NOVEMBER 2010 -
GE Fabbri are
re-launching a new partwork model magazine giving James Bond fans the
opportunity to build a perfect 1:8 scale replica of the iconic Aston
Martin DB5 from Goldfinger. The James Bond’s DB5 magazine is the
first model to be fully authorised by EON Productions and Aston Martin and
has been precision engineered to make it as accurate as possible.
NOVEMBER 2010 - Irvin
Kershner has passed away in Los Angeles aged 87.
Most famous as the director of
the Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back
(1980), Kershner is best known to Bond fans as the director of
Sean Connery's 1983 comeback as 007
Never Say Never Again.
Kershner was chosen by the actor to helm the
remake after previously directing the star in his 1966 comedy
A Fine Madness which co-starred Joanne Woodward.
LEFT: Irvin Kershner (left)
with producer Kevin McClory at the
Royal Charity Premiere of Never Say Never Again held at London's Warner
Theatre on 14th
NOVEMBER 2010 - James Bond's Walther Air Pistol up for auction at
Christie's in London
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LOT 102 - A Walther air pistol held by Sean Connery as James
Bond in the photo-shoot used for the main image in the poster
and advertising campaign for the 1963 United Artists/EON film
From Russia With Love; the air pistol, a .177 (4.5mm)
Walther ‘LP MOD.53’ Air Pistol, Serial No. 054159, with 24cm
barrel, blackened finish throughout, in original close-fitted
Walther case with sight elements; accompanied by a letter
concerning the provenance from the original vendor [David Hurn],
who was commissioned to shoot the images required for the
publicity campaign for the film. He explains in his
accompanying letter that “...it was decided that for the main
image in the poster and advertising campaign what was required
was a strong portrait of Sean Connery as James Bond 007, with
his Walther pistol...” He explains further that when Connery
arrived at his studio for the shoot, it was discovered by
publicist Tom Carlile that no one had brought the gun needed for
the shoot, the smaller Walther PPK automatic. By chance the
photographer practised air pistol target shooting as a hobby and
had the gun he used for this purpose, also a Walther, at the
studio. It was decided “...that without telling Sean or the
other representatives of United Artists they would use my pistol
for the pictures and presumed that should anyone have doubts on
their seeing the name Walther on the gun, they would be
reassured. This was, in fact, the case. In theory the long
barrel of the air-pistol should have been removed by airbrushing
during the designing of the actual poster - in practice this was
£15,000 - £20,000 SOLD FOR £477,500
Other notable James Bond items in this auction: LOT 100 - A
presentation wallet adorned with sterling sliver badge to the
front, engraved ‘DR. NO 1962’ from the collection of the late
Peter Hunt sold for £750; LOT 101 - A collection of From
Russia With Love publicity material sold for £1,250; LOT 103
- David Niven's green velvet trilby from Casino Royale
(1967) sold for £2,375; LOT 104 - A Moviola frame viewer
used by director Peter Hunt on a number of films including On
Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) sold for £1,875, and LOT
105 - A black ski jacket, labelled inside Anba, Sportmode
Vorsteher KG, made/bought for Ilse Steppat as Irma Bunt in
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) sold for £375.
NOVEMBER 2010 - Jamaica airport to be renamed after James Bond author
Jamaica, 19 November 2010
The Boscobel Aerodrome in Jamaica is be renamed the Ian Fleming
International Airport in honour of the late James Bond author
who lived in the north-eastern parish of St. Mary where the
facility is located.
Minister with responsibility for Information, Telecommunications
and Special Projects, Daryl Vaz said Cabinet has approved the
recommendation for the name change.
The late Ian Fleming lived at ‘Goldeneye’ in Oracabessa, St. Mary.
There, he wrote all 14 of his novels on which the famous James
Bond series of movies are based.
“The Airports Authority of Jamaica is of the view that the new
name will significantly enhance the marketing of the airport and
the area to the international aviation community and, therefore
should prove to be a ‘value-added’ asset,” Vaz said.
He said that the use of the late author's name has been approved
by the Fleming family.
NOVEMBER 2010 - NEW PRODUCTS
Ian Fleming’s classic
James Bond novels are to be published for the first time in the UK as eBooks on 4 November 2010.
The fourteen books, which include CASINO ROYALE, LIVE AND LET DIE, FROM RUSSIA,
WITH LOVE and DR. NO, will be sold under the Ian Fleming Publications Ltd
imprint and will be available through major retailers including Amazon and
Waterstone’s. The eBooks will be priced in line with the lowest-priced
Bond paperback editions available on the market.
OCTOBER 2010 - AUCTION NEWS
On Monday, October 4th,
Winter Associates offered for sale the John Griswold Ian Fleming-James
Bond Collection. Griswold is the author of the 2005 publication, Ian
Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's
Bond Stories. In 1963, the release of
Dr. No, the first James
Bond movie, sparked John’s Griswold’s passion for Bond.
