The James Bond Newsletter November 2012

Newsletter                                               November 2012
Premiere Royale
What a night! The Royal Premiere of ‘Skyfall’, the 23 rd James Bond movie, saw one of London’s most glamorous film premieres in recent times. There was extensive national and international media coverage of the glittering evening and an evident sense of relief from the director Sam Mendes who, together with his James Bond star Daniel Craig and other key members of the cast and crew, expressed their sheer pleasure that James Bond was at last back on the screen after four years. Moreover, Craig, who was one of the first of the main stars to arrive, was clearly amazed at the atmosphere of the premiere. He said at one point: ‘I’ve never been to a premiere like this in my life. I feel like a kid in a candy shop tonight. It’s a pleasure and an honour. I’m immensely proud – it couldn’t be a better setting’. He continued: ‘This is my third premiere now and I’ve never been excited like this before’. The special premiere evening was a truly fitting tribute to 50 years of 007 on screen, and was perhaps exemplified in the Aston Martin DB5 that was parked prominently on display outside the Royal Albert Hall, as guests followed the long red carpet into the premiere. And just above Bond’s famous car, the waiting crowds could see a large reproduction of the iconic ‘007 gun’ emblem that has arguably become a universal symbol, recognised everywhere around the world.
Bond Fever
As various members of the cast were interviewed live on stage just outside the premiere entrance at the back of the famous Albert Hall, the patient and eager onlookers were entertained to all the memorable songs from the previous James Bond movies, and for a few hours the Kensington area of Britain’s capital was dominated by Bond fever, with all the roads and pavements leading to the Albert Hall packed with spectators, autograph hunters, dedicated Bond fans, and curious people who were just simply passing by. All the main ‘crowd control’ metal barriers that lined the streets were adorned with large ‘Skyfall’ posters, while a special ‘media’ area had been created for TV news crews and official newspaper photographers to get the best shots of the main stars as they arrived. Nearby buildings also saw faces at every window, straining to catch a glimpse of the stars and guests, and some balconies overlooking the premiere site had groups of people chanting ‘Daniel! Daniel!’ in unison. This rose to a crecendo when the 007 star himself arrived. When Craig looked up and waved at the balcony crowds, there was a massive cheer from them. Later that evening, at the lavish ‘Skyfall’ post-premiere party held at the Tate Modern on London’s south bank, overlooking the River Thames, Daniel Craig summed up the euphoria. Sipping a Martini (what else?!), he told the London Evening Standard newspaper: ‘How could I not enjoy this? The whole night has been incredible. We had an amazing team working on the film and we’ve created something we are all proud of’. Craig added: ‘We’ve been at the Royal Albert Hall in the presence of royalty and then on to Tate Modern – this is probably the most memorable night of my career. I just feel honoured, and it shows you what Bond means to everyone’.
Windfall: 007 at the Box Office
The next day, the London Evening Standard devoted part of its editorial comment page to the high-profile impact of the 007 premiere in Britain, confirming that the new Bond film was ‘a vintage production’, and telling its readers: ‘At 50, Bond is no mere action hero: he is an institution’. Within days, the public’s love of this ‘institution’ soon became very apparent again. When ‘Skyfall’ went on general release in Britain on Friday October 26, it was clear that Daniel Craig had also been spot-on in his comments on premiere night, as the subsequent fantastic box office success of the new Bond movie strongly demonstrated that there remains a tremendous thirst for all the thrills and sheer escapism of each new 007 adventure. In Britain, and in many other countries and key markets around the globe, enthusiastic cinemagoers have rewarded ‘Skyfall’ with massive attendance figures, and there can be no doubt that 007 has returned to the screen in triumph. In Britain, the movie easily became the biggest film at the British box office in 2012, and by the weekend of November 10-11 had made over £57m. In response, EON producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson stated to the press: ‘We are thrilled and proud to reach this box office landmark in record time, and are delighted that UK audiences continue to enjoy Skyfall’.
Bond is a Universal Export
It is no exaggeration to say that James Bond 007 has become a cultural phenomenon in many parts of the world, and is certainly a major export for everything ‘British’. The movie has generated record-breaking attendance figures throughout Europe and, when it went on general release in Canada and the USA on November 9, ‘Skyfall’ broke opening weekend records, quickly taking in £55m ($87.8m) in its first weekend alone. By November 23, the Hollywood Reporter had reported that ‘Skyfall’ had made a massive $669m globally. As we write, the movie has only just been toppled from its no.1 position in the USA and other key markets by the latest and final entry in the ‘Twilight’ movie series. But Bond’s staying power is legendary. The new Bond movie has just opened very strongly in Australia and New Zealand, and moves to Japan in December. All the indications are that ‘Skyfall’ could become the most successful Bond movie in the history of the franchise.
Purvis and Wade Explain the ‘Skyfall’ Title
The veteran 007 screenwriting duo Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, two of the writers behind the story for ‘Skyfall’, were interviewed in the UK’s Sunday Express newspaper on October 14, and gave some interesting background on the origins of the new James Bond movie. In an interview with showbiz columnist York Membery, the talented pair spoke about the plot for the new Bond movie and about their film writing careers generally. The interview opened with a discussion of how, at one stage, Purvis and wade faced their own 007-style race against the clock to deliver the screenplay of the new 007 movie to the producers in Los Angeles. It was 2.00am in the morning UK time, and they had to deliver the screenplay by first light. Neal Purvis said there is nothing like a deadline ‘for concentrating the mind’. However, not only did the duo deliver the untitled script on time, but inadvertently created the eventual title. Wade explained: ‘We needed a haunting place name. I just plucked it out of the air, and it turned out to be something that struck a chord with the filmmakers’.
