Lucy Fleming

Lucy Williams (nee Fleming) was born May 15th, 1947. Her father, writer/author Peter Fleming (1907-1971), remarked that by age 10, she was a “good horsewoman”, and by age 14, a “keen and talented shot”: “She began by hitting a woodcock and a driven cock pheasant – never having handled a shotgun before – the first time I took her out, and went on to shoot consistently well. I suppose I enjoyed her prowess and her companionship as much as I have enjoyed anything in the way of shooting.”

Her mother, actress Celia Johnson (1908-1982), is best known for her Academy Award nominated performance in David Lean`s film BRIEF ENCOUNTER (co-written by Ian and Ann Fleming`s friend Noel Coward). Lucy Fleming followed in her mother`s footsteps having wanted to be an actress ever since seeing her mother perform in the Robert Bolt play THE FLOWERING CHERRY. She began with the Farnham repertory company and subsequently went on to the Royal Court Theatre. She even appeared with her mother in several productions including a revival of the Noel Coward play HAY FEVER, and the 1968 BBC production (co-starring Charles Gray; Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the Bond film DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER). She married Joe Laycock (son of Major-General Sir Robert Laycock, an old Peter Fleming friend) in 1971 and they had several children. After a family tragedy in the early 1980s, she married actor/writer Simon Williams, best known for playing the part of Captain Bellamy in the British series UPSTAIRS,DOWNSTAIRS, and also portrayed Nigel Pennington-Smythe in the 1983 tv movie THE RETURN OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E (featuring one-time James Bond George Lazenby in a Bondish cameo), and wrote the novels TALKING OSCARS (pub 1988) and KILL THE LIGHTSS (pub 1991).

Lucy Fleming`s step-children, Tam and Amy Williams also act, though her own son designs websites. According to Lucy Fleming, “For an actor there`s a rather worrying time when the final dress rehearsal is over and there`s an hour or so to kill before you present the play to its first audience. There`s not much to do except heed the director`s last-minute notes, open some good-luck cards and panic.” These are her screen credits:

http://us.imdb.com/Name?Fleming,+Lucy (So why don`t the Bond producers give her a cameo in a film?)

She starred in the 70`s cult tv series THE SURVIVORS and was recently seen in the miniseries adaptation of Anthony Powell`s A DANCE TO THE MUSIC OF TIME. Lucy Fleming complained in an interview about the lack of film and tv parts for women her age, so instead has appeared mostly on the stage, quite recently in her own husband`s play LAYING THE GHOST.

Her husband told the Daily Mail that “She doesn`t like to be told what to do, so it was a tricky business getting her to do it. Cleverly, I persuaded her by simply leaving the manuscript lying around the house and when she eventually asked who was going to play Judith, I replied sheepishly: “I was rather hoping you would, my dear.” They are in rehearsal and I keep wanting to make the odd little change . . . so I`ve been banned. They`ve even put a combination lock on the rehearsal room!”

In 1993 Lucy Fleming was one of two people selected from 2,687 entrants for the Times sponsored berth in the around-the-world BT Global Challenge voyage, but was forced to withdraw after her brother Nichol died unexpectedly from a heart-attack, aged 56 (the same age as their uncle Ian Fleming when he died). She later wrote a delightful article in The Spectator describing her participation in the 40-day, 7000 mile leg five of the race spanning from Capetown, South Africa to Boston. She was put in charge of weather faxes for her watch, suspecting that this was a wheeze for getting useless crew members out of the way:

“Food started off very promisingly but things declined as the fresh food ran out and dried goods appeared looking like dog food and, even after much inventive preparation, mostly tasting pretty similar. Drinks were the usual hot ones or something called “refresh”, which didn`t. The watermaker converted salt water into slightly less salty water and made a noise like a gout ridden MFH every time it started up. All the crew were issued with a chocolate and sweet ration, known as the nutty bag. Sadly, my family have now applied this title to me.”

Kate Fleming writes that “Lucy and I […] were on the wild side; Lucy was a tomboy and was always at the top of a tree or racing about on a pony. I was very shy and shot upstairs whenever anyone visited the house. Neither of us would put on a dress if we could possibly help it. Our manners left a lot to be desired.” Moreover their childhood home, “Merrimoles”, was intentionally overrun by many unorthodox pets: labradors, a poodle, a cat, ponies, at least one horse, owls, a dormouse, two fox cubs, a raven and a grey squirrel named “Nutto”.

Peter Fleming once wrote in his diary: “Woken early by the patter of tiny feet. Yaks, if stampeded, would make more noise, but not much more noise, than Kate (three) and Lucy (two), who constitute a knockabout turn known as the Reveille Girls.” [He goes on to say about his dogs, “Wonder what Pavlov would have made of Toby and Trigger, who never budge from the bed in my dressing-room until I start brushing my hair. Have tried going downstairs without brushing my hair. Sticklers for protocol, they stayed where they were.” He also left his family the following arrangements for his own funeral: “If there is a memorial service, I would like it to be at the Guards Chapel; the parking facilities are unrivalled.” His final instruction was, “No mourning.”] Both girls were sent off to Cranborne Chase school in Dorset (Kate in 1959, Lucy in 1960), and afterwards Peter Fleming remarked that “the patter of your tiny feet is sadly missed.”

Lucy Fleming: Born 5/15/1947

Lois Chiles is Dr. Goodhead

You can`t mention Lois Chiles name without two adjectives coming to mind: talented and beautiful. She`s arguably the best Bond Woman in a long, illustrious line of beautiful and bold Bond Women.

She began her Hollywood career as a model, eventually gracing the covers of such magazines as Elle (1973) or Living Fit (1995), before working her way into film. She squared off against Robert Redford twice, in The Way We Were (1973) and The Great Gatsby (1974). In 1978 she resumed her career with two standout films. As as the doomed Linnet Ridgeway, a spoiled heiress in Death On The Nile, Chiles was fantastic. There she acted against such industry heavyweights as Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury, Mia Farrow, David Niven, Olivia Hussey and George Kennedy. She also played the doomed Nancy Greenly in Coma, opposite Michael Douglas and Geneveive Bujold.

Her hightest profile role was yet to come, in the role of Holly Goodhead in the James Bond film Moonraker. It was the right role at the right time for Chiles. She told PEOPLE Magazine in 1979: “I needed the work, I needed the money, and I needed the experience.” It was a chance meeting with director Lewis Gilbert aboard an airplane that would land Lois the highly coveted role. After talking with Gilbert on board the flight, Gilbert reported back to Cubby Broccoli that he`d spoken with Lois and together, they agreed she was perfect for the role.

She would spend much of the filming of Moonraker in France, where the production had moved to from London to avoid the steep British income tax. What should have been a memorable lark for Lois as a Bond Woman was clouded with concern for her brother, who was suffering from a potentially life threatening disease and was in need of constant blood transfusions. He died sometime after Moonraker premiered.

In deference to Lois` strong feminist feelings at the time, the role of Holly was beefed up to make her an equal partner with 007. Not only was she a brilliant astrophysicist, but now she was also a CIA operative. She helped cement the trend of strong, capable female secret agents that Barbara Bach began with Anya in The Spy Who Loved Me.

Chiles` next big feature was the television show DALLAS, where she played yet another Holly: Holly Harwood. As Holly Harwood, Chiles played an oil baroness in need of a strong hand to help run the company. She cut J.R. Ewing 25% of her action in exchange for his help as a silent partner. While scheming with J.R., she kept her eyes on Bobby Ewing, secretly wanting a relationship that was never going to be.

