TERRY ADLAM is a
scriptwriter and a self-confessed Bond fanatic. A fascination that
began when he rode in the back of his parent’s car as they drove
past Pinewood Studios one Sunday afternoon in 1966 and he saw the
volcano set from You Only Live Twice looming over the trees.
Before concentrating on his writing career he was a special effects
technician, beginning his career with the brilliant Bond matte
artist Cliff Culley. Involvement with Thunderbirds creator
Gerry Anderson led Terry into creating, directing and co-writing
Dick Spanner, a stop-motion animated TV series that appeared on
Channel 4 – and is still available from any good car-boot sale! It
was due to his involvement with Dick that he had to turn down the
chance of working on Never Say Never Again!
Terry’s main writing forte is for TV and Radio comedy; among his
credits are Spitting Image, Hale & Pace, The News Huddlines,
as well as shows overseas. In addition to the Bond films he has an
unhealthy interest in British comedy films. He doesn’t have a
favourite Bond film as he believes they all have great, good and not
so good moments, although You Only
Live Twice and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service do figure
largely when the subject arises!
JON AUTY was born
in 1972 in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. Soon after he was born it
became Royal Leamington Spa. Gets you thinking doesn't it?
He was the editor and publisher of ‘STUNTS’ Magazine. This
industry publication gave an insight into the world of the stunt
professional here in the UK and in the US. His work on this
publication was recognised by many including the Hollywood
Stuntman's Hall Of Fame who rewarded him with Honorary Membership in
He is widely renowned as the UK’s leading authority on the stunt
community and has worked as an advisor on many newspaper articles,
books and live shows.
He has been involved in many television projects including: The
Paradise Club, A Touch of Frost and Taggart. And numerous
motion pictures including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s
Stone, A Knight’s Tale and Die Another Day.
He is currently working on ‘Behind The Stunts’ a long running
series of in-depth publications examining the stunts and action
sequences on many film and television offerings over the last 40
years and is developing a lecture tour about stunt work.
GREG BECHTLOFF is
the U.S. West Coast correspondent for 007 MAGAZINE. He has
previously been a Contributing Editor for ‘Mr Kiss Kiss Bang’ and
‘007 Forever’, where his in-depth knowledge of the Bond novels and
movies has elevated these websites to the premier league.
Greg is employed full-time at the prestigious Grammy Awards
Organisation in Los Angeles.
has had impressive career in ‘Bondage’. As a Bond fan he wrote
extensively for both the American and British James Bond Fan
Clubs, and in 1984 wrote what is still considered to be the
definitive study of the James Bond character in book and film,
The James Bond Bedside Companion. He also wrote the
computer game adaptations of Goldfinger
and A View To
A Kill, and a role-playing game sequel to You Only Live
Twice, ‘Back of Beyond.’
In more recent years, Benson was selected as the succeeding Bond
continuation author to John Gardner, and between 1996 and 2002
penned six original James Bond novels, including ZERO MINUS
TEN, THE FACTS OF DEATH, and THE MAN WITH THE RED TATTOO, as well
as three 007 short stories, BLAST FROM THE PAST, MIDSUMMER’S
NIGHT DOOM, and
LIVE AT FIVE.
Raymond Benson has been an author, composer, computer game
designer, and stage director for over 25 years. In 2003, Raymond
left the world of James Bond to write his own original works.
For further information regarding the work of Raymond Benson
please visit www.raymondbenson.com
BUNYAN is a History and Film &
Media Studies graduate, and is currently seeking media related
employment. He first became a Bond fan aged eight after
viewing You Only Live Twice on British television
and has been a fanatic ever since. The first Bond film he
saw at the cinema was GoldenEye in 1995. Craig’s one link
to the James Bond family is that Dame Diana Rigg oversaw
his graduation in 2005 in her role as Chancellor of the
University of Stirling.
“fell in love with Bond”, as he describes it, after catching a
re-release screening of Live And Let Die in 1978, although
he grew up reading Ian Fleming’s novels before his introduction to
the film character. He admits he’s “a bit of a purist,” and
believes that good Bond films are not easy to replicate; “If you
don’t get everything together it can often prove disastrous. The
Brosnan films have yet to prove themselves to me.”
