James Bond for 50th anniversary celebrations at Cannes

Five outdoor screenings of classic movies will mark the start of 007's celebrations

James Bond for 50th anniversary celebrations at Cannes

The James Bond series will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a series of special screenings at the Cannes Film Festival.

007 marks his half-century on the screen this year, and as part of the celebrations, MGM and Park Circus will screen five digitally-restored classics at this year’s event. The movies will be screened as part of Cinema de la Plage, an offshoot from the event, where films are shown free to the public at an outdoor theatre on Cannes Beach.

The titles in question are Sean Connery's 1962 debut Dr No, plus From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever and Casino Royale. MGM and Sony said in a statement: "The screenings in Cannes mark a year-long celebration, including a return to theatres worldwide of some of the classic Bond films."

Bond returns to cinemas in October with Skyfall, Daniel Craig's third outing in the role. The same month will see the entire back catalogue released on Blu-Ray for the first time.

The Cannes Film Festival kicks off on May 16 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, and runs up until May 27.

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