Lois continued to work in major features after her two year run on DALLAS. She then appeared with Alan Alda and Michael Caine in the hilarious comedy Sweet Liberty (1986), as well as working opposite Holly Hunter and William Hurt in the 1987 Oscar nominated film Broadcast News. Creepshow 2 showcased her work within a horror film. In Creepshow 2, Chiles plays an cheating wife of a rich man who has to speed home quickly before her husband realizes she`s been out. On the way, she runs over a construction worker whom she leaves for dead on the side of the road. But is he really dead?

Through the Nineties Lois has continued to work strong in an industry where parts become scarce for actresses over 40. Among her noteable works were Speed 2 as the mother of the deaf girl, an uncredited cameo in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (that can be found in special edition dvd`s), Bliss, and Curdled.

In 1999 Lois did promotional work for MGM to advertise the release of the Special Edition DVD`s as well as to coincide with the release of The World Is Not Enough. She appeared on such programs as The Today Show on NBC as well as appearing in a special photo spread for Vanity Fair.

Born: 4/15/1947
Alice, Texas USA

Lindy Hemming

Lindy attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art studying stage management and design. Upon graduation she took work in the Open Space Theatre and the Hampsteadd Theatre Club.

In 1985 she worked on the highly acclaimed “My Beautiful Launderette” with Daniel Day Lewis and “84 Charing Cross Road” with Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft. Other noteable credits include “Four Weddings and a Funeral”, “Blood and Wine”, “Goldeneye” and “Tomorrow Never Dies”. Her work was extremely well received for “The World Is Not Enough”, including the gowns and dresses she created for Sophie Marceau.

Her influence has even been felt at the Oscars, as she recommended an Abu Jani-Sandeep creation to Oscar winner Judi Dench. Lindy was also instrumental in breaking the 30 year tradition of dressing Bond in clothing from Savile Row by putting him in Italian Brioni.

George Lazenby is James Bond

Born September 9th, 1939 in Goulburn, Australia…this model turned actor will forever be a question mark in the series, a trivia answer on Jeaporady! and an enigma and controversial topic of conversation for diehard Bond fans.

To be fair to Lazenby, it wasn`t easy being the first actor to try and replace Sean Connery. Nor could it have been easy jumping into the material he was given to start off with (the love and death of Bond`s wife, Tracy). But Lazenby also made it harder on himself than was neccessary.

At the time the Bond talent hunt was under way in 1968, Lazenby was working as a male model and car salesman in London. On the advice of his agent, he made solid plans to challenge each and every eligible male actor for the role. Considering the lengths Lazenby went to to get the role, one has to wonder why he became so cavalier about returning to it. He spent his last pound on acquiring a tailor made suit from Sean Connery`s clothier, along with a very Bondish Rolex watch. A chance encounter with series producer Cubby Broccoli in a hair salon gave Lazenby his first shot at getting the role. Broccoli made a mental note to remember Lazenby as a possible candidate.

Lazenby was up against John Richardson, Anthony Rogers, Robert Campbell and Hans de Vries, but Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene.Several months went by while hundreds of other men auditioned for the role. On the strength of his interviews, fight skills, audition footage and lack of substantial competition, Lazenby got the role. From there the situation went downhill.

Lazenby`s ego went to his head. Instant success spoiled him before filming even began. He told Life magazine, which had been given exclusive access to the search for a new 007, this much about his attitude of taking on the role: “I`m looking forward to being Bond for the broads and the bread.” The situation became tense and bitter during the filming, with tabloid reports exaggerating some elements of the filming, while other rumors ran rampant that Diana Rigg disliked Lazenby so much that she ate garlic before each scene in which they kissed.

Lazenby received some bad advice that led him to believe that one outing as Bond would be enough to make him an international superstar; a man that didn`t need Bond to get acting roles. Before On Her Majesty`s Secret Service premiere, Lazenby announced to the world that this would be his first and last turn as James Bond. Broccoli cautioned Lazenby to rethink his position; that if he chose this path, Lazenby would never amount to anything of an actor and never get offers beyond “Spaghetti Westerns”. Cubby was right.

Lazenby took a year long cruise around the world after `Majesty` debuted, refreshed and ready to get back to work. The only problem was that Lazenby was a cold commodity, and the scripts were definitely not piling up on his agent`s desk.

In his post-Bond career, Lazenby acted in a few tv movies, soft core porn, and B-grade films. During the early 1970s, Lazenby worked in Hong Kong, and was going to make a film with Bruce Lee right before the actor`s death. He took several years off from show business to race cars and tend to his sick son, who died of brain cancer at 19 years of age. He often attends 007 conventions and has recently moved from Hawaii to Los Angeles to resume his acting career. His most recent notable credits have included a guest appearance on Diagnosis: Murder, and The Pretender, as Jarrod`s father.

Born: 9/9/1939
Goulburn, Australia

Geoffrey Boothroyd

Geoffrey Boothroyd, the real life model for “Q”, died October 20, 2001, following a short illness.

Boothroyd was a world-renowned gun expert who wrote hundreds of articles for gun magazines, including several specifically about James Bond’s guns. He first wrote to Ian Fleming in the mid-fifties to complain about the type of
gun that Bond used. According to Boothroyd, the Beretta (used by Bond in the first five novels) was more of a ladies’ gun, and not a very nice lady at that!

At Boothroyd’s suggestion, Fleming equipped Bond with the Walther PPK which has now become virtually synonymous with Bond. Fleming subsequently named his armourer Major Boothroyd of Q section, though the films have always referred to the character simply as Q (except for “The Spy Who Loved Me”, in which Anya addresses Q as Major Boothroyd).

The actual Walther PPK which Boothroyd loaned to Fleming, along with his highly modified Smith & Wesson revolver which appears on the first edition dust jacket of From Russia, With Love, were auctioned by Christie’s in September 1998, and are now the property of Ian Fleming Foundation member Brad Frank, who had corresponded with Boothroyd several times since the sale.

Boothroyd’s daughter Susan, who worked with her father over the last ten years, will be launching a new firearms research web page on March 25. The address is: www.firearmsresearch.co.uk.

Desmond Llewleyn (1914-1999)

LONDON (Reuters) – Veteran actor Desmond Llewelyn, who played gadgetry expert Q in a string of James Bond films, died in a car crash on Sunday.

Llewelyn, 85, was driving home from a booksigning to promote his autobiography in East Sussex, south of London, when his car collided head-on with another, police said.

“Mr. Llewelyn suffered massive multiple injuries. He was airlifted from the scene and, along with two others, was taken to hospital, where he died,“ a Sussex police spokeswoman told Reuters.

Llewelyn co-starred with all of the five Bonds in 17 of the 19 Bond films, including the latest, “The World is Not Enough.“ He made the part his own, becoming an institution almost better loved than Bond himself.

He first appeared in the 1963 film “From Russia With Love,“ with the first of his gadgets, a booby-trapped suitcase.

But Llewelyn himself hated contraptions.

“I loathe gadgets,“ he admitted at a promotion for the latest Bond movie. “They always go wrong. I`m just hopeless with gadgets.“

Of the five actors to play Bond, Llewelyn picked Sean Connery as perfect in the part.

“George Lazenby played it straight and well. Roger Moore was much lighter and more jokey. It was a rather camp portrayal, with a lot more emphasis on humor, but it worked,“ he said.

“Timothy Dalton was Ian Fleming`s Bond — a real character. His confidence and surliness were straight from the books. It was brave but people didn`t like it.“

And of current 007, Pierce Brosnan, he said: “He is extremely good. He has the right look and manner.“

Llewelyn`s character was due to be retired from Her Majesty`s Secret Service and written out of the Bond films.

Signing off in “The World is Not Enough,“ he will be replaced by sidekick R, played by John Cleese.

Q was never a character in the Fleming novels — though in the first Bond book, “Casino Royale,“ it is `Q Branch` that supplies 007`s gadgets.

When work started on the film version of “From Russia with Love,“ Llewelyn was offered the role of the equipment expert, and audiences clamored for more.

Q`s character solidified into one of rattled impatience and quiet desperation and the scripts were generous with witty one-liners.

But the role remained little more than a bit part, though with the gadets becoming even more important accessories than the Bond women, Q became the best-loved role.

“What you saw in the films is what he was. He was a kind, very lovable man, and as a father he was great,“ Llewelyn`s son Ivor told Sky Television on Sunday.

“He always wanted to be an actor, from about age 16. He had some opposition from his parents so he tried being an accountant but wasn`t cut out for it — so he went to RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) when he was 20.

Llewelyn, the son of a Welsh coalminer, was alone in the blue Renault Megane when it crashed.

The two others hurt in the accident, a 35-year-old man and his female companion, were still in hospital with minor injuries.

“Weather wasn`t a factor in the accident,“ the police spokeswoman said, declining to comment on a possible cause of the crash.

Llewelyn endured five years as a prisoner of war in Germany during World war Two.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Pamela, mother to his two sons. She has Alzheimer`s disease and lives in a nursing home.

Born in South Wales, UK in 1914, Desmond Llewelyn had a career in the Arts that spanned nearly 60 years, yet was best known for his role as “Q” the gadget man in 17 of 19 Bond films. But if it weren`t for a bit of luck along the way, Desmond may never have been as famous as he is today.

His family was opposed to his interest in theater and tried to prevent him from pursuing that course. An uncle who was a high ranking police officer arranged for Desmond to take the department`s physical exam. He flunked the eye test, he felt because the inspector was drunk with a hangover. He didn`t get the job. He was accepted to RADA (Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts) in the mid 1930s. The outbreak of World War II stopped his acting career temporarily, and Llewelyn went to fight, eventually becoming a prisioner of war by the Germans.

After the war, Llewelyn was intent on reviving his career. He had a small part in Cleopatra which filmed in Rome. There, he became part of a repatory theater group who were on “call”. If producers had an urgent need to fill a role, Desmond could be counted on. All totaled, Desmond figured he did nearly 50 plays a year back in his theater days.

Luck again played a part in the progression of his career when the original “Q”, Peter Burton, was unavailable to reprise his role in From Russia With Love. Llewelyn, who knew the director, Terence Young, from a film they had worked on together called “They Were Not Divided”, got the call to play “Q”, a role he`s had ever since. The only time he didn`t play Q was in “Live and Let Die”. There are conflicting stories about why, but the most prevalent one is that the producers wanted to tone down the emphasis on gadgets. Fans howled for his return.

Most people would think that with all of Desmond`s accumulated knowledge of gadgets that he`d be good with the real thing. But he`s not. “I`m not very good with gadgets. I really am not” said Llewelyn. “In the undergrounds [subways] in England, you have this ticket that you push into a machine, it comes out and the barrier opens. Well, 10 to 1, mine always sticks! I don`t know why. I watch and everybody goes through and I don`t and then people say, `Well, I thought you would be able to make it work` .

With the enormous success of the Bond series, Desmond`s biggest fear came true: typecasting. “It`s not just the general public, but it`s the directors, casting directors, and everybody else. I`m absolutely stuck as Q and nobody thinks I can do anything else. After all, I am an actor…but I can`t get anybody to realize that.”

Desmond counted among his favorite Bond films License To Kill (because he had his largest role ever) and Tomorrow Never Dies (he made the most money he`s ever made on a Bond film). Desmond counted among his best fans the Germans; “The Germans are absolutely terrific. They sold a million copies of GoldenEye on video there, and eventually they gave me a video Oscar, what for , I don`t know. The Germans are mad about Bond. They really are.”

Desmond was notorious among the Bond family for being the worst at remembering his lines. He once told The Incredible World of 007 “On For Your Eyes Only, I was having difficulty with my script-as usual! John Glen came up and said : “We have a good idea. We`re going to put in a new bit-can you learn this quickly?” I looked at it and said “For God`s sake, this is complicated gibberish! I couldn`t possibly learn all this in time” He said, “Of course you can” I spent the whole of lunch trying to study this bloody stuff and when I finally said I thought I knew it, John and Roger burst into laughter. Roger always took full advantage of my difficulty in learning lines.”

Desmond had spent the past few years basking in the rejuvenation of the Bond series. He filmed a commercial for Playstation`s video game version of Tomorrow Never Dies. He flew to California to promote License To Thrill, the new 007 theme park ride at Paramount. He joined Pierce Brosnan and Jay Leno on The Tonight Show to promote Tomorrow Never Dies, and came back out to California to attend the premeire of The World Is Not Enough. He attended various Bond conventions around Europe and America, as well as book signings of his autobiography. Mr. Llewelyn will be missed not only by family, but millions and millions of fans and well wishers worldwide.

Desmond Llewelyn as Major Boothroyd, “Q”

Born in South Wales in 1914, Desmond Llewelyn has a career in the Arts that spans nearly 60 years, yet is best known for his role as “Q” the gadget man in 16 of 18 Bond films. But if it weren`t for a bit of luck along the way, Desmond may never have been as famous as he is today.

His family was opposed to his interest in theater and tried to prevent him from pursuing that course. An uncle who was a high ranking police officer arranged for Desmond to take the department`s physical exam. He flunked the eye test, he felt because the inspector was drunk with a hangover. He didn`t get the job. He was accepted to RADA (Royal Academy for the Dramatic Arts) in the mid 1930s. The outbreak of World War II stopped his acting career temporarily., and Llewelyn went to fight, eventually becoming a prisioner of war by the Germans.

After the war, Llewelyn was intent on reviving his career. He had a small part in Cleopatra which filmed in Rome. There, he became part of a repatory theater group who were on “call”. If producers had an urgent need to fill a role, Desmond could be counted on. All totaled, Desmond figures he did nearly 50 plays a year back in his theater days.

Luck again played a part in the progression of his career when the original “Q”, Peter Burton, was unavailable to reprise his role in From Russia With Love. Llewelyn, who knew the director, Terence Young, from a film they had worked on together previously called They Were Not Divided and got the call to play “Q”, a role he`s had ever since. The only time he didn`t play Q was in Live and Let Die. There are conflicting stories about why, but the most prevalent one is that the producers wanted to tone down the emphasis on gadgets.

Most people would think that with all of Desmond`s accumulated knowledge of gadgets that he`d be good with the real thing. But he`s not. “I`m not very good with gadgets. I really am not” says Llewelyn. “In the undergrounds [subways] in England, you have this ticket that you push into a machine, it comes out and the barrier opens. Well, 10 to 1, mine always sticks! I don`t know why. I watch and everybody goes through and I don`t and then people say, `Well, I thought you would be able to make it work` .

With the enormous success of the Bond series, Desmond`s biggest fear came true: typecasting. “It`s not just the gneral public, but it`s the directors, casting directors, and everybody else. I`m absolutely stuck as Q and nobody thinks I can do anything else. After all, I am an actor…but I can`t get anybody to realize that.”

Desmond counts among his favorite Bond films License To Kill (because he had his largest role ever) and Tomorrow Never Dies (he made the most money he`s ever made on a Bond film). Desmond counts among his best fans the Germans; “The Germans are absolutely terrific. They sold a million copies of GoldenEye on video there, and eventually they gave me a video Oscar, what for , I don`t know. The Germans are mad about Bond. They really are.”

Desmond was notorious among the Bond family for being the worst at remembering his lines. He once told The Incredible World of 007 “On For Your Eyes Only, I was having difficulty with my script-as usua! John Glen came up and said : “We have a good idea. We`re going to put in a new bit-can you learn this quickly?” I looked at it and said “For God`s sake, this is complicated gibberish! I couldn`t possibly learn all this in time” He said, “Of course you can” I spent the whole of lunch trying to study this bloody stuff and when I finally said I thought I knew it, John and Roger burst into laughter. Roger always took full advantage of my difficulty in learning lines.”

Desmond has spent the past few years basking in the rejuvenation of the Bond series. He filmed a commercial for Playstation`s video game version of Tomorrow Never Dies. He flew to California to promote License To Thrill, the new 007 theme park ride at Paramount. He joined Pierce Brosnan and Jay Leno on The Tonight Show to promote Tomorrow Never Dies. He also attends various Bond conventions around Europe and America, and has confirmed that he will be back in the next James Bond film. Faulty memory and all.

Born: South Wales, England

David Arnold

David Arnold rose to worldwide recognition thanks to his rousing score for the box office smash hit “Independence Day”, though he was hardly an overnight success. His first work of note was for the 1993 film “The Young Americans”, which spawned the hit “Play Dead”. His next big break came from the release of “Stargate”, a 1994 box office hit. His collaboration with Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich on their film “Stargate” led to his job scoring their next film “Independence Day”. That film would earn him a 1997 Grammy for “Best Instrumental Composition Written For A Motion Picture Or Television”.

In 1998 EastWest Records released “Shaken, Not Stirred: The David Arnold Collection”, a compilation album that featured remakes of some of the most beloved standards in the Bond musical legacy. He also scored the next Devlin/Emmerich production “Godzilla”, as well as the Freddie Prinze flick “Wing Commander”. In 1999 Arnold returned to Bond to score “The World Is Not Enough”. He is expected back for the next James Bond film.

Born: Luton, England

Charles Gray (1928-2000)

LONDON (Reuters) – Charles Gray, the British actor best known for his portrayal of the cat-loving but otherwise villainous Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever,“ died on Tuesday, his agent said on Wednesday.

Gray, who was 71, specialized in smooth, unsympathetic roles and played Blofeld to perfection. Of the four actors who have played Blofeld, which include Max Von Sydow, Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray and Telly Savalas, only Von Sydow remains alive today.

Blofeld was the head of SPECTRE, the Special Executive for Counter Espionage, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a shadowy private organization which specialized in holding the world to ransom and devising increasingly more intricate ways of trying to kill Bond. Gray also played Dikko Hendeson in the 1967 Bond film “You Only Live Twice”.

Gray, who died in hospital, also starred in “The Mirror Crack`d“ an Agatha Christie adaptation, and the wartime drama “Night of the Generals.“

He also gained a curious type of fame when he provided a voice for actor Jack Hawkins, who had his larynx removed in an operation for throat cancer.

His death follows that of veteran actor Desmond Llewelyn, who played the gadgetry expert known as Q in a series of Bond films. Llewelyn, 85, died shortly after appearing in his last Bond film — “The World is Not Enough.“

Bruce Feirstein

Bruce Feirstein is the co-screenwriter of “Goldeneye” and “The World is Not Enough”, as well as head writer for “Tomorrow Never Dies”. He`s enjoyed a multifaceted career as a writer in books, magazines, webzines and film.

Before “Goldeneye”, Feirstein may have best been recognized for his book: “Real Men Don`t Eat Quiche” or “Nice Guys Sleep Alone”. His editorial contributions have appeared in a wide ranging and diverse group of publications such as Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, SPy, The New Repubcli, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, TV Guide and Salon.com

His television credits include writing and producing a one act play entitled “The Best Legs in Eigth Grade”, writing and producing the syndicated show “Monsters”, co-producing Mr. President and guest writing on NBC`s “Saturday Night Live”.

Barbara Broccoli

Barbara Broccoli is the head of development for Danjaq and has also worked in the production and casting departments at Eon Productions for a number of years. Though “Goldeneye” marks her first film as a producer, Broccoli has previously worked in different capacities on earlier Bond films. She was an assistant director on “Octopussy” and “A View to a Kill” before moving on to Associate Producer responsibilities with Tom Pevsner on “The Living Daylights” and “Licence to Kill.”

Prior to starting her career, Broccoli earned her degree from Loyola University in Los Angeles, California, where she majored in motion picture and television communications.

GoldenEye marked her first film as a producer on the Bond films and she has gone on to co-produce Tomorrow Never Dies and The World Is Not Enough. She is currenty preparing for the next James Bond film.

Barbara owns her own independent production company, Astoria Productions. In her downtime from Bond, she has produced “Crime of the Century” for HBO, a fact based television drama that covered the Lindbergh baby kidnapping ordeal. It was nominated for four Golden Globes, including Best Film or MiniSeries made for Television.

Albert R. Broccoli

Albert R. Broccoli, often referred to as “Cubby”, was the longstanding patriarch of the Bond series before his death in 1996 due to natural causes. Actors, writers, directors, stage hands come and go but no one else had been involved with Bond from the beginning the way Cubby had.

Cubby Broccoli, along with his initial producing partner Harry Saltzan, early on saw the potential of Ian Fleming`s novels to be turned into thrilling big screen adventures, even when studio heads weren`t so sure. Even after Saltzman relinquished producing duties in 1975, Cubby Broccoli kept the series moving full steam ahead, during difficult times, when many people felt Bond films had run their course.

In 1982 he received the Irving G. Thalberg Award in recognition of his outstanding lifetime achievement as a motion picture producer. He was introduced to the audience by Roger Moore. In 1987 he was honored with an Order of the British Empire and named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government. He is survived by his wife Dana Broccoli.

“World” Smashes All Records

Great news for Bond fans: The World Is Not Enough took in an estimated $37.2 million over its opening weekend!

In a fitful box office weekend with “Sleepy Hollow” nailing $30.5 million, (the first time two films have ever grabbed more than $30 million each in their openers)

Mr. Bond is not “in the shadows but on top.” Even better for MGM`s new owners, TWINE has been the best opening weekend for any film in their 75-year history. That is great news for MI-6 as 007 prepares for battle against his new archrival this month, Toy Story 2.

The Bonds always do well with Canadian fans, and the Montreal Paramount scored an estimated take of $100,000 for Bond XIX.
It seems as though TWINE will not only recap MGM`s estimated $100-$130 million dollar investment for Brosnan: Part III, but will be a “Moneyraker” joining the top twenty box office films in the US, ever!

The World Is Not Enough also grabbed $12 Million in its opening night, demolishing “Pokemon” with five times its take. Sleepy Hollow ran second to Bond with a little over $10 Million. Box Office Mojo estimates Bond peaked at $12,130,000 for a rousing start. For a comparison, Dr. No, which opened in the US in May of 1963, grabbed $16,000,000 for its entire run in the States. “You’ve come a long way, Mr. Bond.”

