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       FEBRUARY 2019 - BOND 25 Update

15 February 2019
The release date for BOND 25 has changed. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli: “We are absolutely thrilled to be releasing BOND 25 on 8 April 2020.”

       FEBRUARY 2019 - Albert Finney (1936-2019)
Albert Finney (1936-2019)

7 February 2019
Albert Finney, who memorably played James Bond's faithful Scottish gamekeeper Kincade in Skyfall (2012) has died at the age of 82.

Born in Salford in 1936, Albert Finney trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was in the same class as Alan Bates and Peter O'Toole. Starting his acting career in the theatre in the late 1950's, he originated the role of Billy Liar on stage in 1960. Finney then capitalised on the growing interest in working-class dramas, and was cast in a small role opposite Laurence Olivier in John Osborne's The Entertainer (1960), directed by Tony Richardson. This then led to him being cast as the lead in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), where he played factory worker and ‘angry young man’ Arthur Seaton. Finney then screen-tested but later turned down the role of T.E. Lawrence in David Lean's epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962). The part ultimately went to his RADA classmate Peter O'Toole. Director Tony Richardson then cast him as the lead in the bawdy period-comedy Tom Jones (1963) which was a massive world-wide hit, winning four Oscars including Best Film.

In 1968 Finney returned to Manchester to star in and direct Charlie Bubbles. Written by Shelagh Delaney, another key figure in the 1960's ‘kitchen sink’ movement, Charlie Bubbles was a comedy-drama about a successful writer returning to his home town after achieving success in London. In the 1970's Finney appeared in a variety of different roles including the musical Scrooge (1970), Gumshoe (1971), and memorably as Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express (1974), where he played opposite Sean Connery. Later screen roles included ‘Sir’ in The Dresser (1983), for which Finney was nominated for an Academy Award; and as Winston Churchill in The Gathering Storm (2002), which earned him a BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Emmy award as best actor. Finney twice turned down official honours in the UK, declining to accept a C.B.E. in 1980, and later a knighthood in 2000. His final film role was as Kincade in Skyfall (2012).

       FEBRUARY 2019 - Presales now open for DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE
Presales now open for DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE

Your 24 hour presale window for tickets to the first ever official James Bond exhibition in New York, DRIVEN: 007 x SPYSCAPE is now open. You can buy tickets here by applying your exclusive code DRIVEN at checkout. Capacity is limited so we recommend you and your friends purchase tickets today to avoid disappointment.

Discover 007 from a different perspective in this brand new exhibition. The multi-sensory experience explores the creative process behind the 007 movies while revealing the secrets of James Bond’s iconic Aston Martin DB5. Investigate gadgets in Q’s lab, examine original concept art in Oscar®-winning Production Designer Sir Ken Adam’s studio and peek behind the scenes of Skyfall’s explosive finale.

Tickets for March 8th onwards are now available - surprise your family and friends with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift.

       JANUARY 2019 - Obituary - Nick Finlayson

Nick Finlayson, who was affectionately known by many as ‘The real Q’, has passed away.

Nick, like many SFX technicians before him, perfected his craft working for puppetry/miniatures pioneer Gerry Anderson on the television show Terrahawks before moving on to 10 Bond productions; Aliens; Christian Bale's Batman and the Tomb Raider movies, to name only a few. Nick worked on Bond from 1985 on A View To A Kill as part of the Special Effects team followed by The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill; however, it was not until Pierce Brosnan's tenure as 007 on GoldenEye that Nick fell under the spotlight as the creator of Bond's life saving gadgets, including the Piton Gun used in the pre-titles sequence, customising a Ranger paintball gun as the donor weapon. Nick crafted two practical/hero functional weapons and a rubber and resin solid stunt version cast from the hero prop for Wayne Michaels to use when doubling as Bond in the death-defying world record bungee jump in the pre-credit sequence for GoldenEye.


       JANUARY 2019 - Michel Legrand (1932-2019)
Michel Legrand (1932-2019)

26 January 2019
Michel Legrand, the Oscar-winning composer of "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) has died at the age of 86. To James Bond fans he is best known as the composer of the instrumental score for Never Say Never Again, Sean Connery's 1983 comeback film as 007.

In a long and distinguished career spanning more than 50 years, Legrand wrote over 200 film and TV scores. Also an accomplished jazz pianist, Legrand was known for his often jazz-tinged music and has collaborated with such stars as Miles Davies, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Edith Piaf among others.

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Never Say Never Again (1983) FACT FILE


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