2002 Celebrity Golf Classic

The Ian Fleming Foundation is delighted to announce the James Bond Celebrity Golf Classic and Gala Dinner will take place on Friday 28th June at the prestigious Stoke Park Club.

2002 is an extra special year for this official and now famous annual James Bond Golfing event, as it marks the 40th Anniversary of the first James Bond film and is also the year of the 20th Bond film – ‘Die Another Day’. The 2002 James Bond Celebrity Golf Classic is supporting Variety Club of Great Britain which also commemorates a 40th Anniversary this year and will raise funds for 2 Sunshine Coaches in the tournament’s name. The invaluable Sunshine Coach programme was launched in 1962 and has purchased over 4,000 coaches for sick, disadvantaged or disabled children.

Whether you are a golfer, would like to enjoy a day out at this amazing event or are simply a Bond enthusiast who would enjoy the Gala Dinner and entertainment – this will be a superb occasion. Stoke Park has a unique history with the Bond movies and the famous golf sequence in Goldfinger was filmed at the Club.

This is the only official Golf event word-wide which is officially recognised by Eon Productions, the makers of the Bond films and it is part of the 40th Anniversary James Bond Celebrations and will honour the launch of the 20th Bond film. Stoke Park is just 10 minutes from Pinewood Studios, where Barbara Brocolli, Michael Wilson and the production team are currently filming Die Another Day with Pierce Brosnan, Judy Dench, Halle Berry and John Cleese – to name but a few.
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This exciting day will commence at 10.45am with brunch, followed by a shotgun start at 1.00pm. From 6.30pm guests are invited to a champagne reception, followed by a superb black tie gala dinner, dancing, casino, charity auction and after dinner entertainment.

Each golf team will consist of 4 players with the opportunity of each team playing with a celebrity golfer. Stars from Bond movies and a host of other celebrity names will also be attending the Gala Dinner. Golfing partners or non-golfers can also participate in the day’s activities with special Golf or Tennis schools or beauty treatments and tea.

There are a number of sponsorship and promotional opportunities available and we have tailored packages for the day’s golfing event and evening activities. These vary from overall sponsorship of the whole event and sponsorship of a golf hole, to advertisements in the official event brochure and donations of auction prizes.

We can also offer excellent hotel accommodation at the Golf Club on a first come first served basis for the 28th June. Stoke Park is located just 40 minutes from Central London and 15 minutes from Heathrow.

For further information:

Please contact Amanda Schwarz, Sally Payne or Lisa Denning on (UK-London) 020 8959 1199 or amanda@ldacommunications.com, at your earliest convenience as places are limited – we only have 500 places at the Gala Dinner and 25 Golf Teams – to confirm your interest. We can then send you a full information pack, plus a comprehensive breakdown of sponsorship opportunities, individual packages and costs, if required.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this exciting and worthwhile event and look forward to hearing from you.

–Here’s hoping you can attend. Fans raved about last year’s event. -Matt Sherman

For Your Eyes Only Tour of Europe

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the filming in Greece for the Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”, “For Your Eyes Only 2000” is currently organizing tours of Corfu and the Greek mainland to take place in September 2000.

The tour is a must for Bond fans and adventurers who want to be taken to every 007 filming location in Greece! The eight-day tour concentrates primarily on the island of Corfu, and includes a two day trip to the Greek mainland, to visit the Meteora area, where Kristatos` St.Cyrils can be found.

Itinerary:

Arrival: Monday, September 4, 2000
Departure: Monday, September 11, 2000
The mission: To boldly explore 007 film locations!

The first day you arrive for relaxation, strolling through the streets of Corfu Town. The following days, the Bond gang will travel in a small bus across this beautiful island.

Highlights include:

The Old Fortress in Corfu Town
The Achilleion (Emperess Sissy`s palace)
The dunes and beaches of Agios Georgios in the South
Cozy Agios Gordios
A typical Greek dance evening!
Pagi Village, where the yellow 2CV car chase was filmed
The beaches of Agios Georgios in the north
Beautiful Paleokastritsa
Mouse Island
Villa Sylva, a hard-to-find location where “Gonzales” was killed
A ferry trip to the Greek mainland
The impressive Meteora region, on the mainland
We visit Agios Triada Monastery (Kristatos hideout St.Cyrrils) at Meteora
Downtown Corfu Town

Your tour guides will be Martijn Mulder and Dirk Kloosterboer, creators of the extensive “James Bond Locations Page”. In their forthcoming book, “On the Tracks of 007”, more fan trips will premiere. You will be brought to every location used in “For Your Eyes Only”, and can see with your own eyes the full Bond adventure!

Karoukas Travel, an experienced travel agency based in Corfu, has worked with the event hosts to select the finest hotels for accomodations. Contact the hosts through the James Bond Locations Page: For Your Eyes Only.

Seating is limited! Enjoy the adventure and keep us posted, readers, about your fan events at: Bond Fan Events.

Premiere Party Visited by Goldfinger

The “big ball of TWINE” in Jefferson City, Missouri, was a hit with the fans on December 5. Host Bryan Forbis hooked up fans in attendance with a celebratory extravaganza featuring the “consumption of mass quantities” of food and beverage by all.

Special guests who visited the premiere included “Austin Powers” with a delightful `droid “Fembot” in tow, Goldfinger (literally a golden finger), “Q”, several James Bonds in full regalia and a young, diminutive “Mini-Bond”, assorted Bondian ladies and gentlemen in fashion finery and all the rest.

Mini-Bond won the Bondly trivia contest. After the party the group descended on a local theater for their private showing of The World Is Not Enough. Host Bryan Forbis said, “You [Bond fans] would have felt right at home. I`m already planning the next one; I certainly hope Brosnan won`t make us wait for six years again this time as I have MI-6 and guests expectations to fulfill.”

Congratulations, Bryan and his fellow 007s. Let us know about your upcoming Bond events by writing to 007Forever at Bond Fan Events.

Moore And More Spies

Built in 1919 as a vaudeville house, The Darress Theater is one of the last remaining “reverse theaters” in the country where the audience enters from under the screen and stage. This unique design had a practical purpose. As the theater was constructed on a hillside, it was easier to allow the slope of the auditorium floor to follow the contour of the land. During it`s vaudeville days, it hosted such notable entertainers as Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen and Houdini.

In addition to a screening of LIVE AND LET DIE next weekend (January 14th and 15th), The Darress Theater will be running one of the theatrical releases of the MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E series entitled ONE OF OUR SPIES IS MISSING starting at 10:15 p.m. The double feature rate will apply if you attend both films ($9.00 adults, $4.50 kids). Vintage spy trailers will be shown in between. Great family fun!

The Darress Theater website has details on movies, showtimes, and directions.

Forbis And Her Majesty Invite You

Buckingham Palace

HRH and theMinister of Defense
Request the honour of your presence at the
cocktail Gala and Private Screening
of
“The World is Not Enough”

documenting the latest exploits of
Commander James Bond
Of Her Majesty`s Secret Service

Sunday the fifth day of December
One Thousand, Nine Hundred Ninety-nine
935 Fairmount Boulevard
Seven of the Clock in the Evening

So goes the invitation from Super-Bondian Bryan Forbis, inviting friends and family to his semi-annual private screening of the latest 007 theatre exploits.

“We started with renting a theatre for GoldenEye. It was a wild idea, but I said, `Hey, we can do this!`” says Forbis. Since then, things keep growing for the black tie optional event. “The fans can hardly wait for two full years between Bond films,” says Forbis. We know what you mean, Bryan!

“Eyes Only Clearance Required” means Bryan would love an RSVP from fans interested in joining the Forbis crew and a gaggle of fans at their Capital Theatres 9:45 p.m. private airing, and cocktail party/Bond fest beforehand. Seating is limited at the Jefferson City, Missouri event. Please contact Bryan Forbis at 573.635.0711 or Buckingham Palace.

Derek Meddings Tribute Announced

In conjunction with Fanderson and the The James Bond Collectors Club, The National Museum of Film, Photography and Television will be hosting Bond And Beyond: The Movie Magic of Derek Meddings, a special two-day tribute to special effects and Bond legend Derek Meddings, May 27-28, 2000.

Special discount ticket prices for James Bond Collectors Club members are available. The event at the Museum`s Pictureville Cinema in Bradford, West Yorkshire, will celebrate Mr. Meddings` legacy through screenings of his most popular and best-known work and guest talks by some of his visual effects colleagues.

Meddings, who died in 1995, brought lavish and memorable visual images to the famous Gerry Anderson films and television series and used the miniature model effects he developed on a number of James Bond films. Perhaps most fittingly, shortly before his death he used his industry-legend talents for GoldenEye, a film in which his brilliant model work saved MGM many thousands of dollars in time-consuming computer generated effects work.

The James Bond Collectors Club will display models, costumes and props from the Meddings days. There will also be an extensive display of related Bond memorabilia besides eight of Meddings` most effects-laden movies shown on the big screen, including the Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only and GoldenEye.

Production designer Peter Lamont and producer Michael G. Wilson are expected to attend, as well as assistant director Elliott Meddings who worked with his father on Batman and GoldenEye. Mr. Meddings will display a collection of his father`s production design illustrations from the Gerry Anderson series and the James Bond films.

For further information and ticket bookings contact the box office of the National Museum of Film, Photography and Television at 01274 202030. For accommodations and transport in the Bradford area, contact the Bradford Tourist Information Centre ar 01274 753678. To join the James Bond Collectors Club or learn more about discounted tickets and opportunities for the Derek Meddings tribute, contact Dave Worrall.

Derek Meddings: A selected filmography
Batman (1989)
Cape Fear (1991)
Doppelganger (1969)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
GoldenEye (1995)
Krull (1983)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Moonraker (1979)
Shout at the Devil (1976)
Spies Like Us (1985)
Supergirl (1984)
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
The NeverEnding Story II (1990)
The NeverEnding Story III (1994)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

James Bond 007 Film Festival

Landmark`s Nuart Theatre in West Los Angeles presents “The Five Faces of Bond,” a 007 double-feature extravaganza playing Friday, March 3 through Tuesday, March 7.

Bullets. Explosions. Nuclear threats. Femmes fatale. Not even the end of the Cold War has stopped the cinema`s greatest action hero and most enduring film series. The Nuart presents a rare big-screen celebration of James Bond 007 as portrayed by each of the actors who have brought him to life: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, and Pierce Brosnan. Each new face has brought to the series a contemporary sensibility that has kept fresh its traditional mix of danger, sex, hi-tech action and globetrotting adventure.

The Nuart`s five-day engagement includes a number of special events, including:

– Friday`s special guest, screenwriter Bruce Feirstein (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough) in person at 9:30 p.m.
– Saturday`s “Undercover Night,” which will see fans dressing in Bond-style formal wear or in character as their favorite Bond girl or villain to win Landmark theatre passes and other prizes
– Nightly trivia contests, in which members of our audience can compete for James Bond videos, books and CD`s, courtesy MGM Home Video, EMI Music and Borders
– Our New Times Los Angeles Trivia Contest, for which the winner will claim a certificate for the second MGM James Bond Collection DVD box set, courtesy CineFile Video of West Los Angeles and arriving in stores May 2000

More special guests and events to be announced! For updated information,log onto: http://landmarktheatres.com/Market/LosAngeles/Bond.htm

Join us at the Nuart, located at 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard (just west of the 405 Freeway in West Los Angeles) for this once-in-a-life time 007 blowout! Even after four decades and nineteen films, nobody does it better.

SCHEDULE:

Friday, March 3: GOLDFINGER (7:30) with GOLDENEYE (5:00, 9:45)

Saturday, March 4: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (2:50, 7:30) with THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (12:30, 5:10, 9:50)

Sunday, March 5: THUNDERBALL (2:15, 7:25) with ON HER MAJESTY`S SECRET SERVICE (11:40 a.m., 4:50, 10:00)

Monday, March 6: LIVE AND LET DIE (7:30) with THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (5:00, 9:50)

Tuesday, March 7:YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (7:30) with FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (5:00, 9:50)

James Bond Party Celebrates 007

‘Forty Years…Twenty Missions… One Night To Remember!’

You are cordially invited to help us celebrate on October 5, 2002. When we, as her Majesty’s loyal servants, will be taking over Page’s Bar in London for a charity party you’ll never forget!

The evening will comprise of, Fantastic Prize Draws, The Best Fancy Dress, Special Raffle, A Fun Quiz, Q Branch Games, Film Clips, Photo Sessions with 007 Cars, James Bond Music, Special Areas containing Models and Props and Charity Fund Raising. Not forgetting the consumption of Alcohol and Fine Foods.

We will be raising money for SCOPE.

Scope is a disability organisation in England and Wales whose focus is people with cerebral palsy.

Tickets are £10 in advance and can be purchased from the007party@oal.com

So come down and help us celebrate Bond in true 007 style.

Visit the event at www.jamesbondparty.com.

Collecting the BackBurner of James Bond

How many Bond films are there, really? Should fans count “a Pepper for Tomorrow” as canon? Wait a minute! What is “a Pepper for Tomorrow?” (The Bondumentary on the making of this film premiered at Bond Weekend III.)

Safe to say, few reading this interview have heard yet of “the Pepper”, because it’s the low/no budget, fan-made thriller nobody’s been talking about. The teaser trailer is out and boasts a funny and entertaining look at a beloved secret agent whose next film “premieres nowhere” on January 1, 2000. He dives from a plane, dodges a speeding car, is karate-kicked through a room and stops just long enough to save billions from being deprived of a critical carbonated beverage.

The incredible spoof “a Pepper for Tomorrow,” made by Dean Williams’ Backburner Productions, gives fans more than just a seriously self-parodying full-length movie. Dean has built his own giant Ken Adam-ish 007 set, crafted his own Bond gadgets and Bond car, plus has a line of creative merchandise including posters, detailed action figures, and everything you could wish for in a 007-ly advertising campaign.

The strange and wonderful world of “Deano” Williams is seen best in his latest 50-page magazine, “Tasty Film Previews” or on the movie trailer, behind-the-scenes and sample footage I have been pressured? privileged? to watch. The line between fantasy and reality is often blurred for Mr. Williams and the BackBurner crew. I recently corralled a busy Dean long enough for an exclusive interview (no one else would take him!) to get a few straight answers from him along with the humorous take on everyone’s favorite agent and the bizarre and entertaining world of BackBurner productions.

Matt Sherman: Explain to our 007Forever readers who you are, anyway?

“Deano” Williams: Basically I am nobody.

Matt: Can you be less specific?

Dean: I am just one fan in a million who spends his spare time creating Bondian stuff. I am fortunate to connect to other fans via the awesome Forever website. Fellow fans will want to check out my newest movie, “a Pepper for Tomorrow” and if I’m extra lucky they will find a belly laugh or two in it.

Matt: What made you decide on your own Bond movie, Deano?

Dean: Well, I had always been a Bond fan since I was a kid, it wasn’t until later that I became what you would call a serious fan/collector. [Note: Dean’s home office is plastered over with countless original stills, posters, standees and books in mint condition.] As a hobby I also made movies growing up, and had always wanted to do a Bond spoof, but friends who were appearing in my films weren’t deeply into Bond like I was. So it wasn’t until recently that I was able to finally make a two-hour Bond epic of my own.

Matt: Why choose “a Pepper for Tomorrow”?

Dean: I actually started to write a more serious spy script, but I soon realized that it would be a kind of sacrilegious in general, as well as logistically impossible, to make a serious low-budget Bond movie. It would turn out looking like crap, and I’ll leave that action to Mr. Kevin McClory, thanks. So I decided to create a spoof that is funny yet pays tribute to the series that has so inspired me all these years. I think Messrs. Cubby and Fleming are my biggest influences, and I’m glad EON has in place Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to carry on the best film series ever!

Matt: Explain some of the logistics of undertaking a major, yet minor film.

Dean: We worked for weeks to cover over a large basement with paper, computer equipment, indoor plants, cut foam, camera tricks, etc., to make something out of a hidden volcano or underground lab. There is a delightful two-second moment in GoldenEye, for example, where they show a large screen displaying the tracking of General Ourumov’s stolen GoldenEye satellites. I captured the screen shot to tape by holding it in a loop for two hours, so that just one of the many monitors in the villain’s control room set has something cool to display during the film.

We got that serious about details, like hand-painted working elevators, gun display racks, filming our own stunts, creating a whole casino for Jerry [Soules, the sixth and cheapest 007] to confront Bruce [Holmes as Emilio Pepperfinger] in, working out complicated martial arts routines shot from different angles, knives, training and makeup for the lovely-yet-deadly female leads, scouting indoor and outdoor locations for people to hold gunplay in, etc., etc. Somehow typical supermarket shoppers become uncomfortable having massive explosions triggered in the parking lot while screaming people run past their carts with automatic weapons. Plus I had to drink a six-pack of Dr. Pepper each day for six months so we had enough empty cans to throw stuntmen into spectacularly and decorate the set. That’s commitment.

Matt: Jerry Soules was an unusual, if not inspired, slightly inane casting choice for 007. How did you choose him for the coveted role of the sixth James Bond?

Dean: We thought, why go the usual route? Why not a Bond who wears eyeglasses? Plus, he fit the tuxedo we had found at a thrift store for $3, and he was the only one who would act on film for free. Jerry is a good friend and he did an excellent job as Bond, I think.

Matt: Savvy viewers can guess at some of the movie magic in “Pepper.” But there is a crucial dramatic moment in the trailer when Jerry as 007 fires his handgun in the snows of the “Arctic.” You have slowed down the frames to show the shells dislodging from his gun as Bond blasts away at the bad guys. How did you get blank firing replicas to portray so real on film?

Dean: Blanks? Oh no, that’s live ammo, baby! (On some shots at least.) I went to our local gun shops and pawnshops to purchase blanks, and they insisted that we fill out numerous trifling forms–quite discouraging! “Blank-firing guns are a pain,” they said. “But if you want real guns, no problem.” We just had to time carefully certain things, so that actors in supporting roles didn’t get their heads blown off when Jerry shot at or near them.

Matt: How did you deal with pressures on the set?

Dean: We consumed mass quantities of Starbucks Coffee each morning, as advertised in the Tasty Film Previews magazines. It was an added bonus that Austin Powers grabbed our idea, after the fact! The greatest pressures came when actors playing key roles quit the set. As mentioned in TFP, Robin Williams was chosen for a part in my next film for $11 million and points, but jumped out when we at BackBurner counter offered ten dollars as our best alternative. Pressure is a part of the movie-making industry, no doubt.