Bond film is For Your Eyes Only, and favourite Bond Girl is
Carey Lowell’s spunky portrayal of Pam Bouvier in Licence To
Age 35, Steve read History at Manchester University and is
currently employed in the Education sector by one of Britain’s
largest exam boards.
is a producer, author and James Bond historian, he
co-wrote the two official Bond books, James Bond: The
Legacy and Bond Girls Are Forever. As a
producer, he was given unique access to the archives of
the Bond filmmakers EON Productions to create the
outstanding documentaries for all the James Bond DVDs.
As a professional screenwriter, John was even given a shot
at developing a James Bond film by the filmmakers. He also
published Goldeneye magazine (now discontinued) for
The Ian Fleming Foundation, of which he is co-founder. And
when the makers of the Scene It? DVD trivia games
wanted to produce a 007 edition, John Cork was the man
they asked to provide the questions. His in-depth look at
the history of the development of the Thunderball
story remains the definitive article.
became a Bond fan in 1977 when he first saw The Spy Who
Loved Me. He is a collector of James Bond first
editions and an expert on the life of Harry Houdini.
John is a graduate of the USC’s School of Cinema-Television
and has worked as a professional Hollywood screenwriter for
seven years, during which time he has written projects for
ABC-TV, MGM, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks,
and the USA Network.
DASSANOWSKY is Associate Professor and Chair of Languages &
Cultures, and Director of Film Studies at the University of
Colorado, Colorado Springs.
In addition to his widely published work on film and literary
history, he is an independent producer, contributing adviser
to the International Dictionary of Films & Filmmakers – and
the founding Vice-President of the Austrian American Film
James Bond somehow always manages to make an appearance in
his film analysis and courses – and he is the film Casino
Royale’s best propagandist!
KEVIN HARPER has been a Bond fan
since the age of 10 when he saw Diamonds Are Forever on its
original release in 1971.
His favourite Bond actor is naturally Sean Connery but his
favourite film in the series is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,
as it remains so close to its source material. A huge Ian Fleming fan,
Kevin favours the 007 books over the films – but it was the Sixties’
Bonds that helped kindle his keen interest in the art of cinema in
TOMAS HEDMAN has been a Bond fan since his early
teens. "There was something almost magical about
the shelf in the local video rental store where the
Bond films stood. It was almost saddening when I had
seen them all, and there were no more surprises to
expect. Except for every two or three years when the
Tomas is a radio journalist
in Karlstad, Sweden, and is proud to have
interviewed Roger Moore, Desmond Llewelyn, Monty
Norman and most recently Daniel Craig.
LUKAS KENDALL is
the founder and publisher of Film Score Monthly, the leading
magazine about movie music. Through FSM he has restored and
released over 75 soundtracks of classic film scores, and acted as an
independent contractor on other albums, including the 2002 expanded
editions of EMI’s James Bond music CDs.
Lukas’ favourite Bond moment is the entire first half of Sean
Connery's comeback as 007,
Diamonds Are Forever.
is one of those guys who is known in Bond circles as a ‘life-styler’.
When the chips are down you can always rely on Lance to be drunk
and useless. Although he prefers to call it ‘Elegantly Wasted’.
He was born in London (in front of a television showing
Queenie’s Castle, to be precise) in November 1968. He worked
for the Ministry of Defence for 13 years, but grew an inch over
regulation height, before leaving to do anything else! And
anything he did; writing for film magazines and newspapers
and organising PR for 007 MAGAZINE James Bond events.
Lance’s friendship with Graham Rye and Andrew Pilkington lead
to him organising much valuable publicity for 007 MAGAZINE and 007
NEWSLETTER, adding an irreverent voice on all things Bond.
It was in 2001 that Lance, together with friend and fellow
007 MAGAZINE contributor Matthew Field, created the special
features for Paramount Pictures’ DVD release of The Italian Job.
