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On September 6, 2016, the English part of FSWL celebrates 12 years on the web. (2014's 10th anniversary was celebrated with a 3-day James Bond festival in Stockholm for the benefit of UNICEF in September 2014.) 6th September is also the birthday of James Bond continuation author Raymond Benson and actress Naomie Harris (Moneypenny in Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE).

From Sweden with Love (FSWL), the most comprehensive website in Scandinavia dedicated to Ian Fleming's James Bond, was launched on the web on 6th September 2004 (first launched on and continuously grow in size and number of content pages (the English part of FSWL consists of over 5,000 pages). Obviously we're doing something right as we've received positive comments from people all over the world (our visitors are the most important asset).

Over the years, we have interviewed many important people behind the James Bond films. FSWL, and its founder Anders Frejdh, has also been the subject of interviews in both Swedish and international press (a selection of these can be found on the media page).

Thank YOU to all beloved visitors, friends and fans for supporting us but do note that a l of people have been involved in the progress of FSWL over the years, check out the copyright page for details. (Visit the sitemap for an overview of the site itself.)

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15 AUGUST 2017

After a wild and occasionally silly speculation by media and a long time for dedicated James Bond fans, Daniel Craig has officially announced his return as Ian Fleming's agent 007 in the 25th Bond film due for release in November 2019.

Official announcement:
Daniel Craig is returning to play 007 in Bond 25. The actor confirmed he would play James Bond for the fifth time to host Stephen Colbert on The Late Show last night. Bond 25 will be released in US cinemas on November 8, 2019 with a traditional early release in the UK and the rest of the world.

Anders Frejdh, FSWL's founder and chief-editor, comments the news:

"Ever since I last interviewed Daniel Craig, in conjunction with the premiere of SPECTRE in London, I have hoped [and always thought] he will return in the role of James Bond because, in my eyes, his performance as 007 in that film is his best to date. Also pleased to be able to confirm that Daniel will be the longest serving James Bond actor ever after being announced as Pierce Brosnan's successor on October 14, 2005. "(Roger Moore is the longest serving Bond actor to date.)

Watch the entire announcement from Daniel Craig on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert below:

Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, long time collaborators and writers on previous Bond films including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and SPECTRE (2015). The film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Additional details regarding distribution, including international release dates, rest of the cast and director, will be announced at a later date.

Photo above:
Daniel Craig posing for the press on the red carpet at the World premiere of SPECTRE in London, October 26, 2015. Copyright (c) From Sweden with Love.

Visit the official 007 website for official news and announcements on Bond 25.



7 JULY 2017

Tommy's Honour (2017) - The Pride of a Father. The Love of a Wife. The Sould of a Rebel. The Heart of a Champion. - is a new drama film directed by Jason Connery (his 5th film at the helm) based on the inspiring true story of the Morris family starring Peter Mullan (War Horse), Jack Lowden (’71), Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park). The film premieres at selected cinemas in the UK on 7th July 2017 (see listing below).

FSWL contributor Brian Smith, our man in Scotland who attended the gala premiere for the film on 30th June 2017 at New Picture House in St. Andrews with yours truly, commented:

"A beautifully shot movie that recreates late 1800s St. Andrews, including the Old Course and Royal & Ancient. The film showcases a cast and director at the top of their game."

Based on the powerfully moving true story of the challenging relationship between “Old” Tom and “Young” Tommy Morris, TOMMY’S HONOUR recounts the life of the dynamic father-son team who ushered in the modern game of golf.

As their fame grew, Tom and Tommy, considered by many to be Scotland’s Golf royalty, were touched by drama and personal tragedy. At first matching his father’s success, Tommy’s talent and fame grew to outshine his father’s accomplishments and respect as founder of the Open Championship in 1860 with a series of his own triumphs. But in contrast to Tommy’s public persona, his personal turmoil ultimately led him to rebel against both the aristocracy who gave him opportunity, and the parents who shunned his passionate relationship with his wife.

The poignant drama serves as both a deeply affecting tribute to a true sporting pioneer, and a testament to the unique bond between father and son.

Official UK trailer:

Film details:
Runtime: 112 minutes
Language: English
Distributor: Thunderbird Releasing
US cinema release: April 14, 2017
UK cinema release: July 7, 2017 (originally premiered as the openiing film of Edinburgh International Film Festival on 15th June 2016)
Awards to date: Best Feature Film - BAFTA Scotland Awards

Jason Connery, Jim Kreutzer & Jack Lowden (Feature Film) with citation readers Barbara Broccoli & Paul McGuigan
Director Jason Connery, Producer Jim Kreutzer & actor Jack Lowden with citation readers Barbara Broccoli & Paul McGuigan. Photo by Andy Buchanan. Copyright © 2017 BAFTA. All rights reserved.


>Curzon Mayfair + Q&A screening with director Jason Connery on Friday 7 July at 6.20pm

>Belmont Filmhouse, Aberdeen
>Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy
>Cineworld, Aberdeen Queens Links
>Cineworld, Edinburgh
>Cineworld, Falkirk
>Cineworld, Glasgow Renfrew Street
>Cineworld, Silverburn Glasgow
>Dundee Contemporary Arts
>Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
>Empire Clydebank
>Glasgow Film Theatre
>Macroberts Arts Centre, Stirling
>Mareel Cinema, Shetland
>New Picture House, St. Andrews
>Odeon, Ayr
>Odeon, Braehead
>Odeon, Dundee
>Odeon, Dunfermline
>Odeon, East Kilbride
>Odeon, Edinburgh, Fort Kinnard
>Odeon, Edinburgh, Lothian Road
>Odeon, Glasgow Quay
>Odeon, Westerhailes
>Perth Playhouse
>Showcase, Glasgow
>Showcase, Paisley
>Studio Cinema Dunoon
>Waterfront Cinema, Greenock
>Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
>Edinburgh Omni
>Vue Hamilton
>Vue Inverness
>Vue Livingston
>Vue Stirling

>IMC Dun Laoghaire
>Vue Dublin

About Director Jason Connery:
Jason Connery started directing feature films six years ago through his production company Unconditional Entertainment. He directed and produced his first film Pandemic, which was sold worldwide, and led to the Sony release of his second film, The Devil’s Tomb, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., Ron Perlman and Ray Winstone. Connery then went on to direct Syfy’s highest viewed film of the year, 51, starring Bruce Boxleitner, and John Shea. His most recent film, based on a true story, The Philly Kid, was made for Warner Brothers, produced by Joel Silver, and starred Wes Chatham, Neal McDonough, and Michael Jai White.

Connery has also been an actor for over thirty years, appearing in more than 100 films and television shows. While he continues to act, he is also commissioned to travel countrywide utilizing his expertise in teaching on camera seminars. Additionally, Connery has directed many plays throughout his career and founded Short Mondays, a venue for artists to exhibit their short films. Connery is perfectly suited to tell this story, having been educated in, and currently owning a cottage in Scotland. He grew up on a golf course playing with his father, Sean Connery, whose well-documented passion for the game has been a wonderful asset. Sean has lent his knowledge and storytelling abilities to Tommy’s Honour, working with Jason to craft such a dramatic and personal story between a father and son.

Connery has a number of films in the works, including Lion’s Den, but Tommy’s Honour is a huge priority. Jason was excited to direct Tommy’s Honour: “It’s a fantastic story, a father and son love story, with golf being the backdrop. Also we shot in my native country of Scotland, what could be better?!!”

Jason Connery directs Peter Mullan on the set of Tommy's Honour
Jason Connery directs Peter Mullan on the set of Tommy's Honour in Scotland. Copyright © 2017 Thunderbird Releasing. All rights reserved.

Anders Frejdh, Jason Connery and Brian Smith attend Tommy's Honour premiere at New Picture Cinema in St. Andrews
FSWL founder Anders Frejdh, director Jason Connery and FSWL contributor Brian Smith at the gala premiere of Tommy's Honour at New Picture Cinema in St. Andrews on 30th June 2017. Copyright © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

Jack Lowden, Therese Bradley and Jason Connery attend Tommy's Honour premiere at New Picture Cinema in St. Andrews
Jack Lowden, Therese Bradley and Jason Connery at the gala premiere of Tommy's Honour at New Picture Cinema in St. Andrews on 30th June 2017. Copyright © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

For more information about Tommy's Honour visit the official Tommy's Honour site.



Guy Hamilton celebrated at the opening of Atlántida Film Fest in Palma

The life and work of four-time Bond film director Guy Hamilton was celebrated in his adopted home in Spain courtesy of Cosme Bonet of Consell de Mallorca and the Mallorca Film Commission to help launch the Atlántida Film Fest 2017.

Hamilton was born in France but had fallen in love with Mallorca just before production commenced on the Agatha Christie thriller, Evil Under the Sun in the early Eighties. When he retired with his wife and actress, Kerima, he built a home on top of a mountain facing the sea on Port d’Andratx, and lived there until his passing on April 20, 2016, at the age of 93.

On June 27th, festivities began with Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight from the director’s last 007 film, The Man with the Golden Gun) unveiling an Aston Martin DB5 (the same model that appeared in the director’s first 007 film Goldfinger), on exhibition in the Casa Solleric in Palma until 31st July.

Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
Ekland explained her Bond memories, "I really wanted that role, I told Cubby Broccoli and I went to a casting in the States. On the way back I read in a British paper that a new Bond girl had been chosen, I was over the moon, only to find out that it was Maud Adams. I was mortified. I got home to London and Broccoli called me in, gave me the script and said ‘you’ve got the part’.” The actress went on to say, “But working with Guy taught me a lot, I had already acted in a number of big film, no less The Wicker Man, but Guy was extremely strict and I think, because of my age [32] he was a bit unsure of me. But there was never any messing about on set, although off set Roger and I got on extremely well and were always having parties and leaping into swimming pools and the like. Remember it was the 60s and 70s and cinema was very male dominated by some of the greatest male actors ever, so it was tough for women to break through and I was always a bit nervous around Guy who knew exactly what he wanted and always got the right results. He directed four Bond films on merit, he was perfect for the job and all the other great films he made."

The Swedish star reconnected with Hamilton in 2006, “But, it wasn’t until he and I went to Canada on a promotional trip [Vue sur Bond] that he finally realised that I was smart as well as a beautiful Swede,” she joked. “And from then on we were friends for life and he was always inviting me to Majorca but I lived in LA and it was not easy to pop over. But here I am today and I am extremely proud to have played a part in Guy’s wonderful life.” The car had been taken over from Germany especially for the exhibit on loan from Steffen Appel, owner of the car. Distinguished members of the international press were present while a string trio played Bond music and Belvedere Martinis, shaken not stirred, of course, were enjoyed by a thirsty crowd.

Pedro Barbadillo, Frank Hamilton, Britt Ekland, Esther Hamilton and Anders Frejdh in Palma Mallorca
Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
Guy Hamilton A Life Behind the Scenes in Palma Mallorca
That same evening, the film festival was launched properly at the Castell de Bellver, a castle on the hill around Palma. The opening gala featured the Chamber Film Orchestra who played Spanish versions of the music from Hamilton’s Bond film which also include Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Live and Let Die (1973). Other music cues were from the directors non-Bond movies such as Funeral In Berlin, Force 10 From Navarone and Evil Under the Sun. Seated under the stars within the circular walls of the castle battlements, the audience were addressed by Britt Ekland repeated her sentiments expressed earlier about reuniting with Guy at the Vue sur Bond in Quebec.

Guy Hamilton Atlantida Film Fest Bellver Castillo Mallorca
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson then appeared together on stage and Michael spoke warmly. He recalled Guy, “was asked to direct the first James Bond film, Dr. No, but he had other commitments. Finally, producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman got Guy to do the third film, Goldfinger. Guy and the producers gathered together a dream team of professionals and that team stayed together making James Bond films for the next two decades with just a few changes. Many critics and fans think that Goldfinger is the blueprint that provides the elements necessary to make a classic James Bond film: the pre-title sequence that’s a mini story in itself, the spectacular opening credits, a memorable title number, Ken Adam sets, John Barry music, a sinister obsessed villain with a wicked sense of humour, an invincible henchman, gadgets such as the DB5 Aston Martin, exotic locations and a strong female romantic interest. Goldfinger was the first film in the Bond series to incorporate all of these elements.”

Also present was Charles ‘Jerry’ Juroe who had been Head of Publicity during the early days of EON Productions. Finally, Shakespeare-in-Love actor Joseph Fiennes took to the stage and shared a memory of his older cousin, the explorer Ranulph Fiennes, who had met with Guy to play Bond around 1970. Fiennes recalled to the audience’s amusement, his cousin had been rejected for the role for looking too much like a farmer. Joseph, of course, the younger brother of actor, Ralph Fiennes, the current M. Fiennes then presented an award from the Island Council to bestow the title Adopted Son of Mallorca posthumously to the filmmaker. The special sculpture was given Hamilton’s son, Frank, who gave an impromptu emotion-packed speech.

Guy Hamilton Homenatge Chamber Film Orchestra Castillo Mallorca
Sir Roger Moore was originally also invited to come but most sadly couldn’t due to his recent fight with cancer. But he kindly sent a message that was featured in the gala presentation which also featured many candid behind-the-scenes photos from Guy’s film productions. Ekland was full of praise for the late actor, “I beg to find anyone in this world who has a bad word to say about him. He was charming, polite, a true gentleman and a great help on set. He was also extremely amusing, always up for some fun and he and I established a lifelong relationship. I often helped him on his UNESCO [UNICEF] campaigns and we were in contact until the very end, the last time I saw him we drank champagne and laughed about our lives. I will never ever forget either of these great men who I had the wonderful privilege to have worked with and learn from.”

Sir Roger Moore letter about Guy Hamilton
The following day, June 28th, Goldfinger was screened at the Centre du Cultura in the Palma with an introduction by Pedro Barbadillo and a noted Spanish film critic to a warm reception from a packed house. The film, played with Spanish subtitles, to an appreciative audience in the Ken Adam-esque venue.

From Sweden With Love was grateful to return kindness showed to it by the late director and was happy to support the event by arranging for video and text messages commemorating the director from Oscar winning dubbing editor Norman Wanstall, and the notable members of the cast of Guy Hamilton's Diamonds Are Forever including Thumper aka actress Trina Parks, and Mr Wint and Mr Kidd themselves, Putter Smith and Bruce Glover respectively, as well as the only director to make more Bonds than Guy, John Glen. FSWL sourced and organised the appearance of the Aston Martin DB5. Frank Hamilton was appreciative, “From Sweden with Love was a fundamental part in the process leading up to the launch of the exhibition. Both Esther and I are very grateful for Anders Frejdh's efforts and assistance. It wouldn't have been possible without him.”

Steffen Appel and Anders Frejdh with the Aston Martin DB5
Media on Guy Hamilton Homenatge organised by Mallorca Film Commission

Yours truly would like to thank Ajay Chowdhury, Frank Anderson, Gernot Wolf, Hansi Zweigle, Mark Cerulli, Markus Hartmann, Stuart Kortekaas and Wolfgang Thurauf.

Copyright © 2017 From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.



14 MARCH 2016

Ja, vi elsker is a new magazine series from JB Förlag that focuses on popular culture phenomenon. The first issue is a James Bond special in a limited edition of 1,007 copies.

The new magazine series have stiff back, glossy A4 size and is referred to as a "Bookazine." Each issue focuses either on a film, a film series, artist or other phenomena in our common heritage. So this is not a series of James Bond. But 007 the honor to "put the ball in play".

The regular edition is 188 pages while the special edition of the first issue, which is only printed in 1007 copies, has 260 pages.

The content in the first issue of Ja, vi elsker features:
• James Bond movies Thunderball (1965) (1965), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), A View to a Kill (1985), GoldenEye (1995) (1995), Casino Royale (2006) and SPECTRE (2015).
• Interviews with film crew and actors from the Bond series
• Interviews with Norwegian Bond fans and Norwegian Bond experts
• Rare photographs and archival materials

Plus, a special section with unique Norwegian James Bond material only available in this issue! (Norwegian related actors in the Bond films include Julie Ege and Karen Seeberg.)

With contributions and help from Scandinavia's leading James Bond experts including Andreas Tylden, Anders Frejdh, Lars Johnsrud, Joakim Rekaa, Alexander Hagen, Bernt Ringvold and Sigurd Moe Hetland.

The exclusive special edition is initially only available through and through selected sales channels (like the Film fair in Oslo on April 23, 2016).

As the magazine is very heavy and the weight limit of 350 grams is exceeded, the following bonus material is offered when ordering:
• All the books are a JB Forlag original comic book and article-based albums from the period 1999-2001, either 1, 2 or 5 (in mint condition). Value: 100 NOK
• You will also receive a copy of KINOMAGASINET (No. 1 • 2016 or 2 • 2016) Value: 80 NOK

All pre-ordered copies will be sent from JB Forlag between 14 and 17 March, 2016.

Editor's Note:
If you want a signed copy, and/or a personal message from the chief editor (John Berge) - type this in the message field when ordering.

More editions of Ja, vi elsker is planned for 2016.

Picture below:
The cover for issue 1 of Ja, vi elsker. © 2016 JB Forlag. All rights reserved.

Order the James Bond edition of JA, VI ELSKER through the page below:



10 JANUARY 2016-23 JULY 2017

Tid för Podd, the first Swedish podcast about the James Bond phenomenon, launched by FSWL readers Emil Grönholm (moderator), Otto Nilsson (music specialist), Rickard Stråhle (bookworm) and Emanuel Magnusson (analysts) on 10th January 2016. The idea is to analyse the James Bond films in chronological order from the first to last year's SPECTRE, every second week.

Episode 1: Tid för Dr. No (published 10th January 2016)
In this episode, they talk about the first film in the series, Dr. No.

Episode 2: Tid för tåg och rött vin till fisk (published 24 January)
A discussion about whether you should drink red wine with fish and if it is really effective to fire a gun from the hip.

That and much more is talked about when they dissect the second film in the series, From Russia with Love.

Episode 3: Tid för guld och farliga hattar (published 7 February)
This episode is absolutely invaluable, or at least worth its weight in gold as they are discussing whether to have body painting as a hobby.

That and much more is talked about when they dissect the third entry in the film series, Goldfinger (1964).

Episode 4: Tid för vatten och atombomber (published 21 February)
A radioactive and explosive episode where they dive into the depths of Thunderball (1965).

Episode 5: Tid för japaner och vulkaner (published 4 March)
They become Japanese for one day and disappear into exploring a hollow volcano - and how far is actually "super far"?

That and much more is discussed when they combine You Only Live Twice (and its fringe).

Episode 6: Tid för bröllop och släktforskning (part 1) (published 20 March)
A leading actor who had never acted, a director who had never directed, five years of script development and the Swiss Alps without snow. Join in when the most controversial Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, is dissected.

Episode 6: Tid för bröllop och släktforskning (part 2) (published 27 March)

Episode 7: Tid för diamanter och HBTQ (published 3 April) NEW
Everyone think Diamonds Are Forever and ask themselves the delirious question: Is this film a rough diamond or the sideburns of the Bond series? Listen as they put the pressurized element under the microscope and examine all of its corners and edges.

Visit the official page for Tid för podd if you want to listen to all episodes:



The Royal World premiere of SPECTRE on 26 October 2015

Our report from the World Premiere of SPECTRE at Royal Albert Hall in London. (More photos from the gala available on FSWL photographer Sascha Braun's website.)

Having been fortunate to attend the London premieres of The World Is Not Enough in 1999, Die Another Day in 2002 (also at Royal Albert Hall),Casino Royale in 2006, and Skyfall in 2012 (also at Royal Albert Hall) it was a real treat to get a ticket for another premiere of Britain's finest. Without doubt the biggest film premiere covered by British media in 2015.

Author and entertainer David Walliams (a huge Bond fan himself) conducted interviews with SPECTRE cast & crew (most of whom had not yet seen the film) and other Bond talent on the expansive Red Carpet. He handled every interview with elegance and finesse. All were televised inside the theater.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William & Kate and Prince Harry of Wales glided down the red carpet, arriving last for the best and most unforgettable Bond premiere to date. After the producers and director introduced the cast on stage, security ushered William, Harry and Kate to the Royal Box. The Royal Trumpeters heralded their arrival from the stage. Then they enjoyed the film like the rest of the audience.

The exclusive “invitation only” after-party, traditionally one of the hardest tickets to get, was held at the British Museum. Bond’s DB10 and Mr. Hinx’ Jaguar were parked outside. Inside, the film’s Day of the Dead theme carried over complete with costumed dancers and paper mache skeletons which were hung all over. Belvedere martini bars were stationed throughout, including inside the VIP area where cast members and Bond alumni like Dame Shirley Bassey mingled with members of the British film industry.

Swedish people in attendance included yours truly with Kristina Wayborn, Maud Adams, Academy Award winner Per Hallberg, and 2nd Unit cinematographer Jallo Faber.

SPECTRE cast and crew in attendance:

• Alexander Witt (2nd unit director)
Andrew Noakes (Co-producer)
Andrew Scott (C)
Barbara Broccoli (producer)
Ben Whishaw (Q)
Chris Corbould (special effects supervisor)
Christoph Waltz (Franz Oberhauser)
Daniel Craig (James Bond)
Daniel Kleinman (main title designer)
Dave Bautista (Hinx)
Debbie McWilliams (casting director)
• Dennis Gassner (production designer)
Gary Powell (stunt coordinator)
Gregg Wilson (associate producer)
• Jany Temime (costume designer)
Jesper Christensen (Mr White)
• John Logan (screenwriter)
Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann)
Michael G. Wilson (producer)
Monica Bellucci (Lucia)
Naomie Harris (Moneypenny)
Neal Purvis (screenwriter)
Per Hallberg (supervising sound editor)
Ralph Fiennes (M)
Robert Wade (screenwriter)
Rory Kinnear (Tanner)
Sam Mendes (director)
• Sam Smith (singer of the theme song)
Stephanie Sigman (Estrella)
• Thomas Newman (soundtrack composer)

Talent from previous James Bond films included:

Carole Ashby - Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill
Jerry Jeroe (former SVP Publicity for Eon Productions) and his guests Mark Cerulli (DVD producer) & Sandra Carvalho (CMO of Technicolor)
John Richardson - special/visual effects in nine Bond films
Kristina Wayborn - Octopussy
Luciana Paluzzi - Thunderball (1965)
Lucy Fleming - Ian Fleming's niece
Maud Adams - The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy
Maryam d'Abo - The Living Daylights
Norman Wanstall - Academy Award winning Dubbing editor, six James Bond films
Shirley Bassey - Singer of the title songs for Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker (1979)

Other guests in attendance included:

• Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer (Founding editors of Cinema Retro magazine)
• Doug Redenius (co-founder of The Ian Fleming Foundation)
• Geoffrey Moore (son of legendary James Bond actor Roger Moore)
Mark O´Connell (author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond fan)
John Cork (Author as well as documentary filmmaker)
Steven Saltzman (son of legendary Bond producer Harry Saltzman)

Read our review of SPECTRE.

All SPECTRE news featured on From Sweden with Love.

Written and compiled by Anders Frejdh. © 2015 FSWL.




Issue 8 (the last of 2015) of Kungliga Magasinet, a Royal magazine, features a special on the Royal premieres of the James Bond films in London over the years (including the latest for SPECTRE) with comments from FSWL founder Anders Frejdh who has been fortunate to attend several of them.

Kungliga Magasinet is one of the most well informed magazines on the lives and history of royalties. The magazine offers a high-quality coverage of the royal world through its renowned editors and journalists, notably Roger Lundgren, author of a book about Queen Silvia of Sweden (Drottningboken), and Susanna Popova, author of the officially authorized book on Crown Princess Victoria’s wedding in 2010. Circulation: 25,000 copies

Facts about the magazine:
Price: 69 SEK
Number of pages: 100
ISSN: 7-388027-406900

Editor's note:
For more James Bond related news presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For SPECTRE news featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Cover for issue 8 of Kungliga magasinet. © 2015 Royal Publishing Group AB. All rights reserved.

Do not miss issue 8-2015 of Kungliga Magasinet, in stores from 7th December:



SPECTRE starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

Daniel Craig really becomes James Bond in SPECTRE - A spoiler-free review of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond film from Eon Productions. (This is the first review originally published in Swedish.)

By Anders Frejdh, Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love.

For the fourth time Daniel Craig stars as Ian Fleming's secret agent 007 with a license to kill. This time, he's better than ever in the role. Craig is a great actor - the greatest of all who have played Bond so far. This really is his finest hour as Her Majesty's best secret agent.

Once again, director Sam Mendes has given us a film full of entertainment, excitement and sexuality. As with his previous film, Skyfall, SPECTRE retains a freshness and vitality. Stunt co-ordinator Gary Powell and special effects supervisor Chris Corbould ensure there are many spectacular chases, stunts and special effects from a vast and talented team. Mendes gives us a sense of reality and plausibility together with several visual nods to previous films in the series (satisfying all the Bond fans). It is smartly done, but not pastiche. It is also just the right level of humor this time, something that Craig handles really well. Even more refreshing was that there are no exaggerated product placements.

The entire ensemble is impeccable. Casting director Debbie McWilliams have yet again done a wonderful job in finding the right actors for each role.

Christoph Waltz as Franz Oberhauser is perfect as a rogue - a complex character who is similar (or possibly superior to) Bond, which is as it always should be. As for "Bond ladies' Mendes has once again made good choices. The Italian Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra, the oldest Bond girl so far, shows that sexiness is not about age. But unfortunately, her role is far too small. French actress Léa Seydoux as Dr Madeleine Swann is as engaging and stylish - her character an integral part of the action, not just eye candy, as has sometimes previously been the case.

American Dave Bautista as the Oddjob-like villain, Mr Hinx, provides a sinister and evil presence on the screen. All MI6 employees played by Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory aka M), Ben Whishaw (Q) and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) are back and being really in the forefront of this film. And I totally enjoyed their 'rival', Andrew Scott (head of the Centre for National Security), another new fabulous actor on the Bond scene.

Denmark's Jesper Christensen is back as Mr. White (from Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace) and adds an extra layer of depth to the film and although small, the part in not insignificant.

SPECTRE is enhanced by the stunning cinematography by Sweden-based Hoyte van Hoytema (has been Guldbagge for Best Cinematography to three Swedish films) and his Swedish colleague Jallo Faber who handled the 2nd unit photography. Each frame is fantastic with the composition and color palette simply delicious. Undoubtedly, SPECTRE is the most beautiful Bond movie.

The sound in SPECTRE gives that extra dimension: this is thanks to three-time Swedish Oscar® hero Per Hallberg. Having won an Oscar® for Skyfall, Per and his team have again done thorough and outstanding work. They may well be rewarded with another statuette.

The composer Thomas Newman is back and has done a sterling job with the music for his second Bond film. The screenplay by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth have made a plot that is tight and makes sense with an eye on contemporary intelligence concerns. They injected a lot of charm and wit into the story.

Mendes second Bond film is first-rate cinema entertainment that will please cinema audiences around the world - and also satisfy all those who, like me, wished for a classic Bond this time.

Skyfall set a new standard for Bond films which SPECTRE will do well to match. In fact the fourth Daniel Craig Bond film reveals itself to be connected to the previous three.

Finally, just take off the hat for the producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who once again have outdone themselves to bring Bond back with a bang. See SPECTRE at the cinema and decide for yourself.

Official synopsis for SPECTRE:
A cryptic message from the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.

Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.

