OCTOBER 2017 - Pinewood Studios renames stage in honour of Roger Moore
2017 On the day that Sir Roger Moore would have celebrated his
90th birthday, Pinewood Studios renamed a stage in his honour.
was attended by over 300 cast, crew and family friends of the
actor who played James Bond seven times between 1973 and 1985.
The sound stage was opened by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of
Wessex. Among the other celebrities attending the tribute were
James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, Dame Joan
Collins, Stefanie Powers, Sir Michael Caine, Stephen Fry and Sir
Tim Rice. Three former Bond Girls from Roger’s films were also
in attendance – Madeleine Smith, Gloria Hendry and Lynn-Holly
Johnson. Comedian David Walliams represented UNICEF of which Sir
Roger Moore was an ambassador.
In an emotional
tribute, Lady Moore and Sir Roger’s three children emphasised
how proud Roger would be to see his name dominating the Pinewood
SEPTEMBER 2017 - Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)
2017 Hugh Hefner, the American businessman and founder of PLAYBOY
magazine, has died in California aged 91.
pages of PLAYBOY which he founded in 1953, Hefner helped to popularise James Bond in the USA during the 1960's. Ian
Fleming's 1959 short story THE HILDEBRAND RARITY was first
published in the March 1960 issue of PLAYBOY, accompanied by a
superb illustration by artist Allan Phillips. PLAYBOY then
became the first magazine to serialise a James Bond novel when
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE was published in the April -
June 1963 issues, this time illustrated by Robert Weaver. The
November 1965 issue was the first to feature a James Bond cover
and included a pictorial showcasing the Bond girls of the first
four 007 films, focussing primarily on the upcoming release of
Thunderball. An interview with Sean Connery also featured
in this issue which appeared at the height of 'Bondmania'.
Fleming's remaining novels and short stories were serialised in
the following years, and each new film has been promoted in the
magazine with pictorials and interviews. Ian Fleming himself was
interviewed for the December 1964 issue; Pierce Brosnan in
December 2005 and Daniel Craig in November 2008. The literary
James Bond returned to PLAYBOY in 1997 with Raymond Benson's
short story BLAST FROM THE PAST. James Bond's long association
with PLAYBOY continues to this day.
full story of 'Bond
and the Bunny' in an exclusive 007 MAGAZINE feature
showcasing all James Bond related issues of PLAYBOY magazine.
The definitive story of James Bond's long association with
PLAYBOY featuring superb illustrations by some of America's most
respected commercial artists.
SEPTEMBER 2017 - 007 ELEMENTS: A James Bond Cinematic Installation
007 ELEMENTS is the new James Bond cinematic installation
opening this winter built inside the summit of the Gaislachkogl
Mountain in Sölden. The name 007 ELEMENTS reflects the visitor’s
journey through a series of galleries, each distilling the craft
of the signature elements that define a James Bond film. The
installation will focus on Spectre, which was shot in
Sölden, but will also feature other titles in the James Bond
The collaboration between
the project’s Creative Director Neal Callow (Art Director on Casino
Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre) and Optimist
Inc. Head of Design Tino Schaedler and his team has resulted in an
immersive, interactive, and educational experience that places visitors
inside the world of 007 while revealing how that world is made.
2017 - Three Ian Fleming classics to be released as hardbacks with
2017 Ian Fleming
Publications have announced that Vintage UK will be publishing hardback
editions of CASINO ROYALE, LIVE AND LET DIE and GOLDFINGER this autumn.
The books include new introductions by John Cork, and cover artwork by Levente Szabó.
As well as featuring new introductions to the novels, the editions are
wrapped in stunning new covers designed by Budapest-based graphic designer
and illustrator Levente Szabó, whose work includes projects for BAFTA and
the Hungarian Design Council. The cover illustrations cleverly pull
together different characters and plot lines from the novels to form a
dramatic silhouette. Cohesive and stylish, the covers were a labour of
love for Szabó, who says:
Working on the James Bond covers was both an enormous honour and a very
exciting challenge. We had to find a fresh, unique look for the series
while remaining faithful to the source material. It was a long process
until we found the right form and I hope that fans of the series will like
what they see.
AUGUST 2017 - Daniel Craig to return as James Bond
Daniel Craig is returning to play 007 in Bond 25. The
actor confirmed he would play James Bond for the fifth time to
host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night. Bond
25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a
traditional early release in the UK and the rest of the world.
AUGUST 2017 - Ken Adam: Designing Bond and Beyond a one-day
conference at the V&A
Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
explore one of the most significant production designers of the
twentieth century, with Sir Christopher Frayling.
Ken Adam was
the creator of the War Room, Ronald Reagan wanted to visit on
his appointment as President of the United States. Adam's
illustrious filmography includes: Dr. Strangelove, Moonraker,
The Madness of King George and Barry Lyndon. Speakers
will include Ian Christie, Nicholas Hytner and Matthew Sweet.
