2019 - BFI to host three anniversary screenings on James Bond Day in
September 29, 2019 James Bond Day – BFI Southbank, Belvedere Rd,
Lambeth, London SE1 8XT.
Be shaken and
stirred as the BFI celebrates three James Bond anniversaries,
ahead of global James Bond Day.
Join them for a day of 007 as they celebrate the work of
producers Albert R. ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, who
brought Ian Fleming’s James Bond to the big screen. Aston Martin
will be displaying their new On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Special Edition, and also a
heritage Aston Martin DBS – the same model as seen in
On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service (1969) – outside the Light Box entrance in
Theatre Avenue from 12noon until 6pm.
- Moonraker: 40th
Anniversary Screening + discussion with Bond composer David
Arnold, writer and comedian David Walliams and more guests TBA
- On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service: 50th Anniversary Screening
- The World Is Not Enough:
20th Anniversary Screening + intro by composer David Arnold
offer: all three films for £24, concessions £18 (Members pay £3
less). Book in person or by phone from the BFI Box Office (020
Full details of the BFI James Bond Day.
JULY 2019 -
David Hedison (1927-2019)
18 July 2019
The American actor David Hedison who played Felix Leiter in
Live And Let Die
(1973) and Licence To
Kill (1989), has died at the age of 92.
Born as Albert
David Hedison to Armenian parents in 1927, he was billed as Al
Hedison in his early film work. In 1959 he was cast as Victor
Sebastian in the short-lived NBC US TV-series Five Fingers,
and changed his name at the request of the network. His most
famous TV role was as Captain Lee Crane in Irwin Allen's
Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea (1964-68). In 1958 Hedison
starred in the cult classic The Fly opposite horror
legend Vincent Price. David Hedison later appeared in Luella,
a 1964 episode of the British TV series The Saint
starring Roger Moore. The pair maintained their friendship and
were reunited when Hedison was cast as Felix Leiter in Roger
Moore's debut film as James Bond. The pair would also work
together again on North Sea Hijack [Ffolkes in the
USA] in 1980, and The
Naked Face in 1984. In 1989 David Hedison became the first
actor to play CIA Agent Felix Leiter more than once, when he was invited to
reprise the role in Licence to Kill opposite Timothy
Dalton as James Bond. Much television and theatre work followed,
and David Hedison continued to work well into his Eighties.
In 2018 Hedison
provided an introduction for a new hardcover limited edition of
The 007 Diaries as a tribute
to his late friend. Published by The History Press, Roger
account of the making of Live And Let Die was originally
published in paperback by PAN Books in 1973.
JUNE 2019 -
Restored Aston Martin DB5 originally purchased by EON Productions up
Martin DB5 up for auction in California
RM Sotheby's - Monterey 15 - 17 August 2019
“The Most Famous Car in the World”
One of two
examples directly purchased by Eon Productions for the launch of
Thunderball (1965) this restored Aston Martin DB5 is to
be auctioned by RM Sotheby's in Monterey, California.
Sold by RM
Auctions in 2006 for £1.1m, the Aston Martin DB5 has now been
fully restored, including refurbishment of all 13 original
special-effects modifications designed by Goldfinger
Production Designer Ken Adam. The working gadgets are a fabulous
example of the special-effects wizardry of Thunderball
Oscar winner John Stears.
FULL STORY AND MORE IMAGES
JUNE 2019 -
007 MAGAZINE Editor & Published interviewed by BBC South East Today
5 June 2019
Editor & Publisher Graham Rye was interviewed by BBC South East
as part of the 40th Anniversary celebrations of 007 MAGAZINE.
WATCH THE INTERVIEW
007 MAGAZINE, the world’s
number one publication dedicated to the world of James Bond celebrates its
40th Anniversary in 2019.
