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.

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