As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

News on SPECTRE featured on From Sweden with Love:
>IMAX® premiere for SPECTRE in Sweden (November 3, 2015)
>Box-office record for SPECTRE in Sweden at opening weekend (November 2, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Mexico City (November 2, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Paris (October 29, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Moscow (October 29, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Madrid (October 28, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Berlin (October 28, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Amsterdam (October 28, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Zurich (October 27, 2015)
>Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Rome (October 27, 2015)
>New video from the production of SPECTRE (October 20, 2015) VIDEO
>Third and last official trailer for SPECTRE (October 2, 2015) VIDEO
>Cover for original motion picture soundtrack for SPECTRE revealed (September 28, 2015)
>Scandinavian Gala premiere for SPECTRE in Copenhagen (September 28, 2015)
>The teme song, Writing's On The Wall by Sam Smith, released (September 25, 2015)
>Blood, Sweat and Bond: Behind the Scenes of SPECTRE book (September 24, 2015)
>New video from the production of SPECTRE (September 23, 2015) VIDEO
>Heineken launch SPECTRE campaign with Daniel Craig (September 21, 2015)
>Naomie Harris & Dave Bautista promotes Jaguar Land Rover (September 15, 2015)
>Bollinger reveals SPECTRE limited edition champagne bottle (September 14, 2015)
>Naomie Harris in SPECTRE ad for Sony Mobile (September 13, 2015)
>James Bond wears Crocket & Jones shoes in SPECTRE (September 11, 2015)
>Stephanie Sigman in SPECTRE ad for Belvedere Vodka (September 10, 2015)
>Sam Smith to sing title song for SPECTRE (September 8, 2015)
>New official poster revealed for SPECTRE (September 3, 2015)
>Aston Martin launch DB9 GB Bond edition to celebrate SPECTRE (September 2, 2015)
>OMEGA presents SPECTRE model of the Seamaster 300 M (August 14, 2015)
>New video from the production of SPECTRE (August 13, 2015) VIDEO
>Official trailer for SPECTRE (July 22, 2015) VIDEO
>World Premiere SPECTRE announcement (July 17, 2015)
>Video from the filming of SPECTRE in Mexico (June 15, 2015)
>TV spot for SPECTRE on American television (June 10, 2015)
>Video from the filming of SPECTRE (April 30, 2015) VIDEO
>Official teaser trailer for SPECTRE (March 28, 2015) VIDEO
>SPECTRE to be released in IMAX theatres (March 27, 2015)
>Official UK quad teaser poster for SPECTRE (March 17, 2015)
>Official international teaser poster for SPECTRE (March 17, 2015)
>Stephanie Sigman to play Estrella in SPECTRE (March 9, 2015)
>Video: Director Sam Mendes on SPECTRE (February 26, 2015) VIDEO
>Official photocall for SPECTRE in Rome Italy (February 18, 2015)
>First look at SPECTRE includes behind the scenes video (February 12, 2015) VIDEO
>Official photocall for SPECTRE in Solden Austria (January 7, 2015)
>Belvedere Vodka announces SPECTRE partnership (December 16, 2014)
>Official press release with details about the SPECTRE filming in Austria (December 10, 2014)
>Start of principal photography for SPECTRE in London (December 6, 2014)
>British actor Andrew Scott portrays MI5 staffer Denbigh in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Italian actress Monica Bellucci portrays Lucia Sciarra in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Aston Martin DB10 confirmed to appear in SPECTRE (December 4, 2014)
>Title and teaser poster revealed for Bond 24 (December 4, 2014)
>Opening photocall with cast & crew at Pinewood Studios (December 4, 2014)
>Janine Temime is the Costume Designer for Bond 24 (November 27, 2014)
>Austrian actor Christoph Waltz set to appear in Bond 24 (November 13, 2014)
>Dave Bautista set to appear in Bond 24 (October 13, 2014)
>French actress Léa Seydoux signed for Bond 24 (October 10, 2014)
>Hoyte van Hoytema is the Cinematographer for Bond 24 (September 17, 2014)
>IMAX experience awaits Bond 24 in Sweden (May 15, 2014)
>Scandinavian actresses auditioning for Bond 24 (May 12, 2014)
>New Aston Martin confirmed for Bond 24 (March 19, 2014)
>Ben Whishaw (Q) unveils the new Q Stage at Pinewood Studios (December 4, 2013)
>MGM and Danjaq acquire all film rights for Blofeld/SPECTRE (November 15, 2013)
>Initial press release for Bond 24 (July, 11 2013)

For more news on SPECTRE featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Official poster for SPECTRE. © 2015 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Danjaq, LLC and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All rights reserved.

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15 OCTOBER 2015

Publication of the 704 pages hardback edition of Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films from The History Press, a new book on the James Bond films written by FSWL readers Matthew Field & Ajay Chowdhury with a Foreword by George Lazenby. >READ THE FOREWORD BY GEORGE (exclusively published on FSWL)

>Order Some Kind of Hero from Amazon UK (19.99 GBP)
>Order Some Kind of Hero from (24.74 USD)
>Kindle edition of Some Kind of Hero (14.99 USD)

FSWL founder Anders Frejdh comments:

"Delighted to recommend this book on the James Bond films which, in my opinion, is the only 007 tome you need to read in 2015 about the cinematic worldwide phenomenon."

And pleased to see another Bond related book from The History Press who previously published four favourite books of mine; The Shepperton Story (2009), Shooting 007: And Other Celluloid Adventures (2014), The World According to Blofeld’s Cat: Unofficial Musings from the Volcano Lair (2015) and Stars and Wars: The Film Memoirs and Photographs of Alan Tomkins (2015)."

>Mark O'Connell (22-10-2015)
> (13-12-2015)
>Free Kittens Movie Guide (2-1-2016)
>James Bond Radio (15-1-2016)
>The James Bond Dossier (27-1-2016)
>James Bond Memes (19-2-2016)
>Starburst Magazine

A selection of the content:
'What I want is not a publisher, but a "factory" that will shift this opus of mine like "Gone With The Naked And The Dead"...' – Ian Fleming

"[Ian Fleming] and my father shared some similar experiences. Even though they couldn't publicize it, I really think that Ian felt the series was safe in my father's hands."
Hilary Saltzman, daughter of Harry Saltzman

'[Harry Saltzman said] "What do we do now?" So Broccoli said, "What are you talking about? We have a handshake deal with Arthur Krim." In those days, [United Artists] were known for keeping our word, we had a very good reputation, our word was our bond - not James Bond (laughs).'
Eric Pleskow, United Artists executive

“When I first met Fleming there was certainly no dissention between us on how to see Bond. I saw him as a complete sensualist – senses highly tuned, awake to everything, quite amoral. I particularly like him because he thrives on conflict.” – Sean Connery

• CHAPTER 5: I MUST RETURN - From Russia with Love
"[The offices at South Audley Street were] a rabbit warren of small rooms served by a dark staircase - no elevator - on which one met all manner of film people. [I dealt mainly with Saltzman on the picture] I saw Cubby from time to time but our conversations were just friendly day to day comments. I never discussed films with him. His quiet voice and shy manner made it difficult to believe that he had been an agent in Hollywood.”
Len Deighton

• CHAPTER 6: THE MIDAS TOUCH - Goldfinger (1964)
"[On the first day of shooting] Harry comes on and he’s not technically minded. He’s got a bottle of champagne and he says ‘This is to wish you all tremendous good fortune with this picture.’ And he smashes the bottle of champagne on the camera. He can’t understand why no one claps - we were all stunned. There is broken glass everywhere.” – Guy Hamilton

• CHAPTER 7: WINNER WHO TAKES ALL - Thunderball (1965)
"[Harry Saltzman rejected me] 'We don’t have the same one twice, they’re all Kleenex, throw ’em out.’ [My friend Terence Young said] 'Don’t be ridiculous, she’s a Jamaican' and he actually fought for me. There I was the original Island girl. The only problem was I had not seen the sun in years – I was grey. And I was thin. When we got to Nassau, I was told to lie in the sun and eat." – Martine Beswick

"We used to have meetings with Cubby up in his [South Audley Street] office and Irving Allen [who stayed there after Warwick Films was over] was always earwigging. When he did those Matt Helm pictures some of the stuff we discussed was then filmed [by Allen]." – Peter Lamont

"[I had not received my work permit three days before the World Cup Final in 1966] between England and Germany. Saltzman said, 'If we don’t get the working permit in the next day we have to pay you out and pick another actress.' [I watched the match on on a portable television leant to me by Sean Connery, who joked] ‘If the Germans win, Karin will never get the working permit!’" – Karin Dor

• CHAPTER 10 - NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
"[Saltzman said] 'Get him out of here. He’s a "clothes peg." We’ll be the laughing stock of the industry if we hire a male model.' [I did tests in secret at Woodlands] Harry’s house out near Pinewood. Acres and acres. Beautiful old mansion. Everyone thought I was the stand-in James Bond for the other actors. I didn’t even have a dressing room. Peter Hunt had me out there testing for all the actors playing other roles.” – George Lazenby

• CHAPTER 11: ALL I NEED TO PLEASE ME - Diamonds Are Forever
"I put a lot of myself into [Tiffany Case]. I loved the name. I did think she was intelligent and I have that conceit. And I did think she could get herself out of most situations, which I have done. But she was outside the norm – she was a diamond smuggler, she was a crook, she was many, many things. And I feel like I’ve had several lives. I really identified with Tiffany Case."
Jill St. John

"[Harry] Saltzman was like Martin Luther King. I said ‘Harry wouldn’t it be great if we had black stuntmen?’ So for the first time in history, he hired black stunt co-ordinators on the movie. He was so happy to do it. Saltzman says to me ‘Who else would do a thing like this. Yaphet?’ I said ‘Harry, you are the greatest.’" – Yaphet Kotto

• CHAPTER 13: JUST BEFORE THE KILL - The Man with the Golden Gun
"I’d seen Ursula Andress in Dr. No and I’d thought that was the most incredible looking person I’d ever seen. I thought that’s what I want to do. [I read the novel The Man With The Golden Gun and dressed as Mary Goodnight, a secretary in the book.] Cubby Broccoli said, 'Well, you know, we only really use the title of the stories on Bonds and we build our stories around the title of the books.' As I was leaving he introduced me to Roger Moore. I left to start a movie in Colorado for six weeks. On the plane back to London I read that a Swedish girl, Maud Adams, was the new Bond girl. I was shattered. I couldn’t believe it." – Britt Ekland

• CHAPTER 15: SOME KIND OF MAGIC - The Spy Who Loved Me
• CHAPTER 18: TWO OF A KIND - Octopussy
• CHAPTER 21: DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Living Daylights
• CHAPTER 22: IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE - Licence to Kill
• CHAPTER 25: NOT THE ONLY SPY OUT THERE - Tomorrow Never Dies
• CHAPTER 26: KNOW HOW TO SURVIVE - The World Is Not Enough
• CHAPTER 27: BREAK THE CYCLE - Die Another Day
• CHAPTER 29: SLICK TRIGGER FINGER - Quantum of Solace

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ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (London, June 2, 2015)

The History Press is delighted to announce that it will be publishing Some Kind of Hero this October.

For over 50 years, Albert R. Broccoli’s Eon Productions has navigated the ups and downs of the volatile British film industry, enduring both critical wrath and acclaim in equal measure for its now legendary James Bond series. Latterly, this family-run business has been crowned with box office gold and recognised by motion picture academies around the world. However, it has not always been plain sailing.

Changing tax regimes forced 007 to relocate to France and Mexico; changing fashions and politics led to box office disappointments; and changing studio regimes and business disputes all but killed the franchise. And the rise of competing action heroes has constantly questioned Bond’s place in popular culture. But against all odds the filmmakers continue to wring new life from the series, and 2012’s Skyfall saw both huge critical and commercial success, crowning 007 as the undisputed king of the action genre.

Written by Bond scholars Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, Some Kind of Hero is based on over 100 new interviews with the stars, directors, writers, filmmakers, studio executives and the men who played James Bond. The authors have also drawn upon archives of rare and unpublished material from around the world.

Some Kind of Hero is the culmination of many years researching and interviewing the talented individuals responsible for bringing the James Bond films to the screen. Authors Field and Chowdhury commented:

"As we delved deeper into the Bond mythos, we realised there were many untold tales from many unsung heroes who played key creative roles in the series. We hope that even the most devoted Bond fans will find fascinating facets to the franchise in these pages. We have gained a new appreciation of not only how the series was started but how that Rolls-Royce standard has been maintained. When SPECTRE (2015) is released later this year, we hope readers will gain some insight in yet another chapter in the remarkable story of the James Bond films."

About the authors:
MATTHEW FIELD began his writing career with The Making of The Italian Job. He has since co-produced a feature length documentary about the film for Paramount Pictures. In 2008 he penned the autobiography of Oscar-winning film producer Michael Deeley, Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off! Field’s James Bond journalism has appeared in Mi6 Confidential, 007 Magazine, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Cinema Retro. In 2012, he served as editorial consultant on MGM’s feature length documentary, Everything or Nothing. Matthew currently works for a leading film-marketing agency. His most recent feature film credits include Stephen Frears’ The Program, Michael Winterbottom’s The Face of an Angel and the Australian period drama, The Dressmaker.

AJAY CHOWDHURY was born in London and read Law at university there and in The Netherlands. He has since provided legal advice on various motion picture, music, publishing, television and theatrical projects. He was the associate producer on two feature films, Lost Dogs and Flirting with Flamenco. In 2012, he penned the screenplay to the multi-award winning, Olympic-themed short, A Human Race. Ajay is the spokesperson for The James Bond International Fan Club, established in 1979. He edited their James Bond journal, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and for the last two decades has contributed to numerous books and magazines on the James Bond legacy. He is regularly called upon by worldwide media to commentate on all things 007.

Editor's note:
For more books on the James Bond films presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For other English books on Bond phenomenon presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For a presentation of the magazines that Field & Chowdhury has contributed to, click here. FSWL has the full coverage of Bond magazines (fanzines) around the world.

Photo above:
Cover for Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films. Design by Mark Witherspoon. © 2015 The History Press. All rights reserved.

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Our good man in Hollywood, FSWL reader Jon Burlingame, has alerted us that his excellent book The Music of Bond is now available for the Kindle (also a new updated paperback edition) featuring a new chapter on SPECTRE. It was previously published as a hardback edition in 2012.

FSWL founder (and one of the contributors to the book) Anders Frejdh says:

"Can heartily recommend The Music of James Bond as it truly is the only book you need to read in order to know everything that has happened around it over the years. A remarkable story to say the least."

The story of the music that accompanies the cinematic adventures of Ian Fleming's intrepid Agent 007 is one of surprising real-life drama. In The Music of James Bond, author Jon Burlingame throws open studio and courtroom doors alike to reveal the full and extraordinary history of the sounds of James Bond, spicing the story with a wealth of fascinating and previously undisclosed tales.

Burlingame devotes a chapter to each Bond film, providing the backstory for the music (including a reader-friendly analysis of each score) from the last-minute creation of the now-famous "James Bond Theme" in Dr. No to John Barry's trend-setting early scores for such films as Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). We learn how synthesizers, disco and modern electronica techniques played a role in subsequent scores, and how composer David Arnold reinvented the Bond sound for the 1990s and beyond.

The book brims with behind-the-scenes anecdotes. Burlingame examines the decades-long controversy over authorship of the Bond theme; how Frank Sinatra almost sang the title song for Moonraker (1979); and how top artists like Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Carly Simon, Duran Duran, Gladys Knight, Tina Turner, and Madonna turned Bond songs into chart-topping hits. The author shares the untold stories of how Eric Clapton played guitar for Licence to Kill but saw his work shelved, and how Amy Winehouse very nearly co-wrote and sang the theme for Quantum of Solace.

New interviews with many Bond songwriters and composers, coupled with extensive research as well as fascinating and previously undiscovered details - temperamental artists, unexpected hits, and the convergence of great music and unforgettable imagery.

Book details:
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 18814 KB
Print Length: 304 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

About Jon Burlingame:
Jon Burlingame is one of the nation's leading writers on the subject of music for film and television. He writes regularly for Daily Variety and teaches film-music history at the University of Southern California. His other work has included three previous books on film and TV music; articles for other publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and Premiere and Emmy magazines; and producing radio specials for Los Angeles classical station KUSC.

Editor's note:
For more Kindle books featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

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For the release of the Swedish audiobook of William Boyd's James Bond novel, Solo (2013), FSWL (Anders Frejdh) caught up with actor Stefan Sauk (portrayed Carl Hamilton, the "Swedish James Bond", in the 1995 film Vendetta) who brilliantly recorded it. (The English audiobook was published in September 2013 and read by Dominic West.)

It is 1969 and James Bond is about to go solo, recklessly motivated by revenge.

A seasoned veteran of the service, 007 is sent to single-handedly stop a civil war in the small West African nation of Zanzarim. Aided by a beautiful accomplice and hindered by the local militia, he undergoes a scarring experience which compels him to ignore M's orders in pursuit of his own brand of justice. Bond's renegade action leads him to Washington, D.C., where he discovers a web of geopolitical intrigue and witnesses fresh horrors.

Even if Bond succeeds in exacting his revenge, a man with two faces will come to stalk his every waking moment.

[FSWL] You have worked on several audio books in Swedish over the years. What is it that makes these assignments interesting?
[Stefan Sauk] I was involved in founding the audiobook publisher StorySide and in that role part of being the "Plough" for audio books in Sweden. What I found interesting about reading audio books is that it is a slightly different form of acting. In any case in the way that I work I try not. I try not to just read a book but also act it out as much as it allows me to do. I also think that it is important to have an attitude to what one reads, in my world, it becomes much more exciting to listen to it then. Ernst-Hugo Järegård was a shining example of what I mean. No comparisons in general even if he was my mentor. The interesting thing with reading an audiobook from an actor's point of view is to find a certain narrative and leave it for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

[FSWL] Tell us about your assignment to record SOLO in Swedish.
[Stefan Sauk] That is easy for me to answer. I was simply asked by Helena Gustafsson at StorySide.

[FSWL] Did you first read the book in English or how did you prepare for the reading? How long did it take to record it?
[Stefan Sauk] I read the book once before I put myself in the studio. It has happened in the past that I have recorded audio books prima vista but it is a bit risky. If one finds out in the penultimate chapter that one of the characters suddenly loses his severe stuttering then you have a bit of a problem.

[FSWL] Were there any directives from Ian Fleming Publications in London that you had to consider for the production?
[Stefan Sauk] None that I was aware of. It is possible that the publisher had some.

[StorySide] Yes, we had to send a sample of Stefan's voice for IFP to approve.

[FSWL] Any anecdote from the recording of the audiobook?
[Stefan Sauk] Sorry, there I can not contribute anything. To record an audiobook in a studio is not something that usually creates anecdotes. However, I can imagine that the sound engineer can tell you a lot. In his world, it usually am I who creates anecdotes.

[FSWL] Have you read Ian Fleming's Bond novels or any of the official continuation novels?
[Stefan Sauk] No, I only see the films.

[FSWL] What are your memories of James Bond when you grew up?
[Stefan Sauk] I'm afraid I have to disappoint you here. I have no special memories of James Bond when I grew up. In contrast, I liked to play secret agent when I was little but it probably came from the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968).

[FSWL] This year marks 61 years since the first Bond novel was published and 52 years since the first film premiered, why do you think the series has lasted so long and are still so popular?
[Stefan Sauk] Thank Hollywood.

Five quick questions about Bond:
Which is your favourite Bond films? Sorry, no personal one.
Best actor to play James Bond? Sean Connery
Any favourite amongst the Bond villains? No favorite. However, I have worked with Klaus Maria Brandauer [in Dykaren] who I thought was excellent as the villain in Never Say Never Again.
Favourite theme song? "Diamonds Are Forever" by Shirley Bassey

[FSWL] When you filmed Dykaren you worked with Izabella Scorupco and Lars Lundgren, both of whom are related to the James Bond films. What was it like working with them? Do you have any anecdote from the production?
[Stefan Sauk] Izabella is a very talented and professional actress. Lasse Lundgren loved to talk about his exploits in Hollywood. I have numerous anecdotes from the filming and here's one of them:

I lent my haircut device to make-up artist Siv Järbyn and when I came back after a few days off it was time for a trimming of the hair (what is left) and she stood and fiddled with it and had a question. It was very early in the morning and I had just 'thrown the porridge in the face' so I took the device and was going to show how it worked on my own head. Which I did, but ... I forgot to put on the attachment so I cut a street from the back of the neck straight up to the top and Siv just screamed; "but Stefan, WHAT DO YOU DO ...?" I then had to take the first make-up time with poor Siv who had to cut and paste the hair to cover the highway I made on my head.

[FSWL] What advice would you give to those who want to become an actor?
[Stefan Sauk] Start working. Study good actors and remember that the most difficult thing is to understand how easy it is.

[FSWL] What are your plans for the near future? Any new film projects or audio books in the works?
[Stefan Sauk] There are several audio books in the pipe line ready to be recorded and also some film projects on the desktop with which we work in different configurations.


Editor's note:
For other interviews on From Sweden with Love, From Sweden with Love, klicka här.

For more about SOLO, a new James Bond novel, on FSWL, click here.

For more James Bond audio books featured on FSWL, click here.

Photo above:
The cover for the Swedish audio book of SOLO. © 2014 StorySide AB. All rights reserved.

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The Royal World premiere of SKYFALL on 23 October 2012

Our report from the World Premiere of Skyfall at Royal Albert Hall in London. (More photos from the gala available on FSWL photographer Sascha Braun's website.)

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
Having been fortunate to attend the London premieres of The World Is Not Enough in 1999, Die Another Day in 2002 (also at Royal Albert Hall) and Casino Royale in 2006, it was a real treat to get a ticket for another premiere of Britain's finest. Without doubt the biggest film premiere covered by media in 2012.

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
David Walliams (a huge Bond fan himself) conducted interviews with Skyfall cast & crew (most of whom had not yet seen the film) and other Bond talent on the temporary scene outside the venue with both elegance and finesse.

The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cornwall gilded the red carpet reception by arriving last before the best and most unforgettable Bond premiere to date continued indoors.

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
Swedish people in attendance included FSWL contributor Erik Olsson, yours truly with Kristina Wayborn, Academy Award winner Per Hallberg as well as one of the baddies in the film, Ola Rapace, who was accompanied by Belle Williams (Naomie Harris stunt double).

(The after-premiere party was held at Tate Modern.)

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
Skyfall cast and crew in attendance:

• Alexander Witt (2nd unit director)
Barbara Broccoli (producer)
Ben Whishaw (Q)
Bérénice Marlohe (Severine)
Chris Corbould (special effects supervisor)
Daniel Craig (James Bond/Co-producer)
Daniel Kleinman (main title designer)
• Dennis Gassner (production designer)
Gary Powell (stunt coordinator)
Gregg Wilson (associate producer)
• Helen McCrory (Clair Dowar)
• Jany Temime (costume designer)
Javier Bardem (Silva)
• John Logan (screenwriter)
Judi Dench (M)
Michael G. Wilson (producer)
Naomie Harris (Moneypenny)
Neal Purvis (screenwriter)
Ola Rapace (Patrice)
Per Hallberg (supervising sound editor)
Ralph Fiennes (Gareth Mallory)
Robert Wade (screenwriter)
• Roger Deakins (cinematographer)
Sam Mendes (director)
• Tonia Sotiropoulou (Bond's Lover)
• Thomas Newman (soundtrack composer)

Ben Mortimer from HeyUGuys interviewed a couple of them on the red carpet:

Daniel Craig:

Bérénice Marlohe:

Naomie Harris:

Ola Rapace:

Jany Temime:

Robert Wade & Neal Purvis:

Roger Deakins:

Thomas Newman:

Stars from previous James Bond films attending the premiere included:

Carole Ashby - Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill
Caterina Murino - Casino Royale
Christopher Lee - The Man with the Golden Gun
Colin Salmon (MI6 staff member Robinson in three Bonds)

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
David Arnold (composer of the soundtrack to five Bonds)
Eunice Gayson - Dr. No and From Russia with Love
• Fiona Fullerton - A View to a Kill

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
George Martin - score for Live and Let Die

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
Goldie - The World Is Not Enough
John Glen - director of all the Bonds in the 1980's
John Richardson - special/visual effects in nine Bond films
Ken Adam - production designer on seven Bonds

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
Kristina Wayborn - Octopussy (1983)
Maryam d'Abo - The Living Daylights

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
• Minnie Driver - GoldenEye
Samantha Bond (Miss Moneypenny in Pierce Brosnan's Bonds)
Shirley Eaton - Goldfinger (1964)

Skyfall Royal world premiere London
Valerie Leon - The Spy Who Loved Me and Never Say Never Again
Vic Armstrong - stuntman/stunt coordinator/2nd unit director, 7 Bonds

Other VIP guests attending included:

• Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer (Founding editors of Cinema Retro magazine)
Hilary Saltzman (daughter of legendary Bond producer Harry Saltzman)
John Cork (Author as well as documentary filmmaker)
Peter Janson-Smith (Ian Fleming’s foreign sales agent of the 1950s and 1960s, former Chairman of Glidrose Productions, now Ian Fleming Publications, and current President of The Ian Fleming Foundation) escorted by Lili Pohlman
Steven Saltzman (son of legendary Bond producer Harry Saltzman)

Editor's note:
Read our review of Skyfall.

Written and compiled by Anders Frejdh. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.



19-21 SEPTEMBER 2014

13 international James Bond celebrities to attend Sweden's first 007 event, From Sweden with Love, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the website. During a busy weekend, you will be able to experience the glamour and excitement from the classic films. (The idea comes from Vue sur Bond in Canada 2006.)
Official report from the festivities.
The largest Bond event in Scandinavia to date takes place on 19-21 September, and offers everything from the red carpet, a gala dinner, exclusive screenings and Q&A sessions with celebrities who have flown in from around the Bond world. Everything is designed to pay tribute to cinema's most legendary agent. All profits to benefit UNICEF.

On Friday the Bond event will open with a press conference featuring all of the celebrity guests. All film fans will then get a chance to relive some of the film classics and participate in exclusive Q&A sessions with the visiting celebrities. Over the weekend, a total of seven of the most popular Bond films will be screened at the Film House in Stockholm. Four of these will have their world premiere in their new, digitally remastered format.

Saturday's grand charity gala will be held at Solidaritet Arena. This will give guests a chance to mingle with experienced directors, several Swedish Bond girls, an Oscar® awarded sound editor and skilled stuntmen before being served a tasty three-course dinner. Entertainment will be provided by international artist / film star and singer of the Great American Songbook, popularised by Frank Sinatra, Robert Davi. Robert will be performing for the first time in Europe to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Licence to Kill in which he played the Bond villain, Franz Sanchez. He also appears in The Expendables 3 which has theatrical release on August 13th.

Other Bond guests:
>Kristina Wayborn from Octopussy (IMDB profile)
>Mary Stavin from Octopussy and A View to a Kill (IMDB profile)
>Anne Lönnberg from Moonraker (IMDB profile)
>Per Hallberg from Skyfall and SPECTRE (IMDB profile)
>John Richardson from Moonraker, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day (IMDB profile)
>Lars Lundgren from Licence to Kill (IMDB profile)
>John Glen from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill (IMDB profile)
>Terence Mountain from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Diamonds Are Forever (IMDB profile)
>John Moreno from For Your Eyes Only (IMDB profile)
>Paul Weston from On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, Licence to to Kill, Skyfall and SPECTRE (IMDB profile)
>Sylvana Henriques from You Only Live Twice and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (IMDB profile)
>Carole Ashby from Octopussy and A View to a Kill (IMDB profile)

Please note: Rick Sylvester (The Spy Who Loved Me & For Your Eyes Only, Swedish Wrestling Champion 1966) is no longer able to attend due to personal committments.

The gala is organized by FSWL founder and Swedish James Bond expert Anders Frejdh.

All profits from the gala will be donated to UNICEF of which Sir Roger Moore is a goodwill ambassador for. As part of the UN, UNICEF works for every child's right to education, health care and protection from violence.

