Chicago Is Bond’s Kind Of Town
…The Weekend Was Not Enough but we were “all spy systems go” for the fourth annual Bond Collectors’
Weekend in Chicago, Illinois! Attendees thrilled to exciting events INCLUSIVE IN ONE PRICE:
A private visit to nine of the screen-used vehicles of James Bond including the “Q-Boat” from “The World Is Not Enough” and many more!
Party games and “shaken, not stirred” fun at our gala hospitality suite!
Admission to our sale and swap meet with 007 and spy collectibles! Dealers traveled in from across the US and Canada and guests brought memorabilia to show off and sell! Brunch was provided plus a midnight champagne toast at our hotel in the heart of Magnificent Mile nearby The Loop!
We met Raymond Benson, author of “The James Bond Bedside Companion,” “The World Is Not Enough,” the latest James Bond adventure, “Never Dream of Dying,” and five other Bond books! We dined with Raymond 1,500 feet above Chicago atop the amazing John Hancock Building
We were blown away at our guided visit to one of the largest 007 collections on earth!
Did you know? Tens of thousands of dollars in collectibles are traded and shown off at every Bond Weekend.
Bonding In The Big Easy
…Last year’s New Orleans event was truly an event to “Live And Let Die For.” Bond girl Gloria Hendry joined super-villain Bruce Glover and all the fans in “The Big Easy,” along with legendary 007 guitarist Vic Flick, Timothy Moxon of “Dr. No,” Don McGregor and spy artist extraordinaire Jeff Marshall.
We toured New Orleans’ “Live and Let Die” locales and enjoyed the best jazz champagne brunch in the city, along the banks of the Mississippi.
The costume party of spies, femmes fatale and villains wound its way to Harrah’s Casino. Casino staff were confused…were our costumed folk staff members for or guests of the Mardi Gras Show?
A favorite pair of collectibles acquired at the Big Show in The Big Easy were a pair of shoes screen worn by the latest 007, Pierce Brosnan.
Vic Flick played the Bond theme at BCW 3 on the same guitar he twanged on for 1962’s Dr. No and six other Bond films.
Did you know? Bruce Glover’s son, Crispin, made his most recent star turn as “The Thin Man” in “Charlie’s Angels.”
Vegas Lights The Night
…The second Collectors’ Weekend was dynamite with fans from 16 states and Canada in Las Vegas for all the action. Our memorabilia auction featured the very best in spy props and collectibles from the 1950’s through the ’90s.
Guest stars Don McGregor of “GoldenEye” and “The Quasimodo Gambit” and Lana Wood, “Plenty O’Toole” in “Diamonds Are Forever,” lit up our nights along with fireworks on the Vegas skyline.
Our tour group visited more than one dozen spy movie locations in Vegas, and generally made merry, dining in a private room at the 1,500 foot high Stratosphere Tower, and a “Diamonds” Aston Martin joined the fun!
-An oddball highlight of the Las Vegas event was a private tour given by the Mortuary Director of “Slumber, Inc.” where a certain British spy was nearly cremated.
Did you know? Bond Weekend II was Lana Wood’s first visit to Las Vegas since filming wrapped on her Diamonds appearance there in 1971.
First Of Its Kind
…The inaugural Bond Collectors’ Weekend was held August 28-30, 1998 in Gainesville, Florida and we could not have asked for a better group of spy collectors to share it with us!
We were pleased to have our event picked up by NY Times and ABC affiliates who spoke highly of the collectors’ collectors in attendance who gathered to remember Ian Fleming’s legacy and share their incredible memorabilia with the public.
We displayed a massive roomful of posters and ads, models, displays and standees including one-of-a-kind items worth thousands of dollars. The general public enjoyed taking photos and learning from the super-fans in attendance!
The fans thrilled to a private showing of an all-time spy classic in the 270-seat Reitz Theatre.
Did you know? Gainesville, Florida is home to swampy river settings you may recognize from 1979’s “Moonraker” and other great spy films.