Bond worldwide has taken over two billion dollars at the box office since its humble beginnings.

Today, the US. Tomorrow, “worldwide domination” as Elliot Carver might say. Cheers, EON!

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo

“World” Scores $12 Million Opener!

TWINE opened on 3,165 theatres this weekend to demolish “Pokemon” with five times its Friday night take.

Sleepy Hollow ran second to Bond with a little over $10 Million in theatres.

Box Office Mojo estimates Bond peaked at $12,130,000 for a major start to am estimated $30,000,000 opening weekend. For a comparison, Dr. No, which opened in the US in May of 1963, grabbed $16,000,000 for its entire run in the States. “You’ve come a long way, Mr. Bond.”

James Bond worldwide has taken over two billion dollars at the box office since its humble beginnings.

Forever will continue to keep you apprised of Bond box office developments worldwide.

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo

“World” Fends Off Arnold…

In a not too terribly suprising box office set of events, Toy Story 2 shot straight to #1 with an estimated $80.8 million dollars in North American markets since it`s roll out Wednesday. Over the 5 day holiday period, Bond held steady at $35 million dollars for the #2 slot. Newcomer “End of Days” failed to overtake 007, but still would up with an impressive $31 million dollar, 5 day haul and the #3 position.

Nothing lasts forever, especially the top spot at the box office. But Bond`s bounty looks to be plentiful this holiday season, with `World` tracking to an all time box office high in the United States, somewhere between $140-160 million dollars.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Box Office Mojo

“Toy Story 2” Scores Easy Box-Office Victory

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Toy Story 2“ remained on top of the North A merican box office in its second weekend of release as overall ticket sales slid in the traditional post-Thanksgiving slump, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

The comedy starring animated dolls, which Walt Disney Pictures produced with Pixar Animation Studios Inc., earned about $28.3 million for the Friday-to-Sunday period, a 50 percent decline from its three-day haul one weekend earlier.

The rankings of the top four films were unchanged from last weekend, and there were no new entries in the top 10. The 1999 box office champ, “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace“ reentered theaters on a limited basis in a one-week charity run. It grossed an estimated $1.2 million from 832 prints, said Twentieth Century Fox. The film`s total now stands at $430 million. The latest James Bond movie, “The World Is Not Enough“ (MGM) held the No. 2 spot with $10.6 million, followed by Arnold Schwarzenegger`s “End of Days“ (Universal) with $9.7 million and “Sleepy Hollow“ (Paramount) with $9.0 million. “The Bone Collector“ (Universal) moved up one place to No. 5 with $3.1 million.

“Toy Story 2“ has earned $117.3 million after two weekends in wide release. It passed the $100 million mark on Saturday, its 11th day of release, matching the pace set by Disney`s 1994 “The Lion King.“ Disney said its current weekend haul was the fourth highest for any weekend in December, after “Scream 2“ and two rounds of “Titanic.“

It also beat the original 1995 “Toy Story“ to claim the title for the first weekend in December.

While a 50-percent slide in ticket sales sounds precipitous, it is normal for the weekend following a huge holiday period. Ticket sales for the studio`s 1998 Thanksgiving champ, “A Bug`s Life,“ fell 48 percent the next weekend.

“The World Is Not Enough,“ which fell 54 percent from last weekend, has grossed $90.4 million after 17 days in release. “End of Days,“ off 53 percent, has picked up $45.9 million after 10 days; “Sleepy Hollow,“ down 51 percent, has reached a 17-day tally of $45.9 million; and “The Bone Collector,“ off 43 percent, has corralled $58.1 million after one month.

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Lion Roars As Bond Helps Turn Loss Into Profit

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Reuters) – James Bond had the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lion roaring again Tuesday as the movie studio`s fourth-quarter earnings beat Wall Street estimates, proving Agent 007 still has a license to kill at both the box office and in the video store.

MGM reported net income of $15.2 million, or 8 cents per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared with a net loss of $43.7 million, or 41 cents per share (based on fewer average shares outstanding), in the prior year`s fourth quarter. Wall Street analysts polled by First Call/Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 7 cents per share. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) were $47.7 million in the quarter, compared with a loss of $15.6 million for the same period last year, it said.
MGM`s stock fell 1/16 to 23-1/8 in late trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

The company, known for its familiar roaring lion at the start of feature films, said it was the second consecutive profitable quarter under new management and its strongest quarterly operating results in 12 years. It attributed the results primarily to a series of successful films in theatrical release, including the latest Bond blockbuster, “The World is Not Enough,” which has so far taken in over $320 million at the box office. In addition, a special boxed set of seven James Bond films on video and DVD exceeded 3.1 million units worldwide, helping DVD sales to more than triple in the fourth quarter.

Also contributing to the reverse from loss into profit was “the favorable impact of a corporate restructuring implemented by the new management team,” MGM said.

“Our continued profitability should reinforce to everyone that the `new MGM` is not only back in business, but is fully committed to bottom-line performance,” Chairman and Chief Executive Alex Yemenidjian said. “Beyond the company`s substantial accomplishments over the past few months, we believe that the initiatives we have in place in all areas of the company will sustain this improvement as we look ahead.” He noted MGM`s recent new movie channel in Israel, an agreement with Blockbuster video rental chain to develop digital streaming and downloading for selected MGM titles, and successfully reclaiming rights to 426 classic MGM films in Germany.

Sharon Williams, an entertainment analyst for CIBC World Markets, said she believed the launch of MGM-branded cable networks remained highly likely and will create significant long-term value.
“Management suggested two additional parties have joined in cable network discussions in recent months,” she said in a report. Additionally, she said, she expects MGM to comfortably reach her $75 million EBITDA estimate for 2000. “Upside to our $75 million estimate could come if a modest hit emerges,” she said.

MGM has a library of more than 4,100 movies such as “Gone With the Wind” and “West Side Story” and the “Bond,” “Rocky” and “Pink Panther” series, representing the world`s largest modern film library. Its operating units include MGM Pictures, United Artists Films, Orion Pictures, United Artists Ltd., MGM Television Entertainment, MGM Distribution Co., and MGM Home Entertainment, among others.

James Bond and the Oscars

1964 Goldfinger- Winner of Best Sound Effects (Norman Wanstall )

1965 Thunderball- Winner of Best Visual Effects (John Stear)

1971 Diamonds Are Forever – Nominated for Best Sound

1973 Live And Let Die – Nominated for Best Song (Lyrics by Linda and Paul McCartney; Sung by Paul McCartney and Wings)

1977 The Spy Who Loved Me – Nominated for Best Song (Music by M. Hamlisch; Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager; Sung by Carly Simon)

1977 The Spy Who Loved Me- Nominated for Best Score (Music by Marvin Hamlisch)

1977 The Spy Who Loved Me -Nominated for Best Art Direction/ Set Decoration (Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Hugh Scaife)

1979 Moonraker – Nominated for Best Visual Effects (Derek Meddings; P Wilson; J. Evans)

1981 – For Your Eyes Only Nominated for Best Song (Lyrics by Mick Leeson; Music by Bill Conti; Sung by Sheena Easton)

1982 Irving G. Thalberg Lifetime Achievement Award- Albert R. Broccoli

James Bond and The Golden Globes

1970 George Lazenby nominated Most Promising Male Newcomer for On Her Majesty`s Secret Service

1978 The Spy Who Loved Me nominated for Best Original Score
Marvin Hamlisch Nominated for Best Original Song “Nobody Does It Better”.

