DECEMBER 2018 - Marion “Oatsie” Leiter Charles (1919-2018)
One of the last living links to Ian Fleming’s close circle
that saw the entire rise of the Bond phenomenon has passed away.
Marion “Oatsie” Leiter Charles has died at the age of 99.
Saffold Oates on September 19, 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, her
grandfather William Oates went on to become a Confederate Civil
War hero, having led a charge up Little Round Top during the
Battle of Gettysburg.
Raised to be a
society hostess, Oatsie (as she was known) married Thomas Leiter
in 1942. Tommy was the grandson of one of Chicago’s great real
estate barons and two of Tommy’s aunts married British nobility.
After the war, Oatsie and Tommy met Ian Fleming in Jamaica and
became fast friends. In his first James Bond novel, CASINO
ROYALE, Fleming borrowed Tommy Leiter’s last name for Bond’s CIA
accomplice, Felix. It was Oatsie who introduced President
Kennedy to Ian Fleming's novels, resulting in JFK naming FROM
RUSSIA, WITH LOVE as one of his 10 favourite books in a 1961
LIFE Magazine article.
OCTOBER 2018 - James Bond returns to PLAYBOY Magazine
The iconic adult magazine PLAYBOY will once again have comics
inside - along with James Bond in the November/December 2018
James Bond Origin writer Jeff Parker, artist Bob Q, colourist
Jordie Bellaire, and letterer Simon Bowland have completed a
new, standalone six-page story for the issue. Like the series it
spins off from, this story features a 17-year-old James Bond and
his exploits during World War II.
“In our story, James is dropped off the coast of Belgium to help
a Resistance cell take out a supply train that’s important to
the Nazis,” says Jeff Parker. “This turned out great and I hope
readers enjoy it as much as we did making it.”
FULL STORY AND IMAGES
AUGUST 2018 - BOND 25 announcement!
Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today
announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has
decided to no longer direct BOND 25.
JULY 2018 - New LEGO Aston Martin DB5
1:8 scale model unveiled at Global launch in London
Today, the LEGO Creator Expert
James Bond Aston Martin DB5 was unveiled at its Global launch in
Naomie Harris (Moneypenny
in Skyfall &
Spectre) exclusively revealed the new
1:8 scale LEGO DB5 model at LEGO’s UK flagship store in
Leicester Square alongside a real silver birch Aston Martin DB5.
FULL STORY AND MORE IMAGES
JUNE 2018 - INSIDE 007 ELEMENTS - New images of the installation
New images have been released of
the interior of 007 ELEMENTS, the new James Bond cinematic
installation built inside the summit of the Gaislachkogl
Mountain in Sölden, Austria. Housed in a striking new
architectural structure, designed and created by Obermoser
Architects, 007 ELEMENTS is an interactive, immersive and
educational experience that places visitors inside the world of
007 while revealing how that world is made. It opens to the
public on 12 July 2018.
FULL STORY AND IMAGES
JUNE 2018 - Eunice Gayson (1928-2018)
Eunice Gayson who appeared as
Sylvia Trench in
Russia With Love (1963) has died at the age of 90.
Although her voice was dubbed by
der Zyl in both films, Gayson is officially the first James
Bond girl and famously appeared opposite Sean Connery when he
first uttered the immortal line "Bond. James Bond". Eunice
Gayson began her acting career in the late 1940s and first
worked with Dr. No director Terence Young on Zarak
(1956), which was co-produced by Albert R. Broccoli and written
by Richard Maibaum. When casting the first Bond film Young
remembered Gayson and offered her the role of Sylvia Trench - a
new character not created by Ian Fleming. Sylvia Trench was due
to be a
recurring character, but the idea was dropped when Guy
Hamilton took over the direction of
Goldfinger in 1964.
In 1958 Gayson
played the female lead in the Hammer Horror film The Revenge
of Frankenstein opposite Peter Cushing, who reprised his
role as the baron in the sequel to the 1957 hit The Curse of
Frankenstein. Gayson also appeared in many classic British
TV series during the 1960s including Danger Man, The Avengers
and The Saint.
MAY 2018 - BOND 25 announcement!
Director, writer, distributor and production start date revealed
Production on BOND 25 will begin
in December with Danny Boyle directing Daniel Craig’s 5th outing as
Bond. EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) have
reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the
worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film.