Media coverage of the event:
16-10-2014: >Report: From Sweden With Love 10th anniversary weekend (Bond Lifestyle)
10-10-2014: >Unique James Bond weekend in central Stockholm (Capische)
4-10-2014: >Video report: From Sweden With Love - Stockholm (Behind the Stunts)
3-10-2014: >A legendary meeting with Bond director John Glen (Moviezine)
1-10-2014: >MEET: Per Hallberg, Academy Award winning sound editor (Popmani)
30-9-2014: >From Sweden with Love: 10th Anniversary in Stockholm (Sascha Braun)
23-9-2014: >Bond for UNICEF gala celebrating 10th anniversary of From Sweden with Love (007 Travelers)
22-9-2014: >Memorable Bond screening (
21-9-2014: >Photos from the Bond gala From Sweden with Love (
21-9-2014: >James Bond festival in Stockholm (Cawa Media)
21-9-2014: >Star studded James Bond gala (
20-9-2014: >Best beauty tricks from Bond girl Kristina Wayborn (
20-9-2014: >The singing Bond villain has landed in Sweden (Moviezine)
20-9-2014: >From Sweden with Love: A James Bond weekend in Stockholm (Deckarhuset)
20-9-2014: >James Bond in Stockholm (Radio Sweden)
20-9-2014: >Press conference and From Sweden with Love gala (Om filmer)
19-9-2014: >Bond-brudarna Mary Stavin och Kristina Wayborn är på plats i Stockholm (SVT)
19-9-2014: >James Bond: From Sweden with Love (News from Europe and Latin America)
19-9-2014: >Sound editor Per Hallberg explain the sound in films (Sveriges Radio P3)
19-9-2014: >From Sweden with Love (Om filmer)
18-9-2014: >Bond festival at Filmhuset (SVT ABC)
18-9-2014: >Bond, James Bond comes to town (Radio Stockholm)
18-9-2014: >Kristina seduced James Bond (Mitt i Stockholm)
17-9-2014: >Anders Frejdh from Hjo behind James Bond weekend (P4 Radio Skaraborg)
17-9-2014: >From Sweden With Love - Bond festival (
16-9-2014: >Master class with Academy Award winning sound editor Per Hallberg at Filmhuset (Svenska Filminstitutet)
15-9-2014: >International Bond stars attend Sweden's first Bond event (
13-9-2014: >James Bond villain sing songs popularised by Frank Sinatra (Episodi)
13-9-2014: >Sweden's first James Bond event to support children (
8-9-2014: >Bond fever at Filmhuset 19-21 September (Moviezine)
5-9-2014: >Tickets for Swedish 007 gala now available from Ticnet (The James Bond Dossier)
26-8-2014: >Charity event celebrates 10 years of From Sweden with Love website (James Bond Brasil)
23-8-2014: >James Bond weekend in Stockholm (Capische)
22-8-2014: >A weekend dedicated to agent 007 (CINEMA)
20-8-2014: >Swedish James Bond weekend in aid of UNICEF (JBIFC)
14-8-2014: >Bond weekend with charity gala in Stockholm (
13-8-2014: >Internationella James Bond celebriteter gästar Sveriges första Bond event
13-8-2014: >James Bond weekend in Stockholm 19-21 September 2014 (Sir Billi)
13-8-2014: >A James Bond weekend in support of UNICEF/10th Anniversary From Sweden with Love (007 Travelers)
13-8-2014: >James Bond weekend in Sweden (James Bond Nederland)
11-8-2014: >From Sweden with Love marks 10 years with a grand gala weekend (Mark O'Connell)
10-8-2014: >Star-studded Bond weekend From Sweden With Love (Bond Lifestyle)
9-8-2014: >007 stars to appear at James Bond weekend in Stockholm (Cinema Retro)
8-8-2014: >James Bond celebrities visit Sweden's first Bond event (Moviezine)
8-8-2014: >James Bond stars at Sweden's first Bond event (Filmparadiset)
7-8-2014: >007 event in Sweden in September (The James Bond Dossier)
7-8-2014: >James Bond weekend in Stockholm (
7-8-2014: >From Sweden with Love dévoile son programme!
6-8-2014: >James Bond weekend in Stockholm, Sept 19-21 (The Book Bond)
6-8-2014: >Unique Bond weekend in Stockholm (James Bond-magasinet)
6-8-2014: >From Sweden with Love (Illustrated 007)

Editor's note:
For more James Bond events presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
The official Swedish web poster for the From Sweden with Love weekend. Design by Rem-Art. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.

For more information about the events during From Sweden with Love and tickets:



10th Anniversary of From Sweden With Love (JAMESBOND007.SE)

On September 6, 2014, it is the 10th anniversary of the English part of FSWL on the web and this will be celebrated at a unique Bond weekend in aid of UNICEF on 19-21 September in Stockholm titled From Sweden with Love. September 6th is also the birthday of James Bond continuation author Raymond Benson and Naomie Harris ("Moneypenny" in Skyfall (2012) and the upcoming Bond 24).

From Sweden with Love (FSWL), the most comprehensive website in Scandinavia dedicated to Ian Fleming's James Bond, was launched on the web on 6th September 2004 (first launched on and continuously grow in size and number of content pages (the English part of FSWL consists of over 5 000 pages). Obviously we're doing something right as we've received positive comments from people all over the world (our visitors are the most important asset).

Over the years, we have interviewed many important people behind the James Bond films. FSWL, and its founder Anders Frejdh, has also been the subject of interviews in both Swedish and international press (a selection of these can be found on the media page).

Thank YOU to all beloved visitors, friends and fans for supporting us but do note that a l of people have been involved in the progress of FSWL over the years, check out the copyright page for details. (Visit the sitemap for an overview of the site itself.)

Editor's note:
For future updates and announcement, follow the action on FACEBOOK (over 2,600 followers), INSTAGRAM and via TWITTER.

Would you like to contribute or in any way help to improve the website for FSWL? Do you have any questions or need expert knowledge on the James Bond phenomenon?
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if anything is unclear.

As of October 1, 2014 - the website statistics (excluding robots) looks like this:

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Photo above:
Official anniversary poster designed by Rem-Art. © From Sweden with Love.

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22-23 MAY 2014

One of the most acclaimed Bond movies of all time is undoubtedly the 1964 classic Goldfinger (1964) starring Sean Connery as Ian Fleming's James Bond directed by Guy Hamilton. In conjunction with this year's 50th anniversary of the film, a special event will be held in Oslo. Honorary guests are Academy Award winners Sir Ken Adam (first time he visits Norway) & Norman Wanstall and Bond girl Margaret Nolan. Sir Ken's biographer and good friend Sir Christopher Frayling will also be there.
Media coverage of the event:
>Sir Billi (22-5-2014)
>NFK - filmklubbforbundet (22-5-2014)
>Filter (12-5-2014)
>Montages (19-5-2014)
>Montages (29-4-2014)
>OP-5 (20-5-2014)
>Rushprint (21-5-2014)
>Cinema (30-4-2014)
>Cinema Retro (16-5-2014)
>Dagbladet (12-5-2014)
>Dagsavisen (22-5-2014)
>Kino Victoria (29-4-2014)
>NATT&DAG (4-5-2014)
>NRK (22-5-2014)
>NRK (22-5-2014, includes VIDEO)
>NRK (22-5-2014, includes VIDEO)
>Oslo By (20-5-2014)
>Oslo Kino (29-4-2014)

Feedback from the honorary guests:
"Thank you for such a lovely trip. I thought you did a brilliant job and you arranged such terrific trips for us. I'll always remember the travelling for three days in taxis and having such fun with such special people! I felt honoured! And I have really fallen in love with Oslo. I want to go back asap to Scandinavia, I think it suits me very well!" - Margaret Nolan

"I can honestly say we spent three very enjoyable days and I hope you and Morten enjoyed them as much as we did. It was quite amazing how we all ‘bonded’ together and ended up as the magnificent seven. I thought you and Morten did an excellent job in Oslo so I hope the event didn’t turn out to be too stressful." - Norman Wanstall

"Thanks for organizing such a wonderful trip to Norway. I was particularly delighted with the antique Rolls and thoroughly enjoyed the Viking exhibition. I dutifully send his sincerest gratitude to you both for such an amazing visit to Oslo." - Sir Ken Adam

Oslo, Norway, 29 April 2014
Big event celebrating James Bond in Oslo

[James Bond:] "Do you expect me to talk?"
[Auric Goldfinger:] "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”

The Norwegian James Bond-magasinet, along with From Sweden with Love, has organised a big event to celebrate this September's fiftieth anniversary of the release of "Goldfinger" (1964). It will be held at the luxury cinema Kino Victoria cinema on Thursday, May 22, 2014.

"Goldfinger" is considered the most iconic and influential James Bond film. This is the first time a gala performance of a vintage Bond film has been screened in Norway.

- It is with great pleasure and pride that we can finally reveal the news of a very unique celebration of the immortal classic "Goldfinger". We will screen a beautiful, newly restored print of the film at Oslo's newest and finest cinema. Additionally, we are happy to present two special guests from the film that will be in attendance. It'll be a very cool program based around the film and a grand celebration, says organizers Morten Steingrimsen (James Bond-magasinet) and Anders Frejdh (From Sweden with Love).

Prominent guests:
Honorary guests will be Academy Award® winner Norman Wanstall and one of the Bond Girls from "Goldfinger", Margaret Nolan. Both will participate in a Q&A following the screening.

The film's acclaimed sound designer Norman Wanstall will be present at the screening. Wanstall won the Academy Award® for his work on "Goldfinger" and has worked on a number of other Bond classics; Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Thunderball (1965) (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983). Other classic films on his resume include Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975) and François Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451 (1966).

- I have fond memories of Oslo. I was there in 1970 as a result of editing the film The Only Way (1970) in Denmark. My wife, daughter and I stayed in Copenhagen for the duration of the film and when Christmas arrived the producer invited us to spend the break with him in Oslo. The snow was obviously very much in evidence and I watched in awe from my hotel window as the taxi drivers skidded their cars sideways around the bends. It was a very enjoyable stay and we were treated very well and I’m very much looking forward to my visit on 22nd May.

Margaret Nolan portrays Dink, Bond's masseuse in "Goldfinger". With her gold decorated body and her golden bikini she also features in the film's very iconic posters and over the main titles. In addition to the James Bond film, she worked as a model, painter, theatre actress and starred in numerous other films including the Beatles film A Hard Day's Night (1964) and several of the films in the British Carry On franchise. She has also appeared in television series such as The Saint and The Persuaders!, both with James Bond actor Roger Moore.

The British Ambassador in Norway, Ms. Jane Owen, will also be in attendance to open the festivities.

A number of Norwegian celebrities will also be in attendance. These will be presented for the press nearer the time of the event.

A film screening out of the ordinary
The opening on May 22nd will be a closed and exclusive event for 292 invited guests. The film will be shown with a newly restored version, specially imported from the UK. For the occasion, the cinema will be transformed into a Bond world, including a Bond style casino where players can win a trip to an exotic destination worthy of 007 himself. There will also be a display of an Aston Martin, after party with DJ, serving of vodka martini "Shaken, not stirred", and more.

Public screening on May 23th
Due to popular demand, James Bond-magasinet in cooperation with Oslo Kino, has organised a public screening on May 23. Norman Wanstall and Margaret Nolan will also attend this screening. For more information about this screening, go to
For more information, tickets to the after-party, interviews, please contact Morten Steingrimsen on / (+47) 938 19 910 or Anders Frejdh on (+46) 709 191 007.

Editor's note:
For more James Bond events presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For more about Sir Ken Adam on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
One of the most famous film scenes of all time, Shirley Eaton (as Jill Masterson) painted in gold. © 1964 Danjaq S.A. And United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Order tickets for the public screening of Goldfinger in Oslo via the link below:



JULY 2013

After the release of Skyfall (2012), From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with the gorgeous British actress/model/stunt performer Belle Williams, stunt double for Naomie Harris in Skyfall, to talk about her work on the film.


About Belle Williams:
Belle Williams, birth name Anabelle Gulley, was born In 1987 London, based in the borough of Camden. In 1990 she began her education at Brookfield Primary school in North London, brought up by her Scottish Mother alongside an elder brother and sister.

In 1998 she enrolled at Parliament Hill fields secondary school, whilst she also found time to express and pursue her passion for acting by participating in various performances within and outside of school, including at many theatres such as; Jacksons Lane, Hackney Empire, Holborn and The Drill.

During this time, Belle also spent a few terms at stage coach in Hampstead, in addition to spending her weekends cultivating her skills at WAC, a school of performing arts, from 1996 -2002 pursuing both dance and drama.

Between the years of 2003-2004, Belle studied her A-levels at LaSwap sixth form in North London where she continued to exceed in English and drama, collecting four A to B grades.

Travelling to Brazil for a year in 2006, Belle pursued an ambition to teach English as a foreign language whilst also learning Latino dance and the Portuguese language.

In 2008 she returned to Che Walker amateur acting classes, simultaneously pursuing modeling for various companies including: Zhandra Rhodes, LFW, House of Fraser, Toni&Guy, Nokia and Sony. Highlights for 2009 Belle found herself doubling Rihanna for VMA awards screen visuals.

Expanding into TV and film, in 2010 she featured in a BBC drama as a body double for actress Naomie Harris and also featured in the films X-Men: First Class (2011), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Dark Shadows (2012).

Absorbed by the film industry, Belle began to train as a stunt artiste, soon stumbling across an audition for James Bond, Skyfall, where she was again successfully appointed to act as a stunt double for Naomie Harris.

This lead her working on other Warner Bros films this year, including Tom Cruise's All You Need Is Kill (2014), Brad Pitt's The Counselor (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Fast & Furious 6 (2013).

Belle was nominated for and won Best Stunt with Vehicle at LA's prestigious World Stunt Taurus Awards in May 2013.

Also being a qualified Dive Master, much more is to be expected from Belle Williams in the upcoming years as she continues to cultivate her stunt and acting skills, with 2013 scheduled for more intense fight training.

Editor's note:
Belle is represented by Model Mayhem.

Read FSWL's review of SKYFALL or download it here.

Other relevant Skyfall events and news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Interview with Ola Rapace about his work on SKYFALL (July 2013)
>SKYFALL nominated for 4 Taurus World Stunt Awards (May 2013)
>Interview with Jens Hultén about his work on SKYFALL (February 2013)
>SKYFALL stunt team recipient of SAG Award (January 2013)

Photo above:
Belle Williams in action during the filming of Skyfall in Istanbul. © Belle Williams. All rights reserved.

Read more about films and television series with Belle Williams on IMDB:



22 JULY 2013

Publication of MI6 Confidential, issue 21, volume 7. A special issue dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Octopussy.

MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its twenty-first issue, REMEMBERING OCTOPUSSY.

Thirty years ago 007 roared onto our screens in Roger Moore’s sixth 007 adventure, Octopussy (1983). Time has flown by since the release of this unsung hero of the Bond canon, and accordingly, the magazine sought out dozens of cast and crew members to reflect on this intricate and undeniably exotic Bond classic.

This issue features in-depth, exclusive discussions with Octopussy's primary cast and crew – notably director John Glen, co-star Maud Adams, villain Kabir Bedi, and a crew roundtable that includes Peter Lamont, Arthur Wooster, and more! To top it off, there are contributions from Sir Roger Moore, Vijay Amritraj, Kristina Wayborn, and the wonderful supporting cast of Bond’s lucky 13th adventure.

Articles in this issue:
• Exclusive foreword by Sir Roger Moore
• Tip Of The Tentacle - The evolution of the "Octopussy" screenplay (by Matthew Field)
• All In A Day's Work - Director John Glen on scripting, casting and location scouting
• Forever Bonded - Two-time co-star Maud Adams on the Bond girl legacy
• Behind The Camera - Bond alumni share memories from the pre- and post-production (by Ben Williams)
From Sweden With Love - Kristina Wayborn reveals a cheeky story or two from the set
• Silent No Longer - Kabir Bedi recalls facing off against 007 in his native India (by Ben Williams)
• Remembering Octopussy - Cast and crew celebrate 30 years of Bond’s 13th adventure
• The Bond Connection - When U.N.C.L.E. returned after 15 years off the air

Editor's note:
Do not forget to check out our fan club page with a full coverage of Bond magazines (fanzines) around the world.

Photo above:
The cover for issue 21 of MI6 Confidential. © 2013 MI6 Confidential. All rights reserved.

Issue 21 of MI6 Confidential is now shipping around the world. To order online, visit:



6 JUNE 2013

Fantasterna (The Devotees) is a new series on TV4 where Sweden's biggest experts in their field will compete in the country's toughest quiz to date. On June 6, 2013 - Sweden's National Day and exactly 30 years after Octopussy premiered (the most Swedish of Bond films with Maud Adams, Kristina Wayborn and Mary Stavin in some of the roles) - it's time to crown Sweden's foremost James Bond expert.

The series of 10 episodes, produced by Baluba for TV4, the specialists will shine in diverse areas within their special subjects. They will be able to see, feel, hear and taste their way to answer a bunch of tricky questions with one person end up as the winner on each subject. The host for the show is Pär Lernström.

FSWL's founder Anders Frejdh is one of the contestants on the topic James Bond. The other participants in this topic are Paul Deblond, Joel Svalberg, John Chiarantona and Pontus Forslund.

In addition to the honor, the winner gets 50,000 SEK (5,000 GBP). There is also a possibility for the winner to double that amount by giving a correct answer to the "impossible question".

Broadcast schedule is as follows (each episode will be repeated two times per week):
1 - EUROVISION SONG CONTEST – April 1st at 8:00pm
2 - STAR WARS – April 8th at 8:00pm
3 - MICHAEL JACKSON – April 15th at 8:00pm
4 - BEER – April 22nd at 8:00pm
5 - TINTIN – April 29th at 8:00pm
6 - LORD OF THE RINGS – May 13th at 8:00pm
7 - FISHES – May 20th at 8:00pm
8 - ABBA – May 27th at 8:00pm
9 - JAMES BOND – June 6th at 8:00pm (Winner: Anders Frejdh)
10. BIRDS – June 10th at 8:00pm

"Congratulations my good friend. You are a blessing to Sweden and BOND!"
Richard Kiel, Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979)

Photo above:
Pär Lernström (right) with Anders Frejdh, winner of the James Bond contest in Fantasterna. © 2013 TV4. All rights reserved.

Watch more clips from Fantasterna on TV4's official site below:



24 MAY 2013

After the release of Skyfall (2012) (2012) and for the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with the multi-awarded Sound Designer Colin Miller to hear his stories from working on every Bond film 1977 to 1987. It all ended with his James Bond memoirs which Colin kindly accepted to be exclusively published on FSWL.


About Colin Miller: (by Anders Frejdh)
Colin Miller was born in Hammersmith, London, in August 1940.The family then moved to Wales where Colin's father was stationed with the RAF. At the end of the war, the family returned to Barnes, a small town in the West of London. He attended a state primary school and then secondary school, leaving at the age of 15.

His first job was at a travel agency in London's Regent Street after which he got a position as runner for Alexander Korda's new animation company, first as trainee on trial for six months before being offered a permanent position. After three years with Korda he got a job at Anglo Scottish, a company based at Shepperton Studios, where he stayed for three years until he received a phone call from Sound Designer Don Deacon saying that he was about to start a film and was looking for an assistant, and if Colin was interested ...

"To get a call like that out of the blue took me by surprise. Up to that time I’d always been in permanent employment with all the safeguards that came with it. Here I was being offered the chance of a lifetime but having to contemplate being freelance/self employed and all it entailed. That one call changed my life.", Colin recalls.

The rest, as they say, is history and Colin has had a long and successful career in the film industry working on more than 80 films (see filmography below) in various capacities of the sound department.

Miller worked as sound editor on six consecutive James Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979) (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), and The Living Daylights (1987).

Besides working on five of Roger Moore's Bond films, Miller worked on two other films starring Sir Roger - The Wild Geese (1978) and The Sea Wolves (1980) - both directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Apart from Colin and Sir Roger, these two films involved three other key members from the 'James Bond family', John Glen (Film Editor), Syd Cain (Production Designer), and John Grover (Assembly Editor).

Among his awards are two Golden Reels from the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) in America for “Best Sound Editing” on a foreign feature film for both Octopussy and The Living Daylights.

Colin retired six years ago and now spends his time working on the house and garden, or out on his mountain bike cycling around the wonderful British countryside. From time to time, he joins a group of editors and meet up for lunch at a wine bar near Pinewood Studios, reflecting on the life in the 'good old, bad old days.'

1962: The Valiant (assistant editor)
1964: Do You Know This Voice? (assistant sound editor)
1964: The Earth Dies Screaming (assistant sound editor)
1964: Troubled Waters (assistant sound editor)
1965: Curse of the Fly (assistant editor)
1965: Spaceflight IC-1: An Adventure in Space (assistant editor)
1966: The Quiller Memorandum (second assistant editor)
1968: Carry On... Up the Khyber (dubbing editor)
1969: Carry on Again Doctor (dubbing editor)
1969: Carry on Camping (dubbing editor)
1969: Anne of the Thousand Days (sound editor)
1969: Land Raiders (dubbing editor)
1970: Carry on Up the Jungle (dubbing editor)
1971: Blind Terror (sound editor)
1971: Please Sir! (dubbing editor)
1971: 10 Rillington Place (sound editor)
1973: The Creeping Flesh (dubbing editor)
1973: Bequest to the Nation (sound editor)
1973: Psychomania (sound editor)
1973: Who? (sound editor)
1974: Soft Beds, Hard Battles (dubbing editor)
1974: The Best Pair of Legs in the Business (dubbing editor)
1975: The Wilby Conspiracy (sound editor)
1975: Man Friday (sound editor)
1976: The Sell Out (sound editor)
1976: The Man Who Fell to Earth (dubbing editor)
1977: Crossed Swords (sound editor)
1977: The Spy Who Loved Me
1978: The Wild Geese (sound editor)
1978: Let's Get Laid (sound editor)
1979: Ashanti (sound editor)
1979: The Human Factor (dubbing editor)
1979: Moonraker (1979) (dubbing editor)
1980: The Sea Wolves (dubbing editor)
1981: The Final Conflict - Omen III (dialogue editor)
1981: For Your Eyes Only (dubbing editor)
1982: A Shocking Accident (short) (sound editor)
1982: Who Dares Wins (dubbing editor)
1983: Octopussy (1983) (sound editor)
1984: Nineteen Eighty-Four (sound editor)
1984: Supergirl (dubbing editor)
1985: A View to a Kill (sound editor)
1985: Sweet Dreams (sound editor)
1986: King Kong Lives (sound editor)
1986: Labyrinth (dialogue editor)
1987: The Living Daylights (sound editor)
1987: White Mischief (sound effects editor)
1988: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (sound editor)
1988: Hawks (supervising sound editor)
1989: Black Rainbow (sound editor)
1989: The Return of the Musketeers (sound editor)
1990: Mister Johnson (sound editor)
1992: Frankenstein (TV movie) (sound editor)
1993: The Remains of the Day (sound editor)
1994: Frankenstein (sound effects editor)
1994: Princess Caraboo (dialogue editor)
1996: August (sound editor)
1996: Emma (supervising sound editor)
1996: Last Dance (foley editor)
1996: Element of Doubt (dubbing editor)
1997: Fierce Creatures (sound editor)
1998: A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries (supervising sound editor: UK)
1998: Croupier (sound editor)
1998: Martha - Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence (supervising sound editor)
1999: Pushing Tin (sound effects editor)
1999: The Bone Collector (supervising sound editor: London)
1999: Women Talking Dirty (supervising sound editor)
2000: Maybe Baby (supervising sound editor)
2001: Endgame (supervising sound editor)
2001: Varian's War (TV movie) (supervising sound designer)
2002: Killing Me Softly (supervising sound editor)
2003: Ned Kelly (supervising sound editor)
2004: Chasing Liberty (supervising sound editor)
2004: Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (TV movie) (sound effects editor)
2004: Nouvelle-France (supervising sound editor)
2004: The Karate Dog (TV movie) (foley editor)
2005: Tara Road (supervising sound editor)
2005: Spirit Trap (supervising sound editor)
2008: 313 (sound editor)
2009: Book of Blood (supervising sound editor)
2010: Pusher (supervising sound editor)

Editor's note:
Read FSWL's review of SKYFALL or download it here.

Other interviews with people from the world of Bond on From Sweden with Love:
>Jens Hultén (February 2013)
>Keith Hamshere (December 2012)
>Martine Beswicke (October 2012)
>Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (September 2012)
>Terry Bamber (September 2012)
>Lana Wood (August 2012)
>Earl Cameron (August 2012)
>Lynn-Holly Johnson (August 2012)
>Shane Rimmer (June 2012)
>Christopher Wood (May 2012)
>Andreas Wisniewski (April 2012)
>Ola Rapace (April 2012)
>Anne Lönnberg (Mars 2012)
>Robert Davi (December 2011)
>Béatrice Libert (November 2011)
>Vic Armstrong (October 2011)
>Doug Redenius (May 2011)
>Bettine Le Beau (April 2011)
>Jeffery Deaver (April 2011)
>Martin Grace (January 2010)
>Bob Dix (August 2009)
>Britt Ekland (June 2009)
>Eight James Bond film directors (Winter 2009)
>Sean Connery (January 2009)
>David Hedison (June 2008)
>Sean Connery (April 2008)
>John Glen (September 2007)
>Terence Mountain (April 2007)
>Stanley Morgan (April 2007)
>Albert Moses (October 2006)
>Virginia Hey (October 2006)
>Dolph Lundgren (June 2006)
>Sir Roger Moore (March 2006)
>Guy Hamilton (March 2006)
>Nic Raine (March 2006)
>Richard Kiel (March 2006)
>Hilary Saltzman (January 2006)
>Papillon Soo Soo (September 2004)
>Roger Spottiswoode (April 2004)
>Greg Powell (May 2001)
>Doug Robinson (May 2001)
>Roy Alon (May 2000)
>Nick Wilkinson (May 2000)
>Sarah Donohue (May 2000)
>Eunice Huthart (May 2000)

Photo above:
Colin Miller's Golden Reel award from the MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) in America for “Best Sound Editing” on a foreign feature film for Octopussy. © 2013 From Sweden with Love.

Read more about Sound Designer Colin Miller's successful career on IMDB:




For the release of Skyfall (2012) and the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with the Swedish actor Jens Hultén - one of four Swedes involved in Skyfall (Jens plays one of Silva's men) along with Ola Rapace (Patrice), Per Hallberg (supervising sound editor) and Love Larson (make up) - in Stockholm.

FSWL was the first in the world to officially reveal Jens' involvement in the film, the news was published on 12th March 2012. >Read more


Jens Hultén was born in 1963 in Stockholm. Besides Swedish, he is fluent in both British and American English.

Besides acting, he sings, plays guitar and is good at martial arts. He is also a talented stage fighting director/choreographer and has staged fighting choreography for three theatre plays.

He has participated in a number of Swedish films and television series and is best known for the role as "Seth Rydell" in the Johan Falk film series.

Quick facts:
Height: 189 cm
Hair: Medium blonde
Eye colour: Blue
Special skills: Singing, playing guitar and martial arts
Driving license: B

Editor's note:
Read FSWL's review of SKYFALL or download it here.

For other posts about Jens Hultén featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Jens Hultén at Grand Hotel in Stockholm. Photo by Mikaela Tidlund © 2013 From Sweden with Love.

Read more about films and television series with Jens Hultén on IMDB:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Keith Hamshere. Keith established ties with Eon Productions in the early 1980's and worked in the publicity department on nine of their 007 films - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), For Your Eyes Only (1981), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987), Licence to Kill (1989), GoldenEye (1995) (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).


About Keith Hamshere:
Keith Hamshere was born in 1946 and started his career as an actor. In 1960, he appeared as “Oliver” in the original Lionel Bart production of the musical of the same name. But Keith's career in front of the camera was short as he decided to try his hand behind the camera.

After working his way through the London’s cool swinging 1960’s photographic scene, Keith was invited by unit photographer, John Jay, to work on a new film that a hot young Turk called Stanley Kubrick was directing. That film was 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Keith spent over 2 years working alongside Kubrick, a photographer himself, helping him on many special visual effects that still stand up to today's modern CGI.

In 1984, Keith worked with Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. His credits on IMDB are rather special and incl. numerous films, most of which we are all familiar with, such as the “Stars Wars” series.

He continues to be busy shooting on major blockbusters and small indies alike, and he very much believes in providing the client with the widest possible range of photographic content on set, ranging from traditional stills, specials to advertising promotional imagery.

Hamshere embraces new technology and was one of the first unit photographers to adapt to the digital age. He has developed a company producing 360 degree virtual movie sets which provide amazing content for the film studios.

Keith is currently the European Vice President of The Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers.

Photo above:
Still from GoldenEye featuring Pierce Brosnan and Izabella Scorupco. Photo by Keith Hamshere. © 1995 EON Productions. All rights reserved.

For a full listing of Keith Hamshere's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:



14 NOVEMBER 2012

Izabella Scorupco's screen-used bikini (made by La Perla in Italy) from GoldenEye (1995) is being put up for sale at a charity auction in Stockholm. FSWL has got all the details and can offer this exclusive preview.
UPDATE: The bikini sold for 25,000 SEK (3,500 USD) to a Swedish collector.
For the second year in a row, Barndiabetesfonden (Child Diabetes Fund) in Sweden, together with Stockholms Auktionsverk and Lilly Diabetes organizes a charity auction at Berns Salonger in Stockholm during World Diabetes Day on November 14 to raise money for juvenile diabetes research.

Several unique items will be auctioneered on the day including the bikini Izabella Scorupco wore in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye (1995) (white, three-piece: top, bottom, and sarong). Izabella has donated the bikini herself, it has been in her possession since the filming.

"I haven't used the bikini since the filming of the movie, it's been kept in a holy place until now," says Izabella.

She continues: "I have repeatedly been asked to donate items to benefit various charities but it never felt as good at the time. Child Diabetes has exploded around the world and it is important that we engage."

Bidding will only take place at the evening of the 14th of November, 2012. The auction can only be attended by invitation but the public can bid on telephone. Contact Stockholms Auktionsverk for more about the bidding process.

All proceeds during the evening will go to research childhood diabetes. Last year's auction brought in a total of 653 000 SEK, which hopefully is surpassed this year.

In Sweden, about 8000 children and adolescents live with diabetes, a life-long disorder that involves daily treatments and many hospital visits. Today, diabetes is an incurable, life-threatening disease, and the only thing that can change this is continuing research in this area. Sweden is the second nation in the world with the highest rate of diabetes amongst children. Children suffer almost exclusively of type-1 diabetes, which means that the cells producing insulin die. Three times more children are diagnosed with diabetes than all forms of cancer combined.

