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NEWS 2009


       DECEMBER 2009 - Peter Murton (1924-2009)
Production Designer Peter Murton 1924-2009 15 December 2009

The acclaimed Production Designer Peter Murton has died aged 85. Peter Murton joined the James Bond series in the early 1960s serving as Art Director on Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), working closely with Ken Adam in the same role on such Sixties classics as Dr Strangelove (1964) and The Ipcress File (1965). Murton also served as Art Director on the sequel Funeral in Berlin in 1966 - which again starred Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. Both films were produced by Harry Saltzman. Murton progressed to the role of Production Designer on The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974, which was the last film of the series to be co-produced by Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli.

Later films as Production Designer included the popular Michael Caine thriller The Eagle Has Landed (1976), and John Badham's 1979 version of Dracula, starring Frank Langella and Laurence Olivier.

       DECEMBER 2009 - Unique ‘Warhead’ concept art sold in auction at CHRISTIE'S
Unique Warhead concept artwork auctioned at Christie's

24 November 2009
Vintage Film Posters and Film Memorabilia
South Kensington, London

A unique piece of concept artwork from Kevin McClory's aborted Warhead project of 1978 was auctioned at CHRISTIE'S on November 24, 2009. Sold for £3,500, this rare item was identified by 007 MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher Graham Rye.

Lot 455 / Sale 5872 James Bond Warhead, 1978 - Maurice George Carter (1913-2000)
Very rare original concept artwork, watercolour, titled on mount, Int. Statue of Liberty. Underground Chamber 'BOND', artwork signed and dated M.G. Carter. 78; the artwork depicts a chamber containing a dock within which there is a submarine, and a robot ‘Hammerhead’ shark hanging above on a simple pulley-system. 22" X 16" (56 X 41cm), framed.

       OCTOBER 2009 - Joseph Wiseman (1918-2009)
Joseph Wiseman (1918-2009)

19 October 2009

The Canadian born actor who played the title character in the first James Bond Film Dr. No (1962) died aged 91.

The veteran stage actor is best remembered today as the first in a long line of Bond villains, but began his career on Broadway in the chorus of Abe Lincoln in Illinois in 1938.

Joseph Wiseman's film credits include Detective Story (1951) starring Kirk Douglas, Viva Zapata! (1952) playing against Marlon Brando, and The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968) with future ‘Bond Girl’ Britt Ekland [Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)]. Ten years after being cast as Doctor No, Wiseman was reunited with director Terence Young, when he appeared in The Valachi Papers - a 1972 Italian-French crime neo-noir thriller starring Charles Bronson.

       JULY 2009 - Zena Marshall (1927-2009)
Zena Marshall (1927-2009)

10 July 2009

Born in Nairobi, Kenya in 1927, the actress most famous for her role as Miss Taro opposite Sean Connery in the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962), has died at the age of 82.

Her film career dates back to 1945 when she had a bit part in Caesar and Cleopatra starring Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. Her exotic looks resulted in her being cast in ethnic roles, often playing Continental or Asian characters.

       APRIL 2009 - Bond is Back at BFI Southbank!

The BFI and EON Productions are excited to announce a very special season of films and events to mark the centenary of Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli – the man who brought Bond to the big screen.

To celebrate this legacy, and the impact of the franchise on film culture, BFI Southbank will present a dazzling retrospective of Broccoli’s work in April and May 2009. Bond films must be seen as they were originally intended, on the big screen, and all James Bonds will be represented.
Highlights of the season include the re-release of From Russia With Love and masterclasses in Bond led by key film talent. Exclusive exhibitions from EON and BFI archives presented the look of Bond, and with ‘Bond school’ during the Easter holidays, fans can revisit the style, music and history of the world’s favourite secret agent.
In addition, there will be a BFI Weekender including events, Q&A’s and games to entice anyone along for a shaken not stirred weekend of merriment. There will also be exciting events for younger Bond fans and a special 'Family Funday' - did you know that Broccoli also brought us that childhood classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)?


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