AUGUST 2017 - 1974 AMC Hornet stunt car used in The Man With The
Golden Gun up for auction
2017 When the phrase “Bond
Car” is used, it typically brings to mind a gleaming silver Aston Martin
DB5 bristling with gadgets, machine guns, and mysterious red buttons that
may or may not eject your passenger. To those of a different generation,
it might suggest a white Lotus Esprit that Q Branch had converted into a
submarine, or perhaps a silver BMW Z8 convertible. For some, though, there
is no more noteworthy “Bond Car” than this, the 1974 AMC Hornet X
“Astro-Spiral” stunt car from The Man With The Golden Gun (1974).
JULY 2017 - New Bond cinematic installation announced
30 July 2017
- 007 experience coming to Austria
A unique James Bond cinematic installation will open this
winter at the top of the Gaislachkogl Mountain next to the ICE Q
Restaurant in Sölden, Austria. The iconic location was used in
Spectre as the Hoffler Klinik and formed part of the snow
chase sequence in the film. Cable Car Companies Sölden is
creating a bespoke new building to house the 007 installation,
embedded into the top of the mountain, designed and built by
award-winning architect Johann Obermoser. The innovative,
dynamic space is inspired by the work of visionary James Bond
Production Designer Sir Ken Adam.
The concept for the installation has been designed and developed
by Creative Director and James Bond Art Director Neal Callow (Casino
Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre)
together with Optimist Inc. Head of Design Tino Schaedler and
The name of the cinematic installation and further details about
the visitor experience will be released later this year.
JULY 2017 - A new James Bond film will be released in 2019
25 July 2017
Productions press release:
James Bond will return to US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a
traditional earlier release in the UK and the rest of the world.
Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade
and produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. The
film’s cast, director and distributor will be announced at a
JULY 2017 - An exclusive interview with two-time Bond Girl Nadja
16 July 2017
strength you can have is love!”
One of the few
actresses to appear in two Bond films as two different
characters, Nadja Regin’s off-screen life story is more dramatic
and heart-rending than any Hollywood movie, as Luke G. Williams
discovered when he met her for a rare in-depth interview.
her retirement from acting to pursue a variety of literary endeavours,
Nadja Regin, who featured as the seductive nightclub dancer Bonita in the
iconic pre-credits sequence to Goldfinger, has given very few
interviews. It was therefore a considerable honour when she recently
agreed to meet me for coffee in a West London hotel to discuss her life
and career. A gentle, elegant and softly spoken lady, Nadja was charmingly
devoid of any showbusiness airs and graces; instead, she exuded warmth and
modesty throughout our conversation, which ran for nearly two hours...
JULY 2017 - OMEGA release a new watch inspired by Commander Bond
9 July 2017
Inspired by Bond’s
rank and regalia, OMEGA has created the "Commander’s Watch". The
timepiece salutes the ensign colours of the British Royal Navy, with
touches of white, blue and red found throughout the watch, creating a
suave and stately look.
At an event held on 5
July 2017 at London’s Tate Britain gallery, Swiss watchmaker OMEGA
unveiled a new timepiece that celebrates the rank and regalia of James
Bond. Known as the Seamaster Diver 300M “Commander’s Watch” Limited
Edition, OMEGA President and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann revealed the
watch alongside Bond film producer Michael G. Wilson and Samantha Bond
(Moneypenny in the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films 1995-2002).
champion wrestler and actor Joseph (Joe) Robinson, best known
for his performance as Peter Franks inDiamonds Are Forever(1971) has died at the age of 90.
Probably the deadliest exponent of the
Martial Arts in Britain at the height of his career (he held an 8th Dan
in Judo and a 5th Dan in Karate), Joe Robinson came from a family of
championship wrestlers who eventually moved into the entertainment
By way of RADA, Joe was eventually cast by director Sir Carol Reed for the
pivotal lead role of Sam in the magical film A Kid For Two Farthings
(1955) in which he wrestled the gigantic Primo Carnera. About this
time Joe found his impressively muscular frame (he has a 50-inch chest)
much in demand in 60’s Italian cinema, appearing in many ‘sword and
sandal’ epics such as King of Brute Force (1962), Ursus and the
Tartar Girl (1962), and also opposite Anthony Quinn and Jack Palance
in Richard Fleischer’s affecting and memorable epic Barabbas
supporter of 007 MAGAZINE,
Robinson accompanied Graham Rye to Las Vegas in 1993, where
Rye's newly restored Diamonds Are Forever Moon Buggy
featured as the centrepiece at Planet Hollywood's newest
JULY 2017 - Exclusive new article - The Japanese Greta Garbos?