Matt: You didn’t just stop with a Bond movie, you made posters, action figures, a magazine, all type of fan consumption things, explain those. People think you are slightly insane, yes? Has anyone questioned your awareness of reality?

Dean: Most people think I am nuts, which I might agree with, but I enjoy making something that is not insane, something serious and artisan. In this case I have made a small-to-no-budget movie and created other forms of media to help parody, in an honorable way, a large budget Hollywood release. I spent four man-weeks building a set for the movie, and we made our own props and costumes, besides movie makeup, lighting, special video effects, soundtrack and stunts. More recently, I finished making an action figure of my friend Jerry Soules in his Bond role. I have had a talented friend, Hunter Hadaway, compose and record to CD the soundtrack for “Pepper,” and I am working on a making-of book that dwells on the humorous start-to-finish stories while making the movie together. All that, to most people, may be taking things too far, but to me that’s the fun of it. I just get very into making it look as though it’s a real movie, and the magazine [Tasty Film Previews] I think, shows that attitude the best.

Matt: Tasty Film Previews: Issues 1 and 2 were a hoot. Tell us more about the concepts involved?

Dean: In brief, a fellow movie-making friend of mine, Kyle Warnick, joined me in starting a production company, BackBurner Entertainment. [An ironic name, hailing from the many projects Kyle and Dean have idling always on their back burners.] We were both working on our own movie projects which friends would inquire about frequently, thus a small newsletter was birthed, with myself being a graphic designer–I went overboard by turning a four page newsletter into a full-blown 60-page magazine on glossy stock, with color cover! Now the mags have landed in the hands of people we don’t even know, which is interesting, I didn’t understand why people would care about the little world we were creating, but people seemed to think it was funny and right on target. Some people thought we were full of our selves for having a magazine all about us and BackBurner, but they fail to realize the origin of the mag, which bluntly serves as a job resume for a couple of hopeful film grad students!

Matt: The latest issue of Tasty Film Previews has a very abundant theme of Mr. Bond, is that a sign of things to come?

Dean: Actually yes, the latest issue of TFP focuses on our latest movie project, the full Bond spoof, which leads to one of my latest endeavors–a new underground Bondzine called “Largo”. I got a surprising, warm reception with the latest issue of TFP and thought it would be a good idea to do something that focused on Bond, nothing but Bond.

Matt: What exactly is under the covers of Largo?

Dean: Basically it will be an underground fan-made Bond magazine, only this mag will be much more humorous and light-hearted in scope. I don’t claim to be a Bond expert like you [Matt: “Who is claiming?” Laughter…] and therefore I don’t think my mag should be that direction. It will be a fanzine for Bond fans, there are a lot of very fine and serious Bond mags out there, I just want to do something a little different. TFP cost me about $6.50 per issue to get the look and feel I wanted, which basically means I’ve gone broke doing something just for the fun of it, which will probably happen with Largo as well–but I look ahead to fans enjoying the magazine.

Matt: What are some of your other projects?

Dean: I make a lot of homemade Bond wannabe items, not to sell but just as personal to-do projects. I just finished repackaging my entire set of soundtrack CDs into this cool box, which I created as a “complete set”. I re-did all the CD spines to display the gun barrel and gun logo when they are together in order, it looks like a very cool 007 boxed set. I also have other faux Bondian products on my pet list, such as a life size Jaws’ standee, but right now I am trying to finish the Bond movie in the editing room, which has fallen on bad luck, but all of that is in the latest issue of TFP.

Matt: Will “a Pepper for Tomorrow” meet the promised January 1, 2000 release date?

Dean: Hmmm, I’ll just say it’s not looking good at this point!

Matt: How can people see the great teaser trailer or the magazines you made for your Bond movie?

Dean: Well, unfortunately I’m still at work on the debut issue of Largo, and I have no idea when it will be finished, but if anybody is interested in the Pepper for Tomorrow teaser trailer or copies of the Tasty Film Previews mag they may certainly contact me. In fact, if anyone has something they feel might make a good entry for the Largo mag, send it to me and I’ll consider putting it in, after all it is a Bond fan mag! I hope to launch a website soon so fans may download the trailer and showcase the mags, and also showcase other fan-made material, but time has prevented me from so doing.

–To contact DeanWilliams or learn about upcoming BackBurner projects, write Dean and company at BackBurner Productions. We will feature multimedia downloads from the new film as they arrive at 007Forever.

Let us know about your pet Bond projects for the Collectors’ Corner at Rounding The Corner.

–Matt Sherman is Assistant Editor of 007Forever, which means he can star in Dean`s next movie if he earns a SAG card and learns how to act.

BackBurner`s Trouble With “Latest Bond Film”

With the release date of the new Bond spoof “A Pepper For Tomorrow” already a thing of the past yet only a trailer out now at [actually, “Pepper” premiered at Bond Weekend III-Editors]…one begins to wonder…does this pathetic movie even exist? We’ve seen magazines, posters, action figures, DVD and CD covers advertising this no-budget gem (see related story linked below as “Collecting the BackBurner Productions of Bond) but there has been no sign of this fairly awkward movie itself.

Dean Williams, creator, producer, writer, director and head gaffer of this astonishing 007 project assures inquiring minds that there is in fact a movie in the making. Major production problems have altered the whole approach of the film, however. Quoth Dean, “I originally planned on making a full length 007 parody, but unfortunately I lost my two main actors mid-way through production, leaving me no other choice than to reformat and refocus the whole misbegotten project. Also, MGM/Danjaq moved our budget from fifty to fifteen million dollars. The new project is a making-of style documentary on the film that was to be, featuring behind-the-scenes action as well as the luxuriously appointed production designs, sets and finished scenes I was able to complete”.

007Forever fans eagerly await Dean’s new project, which is promising to be just as funny as the original movie idea if not better. I managed to catch up with Dean as he was arrested for trying to sneak into the Golden Globes. I asked him about the fate of his labor of love:

MATT: Last time we spoke you were hard at work on your latest movie project, “A Pepper For Tomorrow”. Update us on your progress?

DEAN: I don’t suppose you have a key to these handcuffs?

MATT: Sorry, old man…Golden Globes. I’m sure you understand.

DEAN: Hmmm. This is probably the first interview you’ve conducted in the back seat of a squad car. If you’re lucky you can take photos [Dean screams out the window in the direction of the gathering crowd. Sounds are heard of Dean beaten with nightsticks. A police officer opens the door.]

POLICEMAN: “Another outburst Mr. Williams, and we will be forced to hog-tie you.” [Police officer shuts the door and proceeds to contain the crowd, which is now chanting ‘Dean-o Dean-o!’]

MATT: [Flustered] What brings you to the Golden Globes tonight?

DEAN: Operation “Eagle Nest”.

MATT: ‘Scuse me?

DEAN: I was all tapped into their video system, ready to broadcast my Bond trailer for the world to see on those awesome big screens. when security caught me. I was going to play it right as Michael J Fox won his award.

MATT: How’d they catch you?

DEAN: I didn’t bring long enough cables so the nearest place to hide was the men’s room. I guess a person sitting on the bathroom floor with a VCR in his lap is suspicious?

MATT: How is your Bond movie coming?

DEAN: Not too well, I have run into some problems.

MATT: Like being arrested at the Golden Globes?

DEAN: No, my two lead actors left mid-way through production.

MATT: That’s terrible! Was it bad catering?

DEAN: What catering? It wasn’t a total surprise that they left actually.

MATT: Why? What happened?

DEAN: When I started the project Jerry had told me that they would be moving away at the end of the summer, [“Jerry Soules” as 007, Bruce Holmes as “Emilio Pepperfinger” and his spouse are from the East coast originally] giving me roughly three to four months to shoot the film, something I thought I could manage. Unfortunately Jerry and Bruce had to leave sooner than they had expected, leaving me only about two spare weeks to shoot the movie we had already started. Try that while working full time!

MATT: Why not get new actors?

DEAN: I had already started shooting some scenes with Bruce and Jerry, they were absolutely amazing, and I didn’t want to re-cast perfect work, besides no one else would do it. I also had another run-in with authorities trying to convince Roger Moore to come back for “just one more.” Can you hand me that pen, please? No, the sharp-pointed one.

MATT: Did the bad news of them moving sooner than expected discourage you?

DEAN: Well of course it did, [Dean begins to unscrew my pen with his bound hands] but they had to move for work related reasons, which I can certainly understand.

MATT: So they weren’t working for you?

DEAN: Well they were, the only difference is that their other jobs paid them.

MATT: So it was a money issue?

DEAN: No, more of a location issue, a person can only handle so much Seattle rain, why do you think I moved down here to California? [Dean begins to pick nervously at his handcuffs with a broken metal piece from my pen.]

MATT: Could it really be, Dean, because you were making an awful low- to no-budget Bond movie on a lame 8mm camcorder, with no crew? Is that why they left?

DEAN: If you want something done right you do it yourself. For example… [The hand cuffs pop open.]

MATT: Wow!

DEAN: And people think “MacGyver” was a pointless show.

MATT: What did you manage to shoot for 007, before Bruce and Jerry left?

DEAN: I did manage to shoot two important scenes with Bruce and Jerry together, the “Casino scene” and the “Confrontation scene,” both of which should turn out pretty good. Bruce and Jerry work very well together, they are very funny. I also managed to get a lot of stuff shot with Jerry as Bond, including an exciting shootout in the snow.

MATT: I heard about that, In fact I think it was Jerry who was complaining about your lack of safety on your set?

DEAN: No we are good friends, he enjoyed the action. Why, did he say something? Well, we had to use live ammo on some of our “shoots,” the gunplay in the “Arctic” snows being one of them. Believe it or not, it was harder to get hold of blanks than live rounds. Jay Snowden, my gun wrangler, and I shot 12-gauge shotguns at the snow for ricochet hits, we also shot live 9mm rounds for the muzzle flash on the Ruger. As crazy as that sounds, with some camera magic I was able to get the “shots” I wanted without anyone being remotely close to the weapons. Do not try this at home!

MATT: What did you do when you lost your two main actors?

DEAN: I crawled into a hole and watched Magnum PI reruns for a week straight. After that I got myself together and began sifting through the footage I had, to see if there was anything I could do with it. I came to the conclusion that a feature length movie was out of the question, I had poured too much of myself into this project to stop, so I decided to make it into a “Bond-u-mentary.” I definitely had enough footage to make an exciting teaser trailer for the movie, that is where I started.

MATT: The documentary sounds interesting. Well, not really. It sounds lame.

DEAN: Yes it does, doesn’t it? I had shot some interview stuff with Bruce and Jerry early in production, thinking I would make a small behind-the-scenes featurette. I decided to take that work and mesh it to the footage I already shot, add some new footage and thus create a small history of this jinxed project. It has a very funny twist to it, although most of it is true, it is done very sarcastically.

MATT: That’s putting it mildly, 007. From the footage I have seen it makes you look like a total idiot.

DEAN: That’s funny, people have been telling me that my whole life.

MATT: Tell us about the trailer we have uploaded online now, at 007Forever’s multimedia section under Videos?

DEAN: Well, I wanted to take some of the footage I managed to shoot and make a fast paced, hard driving trailer that would give a good idea of the concept I had when I started this whole project.

MATT: The trailer looks great, it definitely would have been an amazing movie.

DEAN: The trailer turned out remarkable, just as I imagined it. I was lucky enough to get the help of Jake Segraves who is an amazing editor, and also a friend of mine who I had worked with on my last movie. I like working with Jake because he will try anything no matter how time consuming or mundane my request may be. Also I gained the talents of Hunter Hadaway.

MATT: He did the music score for the trailer.

DEAN: Right, I wanted new and original soundtrack techno-style music for the trailer but with that familiar 007 sound. Hunter was able to compose some amazing stuff in just a matter of days. I hope to get him to compose the soundtrack for the rest of the project. But a big thanks to Jake and Hunter, those are the guys who helped make the footage I shot really come to life!

MATT: Are there any problems with copyrights with the Bond theme?

DEAN: All kinds! I would imagine MGM would skin me alive and use my flesh for employee wallets if I started pursuing this project as a financial gain. People forget that I did this project on my own, spent my own money and did it for no other reason than to make my friends laugh. It’s a fan made movie done on video, that’s it! The magazines, posters, DVD covers, all that is purely for my amusement, to make it look like a big deal. People always ask why I do this and I always give them the same answer…for fun, I love making movies!

MATT: You mentioned that you worked with Jake before?

DEAN: Yeah, I did a movie a few years back called Detonate, he was a huge reason behind me finishing that. In fact, Jake and I are recording a commentary track for the re release of Detonate, although not my finest piece of work it still has some funny parts.

MATT: What can we expect from you in regards to the Bond movie project?

DEAN: As much as I am bummed now, I didn’t have the time or money to finish the Bond project as a feature length film, I do plan on putting together the best “making of” documentary that I can, hopefully people will find a laugh or two at the Bond Collectors’ Weekend 2000.

MATT: I heard there were far more problems with production than just Jerry and Bruce leaving?

DEAN: Too many to mention.

MATT: Like what?

DEAN: I could go on and on about that, most of the disasters are in my latest issue of Tasty Film Previews, I still have a few magazines left if anybody is interested in one, or a copy of the trailer, they can contact me at BackBurner Productions…after I’ve posted bail…I guess.

MATT: Are you still working on the James Bond project?

DEAN: Yeah, I have spent too much of my hard earned time and money not to do anything with it, I figured out that I spent close to $350 on the underground set I built, all that for about 6 minutes of screen time, you better believe I’m gonna make something out of this. Right now, I’m planning out the documentary by sorting through the footage I have and trying to make all the pieces fit together. I also am trying to shoot a key scene involving Bond’s car and some “baddies” by cleverly using old footage of Jerry driving interspersed with close ups of the car, it should work pretty good.

MATT: In fact, you installed your own Bond gadgets on that car, right?

DEAN: Yeah, I made a few gadgets even Q would be proud of, and I think the choice of car should sum up the budget, or lack thereof!

MATT: Bond is driving a Geo Metro, right?

DEAN: Picture that. Tell me that doesn’t make you laugh.

MATT: It doesn’t, but I am sure many 007Forever fans would agree that .30 caliber front bumper machine guns mounted on a Geo is funny!

DEAN: It is, isn’t it.

MATT: As far as you know.

DEAN: [Searches his surroundings furiously.] Could you distract them while I make a run for it?

MATT: [Shouts aloud. Hey, officers, isn’t that Kevin McClory over there…]

–Matt Sherman has been feeling unwell on a regular basis since first writing articles about Dean Williams’ BackBurner Productions and their contributions to the legacy of Bond spoofs. He may be reached at 007Forever Collectors’ Corner.

BackBurner Trailer Released Online

“Mr. Bond has created a great deal of pain for me…extend him the same courtesy.”–A Pepper For Tomorrow Arch-Villain Emilio Pepperfinger

Gunfire, motorcycle and martial arts stunts, explosions and pumping cues from Hunter Hadaway’s score fill the stunning “A Pepper For Tomorrow” trailer, just released to 007Forever from Deano Williams Productions.

The incredible video, which rivals some of the best action and fun our favorite British agent has delivered over the years, is chock full of all that has been kept on BackBurner’s editing backburner since this incredibly and tortuously slothful movie production began ponderously sometime long ago. As Emilio and Mr. Bond themselves have quipped:

“Impressive.”

“It is, isn’t it.”

“As far as you know.”

Seriously, any fan grabbing the trailer from 007Forever’s multimedia section will be handsomely rewarded with plenty of fun and excitement. This trailer is sure to please! (Our apologies to Mac fans, Quicktime format on this .avi trailer is forthcoming.)

We have also provided wallpaper highlighting the forthcoming New Year’s release in major theatres…nowhere worldwide.

Enjoy the adventure and keep us posted with your comments on the trailer and related BackBurner and Bond Collectors’ Weekend stories at 007Forever Collectors’ Corner.

Your Invitation to the 21st Collectors` Day!

The 007Forever team invites you, our fellow Bond fans and Bond memorabilia collectors, to visit and participate in the Florida Natural History Museum`s annual Collectors` Day. (Makes for a nice warm up event to this year`s Bond Weekend 2000 in New Orleans!) Exciting James Bond memorabilia will be on display and thousands of enthusiastic fans are expected to attend. You are also welcomed to participate in fun events in Gainesville, Florida over the February 12 weekend.

The Florida Museum`s notice reads: “21st Collectors Day: (February 12, 2000, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Beverage openers, bears, buttons, bottles, Barbie dolls, James Bond and Beatles memorabilia are just a few of the collections on display. Discover collections of all kinds and meet their collectors.” The public is welcomed (Bond fans especially!) to the museum on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see nearly 100 fabulous collections represented, including our man 007.

A pleasant weekend of displaying memorabilia, talking shop with 007Forever editors and contributors, trading items and browsing Bond super-collections is in store, and there is plenty more to do in Gainesville, including outdoor sports and warm weather to enjoy, inexpensive dining and accommodations plus sightseeing, including locations for Sean Connery’s “Just Cause” and other major films. A large number of James Bond movie and novel locations are within a few miles of Gainesville.

An informal weekend of fun is on tap for Bond collectors wishing to participate in Bond-themed events surrounding the Collectors` Day over the February 12 weekend. Below this story are links to related articles, museum directions and a map. For more details, please reply to: 007Forever and Collectors` Day.

Florida Museum of Natural History
Powell Hall
Hull Road and SW 34th Street
University of Florida
Gainesville FL
(USA) 352-846-2000

To the museum from the North:
From the North, take I-75 to Exit 76/Newberry Road. Take Newberry Road/Highway 26 East several miles to NW 34th Street/Highway 121. Turn right on 34th St. and go several blocks to Hull Road. Make a left onto Hull Road and then a right a few yards down into the large parking lot.

To the museum from the South:
From the South, take I-75 to Exit 75/Archer Road. Take Archer Road/Highway 24 East about ½ mile to NW 34th Street/Highway 121. Turn left on 34th St. and go several blocks to Hull Road. Make a right onto Hull Road and then a second right a few yards down into the large parking lot.

The Florida Museum:
The parking lot serves a complex of three sizable buildings, the UF Performing Arts Center, the Harn Art Museum (has a pyramid shaped roof you can see from Hull Road) and the Natural History Museum between the two, near the large fountain. There are two Florida Museums at UF so ask for the Art Museum/Performing Arts Center on campus if you need directions that day.

What Are Bond Weekends?

Below is a quick hit list of the Bond Collectors’ Weekends held to date! To learn in much more detail about any of our Weekends, please visit here.

