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      NOVEMBER 2011 - Syd Cain (1918-2011)
Syd Cain (1918-2011)

SYD CAIN (April 16th 1918-November 21st 2011)

After a short illness, Production Designer Syd Cain passed away quietly in hospital on November 21st with members of his family at his bedside.

He was 93.

The celebrated Production Designer worked on five James Bond films starting with Dr. No in 1962. His first solo credit as Art Director was on 1963's From Russia With Love. Syd's crowning achievement in the series was the creation of Blofeld's headquarters at Piz Gloria atop the Schilthorn mountain in Switzerland for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). He returned to the series for Roger Moore's 1973 debut Live And Let Die, making his final contribution to the series in 1995 when he produced storyboards and concept artwork for GoldenEye.

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      NOVEMBER 2011 - Skyfall is the new James Bond film!
Daniel Craig stars as James Bond 007 in the latest film Skyfall due for release in October 2012

LONDON, November 3 2011

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli today presented the cast of the 23rd James Bond adventure, entitled Skyfall. The film, from Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, is directed by Academy Award® winner Sam Mendes and stars Daniel Craig, who returns for his third film as James Bond 007. The screenplay is written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. Skyfall, which goes into production on Monday, November 7th, will begin its worldwide roll-out in the UK and Ireland on October 26th 2012 and in North America on November 9th 2012.

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CAST AND CREW IMAGES & INTERVIEWS

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      JUNE 2011 - George Lazenby at the American Cinematheque
James Bond star George Lazenby at the American Cinematheque

GEORGE LAZENBY VISITS THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE
FRIDAY JUNE 17, 2011


STEVE RUBIN hosted an interview with one-time James Bond actor, and reports for 007 MAGAZINE OnLine.

Nearly 42 years after the nationwide debut of the sixth James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, actor George Lazenby took the stage at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on June 17th as part of an American Cinematheque Father’s Day weekend tribute to 007.

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      JUNE 2011 - A report from the John Barry Memorial Concert
James Bond composer John Barry (1933-2011)

The never to be forgotten John Barry

Monday 20 June 2011 will forever be remembered by all who were in attendance at the Royal Albert Hall as a truly magical evening; for it was on this evening, in that place that the worlds of music and the movies united to pay fulsome tribute to the finest film composer to ever draw breath – John Barry Prendergast. LUKE WILLIAMS’ personal and poignant report perfectly captures the emotional ambiance experienced by many at ‘John Barry - The Memorial Concert’.

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      MAY 2011 - CARTE BLANCHE - The new James Bond novel
New James Bond author Jeffery Deaver launches CARTE BLANCHE in London

Wednesday 25th May 2011, St. Pancras International, London

The first copies of the eagerly awaited new Bond book, CARTE BLANCHE, arrived in style at St Pancras International in London today . Copies of the book by the best–selling American thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, published in the UK tomorrow by Hodder & Stoughton, were delivered by the Royal Marines Commandos in a stunning display involving abseiling, a fast car and a beautiful Bond girl on a motorbike.

In a scene which could have been lifted from a James Bond novel, Jeffery Deaver pulled up at Europe’s longest bar – The Champagne Bar at St Pancras International – in a special CARTE BLANCHE red Bentley Continental GT flanked by a Bond girl clad in black leathers....

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CARTE BLANCHE - UK Launch!
MARK MAWSTON reports exclusively for 007 MAGAZINE OnLine
LUKE WILLIAMS reports from a ‘Q & A’ session in London with Bond ‘re-boot’ author Jeffery Deaver, held to coincide with the publication day of CARTE BLANCHE.
Jon Auty reviews CARTE BLANCHE
Luke Williams reviews CARTE BLANCHE

      APRIL 2011 - LITERARY NEWS
CARTE BLANCHE limited Bentley Motors edition

To celebrate the release of CARTE BLANCHE, the new James Bond book by Jeffery Deaver, on 26th May 2011, publisher Hodder & Stoughton has partnered with Bentley Motors to create an exclusive Bentley special edition: the ultimate luxury edition of the highly anticipated new James Bond adventure. The 500 limited edition copies are available for pre-order from Tuesday 26th April 2011, exactly a month before publication date.