1985/86 Duran Duran and John Barry nominated for Best Original Song: “A View To A Kill”

1998 Sheryl Crow nominated for Best Song in “Tomorrow Never Dies”

James Bond and MTV… Entertainment Weekly… and more

Blockbuster Awards 1996 Pierce Brosnan nominated for Best Action Hero in “GoldenEye”

MTV Movie Awards 1995/96 Goldeneye nominated for Best Fight Sequence (Steam Room Scene) Nominated for BEST ACTION SEQUENCE : Motorcycle/helicopter chase, “Tomorrow Never Dies” (1998) Nominated for BEST FIGHT : Michelle Yeoh/bad guys, “Tomorrow Never Dies”(1998)

Entertainment Weekly Named Goldeneye as the Best Marketed film of 1995, saying the marketing dept. “made Bond seem like new”. Named Tomorrow Never Dies as one of the 5 Best Marketed Films of 1997.

The Razzies 1985/86 Tanya Roberts Nominated Worst Actress for her role as Stacy Sutton in “A View To A Kill” (she may have picked up a Golden Turkey award for the role as well)

Saturn Awards 1997/98 Pierce Brosnan wins Best Actor Award for James Bond in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) 1996 Winner for Goldeneye 1998 Winner for Tomorrow Never Dies

BAFTA In 1989 The British Academy of Film and Theater Arts awarded Cubby Broccoli the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the Bond series. The award was presented to Cubby by Timothy Dalton.

Going For The Gold

The World Is Not Enough is one of the seven Oscar nominee finalists for Best Special Effects. The other contenders are Stuart Little, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Wild Wild West, The Mummy, The Matrix, and Sleepy Hollow.

About 200 board members of the Academy will be viewing 15-minute reels of hand picked scenes from each F/X house responsible for the movie`s effect. The list of seven nominees will be trimmed down to a list of the three final nominations. Criteria includes technique, execution, creative use of existing technology, how pioneering the work was and whether it pushed the boundaries of visual f/x. The special effects team from Cinesite is represented by Chris Corbould, Alex Bicknell and Mara Bryan.

So what scenes will the Academy be viewing from The World Is Not Enough? The `fireball sequence`, the pipeline sequence where Bond and Christmas defuse a bomb on a rig moving 70 mph, the implosion of Renard`s submarine and the destruction of Zukovsky`s caviar factory. The caviar factory used a combination of miniatures and computer work to give the illusion that Bond, Christmas, and Zukovsky were under attack. Much like the `helicopter blades sequence` in Tomorrow Never Dies, the chainsaw blades sweeping out from underneath the helicopters in `World` were digitally inserted into the scene.

The World Is Not Enough is somewhat of a surprise among the nominees, since it is not special effects heavy in the obvious sense that `Phantom Menace` or `Matrix` are, and thus is considered a longshot for a nomination, much less a win.

What MGM should really be pushing for are Best Supporting Actor/Actress nominations for Sophie Marceau and Robert Carlyle. Both performances were exceptional, particularly Marceau`s. And Garbage`s title song is worth a nomination to. But without any momentum from the Golden Globes to speak of (the movie was locked out of every category), it looks like the cast and crew of The World Is Not Enough will just have to be happy with box office records, instead of little gold statues.

BMW To Premiere 007 Spots On Ally McBeal

Monday, November 1st, 1999 BMW offers the world their first glimpse of the new Z8 Roadster with a campaign trumpeting its role in MGM`s latest Bond film “The World is Not Enough”

The Z8, a high performance two-seater with a six-speed transmission and a 400 horsepower V-8 engine, gets Bond more than just around. It saves his life quite a number of times. For `World`, Bond uses his trusty BMW to evade seventeen foot circular saw blades suspended from helicopters and eventually downs one with a surface to air missle.

This isn`t the first time 007 has Bonded with BMW. The first BMW product placement was the Z3 for “Goldeneye”, which was roundly criticized for blatant commercialism without adding anything to the story (Bond did nothing with the car but just drive it) “Tomorrow Never Dies” feated the 750iL and R1200c motorcycle, this time making them more intregal to the plot.

The two new advertising campaigns will debut on FOX`s Ally McBeal (9pm EST), with print ads in Forbes, Fortune and USA Today. On the Web, Duffy Design and Interactive unit has created a BMW Z8/Bond section on the BMW site (http://www.bmwusa.com). Visitors can crack a secret code and virtually test drive the car against most obstacles Bond would face himself.

007`s Next Target: Pokemon!

The first thing any good secret agent wants to know when setting out on his assignment is: “Who is my target?” This weekend has clarified who Bond must target and knock off in the United States next weekend, when The World Is Not Enough is set to debut Friday, November 19th. Based on preliminary data from Exhibitor Relations and Friday`s box office performance of the top ten grossing films, it`s clear Bond`s next big challenge is Pokemon!

Friday`s Top Ten Box Office Performers (USA)

(average indicates per-theatre average)

1. Pokeman: The First Movie – $9 million, 2,901 screens, $3,127 average
2. The Bone Collector – $3.8 million, 2,587 screens, $1,477 average
3. Dogma – $3 million, 1,260 screens, $2,409 average
4. The Messenger -$2.9 million, 2,147 screens, $1,393 average
5. Anywhere But Here — $1.9 million, 1,673 screens, $1,136 average
6. The Bachelor – $1.7 million, 2,524 screens, $677 average
7. The Insider – $1.5 million, 1,833 screens, $837 average
8. House on Haunted Hill – $1.4 million, 2,350 screens, $555 average
9. Double Jeopardy – $980,000, 2,110 screens, $464 average
10. The Sixth Sense – $810,000, 1,418 screens, $571 average

(info provided by exhibitor relations)

Based on this information, we predict Pokemon to come out of the three day weekend with a cumulative box office take of $27 to $30 million dollars. Can Bond overtake the Pokemon juggernaut before doing battle with “Toy Story 2” and Arnold Shwarzeneggar`s “End of Days”? Absolutely.

In context, Goldeneye opened up it`s initial USA 3 day weekend run back in 1995 with $26.2 million dollars and went on to gross an estimated $105 million dollars. In 1997 Tomorrow Never Dies opened up against Titanic with slightly more than $25 million dollars but stayed strong and went on to gross an estimated $135 million dollars in the United States. With better reviews and a better, more high profile cast, The World Is Not Enough should have no problem beating both records held by Goldeneye and Tomorrow Never Dies to become the box office champ in North America, if only for a week.

007Forever is forecasting a total box office take for The World Is Not Enough somewhere between $140 and $160 million dollars. Be certain to check this site out Saturday evening, November 20th, for news updates on The World Is Not Enough`s box office take and performance across the country.

What’s The Deal With The Different Bond Board Games?

The two famous board games that waver between Connery’s face and some “unknown one” vary in price depending on who you talk to. Generally speaking, most 60s board games—unless they’re terribly unique—are in the $40 range. My understanding is the the “non-Connery” is the actual rarer game that appeals to game collectors but the Connery is, of course, preferable to 007 fans (and we’re bigger spendthrifts (-: ).

