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NEWS 2012


      OCTOBER 2012 - 007 MAGAZINE reviews BOND 50 on Blu-ray!
BOND 50 Blu-ray set

BOND 50 has arrived…  

…so what’s good, what’s bad, what’s ugly, what’s new, what’s missing?

KEVIN HARPER runs his expert ears and eyes over the new BOND 50 Blu-ray sets from both sides of the Atlantic to give 007 MAGAZINE readers the most comprehensive review available.

      OCTOBER 2012 - First Croatian edition of Ian Fleming's DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER
Croatian special edition of Ian Fleming’s DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER presented at a gala event in Zagreb

3 October 2012

Croatian special edition of Ian Fleming’s DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER presented at a gala event in Zagreb.

“I knew you all expected Mr. Bond to show up for his promotion,” said David Slinn, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, “but he is currently at an undisclosed location, performing undisclosed duties.” His excellency was addressing an audience of some hundred people, gathered in good cheer at the Café Kinoteka in Zagreb on September 19th for the unveiling of the first Croatian edition of Ian Fleming’s DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER, joining numerous Olympic and Paralympic athletes freshly returned from their successes at the 2012 London Games.



Ahead of the much-anticipated 50th anniversary of the release of the first Bond film, Dr. No on October 5th, an international survey of 007 MAGAZINE readers has rated On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), starring George Lazenby and directed by Peter Hunt, as the greatest Bond film of all time.


      SEPTEMBER 2012 - All About Bond by Terry O'Neill
All Abount Bond by Terry O'Neill

007 MAGAZINE was in attendance this week as legendary photographer Terry O'Neill launched his new exhibition and book All About Bond at the Proud Gallery on Chelsea's Kings Road.

Given that Ian Fleming's James Bond lived in a flat just off the Kings Road, it is somehow appropriate that Proud Chelsea is the location for a stunning exhibition of some of photographer Terry O'Neill's huge collection of 007 focused photography, which opened on 12th September with a signing event with the great man himself.

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Proud Chelsea | 161 King’s Road | London | SW3 5XP
t: 020 7839 4942 w. www.proud.co.uk
Open Monday – Sunday, 10am – 7pm

      SEPTEMBER 2012 - Hal David (1921-2012)
John Barry with Louis Armstrong and Hal David

Composer John Barry with Jazz legend Louis Armstrong and lyricist Hal David at the recording of ‘We Have All The Time in the World’, which featured in the classic 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

1 September 2012

Hal David, the lyricist who worked with Burt Bacharach on an unparalleled canon of songs for film and television has died at the age of 91.

David's James Bond connection began in 1967 when he added lyrics to Bacharach's ‘The Look of Love’, which had originally been intended as an instrumental piece. The Oscar-nominated song was performed in Casino Royale (1967) by Dusty Springfield.

In 1969 he wrote the lyrics for 'We Have All The Time in the World' composed for the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service by John Barry. The late composer cited it as one of his favourites. He thought it was the finest piece of music he had written for a Bond movie, and because of the pleasure of working with Louis Armstrong. Hal David also wrote the lyrics to 'Do You Know How Christmas Trees are Grown?' which was sung by Nina Van Pallandt in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). David was re-united with John Barry in 1979 when he wrote the lyrics for Moonraker, sung in the film by Shirley Bassey.

      AUGUST 2012 - Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)
 Marvin Hamlisch (1944-2012)

6 August 2012

The composer Marvin Hamlisch, who wrote the score for the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me and co-wrote (with Carole Bayer Sager) it's Oscar-nominated title song ‘Nobody Does it Better’, has died in Los Angeles, aged 68.

Hamlisch wrote more than 40 film scores including The Way We Were (1973), The Sting (1974) and A Chorus Line (1985).

In total he won three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Tony and three Golden Globes.

