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

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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

Bond Weekend 2000 – New Orleans – FAQ

With the date for Bond Weekend 2000 fast approaching, we hope this will answer some of the many Weekend questions we have been receiving…

Q. What benefits do I receive by registering for the September 29-October 1 Bond Collectors’ Weekend?

–Our group is limited to 100 persons at max. Fans spend so much time visiting locations, talking shop and trading collectibles with each other that every person who wishes to gets all the time they like with our celebrities! Bond Weekend fans from Las Vegas are still friendly and correspond regularly with past Weekend guests Lana Wood and Don McGregor, besides doing special projects with them both.

So, besides time with the stars in a relaxed setting where you are not waiting two hours for an autograph, registration includes admission to our auction and the sale and trade day, a guided tour of the heart of New Orleans with Bond locations and points of interest, bidder’s/seller’s auction number for Saturday’s big event and the chance to place your merchandise into the auction ahead of time, admission to all Collectors’ Weekend films and shows, official Bond Weekend 2000 Registration Packet, Weekend gifts, hospitality, surprises and more, and the chance to meet super Bond fans in a super Bondian setting.

Las Vegas guests from 1999 insisted that we charge more for this year’s meet! Most attendees comment that “we put on a terrific event and that they have enjoyed an incredible Bond experience!”

Q. I have never attended a James Bond convention event before. Can newer fans get involved?

–Only if they want to be “blown away” with themed fun! The Weekends are a total trip!

Q. Who will be there in attendance besides the stars?

–Top collectors from the around the globe, webzine writers, Bond authors, Bond musicians, and of course, some newer fans deeply interested in “living like 007”. Attendees have worked for the Grammy organization, the Oscars, and many other film and TV production companies, and in the last six months alone have produced Bond clothing, Bond household accessories, Bond magazine articles appearing in Bondzines and major trade publications, a book on aspects of memorabilia collecting, principal filming of interviews for the new Bond DVDs, etc., etc. The best!

Several published authors and editors, screenwriters and three people working as producers of spy spoof films are expected to attend this year. Old friends also meet again who first met in Vegas or the UK for Bond events there or who have taken the “On Her Majesty Of The Seas” cruise or “Bond In Jamaica” trips together years ago, etc.

The typical response for the newer collector or person going to their first Bond event is, “This was one of the best experiences I have ever had…I am going home with a lot of new friends and exciting collectibles!” or “Wow! I learned so much I would never have learned elsewhere! This was the best!”

Q. I am not sure I can pay the $150 by the registration due date of July 15. What can I do?

–Please let us know promptly if you are planning to attend! Space is limited! Our expenses need to be met through registration payments but we can work out a payment schedule as needed. Friends of James Bond…are friends of ours!

Q. Can you help with discounted travel arrangements?

–We have a marvelous agency that can book the very best rates for all types of travel, car rentals and more. Contact Bond Weekend 2000 with your preferred airport(s) and time(s) to start from, whether you would a prefer direct flight, red eye discount or train travel, etc., and with a phone number where you can be reached. You will be contacted with several outstanding options to choose from.

Q. What kinds of items are at the Weekend this year?

–First edition books, authentic film props, original artwork, stills, toys, clothing, food and beverage items, dolls and figures, paperbacks, movie memorabilia, fan-made collectibles–it would be easier to say what is NOT there! Bring 10-50 copies of good items depending on what they are if you have duplicates, like limited edition special items or autographed books. Most of the items there are very rare items there that are hard or impossible to find on the Internet plus a few old favorites like Wicke toys or lobby cards. The celebrities sell stuff there too if they have it–because the collectors with the biggest and most unusual Bond collections attend each year. If you choose the right stuff to bring, you should go home with empty boxes and lots of cash!

Q. I would like to go but I am unable to attend this year. Can I receive items from the show?

–Everyone/anyone is welcome to provide sales items for Saturday’s “really big, big shew”, even if they cannot be present in person that day. Let us know about special items you would like to add to the auction block.

We are also used to handling consignments of collectibles to sell on behalf of those unable to be present at the Weekend. Top collectors are filling up their boxes in New Orleans, so profit from Bond Weekend even if you cannot be present there! Send a note to Bond Weekend 2000 to be added to the Bond Weekend mail list for updates on this year’s collectibles plus forthcoming Bond Weekends and special events.

Q. What sort of memorabilia and collectibles dealers are appearing in New Orleans? What are the offerings there?

–There’s the special auction on Saturday (a great place for dealers to put unusual one-off items) and there’s Fandom.com; SpyGuise; Klaus Ink; For Your Eyes Only Books; Movie Maniacs; Not Stirred Collectors; etc. with more on the way from the US, Canada and Europe. Every top collector brings their own stuff for sale as unofficial dealers as well if they have something interesting they want to share. That’s a unique aspect to the Bond Weekends.

Q. Where can I ship my items ahead of time? Can I reserve a dealer’s table?

–Ship to:

Attn. [your name]
Guest Arriving September 29
The Queen & Crescent Hotel
344 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
USA

The staff will hold Bond Weekend items and leave a pickup notice for you for when you check in at the hotel that week. We can reserve “museum-sized” tables for collectibles dealers and fans needing a bit of extra room. Contact Bond Weekend 2000 for more or call [toll free] 800.205.7131 and ask for your Bond Weekend 2000 block room. (Hotel for Bond fans will be only $99, $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. You are not obligated to stay at the Crescent to participate in the Weekend.)

Q. Why New Orleans for 2000? Where will next year’s meet be held?

–The first Bond Collectors’ Weekend was held in Florida in 1998. The second annual event was in Las Vegas, touring fifteen-plus Bond locations, and New Orleans is a third venue where James Bond movies have been filmed or novels have been set. Suggestions for upcoming events have included the “Thunderball Bahamas”, “Dr. No’s Jamaica”, “Goldfinger/License To Kill Miani/Key West”, “A View To San Francisco”, “Live and Let New York” and European locations. We welcome your ideas!

Q. What does the cost of registration pay for?

–The Weekend is run not-for-profit for fans, by fans, with the hosts being reimbursed for thousands $US in conference costs by the registrations paid. To bring a celebrity from California to visit us in New Orleans for the Weekend, your registration dollars help pay for round trip airfare and hotel accommodations for the celebrity and their spouse, and for their meals, travel, appearance fees and other expenses. Some of the more famous James Bond actors can cost upwards of $10,000 for a one-day appearance!

This year’s stars are confirmed for New Orleans and their travel plans are booked, and other conference expenses the hosts incur include meeting space and setup, hospitality and gifts, postage, audio-visual equipment, etc. (No one wants our long distance telephone bills either. We often joke that we spend more on the phone than was in the total budget for making “Dr. No” in 1962!)

Q. I just want to meet the celebrities but not participate in the whole Weekend. May I do that?

–Bruce Glover joins us on Friday evening, Vic Flick on Saturday and Gloria Hendry exclusively on Sunday for the day, plus our fully registered guests are paying and traveling to meet the celebrities themselves, so we ask that you please consider paying the full registration to join us.

Q. I just want to shop for Bond collectibles from Fandom and SpyGuise, and from the other dealers and collectors there, plus bid on the special auction items. Can I come to Saturday’s show only?

–We had a successful Bond Weekend show opened to the general public in Florida for Bond Weekend ’98 but this year’s fans, as in Las Vegas, are paying to get first crack at all the goodies and enjoy a special fans’ gathering. Again, we are paying as attendees to meet celebrities exclusively and view extra-special movie and video screenings on Saturday.

If someone registered to attend, for example, has a spouse who wants to travel with them to New Orleans and not attend the conference, no one will bar them from “popping their head into a meeting room to say hi to their spouse and take a look for a moment,” but seating and space at all meal and other events is strictly limited. We need to register people attending the events!

If the hosts had a million dollars… (If a spouse or friend wants to select a half-itinerary at half-price or whatever, please contact us at Bond Weekend 2000. We are trying to be flexible where we can but we must meet our expenses before we take family and friends free of charge. It’s just not fair to the fans paying registration in full.)

Q. When is a good time to travel to the meeting in New Orleans?

–The itinerary is designed to allow flexibility for students and businesspeople that arrive late on Friday or need to leave promptly on Sunday. Ideally, try to get to New Orleans for dinner so you can spend the evening with Bruce Glover and your fellow Bond friends…if you are in town earlier than Friday evening, the hosts and some attendees will be there for a reception and to do the town on Thursday/Friday…we are there to meet you and get to know you!

For the return trip, try to book a flight going home not earlier than 4 or 5 PM local time if you want to participate fully in Sunday’s mega-brunch for four or five hours with friends and meet with Gloria Hendry that day (it’s about twenty minutes’ ride to the airport from downtown). The Sunday brunch is rated the best Jazz Sunday in New Orleans and has an incredible gourmet menu, buffet style. We’ll be thirty stories above the Mississippi and living large together!

Q. How can I get discounted hotel accommodations?

–Call toll free (US) 800.205.7131 and ask for your Bond Weekend 2000 block room at the lovely Queen & Crescent Hotel. This is the best rate available in the heart of New Orleans for that weekend, $99 marked down from $169 double occupancy.

Guests arriving early or late receive nights other than Friday or Saturday for the same $99 for the asking! You do not need to stay at our hotel to register for the conference, however.

Q. Is anyone sharing rooms to help save costs?

— Some of our singles have shared rooms in past and met new Bond friends or stayed with old chums. We have several who would like to share rooms so let us know if you have a preference.

The Bond Weekend hotel rate is based on double occupancy. WARNING: You will probably stay up all night, every night, to talk about Bond with your roomies!

Q. What should I bring for the Weekend?

–A brief registration packet will be sent to registrants closer to the meet date. Basically, comfortable clothing, collectibles you would like to sell or trade to others, memorabilia you would like to show off or have specially displayed, and cash, lots of cash (!), as everyone works together to provide many interesting items not commonly seen in stores or on the Internet.

We are “jam packed” with stuff to do and have also left quality free time for you to enjoy New Orleans that Weekend but if you have a suggestion for the itinerary or something to share, let us know. (Fans have requested that we do a costume party again this year, so this time we will be headed over to Harrah’s Casino for an evening of themed wonder…and everyone wants to go to the new D-Day Museum. 😉 )

Q. How can I get a friend involved with Bond Weekend 2000?

–Send their e-address to Bond Weekend 2000 to add them to our e-mail list. We can also make calls or send snail mail if necessary.

**Please write or call soon to book with us! We guarantee you will have a super time at this year’s “Weekend To Live And Let Die For!”

–Matt Sherman is one host of the annual Bond Weekends, drawing fans, celebrities and industry insiders from around the globe to talk and live James Bond, 007.

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”
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?” (Very cool! Lana hadn’t visited Las Vegas since making “Diamonds” almost thirty years before!)

“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 – Bruce Glover

If you are a DAF fan, then you will be delighted to meet and make the acquaintance of Bruce Glover, “Mr. Wint” from Diamonds Are Forever, at the third annual Bond Collectors` Weekend, Bond Weekend 2000.

Bruce Glover is a charming and hilarious fellow who is bringing many anecdotes from his days hanging with Sean Connery (including a funny pickup soccer match with Bruce`s team) and other stars like Jack Nicholson and his fellow co-stars, to the Bond event in New Orleans. The last time we spoke he kept me in stiches for more than an hour and I promised to keep silent for now about some of his star gossip!!

Besides stints as a college football player and soldier, Mr. Glover held a variety of fascinating jobs before being “bitten by the acting bug”. Mr. and Mrs. Glover will also be sharing on their lifelong legacy with America`s nature conservancy movement. Their famous family includes their son, the popular character actor Crispin Glover.

As with Bond Collectors` Weekend 1999 in Las Vegas, the Bond Weekend event provides for each fan wishing to do so guaranteed quality time with the celebs in attendance, (yes, you can actually talk to them at length in a casual setting and do not have to wait on a long line to do so!) and we have different guests for each day/evening of this Friday through Sunday event. Attendees at the Weekend (besides you, dear fan!) include Bond authors and fanzine/web writers, industry insiders and super-collectors who will be showing off their wares.

How can we love a Bond movie like DAF where Bond never fires a traditional gunshot? We just do and we will celebrate the whole legacy in New Orleans, including inside information on Bond 20 and The World Is Not Enough during a Weekend to “Live and Let Die For”!

Registration for Bond Weekend 2000 includes tons of perks and goodies—check it out! Contact us with questions for booking group rates!

Bruce Glover: A selected movie and television filmography

Black Love, White Love (1967)
Bless the Beasts and Children (1971)
Blindfold (1965)
Captain Midnight (1970)
Chaindance (1990)
Chinatown (1974)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
Final Chapter – Walking Tall (1977)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Kiss Me, Kill Me (1976)
Little Indian (1973)
Night of the Scarecrow (1995)
Popcorn (1991)
Sludge C.C. and Company (1970)
Stunts (1977)
The Armageddon (1993)
The One Eye Big Score (1983)
The Over-the-Hill Gang (1969)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
This Is the West That Was (1974)
Walking Tall (1973)
Walking Tall Part II (1975)

Some TV Appearances:
B.J. and the Bear
Battlestar Galactica
ChiPs
Gunsmoke
Mission Impossible
Murder, She Wrote
Rat Patrol
T.J. Hooker
The “A-Team”
The Big Valley
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Streets of San Francisco

–Matt Sherman is one host of the annual Bond Collectors` Weekends, and he likes it, even though he slept about three hours during the week of the Las Vegas Weekend because everyone had stories to tell and partying to do!

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 1999 – Las Vegas – A Success!

The second annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend, held July 2 – July 5, 1999, was a dynamite event with nearly fifty top 007 collectors from sixteen states and Canada attending in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our meeting rooms were beautiful with a once-in-a-lifetime view of Las Vegas, and filled with great conversation and great collectibles.

