The official James Bond 60th anniversary logo was projected on the side of the new stages and The Roger Moore Stage; and will remain in place until 5 October – James Bond Day.
Goldfinger’s Aston Martin DB5 and Rolls Royce Phantom III were showcased inside the 18,000 sq. ft. stage — both models first seen in the film.
The Rolls Royce on display was the actual car as seen on screen and the Aston Martin is a replica of the model that featured gadgets including an ejector seat in the film. The Sean Connery Stage is situated at the entrance to the Studios and on the corner of Goldfinger Avenue, named after the scene where Bond (Connery) activates the ejector seat.
Sir Sean’s granddaughter, Saskia Connery, opened the stage on behalf of the Connery family and previous cast and crew from a number of the films joined the celebrations, including: Maryam D’Abo, Carole Ashby, Madeline Smith, Caroline Munro, and Martine Beswicke, who starred in From Russia With Love in 1963, and director John Glen.
Also in attendance were James Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, to celebrate the grand opening.
In a statement, Wilson said: “Barbara and I are grateful to Pinewood for acknowledging this screen legend and honoured to have been invited to celebrate this evening along with Sir Sean’s granddaughter Saskia.”
Saskia Connery said: “I am so proud of my grandfather both on screen and for who he was and meant to all of us at home. He would have been humbled and honoured to now have his own stage at Pinewood Studios.”