Chicago Is Bond’s Kind Of Town
…The Weekend Was Not Enough but we were “all spy systems go” for the fourth annual Bond Collectors’
Weekend in Chicago, Illinois! Attendees thrilled to exciting events INCLUSIVE IN ONE PRICE:

A private visit to nine of the screen-used vehicles of James Bond including the “Q-Boat” from “The World Is Not Enough” and many more!
Party games and “shaken, not stirred” fun at our gala hospitality suite!
Admission to our sale and swap meet with 007 and spy collectibles! Dealers traveled in from across the US and Canada and guests brought memorabilia to show off and sell! Brunch was provided plus a midnight champagne toast at our hotel in the heart of Magnificent Mile nearby The Loop!
We met Raymond Benson, author of “The James Bond Bedside Companion,” “The World Is Not Enough,” the latest James Bond adventure, “Never Dream of Dying,” and five other Bond books! We dined with Raymond 1,500 feet above Chicago atop the amazing John Hancock Building
We were blown away at our guided visit to one of the largest 007 collections on earth!
Did you know? Tens of thousands of dollars in collectibles are traded and shown off at every Bond Weekend.

Bonding In The Big Easy
…Last year’s New Orleans event was truly an event to “Live And Let Die For.” Bond girl Gloria Hendry joined super-villain Bruce Glover and all the fans in “The Big Easy,” along with legendary 007 guitarist Vic Flick, Timothy Moxon of “Dr. No,” Don McGregor and spy artist extraordinaire Jeff Marshall.

We toured New Orleans’ “Live and Let Die” locales and enjoyed the best jazz champagne brunch in the city, along the banks of the Mississippi.
The costume party of spies, femmes fatale and villains wound its way to Harrah’s Casino. Casino staff were confused…were our costumed folk staff members for or guests of the Mardi Gras Show?
A favorite pair of collectibles acquired at the Big Show in The Big Easy were a pair of shoes screen worn by the latest 007, Pierce Brosnan.
Vic Flick played the Bond theme at BCW 3 on the same guitar he twanged on for 1962’s Dr. No and six other Bond films.
Did you know? Bruce Glover’s son, Crispin, made his most recent star turn as “The Thin Man” in “Charlie’s Angels.”

Vegas Lights The Night
…The second Collectors’ Weekend was dynamite with fans from 16 states and Canada in Las Vegas for all the action. Our memorabilia auction featured the very best in spy props and collectibles from the 1950’s through the ’90s.

Guest stars Don McGregor of “GoldenEye” and “The Quasimodo Gambit” and Lana Wood, “Plenty O’Toole” in “Diamonds Are Forever,” lit up our nights along with fireworks on the Vegas skyline.
Our tour group visited more than one dozen spy movie locations in Vegas, and generally made merry, dining in a private room at the 1,500 foot high Stratosphere Tower, and a “Diamonds” Aston Martin joined the fun!
-An oddball highlight of the Las Vegas event was a private tour given by the Mortuary Director of “Slumber, Inc.” where a certain British spy was nearly cremated.
Did you know? Bond Weekend II was Lana Wood’s first visit to Las Vegas since filming wrapped on her Diamonds appearance there in 1971.

First Of Its Kind
…The inaugural Bond Collectors’ Weekend was held August 28-30, 1998 in Gainesville, Florida and we could not have asked for a better group of spy collectors to share it with us!

We were pleased to have our event picked up by NY Times and ABC affiliates who spoke highly of the collectors’ collectors in attendance who gathered to remember Ian Fleming’s legacy and share their incredible memorabilia with the public.
We displayed a massive roomful of posters and ads, models, displays and standees including one-of-a-kind items worth thousands of dollars. The general public enjoyed taking photos and learning from the super-fans in attendance!
The fans thrilled to a private showing of an all-time spy classic in the 270-seat Reitz Theatre.
Did you know? Gainesville, Florida is home to swampy river settings you may recognize from 1979’s “Moonraker” and other great spy films.

Finding Connery: James Bonding in New York

Want to see Sean Connery filming his new picture on location this month? 007Forever has found marvelous contacts for checking out the latest Connery epic…”Finding Forrester” stars Connery alongside F. Murray Abraham of Amadeus fame, plus the lovely Anna Paquin (“Rogue” in the upcoming “X-Men” with Patrick Stewart and Famke Janssen), “Busta Rhymes” and the redoubtable Joey Battafuoco. (!)

We began on Friday in the Big Apple, one of Mr. Fleming`s favorite “Thrilling Cities,” by meeting with Don McGregor, writer and reviewer on all things Bondian and creator of the Bond comix “The Quasimodo Gambit”, “GoldenEye” and the Tomorrow Never Dies trading cards sets. (Take thirty seconds today and log in with Fandom/Forever today for live chat with Don on Wednesday, June 14! Sign in under the button “Sign Me Up” under “Newsletter” or under “Chat”.)

On my way to the meet with Don, I nearly collided with former Clinton aide and author/commentator George Stephanopoulous. (I forgot to ask him if he is a Connery fan or likes Brosnan better.) After a few laughs on the current state of public transportation in NY, not helped in the least by Sean Connery`s latest, “Finding Forrester”, whose crew and fans are crushing the city, we jumped with a few friends into a cab to head to midtown, almost taking out Mr. Tony Randall, who wasn`t carefully watching the lights change before crossing the street. You can hardly swing a dead cat in NYC without hitting a celeb and we nearly struck two before the day started.

Disembarking from the taxi at Radio City Music Hall, where Don had James Bond throw villain “Quasimodo” off of the roof in “Gambit”, industry friends then gave us an incredible Backstage tour of the NBC Studios. We visited the S.P.E.C.T.R.E.-like control rooms of the building and all the major working sets at Rockefeller Center, including Inside the NBA, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Saturday Night Live in rehearsal where we literally bumped into Cheri Oteri and Molly Shannon (not on purpose, honest, I also knocked this week near Carol Kane and Peter Riegert), Dateline NBC, and much more, including a trippy run through the wardrobe of major Bond fan Conan O`Brien. (One of our marvelous tour guides edits Conan`s Bond spoof materials. Conan, of course, besides his late show, added countless references to Bond as a former head writer for The Simpsons.)

We enjoyed dinner in Manhattan and reminisced about Mr. Bond before viewing an incredible local Bond collection including a tuxedo worn by 007 himself to shoot his gunbarrel sequence, Octopussy`s most alluring outfit, two working Bond pinball machines and phenomenal memorabilia and taped 007 footage from around the world. (For my own collection, I tried on and off all week and was able to score a new Girls of James Bond edition hardback, a chocolate Bond Easter Egg filled with jellied tuxedo bowties, Forrester call sheets, a Slazenger golf ball that was a thoughtful gift from a friend, and exciting contacts for upcoming exclusive stories at Forever! I hereby admit that when sightseeing, I had the urge to steal from the Metropolitan Museum of Art like Brosnan did in Thomas Crown so I could mail it to art lover Bruce Glover, “Mr. Wint”, who was in the first “Crown acquisition” with Steve McQueen, but I didn`t, and I also passed on the first edition LALD offered to me in a third issue dustjacket for $2,750.00, thanks very much. Whew!)

Saturday dawned late with Bond chit-chat and lunch at Artie`s Deli, (what would 007 eat from a delicatessen?) and checking out the famous Mysterious Books and Murder Ink all afternoon, before hitting the streets to see the Forrester crew in action. Cast and crew trucks covered both sides of the long block in front of the NY Hard Rock Cafe. Connery`s camper on site bears the Pennsylvania license plate #XB-14737.

This week`s People magazine shows Connery`s picture from a Park Ave near 68th Street film shoot two weeks ago…One intrepid fan went to the Bronx neighborhood on a Sunday morning where they filmed on the previous Wednesday night, #299 East 158th Street, in the not-so-safe Melrose area. Around 10 a.m. he was there searching for the nearby small building used as Connery`s apartment when a drug dealer`s lookout/spotter was eyeballing him hungrily! He said, “No way I`m returning there if they shoot at night again, daytime yes!”

Interior work on 57th Street highlighted most of Saturday`s work, (last week featured principal work in a closed Yankee Stadium) but we were able to talk with the crew as they grabbed a late meal in front of Planet Hollywood before an all-night shoot. We then traveled to Trump Place high above the Hudson for snacks, archaic Coleco video games and TiVo before dinner, more Bonding and a very late night shootout at the famous Amsterdam Billiards.

**Tri-State area fans are excited to meet you all this month and enjoy the big SC on location himself! Tom Rossi is coordinating efforts and fan meets on location at Finding Connery Watch.

A normally reticent Mayor`s Film Bureau is giving out information without being bothered with press credentials since they are so busy. (Connery`s appearances have up to 200 press photographers from around the world near the filming at one time!) Finding Forrester`s local Columbia Pictures production office may also be reached at 212.462.1650. Another marvelous reference good for almost any NY-made picture is Radioman, an especially kooky but loveable character who hangs around every film shoot in New York, has been cast in several pictures and may have been a key inspiration for Robin Williams` nutty homeless fellow “Parry” in “The Fisher King”. “The Man” is friendly with Tom and has promised goodies from the shoot. Every NY crew loves him! Radioman`s hotline at 212.714.8045 is considered to be 80% accurate for daily updates on all NY shooting schedules for any film event. Finding Forrester has wrapped for now its work in Toronto, Canada, for what likely were exterior scenes of a private school`s campus, but is going strong all around the New York area this month! Send to us at 007Forever your photos, and anecdotes from the shoot!

**Many special and heartfelt thanks go to Bond fans and friends Alan Labouseur, Ben Licht, Don McGregor, Eric Varca, George McGuire, Janine Sherman, Paul Scrabo and George Ann Muller, and Tom Rossi for a rocking good time in the “Big A” with Bond! What better way to warm up for Bond Weekend 2000, the Weekend to “Live and Let Die For,” than a fans` gathering in Bond`s New York City to hunt down Sean Connery on location, who is “Finding Forrester?”

–Matt Sherman formerly resided in New York for most of his life but reserves the right to act like a tourist when he visits.

Sean Connery Watch

Sean and the gang started filming Connery’s latest epic, “Finding Forrester” in Toronto, Canada and around Ontario for the entire month of April 2000. They then headed to New York City between Wednesday, May 3 and Saturday, June 10. (The “Con-Man” only had a total of eight to ten days’ work on New York sets.) We had a peek at the new script draft to help us find “King Connery”.

The majority of Connery’s scenes were lensed inside NY’s Evangelical Seminary on 10th Avenue at West 21st Street in Manhattan. They crew worked briefly on Saturday, May 6 (Matt Sherman’s birthday!) at East 52nd Street on the famous and well-traveled Park Avenue. Later, everyone moved up the avenue for the remainder of the day at the corner of East 68th and Park where the Americas Society’s building doubles as a private school.

Plans to return the following day to the same location shot were cancelled, and a bit more than a day later, the Finding Forrester crew with Connery appeared at Lexington Avenue just south of East 86th Street. Connery’s powerful visage was seen strolling this expanse with multiple reflections of him appearing on shop windows all over the street! He also did night shooting at the subway steps of Jerome Avenue at the 161st Street and 168th Street entrances (way uptown in The Bronx!) and at Yankee Stadium’s garage plus inside a desolate Yankee Stadium on the field without any crowds present. (You don’t want to visit Yankee Stadium to see Connery’s film location, fans, without armed escort unless there is a Yankee game in town at that time with crowds of people present!)

One summer evening, nearby the stadium at 229 East 158th Street, at the playground across the street on Park Avenue in The Bronx, Connery’s double was spotted prepping for daytime shooting. Meanwhile, “Mr. C.” enjoyed his favorite sport of golf at the Deepdale Golf Club in Nassau County, Long Island, just off the Queens, NYC border, and stayed in a rented house nearby in the Great Neck area (home of the Great Gatsby and one-time residence of my grandparents–Matt).

Bond version 1.0 also checked on his son, Neil Connery, who lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan near Hunter College (address withheld by request for security reasons). Though few outdoor scenes were done on location on New York streets where the fans could watch the goings-on, much of Finding Forrester was filmed in New York inside many different public school classrooms across Manhattan and The Bronx. Greenwich Village’s private and hoity-toity “The New School” was also a rumored location. (It was hard to follow this crew, they moved so fast! The Mayor’s film bureau kept them moving because press and the public jammed traffic on the New York streets!)

“Forrester” was the senior Connery’s first film shoot in New York since November ‘88 when he visited The Big Apple for his “Family Business” with fellow Oscar-winner Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick. Connery gave “the Business” during outdoor shooting in Jericho, Queens; Long Island and Jersey City, New Jersey. We recommend a lovely site, Sean Connery To The Stars which features possible future projects of his; the latest, which he hasn’t signed onto, is called “End Game”. Also keep watch here at 007Forever for the latest Bond and Connery happenings.

Aston Martin DB5 Visits Annual Collectors’ Day

We had a blast at the recent Collectors’ Day in Gainesville, Florida at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Bond fan and Aston enthusiast Gordon Clement drove his silver birch beauty in from Atlanta to show to the several thousand in attendance at this annual event.

Many different collectibles were displayed at the big event, a showcase of personal collectors’ wares for the public. This year’s 007 table was no exception and was filled with excitement as we raced a model Aston and a BMW Z3 around the table and between onlookers legs for a thrill. Gordon brought Aston Martin collectors’ club magazines to the show, which he generously distributed to those in attendance. We set up numerous posters and 007 collectibles plus a TV with the latest DVD releases displaying both Bond films and deleted film scenes for the curious. Even some of the museum’s working volunteers stopped by for an hour or more to watch TV and chat with us during the event!

Outside, Gordon’s phenomenally beautiful DB5 shone in the sun, far and away the hit of the show of all the collectors’ vehicles on display. He generously allowed thrill seekers to examine the interior of the vehicle and even sit inside for special photos. Gordon had plenty of DB5 stories to share, from the time as a child when he rode in the most famous of the Goldfinger cars at breakneck speed, seated next to a car dealer rushing the DB to an event, to the rare event of passing other US Aston drivers on the street. (Apparently, Aston owners always pull over when they see each other on the highway to talk shop.)

Gordon has modified his DB5 for a low-suspension ride that is a real thrill if not downright reckless over speed bumps and around the curves. The Aston is fast. All our Bond group took turns riding shotgun or in the back of this beauty. “Most Bond fans are unaware of Aston Martin’s very lengthy history and racing successes even before the Bond films,” says Gordon. “Astons are incredibly well-designed, carefully crafted and unique works of art.”

The DB5 is simply a beautiful vehicle. Most fans upon seeing the little car in person, even after collecting scale models for years, are surprised at its stunning, provocative lines and sexy, sleek look. From head on in front or straight in back, the Aston seems like a mere small and sporty car. From the side, with its sumptuous looking and mega-wide aluminum panels, the car resembles something otherworldly between a gray battle craft for a navy and a streamlined deco fantasy vehicle of the 1930’s or ‘40s. In other words, the car neatly seems to transform its appearance as it makes a turn around a bend. The Aston is an always head-turning, amazing looking car. Gordon’s BMT 216 and British rear plate plus the car’s authentic silver color added still more to the experience.

A whole day was not enough to learn about the DB5. Bond collectible owners, look at your DB5 models. Did you know the Aston’s headlights are actually deeply recessed and the front eye lenses on the car’s lights are merely protective wind/rain screen covers? No details were forgotten in this prime example of a very fast car merged with the best luxury class car of its day. Numerous celebrities owned Astons before Bond drove one in Goldfinger and the DB5 is still at the pinnacle of pride for its lucky owners. We drove to my home after the event as a group. Gordon was offered six figures and more by a passing rare auto dealer who drove by in a Mercedes!

If you get a chance to see a DB5 in person, indeed any Aston (see related Bond Weekend 2 story) do it. Thanks to the fans who visited with us at the museum and all the Bond collectors in attendance. Special thanks to Gordon for putting many miles on his treasured Aston to share it with all the 007Forever fans. See you at the show next year!

21st Collectors` Day: Our Table Was Not Enough

21st Collectors` Day: Our Table Was Not Enough

“I know you, you are James Bond!” (an auspicious greeting indeed) said a Collectors’ Day coordinator as Michael Kersey and I entered the Florida Museum lot to unload our wares on Saturday morning. Naturally, she was referring to our James Bond memorabilia, but we raised an eyebrow in greeting and continued on our way.

It took but a few minutes to have our table set up with decades of Bondiana including valued first editions, toys, photos of fan events and Bond locations attended around the globe and signed autographs from the stars, binders chock full.

Super-collectors Dan DeKee and Kees Boer met with us for the party and to help greet the thousands in attendance who attended the day to visit collections of all types including Beatlemania, Titanic and Gone With the Wind memorabilia, and more.

We eagerly are looking forward to next year’s meet and Bond Collectors’ Weekend in New Orleans, with more than 100 James Bond specialists in attendance!

–Want to be added to the Collectors’ Mailing List for the third annual Bond Weekend? Send a note to Bond Collectors’ Weekend in New Orleans.

James Bondlist for 02/06/01

**BCW Productions’ Bondlist: February 6, 2001**
“A Community Sharing 007’s Memorabilia, Gossip And News”

In this issue:

*Latest Bond Film News
*Trouble At The Airport
*That’s One Tattoo For Bond, One Book For Benson
*Tim Dalton Drives Wild
*Bond Experts On TV
*007 To Party Hearty
*Bond A Best Buy
*007 Easy As ABC
*Brosnan Doing Either Five Or Six, Like We Always Said
*Christopher Lee Confirmed For French Film Festival
*Collectibles For Sale
*Corgis Make A Splash

**Bond 20 Insider Information

We don’t want to give spoilers but the latest on Bond 20 concerns a certain mad general from a communist country… (As in General Chang of Tomorrow Never Dies? Bruce Feirstein, are you SURE you are not redrafting someone else’s Bond screenplay for the fourth time running?).

For all those writing in to ask where they can visit the Bond 20 set, it will be lensed in South Korea…well, at least it’s not NORTH Korea, 007!

We do have a Bondlist member headed to Korea to check things out and another few friends popping in on the British set in March as well. [Names withheld so please don’t ask.] Meanwhile, Hawaii is set for a teaser or stunt sequence of some type so perhaps Oahu for Bond Weekend V…anyone?

…Would this be a bad time to mention a certain Bond 20’s Gala Brand as heroine (now dropped again) whose name comes from Ian Fleming’s Moonraker? Would it be a bad time to mention that a certain Bondlist member’s treatment
mentioned Gala by name some time ago? And that it further mentioned and highlighted a climatic ice sequence as in the one set to be filmed for Bond 20? No? Great minds think alike!

