Tomorrow Never Dies Score: Part Two

There will be a companion CD soundtrack, Tomorrow Never Dies: The Original Score to the Video Game, available later this month from Chapter III Records.

The CD will consist of a total of 17 different Bond-themed “electronica“ tracks, all of which are original Tommy Tallarico scores from the game. Tallarico is a game industry veteran best known for compiling video game soundtracks. The CD will be available for direct purchase via the product web site at www.bondmusic.com, followed by retail outlets starting on January 12, 2000.

The website for Tommy Tallarico is www.tallarico.com. Sonic Mayhem also helped Tallarico score the music to the game. Their website can be found at www.sonicmayhem.com.

The James Bond Story

Five Bonds, 19 Films, Over 30 Years …the Girls, the Gadgets and more!

NEW YORK, NY—Bond, James Bond. Perhaps the greatest fictional cinema icon ever. He first appeared on the big screen in 1962 in Dr. No, and has remained the most powerful action hero ever since. The secret to his success is his adaptability. No matter what tight spot he finds himself, he always appears to be suave, sophisticated and cool. Now, for the first time, avid fans can own the ultimate and essential collector’s companion with THE JAMES BOND STORY. Fox Lorber CentreStage is releasing the comprehensive documentary day and date on video and DVD April 25. DVD special features include interactive menus, filmographies, production credits, scene access, trivia game and enhanced letterbox format.

As the 007 spy, Bond is constantly reinventing himself. And on the big screen, he has done this five times, as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. This documentary takes an up close and personal look at the different characterizations each actor has brought to the role to discover the elements that make up Bond…James Bond. It also traces the character back to its origin, the Bond novels by Ian Fleming, whose creation was semi-autobiographical.

From the gadgets to the girls (and they were plenty of both – the signature of all Bond films), THE JAMES BOND STORY also features interviews with Q (the late Desmond Llewelyn), Maud Adams, Jane Seymour, Terence Young (director), Cubby Broccoli (producer), Ian Fleming and more, along with extensive film clips from Dr. No to The World is Not Enough. This action packed documentary presents an in-depth look at the quintessential spy who has a license to kill.
Fox Lorber CentreStage will offer trade and consumer support for promotion of THE JAMES BOND STORY, including a national radio campaign in 20 top markets; post street date advertising in Premiere Magazine, Entertainment Weekly and more. Additionally, Fox Lorber CentreStage is conducting an exclusive online promotion at www.thejamesbondstory.com (trade site launch – 3/20/2000, consumer site launch – 4/25/2000), which will offer sweepstakes, contests and prizes to help drive customers in store.

Fox Lorber CentreStage distributes non-theatrical programming focusing on performance and the arts. It is a branded label of Winstar TV & Video’s home video division, a Winstar New Media Company. Other labels include Fox Lorber Films, Wellspring Media, Mystic Fire, and Winstar Home Entertainment.

Winstar New Media, a unit of Winstar Communications, Inc., is a diversified entertainment and information services company. The New York-based company produces and distributes business and consumer content through both interactive media and traditional media, including television, video, and radio.

Consumers can order directly by calling 1-800-414-1690 or by visiting Winstar’s website at www.winstarvideo.com.

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THE JAMES BOND STORY
PRE-ORDER DATE: April 5, 2000 GENRE: Documentary
STREET DATE: April 25, 2000 VHS SRP: $14.98
RATING: Not rated VHS CAT #: WHE71236
LANGUAGE: English FORMAT: Color, VHS, DVD
RUNNING TIME: 52 minutes SCREENERS/ART: Avail. upon request
DVD CAT #: WHE73083 DVD SRP: $19.98

Real TWINE Track Listing Revealed

Beginning November 9th, US consumers can begin buying the soundtrack to The World is Not Enough. And what they may find is that the tracks are a little different in title, length and order than previously thought.

Here`s the original track list:

1. World Is Not Enough, The – Garbage
2 .Show Me The Money
3. Q Boat Chase
4. Bonding At The Computer
5. M`s Confession
6. Baku
7. Ski Chase
8. Elektra`s Theme: The Bedroom
9. Spying In Baku
10. Going Down
11. Pipeline
12. M And Renard
13. Caviar Factory
14. Garotte
15. Elektra Upstairs
16. Submarine
17. Christmas In Turkey
18. Only Myself To Blame – Scott Walker

Now here is the revised track listing as of 11-4-99 with old titles and chart positions in parentheses:

1. The World Is Not Enough – Garbage 3:55
2. Show Me The Money 1:28
3. Come In 007, Your Time Is Up (Q Boat Chase) 5:19
4. Access Denied (Bonding At The Computer) 1:33
5. M’s Confession 1:32
6. Welcome To Baku (Baku) 1:41
7. Casino (9.Spying In Baku) 2:55
8. Ice Bandits (7.Ski Chase) 3:52
9. Elektra’s Theme (8.Elektra’s Theme:The Bedroom) 2:06
10. Body Double (12.M And Renard) 3:00
11. Going Down: The Bunker (10. Going Down) 6:27
12. Pipeline (11.Pipeline) 4:15

Track 13 seems to be a new addition.

13. Remember Pleasure 2:45
14. Caviar Factory (13.) 6:01
15. Torture Queen (14. Garotte) 2:22
16. I Never Miss (15. Elektra Upstairs) 3:32
17. Submarine (16.) 10:19
18. Christmas In Turkey (17.) 1:27
19. Only Myself To Blame – Scott Walker (18.) 3:37

Netiher Scott Walker`s track nor Garbage`s theme song will accompany the closing credits. Instead, a techno version of the Bond theme, not unlike Moby`s, will usher movie goers out of the theater.

Oldies But Goodies

Dame Shirley Bassey will be back in music stores September 19th, 2000 with DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER:THE REMIX ALBUM. Bond afficianadoes will be interested in the song line up, which features the best of Shirley Bassey`s work re-mixed by some of the hottest DJs on the club scene. THE REMIX ALBUM includes the following songs:

-Where Do I Begin (awayTEAM)
-Goldfinger (Propellerheards)
-Light My Fire (Kenny Dope)
-Diamonds Are Forever (Mantronik)
-Easy Thing To Do (Nightmares On Wax)
-Never, Never, Never (Groove Armada)
-Big Spender (Wild Oscar)
-Spinning Wheel (DJ Spinna)
-Light My Fire (Twelftree)
-If You Go Away (DJ Skymoo aka Moloko)
-Moonraker (Superfunk)

Dame Bassey`s first Bond hit, “Goldfinger”, is on the new WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE? soundtrack.

Guitarist/composer Vic Flick (The James Bond Theme with the John Barry Seven and featured guitarist on many of the James Bond films) is now in production on his latest CD entitled “James Bond Now”.

“Shaken Not Stirred,” “Nobody Does It Better” and “Live and Let Die” are three of the covered and original titles Flick is updating for this new compilation, now underway at Castle Oaks and Reseda Park Studios in California.

This title has been scheduled to be released as early as next month with Vic debuting the CD in person at Bond Weekend 2000 in New Orleans.

–Special thanks to Rebecca Schraner for her “heads up” on the new Shirley Bassey album.

License To Chill

Chromatic Records is getting set to release an album entitled “Licence to Chill”, a trip-hop tribute to the James Bond series. “Licence to Chill” is the brainchild of two musicians, Christoph Bull and Larry Washington, along with a host of guest musicians. The album is inspired by James Bond and the music that has transpired from his movies to enrich us all.

Track listing:

001. Introducing: JB
002. Diamonds Are Forever
003. Martini-Mix
004. Live And Let Die
005. Diamond Shake (Medley)
006. Concerto for G
007. License To Chill
008. Martini Dry
009. Diamonds R 4 Evah (Medley)
010. In The Hood Alone
011. Forever
012. You Know You Did (Live And Let Die – Reprise)
013. Moonraker – Streng Geheim
014. Outroducing: JB

Street date: Feb
Internet Date: Jan (check back with us here at crcinfo@aol.com)

Release dates, retailers, and other album information can be found at: www.chromaticrecords.com

For suggestions or questions on the album, email: crcinfo@aol.com or phone (310)-281-6274

For submissions write:
Chromatic Records
8391 Beverly Blvd. Suite 226
Los Angeles, CA USA 90048
or fax:
(310)-854-5969

Jeff Marshall (Cyber) Studio Now Online!

For several years now, artist Jeff Marshall has been the point-man for a series of beautifully illustrated lithographs that not only recreate the world of 007, but harken back to the glory days of Bond poster artwork.

Now Jeff cordially invites you to visit Jeff Marshall Studio ONLINE, an “electronic gallery” showcasing his latest projects as well as past creative efforts.

Jeffmarshallstudio.com will go “live” October 1, 2000 as a celebration of his ongoing love affair with graphic arts, and a gathering spot for friends, fans and fellow artists. The centerpiece of the site will be an ever-growing display of his work for books, packaging,websites, private collections, posters and lithographs, and thoughts on his approach to the creative process.

Just as importantly, the site will help connect the artist to the ever-growing online community. Please take a moment to bookmark the gallery at www.jeffmarshallstudio.com. In the meantime, you can familiarize yourself with some of his work by reading an interview he did with David Morefield at www.ianfleming.org/mkkbb/magazine/jeffmarshall.shtml.

Hollywood Expo & Toy Show to Feature Mr. Bond

The next Hollywood Expo will host an amazing assortment of celebrities from everyone’s favorite movie and TV shows and an incredible array of movie memorabilia!

Bond fans buckle up: Meet 007 actor George Lazenby from “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Meet famous James Bond Villain Richard Kiel (Jaws). Bond girls Caroline Munro and Gloria Hendry will be on hand to keep the guys in line. And don’t forget, this may be your only chance to see the new Q-Boat from “The World Is Not Enough” (courtesy the Ian Fleming Foundation). This working jet powered boat was the most expensive Bond gadget built to date costing a cool $5,000,000! Also appearing, the slightly more affordable BMW Z8 (Bond’s newest car) costing Bond fans a mere $130,000. But don’t worry, Bond fans will be floored at the selection of all of the 007 merchandise and spy goodies from top national retailers. Don’t miss SPY GUISE’s own Lee Pfeiffer (author of “The Essential Bond”). Also appearing: the regional BMW Z3 rally of more than 100 cars, and the Lotus Club of America! Bond fans unite!

The truth is out there…

X-File fans – the government is out to get you. (but you already knew that) William B Davis, best known as the Cigarette Smoking Man will entertain the audience with a self written :45 minute sketch of his best X-Files moments. Later Lone Gun Man Tom Braidwood will set the record straight as he shares his behind the scene moments. These two seasoned regulars will be joined by X-File guest stars Agent Spender – Chris Owens, Claire Stansfield – Jersey Devil, and William Sanderson (of Newhart and Bladerunner fame)

Sci-Fi fans prepare for a jump to light speed! Join us as we welcome the beautiful Claudia Christian of Babylon 5, Walter Koenig – Star Trek’s Chekov, Star Wars actors Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca, Jeremy Bulloch – Boba Fett, Tim Rose – Admiral Ackbar, Star Trek Klingon sisters Barbara March and Gwynyth Walsh, and many others still pending.

Over 150 exhibitors will bring there finest old and new collectibles, movie memorabilia, toys, comics, cards and more.

If that isn’t enough, let the kids duke it out in the Pokemon card tournament, or Nintendo 64 Pokemon Stadium demos. Other video games will be at hand for demo, and sale.

For more information, to schedule interviews at the show with the celebrities, to inquire on show sponsorships or booth space, contact Ben Stevens at 972-578-0213 or email him at Plano Show. For up to the minute celebrity additions, tickets, schedules, etc. check out HollywoodExpo.com.

Heineken Launches Ad Campaign Supporting “The World is Not Enough”

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 8,1999–James Bond might be known for his martinis (shaken, not stirred, thank you), but in a national television ad breaking this week, Bond`s gadget man “Q” affirms his preference for Heineken.

The campaign, supporting Heineken`s sponsorship of the November 19 launch of the new James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, features Desmond Llewelyn (a.k.a. “Q”) in :30 television spots and radio ads describing gadgets he`s concocted to help him enjoy a bottle of Heineken beer. A corresponding print ad, which will run in November publications such as Sports Illustrated and TimeOut New York, includes a photo of a cold Heineken with the tagline “Some things shouldn`t be shaken or stirred,” and a teaser for the new film. Llewelyn is a veteran of Bond films, appearing in more than any other actor since the inception of the series in the early `60`s.

“Heineken prides itself on staying on top of the latest in movies and popular trends,” says Dan Tearno, Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Heineken USA. “We`re very excited to be supporting The World Is Not Enough, showcasing James Bond, the most successful film franchise of the century!”

The campaign marks the second time Heineken has supported the James Bond franchise, after having sponsored the last Bond film, 1997`s Tomorrow Never Dies. Heineken also created a major ad campaign and sponsorship program for last summer`s Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me hit. Heineken`s support of The World Is Not Enough also includes point-of-sale items, such as table tents, standees and banners, along with a consumer offer for a Heineken/James Bond leather jacket.

Lowe & Partners/SMS (New York), Heineken`s advertising agency, created the campaign. Heineken USA, Inc., the nation`s largest beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken N.V. (Netherlands), which is the world`s second-largest brewer. Brands imported into the U.S. include: Heineken Lager, the world`s most international beer brand; Heineken Special Dark, Amstel Light, the largest-selling imported light beer brand; Murphy`s Irish Stout; Murphy`s Irish Amber, the only authentically Irish amber imported to the U.S., and Buckler non-alcoholic brew.

Fleming’s Real Life Spy’s Passport

BOND CREATOR FLEMING`S SPY PASSPORT NETS $25,000
LONDON (Reuters) – A passport that James Bond creator Ian Fleming used in a real-life wartime spy mission fetched $24,850 at auction Thursday, more than five times the estimate, Sotheby`s said.

Fleming used the passport during a secret World War II operation, code named “Goldeneye,“ to ensure that communications between London and Gibraltar would remain open if Spain had taken Germany`s side. Fleming`s role was to set up the “Goldeneye“ office in the British colony at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea and persuade the United States to collaborate in the mission.

The passport — stamped “Valid for a journey to Gibraltar and return“ on Feb. 16, 1941– had been expected to fetch between $3,000-$4,800, Sotheby`s said. Fleming, whose novels about the suave, fictitious secret agent inspired the blockbuster film series, named his house in Jamaica “Goldeneye“ — also the title of a 1995 Bond screen adventure starring Pierce Brosnan as agent 007.

Bond Poster Licensed To Thrill

Before he joined the Kiwanis family in its fight to save the world from iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), Roger Moore saved humanity from nuclear destruction in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. Moore, who starred in the movie as British agent James Bond, now fills the role of honorary chairman of Kiwanis’ Worldwide Service Project.

Barbara Bach and Richard Kiel as “Jaws” join Roger Moore on a movie poster with 007 appeal. The memory of the 007 production is preserved in a limited edition poster, which is being sold in support of the project to virtually eliminate the leading, preventable cause of mental retardation, IDD. Officially licensed by the 007 producers, the autographed lithograph is available at the Spy Guise Web site catalog (www.spyguise.com/shop.html) for $100. Thirty percent of each sale will be donated to the Kiwanis family’s IDD campaign.

For more details visit The Kiwanis Organization.

Best Buy Creates Bond Theme World For Collectors

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. Beginning in 2002, North America’s leading electronics retailer, Best Buy, will team up with the ultimate technology gadget guru, James Bond, to celebrate the impending release of the 20th film in the series on November 22, 2002.

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. Merchandise will include Bond DVD box sets, soundtracks, the James Bond interactive product line, as well as licensed product and related merchandise from promotional partners. 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.

“As the premier retailer of technology and entertainment products, Best Buy was our first choice for an alliance in support of our biggest film property,” said Blake Thomas, executive vice president of marketing – MGM Home Entertainment. “The Best Buy management team is known for its marketing prowess, and we are thrilled to be working with them on a campaign celebrating the imminent release of the 20th film in the Bond Franchise.”
“The high-tech gadgets and all-out action found throughout the James Bond series perfectly fits the interests of our customers, especially when delivered on DVD,” said Jeff Maynard, vice president of marketing services for Best Buy. “The enduring popularity of the James Bond franchise and the marketing savvy of MGM sets the stage for an exceptionally successful retail campaign.”

About EON Productions Eon Productions/Danjaq, LLC, is owned by the Broccoli family and has produced nineteen James Bond films since 1962. The Bond films make up the most successful franchise in film history and include the recent blockbuster films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough, produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Eon Productions and Danjaq, LLC, are affiliate companies and control all worldwide merchandising of the James Bond franchise.

About MGM Home Entertaiment MGM Home Entertainment controls the home video and DVD rights to the largest modern library of filmed entertainment in the world. The Company manages worldwide home video and DVD distribution rights to United Artists and current Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer theatrical releases, as well as titles from Orion, Goldwyn, and PolyGram libraries, totaling more than 4,100 films. For more information about MGM Home Entertainment, its products, and services, access MGM online at www.mgmhomevideo.com.

MGM Home Entertainment is now offering access to publicity artwork through a new image database website located at www.mgmhe-art.com. After initial registration, users may log in at any time and have access to downloadable, high-resolution images including DVD and VHS box and key art, title treatments and a wide variety of publicity stills. Artwork is available for all MGM titles that are currently in the marketplace.

About Best Buy Co., Inc. Minneapolis-based Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) is North America’s number one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software and appliances. The Company operates retail stores and commercial web sites under the names: Best Buy (BestBuy.com), Future Shop (FutureShop.ca); Magnolia Hi-Fi (MagnoliaHiFi.com), Media Play (MediaPlay.com), On Cue (OnCue.com), Sam Goody (SamGoody.com), and Suncoast (Suncoast.com). The Company reaches consumers through more than 1,800 retail stores in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Collecting with A View To A Kill on James Bond

“A long time ago and far away,” Bond author Raymond Benson created a text adventure for the personal computer that allowed Bond fans to enter the world of A View To A Kill. Recently I asked Mr. Benson about this historic piece of Bond memorabilia, not commonly seen today… see below the interview our extensive listing detailing the many other “View” collectibles sought after today…

Matt Sherman: “Do you have any insight for us on the “A View To A Kill” text adventure you authored? Could you give us a brief rundown of the creative process involved? Were there interesting tie-in considerations to the MGM film that added to the creative process? Was it ever re-issued in a format that modern MAC and IBM users could play on today?”

Raymond Benson: “Wow, that was a long time ago. I had been hired by a software firm in White Plains, New York, called Angelsoft, which had been contracted by Mindscape to develop a series of text adventure “interactive fiction” games along the lines of the Infocom games (Zork I, Zork II and III, etc.). I remember that all we had to work with was the shooting script for “A View to a Kill”. (I also did the “Goldfinger” game, and a game based on Stephen King`s short story “The Mist”.)

My job was “designer and writer” and so I came up with the plot, locales, characters, dialogue, descriptions…everything one reads in the game as text, as well as how the game was played, what the player had to do, etc. We were limited in size and scope in those days, and the game probably seems pretty crude by today`s standards. It originally was published in the fall of 1985, for the IBM, Mac, and Apple IIc platforms. I`m not sure, but if you could get your hands on an IBM format, it might work on today`s PC. I only have Apple IIc copies, myself, and of course they`re dinosaurs.

I didn`t have any communication with EON on the game…perhaps Angelsoft did. I`m pretty sure EON had approval over our final game design, but I don`t remember having any problems. As I recall, the game is pretty faithful to the final film. (We also got to see a “rough cut” in New York…the film without the score or sound effects…which was very weird!)

There was a producer working with me and a lead programmer. There were probably one or two other programmers working under the lead person, but I`m not sure now. I do remember that no one was credited at all! I think that was the standard back then unless you were Richard Garriott or one of the early superstar game designers. (Oh yeah…the president of Angelsoft was a guy named Mercer Mayer, a famous children`s book writer who created “Grandpa and Me”, “Grandma and Me”, etc. I think the company folded two or three years later and he went back to doing what he does best…writing children`s books.)

That`s about all I can remember! –Raymond Benson”

More AVTAK Collectibles Besides the rare AVTAK text game by Raymond Benson, whose different boxes await your discovery in hobby shops and in garage sales in several different, now extremely difficult to find versions, there are lovely AVTAK collectibles available, if in sparse amounts and diversity compared to say, “Goldfinger” or “GoldenEye” goodies. Look for the following while you await forthcoming Grace Jones action figures and limited edition rock salt guns from…?

AVTAK Posters It is worth noting that “View” was the last Bond film to use hand drawn, “painted” poster artwork. All following films (in fact, Hollywood films in general) switched to photo stills and computer graphic montage designs in the late `80s.

I have included an 800 x 600 graphic with some of the different designs used in the AVTAK campaign. Click on the image on this page to see a blowup rendering of the graphic to download to your desktop, featuring some of the distinctive AVTAK campaigns.

More unusual poster campaigns highlighted AVTAK tie-ins to Renault cars and Michelin tires. Michelin was the brand Bond “sucks” from while underwater beneath Zorin and May Day. Shots of The Michelin Man are also strategically placed in the scene where Sir Godfrey Tibbett (Patrick Macnee) gets his Rolls washed–again. French car maker Renault gave away a new Renault 11 Turbo along with 100 AVTAK soundtrack cassettes for runners up in their big contest.

AVTAK Books “From A View To A Kill” was one of several of author Ian Fleming`s short stories featuring James Bond. “FAVTAK” (should that be pronounced “PHAV-TACK?”) first appeared in the compendium of Bond shorts entitled, “For Your Eyes Only”. This title, first printed as a complete set of five stories in 1960, was the sole Jonathan Cape book to utilize a glossy dustjacket for Bond. (Artist Richard Chopping once explained that he was fussed at incessantly by Ian Fleming. over many “re-paintings”, until he made the color of Bond`s eye visible through the peephole on the dustjacket that just-so shade of blue and gray that Fleming imagined Bond`s eyes to be.)

Completists collecting For Your Eyes Only for its AVTAK association need to grab everything from its large print edition for libraries to the two variant paperback covers by Signet, and not less than four completely different Pan covers from the UK, including the “stamp cover” and a young Melina with bow and arrow at the ready, plus British-run children`s editions with text edited down for young readers and more salacious comments lifted or changed, and countless variant covers by Jove, Berkley, Triad Granada and Coronet, and then foreign editions in at least eight languages other than English. The dustjacket artwork by Cuthill on the British Book Club is noteworthy, as is the pretty Michael J. Fein hardback edition rendered by Christoph Blumrich. (See accompanying photo collage of many of the covers on this page.)

Getting two full-length movies from one short story set including FAVTAK and FYEO is not bad, as good as even Stephen King has managed, and perhaps someday we fans can thrill to “Risico,” “The Hildebrand Rarity,” and “Quantum of Solace” on screen, lifted from the For Your Eyes Only collection. I can hear the script in my head now…”I`m going top kill you, Mr. Bond, to help ensure my quantum of solace for the afternoon.” “Not quite yet, Maximillian Risico. I was always better concerning the Hildebrand rarity.”

AVTAK Magazines and Comics Comics fans and completists can grab the two-part serial of the FYEO movie or the countless magazine tie-ins to AVTAK from the Bond fan clubs and popular media. Sharper Image catalogs of the `80s featuring Melina`s crossbow from the FYEO film and AVTAK related items are especially noteworthy.

In comic form went original artwork and fun for the four-part “Find Your Fate” AVTAK series of children`s books. You only need any one of the four movie tie-in books to fantasize and role play as Bond to help him destroy Zorin`s master plans. A very rare French version went to print of these books using a different color palate on the cover, making it look as though Roger Moore has had way too much carrot juice to drink on the set!

AVTAK Toys and Vehicles Corgi issued no Bond goodies between the release of their “Octopussy” and “GoldenEye” lines twelve years apart, but Matchbox fans can still find both the Renault taxi that Bond sliced and then diced and also the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II he used for “deep cover” with “Sir Godfrey Tibbett” assisting. Matchbox also created prototypes of a full vehicle set, an “Action Pack” with a Russian helicopter and San Francisco police car thrown in, which went unreleased.

Lone Star Toys produced a gun and holster set , sold in Europe, to tie in to the new movie. The set featured a cap shooting Walther PPK, with AVTAK shoulder holster and strap.

AVTAK Locations The Chateau Chantilly in the French countryside may be visited today by the fans desperately seeking Zorin, and no trip to Paris is complete without a spin up to the top of the Eiffel Tower where May Day caused a sensation (or should we say cause celebre instead?). Marvelous atmosphere shots and exteriors were lensed all over the San Francisco area as well. (Bond Weekend 2001, anyone? Iceland, which doubled for “Siberia” in the pre-credits sequence, is out for sure.)

AVTAK Props I don`t know how I would feel about owning a rock salt gun redo in my house or Q`s snooper pet, although a trick jockey`s whip could come in handy around the office (for keeping the British end up? Loud groan!) but “Bedlum” has some astounding AVTAK props in his catalog this month online at The Williams Collection.

Other Collectibles Chevron gasoline got into the Bond XIV act also. When Bond “protests” Zorin`s oil pumping station, in deleted scenes, (see photo and related story elsewhere at 007Forever) guess which brand of hat he wears? And when Stacey accidentally swings the fire engine ladder, with Bond on top, into a gas station, guess which corporate franchise is demolished in spectacular fashion, sign crashing down onscreen?

AVTAK scored in a box as “role playing on Her Majesty`s Secret Service module/game from Victory Games.” The artwork is fun, though I am not sure if it is a horse or the Tour Eiffel which is meant to be exploding!

A fun 45 record was run of the popular title song, which opened to reveal bullet holes inside.

The summer of ’85, of course, had Duran Duran claiming the pinnacle spot of BILLBOARD`S Top 100 Singles. The song lasted three weeks at the #1 spot, the first time a Bond tune had reached #1 in the United States (though other songs including Goldfinger came close on the charts). Duran Duran fever hit an all time high–and James Bond in our zeitgeist was all the better for it.

Some of the more unusual AVTAK LP`s and tapes are sought after, especially foreign versions. AVTAK artwork has also graced countless CD, VHS, Beta, Criterion LaserDisc and DVD versions to date with more in the works.

**In an article entitled “Hot Resurgence” by Tom Conroy and Rob Sheffield for the August 20, 1998 issue of Rolling Stone magazine, AVTAK was credited with the resurgence of snowboarding worldwide. Chris Ernst, founder of California’s Lord of the Boards series, concurred:

“The troubles started around 1985, when the James Bond film A View to a Kill featured a Grecian Formula-slickened Roger Moore busting down the slopes on a single plank. Ever since, snowboarding has been jammed down our collective throat and has brought with it such scourges as tongue studs, tattoos, baggy parkas and any number of bad bands. Though no one asked, they’ve begun to rap.”

Even musical artists have gotten in on the AVTAK action. “Shadz” of “Lingo” released the 1994 album “A View To A Kill”, while the punk/new wave band “Gob” did a thoroughly forgettable remake of Bond XIV’s title song, released in 1997.

Collecting with a “Butterfinger” on James Bond

Our exclusive interview with Craig Chenery, one of that rare breed who makes fan props in addition to owning a mega-collection.

Matt Sherman: How did you start collecting Bond?

Craig Chenery: Well, I`ve been a Bond fan for as long as I can remember. I was a wide-eyed kid playing with my Corgi Aston Martin and eagerly awaiting the release of the next movie! But my collecting has really taken off in the last five years, since I started writing my hit screenplay entitled, “Butterfinger” with my co-author pal, Dan. And, of course, the first Bond movie I saw, like many out there, was “Goldfinger”.

Matt: How did you start making your own “fan props”? Tell us about them?

Craig: I`ve always loved drawing and designing things on my computer. So designing new CD cases, video boxes and toy boxes is very appealing to me. And being limited to a certain amount of display space, I am always trying to come up with creative ways to display 007 pieces. Recent items I created were several custom figures to match the rest of the Exclusive Premiere series. I did a Roger Moore in full Tuxedo and a Sean Connery with long-sleeved shirt plus a shoulder holster. Also, I once made a custom box for the wonderful BMW Motorcycle from Tomorrow Never Dies. Now, my cheaper version of the bike was released by “Road and Track”. But is an exact replica of Bond`s bike and closely matches the more expensive BMW model, for only a few dollars. I recommend it, especially when you can make custom packaging for just a few dollars more! For the “Johnny Lightning” car series out recently, I have started creating packaging and obtaining vehicles for the bond movies not in the current series. At this time I have done a GoldenEye Ferrari and Aston Martin to my own specs, plus a “Man With The Golden Gun” AMC hornet and a Mercedes Benz from Octopussy.

I have also made a “For Your Eyes Only” Roger Moore standee. See our links to the stories of Dean Williams’ fan-made props, at BackBurner Productions.

Matt: How many James Bond items do you own?

Craig: I`m not entirely sure. At last “official count” I was approaching 800 items. [Mumbles under his breath…796…]

Matt: So, your favorite item, which you own?

Craig: This is a tough question! Obviously there are some pieces that I`ve invested a lot of money into and there are others that my friends, family or my fiancee have bought for me and each of those holds special memories for me. But I think I`d have to say my very favorite is an original advertising mat for the first theatrical release of Goldfinger. An ad mat is a rubber stamp formerly used in the printing industry for creating the original impressions of advertisements in newspapers and theatrical flyers. This one dates back to 1964! Joint runner ups would be my James Bond Film Festival poster advertising Thunderball that I don`t know too much about…any suggestions from the 007Forever fans?…and a personal fave, the Variety two-page picture spread dated 1986 announcing the first day’s shooting work on “The Living Daylights.” I am currently converting this photo to a gorgeous framed display with some promotional napkins and other special Living Daylights items I own.

Matt: Any exciting “war stories” for us on how you earned a special collectible or funny stories on how a rare collectible got away?

Craig: A few years back I found a pristine set of Tarot Cards from Live And Let Die at an antique store for a very reasonable price. The store I was at had a restaurant in one corner. [Matt: A real “Collectors’ Corner.” Craig: You bet!] But I had the cards on my tray and when I disposed of my food I also disposed of my tarot cards! Of course I didn`t realize my great blunder until I was on my way home two hours later! One is probably first aware when rooting through disposed garbage that your James Bond hobby has taken on a whole new level of excitement! I`ve also had a few instances, probably like many 007Forever fans, when I discovered a choice item at a store, and then gone to an ATM machine or to walk around and think over a purchase only to return and someone else has purchased it! But that happens to the best of us collectors. I have since learned to “buy it when I see it.” I really don`t fight too hard to obtain Bond things. I have the theory that if I`m destined to own something I will get it in time…but if that is the theory, “WHERE ARE MY TAROT CARDS?” 🙂

Matt: Are you considering a trip as a dealer/fan to Bond Collectors` Weekend in New Orleans, probably September 2000?

Craig: Hmm…September…my birthday…Yep, I`m definitely considering it! It`s a long way from Phoenix though. I will more than likely go as a fan. To haul all my stuff across the country is a feat I`m not sure I`m prepared to face just yet…!

Matt: What are some of the trends you foresee in Bond collecting?

Craig: In my humble opinion, I think it`s very tough to predict at the moment. With the ever-increasing world of auction sites everything is becoming a “collectible.” I`m seeing a lot of prices go up on items for little reason. Don`t get me wrong, I have actually found some of the auction sites quite useful but mainly from a research point of view. They have been a very good resource in discovering items I hadn`t yet seen before. But in my opinion it does take a lot of the fun out of collecting. Half the fun is stumbling upon something you are not looking for when you are out. My friends have often pointed out that I must have “Double-Oh vision!” I seem to be able to find things in the strangest of places.

Matt: How have your Bond prices/inventory changed over the year?

Craig: In all honesty I prefer to do trading rather than selling. I find I get attached to items and then I find it hard to let them go. Usually I`ll trade if I get duplicates of items. But even then it can be tough. I think I`ve reached the point where collecting changes into hoarding. 🙂 My fiancee has changed from calling it a hobby to a habit to “obsession.” I don`t like putting items up for auction if I can help it. I`m not out for a profit, I like being able to share rare items when I find them.

Matt: Do you have any tips for aspiring Bond collectors?

Craig: Absolutely! The way I try (emphasis on try!) to collect is to focus on a certain area at a time. At the moment I am focusing on quality trading cards. When I feel like that area is complete I move on to the next. But the most important thing is to enjoy your hobby. Collecting Bond memorabilia is a ton of fun. It`s a great way to meet new people and make new friends also, like at your Bond Collectors’ Weekends. There are a lot of great collectibles out there and a lot of ways to discover them. Be it the Internet, toy stores, comic book stores or old bookstores (my personal favorite source from which some of my most valuable and favorite pieces have been found). One more word of advice, in my opinion the fans should be wary of auction sites. Do your homework before placing a bid on something. Make sure you are bidding what the item is worth. It is very easy to overpay on something when caught up in a bidding war. A little time researching can save you a lot of disappointment when the product arrives. Believe me I`ve been there. “Burned and learned,” so to speak. Another good tip…if you ever decide to photograph your collection, make sure the room you set it up in is on a ground floor…hauling 25 boxes up and down three flights of stairs is no joke. 🙂 Also if you happen to be in Phoenix area you can visit my collection and check out the “Empire of Toys.” My personal Bond haven.

Matt: What else do you specialize in?

Craig: There`s more to life than James Bond? Oh! Thanks, Matt!

Collecting the Asian World of James Bond

In Roger Somchai ’s own words for 007Forever (Roger is a super-collector of Asian Bond goodies):

“About myself, I was a 007 fan since I was a child, I love 007’s artwork first, then music, then movies. My favorite Bond is Roger Moore and “Spy” is my favorite film. In fact, I enjoy nonstop big scenes, new devices and exciting stunning locales more than the story, so “You Only Live Twice” and “Moonraker” are also my Bonds to love. In my homepage, every item is for sale, but I myself have many, not for sale items…maybe 1,000 items? They represent my collection since I was a child and sites like 007Forever, Lee Pfeiffer’s site, and auctions online also help me plenty.

Because I am a TV station’s supervisor and run work for a local “infotainment” program, I always have chance to know more, see more and even get more…last year when Pierce Brosnan came to Hong Kong for the Tomorrow Never Dies movie I got the chance to interview with him face to face, but I did not have courage to take pics with him! What a pity!! In fact, he had come here twice and I met him twice and lost my chances twice too! [Not good, because You Only Film Twice–Editors]

I have “good connections” in Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong so I can get official stuff so very easily for the fans of 007Forever.

In my personal collection, my favorite piece is a 007-logo shaped radio, I got it two years before now when I went to New York and visited the home of SpyGuise [Lee Pfeiffer’s shop]. The clock was made in Hong Kong and came from the early 1970’s, very Roger Moore, I love it very much! In fact, I have spent so much money in my collection, that online purchases are every night’s job…help me, I can’t stop it! I hope that my so-called Bond business can make me some money back…not profit, at least not to lose too much, anyway! Last year when I went to Japan, I bought some rare Bond items.

I got an old OHMSS poster, original “From Russia” program sheet and a nice Thunderball model, the prices were really very high and at that time I thought that the other Bond fans will be interested with them…but now the fact is that no one would like to buy them so finally they became part of my own collection. Poor me, right?

About the Bond Collectors’ Weekend in New Orleans, I will not be visiting, probably, because it’s a little too far from Hong Kong. Come here instead! [Maybe we will for BCW 2001–Editors]

I, myself, besides Bond, am also a collector of camouflage gear, I collect every possible item of camouflage color, and would like to be a camouflage man or secret agent.

I look forward to trading items with the 007Forever Bond fans. Write soon!
Yours, Roger”

You may write Roger Somchai and see his pages at Asian Bond Collectibles.

Collecting On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Charles Helfenstein just might be the premier collector of memorabilia surrounding the 1969 James Bond movie “On Her Majesty`s Secret Service.”

It was that collection, and his connections with the film`s director, Peter Hunt, which brought Mr. Helfenstein from his Mount Pleasant home to Hollywood and to the attention of the producer of a new series of Bond films for DVD.

“I don`t think anybody could do in-depth research on `On Her Majesty`s Secret Service` without talking to Charles,” said John Cork, one of three producers of the DVDs and the director of the documentary portion of the videos. “We interviewed more people involved with `Majesty` than anybody has in the past.” The film`s director and producer were interviewed, as well as George Lazenby, the star.

For the full story, be sure to visit the Frederick News-Post.

Collecting James Bond From Behind The Camera

Matt Sherman: “Tell us about your professional association with the new special edition sets of Bond DVDs.”

Paul Scrabo: Well, I helped with the Bond Special Edition LaserDiscs of “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” that came out in 1995. Lee Pfeiffer, John Cork and Mark Cerulli were the brains behind them. We were friends, of course, and since my spouse George Ann is a lighting director, and I have shot and edited various video projects, we did some of the photography, and I helped assemble a few of the commentary tracks. The elements were used later again for their DVD versions. With the newer Bond DVDs coming out, produced by David Naylor, John Cork and Bruce Scivally, we were a small part of a huge team of videographers who traveled all over with the producers.

Matt: “Why did you start collecting from the exotic world of James Bond, 007? What types of collectibles do you like the most?”

Paul: Well, I saw Goldfinger in the theatre back in 1965 (!) and loved the entire Bond style. I’m sure some of us almost chronicle our lives through the Bond films that came out during the years! I’m happy that I’m married to a marvelous woman who likes James Bond (O.H.M.S.S. is her favorite) and appreciates collectibles. We’re not completists, but we like the more unusual items…and the Corgi toys!

Matt: “What are some of your most prized 007 and Hollywood Treasures?”

Paul: Our favorites aren’t necessarily the most expensive; but we did get hold of a Moonraker pinball machine, which sometimes works! I suppose our most “prized” item is the O.H.M.S.S. wedding ring that we were LUCKY to get at the Christie’s auction a few years ago. Now, they say it’s most likely a promotional copy, that a few were made for jewelry stores to promote the film, but no one has seen any more of these, and a Bond collecting expert of some note has said, “It just could be the one.” (!)

As far as a prized “Hollywood Collectible”; I only have one; but it is from my all-time favorite film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”; the original Jack Davis painting for the film’s poster.

Matt: “Tell us about Scrabo.com and its features, Bond and non-Bond related.”

Paul: It’s really a home base to connect with nice and creative people. It has 200 megabytes of space, which is pretty huge. I’ve only used ten percent so far, and that’s a lot of pages and graphics! I just enjoy doing projects, and sharing fun things we’ve participated in. The FOR BOND FANS ONLY section has new items added all the time; photos from the assorted Bond events, rarities like Desmond’s speech from the Cubby tribute (in Streaming Audio). The Bond sites out there are remarkable! No way could I top them! My Bond section could not keep up with the latest news, but it will always have off-beat attractions!

The FRONT ROW section is dedicated to a show I’ve been producing that deals with cult/movie fandom. Different RealVideo episodes all the time, we have authors on, b-movie stars, etc. So far, it’s being broadcast on DUTV in Philadelphia as well! Rich Scrivani is the host, and he does a fantastic job. Of course, we plan to do a “Bond” show, with Lee Pfeiffer as the guest! The INDEPENDENT FILM section deals with my support and affection for low-budget filmmakers, and my slow going attempt to make a feature. The web site is fun, not for any profit, so please check it out!

Matt: “What are some of your fondest memories for Bond?”

Paul: To meet Lois Maxwell and Desmond, and tell them how much they played a part in your life, as I’m sure many reading this have. The behind the scenes people like Derek Meddings. He was so nice. And John Barry. But the best memories, truly, are with “the group”, the Bond fans, all of us together. Great people.

Matt: “What’s next and upcoming at Scrabo.com?”

Paul: Photo albums from some of our Bondian trips, lots of nostalgia, some rarities. Whatever may be fun!

–Paul Scrabo and George Ann Muller are too modest about their amazing James Bond collectibles, some of which they will share at Bond Weekend 2000 this September.

Collecting Great Spies With Danny Biederman

Danny Biederman is a screenwriter, author, and consultant specializing in movie and TV spy fiction. His credits include scripts for NBC and ABC TV shows, including the MGM spy series Gavilan starring Robert Urich, and The Avengers: The Journey Back hosted by Patrick Macnee. He produced and directed the documentary A Spy For All Seasons featuring Sean Connery and developed scripts for Paramount’s The Renegades, and the children’s series
Bugzburg and James Bond, Jr.

Biederman has worked extensively for MGM Studios as a special consultant on the James Bond property, providing expert advice on all aspects of the world’s most famous fictional spy. He is the author of EMI’s The Best of Bond…James Bond, an internationally marketed CD booklet covering the entire history of the 007 film series. Danny has been published in dozens of international magazines and best-selling books. He has written about the spy genre for such publications as Playboy, the Los Angeles Times, P.O.V., and Emmy. He has also consulted on the world of pop spies for American Movie Classics, Landmark Theaters, American Cinematheque, Taft Entertainment, MGM, and veteran producer Sam Rolfe.

Biederman lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Bea, and their children Illya, Moriah Flint, and Bond-all named for fictional spies.

–Watch for our soon upcoming interview with Danny Biederman at 007Forever. Danny’s collection has recently made trips to top spy shows and a special, private showing inside CIA Headquarters in Langley, Virginia!

Collecting Celebrities With Jordan Charter

Matt Sherman: You are planning an upcoming “Thunderball” showing for the big screen. What was your inspiration for that…why did you choose Thunderball for the fans to see again?

Jordan Charter: Ah yes. I chose Thunderball because this year is it’s 35th Anniversary, and since a lot of young fans only have gotten to see it on video or TBS but they didn’t get to see it on the big screen. Which is the way a Bond film should be seen. I got my inspiration from watching the film. I was ill one day and Bond always makes me feel better and I chose Thunderball to watch, well, about halfway through the film and I said to myself, “This is one of those films where you need to see it on the big screen,” so I jotted down some ideas and eventually I had organized a little celebration.

I have put this on the back burner until I can ask Sean Connery to attend. Really! I get to meet numerous celebrities here and there. Literally last night, I met Cher and the wrestler Goldberg. I also got to meet the Playboy triplets (again)! Also, my current home of South Dakota really has little of Mr. Bond to see! Sure we have casinos, ski resorts, and the like but nothing really to see that far in depth. So far, I have planned on taking guests to “Reptile Gardens” where a crocodile from “Live and Let Die” is on display and to “Nelson’s Car Garage” where several props are on display, including the Aston Martin from The Living Daylights and the Cagiva motorcycle from GoldenEye. I’ll keep you updated on that. I may just have to push the date for it back a little. I’ll let you and everyone at 007Forever know what’s going on and when.

Matt: What started you on collecting Mr. Bond’s world?

Jordan: This is a hard question to answer. I know I became a fan after seeing The Spy Who Loved Me, seeing “Atlantis” rising out of the water was mesmerizing for me. Anyway, whenever I saw something James Bond I’d buy it. Then I got Internet access early on, in 1995, and it became easier to find stuff, and I just kept getting more and more! In the month of July of last year I spent around $3,000 on Bond memorabilia!

My collection has around 600 pieces of quality Bond stuff. Not too shabby in my opinion! Just yesterday I realized that I have literally no place for anymore stuff! But that won’t stop me! 🙂 Matt: What, in your opinion, then, makes collecting James Bondiana better than, say, collecting dust or rare toilet tank fittings? Jordan: LOL! Well, I like the hunt for something new and unusual and I like to spend money. In a way, I feel this is better than investing in the stock market because you know this stuff will go up in value, and the only way you can lose is if you have a natural disaster or don’t know how to properly keep your stuff mint.

I don’t just collect for the money aspect either, though, I just like James Bond and that’s reason enough, isn’t it?

Matt: What’s the most outrageous collectible(s) you own? What would be a fantasy collectible you would like to own?

Jordan: Outrageous? Well I don’t know if I have anything I’d call outrageous. I did buy a “Goldfinger” Furby off of eBay.com but when I received it, it turned out someone had just taken one of those McDonalds Furbys and painted it gold and stuck it to a wood pedestal! That is the only mistake in buying James Bond I feel I have ever made. I keep it out just as a reminder not to be such a fool again!

Matt: Tell us about your “brushes with greatness,” Jordan, with stars like Willie Nelson and Sean Connery.

Jordan: Where I live is near a small city, Sturgis. Every year in Sturgis there is the world famous “Sturgis Motorcycle Rallies and Races,” anyway, the area hires big name celebrities for entertainment. I am really good friends with a man who owns a big hotel where the biggest celebrities stay when they visit. He thinks I’m the Black Hills’ “ambassador of goodwill” if you will! : ) So he always introduces me to the stars. So far I have met Willie Nelson, the Playboy Triplets from the December ’99 issue, Chubby Checker, the Coasters, Kevin Costner, the Kennedys (JFK, Jr. most notable of the bunch). Those are just a few people I’ve met.

As for Sean Connery, my mom works with someone that is a good friend of his and she set up a dinner meeting for us. Sean Connery comes up here every once in awhile to get away from it all. Apparently maintains a home in this area somewhere, I don’t know for sure. Anyway we had dinner, and spoke at length, and we got along quite famously, actually. I held off on the “taking pictures and interviewing him” for the next time we meet. I didn’t want to leave that kind of impression on him on the first meeting. It was a hard thing for me not to do as a fan!

Matt: Tell him Matt Sherman of 007Forever says “hello”. He’s one of my biggest fans!

Jordan: LOL!

Matt: Tell us about meeting “Plenty O’Toole” at Bond Collectors’ Weekend in Las Vegas. You interviewed her for your website?

Jordan: Well I owe thanks to you, Alan Stephenson, Michael Kersey and the other Bond Weekend hosts for that, don’t I? I attended your second annual Bond Collectors’ Weekend last year in Las Vegas and had a wonderful time! One of your special guests was Lana Wood and weeks before going to the meeting I a asked a newsgroup online what questions should be asked for the interview you set for me to do, and they gave me some pretty strange ones too! I added my own questions to their list and when we were sitting at the head table together in Planet Hollywood, above the Diamonds Are Forever Moonbuggy and Octopussy Bede Jet, Lana graciously allowed me to interview her at length and we had a marvelous informal chat as well.

I was afraid I was going to miss her dramatic entrance into Planet Hollywood since Don and Marsha McGregor were standing in line with me for the “Atlantis” ride there nearby Planet Hollywood in Caesars Palace. As we stood in line I kept saying, “We’re going to miss Lana!” So we jumped out of line, got a refund and ran all the way back to Planet Hollywood! As it turned out she wasn’t even supposed to be there for another hour until Weekend attendees finished their meals! I got a lot of ribbing by Don for that! That was an interesting day for everyone, wasn’t it?

Matt: It was. I was nearly arrested at the airport while Lana and an actress friend sped away in Bond’s Aston Martin with Jim Sieff and Nate Sears. I am delighted to announce that Don & Marsha McGregor of Bond Weekend fame, will be joining us again at this year’s Bond Weekend, next month in New Orleans. Don;s interviews are at 007Forever for those interested in researching his work. Is Don a loony guy or what?

Jordan: He is a very loony guy, but he’s a cool guy! I am delighted to get to see Don again this summer. That will be a fun time, but Don’s a fun guy then, isn’t he?

Matt: What advice do you have for fans planning to attend Bond Weekend 2000 next month?

Jordan: Bring A LOT of money! There’s tons of neat stuff there to buy and see, and trade for as well. Also talk to everyone you can, everyone has very cool stories and are really nice people to be around. Last year in Vegas, I met Bond authors and writers, celebs and super-collectors whose collectibles boggled my mind!

Matt: What goodies are you bringing to show off?

Jordan: Well, I hope to bring some of my prop collection. My World Is Not Enough original caviar jar and cigar tube, (beware of imitations!) my “Max Zorin” prop check, my “Kamal Khan” check, some rare storyboard work, and anything else fun I acquire by that time. Will you have room for me to show off all 600 of my collectibles? 😉

Matt: Side question: We recently completed a special 15th anniversary “A View To A Kill” retrospective at 007Forever. What’s your take on AVTAK? Turkey or “turn key” James Bond film?

Jordan: A View To A Kill…It has a lot of good qualities about it but it also has a lot of bad qualities! Christopher Walken is a great villain…

Matt: I invited him to Bond Weekend 2000 but he couldn’t book because of upcoming film projects…

Jordan: …And the bridge fight is one of the best. On the other hand there is the redoubtable Tanya Roberts and the entire fire truck scene, which was the dumbest thing I have EVER seen. I’d say A View To A Kill is in neutral territory with me. I don’t hate any Bond piece but I don’t love it either.

Matt: Okay, now I’m just being silly…who should replace Pierce Brosnan at the helm after he departs?

Jordan: Right now Pierce is the only one I can picture in the role. A while back I would have said Rupert Everett but now I strongly believe he couldn’t handle it! I am hoping Pierce hangs on for another four or five films! Ask me in a couple years and we’ll see how I feel about it then.

–Matt Sherman & Jordan Charter are today the co-editors-in-chief of www.007Forever.com.

Totally Banned

Canadian Bond fans who have been hunting high and low for the Special Collector`s Edition of TV Guide, with the cover story of “Totally Bond”, need not bother; TV Guide is not distributing the edition outside of the United States at this time, nor is it translating it into it`s Spanish editions. Instead, TVGuide Live is offering Canadian readers a cover story on Lisa Kudrow, star of “Friends, where she talks about her role as Phoebe Buffet.

What non-U.S. Bond fans won`t get a chance to read is Raymond Benson`s exclusive short story “Live at Five”, set in a Chicago television station and of course, featuring James Bond. Also, as mentioned here exclusively several weeks ago, the Special Edition also features a Bond Girls Reunion, with several Bond Girls from past films getting together for a photo shoot and reminiscing over old times.

The lead story on Brosnan can be found at TV Guide, entitled “Bond and Beyond”. It doesn`t contain much in the way of news that long time Bond fans would find interesting, but it at least will give you a taste of what you`re missing. Also at TV Guide and TV Guide Live you can order back issues, special issues (presumably this one) and send your unhappy email about this situation to the distribution and marketing department.

The Property of a Gentleman

A first edition copy of Casino Royale has been auctioned off for 11,400 Pounds; a staggering amount believed to be a record for an Ian Fleming book.

Christiaan Jonkers, of the Henley-on-Thames firm, told The Times: “We specialise in Fleming first editions and we think this is a record for an auction. It really is in immaculate condition.”

Bidding for the 1953 spy thriller was fiercer than a Faberge egg at Sothebys. Only 4,700 first edition copies had been printed. An estimated 5,000 pounds was placed on the novel by the auctioneers Dominic Winter, of Swindon, Wiltshire. But the antiquarian book dealers Bromlea and Jonkers, fending off 12 rival bidders, were happy to more than double that.

The Bond Women: OO7 Style

Tim Greaves’ long-awaited Bond tome is now available with illustrations provided by French artist Stephane Tron. Here are the juicy details:

So, you think you know everything there is to know about James Bond’s women? Think again.

Were you aware, for example, that…


Dolly, Jaws’ diminutive girlfriend in Moonraker, was originally intended to have been 7 feet 4 inches tall
The bikini worn by Honey in Dr. No—and auctioned recently for over £40,000—was rustled up for the film by Ursula Andress and one of her girlfriends
The actress frequently credited as Bambi in Diamonds Are Forever wasn’t actually the girl who played the part
The heroine of Tomorrow Never Dies almost ended up named Sidney Winch
These are but a mere (OO)7 facts plucked from the cornucopia of fascinating data inside this, the ultimate reference guide to the women of the James Bond films. Representing everything you always wanted to know about the James Bond girls—and no longer need to ask! —If it isn’t inside “The Bond Women: OO7 Style” it isn’t worth knowing!

With 2002 being the 40th anniversary of the year that pre-production began on the first James Bond film, DR. NO, it is remarkable to note that interest in the longest running series in film history has never been greater. Interest in James Bond’s lovely female acquaintances perhaps even more so!

“The Bond Women” comprises a unique assembly of biographies, narrative detail, trivia, filmographies and interview material (much of it exclusive, hosted by Tim Greaves for this book). Among many other exciting revelations, it identifies at last many previously unknown players. It also boasts many hitherto unrevealed or long-forgotten facts about the ‘James Bond Girls’—both the actresses who played them and the characters they have portrayed—garnered from interview material and unprecedented access to original press releases, newspaper reports, and numerous drafts of original scripts and on-set call sheets.

Among the many actresses interviewed in “The Bond Women” are world renowned Golden Girl Shirley Eaton (GOLDFINGER), cult movie queen Caroline Munro (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME), athletic “Baywatch” beauty Kristina Wayborn (OCTOPUSSY), champion ice skater Lynn-Holly Johnson (FOR YOUR EYES ONLY) and the actress whose interracial love scenes with OO7 caused a major controversy, former “Playboy” model Gloria Hendry (LIVE AND LET DIE)… to name but a few!

In total more than 250 actresses and models are unveiled in the extensive text, from the lead players to the bit-parters, from the girls who ended up on the cutting room floor to the characters that never got any further than the pages of a script!

“The Bond Women” is being published privately as a limited edition by author Tim Greaves during March/April 2002. Tim is now taking orders at The Bond Women.

Tell your friends. Tell your friends’ friends. But whatever you do don’t miss out yourself!

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Please note that “The Bond Women” contains no photographs. It will, however, include a number of original illustrations by French artist Stephane Tron. The first pressing of “The Bond Women” will be in limited quantity.

Secret World of 007 Announced

DK Books has set a release date of October 2000 for their new hardcover title, James Bond The Secret World of 007.

Though designed for young and adolescent readers, this title produced in cooperation with EON Productions is chock filled with insight accompanying film stills and newly rendered artist visions of the Bonds, as the graphic accompanying this story reveals.

According to DK, “James Bond has become a cultural icon outlasting his cold war roots.” This book contains “…details on all major characters, vehicles and high-tech gadgets, the lovers, allies, and enemies of the world`s most elegant secret agent.”

New Non-Bond Benson Book Available

PRESS RELEASE – January 5, 2001, Seattle, WA, USA

PublishingOnline, a leading international distributor and publisher of eBooks, announced today that the first installment of Evil Hours, a 14-part serial novel by Raymond Benson, the acclaimed author of original James Bond titles and film novelizations, is now available for free digital download on its new, state-of-the art Web site.

“We are extremely excited to be the exclusive representative of this new work by Raymond Benson, and we are very proud to have Evil Hours help us to showcase what we believe will fast become the Internet`s standard-setting eBook Web site, ” said Min Yee, Publisher of PublishingOnline.

“Mr. Benson has long been one of PublishingOnline`s best-selling authors, and the tens of thousands of James Bond readers are testament to his unique ability to draw readers into his thrilling world of action and suspense,” Min Yee added.

Evil Hours follows the tracks of Shannon Reece as she tries to uncover the truth surrounding her mother`s brutal murder 26 years earlier in the small, working class town of Limite, Texas. Although the alleged murderer was convicted, imprisoned and subsequently killed by fellow inmates, the case has long troubled Reece, and with the help of a private eye unravels a hidden trail of deceit that ultimately leads to the most unsuspecting of places in the novel`s haunting conclusion.

In an exclusive interview with PublishingOnline, also available on the new site, Benson said that his latest work, which is “Larry McMurtry meets David Lynch,” was written in the down time between the second and third of his four original 007-novels.

Each of the 14 episodes will be made available free to PublishingOnline members in PDF format, or one dollar per episode for non-members, on each Friday through March 16. Membership with PublishingOnline is free.

About Raymond Benson

Raymond Benson`s first 007 foray, a short story in Playboy magazine, was published in 1997, and since then, following in the footsteps of previous Bond authors John Gardner and Kingsley Amis, he has written four original Bond novels, with a fifth one due in June, 2001, and two 007-film novelizations. He is also the author of PublishingOnline`s bestselling The James Bond Bedside Companion, the ultimate authoritative book on James Bond facts and ephemera. The Kirkus Reviews has called Benson`s writing in his novel The Facts of Death “a postmodern treat for fans and newcomers…” and the Boston Sunday Herald called the writing in his most recent work “as irresistible as ever.”

About PublishingOnline

PublishingOnline is a leading distributor and publisher of digital books. With eBooks offered off its Web site in the world`s eight most populous; with an Affiliated Publisher Program comprising dozens of publishers; with the rights to hundreds of exclusive works; and with a growing collection of out-of-print and rare, award-winning titles, PublishingOnline is aggressively building the largest online library in the world.

Membership with PublishingOnline is free and entitles readers to many benefits including free downloads of literary masterpieces, exclusive offers and e-mail alerts. PublishingOnline`s new Web site utilizes the latest in eCommerce and search technology and can be accessed at www.PublishingOnline.com.

Get Into Bed With Bond. James Bond.

Seattle PublishingOnline.com announced today that it has entered into an exclusive publishing agreement with Raymond Benson, best known as the current author of the James Bond 007 novels. Mr. Benson was commissioned by Ian Fleming (Glidrose) Publications Ltd. in 1996 to continue the best-selling series after Fleming, Kingsley Amis, and John Gardner.

Of particular interest to James Bond fans is the electronic publication of Benson`s landmark encyclopedic work, The James Bond Bedside Companion, long considered to be the best non-fiction study of the 007 phenomenon. Originally published in 1984, it was nominated for an EdgarAllan Poe Award (Mystery Writers of America) for Best Biographical/Critical Work of that year.

The Bedside Companion is often cited to be the “Bible of Bond,” as it contains a history of the rise in Bond`s popularity, a in-depth biography of Ian Fleming, and illuminating analyses of the novels and films up to that point in time. Out of print since 1990, The James Bond Bedside Companion will now be available again to fans around the world.

PublishingOnline.com has also entered into an exclusive agreement with Benson to publish his first non-Bond novel, Evil Hours, a “serial” in fourteen episodes. Benson describes Evil Hours as a “drama that takes place in a fictional small West Texas town and is a cross between Larry McMurtry and David Lynch.” The story concerns a young woman`s quest for the truth about her mother`s murder, which occurred over 25 years earlier.

Evil Hours will appear in weekly installments on www.PublishingOnline.com, free to readers for a limited time, after which it will be offered for sale in its entirety along with POL`s other titles. The first episode of Evil Hours will make its online debut on April 25th at 7am est.

Two of Benson`s original short stories, The Plagiarist and Thumbs Down, will also be published on the POL Web site. Benson describes these tales, written in the mid-eighties, as “Twilight Zone”-style fantasies dealing with the plight of frustrated writers.

PublishingOnline.com digitizes in-print, mid-list, backlist and out of print titles as well as front list selections and makes them available for sale electronically on the Internet. PublishingOnline.com will make many titles available for purchase in a variety of formats—Windows, Windows CE, Palm Pilot, SoftBook, Apple. E-books, essays, articles and poetry can be downloaded for prices ranging from $5.00 to $50.00.

PublishingOnline.com carries titles from all types of trade publishers and individual authors. The Web site is located at http://www.PublishingOnline.com. For additional information call (206) 439-9257 or contact the company via Email:info@publishingonline.com.

Doubleshot’s Gala Debut

DOUBLESHOT will rocket into bookstores within a matter of weeks (May 2000 in the U.K.; June 2000 in the U.S.) and before writer Raymond Benson takes off to Europe for a publicity tour, he graciously dropped by and chatted with friends and new fans Monday night, even revealing a suprise or two.

DOUBLSHOT will be excerpted in the June issue of Playboy Magazine which goes on sale the first week in May. Apparently they had a particular interest in this story and you U.K. readers who have already gotten your hands on the novel will understand what we are talking about (but we won`t give away the surprise!)Benson also confirmed to our intimate chat group that he`ll be researching locations in France next month for his follow-up to DOUBLESHOT, and Corsica will play a part in the book as well. The tentative title for his next novel, to be published in Summer 2001 is: NEVER DREAM OF DYING.

NDOD is Benson`s own idea, and so far the editors have had no objections. Also revealed were the original, working titles for DOUBLESHOT: “Doppleganger” and “Reflections In A Broken Glass”. See what kind of fascinating information you can learn in a celebrity chat? Our sincere thanks again to Raymond, for his patience and time, and a special thanks to our chat group members who came well prepared, well read, and quite enthusiastic! We will post the full transcript of the chat session later in the week!

Collecting the Books of James Bond

I welcome you, dear reader, to Forever’s 005: For Your Collection Only, a compendium of tips, tricks and fun history from 007`s world. We`re going in-depth on the collecting questions we`ve had to field over years and years–come along for the ride each time–I guarantee you will learn something new if you are an old hand!

This first installment deals with books, a subject big enough to warrant much more explanation than is given here. We will return to books soon again soon for the Corner, I guarantee it. Meanwhile, whether you collect Mr. Bond`s books, posters, toys, autographs, clothing or whatever, you will find plenty of hot tips within each section each time to add your collecting knowledge. The staff of Forever is looking for your Q and A also for forthcoming work. We will be drawing on more than one hundred years` in total collecting experience from the 007Forever staff and help from experts around the world in their collecting fields…watch this space also for our forthcoming stories on super collectors from around the world! On to the Books: Part I!

Why collect the Bonds as books besides their fantastic investment value? The Bonds tend to have among the best jacket art and spine designs anywhere! They will look great on your shelf next to your star autographs and Corgi toys.

The earlier books have increased value dramatically for a number of reasons, certainly sentimentality for baby boomers, their scarcity and lovely cover art–the entire publishing industry moved long ago from artist rendered, hand illustrated covers to cheap cut and paste art and computer graphics imagery. Today, a quality artist can earn $2,000 – $3,000 for painting a single jacket cover! Again, early books have snob appeal today, and Bond is on the cutting edge of the modern firsts that have increased in value thirty-fold in recent years.

To sound hip in Bondly book collecting is to have you go to your local book dealer, walk up to his counter, and ask if he has any Bondiana (pronounced Bond-ee-anna, like “Indiana” Jones) for sale. The word Bondiana doesn`t just sound cool, it tips the seller that you are seeking Bond items not limited to Mr. Fleming`s books but Gardner novels, magazine articles on Bond, whatever. We collectors are “Bondians” who collect Bondiana. Ian Fleming fans can try the mouthful, “Flemingiana,” for a double-point bonus from Collectors` Corner. With the exploding market, I have seen tight-lipped dealers who said ten years ago, “Collect Ian Fleming pulp! Perish the thought!” respond lately with, “James Bond? I was so stupid years ago, I could have had a copy of…”.

Collecting James Bond in the literary form has been an enduring and satisfying hobby for nearly fifty years, and the Fleming titles are the most popular modern firsts collected today. The first rule of Bond book collecting is–we can ignore the first rule of typical Bond collecting! For 007`s items, often, but not always, the “rule of 60” applies—that is, until recently, the rule of 60 said that for toys, posters, books, etc., an item had to date from the early 1960s or before to carry heavy value. Not so with rare books!

“All Mod Bonds”

A prime example of a valuable modern Bond would be John Gardner`s Cold in its British first edition, 1996 from Hodder & Staughton (who purchased the publishing house and selections of Jonathan Cape). Cold, or Cold Fall, as it is titled in the US, is fetching an astounding $700 right now (quite a markup from its 17-pound cover price!) and illustrates three facets that make Bond bookies go wild:

1) The first Cold is British and so it is the very first appearance of this title in book form
2) The printing run was limited to 900 copies, so it is a scarce title
3) The dustjacket is hot stuff!

Now, we Anglophiles love the British Bonds with their usually gorgeous dustjackets, for the jacket is king in collecting 007. Titles without a jacket plunge in price, which is logical, if you sell me a “naked” book title I can hunt down the jacket—but who has empty dustjackets to sell me to clothe my book? A first American valued at $350 might have trouble getting a bid of $10 at auction without a jacket cover.

Hint: Looking for British titles? Find friends across the pond searching for titles from the States–we have trouble finding British Pans and Capes in US stores and our friends in Europe have trouble collecting American firsts at their shops.

Have you ever realized that Bond book collectors have a wider playing field that blows away the exploding field of Star Trek or even Star Wars book collecting? One catch line I have used for media interviews, which they always keep from me as a sound bite, is “Collecting James Bond is like collecting memorabilia from 20 Star Wars movies–there is just so much out there!” Bond books are no exception. Consider a typical title–let us call this exercise “The Many Faces of Dr. No”:

There was the beautiful and valued J. Cape first with its unusual Pat Marriott dustjacket; the first American hardback edition with Dr. No spying on a drugged and sleeping Bond, from Macmillan; two early Pans with slightly different painted covers by Peff, followed by a Pan with a spider web on its blue cover, a Pan with a stylized montage including Bond`s weapons, memories of Honey Rider, and Guerlain`s soap; a Pan with a bikinied Rider grasping her dagger; then a film version Pan (!); Signet paperbacks with two different covers; two more Macmillan editions, a “James Bond Mystery” with Walther and holster and an American book club edition; the Jove edition; a Berkley book with Bond in silhouette; the Coronet General book from Canada, also with silhouette and with the forward by Anthony Burgess; the Coronet from `93 with spider; the James Bond Classic Library with Bond and friend, Dr. No`s giant squid; the Triad Granada/Triad Panther with gal upon a (Exceptionally large weapon, you have there, Mr. Bond!) gun; large print editions sent to libraries from Chivers and New Portway and more–get the picture?

That list above does not include the sought after Mariott Cape variant without a Honey Rider silhouette stamped on its cover, multiple editions with the same layouts such as the British book club edition which also carries the Mariott artwork or Pans with the “purple band,” “yellow pan” or “Great Pan” stampings, etc., etc., etc.! Super collectors, no doubt with super wallets attached, have gone in sometimes for getting every printing of a particular title, such as grabbing all 23 printings of a Signet reprinted 22 times–ouch! I also have not yet mentioned privately leather bound and faux-leather bound editions or foreign books printed in more than a dozen languages with multiple artwork covers!

Hint: The incredible gaggle of Bond books, which far outnumber Q`s gadgets, leads to my next book collecting tip–have fun but specialize!

Examples of specialization that`s fun? Pick a set of books by publisher and go for them all, say, all the Fleming titles in Signet/New American Library. You would need the set of 14 Signets seen commonly at online auctions, plus the first printings only of the first eight Fleming titles, skipping Diamonds Are Forever, with their lovely painted covers: Casino Royale with a monocled Le Chiffre, Live and Let Die, Moonraker, From Russia With Love with its vivid art, (FRWL and CR are the toughest to find in good condition) Dr. No, Goldfinger and For Your Eyes Only.

Maybe for an encore, you look for the Signet box (of several different kinds with 12 or 13 of the 14 in the set bundled in boxes for Signet promotions) and you also buy the late reprints of the last four which came in two different covers each in the 1980s–On Her Majesty`s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man With The Golden Gun and Octopussy or eight more books. Your Signets shelf is growing now so you grab Signet`s Thrilling Cities so you can read “James Bond in New York,” not printed in British editions, and O.F. Snelling`s classic 007 James Bond: A Report and of course you must aso have Kingsley Amis` The James Bond Dossier since you enjoyed his Colonel Sun, written under the pseudonym Robert Markham, so much! By now, you are a Signet “completist” or someone who seeks to find each and every of a set, so you search diligently for the Signet movie tie-in editions to Live and Let Die, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and curiously, Casino Royale, which looks remarkably like the poster art for the Bond spoof bearing its name!

Top off your goods with the late 80s risque cover reprints of Octopussy and The Man With The Golden Gun. Your wallet now considerably lighter, you praise God that Berkley/Coronet and not Signet printed the Gardner Bond novels, saving you 16 more purchases on top of your 40 new softcovers. Your Signet paperback shelf has forty different covers, is finished and to die for!

“More Specialties, Please”

Another specializing collector is the kind who highlights a favorite Bond, such as Connery, and scoops up the many titles foreign and domestic that bear his likeness, especially the French Plons, German Scherz/TOSA, rare Japanese paperbacks, and Belgium and Dutch titles here and there, and of course, English-language movie tie-ins of the 1960s, plus Diamonds Are Forever.

Even narrowing further are super specialists like Ben Miller and Craig Marciniak, specialists in a single book or film title. Ben has lived and worked in Japan on and off for more than a decade and is a top You Only Live Twice specialist, while Craig Marciniak joins the knowledgeable Steve Kulakoski and Charles Helfenstein as leading experts in all things On Her Majesty`s Secret Service. These hyper-specialists spend years researching furniture, decorations and cinematography glimpsed in a film, plus of course, its numerous book title appearances, toys, magazine articles, posters, autographs, stills and more. Craig`s online domain at www.marciniak.com specializes in the ultimate nitty-gritty for OHMSS, and Craig has opened a bottle of wide or two in Europe just to get French and German incidental dialogue translated!

You can specialize in British, American or other foreign titles or in “proof” books, printings issued for a test run before the first edition is a go. Tampa, Florida super-collector Don Kovalik has numerous valuable proofs. Specialize in “Bond only” or in books about the phenomenon or Mr. Fleming himself. A certain “S.K.” has made a mini-hobby out of collecting different Sean Connery biographies. “T.S.” is scooping up ALL the Signets. C.H. has a legendary publication, microfiche and magazine collection. B.F., J.C., J.P. and R.M. among others, (you know who you are!) have all the Fleming Capes as first editions, the heartless cads. (Yes, ALL, including Casino Royale! I could sell one of their sets and pay off my mortgage.) Friends are filling in the gaps on their “firsts collections,” dogging out all the movie firsts, all the painted firsts, all the 70s and 80s firsts. Not specializing and going for everything Bond in books can lead to poverty and sorrow!

Specialize, and stay sentimental. Why buy a book unless there is a story behind it? On the other hand, how about not unless the cover jumps up and bites you with style? I call certain collectors on a budget “differentists,” my word for collectors who pinch a penny by collecting titles only if the dustjacket offers something different from what they have in already. For example, the Macmillan For Your Eyes Only first is quite close to the first British Cape, as a matter of fact, the American has Richard Chopping`s drawing of Bond`s eye at the keyhole, with a few book accents to make the jacket slightly different. With a fine Cape FYEO fetching $750 and a fine Macmillan grabbing $250 – $400, why buy them both if the cover is so close? (By the by, did you know? Fleming had Chopping redo the eye color repeatedly until Chopping had Fleming`s vision of Bond`s clear gray eyes just right. More trivia: Did you know that For Your Eyes Only, was the only glossy dust cover of the Cape Bonds?)

The lovely British Book club editions would be another example for differentists on a budget. Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love and Dr. No have British Book Club jackets identical to the Capes and are skipped often by book club collectors. (In the same vein, GoldenEye`s British book club is identical to the Hodder first and License To Kill looks just like the Charter paperback for the same title.) For different jackets, Live and Let Die, Goldfinger, For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball, The Spy Who Loved Me, On Her Majesty`s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, The Man With The Golden Gun, Colonel Sun and The Life of Ian Fleming all have attractive art. (Look under the jackets of the last two as some ran with a leatherette cover for the boards of the book!) These ten titles would look great on anyone`s shelf. On the other hand, the thought of getting the book clubs with the same covers for $15 – $40 each or one-fiftieth the price of the DAF, FRWL and Dr. No Capes is quite appealing as well!

Make your decisions: Cold has the same cover in hardback and paperback, why get the softcover? Goldfinger has the Chopping jacket in the first American and British, why get them both? (I can hear Sean Connery responding to “You think one book is better, eh?” with “No, just different. Like Peking duck is different than Russian caviar but I love them both.” We`re talking a limited budget here, Sean.)

Hint: Don`t just skip similar jackets. You can also go for later printings with the same look for the costlier titles, like the early Capes. $5,000 for a first Moonraker Cape? No, thanks. Fifty bucks for an sixth printing in top shape with the identical publishing details and jacket? Now we are talking!

Here are the beginning entries to Collectors` Corner`s lists of books for Bondian completists (thanks in advance for sending to us at Fandom your corrections on titles I am unaware of.) Warning! Auctions can play havoc, going up and sometimes down, with the suggested prices I have outlined here!

Collecting James Bond Stories: Heavy Hitters

British Firsts–Jonathan Cape/Hodder & Staughton

The 14 Fleming Bonds most are familiar with also had four cover variants, three of them printed around `83 or so (eighth printings or so)

1) Casino Royale was done with a “Vesper playing card” on a green background–one just sold for $170-plus dollars on auction (yikes!)

2) Cape redid Moonraker with the word “Moonraker” embossed in silver on the jacket

3) Dr. No`s first printing had a variant without the woman standing in the swamp

4) Dr. No had a later Cape printing with the words “Dr. No” in a stamp font on the cover on a paneled background like Signet`s James Bond Dossier

5) A limited signed edition, of course, was available for On Her Majesty`s Secret Service.

For the Capes, Richard Chopping`s name has become famous through his work on the Bonds. Goldfinger and From Russia With Love are considered his greatest triumphs. Mr. Fleming himself devised the cover art or concept for many of his novels.

Some of Ian Fleming`s other work/more Bond was beautifully rendered as highly collectible and valuable Capes; Thrilling Cities with its choice cover art by Davis and The Diamond Smugglers.

Other fantastic Capes include Colonel Sun, The Life of Ian Fleming, the killer-to-find Bond-wannabe The Adventures of 003½, The James Bond Dossier, and Christopher Wood`s movie novelizations of The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker (now fetching amazing prices in fine or good condition).

The first five Gardner Bond novels were done by Cape, and ten more by owner Hodder & Staughton (including the novelization of GoldenEye). License to Kill appeared as a British hardcover in book club form only.) Raymond Benson`s Bond novels Zero Minus Ten, the Facts of Death, High Time to Kill and movie novelizations of Tomorrow Never Dies and the forthcoming The World Is Not Enough were also done by Hodder.

Total: Up to 46 veddy British fine titles any Bondian should be proud to own, costing each between $14,000 for a fine/fine (book is fine condition, dustjacket also) Casino Royale first, to $20 for certain Gardners and Flemings if you keep your eyes peeled.

American First Editions:

Casino Royale through Goldfinger was published under Macmillan–Live and Let Die was published as “A Cock Robin Thriller”. For Your Eyes Only, Thunderball and The Spy Who Loved Me were Viking; On Her Majesty`s Secret Service through Octopussy were New American Library–for all practical purposes we can think of the three publishers as one company with NAL publishing Signet paperbacks.

Pricing runs the gamut between $1,000 – $2,000 for a fine copy of Casino Royale with a bright jacket and $15 – $25 for a copy of Octopussy. Why the wide disparities in Bond book prices? The number printed of each title. Expectations were limited for Casino Royale but tens of thousands of the later novels were run as first editions by Cape and NAL both.

Pan Paperbacks:

Pan Flight One (pun intended): Painted Pan covers by Peff, others; Casino Royale (3 different covers); Live and Let Die (2 covers); Moonraker (3 covers); Diamonds Are Forever (2 covers); From Russia With Love (2 covers); Dr. No (2 covers); Goldfinger (Fleming look-alike on cover); For Your Eyes Only (“Pericolo de Morte” sign)

Also notable as painted Pans:

The Diamond Smugglers (2 different covers)

Another set was of 14 covers with matching design elements: From Russia With Love (Fabergé egg), Goldfinger (Rolls Royce cover), etc. A variant Casino Royale has Le Chiffre`s check double printed on it.

There are Pan “Montage covers” for all 14 Flemings? I have seen copies of 12, and a 13th Fleming title has been documented. I am unaware of a still life cover for Live and Let Die.