OCTOBER 2010 - ‘THE MOST FAMOUS CAR IN THE WORLD’
1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 ‘THE REAL JAMES BOND MOVIE CAR’
RM Auctions is proud to represent the one of only two - and only
known remaining - original 007 Aston Martin DB5 movie car at its
October 27, 2010 'Automobiles of London' auction at Battersea
*** UPDATE*** SOLD FOR £2,912,000
Chassis: DB5/1486/R; Engine: 400/1469/V; Original UK Reg: FMP 7B
FMP 7B and its movie history:
Two Aston Martin DB5s were used on screen for the production
of the timeless 1960’s James Bond classics,
and Thunderball. One of those two cars was reported
stolen in 1997 and is believed to have been destroyed. The other
is FMP 7B.
Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and its gadgets were the brainchild of
Oscar-award-winning special effects expert John Stears, also of
Star Wars and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fame.
FMP 7B was the 'Road Car' used in Goldfinger. Featured in
various locations and intended for the fast driving sequences,
FMP 7B was given substantial screen time, most notably the
scenes at the Stoke Park Club and, even more recognizably, when
Bond is spying on Mr. Goldfinger from the picturesque Furka Pass
in Switzerland. For Thunderball, FMP 7B was to have most of the screen
time, so it was fitted with the full complement of gadgets which
it carries to this day.
FMP 7B, the only remaining Bond DB5 movie car in existence, is
extremely original. Its specification has not changed since its
appearance in Thunderball and virtually all its
distinctive gadgets remain intact - a remarkable discovery.
AUGUST 2010 - EVENT NEWS
was shown as part of this year’s Somerset House Summer Screen
event in association with Film4, and director Guy Hamilton and
golden girl Shirley Eaton were on hand for a question and answer
session on stage after the screening. Composer David Arnold was
also in attendance to spin a few tunes prior to the film.
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AUGUST 2010 - Raymond Hawkey (1930-2010)
Raymond Hawkey who revolutionised the design of the
Bond paperbacks in the 1960s has died at the age of 80. Hawkey
was one of the most innovative, influential and imitated graphic
designers of the second half of the 20th century. As design
director at the Daily Express in its prime in the late
1950s and early 60s, and later at the Observer until the
mid-70s, with his introduction of banner headlines, using a
simple photographic line technique and sans-serif fonts, he not
only revolutionised the look of newspapers but also changed the
course of the visual culture in Britain.
It was James
Bond co-producer Harry Saltzman who was so impressed by the
stark contemporary design of the dust jacket for Len Deighton's The Ipcress File
(1962), that he
persuaded Aubrey Forshaw, the chairman of PAN Books, to commission Raymond
Hawkey to redesign the James Bond paperbacks. Raymond Hawkey proposed for the
first time that ‘JAMES BOND’ should be elevated above the book title, and
this be twice the size of the title and author's name. The THUNDERBALL cover also
broke new ground in that it had two .38 calibre bullet holes die-cut into
Brian Duffy's cover photograph. Surrounding each bullet hole is a
torn-paper effect, so it is not the man that has been shot, but the book
itself - the two bullets are then seen on the opening page.
JULY 2010 - Tom Mankiewicz (1942-2010)
31 July 2010
Tom Mankiewicz passed away in Los Angeles on 31st July at the
age of 68. The acclaimed screenwriter co-wrote Sean Connery's
comeback as 007 Diamonds Are Forever (1971) with Bond
veteran Richard Maibaum and was the sole writer on Roger Moore's
007 debut Live And Let Die
(1973). Collaborating once again with Richard Maibaum on the
The Man With The
Golden Gun (1974), Mankiewicz also worked uncredited on
Who Loved Me (1977) and
Moonraker (1979). Tom was the
son of multi Oscar-winning writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz All About Eve
(1950) and Sleuth (1972) and nephew
of screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, who co-wrote Citizen Kane
with Orson Welles in 1941.
007 MAGAZINE #54 “As long as
the collar and cuffs match”
In remembrance of this witty and talented man who injected great
fun into his Bond pictures, RICHARD SCHENKMAN's 1980 interview
with the late Tom Mankiewicz.
JULY 2010 - Alan Hume (1942-2010)
Three-time James Bond film cinematographer Alan Hume has
died at the age of 85. Following his work as second unit
director of photography on
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977), Hume later served as overall director of photography on
three consecutive films starring Roger Moore.
For Your Eyes
Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and
A View To A Kill
(1985) were all directed by
- who had worked with Hume as the second unit director of the
spectacular pre-credit ski chase sequence in The Spy Who
Alan Hume was
born in London on October 16, 1924 and began his film career as
a clapper boy at Denham Studios, his first job being on Leslie
Howard's The First Of the Few (1942). After serving in
the Royal Navy during WWII, Hume was assistant to
cinematographer Guy Green on David Lean's Great Expectations
(1946) and Oliver Twist (1948). From 1953 to 1960, he was
chief camera operator on dozens of British films, including
Carry On Sergeant (1958), the first of the popular British
comedy series, which ran until 1992. From 1961 Hume was then
director of photography (DP) for the majority of films in the
long-running Carry On series. Hume also served as DP on
an astonishing 28 episodes of The Avengers TV series
1965-1968, in addition to photographing Kiss Of The Vampire
(1964) for Hammer films, and Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors
(1965) for Amicus.