The silent auction had marvelous 007 items from the 1950’s through the 90’s, and the casinos sparkled with noise and action over the holiday. Special guests Don and Marsha McGregor (Don wrote and produced the GoldenEye and The Quasimodo Gambit James Bond comics) were delightful, and Lana Wood (Plenty O’Toole, Diamonds Are Forever) was an elegant star who lit up our Planet Hollywood luncheon. We toured Diamonds movie locations for two days including a wild mystery trip that wound up at Slumber, Inc. And a Diamonds Aston Martin DBS visited the fun!

Early arrivals toured The Strip with its amazing mega-hotels, including the pyramidal Luxor which whisks guests to its top on “inclinators,” the glamorous Mandalay Bay and The Mirage with live volcano and white tigers show. Meanwhile, the Weekend crew worked for many hours to prepare our meeting rooms, a top-floor double suite at Las Vegas’ Four Queens hotel.

With submachine gun in hand, “Bruno” (a mannequin in henchman’s costume from The Spy Who Loved Me) kept a careful eye on Grace Jones’ sunglasses from A View To A Kill, a mint Thunderball diver and snowglobe, the famous and ultra-rare pewter Aston Martin, a letter from Mr. Ian Fleming thanking his co-collector and business partner, Percy Muir, for their association over the years, and other unique collectibles.

On Thursday, co-host Alan Stephenson and I visited Kathy’s Collectibles, a Vegas hot spot. We asked for Bond items and were told a lovely person bought the last of the classic Corgis in the store. I said, “So, this is where my mother bought cars and Gilbert figures last month in Vegas!” Great families think alike! We then headed across the desert for a quick peek at Willard Whyte’s Techtronics laboratory.

Sneaking out to Whyte’s lab in a van seemed appropriate! No moonbuggy wheels were in evidence, though gypsum samples and breathtaking vistas resembling the lunar surface cheered us on our adventure in the desert. We returned along Tiffany Case’s avenue of escape into Las Vegas. Looking for Diamonds Are Forever-related cars, The Imperial Palace car show had on display Sammy Davis Jr.’s Stutz ’72 Blackhawk, a gorgeous custom ’29 Duesenberg made for the real Mr. Willard Whyte, Howard Hughes, plus Juan Peron’s car, suitable for Elliot Carver himself, Jonathan Pryce, to have used as Peron in Evita. Later, “Elvis Presley” cheered our event when he saw The Vegas Sun’s front page story on the Bond Weekend. The town was hopping for 007!

Weekend guests arrived Friday and talked shop. Collectors met again who had been to the first Bond Collectors’ Weekend and to Spy-Fi Con with Lois Maxwell and Lee Pfeiffer, the On Her Majesty of the Seas cruise, Let’s Bond in Britain, Pinewood Studios and the NY and LA events, and more.

Some traveled to lunch together (and heard a suite of James Bond music played) at the awesome Bellagio hotel. Others traveled to photograph the giant artist’s portrait depicting scenes from all the Bonds, placed next to glamour photos of Brosnan, Connery, Moore and Dalton, at the huge MGM Grand.

Later that night, everyone donned their best smiles for The Learning Channel. Austin Powers and Dr. Evil joined DAF Bonds in both evening wear and famous pink tie. 007 also appeared that night in black tuxedo, white tuxedo, GoldenEye and The Man With The Golden Gun leisure outfits, and in kimono ready to wed Kissy Suzuki.

Bond’s women, including a dramatic appearance by the late Mrs. James Bond, were in evidence. Still in costume, we saw the sights on Fremont Street, home to the famous Mustang car chase. A favorite Weekend moment remains the sight of flustered casino staff handling requests from a number of James Bonds wanting their pictures taken as they sat at the Baccarat, Blackjack and Roulette tables!

Weekend Host Alan Stephenson debuted at the costume party his “Guess that Sound Effect” game. (You heard it here first, pun intended!) Alan watched the Bonds for 24 hours to choose sound bites not covered over by soundtrack music. Sitting through every Bond film in a straight session to identify sounds was worth a prize and our thanks to Alan! We opened a suite window, offered him a piton gun, and invited him to ascend to our roof for a thrill as a special thank you! He declined, and we offered him hearty applause and a champagne toast instead. “Top Bondian Sound Guy” Tom Stroud dominated the competition as he was able to discern in an instant the differences between Karl Stromberg’s rocket gun and say, Dr. No’s claw crushing a statue or 007 receiving a beep from Univex. Way to go, Tom!

Saturday morning dawned on our silent auction. Special Guest, Lana Wood, provided her ostrich-leather bound script holder given her from EON for Diamonds, a beautiful necklace from the film and her original script from “Always Say Always,” which she starred in with spy gals Britt Ekland and Joanna Pettit.

Other special items included a complete set of first edition Capes from FEL, author signed books and comics, standees and posters owned by the stars themselves, Corgis and Bond toiletries mint in box from the 60s, rare British firsts, The Golden Gun from SD Studios, never published interview manuscripts with Bob Simmons, John Glen and Maurice Binder, items from Piz Gloria, original scripts, treatments and artists’ illustrations, and more.

Following the auction, we set for a day of sightseeing, beginning with a lunch forum with Don McGregor, author and project coordinator of the comic adaptations of GoldenEye and The Quasimodo Gambit. Weekend attendees were welcomed into the door of Fellini’s restaurant through a gate marked “closed.”

The restaurant, closed on Saturday afternoons, was open specially to accommodate our Weekend group. Inside the beautiful Fellini’s banquet room over a four course lunch, Don, a fan since the 50s himself, shared with us stories of working with the Bonds over many years. He made us laugh aloud at anecdotes from his friendships with John Glen, Tom Carlile, (Cubby Broccoli’s publicity coordinator) genre stars like Robert Culp of I Spy, and many others.

Don’s The Quasimodo Gambit was the culmination of a six-year creative effort to do an outstanding Bond graphic novel. Don’s lengthy career as one of comicdom’s most famous names also includes groundbreaking work with Stan Lee as a Spiderman author and the creation of the Zorro daily newspaper strip. Don cleared the mystery of why the final issues of the GoldenEye epic comic, although completed, failed to see publication. Bond comics are tricky–his team needed to work simultaneously with Glidrose, Topps and MGM to honor the Bond legacy as written story, graphic novel and film at once! Bond movie comics also need to be prepared months before the film`’ production completes so they may be released with the final film. Final scenes were completed from EON’s pre-production storyboards, and when shared with MGM, the response was often, “Looks like a great comics scene, Don! Is that in the movie?” referring to lost scenes like the Arecibo dogfight and skydive between Bond and Xenia that did not make GoldenEye from early treatments!

After the luncheon, we were escorted atop The Stratosphere’s 100-story tower for a breathtaking view of Las Vegas and the surrounding mountains and desert. We then took the gang on a “mystery trip” out of town, which disembarked at our surprise location, “Slumber, Inc.” The mortuary’s director, Mr. Rick Ver Planck, gave Weekend guests a guided tour of Palm Mortuary’s chapel, grounds, meeting room and yes, the famous “Garden of Remembrance,” (!) which have changed little since 1971, and still overlook the nearby mountains and a breathtaking view to Las Vegas ten miles away. We chose the restful chartreuse curtains and took some oddly satisfying photos of the grounds.

Weekend guests were then taken to MGM for a look at this incredible hotel and what can only be described as massive video screens which show film clips featuring a ten-minute look at Bond trailers and Bond compilations. Some visited The Tropicana for a look at Bond`s lush setup after his “cremation” and then we visited Circus Circus for gorilla action. A croupier near the circus acts slipped us a note reading, “Why don’t you play the water balloons?” and so we did. Nearby we took photos where Bond rented a Mustang from Hertz once upon a time, and we also saw the old Vegas glories of The Stardust and the tiny Thunderbird, two of Mr. Fleming’s favorite hot spots for a little blackjack and fine dining way back when.

Sunday morning began with a sale and trade in the suite, filled with collectibles and a fantastic view of the city of Las Vegas. On display were fabulous acquisitions from the latest Christie’s sale, including Tracy Bond’s wedding ring, Klaus Maria Brandauer’s white dinner jacket and a working architect’s model of the 007 stage with the Liparus and captured submarines inside. Q sent a Polaris missile to the premises, and books, clothing, magazines, posters, music, toys, vehicles, figures and food and drink of every Bondian kind changed hands. Unique items included GoldenEye storyboards and EON scripts, color proof sheets for Bond trading cards, the GoldenEye 318 Champion Car, Holmes Meets 007, Diamonds Are Forever firsts awaiting Lana Wood’s signature, limited, signed and numbered comics, artist’s color proofs, “all five” Bonds posters from the German exhibition, numerous mint in box 60s and 70s toys and clothing and too many more items to count. Everyone went home with piles of rare goodies.

The Weekend group then visited Caesar’s Palace and its forum shops and thrill rides for several hours before meeting with Lana Wood and Jan Turner (The Astronaut’s Wife) at Planet Hollywood. Our private room overlooked the main dining areas, and with the Octopussy Jet to one side and the Diamonds mobile on the other, we were in heaven between Bede and Buggy! Also on display were Roger Moore’s Live and Let Die tuxedo and Karl Stromberg’s vicious rocket gun from The Spy Who Loved Me, besides Bondian tidbits everywhere. Only London’s Planet Hollywood has more James Bond collectibles on display. Many great photos were taken, and collecting stories were shared by the group.

Lana and Jan were gracious stars who inscribed numerous stills and collectibles while meeting with fans and answering questions. Weekend guests then opened a special gift: their copy of “World’s Greatest Marches,” actually a compilation of Shirley Bassey Bond cover tunes. A beautiful, custom Aston Martin then arrived to escort our special guests to The Riviera hotel! Jim and Jennie Sieff and their astounding Aston Martin cars appear in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and The Spy Who Shagged Me, and the Sieffs are looking ahead eagerly to beginning production soon on Austin III. Sean Connery would have looked right in place for a spin inside the DBS blue beauty they drove from California to Las Vegas for our event!

At The Riviera, where Plenty O’Toole’s principal casino scenes were filmed, Lana delighted us with anecdotes about achievements in front of and behind the camera (she works today as a producer and casting coordinator). She spoke at length about her Emmy-nominated performance alongside a half-dozen Bond actors in QB VII, and yes, about her affair with Mr. Sean Connery himself. How many Bond fans get to chat with Lana Wood about Diamonds Are Forever in The Riviera? Not many, for this was her first visit to Las Vegas since 1971!

We then traveled together to the pinnacle of Diamonds sights, the “Willard Whyte House,” better known as the spectacular Las Vegas Hilton. (Lana remembered the Hilton as its former name of The International.) Lana and Jan shared memories with the crowd (no, we did not reenact the throw into the pool!) before our photo shoot outside the gazebo beside the world famous Hilton golf course. Our very happy but exhausted group traveled together afterward to see The Star Trek Experience and Independence Day fireworks, before departing for home!

Thanks to everyone who helped us sparkle in the City of 1,000,000 lights, especially Paul Scrabo and George Ann Muller, Nancy Gunn from Film Garden, Mobilia Magazine and Cigar Lifestyles, Backburner Productions, The Vegas Sun and numerous Bond websites who helped advertise our event. Special thanks also to the Ian Fleming Foundation, Greg Bechtloff, John Cork, John Flynn, Gary Giblin, Michael Kersey, Ben Miller, Joe Payne, Lee Pfeiffer, Nate Sears, Jim and Jennie Sieff, and Steve and Kathy Kulakoski of For Your Eyes Only books.

Drop a note to Bond Weekend 2000 to get on the mailing list for updates or with any questions. CLICK THE “BOND WEEKEND 2000” LINKS BELOW THIS STORY TO FIND OUT MORE OR TO MEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEXT BOND PARTY!

–Matt Sherman is one host of the annual Bond Collectors’ Weekends, which means he has been asked to leave Las Vegas casinos for being overdressed.

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?” (Very cool! Lana hadn’t visited Las Vegas since making “Diamonds” almost thirty years before!)

“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 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 1998 – Florida – Itinerary

Can’t Wait Until December 1999 for Bond 19? Join us in Florida, USA, where key scenes and underwater sequences from “Goldfinger”, “Thunderball”, “Live and Let Die”, “Moonraker”, “Never Say Never Again”, “License To Kill” and “Tomorrow Never Dies” were shot, and in the

City of Gainesville, Florida, soon home to a new major motion picture studio with thousands of acres under a single roof, and where movies including “The Devil’s Advocate”, “Doc Hollywood”, “Cross Creek”, “Parenthood” and Sean Connery in “Just Cause” have been filmed, for the

Bond Collectors’ Weekend ’98!

Bring your trading items, your 007th sense of adventure and your war stories to the Inaugural Collectors’ Weekend! We promise friendly times, great talks and 007-ly fun at the lowest cost possible, (see below!) bringing Bond fans old and new together for a “Licensed to Thrill” time for all!

This will be an exciting an informal weekend of camaraderie and fun, by James Bond 007 collectors and fans, for James Bond 007 collectors and fans!

Schedule of Events Confirmed as of Monday, June 29, 1998

Friday, August 28 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM…Arrival and Check-in for 007 fans/meet with Weekend Hosts

4:00 – 9:30…”A View To A Kill” Reception pool side and dinner (bring your bathing attire, Mr. and Mrs. Bond!)

9:30 – 11:30…World Premiere of “The Spy Who Showed Me” (ultra-rare account of “The Spy Who Loved Me” filming in the famous 007 Studio at Pinewood)

Saturday, August 29 10:00 – 11:30…Shaken, Not Stirred Breakfast at Phil-Nick’s Restaurant, Sean Connery hang out from “Just Cause”

Noon – 6:00…Collectors’ Fun-Bring your trade items and photo albums of Bond events and places! Planned events include mini-toy show, rare book and magazine “Did you know?” discussion, rare video presentation, plenty of hang out time for collecting “small talk and chit-chat” and more!