Editor's note:
Several people have tried to convince Izabella to sell her bikini from GoldenEye, but she always said no - until now.

Photo above:
Izabella Scorupco's GoldenEye bikini placed on a mannequin. Photographer: Bingo Rimér. © 2012 Michael Bindefeld AB. All rights reserved.

Izabella Scorupco's GoldenEye bikini and other auction items can be viewed on Auktionsverket's website:




Following up on the announcement in February 2012, From Sweden with Love has just received official news on the month of publication for Jon Gilbert's highly anticipated book, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.
UPDATE: (October 16, 2013) From Sweden with Love would like to congratulate author Jon Gilbert on the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography award for his outstanding work with this book, it's really all you ever need to know about the English editions of Ian Fleming's Bond books. Highly recommended.
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: (September 10, 2012)

IAN FLEMING: THE BIBLIOGRAPHY - Late October launch announced by Adrian Harrington Ltd. and Queen Anne Press

A comprehensive 750-page guide to the work of Ian Fleming, one of the 20th century’s greatest thriller writers and creator of the world’s most famous spy, Special Agent 007. Covering everything from the first draft of Casino Royale in 1952 to editions still in print today, Ian Fleming: The Bibliography is not only an indispensable source of information for collectors, enthusiasts, libraries and booksellers alike, but an entertaining and informative volume that will appeal to anyone interested in the James Bond phenomenon.

The guide will be published in late October 2012 by Queen Anne Press – the literary impress once managed by Ian Fleming. The launch will coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the “Dr No” film and the premiere of Skyfall (2012).

“Ian Fleming is best known as the creator of James Bond, an icon of 20th century popular culture”, says author Jon Gilbert, “but he was also a journalist, publisher, travel writer, motor enthusiast, card player, accomplished golfer and noted bibliophile. Much has been written about Fleming and his legendary creation, but until now there has been no serious bibliographical account of his published work.”

Jon Gilbert, who has worked for Adrian Harrington Ltd. since 1990, is the foremost internationally renowned expert on the works of Ian Fleming. His research took him to the Jonathan Cape Publishing archive, Eton College Library, the Pan Macmillan archive, Penguin Books Ltd, The Imperial War Museum's Fleming Exhibition, the British Library and the Bond Bound display at The Fleming Collection, London. He has interviewed colleagues, friends and family of Ian Fleming and came across many interesting and little known details. The result is not just a collection of literary facts and figures, but a fascinating insight into the career of one of Britain’s most famous authors who created one of the most fascinating literary figures of the 20th century.

Ian Fleming: The Bibliography covers every aspect of the author’s writing, from the manuscript stage, through typescripts, uncorrected proofs, advance and review copies, first and subsequent impressions, paperback printings, omnibus and collected editions, as well as periodical appearances, comic strip adaptations, young reader and large print editions published in Britain and America. Apart from the fourteen Bond novels there are sections covering Fleming’s non-fiction works The Diamond Smugglers and Thrilling Cities, and his book for children Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Each entry in the Jon Gilbert’s bibliography includes information on the conception, editorial process and marketing of the book, complemented by a full list of sources. Biographies of Fleming's closest confidants are provided, along with a detailed chronology of the author's life.

The work, which is much more than a bibliography, has been compiled with the approval of Ian Fleming’s literary estate and the assistance of The Ian Fleming Foundation. It is greatly appreciated by the Fleming family:

“Queen Anne Press's first publication in its revived form was the complete works of Ian Fleming, 18 volumes in all including the 14 famous James Bond titles. We are delighted now to publish Ian Fleming: The Bibliography, a magisterial work which includes more than 1,000 illustrations and is a must for any Bond aficionado.” -Kate Grimond (Ian Fleming’s niece)

“The result of four years’ intensive research, Jon’s book is a welcome reminder of just how important Ian Fleming’s works are and how deeply they have influenced so many people.” -Fergus Fleming (Ian Fleming’s nephew)

“Ian Fleming: The Bibliography” is available in two versions:
• Standard: bound in cloth with gold blocking (Price: £175)
• Deluxe: quarter-bound in vellum effect on black boards & gold blocking - inspired by Fleming’s own design for a limited edition of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963). (Limited to 250 numbered copies/ Price: £250)

It is available from the UK based Queen Anne Press and Adrian Harrington Ltd in London.

Ian Fleming and James Bond related books published in 2012 and featured on FSWL:
>007 - The James Bond Archives by Paul Duncan (Hardback - 26 October)
>A Brief Guide to James Bond by Nigel Cawthorne (Paperback - September 20, 2012)
>All About Bond by Terry O'Neill (Hardcover - October 1, 2012)
>Bond on Bond by Roger Moore (Hardcover - April 10, 2012)
>Bond on Set: Filming Skyfall by Greg Williams (Hardback - October 2012)
>Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan by Mark O'Connell (Paperback - September 3, 2012)
>Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Hardback - March 13, 2012)
>For Your Ears Only: The Voice of the Stars by Nikki van der Zyl
>Ian Fleming and SOE's Operation POSTMASTER: The Top Secret Story Behind 007 by Brian Gordon Lett (Hardback - September 20, 2012)
>James Bond: Amazing and Extraordinary Facts by Michael Paterson (Hardback - April 27, 2012)
>James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters by Dennis Gassner (Hardback - September 3, 2012)
>James Bond is Real: The Untold Story of Political & Military Technological Threats Ian Fleming Warned Us About by Mike L. Sparks (Paperback - March 19, 2012)
>James Bond Unmasked by Bill Desowitz (Paperback - May 9, 2012)
>LIFE 50 Years of James Bond: On the Run with 007, from Dr. No to Skyfall (HB - Oct. 2, 2012)
>My Life as Indiana Jones, James Bond, Superman and Other Action Heroes by Vic Armstrong (Paperback - May 25, 2012)
>My Life as a Mankiewicz: An Insider’s Journey through Hollywood by Robert Crane (Hardback - May 28, 2012)
>The First Lady of Bond: My Autobiography by Eunice Gayson (Hardback - September 12, 2012)
>The James Bond Omnibus Volume 003 by Ian Fleming (Paperback - March 23, 2012)
>The James Bond Omnibus Volume 004 by Ian Fleming (Paperback - November 6, 2012)
>The Music of James Bond by Jon Burlingame (Hardback - November 1, 2012)

More about Ian Fleming and his books on the official website:



22-27 OCTOBER 2012

From Sweden with Love has got a preview of Aftonbladet's lavish and luxurious James Bond 007 issue which will be sold with the paper during from October 22 to the 27th 2012.

This is the first time a Swedish newspaper has made such an extensive story on the James Bond films. Aftonbladet has met everyone over the years: Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.

Markus Larsson appoints the best Bond song in a monster review of all 25 theme songs.

A selection of the content:
• All about Skyfall (2012). AB visited the set in Turkey where Ola Rapace did action scenes with Daniel Craig.
• A flashback of 50 years of James Bond. Who were the Bond girls and the bad guys.
• The ultimate list: The 50 biggest Bond moments
• The most spectacular cars
• Coolest babes
• Toughest weapons
• The craziest gadgets
• The most passionate fans
• The maddest villains
• Win Bond experiences
• Bond quiz and crossword

Facts about the special issue:
Price: 39 SEK
Number of pages: 100
ISSN: 7-388128-603901

Editor's note:
FSWL's founder and proprietor, Anders Frejdh, is interviewed in the magazine.

Skyfall events and news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Initial press release for Bond 23 (January 2011)
>Sony Pictures and MGM distributes Bond 23 (April 2011)
>SKYFALL confirmed as title for Bond 23 (November 2011)
>Press conference in London (November 2011)
>SKYFALL officially filming in London (November 2011)
>Thomas Newman to score SKYFALL (January 2012)
>First official photo from SKYFALL (February 2012)
>First video blog online (February 2012)
>Skyfall to be released in IMAX theatres (February 2012)
>Swedish actor Jens Hultén confirmed for Skyfall (March 2012)
>Second video blog online (March 2012)
>An interview with Ola Rapace (Patrice) (April 2012)
>Third video blog online (April 2012)
>Fourth video blog online (April 2012)
>Press conference in Istanbul (April 2012)
>Fifth video blog online (May 2012)
>First teaser poster revealed (May 2012)
>Teaser trailer online (May 2012)
>Sixth video blog online (June 2012)
>Ben Whishaw confirmed as the new Q (July 2012)
>International trailer online (July 2012)
>Coca-Cola and SKYFALL partnership (August 2012)
>New SKYFALL posters revealed (August 2012)
>Coca-Cola Zero reveals new SKYFALL ad (September 2012)
>US one-sheet poster for SKYFALL revealed (September 2012)
>Second UK teaser poster for SKYFALL revealed (September 2012)
>Bond on Set: Filming SKYFALL - Greg Williams (October 2012)
>Adele revealed as singer of SKYFALL theme song (October 2012)
>First Swedish review of SKYFALL (18 October 2012)
>Royal premiere of SKYFALL in London (23 October 2012)
>SKYFALL opens at UK cinemas (October 2012)
>SKYFALL sets new box office records all over Europe (November 2012)
>SKYFALL opens in America (November 2012)
>SKYFALL is the most successful film of 2012 in the UK (November 2012)
>SKYFALL: A worldwide box-office phenomenon (December 2012)
>SKYFALL stunt team recipient of SAG Award (January 2013)
>Dennis Gassner winner of Art Directors Guild award (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on Blu-ray in Sweden (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on Blu-ray Steelcase in Sweden (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on DVD in Sweden (February 2013)
>Special celebration of James Bond at the 85th Academy Awards (February 2013)
>Adele performs "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards (February 2013)

Photo above:
The cover of Aftonbladet's James Bond magazine. © 2012 Aftonbladet. All rights reserved.

Keep an eye on Aftonbladet's website for more information about their special issues:



Skyfall starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

Daniel Craig finds "home" as James Bond in SKYFALL - A spoiler-free review of SKYFALL. (The first one in Swedish.)

By Anders Frejdh, Founder and Editor of From Sweden with Love.

James Bond is back at the cinemas in the 23rd film from EON Productions, SKYFALL. For the third time in a row, Daniel Craig plays Ian Fleming's immortal agent 007 with a licence to kill, this time more personal than ever. Craig feels at home and has now made the part his own. Although no one, in my eyes, will ever surpass Sean Connery's elegant and hard version of 007, I would say that Craig is a great actor, perhaps the greatest one in the role.

The title SKYFALL is original and has not come from Ian Fleming's original novels or any of the other Bond books. Without revealing too much, the title has a great significance in the film, based on a screenplay by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan. We'll see James Bond in situations that we have not seen him before. They can be proud, the script is strong and the film is enormously lavish and well executed.

The film has no connection to the previous two with Craig. It starts with a spectacular and stunning chase sequence in Turkey with spectacular action mastered by the film's stunt coordinator, Gary Powell, and his talented team. One of Sweden's contributions to the film, Ola Rapace in the role of the mysterious Patrice, impresses in the fight with James Bond (Daniel Craig) on top of a speeding train. The clearly impressive opening sequence takes us through Istanbul's busy streets where gridlock is an understatement. Hats off to the production team behind the 2nd Unit lead by Bond veteran Terry Bamber.

The subsequent title sequence is both clever and memorable: Daniel Kleinman returning after his absence from the last film, has created some of the most accomplished titles since he began in 1995, having taken over from Maurice Binder (1925-1991) who put his stamp on 14 of the first 16 Bond title sequences. His work is aided immeasurably by being accompanied by Adele's title song: a classic theme in the Shirley Bassey tradition.

SKYFALL is the second longest James Bond film to date with a 143 minutes running time (CASINO ROYALE, with its 144 minutes, is the longest). Perhaps it is evidence the film makers have reacted to the somewhat criticized QUANTUM OF SOLACE. The delay caused by the studio’s financial woes gave them more time to develop the screenplay. Daniel Craig has been personally involved in the choice of director Sam Mendes and the choice of Javier Bardem who plays Bond's main enemy in the film, Raoul Silva. Bardem does a brilliant performance as Bond villain, without doubt one of the best in the series: nasty, intelligent and crazy.

One of the choices they made for SKYFALL was to bring back "Q". This time, and for the first time, we get to see Ben Whishaw in the role of a younger and more data-oriented Quartermaster. It remains to see what they make of the relationship between 007 and Q but the chemistry between the two actors is there, as well as the humor and respect for each other. I hope it grows into the relationship developed in 17 of the previous films when Q was played by the much-loved actor Desmond Llewelyn (1914-1999).

For the seventh time, Judi Dench portrays Bond's boss, "M", and as usual she makes a solid and lasting performance. The relationship between M and Bond is deepened even more in this film, and more personal than ever before.

One of the "Bond Girls", even if it feels slightly incorrect to call her that after seeing the film, is played by the shapely and obviously talented actress Bérénice Marlohe. She plays the enigmatic character "Severine", who I think will be one of the most memorable girls in the entire series. Naomie Harris does a fantastic job as Bond's colleague in the field, "Eve" - I hope and believe she will be back.

Director Sam Mendes first Bond film is hopefully not his last. He is a genuine Bond fan since childhood and a very talented filmmaker, his involvement is like icing on the cake for the movie. He won the Best Director Oscar for 1999’s American Beauty and has brought something majestic to the film.

In SKYFALL, there are countless of computer screens which are not directly suitable to film. This is the result of the work of talented artist Ian Sargent who spent 11 months on the production at Blind Ltd (including on set), and then extra work in the post-production process of the film, coping with a lot of changes at the last second.

SKYFALL features product placement (which is understandable in view of the production cost) but not in excess so as to become distracting. The rumour that Bond would abandon his martini for Heineken, which I personally never believed, did not happen.

The soundtrack was composed by Thomas Newman, his first James Bond film. He does it well but I still miss John Barry's music. Adele's theme song "Skyfall" is co-written and produced by Paul Epworth. In my eyes, there are three types of Bond theme songs: Some are impressive, cool and sexy as "Goldfinger". Some are reflective and sad as "You Only Live Twice" while others are anthemic and adventurous like "Live and Let Die". Adele's song belongs to the more reflective and sad: it is very Bondian but also very Adele. It is a beautiful ballad that is likely to be a classic.

The film's producers and Albert R. Broccoli's heirs, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, have yet again proved that their vision of reviving the James Bond phenomenon has been artistically brave and the right way go. Daniel Craig's version of Ian Fleming's agent is unique and more emotional than previous versions: I actually cried at one point. There is more humour in SKYFALL (compared to Craig’s previous Bonds), but it's still a long way from Roger Moore's films, although I personally don’t need any more humor in them.

Conclusion, a balanced Bond film for the 50th Anniversary of DR. NO (which didn’t actually open in Sweden until April 1963), SKYFALL is a mix between LICENCE TO KILL and CASINO ROYALE. I think it will become a classic Bond film. The well-written script, the spectacular action scenes, a stunning ensemble with Q's return, as well as a memorable and nasty villain gives it strength. The two Swedish actors in the film, Ola Rapace and Jens Hultén, should be proud, to have a close encounter with James Bond is a rare thing. They make a solid effort, even if they do not say a word; it is likely that it was initially thought that their characters would be played by professional stuntmen. Having impressed the stunt coordinator Gary Powell, they were selected in tough competition. Four out of five Swedish flags is my rating on SKYFALL.

Skyfall review © 2012 From Sweden with Love. Not to be reproduced without permission.

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Other notes about the film:
From Sweden with Love was the first in the world to publish the name of Ola Rapace's part in the film, as well as the first to reveal Jens Hultén’s participation.

Besides Ola Rapace and Jens Hultén there is another Swedish person who worked on SKYFALL, Per Hallberg, two-times Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor.

The film started shooting on November 7, 2011 in London, after which the crew then went to Scotland, Shanghai and Turkey.

SKYFALL is released in Sweden and the UK on October 26, 2012, almost exactly four years after the previous film, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, opened.

The Royal premiere in London is held on October 23 at the Royal Albert Hall. The Swedish gala premiere in Stockholm will take place on October 24 and is organized by ZAP Events.

Editor's note:
During 2012, FSWL was fortunate to meet many of the cast members from Skyfall. In September, we spoke to screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, production manager (second unit) Terry Bamber and stunt coordinator Gary Powell. In November, we spoke to Jens Hultén. And while in London for the premiere, we met and interviewed Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson, Sam Mendes, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Bérénice Marlohe and Daniel Craig. In Stockholm, FSWL was invited to a press conference for Skyfall with Gregg Wilson, Naomie Harris and Ola Rapace.

Other Skyfall events and news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Initial press release for Bond 23 (January 2011)
>Sony Pictures and MGM distribute "Bond 23" (April 2011)
>SKYFALL confirmed as title for Bond 23 (November 2011)
>Press conference in London (November 2011)
>SKYFALL officially filming in London (November 2011)
>Thomas Newman to score SKYFALL (January 2012)
>First official photo from SKYFALL (February 2012)
>First video blog online (February 2012)
>Skyfall to be released in IMAX theatres (February 2012)
>Swedish actor Jens Hultén confirmed for Skyfall (March 2012)
>Second video blog online (March 2012)
>An interview with Ola Rapace (Patrice) (April 2012)
>Third video blog online (April 2012)
>Fourth video blog online (April 2012)
>Press conference in Istanbul (April 2012)
>Fifth video blog online (May 2012)
>First teaser poster revealed (May 2012)
>Teaser trailer online (May 2012)
>Sixth video blog online (June 2012)
>Ben Whishaw confirmed as the new Q (July 2012)
>International trailer online (July 2012)
>Coca-Cola and SKYFALL partnership (August 2012)
>New SKYFALL posters revealed (August 2012)
>Coca-Cola Zero reveals new SKYFALL ad (September 2012)
>US one-sheet poster for SKYFALL revealed (September 2012)
>Second UK teaser poster for SKYFALL revealed (September 2012)
>Bond on Set: Filming SKYFALL - Greg Williams (October 2012)
>Adele revealed as singer of SKYFALL theme song (October 2012)
>Aftonbladet's James Bond magazine in stores (22 October 2012)
>Royal premiere of SKYFALL in London (23 October 2012)
>SKYFALL opens at UK cinemas (October 2012)
>Box-office success for SKYFALL in Sweden (29 October 2012)
>SKYFALL sets new box office records all over Europe (November 2012)
>SKYFALL opens in America (November 2012)
>SKYFALL is the most successful film of 2012 in the UK (November 2012)
>SKYFALL: A worldwide box-office phenomenon (December 2012)
>SKYFALL stunt team recipient of SAG Award (January 2013)
>Dennis Gassner winner of Art Directors Guild award (February 2013)
>SKYFALL wins two BAFTA Awards (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on Blu-ray in Sweden (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on Blu-ray Steelcase in Sweden (February 2013)
>SKYFALL released on DVD in Sweden (February 2013)
>Special celebration of James Bond at the 85th Academy Awards (February 2013)
>Dame Shirley Bassey makes first appearance at the Oscars (February 2013)
>Adele performs "Skyfall" at the 85th Academy Awards (February 2013)
>SKYFALL nominated for 7 Saturn Awards (June 2013)

Cover below:
The Swedish one-sheet poster for Skyfall © 2012 SF Bio. All rights reserved.

Visit the official 007 website for official SKYFALL news:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Martine Beswicke, the gorgeous Jamaica-born actress who worked on both From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965) (1965).


About Martine Beswicke:
A former Miss Jamaica, Martine came to London around the same time as Dr. No (1962) was in production and met up with director Terence Young. This lead to her being cast the following year in FSWL as one of the gypsy fighters, Zora, opposite Nadja Regin.

She came back, along with Terence Young, two years later as Paula Caplan in Thunderball, ensuring her an enduring place in Bond fan’s hearts.

Outside of Bond, Martine has appeared in films such as One Million Years BC (1966), Slave Girls (1967) and Hammer’s Dr Jeckyll AND Sister Hyde (1971) (playing Sister Hyde).

TV work includes John Drake (1965), Hart To Hart (1980), The Fall Guy (1982), Fantasy Island (1979-1984), Days of Our Lives (1984) and Santa Barbara (1985).

Contrary to speculation recorded elsewhere, Beswicke never married and was NOT one of the silhouetted dancing girls in the opening credits of Dr. No.

Photo above:
Martine Beswicke as Paula Caplan, with Sean Connery as James Bond, in a scene from Thunderball. © EON Productions. All rights reserved.

For a full listing of Martine Beswicke's career in films, check out her profile on IMDB:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the English screenwriters who have penned the last five 007 films (The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012)).


About Neal Purvis & Robert Wade:
Neal and Robert had their first success in 1991 with the screenplay of the controversial drama Let Him Have It. The critically acclaimed film, directed by Peter Medak, was screened for Parliament and played a part in Derek Bentley's eventual posthumous pardon.

They have worked in a variety of genres with screenplays such as Plunkett and Macleane (1999), starring Robert Carlyle and Liv Tyler, Johnny English (2003) starring Rowan Atkinson and John Malkovich, and worked on The Italian Job (2003) starring Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton. As well as writing the James Bond films THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH and DIE ANOTHER DAY, they wrote and co-produced Return to Sender (2004) for director Bille August and performed the same duties on Stoned (2005) for director Stephen Woolley.

For CASINO ROYALE they received two BAFTA nominations as well as an EDGAR nomination from the Mystery Writers of America. They have since co-written QUANTUM OF SOLACE and adapted John le Carré’s The Mission Song for Potboiler Films.

Having co-written SKYFALL, they are now producing their own Corsica ’72, an epic crime drama to be directed by Chan-Wook Park, as well as Cocaine Nights, their recent adaptation of the novel by JG Ballard.

Editor's note:
In 2011, the sequel to Johnny English was released, Johnny English Reborn, based on Purvis' and Wade's characters in the first film.

Photo above:
A personal portrait of Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. © 2012 EON Productions. All rights reserved.

Check out writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade's joint CV at their agent's website:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Terry Bamber, production manager on the last six James Bond films. In this interview he talks about the time when he was working as a runner on The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and almost ended his career in films before it had even started.


About Terry Bamber:
Terry Bamber was born in London 1956. He was educated at The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) between 1976 and 1979 before working as an actor for a few years.

Terry Bamber is a prolific veteran in the movie industry with a career in film and television spanning more than 40 years.

Terry has a vast range of skills and a legendary reputation of having worked on some of the finest movies ever made. A professional and a gentleman in every way.

Terry is considered one of the UK's leading production managers, working as 2nd unit production manager on the last six Bond films (Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002), Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012)) as well as many of the world's most well-known blockbusters.

Another interview with Terry Bamber at Derby University about film making:

Photo above:
Bamfall, a new film starring Terry Bamber. Produced by Terry Bamber. Directed by Terry Bamber.

For a full listing of Terry Bamber's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Earl Cameron, the acclaimed actor from Thunderball (1965).


About Earl Cameron:
Born in Bermuda in 1917, Earl Cameron arrived in London in 1939 after joining the Bermudan merchant navy. While working as a dishwasher at the Strand Corner House ("The only job a young black man could get at the time"), Cameron went along to watch a friend, who had a small in part in the 1942 Palace Theatre production of Chu Chin Chow. He was sufficiently impressed to suggest to the friend that acting was something he might like to try. As luck would have it, an extra failed to show for a performance and so Cameron was allowed his first, and by his own account, 'petrified' venture into the spotlight.

Cameron secured his first speaking role as Joseph, in the 1942 Globe production of The Petrified Forest, mainly because his Bermudan accent sounded American. Other stage work followed and soon, armed only with a few elocution lessons, he began to compile what remains a substantial body of film and television work. In his first feature, Pool of London (1951), Cameron became the first black British actor to secure a leading role in a feature film.

In 1965 he played Pinder, Bond’s second ally in Thunderball (1965), who operates the Bahamas branch of the British Secret Service. Pinder first meets Bond and Leiter where he takes them to his headquarters behind a shop in the marketplace of Nassau. There, Q provides Bond with the latest gadgets, and photos taken from the Infra-Red Camera are developed. From there plans are made to infiltrate Emilio Largo’s estate Palmyra.

Earl Cameron’s other film credits include Flame In The Streets (1961), Guns at Batasi (1964), The Sandwich Man (1966) and Cuba (1979), the latter with Sean Connery in the leading role. His numerous television appearances include Waking The Dead (2003), Kavanagh QC (1997), Lovejoy (1994), The Zoo Gang (1974), Dixon of Dock Green (1968), The Prisoner (1967), Dr Who (1966), Danger Man (1961) and The Buccaneers (1956).

Photo above:
Earl Cameron as Pinder, with Sean Connery as James Bond, in a scene from Thunderball. Photo courtsey of Bondstars. © EON Productions. All rights reserved.

For a full listing of Earl Cameron's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Lana Wood, the American actress from Diamonds Are Forever (1971).


About Lana Wood:
Lana Wood was born Svetlana Gurdin to White Russian Immigrant parents.

Her sister, Natasha Gurdin, became Natalie Wood. Natalie was taken from Natasha and Wood from director Sam Wood. On the first day of shooting classic western The Searchers (1956), Lana’s first film role, starring John Wayne and Jeffery Hunter and directed by John Ford, a person went up to her mother and said:

- "Well, what name do you want your other daughter to have?"
She replied, "Oh well, I guess...Wood".

So, that's how much thought went into it, says Lana.

It would be nearly a decade before Lana began her performing career in earnest, co-starring in the 20th Century Fox TV series The Long, Hot Summer (1965) and Peyton Place (1966-1967 season) as, respectively, "Eula Harker" and "Sandy Webber". Projecting a sexier image than sister Natalie, Lana was supremely suited for such film roles as Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 James Bond flick Diamonds Are Forever (1971). She later essayed the more sedate characterization of middle-aged matron "Fran Burke" in the CBS daytime drama Capitol (1983).

Lana has guest starred in popular tv shows such as The Fugitive (1964), Dr. Kildare (1964), Mission: Impossible (1972), Starksky & Hutch (1976-1979), Fantasy Island (1978) and The Fall Guy (1981).

In 1985, Lana Wood published a biographical book about her sister, Natalie: A Memoir.

In later years she has turned her hand to producing, and in 2004 helmed The Mystery Of Natalie Wood for ABC. For a full listing of Lana Wood's career as an actress, check out her profile on IMDB.

Photo above:
A personal portrait of actress Lana Wood.

Visit Lana Wood's official website to read more about her life and career:




For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Lynn-Holly Johnson, the gorgeous American actress who played Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only (1981).


About Lynn-Holly Johnson:
Lynn-Holly Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1958 to Margaret, a housewife, and Alan Johnson, a general contractor. She has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberlee. Johnson added the hyphen to her name after her roommate signed Johnson's name that way.

In 1974 Johnson was the United States National Figure Skating Silver Medalist and the National Freestyle Champion. She turned professional in 1977 and joined Ice Capades and subsequently began an acting career, making her film debut in Ice Castles (1978), where she played a figure skater. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing $18 million domestically. Johnson, who was described as "an appealing young woman who actually happens to be a good skater who can act" by film critic Roger Ebert, was nominated for a Golden Globe as "New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female" for her performance in the film.

Johnson was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Disney horror drama, The Watcher in the Woods. The film received a limited release in April 1980, but was pulled from theatres and not given a wider release until October 1981. Also in 1981, Johnson starred as "Bibi Dahl" in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. In that movie she played yet another ice-skater who unsuccessfully yet comically attempts to seduce an unwilling and much older James Bond (played by Roger Moore).

In 1996, Johnson quit acting to concentrate on her family; her last acting role at that time was a made-for-television film, Fugitive X: Innocent Target.

Johnson currently lives in the Los Angeles, California area with her husband and their two children. In the fall of 2007 she returned to acting in a community theatre production of It's a Wonderful Life.

Finally, and most importantly, she is a spokesperson for American Heart Association, doing speeches, with hopes of trying to save lives. She is also an ambassador for The Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California.

Photo above:
A personal portrait of actress Lynn-Holly Johnson. Photo by Jon Kopaloff. © Getty Images. All rights reserved.

For a full listing of Lynn-Holly Johnson's career in films, check out her profile on IMDB:



JUNE 2012

For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Shane Rimmer, the Canadian actor who has appeared in no less than three James Bond films and several other major blockbusters.


About Shane Rimmer:
Shane Rimmer was born in Toronto, Canada.

After a successful singing career in Canadian Radio and TV he was brought to England in the mid 1950's by Director Dick Lester, to appear as a singer in an ITV Network Special. He returned briefly to Canada to feature in a Canadian film Flaming Frontier, before marrying an English dancer and making London his home. He has featured in over 50 films in the UK and Europe, and has appeared in numerous TV roles.

His first major film appearance was in Stanley Kubrick's Dr Stangelove (1964) as the Co-Pilot, ACE. From there he went on to roles in Star Wars and three James Bond Productions - You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

These were followed by Superman II (1980) and Superman III, The People That Time Forgot (1977), Warlords of Atlantis, Rollerball (with Maud Adams and Burt Kwouk), Gandhi, Out of Africa, White Knights, Space Truckers, Whoops Apocalypse, Reds and many more.

Shane is a legend in the world of Gerry Anderson Productions, providing one of the most recognizable voices in Supermarionation history as "Scott Tracy" in Thunderbirds (1965-1966).

He is also the voice of Dick Spanner P.I. in the cartoon series of the same name. He has appeared in episodes of Space 1999 and UFO, written and appeared in The Protectors and The Persuaders and has written several episodes of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, and The Secret Service.

National Theatre Productions include True West, Guys & Dolls, Death of a Salesman, and a Tricycle Production of Called to Account.

Shane's Autobiography From Thunderbirds to Pterodactyls was published on 23rd October 2010.

He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife Sheila and enjoys warm and welcome visits from their three sons and their families.

Photo above:
A compilation of screen shots from Shane Rimmer's James Bond films.

Visit Shane Rimmer's official website to read more about his fabulous career:



APRIL 2012

For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Andreas Wisniewski, the German actor who worked on The Living Daylights (1987) and several other major blockbusters.


About Andreas Wisniewski: (Official biography)
Born and raised in Berlin, Andreas Wisniewski (Vish-ny-evski) made his first acquaintance with the stage at the tender age of eight. After graduating from school it took him five years of working as a ballet dancer to decide that acting was his calling. Having the opportunity to perform in Total-Theatre productions with the renowned choreographer/director Johann Kresnik he felt liberated from the stylized expressions of classical dance. Studying acting in Munich and later in London he was given his first opportunity as a thesp by playing the lead in the low-budget film "Outputs". Film was the medium he started to feel most at home in.

Soon Andreas realised that the film industry in Germany was limited due to language barriers. So he set out to America, New York at first. Plagued by money problems and the lack of proper working papers he had to give up and decided to return to London. And luckily so. Ken Russell noticed him, and after a few music videos offered him a part in his feature Gothic (1986). The part was small to start with and shrank further in the final cut. Nonetheless it led to other things, namely the part of the killing henchman "Necros" in 007 - The Living Daylights, Timothy Dalton's first James Bond movie. This being his first big budget film, Andreas appreciated the luxury of working without severe time and budgetary constraints.

When the film opened in the United States, Andreas went with it to Los Angeles, the center of the biz. He liked LA instantly, its laid back way of life, its eclecticism. And LA seemed to like Andreas. Die Hard (1988) happened along which became one of the year's blockbusters, and Andreas clinched the part of a terrorist. Before the start of principal photography Andreas had to return to London to work with Ken Russell again on his segment of Aria (1987). Due to a glitch in the visa process, he almost couldn't return to America on time. When the immigration papers finally arrived in London, Andreas had to go straight to the airport, be picked up at the other end, and taken to the set immediately.

In the subsequent years Andreas spent a great deal of time in Los Angeles. He has appeared on various TV shows such as Northern Exposure (1992) and Mann and Machine (1992) as guest star, and was cast in series regular parts of several TV pilots. Although none of these were picked up, he has no regrets about it.

In the following years resident in London but a regular visitor to LA he enjoyed the best of both worlds working wherever the job took him. Seen in Stephen Norrington’s Death Machine (1994), Brian de Palma’s Mission Impossible (1996), Linda LaPlante’s Supply and Demand (1997), Stephen Poliakoff’s The Tribe (1998) and Genevieve Joliffe’s Urban Ghost Story (1998) Andreas turned his attention to other aspects of the business as well.

Alone, and with a partner he has written screenplays and directed and produced several short films. He perceives this as an expansion of his interest in showbiz and a natural progression of his work.

More recently Andreas has spent a lot of time raising his three sons In Berlin. He has been seen as a guest on numerous German TV shows, as well as the feature “Heroes and Other Cowards”.

Apart from family and showbiz he has spent a large amount of time practicing yoga and meditation, something he discovered in California and brought back to Europe. A mystic at heart Andreas has been ordained in the tradition of Zen and is intent on getting the most out of every moment in life.

His current project - joining the two main aspects of his life, showbiz and spirituality - is a screenplay and subsequently a film about meditation.

Photo above:
A personal portrait of actor Andreas Wisniewski. © 2012 Declan Browne. All rights reserved.

For a full listing of Andreas Wisniewski's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:



MARCH 2012

From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh), with help from Enlil Albanna of Cinewebradio in France, caught up with the gorgeous Swedish-American actress, singer and author Anne Lönnberg to talk about her career, and in particular her work on Moonraker (1979) (1979).

>Read our interview with Anne Lönnberg here

About Anne Lönnberg:
Anne Lonnberg was born in California, USA to a Swedish father in 1949. She began acting in the 1960's, mostly in Greek films. She has had supporting roles in a number of American and French films and television series.

Lonnberg is best remembered for playing the museum guide and one of Hugo Drax' (played by Michael Lonsdale) girls in Eon Productions' eleventh James Bond film adventure, Moonraker (1979). Her last film role was in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).

Lonnberg also had a short singing career during the 1970's. She had one LP released, Same (Riviera, 1970), and two SP's, L'enfant Qui Lui Ressemble (Polydor, 1976) and Le Silence Après Le Cri (Polydor, 1977).

In February 2012, her second novel (Les Couleurs de la Peur) was published. The first one, Dites-moi Qu'elle Est Vivante, was published in November 2010.

Unfortunately, Lonnberg never picked up Swedish from her father, but she is fluent in both English and French.

Editor's note:
For other posts covering Anne Lonnberg featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For more photos from Anne's Moonraker days, click here.

Photo above:
Anne Lönnberg as the museum guide in Venice on the set of Moonraker. Photo by Patrick Morin. © 1979 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Read more about Moonraker and watch the trailer on MGM's official website.




The editor of From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with the gorgeous French actress Béatrice Libert, with help from with help from FSWL contributor Bernard Vandendriessche and his friend Michel Lefebvre in Belgium, to talk about her role in Moonraker (1979) (1979).


About Béatrice Libert:
Béatrice was born 1956 in Mons, Belgium and the part as Mademoiselle Deradier in Moonraker (1979) (1979), one of Hugo Drax' (played by Michel Lonsdale) girls, was her first film role.

Ms. Libert appeared in two other films in the 1980s, Josepha (1982) and Femmes de personne (1984). Before and four years after Moonraker she worked as a model.

Photo above:
Béatrice Libert as "Mademoiselle Deradier" in Moonraker (1979).

Read more about Moonraker and watch the trailer on MGM's official website:



25 APRIL 2011

FSWL met up with our dear friend Bettine Le Beau who played "Professor Dent's Secretary" in the first James Bond film, Dr No (1962).

Anders Frejdh (AF): Had you always aspired to be an actress - how did you end up working in television and film?

Bettine Le Beau (BLB): I wish I could answer you in the affirmative but I will let you in on a little secret - I am a born show-off. Any platform would have done. My husband Peter Lebow (hence the Le Beau name which I 'frenchified' and even split it in half to add the illusion of grandeur) was in the fashion dress industry and so we were invited to this super grand wedding of one of his friends. I was told that the Press would be in attendance and of course all these beautiful models. To my surprise, the very next day a full-page photograph of me was published in the Daily Mail. This very photograph started me working in television and film.

AF: How did you win your role in "Dr. No"?

BLB: I managed to get Jean Simmons' theatrical Agent, Aida Foster, and was sent to Pinewood Studios for an audition with many other actresses. I love meeting people and I especially like interviews. So, I chatted away made them smile and I presume they just took a liking to me and gave me a part in the film "Dr. No" - for which I am eternally grateful as I have gained so many wonderful fans. They have literally revived my career at this stage of my life.

AF: At the time of shooting, did you have any sense of the sensation that the Bond film series would become?

BLB: I don't think that anybody had any idea when shooting the very first of the James Bond films at the huge impact it will have on the audiences. Why is it so successful? Because it has class. The locations are breath-taking, the music score is memorable and of the highest calibre, the hero is suave, sophisticated and as for the ladies they are all beautiful and decorative. The story line is what the public want... the villain is eliminated, the Hero accomplishes his mission and everybody leaves the theatre happy. A most successful formula. Here I must make another confession. I usually don't go for Action films, its more a man's fantasy, but nevertheless I am a devotee of class.

AF: Before arriving on set, were you familiar with the work of Ian Fleming - Bond's creator - and if so, what did you think of James Bond?

BLB: Before arriving on set I had no idea who Ian Fleming was. I had never read his books for I was always reading about Psychology and Philosophy and had no time for novels. I am not one of these intellectuals but I certainly enjoyed talking and debating on these subjects - and I still do.

AF: Can you recall the time you first met Sean Connery? What was your first impression and do you have any funny, memorable or favourite stories from working with Sean?

BLB: The thing I remember most vividly is everybody talking on the set about his recent marriage to the beautiful and talented Diane Cilento. She was the adored star nominated for Tony and Academy Awards. He was still considered a newcomer in comparison. I understood how he must feel in this new situation for all actors are proud and sensitive. I thought if I approached him and started a conversation I might talk about my admiration for his wife and that's exactly what he does not want to hear. So that is why I cannot relate of any contact we had except doing the two scenes when he comes in my office to see Professor Dent and then leave.

AF: Did you spend any time in Jamaica during the shooting of "Dr. No" or was your work done at Pinewood?

BLB: No my role was entirely shot at Pinewood Studios. It would have been indeed exciting to have been in Jamaica.

AF: After "Dr. No" was released, did you continue to follow the Bond films - did you see "From Russia With Love" or any of the following films and what was your impression of them?

BLB: Not so much as I do now. I see things that I did not pay any attention to before. It has become very personal to me and follow all its news with interest. I want it to go on forever and feel happy that I was part of it from right back in its conception.

AF: You have also worked on "Danger Man" and "The Prisoner" - could you share some memories of the late Patrick McGoohan?

BLB: Yes I can share some memories of the late and wonderful Patrick McGoohan: let me take you back on set, the crew is busy seeing to the lighting, sound, props etc. We, the cast, are as usual chatting. The conversation was about the star Patrick that did not converse with any of them. Well it so happens that the next day he was just standing at my side when I said to him with a smile of course, "I really don't mind you not talking to me because you don't talk to anybody, so it is not a personal insult." He gave me a look like I was crazy but saw the logic of it and told me that he likes to concentrate on his lines and that is important to him. I nodded that I understood. Well from that day on whenever he caught my eye he gave me a big smile and a nod. No conversation just an acknowledgement. That's a gentleman!

He was devout catholic with high moral values. Happy in his marriage. An exemplary human being.

AF: In your time on screen, what are some of the most important skills and lessons learned?

BLB: In my time on screen the most important lessons I have learned is that there are two kind of actors. The ones like Peter Sellers, who can forget their identity and immerse themselves in the part they play to such a degree that it even lingers when they come home. I read somewhere that one of Peter Seller's wives said that she hoped his next part will be of a nice placid guy.

The other kind of actor is Anthony Quinn, he has such a strong sense of his identity that every part he plays he acts as what he would do in such a situation. It happened that I had a small part where I had to blackmail somebody, the way I was going to deliver my lines was in a manner of apology, I really don't want to blackmail you but I am forced to. The director said no, I don't want you to do it like that, you should be delighted that you got the fellow under your thumb, be ruthless and even give a little laugh. Well I just could not do it. We tried a few times and then to my shame the director said OK we will do it your way. I believe it was cut out of the film.

At present, Bettine is working on a photography book with glamorous shots taken of her during the Sixties by celebrity photographer Horace Ward. One of those photos is featured below.

Our sincere thanks to Bettine Le Beau and Horace Ward.

Bettine has recently redesigned her website, check it out here:




FSWL (Anders Frejdh) and Marie-Vienne France (webmaster for Roger Moore's official website) caught up with the talented Irish stuntman Martin Grace for an exclusive interview to talk about his career in films, and in particular his work with Sir Roger Moore and how he became his official stunt double.


Editor's note:
On 28 January 2010, just ten days after this interview was published, we received the following message from Sir Roger Moore's PA, Gareth Owen. We are, to say the least, devastated and shocked!

"With great sadness, I must pass on the news of the passing of dear Martin.

Martin was an accomplished stunt performer and co-ordinator, and was Roger's stunt double through most of the Bond films.

Apparently after suffering a cycling accident in late November, Martin fractured his pelvis and was hospitalised for some weeks. This week he was taken from his home in Spain to hospital again after developing breathing problems. He died yesterday after suffering an aneurism.

It's a terrible shock, as he was the fittest man around and always so full of life."

For more, read an obituary of Martin Grace from Kilkenny People, published on February 2, 2010

Photo above:
Martin Grace doubling for Roger Moore.

For a full listing of Martin Grace's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:



17 AUGUST 2009

An exclusive interview with the American actor who later turned to writing, Bob Dix, son of the legendary Hollywood actor Richard Dix.

The editor of From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) and Roger Moore's webmaster (Marie-France Vienne) caught up with American Bob Dix to talk about his work on Live and Let Die (1973) and the long-time friendship with Sir Roger.

About Bob Dix:
When Bob and his twin brother did the play, "The Prince and the Pauper," at eleven years of age, he knew he wanted to be an actor like his famous father, Richard Dix. The remark made by his Dad at the time encouraged him; "It looks like you've got it in your blood, Son."

Born May 8, 1935, as a twin ten minutes younger than his brother Richard, Bob grew up in their hometown of Beverly Hills, California. People involved in the movies and their children were always part of his young life.

Bob studied as an actor at the Nation Academy of Theater Arts at Pleasantville, New York the summer he was sixteen. The live stage appearances served as a solid foundation for his future as an actor. Through a friend, Bob was given a test at MGM Studios when he was eighteen years old and the studio signed him to a long-term contract. There he started with a few lines in some of the MGM's movies such as, "The Glass Slipper," The Kings Men," and "Athena," starring Debbie Reynolds, his first Movie Star date. The schooling and experience led to a featured role in the MGM Classic, "Forbidden Planet". To this day the movie has remained a classic.

With the onset of Television, the contract player became part of Hollywood history. After two years with MGM, Bob was released from his contract and became a free lance actor. He worked in numerous movies for 20th Century Fox, "Forty Guns", "The Lone Texan", "Young Jesse James", "Thundering Jets" to mention a few. His work included many of the popular TV shows like, "Gunsmoke," The Rifleman," "Richard Diamond, Private Detective," "Rough Riders," "Death Valley Days," "Sky King" and many more. His credits in the Independent Productions of Hollywood cover a long list which include his part as, "Hamilton," in 007's "Live and Let Die" , still a favorite. Roger Moore and Bob have been close friends since their early MGM days together.

Recently Bob has been a guest at Celebrities Shows and Film Festivals around the country. It's been a learning experience and a great opportunity to meet people. As a second generation Hollywood Actor, Bob's book, Out of Hollywood: Two Generations of Actors, is available.

In January 2005, Bob was staying with a friend at his ranch in the High Desert Country after his Mom's funeral. It was a time in his life to regroup after a long and difficult two years with her suffering with Alzheimer's. Bob was her caregiver until it was necessary to place her in a Palm Springs care center in California. That's when "a God Job" happened. Mary Ellen Kane formerly Mary Ellen McDonald known as, "Other Sister" in Bob's life and for many years throughout their youth together he was, "Other Brother" came for a visit. One visit to the ranch changed their lives. Bob had been a single man for ten years and Mary Ellen lost her husband of forty-six years to cancer two years before. A lifelong, loving friendship ended in marriage May 10, 2005. Mary Ellen is continuing her successful real estate career with Dilbeck Real Estate. Bob and Mary Ellen will attend film festivals together as time permits. In addition, Bob is an active member of Screen Actors Guild of America and will continue to work as an actor and author. The Dix's total retirement is not in their plans. They both believe, "Activity is life". And live it one day at a time.

Read the entire interview with Bob Dix here:



Quantum of Solace starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

The future is bright for the James Bond phenomenon - a spoiler-free review of Quantum of Solace (2008).

By Anders Frejdh, Founder and Editor of From Sweden with Love.

The wait is over; James Bond is back after the fantastic film in 2006 - Casino Royale (2006) – which gave the phenomenon an exceptional kick forward never seen before. This year’s film – Quantum of Solace (2008) – is the 22nd in the most successful film series of all time and James Bond is played for a second time by the Chester-born actor Daniel Craig. The rest of the cast include experienced actors from many different countries. A Swede even appears briefly in one of the scenes.

The title QUANTUM OF SOLACE comes from the name of one of the short stories in Ian Fleming’s short story collection FOR YOUR EYES ONLY. It was first published on April 11, 1960 by the British publishing house Jonathan Cape. (The collection was first published in Sweden by Albert Bonnier in 1962 but QUANTUM OF SOLACE is not in the Swedish translation.)

The film continues more or less right after the final scene of the last film bit except for the title, QUANTUM OF SOLACE has no connection with Ian Fleming’s short story. Without revealing too much it starts with a car chase which ends when ”James Bond” and ”M” interrogates ”Mr. White” (again played by the Dane, Jesper Christensen) which Bond just about had traced down when CASINO ROYALE ends. It is clear the 2nd unit team, with director Dan Bradley and production manager Terry Bamber at the front, has done a remarkable job with this car chase despite the problematic shooting which involved a totally demolished brand new Aston Martin DBS with an estimated value of around 250,000 euro.

The continuity from the previous film is much stronger than the car chase mentioned above. James Bond, the human being, gradually becomes stronger after losing the woman he loved. After that tragic event, Bond psychologically evolves his inner strength which then gives him the dedicated focus and self-preservation that later becomes Bond’s strongest and most distinguished feature and strength.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE has a running time of 106 minutes and is the shortest James Bond film so far (the previous film CASINO ROYALE is the longest with 144 minutes). It features top class high speed action packed sequences and is exceptionally exciting for a Bond film. Still lacking the famous character ”Q” (which the beloved and dearly missed actor Desmond Llewelyn played in 17 previous Bond epics), but his absence does not affect the pace or story line. On the contrary, this fact will give the audience a feeling that is much more than a typical Bond film. Perhaps an odd film in that sense but it is still very much James Bond, to discover how his earlier life experiences affect him as a person is genuinely interesting. Like with ”Q”, M’s secretary ”Miss Moneypenny” is not in the film but it does not spoil the story.

Judi Dench, who plays the role of ”M” in her sixth Bond film, gives the character a lot of weight with much charisma and authority. The relation between her character and Daniel Craig’s James Bond deepens even further in this film.

”The Bond girl” this time is played by the Ukrainian actress Olga Kurylenko. Her beauty is evident in more than one way and her character ”Camille” has a background similar to Bond’s which make her really special. Bond’s friend ”René Mathis” (again played by the Italian and Oscar-nominated actor Giancarlo Giannini) has an important part in the film which leads to unexpected consequences. The villain (”Dominic Greene”) is played by the acclaimed French actor Mathieu Amalric who makes a memorable performance showing elements not previously distinguished for a Bond villain.

Director Marc Forster's first James Bond film is hopefully not his last. The visual views are spectacular and his talent to tell a story is remarkable with the use of a new camera technique never seen before in films. The first and second assistant directors, Michael Lerman and Toby Hefferman, have had an important role for the film supporting Forster throughout the production.

With Tom Ford, Bond has been given a 60’s look. Bond’s ”return” to South America in the film series (Moonraker (1979) being the first Bond to be shot there in 1979) is wonderful and adventurous, the fact that he actually speaks a bit of Spanish is a new but not a very surprisingly ability. South America could be a very intriguing continent for future Bonds to explore.

The screenplay this time is originally written by the English writers Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. They are being credited as screenwriters to a Bond film for the fourth time although Paul Haggis (as for CASINO ROYALE in 2006) was hired to adapt their original work with a few adjustments.

The accompanying film music is composed by Englishman David Arnold and this is the fifth Bond film for him being the original soundtrack composer. The theme song ”Another way to die” is created by the American artists Alicia Keys and Jack White. The first time I listened to the song it felt wrong and not very Bondian. But, after seeing the film and hear the song where it is supposed to be I think it is not that bad. It gives a sense of the 60’s with typical Bond elements included that makes it memorable. The pre-credit titles are designed by MK12.

The film producers and heirs after Albert R. Broccoli, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, has yet again proven that their intention of revitalize the film version of James Bond is successful.

Their choice of Daniel Craig as agent 007 is even more confirmed and strengthened after this film. The British actor gives Bond a deeper description than seen before going beyond Ian Fleming’s creation. With Craig as Bond he is being interpreted as a more brutal and ruthless human being than for example Roger Moore's, but the humoristic side of it is not missed, James Bond in the novels possessed more than that.

Principal conclusion, one should have seen CASINO ROYALE before QUANTUM OF SOLACE but it would be wrong to compare them. There is a unique continuity in between them that previously has not appeared in the film series. An intelligent choice by the producers as I personally think it will lead towards a bright future for the James Bond phenomenon.

Quantum of Solace review © 2008 From Sweden with Love. Not to be reproduced without permission.

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Other notes about the film:
Shooting for the film began in London on January 7th 2008 after which production then continued in Chile, Italy, Mexico, Panama and Austria.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE has its world premiere in France, Sweden and United Kingdom on October 31st 2008. The Royal world charity premiere in London takes place on October 29th with the principal film cast attending.

Finally a note about the Swedish person mentioned above. Yours truly were unexpectedly chosen as one of 4 500 people that attended the casting of extras in January in Austrian Bregenz. To be able to act in the background during several scenes down there was a fantastic experience.

The shooting was done during two weeks in April/May. Anyone who wishes to look out can detect me when James Bond, in the form of Daniel Craig, follows one of the villain’s henchmen in a scene from Bregenz. It is really amazing that I was not cut out and actually ended up in the final film.

Other Quantum of Solace (2008) events featured on From Sweden with Love:
>QOS officially filming in London (January 2, 2008)
>QOS officially filming at Pinewood Studios (January 7, 2008)
>Press conference at Pinewood Studios (January 24, 2008)
>QOS teaser poster revealed (February 7, 2008)
>Bond on Set: Filming Quantum of Solace published (October 6, 2008)
>Official soundtrack released on CD (October 28, 2008)
>Royal World premiere in London (October 29, 2008)
>French premiere in Paris (October 30 2008)
>Swedish premiere in Stockholm (October 30, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in the UK (October 31, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in France (October 31, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Sweden (October 31, 2008)
>Norwegian premiere in Oslo (November 1, 2008)
>German premiere in Berlin (November 3, 2008)
>Dutch premiere in Amsterdam (November 4, 2008)
>Swiss premiere in Lucerne (November 4, 2008)
>Italian premiere in Rome (November 5, 2008)
>Spanish premiere in Valencia (November 6, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Germany (November 6, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Argentina (November 6, 2008)
>Exclusive QOS screenings in London (November 7-13, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in USA (November 14, 2008)
>Australian premiere in Sydney (November 15, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in Australia (November 19, 2008)
>QOS opens at cinemas in South Africa (November 19, 2008)
>Japanese premiere in Tokyo (November 24, 2008)
>DVD release (March 23, 2009)
>Special edition DVD release (March 23, 2009)
>Blu-ray release (March 23, 2009)
>TV premiere on Canal Plus in Sweden (November 14, 2009)

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Daniel Craig in Stockholm to promote QUANTUM OF SOLACE

Today, Stockholm and Sweden had the honour of welcoming some of the personalities behind the upcoming James Bond film - Quantum of Solace (2008) – officially the 22nd film in the most successful film series ever.

The actors Daniel Craig (”James Bond” for the second time on the big screen) and Olga Kurylenko (”Camille” in the film), director Marc Forster and executive producer Barbara Broccoli were here to promote the film and meet representatives from Scandinavian press.

From Sweden With Love was there with a photographer at the special photo call that took place in the morning at Skeppskajen outside the luxury Grand Hotel at Djurgården in Stockholm. Daniel arrived with his hand in a triangular bandage, greeted everyone with a polite ”Good morning” and shined in the sunlight.

The company arrived to Stockholm yesterday evening after flying in from Moscow where they, together with Anatole Taubman (who portrays ”Elvis”), made a similar promotion event. After Stockholm, the group will travel to Los Angeles (Daniel Craig will appear in "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno this Friday) before the return to London for the world premiere on October 29 after which they will make another promotion tour around Europe.

During the press junket in Sweden, journalists from the biggest newspapers in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark had gathered and consequently made an indefinite number of interviews with primarily Daniel and Olga. No direct sensations were revealed but Daniel Craig killed the rumour of gay-James Bond as well as explained how difficult it was to be away from family and others he loves during four and a half months of the six-month period the shooting took. He confirmed he has signed for four Bond films but ”I will do as many as I can”. Daniel also said that the biggest misunderstanding about him personally is that he lacks humour but Barbara Broccoli claimed he’s a perfectionist and takes his job very seriously.

On the question if there are similarities between James Bond and himself he laughed and initially stated the big difference ”Bond kills people, which is his job. So, I don't know. James Bond's loyalty is fabulous and he struggles to do the right thing for the right cause- I also try that in my personal life and I guess that counts for everybody I suppose."

After the enormous success with Casino Royale (2006), expectations are high for this year’s film but discussions are already going whether or not Daniel Craig could be the best actor who has ever portrayed James Bond. It seems QOS will become the shortest Bond film so far with its 106 minutes, but all the hard work during production will hopefully turn out positive according to Daniel Craig:

”I have followed the film during all stages while it has been made and so to see it the other day was a relief because it turned out it was worthy of all the work put in it. Of course, I don’t know how it will be received by audiences but I am very pleased with the result.”

At the same time, Barbara Broccoli was asked about the future of Bond upon she commented it’s completely open ended.

Quantum of Solace (2008) premieres in Sweden, France and United Kingdom on October 31st and tickets for Swedish cinemas is released tomorrow and can be pre-booked from SF’s website thru this link - The first screening in Sweden takes place in the night between October 30th and October 31st at 0.07am.

Quantum of Solace (2008) starts rights after the previous film Casino Royale (2006) ends. The screenplay is by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis. The title song is made by the American-born artists Alicia Keys and Jack White.

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Article published by Anders Frejdh, proprietor and editor of FSWL, 14-10-2008




Alan J Porter's book James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007 published.

The book consist of 240 pages and is written by Alan J Porter and is published in paperback by Hermes Press. ISBN 19-32563-18-0

The fully illustrated book will chronicle the story behind Bond’s comics adventures around the world, from British newspaper strips to original stories produced for markets such as Sweden and Chile, to Japanese manga, and of course the various American series and movie adaptations.

It will also be taking a look at the various Bond spoofs, 007’s influence on comics art in general, and hopefully lining up interviews with some of the creators who have added to Bond’s story over the years.

Before Bond became world famous with his movie series, the character was the subject of successful English newspaper strips and later in comic books. With the explosion of Bond on the screen the character and his exploits become even more popular in comic strip and comic book versions all over the world. James Bond: The History of the Illustrated 007 007 examines it all, and covers Bond’s newspaper strip and comic book appearances from the 1950s to the present. The release of this all-new history is timed to coincide with James Bond’s newest movie appearance and is sure to be a must for all Bond fans.

The cover of the book presents a never-before-seen painting by noted artist Bob Peak who made a significant contribution to the Bond canon’s movie poster art.

The editor of FSWL (Anders Frejdh) is one of the contributors to this book.

Editor's note:
For other American Bond books featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

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Our good friend, Martijn Mulder in the Netherlands, has written a unique field guide to the exotic James Bond filming locations around the world, On The Tracks Of 007 Travel Guide, all James Bond film locations in one unique travel guide. (The book features more details than the online version did.)

Dutch 007 connoisseur Martijn Mulder has written a unique field guide to the exotic James Bond filming locations around the world. Four-time Bond director Guy Hamilton contributed a foreword for the book, which is published by DMD Digital and released in early September 2008. Filled with historical background information, travel directions and location photographs, On The Tracks Of 007 brings you as close to the filming locations as you can get, enabling you to relive your favourite James Bond scenes AND travel the world within the turn of a page.

Together with his co-author, the late Dirk Kloosterboer from Germany, Mulder spent many family holidays researching, finding, mapping out and photographing all the locations ever used in the James Bond films. These - often spectacular - findings were turned into 30 detailed travel stories and for many years formed the heart of one of the longest running Bond related websites on the Net, With Bond mania about to peak (the release of the new Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008) is later this year), Mulder edited the stories and 665 photographs, presenting a one-of-a-kind field guide that will definitely please fans, travellers, film buffs and adventurers from around the world.