…Well, then would it be a bad time to mention that BCW’s 007Forever led the charge for the last two years to have a black female lead ala Gloria Hendry and that heading up our list was none other than the obvious choice, Halle Berry, now cast for Bond 20?

…Well, would it be a good time to mention that for several years we have ALWAYS mentioned that Brosnan ALWAYS planned for, and was contract optioned for, a fifth Bond epic? We’ve answered, like, so many emails wondering if Brosnan would quit after GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, etc. (See related story below.)

…Listen, we don’t mind the Bond community sharing rumors, we just want to let you know our rumors are right! 😉

**Cell Phone Guns Discovered!

In a James Bond-style but alarming security twist, it may no longer be safe to reach for your cell phone at the airport security check in. See why at:

http://www.cellular.co.za/phones/gunphone/gunphone1.htm

**The Man With The Red Tattoo

“He’s got a powerful hardback,
They charge 15 pounds for a shot,
A Bonded author, whose novels are fun,
The name’s Raymond Ben-en-son!”

Raymond Benson’s The Man With The Red Tattoo is due out this May and amazon.com.uk is taking pre-orders now. Look at these collectible prices:

Tomorrow Never Dies by Raymond Benson: $250 and up
The World Is Not Enough by Raymond Benson: $150 and up
Zero Minus Ten by Raymond Benson: $150 and up
The Man With The Red Tattoo by Raymond Benson: $21 US now if you pre-order, more (much more!) if you wait. The Benson Bonds have skyrocketed in value in a few short years so collect ’em, and enjoy a great read as you do so.
Word on the street is this one’s the best yet.

Raymond Benson was a special part of our Bond Weekend IV in Chicago last year and shared an incredible Q&A session with the fans along with a wonderful Bond mini-concerto at the piano. We hope to see him again soon.

Pre-order your copy of “Red Tattoo” today on amazon and score a limited, beautiful first edition for a discount on the cover price…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0340819146/qid=1012936060/sr=1-1/re
f=sr_sp_re/202-0306856-3295839

**Tim Dalton, Celebrity Roadster

Timothy Dalton has been mentioned to appear in this year’s nationals as as one of the celebrity speedsters. Warning: Do not let this guy drive 18-wheelers or jeeps! They tend to explode when he is around. Check it out:

http://wmal.com/goout.asp?u=http://www.nationalgrandprix.com

Thanks to Bondlist member Bob Collins for keeping us informed.

**Bondlist Members On Tube

Congrats to Doug Redenius and Lee Pfeiffer! Bondlist members and super-collectors Messrs. Redenius and Pfeiffer have appeared on TV worldwide recently in conjunction with Bond 20 related publicity and awareness.

Redenius was at Pinewood displaying some of his massive 007 collection for Good Morning America while Pfeiffer had his expert commentary on Bond’s vehicles and gadgets on a recent 007 special for the History Channel. It’s nice to see Bond memorabilia collectors on TV for a change from Katie Couric and WWII footage! Huzzah!

Doug Redenius had his collection on display for enthusiastic fans at Bond Weekend IV while Lee Pfeiffer’s Spy Guise partner, Ron Plesniarski (and family), joined us for a super show and sale at our hotel venue in Chicago the same day. Spy Guise collectibles and our event aired on WGN in Chicago and with local radio and print media as well.

Thanks, guys, and congrats on being on TV, AGAIN. (Sigh!)

**Best Buy’s BIG Bond Blast

Here are excerpts from a recent press release on the most exciting marketing news for Bond 20 we’ve heard…since it was announced Aston Martin defeated BMW! Thanks to Bondlist member Jeff Kehoe for sharing the news:

“MGM Home Entertainment (NYSE:MGM) and Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) today announced a long-term strategic alliance to promote the most successful franchise in film history, James Bond…Best Buy Co., Inc. stores, including
Best Buy, Sam Goody, Media Play, Suncoast, On-Cue and Future Shop, will create special Bond-themed environments within the stores to provide one-stop-shopping for consumers and establish the retailer as a premiere Bond retailer…

…Best Buy will support the effort with a multi-faceted marketing campaign including advertising circulars featuring James Bond that will be distributed to 50 million consumers, a Bond-themed sweepstakes and a Best Buy “Fun Zone” technology truck outfitted as a mobile Bond activity center. In addition, Best Buy stores will host the exclusive retail launch of the Bond 20 trailer…”

Wow. A reason to go shopping at the mall! Hard to get that Ericsson T-Shirt from that contest but most of us should get one of the 50 million flyers! (Is it really 50 million flyers or is it 50 million ads in wide-circulation magazines?)

**James Bond, CMDR, MI-6, HDTV, ABC?

Saturdays ABC blasts Bond on the screen with a vengeance, splashing 007 in HDTV format for the lucky fans with the gadgets to handle this technology.

Meanwhile, TBS is battling back with airing the two Bonds whose rights they haven’t lost, Casino Royale (an incredibly underrated film which is half super-insider Bond jokes and half amazingly droll yet savvy political commentary) and Never Say Never Again (only if we’re lucky will the saying stick this time, though Max Von Sydow is perhaps the best Blofeld ever). D’oh!

Here’s the hit parade for Bond in HDTV:

Goldfinger (Connery): Feb. 9
Thunderball (Connery): Feb. 16
You Only Live Twice (Connery): Feb. 23
Diamonds Are Forever (Connery): March 2
Live and Let Die (Moore): March 9
The Man with the Golden Gun (Moore): March 16
The Spy Who Loved Me (Moore): March 30
Moonraker (Moore): April 6
For Your Eyes Only (Moore): April 13
Octopussy (Moore): April 20
**Bond Party To Rock All Night

We’ve heard through the grapevine that a black tie party will accompany Bond 20’s release in the States, featuring a top British deejay and lots of action including appearances by Bond’s newest car and stylish celebrities. Bondlist will keep you informed as details progress.

**Brosnan Plans Two More Bond Films

“From Our WE TOLD YOU SO Department!”

Associated Press, Jan. 11, 2002 17:10:00, LONDON – Pierce Brosnan said he plans to make two more James Bond films, but worries he may be too old to carry on after that.

The 48-year-old said his contract expires after the next Bond film, his fourth outing as Agent 007. Filming on the as-yet untitled movie begins Monday at Pinewood Studios north of London. “I am honoring my contract here but it would be wonderful to do another one. After that, I do not know,” Brosnan said. “It takes stamina to play this role,” he added. “I would like to get off the stage with grace.”

Brosnan has starred in 1995’s “GoldenEye,” 1997’s “Tomorrow Never Dies” and 1999’s “The World is Not Enough.” Bond’s upcoming adventure stars Halle Berry and British newcomer Rosamund Pike as Bond’s female sparring partners, with British stage actor Toby Stephens – son of Dame Maggie Smith – as the villain. Directed by New Zealand-born Lee Tamahori (“Once Were Warriors”), the film will be shot on locations in Hawaii, Iceland, Spain and London
as well as at Pinewood. It’s scheduled for release late in 2002.

PS…In the BBC news report on Bond 20 Pierce said he’d have honored his contract with Bond 20, but would like to do ‘five, or six’.

**Stars To Visit France For Film Festival

Bondlist member Kevin Collette has great news for us…

…Caroline Munro, Valerie Leon, Ingrid Pitt, Jimmy Sangster and Ray Harryhausen will be appearing at an upcoming event and Star Wars 2 and Lord of the Rings 2 publicity permitting, Christopher Lee highlight the Hammer Films Festival from March 20-24.

See www.festival-valenciennes.com for more. Kevin has proposed the theme for 2003 which the producers loved…Secret Agents!

**Props For Sale

Please write conventions007@yahoo.com and we’ll pass on your interest in these props to our Bondlist member:

Pierce Brosnan’s screen used dress shirt with COA, $750
TWINE screen-used three Zhukovsky casino chips and a caviar factory label, $500
TWINE Black and white storyboards from a UK source, $300
License To Kill original storyboards, $250
TND and TWINE color limited edition storyboards, $150
**I’d Heard The Prices Of Corgis Was Going Up, But…

And our award for eBay listing of the year to date is…

…”Mega Rare Corgi Rockets No 978 James Bond 007 Gift Set for the Film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

Closing auction price: $3,328.79!

You may or not think Lazenby was the best Bond, but his toys are sure among the most expensive! You can buy a real car from ’69 for that price!

**And Now I Must Remove My Gold From The Late Mr. Solo

To be taken away from the magnificent Bondlist (Why? Perish the thought!) please reply to this email with the subject UNBOND. If you are receiving Bondlist as a forward, try to tell us your name or your old mail list address so we know who you are! (Were.) Cheers!

conventions007@yahoo.com

Matt Sherman 007

Bacon #3 Connery #1 JC #0

The Bond Weekends: Fan Testimonials

…Join us for BCW5, August 30 – September 2, 2002!

What Our Attendees Say!

Did you know? Bond Weekends have been held in Las Vegas, Florida, New Orleans, and Chicago, in addition to our 2002 event at [write us and see]!

From Our 2001 Event In Chicago, Illinois:

“I had an incredible time this weekend… Not in my wildest fan dreams did I ever expect to meet such a great bunch of people who just happen to be Bond fans like I am… Many thanks for your hospitality… The book signing was wonderful and it was a thrill to hear Raymond talk… I thought it was fantastic… It was great to take that trip down there, watch Bond videos on the way… My first Bond Weekend has passed, but it will never be over… For a Bond collector like myself, it was the ultimate Bond experience… To see and actually touch so many of the Bond vehicles in one place was a big thrill for me… Thanks to Ron of Spy Guise and the representatives from Corgi, I have several ideas for gifts for [a guest’s] birthday in October as well as Christmas gifts… Had a great time and want to thank you again for all your hard work… The dealer’s room surprised me with how many new and cool things I found there… I’m sure you are getting thank you notes from many of those who attended the convention…I enjoyed it to the full… I say the convention was absolutely wonderful… Whew! What a weekend… It went so smoothly… The Chicago convention was excellent… For me, being a first-timer and a novice collector, I truly appreciated how you went out of your way to make [us] feel welcome and among friends…”

From Our 2000 Event in New Orleans, Louisiana:

“Thanks for a great Weekend…I had a great time!!!”-Dean W., California

“Just a note to let you now how much I enjoyed the New Orleans get together…Your choice of hotel was good too. I had a terrific room and it was close to everything worth seeing…Keep me on the mailing list for the next BCW. I had a ball!! I can’t wait for the next one!!”-Bob C., Virginia

“Fantastic…You outdid yourselves this time. You know how I can tell? I came home broke. Thanks for putting this together. I am already looking forward to the BCW ‘01.”-Bryan F., Missouri

“Just a quick note to THANK YOU for the fantastic time I had at BCW 2000 in New Orleans. You topped yourselves with this one. Count me in for 2001: A Bond Odyssey.”-John C., California

“…Thank you for all your efforts in making Bond Weekend 2000 an outstanding success. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and met a number of new friends…Meeting Bruce Glover, Timothy Moxon, Don McGregor, Vic Flick, Gloria Hendry, Jeff Marshall and the guys from SpyGuise was a great pleasure.”-Raymond L., Colorado

“I think the event went about as well as could be expected, if not better. It certainly surpassed my expectations…Creatively, it was a success. You had great, articulate and very warm and friendly fans…Gloria [Hendry] was splendid. The brunch was magnificent and the setting was fantastiqué! …The location was great. The festive atmosphere of New Orleans put everyone in a good mood. Who couldn’t help but have a great time sipping on champagne, feasting on duck and lamb, while on the back patio with a Mississippi breeze blowing around as you listen to jazz and watch the steam boats paddle by? It was just a great combination of people, places and things.”–Mike K., GA

From Our 1999 Event in Las Vegas, Nevada:

“…I brought back a lot of memories from the BCW in Las Vegas and I have to tell you again how much I appreciate all that you did as hosts, can`t wait for next year.”

“The most important part of collecting Bond is the friends you meet along the way…what`s the use in having Bond stuff, if you can`t share it?”

“How many Bond fans get to talk with “Plenty O`Toole,” Lana Wood, in Las Vegas’ “The Riviera Hotel” about the movie “Diamonds Are Forever?” How cool is that?”

“My collection got a lot of new plus very rare items! I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet Lana Wood and my now good friends, guests Don and Marsha McGregor!”

“I enjoyed Bond Weekend 1999 tremendously.”

“I had a great time in Vegas. Thanks for the Collectors’ Weekend. I will treasure the items I purchased over the Weekend, not due to value, but the memories that I have of the Weekend.”

“I wanted to tell you again what a great time I had over the 1999 Bond Weekend. It really was so much fun to get to see old friends and make new ones…so many people mentioned to me that they had a really good time and I wanted to let you know…next time for sure!”

The Bond Weekends: Celebrity Testimonials

…Join us for BCW5, August 30 – September 2, 2002!

See what the stars have to say!

Did you know? Our New Orleans event featured six James Bond celebrities, while our Chicago event featured nine James Bond vehicles, author Raymond Benson, and the world’s largest 007 memorabilia collection!

“What terrific fans at the Las Vegas Bond Weekend. I had a great time!”-Lana Wood, “Plenty O’Toole” in Diamonds Are Forever

“I wish many of the comic conventions were as well put together and as convivial as your Bond Weekends.”-Don McGregor, author/creator of various James Bond graphic novels.

“The Bensons thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with you all. Thank you for inviting us and many thanks for your hospitality.”-Raymond Benson, author of nine James Bond novels

“…Thank you very much for a most enjoyable Bond Weekend 2000. You certainly know how to put on an event…”-Gloria Hendry, “Rosie Carver” in Live and Let Die

“…Thank you again for a great Weekend. I thought it was fantastic.”-Jon Heitland, author of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Book”

“Bond Weekend is a class act…”-Bruce Glover, “Mr. Wint” in Diamonds Are Forever

“Thank you for everything during the New Orleans Weekend. I have written a letter to more personally express our [Vic and Judy’s] feelings.”-Vic Flick, Bond Original Theme Guitarist

“Surely the world’s most unique form of male (or female) Bonding”-Bruce Feirstein, three-time James Bond screenplay author

“I am honored to have been a part of your event and would love to work with a Bond Weekend again soon.”-Bond Lithograph Artist Jeff Marshall

“What a wonderful weekend. Marvelous fans!”-Timothy Moxon, “Strangways” in Dr. No

BCW5: Destination San Francisco!

Fifth Annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend!
Friday, August 30 – Monday, September 2, 2002 (Labor Day Weekend)

**See details below! Limited to 55 attendees only!**

**In person! Meet Richard Kiel, Lois Chiles and this year’s Mystery 007 Guest!**

The City
San Francisco is one of the most beautiful and popular of the world’s vacation spots. Home to a population nearly as diverse and colorful as its own rich history, the City boasts some of the nation’s most storied landmarks: Alcatraz, cable cars, the TransAmerica Pyramid, the Golden Gate Bridge … the list is endless.

For movie fans, Shaky Town’s 43 hills have provided a dramatic backdrop old as film itself: The Maltese Falcon,* Vertigo, What’s Up Doc?, Basic Instinct, and, of course, A View To A Kill.

As always with Bond Collectors’ Weekend, BCW5 will include collecting opportunities, celebrity appearances, touring, and camaraderie—mixed with ample time to indulge in the food, theatre, and shopping ‘Frisco is also famous for, all from the convenience of the world-renowned Mark Hopkins Intercontinental.

And remember, San Francisco proper is only forty-seven square miles; dozens of other exciting destinations are also close-by, some only minutes away: serene Marin County, the Wine Country, Silicon Valley wizardry, scenic Monterey/Carmel, and more. San Francisco and Oakland airports are comparable in travel time to the City, write BCW Productions for travel discounts.

The Mark Hopkins
The Mark Hopkins Intercontinental at the prestigious address of One Nob Hill, San Francisco, is a magnificently appointed four-star-and-four-diamond hotel. Subject to a recently completed $51 Million renovation, this former site of the fledgling United Nations is where Madonna, Brad Pitt and European royalty stay in the City.

Right, now pay attention 007!

The BCW5 experience begins at check-in on Friday, when you reach your classic room, via secured elevator, with its luxury amenities and panoramic view of San Francisco or the Bay. All our guests will stay on Floor 9 or above, and the Hopkins is situated such that virtually every room has a view that puts most any other property to shame.

Walk to nearby Chinatown or Union Square for a bite anytime. Hop a Cable Car for points further out. San Francisco’s three cable car lines intersect at one place and one place only—the Mark Hopkins. Watch for fire engines!

Friday night is our annual Costume Bash. This year it happens in an appointed meeting room at the Hopkins with a Mystery 007 Celebrity in attendance.

This ought to do me nicely! —James Bond

Shown above: A typical deluxe room at the Hopkins which costs Her Majesty’s Government $300-plus per night (but not that much for BCW’s registered guests).

Saturday is going to be a real show-stopper at our venue. Following a full BCW5 breakfast together with friends is our annual memorabilia sale, free time in the City, then…

…What a view!

…To a kill!

BCW’s Saturday Gala will be held atop the hotel with our Bond celebrities—at the legendary Top Of The Mark with its 360° view that surpasses every other San Francisco observatory. View both Bay area bridges and also 007 celebrities in our private room! Actually, the entire Top Of The Mark will be BCW’s private room!

After, head to our optional theatre outing (see details below) or “Bond” some more with your fellow attendees at the champagne library on 14. Expect to make more than just Bond gossip Saturday night—you’ll make lifelong friends from around the world.

Sunday, you’ll love our daylong tour of San Francisco and movie locations—if we can get you to leave our incredible hotel—and why not stay over with friends until Monday, also! Even 008 deserves a vacation now and then.

To have the run of such a prestigious property, one of the world’s finest hotels, at such a steep discount (only $125 per night) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Don’t book for San Francisco on the Internet—you’ll discover $200-per-night rates for Hopkins rooms—rooms that are downstairs on the lower floors.

Budget constraints? Let us know and we’ll do our best to select a suitable 007 roommate to share lodging expenses. Those staying with us at the host hotel will receive a complimentary gift commemorating the fifth annual Weekend.

Only registered BCW guests at The Hopkins receive a panoramic view room for $125 (one floor higher puts you in Madonna’s usual suite and we don’t want to disturb her Die Another Day practice).

… Only registered BCW guests receive a private elevator entrance key for their deluxe room with the champagne and truffles library suite.

