MARCH 2018 - MOONRAKER is the latest BBC Radio 4 Ian Fleming drama
- BBC Radio 4 Saturday 31 March 2018
Martin Jarvis directs this surprisingly up-to-date, all-star
guided missile drama.
It's 1954 and British patriot Sir Hugo Drax (Samuel West) has
built an atomic rocket, Moonraker, vital to Britain's defences.
It's ready for a trial launch. But after a double-murder, James
Bond (Toby Stephens) goes undercover at Moonraker's secret base.
He and agent Gala Brand (Katherine Kingsley) discover possible
treachery. Can they prevent a catastrophe?
Archie Scottney's compelling dramatization of Ian Fleming's
novel is Jarvis and Ayres' seventh Bond on Radio 4. Janie Dee,
John Standing and Julian Sands return as Moneypenny, M and Q.
Jared Harris is Head of Special Branch, Patricia Hodge a hearty
missile expert, Ian Ogilvy a BBC man, and Nigel Anthony is a
Peter Lorre-inspired Krebs.
MARCH 2018 - Special James Bond collectors coins released
3 March 2018
Mint produces Bond 10p piece
The Royal Mint has revealed a brand-new collection of 10p coins
which map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great with B
standing for Bond. The James Bond coin features the iconic gun
barrel and 007 logo. The entire collection will be rolling out
into circulation across the country from today, and will be
available at selected Post Offices from this week. A collectors’
folder, and silver proof and uncirculated versions of the 10p
coins, will be available to purchase from The Royal Mint
website. The coins will also be available to purchase at
Motion, London Film Museum.
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MARCH 2018 - FOREVER AND A DAY UK hardback cover revealed
2 March 2018
The UK hardback
cover for FOREVER AND A DAY was revealed today. The cover design
for Anthony Horowitz’s second Bond novel cleverly ties the
French Riviera setting to the deadly world of espionage with a
luxury yacht doubling as a bullet shooting from a gun.
that FOREVER AND A DAY is a prequel to CASINO ROYALE, Vintage UK
will be releasing a new paperback edition of Ian Fleming’s first
James Bond adventure with a special introduction by Anthony
Horowitz. The cover design compliments the style of the FOREVER
AND A DAY hardback and draws on the themes of violence, card
play and shattered romance.
FEBRUARY 2018 - Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018)
James Bond film director Lewis Gilbert has died at the age of
97. In a varied career spanning six decades, Gilbert directed
many classic and iconic British films including Reach For The
Sky (1956), The Admirable Crichton (1957), Carve
Her Name With Pride (1958) and Sink The Bismark!
great success with Alfie (1966), Gilbert was invited to
become the third James Bond director with the epic You Only
Live Twice in 1967.
A decade later
when Albert R. Broccoli became the sole producer of the Bond
series, Lewis Gilbert was invited back to direct The Spy Who
Loved Me (1977), which became a huge international success.
He returned to direct Moonraker in 1979, which again
surpassed the box-office of its predecessor, becoming the
highest-grossing film of the series until GoldenEye in
three Bond films, Gilbert returned to directing low-budget
British films with the acclaimed Educating Rita (1983)
and Shirley Valentine (1989), both adapted from plays by
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FEBRUARY 2018 -
Christie's to auction Daniel Craig's Aston Martin
midnight-blue 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish - numbered 007 -
will be offered on 20 April in New York. Sale proceeds will
Opportunity Network, which helps young people with career
limited-edition car was further customised by Craig in
partnership with Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative
Officer. Estimated at $400,000-600,000, the car is left-hand
drive and street-ready.
‘This Aston Martin Vanquish is a tour de force of automobile
engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive,’ says Craig.
‘While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important
work of The Opportunity Network with its sale.’
FEBRUARY 2018 - John Gavin (1931-2018)
The Search for Bond
An exclusive three-part article
John Gavin the
American actor and former US Ambassador to Mexico has died at
the age of 86.
most famous screen roles were in 1960 when he starred as Sam
Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and then as Julius
Caesar in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. Following the
departure of George Lazenby after On Her Majesty's Secret
Service (1969), Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R.
Broccoli were looking for a new 007 and considered a number of
American actors including Adam West, Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. In early
1971 John Gavin was signed to play James Bond in Diamonds Are
Forever which would start shooting in April of that year.
United Artists were not convinced and eventually persuaded Sean
Connery to return for a record-breaking $1.25 million and a 10%
cut of the gross profits. Luckily, John Gavin had made a
pay-or-play deal and was reportedly compensated with $50,000. To
date John Gavin is the only actor ever to be signed as James Bond but
never actually play the part. He was briefly considered again
for Live And Let Die (1973) before the role was offered
to Roger Moore.
appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in June 1981 by President
Ronald Reagan and served until June 12, 1986. He was also
president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971-1973.
FEBRUARY 2018 - New James Bond Novel FOREVER AND A DAY to be
published in May 2018
Horowitz’s second James Bond novel using original material by
Ian Fleming will be published in the UK on Thursday 31 May 2018
and in the autumn in the US. FOREVER AND A DAY is a prequel to
CASINO ROYALE, Fleming’s first 007 novel, and will explore the
origins of the world’s most famous secret agent.
keeps its secrets. But not this time.
Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by
an unknown hand.
for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war
against organised crime.
for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.
This is the
story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the