In July of 1999, Amitabh Bachchan was named the "Greatest Star of the Millennium" by BBC online poll where he defeated many Hollywood legends such as Alec Guinness, Marlon Brando, Sir Laurence Olivier and Charlie Chaplin
In June of 2000, he became the first living Asian to have been immortalised in wax at London's prestigious Madame Tussauds wax museum.
He was conferred with a special commendation by the Government of South Africa for his continued support for and his special affinity for the people of South Africa
In March of 2001, he was ranked as the "Most powerful actor in Bollywood" by the American publishing and media company Forbes
On September 10, 2001 he was awarded the "Star of the Century" award at the Alexandria International Film Festival. Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni presented Bachchan with the award in recognition of his contribution to international cinema
On March 14, 2003, he was conferred with the honorary citizenship of the French town of Deauville at the fifth edition of the Asian film festival. An honour earlier bestowed on only two people, Queen Elizabeth II of England and the Soviet space hero, Yuri Gagarin. Bachchan also launched a retrospective of his films.
In a poll conducted by Britain's television channel Channel 4 in May of 2003, he was voted 92nd in the list of "the Greatest 100 Film Stars of All time". Bachchan was the only Indian actor on the list, which is dominated by American and British actors.
In 2003, he has been named goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
In 2003, he was honoured at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
In October of 2003, he was honoured at the Marrakech International Film Festival.
In December of 2004, he became the first Asian and only the fifth ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
In April of 2005, The Walter Reade Theater of Lincoln Centre in New York honoured Amitabh Bachchan with a special tribute, retrospective--titled "Amitabh Bachchan: The Biggest Film Star in the World". The tribute also included "An Evening with Amitabh Bachchan", a live appearance by Bachchan hosted at the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.
In September of 2005, The Tropentheatre in Amsterdam honoured Bachchan with a special tribute. The tribute also included a live appearance and an interview with Amitabh Bachchan.
In 2005, he has lent his voice to the Oscar-winning French documentary March of the Penguins , directed by Luc Jacquet
British newspaper The Sunday Times has described Bachchan as "Tom Cruise, Sean Connery and Clint Eastwood rolled into one. Certainly there is no British actor alive who shares his fame" the British newspaper said on December 4, 2006.
He is the only Asian to feature on the BBC's chat-show, Wogan
He was given an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by De Montfort University in Leicester, UK on July 19, 2006 in recognition of his distinguished career in films. He is the first Indian star to be feted by a foreign university.
He will be honoured along with actors and directors from Hollywood at an International Film Festival in Rabat, Morocco
He has become the first Indian celebrity and the sixth in the world to be presented with a special certificate for his support to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFI) in London
On January 27, 2007 he has been awarded France's highest civilian honour, Legion of Honour for his "exceptional career in the world of cinema and beyond". Describing Bachchan as a "towering Indian personality" and the "number-one actor of Indian cinema", Ambassador Girard said the award "brings Bachchan into the international legion of world's greatest artistes".
An unauthorised biography of Bachchan was released in the British capital by the English author who described the Bollywood mega superstar as the "Uber-God" of Indian cinema. He is India's "Most legendary Film Star" - a cross between Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Elvis Presley and with more than a hint of John Travolta," Jessica wrote in the book, her maiden venture.
On June 9, 2007 he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Art by Chancellor of the University Brandan Foster by the Leeds Metropolitan University in Yorkshire
In the weekend of June 16 and 17 June of 2007, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosts a Bachchan spectacular retrospective to honour Bachchan's stellar career. The Chairman of BAFTA ended the event by announcing Bachchan as an honorary Life-Time member of BAFTA.
On November 22, 2007 he was honoured by the London Mayor Ken Livingstone with "The Visit London Special Award for Outstanding Achievement" for his contribution to Indian cinema in the last 30 years.
… and many more 5 Life Time Achievement Awards 8 Television Awards 4 Stardust Awards 5 Star Screen Awards 3 Zee Cine Awards 3 Bollywood Movies Awards 5 International Indian Film Academy Awards 4 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards