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!

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