Bond producers are praising the 007 team cementing their handprints in Hollywood

James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli said the cast and crew “A-Team” made the 007 franchise so successful as she and 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 of the popular spy series.

To celebrate the franchise’s 60th on-screen anniversary, Broccoli and Wilson signed their names and put their hands in cement outside the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

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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 co-starring Dr.

A string of blockbuster films followed, first starring Sean Connery and later starring George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Speaking of the franchise’s longevity, Broccoli said, “Ian Fleming wrote a really interesting, multi-faceted character in the ’50s, the literary character.

“And Cubby and Harry made him the cinematic hero he is, and I think it was the fact that he was able to move with the times so well with the different actors who have portrayed them, starting with Sean, of course Connery to Daniel Craig and they, along with all the wonderful actors, have made a huge difference in the success of these films.

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Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with Christoph Waltz (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

“We had Christoph Waltz here today, who 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 only had the A-Team on these films 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 in the seminal year of the spy series.

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He added that it was a “particularly special” occasion for him as he remembered sneaking onto the famous boulevard as a kid and making the same impressions with his friends.

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

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

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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