6:30 – 9:00…The 007-worthy Bond-Be-“Q”-The only gadgets you need are a knife, fork and champagne glass!

9:00 – Midnight…Bondian Surprises with Fun and Games!

Sunday, August 30 9:00 – 10:00…Hotel Checkout if needed (we’ll help stow your traveling luggage at “MI-6” while you enjoy Sunday’s events!)

10:00 – 12:30…Bond Collectors’ Weekend Hosts an Exclusive 29th Anniversary Showing of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” at the 270-seat Reitz Theatre

12:30 – 2:00…Lunch in the Reitz Food Court and a guided tour of UF campus including “Just Cause” location shooting and a visit with the “Live and Let Die Gators”

2:00 – Whenever!…Teary-eyed fans and friends stay for dinner with hosts or depart for home!

Your Hosts: Bryan Krofchok & Russell Mackenzie of “The Bond Index”, “The Golden Gleaner” and “Shaken, Not Stirred” Matt Sherman & Kees Boer of “Not Stirred Collectors” Steve Kulakoski of “For Your Eyes Only Books”

Cost Per Person: $69 Registration includes: Friday night reception and dinner, Gourmet “Bond-B-Q”, transportation to and from Gainesville, Daytona Beach or Atlanta airport or other point of entry, transportation to points of interest during weekend and to meals, etc., OHMSS Gala Tickets, prizes, surprises and more!

Accommodations: Hotel available inexpensively in Gainesville, plus we have room for a few Bond friends to stay with the hosts to help cut your costs…contact us for details!

Dress: Casual and comfortable for shorts weather (maybe a pair of slacks or jeans for air conditioned locations) and don’t forget your Walther PPKs!

Please contact us soon with your questions and to register. We’ll help you get best rates and times for air or other travel-thanks to Gator Country Travel for their help with travel arrangements.

Please contact Matt Sherman to register and help with your itinerary…please pass this invitation to your James Bond mailing list…we’ll make it happen! Let us know how we may help!

Matthew Sherman 007

Bond Weekend 1998 – Florida – A Success!

A successful Bond Collectors’ Weekend was held August 28-30, 1998 in Gainesville, Florida by excited fans. More than a half-dozen Bond films have been lensed in Florida, and our hotel was just a few miles from the Silver Springs waterways where countless boat chases, Emilio Largo and “Little Nellie” call home, and from the train Bond and Solitaire hop a ride on in Ian Fleming’s Diamonds Are Forever.

We could not have asked for a better James Bond weekend or group of Bondiana collectors to share it with us! We were pleased to have our event picked up in the media by local NY Times and ABC/TV affiliates in Florida. They spoke highly of the collectors’ collectors in attendance that gathered to remember the legacy of Ian Fleming and share their incredible memorabilia with one another and the general public.

Friday evening was our gathering at our accommodations. Those in from out of town early got into one of the hotel swimming pools to cool off for relaxing conversation. In the evening, spinach pasta Alfredo, homemade lasagna and shrimp scampi were served to our guests. Our Bond Bar opened in our hospitality room to provide shaken martinis, and “official” Heineken beer and Smirnoff vodka, besides other theme beverages and soft drinks. We played a “Bond Auction Giveaway” with everyone receiving gifts ranging from Micro Machines to collectible books, dolls and even bullet casings fired on the set of GoldenEye!

After, fan videos we watched together were a hoot and included rare out takes, footage of the recent German prop exhibition, Roger Moore interviews and collectors’ gatherings overseas. Our revelers watched videos and talked and shared Bond photo albums late into the night! Everyone enjoyed getting numerous Bond goodies Friday night as Collectors’ Weekend giveaways. Some of the items those in attendance received in their packets as gifts (we worked hard to provide unusual items of interest):

Ibis Standee Envelope & Gun from Tomorrow Never Dies
A valuable German Exhibition Mini-Poster of all five James Bond actors
European James Bond Notepad with choice of Pierce Brosnan or Timothy Dalton cover artwork
Invitation to gala O.H.M.S.S. wedding of Commander James Bond and Countess Teresa di Vicenzo
007 Swedish Trading cards
Cross-promotion materials including “Bond in Action” ads and advertisements/contest flyers from Knorr, TDK and Samsonite
Heineken TND Coaster
Display ads from Multiple Products’ 60s toys
An Ian Fleming Foundation Tomorrow Never Dies locations T-shirt
Rare script outtakes and film treatments
The room and collectibles looked beautiful on Saturday afternoon, our “swap meet” day. Our meeting room took up the top floors of a downtown building, a large rotunda featuring two-story cathedral ceilings with wood and stained glass casting colored light across the room. Photos taken of this building inside and out are eerily reminiscent of the look of Ernst Blofeld’s “Piz Gloria” headquarters in Switzerland!

A mix of Fleming literary fans and movie memorabilia specialists was in attendance for the weekend. Collectibles shared ranged from ultra-rare 60s toys up through modern cross-promotion items for GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies, rare paperbacks and first editions, and a GIANT roomful of posters and ads, models and displays, and full-sized standees. Among the many unique items displayed were “The 007 Underwater Battle from Thunderball” game, a Thunderball snow globe and an ultra-rare Bond windup underwater diver.

New TND collectibles not yet seen in the US were on display. German watercolor paints and pencils, many Samsonite, Knorr and TDK displays and standees, and a “James Bond Island” puzzle from The Man With the Golden Gun were part of the fun. A framed letter penned by Ian Fleming was on display, and so were numerous Jonathan Cape editions and other gorgeous books with pristine dust jackets. Everyone enjoyed trading and selling collectibles and the general public was treated to two televisions running behind-the-scenes videos all day. Bond fans stopped by to peruse the collections and take photos throughout our afternoon.

We watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service on the big screen at a private showing on Sunday. This was a movie showing we will long remember for the inside tips pointed out to us by our resident O.H.M.S.S. super-expert, Craig Marciniak. Craig pointed out the “incredible self-wearing” pajamas that manage to fold and unfold in Bond’s hotel room and numerous other trivia bits picked up from the film. The best part of watching O.H.M.S.S. was the “chit-chat” and jokes shared over the movie screening. Yes, a few tears were shed after the abrupt ending to the joyful wedding of “Mr. and Mrs. James Bond.”

Following the film, locations were toured of Sean Connery’s “Just Cause” and other Hollywood films whose exteriors were shot in the Gainesville area.

The third annual Bond Weekend is now being planned for New Orleans, Louisiana.

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.

–Matt Sherman is one host of the annual Bond Collectors’ Weekends, which means his long-distance phone bills to the other hosts have now exceeded the working budget for “Dr. No.”

Bond Fan Events In The Media

BondFanEvents and its events have appeared in many media placements:

*Websites listed below include specific stories (not including numerous site links worldwide)

007Database.com
00Agent.com
Absolutely James Bond
AssignmentX.com
Bond Supplement
BondDate.com
BondUniverse.com
BondWeekendHosts.com
Cigar Lifestyles Magazine
Cinescape Magazine
Cinescape.com
Comicon.com
CommanderBond.net
Diplomatic TV
DonMcGregor.com
Entertainment Weekly
Fandom.com
For Special Services
Le Bond Newsletter
Home & Garden Television
IanFleming.org
Infinitely Better.com
Infoseek.com
Internet Access Made Easy Magazine
James Bond 007, OHMSS
James Bond Collectors’ Club newsletter
James Bond Movie Dates/Cinema History
KBHK 44/45 UPN
KPIX TV/5 CBS
Look Smart New Zealand
Mobilia Magazine
QueenMary.com
RaymondBenson.com
Roydburn.com/007
Scrabo.com
SecretIntel.com
Shaken Not Stirred Newsletter
SpyGuise.com
Tasty Film Reviews
The Best of James Bond
The Bond Supplement
The Chicago Tribune
The Comic Brief
The Daily Oklahoman
The Gainesville Sun
The Las Vegas Sun
The Learning Channel
The New Orleans Times-Picayune
The Secret World Of James Bond
The Unofficial James Bond Internet Guide
TheJamesBondFanClub.com
Toy Shop Magazine
UniversalExports.net
WCJB TV/20 ABC
WGN Radio 720
WMAQ/TV NBC5

About Not Stirred Collectors

Not Stirred Collectors was established in 1993 to serve espionage memorabilia collectors worldwide as a resource.

We have procured hundreds of different one-off special items for collectors from Europe, Asia and the US and Canada. Write today to get involved with our “Transworld Consortium” of James Bond/spy/adventure collectors.

If you need to do Bond homework or want it done for you, we “…Won’t be stirred.”

About BondFanEvents.com

Our holding group of BCW Productions, LLC operates the largest website of its kind on earth at BondFanEvents (500,000 words in 800-plus online articles) and has worked in a variety of capacities on many fan event projects including websites and fanzines, multimedia productions and trade and theme shows, and interviewing specialists, “super collectors” and celebrities from around the world. This year’s event organizers are authors of forthcoming books on the spy phenomenon, and have worked on numerous secret agent/espionage themed projects and events.

Contact BondFanEvents to become a member of BONDLIST, an interactive group of fans, celebrities, industry insiders and memorabilia hunters furthering the spy phenomenon worldwide.

007Forever Site Awards

BondFanEvents is the legacy site of 007Forever.com, which has been favorably reviewed in dozens of publications and webzines from Sydney to LA, from Berlin to New York…We`ve earned mentions in news outlets worldwide.

Named to Top 3 Bond Sites On Internet by Internet Access Made Easy Magazine (Issue 14)
Best Bond Site by The Daily Oklahoman 06/08/99 newspaper daily
Top 10 Bond Sites by Infoseek
Entertainment Weekly’s Issue For 11/12/99 (Holiday Movie Preview Issue) reviewed 007Forever and awarded us a grade of A+.

Reviewer Gillian Flynn wrote: “An exhilarating blend of insider jokes (“Top 10 Signs That [dueling Bond scribe] Kevin McClory Has Hired a Bad Lawyer”), sheer enjoyment (best Bond lines), and stuff to buy (oh, Pussy Galore action figure-you will be mine). Michael “Icebreaker” Kersey-whose page is hosted by sci-fi mega-site Fandom-gets James Bond. He knows you can have a fab pre-credit sequence (hello, Moonraker!), and still have a very un-fab movie (hellooooo, Moonraker!) He knows the best villains have idiosyncrasies (obsessive fondness for gold, obsessive fondling of kitties). And finally, he knows that martinis, casinos and (above all) Bond Babes are just inherently cool. At last, a website to leave you shaken and stirred. A+.”

*Oddly enough, in the Summer Movie Preview issue of Yahoo! Internet Life we also got a great mention. In their June 1999 edition, they have this to say: “The original “international man of mystery” exemlifies the `60s, which many fans agree constituted his heyday. 007Forever is probably the most thorough resource available for information on all the James Bond films from Connery to Brosnan. Here you`ll also find a catalog of Bond`s cars, villains, and women. Although this site highlights the more recent Bond films and somewhat shortchanges the materpieces of the `60s, it`s still the Net`s best source for info on the world`s most famous superspy. 3 and a half stars (out of 4)”

*In the summer of 1998, Michael Kersey did a lengthy interview with Bryan Reesman for the magazine Cigar Lifestyles. They spoke all about different facets of James Bond, and here`s the opinion he came away with: Armchair adventurers who seek instant Bond gratification can find it on the World Wide Web. There are some impressive cyber-shrines out there, including the popular web site “007Forever”. Here one can find a plethora of information about movie locales, the agent`s gear, and even secret doessiers on various Bond allies and enemies. Whether you want to know about a Playstation game, news on the upcoming movie, or analysis of different actors in the famous role, this site will keep you happily occupied for quite awhile.” Cigar Lifestyles also mentioned our annual James Bond Weekends in a lovely sidebar. Both stories appeared in different regional editions of the magazine around the US.

Let us know, please, if you see BondFanEvents in other on- or off-line mentions! –Editors

interview: Vic Flick: Music To Our Ears

Vic Flick.
Vic Flick is a music industry legend. He has composed, conducted and performed alongside many of the biggest names in show business. He took time recently for an in-depth interview for the fans at 007Forever…

Matt Sherman: Thanks, Vic, for agreeing to an interview with us at 007 Forever. Please tell us a bit about your early career. What motivated you to play guitar music? Why that choice of instrument?

Vic: When I was about 12 years old, my father started a small dance band with a neighbor. I was studying piano at the time but as my father played piano, that was me out of the picture. A friend bought me a Gibson guitar, which I practiced on like crazy, joining the band a year later. I could have been given a trumpet or a flute but guitar was it and that was what I finished up with, playing for the rest of my life in varying degrees of intensity.

Matt: Your debut as composer was for the famous “Viva Zapata!” in 1952. [Note to 007 Forever readers: Joseph Wiseman of “Dr. No” fame helps headline the picture.] Tell us about doing that project as a young performer. Zapata must have made an interesting genre for a young composer helping to build a film score.

Vic: “Zapata” was a title included on an album by John Barry called “Stringbeat”. John was stuck for an extra title and asked me to compose one. A last minute demand–but what you hear has proved to be very popular.

Matt: You`ve played on hit tunes and conducted and recorded alongside some of music`s biggest greats, including–and this must be some kind of incredible statistic–Bond music stars Tom Jones, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, Matt Munro, Burt Bacharach, Nancy Sinatra, John Barry, and more! What standout memories remind you of your British studio recording days?

Vic: The very early 60`s were wonderful times to be in the music business. The “Pop Record” phenomenon was just taking off and everybody was happy to be on board. Singers like Tom Jones, Lulu, etc., were more friends than “stars”–if you know what I mean. I used to see and work with them regularly in recording, broadcast and television studios. More often than not when they were promoting their record that I`d worked on. I remember Burt Bacharach as being a perfectionist in his arrangements and production–as well as being a great guy to work with. I hadn`t seen Burt for what must have been four years when I met him again at a recording studio`s entrance. Without hesitation he said, “Good to see you again, Vic.” Quite a memory.

Shirley Bassey is one tremendous artist and always a joy to work with. Matt Monro was one of the nicest people you could wish to meet. He always made a point of talking and meeting with the musicians in the orchestra. Same with Bing Crosby. I was working on a television show with him and he actually apologized to the band for wanting to rehearse his number again. Not like some I could mention!

Matt: The James Bond legacy has brought enormous popularity and exposure to everyone associated with Agent 007. As lead guitar and an innovator on the project, what was your reaction, and that of your colleagues on the Barry Seven, at the runaway success of the original Bond theme in the early 60`s and beyond?

Vic: In the beginning there wasn`t much to react to. It was another film session that we were perhaps more associated with than many others. I was pleased to be so intimately involved yet it was probably 20 years later that I began to realize how significant the Bond series of films were and really, only in the past 7 to 10 years, has the amazing popularity of the films made an impact on me.

Matt: Most fans know that the original Bond theme was a rush job for John Barry handed down from the producers of “Dr. No”…Was it a very good feeling in the studio right after the track was laid down with the Barry Seven? Did you foresee any of the amazing popularity of the song?

Vic: I can remember there being an atmosphere of excitement about the recording because, in a way, it was very different to the majority of film themes–especially spy films. There was no film shown at the time of the recording so we could only imagine what the content of the film was! When I saw “Dr. No” and heard how much the theme had been used throughout I thought how good it sounded–and how effective was John Barry`s treatment.

Matt: You worked on six of the first John Barry-scored EON Bond films. Does one production or studio session on the Bonds stand alone as a favorite?

Vic: “Goldfinger” and “Diamonds Are Forever” have always been my favorites. They seem to epitomize the Bond “thing”. Shirley Bassey`s recordings of the themes were winners and they were the first Bond films I felt completely involved with.

Matt: You were invited to update and re-record the original Bond Theme with Eric Clapton for License To Kill. Please tell us about those sessions!

Vic: It wasn`t an update. Eric and Michael had composed a new theme and had asked me to come in and think up some low guitar riffs reminiscent of the original theme. We had a great day together in the studio and the following day we shot the video in a loft overlooking the Thames. The sound recording and the video disappeared after EON Productions turned it down as not being commercial enough. As we all know, Gladys Knight got the job.

Matt: 007Forever fans have been eagerly following Jeffrey Bunzendahl`s spy spoof, “Wilson Chance,” due out in spring 2001 and headed for wide release in video stores, for which you are graciously helping Bunzendahl`s “Steel Shavings” production team in scoring the final film. It sounds like a fun collaboration…

Vic: It is a fun collaboration. Jeffrey and George Bunzendahl and the rest of the team are so full of enthusiasm and technical know how that it`s a pleasure to be associated with them. They are a young team who are managing to do some great work without the financial backing that, say, Dreamworks has. Most important, Jeffrey has promised me two seats for the premiere.

Matt: Bond and genre music fans were abuzz when you recorded key tracks from the EON films for “Bond: Back In Action,” a recent release bringing you to reprise some of your work. Was the success of that project the motivation behind your creating “James Bond NOW” for the fans? Why revisit the Bond genre at this time?

Vic: In a round about way, yes. A colleague, Les Hurdle, and myself had worked on the “James Bond Theme” and “Goldfinger” some six years ago as part of a “James Bond” project–kind of samples to see if anybody was interested. Even back then the treatment was very little different from what you hear on “James Bond NOW”. Silva Screen Records asked me to do the signature track and some other guitar work on their CD at the same time informing me of the upsurge of interest in Bond music. I presented Silva Screen with the two titles but they weren`t interested saying it wasn`t as the original score–something they specialize in. When I heard the David Arnold music track to the recent Bond film, “The World Is Not Enough,” I realized we were ahead of the time and decided to go ahead with the “James Bond NOW” project as an independent production. I`m glad I made that decision, as the reception to the CD has been wonderful.

Matt: Your new compositions on James Bond NOW like “Copacabinsky” (adding to your re-worked Bond covers) are quite interesting. Tell us about them. What kinds of things ran through your mind in the studio sessions and beforehand on this special project?

Vic: I wanted some original input on the project and decided that a composition, “Shaken Not Stirred” with the excitement of the Bond Theme, a romantic composition, “Silken Cover,” and a third composition mixing the coldness of Russia with the exoticness of Latin music would do very nicely.

Matt: What would be your response if composer David Arnold or another Bond conductor invited you to play for the twentieth Bond film due out in 2002? Would you be willing to revisit the theme for a 40th Anniversary special?

Vic: What a great idea Matt and something I would be thrilled to do. If it happens I`ll make sure you`re in the studio when it`s recorded.

Matt: Indulge in a little wish fulfillment for 007Forever`s readers if you will. Imagine you can pick up the phone and plan a fantasy collaboration with any musician of any era, past or present, from Beethoven to Billy Idol. Who would you choose to work alongside? And how do you feel about current trends in today`s pop and rock music? Are there any bands or soloists today you avidly follow?

Vic: Some question! I`d like to have another try with Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Hendrix playing a solo on one of my compositions would be a high for me–as would collaboration with my session colleagues “Big Jim” Sullivan, Jimmy Page and Chris Spedding. There are so many excellent and varied groups out there that it is impossible to choose. If Mariah Carey would like to sing a vocal that would be the frosting on the cake.

Matt: What do you want people to remember about the life and times of Mr. Vic Flick?

Vic: Musically, I am pleased to have been a part of so many people`s lives. I also hope that if I returned to all the places I`ve been, I`d be greeted with a smile.

–Vic Flick and his delightful spouse, Judy, live in Santa Monica,
California and Vic`s work is featured at www.vicflick.com. Music samples from all ten tracks of his latest work, “James Bond NOW,” are available to listen to online in different audio formats at www.blizzardrecords.com.

Geoff Leonard, co-author of “John Barry: A Life In Music” recently reviewed Vic Flick`s “James Bond NOW”. Some of his comments: “From the mid-sixties onwards there have been many cover versions of James Bond film themes available to an apparently insatiable record-buying public. Some have been very good, even excellent, but some have been very poor–horrendous in one or two cases. So it`s a great pleasure to be able to review a new one, and one by the man who played guitar on the original James Bond Theme, and on many other Bond film scores–Vic Flick. For “James Bond NOW,” Flick has taken seven of his own favorite Bond themes, given them his own highly original treatment, and added three of his own compositions as a bonus…”Goldfinger” and “The James Bond Theme” have received sparkling makeovers. The famed guitar sound is still prominent, but a backing track years away from the sixties birthplace of these themes has been utilized to surprisingly good effect…” Welcome back, Vic!

interview: Seva Novgorodtsev: Kill Bond Now!

To Western Bond fans, he`s the famous Russian helicopter-pilot in the AVTAK pre-title sequence. To Russian citizens, he`s the famous BBC narrator whose voice penetrated the Iron Curtain during the Communist era.

Seva was born July 9th, 1940 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). He served in the Soviet Navy as a Petty Officer 3rd class and played in several music bands. In 1975 he left the USSR and moved to Austria, then to Italy. Finally, in 1977, Seva settled in London, where he began working for the BBC.

So how did he get in a Bond movie? Let Seva tell you personally:

“Well, here`s the story. “In the 80`s I had a small firm; my English girlfriend and I were consulting for movie companies whose films either dealt with, or took place in Russia – we were advising designers, dressers, writing dialogue in Russian, doing voice-dubs, casting actors for casual roles; all that stuff. There was a cook, named Sasha, whom, in `84, I invited to play the role of a warden (in an almost unknown movie Gulag). But the day before the shooting he, the rascal, had gotten seriously drunk and didn`t come to the movie set. Just imagine: there are more than 200 people, and a single day`s shooting costs approximately 100 thousands dollars! The director tells me: “Come on, put on his uniform”. So I did and played the role, putting all the hatred I felt towards the drunkard into my actor-reincarnation. And I liked it! When our First Assistant Director was hired for AVTAK, he recommended me as an actor. It was one-day work, but I almost passed away: I was sitting in the helicopter`s cock-pit the entire day, and again and again, I was dying from the explosion (the red smoke grenade was detonated right under our chairs). By day`s end, my underwear was all red. So were my lungs. As for our dialogue, I had to think it up on the spot. The English Director didn`t care.”

(Seva`s line translated into English is: “It`s hopeless. You won`t find anybody there!”)

The story continues. Episode II, 16 years later:

“In a London pub, my step-daughter Anastasia (16 years old) makes the acquaintance of a young English actor, who is also a Bond fan, so she tells him about me. He instantly transforms himself into the Russian helicopter-pilot and, almost without accent, quotes my line: “Poprobuj tout najdi kogo-nibud!” That is immortality!

Apart from A View To A Kill, Seva has appeared in several other movies – including the John Landis directed film SPIES LIKE US – usually playing Russian soldiers, KGB agents, etc.

Seva currently works at the BBC Russian Channel (www.bbc.co.uk/russian)

His personal web-site is www.seva.ru.

007Forever would like to offer a special thanks to Sergey Pantsirev, the webmaster, and to Seva Novgorodtsev for taking time to answer our questions.

interview: Michael Wilson: Part II

In this, Part Two of Producer Michael G. Wilson`s Interview with Steve Biodrowski, Wilson answers the questions most appealing to Bond insiders in this second half of a discussion with Fandom/Forever.

WHAT WOULD IAN FLEMING SAY TODAY?

I guess he`d say, `Wow, I can`t believe it`s still going on.`

WHAT KEEPS IT GOING ON?

Bond`s a contemporary character, and we keep trying to make it contemporary. With the changes in casting, the five Bonds we`ve had, the fact that each one of them brings something different to it plays it a different way, has kept it going.

DO YOU THINK IT`S THE ACTOR OR THE CLIMATE THAT ACCOUNTS FOR THE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SUCCESS?

Certainly, Sean and Roger were extremely successful. Pierce has been extremely successful. I guess it`s a combination of the people who come together, the political climate, the actors, and the directors.

IS THERE ANOTHER ACTOR OUT THERE TODAY YOU WOULD ALSO SEE AS BOND?

I can`t think of anybody at this point. He`s just taken over the role and made it so much his own–I don`t see anyone there.

HOW DOES A GREAT BOND FILM COME TOGETHER?

Well, we have a great team, and that team has been with us for many years. Their fathers and sometimes their grandfathers are with us, and they all pull together. They all have an investment; they all want it to succeed, and that spirit comes across and makes it work.

YOU HAVE TO KEEP COMING UP WITH GREAT OPENING SEQUENCES. WHAT ARE SOME IDEAS YOU`VE THROWN OUT?

Well, I guess I can`t even think of what we`ve thrown out. There`s a big pile of stuff, and sometimes we go back to the bone pile and say, `What`s in there?` The opening sequences really are kind of two categories. One is Bond`s just finishing a mission, and it`s basically just puts you into Bond`s world. The other ones fulfill that function but also set the story up. The way we conceive of the film opening, we start with the iris and the gun. That to show you Bond`s being stalked. He lives in a world where there are assassins, and he has to be able to shoot faster than the next guy. But it`s also a portal into this movie world, this fantasy world. It`s kind of like your world but it`s a parallel world. It`s brighter. It`s exotic. People wear tuxedoes when they don`t wear shorts. So we`re brought into that world, and that little opening sequence says, `This is the world we`re suddenly in.` Then we go into the titles and this exotic, thematic background. That`s kind of the way we bring the audience in.

HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED USING, FOR INSTANCE, THE JOHN GARDNER NOVELS AS THE BASIS FOR FILMS?

I haven`t…I read many of the John Gardner novels, and now there`s another fellow writing them, but I haven`t felt they have the things that would make good films.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BOND GIRL?

That would be telling! I can`t really say. If you`re asked to chose between your children, what do you say? They`ve all been great. Really, that`s tough. They`ve all been troopers. They`ve all worked hard. They`ve all done a lot for us. They come out and do publicity. They did that thing in Vanity Fair where they all came out. They`re all just wonderful.

WHAT ABOUT A FAVORITE CHARACTER RATHER THAN A FAVORITE ACTRESS?

As a character, Sophie [Sophie Marceau as Elektra King] has to be the most complex we`ve ever had; I don`t think we`ve had any as complex as Sophie.

WOULD YOU EVER CAST SEAN CONNERY AS A VILLAIN IN THE SERIES?

We haven`t considered that, but I would never rule out anything. Our basic philosophy is that we`re always looking ahead. If you have writers come in and pitch you ideas, you`d be surprised how many ideas sound the same: `I`ve got GOLDFINGER`S DAUGHTER—this is gonna be great!` It`s always something along that line: they like to take something that they liked and repackage it in a way. But we`ve resisted too many looks backwards. We do some; we bring in characters we`ve used before, but we try to keep our nose pointed toward the future.

ANY CHANCE OF BRINGING BACK SPECTRE OR BLOFELD?

Well, with Spectre and Blofeld, the last film we did was DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER in 1971. When I talk about not looking backwards, that is looking backwards. We`ve kind of moved beyond that.

WELL, HE WAS IN FOR YOUR EYES ONLY.

The guy down the chimney? [laughs and quickly takes a question from another journalist]

YOU HAVE GREAT DIVERSITY IN YOUR FILMS.

Well, you have to understand that our films are international. About seventy to seventy-five percent of our income comes from exhibition outside the United States, and there`s a lot of people out there from all different ethnicities, all different religions, all different backgrounds, and they`re all great Bond fans. So we have to make sure those people come to our films because we don`t do anything to alienate them, and we do things to encourage them to come. So having a racially mixed cast is important. Having people with different points of view is important. Having visual gags is important. I guess it`s always been global. We`ve always been a series that appealed outside the United States more than inside the United States. Now, most American films are almost fifty-fifty. We`ve been even from the beginning fifty-fifty. We were always considered to be an international phenomenon.

I KNOW YOU SAID YOU`RE NOT INTERESTED IN LOOKING BACK, BUT WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER GETTING THE RIGHTS TO DO `CASINO ROYALE` AS A SERIOUS MOVIE?

Well, CASINO ROYALE is an interesting property. It happens to be the first book. It sets Bond up, in a way. But if you look at the structure of it, the first half is about the caper, and the second have is a love story where Bond ends up being betrayed by the woman. He kind of shuts down. It explains a lot about him, because up to this point he`d only done a couple of missions and they weren`t very complex. In that sense, it might be thought of as a coming of age story. So just shooting it as the novel is probably not what people would expect from a Bond film. It wouldn`t have all the elements that people like to see.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT `AUSTIN POWERS` SPOOFING THE BOND FILMS?

People find them funny and great. I think they`re probably not pitched exactly at my age group. But I guess if you can be spoofed and you`re big enough to be spoofed, you`re lucky. If people take the time and trouble to spoof you, it must mean you`re a household name.

interview: Michael Wilson: Part I

Michael G. Wilson has been a part of the James Bond franchise since with THE SPY WHO LOVED ME in 1977. Not only has he produced ten of the films; he also worked on scripts for five of them. Working first under the auspices of producer Albert Broccoli (who launched the series, along with Harry Saltzman, back in 1962), Wilson helped revive interest in the exploits of 007 after a certain decline during the early to mid-`70s. During the `80s, he oversaw the gradual move away from the light-hearted, humorous turn the series had taken, back toward a more serious direction.

In the `90s, since the death of Albert Broccoli, Wilson and his sister, Barbara Broccoli, have been carrying on the family tradition, again reviving flagging interest in the series, this time with the casting of Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming`s famous creation. The latest Bond film, THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, is meant to set the character up in a way that will carry the franchise into the next millennium. This is quite a feat when you consider that the films have long since run out of books to adapt; fortunately, that hasn`t slowed the series down.

IS IT HARD COMING UP WITH PLOTS NOW THAT YOU`VE RUN OUT OF FLEMING NOVELS?

Plots are always needed. It`s really coming up with a good story that`s the key thing. It`s not something that the audience appreciates in the sense that, if you ask them what they like about the film, they usually don`t mention it. But if it`s absent, they won`t like the film. It`s almost a kind of unconscious, visceral thing. They really want a good story; they just articulate it. That`s why when people do research and stuff, they miss out. We do a lot of research. A lot of the series that you`ve seen that have come and gone have listened to the audience and then tried to write scripts according to what the audience says. The audience generally remembers the stunts and the action, so they just keep on getting more and more stunts and action, and letting the story go. Before you know it, they don`t have a series anymore.

HOW DID YOU DEVELOP THE SCRIPT WITH NEAL PURVIS AND ROBERT WADE?

They came to us and said they wanted to do it, and they gave us some writing samples and threw out some ideas. (We only used established writers, I hasten to say, because we get floods of stuff all the time, and it just goes to our lawyers and gets sent back.) But these fellows looked like the type of people we could work with. That`s the main thing: you want writers that can collaborate with yourself and the director. That`s key to making these kinds of films. These are made by teams of people, and the writers are part of that team. Then, we were talking about the idea of a woman villain, so we started off with that as a general idea. And then Barbara Broccoli, my sister and co-producer, saw one of the Nightline episodes about Bakku and the oil. We thought, `This could work as a backdrop.` Then it was just a matter of coming up with the plot. It evolved over eight or nine months of working, pretty much meeting the writers weekly and then daily.

HOW DID YOU CHOOSE MICHAEL APTED?

Part of the film works because the relationship between Sophie and Pierce works; if that didn`t work, the film wouldn`t work. So rather than think in terms of `Who`s a good action director?` we thought `Who`s a good dramatic director who can work with actors to bring out the drama that we need for this to work?` As a consequence of hiring him, we were also have to have Robbie Carlyle and M have a great scene together, Bond and M have a great scene together. It sort of…the whole picture improved because of the fact that Michael knows how to deal with actors, and they trust him implicitly; he gets a really good performance out of them. As far as the action goes, he`s knowledgeable about action; he knows that all action sequences need a good, solid narrative, and he had no problem letting Vic [Armstrong] and the special effects guys work to bring these really good, solid action sequences in.

WHAT WAS YOUR CONCEPT FOR THE DR. JONES CHARACTER?

The Dr. Jones character came out of a friend of mine who collects rugs from Afghanistan. When you collect something that obscure, you have to go where they are; to find other collectors is quite a job. In New York city he heard of a Russian woman who was a collector of these rugs, and it turned out that she was an atomic scientist who, as soon as she graduated, went into the special services. The Russians-when a plan crashes with atomic weapons on board, no matter where it is in the world, they spend a special unit that surreptitiously drops in, and they take the bombs and disarm them. This is what her job was during her twenties, and she was an athletic, attractive, wild kind of girl who was an atomic physicist. Having that was a pretty good model for Denise.

WHAT MADE DENISE RICAHRDS THE BEST CHOICE FOR THAT ROLE?

Well, we wanted an American. We wanted somebody who could fit this image of a physicist who was going around doing something important. Not necessarily an action hero but just committed to doing something.

IS DESMOND LLEWELYN LEAVING THE SERIES NOW THAT YOU`VE ESTABLISHED JOHN CLEESE AS R?

As far as Desmond Llewelyn, who`s been playing Q since FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, we`re anxious to have him continue on. He`s the one who suggested we bring someone else in, a younger man, so we brought someone in just slightly younger. But he`s just great. He just goes on and on, so we`re going to keep using him.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE RESPONSE TO HAVING JUDI DENCH AS M?

The idea of casting a woman as M, which we did in GOLDENEYE in 1994, came about because Stella Remington had taken over MI6 in London, so we had a woman in charge of MI6. We thought, `If we`re going to be contemporary and up to date, why not try it and see what it would be like?` When you think about that, you then say, `Who can we cast in that kind of role?` It turned out that Judi Dench was enthusiastic and ready to do it, and we thought, `Wow, we`ve got a great opportunity here.` We`ve taken that and developed that idea, and she has a much bigger role in this film. The character of M has never had as large a role as in this film.

THE NEW FILM TRIED TO BALANCE THE DRAMA WITH LOTS OF VERBAL HUMOR.

Some better than others, I trust. I think it`s just a matter of trying to get a balance right. Sometimes we use too much humor, too many double entendres; sometimes not enough. As soon as you change anything, you get a flood of letters: `What happened to this? What happened to that?` Other people write in saying, `It`s all right, except you`ve got too many double entendres.`

THAT LAST LINE OF DIALOGUE WAS A BIT MUCH. WHOSE IDEA WAS IT?

That was Rob and Neal, the original writers on it. We`ve always pushed a bit. At the very end of the film, we kind of pushed a bit, for the teenagers. We`re family films, and you`ve got to have something for everybody in the family.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SELECTING COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS FOR THE THEME SONG?

We`ve had a lot of different forces acting on us in the music area over the years. We have a view, Barbara [Broccoli, Wilson`s sister] and I, that we should have the composer do the theme song, the title song, because the theme will be integrated throughout the score of the film. The lyric may be done by the performer or some other guy. We feel ballads by female singers probably work the best in the Bond films, so we aim for that. This time, we were lucky enough to get Garbage. That`s because David Arnold, our composer, suggested Shirley [Manson, the singer] and went out and got a hold of her. She was very enthusiastic, and we clicked right away.

WERE YOU AWARE OF THIS BAND?

I`ve heard of them, but I don`t know much about them. I can`t say I`m current on pop music.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT OPENING ON NOVEMBER 19?

The way it works these days, nothing builds; everything comes out, and they hit you on the head with a hammer. You`ve got to go see the picture, and first weekend`s important, and everybody looks at the figures. But of course we`ve seen films that have gone on and on. Some of our films have; they just play through. I think, to me, that`s the most important thing, because almost any films you can get a big weekend out of it if you advertise it to death. The good films have legs, and they go. We`re positioned here, the 19th, because we run up to the biggest weekend in America. There`s really two big weekends in America: the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving`s the biggest one for film and everything else. We`re playing so that`s our second weekend. We`ve got very few-certainly no other action-adventure films competing with us. We have things like SLEEPY HOLLOW and END OF DAYS, but we don`t seem to have any other ones coming in to Christmas, so we should be able to play through the Christmas holiday. If we do that, we`ll have a good return.

PIERCE SAYS HE`D LIKE TO STEP BACK AND TAKE A BREAK AFTER THIS FILM.

It doesn`t give me a problem to do one in three years instead of two. The studio may feel different, but these are very hard to put together. They take over your life. When we`re working on the script and production, my wife will say, `Do you realize you`ve been working seven days a week?` So I don`t mind doing something else; to me it`s fine.

interview: Pierce Brosnan, Part II

Q: DID YOU EVER PICTURE YOURSELF AS BOND?

PB: As Bond? No, I didn`t. I read, and have read, that it was my life ambition to play this role, and I dreamt of playing this role—which is complete untruth. I grew up watching the Bond movies, and they certainly sparked my interest in cinema at the age of ten when I saw GOLDFINGER. But I never wanted to be Bond or dreamt about being Bond. It wasn`t until I was doing REMINGTON STEELE that these kind of mutterings and whitterings were going on about me being Bond, because my late wife had done a Bond movie and because we knew the Broccoli family. You already know the history of that from `86. But I guess he and I were just meant to meet on the stage: destiny, destiny, destiny, I guess. There was no getting away from it. And um, I enjoy playing the role enormously.

And you know us here at 007Forever. We like to show you what you wouldn`t normally see in the films or in the books (see Close Calls, The Eye That Never Sleeps for more details). Now, we bring you jettisoned excerpts from Steve Biodrowski`s interview with Pierce that will only be found here.

IS DOING A BOND FILM DIFFERENT FROM MAKING ANOTHER KIND OF MOVIE?

It’s basically the same. It’s just…it was easier this time around than the second time around and the first time, because it was the third time around. You’ve kind of figured out a little bit what you’re doing, and you have more confidence and relaxation about it. You don’t push as hard, or you know when to push and when to pull back on it. But the principles are the same: dealing with some kind of truthfulness and theatricality.

ARE YOU A BIT MORE DARING NOW WITH THE STUNTS?

Well…yes and no. I’ve done a lot in all three of them, to various degrees. There are certain things you just can’t do—you’re not trained for it, and they won’t allow you to do it, because of the insurance.

YOU MENTIONED ON A TALK SHOW THAT YOU HAD BEEN INJURED ON THE FILM.

It was actually the last film. I got whacked in the face. Actually, it happened again, on the top of my lip, but there were no stitches. It was driving the boat through the restaurant door—the door hit me in the face. That was it; there were no bones broken. That was me, sitting in the seat [of the boat]. I didn’t do the barrel role, obviously. It was a kick in the pants. It was amazing. I mean, this boat is so snug fitting. You just got to put your foot down and you got to go—it sits low in the water, so the nose is up and you can’t see where you’re going. You just toodle along with the nose up. It was just one of those wonderful things I could do.

IS THAT ONE OF THE FUN PARTS OF DOING A MOVIE?

Certainly a Bond movie, because you’re able to enter this world that you’ve known about and is part of your own kind of screen mythology and screen education from childhood, and you’re playing the character. It’s a guy thing, I suppose; it’s playing The Man.

HOW WILL JAMES BOND OF THE NEXT MILLENNIUM COMPARE TO PAST BONDS?

Oh, I couldn’t be so presumptuous to answer that question. I don’t know. Time will tell.

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF THE VANITY FAIR LAYOUT?

I thought it was wonderful. It was a great piece of publicity.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE BOND GIRL?

Well, the first one, I guess. Shirley [Eaton in GOLDFINGER] I saw when I was ten-and-a-half years of age. She left a permanent impression on my psyche, I must say.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW BOND THEME SONG?

I love it. I think she does a great job. I think it’s on the money. It’s back to the Shirley Bassey. It’s as good as Shirley Bassey; it’s as good as GOLDFINGER. Miss Manson has a great set of pipes on her, and she delivers the song, and they went right for a kind of Bond theme. I couldn’t be happier.

WHO BRINGS THE HUMOR TO THE SCRIPTS? IS IT YOU?

No, Bruce Feirstein is a funny guy. Anyone who could write REAL MEN DON’T EAT QUICHE is a funny guy. So Bruce is there; there’s the direction and myself, so there’s collaboration.

DO YOU FEEL THAT BECAUSE OF BOND PEOPLE PUT YOU IN A BOX?

Oh yes, they do, but I don’t feel the box around me. I just can’t allow that box to be there. You have to make peace with that box and say, ‘Don’t sweat it. Just go with the flow.’ Otherwise, you turn negative on yourself and you get bitter about it, and the jig’s up.

interview: Pierce Brosnan, Part I

I always knew Pierce Brosnan could play James Bond. Back in the `80s, when his name was first mentioned in connection with the role, there was some grumbling from the hardcore 007 fans who were worried that they would be getting another Roger Moore, with a cool, tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the role.

You can`t really blame people for this fear, but it was based on the assumption that Brosnan`s take on Bond would be the same as his take on REMINGTON STEELE. But when THE FOURTH PROTOCOL came out, anyone paying attention should have been able to see that Brosnan is capable of putting aside the sophisticated Cary Grant routine; his performance as the KGB assassin had a serious, lethal edge that was clearly appropriate for playing the British secret service agent with the `00` license to kill.

Surprisingly, Brosnan expresses no regrets over the circumstances that prevented him from taking over the role at that time. “No, I think someone was watching over me with respect to doing it back in `86,” he declares. “If you saw photographs of me in 1986–I have seen photographs; I`ve got photographs of me with the late Cubby Broccoli, signing the contracts, standing outside the soundstage with his Rolls Royce–I look like something out of LEAVE IT TO BEAVER. I mean…it`s Remington Steele. That script sat beside my bed for all the negotiations of what ultimately became THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS. So I was lucky that I didn`t do it then, very lucky.”