The Shaping of ‘Skyfall’
The Sunday Express interview also revealed that work on the film that would become ‘Skyfall’ actually began in early 2010, when the two writers travelled to New York to discuss the movie with the director Sam Mendes and Bond star Daniel Craig. Purvis said: ‘Everyone agreed that we wanted to pitch Bond against a villain who was a similar age and possessed the same strength of character, making it a battle of equals’. The screenwriting pair also said that Craig and Mendes had strong views on the direction the new Bond film should take. According to Purvis: ‘Daniel wanted a bit more humour in this film. While Sam made it clear that he didn’t want it to be too introspective. He wanted a traditional big Bond film, but with a cracking story. Above all, he wanted it to be entertaining’. A decision was also taken to include some of the more traditional Bond elements and characters, such as gadgets man ‘Q’. Robert Wade said: ‘the result is that there has been a deliberate swinging back to the classic Bond we all know and love’. The two writers also revealed to the Express that their next screenwriting project is Corsica ’72, a gangster crime drama.
Logan Licensed to Thrill Again
No sooner had Bond 23 been released in the UK than some (unofficial) news emerged about Bond movie no.24! According to press reports on Friday October 26 in both Britain and America, ‘Skyfall’ co-writer John Logan has already been hired as the solo screenwriter for the next James Bond movie (‘Bond 24’), which will be ready to hit the cinema screen in the autumn of 2014 (or possibly in 2015). The showbiz writer Baz Bamigboye, whose track record on Bond news has been fairly accurate in the past (and who was a guest at the ‘Skyfall’ premiere in London), writing in his regular column in the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper, claimed that plans are well under way for Daniel Craig’s next 007 thriller. Bamigboye asserted that Bond 24 ‘is already in pre-pre-production’ (as he put it), the plan being to start shooting the movie at Pinewood Studios ‘around this time next year’, so that it would be ready for cinema release in the autumn of 2014. Moreover, Bamigboye added that screenwriter Logan, who was brought in to re-write and polish the existing ‘Skyfall’ screenplay created by Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, will pen the Bond 24 script on his own. Bamigboye revealed that Purvis and Wade, who have worked on every Bond film since the ‘The World Is Not Enough’ in 1999, had decided it was time to move on. An unnamed executive associated with the two writers apparently told Bamigboye: ‘They’ve had a tremendous run’.
Bond 24 ‘Secret’
In a statement of the blindingly obvious, Bamigboye also told his Mail readers that the outline for Bond 24 is ‘a closely held secret’ and, so far, only the Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, together with Bond star Daniel Craig and some ‘trusted aides’, know the new storyline. Bamigboye also claimed that Naomie Harris (Miss Moneypenny), Ben Whishaw (the new ‘Q’), and Ralph Fiennes (the new ‘M’) will begin negotiations over the next few months for their return in Bond 24. The same day (Friday October 26), the American movie trade paper Variety also ran a report, written by Dave McNary, which provided a bit more background context to the plans for Bond 24. McNary also confirmed that screenwriter John Logan will take on the full writing duties for the next 007 film, and that Logan has developed a story arc that will stretch into Bond 25. Logan, the report claimed, had pitched the story for Bond 24 to the Bond producers during the summer of 2012. It is worth noting, however, that while publicising ‘Skyfall’, James Bond star Daniel Craig expressed surprise at the idea of a story arc, saying he did not know where this had come from. Craig said that they only worked on stand-alone ideas for the next movie, not two at the same time. Perhaps inevitably, the news about Logan being given solo writing duties on the next Bond movie quickly started some rather frenzied internet speculation over what Logan might be planning. In the past, he has raised the possibility of reviving Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE (and has even teased an audience about this on one occasion when he was a speaker), while the Bond producers in recent statements (although very cautious) have also not ruled out the possibility of re-using the SPECTRE or Quantum organisations.
Write Another Way: Purvis and Wade Step Down
In a press release issued from Dohar, Qatar, on November 19, 2012, where Neal Purvis and Robert Wade were taking part in a master-class on screenwriting at the Fourth Doha Tribeca Film Festival, the writing duo officially confirmed the news that they were relinquishing their Bond writing duties. Wade said: ‘We’re very happy to have done five Bond movies, I think we’ve gotten it to a good place. I know that John Logan and Sam Mendes have come up with a plot for another one, which takes the pressure off because these films take up a lot of time’. His co-writer Purvis added: ‘We were going to stop with Quantum of Solace, but it’s good to go out on a high with Skyfall’. It is difficult to measure the enormous amount of work both Purvis and Wade have contributed to British film-writing generally, and to the Bond film franchise since 1998-99. After meeting when they were both aged just 22, they spent a great deal of time trying to break in to the highly competitive world of script-writing. Having been together for 28 years now, Purvis and Wade estimate that, since 1984, they have written a total of 41 complete scripts, with just 10 made into full films. Such is the tough world of film-making.
The Man with the Golden Touch
A good insight into how the talented screenwriting duo work both together and also individually came in an article in a leading British weekend newspaper on November 18. In an interesting profile in the ‘property’ section of the UK’s Sunday Times, Robert Wade was interviewed at length in his West Sussex home. Wade, now aged 50, purchased his home three years ago and he and his wife have since renovated the house and converted it into their dream family home. It includes a spacious study-cum-library, and it was here where, shortly before submitting the Bond 23 script, Wade thought of a title: ‘It was 2am, and I was looking out of the window. It was raining outside and pretty grim... the name just fell out of the sky’. He also revealed that moving his own family from London to the Sussex countryside had exerted an influence on the Bond film’s storyline: ‘Ultimately, it’s about getting back to nature, and to basics’ (as we know, Bond returns to his childhood home in Scotland). The newspaper profile also noted that Wade’s study is filled from floor to ceiling with books which are a ‘who’s who’ of British writers, including Sebastian Faulks, John Le Carre, John Gardner, and, of course, a comprehensive number of Ian Fleming books. There was also a range of travel books. One volume on display was The World’s Most Dangerous Places, by the war reporter Robert Young Pelton. Wade said: ‘Travel books were more useful before the internet. For instance, we found Hashima, the abandoned Japanese island in Skyfall, online’. Interestingly, he said Hashima was also a nod to Blofeld’s cliff-top castle in the Fleming novel You Only Live Twice.
Live and Let Laugh
Former 007 Sir Roger Moore was the guest host on the BBC’s popular comedy news-quiz show ‘Have I Got News For You’, which was screened on Friday, November 23 in the UK. A longer, uncut version was also transmitted on Monday, November 26. Sir Roger, as always, was in fine humorous form and, very early on in the programme, even managed to get a direct plug in for his new hardback book ‘Bond on Bond’! At one point, Roger also told a rather racy story about the late Herve Villechaize (Nick-Nack), who died in 1993, and who in 1974 had something of a ‘reputation’ for his numerous visits to the clubs and massage parlours in Bangkok during the making of ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. At another point in the programme, Sir Roger ‘accidently’ shot a member of the audience with a bullet-firing biro pen. What would ‘Q’ say? The losing panel on the quiz show were also threatened with a Stromberg-style shark pool!
Did You Know?
Roger Moore’s first-ever book was an entertaining paperback published in the UK in 1973 by Pan Books, called Roger Moore as James Bond. It was an inside diary account of Roger’s day-to-day experiences while making ‘Live and Let Die’, his debut film as 007. In his acknowledgments at the beginning of the book, Roger’s thanks included Harry Saltzman, Cubby Broccoli and other friends. He also added (tongue in cheek): ‘I would also like to thank Sean Connery – with whom it would not have been possible’!
Bond Bits: Brief News Items You May Have Missed
Toby Stephens, the evil villain Gustav Graves in ‘Die Another Day’, and now a three-times James Bond on UK BBC radio, returned to the British radio again on October 7. He took the role of Tom in a new BBC Radio-3 version of ‘A Doll’s House’, the famous 1879 story written by Henrik Ibsen...
The JBIFC has picked up interesting indications that Toby Stephens will once again soon put on the Bond tuxedo for another radio adaptation of a Fleming 007 adventure. There is no word yet on which Fleming story will be used. Watch this space...
To help celebrate both ‘Skyfall’ and the 50 th anniversary of Bond on screen, the UK’s Sunday Times newspaper (October 14) devoted a special article in its magazine to Ian Fleming (the paper, of course, once employed the Bond author, who ran its Foreign Desk). The article claimed to reveal some of the more ‘shadowy’ aspects of Fleming’s time at the newspaper...
A keen observer of real-life news events, it was clear from the article that Fleming based many aspects of the world of Bond on the extensive knowledge he built up while managing a network of reporters across the world. In fact, he was something of an ‘M’ figure to his reporters...
On the same day, the Sunday Times also ran an article about Ian Fleming’s own Moneypenny, Una Trueblood, his real-life secretary who typed many of his manuscripts and articles into a more readable form. Her name was also ‘borrowed’ by Fleming for the female character Mary Trueblood in ‘Dr. No’...
The special ‘Sky 007’ channel, which ran for just over a month to help celebrate the 50 th anniversary of Bond, came to an end on Sunday, November 4. The last day of operation saw the channel concentrating on the Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig 007 movies...
It seemed Bond was everywhere just after the premiere in London. Many of the capital’s famous London red buses had prominent ‘Skyfall’ advertising posters on their sides, while 007 posters appeared across the underground rail network, taking full advantage of the exciting tube sequences in the new Bond movie...
Some enterprising Bond fans visiting London also made sure they took photos of London buses adorned with the ‘Skyfall’ imagery right next to the real-life HQ of MI6, near Vauxhall Bridge (which, of course, was attacked by Silva in the new Bond movie)...
The sky was full of Bond: the famous circle-shaped IMAX cinema, near London’s Waterloo train-station, also featured giant eye-catching ‘Skyfall’ images on all its sides, which were visible to numerous passers-by and to London’s busy commuter traffic...
On October 25, London’s commuters were also given numerous copies of the free listings magazine Shortlist at every tube station, and featured prominently on the front cover was (yes, you guessed it) Daniel Craig as James Bond...
The first day of general release for ‘Skyfall’ in the UK (Friday, October 26) saw various TV and radio events related to the new 007 film. To help celebrate the release, ‘Magic Radio’, for example, played the favourite James Bond theme songs as chosen by their listeners throughout the day...
Also on the day ‘Skyfall’ went on general release in the UK, lucky British TV viewers were able to see Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and Judi Dench all being interviewed together on the sofa on the late-night ‘The Graham Norton Show’ on BBC-1. At one point, Javier’s translation services were called upon when Norton was quizzing a Spanish member of the audience!...
Gary Barber, one of the new bosses at MGM, seemed very pleased with the success of ‘Skyfall’ at a recent MGM investors meeting. He said: ‘Skyfall will be the biggest Bond of all time’, and said he was hopeful that Bond 24 would be ready for release in 2014. He added: ‘If not in 14, then certainly in 15’...
The Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson have voiced more caution. In one interview given in America while promoting ‘Skyfall’, they pointed to the enormous challenges involved in developing a suitable story for each new Bond film, and appeared to think the year 2015 is a more realistic date for Bond 24...

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James Bond Fan Club The Pre-Premiere 007 SkyFall Newsletter


We’ve Been Expecting You, Mr. Bond
Welcome to this special pre-premiere ‘Skyfall’ edition of the JBIFC’s Newsletter. We thought our members, friends and other fans would appreciate some extra news on the eve of the launch of the exciting new 007 film which, as many of you know, receives its Royal Premiere on Tuesday October 23 in central London.
In fact, so much James Bond news has been flowing in during the last few weeks, it would be a shame not to share some of it with as many of you as possible, including all our good friends right across the world.
Britain at the moment is awash with James Bond news, especially given the fact that this year is the 50 th anniversary of the EON movies and we are also about to see the results of Daniel Craig’s third adventure as a member of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. And boy are we in for a treat! We are very happy to report that the reactions to the new Bond movie from those who have been lucky enough to see it already have been overwhelmingly positive.

Bond Is Most Definitely Back
A large posse of excited journalists and other guests were able to see ‘Skyfall’ at a special press preview at the Odeon, Leicester Square, on Friday October 12, and many of the early press reviews of the new movie appeared in newspapers and on movie review websites over the weekend of October 13-14.
We don’t intend to give away any major spoilers, but there a number of things we can still highlight about some of the reactions to the latest James Bond thriller.
The UK’s newspaper The Times, for example (October 13), in its review, said Bond’s resurrection ‘is one to die for’. The paper called the new Bond movie ‘a great British bulldog of a movie’, which is ‘a triumphant return to classic Bond’. The newspaper, one of Britain’s leading newspapers and probably famous throughout the world, even devoted part of its editorial comment to the return of 007! How many movie franchises can do that?
Similarly, the UK’s Independent newspaper was full of enthusiasm for the new movie, calling it one of the best Bonds in recent memory and ‘Craig’s finest’.
The UK’s best-selling newspaper The Sun was equally enthusiastic: its review was entitled ‘Another big hit, Mr. Bond’, and it predicted that it ‘is sure to be another box office hit’. And that has been the flavour of numerous other reviews – the vast majority have praised the new 007 film sky high.

The Sky is Full of Bond
During the final weekend before the premiere of the 23rd James Bond movie, the British media gave us another generous round of what has been a mini-avalanche of Bond-related material in recent weeks.
A good example came two days before premiere day, in the ‘Celebs’ magazine of the Sunday Mirror (October 21), which carried an interview with Daniel Craig.
The interview opened with the 007 star being asked ‘Do you feel in your comfort zone as Bond now?’, to which Daniel (unsurprisingly) replied: ‘No, not at all. I’d hate to feel in a comfort zone while I was working. That’s not the way I like to do things. You want to be pressurised and you want to be challenged every day’. In response to a question about whether ‘Skyfall’ felt different from his previous two films, the current 007 said: ‘Yeah, definitely – in every way. This has an individual look to it, something I don’t think you’ve seen in any other Bond movie. I think it’s quite special’.

The Bond Brand of Humour
The ‘Celebs’ interview also touched upon rumours that there is more ‘humour’ in the new Bond movie. In response to this, Craig explained: ‘The humour’s not something we’ve tried to do. The humour comes out of situations ore than it does out of gags. We’ve got some very funny lines in the movie, but who knows how an audience may find them? I think there are funny moments but I have a very dark humour’. On the question of the ‘personality’ of Bond, Daniel was asked where he might take Bond next? He commented that it was a case of wait and see: ‘I mean, really, I’m not going to say that we’ve done something incredibly different here. We’ve done something, I think, which has quality about it and we’ve got a great story that we want to tell. But it is a kind of wait-and-see situation’.
Nobody Does It Better
Three days before the premiere of ‘Skyfall’, an interview with Daniel Craig also appeared in the weekend magazine of the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper (October 20). Conducted last June, about a week after Daniel completed filming on the new James Bond movie, the interview took place at Claridge’s Hotel in London, where members of the British media had been invited as part of the publicity campaign for ‘Skyfall’. The interviewer, Vicki Reid, noted that, whereas Craig’s first two 007 adventures were ‘quite dark’, his third Bond movie will see a return of what might be called the more traditional ‘cinema’ elements of the film series, such as the wry humour, the gadgets, and the over-the-top villains. All these have featured in the most recent films, but had been played down. Craig said: ‘It’s got some fun in it, but it’s not forced. I’m not winking at the camera. The writing’s really good, and I think that lends itself to humour...’.
Craig’s Praise For Rigg
Who is Daniel Craig’s favourite Bond woman? The UK’s Sunday Express tackled this interesting question on October 21. The answer may surprise some people, but possibly not dedicated Bond fans: it is Diana Rigg, who played Tracy Di Vicenzo in ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ (1969). The ‘Skyfall’ star was quoted by the Express as saying: ‘Diana Rigg is kind of my favourite, she’s just great in that movie, she stands out for me’. But the Express spoilt its report somewhat by claiming that the 1969 movie is regarded as ‘the least favoured of the franchise’. Really? We think not. However, the Express then tried to claw back a little bit of credibility by noting that Sir Roger Moore has said (again) that he would like to come back as a Bond villain. The newspaper offered a nice little cartoon of a surprised Daniel Craig discovering Sir Roger dressed as Blofeld, complete with white cat, and saying: ‘Ah, Mr. Bond. You weren’t expecting ME!’
Starburst Celebrates Skyfall
Among the large number of Bond-related articles that have appeared in magazines over the last few weeks, there was one magazine that seems like an old friend from the past: Starburst magazine, which was a favourite of many Bond fans for its 007 coverage in the 1970s and 1980s. The glossy British magazine boasts that it is the world’s longest-running magazine of sci-fi, horror, and fantasy, and (pleasingly) it has seen something of a renaissance in recent times. Recent issues have included some great Bond coverage. The latest issue (no.381, for October 2012) has maintained this tradition with style. With Daniel Craig firmly on the front cover, the October issue (a ‘Skyfall’ special) contains a preview of the new Bond movie, an article on the world of Ian Fleming, a ‘Beginner’s Guide’ to Ian Fleming’s Bond novels, a short article on the original American TV version of ‘Casino Royale’ transmitted in the 1950s, an exploration of the Bond strip cartoon that appeared in the Daily Express, a profile of the Bond villains, a look at the 1967 film version of ‘Casino Royale’, a profile of Bond’s vehicles and gadgets, an article on the Charlie Higson ‘Young Bond’ adventures, a profile of the Bond women in the movies, a discussion of the ‘Bonds we never had’, an article on the Bond film that Quentin Tarantino wanted to make, a profile of the ‘Top ten’ Bond stunts, a Starburst readers’ poll on their favourite Bond movie, an interview with Honor Blackman, and an article on ‘Bond at Fifty’. Phew! All that for just £3.95. A bargain, 007.
The Car with the Golden Touch
It has been called the most famous car in the world. Given that Bond’s iconic Aston Martin makes a welcome return in ‘Skyfall’ (including during the London and Scottish sequences), there has been a lot of interest again in the vehicles of 007, especially in the view of the fact that many of them have been on display at the special ‘Bond in Motion’ exhibition at Beaulieu, in the New Forest area of Britain, which has seen thousands of visitors. ‘Global James Bond Day’ on October 5 also saw Bond’s Aston Martin DBS from ‘Quantum of Solace’ makes the largest amount of money at an auction for charity held at Christie’s in central London. The UK’s ‘Collector’s Gazette’ magazine (no.344, for November 2012) has celebrated the Aston Martin with a special article on ‘Bond Collectables’, by Jim Stevenson, which explores the various diecast and other model versions of the Aston Martin which have appeared since the 1960s. Mint-boxed, the original Corgi Toys Aston Martin is now worth hundreds of pounds. Auric Goldfinger would be proud!
Did You Know?
Bond’s Aston Martin was spotted at Hankley Common, in Surrey, sitting outside the impressive Skyfall Lodge, a few days after the massive explosion that took place there. It was looking, er, shall we say ‘rather toasted’, and was covered in tarpaulin three days later by the film’s technical crew to prevent curious onlookers taking a peek.
Bond Bits: Brief Items of Skyfall News You May Have Missed
New Bond woman Berenice Marlohe has revealed how she had just two auditions in a year before landing the coveted role of Severine in ‘Skyfall’. According to the UK’s Sunday Express newspaper (October 14), the 33-year old French actress spent years in Paris struggling to make it on the big screen. She was turned down for countless roles before Sam Mendes saw her potential...
Where did Daniel Craig sneek off for a quick rest while filming Bond? According to a report in London’s Metro newspaper (October 17), he would grab 40 winks underwater! Craig was quoted as saying: ‘Underwater scenes are my favourite because no one can find you’. He continued: ‘When we’re not shooting, I swim to the bottom of the huge tanks at Pinewood Studios, which are 30 ft deep. I just sink to the bottom, put the respirator on and hide. It’s so great and sometimes I get some sleep down there’...
In the novels, one of James Bond’s favourite stores in London was said to be Harrods. It has become something of a tradition in recent years, just before a Bond film premiere, for the store to mount a special Bond display in its shop windows. Visitors to London can currently see a special ‘Skyfall’ window display at the famous store...
The ‘Magic’ radio station in the UK will help celebrate the general release of ‘Skyfall’ on Friday October 26 by playing throughout the day the favourite Bond songs chosen by their listeners...
New ‘Q’ actor Ben Wishaw was featured in the ‘Weekend’ magazine of the Guardian newspaper on October 20. He has been making a second series of the well-reviewed BBC drama series ‘The Hour’. It will be transmitted on the UK’s BBC-2 in November, 2012...
To help celebrate the imminent launch of ‘Skyfall’, the UK’s cable and satellite music channel ‘Magic’ devoted an hour on the evening of October 20 to screening the Bond song tie-in videos...
Congratulations to the singer Adele. With her song for ‘Skyfall’ riding high in the music charts, she has now become a Mum, too! It was announced on October 21 that the ‘Skyfall’ theme-tune singer has given birth to a healthy baby boy. The British media reported that 24-year old singer and her partner Simon Konecki were overjoyed...
To help celebrate the release of the 23rd Bond movie, the ‘Celebs’ magazine of the UK’s Sunday Mirror (October 21) featured an article entitled ‘The 007 secrets’, which gave readers seven supposed ‘secrets’ associated with the Bond films. The ‘secrets’ included no. 7, which noted that in a recent ‘Bond Survey’ Sean Connery was the favourite Bond of all time, followed closely by Daniel Craig...
Sir Roger Moore has been touring Britain as part of the promotion of his new book ‘Bond On Bond’, giving interviews live on stage at various locations. When he appeared at the Rose Theatre in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, on Sunday October 14, he said he had just seen ‘Skyfall’, and he was full of high praise for Daniel Craig and the new Bond movie. In fact, he returned to the topic a number of times during the course of his interview live on stage...
The BBC’s ‘Culture Show’ on BBC-2 will be a 30-minute ‘Culture Show 007 Special’ on Wednesday October 24th at 10.00pm (London time), devoted to an interview with ‘Skyfall’ director Sam Mendes, who is interviewed by Mark Kermode. The show will be repeated the following day, and an hour-long version will be transmitted about a week later...
New Bond villain Javier Bardem was interviewed in the weekend magazine of the UK’s Guardian newspaper on October 13. Among the interesting comments was the revelation that he had been approached before about being in a Bond movie but, he said, it was the confluence of a good script and Sam Mendes as director that finally made him say yes to a role in Bond...
Set your reminders. Bond fans in the UK will be able to see Daniel Craig, Dame Judi Dench, and Javier Bardem being interviewed on ‘The Graham Norton Show’ on BBC-1 on Friday October 26, at 10.35pm (London time)...
Charlie Higson, the author of the ‘Young Bond’ series, who is always up for a challenge, will be tweeting summaries of the plots to the Ian Fleming novels on October 23...
Look up! Look down! Watch out for the new issue of the UK’s Radio Times magazine (on sale on premiere day, October 23), which will have an interview with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli...
BBC Radio-4’s movie programme ‘The Film Programme’, to be transmitted on Thursdya October 25 at 4.00pm, will include an interview with Daniel Craig...
After months of preparation and hard work, you can now check out the JBIFC’s re-launched website, where we will continue to bring you all the latest James Bond news...

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James Bond Fan Club Newsletter Oct. 2012

Newsletter                                                    October 2012
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Global Eye: James Bond Day
This is a very special year for James Bond fans everywhere. Not only are we celebrating 50 years (!) of 007 on screen, but there are now just weeks to go before the 23 rd Bond movie hits our screens, with Daniel Craig back as MI6’s best operative. At one point, it looked as if this would never happen. But Bond, as they say, is well and truly back. As part of the special celebrations, Friday October 5 has been made Global James Bond Day. The special day will see a series of 007-related events around the world, including a global online (and live) charity auction (organised by Christies in London), a global survey to discover the favourite Bond film of people on a country-by-country basis across the world, a film retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, a special music of Bond evening in Los Angeles, and the opening of the ‘Designing 007: 50 years of Bond Style’ exhibition in Toronto, after its highly successful run in London recently. Other events on the day include, for James Bond fans in the UK, a chance to see the new James Bond documentary ‘Everything or Nothing’ at selected Odeon Cinemas. This documentary provides a detailed history of the creation and evolution of Bond on screen, and contains a host of new and rare archive material.