Daniel Craig returns as 007 and Academy
Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs)
will direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award nominee John
MAY 2018 - Bonhams To Offer The GoldenEye Aston Martin DB5 at
Festival of Speed sale
Festival of Speed Sale - Collector's Motor Cars and Automobilia,
13 July 2018, Chichester, Goodwood.
On 13 July at
its Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, Bonhams will offer the
ultimate Bond car – the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 driven by James
Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in the 1995 motion picture
estimate is £1,200,000-1,600,000.
The DB5 has become synonymous with James Bond, and this example
featured in the famous opening chase scene of GoldenEye
where Bond dices with arch villainess Xenia Onatopp in her
Ferrari through the hills above Monaco.
When purchased by the current owner in 2001, the car became the
most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold. It has been
on display at both The National Motor Museum and the Bond in
Motion exhibition at Covent Garden.
Sholto Gilbertson, Bonhams Motor Cars Department Director,
commented: 'The DB5 is one of the most recognisable and
desirable British classic cars in the world - it is also the
ultimate Bond car. Every fan remembers Pierce Brosnan tearing
through the hills in this car, and it must be up there as one of
the most thrilling Bond car chases in history. This Aston Martin
is something very special indeed.'
The car will be on display at Bonhams Aston Martin Sale on 2
June at Englefield House, Reading and sold at the
Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 13 July. UPDATE
- Sold for £2m
MAY 2018 - Peter Musgrave (1931-2018)
14 May 2018
has been informed of the passing of editor and sound editor
Peter Musgrave. In a long and distinguished career, Peter worked
on four James Bond films between 1983 and 1995:
Never Again (additional editing),
Daylights (sound editor),
Kill (sound editor) and
He began his
career in the late 1940s working as assistant sound editor (uncredited)
on the classic Ealing comedies Passport To Pimlico and
Kind Hearts and Coronets (both 1949).
In 1961 Peter
was the dubbing editor on The Innocents directed by Jack
Clayton. He worked for Clayton again in the same capacity on
The Pumpkin Eater (1964). Other notable films included sound
editor on The Hill (1965) starring Sean Connery, and
dubbing editor on Alfie (1966), which starred Michael
Caine and was directed by Lewis Gilbert who died earlier this
In 1972 Peter
edited the Hammer Horror film Vampire Circus. His final
film was The Saint (1997) on which he worked as ADR
MAY 2018 - Bond at Bletchley Park: Illustrations and Inspirations
exhibition celebrating James Bond
Friday, 25 May 2018 — Sunday, 14 October 2018
From 09:30 to 17:00 Free with admission
James Bond comes to Bletchley Park. On display in Hut 12, a
temporary art exhibition celebrates Ian Fleming’s original James
Bond series, as well as the most recent 007 novels written by
It also includes a special section presenting new research into
Fleming’s connection to Bletchley Park and explores how his work
in naval intelligence helped inspire the creation of the James
APRIL 2018 - Royal Festival Hall - Anthony Horowitz on James Bond
Festival Hall, The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1
8XX - 1st June 2018
(approx run time 150 minutes)
Horowitz in conversation as he discusses his new 007 novel and
the explosive prequel to
ROYALE, FOREVER AND A DAY.
Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful
writers in the UK today. He has written over 40 books, including
the bestselling Alex Rider series, about a teen spy,
which is estimated to have sold 19 million copies worldwide.
Horowitz is also an acclaimed writer for adults, and worked with
the Conan Doyle Estate to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels,
The House of Silk (2011) and Moriarty (2014).
His stand-alone novel, Magpie Murders (2016), won
critical acclaim and was followed by The Word is Murder
(2017), the first in a series of detective novels.
In 2015, Ian Fleming Publications and The Ian Fleming Estate
asked him to write a continuation James Bond novel, TRIGGER
MORTIS. His second Bond novel, FOREVER AND A DAY is published on
31 May 2018.
MARCH 2018 - MOONRAKER is the latest BBC Radio 4 Ian Fleming drama
- BBC Radio 4 Saturday 31 March 2018
Martin Jarvis directs this surprisingly up-to-date, all-star
guided missile drama.
It's 1954 and British patriot Sir Hugo Drax (Samuel West) has
built an atomic rocket, Moonraker, vital to Britain's defences.
It's ready for a trial launch. But after a double-murder, James
Bond (Toby Stephens) goes undercover at Moonraker's secret base.
He and agent Gala Brand (Katherine Kingsley) discover possible
treachery. Can they prevent a catastrophe?
Archie Scottney's compelling dramatization of Ian Fleming's
novel is Jarvis and Ayres' seventh Bond on Radio 4. Janie Dee,
John Standing and Julian Sands return as Moneypenny, M and Q.