… Only registered BCW guests staying at the Hopkins receive this year’s signature Weekend gifts. Yes, plural—each participant this year will receive several gifts.

There is one thing more, 007—our steeply discounted rate lasts for the duration of your stay! Don’t just join us Friday—Monday, the four days/three nights of BCW, but come early or stay late and create a spectacular San Francisco vacation at one-third the regular price of a Mark Hopkins deluxe room!

We guarantee this about San Francisco’s Mark Hopkins for BCW5 this year—you’ll ask us to hold BCW6 there in 2003.

The Sale
This year’s show and sale promises to be something special given not only the spacious, historic facilities of the Mark Hopkins, but the presence of new and varied dealers from around the Bay. We’ll have plenty of room for you to sell, trade, or display your own wares, too.

Nonetheless, please let us know in advance how much space you’ll need so hotel staff can set-up beforehand, not during the event. This year, we have triple the room space of previous events—tables are free to BCW registrants and are available for only a minimal charge for outside vendors.

The Celebrity Guests
We are thrilled to have several fabulous guests for this year’s parties. Richard Kiel, the incredible “Jaws” (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, Silver Streak, Force 10 from Navarone) will “eat and greet” our 55 attendees only! A recent BBC poll voted Jaws everyone’s favorite Bond villain ever, beating our Ernst Stavro Blofeld and the lethal Odd Job.

Mr. Kiel’s close friend and co-star, Lois Chiles (Moonraker, Death On The Nile, Speed2, Coma) will also be joining the gang in San Francisco for some out-of-the-box-out-of-this-world Bondian adventure!

We have also secured a Mystery 007 Guest who will be awarding Best Costume and other prizes at Friday night’s happening. (You need not be in costume to attend.) You’ll never guess which Bond star is visiting until you meet them—so don’t ask—we’re not telling!

Remember, this won’t be waiting on line to have a still signed and to say, “Hi!” for ten seconds. Only our 55 registrants will join our three celebs for some serious and not-so-serious fan interaction at different, private events.

Just going to town to get the car washed. —Sir Godfrey Tibbett

The Tour
Sunday’s day-long motorcoach tour-to-a-kill will include both City traditions and movie locations alike, more than a few of which coincide! Be prepared for the surprises and exclusives synonymous with BCW. The tour returns to the Mark Hopkins around 7:30 PM. Please plan accordingly.

The Reception
Guests arriving on Friday for costumes and trivia will enjoy our exclusive party room for beverages, victuals, introductions, games, and a surprise guest or two.

Optional Theatre Outing
We have arranged an optional theatre excursion to Beach Blanket Babylon on Sunday following the tour. BBB is a San Francisco institution known for it’s irreverent humor and extravagant hats; you may have seen guest appearances on the Oscars™ or at White House galas. Beginning at 7 PM at the Club Fugazi in the North Beach section of the City, a limited number of tickets have been reserved for $50 each. WE MUST KNOW ASAP IF YOU WISH TO ATTEND. Beach Blanket is an adult review; no persons under 21, please. (This has more to do with alcohol sales than program content.)

My name is James St. John-Smythe. I’m English.

… I never would have guessed.

Registered To Kill
We are strictly limited to 55 Bond fans, giving you easy access to all events plus guaranteed face time with Richard Kiel, Lois Chiles and our Mystery 007 Guest.

It’s incredible! Limiting to 55 registrants means your BCW5 registration includes:

Commemorative Itinerary
Free time in the Streets Of San Francisco
Courtesy ground transportation
Face time with Dr. Goodhead, Lois Chiles!
Friday night Costume Bash with H’ors D’oeuvres and prizes
Meet our Mystery 007 Guest!
Theme fun and giveaway games with prizes
Saturday full breakfast
Admission to annual Sale, Show And Trade
Pre-event mailings
Saturday Gala Mixer at Top Of The Mark with H’ors D’oeuvres, Bonded beverages and a view to kill for
Daylong motorcoach tour with AVTAK photo ops and stops
Surprises at Mark Hopkins hotel
Face time with Jaws, Richard Kiel!
Annual commemorative gift
BCW5 Thank You
Fun and fellowship with fans like you from across the globe

Registration Details
Itinerary subject to change (for the better, of course). Registration is just $249 per person, non-refundable and must be paid in full before August 15, 2002. (Or when we are full at 55!)

Send your check or money order payable to:

Alan Stephenson
351-J Western Dr
Santa Cruz CA 95060
USA

Or send to:

Matt and Janine Sherman
2711 NW 42 Pl
Gainesville, FL 32605
USA

Contact Alan Stephenson at 831.429.9655 or Matt and Janine Sherman at 352.372.5094 with any questions or concerns. In fact, send an email that your check is in the mail—we are filling up fast!

Guests may find air travel to either Oakland or SF convenient, they are approximately equidistant in terms of travel time to our hotel. Call or write for discount travel via air or rail, etc.

Call The Mark Hopkins tollfree at (USA) 800.NOB.HILL (800.662.4455) and ask for your exclusive Bond Collectors’ Weekend luxury room rate. Note. Bargain travel hunters seeking to secure discounted hotel rooms under the BCW name without registering for BCW5 will be barred from hotel stay when they arrive. Thank you.

The Sweet September Climate
San Francisco is a prime example of the California adage: If you don’t like the weather … wait fifteen minutes. Despite our tradition for sweltering weekends, the City is usually balmy during the day, though temperatures can drop suddenly if and when the infamous fog rolls in. Nights are generally cool. A light jacket is advisable and good walking shoes imperative. Please pack appropriately.

The Tinseltown Touch
Films lensed in The City On The Bay:

48 Hours
A View To A Kill
Basic Instinct
Birdman of Alcatraz
Bullit
Dirty Harry
Escape From Alcatraz
Flower Drum Song
Foul Play
George of the Jungle
Golden Gate
Harold & Maude
Inner Space
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
IT
Magnum Force
Mrs. Doubtfire
Pacific Heights
San Francisco
Star Trek IV
Sudden Impact
Tales of the City
The Birds
The Conversation
The Dead Pool
The Doors
The Enforcer
The Game
The Jagged Edge
The Maltese Falcon*
The Presidio
The Rock
Time After Time
Vertigo
What’s Up, Doc?
*Indeed, there’s a walking tour available of not only sites used in Falcon, but from many of Dashiell Hammett’s other source novels as well.

And don’t forget those famous television series “taking place” in SF:

Empty Nest
Full House
Nash Bridges
Phyllis
Streets of San Francisco
Too Close for Comfort
See you in San Francisco, California, 007!

Bond Weekend 2001 – Chicago – Itinerary And FAQ

…Join us for BCW5, August 30 – September 2, 2002!

Well, we’ve been South in New Orleans, West in Vegas and East in Florida. It’s “High Time To Kill” that a Bond Weekend was held up North.

We’ve set a July date for the fourth annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend, and also fun, collectibles, sightseeing, fellowship and a Bond celebrity guest, all for you, the fans. Full details are below…

The Weekend Is Not Enough…But we’re “all spy systems go” for the fourth annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend in Chicago, Illinois, Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2001! Attendees will enjoy exciting events-your BCW4 registration has INCLUSIVE IN ONE PRICE:

*A private visit to the screen-used vehicles of James Bond! See the “Q-Boat” from “The World Is Not Enough,” “Wet Nellie” from “The Spy Who Loved Me” and many more!

*Party games and “shaken, not stirred” fun at our gala hospitality suite!

*Admission to our giant sale and swap meet with tons of 007 and spy collectibles! Dealers welcome or bring your treasured memorabilia to show off or sell! Delicious brunch provided!

*Midnight champagne toast at our hotel in the heart of Magnificent Mile/The Loop!

*Meet Raymond Benson, author of “The James Bond Bedside Companion,” “The World Is Not Enough,” the latest James Bond adventure, “Never Dream of Dying,” and five more Bond books!

*Brunch together at The Seneca!

*Free time together in fabulous Chicago, your kind of town! Fun and fellowship with the fans!

*Be blown away at our guided visit to the largest 007 collection on earth!

*Group meal and fun 1,500 feet above Chicago atop the amazing John Hancock Building! (Bond will parachute 100 stories off building, weather permitting.) 😉

*Weekend 2001 signature gift! Surprises and much more!

Keep 007Forever at Cinescape bookmarked for the next year, plus send an eMail to BCW Productions to get on our Bond Weekend mailing list for regular email updates on Bond events and memorabilia, worldwide or call (USA) 352.372.5094 today for more information or to register. We’re here to assist you with discounted airline and other travel! (Hotel roommate matching service available through BCW Productions.) Spaces are strictly limited and going fast at just $165 per registrant or our special price of $300 for registered couples!

Registration cost includes: midnight champagne toast and party on Friday night, private tour of the movie vehicles of James Bond, admission for group sightseeing and dining at Chicago’s John Hancock Building, Weekend commemorative gift, Saturday’s brunch, transportation to all sightseeing and events, collectibles sale admission, themed tour of 20,000-piece (!) 007 memorabilia collection with Doug Redenius, our meet with eight-time and current James Bond author Raymond Benson, surprises and more. Registration is non-refundable and must be received not later than June 29, 2001.

For your Bond Weekend room at The Seneca, call toll free at (USA) 800.800.6261 and say, “Bond Weekend group reservations, please.” The Seneca is two blocks from Lake Michigan and one block from “Magnificent Mile!”

See you for food, fun and festivities, July 20-22, 007!

We are starting to see many of the same questions about the fourth annual James Bond Collectors’ Weekend, July 20-22 in Chicago, Illinois. Here’s a brief FAQ:

Q. What about memorabilia dealers at the sale?

A. We will again have a room packed with memorabilia for you to take home! Spaces are still available for dealers wishing to purchase a 10’ x 10’ spot or more. Please contact us soon.

Q. What celebrities plan to attend this event? All five Bonds or just Sean Connery? 😉

A. Eight-time James Bond author Raymond Benson has graciously consented to join the fans for a chat at our special luncheon atop Chicago’s Hancock Building on Sunday. We’ve also done something a bit different this year and arranged a different type of star for you to meet-the onscreen used vehicles of 007. Our private vehicles tour will be awesome, and the last chance to see these vehicles before they depart for England.

Q. Tell me about this year’s hotel location, is it as exciting as the BCW events in Las Vegas or New Orleans?

A. The Seneca will be $159 nightly, a rate you can extend if arriving early or leaving late. This year’s hotel is in the heart of Magnificent Mile and close to The Loop and Lake Michigan. Similar rooms are over $200 a night nearby. You are NOT obligated to pay for a room at The Seneca to participate. For your specially priced room reservation at The Seneca, simply call toll free at (USA) 800.800.6261 or call 312.787.8900 and say, “Bond Weekend group reservations, please.”

Q. How do I pay to register?

A. We cannot accept credit cards, so please send a check or money order rather than cash, made payable to Matt and Janine Sherman, to 2711 NW 42 Pl, Gainesville FL 32605, USA. References can be provided if you have any concerns about BCW Productions. Include your return address with payment. We will mail you the event itinerary before the big event. Plan to pay or send us an “I’m going and will send payment a little later” message soon, as space is filling up fast for our fourth event! A place will then be reserved for you for group transportation and sightseeing in Chicago, all meal sittings, etc.

Q. Work obligations make it hard for me to travel to Chicago. When should I plan to arrive?

A. We have scheduled the biggest events to start later on Friday and end earlier on Sunday (we put most of the best action on Saturday) to accommodate long-distance travelers. If you are in early on Thursday or stay late until Monday, however, fans are around to spend time in the city and talk shop.

Q. I have some in-depth questions for the hosts, what should I do?

A. Please call or write by reply email with ANY questions or concerns at anytime. We are here to serve the fans and make events a pleasure for you. Call evenings at 352.372.5094.

Q. What kind of mega-nerds go to this lousy thing, anyway? 😉

A. Your fellow conventioneers include some behind-the-scenes folk associated with the Bond franchise, screenplay writers, Bond fanzine and webzine editors, fan insiders, super-collectors with hundreds of thousands of dollars in memorabilia, etc., basically, friends looking to see each other again and talk shop. Part of the fun is in our welcoming newer fans to join us also. We would be pleased to have YOU join us even if you are not a “Bond expert.”

Q. Is this event suitable for younger fans?

A. Young fans may visit the event with parents in attendance. We have also provided in the past chaperones for young fans to attend each day’s events without their family. If you are a minor planning to attend this year, we recommend you print this email to share with your family so they know about your interest. We would be happy to provide references for them.

Q. About how much will everything cost me? What do I need to bring?

A. Plan now on a costumed-theme event including party games. (Shy fans need not wear a costume but we will award prizes this year for best and most creative, etc.) We’re picking up some super meals so a few dollars cash for memorabilia purchases, and a bag of goodies to share or a Bond photo/collectibles album to show off would be great. Dress is casual, so shorts plus a pair of slacks for evening wear or inside air-condition rooms would be a good idea. For right now, 1) Get your hotel room and pay to register soon. 2) Write the hosts with your approximate travel itinerary if you would like our travel agent to suggest some inexpensive flights or rail.

Unsolicited praise for the Bond Collectors’ Weekends! See what the stars have to say:

“…Thank you very much for a most enjoyable Bond Weekend 2000. You certainly know how to put on an event…”-Gloria Hendry, “Rosie Carver” in Live and Let Die

“Bond Weekend is a class act…”-Bruce Glover, “Mr. Wint” in Diamonds Are Forever

“Thank you for everything during the New Orleans Weekend. I have written a letter to more personally express our [Vic and Judy Flick’s] feelings.”-Vic Flick, Bond Original Theme Guitarist

“What terrific fans at the Las Vegas Weekend. I had a great time!”-Lana Wood, “Plenty O’Toole” in Diamonds Are Forever

“I am honored to have been a part of your event and would love to work with a Bond Weekend again soon.”-Bond Lithograph Artist Jeff Marshall

See what the fans have to say about last year’s event in New Orleans:

“Thanks for a great Weekend…I had a great time!!!”-Dean W., California

“Just a note to let you now how much I enjoyed the New Orleans get together…Your choice of hotel was good too. I had a terrific room and it was close to everything worth seeing…Keep me on the mailing list for the next BCW. I had a ball!! I can`t wait for the next one!!”-Bob C., Virginia

“Fantastic…You outdid yourselves this time. You know how I can tell? I came home broke. Thanks for putting this together. I am already looking forward to the BCW ‘01.”-Bryan F., Missouri

“Just a quick note to THANK YOU for the fantastictime I had at BCW 2000 in New Orleans. You topped yourselves with this one. Count me in for 2001: A Bond Odyssey.”-John C., California

“…Thank you for all your efforts in making Bond Weekend 2000 an outstanding success. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and met a number of new friends…Meeting Bruce Glover, Timothy Moxon, Don McGregor, Vic Flick, Gloria Hendry, Jeff Marshall and the guys from SpyGuise was a great pleasure.”-Raymond L., Colorado

Keep 007Forever at Cinescape bookmarked for the next year, plus send an eMail to BCW Productions to get on our Bond Weekend mailing list for regular email updates on Bond events and memorabilia, worldwide or call (USA) 352.372.5094 today for more information or to register.

Bond Weekend 2001 – Chicago – French Magazine Review

…Join us for BCW5, August 30 – September 2, 2002!

We apologize for anything lost in the translation from the French. This story recently appeared in the French Bond Club’s magazine, “Le Bond” (a word play on the daily “Le Monde”) –Editors

Hello, The weekend of last 21 July proceeded in Chicago the traditional edition of Bond Collectors’ Weekend. Organized by Matt and Janine Sherman (behind the site 007 Forever) and Alan Stephenson of Klaus Ink, this merry event was the occasion for fans to find themselves in the medium of their element, to exchange comments on their actors/films favorites, to emit forecasts on the direction of “Bond 20″, to meet Raymond Benson “in the flesh”, and to visit the impressive collection of vehicles gracefully placed at their disposal by Ian Fleming Foundation.

The Weekend was held in three stages, with making contact in the Presidential Suite of the Senecca Hotel in Chicago, follow-up with a visit to the private workshops of Doug Redenius and the Ian Fleming Foundation the following day, and a meal and official reception on the 95th Floor of John Hancock Tower in Chicago. Promoted as “special guest star” because of his stature as a character in Raymond Benson’s last novel, your servant thus initiated himself with the joys of dedication online, while the erstwhile Raymond Benson was given a photograph dedicated in the name of the author of actress Irene Jacob, direct inspiration of his latest Bond Girl, Tylin Mignonne. We cheer with The Shermans and Alan Stephenson (who cherish already the idea to invade Europe for the fifth edition of its Bond Collectors’ WeekEnd!)

–Story by Kevin Collette

Bond Weekend 2001 – Chicago – Fan Comments

What kind of event can you expect from the Bond Weekends? We wanted to share with you comments from attendees at our Chicago 2001 event.