It’s Official: The ‘Skyfall’ Theme Song is by Adele
Many Bond fans will know by now that the award-winning British artist Adele will be singing the theme song to ‘Skyfall’. The song will be released via her official website on Friday October 5, the anniversary day of the release of the first 007 film ‘Dr. No’ in 1962. It is also, of course, Global James Bond Day. The rumours about Adele had been around for some time, and were fanned even more when Adele appeared as a special guest on the Jonathan Ross Show some months back. When mischievous Ross hummed the James Bond theme, Adele was placed in a very difficult position! The JBIFC first got wind of the fact that it was officially Adele a few weeks ago, when an insider at the recording studio became a bit of a bigmouth (as the English would say). We should have fed him to the sharks, or called the Spectre assassination branch.
Adele Fell For ‘Skyfall’
In an official press release issued to the media on October 1, it was revealed that Adele read the script to ‘Skyfall’ and then enlisted the help of Paul Epworth to co-write and produce the theme song. Adele commented: ‘I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no-brainer to do it in the end. It was a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings, it was one of the proudest moments of my life’. The song was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London, and a 77-piece orchestra was utilised.
Never Say Never: Spectre Back Some Day?
The November issue of the popular British sci-fi magazine SFX, which hit British news-stands in late September, contained some excellent coverage of ‘Skyfall’, together with an interview with Danny Kleinman (the man charged with designing the title sequences for the new Bond movie), and a rare piece by screenwriter Christopher Wood, who wrote the screen treatments for ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977) and ‘Moonraker’ (1979). Wood also wrote the special tie-in novels that were issued for both movies. In the magazine’s ‘Skyfall’ coverage, there was some interview material with Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. At one point, the producers made some intriguing comments about future possible Bond movie plotlines. Responding to a question about why the ‘Quantum’ organisation was not used in ‘Skyfall’, Wilson revealed that they have not abandoned the organisation: ‘No, I think it’s still out there, but we just don’t refer to it in this particular film’. And tantalisingly, as SFX also noted, Wilson revealed that they have the rights to bring back Blofeld and Spectre, which played such a big role in the Bond movies of the 1960s before legal issues with Kevin McClory stopped EON utilising them. Wilson added: ‘We believe we can use them. They’re a little dated at the moment. We went for the Quantum organisation, which was more business oriented, trying to corner the market on scarce resources, rather than a criminal organisation that did blackmail and bank robberies’.
Pay Attention, 007: ‘Skyfall’ Team to Return?
Some interesting comments were made by the showbiz columnist Baz Bamigboye in the UK’s Daily Mail on September 21. Bamigboye, who has broken various items of news about ‘Skyfall’ over the past year, said that we should expect to see Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes in future Bond films. Bamigboye claimed in his gossip column: ‘It’s already known that Whishaw is the new Q and this page revealed a while back that Naomie is the new Moneypenny. The Skyfall trailer hints as to what Fiennes’s involvement might be, but I’m not going to give it away – though I’ve known for more than a year, and there are rumours galore on the internet’. Bamigboye continued: ‘All three actors have options in their deals to return in other Bond films (the 24 th in the series will start shooting in the next 18 months)’. Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes has been making an impact as Magwitch in a new big screen version of ‘Great Expectations’, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
A Diamond is Forever: In Praise of Harry
John Patterson, writing in the Guardian newspaper’s weekly ‘Guide’ magazine on September 29, paid generous tribute to Bond producer Harry Saltzman. He opened his article by saying: ‘When it comes time to celebrate 50 years of the James Bond franchise... I hope we recall the half-forgotten man of the whole enterprise: the man who, after reading Goldfinger, discerned the potential movie fortune lying dormant in the novels of Ian Fleming; the man who made Sean Connery a star, and sealed Michael Caine’s fortune by giving him his own spy franchise...’. Patterson noted that Harry Saltzman was, by all accounts, the ultimate caricature of the movie producer: warm, loud, crass, and a consummate gambler, with a keen eye for the main chance ‘and a tight fist around the purse strings’. But for all that, ‘Saltzman ended being behind some of the most important movies in 1960s British cinema’. According to Patterson, Saltzman was part of the large and largely undocumented influx of creative Canadians that landed in London in the late 1950s and early 1960s and, after a few failures, caught the fleeting zeitgeist of the times with the movie ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’, a gritty kitchen-sink drama which made a star of a young Albert Finney (who, coincidentally, is in ‘Skyfall’ as the Bond ancestral home gamekeeper). Moreover, Saltzman pushed for Sean Connery to be Bond, along with Broccoli, against the demands of the studio bosses in America. Without Saltzman, wrote Patterson, ‘British cinema of the 1960s – and ever after – would look decidedly different, and a lot less fun’.
Try Another Way
You have to hand it to Sam Mendes: he went all out to get some really talented stars for ‘Skyfall’. One of these was actress Helen McCrory, who has a small but important part in the new Bond movie as a British Member of Parliament. She has been in the UK’s newspapers quite a bit recently because of her role in the ITV-1 drama ‘Leaving’, and also for her part in ‘The Last of the Haussmans’, a play at London’s famous National Theatre, which has received high praise from the critics. Married to ‘Homeland’ actor Damian Lewis, 43-year old Helen is, primarily, a stage actress, but has also played various acclaimed parts on TV, such as Cherie Blair in the dramas ‘The Queen’ and ‘The Special Relationship’. McCrory was persuaded to take a part in ‘Skyfall’ by Sam Mendes, who personally asked her. And she is very loyal to Mendes: various journalists have tried to prise some details out her concerning ‘Skyfall’, but she has not succumbed. Although she has remained very tight-lipped about her Bond role in media interviews, she clearly thoroughly enjoyed being in the movie. Back in April, she told the London Evening Standard newspaper, for example: ‘It’s great, and I am enjoying it tremendously. I can’t reveal too much about my part but I think there is a lot of writing now for women who are in their sexual prime in their forties’. She also told the Sunday Times, which conducted a lengthy interview with her recently, that: ‘It’s a Bond movie. Everyone wants to be in a Bond movie’. But she refused to add any detail: ‘They are more secretive than the real MI5’. She joked that she would be ‘abducted’ if she said anything more!