Of course, the actor was very disappointed when the renewal of REMINGTON STEELE created a scheduling conflict that allowed Timothy Dalton to step in, because at that time Brosnan had no idea that the opportunity would ever role around again. This has led to some media depictions that he felt as if he had lost out on a role he had long coveted, but had he really always pictured himself as playing 007?

“No, I didn`t,” he says today. “I read, and have read, that it was my life ambition to play this role, and I dreamt of playing this role–which is complete untruth. I grew up watching the Bond movies, and they certainly sparked my interest in cinema at the age of ten when I saw GOLDFINGER. But I never wanted to be Bond or dreamt about being Bond. It wasn`t until I was doing REMINGTON STEELE that these kind of mutterings and whitterings were going on about me being Bond, because my late wife had done a Bond movie and because we knew the Broccoli family. You already know the history of that from `86. But I guess he and I were just meant to meet on the stage: destiny, destiny, destiny. There was no getting away from it. And I enjoy playing the role enormously.”

Brosnan helped breathe new life into a franchise that had lain dormant for six years, since the box office disappointment of LICENCE TO KILL. The Bond films had gone through a phase of self-parody during Roger Moore`s tenure, and the attempt to return to a more serious tone with Timothy Dalton had fallen flat due to a reluctance to completely abandon the over-the-top antics for which the series had become known. (For instance, the stunt-and-effects-packed chase scene near the end of LICENCE is an impressive piece of action-choreography when taken out of context, but within the film it detracts from the dramatic core of the story, which is about the personal conflict between Bond and his antagonist, the drug lord Sanchez.) With Brosnan in the role, the `90s films have struggled hard to maintain the proper balance between witty one-liners and action-packed violence, harkening back to the glory days of Sean Connery.

Says Brosnan of his predecessor, “Well, going into the ring, it`s about taking the belt. Connery`s got the belt; I want the
belt. It`s as simple as that. It`s a game; the whole bloody thing`s a game. You go in knowing that there`s only one man in the ring. There`s that analogy, which is kind of dramatic and makes for good copy, but there`s also just one`s own self esteem and respect for the character, respect for the millions of people who loved the character. Doing GOLDENEYE was huge. The tension was there from Day One when I put the phone down after my agents said, `You`ve got the job,` right through to finishing the press junket. And Connery was the Man. He was Bond; he was the one I grew up on. You have this kind of thing of wanting to take the belt, but you also have to find your own path with it and not get too blind-sided by the competition and someone else`s performance.”

Continuing somewhat in the direction of Timothy Dalton, Brosnan has moved away from playing Bond as the tongue-in-cheek caricature of Roger Moore. “For me, he is a human being,” says the actor. “To come into the role the first time round, it had such a mighty mythology to it. How do you make it real for yourself; how do you find your [own way]? Because what Fleming put down on paper and what Connery did in the beginning are two different things, really; there`s two different men. So you have to find the man for yourself. You pose the questions to yourself, `What if I were this man?` He`s highly trained, respected, solitary. A survivalist. Doesn`t simply like trying to kill anybody, but kills. Is always looking over his shoulder. Drinks too much. Did smoke too much at one time but has given up–I think he has a quiet cigarette behind the set. For me, it was just trying to make him human, and that`s a dangerous thing to do with any kind of fantasy-figure character. We did it more this time than the last two movies.”

Part of humanizing Bond in the new movie results from twisting familiar situations in unexpected ways: violating the sanctity of MI6 headquarters with an explosive attack, placing the character of M into unfamiliar situations, including mortal jeopardy. This allows 007 to show a little more concern for the character, instead of just the usual respectful banter laced with wit. “Yes, he does love this woman,” says Brosnan of Bond`s boss. “Yeah, she`s a Bond babe–she is THE Bond babe. So there is a great love and respect, and I wanted to see more of that. Michael Apted, who is a very adept director and has a fine ear for dialogue and storytelling, [wanted to explore] what is the relationship between Bond and M, to put us in a situation where they could actually feel something for each other. You see something behind the mask of the charade they might play.”

This is in keeping with one element that Brosnan has emphasized in order to distinguish his characterization: a more obvious compassion for the women in the Bond films. This was on view in TOMORROW NEVER DIES vis-à-vis Teri Hatcher, suggesting a certain vulnerability not always apparent. “I cannot do, nor do I want to do, what Connery did,” he says. “Nor do I wish to do that kind of character who smacks women around and smacks them in the mouth. I mean, he could do it, and he has done it: with Famke Janssen in GOLDENEYE, he gives her a ding in the jaw, but then she deserves it.”

Brosnan is perhaps being a bit disingenuous here, considering what happens in THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH: Bond`s compassion re-emerges, even more pronounced, in regards to Sophie Marceau, but it turns out to be misplaced. “In the context of this film, he is so conflicted and torn by what has happened, and he is also very seduced by this woman,” he says of showing Bond`s fallibility, “and I think there`s nothing wrong in letting that seduction happen within the film. It adds to the drama.” Yes, it does, but it also creates a situation wherein Bond ends up giving a woman more than just a ding in the jaw.
This is all part of a move toward pushing Bond into a morally gray area. As in GOLDENEYE, the villain of THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH is a former friend or ally turned hostile because of past mistreatment. In this new film, however, Bond himself is at least somewhat implicated in the moral malfeasance.

“That is good,” says Brosnan. “We talked in that direction, Michael Apted and I. Bruce Fierstein, who has penned all the ones that I`ve been in, has always talked in that gray area of ambiguity from the beginning. I think GOLDENEYE had it in miniscule amounts, maybe in one particular sequence on the beach with Izabella Scorupco. The second film, I think they wanted to be so bigger and bolder and brasher than the first that it was just wall-to-wall action. But this time around they allowed us to have story, to have character-to have interaction of character and subtext of character, and subtleties. So you have this incredible heroic character, but there is that gray area–an elliptical side to him–and that`s what intrigues me: how far you can push that and how far you can go with that, without pulling it all down.

“When you dig into the dark side of this character, that`s when it gets really interesting–dealing especially with the killings, his license to kill, what really goes on in his head when the door closes in Hamburg or Helsinki or wherever he is in the world-the quiet moment,” Brosnan continues. “Michael Apted [is] not maybe an obvious choice for a big action movie, but I think at day`s end will be viewed as a man who brought it around in a different way. Certainly for me he did, because of his intelligence and storytelling and his own wry sense of humor. He was wise enough to let the boys who handle all the stunts and special effects get on with their job. People have talked about Michael coming back. I haven`t even talked about whether he would want to do another one or not. It would be wonderful to work with him again. It would be wonderful using this as a platform to push the fourth Bond out into an area that is not radical but following the train of thought that we`ve got right now with the character.”

Making the rather safe assumption that WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH will be successful enough to justify a fourth turn by Brosnan as Bond, what would the actor like to extract from the character? “I`d like to see the quietness of him,” the actor reveals. “I`d like to see him just alone on the stage there-how it all affects him, the mission, the killing of someone. We see a little bit in this, but he`s so heroic and always gets the job done; he always has the gadget at hand. But what happens when he doesn`t have the gadget at hand? What happens when it goes wrong? What happens when it`s the betrayal that he deals with in his life the whole time?

“I think we`ve kind of got the foundation to do a fourth and maybe a fifth,” he continues, referring to events in WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH that point in the direction he would like to go: “Because of his guilt, he lends himself to a particular woman, and then how foolish could he be to let it get out of hand so far?” He adds that he would like to extend the character by “taking all of those sequences one step further. You have a rating on this film, which is PG, which should always be there. But there`s a part of me that would love to do an R-rated Bond, or just take the PG rating off it and do it–not for real, because you want the fantasy–but just to see some surprises and explores facets of the character more.”

Before doing a fourth film, however, Brosnan would like some time off to recharge his batteries and to do other films. “I was trained and taught with the belief that I could do many different characters,” he says. “When you`re a younger actor, you feel you can do the whole gamut, but as you get older you realize you have limitations. So there`s that side to the question, but then there`s just me having a good time. Then there`s also me as the guy who needs to work to pay the mortgage, and you don`t have that many choices of scripts on the table, so you take that job because you have to take that job, because if you don`t take the job there might not be a job in two months time. So there`s been that element of my career. There`s an element now, a different side where I have choices, a few choices, most of which I`m making myself. There`s a flood of scripts coming in the door. But you make your own work for yourself, create spaces for yourself where hopefully you get the work, with luck and timing.”
Despite his desire to play other roles, Brosnan definitely wants to return as 007. “I want to do a fourth,” he states. “There is contractually the option of a fourth, and I would like to do a forth film. But I don`t want to go as quickly as we have done the last three. It`s just exhausting. I knew if GOLDENEYE hit, and hit hard, that we were going to be off running. When it did come in strong, then I knew that they were going to want one every eighteen months. So, if you are successful with it, you are going to be known as this character, because I have the knowledge and history of seeing what Sean Connery went through and what Roger Moore went through. So I would like some space between this one and the next one, but of course the studio will want it differently.

interview: Patrick Bauchau, “Scarpine”

Patrick Bauchau is probably best remembered by Bond fans as the suave and ultra cool Scarpine, Head of Security for Max Zorin, in A VIEW TO A KILL. In the film he gets to rig a horse race against Bond, eventually knocks him unconscious and assists in trying to drown him, feeds Klotkoff to the propellers, sets fire to San Francisco City Hall, traps Bond and Stacey in a burning elevator shaft, guns down dozens of miners, drains a lake, floods a fault, aids Zorin in creating an earthquake that will kill millions and tries to splatter Bond up against the Golden Gate Bridge. Scarpine is as bad as they come. But what kind of person is Patrick Bauchau? Unlike his alter-ego, I found Bauchau (and his wife) to be quite nice, charming and very friendly.

Patrick Bauchau (pronounced “beau-show”) was born in Brussels and raised in Belgium, England and Switzerland. His father, Henry Bauchau, a Flemish writer, served in the Belgian underground during the war, ran a publishing company and was the head of a finishing school in Switzerland. His mother, the late Mary Kozyrev, expatriated from Russia and at one time ran both the publishing company and the finishing school. Patrick attended Oxford university on an academic scholarship and holds a degree in modern languages. He speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Walloon. He also knows a bit of Flemish and Russian which he learned as a child.

A VIEW TO A KILL was his first major film; a big break of sorts. His agent, Jean Diamond, knew the location work of the film would eventually lead the project to Paris and Chantilly, France, and suggested Bauchau meet with Cubby Broccoli in London for the role of Scarpine. `When I first met the producers, there was little to the role; no characterization,` Patrick said. In fact, the role was actually written as an Italian henchmen. Many fans assume that the name Scarpine was based on the scar that Bauchau had on his left cheek, a scar which, by the way, was not real and had to be reapplied
every day. In actuality, the name Scarpine is Italian and means “little shoes”. At first “they [the producers] wanted me to play him with an Italian accent but after a few attempts at it, word came down to do it straight”. Therefore, the Italian background and accent went right out the door, much to his disappointment. He was looking forward to playing an ethnic character. Although he wouldn`t get his chance here, the Tom Clancy thriller CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER would open up the opportunity to do for that film what he hadn`t been allowed to do for A VIEW TO A KILL.

When asked to recollect his experiences on the set of A VIEW TO A KILL, Patrick was both gracious and honest. “It was very enlightening…a great experience. I felt like part of a family” he said of the atmosphere that Cubby Broccoli was famous for fostering on the set. But there were some things that even Cubby`s good nature couldn`t overcome: the nasty June 27th, 1984 fire that burned The 007 Stage to the ground. Though the studio was rebuilt in time to accommodate the massive sets needed for A VIEW TO A KILL, particularly the mine sequences, it did take its toll on the cast, who
at times could do nothing but wait in boredom until their set was ready for shooting. “At times it was like biting my nails, waiting for something to happen,” Bauchau explains. “France went smoothly. Iceland went smoothly. San Francisco went smoothly…but London went on forever.”

At one point during the filming of the zeppelin sequences, Patrick fell asleep while the cameras were shooting. The cast and crew played a joke on him, by all gathering around him, staring at him and bringing the camera in for a close up shot. Patrick was in a bit of shock to eventually wake up and find a hundred people, and a couple of cameras, all looking at him.

Fans who thought Zorin`s remark about the history of Chantilly Castle`s stables was just a joke have presumed wrong. Patrick`s lovely wife Mijanou told me how Le Prince de Condé built the castle and the stables to be even bigger than Louis XIV Gallerie des Glaces in Versailles. When asked why he was building such a large, palatial estate, Le Prince de Condé answered: “It`s because I`m going to be reincarnated as a horse!”

Patrick says that Roger Moore was the most relaxed person he ever met,
always playing backgammon with Cubby Broccoli (the producer) and always having a very funny and caustic joke ready. For their scenes together at the Chantilly Estate, they didn`t always know how to exit out of the scene, as Director John Glen was sometimes more interested in establishing the shot but not calling “Cut!” Patrick said : “I`ll go to the right!” and Roger said: “Ok, I`ll go to the left and I shall phone them for the rest of my dialogue.”

The effect the long waits took on the cast would not surprise some of the fans, and most of the harsh critics, who felt the whole production lacked punch. Grace Jones was a “true delight”, Bauchau remembers, but as for 007 himself, Patrick felt “Roger…knew this would be his last and didn`t seem too interested in the film.” The production schedule seemed to affect even veteran actor and Oscar winner Christopher Walken. As the shoot wore on, Walken seemed to “slump into a daze”. Patrick didn`t immediately see the film when it came out because he was busy shooting another film. But
he did see it later and thought it `good, but not among the best,` a reason he attributes, partially, to the technical issues surrounding the fire.