Lance never looked back. He went on to co-produce and direct the
features for the Zulu DVD, and his magnum opus, the making
of Sergio Leone’s Once Upon A Time In The West. In 2005,
Lance’s DVD projects have included features for Lord
Attenborough’s Oh What A Lovely War!, David Lynch’s Twin
Peaks (2nd season), and Event
Horizon, directed Paul W. S. Anderson.
OXENRIDER can pinpoint the exact date he became hooked
on Bond: November 26, 1965, with the NBC television
special The Incredible World of James Bond. That
Christmas he saw Thunderball nearly 25 times,
talked with both Lotte Lenya and Harold Sakata by phone
and 41 years later has amassed an amazing collection of
stills, posters, autographs,
toys and merchandising.
Steve’s favourite Bond film is Goldfinger but
"the double-bills of the 60s and 70s, with those
fantastic ad campaigns,
were as exciting as a new
release." He is just as excited about the release of
Casino Royale as he was with Thunderball.
Steve teaches English as a Second Language in an
American public school and has travelled to more than 43
countries, many of them Bond locales. Riding roller
coasters is his second passion.
has been involved with 007 MAGAZINE from its inception in 1979,
and his contributions to the publication in the past have been
varied and definitive.
Ask Andrew to name his favourite Bond film and he’ll still be
explaining three hours later – the words ‘hind legs’ and ‘donkey’
spring to mind! However, he’d probably admit it’s a tie between
From Russia With Love and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
At the other end of the spectrum, his least favourite Bond films
are A View To A Kill and Octopussy, but way way
below these is Die Another Day!
His favourite Bond movie moments are the train fight in
From Russia With Love and the laser beam sequence in
Goldfinger. Away from Bond, Andrew has a preference for the
films of Cary Grant and Clint Eastwood, and Sixties’ TV shows –
including Star Trek and its movie series.
After working for a high street bank for 22 years, he has more
recently become the marketing director for a Surrey-based company
providing 360-panoramic imaging for websites.
HANK REINEKE became a life-long
James Bond fan in 1970, when age nine, his father took him to
see a twin-bill of Thunderball and
You Only Live Twice at the State Theatre in Jersey
City, NJ. A first-run screening of Diamonds Are Forever
followed in December of 1971. Hank’s fanaticism was sealed in
June 1972, when Dr. No, From Russia With Love and
Goldfinger were programmed as a triple-bill at the State –
United Artists infamous ‘Spend a Night with James Bond!’
Hank’s fascination with the James Bond films as a kid
encouraged him to search out copies of the Signet Ian Fleming
paperback series, and it was his reading (and re-reading) of
the great Fleming novels – and Robert Markham’s COLONEL SUN –
that ignited his own interest in writing. Hank holds a B.A.
from Jersey City State College in Media Arts and has written
extensively about American folk, blues and country music for a
number of NYC area magazines; and was a research consultant on
the award-winning documentary film The Ballad of Ramblin’
Jack. Hank is married and has two beautiful daughters –
Emily, age 10, born on May 28th – Ian Fleming’s birthday, of
course – and Sara, age 8, whose favourite 007 films are
Man With The Golden Gun and “the one with the volcano!”
STEPHEN ROWLEY is
an urban planner, writer, and a PhD candidate at the School of
Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His
writing has appeared in Animation Journal, The Age, Planning
News, the online journals Senses of Cinema and The
Refractory, and on various websites including InFilm
A Bond fan since
childhood, he is a strong believer that the Bond series demands
more attention as a cornerstone of modern cinema, rather than as a
niche genre of its own.
began publishing 007 MAGAZINE as a part-time venture in 1983,
before developing it into a full-time commercial enterprise in
1988, since when his publication has become ‘the bible’ for
thousands of Bond fans in over 40 countries around the world.
His interest in all things Bond began at the tender age of
eleven when his father took him in 1962 to see the first James
Bond film Dr. No. With the release of Goldfinger
in 1964 he discovered Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and was
hooked – for life!