Since April 1, 1979, 007 MAGAZINE has faithfully chronicled, debated and
celebrated Ian Fleming's enduring hero. 007 MAGAZINE is renowned for the
consistent excellence of its journalism, the unparalleled variety of its
photographic content and the encyclopaedic depth of its research and
Publisher & Editor, Graham Rye said, “I’m very proud that we’ve reached
this incredible milestone. 007 MAGAZINE has stayed the course and achieved
a treasured status among Bond fans worldwide.”
007 MAGAZINE 40th
JUNE 2019 -
George Lazenby attends
OHMSS50 in Portugal and Switzerland
3 June 2019
OHMSS50 the International fan event celebrating the 50th
anniversary of the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret
Service took place this week. Fans and guests started at the
Hotel Palácio in Estoril, Portugal, and then made their way via
Bern to Piz Gloria in Switzerland. James Bond star
George Lazenby was reunited with Terence Mountain at Guincho
Beach in Portugal, where they filmed the memorable opening fight for
On Her Majesty's Secret
Service (1969) 50 years ago.
reception took place at Piz Gloria on June 1st followed by an
evening of entertainment from
‘Q The Music’.
Among those attending the event at Piz Gloria with George Lazenby and Terence
Mountain (Raphael), were four of Blofeld's ‘Angels of
Death’ – Catherine Schell (Nancy), Sylvana Henriques (The
Jamaican Girl), Jenny Hanley (The Irish Girl) and Helena Ronee (The
Israeli Girl). Also appearing at Piz Gloria were Steven Saltzman (son of Producer Harry Saltzman),
along with OHMSS editor John Glen and stuntman Vic
Armstrong with his wife Wendy Leech.
REPORT AND MORE IMAGES FROM THE
MAY 2019 -
‘All the Time in the World’ wedding ring to be auctioned at
The distinctive ring, one of only two designed by the jeweller Charles
de Temple for the 1969 James Bond film
On Her Majesty's Secret Service,
is to be auctioned at Sotheby's in London on 5 June 2019. The
present owner was a close family friend of Charles de Temple,
and received this ring as a gift from one of de Temple's
financial backers shortly after the film wrapped.
message ‘All the Time in the World’ spelled out by the ring's
design is a recurring theme throughout the film, and also the
title of the film's theme song, performed by Louis Armstrong.
The ring's eye-catching bi-coloured design and its unusual
prominence in the film brought de Temple considerable success,
and to meet demand, he produced a limited edition of 50
copies, of a similar design to the original but reading ‘All the
Love in the World’.
FULL STORY AND IMAGES
**UPDATE 6 June 2019 - Sold for £52,500**
MAY 2019 -
Aston Martin recreates iconic Goldfinger DB5
18 May 2019
The iconic Aston Martin DB5 is back, thanks to a unique
collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, the
company that produces the James Bond films with Metro Goldwyn
Following the successful DB4 G.T. continuation project, a series
of 25 Goldfinger DB5 continuation editions, will be
created for customers by Aston Martin Works and EON Productions.
The Goldfinger DB5 continuation will be based on James
Bond’s legendary car from 1964 and built by Aston Martin Works
at Newport Pagnell – the original home of the DB5. They will be
authentic reproductions of the DB5 seen on screen, with some
sympathetic modifications to ensure the highest levels of build
quality and reliability.
authenticity will extend to include functioning gadgets such as
revolving number plates and more, which were made famous in
Goldfinger. The gadgets will be co-developed with Oscar®-winner
Chris Corbould, special effects supervisor from the James Bond
films. Officially sanctioned by Aston Martin and EON
Productions, all the Goldfinger edition cars will be
produced to one specification - Silver Birch paint - just like
FULL STORY AND IMAGES
MAY 2019 -
James Bond actor George Lazenby launches official website
17 May 2019
George Lazenby, the most enigmatic and complex actor to play
007 launches his signature website today:
In 1969, George
Lazenby starred as Ian Fleming’s James Bond in
On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service – his groundbreaking single shot 007 revered by
fans around the world and by film directors such as Steven
Soderbergh and Christopher Nolan.
