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Bond stars to unite for 50th anniversary party

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Jan 15, 2012 | 1:15pm EST

The superspy from Ian Fleming's books first hit screens in 1962 movie Dr. No with Sir Sean Connery in the lead role, and the other stars to officially play the iconic character in the franchise are Sir Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and current Bond Daniel Craig.

The actors will be brought together this year (12) for a massive celebration to mark 50 years since the release of first movie, according to Britain's Sunday Express.

The event will take place following the premiere of the latest 007 film, Skyfall, in October (12) and will also include many of the actresses who have played Bond girls over the years, including Ursula Andress and Eva Green.

A statement from the MGM movie studio reveals the party will be the climax of a "whole year of birthday celebrations for 007 in the movies", while Daniel Craig says, "It's an astonishing record for any character to endure for five decades in showbiz but I'll bet this: the franchise is such a phenomenon that in another 50 years time a whole new bunch of actors and their leading ladies will be gathering for another party when Bond becomes a centenarian."

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