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      MARCH 2020 - THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN is the new BBC Radio 4 James Bond drama

14.45 Saturday 14 March 2020

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Ian Fleming’s psycho-political Cold War thriller, written in 1964 and dramatised by Archie Scottney. James Bond’s obit appears in the Times. But suddenly he’s back in London with murder on his mind. Brainwashed by the Russians?

‘M’ gives him one more chance - terminate international assassin, Francisco Scaramanga.

Bond infiltrates the killer’s Jamaican HQ. But 007 has a conscience. Can he eliminate the butcher in cold blood? Will his cover be blown?

A stellar cast includes Toby Stephen's return as 007. Cuban/American star Guillermo Diaz excels as psychopath Scaramanga and Janie Dee returns as Moneypenny, with John Standing as ‘M’ and Moira Quirk as a feisty Mary Goodnight.

Martin Jarvis directs and is the voice of Ian Fleming in a dazzling Caribbean soundscape with specially composed music by A-Mnemonic.

      MARCH 2020 - Talenthouse James Bond fan art competition finalists revealed

Talenthouse James Bond fan art competition finalists revealed

11 March 2020
In December 2019 Talenthouse offered young artists the chance to create a unique, eye-catching and undeniably Bond poster. It had to be inspired by the Daniel Craig films, while celebrating the design legacy of James Bond.

Selected Creators & Finalists have now had their work published on the Talenthouse website.


      MARCH 2020 - Ian Fleming in Kent and 007 MAGAZINE HQ featured in episode of BBC's Flog It!

Ian Fleming in Kent and 007 MAGAZINE HQ featured in episode of BBC's Flog It!

9 March 2020
Series 17: Episode 35 of the BBC TV series Flog It! comes from Dover Castle in Kent. Antique experts James Lewis and Jonathan Pratt search for items to take off to auction. James finds a hefty hunting club, and Jonathan unearths a lighter that is also a ruler. Paul Martin uncovers the story of author Ian Fleming, who created James Bond.

Also includes an interview with 007 MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher Graham Rye at the Kent HQ of the world's longest-running James Bond publication.

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      MARCH 2020 - Max von Sydow (1929-2020)
Max Von Sydow (1929-2020)

8 March 2020
Max von Sydow, the Swedish born actor who played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in Never Say Never Again (1983) has died at the age of 90.

Making his screen debut in 1949, von Sydow then went on to appear in 11 films directed by Ingmar Bergman including The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries in 1957. Cast as Jesus Christ in George Stevens' epic The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), von Sydow then alternated roles in American films with those in his native Sweden, maintaining the collaboration with Ingmar Bergman until 1971. Many more high profile roles in American films followed in the 1970s, including his iconic performance in William Friedkin's groundbreaking The Exorcist in 1973. In 1980 von Sydow played Ming The Merciless in Flash Gordon opposite future James Bond Timothy Dalton, and Topol who would go on to appear in For Your Eyes Only (1981). Sydow's brief appearance in Sean Connery's comeback film as James Bond is unusual in that Blofeld is seen with a white cat - an invention of the EON series and not part of any script or story created by Ian Fleming or Kevin McClory. Modern audiences will best remember von Sydow from his appearances in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and three episodes of the popular US TV-series Games of Thrones (2016).

      MARCH 2020 - SWATCH unveils new Limited Edition ‘Q’ Watch
SWATCH unveils new Limited Edition ‘Q’ Watch

5 March 2020
‘Q’ is the brains behind every great design at MI6, and that now includes a new limited edition Swatch! Being the creator of all James Bond’s gadgets - from tracking devices to the most unbelievable secret weapons - sounds like a tough job, but he handles it all with style and a cup of his favourite Earl Grey tea in hand.

Matching his personality and style, ‘Q’s watch in No Time To Die is a stainless steel SKIN Irony with a tartan plaid brown leather strap, sharp red edges and a sun-brushed dial showing off the complex mechanism, joining Swatch and ‘Q’ at 6 o’clock. A timeless mix of tradition and futuristic innovation. Just like the man himself.


      FEBRUARY 2020 - Royal Mail reveals images of new stamps... Bond stamps
Royal Mail reveals images of new stamps... Bond stamps

Royal Mail will release 10 stamps to celebrate the James Bond films and coincide with the release of the 25th Bond movie No Time To Die starring Daniel Craig in his final appearance as 007

The stamps take inspiration from the classic opening title sequences and feature the six actors who have played James Bond

A further four stamps celebrate some of Q Branch’s most well-known vehicles

The Q Branch stamps include hidden features, revealed when using a UV light – and each stamp includes a special 007 perforation

James Bond is the longest-running film franchise of all time, spanning almost 60 years   

A full set of all 10 stamps, available in a Presentation Pack retails at £12.20

The stamps and a range of collectible and limited-edition products can be pre-ordered now at www.royalmail.com/jamesbond and by phone on 03457 641 641

The stamps will be available on general sale from 17 March 2020


      FEBRUARY 2020 - SWATCH announce seven new Limited Edition James Bond watches
SWATCH announce seven new Limited Edition James Bond watches

1 February 2020
Swiss Watchmaker Swatch have announced seven new watches ahead of the release of the new James Bond film No Time To Die starring Daniel Craig as 007.

Six of the new timepieces draw their design inspiration from classic James Bond film posters representing each actor to play 007. These include Dr No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Moonraker, Licence To Kill, The World Is Not Enough, and Casino Royale.

The seventh new Swatch James Bond inspired watch is yet to be unveiled. It has been designed alongside Suttirat Anne Larlarb, costume designer for No Time To Die, and will only to be offered in limited numbers.

The watch features in the upcoming film and is worn by ‘Q’, played by Ben Whishaw.

The Swatches are housed in retro VHS video style packaging and will be available from late February. No Time To Die opens cinemas in the UK on 2nd April, followed by the US release on April 10, 2020.


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