I asked him if he`d seen any of the Bond films since the release of AVIEW TO A KILL and he gave a very thoughtful, deliberate, and perhaps insightful answer. He said that he had seen Timothy Dalton`s films, but had not seen the “American Bond films.” I laughed a little bit and asked him to clarify what he meant by “American Bond films” since Brosnan is a proud Irishman. Bauchau feels that the Brosnan films are a “Hollywood Bond” production, and lacked the style and coolness factor of Sean Connery, whom he really likes.

Bauchau`s work cuts across so many different genres that it would be remiss of us to not mention some of the highlights of his very successful post-Bond career. He`s dabbled in Drama/Horror with two different shows: BLOOD TIES and KINDRED: THE EMBRACED. `TIES` was an ambitious project from the mind of Richard Shapiro, one half of the dynamic duo Shapiro team (the other half being his wife, Esther). Together, they were responsible for such fare as DYNASTY and it`s spin-off THE COLBY`s. In 1991 they set out to revitalize the genre of nightime dramas, a genre that had been considered to be defunct, with DALLAS, DYNASTY, THE COLBY`S and FALCON CREST all either off the air or about to be cancelled. BLOOD TIES was the story of wealthy,
warring families who just happen to be vampires. BLOOD TIES was a very
compelling, captivating, well acted tv-pilot that turned and twisted the notions of soap operas and night time dramas. But the Shapiros had problems with the FOX Network as well as Aaron Spelling and the proposed drama was thus cancelled. KINDRED: THE EMBRACED fared no better.

Bauchau`s other big name projects have included two different Tom Clancy projects: CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER and OP CENTER. In `DANGER`, Bauchau played Enrique Rojas, a rival Columbian drug lord to the main villain, so thoroughly that he was virtually unrecogonizable. Bauchau came upon the part because his neighbor isn`t just a neighbor; he`s a friend. And his friend isn`t just any friend; he`s a director. And he`s not just any director: he`s big name director Phillip Noyce, who has directed projects such as SLIVER, THE SAINT and PATRIOT GAMES. For the past four years Bauchau has played Centre operator SYDNEY on the hit NBC show THE PRETENDER. Ironically, one time Bond actor George Lazenby appeared on THE PRETENDER as Jarod`s father, and came back for the season finale.

George and Patrick are good friends on and off camera.

So where is Patrick going from here? NBC has not renewed THE PRETENDER after four years, but there is interest from TNT, which will begin airing the show in syndication in September 2000. But Patrick is hardly wanting for work. His schedule is very full this summer, with an expected shoot in Montana for an upcoming movie, as well as starring in the new Jennifer Lopez psychological thriller THE CELL, which is due to open August 2000. He even hints that STAR TREK may be in his future, in one form or another. Though no formal discussions have taken place, and the future of STAR TREK is up in
the air in terms of both the television series and feature films, Bauchau alludes to some interest on their (the producers) part towards him. “I`d love to do STAR TREK. I`m interested in that and I think they are interested in me,” he said.

Patrick has lived in Los Angeles since the mid-80`s as a matter of practicality; so much of his work was taking him to Los Angeles. He divides his time between projects there and projects in France, not neglecting the European cinema. Often, he and Mijanou spend the hiatus months of THE PRETENDER in France. They have one daughter, Camille, and Mijanou is the sister of famed screen legend Brigitte Bardot.

007Forever would like to thank Patrick, Mijanou and the webmaster of www.bauchau.com, Deb Stewart, for arranging their busy schedules to talk with us.

For more information on Patrick Bauchau, you can visit his official website: www.bauchau.com.

interview: Location Manager, Anthony Waye

What made you enter the film industry and how did you go about that? I mean you’ve been an Assistant Director and now Line Producer for altogether over thirty years.

Well, I’ve been various capacities for over, since 1955.

What were you working as in 1955?

Well I started here as a trainee in 1955.

Doing what exactly?

Well, in those days you started as a trainee and you did a period in the post room and then they assessed you. If they thought that you were art department material, you went into the art department or if you were camera material, you went into camera. Or if you were editing material, you went in… whatever you showed a leaning towards. I obviously showed a leaning towards production. I wanted to go into art but I couldn’t get into art because my… then the next step was to draw. My skills of drawing although fairly good weren’t good enough to do basic draughtsman’s work. So I failed that. I didn’t fancy camera, I didn’t fancy editing and I was obviously an organiser so I went into Production.

So that would be a case of Pinewood finding staff for the films that came here?

Yeah, in those days, you were regularly employed. There weren’t freelance people. Freelance people didn’t exist.

So it was sort of like the studio system?

It was the studio system, yes. And there were two thousand, three thousand employees permanently employed here. They made twelve films a year for the Rank Organisation. You had five permanent camera crews, maybe four/five permanent sound crews. You had maybe twenty Assistant Directors who went from film to film.

Very tight units. Do you think that is a reason why the British industry has developed? I’ve found that when I work on films, everyone knows everyone else.

I think it is. When I was on the floor, when I was an Assistant Director and of course, I did far more films per year than I do now- now I do one every eighteen months or every two years- in those days I used to do maybe three films a year. Or maybe five over a two-year period so you worked, you tended to work with a different crew on each film. So at the end of the year, you met three different crews. There was overlapping. And I used to know everybody when I was an AD. You knew all the Sparks (electricians), you knew the Props, and you knew the other AD’s, that sort of thing. But now it’s vastly different because the freelance world has exploded. There weren’t the commercials in those days. Pop promos didn’t exist. Commercials were made by Pearl and Dean and they used to have a base here and they were very much more, a simplified thing. Now you have a vast array of new people coming who don’t even know how to behave in the industry. They come from pop promos and they have no discipline, they have no training. Occasionally, you get one with some, one or two with skill who makes it up the ladder.

Would you say it’s now the case of ‘who you know’ not ‘what you know’ in the industry?

It’s not so much ‘who you know’. It’s very rare ‘who you know’. It’s whom you know who appreciates your skill. I mean, I may know Lord Bloggs’ son. And Lord Bloggs might say to me ‘I want my son to be first AD on the film.’ But if Lord Bloggs’ son is a total polisher, I don’t want Lord Bloggs’ son. I want someone who does the job. So it is ‘who you know’, yes but you don’t succeed in this business if you’re no good. You soon get found out. Very soon you get found out and this is what used to happen when the Rank Organisation used to make twelve films a year. Take the production line that I went on, you went from the normal six to seven months training period in the mailroom, which was good because you learned the whole studios, you learnt all the departments, then you were made up to a Production Runner. You got assigned to one film and then as you got more interested in individual production, you got to know it, they would very soon- much the same happens now- the first AD or second AD would recognise if you had AD material. You can see it now, you can see it in trainees, you can see it when you interview people, you know if they’ve got the right attitude for the film. So I obviously had the right attitude, so I did runner on quite a few films and then slowly get taken on the floor to help out on a crowd sequence or big sequence as an additional AD. It is another way of learning, a good experience. Then I became a third (AD).

What was your first film as a third?

The first film as a third was… I didn’t finish it because I got called up for National Service. I can’t remember the film. There was a lot of shooting at night in Camden Town; I can’t remember the name of the film. And then I came back to being a third…

So how long were you away for?

Well the National Service was two years. You went away for two years. And they had to hold your job for you.

By the time you came back you were how old? How long had it taken you to work your way to third AD?

Probably from about sixteen to about twenty. Four years. I came back here and I was offered a film living in a tent in the desert, which I turned down as third assistant, which turned out to be Lawrence of Arabia.

Are there films, now that you look back, that make you say to yourself, ‘if only I did that’?

Yes. There are films in retrospect one wishes that one could have done. I was reading the paper this morning; they just reissued a film called KES.

Oh yes, Kenneth Loach, great film.

That was a film in those days, I mean in those days, who was Kenneth Loach nobody knew who he was. There was a chance that I was going to work on it, I didn’t think much of it but in a way one wishes that you’d done films like that. I mean I’ve done films I suppose that other people wish they’d done.

Star Wars springs to mind.

Well, Star Wars yes, was certainly one of the films I did as a first. But you didn’t know it was anything special.

That’s the picture I’ve got from most documentaries. I was told that you don’t actually like talking about Star Wars.

That’s true.

Why is that?

Well, that’s because Star Wars, I mean partly maybe because one doesn’t remember a great deal of it because it was just another film.

That’s great. You know you’ve reached a pinnacle when you can ‘it was just another film’.

Yeah, well you see, when I did my first interview for Star Wars all I could remember was negative thoughts about it. It was pretty unhappy, it was low budget, it was pretty tight on money to make it. It was very inventive. You were inventing a lot of things, which was fine, but they were quite complicated. We were shooting in a difficult country in a difficult location in Tunisia and so when I looked back on my notes on Star Wars, all I could see was negative thoughts I had at that time. I was thinking about it, I was going to do a Sky Television interview and so I phoned them up and said I really couldn’t do an interview, I didn’t want to talk about it because all I had was negative notes, memories. Then I thought afterwards, maybe it’s me, maybe… and I know it was me to a degree but I looked back on my CV and thought ‘well what have I done?’ By the time I’d done Star Wars, I’d done thirty-five films as a first assistant. So I was reasonably experienced. And I’d done some fairly good films. But then it was quite interesting because the thoughts that I began to remember about it- it is very rare that I sit down and think about something- I’m told that many of those same situations developed on the current one. Basically, the problems were that George Lucas had this fantastic vision in his mind but had difficulty in conveying that to the crew.

You’ve worked with directors such as Lucas and Lynch. Do you find you have to adapt to each person’s style?

Oh yeah, very much.

What exactly would you do as an Assistant Director?

Well the Assistant Director runs the set. Runs the shooting crew to the instructions of the Producer, through the office and to the instructions of the Director. And he has to adapt to those instructions to make it work best. To keep the schedule going, doing the budget, to make the film as good as possible. He has to be aware of the mood of the unit, to either jolly them along or jiggy them up, or calm them down if they are getting irritable about something and if there’s problems, let the office know. To help them out, or sort things out if there’s been too long a day and people are tired.

So the natural progression from Assistant Director would be Line producer?

No. Very few AD’s leave the floor and go to the office. Not first assistants. A lot of second assistants do. A lot of second assistants don’t like to be firsts.

Why?

I think there is a different mentality. I think first assistant is the best job in the business.

Really? So how big is the difference between a first and second?

The second does a lot of office work. Planning the call-sheet, making the hair and make-up work, getting actors through in the morning, planning the fittings of the extras coming up, arranging transport with the office and just generally thinking ahead for the first assistant. The first will be thinking ahead to the next five, six shots and the next day and maybe the day after and in the evenings when he sits with his second they’d be looking at the next week. So you are always planning ahead. Whereas a second assistant to a degree once the day starts, his day is planned. He’s got the actors ready for the day, all he’s got to do is to make people, if they’re running late, call someone and make them a bit later or cancel people from stand-bys.

Generally, once the day starts, the second’s day is in place so they need to start thinking about the next day. Start roughing up the call sheet which throws up questions so he goes on and talks to the first and meanwhile, while they’re roughing up the next day, they are thinking about the big crowd call on the location in five days time. So he’s thinking ahead for the first whereas the first is thinking ahead on the set not only to the next shot but the shot after that. Keeping the crew up-to-date, warning the crew that the next shot, that wall is going to come out and that one is going to go in so that they can start clearing the equipment. Just thinking ahead so you don’t have any hold-ups. The first is thinking instantly to the next shot and planning the next four, five shots. Maybe the whole day’s shots in his mind, thinking loosely about tomorrow whereas the second is more seriously thinking about tomorrow.

You said that being a first was the best job in the business. If that is so, why did you take the unusual step of entering the paperwork?

Two or three reasons. One was, by the time I packed up being a first, which was; my last two films were Octopussy and Ladyhawke. That was ’83, ’84. The salary structure for one thing was that for one, firsts weren’t quite recognised financially as they are now and I found that on both those films that they had very large crowd- costume films- Octopussy wasn’t so much costume but there was quite a lot. You finish up running the whole show and the director would tend to sit down at the back of the set and let you do it all and you felt that you were not getting enough funds for what you were doing. I’d also got a bit bored because at that point I must have done forty-five films? And then on top of that I’d had a couple of accidents on films and injured my back so I found standing up all day was a bit of a strain. And another thing was that I was offered a job the Bond, I’d done to films as firsts, and offered me Production Manager on View to a Kill.

A first is also one of those jobs you cannot go on doing forever. It’s not entirely true. Probably, that was the height of the time when the commercials market was coming through and if you were over twenty in the commercials market, you were an old man. They didn’t want people over twenty-five because they were too old and they didn’t want the experienced people because they were too experienced. Not that I ever did commercials but one felt that the future lay more in the office than on the floor.

Did you ever try TV?

No.

Why?

Because I make films.

Terry Bamber (2nd Unit Production Manager) told me that the industry is getting younger and younger. Do you feel that is the way it is because of advertising?

Oh yes. You get a lot of people come through pop promos and commercials. Through now digital video work and that sort of thing and they are coming into the industry. There are some very good people, there are always good people but for every good person there is probably twenty idiots- who think they know what they’re doing. I’ve heard of at least three films this morning, which are being made by virtually amateurs who are running into trouble. They’ve had to call in more experienced people- three films.

Which… are you going to say?

Of course I’m not. These are three very small British films and this is what happens. This is part of the reason we make such a lot of rubbish that no one wants to see. Somebody thinks that it is wonderful to make all these silly films but you’ve only got to pick up the daily telegraph today and read the film reviews. Of the films they review, the first one is KES and they say it’s the only one worth seeing.

You say no one wants to see British films.

I think we’ve got the wrong attitude. The system is totally different from the American. In America, everyone appreciates, the Government appreciates, the State Government appreciates, everyone appreciates the industry. What is it? The third, fourth biggest money-spinner in business. We have not quite the same opportunity in this country but we have a golden opportunity but we have never had a government that understands it all. Even now, this government with all their talk, they’re bringing in legislation, which is damaging to our industry.

