007 style, Roger Moore set a digital timer on a golden briefcase which contains the first box set. Alongside famous faces from the 007 films, the set will embark on the seven day journey before arriving at a HMV store on Oxford Street on Monday 24 September.
After starting the timer the 84-year-old actor said: “I’m delighted to launch this Aston Martin on its tour of Great Britain with its special golden cased cargo, marking 50 years of 007 movies and the release of all 22 films on Blu-ray.”
The tour will begin on Monday 17 September at 10:07am when Eunice Gayson, who appeared in Dr No and From Russia With Love, will appear at Eilean Donan Castle in Syle of Lochalsh – which was used in the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough.
Gayson and the golden briefcase will then set off in the Aston Martin which featured in Quantum of Solace to start its 900 mile journey.
The golden case will travel the length of the country stopping off at the most memorable British locations including the Eden Project in Cornwall, which doubled as the diamond mine in Die Another Day, and the Nene Valley Railway, where stunt performers will run along a moving train with the golden briefcase to replicate a scene in Octopussy.
A number of other Bond stars including Shirley Eaton – who was famously painted gold in the film Goldfinger – will make an appearance along the route before former Bond girl Britt Ekland and Bond villain Richard Kiel arrive in central London to deliver the golden briefcase to Oxford Street.
The 23rd Bond film Skyfall, starring current 007 Daniel Craig, is in UK cinemas on 26 October.
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