The James Bond series producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were recognized at the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation’s Pioneer Of The Year Dinner on Wednesday night, three years after Elizabeth Banks received the accolade in 2019.
The industry charity received what co-chairs Erik Lomis and Heather Morgan stated was a very healthy haul of $1.5. 007 million dollars for the cause, which was a very welcome return indeed.
Everyone was in a great mood at the Beverly Hilton ballroom as MGM, United Artists Releasing, and their new owner Amazon Studios hosted the event for the group whose membership spans the distribution and exhibition side of the business.
Of course, a large portion of that positive reception for a public eager to return to normal after the pandemic KO’d this event three years prior came from the awardees themselves.
It also helped that Daniel Craig, the most recent James Bond, was able to attend the event despite initially being unable to do so due to production schedules.
He joined planned presenter Michelle Yeoh (Tomorrow Never Dies) in presenting the extremely cool-looking trophy to the pair in honor of a pair he called “family” as an added bonus.
Given since 1947, when Adolph Zukor became the inaugural recipient, there appeared to be a warm reception in the audience for two producers who have maintained a 25-film franchise that is still going strong in its 60th year. Very good.
According to production producer Jonathan Glickman, who worked on multiple Bond films, Broccoli and Wilson have a straightforward philosophy that can be summed up as “Never let temporary people make permanent decisions.”
And he said, “Don’t let them muck it up,” as Broccoli usually said. sage advise He also shared an amusing tale about the requirement for scripts for James Bond to remain confidential.
He smiled and reiterated their number one rule, which is to never use email, he said, “There is zero chance that any script would be found in the basement of Mar a Lago.” Unfortunately, he broke it once when he made a mistake and accidentally forwarded the script to someone by email.
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As a result of the infamous Sony hack, it appeared online the next thing he knew and bore his watermarked name all over it.
When London opened for the day, he claimed he waited anxiously for them to get the news, but they never mentioned the breach and informed him they were just getting over the tragedy. Bruce Feirstein, the screenwriter for the Bond series, also revealed his experiences of working with them to create a Bond movie.
He even told a humorous tale about his own chance encounter with Sir Sean Connery, a legendary Bond actor.
The instruction from the first 007 was to “make sure you get the check.” Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry, Hans Zimmer, Jeffrey Wright, Benicio Del Toro, Adele, Lashana Lynch, Billie Eilish, Jude Law, Eric Fellner, Blake Lively, Rami Malek, Judi Dench, David O.
Russell, Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos all paid their respects via tape before the presentation. Yeoh, whose film Everything Everywhere All At Once is receiving positive Oscar buzz, adorably remarked that she spent the entire evening wondering why she had decided to do this.
They are genuine producers, fearless leaders, and Hollywood aristocracy, she chuckled, adding, “I can’t sing, I can’t tell jokes, and Barbara would say I can’t act.” “60 years is the new 20,” she said in reference to the franchise that began in 1962 with Dr. No and has made $8 billion in the intervening years.
Being 60 and still hot is so cool. Craig then came on stage and declared that Broccoli and Wilson were “my family” with great emotion. Their influence is so significant and wide-ranging that it transcends the industry.
Wilson concluded by thanking everyone involved with the franchise, including Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, the actors, the exhibitors who believed in the potential of the franchise, and many others. He gave the acceptance speech after Broccoli deferred to him and remarked, “I am so deeply proud of the job we’ve done together.”
Wilson also mentioned that there was an auction for a vintage 2003 Thunderbird used in the Bond film series that was still open for bids, as well as one for a pair of autographed watches that brought in a sizable sum of money thanks to some skillful auctioneering by Lomis that would have Sharon Stone beaming with pride.
One signed by Craig sold for $19,000. The entertainment included “The Writings On The Wall,” Sam Smith’s Oscar-winning Bond song.