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30 MARCH 2012

By: Anders Frejdh
Over 90 countries will be participating in the 7th Muscat International Film Festival (MIFF) in Oman with James Bond related guests in attendance.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), and will undoubtedly see wild debate as to who has been the best 007 over the years. The current holder of the licence to kill, Daniel Craig, is likely to attract a significant portion of the votes, having given Bond a tough, small-swimming trunks, fist-fights-over-ludicrous-gadgets twist, while the old favourites Sean Connery and Roger Moore will probably be shaking and stirring things up in second place.

Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore will be in Oman as part of the 7th Muscat International Film Festival.

March 30 is the Special James Bond Day at the MIFF and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) will be screened for the public in the presence of the super legend. Sir Roger will also be honoured at the MIFF at the closing ceremony on March 31.

The second actor to portray Ian Fleming's super-spy on the big screen, George Lazenby, will also be jetting into Oman for the festival and his film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), will be screened during the day.

Adding to the Bond appreciation comes John Glen, who has directed more 007s than any other filmmaker, and Britt Ekland, Roger Moore's famously ditzy Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

The festival might not make as much noise as its regional counterparts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha, but this year boasts a line-up just as impressive. Apart from the Bond guests, other names on the guest list include Susan Sarandon, Forest Whitaker and Omar Sharif.

Editor's note:
The Bond festivities takes place in the Oman Auditorium located at AL Bustan Palace Hotel.

For other posts covering Britt Ekland featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Other James Bond 50th Anniversary events featured on From Sweden With Love:
>50 Years of James Bond poster (January)
>Director's panel in Las Vegas (January)
>Royal Mail Union Flag postage stamps (January)
>James Bond special in Mail on Sunday Live (January)
>Kindle edition of Cubby Broccoli's biography (January)
>Bond in Motion exhibition (January-December)
>James Bond at BAFTA Awards 2012 (February)
>Two new James Bond Omega limited edition watches (February)
>Dr. No screening at TCM Clasic Film Festival in Los Angeles (April)
>Autographed trading cards set (May)
>Designing 007 exhibition (July-September)
>Blu-ray film set (October)
>Premiere of Skyfall (October)
>Concert in London (November)

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