Jared Harris is Head of Special Branch, Patricia Hodge a hearty
missile expert, Ian Ogilvy a BBC man, and Nigel Anthony is a
Peter Lorre-inspired Krebs.
MARCH 2018 - Special James Bond collectors coins released
3 March 2018
Mint produces Bond 10p piece
The Royal Mint has revealed a brand-new collection of 10p coins
which map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great with B
standing for Bond. The James Bond coin features the iconic gun
barrel and 007 logo. The entire collection will be rolling out
into circulation across the country from today, and will be
available at selected Post Offices from this week. A collectors’
folder, and silver proof and uncirculated versions of the 10p
coins, will be available to purchase from The Royal Mint
website. The coins will also be available to purchase at
Bond in Motion, London Film Museum.
MARCH 2018 - FOREVER AND A DAY UK hardback cover revealed
2 March 2018
The UK hardback
cover for FOREVER AND A DAY was revealed today. The cover design
for Anthony Horowitz’s second Bond novel cleverly ties the
French Riviera setting to the deadly world of espionage with a
luxury yacht doubling as a bullet shooting from a gun.
that FOREVER AND A DAY is a prequel to CASINO ROYALE, Vintage UK
will be releasing a new paperback edition of Ian Fleming’s first
James Bond adventure with a special introduction by Anthony
Horowitz. The cover design compliments the style of the FOREVER
AND A DAY hardback and draws on the themes of violence, card
play and shattered romance.
FEBRUARY 2018 - Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018)
James Bond film director Lewis Gilbert has died at the age of
97. In a varied career spanning six decades, Gilbert directed
many classic and iconic British films including Reach For The
Sky (1956), The Admirable Crichton (1957), Carve
Her Name With Pride (1958) and Sink The Bismark!
great success with Alfie (1966), Gilbert was invited to
become the third James Bond director with the epic
Live Twice in 1967.
A decade later
when Albert R. Broccoli became the sole producer of the Bond
series, Lewis Gilbert was invited back to direct
Who Loved Me (1977), which became a huge international
success. He returned to direct
in 1979, which again surpassed the box-office of its
predecessor, becoming the highest-grossing film of the series
three Bond films, Gilbert returned to directing low-budget
British films with the acclaimed Educating Rita (1983)
and Shirley Valentine (1989), both adapted from plays by
FEBRUARY 2018 -
CHRISTIE'S to auction Daniel Craig's Aston Martin
midnight-blue 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish - numbered 007 -
will be offered on 20 April in New York. Sale proceeds will
Opportunity Network, which helps young people with career
limited-edition car was further customised by Craig in
partnership with Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative
Officer. Estimated at $400,000-600,000, the car is left-hand
drive and street-ready.
‘This Aston Martin Vanquish is a tour de force of automobile
engineering and a distinct pleasure to drive,’ says Craig.
‘While I will miss it, I am keen to further the very important
work of The Opportunity Network with its sale.’
UPDATE: The car sold for $468,500
FEBRUARY 2018 - John Gavin (1931-2018)
John Gavin the
American actor and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico has died at
the age of 86.
most famous screen roles were in 1960 when he starred as Sam
Loomis in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho, and then as Julius
Caesar in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus. Following the
departure of George Lazenby after
Majesty's Secret Service (1969), James Bond producers Harry
Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli were looking for a new 007, and
considered a number of American actors including Adam West,
Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. In early 1971 John Gavin was
signed to play James Bond in
Are Forever which would start shooting in April of that
United Artists were not convinced and eventually persuaded Sean
Connery to return for a record-breaking $1.25 million and a 10%
cut of the gross profits. Luckily, John Gavin had made a
pay-or-play deal and was reportedly compensated with $50,000. To
date John Gavin is the only actor ever to be signed as James
Bond but never actually play the part. He was briefly considered
Live And Let Die (1973) before the role was offered to
appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in June 1981 by President
Ronald Reagan and served until June 12, 1986. He was also
president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971-1973.
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FEBRUARY 2018 - New James Bond Novel FOREVER AND A DAY to be
published in May 2018
Horowitz’s second James Bond novel using original material by
Ian Fleming will be published in the UK on Thursday 31 May 2018
and in the autumn in the US. FOREVER AND A DAY is a prequel to
ROYALE, Fleming’s first 007 novel, and will explore the
origins of the world’s most famous secret agent.
keeps its secrets. But not this time.
Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by
an unknown hand.
for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war
against organised crime.
for James Bond to earn his licence to kill.
This is the
story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the