The GL site
will complement his official pages on both
Instagram. The official George Lazenby pages will give fans
exclusive access to news, information, and behind-the-scenes
secrets from George’s future endeavours, storied career, and
remarkable life, including the upcoming celebration of his 007
adventure, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, in Portugal
To kick it all
off, George has left the following message:
“Dear Friends & Fans,
I’m happy to welcome you to my website. It’ll be a journey
through my life and times. Becoming Bond and beyond – from my
life as the second James Bond through my films in Hong Kong to
portraying Superman’s father – with kids, golf, tennis and
motorcycles in between. I look forward to celebrating the 50th
Anniversary of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with you
all. Just can’t believe 1969 was so long ago. Sometimes it
really does feel like we have all the time in the world.
Love & best wishes to all. And thanks for your continued
support. Much appreciated.
Stay tuned as
https://georgelazenbyofficial.com and its social media
channels will be continuously updated including the many 50th
anniversary screenings of OHMSS around the world and
personal appearances of George Lazenby himself.
MAY 2019 -
LIVE AND LET DIE is the eighth BBC Radio 4 Ian Fleming drama
4 May 2019
James Bond sets out on his most exotic adventure yet as he
travels through New York, Florida and Jamaica on the hunt for
notorious criminal Mr Big. LIVE AND LET DIE marks the eighth
Bond classic Martin Jarvis has directed for radio.
Bond successfully tracks down the monstrous Mr Big in Harlem,
New York. Big is importing priceless gold coins to finance
Russian spy operations and captures Bond. As Bond tries to
unravel the mastermind’s plan, he meets the enchanting
tarot-card reader Solitaire who has also been taken hostage.
The pair escape in order to pursue the source of the gold,
heading first to Florida where Solitaire is captured by Mr Big's
minions. 007 then continues to Jamaica in order to rescue
Solitaire, recover the treasure and bring Mr Big to justice.
4 May 2019
BBC Radio 4.
online after broadcast
APRIL 2019 - David Picker (1931-2019)
1967: United Artists executive David
Picker photographed in front of the 260-feet wide by
60-feet tall animated billboard, which dominated the
Broadway skyline above the Astor and Victoria Theatres
in the months before the New York opening of You Only Live
Twice on June 13, 1967.
David Picker, who was part of the United Artists executive
team that struck the deal with Harry Saltzman and Albert R.
Broccoli to launch the James film series, has died aged 87.
Picker was among the United Artists executives who, in 1961,
held a meeting in New York with Saltzman and Broccoli to
finalise the deal to produce
Dr. No for a budget
of $1-million. He was then head of production for the studio,
which was led by Arthur Krim (1910-1994).
In 1969, Picker became president and chief operating officer at
United Artists. Following George Lazenby's departure from the
series, Saltzman and Broccoli signed American actor
John Gavin to star as the new
James Bond in Diamonds
Are Forever (1971). Nervous about the introduction of
yet another new Bond after the less than stunning box-office
returns for On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service, United Artists were convinced
there was still only one actor who could guarantee a smash –
Sean Connery. In February 1971 Picker informed the producers
that he would authorise the payment of a huge salary to hook
Connery. Picker flew to London with an unprecedented offer; a
staggering basic fee of $1.25 million and a 10% cut of the gross
profits. Furthermore, Picker promised Sean Connery that United
Artists would financially back any two films of his choosing; to
either star in or direct. One of those films turned out to be
the gritty police drama The Offence (1972), for which
Connery gave one of his best performances; the other project
never materialised. With Connery signed for one more film John
Gavin's contract was paid in full, and Diamonds Are Forever
was a huge international hit at the box-office.