“Heroines in action poses”: All 14 except LALD, OHMMS and YOLT Thunderball and Ohmms have a “girl and gun” Pan made.

Film tie-ins: Casino Royale, Live and Let Die, Diamonds Are Forever, From Russia With Love, Dr. No, Goldfinger, Thunderball, On Her Majesty`s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice and The Man With The Golden Gun all have film tie-ins Pans attached.

Other notable Pans: The Life of Ian Fleming (same cover as J. Cape 1st), Roger Moore as James Bond (account of filming LALD), James Bond, The Authorized Biography by John Pearson, The Book of Bond, The James Bond Dossier and Thrilling Cities (printed as parts 1 and 2, with covers that make one cohesive picture laid side by side).

Prices: Painted covers run from $15 – $20 for a fine copy of the later titles to $75 and up for the 1st printings of Casino Royale or Moonraker, certainly two of the toughest Bond paperbacks.

All other Pans can be had for $5 to $15 each, with the exception of relatively scarce titles such as Thrilling Cities or paperbacks in extra fine condition.

First American Paperbacks:

Casino Royale was introduced to American paperback readers as a pulp thriller under the alternate title of You Asked For It, replete with Jimmy Bond pouring a stiff one while vamp Vesper shares his room. Live and Let Die and Diamonds Are Forever, plus Moonraker as “Too Hot To Handle” were other early softcovers eagerly sought for their pulp art.

You Asked For It and Moonraker are rightfully valued as $350 books, which seem to fetch considerably less at auction, however. Live and Let Die and Moonraker used to sell for $50 and $75 at Bond fan gatherings, and they may be gleaned at auction for $25 or even less at times.

Signet Paperbacks: (See complete list above).

Enough for now, gang. Time will fail me if I tell of the proof titles, John Gardner books, Coronets, Berkleys and Joves, Taiwanese piracies and heavy Bond hitters like Holmes meets 007 (less than 300 copies worldwide, Ian Fleming`s The State of Excitement (three copies worldwide) Ian and I (one copy on earth). Even a first printing of Raymond Benson`s James Bond Bedside Companion is grabbing $200! Plus, I will have more tips for you on everything books from condition and price clipping to scooping up bargains. The Collectors` Corner will return to books, eventually. On the other hand, maybe I should write that collecting book already.

Next time will be “Collecting the BackBurner Productions of Bond”. Watch this section of 007Forever for more collecting fun on the way!

Written with grateful acknowledgment to the many collectors who have helped me pave the Bond book way, especially Steve Kulakoski of For Your Eyes Only Books, and Bryan Krofchok and Russell MacKenzie of The Bond Index.

–Matt Sherman is Co-Editor of 007Forever, which means he might have to scan in all his rare James Bond books and then throw them away permanently.

Bonding in France

Raymond Benson`s next book, following Doubleshot, will be set in France.

According to to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Feb 14, 2000 in an article by Mary A. Gruner (Daily Herald Correspondent): “At present, Benson is working on a new book, for which he will soon be researching in France. Although he has traveled to Hong Kong, China, England, and many other countries, he confesses that his research forays are intensive and exhausting.”

Bondiana With Mysterious Books

The Mysterious Bookshop, located in Manhattan, is one of the world’s original mystery specialty stores. The bookshop, which specializes in James Bond collectibles, is owned by Otto Penzler, author of the popular monograph, Collecting Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Among their long line of publishing the best of mystery and espionage works, Penzler’s Mysterious Books published the three limited editions of License To Kill most sought-after by collectors, two of which are fetching $1,000 today. (LTK was also publishewd in hardback by a British Book Club–editor.)

Mysterious Search is the search service for The Mysterious Bookshop, and it is located in Atlanta. The search service is staffed by fulltime professionals, who have invested years in developing a network to allow them to locate rare items for dedicated collectors.

The search is conducted at no charge to collectors. When a request is submitted, the item is meticulously researched. Once the item has been found, the searcher re-contacts the customer with a description and price. The collector can, at that time, make a decision on whether or not to buy the desired title. The search service then purchases the book or item for the collector, receives it and checks its condition, professionally re-packs it and ships by Priority Mail or UPS to the customer. The purchaser’s credit card is charged at that time.

Betty Breckenridge is the James Bond specialist and a member of the search service for the bookshop. The advantage the search service offers is that you, the collector, are not limited to what the store has in stock at any given time. If they don’t have a title you want, Bettycan look far and wide for it, on your behalf. Betty performs this service at no charge to you.

Here is a typcial Mysterious book listing. There prices are in the mid-range of what is being offered by dealers worldwide. If you want detail on descriptions, or you’d like Betty to search for items in greater or lesser condition, you only need to ask:

Betty Breckenridge
The Mysterious Bookshop, NY
mysteriouspa@mindspring.com
877.30.BOOKS, toll-free
404.321.9849, fax

Mr. Boer, Meet Mr. Brosnan

…”My name is Boer…James Boer.” I’m Dutch, and my middle name is Jacobus (“James”). I’ve handed Pierce Brosnan the story excerpted here . . . Think my biggest hero is James Bond? It’s the Lord Jesus Christ!

Before you leave this BondFanEvents page thinking I’m a Jesus freak, I encourage you to read a bit longer! Or as Q says, “Now pay attention, 007!” The reason I love Christ above our friend James is that Christ paid for my sin!

The Bible says all of us are sinners, breaking God’s law in actions, words and thoughts. Even 007, though sarcastic, agrees with this in For Your Eyes Only, saying to Q, “Forgive me father, for I have sinned.” Our sin and guilt separate us from God. To go to heaven, however, we must be perfect. We can never go to heaven on our merits.

God loves us, though, and wants us to be with Him in heaven eternally. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to take our sin. Christ went to the cross and paid for sin there, taking punishment we deserve. After, He rose from the dead proving He had paid for sin. All He asks us to do in response is to place our trust in what He has done, not trusting our merits to get to heaven but what He did. The Bible says that:

“…God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever trusts in Him, will not perish, but have eternal life.”

It’s simple, God loves me, but I have sinned. Jesus paid for my sin and if I trust Him, I am assured of heaven! I know for certain I have eternal life and my sin is forgiven! I have a purpose to live for, to tell others what Christ did for me! “It’s a new world…with new dangers…but you can still depend on one man…Jesus Christ!”

—Kees Boer has been with 007Forever.com’s Bond Weekends since they were a fevered dream of a few crazy folk.

Collecting the Autographs of James Bond

With Alex Brauchle

Matt: How did you start collecting Bond autographs?

Alexander: The first Bond autograph I received about 13 years ago; a wonderful Roger Moore piece signed for a friend at a German television station. After this, I began to pursue all the Bonds for signings; after I had them all, as do most Bond hunters nowadays, I started to collect the girls’ inscribed stuff. Later, villains and behind the scenes people were also followed by exciting Bond related documents and movie props used on screen!

Matt: Just how many autographed items from the world of James Bond do you own now?

Alex: Would you believe it? Nearly 4,000 items!

Matt: 4,000 of them! Your very favorite item which you own? Is there such a thing?

Alex: An 8″ x 10″ original movie still signed by Adolfo Celi, [“Emilio Largo” in “Thunderball”] the king of all 007 autographs and the rarest! But, it is hard to say for certain as I have many other very rare and wonderful pieces, like authentic Sean Connery signings. 90% of Connery “signings” are clever forgeries! I love my Harold Sakata and Goldfinger cast signed pieces, with up to a dozen signatures on one still (!) and everyone loves the movie props; some major pieces like Drax’s girl’s miniskirts from Moonraker; “real” gold bars from Goldfinger; a one–meter long life boat from Tomorrow Never Dies’ Devonshire ship model used in the film; Valentin Zukovsky’s caviar jar from the recent “World Is Not Enough” and much more…you see it is hard to say what is my favorite piece…[smiles].

Matt: Any exciting “war stories” for our readers on how you earned a special collectible or perhaps funny stories on how a rare collectibles got away from your grasp?

Alex: Always interesting is the “great auction war,” for example the battle royal at Christie’s auction house last year. [Note: Proxy bidders from around the world stormed this exciting auction online and through intermediaries.] A nice, charming story was with Pierce Brosnan when he filmed in Hamburg, Germany the TND film. I was there to meet with him in his spare time between filming shots. Pierce is a gracious and courteous star, who signed all items for all comers. For me he signed on the back of a police officers shirt to have something to lean upon! At that time, I met with a lot of Bond girls and Desmond Llewelyn who will be sorely missed, Gotz Otto who played “Stamper” and many others.

Matt: Do you have any tips for aspiring bond autograph collectors?

Alex: Research all the information you can on any signed piece before you buy. Examine the genuine article yourself before you buy anything. The very best is to ask several dealers or collectors what they think about a particular autographed item. I am also willing to help in this field always, we can put the power together to run unscrupulous dealers out of the Bond business! I also have a private black list of bad sellers…any 007Forever fan can have it on request!

[Note from Matt and Alex: Three keys to getting signed pieces from the stars themselves 97% of the time 1) ask for the item to be inscribed to you personally, an assurance for the actor that the item is not for immediate resale 2) enclose the item you want signed to inside a padded, self-addressed stamped envelope or enclose international stamp coupons for items to be shipped back to you overseas 3) include a brief, heartfelt note about how you enjoy the actor’s work. Following these three steps often mean collectors receive delightful personalized correspondence attached to their star autographs!]

Matt: Are you considering a trip as a dealer/fan to Bond Collectors’ Weekend in New Orleans?

Alex: It would certainly be an interesting event as I go over as I can to make an appearance in the US. I think Bond fans there at your New Orleans meet will appreciate my wares.

Matt: What are some of the trends you foresee in autograph collecting? How have “Bonds on the market” changed over the years?

Alex: The trends are bad for collectors! Every day, it seems, more and more fakes hit the market and people without a source of reference like you, Matt or me, buy such bad stuff. I am working at the moment on a signature reference book specialized on James Bond stars! [Watch for excerpts here at Collectors’ Corner.] I authenticate most of my stuff in the very best way: I have a great signature library from my in person visits with Bond movie stars…from the 60’s until through today’s celebrities. Especially helpful is my extensive signature documentation for the writings of Sean Connery. I am searching for an American publisher for my reference book, which will be ready at end of this year! Now the prices for the good stuff, the fully authenticated stuff, seems to increase each day as many celebrities have stopped signing, even in personal appearances, and are very hard to get as is Connery. Sean Connery’s true signature is extremely tough to find, and at the same time, Mr. Brosnan has too many fans that request an autograph to sharply increase his signing value.

Matt: What else do you specialize in Bond-wise?

Alex: Original movie props used and made for the Bond movies as mentioned; 007-related documents, especially signed contracts from the stars themselves, star-signed checks and bill payments, inscribed books and private documents, for an example Sean Connery’s private membership card from Beverly Hills Country Club…my thanks to 007Forever’s readers for providing this opportunity. I look ahead to receiving their email!

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