The James Bond film series has been alive and well for fifty years. The first movie, Dr. No, came out in the UK during the fall of 1962. The latest thriller, Skyfall, opened in theaters just a couple weeks ago. I have yet to see it but my local newspaper gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The main character is aging along with the rest of us, perhaps a bit slower than most of us, but the film industry is certainly not done with him yet. There is even an official James Bond 007 website, if you would like to know even more about these exciting, entertaining movies.
Another fifty candles can be lit for the iconic Rolling Stones. They started playing half a century ago in London and have managed to retain 3/4 of their most notable original members. The new guy, Ron Wood, has been with the band for 37 years! At their start, they were dubbed the "Anti-Beatles" for being the bad guys compared with the fab-four's shining reputation in the early sixties. The Stones have a 50th anniversary tour coming up and a new documentary out on HBO titled "Crossfire Hurricane." If you are a fan, or just interested in cultural longevity, you must check them out.
Both of these events make 50 look like more of a stopping point than a large number. And don't we all love a Happy Birthday?!