Alan Hume was
elected to the British Society of Cinematographers in 1964,
serving as president for three years. In 1983, Hume took of the
role of DP on third Star Wars film Return of The Jedi,
although fell out with the producers (when he protested about
what he felt was their mistreatment of the director Richard Marquand), and was replaced by his assistant
Towards the end of his career, Hume was still working on
high-profile British films such as A Fish Called Wanda
(1988) directed by Ealing Studios veteran Charles Crichton; and
Shirley Valentine (1989) and Stepping Out (1991) both
JULY 2010 - VIDEOGAME NEWS
artist Joss Stone is set to debut as the newest Bond girl in
Activision Publishing, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI) James Bond 007:
Blood Stone, an original Bond experience from legendary
screenwriter Bruce Feirstein. In addition to stepping into a leading
role, Grammy and BRIT Award winner Joss Stone will create original
music for the game, luring players into an explosive third-person
action adventure where they will unravel an international conspiracy
across exotic locales. Players will experience full-throttle,
behind-the-wheel action on land and sea while using the most high
tech gadgetry known to James Bond 007, the world's most skilled
"James Bond 007: Blood Stone captures the cinematic intensity
of a Bond film by immersing players in an intriguing conspiracy that
will require them to think and act like James Bond," said David
Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision
Publishing. "In addition, the game will feature a diverse array of
multi-player modes and debut strategic objective-based gameplay that
will allow Xbox 360, PS3 and PC players to battle as teams of
spies and mercenaries through authentic Bond locales."
FULL STORY AND MORE IMAGES
2010 - LITERARY NEWS
Ian Fleming Publications
Ltd has chosen international bestselling thriller writer, Jeffery Deaver,
to write a new James Bond book.
The novel, currently known as Project X, will be published one year
from today for Ian Fleming’s birthday – 28 May 2011. It will be published
by Jeffery Deaver’s publishers Hodder & Stoughton in the UK and Simon &
Schuster in the US.
Jeffery Deaver has written 26 novels and sold more than 20 million books
worldwide. His books have topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic
and he has been described as ‘the most creative, skilled and intriguing
thriller writer in the world’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘the master of
ticking-bomb suspense’ (People magazine).
007 came to life fully-formed in 1952 when Ian Fleming wrote CASINO ROYALE.
Since then over 100 million James Bond books have sold worldwide.
APRIL 2010 - GOLDFINGER is the new BBC Radio 4 Ian Fleming drama
3 April 2010 BBC Radio 4
online after broadcast
1959 novel faithfully dramatised by Archie Scottney and directed
by Martin Jarvis. Toby Stephens returns as 007, and a glittering
cast is led by Ian McKellen in the title role. With cameo roles
by top actors - all delighted to contribute to this remarkable
Fleming adventure. Rosamund Pike plays wacky gang-boss Pussy
Galore and Lisa Dillon is the vengeful Tilly Masterton. John
Standing returns as M. Tom Hollander, Tim Pigott-Smith and
American star Hector Elizondo as New York City mobsters. Bond
and Goldfinger are joined in the famous golf game by Alistair
McGowan as the caddie, Hawker. Henry Goodman, Ian Ogilvy and
Lloyd Owen contribute to the excitement. And Jon David Yu throws
his bowler-hat with deadly effect as 'Oddjob'.
Auric Goldfinger is not only a cheat at canasta and golf, he's
also an international criminal on a massive scale. His
obsession: gold. James Bond is charged by the Bank of England
and MI5 to discover what Goldfinger is actually doing with his
vast hoards of gold. Is he somehow connected with SMERSH - the
feared soviet spy-killing organisation? When 007 becomes an
undercover member of Goldfinger's team he soon learns that the
madman's plans are more grandiose than even M could possibly
have imagined. Amazingly, robbing Fort Knox is on the agenda -
and mass murder...
JANUARY 2010 - Martin Grace (1942-2010)
born stuntman, who doubled Roger Moore as James Bond, has died
at the age of 67.
died in Spain on 27 January after being hospitalised following a cycling
accident in which he fractured his pelvis. This injury was
originally sustained whilst doubling for Roger Moore in
Octopussy during the train sequences filmed on the Nene
Valley Railway in 1983.
series in 1966 (along with every available stuntman in
England), he performed stunts during the climactic volcano
battle in You Only Live Twice. Grace first doubled
Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and again in
subsequent films until
A View To A Kill in 1985.
Martin Grace also doubled Roger
Moore in two non-Bond films The Sea Wolves and North
Sea Hijack (USA Ffolkes) both released in 1980.
The original James
Bond watch coming to America
Ian Fleming’s character James Bond has always been associated
with the finest of everything; cars, clothes and, of course,
The National Watch & Clock Museum will be presenting an exhibit
which runs from June 18 2010 to April 30 2011
will explore the subject of
the watches of James Bond.
The exhibit, Watches, James Bond Watches, will feature
the watch that provided the inspiration for James Bond’s
wristwatch: Ian Fleming’s own Rolex Explorer.
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