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NEWS 2010

 
 
      DECEMBER 2010 - MEDIA NEWS
BBC Archive - Whicker's World, Raymond Chandler & Ian Fleming, John Barry

16 December 2010

BBC Archive today released a collection of television and radio items examining the Bond phenomenon through the eyes of those who helped shape the world’s most popular secret agent in both print and film. Items in the collection reveal the origins, development, and more recent literary revival of the suave spy figure at the heart of the longest-running and most financially-successful English-language film franchise to date.

The collection also features rare behind-the-scenes material providing fans with a window into the world of Bond on film: an episode of Whicker’s World – made available for the first time since its initial broadcast in 1967, a must-see for fans – provides a unique glimpse of the personalities and production processes of You Only Live Twice, and a photo gallery provides snapshots of life on the set of 1977 classic The Spy Who Loved Me.

In another radio item, we hear from Ian Fleming himself as he discusses with fellow ex-journalist Raymond Chandler – pioneer of the modern private detective story and creator of protagonist Philip Marlowe, later played by Humphrey Bogart – the ingredients which make up the perfect thriller.

View the full collection here

      COLLECTING NEWS
GE Fabbri relaunch Aston Martin DB5 partwork model magazine

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.

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      NOVEMBER 2010 - Irvin Kershner (1923-2010)
Irvin Kershner(1923-2010)

Irvin Kershner (left) with producer Kevin McClory at the Never Say Never Again Royal Charity premiere at London's Warner West End on 14th December 1983.

Director 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 Thunderball remake after previously directing the star in his 1966 comedy A Fine Madness which co-starred Joanne Woodward.

THE DIRECTOR STRIKES BACK
Subscribers to 007 MAGAZINE OnLine can read an exclusive interview with Irvin Kershner as part of our definitive look at the making of Never Say Never Again. First published in 007 MAGAZINE issue #40 together with the ultimate look at the other ‘rogue’ Bond movie Casino Royale in January 2002. This edition was one of our fastest selling issues and has been unavailable in print since 2003.

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      Jamaica airport to be renamed after James Bond author
Ian Fleming - Boscobel airport to be renamed after James Bond author

KINGSTON, 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
CASINO ROYALE ebook

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.

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      OCTOBER 2010 - AUCTION NEWS
John Griswold collection to be auctioned

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.

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      OCTOBER 2010 - 'THE MOST FAMOUS CAR IN THE WORLD'
Original 1964 James Bond Aston Martin DB5

1964 Aston Martin DB5 Chassis No. DB5/1486/R

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 Evolution, London.
*** 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, Goldfinger 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
Guy Hamilton and Shirley Eaton at Somerset House

1964’s Goldfinger 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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      JULY 2010 - Tom Mankiewicz (1942-2010)
James Bond screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz (1942-2010)

Screenwriter 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 more with Richard Maibaum for 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun, Mankiewicz also worked uncredited on The Spy 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 - VIDEOGAME NEWS
Joss Stone - the new Bond Girl in James Bond 007: Blood Stone

Award winning 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 secret agent.

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      MAY 2010 - LITERARY NEWS
ProjectX - The new James Bond novel - 28 May 2011

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.

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      JANUARY 2010 - Martin Grace (1942-2010)
Stuntman Martin Grace (1942-2010)

The Irish born stuntman, who doubled Roger Moore as James Bond, has died at the age of 67.

Martin Grace 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.

Joining the 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.

      The original James Bond watch coming to America
Ian Fleming's Rolex Explorer

Ian Fleming’s character James Bond has always been associated with the finest of everything; cars, clothes and, of course, watches.

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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      COLLECTING NEWS
Diamond Cars Aston Martin DB5

Every wanted to own an Aston Martin DB5 like the one driven by Sean Connery in the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) ...?

If you can't afford a full-sized DB5 then Diamond Cars of Germany have the answer...

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