      JULY 2012 - James Bond escorts HM Queen Elizabeth II to the Olympic Games

James Bond (Daniel Craig) escorts HM Queen Elizabeth II to the opening of the London Olympic Games in spectacular fashion in this special short film from acclaimed director Danny Boyle. The film ‘Happy & Glorious’ was shown as part of the BBC coverage of the opening ceremony on 27th July. More pictures

      JULY 2012 - FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE is the latest BBC Radio 4 Ian Fleming drama adaptation

FROM RUSSIA, WITH LOVE is the latest BBC Radio 4 James Bond adaptation

21 July 2019 BBC Radio 4
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It's 1955 and the Russians plan an act of terrorism. Choice of target? James Bond. To be 'killed with ignominy': a major sex scandal will leave his reputation, and that of MI6, in tatters.

Colonel Rosa Klebb of the KGB devises a plan to lure Bond into their trap, using beautiful Corporal Tatiana Romanova as bait - plus a Spektor, the latest Russian decoding device. MI6 learns that Tatiana wants to defect and M orders Bond to Istanbul. When Tatiana makes contact she seems to be in love with him - but is she? Either way, he soon falls for her and they leave Istanbul together, accompanied by larger-than-life Darko Kerim, Head of British Intelligence in Turkey. The climax of the drama includes a surprising confrontation between Bond and the murderous Rosa Klebb.

Stars Toby Stephens as James Bond, John Standing as M, Janie Dee as Moneypenny, Julian Sands as Q, John Sessions as General, Mark Gatiss as Kronsteen, Eileen Atkins as Rosa Klebb, Tim Pigott-Smith as Kerim and Martin Jarvis as Ian Fleming.

In writer Archie Scottney's brilliantly evocative 'radio screenplay', we see another side to 007. Unsure of his judgement, can he bring the lovely Tatiana safely to England, along with the precious Spektor? Will the Russians succeed in having Bond killed? If so, who is the would-be murderer?

This is Jarvis & Ayres' third James Bond dramatization.

      JULY 2012 - New audio books feature the cream of British acting talent
Kenneth Branagh will read THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN audiobook

Thursday 6th September 2012 will mark a hugely significant event for James Bond fans everywhere. The launch of Ian Fleming’s classic Bond novels, read by a stellar selection of brilliant readers!

Kenneth Branagh, David Tennent, Roy Kinnear and Toby Stephens are amongst the top British talent lined up to to read the twelve new, unabridged James Bond audio recordings.


      JULY 2012 - Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style opens at The Barbican
The Barbican celebrates fifty years of 007 with a major exhibition of James Bond props, gadgets and costumes

8 July 2012

Designing 007: Fifty years of Bond Style
The Barbican marks the 50th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, from 1962's Dr. No to this year's Skyfall, with a unique exhibition showcasing the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand.

In collaboration with EON Productions and with unprecedented access to their archives, Designing 007 is a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.


Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style runs at The Barbican from 6 July - 5 September 2012

      JUNE 2012 - George Leech (1921-2012)
Veteran stuntman George Leech photographed by Graham Rye in 1992

17 June 2012

Veteran stuntman George Leech has died at the age of 90. He performed stunt double duties, as well as appearing on screen himself as various goons and henchman, in multiple James Bond films from Dr. No in 1962 up to A View To A Kill in 1985. Leech would also serve as overall stunt arranger for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Born in London, England, on December 6th, 1921, George Leech started his film career in the mid 1950s in the Pier Angeli film Port Afrique, and soon found himself in great demand. A few years later his first 'big action film' came with The Guns of Navarone. The following year he was engaged on a modest film called Dr. No - it was to be the first of eleven James Bond films, which took him through to Roger Moore's last outing in A View To A Kill in 1985. George has doubled for George Lazenby and Roger Moore, as well as having a few fisty-cuffs with Sean Connery and his adversaries. His other credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Kelly's Heroes, The Eagle Has Landed, Revenge Of The Pink Panther, Superman and North Sea Hijack.

George Leech passed away on Sunday 17th June 2012. He is survived by two daughters. One of them, Wendy Leech, who was one of the first stuntwomen in the business, is married to fellow 007 stuntman extraordinaire Vic Armstrong.