“No Bond fan who’s thinking of visiting any of the countries in which 007 has had adventures should be without this indispensable guide!” says Graham Rye, editor and publisher of 007 Magazine.

“Where the Bond traveller may once have wasted many valuable hours in an effort to locate the various film locations in whichever country, Martijn Mulder and Dirk Kloosterboer’s exhaustive work has lifted that burden from all 007 holidaymakers, making their trip to that country even more enjoyable.”

On The Tracks Of 007 is available with either B/W or full colour interior and features travel stories to exotic destinations like Jamaica, the Bahamas, Mexico, Japan, Egypt, Thailand and India, and cities like Paris, Hamburg, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

The 288-page book lists all used locations from Dr. No (1962) to Casino Royale (2006) and includes information on the latest Bond film Quantum of Solace (2008). Additionally, a full listing is included of all hotels ever used in the Bond films.

Editor's note:
Anders Frejdh (proprietor of From Sweden with Love) has contributed with material to the book which, incidentally, is published on 6 September 2008, the same day as FSWL celebrates four years on the Internet.

On The Tracks Of 007 is available at and from Amazon UK below:
(The book can of course also be ordered at local book stores worldwide.)



30 JUNE 2008

Exclusive interview with the hilarious Britt Ekland, the first Swedish Bond girl along with Maud Adams in 1974.

FSWL founder Anders Frejdh and Roger Moore's webmaster, Marie-France Vienne, caught up with Britt Ekland to chat about her work with Roger Moore on The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), the ninth Bond film and the last one co-produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman as Harry sold his 50% share to United Artists and left the series in 1975.

In the film, Britt is directed by Guy Hamilton which made his fourth, and last, film having previously directed Goldfinger (1964) (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Live and Let Die (1973).


Editor's note:
Sir Roger, who could have easily become a comedian because of his wonderful sense of humour, nicknamed Britt and Maud as "Burt" and "Mud" during the filming.

For other posts covering Britt Ekland featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
Britt Ekland and Roger Moore in one of the scenes from Thailand. Photo by Bob Penn. © © 1974 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

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JUNE 2008

The editor of From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with American stage and film actor David Hedison to talk about his role as "Felix Leiter" in Live and Let Die (1973) and Licence to Kill (1989).


About David Hedison:
David Hedison, a native of Providence, Rhode Island (born May 20, 1927), began his acting career with the Sock & Buskin Players at Brown University before moving to New York to study with Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham at the Neighbourhood Playhouse, and with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio. From there, he moved to off Broadway productions and a film contract with 20th Century-Fox.

His work on the New York Stage includes Turgenev's "A Month in the Country", directed by Sir Michael Redgrave and starring Uta Hagen, for which he won a Theatre World Award, Christopher Fry's "A Phoenix Too Frequent" and Clifford Odets' "Clash by Night". He toured with Anita Gillette in the National Company of Neil Simon's "Chapter Two" and appeared in Los Angeles in the West Coast premiere of Alan Bowen's "Forty Deuce", and in the Allan Miller production of "Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?" in the role of Larry Parks.

He toured with Elizabeth Ashley in the Joseph Hayes' play, "Come into My Parlour", and was in the world premiere run of Bernard Slade's "Return Engagements". In addition to appearing in A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters", with Anita Gillette in 1998, David also appeared in "Alone Together", "First Love" and the long-suffering husband in "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts.

While at Fox, Hedison made two television series: Five Fingers (1959-1960) and the long-running Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-1968) as Captain Crane. He has also appeared in a great variety of roles, from the PBS Television Theatre's production of Oliver Hailey's For the Use of the Hall (1975) directed by Lee Grant, and the NBC mini-series A.D. (1985), directed by Stuart Cooper, to ABC's Dynasty II: The Colbys (1985-1987). For five years, he played Spencer Harrison in the NBC daytime series Another World (1991-1996, 1999).

David has worked extensively on British television, including the BBC presentation of Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke (1972) in the role of John Buchanan opposite Lee Remick and performed in a West End production of James Leo "Herlihy's Bad Bad Jo Jo".

Between the stage and television work, he has maintained a steady career in feature films, from his first film under contract to Fox, The Enemy Below (1957), with Robert Mitchum and Curd Jürgens (who portrayed Stromberg, the main villain, in The Sphy Who Loved Me 1977), to the popular Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2002) with Michael York and Michael Biehn.

He played Felix Leiter in two James Bond films, Live and Let Die (1973) opposite his good friend Roger Moore, and Licence to Kill (1989) opposite Timothy Dalton. Film buffs will also remember him in the title role in the original version of The Fly (1958). The Fly was selected as one of the "Sci-Fi 100" in Entertainment Weekly as being one of the all-time greatest works of science fiction.

In recent years, David has also starred in Fugitive Mind (1999) with Michael Dudikoff and Gil Gerard, and Mach 2 (2000) with Brian Bosworth and Michael Dorn. David's two recent films, Spectres and Death by Committee were released in 2005.

In January of 2004, David debuted on the CBS Daytime drama The Young and the Restless as Judge Arthur Hendricks, an old flame of Katherine Chancellor. Soon after his arrival in Genoa City, Arthur was revealed to be the biological father of Katherine's new found daughter, Jill Foster Abbott. Jill was given away at birth and adopted and was only now beginning to know her birth parents. Arthur saw Kay through her relapse into alcoholism, helped stage the intervention that sent her to rehab, and when Kay was sober, they became engaged to be married.

In the summer and fall of 2006 and into 2007, David worked on four audio books. The first, McKnight's Memory, was published in October 2007. The second, The King, McQueen and the Love Machine, does not yet have a release date. The third project was a 12 minute introduction to the reissue of James Bond Lifestyle that came out June 7, 2007. His fourth audio book project, The Casino Caper, was released in August of 2007.

David got 2008 off to a rousing start by celebrating the 35th anniversary of Live and Let Die in England, with autograph signings at the Vintage Magazine Shop in London and The Memorabilia Show in Birmingham. David then wrote an introduction to the James Bond comic The Paradise Plot which was released in the United States on July 8, 2008.

David spent from June of 2007 until March of 2008 working on the trade paperback, The Fly at 50, in collaboration with Diane Kachmar and David Goudsward. The book was published in October, 2008.

Photo above:
David and Roger Moore at the premiere of Licence to Kill in Los Angeles, July 10, 1989.

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John Glen was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, England on May 15th 1932.

After an exciting childhood dodging World War Two bombs he started work at Shepperton Studios as a messenger. Graduating to the cutting rooms, he eventually became a film editor. His career as a director started with shooting close shots of gadgets and car chases for TV series.

Legendary producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli noticed his editing work on the Bond films On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979) and invited him to become the director on For Your Eyes Only in 1980, starring Sir Roger Moore.

Like the great director Alfred Hitchcock Mr Glen put in a special personal trademark in all of the five James Bond films he directed between 1981 to 1989; For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) (This is the record so far, no one else have directed more Bond films than Mr Glen). His 007 films feature a scene where James Bond is startled by the sudden flight of one or more pigeons. Glen's Bond movies also feature at least one character falling to their death from an airplane, ironically with each character performing the same scream.

Besides working on the James Bond film series John Glen has a long list of credits working with big names like; Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christopher Lambert, Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Ian Holm, Louis Gossett Jr, Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Tom Selleck. He has also worked with Sir Roger Moore in a few non-Bond films like Gold (1974), Shout at the Devil (1976), The Wild Geese (1978), and The Sea Wolves (1980).

Glen is very good friends with Sir Roger Moore after their long collaboration together and Sir Roger once commented John's work by saying: "John would keep all the very worst takes, including me scratching my crotch or blinking whenever I fired a gun. All in good fun, and incredibly bad taste, and most definitely for our eyes only."

John is still active in the film industry but now takes time to travel with his wife, Janine, between his homes in London and Western Australia. They also enjoy golf and play all around the world. Mr Glen currently play off handicap 23, two of his favourite courses is The Vines in Western Australia and Gerrards Cross in British Buckinghamshire.

Glen is a keen gardener, has three children (Andrew, Matthew & Samantha) and seven grandchildren which keep him busy.

More information about John Glen can be found by reading his wonderful autobiography For My Eyes Only published in 2001. It gives a fascinating read about the world of film making. Highly recommended although it is now out of print but a copy can be found on Amazon: (UK hardcover version from B T Batsford Ltd) (US paperback edition from Brassey's Inc)

(This interview was published simultaneously on Roger Moore's official website)



30 APRIL 2007

The Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with English actor and author Stanley Morgan to talk about his career and in particular his role in the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), directed by Terence Young (1915-1994).

>Click here to read the interview with Stanley Morgan

Photo above:
Stanley Morgan (as Concierge) in the classic casino scene with Sean Connery (as James Bond) in Dr. No. © 1962 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

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30 APRIL 2007

The Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with English actor and stunt man Terence Mountain to talk about his career in films and in particular his work on the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (directed by Peter Hunt) and the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever (directed by Guy Hamilton).

>Click here to read the interview with Terence Mountain

Photo above:
Terence Mountain (as Raphael) in a fight with George Lazeny (as James Bond) on the Guincho beach in Portugal 1968. Photo by George Whitear. © 1969 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

For more information about Terence Mountain's film career, check out his IMDB profile:



APRIL 2007

Stanley Morgan was born on 10 November 1929 in Liverpool. He has worked variously as a bank clerk, sewing machine salesman, debt collector and radio actor. In 1951 he emigrated to Canada where he spent some time at the Bank of Nova Scotia before emigrating yet again in 1955 - this time to Southern Rhodesia, where his interest in performing began. In 1958 he won an award for "Best Actor of the Year" and was sponsored to return to London to act professionally.

In the 1960's he co-starred in a number of British films such as The L-Shaped Room, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Night Train To Paris, and Konga. Stanley also had a pivotal role as the Casino Concierge in the first James Bond film - Dr. No (1962).

Around this time he also featured in TV commercials such as Camay Soap, Black and Decker Tools and Esso Petrol. Then an advertising producer suggested he make a 'voice-over' test tape for Whiskas cat food...and a whole new career was launched. During the next ten years he did the voice-overs for some 500 commercials - Esso, Shell, British Army, Castella Cigars, Whiskas, Kodak etc - and became one of the top voice-over artists of the era.

In the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's he turned his hand to writing and wrote a series of books detailing the adventures of a happy-go-lucky ladies man, RUSS TOBIN. The first million sales of Tobin occurred in 1973. Stan says "Granada (Mayflower) presented me with a gold pen which I still have but have never used!" Total sales of Tobin were around TEN MILLION - without the benefit of critical review or any substantial advertising. He sold particularly well in Australia, New Zealand, India and the Far East, and, to nobody's surprise, was banned in 1970s South Africa.

Stan also gave us a trilogy based around a dodgy Airline, and somewhere along the way found time to write a couple of serious adventure books, a handful of sex-comedies and later on in the 1980's and 90's some serious NOVELS which eluded critical acclaim, suffered from publishing disasters and are as a result, devilishly hard to come by.

Since writing his first novel in 1968, Stanley has written more than 40 books spanning four decades. His Tobin novels and others were available at the time in airport departure lounges, train stations and the like - easy-going, hilarious reading for long boring journeys. Now at the turn of the century these works of GENIUS can be located through Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Abe Books. However, two recent publications - TOBIN GOES CUCKOO (Russ Tobin's nineteenth outing) and TRANCE, an excellent thriller - are available through his publisher or through Stan's own website

Stanley currently lives in Cheshire, England with his wife Linda.



APRIL 2007

Terence Mountain was born in Lincoln, a small city in Northern England.

Mountain's acting career began in 1967 where he appeared in two episodes of the cult TV series The Baron starring Steve Forrester as the undercover agent masquerading as an antique dealer. His later TV work included episodes of The Saint (1967) with Sir Roger Moore, The Jazz Age (1968), Catweazle (1970), W. Somerset Maugham (1970), Budgie (1971), Play For Today (1973), The Professionals (1978), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) and The Bill (1987).

His first brush with James Bond was in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) playing one of the henchmen who attacks Bond in the pre-title sequence. Although unaccredited he also makes an appearance in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as one of Blofeld's guards who tries to deal with Sir Sean Connery in the role as agent 007. His other film work, as stunt man or an actor, include One Million Years B.C. (1966) with Raquel Welch in the lead and Bond girl Martine Beswicke in another role, The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966), Lassiter (1984) starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour, Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) with Bond stunt man Alf Joint, The Wicked Lady (1983) starring Faye Dunaway and Biggles (1986).

Terence currently lives in Littlehampton in Southern England. He has one daughter (Rebecca) and three grand children. David, who is 12 years old and the twins, Hanna and Adam, are 8 years old. He says "I love them, they are great!"



Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig (a James Bond film)

The 2006 film Casino Royale (2006) is a different James Bond to enjoy. (This is the first review of the film in Swedish.)

By Anders Frejdh, Founder and Editor of From Sweden with Love.

It was a privilege to be present during the preview press screening for the world’s press of the 21st official James Bond film CASINO ROYALE. Based on the first 007 novel by Ian Fleming, published in 1953, one hoped the film would be good. Having seen it, one is filled with admiration and respect for the film makers and the new James Bond, Daniel Craig.

Craig is a terrific choice to play Bond and his incredible talent as an actor gives the performance an added dimension. Those so-called fans who believed the producers had selected the wrong successor to Pierce Brosnan have been proved wrong. Craig is tough and vulnerable and yet unstoppable. Craig is wonderful in the role – in only minutes you realise that this is a guy who has taken 007 close to his heart.

The film succeeds in taking a novel written 53 years ago and updating it very well for the 21st epic in the 21st century. It is this talent that has made the Bond series the longest running and most successful film franchise ever. This must have been a difficult process. I am already looking forward to the next film.

The villain, ’Le Chiffre’ is cleverly played by Dane, Mads Mikkelsen, making Bond’s enemy an evil, cold, mathematical genius. Mad is very effective in the painful torture sequence, where the chemistry between Bond and Le Chiffre is chilling. Our own Swedish (and French) Bond girl, Eva Green, makes ‘Vesper Lynd’ mysterious and exciting. It was pleasure just to sit back, enjoy her and watch Bond fall in love. This makes Bond more emotionally committed than ever before which should appeal to the large female audience waiting to see Daniel in action.

The pre-title scene is entirely in black and white but is nicely followed by a cartoon-ish title sequence from Daniel Kleinman. The music score from David Arnold fits the film well and creates the right mood and so does the title song from Chris Cornell titled ‘You Know My Name’.

Of course, a certain longing for characters such as ’Q’ and ’Miss Moneypenny’ will appear. Most of the gadgets are also gone. However, the many new ingredients and aspects never seen before in a Bond film more than make up for their absence. The fight sequences are brutal and blood is now suddenly not unusual in a Bond film. Bond has to rely on his fists and personal strength and has a helluva ride in an Aston Martin DBS. Compared to previous films, this film feels much tougher and rawer.

It is difficult to imagine Roger Moore in a similar interpretation. A similarity with Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton is there but Craig succeeds well in setting his own touch on the role from a perspective never examined before. It is the longest running Bond film (144 minutes) but did not feel long as the film is so well paced.

The film script is well-written and powerful taking Bond in a new, courageous direction. Future films from EON Productions with Barbara Broccoli och Michael G. Wilson (the late Albert R. Broccoli's daughter and stepson respectively) in the driver’s seat are eagerly anticipated. They have made an intelligent and strategic choice here. One can only hope the result is positive also for the cinema owners. We will look forward to Craig’s return as 007 in the next successful Bond film.

Casino Royale review © 2006 From Sweden with Love. Not to be reproduced without permission.

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The film has its worldwide premiere on November 17 and Swedish premiere on November 24 2006.

Other Casino Royale (2006) news featured on From Sweden with Love:
>Daniel Craig presented as new James Bond (October 14, 2005)
>Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen and Jeffrey Wright joins cast (February 16, 2006)
>Win movie tickets to Casino Royale (June-December, 2006)
>Bond on Set: Filming Casino Royale (October 16, 2006)
>Trading cards set (November 8, 2006)
>Official soundtrack released on CD (November 13, 2006)
>Royal World premiere in London (November 14, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in the UK and US (November 17, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in France (November 22, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Germany (November 23, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Sweden (November 24, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Argentina (December 7, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Australia (December 7, 2006)
>Casino Royale opens at cinemas in Brazil (January 5, 2007)
>Casino Royale released on DVD in the UK (March 19, 2007)
>DVD release in Sweden (March 28, 2007)
>TV premiere on Canal Plus in Sweden (December 24, 2007)
>Collector's edition Blu-ray release (October 20, 2008)
>Casino Royale broadcast on TV3 Sweden (April 18, 2010)
>Casino Royale broadcast in High Definition on TV3 Sweden (September 4, 2011)
>The film broadcast in High Definition on TV3 Sweden (March 9, 2012)

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15 OCTOBER 2006

The Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with actor Albert Moses to talk about his career, in particular his roles in the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (directed by Lewis Gilbert) and Octopussy (1983) (1983) directed by John Glen.

>Click here to read the interview with Albert Moses

About Albert Moses:
• Chairman of the Asian, Caribbean, Oriental and Asian Artistes of EQUITY
• A governor of Fleetville School, St Albans
• On the Board of Directors for Trestle Theatre, St Albans
• Member of the London Regional Committee of ITV under the Chairmanship of The Lord David Lipsey
• Chairman of the St Albans Film Society
• Trustree and Patron of The Ivy Trust, a children's charity
• Voluntary teacher under the ESOL scheme of Oaklands College, teaching English to foreign students
• Committee member of Abbey Field Old People's Home, Harpenden
• Voluntary worker in St Albans Hospital
• Voluntary worker at Townsend School, Harpenden, running a film workshop for children

For more information about Albert Moses career, check out his official website:



15 OCTOBER 2006

The Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with the gorgeous Australian actress and model Virginia Hey to talk about her career in films and in particular her role in The Living Daylights (1987) directed by John Glen.

>Click here to read the interview with Virginia Hey

For more information about Virginia Hey's career, check out her official website:




Albert Moses has been involved in the film and television industry for over 30 years starting in India where he appeared in seven films, ending up producing and directing the 8th one.

He then moved on to Africa where he made documentaries for a short while. In the UK, Albert has been involved in a great number of diverse projects, several of which were ventures filmed around the globe.

In his younger days, Albert's specialties as an actor included: fencing, dancing, singing, motor-cycle stunts, karate and judo.

He is a Sri Lankan graduate fluent in English, Arabic, Tamil, Sinhalese, moderate German and Sanskrit.

One of Albert's popular themes was playing the double of Clarke Gable.

He has played in film, television and theatrical productions with many respected actors including: Kirk Douglas, Oliver Reed, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Sean Connery, Charles Dance, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Tim Piggott Smith, Pamela Stevenson, Dame Diana Rigg and many others.

During his extensive career, he has also worked with many internationally renowned directors including John Landis, John Houston, Rob Cohen and Alan Parker.

Albert was recently made a Knight of the Order of St John.

Among positions he holds are:
• Chairman of the Asian, Caribbean and Oriental Artistes of EQUITY
• A governor of Fleetville School, St Albans, England
• On the Board of Directors for Trestle Theatre, St Albans, England
• Member of the London Regional Committee of ITV under the Chairmanship of The Lord David Lipsey
• Chairman of the St Albans Film Society
• Trustee and Patron of The Ivy Trust, a children's charity
• Voluntary teacher under the ESOL scheme of Oaklands College, teaching English to foreign students
• Committee member of Abbey Field Old People's Home, Harpenden
• Voluntary worker in St Albans Hospital, England
• Voluntary worker at Townsend School, Harpenden, running a film workshop for children

More information about Albert Moses on his official site at




Virginia Hey was born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia

Miss Hey is an award nominated Australian actress and has achieved prominence, recognition and success not only nationally throughout her native Australia, but also around the world. In June of 2000, Ms. Hey was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" on television at the 26th Annual Saturn Awards of America. In 2002 Ms. Hey's status was significantly escalated following her nomination for a LOGIE (Australian "Emmy" award) as "Best Actress". Ms. Hey has just completed 3 years on the award-winning international blockbuster American television series Farscape that was #1 on the Sci Fi Channel.

Ms. Hey's acting career began following a successful modelling career, where she was spotted by casting directors and placed in her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in the film classic Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, in which she portrayed Warrior Woman. Since then, Ms. Hey has also appeared with numerous international stars, including George C. Scott in Mussolini, Heath Ledger in Roar, James Bond 007 Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987), and Christopher Atkins in Signal One.

Virginia was raised in Australia in an intensely scientific and artistic family; her father was a doctor of dentistry who was fascinated by science and physiology, her mother an artist/writer, her sister an art teacher and her brother a graphic artist. She not surprisingly inherited a passion for both physiology and art. Her path toward holistic therapies came as a natural progression of the times, and a real need to keep her skin and physiology healthy whilst modelling. This in turn led to a life long passion and study.

Virginia's life in the public eye has led her to teach her favourite all round health and beauty secret, "meditation," and to be able to offer a range exquisite luxury natural beautifying products that she has designed and developed herself.

Ms. Hey now has her own range of exquisite perfumed organic Soy wax Candles and White Chocolate Glycerine Soaps that have become a celebrity favourite! White Flower Lei was born July 2005. White Flower Lei products are designed and handmade by Virginia, who is also certified in natural therapy. WFL has some of the most beautiful women in the world as devotees such as Cameron Diaz and Tyra Banks.

As a Natural Therapist, Virginia has a fascination for the way the body, mind and spirit ticks. When the idea blossomed to produce a range of exquisite beautifying products that would be aroma-therapy for the mind, body and soul, Virginia got impassioned about the idea and WFL products were born.

Virginia has taught health, nutrition, beauty and confidence over the last 20 years in Australia. Since she has been residing in the USA she has been teaching meditation at her own 2-hour workshops. Virginia began the life long passion for meditation as a child. As an adult she has pursued the study of meditation and many modalities of natural healing.

In 1985 Virginia studied Visualisation Meditation for 3 years. In 1989 Massage and in 1992 Virginia began a triple diploma course in Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine, she attended one year full time at The Australasian College of Natural Therapies and left to star in the movie "Signal One". In 1998 she went onto study and become certified in Basic Reiki and Advanced Reiki with Barbara McGregor who is a master teacher in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki. Also in 1998 Virginia began a 2 year course, "Higher Self Connection", gaining several certificates in natural therapies from the Academy.

Since 2001 Virginia has made scores of personal appearances around the world, primarily talking about her acting work which has spanned 21 years but as time went by she also began teaching meditation workshops at these appearances.

More information about Virginia Hey on her official site at



JUNE 2006

Dolph Lundgren was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Despite an early interest in music and the fine arts, Dolph decided to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue and Engineering degree. After having completed his military service he enrolled at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

It was in the military when Dolph first came in contact with the martial arts. Five years later, Dolph had become a World-Class competitor in Japanese Karate and was deeply involved with a discipline that was to become an important part of his life.

After graduating High School, Dolph spent considerable time studying in the Unite States and abroad on various academic scholarships. He attended Washington State University and Clemson University in South Carolina. In 1982, he received a scholarship to complete his Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney in Australia. In 1983 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, one of the world's top engineering schools.

That same year, Dolph decided to move to New York City and take up acting. He started studying drama at the Warren Robertson Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, not knowing how quickly his life was about to change.

Dolph's motion picture debut came in the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985). However, it was his performance in "Rocky IV" later that year that definitely got him noticed. After a 9-month audition process among 5,000 hopefuls, he was cast opposite writer-director Sylvester Stallone, as his Russian opponent, Ivan Drago. Following the success of "Rocky IV", Lundgren moved to Los Angeles and has since starred in more than thirty feature films. Lundgren portrayed the classic action-heroic lead in such films as Gary Goddard's "Masters of the Universe", "Showdown in Little Tokyo" co-starring Brandon Lee, and "Black Jack" by Hong-Kong action legend John Woo.

Lundgren has also continued to turning memorable performances as the main adversary to other action-stars, most notably in "Universal Soldier" opposite Jean Claude Van Damme, directed by Roland Emmerich, as well as Robert Longo's "Johnny Mnemonic" opposite Keanu Reeves. In February 2004, Dolph Lundgren directed his first feature film, the thriller "The Defender" in which he also starred. In 2005 he directed and starred in yet another feature, "The Russian Specialist" (a.k.a The Mechanik"). In January 2006 he finished principal photography of "The Inquiry", an Italian/American/Spanish co-production, directed by Guilio Base in which he played against, amongst others, Daniele Liotti, Max von Sydow and F. Murray Abraham.

Dolph has managed to not let his Hollywood career stand in the way of his athletic background. He has been awarded his Third Degree Black Belt by the World Karate Organization in Tokyo. His accomplishments include being the Captain of the Swedish National Karate Team, as well as a Champion of the Swedish, European and Australian Heavyweight Division titles. Lundgren still regularly performs Karate exhibitions at international tournaments worldwide.

In addition to his Karate expertise, Dolph was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as the Team Leader of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Pentathlon Team during the Atlanta Games. He is actively involved in promoting the image of this sport.

Lundgren's production company, Thor Pictures, is developing several projects in which he will produce, star and/or direct. He is also a founding member of "Group of Eight", a New York theatre group started in 1994.

Dolph is currently working on a fitness book and sports wear line for men.

More information about Dolph Lundgren on his official site at



A lecture with Academy Award winner Norman Wanstall

University of Skövde is neither Sweden’s biggest or most famous universities, but nevertheless, during the academic year 2005-2006 it was the place to study if you are into media or just an avid Bond fan.
The reason for this was the fact that is was privileged to be host for a very unique course in the field of film studies. It was intelligently named Progress of the Action film and with the under title ‘James Bond’ which meant an in depth look at the James Bond films and how they have been made over the respectable time of the last 40 years and counting as a new film is under way.

Two courses were prepared and the responsibility was in the hand of one of the universities foremost lecturers, Ulf Wilhelmsson. The courses themselves gave students 7.5 credit points respectively, according to European university principles.

Among areas examined during the A course was:
• Genus theory and the structuralism of an action film
• Methods for film analysis
• The historical background and influence for action films
• Adaptation of novel into film
• Actors and actresses, characters and genus

Among areas examined during the B course was:
• Structure and functionality of dialogue
• Song lyrics and the use of music
• The possibilities and restraints of time, room and environment
• The films contestations of society

Statistics about the courses:
• 98 people applied to the basic course in autumn 2005 out of which 56 enrolled
• 15 people applied to the continuation course in spring 2006 and all enrolled

Literature used in the courses:
Film analasys: An introduction written by L G Andersson and E Hedling and published by Studentlitteratur (1999)
• The 7th edition of Film Art: an introduction written by D Bordwell and K Thompson and published by McGraw Hill (2003)
• The chapter The Narrative Structure in Fleming written by Umberto Eco from his ‘The Bond Affair’ published (1966)

On April 24th 2006 with an audience of 45 students, the winner of Best Sound Effects for Goldfinger (1964) (1964) at the 37th Academy Awards in 1965 (covering films made mainly in 1964) Norman Wanstall entered the stage inside the movie theatre of the University of Skövde, courtesy of yours truly. He was presented by the person responsible for the course, Mr Ulf Wilhelmsson, to excited and anticipating applause.

For the benefit of those present who were not familiar with the basic principles of film production, Mr Wanstall began by briefly explaining the procedures carried out during the three main timescales, namely Pre-production, Production and Post-production. He stressed that during the Pre-production stage, (the period prior to the start of shooting), finalising the script and ensuring it was "water-tight" was of the uttermost importance. One could not over-estimate the seriousness of discovering script irregularities once the film was at an advanced stage of shooting. He quoted as an example Never Say Never Again (1983), which he also worked on, and which he said suffered many problems during Post-production caused by serious deficiencies in the script.

Mr Wanstall then went on to point out that since the days of the early Bond movies major technical changes had taken place in the Post-production stage, with film and soundtracks now edited on computers rather than in rooms full of film cans and a noisy machine called a moviola. Nevertheless he insisted that in spite of the advances in technique the basic principles remain, and on busy action films such as the Bonds the original soundtrack of numerous scenes are set aside and then re-built by replacing all the component parts. The advantage these days is that countless complex sounds can be computer generated or obtained instantly from CDs, whereas for Norman on the early Bonds it was a question of using one’s own ingenuity, devising means of creating specialised sounds with the use of props, gadgets, library tracks and experts in various fields, and finally mixing the elements together to create the required effect.
It was interesting for the audience to learn that the sound effects editor and the composer usually work independently, so all too often when it comes to the final mixing the music and effects will not play together and one of them has to go. On such occasions the music frequently wins the day, but Norman was proud to tell us that at least in Dr No when Bond escapes down the metal tunnel, the music was discarded in favour of his eerie electronic noise.

