APRIL 2017 - Clifton James (1920-2017)
American actor Clifton James who played Sheriff J.W. Pepper
in Live And Let Die (1973) and The Man With The Golden
Gun (1974) has died at the age of 96.
In a career
spanning seven decades, James appeared in over 100 films and TV
series including The Chase (1966) and Cool Hand Luke
(1967). Later films included The Last Detail (1973),
Superman II (1980) and The Untouchables (1987).
Often cast as
Southern American law men, James was actually born in Spokane,
Washington. Sheriff J.W. Pepper was created by Live And Let
Die screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz as comic relief as he didn't
want the audience laughing at the African American villains in
the film. The character was so popular that James was asked to
reprise the role in the next film in the series The Man With
The Golden Gun.
was one of several James Bond alumni who attended
Autographica 2005 where
name by far on the guest list, courtesy of Graham Rye and 007
MAGAZINE, was Ursula Andress.
APRIL 2017 - Casino Royale at 50 - The film that is still too
much for one James Bond!
1 April 2017
50 years ago Casino Royale was
released on an unsuspecting British public following it's Royal Charity
premiere on 13 April 1967. Despite some poor reviews in the British press,
the film went on to do brisk business at the Odeon Leicester Square in the
weeks before Sean Connery's fifth 007 outing You Only Live Twice
premiered there on 13 June. Casino Royale opened at the
LOEW'S Capitol Theatre in
New York on 28 April 1967, and for six weeks it was the
highest-grossing film in the United States, eventually becoming
the thirteenth most successful film of the year.
behind how the 1967 version of Ian Fleming's first James Bond
novel was made would make a fascinating film in itself, and the
many behind-the-scenes stories surrounding its troubled
production have since become legend.
the 50th Anniversary of the release of Casino Royale, 007
MAGAZINE presents 007 little-known facts about the film that was
too big for one James Bond!
MARCH 2017 - Becoming Bond - a new 90-minute docu-drama
premieres at the SXSW Festival
Becoming Bond, a new 90-minute docu-drama has premiered at
the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film will be
available to stream on HULU from 20 May 2017.
Written and directed by Josh Greenbaum, the film, described as a
“unique documentary/narrative hybrid” chronicles
“stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor
Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of
circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), despite having never acted
a day in his life. Then after being offered the next seven Bond
films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down.”
Australian actor Josh Lawson stars as George Lazenby. Also
appearing in Becoming Bond is former Bond girl Jane
Seymour who played Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973).
FULL STORY AND MORE IMAGES
MARCH 2017 - Ian Fleming and Book Collecting - A Special
Issue of The Book Collector
about Bond but few are aware of Fleming’s passion for collecting
books. In 1952, the same year he wrote CASINO ROYALE, he
launched The Book Collector. By then he was well into his
collection of first editions of the crucial books of modern
civilisation (on TV, atomic fission, X-rays, birth control, the
motor car and penicillin among other things). As an idea it was
unique. When he died in 1964 it was bought by the Lilly Library,
• “James Bond
• “Collecting Ian Fleming”
• “You Only Live Twice, the dust-wrapper”
• “Two Bond Collectors: Why Bond?”
• “The Bond Market: an 007 Price Index”
These are only
a few of the articles you’ll find in the March Special Issue.
Much of the material comes from unseen family papers. It will be
a unique publication in the vast history of the Bond phenomenon.
FEBRUARY 2017 - Alec McCowen (1925-2017)
Alec McCowen, the respected stage and film actor has died at the
age of 91. Remembered by Bond fans as 'Q' [Algernon] in
Never Say Never Again (1983), he gave a brief but
memorable performance opposite Sean Connery who returned to the
role of James Bond for the first time in over a decade. McCowen
provided the most memorable lines in the film during his brief
exchange with Connery in the Q-branch scene.
his film debut in The Cruel Sea in 1953 and later joined
the Old Vic Company for its 1959–60 season at the Royal Court
Theatre. Moving to the Royal Shakespeare Company he played many
important roles in the early 1960s.
most famous screen role was in Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy
(1972) when he played Chief Inspector Oxford, whose pretentious
gourmet cook wife (played by Vivien Merchant) offered comic
relief in the master director's penultimate film. Returning to
the stage in 1973 he originated the role of child psychiatrist
Dr. Martin Dysart opposite Peter Firth in the world premiere of
Peter Shaffer's Equus, which ran at the National Theatre
in London from 1973 to 1975.