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      APRIL 2011 - LITERARY NEWS
Seven-time James Bond Sir Roger Moore

More Moore for Michael O'Mara

Sir Roger Moore will provide a guide to the cars, gadgets and girls of the James Bond movies to help celebrate the spy series' 50th anniversary on the big screen.

Louise Dixon, Michael O'Mara senior editorial director, bought world rights to Bond on Bond from Lesley Pollinger at Pollinger Ltd. The book will be published in September 2012, coinciding with 50 years of the Bond film franchise and the release of a new movie featuring the suave super-spy.

Michael O'Mara said: "Once you have worked with Roger you find yourself saying, like Oliver Twist: ‘Moore please!'"

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      APRIL 2011 - EXCLUSIVE REPORT FROM THE BAFTA TRIBUTE TO KEN ADAM
Ken Adam Photographed by Stanley Kubrick

Monday 4th April 2011, 6:30pm
The Jarvis Hall at Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

In this special tribute and belated 90th Birthday Celebration, BAFTA welcomed fans and colleagues to explore the extraordinary work of Oscar winning Production Designer Sir Ken Adam.

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      James Bond supports international women's day
James Bond supports international women's day

A two-minute short, specially commissioned for International Women’s Day, sees 007 star Daniel Craig undergo a dramatic makeover as he puts himself, quite literally, in a woman’s shoes.

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      LITERARY NEWS
LICENCE RENEWED by John Gardner ICEBREAKER by John Gardner

John Gardner's Bond Licence Renewed!

All fourteen of John Gardner's James Bond books will be republished by Orion in the UK, starting in June this year. Orion will celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Gardner's LICENCE RENEWED by publishing the first five titles in hardback, featuring their original covers, in Summer 2011. US reprints by Pegasus with new covers and introductions will follow later in the year.

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      FEBRUARY 2011 - Bond alumni at the BAFTAs
Christopher Lee at the 2011 BAFTA's

13th February 2011
The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented Sir Christopher Lee [Scaramanga in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)] with the Academy Fellowship at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House.

Awarded annually by the Academy, the Fellowship is the highest accolade bestowed upon an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Previously honoured Fellows include Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, John Barry, Stanley Kubrick, Anthony Hopkins and Judi Dench.

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Christopher Lee first day coverThe Best Baddie Ever!
A tribute to Christopher Lee is a First-day Cover Issue for sale

      FEBRUARY 2011 - LITERARY NEWS
CARTE BLANCHE author Jeffery Deaver

Bond is back, and as ever he is sporting the best in luxury cars. In the pages of CARTE BLANCHE, the new James Bond book by international best-selling author Jeffery Deaver, the fictional British spy has continued with his classic preference of luxury sports car by selecting the breathtaking new Bentley Continental GT as his transport of choice.

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      JANUARY 2011 - John Barry (1933-2011)
James Bond composer John Barry (1933-2011)

Composer John Barry has died of a heart attack in New York aged 77.

His arrangement of Monty Norman's 'James Bond theme' for Dr. No in 1962 led to him composing scores for 11 films in the series.

A five-time Oscar winner for Born Free [two awards], The Lion In Winter, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves John Barry was an integral part of the success and longevity of the James Bond series.

007 MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher Graham Rye pays tribute to the prolific composer in this personal recollection. An exclusive report from 2007 - A Tonic For The Heart.

      JANUARY 2011 - LITERARY NEWS
New James Bond author Jeffery Deaver launches CARTE BLANCHE in Dubai

The new James Bond book, due to be published later this year and written by best-selling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, is to be called CARTE BLANCHE. Its title and cover artwork are unveiled today (Monday 17th January), at a special launch event at the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai.
 

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