Rye describes himself as a ‘traditionalist Bond fan’, and
considers the first six films in the series to be the
quintessential Bond: “If my home was on fire and I had time to
grab a couple of handfuls of Bond DVDs as I dashed out, it
would have to be Dr. No to On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service – perhaps Diamonds Are Forever – but only
if it was a small fire!” Rye is also the author of the
best-selling book The James Bond Girls.
SCHENKMAN is a working writer/director/producer with a
number of feature films to his credit. His most recent is
Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth which has won
numerous film festival awards.
addiction to all things 007 began the summer of 1967, during
which he read all of Ian Fleming’s novels in order, and saw
his first Bond film in a theatre in upstate New York. Thus
by September, he was hooked.
by the complete unavailability of ‘behind-the-scenes’
information about the movies and books, he and Bob Forlini
co-founded ‘The James Bond 007 Fan Club’ in the United
States, and began publishing Bondage magazine. At its
height, the fanzine was read by more than 10,000 people in
over 30 countries. Highlights included in-depth, exclusive
interviews with Tom Mankiewicz, Terence Young, Cubby
Broccoli, and Timothy Dalton; set visits to Never Say
Never Again and The Living Daylights; a
pilgrimage to 'Goldeneye' when it was still as Ian Fleming
had left it; rescuing a number of Ian Fleming Sunday
Times pieces from the dustbin of history; and publishing
one of the very first ‘graphic novels’ – The Illustrated
most obscure Bond credit must surely be having written the
dialogue for Electronic Arts’ 007 Road Race game.
became a Bond fan at seven, after seeing Dr. No on TV
for the first time. Since then he has become an avid
collector of Bond memorabilia. His proudest Bond moment was
meeting Honor Blackman. Andy is a journalist who writes for
Haymarket Business Publications’ title PrintWeek.
has also written for the Birmingham Post & Mail, BBC
Match of the Day Magazine and featured on BBC local
SELLERS is a freelance film journalist and author and avid
Bond fan since his early teens. Over the years he has
interviewed numerous Bond celebrities including Sir Roger
Moore, Pierce Brosnan, George Lazenby,
Guy Hamilton, Lewis
Gilbert, John Glen, Sir Ken Adam, Michael G. Wilson, Irvin
Kershner, Shirley Eaton and Barbara Carrera.
He ranks the pinnacle of Bond moviedom as Thunderball
(anyone who disagrees is obviously a deluded fool), which is
just as well since he’s devoted nearly two years to
researching and writing a book on the film’s controversial
history. He is author of The Battle For Bond and is
currently writing the authorized biography of
Bond stunt man and
acclaimed action director Vic Armstrong.
first encountered the incredible world of 007 at the tender
age of five, when his father took him to see On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service at their local Odeon cinema in
Liverpool. He is ashamed to admit, however, that he fell fast
asleep just as George Lazenby was about to bed Angela Scoular
(Well, he was only five!). Needless to say, he has never
behaved in such an entirely unacceptable fashion since – at
least, not where James Bond is concerned.
Mark’s favourite Bond movie moment is the cracking of
Gumbold’s safe in OHMSS, although the entirety of
Goldfinger comes a very close second, and he considers
Daniel Craig to be an excellent choice as Bond # 6.
After working as a court stenographer for six years in
Scotland and England he moved to the United States where he
taught animation to liberal arts college undergraduates in the
Midwest. He currently works in a confidential capacity for the
LUKE G. WILLIAMS has been a Bond
fanatic for 25 years. The Living Daylights and
Licence To Kill would be his Desert Island Bond movies. He
has never been able to watch Die Another Day all the
way to the end – the first half of the film has scarred him
eclectic journalism career, he has covered a wide range of
subjects for a variety of outlets, including The Guardian,
Football Gazette and uefa.com, and has interviewed
many superstars from the world of sport including Thierry
Henry, David Beckham, Terry Griffiths and Jimmy White. His
first book, Masters of the Baize (co-authored with Paul
Gadsby), was published in 2004 and named book of the week by
The Sunday Times. However, perhaps his greatest
achievement is beating the late, great Alex Higgins in a frame
For the past
six years, Luke has worked as an English and Drama teacher at
an inner-city comprehensive school in South London.