For the rest of the lecture we listened intrigued as Norman took us through each of his Bond films in turn, and explained the challenges he faced and how he created some of the more complex sounds. He explained that the formula for creating a specialised sound is not to attempt to create it in one, but to compile a series of relevant ‘ingredients’ that can be mixed together in various formats until the best version is achieved. Fortunately for the audience our organiser Ulf Wilhelmsson had done his homework and after each scene was discussed he projected it on the screen using DVDs. This way we could re-live the moments and it was fascinating to see the end result in a new light after everything Norman had explained to us.

Dr. No (1962)
Norman was first employed on Dr No as assistant to the editor, Peter Hunt, but he was given his big break as sound-effects editor because the film’s budget was too small (950,000 USD) to afford hiring an experienced technician. It was an awesome challenge for a first timer, especially as it meant working with the brilliant but highly volatile chief sound mixer at Pinewood, Gordon McCullum. As it turned out McCullum loved the movie and they formed a close team, working together on the specialised sounds early in the Post-production period, with Norman providing the ideas and the ‘ingredients’ and Gordon blending them together. Unfortunately, owing to the film’s limited budget, it was a constant battle to convince the accounts department that these expensive mixing sessions were justified.
Strange as it may seem now, the first sound Norman created was the silenced pistol. He had searched far and wide for a recording of the genuine article but without success, so he had no choice but to make his own.
Many of the biggest challenges of course occurred inside Crab Key, the lair of villain ‘Dr No’ (played by Canadian actor Joseph Wiseman), with James Bond (played by Sean Connery) and ‘Honey Ryder’ played by the gorgeous Swiss actress Ursula Andress). Norman explained how he combined numerous tracks to create an original sound for the electronic elevator, plus the sound of the metal idol being crushed in Dr No’s hooked hands. Also he had major problems creating the distant threatening rumble of water in the escape tunnel prior to it cascading over Bond.
He assured us though that no sound in any of his future Bonds was as difficult to create as the atomic reactor in Dr No’s laboratory, varying in pitch and intensity as its hand-wheel was turned on the gantry. It seemed at the time to be an impossible task, as no facilities existed to create a threatening sound that could be synchronised to the movements of the wheel. In desperation Norman turned to the electronic maintenance engineer at Pinewood for help, who, after weeks of experimentation produced the crudest and most extraordinary-looking machine anyone had ever seen, but which, to Norman’s relief when a switch was thrown, fulfilled the requirements to perfection.

From Russia with Love (1963)
Norman had no hesitation in admitting that of the five Bonds he’d worked on this was his favourite, and considering the amount of sound-effects required for trains and boats and planes it was probably the most demanding. Fortunately, after the success of Dr No the budget doubled (2,000,000 USD), so when he approached the production office with expensive requests they were more eager to please than they had been previously. Re-recording the helicopter chase was a particularly expensive session, and when he requested a large mixed crowd of Turks and Russians for the gypsy camp scene they were supplied without question. The end result certainly met with the approval of director Terence Young who congratulated Norman on the authentic atmosphere the voices created.
Norman also described how the brilliant sound recordist John Mitchell was allowed to disguise himself as one of the baddies in the speed boat chase, so that he could secretly make recordings of the boats’ engines as the scene was being shot.
The amazing fist-fight scene in the train between Bond and ‘Red Grant’ (played by the late English actor Robert Shaw) was projected on the screen for us by Ulf, and Norman explained how he’d re-recorded all the violent body moves for dramatic effect, and how pleased he was that instead of music the scene was played out against the thundering rattle of his speeding train.
Sadly before the end of shooting he was called to London to supervise the re-recording of certain dialogue lines spoken by Pedro Armendariz, the actor who played ‘Ali Kerim Bey ‘in the film. It emerged that Pedro was in fact a very sick man, and the film’s makers were forced to shoot his scenes in high priority order. Within days of his departure from the UK the crew was informed of his tragic death.

Goldfinger (1964) (1964)
This film, considered by many to be the best in the series, was directed by Englishman Guy Hamilton who later went on to direct another three Bond films; Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Not only was it awarded an Academy Award as one of only two Bond films to receive that honour (the other being Thunderball for which the late John Stears won for Best Special Effects), it also became the most successful in relation to the number of multiples it took in gross income at the box office compared to its budget (2,500,000 USD).
When discussing his work on this film Mr Wanstall particularly mentioned two sounds he created that relate to the character of ‘Oddjob’ (played by the late Japanese wrestler Harold Sakata). Firstly he explained how various tracks were mixed to create the sound of the golf ball being crushed in Oddjob’s hand, but in particular he referred to the sound of the flying metal hat used by Oddjob as a lethal weapon. It was fascinating to hear how that memorable ‘ flying ’sound was created using simple kids’ toys as props, whilst a carpenter’s wood saw was finally selected to create the menace of the hat leaving Oddjob’s hand.
Probably one of the most well remembered scenes in Goldfinger is the car being crushed in the breaker’s yard, and Norman told the remarkable story of how he finally obtained the most crucial sound that the scene demanded. After much research he had totally failed to find an existing track to cover the mighty jaws of the crusher as it heaved upwards and downwards against the car’s body. The sound recorded at the time was simply an overall noise of the entire machine, whereas it was essential to have a dramatic individual track to cover the close shots of the jaws.
Just as he was running out of ideas some workmen arrived on the studio lot and set up a compressor within earshot of his editing room. Suddenly realising that this was the exact sound he was looking for Norman rushed to find his sound recordist, only to be told that he couldn’t leave the set as they were in the process of shooting a scene. The only spare piece of equipment the recordist had available was a cheap kiddies’ recorder that he’d bought for a few pounds the day before as a present. Dreading that the compressor would be removed at any moment, Norman dashed across the studio lot with the kids’ toy and recorded the priceless sound on a microphone smaller than a cigarette lighter. To this day the scene remains one of the highlights of the early Bonds and in many people’s estimation was a major factor in the award nomination.
It is without doubt a remarkable story, and a startling view behind the scenes of the high-tech world of the movies!!

Thunderball (1965)
The repeated success of Bond No 3 really triggered the long-lasting ingredients for the phenomenon that Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman had now created. Not only did they manage to more than triple (9,000,000 USD) the budget for Goldfinger, but they were also inspired to create the biggest Bond film of all with Englishman Terence Young directing for the third time.
Mr Wanstall explained that he recognised immediately the biggest challenge for him would be the underwater scenes, so he experimented at an early stage with various basey water sounds which composer John Barry listened to with great interest. Barry said he would compose in a higher register to complement the basey water atmospheres, but whether this was a success in the final analysis is open to question. As an example of a highly dramatic sound that he had faked in the recording studio, Norman nominated the Vulcan bomber crash-landing on the surface of the ocean.

You Only Live Twice (1967)
Directed by Englishman Lewis Gilbert, who later directed The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), this film, was mainly shot on location in Japan, and at various sound studios inside Pinewood Studios in England.
The budget was again on a high level (9,500,000 USD), and Mr Wanstall enjoyed telling us how the success of the previous films enabled him to make outrageous requests of the production office, compared with the financial restraints that he’d constantly encountered on Dr No. He gave as an example the scene involving a small aircraft in which Bond (for the fifth time played by Sean Connery) is trapped and abandoned by ‘Helga Brandt’ (played by German actress Karin Dor.) The exterior shot of the plane dropping to earth out of control was shot without sound, so with tongue firmly in cheek Norman asked the production office for a pilot who could take a plane up to a great height and drop it out of the sky. To this day he remembers his amazement when the reply came back......."OK, when do you want it?"
It was fortunate for Norman that after the completion of Thunderball he worked as Peter Hunt’s sound editor on IPCRESS FILE, and after much research he found a brilliant technician working at the BBC Radio phonic Workshop who was able to create the amazingly complex Ipcress Sound. Faced with the problem of creating effects for the mighty volcano rocket in You Only Live Twice Norman called upon the man again, and to the surprise and admiration of all concerned the rocket sound was born. It suggests that the technicians of the Radio phonic Workshop were early pioneers in the exciting new era of electronically generated sound effects.

About Norman Wanstall
Mr Wanstall learned his trade assisting the legendary Sound Editor, Winston Ryder.
It’s worth pointing out that Mr Wanstall began his career in the fifties when most of the film industry was based in permanent film studios. Technicians were employed on three-year contracts and one just worked on one film after another. In other words, film studios were basically factories which turned out films as a product. When a technician’s contract expired he or she was called into the office and a new contract was negotiated. It was a good system in many ways because everyone was given a thorough training in their particular department and those who showed they had talent were slowly promoted up the ladder. There were a number of freelance technicians in the industry not attached to any particular studio, some of whom were top people like Winston Ryder who worked on major American productions and were relatively highly paid.

Mr Wanstall started as a trainee film editor at Pinewood Studios (J. Arthur Rank) on a three-year contract, and during his time there he was promoted to assistant sound editor on CARVE HER NAME WITH PRIDE and NIGHT TO REMEMBER. As his contract was coming to and end he was told that the great Winston Ryder was looking for an assistant and everyone seemed to think he was the right man for the job. Eager to gain experience on major productions he turned down the chance of a new contract and went freelance with Ryder. Ryder was a very difficult man to work with but he was probably the greatest sound editor of his day, with such films as LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI to his credit. Norman assisted him on JOHN PAUL JONES, SOLOMON AND SHEBA and SINK THE BISMARK which was edited by the rising star, Peter Hunt.

Hoping for a spell as an assistant Film Editor as opposed to assistant Sound Editor Norman approached Hunt and consequently assisted him on THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN, THE GREENGAGE SUMMER and HMS DEFIANT (THE MUTINEERS). Then came DR NO and the rest is history.

Credits for Sound (Dubbing) Editor:
• BARRY LYNDON (Asked not to have credit)

Credits for Picture Editing:
• WHO?

Norman’s daughter, Tania, continued in her father’s foot steps by working as a sculptor, modeller, make up artist and hair stylist on famous and successful box-office films such as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998), HARRY POTTER & the SORCERER’S STONE (2001) and TROY (2004).

After the first year with these courses lined up in University of Skövde’s programme the responsible person behind them, Mr Wilhelmsson was most pleased with was that the initial idea of analysing the films from various angles worked so well. He think the Bond series itself persists a good and valuable database of information in order to understand film theory overall. Another thing he found interesting was that despite the films in the beginning seems similar they are in fact very different as each one of them reflects the society during the time each were made.

Our sincere thanks to Norman Wanstall for sharing his memories with us!

Anders Frejdh © 2006 From Sweden With Love



MARCH 2006

From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Sir Roger Moore to hear his thoughts on Vue sur Bond in Quebec, Canada.
(Vue sur Bond is, without doubt, the best Bond event FSWL has ever attended, only good memories!)

[FSWL:] Sir, what is your general opinion about the arrangements of the Vue Sur Bond event?

[Sir Roger Moore:] It was a terrifically organised event, with great attention to detail.

Sir, what is your best personal memory from the event?

[RM:] Seeing the theatre absolutely full, with hundreds of people outside hoping they might get in too!

Sir, how did you experience the weekend and what did you think about the public attending all the events?

[RM:] Kristina and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend - from the film Q&A to the concert, dinner and ski competition. It was very gratifying to see people from all around the world attend, and so much money raised for UNICEF.

Sir, what do you think Harry Saltzman would have thought about the event and its purpose?

[RM:] I think he'd have felt extremely proud of his daughter Hilary for one thing. She did an amazing job. He'd have been touched that it was all for him and the people there were paying tribute to him.

I think he would have also been very proud of it raising money for UNICEF.

Sir, was it your first time in Quebec? What did you think of the city and its people?

[RM:] It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. I had no idea just how beautiful. It is Canada's biggest secret.

Sir, was there anything you wanted to be included in the weekend program that wasn't possible for some reason?

[RM:] No, I think everything was included.

Sir, how well did you know the other Bond guests before meeting them in Quebec?

[RM:] I knew them all, as I'd worked with them all before.

Sir, do you think there will be any similar Bond event like this one ever again?

[RM:] I doubt there'll ever be anything quite like this again. It was very much a one-off.

Sir, will there be another opportunity to meet you again at any event in a near future?

[RM:] Who knows! Never say never.

When will you come to Sweden again and will it be for any specific event?

[RM:] We have family in Sweden so often visit.

Our sincere thanks to Sir Roger for sharing his thoughts on Vue sur Bond with us.

Photo above:
Sir Roger Moore having a laugh with the artist Michel Bell before the charity concert Saturday night. © 2006 Bud Sonoda. All rights reserved.

Read more about Roger Moore and his film career on the official website:



MARCH 2006

From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Guy Hamilton to hear his thoughts on Vue sur Bond in Quebec, Canada. (Guy is someone we love dearly, he is a great person with a lovely sense of humour.)

[FSWL:] What is your general opinion about the arrangements of the Vue Sur Bond event?

[Guy Hamilton:] Yes, I enjoyed my visit except for the nightmare flight out. 20 hours on my feet, time change, and expected to be bright and bushy-tailed a first morning press conference.

I always like going to places that I haven't been to before, particularly interested in the French political connections.

What is your best personal memory from the event?

Main memory of waking up at dawn in my suite at the Frontenac on the 17th floor and looking out over the mist clearing over the icebergs floating down the river and out of another window the old Town. Magical.

Was it your first time in Quebec? What did you think of the city and its people?

The U.N is to be congratulated on having declared a city a worldwide treasure like Quebec.

The town is small, the natives friendly, particularly if you speak French, and all new construction kept well away from the historical centre.

How did you experience the weekend and what did you think about attending the event?

Considering the lack of experience of the volunteers who devoted time and trouble to organizing the event, you can only be impressed by the results and hope they will be happy and satisfied.

I don't think that any of us old Bondians are particularly keen on attending events but the charity element of this one really tipped the balance.

What do you think Harry Saltzman would have thought about the event and its purpose?

I think Harry S. would have been very proud of his daughter who was the main instigator of the event.

Will there be another opportunity to meet you again at any event in a near future?

As you know, I am a Norwegian fan because of my visits during the war, and just after, so that's one place you might get me to leave my sunny mountain lair.

Our sincere thanks to Guy Hamilton for sharing his thoughts on Vue sur Bond with us.

Photo above:
Guy Hamilton at the press conference opening the festivities February 24th. Photo: © 2006 From Sweden With Love.

Learn more about Guy Hamilton's film career, check out his profile on IMDB:



MARCH 2006

From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Conductor / Music Director / Arranger Nic Raine, who worked with John Barry on the soundtrack of A View to a Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987), to hear his thoughts on Vue sur Bond in Quebec, Canada.

About Nic Raine:
Nic Raine was born in London and studied the piano, organ, double bass and classical guitar. He worked for Boosey and Hawkes, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, and it was during that time of intense music copying and arranging he was to develop a love of orchestration based on what he describes as "the sound of an orchestra".

He has conducted several orchestras including The English Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin's in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, The Royal Scottish National, Ulster orchestra, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Granada Orchestra, and Ljubljana Symphony Radio Orchestra.

Nic has worked as an arranger of film music with Elmer Bernstein, Maurice Jarre, Gabriel Yared, Michael Kamen (scored the soundtrack to Licence to Kill), Georg Fenton, Mark Ayres, Stanislas Syrewicz and Stanley Myers on films like "A Passage to India", Mad Max 3", "Spies Like Us", "Castaway", "High Spirits", "Top Secret" and "Madame Sousatzka".

His work for television has included his orchestrations for the Wallace and Gromit animation films "The Wrong Trousers" and "A Close Shave" and the Channel 4 documentary "D W Griffith - Father of Film".

Nic Raine has had particularly fruitful relationships with two of the most prolific film composers of recent times, John Barry and Carl Davis. John Barry's name is synonymous with the Bond films and Nic Raine has been a regular collaborator with him since their first meeting in 1984 when his work on A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights enhanced Nic's growing reputation within the film industry. He also works regularly on projects with Carl Davis that have included feature films such as "The Trial", "Frankenstein Unbound" and Ken Russell's "The Rainbow" as well as over ten silent movie scores for Thames TV that included "The General" and "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse".

He has also conducted more than 40 CD's for Silva Screen Records that include titles such as "The Classic John Barry", "The Essential James Horner", "The Essential James Bond", The Ultimate James Bond Film Music Collection and "The Essential Jerry Goldsmith" and music by Dimitri Tiomkin, Alfred Newman, Max Steiner, Basil Poledouris, Jermone Morosse, Vangelis and Alan Silvestri. In addition to his film and recording work he works with contemporary artists having arranged tracks for Maire Brennan (Clannad), Duran Duran (A View to a Kill), A-ha (The Living Daylights) and songs for the singer Desree and group Texas which were performed at the recent Net Aid Concert.

When not working in concert halls and studios, he lives with his family in the depths of the Sussex countryside in England.

[FSWL:] What is your general opinion about the arrangements of Vue Sur Bond event?

[Nic Raine:] I can only comment on the aspects which concerned me directly and everything went very smoothly.

What is your best personal memory from the event?

[NR:] The wonderful people I met. From the orchestra to management, the UNICEF representatives, the fans and general public. There was a real ‘buzz’ and enthusiasm about the whole event and all things Bond. My own personal highlight would be conducting the Tank Chase sequence and getting the synchronisation right!

How did you experience the weekend and what do you think they thought about the public attending the events?

[NR:] I was amazed at how far some people had travelled to be there. The dedication of the Bond fans is fantastic and I find it an honour to have been part of this great tradition.

What do you think Harry Saltzman would have thought about the event and its purpose?

[NR:] Since I did not know him, I cannot comment with any authority. I think he would have been surprised at the whole Bond phenomena. Also about the fact that you can have a concert of music that only exists because of some movies. I don’t think that any other film franchise (except Lord of the Rings) could do that. He would have been touched by the fact that his daughter wished to honour his memory and happy that it was for such a good cause.

Was it your first time in Quebec? What did you think of the city and its people?

[NR:] Yes. I think the city is beautiful and I would like to visit again when she is dressed in other colours apart from white! The people were so open and generous and genuinely warm.

Was there anything you thought should have been included in the weekend program that wasn't possible for some reason?

[NR:] Yes, more time to sleep!

Do you think there will be any similar event like this one ever again?

[NR:] We are looking at ways to repeat the concert in other cities. Everyone involved feels that it should have a ‘life’ on the road.

Will there be another opportunity to see you again at a Bond event in the future?

[NR:] That’s always a possibility.

Our sincere thanks to Nic Raine for sharing his thoughts on Vue sur Bond with us.

Photo above:
(From left to right) Hilary Saltzman, Nic Raine, Steve Barakatt, and Dame Shirley Bassey. Photo by Anders Frejdh. © 2006 From Sweden with Love.

For more information about Nic Raine, read this excellent interview:



11 JANUARY 2006

Hilary Saltzman is Harry Saltzman's daughter. Harry co-founded EON Productions and Danjaq in 1962 and co-produced the first nine 007 pictures with Albert "Cubby" Broccoli.

Harry Saltzman sold his shares after The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and retired from filmmaking, producing only a handful of pictures after that. This interview was done with Hilary at the time of Vue Sur Bond 007, a major Bond event in February 2006. In the interview, Hilary talks about the relation to her father, his Bond movies and the legacy after him.

FSWL: What is your role in the organisation of the exceptional event “Vue Sur Bond” that took place in Québec from February 24 to February 26, 2006?

HILARY SALTZMAN (HS): After moving here almost 3 years ago, I found out about a great film festival here, The Film Festival of the 3 America’s. It has many films from South, Central America and even very far North America that one would not normally have access to. Not only that, the people who run it are very friendly to the public and it is truly a festival for film lovers like myself. I was honoured when they asked me to join the board. A few months later I was approached about doing a fundraiser that would honour my father and his legacy in film as a Canadian film producer. I was delighted and accepted to chair the event.

FSWL: You have got a special attachment to Québec. I think your father, Harry Saltzman, was born there?

HS: I moved to Quebec shortly after visiting a friend here and really falling in love with the city, the people, and the mountains here. I thought my father was born in St John New Brunswick quite far fromhere. Going through my immigration process where I needed to provide a lot of information about my father, I discovered he was in fact born in Quebec, in Sherbrooke, less than an hour from where I now live. No wonder I feet so at home here!

FSWL: Let's talk about your father, he can't be dissociated from the name Bond; how did he get the idea to buy the adaptation rights of Ian Fleming's novels?

HS: My father was a very avid reader. I believe he read these books and really felt an association with the stories. Again due to my immigration process I found out my father served in WW2 in the Royal Canadian Air Force then was honourably discharged and worked for the American overseas Office of War Information where he worked on confidential war missions for the OWI.

FSWL: How did your father and Cubby Broccoli become associates, and how did they “separate”, knowing a lot has been said about it?

HS: Cubby and my father met because they both were interested in making films out of the Ian Fleming novels. I believe my father had just signed an option for the books when Cubby got in touch with Ian. Cubby had access to making a studio deal and wanted to buy out my Dad, but my father really wanted to make the films too, so they became partners and they created cinematic history together.

The truth of the separation was that my mother got very ill and my father wanted to stop making films for a while and spend time with her.

FSWL: Who chose Sean Connery: your father or Cubby Broccoli? Even the names of Roger Moore, Patrick McGoohan and Cary Grant have been mentioned at the time!

HS: I believe my father saw Sean first and felt he was perfect and then introduced Cubby to him and they were in quick agreement. Though Roger’s name had come up at the time he was under contract to The Saint and then later of course The Persuaders.

FSWL: You have grown up within the 007 universe. Which are your most striking souvenirs?

HS: Growing up “on set” is like growing up with a very large extended family that travels everywhere together. I was never truly aware that my life was any different from other children until I got older. My most favourite memories are of travelling all the time and of both the cast and crew being so kind to me and my brothers. Also when my father took it upon himself to cook for them all!

FSWL: Do you have any anecdotes from “Live And Let Die” and “The Man With Golden Gun”?

HS: I turned 11 at the time of Live and Let Die and was in my last year at elementary school. My father took my whole class by bus to Pinewood studios and we saw scenes being filmed and then all the Voodoo dancers led by Geoffrey Holder, did a special Birthday dance for me! The sets that we travelled to were super too. I had my first Halloween experience in New Orleans and Jazz too, seeing Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong there. I also remember visiting the crocodile farm, which was very exciting. It was a special time.

I remember having the pen set from Man with the Golden gun that became part of the gun. Also meeting Herve Villechaise, it was strange to find myself taller than one of the villains in the film!

FSWL: Did your father ask your opinion about his work, or your help?

HS: My father always bought home pictures of the Bond girls and we would all give our opinions on choosing who would be best. He also would bring tapes of songs submitted for the opening sequence and we would choose them together.

FSWL: I know your father was close to Roger Moore. How did they get on together?

HS: My parents were very close friends with Roger and his then wife Louisa. They had a very large group of friends including Michael Caine, Dennis Selinger (Roger’s agent at ICM), Maurice Binder (responsible for those fabulous Bond titles), Ken and Letitzia Adams (set designer)etc. They would gather for most weekends that they were not away on location at either our house, Roger’s house or Michaels house. They worked together and had fun, they cooked together, played billiards together, and even had amazing poker nights!

FSWL: Do you have privileged bonds with Roger Moore? What do you appreciate in the man, and in the actor?

HS: I have privileged bonds with Roger because I grew up with him as my Uncle Roger! His children used to be at our house and we at theirs almost every weekend we weren’t away! I am still very close to all of his children, in fact I just saw Christian when I was in LA a couple months ago.

I appreciate Roger greatly because he is as real and honest a person as you could hope for. He is also incredibly kind, generous, compassionate, intelligent and has a great sense of humour.

As an actor, I loved him as Bond but I always hold a special place in my heart for his role as Simon Templar, and also growing up I was addicted to watching him and Tony Curtis on the Persuaders. He has done some fabulous work on screen since the Bond films but for me his earlier roles are what I think of the most. I found him so mischievous and entertaining.

FSWL: What do you think of Roger Moore's endless devotion to UNICEF? Do you keep informed about his actions and travels for UNICEF?

HS: I admire him greatly for his tireless efforts to help the children of this world. In asking Roger to come to this fundraiser it was his suggestion to partner with UNICEF. I was so thrilled to do so because in honouring my father, supporting the film festival and celebrating in a city I have grown to love, we will also be serving children in South America that may never have heard of James Bond but will ultimately be helped by him.

UNICEF is an awesome charity and in working with them on Vue sur Bond 007, I have heard how special Roger and his work are to them and how much he has done to help promote their cause. I myself am a child advocate and make films for children and families. So I am honoured to work on this event knowing that money raised will go to these children, inspired by Roger, I also plan to stay involved with UNICEF myself.

FSWL: Do you sometimes meet Barbara Broccoli?

HS: Yes I do. In fact the last time I was in London- Barbara, Deborah Moore and myself had lunch in Geoffrey Moore’s restaurant!!!

FSWL: “Vue Sur Bond 007” will be the opportunity to pay a tribute to a mythical pair: Saltzman/Broccoli. Will there be a special event to commemorate your father's memory?

HS: Yes we will be honouring him in a tribute at the beginning of our Gala evening on Saturday February 25th at the Grand Theatre concert. I also believe Roger will be making a speech about him and his work with UNICEF. It will be a very important event as my father has never really been paid tribute before and here we will be doing it in his native country and place of birth. Truly special, that is why if you are really Bond fan this is a weekend not to be missed. Besides the concert, we will be screening the first 11 bond films free and there are so many other lovely events planned.

FSWL: What does mean for you the next Bond movie “Casino Royale”: back to the roots or the beginning of a new era?

HS: I hope it is a mix of both. The James Bond film legacy was about finding new talent not only as Bond but as a Bond girl, villain and in music too. It was also about imagination and staying one step ahead of the game in stunts and plot design. I think that Barbara and Michael Wilson have been exemplary in keeping Bond going and I look very forward to seeing the new Bond in action.

Sincere thanks to Hilary Saltzman and Geneviéve de Montigny for making this interview possible.

See Hilary Saltzman's credits on IMDB:



Media interviews with James Bond expert Anders Frejdh

Over the years, the founding editor of From Sweden with Love, Anders Frejdh, has been interviewed as an expert on James Bond in Swedish press and foreign media. Here is a selection of articles, radio and television clips since 2005.
(Among things not included here are interviews for Icon Magazine, Filter Magazine, P4 Extra with Lotta Bromé, the lifestyle program "Kombi" on National Swedish Radio, SVT Rapport and TV4 Skaraborg.)

In conjunction with the 2012 release of SKYFALL in Sweden, AF was hired by Svensk Filmindustr (SF) to translate the English press material for the film to Swedish.

For this website and other projects, Anders himself has interviewed hundreds of people who have worked on the James Bond films including George Lazenby, Roger Moore & Daniel Craig. (Some of these interviews are published here.) Anders also worked as an extra on the set of Quantum of Solace (2008) in Bregenz, Austria.

In June 2013, Anders appeared as one of five James Bond contestants in "Fantasterna", a program on Swedish channel TV4 (hosted by Pär Lernström). Sweden's biggest fan/foremost expert on the subject was crowned and Anders won. (Other topics in the series included ABBA, Michael Jackson, Star Wars and Tintin.)

Contact us if you need expertise knowledge or comments on James Bond and Ian Fleming or have any questions on the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, that premiered in October 2015.

Sir Roger Moore mourned in Sweden

Sveriges Radio (23-5-2017)
Sweden's foremost James Bond aficionado Anders Frejdh warmly remembers legendary 007 actor Roger Moore who he met on numerous occasions and was never disappointed by the man known as Bond. "No-one said a bad word about Roger, he was extremely generous, he was loved by everyone," he tells Radio Sweden.

Anders Frejdh from Hjo attends exclusive party with James Bond

P4 Skaraborg, Sveriges Radio (10-11-2015)
Just a few days before the World Premiere, Anders Frejdh sat down in a cinema to watch Spectre, the latest James Bond film. According to Anders, Spectre is more enjoyable than SKYFALL, the previous Bond film. Along with Kristina Wayborn, who played Magda in the 1983 film Octopussy, he met all actors in Spectre as they attended the exclusive after-premiere party in London.

James Bond expert Anders Frejdh in heaven

Mitt-i Stockholm tidningen (30-10-2015)
Anders Frejdh is the Bond enthusiast who got invited to the premiere of the new film, interview the cast & crew and a VIP pass to the afterparty - which he attended with Swedish Bond girl Kristina Wayborn. Text | Calle Godani. Photo | Sascha Braun. Circulation: 900,000 copies.