My understanding of what happened is this: In those pre-Star Wars days, the concept of tie-ins and the royalties they could generate weren’t as well defined as they are now.**

Thus when Connery’s face began showing-up on EVERYTHING imaginable, he claimed—and rightly so—that his face could only be used to market those goods directly connected to the EON films or the films themselves. He was not “James Bond” personified, ergo a generic Milton Bradley 007 game—one not tied to the promotion of any EON property—was not legally entitled to bear his likeness, despite Milton Bradley otherwise having been granted license by.

I think this is also why you get certain products using just a silhouette, etc. Check out Corgi’s original Toyota 2000 sometime; they use Aki’s photo, but a drawing of a Connery-like character. Coincidence that Connery had announced he was leaving the series? Probably not.

BTW, I haven’t examined enough of those games to be sure, but to the best of my knowledge, MB only retouched the box; a good many still had Connery-style boards inside. The boards were likely made ahead of time and would have been costly for MB to destroy.

Finally, I always thought it a bit odd that they redid the girl. My guess is that the first one having looked so much like Honor Blackman, they decided to repaint both on the off chance she chose to bring suit, too.

–Alan Stephenson is one of the world’s top 007 collectors.

**Most of the other big character promotions prior to that revolved around cartoon characters—like Superman or Mickey Mouse—who couldn’t sue or people like Hopalong Cassidy (Willaim Boyd) who were better positioned to exert personal control over their image.

Which Bond Games Spinoff The Films?

Some of Bond`s greatest adventures happened not in the movies but in video games. And though many of the games are now old and archaic by todays standards, they are still available for purchase or emulation if you know where to look. Here is the most complete list we have for each 007 video game developed along with what was known about each game:

Title: JAMES BOND
Developer: Parker Brothers
Release date: 1984
Systems: Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Colecovision, Sega SG-1000, Atari 400/800/XE/XL, Commodore 64.
Synopsis: The first James Bond game ever made. It is basically a shoot them up in which you drive, what seems to be the famous Lotus. So you’ll drive this car through several levels each one corresponding to a different film.

Title: Octopussy
Release date: Unknown
Systems: Atari 2600, ZX Spectrum.
Synopsis: This game is actually a mystery. It was designed for the Atari 2600, but it has never been released. A prototype of this game exists, but no one has ever played with it.

Title: Lord Bromley’sEstate
Release date: n/a
Systems: ZX Spectrum.
Synopsis: Information unknown.

Title: Q’s Armoury
Release date: n/a
System: ZX Spectrum
Synopsis: Information unknown.

Title: Secret Mission
Release date: n/a
System: ZX Spectrum
Synopsis: Information unknown.

Title: Diamondsare Forever
Release date: n/a
System: Commodore 64
Synopsis: Information unknown.

Title: A View To A Kill
Developer: Mindscape
Release date: 1985
System: PC
Synopsis: This is an old Text Adventure game, or what we call now Interactive Fiction. Basically you take the role of Commander BOND and type what you want to do. This game follows the events of the movie of the same name.

Title: Goldfinger
Developer: Mindscape
Release date: 1986
System: PC
Synopsis: This is an old Text Adventure game, or what we call now Interactive Fiction. Basically you take the role of Commander BOND and type what you want to do. This game follows the events of the movie of the same name. The game begins with the famous Aston Martin chase sequence.

Title: A View To A Kill
Developer: Domark
Release date: 1985
System: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, PC
Synopsis: This game is divided in three sequence: The Mine Game, The City Hall Game and The Paris Game. In the first one, you must prevent a nuclear charge from exploding in the Silicon Valley mines. In the second one, you must escape from a building on fire. In the last one, you must chase Mayday in the street of Paris. The first and second game are more adventure games, while the last one is more oriented towards action.

Title:The Living Daylights
Developer: Domark
Release date: 1987
System: Amstrad CPC, Atari 400/800/XE/XL, BBC Model B, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum 48/128 PLUS 2/3, Amiga
Synopsis: This game is somewhere between a shoot’em up and a platform game, but it is definitely an action game. You take control of 007 during several events following the movie of the same name.

Title: Licence to Kill
Developer: Domark
Release date: 1989
Systems: ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, PC
Synopsis: You can’t classify this one, because each sequence is different from the other. In one part, you’ll pilot a helicopter, in the other, you’re trying to catch a plane while diving. You take control of 007 during several events following the movie of the same name.

Title: Live& Let Die
Developer: Domark
Release date: n/a
Systems: Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Atari ST, Amiga, ZX Spectrum.
Synopsis: This game takes place during the famous boat chase sequence of the movie. So in this one you’ll pilot a boat, while attacking several enemies.

Title: The Spy Who Loved Me
Developer: Domark
Release date: n/a
Systems: ZX Spectrum, Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64.
Synopsis: An action game divided in three part. In the first part, you’ll drive 007’s Lotus through the streets of Sardinia. The second part is more like a shoot’em up, where you’ll pilot the Lotus underwater and fight Stromberg’s troops. In the last sequence, you’ll fight your way through your enemy’s fortress.

Title: TheStealth Affair
Developer: Delphine Software & Interplay
Release date: 1990
Systems: Atari ST, Amiga, PC
Synopsis: A graphic adventure where you take the role of 007, exceptionally working with the CIA. A stealth fighter has disappeared somewhere over the country of Santa Paragua and you must find who stole it and eventually retrieve it, or destroy it.

Title: James BOND Jr.
Developer: n/a
Release date: 1992
Systems: Nes & Snes.
Synopsis: This game is taken from the cartoon of the same name. This game is divided in several parts. In some, the game is a platform one. In others, it is a Shoot’em up. Take control of 007’s nephew and fight against the SCUM organization. Title: The Duel
Developer: Domark
Release date: 1993
Systems: Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Master System
Synopsis: This a platform game. It takes place in a remote island, where a mad professor has cloned all the old James BOND’s nemesis, like Jaws, Mayday etc…

Title: James Bond
Developer: Saffire
Release date: 1997
System: GameBoy
Synopsis: This game could have been called when James BOND meets Zelda. It’s basically an adventure game, but action is omnipresent. Like Zelda, you’ll have to talk to a lot of persons and fight a lot of enemies. Try to stop the evil plan of an ex-general of the Soviet Union.

Title: Goldeneye
Developer: Rareware
Release date: 1997
System: Nintendo 64
Synopsis: The most famous Bond game of all time. Take the role of Agent 007 in this 1st person action game, where you’ll have to shoot (almost) anything that moves. It includes also some minor adventure plots. The game follows the events of the movie of the same name.

Title: Tomorrow Never Dies
Developer: Electronic Arts
Release date: 1999
System: Playstation
Synopsis: This game is in a third person perspective. Except from that, it is very similar to Goldeneye. Some ski and driving sequences are also included. The game follows the events of the movie of the same name, however some missions are original.

Title: 007 Racing
Developer: Electronic Arts
Release date: 2000
System: Playstation/Nintendo 64
Synopsis: This game allows you to drive all the famous Bond cars, from the Aston-Martin DB-V to the BMW Z8. The game follows a scenario which is completely original.

Title: The World Is Not Enough
Developer: Electronic Arts
Release date: 2000
Systems: Nintendo 64, PC-CDROM, Playstation, Playstation 2.
Synopsis: The real sequel to the game Goldeneye. A 1st person action game, but the adventure plots are more important. Like the other, this game follows the event of the movie.