“Dear BCW, My first Bond Weekend has passed, but it will never be over. Having met you…and all of the wonderful people that attended the Collectors’ Weekend I am in awe of the great job that you did in putting it together. For a Bond collector like myself, it was the ultimate Bond experience. I’ve already organized the books that I purchased from you into my personal library, such as it is. It obviously pales in comparison to Doug Redenius’ library, but is just as treasured to me. On the subject of Doug, I have to tell you that the trip to see and actually touch so many of the Bond vehicles in one place was a big thrill for me. And I don’t think that it’s a big secret to anyone who saw me while we were in the room with Doug’s collection that I was literally at a loss for words when we walked through the door. I’m sure that my eyes were practically bulging out of my head. Thank you again for including me in your second tour. The way that Doug opened his collection to all of us and shared the joy that only a Bond collector can appreciate in being near a collection like his was truly magnificent. As if that weren’t enough, the luncheon on Sunday with Raymond Benson was the piece de resistance. Listening to the man who has revitalized the literary Bond and being able to get an insight into the processes that go into writing a Bond novel was exciting. His piano concert was not only a surprise but a rare treat, and talking to him and having him sign his latest novels for me was a real rush. If I haven’t expressed my gratitude and thanks enough to you and everyone who made Bond Weekend 4 the great success that it was let me say again what an awesome experience it was and what a great time I had.”—Joe R., Illinois

“As always you did a fantastic job. The vehicle tour alone was worth the trip, and Raymond Benson was a superb cap to the weekend. Thanks for doing it once again. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment — San Francisco, Key West, Piz Gloria, wherever…I have really come to enjoy these events, and look forward to them. It’s almost an obsession…BCWitis. Not a bad habit to catch.”—Bryan F., Missouri

“…The whole weekend, particularly the vehicles and the Doug Redenius collection, was a bit surreal. BCW and the IFF did a very nice job, and I’m glad all of you thought to come to Chicago for this event. I think the highlight for me was Odd Job’s hat. Thanks again for everything.”—Chris M., Illinois

“Whew! What a weekend. It went so smoothly. Needless to say I was not as prepared as I would have liked for this trip. You, and Dave Reinhardt from IFF were quite generous with your trust. It is very much appreciated. Count on my being at next year’s event. I was just dying to ask Mr. Benson for his advice for prospective writers and when I was chosen to submit my question I realized that I was like a teenager around their idol. I nearly froze. I am passing along his advice to my daughter who is getting into the writing craft. Many thanks to you for a fantastic time.” —Dave D., Tennessee

“Hi. I just had to write you and again say that I had an incredible time this Weekend. The efforts BCW put forth bore amazing fruit. Not in my wildest fan dreams did I ever expect to meet such a great bunch of people who just happen to be Bond fans like I am. Your trivia contest was a lot of fun and challenged me to review my Bond fact and study harder for next year. The bus ride over to IFF was a lot of fun especially with the videos. I am still trying to find the words for Doug’s tour and the vehicles. Doug and all the IFF team were so gracious and genuine in their welcome and conversation. I spent a good deal of my time there in stunned wonder. This tour will be a memory I will go back to daily. And to cap the whole weekend with Raymond Benson in person. What an enthusastic and giving Q and A session?! I have always enjoyed Raymond’s books and this meeting has raised my appreciation. Raymond’s Bond music montage was a jaw-dropping surprise. If he ever starts club dates, let me know. I think you may have gathered that I will be at your next weekend. No details yet and I’m already pumped for it. I keep trying to come up with the best way to express my appreciation for all you and Janine have done. All I can say is, Thank you.”—Vernon P., Illinois

“Dear BCW:

“…Her price is far above rubies.”

I just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to thank you for putting on such a great event! Despite the fact that I have never been to another “Bond event” of any type I would have to call this an incredible success just based on the quality of everything I was able to be a part of and the amount of fun that I had. I look forward to the possibility of joining you for BCW5 (wherever it might be held) and joining you for other Bond events in the future. My thanks again for all your hard work and for the opportunity to spend some fun time with so many other Bond fans. Take care.” —Jeff P., Iowa

“Hi BCW, The dealer’s room surprised me with how many new and cool things I found there. I figure the things I saw and heard about are going to wind up costing me at least $2,000 before I’m done. So it turned into a bit more expensive weekend than I’d anticipated (though for now, my money’s still safe in my pocket). All the best.”—James M., Illinois

“Dear BCW, I would just like to take a small moment of your time to THANK YOU both for your hard work in organizing and running this weekend’s event! For me, being a first-timer and a novice collector, I truly appreciated how you went out of your way to make my brother and I feel welcome and among friends. I must say that the best part for me was meeting a lot of truly nice people!Please keep me in the know about future events. Again, thank you for putting on a very professional and exciting weekend for us! I know that my appreciative words here can never express my true feelings of thankfulness. God bless you.” —Alan L., Maine

“Hello BCW! I really wanted to thank you very much for an incredible Bond Weekend. Everyone had a blast, on so many levels. Some of my friends said that it was a privilege that I was able to find out about it and attend. Thank God for me that BCW4 came at the time that it did, right before training! You guys did a fantastic job welcoming everyone and having us get to know each other with the different events, the trivia contests (Which are the only 2 films in which Bond does not wear a tuxedo?), a great breakfast, memorabilia show, and the ride over to IFF Headquarters. Really enjoyed all the rare video clips–that was great! Wish I brought a few gems that I have. Doug’s personal collection was indescribable, as were the Bond vehicles. I loved meeting Raymond Benson, Doug Redenius, and all the IFF guys, all of whom were very gracious. But, what really made it great was our group; everyone was so friendly and very passionate about our Bond experience, and I made some new friends. A great group of people you brought together. So I really appreciated meeting you guys and had a terrific weekend. Thanks for keeping in touch with me with all of the latest updates. Thanks again to BCW for a memorable experience and wonderful time. Superb job well done! Take care.”—Dave Z., Illinois

“Just wanted to let you know that I had a fantastic time at BCW, and am looking forward to next year. As with BCW #1, it was very nice to finally meet some people in person with whom I had only corresponded via e-mail. I certainly appreciate all the hard work that you went to. (Of course, it’s a bit of a miracle that I was able to get home at all, considering all the books and such that bought from you! My suitcase was extremely stressed, and I’m amazed that it didn’t split in transit. Oh well, I’ll know better next time…) Thanks again for everything.”—Bryan K., California

“Hello BCW, sincere congratulations for your nicely organized Chicago event! I wish we could have stayed…Keep up the good work.”—Kevin C., France

“Both Jana and I had a great time and want to thank you again for all your hard work.”—Niels M., Arizona

“Just wanted to let you know you did a great job this past weekend. I hope we can hook up again.”—Fraser E., Illinois

“Dear BCW, Thank you again for organizing such a nice weekend. The book signing was wonderful and it was a thrill to hear Raymond talk. I hope I am able to attend the event next year. Again, thanks for all your efforts and your hospitality.”—Jim C., Iowa

“Hi BCW! Frank and I just wanted to say thank you for rushing all the information about the Bond Weekend to us. We were glad to be able to fit a visit to the dealers’ room on Saturday and we both walked away with a gift for each other. 🙂 We look forward to hearing from you in the future and it really was a pleasure to meet you. Thanks to Ron of Spy Guise and the representatives from Corgi, I have several ideas for gifts for Frank’s birthday in October as well as Christmas gifts.”—Sandi B., Michigan

“It is very kind of you to consider extension of the convention, making it even longer. I spoke to some people in Chicago, and they all hoped for extension. I will advertise your conventions in Japan as well. The Chicago convention was excellent. And it all comes from your love for Bond? …I cannot say right now that I will attend next year, but I know how much I would miss. In the meantime, I will let you know of any interesting news from Japan…I’m sure you are getting thank you notes from many of those who attended the convention. I enjoyed it to the full…In my articles, I will put emphasis on positive aspects, but I don’t want anything to sound deceptive when I say the convention was absolutely wonderful. A whole lot of good things based only on truth…The convention was of top quality.”—Makoto W., Japan

Bond Weekend 2001 – Chicago – A Success!

The fourth annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend (BCW)—with terrific collectibles, fans, and activities on the agenda—took place Friday-Sunday, July 20-22, 2001 and 007Forever has a full report for you.

Guests began arriving in Chicago, Illinois as early as Wednesday evening to scope out the city as featured in Ian Fleming’s travelogue Thrilling Cities and the big screen version of The Untouchables starring Sean Connery. Bondian coincidences abounded over the course of the Weekend; citing just two, a pair of hosts heard Nobody Does It Better in Due, the original Chicago pizzeria, while attendees Randy and Cathy Patterson were bemused to hear a sermon citing “James Bond” as a model of non-committal love in an early Sunday service!

Friday morning dawned on fans from both coasts and as far away as Canada, France, and Japan enjoying small talk while sharing photo albums and memories in our stately host hotel, The Seneca. This four-star hotel—one short block off both the famous Magnificent Mile and Lake Michigan and adjacent to the 100-story Hancock Building—featured one- and two-room suites discounted for our attendees. Guests roamed the waterfronts and The Loop by foot, rail, and bus, taking-in such sights as the Art Institute, Adler Planetarium, Sears Tower, Morningside Fountain (featured in the Married With Children credits), and the resplendent Chicago Visitors’ Center, a SPECTRE-like series of great rooms clad in gilt and marble.

The event proper began with Friday night’s costume party. Jana and Niels Macllean won in the “most creative” category as a “Q’ute”-styled heroine from the John Gardner Bond novels and “Hans,” Blofeld’s bodyguard in You Only Live Twice. Niels’ costume was covered in handmade piranhas many of which made their way into personal collections over the course of the Weekend. The best “overall” nod went to Paul Scrabo and George Ann Muller. Paul looked ready for Ascot opening day in costume bits and Roger Moore’s actual top hat from A View To A Kill while George Ann appeared as “Stacey Sutton” in a home-sewn jumpsuit bearing villain “Max Zorin’s” logo. (Coincidently, Alan Stephenson—barred from competition as a host—came dressed as Zorin himself, complete with bleached-blonde locks!) “Best tux”—and there were many to choose from—honors went to the always-sartorially splendid Charlie Axworthy. Next year he hopes to top himself with a custom-tailored Brioni ala Brosnan! Most popular by far may have been host Janine Sherman’s black pants suit with gold lame vest. (Think “I’m a damn good pilot. Period.”)

The costume contest soon gave way to our own brand of trivia game with “Double-Double-Oh-Seven”: 21 sets of questions each comprised of both easy and hard categories. Top score was 41 points. See if you can do better! (A copy of the game follows this article.) This was actually preceded by a quick icebreaker wherein attendees gave one another clues to the Bond character named on a label affixed to the back of their costume. “Characters” were then matched-up into teams for the trivia game. The evening concluded with a champagne toast. Many reported their greatest disappointment of the Weekend was landing too late to attend this mixer.

Saturday opened on a collectibles show and swap meet in The Seneca’s Statesmen conference center. Vendor/exhibitors included SpyGuise, who presented a BMW Z3-sized array of Bond memorabilia old and new. SpyGuise generously donated a limited edition Aston Martin DB5 in unique Thunderball packaging to our top costume prizewinners. Jeff Marshall—the artist you’ll surely remember for his stunning limited edition 007 lithographs, regular submissions to www.ianfleming.org, and Bond Collectors’ Weekend 3 exhibition—designed the superb box art. Only 1,000 hand-numbered cars will be released worldwide bearing both the Corgi and SpyGuise logos. While this limited edition is otherwise available exclusively through the SpyGuise website (www.spyguise.com), a good many were snapped-up by delighted BCW4 attendees.

Ron Cinadr (imtweety@netins.net) displayed and sold astonishing—and affordable—custom 12” dolls and accessories featuring likenesses of both Connery and Brosnan. Cinadr also produces OddJob figures as well as non-Bond characters. Veteran 007 dealer Larry Charet (scifispy@scifispy.com) brought a variety of rare records, fanzines, and more. Next door, Corgi Toys made a terrific showing of prototype Bond-mobiles worth approximately $4,000 each along with a beautiful selection of the latest cars and Icon figures. Corgi generously made a gift of a limited collectible from the Spring 2001 New York Toy Show, the New York Toy Fair edition rocket-firing BMW Z3 (500 pieces only) to each of our attendees. Corgi also tipped their hand as to products planned for 2002…but our lips are sealed.

Jim Arnold of Reel Art (www.kingego.com) brought not only some of the latest spy gadgets from his collection but a number of reproduction props as well. In all, nearly 20 tables were crowded with items from attendees looking to buy, sell, or trade. Business was reportedly brisk at local ATMs. Among the rare items from Europe, Asia, and the UK changing hands were rare book sets, vintage toys and magazines, original art, hard-to-find posters, stills, and press books…everything the discerning Bond fan could ever hope for. Breakfast—included with registration and available throughout the course of the show—received high marks as well.

With no time to spare, we boarded a Gray Line bus that afternoon for a roundtrip to a nearby secret locale. En route we watched rare videos and are grateful to fans and Bond insiders who shared a treasure trove of funny, insightful, and action-packed footage with our attendees. Highlights included outtakes from Pierce Brosnan’s recent SNL appearance, Ken Adam interviewed at a 1999 exhibition, and Vic Flick performing a new version of the Bond theme for a British tabloid series. At our destination, by exclusive arrangement with Ian Fleming Foundation (IFF), the focal point of the day awaited: Bond’s vehicles.

An audible gasp was heard from many of the BCW crowd as the bus pulled alongside the lush turf dotted with nine screen-used 007 vehicles (see list following this article). IFF Vice President Douglas Redenius expertly described the vehicles for us, detailing their history as attendees snapped off literally thousands of photos. It would take a lengthy article to recount all the stories but whatever their provenance, the vehicles were there, restored to their original glory, polished and gleaming in the midday sun. My favorites included Blofeld’s Bath-o-Sub from Diamonds Are Forever and the recently refurbished Live and Let Die record-setting Glastron jump boat. The only one of the “World is Not Enough” Q-Boats to be modified for street use was there along with the only boat specifically fitted to perform the “barrel-roll” stunt.

Everyone present commented on the incredible courtesy and graciousness of our hosts for this private vehicle exhibition. IFF Board Member Dave Reinhardt drove over eight hours each way from his native Canada to stock and staff a Foundation shop where attendees purchased still more memorabilia. Jeff Kehoe and George Martin each traveled from Texas to join the selfless crew waiting with smiles to meet us at Doug’s “corn belt” home. The whole IFF crew worked for several days putting in dozens of man-hours to prepare our visit. The location of the show was superb, a beautifully manicured acre of lawn adjacent to a Goldfinger-style golf course whose clubhouse had hot food and cold beverages available. By chance, Weekend coverage by local NBC affiliate WMAQ was shown on the clubhouse big-screen TV. Local radio and the Chicago Tribune announced the event as well.

In addition to the vehicles, Doug also hosted a tour of his home, including his personal office—unofficial headquarters for the IFF—and one of the largest—if not the largest—007 collections on earth, comprised of some 5,000-plus pieces, with many of the best items on display for our group. Fan favorites included a bronze relief of Cubby Broccoli, a reproduction Oddjob derby, one-of-a-kind weapons presented to Redenius by former Bond author John Gardner, costumes worn onscreen by Desmond Llewelyn, Louis Jourdan and several others, gaming machines, countless toys, and much, much more. Most were initially dumbstruck upon viewing Redenius’ collection: a room covered floor to eighteen-foot ceiling in Bond memorabilia. Redenius was a patient host, giving eight separate, small groups a private tour and answering as many questions as time permitted.

The total contingent was so large that only the roof of Doug’s home offered a sufficient vantage point for ace photographer George Martin to capture a group shot. Following many heartfelt goodbyes, we boarded the bus back to Chicago accompanied by another 90 minutes of video including The Operative, a quirky independent film by Matthew Buzzell styled after You Only Live Twice. Later, with a compilation of chase scenes blaring from the speakers, we made our way past Soldier Field and back uptown to The Seneca. On arrival, attendees and organizers alike broke for dinner and free time in the city, though many found themselves simply debating various aspects of 007 into the wee hours of the morning.

Come Sunday, our group strolled from The Seneca to the neighboring John Hancock building on Michigan Avenue, where an express elevator carried us in seconds to the “Signature Room and Lounge” on the 95th and 96th floors. Our private luncheon, set 1,000 feet above the shore of Lake Michigan, boasted spectacular views of the Chicago skyline including Sears Tower and the cavernous Board of Trade Building. Raymond Benson and family were seated at a dais only after fans offered a standing ovation for his seven James Bond novels and long-time collaboration with the heirs of Ian Fleming’s estate.

The afternoon opened with prizes—from CDs to an animated 007 watch to signed stills—for our trivia and costume contest winners. Wait staff simultaneously began serving Caesar salad garnished with spiced croutons. Sautéed chicken breast with orzo and vegetables in roasted garlic followed. Chocolate mousse served in chilled martini glasses and topped not simply with a gourmet wafer but a strawberry “dressed” in a tuxedo of white and dark chocolate capped the meal. Benson was then introduced and briefly addressed the crowd before moving into an hour-long question and answer session in which he revealed many particulars from his decades-long association with Bond.

Attendees’ questions were insightful, a refreshing change from the usual “Who is better, Connery or Moore?” that a Bond author inevitably suffers at an event of this sort. With a variety of fan magazine, webzine, and screenwriters in the audience, it was clearly a well-informed audience. Leading Man From U.N.C.L.E. authority, Jon Heitland, was in attendance for example, along with a contingent of fellow U.N.C.L.E./Bond fans in from Iowa. We were even joined for the Weekend by an original “Company” man, a Bond fan who has worked covert assignments from Vietnam to the White House. (No, I cannot reveal all the stories he shared with us following sangria and tapas on Saturday night.)

Mr. Benson stayed-on following the meal to play a twelve-minute concerto of familiar 007 tunes, including the Bond theme, “Live and Let Die,” and “If There Was A Man” from The Living Daylights. Though most attendees listened attentively, some could be heard to remark, “How can one person be that talented?” Benson’s moving interpretations even induced a few tears. Powerful stuff. Signature Room staff opened up the room so that diners in adjoining suites could also hear the concert. Following a second ovation—this time punctuated by cheers of “bravo” —Benson spent yet another hour autographing a variety of materials, including copies of both his latest novel, Never Dream of Dying—supplied for the event by Barbara’s Books—and a specially designed BCW4 poster created by the afore-mentioned Jeff Marshall. Inscribed copies of Never Dream of Dying were also awarded to Paul Scrabo, George Ann Muller, and Danny McCruden for attending all the Bond Weekends to date, and to Kevin Collette, his lovely companion, Nathalie Desnoyer, and Makoto Wakamatsu, for traveling from France and Japan, respectively, for the event.

A perfect Weekend was made “onlie begetter” by drinks and post-mortem at the Signature Lounge. As the sun set, most attendees reluctantly struck-out for home, though a few headed for one of the nightly stage performances of SCTV Live. If you agree with us that this was an incredible weekend, keep 007Forever at Cinescape bookmarked for the next year, plus send an eMail to BCW Productions to get on our Bond Weekend mailing list for regular email updates on Bond events and memorabilia, worldwide.

The vehicle display list and trivia game trail this story.

Special thanks to the following for helping ensure the success of Bond Weekend IV… you made Chicago our kind of town!