Picker left United Artists in the 1970's and for a time became a
producer himself, later holding executive jobs at Paramount and
APRIL 2019 - Nadja Regin (1931-2019)
The Serbian born actress Nadja Regin who appeared in
two James Bond films, has died at the age of 87.
the mistress of Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz) in
With Love (1963), and a year later appeared in the
pre-credit sequence of Goldfinger as nightclub dancer
Bonita, opposite Sean Connery as James Bond.
Her TV roles
included The Avengers, Danger Man, The Saint and Dixon
of Dock Green.
In the 1970's she moved away from acting and became a script
reader most notably for Hammer Films.
More recently she devoted her time to writing and her novel
The Victims and the Fools was published as an ebook under
her full name Nadja Poderegin. She has also written a children's
story The Puppet Planet and was working on her memoirs at
the time of her death.
Read 007 MAGAZINE's
exclusive in-depth interview with the two-time Bond Girl: “The
biggest strength you can have is love!”
MARCH 2019 - Tania Mallet (1941-2019)
British model and actress Tania Mallet, best known for her
role as Tilly Masterson in
has died at the age of 77.
began her modelling career as a teenager, becoming
one of the most famous faces of the 1950's and 1960's via her
frequent appearances in Vogue and other high-profile
James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli saw a picture of her in a bikini and
she was screen tested for the role of
Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963). The
role ultimately went to Italian actress Daniela Bianchi, but the
producers remembered Mallet and cast her as Tilly Masterson
in the third James Bond film in 1964. Although Goldfinger
was Mallet's only film appearance she remained popular on the
fan circuit in recent years, and appeared at
The James Bond
007 International Fan Club 4th Annual Christmas Lunch at
Pinewood Studios in 1996, where she was re-united with director Guy
Hamilton, and co-stars Shirley Eaton and Desmond Llewelyn.
MARCH 2019 - Shane Rimmer (1929-2019)
Canadian actor Shane Rimmer who played a NASA technician in
You Only Live Twice
(1967), Tom (uncredited) in
Diamonds Are Forever
(1971), and USS Wayne Captain Carter in
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977) has died at the age of 89.
emigrated to England in the late-1950's and most memorably
provided the voice of Scott Tracy in the classic Gerry Anderson
TV series Thunderbirds (1965-66), and also in the two
spin-off feature films Thunderbird Are Go (1966) and
Thunderbird 6 (1968). Rimmer had a long association with
producer Gerry Anderson and also wrote scripts and provided
uncredited voices for Anderson's subsequent Supermarionation
productions Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons (1967–68),
Joe 90 (1968–69) and The Secret Service (1969), he
also appeared in episodes of the live-action series UFO
(1970) and The Protectors (1972–74). Rimmer also provided
voices for Space: 1999 (1975–77), and guest-starred in
the episode “Space Brain” (1976). Rimmer was one of a handful of
American and Canadian actors based in the UK who were the
‘go-to’ performers when a US character was needed in a British
based film or TV series. This led to roles in many films
including Dr. Strangelove (1964) as Captain “Ace” Owens,
and small parts in Superman: The Movie (1977),
Superman II (1980) and Superman III (1983). Rarely
out of work during his 50-year career, Shane Rimmer also had a
small uncredited role in Star Wars (1977), which was also
filmed in England. In addition to his three on-screen
performances in James Bond films, Shane Rimmer also provided the
voice of Hamilton (played by Richard Dix) which amounted to just
one line of dialogue in the pre-credit sequence of
Live And Let Die
MARCH 2019 - Eunice Gayson BAFTA memorial
MARCH 2019 - Q The Music's concert at the Adelphi Theatre - March
MAGAZINE's exclusive review of Q The Music's concert held at the
Adelphi Theatre, London on March 17, 2019.
REVIEW AND IMAGES
FEBRUARY 2019 - Albert Finney (1936-2019)
Albert Finney, who memorably played James Bond's faithful
gamekeeper Kincade in
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).
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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, 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.
Never Say Never Again
(1983) FACT FILE