There are two industries in England. One is the big film industry based in the studios, which services the American films like Bond, The Mummy, 102 Dalmatians, Star Wars, that sort of movie. It takes a high degree of very good technician, who we have, there are very good technicians in this country and then you’ve got the smaller Soho type, which make a lot smaller films. Every now and again, one of them makes an impact. Like Lock Stock. There are some very good little films made but they can’t get advertised. They certainly can’t get shown because they are not advertised and the cinema chains are run by Americans and they are not going to show some little English film that no one is going to go and see. And the government doesn’t help with its stupid legislation. We have a golden opportunity right now to attract more films to this country from America, golden opportunity. Canada’s full, people are getting fed up of Australia.

Star Wars has just moved there.

Well Star Wars I wouldn’t say is a normal film because as the last one you saw, has two highly powered actors in there who were wasted and most of the backgrounds were put in afterwards.

You didn’t like the new Star Wars film then.

No. I thought it had some good moments but it had nothing left in it.

Did memories come flooding back when you saw it?

No. I was so fed up of the two actors looking bored and in the wrong film and that idiot Jar Jar, interrupting all the time. I was interested to see it for the visual effects. Some of the sequences were very good and very clever. The pod racing scene based on Ben Hurr was good, very clever. The effects were very clever but the trouble with effects now is that they are in every basic commercial. Watch a Persil ad now and the figure comes off the packet and talks to you. You can do anything on a computer. I think that there are two different styles of the industry. Regrettably, a lot of the Soho based films hire people who after two small six-week films think… I get the CV’s in the post. They call themselves Production Managers and have no comprehension what it is like to be the PM or the AD on a film of this capacity. Then of course, there are some extremely good people who come through.

When The Empire Strikes Back came to Elstree, were you offered work on that?

No, I think I’d gone on to something else. I think George and Gary, certainly George had… I don’t know, you do a film and you get deflected, you do another and you are deflected another way. Then you meet up with people. I much prefer to do Elephant Man to the Empire Strikes Back, I think it’s a far superior film and it was a gem to work on. It was an absolute joy to stand there and watch it acted. It was acting. John Hurt and an excellent cast. It was just superb. It was a wonderful experience.

What was it like to work with my favourite director- David Lynch?

He is a strange one. I like David. I think he was a little bit out of his depth in a way, working with the actors we were working with, the John Gielguds and people like that and working in London. All I remember was it was a very pleasurable experience. We worked some very strange hours. We used to do a twelve-hour day, every other day with days off in between. The make up was like a six-hour job so he used to come in at 4am, be ready for 10am and we would have the crew call for 9. We would then work non-stop until ten o’clock at night with a running buffet on the set and the next day we’d have a midday call and work until five setting up the next day’s work. We’d have that day without make-up to give his skin a rest. It was a fantastic way of working. Between twelve and five you would rehearse the whole of the next day’s work so that you knew the route, you knew the positions, the actors knew what they were doing, the director got the acting right, the cameraman knew where the lights were to go, the dolly would be ready. Great, great work.

You’ve worked now on eight, nine Bonds?

Eight.

What has attracted you back?

Well, what is it that attracts everyone? Everyone wants to do Bond. When they were being made every two years, and the first five I did were, they got the same team back every time. People made themselves available to do the film. People used to phone around and made themselves available for the film. The first five I did weren’t the best films in the world and they were reaching the end of an era at that point. They had family, they are family run films, there’s not many family films. They were pleasant to work for, they had a certain amount of aura about them and since in this current series, since Goldeneye they have an even bigger aura. They are a little tougher. The atmosphere has changed a little bit because they are much more complicated now. Much more complicated and much bigger than they were in the first five we did. They were quite simple films to do. Now everyone works much longer hours, in those days you didn’t.

Do you think that since Cubby past away, the Bond films aren’t quite the same?

No I don’t think that at all. Everyone misses Cubby and he was brilliant to have around on set because he knew everybody and he’d talk to everybody and everyone respected him. No, it changed with the natural break came in the six-year break and then you had a new Bond. A new style of script-writing a new style of director and the public also demanded a new type of film. When you go back to the end of the eighties, when Timothy and Roger were around, the films were a little bit down. They were very much the same as they were in the sixties. The audiences were getting more sophisticated. They needed more excitement.

Do you think this had to do with the big blockbusters in the eighties?

Yes to a degree.

I loved Dalton as Bond.

Well, you love him or you hate him don’t you?

Well, I loved his hard edge.

A lot of people say to me, who are far more knowledgeable about Bond than I am- I have too much to do on a film I read a script three or four times and I get the gist of it. I never make comment on whether I think it’s good. Only on certain scenes do I think it good or bad. It’s not my problem, we’ve got producers and writers to sort that out and the director. It is not my concern. I’ve just got to organise a thousand people in five or six countries to shoot it. That’s not my concern. I will make comment if I think a scene is naff or it’s unnecessary or we don’t need it. Once you start shooting the script starts changing anyway. You never get a chance to read it again. Never get time to sit and digest a script. So I can finish up on a Bond film with a script I haven’t read for thirty weeks. You just read the scenes that come up in the schedule. So I’m the wrong person to ever talk about the quality of Dalton. I think Dalton could have helped himself and the film more though you are also right, he had an edge, they were harder pictures. Many people say he was close to the original character Fleming had devised. I think that’s probably true. You’re going back to how Sean was in the early days.

Sean was the king. You can’t take his crown away.

Ah I don’t know!

You don’t know?

I think Pierce is equally good as Sean when Sean was in his prime.

How does your job change between production and post-production?

Well, obviously it changes dramatically because when you’re shooting, and I’ve got three or four units going, sometimes in two or three countries at the same time- you’re constantly jiggling schedules and talking to people on the phone, first thing in the morning, last thing at night with all the various problems that come up. Trying to make sure that everyone is working the next day. If something changes you may have to swing another set in, in order to fly more people out or you may have to bring more people back or even change a rest day. It is non-stop fourteen hours a day. Six days a week. Whereas in post-production, you have a team of people who are professionals in their own right and we have a Post-Production Co-ordinator. We didn’t used to; we used to do it ourselves so it takes a load off from me. On the other hand I have a lot of clearing up to do from the locations, even this late and all this paperwork relates to either delivery requirements which I have to do, cast and crew screening (pointing to a pile) or the lending out of our equipment to another film which is another bunch. Sorting out the odd insurance problem and that sort of thing.

How different is Line Producer from Producer?

It differs on the film. On this film, a film of this size, basically I run it. I run the film apart from artistic decisions or budget re-decision.

Michael Wilson will get final cut.

The producers will get the final cut, in conjunction with the director.

What was it like to work with Michael Apted?

He’s a very organised man. I think he has a very appealing style, which a lot of people in the world could learn from. As soon as a man starts screaming and shouting on the set, I think he is an idiot.

James Cameron?

Well, I have worked with James Cameron. You don’t need to do that. If you can’t get your authority over without having to scream and shout then there’s something wrong. You don’t need to. You can be firm, you can be positive, you can stamp your foot gently now and again and if you know what you are doing as a director, you don’t need to scream and shout. That’s a fallacy and this is an area where these ‘wonderful’ people that come up through commercials and pop promos and they think they have to be outrageous. That’s unprofessional.

Have you ever thought of directing yourself?

Years and years and years ago. I was offered to direct.

Anything I would have heard of?

No. My brain isn’t that sort of brain. I’m an organizer brain. I’m too practical to be a director.

It would have been a job you could have done.

Oh, I know how to shoot a film. Yes I can easily shoot a script. Whether I get any performance from it is a different story. I think that with my contacts in the world now, when I finish this and I take a break and I start looking around if there was a script that I liked and believed in, if asked to direct, I would direct. But it would have to be something that had… it would have to be something that you believed in. If you had a really deep acting film and the actors come and want to have discussions, I don’t think I could tolerate that. I don’t have the patience for that.

Would it be a British film?

Oh yes. Well yes. One will support the British industry as best as one can. Another great mass of this paperwork is all this idiot government legislation that is coming out and how we can fight the government to try and make them see sense. That is why in part a group of us from the Guild of Production Executives are getting together and we are trying to persuade the government that what they are bringing in is bad for the industry.

So when do you finish with Bond?

My contract is up at Christmas. I see-through post production. I will deliver the film by the end of October and then I have some input into the cast and crew premiere screenings. Having done that, one will finally hope to file all this paper work as a record must be kept of everything. Probably won’t get time to do it all. We will make an attempt to do that.

Lastly, what advice would you give to someone attempting to enter the Production side of the industry?

I don’t know. It’s a very precarious business. I’ve been very lucky all these years; I did have twenty years of the best time. It will never be like that again, ever. You can see from my CV, we went from picture to picture. You had another picture fixed before you finished the first one. Halfway through, you were meeting the directors for the next film. You had four, five weeks off after it and you were on the next one. That doesn’t happen now. There aren’t the films around. There’s far more people chasing the jobs now because of media and film schools. What advice? The advice is if you’re good, you will get there. Somehow you will get there, one way or the other. If you’ve got the wrong attitude, you haven’t got a chance.

Most people in this industry have the right attitude. You know you’re going to do long hours. You know it’s going to be hard work. You know you are going to be covered in shit all the time. You know you are going to be soaking wet and filthy with mud but at least you can hope to achieve a major production. Make a film you are proud of to have on your CV. It depends what side of the industry you want to go into. It takes time to establish your name. If you want to be an Assistant Director, you’ve got to work harder. A lot of people think you can jump in and be a first after doing three commercials. I think the industry will choose you. In a way, it was said earlier, it is word of mouth. People will recommend you. People do phone up everybody and say ‘how was X on the last film?’ You need the experience.

interview: John Barry: Out Of Oxford

On a brisk Fall Monday this past October 18th, I had an opportunity to join about fifty scholars in the centuries-old Oxford University student union library for an intimate conversation with legendary film composer, John Barry

Guided by a moderator under the watchful eyes of an Irish BBC documentary crew, Barry fielded a wide variety of questions — ranging from his thoughts on Shirley Bassey (“She convinced you of Goldfinger. It was a ridiculous song.”) to Robert Redford’s rejection of the original Horse Whisperer score — generated by a mostly male assembly. The handsome but brooding visage that stares back at us on vintage On Her Majesty’s Secret Service LP sleeves has since become more than a little wizened and grandfatherly today. His recollections sometimes meandering, Barry’s assessment of today’s movie-making process — soundtracks in particular — was nonetheless clear and brutal.

Here are some of the evening’s highlights:

Opening with a few general remarks, Barry was quick to observe that in the world of film, change is a constant. Therefore, “to sit and pontificate about what it’s all about is totally impossible,” he reminded the audience.

Despite his years of experience, the composer’s sense of wonder at the whole process was evident in his observation that the movie projector was “the most extraordinary piece of equipment.” By the same token, it governs everyone’s actions with one inescapable rule: Twenty-four frames per second. “That’s what this is all about.” From his standpoint, it was otherwise a game without laws. “I feel like a psychologist,” he noted, “analyzing the producer … the director. It’s all a game, really.”

But it was Barry’s harsh criticism of today’s score scene that “ruled” this evening. Despite his own occasional flirtation with synthesizers for scores such as … Majesty’s … and The Black Hole, the composer was particularly opposed to the trend in digital composition and manipulation, going so far as to cite the recent announcement of digirati Hans Zimmer as director of music for the film division of DreamWorks as, “the kiss of death.”

Mr.Barry remarked that Hollywood’s current regime was overly-fascinated by — and completely reliant on — computer-generated sound. Although some might argue that this has broadened the range of available effects and compositions, Barry counters that the sheer expense of both the technology and the technicians, as well as the abandonment of less costly but nonetheless proven methods, robs movies of quality while adding a “weight” that overwhelms the images. He further lamented MTV’s other sad influence on film: “Cutting every second. Nobody gives anybody a chance, there’s no time to absorb anything.”

The Academy Award-winner was especially saddened by the use of pop songs in place of true scores. Lucrative though it is for the record companies, Barry sees no connection between this approach and film-making. “Now is not a very good time [for traditional film composers],” he stated.

Raised on a steady diet of epic films — his earliest childhood memory is of a visit to the Rialto theatre in New York City; “It was SO big!,” he recalls — with epic scores by the likes of Korngold and Steiner, John Barry himself rose to prominence in the 1960s under much different circumstances. Largely due to the advent of television, gone were the days of in-studio orchestras lead by on-staff conductor/composers.

With the rapid succession of such diverse films as Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Midnight Cowboy, and the James Bond series, does he have a favorite? Noting that the time and energy required to produce a score most often left him unable to appreciate the final result, Barry did offer that sometimes, years later, he’ll catch a telecast of one of the films he’s scored and think to himself, “Oh, that’s not bad.”

To what does he owe his good fortune? Backing from U.S. studios despite never actually working in America for one (although he’s quick to profess his appreciation of Americans; “[They] don’t mess around. Saves a lot of time.”). More simply, though, he considers himself to have been the right person, in the right place (i.e., London), at the right time.

As the evening wound to a close, a petite exchange student posed the session’s most genteel question: “What’s more important, the music of feelings or the feeling of music?”

“I can’t separate them,” Barry stated. He went on to explain that the challenge to the composer is to examine the feelings while simultaneously seeking to express those emotions musically in a way that’s unique (that is, unlike the score of a similar scene in a previous film), yet still appropriate to the film overall.

Currently at work on the big-screen version of Thomas the Tank Engine — which will definitely delay both his next non-film album as well as an already problematic concert schedule — Barry seems content with his lot. “Sometimes I think I should be writing the next Messiah,” he acknowledged, “but I’m happy doing what I’m doing.”

The BBC documentary on John Barry is scheduled to air in the UK early next year.

For a comprehensive look at John Barry, visit The John Barry Resource.