Thank you from the hosts to:

Jordan Charter and The Cinescape/007Forever Staff
Barbara’s Bookstore
Bob and Nancy Collins
The Chicago Tribune
The Comic Brief
Comicon.com
Corgi Classics (www.corgiclassics.com)
Dave Reinhardt (http://members.aol.com/goldeneye/FlemingMGBBooks/FMGBB-Index.html)
Don McGregor (www.donmcgregor.com)
Doug Redenius and family
George Martin
The Ian Fleming Foundation (www.ianfleming.org)
www.infinitelybetter.com
Jeff Kehoe
Jeff Marshall (www.jeffmarshallstudio.com)
Jim Arnold (www.kingego.com)
Jim Gordon and Gator Country Travel
Jon Heitland
Kevin Collette and Nathalie Desnoyer
Kimberly Last (www.klast.net/bond)
Larry Charet (www.scifispy.com)
Lee Pfeiffer (www.spyguise.com)
Makoto Wakamatsu
Nate Sears
Niels and Jana Maclellan
Panos Sambrakos and James Rumley
Paul Scrabo and George Ann Muller (www.scrabo.com)
Raymond Benson and family (http://raymondbenson.com)
Ron Cinadr
Ron Plesniarski and family
Ross Hadley and Kristian Kuh
WGN Radio 720
WMAQ-TV NBC5
Vehicles on view for private Bond Collectors’ Weekend tour:

1964 Thunderball: Underwater Tow-Sled, operated by Largo and henchmen

1971 Diamonds Are Forever: Bath-O-Sub, operated by villain Blofeld

1973 Live and Let Die: Glastron Carlson jump boat, piloted by stunt driver subbing for “Adam” in Guinness-record Crowdad Bridge jump

1977 The Spy Who Loved Me: Wet Bike, world’s first aquatic motorbike “driven” by Bond

1979 Moonraker: Glastron Carlson superboat, piloted by Bond

1981 For Your Eyes Only: Neptune Submarine, operated by Bond and Melina Havelock

1999 The World Is Not Enough: Major Boothroyd’s Q Boat, piloted by Riddle Marine personnel subbing for 007 in Thames barrel roll

1999 The World Is Not Enough: Major Boothroyd’s Q “Road” Boat, “driven” by Bond over the streets of London’s Docklands

1999 The World Is Not Enough: Parahawk 1, operated by stunt personnel subbing for King henchmen in ski chase sequence

Trivia Game: The questions-we gave credit on some questions for “closest answer”. A few are on “the lighter side”. See if you can beat the winning score of 41 points (1 point for an easy one correct, two for a toughie)!

1. Easy: Name the murderous knife-wielding twins from Octopussy: (“Mishka and Grishka”.)

Hard: Now name the twin GoldenEye satellites stolen by Alec Trevlelyan: (“Misha and Petya”.)

2. Easy: Name the guitarist who played the original James Bond theme for Dr. No: (Vic Flick)

Hard: Name the two songs Flick played live at Bond Collectors’ Weekend 3 in New Orleans: (The James Bond Theme and For Your Eyes Only)

3. Easy: Name the five Bond novels Raymond Benson has published not including movie novelizations: (ZMT, TFOD, HTTK, D, NDOD)

Hard: Name the serial mystery novel published by Raymond Benson online on the Internet: (Evil Hours)

4. Easy: Name the first artist to portray James Bond in the Daily Express cartoon strips: (John McClusky)

Hard: Name the second artist to portray James Bond in the Daily Express cartoon strips. (Jaroslav Horak)

5. Easy: What vegetable was brought to the United States by the family of a lead producer of the EON Bond films? (Broccoli)

Hard: What two vegetables were cross-bred to produce this famous vegetable? (Cauliflower and Italian Rabe)

6. Easy: How many novels did Ian Fleming write? (12…trick is two books were short story compilations)

Hard: The publisher of which book company appeared on some of the paperbacks of Ian Fleming’s novels?

Bonus: This book company was called one name until the 70’s and now is known as…(Pan/Coronet)

7. Easy: How many Bond Collectors’ Weekends have taken place, including this weekend’s events? (4)

Hard: How many different US states and countries have Bond Weekend attendees traveled from to the Weekends? (28 states and four countries, Canada, Japan, France, Jamaica.)

8. Easy: In what film is Bond offered a martini, stirred but not shaken? (YOLT)

Hard: Why did this strange thing occur in that particular film? (Lewis Gilbert thought it would be funny and did a last-minute script rewrite on the set. Connery as Bond, therefore, is being polite to Dikko Henderson on screen.)

9. Easy: In what film does Bond flip a car from two wheels inside an alley onto the other two wheels? (DAF)

Hard: Why did that strange thing happen on film? (More specifically, when the exit was originally shot, the crowds and barricades were too obvious (Director Guy Hamilton claims not to have noticed this until the “rushes” and by then it was too late). The scene was re-shot by the second unit director who was unfamiliar with the sequence. The shot of Bond saying “Lean over” was inserted between the two shots. Films have continuity people, storyboards, etc. Plus we can assume the same stunt driver would have been called upon for the re-shoot…and the crowds are still there on screen to be seen! How did this happen?)

10. Easy: Which of the following have not been Bond Weekend locations? Las Vegas; New Orleans; Chicago; (Beaverbrook, Alaska)

Hard: Which of the following was the most popular destination chosen for Bond Weekend 3 by the readers of a 007Forever poll? Los Angeles, Atlanta, (Chicago-77% of the vote), Miami, New York, San Francisco.

11. Easy: Which one of the following wonderful things was not a Bond Weekend occurrence? Movie locations were toured, memorabilia was sold including Pierce Brosnan’s screen worn shoes from TWINE, an Aston Martin served to chauffer celebrities, we looked over Las Vegas from 1,500 feet above the ground following a wonderful meal with Don McGregor, Sean Connery visited the Weekend but no one knew about it until afterward because he was wearing a James Bond costume.

12. Hard: Which one of the following unusual things was not a Bond Weekend occurrence? Attendees told one another about their relatives’ preferred manner of burial, we watched O.H.M.S.S. on the big screen with sound as if George Lazenby was slowly drowning in the ocean, Bruce Glover lectured for two hours longer than scheduled, a hotel did not let anyone up to the Bond Weekend meeting rooms for four hours, a hotel threw our attendees out of a bar, Jordan Charter played dead on a busy street near traffic, Matt Sherman was interrogated by police for running down and striking an airport security guard with a tour van, Weekend attendees were asked to leave a casino for photographing Alan Stephenson as Dr. Evil/Blofeld, Gloria Hendry’s hotel room moved around. (None, all the above happened.)

13. Easy: In how many Bond films, including Never Say Never and Casino Royale, was Bond captured at least one time by an enemy? (21 times)

Hard: In which Bond film is Bond captured the most times? (LALD, 1) From the Fillet of Soul in Harlem at the revolving table. 2) At the airport in New Orleans. Never take the first taxi in line, 007, as John Gardner reminded us in his Bond novels. 3) At the Fillet of Soul in New Orleans. (Oh ho, they weren’t going to fall for THAT ONE again. Were the drinks on the Fillet of Soul tables thus stirred and not shaken? Could this have been the problem?) 4) By Kanaga in his San Monique underground lair. These guys are good! (Bad?) 5) Special bonus—Strutter takes Bond in Harlem with his gun and 6) Double bonus—Felix has to rescue Bond from the clutches of New York’s finest after the car wreck! (Moneypenny rescues Bond from M, too, besides the fact that Adam nearly grabs Bond, too, before Bond kills him on their boat. And don’t forget that even Sheriff Pepper will get this guy in Asia, later.)

14. Easy: Which came first, the EON films or the Ian Fleming books? (The books.)

Hard: Which one of the 19 EON Bond films was made in the same order as the Ian Fleming book with the same name? For example, if Bond 19, The World Is Not Enough, was the 19th Ian Fleming James Bond book. (The Spy Who Loved Me was Ian Fleming’s tenth James Bond book and also EON’s tenth James Bond film.)

15. Easy: What was the final Naval officer’s rank commission for Ian Fleming at WWII’s end? (Commander)

Hard: What room number in the Naval Intelligence wing did Fleming work in? (Room 39)

16. Easy: What four items did the Man With The Golden Gun’s gun break down into? (A lighter, cufflinks, pen, etc.)

Hard: What relation is Christopher Lee to Ian Fleming and what score did Christopher Lee shoot in the last Ian Fleming Foundation golf tournament? (First cousin and who knows?)

17. Easy: How many wives has Roger Moore had? (2)

Hard: Name the young woman traveling with Roger Moore when he was involved in a recent car accident, and the maiden name of his two wives, and what name he is also credited in for film work, and which of his children appear onscreen in Goldeneye starring Charles Dance and which EON Bond movie was Charles Dance in? (Christina Tholstrup is his current partner, Doorn Van Steyn and Luisa Mattioli were Moore’s spouses, “Turk Thrust II” is his alias, daughter Deborah Moore makes a cameo in “Goldeneye” and Charles Dance appears in FYEO as a henchman who shoots at Bond from his dune buggy.)

18. Easy: The most valuable Bond toy in the world is what? (The rarest is most likely the volcano play set from YOLT. JBIFC ran a picture of one in issue #36; the one and only time most anyone else has ever actually seen one. They were made in France but when French Club President Laurent Perriot was asked, no one there had ever seen one let alone owned one! We can’t assign a value because there has never been one on the market!)

Hard: Which Bond toy doll is probably worth the most in its original package and is the hardest to find? (Kissy Suzuki doll from YOLT and the companion “Commander Bond” doll is equally hard to find.)

19. Easy: In which Bond films are Bible verses spoken or paraphrased by characters onscreen? YOLT (Eulogy scriptures from Bond’s burial at sea) OHMSS (Remarks from Draco to “spare the rod” and “Her price is worth more than diamonds…or even your million pounds”. Hard: Which Bond films have the word God spoken in them onscreen? My God, you just killed James Bond-DAF God didn’t give me this face, you did, when you set those timers for three minutes-GEYE In less than 48 hours, we’ll have more money than God…GEYE Janus-the two-faced Roman god come to life… God only had the Sermon on the Mount…TND My, God, we’ll be at the Russians’ mercy…FYEO

20. Easy: Which sold for a greater price at auction in recent years, Honeychile Rider’s bikini or Odd Job’s hat? (The hat. £62K vs. £41K)

Hard: Which one would you rather have thrown at your neck at full speed?

21. Easy: What were the two license plate numbers of the Goldfinger Aston Martin and the GoldenEye Aston Martin? (BMT 216A and BMT 214A)

Hard: What was the combination of Osato’s safe in You Only Live Twice? (85641)

Bond Weekend 2000 – New Orleans – Spoof Story

…Join us for BCW5, August 30 – September 2, 2002!

Millennial fever got you down? A year that ends in “00” can’t be all bad, folks! The third annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend is our answer to “The Weekend Is Not Enough!”

DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING IS A HUMOROUS PIECE ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED DECEMBER 17, 1999. THE “WEEKEND TO END ALL WEEKENDS” IS SET TO GO WITH CELEBRITIES AND BOND ACTION! CLICK THE “BOND WEEKEND 2000” LINKS BELOW TO FIND OUT MORE OR REGISTER FOR BOND WEEKEND 2000!

Matt Sherman, when interviewed by himself, was extremely forthright and candid about the sketchy, vague and limited details now available for Bond Weekend 2000:

Matt: So, where will the third annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend be held?
Matt: We have narrowed it down to the Continental United States, and that much is sure. Seriously, people have been asking the hosts and me constantly, and we are looking to travel to New Orleans for this third annual Bond fete. Previous successful events were had in Florida and in Las Vegas, Nevada touching on On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Diamonds Are Forever themes, so “Live and Let Die” fun in “the Big Easy” seemed the next logical choice.

Matt: What has held up the announcement of a weekend date for this event in 2000?
Matt: It’s been a real trial of faith, believe me! First, we hosts receive firm commitments from Connery, Moore, Dalton and Brosnan to attend, and then George Lazenby said the first date we had selected for the other four was a no go, so naturally, that put a stop to everything right there. (Connery then grabbed the “other fellas” for a golf foursome instead.) Then I was surprised and disappointed to find that former James Bond, David Niven, is deceased, no doubt why he is so very slow to reply to my email. Jerry Soules might be able to go, though, and his gloriously self indulgent and yet stupid Bond movie, pictured on the advance shooting poster which accompanies this article, will premiere at the event, if we can find all the pieces currently residing on the cutting room floor.

Matt: What kinds of excitement (or lack of thereof) may fans expect at BCW III?
Matt: Good question, Matt! [Matt smiles, nods approvingly.] For past Bond Weekends, we have enjoyed together Bond celebrities, accommodations next to fans and friends for all-night partying and “chit-chat,” party games and prizes, costumed fun, trade and sale forums for amazing Bond collectibles, Bond location sightseeing, and much, much more! Perhaps you and the 007Forever webmasters can provide convenient links to update stories on Bond Collectors’ Weekend I plus the second BCW in Las Vegas as well, like these two links I have added below the end of this interview.

Matt: Say, Matt, that’s pretty neat, making those links appear at the bottom of this page so conveniently.
Matt: You bet! More power to ‘ya, big guy!

Matt: Are Bond celebrities planning on attending the Collectors’ Weekend?
Matt: Sure. As you know well yourself, Matt, we will again have name actors from the flicks, plus industry insiders and super-collectors from around the big blue marble for lectures, forums, signing collectibles and talking shop. I feel that the REAL celebrities, however, are the many wonderful, crazy people who attend to hang out for the Weekends, and who often bring and share tens of thousands of $$ of their prized book, poster and film collectibles, and their own fan-made props, CDs, cassettes, documentaries, movies and more. It’s all starting to get like another Fandom domain, which shall remain nameless, where many Trekkies have boldly gone before.

Matt: Well that’s it for now, thanks so much for wasting all our time.
Matt: You bet! Watch this Forever space in 2000 for updates for “The Weekend Is Not Enough!” Write us at Bond Weekend 2000 to get on the mailing list.

–Matt Sherman is one host of the annual Bond Collectors’ Weekends, which means he talks to himself on a frequent basis.

Matt: Okay, I think we’re done with interviewing myself, now.
Matt: You wanna get lunch or somethin’

Matt: Sure.
Matt: Great. You’re buying this time.

Matt: Taco Bell?
Matt: Uh-huh.

Keep 007Forever at Cinescape bookmarked for the next year, plus send an eMail to BCW Productions to get on our Bond Weekend mailing list for regular email updates on Bond events and memorabilia, worldwide or call (USA) 352.372.5094 today for more information or to register.

Bond Weekend 2000 – New Orleans – Itinerary

For the love of Bond, does millennial fever hold you in its grasp? A year ending in “00” can’t be bad! Save the date of September 29-October 1 for the Weekend to Live and Let Die For! We’ve baited our “butter hook” with 007-ly action in a world hotspot, New Orleans, Louisiana. What more would you expect from the Superdome City but a Super Bond Collectors’ Weekend for fans, by fans!

Wondering if big events are planned for you to meet fellow Bond fans plus 007 celebrities? Well, the third annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend is set to be a blast! Your “fully licensed and bonded” hosts have prepared a sensational time of fellowship, celebrity “chit-chat” and more in the home of Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence. 007 would be proud!

Expect the “human high touch,” great fellowship, great friendships, great conversations…and as with each annual Weekend, great collectibles, celebrities, gifts and opportunities. There will also be free time to enjoy The Big Easy’s big party on your own with friends. Bring the entire family!

Your Bondly Itinerary: The Weekend Is Not Enough!

Friday, September 29, 2000

Noon–6:00 PM, “Meeting you, with a view to a city…”

Your passport to N’Awlins fun begins at our venue, The Queen & Crescent Hotel. (Her Majesty would be delighted at our choice of lodging.) Enjoy the afternoon with your Weekend’s hosts and fellow fans or hit the city, for free time with family and friends. Action fills The French Quarter and Mississippi riverfront around our hotel. Spend time with Bond friends or take the family on a waterfront cruise or to the extensive New Orleans Aquarium and Imax Theatre or the famous John James Audubon Zoo. Perhaps a guided tour of the Superdome suits your fancy instead?

Go aboard the “Streetcar Named Desire” and take the free ferry across the mighty Mississippi to Mardi Gras World or else “Moonraker” fans might want to eyeball free New Orleans School of Glassblowing demonstrations. Don’t forget the St. Charles Streetcar for a trolley ride through the Quarter and the Garden District! All these and more are a few minutes walk from our beautiful hotel and the 007 welcome wagon. Groups arriving early can meet at the hotel for fun or to explore the city throughout the day.

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM, “Just a drink. A martini…”

Meet Bruce Glover on Friday night! (“Mr. Wint” in “Diamonds Are Forever”; “Chinatown”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Johnny Mnemonic”)

We’ll gather at the Q&C’s lounge to meet with Bond friends as the stars shine under the glow of “The Crescent City” along with our sparkling “Diamonds” star, Mr. Bruce Glover. Surprises are on the agenda (but no scorpions) as you meet Mr. Wint, and hear his adventures with everyone in Hollywood from Jack Nicholson to Sean Connery to his famous son, Crispin Glover. Hit the town with 007 friends for fun at night!

Saturday, September 30, 2000

10 AM – Noon, “No, Ma’am…I’m on the economy tour…”

Our group will enjoy a guided tour of the historic Vieux Carre (French Quarter) and its environs. We’ll share “all the time in the world” and visit Louis Armstrong Park near the home of the Jazz great who offered special service to Her Majesty. We’ll be sure to also catch Bourbon Street and a special funeral for a “lucky” CIA man.

New Orleans was the Bohemian home of everyone from vengeful pirates to legendary authors. You’ll be fascinated as we view together famous Jackson Square, the “Solitaire Voodoo Queen”, the outrageous Café Du Monde, Preservation Hall and Pat O’Brien’s, plus the “Court of Two Sisters” (Jill and Tilly Masterson, perhaps?) to name a few stops on our special day. Tour the French Market, a secret of trinkets, Creole tomatoes and gourmet treats, before the big show.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, “Where all the other Bond shows end, this one begins…”

Meet Vic Flick on Saturday! (Lead guitarist for “The James Bond Theme” and “Bond Back In Action”; countless film and recording classics with “The John Barry Seven” and many more)

Meet Jeff Marshall on Saturday! (James Bond’s Artist to the Stars)

Get ready for our annual Sale Day and Swap Meet and bring all your Bond treasures for sale and display! Our special “Live and Let Die For Auction” will feature the talent of Mr. Jeff Marshall, portrait artist to the Bond celebrities and creator of fantastic compositions honoring the Bond legacy. Weekend guests may also arrange for special items to be added to the James Bond auction! Composer and musician Vic Flick will be jamming with us including his unique work on the world’s most famous guitar solo and seven James Bond films from “Dr. No” to “License To Kill”! You’ll thrill to hear of his accompanying great music and film names like Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Diana Ross, and Henry Mancini! Meet Jeff and Vic when you join us at the sale and show for “The Return of Bruno,” “The 0008 Sensation” and other surprises!