Radio Times Bond Special
The BBC’s TV and radio listings magazine Radio Times was something of a James Bond special on September 8, and featured an attractive image of Craig, Connery and Moore on its front cover. Inside the magazine, readers were able to peruse an article by the BBC film expert Barry Norman, who at one point revealed that his father, the film director Leslie Norman, had been on the short list to direct the first 007 movie ‘Dr. No’. Norman also gave recalled some memories of the time when he interviewed Roger Moore in Rio de Janeiro, during the making of ‘Moonraker’. At the time, said Norman, Roger was at loggerheads with Cubby Broccoli over his pay for Bond and whether he would make another Bond movie. Just before the interview began, Cubby apparently said to Norman: ‘Ask him – ask him if he’s going to do the next movie’. So Barry Norman did ask Roger, only to get an evasive but smooth answer which could be interpreted either way! Broccoli was not best pleased. The magazine also contained an article on the music of 007 (to tie in with a BBC Radio 2 special live evening of Bond music on September 14) and a survey asking readers ‘Who is the best Bond?’, with a boxed set of Blu-ray ‘Bond at 50’ discs as a prize, something guaranteed to put somebody in 007 heaven.
A Whole Lot Moore
Sir Roger Moore, who was featured in the hour-long programme ‘Piers Morgan’s Life Stories’ on the UK’s ITV-1 on Friday September 14, was also profiled in the September 8 edition of the ITV magazine TVTimes. The article, by David Hollingsworth, looked at Sir Roger’s illustrious TV career, his charity work, his four marriages, and, of course, his long service as Her Majesty’s Secret Servant 007. On TV, Sir Roger was in ‘Ivanhoe’ (1958-59), ‘The Alaskans’ (1959-1960), ‘Maverick’ (1959-61), and ‘The Persuaders’ (1971-72). More famously, he was also Simon Templar, otherwise known as ‘The Saint’ (1962-69). In fact, as well as being the 50 th anniversary of the James Bond films, 2012 is also the golden jubilee of ‘The Saint’. ‘Ah, yes, Simon Templar is getting old, too’, said Roger. On James Bond, Roger recalled particularly enjoying filming ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977). He said: ‘I think, perhaps, we reached the right level of humour’. He also repeated something he has said on previous occasions: that he would still love to play a Bond villain: ‘They get all the best lines’. Sir Roger, who was knighted in 2003, also reflected on his hard work for children’s charity UNICEF: ‘I’d say it has become a full-time job. There’s a great deal to do and it’s hard to know when and where to stop’.
The Man with the Golden Gong
On Tuesday September 18, at 8.00pm, the cable and satellite channel Sky Arts 1 screened the first episode of its new series on ‘British Legends of Stage and Screen’. The subject of the first programme was Sir Christopher Lee, well known to Hammer Horror fans as Dracula but also to the 007 fanbase as Francisco Scaramanga, the ruthless assassin with the golden gun, who charged a million a shot. Directed by Anthony Fabian, and narrated by Sue MacGregor, the special Sky Arts profile of Sir Christopher inevitably touched upon his role as a Bond baddie in 1974-75. When he was offered the role and read the script, Lee said of Scaramanga: ‘He had three nipples. When I read that I thought it’s a bit odd. I asked my doctor and he said, oh no, it’s quite common’. Reflecting further on the character, Lee pointed out that Scaramanga ‘had a sense of humour, was very polite, but also deadly’. He also referred to the fact that Bond author Ian Fleming was Lee’s cousin, and revealed that Fleming was at Eton school with a boy named Scaramanga who he ‘disliked intensely’. It was left to viewers to draw the obvious conclusions! Sir Christopher also gave some thoughts on his award of a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List in 2009 (he was Knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales). He also reflected on his award of a BAFTA Fellowship in 2001, and said he felt ‘so emotional’ at the audience’s reaction to his appearance on stage to accept the BAFTA award and, with it, the recognition of his film peers. He said he had felt ‘so overwhelmed’. You really earned it, Sir Christopher!
Shaken and Stirred
The October edition of the British monthly magazine History Today, which appeared in late September, helped celebrate 50 years of the Bond movies with a special article on James Bond in history, written by University scholar Klaus Dodds. Starting with ‘Dr. No’ in 1962 and analysing the 007 phenomenon from the 1960s right through to the present day, Dodds speculated on how and why the Bond series as a filmic formula has proven so remarkably resilient over the last 50 years. Key to this in the beginning were the far-sighted producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, who purchased the rights to the Bond novels in 1961(except ‘Casino Royale’) and were instrumental in bringing Fleming’s secret agent to the big screen. Dodds also pointed to the highly talented team recruited by Broccoli and Saltzman, such as the screenwriter Richard Maibaum and the set designer Ken Adam. In addition, according to Dodds, the Bond films are action thrillers ‘with generic qualities that follow a clear formula. A simple but dramatic narrative arc was established from the outset’. Other factors that contributed to the huge success of the Bond series included the actors who portrayed Bond, the gadgets, the girls and the glamour, all elements which helped broaden the reach of the Bond series in terms of global markets. More importantly, as Dodds noted: ‘The James Bond phenomena persists not only because it rests on a successful formula but because of the willingness to adapt that formula’. The introduction of Daniel Craig, for example, was significant in re-booting Bond. Dodds ended his article: ‘Bring on Skyfall’. History Today, volume 62, no.10 (October, 2012), is on sale at UK newsagents, priced £5.20.
Bond in the West Indies
Charlie Higson as James Bond? Surely not? Yes, it’s true, but not quite in the way you might have expected. The author of the ‘Young Bond’ book series has penned the screenplay for a new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s popular story ‘A Caribbean Mystery’, made for the British TV channel ITV1 and to be screened in 2013. Higson has included a small role for himself in the plot as ‘James Bond’, the real-life American ornithologist, whose name author Ian Fleming ‘borrowed’ for his new secret agent in his debut novel ‘Casino Royale’. The real James Bond, who sadly died in 1989 (aged 89) was author of ‘Birds of the West Indies’, one of Fleming’s favourite books, which often lay on the coffee table at Fleming’s Jamaican home Goldeneye.
Did You Know?
