DECEMBER 2009 - Peter Murton (1924-2009)
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
(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
24 November 2009
Posters and Film Memorabilia
South Kensington, London
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)
born actor who played the title character in the first James
Bond Film Dr. No (1962) died aged 91.
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
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
JULY 2009 - Zena Marshall (1927-2009)
Nairobi, Kenya in 1927, the actress most famous for her role as Miss
Taro opposite Sean Connery in the first James Bond film
No (1962), has died at the age of 82.
career dates back to 1945 when she had a bit part in Caesar
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.
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)?