1:00 – 4:00 PM (During the Show and Sale), “It’s funny, but I cannot seem to eat while I’m being stared at…”

Traveling with your “Bond man” or Bond fan and want to get away during your Crescent City trip? Enjoy fellowship, one of the best meals in town and fun at The Gumbo Shop, along with the spouses and children of the “die hards” locked in to the Saturday show. At our inaugural Bond Widows and Orphans Luncheon, great times await your traveling companions too pooped to party with Bond!

4:30 – 6:30 PM, “Welcome to my world crisis…”

Meet producer/actor/director/writer Dean Williams, as he hosts the world premiere of his superspy/super spoof documentary sending up Bond’s world, “A Pepper For Tomorrow”. Along with “APFT” enjoy our other film classics, including “Wilson Chance, 00-?” in “The Man With The Golden Eye” and more fun surprises. See classic footage not shown anywhere else!

7 PM – ?, “This is the part I like best…feeding time…”

Since our man James loves jazz and all things French the best, you’re in for delightful free time in New Orleans with friends and family! Condé Nast travelers rate NO’s cuisine as better than dining out in New York or Paris, so Anne Rice’s city is certainly a good place for a delicious “bite” before you explore the nightlife. The Queen and Crescent Hotel is walking distance for you to “Bam” it at Emeril Lagasse’s, sip turtle soup at Paul Prudhomme’s world famous “K-Paul’s Kitchen”, or grab local color with Creole and Cajun at any one of a hundred restaurants in The Quarter. Options abound! New Orleans is famous for seafood, and we heartily recommend the “Fillet of Soul!”

For a meal or quick snack or drinks, the Hard Rock Café or even Planet Hollywood may tempt you, with its rotating displays of movie memorabilia. A giant “You Only Live Twice” gun, Sean Connery’s suit from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, Julius Harris’ fancy “Live and Let Die” suit, Don Adams’ gun from “Get Smart”, Peter Sellers’ (“Evelyn Tremble” in “Casino Royale”) coat from “Being There” and much more await photo opportunities!

After dinner, enjoy a stroll and fine shopping at Riverwalk or suit up in Brioni at Rubenstein Bros., and don’t forget to catch the 24-hour action including the free of charge nightly Mardi Gras Parade and Musical Revue at Harrah’s Casino. Will it be Baccarat, 21 or “Plenty of” Roulette, 007?

Sunday, October 1, 2000

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, “Just being disarming, darling…”

Meet Gloria Hendry on Sunday! (“Rosie Carver” in “Live And Let Die”; “For Love of Ivy”, “Black Belt Jones”, “Lethal Charm”)

Stroll with us on our way to an incredible afternoon high above the city! We’ll dine at the fabulous Kabby’s Restaurant, 30 stories above New Orleans with a dramatic view of the Mississippi. Enjoy gourmet specialties at the place named Best Jazz Brunch by New Orleans Magazine. Andouille gumbo, duck with cane syrup, jambalaya and cioppino bourdin accompany omelettes and belgian waffles made to order, prime rib, crawfish and shrimp. Did we mention a champagne buffet with all the above and more await the Bond Weekend fans? Good times, more fellowship and your personal meeting with “Rosie Carver”, the amazing Gloria Hendry, are on tap before heading for home!

Today, “Twenty-Double-Oh” (2000)

“Sign up today to join the party!”

From N’Awlins With Love, Your Weekend Hosts:

Matt & Janine Sherman of “Not Stirred Collectors”
Alan Stephenson of “Klaus Ink”
Michael Kersey of “007Forever”
Steve & Kathy Kulakoski of “For Your Eyes Only Books”
Bond Collectors’ Weekend 2000: The Weekend To Live and Let Die For!

Weekend Registration Cost: $150 per person, includes: your intimate time with the 007 stars, paid admission to the Sale and Trade Show, a guided tour of the city, bidder’s/seller’s auction number for Saturday’s big event, admission to all Collectors’ Weekend films and shows, official Bond Weekend 2000 Registration Packet, Weekend gift, hospitality and surprises with Mr. Bond’s friends and fans. Space is limited! Sign up today to meet Bond friends from across the US, Canada and Europe in New Orleans this September!

Contact Bond Weekend 2000 Headquarters to register in the US or Europe and to secure lodging next to your fellow fans at our lovely venue, The Queen & Crescent Hotel.

This hotel with lovely rooms is available to us at $99 double occupancy ($70 off nightly from their $169 rate that weekend! For a comparison the Holiday Inn is $110 that Weekend, this is the best rate to be found in The Quarter/CBD that weekend and a super deal. Call [toll free] 800.205.7131 and ask for your Bond Weekend 2000 block room. You are not obligated to stay at the Crescent to participate in the Weekend.)

We also offer discounted travel arrangements to fly, train or Aston Martin or bathysphere to New Orleans! (Be careful with those taxi drivers imported from New York, 007! Use our discount shuttle service from the airport instead!) Call or write with your group booking questions!

Registration payment needs to be made payable by DATELINE EXTENDED! JOIN NOW! and will be non-refundable after that time. A $15 late fee for processing will be applied for registrations postmarked after that date. Itinerary is subject to change. Please contact the hosts to arrange your display/dealer tables for Saturday’s show or any other needs or concerns. Call, write or email us for more information or with any questions!

Keep 007Forever at Cinescape bookmarked for the next year, plus send an eMail to BCW Productions to get on our Bond Weekend mailing list for regular email updates on Bond events and memorabilia, worldwide or call (USA) 352.372.5094 today for more information or to register.

Some unsolicited comments from the second annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada:

“…I brought back a lot of memories from the BCW in Las Vegas and I have to tell you again how much I appreciate all that you did as hosts, can`t wait for next year.”

“The most important part of collecting Bond is the friends you meet along the way…what`s the use in having Bond stuff, if you can`t share it?”

“How many Bond fans get to talk with “Plenty O`Toole,” Lana Wood, in Las Vegas’ “The Riviera Hotel” about the movie “Diamonds Are Forever?” How cool is that?”

“My collection got a lot of new plus very rare items! I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet Lana Wood and my now good friends, guests Don and Marsha McGregor!”

“I enjoyed Bond Weekend 1999 tremendously.”

“I had a great time in Vegas. Thanks for the Collectors’ Weekend. I will treasure the items I purchased over the Weekend, not due to value, but the memories that I have of the Weekend.”

“I wanted to tell you again what a great time I had over the 1999 Bond Weekend. It really was so much fun to get to see old friends and make new ones…so many people mentioned to me that they had a really good time and I wanted to let you know…next time for sure!”

Keep 007Forever at Cinescape bookmarked for the next year, plus send an eMail to BCW Productions to get on our Bond Weekend mailing list for regular email updates on Bond events and memorabilia, worldwide or call (USA) 352.372.5094 today for more information or to register.

Bond Weekend 2000 – New Orleans – Gala Invitation

For the love of Bond, does millennial fever hold you in its grasp? A year ending in “00” can’t be bad! Save the date of September 29-October 1 for the Weekend to Live and Let Die For! We’ve baited our “butter hook” with 007-ly action in a world hotspot, New Orleans, Louisiana. What more would you expect from the Superdome City but a Super Bond Collectors’ Weekend for fans, by fans!

Wondering if big events are planned for you to meet fellow Bond fans plus 007 celebrities? Well, the third annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend is set to be a blast! Your “fully licensed and bonded” hosts have prepared a sensational time of fellowship, celebrity “chit-chat” and more in the home of Mardi Gras and Southern Decadence. 007 would be proud!

Expect the “human high touch,” great fellowship, great friendships, great conversations…and as with each annual Weekend, great collectibles, celebrities, gifts and opportunities. There will also be free time to enjoy The Big Easy’s big party on your own with friends. Bring the entire family!

Your Bondly Itinerary: The Weekend Is Not Enough!

Friday, September 29, 2000

Noon–6:00 PM, “Meeting you, with a view to a city…”

Your passport to N’Awlins fun begins at our venue, The Queen & Crescent Hotel. (Her Majesty would be delighted at our choice of lodging.) Enjoy the afternoon with your Weekend’s hosts and fellow fans or hit the city, for free time with family and friends. Action fills The French Quarter and Mississippi riverfront around our hotel. Spend time with Bond friends or take the family on a waterfront cruise or to the extensive New Orleans Aquarium and Imax Theatre or the famous John James Audubon Zoo. Perhaps a guided tour of the Superdome suits your fancy instead?

Go aboard the “Streetcar Named Desire” and take the free ferry across the mighty Mississippi to Mardi Gras World or else “Moonraker” fans might want to eyeball free New Orleans School of Glassblowing demonstrations. Don’t forget the St. Charles Streetcar for a trolley ride through the Quarter and the Garden District! All these and more are a few minutes walk from our beautiful hotel and the 007 welcome wagon. Groups arriving early can meet at the hotel for fun or to explore the city throughout the day.

7:30 PM – 11:00 PM, “Just a drink. A martini…”

Meet Bruce Glover on Friday night! (“Mr. Wint” in “Diamonds Are Forever”; “Chinatown”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, “Johnny Mnemonic”)

We’ll gather at the Q&C’s lounge to meet with Bond friends as the stars shine under the glow of “The Crescent City” along with our sparkling “Diamonds” star, Mr. Bruce Glover. Surprises are on the agenda (but no scorpions) as you meet Mr. Wint, and hear his adventures with everyone in Hollywood from Jack Nicholson to Sean Connery to his famous son, Crispin Glover. Hit the town with 007 friends for fun at night!

Saturday, September 30, 2000

10 AM – Noon, “No, Ma’am…I’m on the economy tour…”

Our group will enjoy a guided tour of the historic Vieux Carre (French Quarter) and its environs. We’ll share “all the time in the world” and visit Louis Armstrong Park near the home of the Jazz great who offered special service to Her Majesty. We’ll be sure to also catch Bourbon Street and a special funeral for a “lucky” CIA man.

New Orleans was the Bohemian home of everyone from vengeful pirates to legendary authors. You’ll be fascinated as we view together famous Jackson Square, the “Solitaire Voodoo Queen”, the outrageous Café Du Monde, Preservation Hall and Pat O’Brien’s, plus the “Court of Two Sisters” (Jill and Tilly Masterson, perhaps?) to name a few stops on our special day. Tour the French Market, a secret of trinkets, Creole tomatoes and gourmet treats, before the big show.

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, “Where all the other Bond shows end, this one begins…”

Meet Vic Flick on Saturday! (Lead guitarist for “The James Bond Theme” and “Bond Back In Action”; countless film and recording classics with “The John Barry Seven” and many more)

Meet Jeff Marshall on Saturday! (James Bond’s Artist to the Stars)

Get ready for our annual Sale Day and Swap Meet and bring all your Bond treasures for sale and display! Our special “Live and Let Die For Auction” will feature the talent of Mr. Jeff Marshall, portrait artist to the Bond celebrities and creator of fantastic compositions honoring the Bond legacy. Weekend guests may also arrange for special items to be added to the James Bond auction! Composer and musician Vic Flick will be jamming with us including his unique work on the world’s most famous guitar solo and seven James Bond films from “Dr. No” to “License To Kill”! You’ll thrill to hear of his accompanying great music and film names like Tom Jones, Nancy Sinatra, Burt Bacharach, Diana Ross, and Henry Mancini! Meet Jeff and Vic when you join us at the sale and show for “The Return of Bruno,” “The 0008 Sensation” and other surprises!

1:00 – 4:00 PM (During the Show and Sale), “It’s funny, but I cannot seem to eat while I’m being stared at…”

Traveling with your “Bond man” or Bond fan and want to get away during your Crescent City trip? Enjoy fellowship, one of the best meals in town and fun at The Gumbo Shop, along with the spouses and children of the “die hards” locked in to the Saturday show. At our inaugural Bond Widows and Orphans Luncheon, great times await your traveling companions too pooped to party with Bond!

4:30 – 6:30 PM, “Welcome to my world crisis…”

Meet producer/actor/director/writer Dean Williams, as he hosts the world premiere of his superspy/super spoof documentary sending up Bond’s world, “A Pepper For Tomorrow”. Along with “APFT” enjoy our other film classics, including “Wilson Chance, 00-?” in “The Man With The Golden Eye” and more fun surprises. See classic footage not shown anywhere else!

7 PM – ?, “This is the part I like best…feeding time…”

Since our man James loves jazz and all things French the best, you’re in for delightful free time in New Orleans with friends and family! Condé Nast travelers rate NO’s cuisine as better than dining out in New York or Paris, so Anne Rice’s city is certainly a good place for a delicious “bite” before you explore the nightlife. The Queen and Crescent Hotel is walking distance for you to “Bam” it at Emeril Lagasse’s, sip turtle soup at Paul Prudhomme’s world famous “K-Paul’s Kitchen”, or grab local color with Creole and Cajun at any one of a hundred restaurants in The Quarter. Options abound! New Orleans is famous for seafood, and we heartily recommend the “Fillet of Soul!”

For a meal or quick snack or drinks, the Hard Rock Café or even Planet Hollywood may tempt you, with its rotating displays of movie memorabilia. A giant “You Only Live Twice” gun, Sean Connery’s suit from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, Julius Harris’ fancy “Live and Let Die” suit, Don Adams’ gun from “Get Smart”, Peter Sellers’ (“Evelyn Tremble” in “Casino Royale”) coat from “Being There” and much more await photo opportunities!

After dinner, enjoy a stroll and fine shopping at Riverwalk or suit up in Brioni at Rubenstein Bros., and don’t forget to catch the 24-hour action including the free of charge nightly Mardi Gras Parade and Musical Revue at Harrah’s Casino. Will it be Baccarat, 21 or “Plenty of” Roulette, 007?

Sunday, October 1, 2000

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, “Just being disarming, darling…”

Meet Gloria Hendry on Sunday! (“Rosie Carver” in “Live And Let Die”; “For Love of Ivy”, “Black Belt Jones”, “Lethal Charm”)

Stroll with us on our way to an incredible afternoon high above the city! We’ll dine at the fabulous Kabby’s Restaurant, 30 stories above New Orleans with a dramatic view of the Mississippi. Enjoy gourmet specialties at the place named Best Jazz Brunch by New Orleans Magazine. Andouille gumbo, duck with cane syrup, jambalaya and cioppino bourdin accompany omelettes and belgian waffles made to order, prime rib, crawfish and shrimp. Did we mention a champagne buffet with all the above and more await the Bond Weekend fans? Good times, more fellowship and your personal meeting with “Rosie Carver”, the amazing Gloria Hendry, are on tap before heading for home!

Today, “Twenty-Double-Oh” (2000)

“Sign up today to join the party!”

From N’Awlins With Love, Your Weekend Hosts:

Matt & Janine Sherman of “Not Stirred Collectors”
Alan Stephenson of “Klaus Ink”
Michael Kersey of “007Forever”
Steve & Kathy Kulakoski of “For Your Eyes Only Books”
Bond Collectors’ Weekend 2000: The Weekend To Live and Let Die For!

Weekend Registration Cost: $150 per person, includes: your intimate time with the 007 stars, paid admission to the Sale and Trade Show, a guided tour of the city, bidder’s/seller’s auction number for Saturday’s big event, admission to all Collectors’ Weekend films and shows, official Bond Weekend 2000 Registration Packet, Weekend gift, hospitality and surprises with Mr. Bond’s friends and fans. Space is limited! Sign up today to meet Bond friends from across the US, Canada and Europe in New Orleans this September!

Contact Bond Weekend 2000 Headquarters to register in the US or Europe and to secure lodging next to your fellow fans at our lovely venue, The Queen & Crescent Hotel.

This hotel with lovely rooms is available to us at $99 double occupancy ($70 off nightly from their $169 rate that weekend! For a comparison the Holiday Inn is $110 that Weekend, this is the best rate to be found in The Quarter/CBD that weekend and a super deal. Call [toll free] 800.205.7131 and ask for your Bond Weekend 2000 block room. You are not obligated to stay at the Crescent to participate in the Weekend.)

We also offer discounted travel arrangements to fly, train or Aston Martin or bathysphere to New Orleans! (Be careful with those taxi drivers imported from New York, 007! Use our discount shuttle service from the airport instead!) Call or write with your group booking questions!

Registration payment needs to be made payable by DATELINE EXTENDED! JOIN NOW! and will be non-refundable after that time. A $15 late fee for processing will be applied for registrations postmarked after that date. Itinerary is subject to change. Please contact the hosts to arrange your display/dealer tables for Saturday’s show or any other needs or concerns. Call, write or email us for more information or with any questions!

Write to us with questions or send registration per person, PAYABLE to MATT or JANINE SHERMAN at:

Matt & Janine Sherman
Attn. Bond Weekend payment
2711 NW 42 Place
Gainesville, Fl 32605, USA

Call with questions: (USA) 352.372.5094

Email: Bond Weekend 2000 Headquarters.

Some unsolicited comments from the second annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada:

“…I brought back a lot of memories from the BCW in Las Vegas and I have to tell you again how much I appreciate all that you did as hosts, can`t wait for next year.”

“The most important part of collecting Bond is the friends you meet along the way…what`s the use in having Bond stuff, if you can`t share it?”

“How many Bond fans get to talk with “Plenty O`Toole,” Lana Wood, in Las Vegas’ “The Riviera Hotel” about the movie “Diamonds Are Forever?” How cool is that?”

“My collection got a lot of new plus very rare items! I also want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet Lana Wood and my now good friends, guests Don and Marsha McGregor!”

“I enjoyed Bond Weekend 1999 tremendously.”

“I had a great time in Vegas. Thanks for the Collectors’ Weekend. I will treasure the items I purchased over the Weekend, not due to value, but the memories that I have of the Weekend.”

“I wanted to tell you again what a great time I had over the 1999 Bond Weekend. It really was so much fun to get to see old friends and make new ones…so many people mentioned to me that they had a really good time and I wanted to let you know…next time for sure!”

Thanks in advance, Bond fans, for forwarding this story to your lists! Questions? Comments? Need a Bond Weekend 2000 banner graphic to place on your website? Write us at Bond Weekend 2000 Headquarters. See you in New Orleans, 007!

Dossier: Paula Caplan

Subject: Paula Caplan
Organization: Bahamas Customs Agent
Height: 5`10″
Weight: 125 lbs
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Skills: None
Weaknesses: None
Fields of Expertise: Local Customs
Background: One of Bond`s local contacts in the Bahamas during his Thunderball mission; her main focus was to assist Bond on any jobs he needed having done or answering any questions he might have. Paula was kidnapped by Vargas and Janni. She later swallowed a cyanide pill rather than divulge what she knew about the investigation into Largo.
Born: 8/1/1943
London, England