Ian Fleming actually met the real-life James Bond in person in 1964, at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. The 007 author gave James Bond a pre-publication first edition of his latest novel ‘You Only Live Twice’ as a souvenir of his visit to the birthplace of the fictional James Bond. Fleming wrote in it: ‘To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity’.
Bond Bits: Brief News Items You May Have Missed
Ian Fleming’s wife Ann was portrayed on the British stage recently, when the play ‘A Marvellous Year For Plums’ ran at the UK’s Chichester Theatre. Set in 1956, around the time of the Suez Crisis, the play was about the real-life secret affair that was conducted between between Ann Fleming (played by Imogen Stubbs) and the Labour Party leader Hugh Gaitskell (played by Nicholas Le Provost)...
British TV presenter and Radio-2 DJ Chris Evans, who is also a big James Bond fan, turned some heads on August 23 when he drove the original car from the movie ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (which was based on Ian Fleming’s story for children) through central London. Evans, who has a collection of classic vehicles, purchased the car for £500,000 in January 2012, the only working one used in the 1968 movie...
There were several versions of the car made for ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’, but the only one that worked was designed by Bond set-designer Ken Adam. It was built by the Ford Racing Team, and has a dashboard plate from a World War One fighter plane...
Olga Kurylenko (from ‘Quantum of Solace’), who stars in ‘To the Wonder’, a love story with Ben Affleck and new Bond villain Javier Bardem, was the only key star of the movie to be able to make it to the premiere of the film at the Venice Film Festival on September 2...
Olga plays a Frenchwoman in the movie who has a passionate affair with an American (Ben Affleck) in Paris, but the relationship slowly begins to unravel. The unusual film, directed by Terence Malick, contains hardly any dialogue. Javier Bardem plays a priest in the movie, who is struggling with his faith...
The JBIFC was very sad to hear of the death of lyricist Hal David, who passed away in Los Angeles on September 1. He penned some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, including ‘Walk On By’ and ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’ for Dionne Warwick. His wide range of work also included collaborations with John Barry on the Bond songs ‘We Have All the Time in the World’ in 1969 and ‘Moonraker’ in 1979. Rest in Peace, Hal...
007 novelist Sebastian Faulks (‘Devil May Care’) gave an interview to the London Metro newspaper on September 20, to help publicise his new novel ‘A Possible Life’ (which is actually five novellas that range across time). He said the book is about ‘how people change over the course of a life. I’ve been interested in this for a long time’...
Who was the heavily-disguised villain in ‘The Power of Three’, an episode of the popular BBC sci-fi show ‘Dr. Who’ shown on September 22? The voice of the villain ‘Shakri’ sounded eerily familiar: well, it was none other than Steven Berkoff, who played renegade Russian General Orlov in ‘Octopussy’ (1983)...
Sean Connery as the Doctor who said No? According to the Sunday Times, which contained extracts from the memoirs of Irish writer Edna O’Brien on September 23, back in 1970 Sean strongly advised her against taking LSD, recalling his own bad experience of it...
After finding it difficult to cope with all the pressures of the fame that went with the Bond mania of the mid-60s, Connery had consulted the famous but controversial psychiatrist R.D. Laing, who had persuaded the Scottish star to take a tab of pure LSD. Connery’s trip was deeply traumatic. After O’Brien went ahead anyway, Connery and a friend came around to her place to see how she was faring. They were so shocked at her condition they stayed to look after her...
Speaking in central London in late September to help promote the new James Bond Blu-ray collection, Britt Ekland (who played Mary Goodnight in ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’), argued that, in her estimation, Sir Roger Moore was the best Bond. She said Bond ‘was a bachelor, unattached, luxurious, sophisticated. I think Roger really portrayed that’. Britt was joined at the event by Richard ‘Jaws’ Kiel...
So, what can we expect after the lengthy pre-credits for ‘Skyfall’, when Adele’s song kicks in? Speaking to SFX magazine, Danny Kleinman, who made such an impact with his iconic titles for ‘Goldeneye’ and ‘Casino Royale’, said about his new title sequences for Craig’s third adventure: ‘I think it’s time to slightly reinvent it again. Make it maybe a bit more vital and a bit more psychological – not change everything, but just enough that it feels different and fresh’...
Naomie Harris, who plays field agent Eve in ‘Skyfall’, has recently finished work on ‘Mandela: A Long Walk Home’, in which she plays Mandela’s (now former) wife Winnie Mandela...
Dame Judi Dench, who reprises her role as ‘M’ in ‘Skyfall’ (and has a major and pivotal role in the movie), attended a special event at Sotheby’s in central London in early September, where leading ‘Bollywood’ stars were out in force. The special evening was held to launch ‘India Fantastique’, a book which celebrates Indian fashion and design....
The new ‘Q’, Ben Whishaw, is keeping very busy. He is in the new movie version of the cult story ‘Cloud Atlas’ and, in the near future, he will be starring alongside Judi ‘M’ Dench in John Logan’s new theatre production ‘Peter and Alice’, which will run at the Noel Coward Theatre in London from March, 2013...
There were some fascinating comments from ‘Skyfall’ cinematographer Roger Deakins in a special free issue of Film and Digital Times in September. Speaking about the ‘look’ of the new 007 film, he said: ‘I can say that it’s got a lot of variety, from the very hot, bright, day exteriors to very dark, underground, cavernous areas lit with little practicals we made up. There’s huge variety, even more than you’d find in a typical Bond film, I think’...
50 Years of Guns and Girls
Paul Burch, music director for the Denmark Street Big Band in London has been in touch and asked me to let you know that they are presenting two amazing James Bond nights with music from all the James Bond films!! The first is on Sunday 14th October At The Spice Of Life, Cambridge Circus, London and Saturday 27th Oct At The Jazz Café Posk, Hammersmith.....

Finally, we've had various media people contact us in the hunt for Bond fans with large collections of Bond memorabillia and who may have met some of the James Bond stars.
BBC online are particularly keen to find enthusiastic fans in the West Midlands area to appear on their web site.
A couple of the daily papers want to find serious Bond fans / collectors, some from outside the UK.
If anyone's interested in having their story told, please email me an idea of what you collect and how much of a Bond fan you are, my email is just below....