      JUNE 2012 - OMEGA launch Planet Ocean Seamaster SKYFALL
OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M ”SKYFALL” Limited Edition

6 June 2012
Celebrating the new James Bond film:
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M “SKYFALL” Limited Edition

In Skyfall, to be released in autumn of 2012, James Bond will take to the screen for the 23rd time with Daniel Craig again assuming the role of the world’s favourite secret agent. And once again, 007 will wear an OMEGA Seamaster...

      MAY 2012 - Bond Girl Bérénice Marlohe is OMEGA’s newest brand ambassador
Actress Bérénice Marlohe has been added to OMEGA’s roster of brand ambassadors and participated in the opening of the brand’s new boutique in Venice.

31 May 2012

Actress Bérénice Marlohe has been added to OMEGA’s roster of brand ambassadors and participated in the opening of the brand’s new boutique in Venice.

The half-French half-Cambodian actress portrays Séverine in Skyfall, the James Bond film to be released in November. It will mark her English-language acting debut for Ms Marlohe whose previous film roles have been in her native French.


      MAY 2012 - Iconic Connery images at Terry O'Neill's INFAMOUS
Sean Connery poses for Terry O'Neil in Las Vegas - INFAMOUS exhibition

5 May 2012

If one photographer can be said to have defined the swinging showbusiness scene of the 1960s then that photographer is the East End born Terry O’Neill, who has photographed every James Bond from Connery to Brosnan (including David Niven!) 007 MAGAZINE’s LUKE WILLIAMS was at the opening of O’Neill’s new exhibition INFAMOUS in Mayfair this week ahead of his eagerly anticipated book ALL ABOUT BOND, which will be published later this year.

Terry O’Neill INFAMOUS is at Alon Zakaim Fine Art, 5-7 Dover Street, London W1S 4LD until 8 June 2012.


      APRIL 2012 - Two Bond Girls reunited at Chiller Theatre
Bond Girls Maryam d'Abo and Luciana Paluzzi at Chiller Theatre

April 2012

James Bond Girls Luciana Paluzzi (Fiona Volpe in Thunderball) and Maryam d'Abo (Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights) appeared together at the Chiller Theatre Convention, Parsippanay, New Jersey - April 27-29 2012.


      APRIL 2012 - William Boyd to write new James Bond novel
New James Bond author William Boyd

12 April 2012

William Boyd to write new James Bond novel

Boyd takes Bond back to the Sixties with all the style and flair of Ian Fleming

William Boyd, the award-winning and bestselling author of Restless and Any Human Heart, is to write the next James Bond novel.

The novel, which is yet to be titled, will be published in the UK and Commonwealth in autumn 2013 by Jonathan Cape – Ian Fleming’s original publisher and an imprint of Vintage Publishing – and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA & Canada. Rights were sold in the English language by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd.


      January 2012 - James Bond 50th Anniversary Blu-ray collection
Bond director Michael Apted at the launch of the 50th anniversary Blu-ray collection

10 January 2012


Former Bond Girls Olga Kurylenko and Caterina Murino joined three 007 film directors John Glen, Michael Apted (left) and Martin Campbell on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada to launch the 50th Anniversary Blu-ray collection.

In celebration of James Bond’s monumental golden anniversary, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today unveiled BOND 50, a collectible box-set featuring all 22 James Bond films on Blu-ray Disc for the first time in one complete offering. Fans around the world can pre-order now with participating online retailers...


      January 2012 - Skyfall composer announced
Thomas Newman with Skyfall Director Sam Mendes


Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli today announced that composer Thomas Newman will score the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall. “We are delighted to confirm that Thomas Newman will score. Thomas is one of the most respected and successful composers, he has a long history of working with Sam Mendes and we look forward to welcoming him into the Bond family,” commented Michael. G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Said Newman today, “I’m incredibly excited to be working with Sam again. It’s a real thrill to be able to collaborate on something as special as a Bond movie.”


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