For more on 007 role playing games:

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/james.bond/

http://www.multimania.com/jb007rpg/

Tomorrow Never Dies Playstation

In development for Playstation. This game, being developed by Black Ops, is due to be released November 18th,1999. The game will be different from Goldeneye007 in that there will be much more variation in the type of action. Not just guns and explosions in this one. The game is viewed from the third person perspective, with Bond driving, skiing, flying and scuba diving. It`s less a remake of the film than it is a sequel. The plot deviates from the film by allegedly having Carver`s insane brother continuing with Elliot`s plan for world domination of the news market.

MGM Interactive decided that kind of game it wanted Tomorrow Never Dies to be was a game that recreated some of the best moments from all the Bond films. While Goldeneye007 has been universally praised for it`s goal of being more than just a shoot `em up, in essence it still is a “Doom” style game, albeit with more sophistication. Black Ops won`t just be using what it has created in the past for it`s other titles. No, instead, John Botti , CEO and President of Blacks Ops has promised that Tomorrow Never Dies will only incorporate about 30% of the currently existing technology that goes into it`s other games. thus making for one of the most technologically advanced, sophisticated and challenging Playstation games yet.

As previously mentioned, 007 will snow ski, SCUBA dive, fly, and fight enemies on foot like Goldeneye007. But he`ll aslo be able to eavesdrop on the conversations of other characters. The goal of Black Ops and Playstation are several: create a fresh, new 007 game that stands alone and apart from the movie and create a successful video game that will equal the sales of Goldeneye007, which was the hottest “toy” of the Christmas `97 buying season.

007 debut gets Gaelic translation

One of Britain’s best-loved spy stories has been translated into Manx.

Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale – which introduced the world to James Bond – is now available in Gaelg paperback.

Culture Vannin was given a ‘licence to print’ the 1953 book by the deceased author’s estate, and translation was lovingly undertaken by Bob Carswell.

The book is available at Culture Vannin’s headquarters in St John’s.

It’s one of a number of modern works spun in Manx – as Culture Vannin’s Language Development Officer Adran Cain explains: ‘Manx literature goes back a very long way, certainly in translation form – the Bible in the eighteenth century, which was a great achievement culturally, I think. It’s about changing people’s perceptions – stuff like The Gruffalo, Casino Royale, Murder on the Orient Express – that’s slightly more sexy stuff than a lot of Manx iiterature in the past, which has been religious. It’s good to have that sort of context – it changes perceptions.’

**

Ta’n ennym orrym Bond…

Nane jeh skeealyn-speeikear smoo ennoil y Vretyn Vooar, t’eh er ny hyndaa gys Gaelg.

‘Casino Royale’ Ian Fleming – hug James Bond da’n teihll – t’eh ry-gheddyn nish ayns coodagh-pabyrey Gaelg.

Va kied er ny chur da Culture Vannin y lioar veih nuy cheead jeig, tree-jeig as daeed y chlou. Ghow Bob Carswell ayns laue dy chur y lioar gys Gaelg dy graihagh.

Ta’n lioar ry-gheddyn ec ard-offish Chulture Vannin ayns Balley Keeill Eoin.

She fer ass paart dy lioaryn jeianagh ayns Gaelg t’ayn – myr ta Adrian Cain, Offishear-Lhiasee Chulture Vannin, sollshaghey magh: ‘Ta lettyraght Ghaelgagh goll er-ash ayns traa feer foddey, son shickyrys stoo bentyn da Baarle çhyndait gys Gaelg – y Vible sy hoghtoo eash jeig, va ny chooilleeney yindyssagh dy cultooroil, er lhiam. T’eh bentyn da caghlaa eieiyn sleih – stoo gollrish Yn Gruffalo, Casino Royale, Dunverys ayns Express y Niar – shen beggan ny smoo seksee na ram lettyraght Ghaelgagh ymmodee blein er dy henney, va dy bollagh crauee. S’mie yn red eh dy vel y sorçh shen dy chonteks ayn, t’eh caghlaa eieyn.’

The Ultimate James Bond CD-ROM

This two disc set is packed with over 55 minutes of full motion video clips, over 22 minutes of audio clips, over 1,800 still photographs and 850 detailed articles on different aspects of 007`s world.

Highlights from all 17 Bond films (exludes Tomorrow Never Dies and Never Say Never Again), an original video montage of the key story elements for each adventure, storyboards detailing the who, what, when, and where for each film; an animated geographical map of every Bond mission; original film reviews, news clips and box office results plus photos of the original theatrical posters; complete film credits hyperlinked to individual data pages for key cast members.

The Ultimate James Bond also contains the ultimate Bond trivia game: an exciting 4 level trivia game lets you test your secret agent skills with over 400 questions requiring you to identify voices, photographs, audio clips and more!

The Game That Plays You

From the developers of 007Racing and Tomorrow Never Dies comes MAJESTIC, the suspense thriller that infiltrates your life and leaves you guessing where the game ends and reality begins.

Majestic is an episodic online entertainment experience set against the backdrop of a grand and sinister conspiracy — an unfolding mystery adventure that uses the Internet as a canvas for its story, weaving the player through both real and fictional experiences in real-time. Highly personalized and naturally paced, Majestic tailors the experience specifically for each player as it dynamically changes the content of web pages, e-mails, faxes, voicemails and chat conversations in order to immerse the player at the very heart of a developing story. Majestic players assume the leading role in their own adventure, interacting with other characters, uncovering clues, searching for answers, collecting and using digital objects and resolving challenges to progress through the experience. Unlike other forms of entertainment, Majestic actively pursues and interacts with the user based on events developing within the fiction, creating a uniquely suspenseful entertainment experience.

FAMILIAR, UNIQUE INTERACTIONS
Majestic represents the first form of entertainment to employ a range of familiar interaction and communication techniques, including fax, chat, email, voice mail, telephone and web-browsing. Use your existing real-world devices or Majestic`s own web-based fax, email and voice mail capabilities. REAL-

TIME ENGAGEMENT
You don`t just interact with Majestic, it actively calls, emails, faxes and chats with you whenever the need arises, any time, anywhere. You`re never quite sure when the plot will advance, a character will need your help or a new event will unfold, but it always transpires in real time.

BLURRING THE LINES
Innovative plot delivery techniques and familiar interactions blur the lines between fact and fiction, building greater suspense and a more immersive story. Use the Majestic search engine to identify websites with information and clues relevant to your adventure. Some parts of your experience will be real and others fictional, but it`s all part of the game. Players will often be left guessing, “Was that real or part of Majestic?”

CUSTOMIZED EXPERIENCE
Majestic is uniquely tailored to you and your life. It learns more about you the more you play, so it can continue to customize story elements and the overall experience for each participant.

BUILT FOR THE INTERNET
Majestic requires no CD or large download; it leverages the best capabilities of the Internet to organize and deliver a completely unique online entertainment experience.

MYSTERY-SUSPENSE STORY
Majestic taps the power of the Internet and your own imagination to put players at the center of a compelling mystery-suspense story.

EPISODIC
Majestic delivers its epic story in monthly increments or episodes. As with a great television series, Majestic builds over the course of an entire season to deliver a powerful and suspenseful entertainment experience.

For more details, including how to sign up, visit www.majesticthegame.com.

Sideshow Captures 007 License

Sideshow has been awarded the rights to create 12″ collectible figures in celebration of the 40th anniversary off James Bond.

They plan to debut the initially released figures at Toy Fair, in New York City, in Febuary, ’02. Sideshow will post a press release on our web site in the coming week. The range of characters they are planning will be extensive!

For more updates on what characters will be released, when, and how much it will cost, visit www.sideshowtoy.com.