8 July 2017
In search of
Mie Hama and Akiko Wakabayashi
by LUKE G. WILLIAMS
Of all the actresses who
have appeared in the James Bond series, Japanese duo Mie Hama and Akiko
Wakabayashi – who played Kissy Suzuki and Aki respectively in Lewis
Gilbert’s 1967 epic You Only Live Twice – both are undisputedly the
most enigmatic and low profile.
presents an exclusive new article profiling the careers of two
of the elusive stars of You Only Live Twice, which
celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
7 July 2017 40 years ago, on the evening of Thursday 7th July 1977,
The Spy Who Loved Me had its Royal World Charity Premiere at
the ODEON Leicester Square in London.
the 40th Anniversary of The Spy Who Loved Me, 007
MAGAZINE looks back at the production of the tenth James Bond
adventure, one fraught with difficulties and which was the
biggest gamble in the series' history up to that point.
jaw-dropping pre-title sequence; through the marvellous main
titles by Maurice Binder (with Marvin Hamlisch and Carly
Simon's 'Nobody Does It Better' torch-song); Richard Kiel's
larger-than-life henchman, Ken Adam's Oscar nominated production design;
Derek Meddings' realistic miniatures, and the iconic Lotus Esprit, The
Spy Who Loved Me reaches middle-age with a wry smile and a
tongue-in-cheek twinkle that only it's late lamented star could pull off.
R.I.P Sir Roger Moore and a happy 40th to The Spy Who Loved Me!
12 June 2017
"It was 50
years ago today..."
Two weeks after the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's
Lonely Heart's Club Band, the fifth James Bond film You Only Live Twice
premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square on the evening of Monday June
12, 1967 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip. Sean
Connery attended along with his actress wife Diane Cilento; screenwriter
Roald Dahl was accompanied by his actress wife Patricia Neal and the late
Ian Fleming’s close friend Ivar Bryce. The film then opened at The Astor
in New York on 13 June 1967.
JUNE 2017 - Vintage James Bond posters to be auctioned in London
Auctions’ upcoming Vintage Posters sale in London on 15th June
2017 comprises 216 lots, with estimates ranging from
include posters from the iconic spaghetti westerns, A Fistful
of Dollars and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, as
well as rare posters from the perennially popular James Bond
films: Dr. No (Lot 154 est. £5,000-£7,000), From
Russia With Love (Lot 155 est. £4,000-£6,000),
Goldfinger (Lot 165 est. £3,000-£5,000), Thunderball
(Lot 164 est. £2,000-£4,000), You Only Live Twice (Lot
156 est. £1,500-£2,500) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service
(Lot 166 est. £1,000-£1,500). Posters from other iconic
British and American films are also featured in the auction.
MAY 2017 - Two classic James Bond films return to cinemas in tribute
to Sir Roger Moore
Studios (MGM), Park Circus and EON Productions have announced a series of
special screenings in memory of Sir Roger Moore, to take place at cinemas
across the world including: ODEON Cinemas (UK), AMC Theatres (U.S.) and
HOYTS (Australia, New Zealand), beginning 31 May 2017. Additional
locations to be announced soon.
The newly restored 4K versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For
Your Eyes Only will be screened with 50 percent of all proceeds
benefitting UNICEF. As a Goodwill Ambassador, Sir Roger had been a
dedicated and passionate supporter of UNICEF since 1991.
May 2017 Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to play James Bond in seven
films from 1973-1985, has died in Switzerland at the age of 89.
issued the following statement via his official Twitter account
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that
our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli have released
the following statement: "We are heartbroken at the news of Sir
Roger Moore’s passing. On the screen, he reinvented the role of
James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma and humour. In real
life, he was a genuine hero working as a UNICEF Goodwill
Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the
suffering of children all over the world. He was a loyal and
beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films
and the millions of lives he touched. We shall miss him
enormously. Our love and thoughts are with Deborah, Geoffrey,
Christian his grandchildren and his wife Kristina.”
MAY 2017 - Chris Cornell (1964-2017)
18 May 2017 Chris Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle), the American
musician, singer and songwriter, best known as the lead
vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle
rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter
for the group Audioslave has died at the age of 52.
Cornell will be
remembered by James Bond fans as the singer of the title song
for Daniel Craig's debut as 007 in Casino Royale (2006).
Cornell co-wrote the song with Casino Royale composer
David Arnold. Although the song does not appear on the
soundtrack album for the film, it later appeared on Cornell's
2007 solo album Carry On.
Barbara Broccoli paid tribute by saying: “Chris Cornell ushered
in the new era of Bond with his adrenaline fuelled song “You
Know My Name” for Casino Royale. He was a gentleman and a
true artist and we loved every moment of our collaboration with
him. Michael and I and the entire Bond family mourn his tragic
APRIL 2017 - Clifton James (1920-2017)
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! Casino Royale
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).
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] inNever 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.