Premiere focus på Bond and SPECTRE

Xenter YH LiveTV (30-10-2015)
In this episode of Premiär the focus is on the James Bond phenomenon as a new film, SPECTRE, premieres at cinemas in Sweden. A discussion about the actors who portrayed Bond over the years and a little buzz about the future of the Bond films. Anders Frejdh, editor of From Sweden with Love, participates in a special feature as he was unable to attend in person due to travels abroad.

Agent 007 with a license to drive

Skånska Dagbladet, TT Spektra (30-10-2015)
Agent 007 - with a license to drive. Breathtaking night voyages on Rome's moonlit streets interspersed with heavy hunting in the Austrian Alps. Just as it should be according to James Bond expert Anders Frejdh. - A Bond film without cool and spectacular car chases is not a real Bond film, he says.

Bond James Bond comes to town

P1 Morgon, Sveriges Radio (27-10-2015)
Anders Frejdh on how the secret agent has managed to survive 50 years in her majesty's service. The World premiere of SPECTRE was held in London the day before yesterday, and with us from there, we have Bond buff Anders Frejdh who has seen the movie several times already. Maria Brander, cultural journalist at Expressen, also joins the discussion.

James Bond in Stockholm

Radio Sweden, National Radio (20-9-2014)
Sweden's biggest ever James Bond film festival is taking place this weekend with former Bond girls Kristina Wayborn and Mary Stavin among the former cast and crew attending. Seven Bond classics are being shown at Filmhuset in Stockholm, all for the first time in a Swedish cinema in 4K DCP format. The festival has been arranged by Anders Frejdh.

Bond girls Mary Stavin and Kristina Wayborn in Stockholm

Kulturnyheterna, National TV (19-9-2014)
Swedish Bond girls and praised sound engineers, directors and stuntmen. This weekend, From Sweden with Love has gathered film people linked to agent 007 in Stockholm. One 'Hollywood Swede' in attendance is the award-winning sound designer Per Hallberg who supervised the sound for the latest James Bond film, Skyfall.

Bond, James Bond comes to Stockholm

P4 Stockholm, National Radio (18-9-2014)
Anders Frejdh is Sweden's number one James Bond expert and the man behind the festival with many Bond stars in attendance including Swedish Bond girls Mary Stavin and Kristina Wayborn as well as Academy Award winner Per Hallberg who won an Oscar® for sound editing on Skyfall.

Bond girl Kristina Wayborn seduced James Bond

Mitt-i Stockholm newspaper (18-9-2014)
Kristina Wayborn seduced James Bond - Making love with James Bond was easy, but also demanding, for the Swedish Bond girl. This weekend, she attends the biggest Bond event in Scandinavia along with numerous other stars. Text | Åsa Görnerup. Photos | Sara Kollberg. Circulation: 900,000 copies.

James Bond festival in the Film house

ABC News, Regional TV (18-9-2014)
His name is Frejdh, Anders Frejdh, and he is one of Sweden's foremost James Bond fans. This weekend, Anders is the organiser of a Bond film festival at National Film House where some of the 007 classics is screened in the high-resolution 4K format. There will also be Q&A's with Bond celebrities from all over the world incl. Bond girls, directors and stuntmen.

Anders from Hjo behind James Bond weekend

P4 Skaraborg, Sveriges Radio (17-9-2014)
This weekend, the world's most famous secret agent is celebrated in Stockholm. The person behind the event is Anders Frejdh from Hjo. In addition to film screenings and an exhibition, James Bond fans can meet a range of 007 celebrities and attend a special Bond gala.

Interview in Nostalgia nr 2-2014 (3 pages)
The ultimate boyhood dream - Anders Frejdh is the biggest collector of James Bond items in the country. He has over 5,000 items in the collection, perhaps worth a seven figure amount all together. But it's obviously not about money. By | Lars-Gunnar Gustafsson © Nostalgia. Circulation: 38 600 copies.

Interview in Kombi (October 2013) (3 pages)
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Ford Thunderbird, AMC Hornet, BMW Z8 and Citroën 2CV are some of the cars that James Bond has driven on the silver screen. Anders Frejdh is part of The Ian Fleming Foundation which preserves and restores cars, boats and airplanes used in the Bond films. By | Ia Waldendal © Kombi. Circulation: 150 000 copies.

Interview in Civilekonomen (October 2013)
My passion: At age 10, Anders Frejdh saw the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. After scenes featuring a chase on snow and a parachute jump off a cliff, the wide-eyed young guy was hooked. Today, he has one of the largest collections of 007 items. By | Malin Sund © Civilekonomen. Circulation: 36 900 copies.

Interview in Skövde Nyheter (8-8-2013): article
Bond fever with Frejdh - an interest that has led to many trips for the son of Skovde. He is Frejdh, Anders Frejdh, and has been an extra in Quantum of Solace and operates Scandinavia's most visited website about Bond. He is easily the biggest James Bond fan. By | Lisa Bring © Skövde Nyheter. Circulation: 26 700 copies.

Klipp med Anders Frejdh i TV4

Clip from Fantasterna in TV4 (6-6-2013)
Video clip from TV4 with 38-year-old Anders Frejdh who owns one of the largest collections of James Bond objects.

Anders Frejdh i Fantasterna

Contestant in TV4 programme (6-6-2013)
Episode 9 of 10. Today's topic is James Bond and the question is which one of the contestants who knows most about agent 007 with a license to kill. The contestants are Anders Frejdh, Pontus Forslund, Joel Svalberg, Paul Deblond and John Chiarantona. Host | Pär Lernström.

Interview in SLA (1-6-2013): article
In the penultimate episode of Fantasterna on TV4, Anders Frejdh from Hjo competes in his favourite topic - James Bond. By | Marita Sjöquist © SLA. Circulation: 25 300 copies.

Interview in local paper (24-5-2013): article
Anders Frejdh is one of the participants in TV4's new quiz show Fantasterna which airs on Monday nights with Pär Lernström as host. In the program, experts compete against each other in diverse topics. By | Marita Sjöquist © Hjo Tidning. Circulation: 4 000 copies.

Interview in HemmaBio magazine (November 2012): front page
Bond celebrates 50 years on film and HemmaBio (Scandinavia's biggest Home Theatre magazine) celebrates agent 007 in this special issue.

Interview in HemmaBio magazine (November 2012): article
007 expert with a licence to collect - His name is Frejdh. Anders Frejdh. He is Scandinavia's leading James Bond expert with one of the largest collections of 007 memorabilia in the world. We have met him. By | Thomas Nilsson. Circulation: 39,400 copies.

Interview in Aftonbladet's James Bond supplement (October 2012)
James Bond is celebrated in a special 100-page supplement to Aftonbladet. From Sweden with Love's Anders Frejdh is interviewed in the magazine by entertainment journalist Jan-Olov Andersson. Editor-in-chief | Jens Peterson. Circulation: 100,000 copies.

Hemmets Veckotidning (No. 43/2012): page 1
Hemmets Veckotidning (No. 43/2012): page 2
Interview with Anders Frejdh on James Bond, and being a Bond fan collecting 007 memorabilia, in this issue of Hemmets Veckotidning. Text | Katarina Arnstad. Photo | Stefan Nilsson, Louise LeBlanc and Marie Regmert. Circulation: 186,700 copies.

Anders Frejdh i TV4

Live interview at Morning Show on TV4 (28-10-2012)
James Bond expert Anders Frejdh comments on the 23rd James Bond film, Skyfall, with fashion journalist Siroun Forsberg reporting from the sparkly party on the red carpet at the film's premiere in Stockholm. Andrea Patelli mixes Bond's drink (Martini) for the guests. Hostess | Agneta Sjödin.

Discussion about Skyfall on P1 Morgon

P1 Morgon, National Swedish Radio (26-10-2012)
Why does everyone (almost) love James Bond? The most enduring hero in film history, James Bond, celebrates fifty years on the silver screen with his 23rd film, Skyfall. A conversation, on what it is that makes this character so popular, with Roger Wilson (presenter on Radio Sweden's film program Kino) and James Bond expert Anders Frejdh.

Conversation about Skyfall on Radio Skaraborg

P4 Morgon, Radio Skaraborg (26-10-2012)
Anders Frejdh from Hjo likes the new Bond film, Skyfall. Anders attended the World premiere of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall in London and spoke to one of the Swedish actors in the film, Ola Rapace, on the red carpet. At the event, he had his friend Kristina Wayborn (Magda in Octopussy) on his side as his guest.

Skyfall discussed on Radio Uppland

P4 Morgon, Radio Uppland (25-10-2012)
"Skyfall is one of the best James Bond films," says Anders Frejdh. James Bond is back on the big screen. For the premiere of the new film, National Swedish Radio invited the expert who knows everything about Agent 007. The conversation is about his own fascination of the world's most famous agent and what is required for a film to feel like a "real Bond".

Interview in Local paper (22-10-2012): cover
Interview in Local paper (22-10-2012): article
Instead of staying in Hjo and invest in a future at the family company (Hjo-Verktyg AB), Anders Frejdh left for unknown territory. Today, he travels the world, meet people from the film industry, and hang out with celebrities. © SLA. Circulation: 25,300 copies.

Interview in Hjo Tidning (19-10-2012): front page
Interview in Hjo Tidning (19-10-2012): article
Anders left Hjo to discover the world. His passion for James Bond has made him travel the world, meeting people in the film business. The greatest moment was when he filmed a scene with Daniel Craig as an extra in Quantum of Solace. © Hjo Tidning 2,000 ex.

James Bond discussed on Swedish radio

Jansson & Wester in P4 (5-10-2012)
James Bond, Gangnam Style and public right. James Bond celebrates 50 years on the silver screen. 50 years ago today, on 5 October 1962, the first Bond film (Dr. No) premiered in a movie theatre. National Swedish Radio highlight this in the program "Jansson & Wester i P4" by inviting Anders Frejdh to help them select the worst Bond film of all time.

Interview in Stockholm paper (1-5-2012): page 1
Interview in Stockholm paper (1-5-2012): page 2
Hundreds of thousands of Swedes are collectors. We (Mitt i Stockholm) have met one of the most passionate, Anders Frejdh, "The Man with the Golden Collection". Text | David Osterberg. Photo | Chris Anderson. Circulation: 900,000 copies.

Skyfall discussed on Swedish radio

PP3 with Pär Lernström on P3 (5-4-2012)
"Would you like to have a beer," Mr. Bond? - James Bond is drinking beer (after a sponsorship with Heineken) in the next film that will premiere this fall. How does it affect Bond when he enjoys beer instead of sipping Martini's? Is he still James Bond? James Bond expert Anders Frejdh is with us on the phone to talk about the secret agent's drinking habits.

Skyfall press conference for Alltid Nyheter

Comments on Skyfall press conference (3-11-2011)
Interview with Anders Frejdh who shares his view in conjunction with the first press conference for Skyfall in London where some of the ensemble, with Daniel Craig in the lead, was presented.

Interview in The Times (29-10-2008)
The World premiere of Quantum of Solace (2008) is not enough for some James Bond enthusiasts. The Times has met the most dedicated one that enjoys living a bit like their famed hero. Comments from Anders Frejdh, Ajay Chowdhury, Brad Frank, Graham Rye, James Page, Lee Pfeiffer, Paul Dunphy and Paul Meyers. Text and photo | Hugo Rifkind.

James Bond on Swedish radio

Sven Wollter on Swedish Radio P3 (6-6-2009)
Respected film critic Ronny Svensson visit the studio and tell legendary Swedish actor Sven Wollter what distinguishes his approach to watching films compared to the rest of us. Anders Frejdh have been James Bond fan for 25 years and has one of the world's largest collections of 007 memorabilia. He tell us about the collection and how he managed to get a role in the latest Bond film, Casino Royale.

Casino Royale discussed on Swedish radio

Radio interview for The Voice (24-11-2006)
In the morning show on The Voice, hosted by Özz Nujen and Johan Engberg, Anders Frejdh responds to questions about the James Bond phenomenon and the release of Casino Royale in England where he currently lives. Producer | Martina Thun.

Casino Royale film review 2006

Review of Casino Royale for Skaraborgsbygden (6-11-2006)
"A different Bond to enjoy." James Bond expert Anders Frejdh reviews the 21st James Bond film, Casino Royale (2006), the first one with Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's agent 007.

Ian Fleming Bondmaker Viasat History

Review of "Ian Fleming - Bondmaker" for Viasat History's newsletter (6-11-2006)
Interview with Ian Fleming expert Anders Frejdh who reviews the documentary Ian Fleming - Bondmaker (Swedish title: Bondmannen Ian Fleming) for Viasat History.

Interview for Skaraborgsbygden (13-10-2006)
Constantly in James Bond's footsteps. For Anders Frejdh, James Bond is not only an interest and hobby - the fictional agent is a lifelong passion. Text and photo | Sven Gärdekrans. © Skaraborgsbygden. Circulation: 11,000 copies.

Interview for Le Journal de Québec (27-2-2006)
Interview with Anders Frejdh (one of a very few European guests) during the UNICEF Canada event "Vue sur Bond" in Québec with Britt Ekland, Guy Hamilton, Richard Kiel, Roger Moore and Shirley Bassey. By | Jean LaRoche.

Swedish James Bond girls discussed on radio

Swedish James Bond girls discussed on Radio Sweden / SR International (27-10-2005)
Forget 007 - Britt Ekland, Maud Adams and Izabella Scorupco - the three Swedish Bond Girls battle it out in this month's Greatest adventure. Time to choose the Best Swedish "Bond Girl". Bond expert Anders Frejdh helps out making the selection.

Watch this space for new articles and official statements from FSWL in the press and other media.



Compliments and praise of the FSWL website from visitors

Adam Carter, Proprietor of Bondposters, UK:
“The website is extremely good, I am very impressed!”

Ajay Chowdhury, co-author of Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films:
“Britain's Best covered by Sweden's Finest: From Sweden With Love is the Norse God of Bond websites.”

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“I've been on your website and think it's very good. Very interesting and informative.”

Alan Gilbert, Proprietor of Thunderball Obsessional, UK:
“Very nice site.”

Alan J. Porter, Author of The History Of The Illustrated 007:
“Thanks for the plug on your site Anders!”

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“Nice website, congratulations. It is a well thought out and well designed informative site.”

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“I am impressed with your site and I wish you luck for the future.”

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“I would like to congratulate you on your website, From Sweden With Love. Excellent! I can see that it was done with a lot of care, passion and love. Bravo! I wish you much success!”

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“Anders, you are a genuine Bond expert!”

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“Scandinavia's most comprehensive Ian Fleming/James Bond website is also the world's most comprehensive Ian Fleming/James Bond website. Written with genuine love of our favourite fictional hero and covering all aspects of the Bond phenomenon, why would you want to go anywhere else? From Sweden With Love - I fly to you!”

Britt Ekland, Actress who played one of the leading parts in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974):
“Best of luck with the website, Anders!”

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"A very cool 007 fan site!"

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“Your enthusiasm about your subject comes through in your stories, and they are a pleasure to read.”

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“It is a wonderful website. I do understand it is a popular one!”

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“We found this website impressive and will keep it in mind for upcoming sales related to James Bond.”

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“Gracious of you to feature the young Bond novels on your site!”

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“A great site, knowledgeable and informative. A must for any true Bond Fans.”

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“I think your site is superb, Anders.”

David Giammarco, Author of For Your Eyes Only: Behind the Scenes of the James Bond Films, USA:
“Anders, congratulations on such a great website! Your enthusiasm and passion for the world of Bond is quite impressive. Keep up the great work.”

David Hedison, Actor who played 'Felix Leiter' in Live And Let Die(1973) and Licence To Kill (1989):
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David Smith, Chief Editor, MI6 Magazine:
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Guillaume Triboulloy, Webmaster of James Bond-FR, France:
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Gustaf Brusewitz, PR manager, Sony Ericsson, Sweden:
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Guy Hamilton, Director of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun:
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Hilary Saltzman, daughter of legendary Bond film producer Harry Saltzman:
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Joachim Brobeck, producr of Welcome to Sweden with Richard Kiel and Verne Troyen:
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“You are the number one fan in Scandinavia. I become a tiny person in comparison!”

John Cope, Bond fan from England:
“Congratulations on a great site. Well done and very informative.”

John Cork, Co-author of James Bond: The Legacy and Bond Girls Are Forever: The Women of James Bond and documentary filmmaker:
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John Glen, director of five James Bond films:
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Karen Leathan, Head of Visitor Services and Marketing, Somerset House Trust, UK:
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Keith Hamshere, official stills photograher on EIGHT James Bond films:
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Kemi Xu, Bond Girl in Moonraker:
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Ken Grippo, Proprietor of Bondstuff, USA:
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Kevin Collette, James Bond/Ian Fleming expert and Proprietor of Media Bis, France:
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Klaus Gericke, Proprietor of Der Name Ist Bond - James Bond, Germany:
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Lana Wood, Actress who appeared in Diamonds Are Forever (1971):
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Laurent Perriot, Press Relations, Club James Bond France:
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Lee Pfeiffer, James Bond expert and famous author, Proprietor of Spy Guise and Chief Editor of Cinema Retro, USA:
“Thank you for sharing your wonderful website.”

Lee Washington, moderator of Young Bond Dossier, UK:
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Lisa McAllister, Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, USA:
“Thank you for the publicity of our upcoming Historical Dictionary of Ian Fleming's James Bond.”

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Lucy Hurst, Publicity and Marketing Manager, Wallflower Press:
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Magnus Utvik, book critic for Swedish National Television:
"Nice site Anders!"

Malin Nasiell, PR Manager Fiction, Norstedts, Sweden:
“Anders, many thanks for your help.”

Marie-France Vienne, Webmaster for Roger Moore's official website, Belgium:
"Congratulations on the excellent website!"

Mark Ashby, long-time Bond fan in England:
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Mark Cerulli, Co-producer of Behind The Scenes With Goldfinger and Behind the scenes with Thunderball, USA:
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Mark Dawson, Webmaster for From Eastbourne With Love, UK:
“What a fantastic 007 collection and an incredible site! You have designed an indispensable resource for James Bond fans around the globe. Well done!”

Mark O'Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan:
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Martijn Mulder, Author of On The Tracks Of 007, Netherlands:
“Wonderful website and supporting Facebook page. Always one of the first with the latest news, very reliable source. Thanks also for helping me promote the book.”

Martin Grace, Roger Moore’s official stunt double:
“For any Bond fan, From Sweden With Love gives a wealth of information about all things James Bond, I have found it fascinating and interesting.”

Martin Shubrook, Partner, Shubrook Bros Enterprises:
“Wow! The site looks great. Thanks you so much for helping us promote the Derek Medding’s book.”

Mary Stavin, Miss World 1977 and actress who appeared in Octopussy (1983) and A View To A Kill (1985):
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Matt Sherman, Proprietor of 007 Forever and organiser of Bond Weekends, USA:
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Matthew Field, author of The Making of The Italian Job, Blade Runners, Deer Hunters and Blowing the Bloody Doors Off! and co-author of Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films:
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Maud Adams, actress who appeared in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) and Octopussy (1983):
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Maurisa Potts, Marketing Director, Crystal City Business Improvement District, USA:
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Michael Gillette, Illustrator for the 2008 Penguin series of James Bond novels by Ian Fleming:
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Mike Boldt, famous lithograph artist from USA:
“Great website, it's always a joy to see a quality website on 007.”

Neal Purvis & Robert Wade, screenwriters of The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and SPECTRE:
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Nikki van der Zyl, talented artist who dubbed many of the Bond women in the 1960's and 1970's:
“I find the contents of your web site very interesting and informative.”

Norman Wanstall, Oscar-winning Sound Editor who worked on six James Bond films (Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice Never Say Never Again):
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Patrik Ehrnst, Journalist for Swedish National Radio:
”Thanks so much for your participation in the show, you were really good!”

Paul Baack and Tom Zielinski, publishers of Her Majesty's Secret Servant:
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Paul Deblond, Bond fan from Sweden:
“Nice site. Lot of interesting stuff to read, keep up the good work.”

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Paul Kyriazi, Author of James Bond Lifestyle:
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Paul Scrabo, Proprietor of PS Productions, USA:
“Your Bond site looks wonderful.”

Per Melker, Senior Director at CSO Media, USA:
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Peter Bodor, Public Affairs and Communication Director, Coca-Cola, Sweden:
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Peter James, best-selling author and creator of the Roy Grace crime novel series, UK:
“This website is an absolute must for any Bond fan anywhere in the world - and any age! The level of detail is truly impressive - and I was amazed at some of the fascinating things you have been associated with. Surely if it's not on your web site, it's not worth knowing!”

Peter Lorenz, Proprietor of The Illustrated 007 website:
“Thank you for your great website; I like especially the book section.”

Petra Tell, PR manager, Activision, Sweden:
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Pierre Rodiac, former president of Club James Bond France:
“Great website! And how many Bond stars you've met! I'm amazed!”

Pontus Forslund, Bond fan from Sweden:
“Very informative and respectful site about James Bond, truly impressive.”

Preben Søgaard, Webmaster of BMT216A, Denmark:
“I find your site quite impressive and you do not mirror the information on other Bond sites, well done. Keep up the good work.”

Raymond Benson, Author of nine official James Bond novels:
“FSWL is one of the best (out of a zillion!) Bond fan and information sites in cyberspace. Anders is also a real gentleman and friend.”

Remmert van Braam, Webmaster for James Bond Lifestyle, Netherlands:
“Your website, which is quite famous already, looks great. Keep up the good work!”

Richard Herd, American actor with Swedish roots:
"Good luck on your James Bond adventure Anders!!"

Richard Skillman, founder of Theme Party People, a film location tours company in USA:
"One of the most comprehensive James Bond sites on the web with uncanny trending of 007 news relative to the stars, crew , films and writings of all things Bond. A real go-to site for those wishing to be in the know."

Rikard Andersson, Owner of WestAros Productions, Sweden:
“Well, what can I praise that haven't already been praised in previous reviews? First of all I fully agree with all of them. Furthermore I'd like to express some of the qualities that really distinguish this site - reliability, quantity, class, passion and love. Anders - I salute you!”

Robert Lee, The Royal British Legion, UK:
“Good luck with your website Anders!”

Robert Malton, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, London:
“Very cool site! And really substantial, too.”

Ronny Svensson, film critic for Swedish broadcaster TV4:
“All information you want, and that you never thought you wanted, or that you even knew existed, you will get from Anders Frejdh, the Swedish expert in the field.”

Romain, Webmaster for Agent James Bond 007, France:
“I would like to congratulate you, I do not visit often such an exhaustive and beautiful website about 007 like this one!”

Ronald Payne, producer of the first 'An Evening with George Lazenby' for The Edgar Cayce Foundation in USA:
“Congratulations on a wonderful James Bond website.”

Shane Rimmer, Canadian actor in You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever and The Spy Who Loved Me:
"From Sweden with Love is an excellent compilation of all the Bond films, the casts and directors. It is attractive, detailed, constantly updated and an invaluable reference to anyone associated with the film business and the fans. A great site."

Stanley Morgan, famous author and actor who appeared in Dr. No (1962):
“I am overwhelmed by your achievement. What dedication! I shall return to your site time and again to take in the vast amount of information there.”

Stephan Bäckman, Bond fan from Sweden:
“So much love goes into this site. One of the best.”

Steve Oxenrider, Bond fan from USA:
“FSWL is one of the most comprehensive, entertaining and informative websites devoted to James Bond. It is updated daily, features breaking news from the world of 007 and is consistently held in high esteem by all Bond fans.”

Steven Saltzman, music producer and son of Harry Saltzman:
“Love this site!”

Sussie Larsson, Event Manager Strategic Partners, Scandic Hotels, Sweden:
“We were really pleased with your presentation as it turned out to be a great night for the guests.”

Terry Pearson and Susan Jeffrey, Proprietors of Quadbod Media Memorabilia in the UK:
“Congratulations on a superb collection and an excellent website on which to store it!”

Terry Bamber, Production Manager for Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall:
“Terrific site - I think I will be visiting it a few times.”

Tobias Gustavsson, Webmaster from Sweden:
“I do not like James Bond but I love people who have a serious interest and then do something with it. The site you have is wonderful in that perspective.”

Thomas Drugg, founder of, the oldest 007 website in Sweden:
“This one's different. This one's got heart.”

Vic Armstrong, world famous stuntman, stunt coordinator and director:
"FSWL is very good and inventive and obviously an aficionado runs it."

Virginia Hey, Actress who appeared in The Living Daylights (1987):
“Fabulous! Well done. Attention to detail is marvellous.”

Wolfgang Thürauf, Founding member of Bondklub Deutschland, Germany:
“This is a GREAT website!”



Members of the From Sweden with Love team

• Born in Hjo, Sweden and educated in Gothenburg and London, Anders Frejdh has worked for two decades in corporate finance. During this time, as the webmaster of From Sweden With Love, he has grown it into one of the world’s most well read and comprehensive unofficial James Bond sites with a huge social media audience too. A life-long film fan, Anders has travelled around the planet amassing the largest collection of film and Bond memorabilia in Scandinavia. He has interviewed many of the people involved with the James Bond film series in front of and behind the camera. Recently, Anders was asked to eulogize the late Sir Roger Moore upon the actor’s death, was a key organiser for the Mallorca Film Festival’s tribute to Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton and toured Japan as part of the On The Tracks Of 007 trip celebrating 50 Years of You Only Live Twice. Anders continues to contribute to various international publications, books and media outlets as a 007 consultant. >Articles by Anders

Ajay Chowdhury (co-author of Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films) was born in London and read Law at university there and in The Netherlands. He has since provided legal advice on various motion picture, music, publishing, television and theatrical projects. He was the associate producer on two feature films, Lost Dogs (2005) and Flirting with Flamenco (2006). In 2012, he penned the screenplay to the multi-award winning, Olympic-themed short, A Human Race. Ajay is the spokesperson for The James Bond International Fan Club, established in 1979. He also edited their James Bond journal, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, between 2005 and 2009. He is regularly called upon by worldwide media to commentate on all things 007. >Articles by Ajay

Andrew McNess writes about James Bond films at A View On Bond and is the author of A Close Look At A VIEW TO A KILL. His first experience of Bond was a television screening of THUNDERBALL, a superb introduction if ever there was one (although a theatre screening would have been nice). However, while he always liked the Bond novels and films as a child and teenager, it was a re-immersion in the films in the mid-nineties that really solidified his interest. He always enjoys the Bondian tropes, but it is the variation and experimentation found within those elements from film to film that really piques his interest, and inspires his writing. Away from Bond, Andrew manages Alan J. Pakula: A Cinema of Anxiety and writes on cinema at Slivers of Cinema.
>Articles by Andrew

• FSWL contributor Brian James Smith, our man in Scotland, is an Ian Fleming and James Bond historian based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He published the magazines of the James Bond Appreciation Society from 1986 to 2002 and also ran a successful 007 memorabilia business for 13 years. In 2003 and 2004 he hosted a series of James Bond films at cinemas in Edinburgh with stars in attendance including Richard Kiel, Shirley Eaton, Michael Billington and Maud Adams. As well as consulting on various James Bond projects, his writing has previously appeared in Cinema Retro, Collecting 007, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. >Articles by Brian

• 1962 was a momentous year. Not only was the world introduced to the cinematic Bond, Colin Clark was born. Inspired by his father, Colin graduated from Blackhawk Technical Collage in southern Wisconsin with a degree in aircraft maintenance. He was hired by American Airlines in 1987 and is currently an Aircraft Maintenance Inspector for AA based at Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Colin’s earliest memories of 007 is from watching the films on ABC at the age of 10. In 1977 he saw is first Bond film in theatres, The Spy Who Loved Me. There was no going back.
Since 2001, Colin has assisted The Ian Fleming Foundation with the restoration of several of their vehicle archive, all of which have been used in the Bond films. In May 2015, Colin was added to the Board of Directors for the Foundation and continues to coordinate Volunteer meets and Foundation Vehicle restoration projects and events. >Articles by Colin

Erik Olsson grew up with James Bond and started to watch the films before he could write. As a 10-yeard old he knew a lot about the Bond-movies but nowadays mostly enjoys what he remembers and to watch the movies as often as he can. Bond is always present in the everyday life. It lead him to learn how to parachute and dive with sharks outside of the Bahamas. And more. He loves to visit the exotic filming locations and a couple of years ago a long-time dream was fulfilled when he bought a white Lotus. In 2015 another lifelong dream got fulfilled when he got to be an extra in a Bond film (SPECTRE). Erik is an Internet entrepreneur who runs the Swedish site and in Spanish-speaking markets. >Articles by Erik

Frank Anderson, one of our men in England, is a prolific globetrotter, covering tens of thousands of miles each year visiting original Bond movies locations and experiencing and recording the sights and sounds enjoyed in the original movies. Apart from FSWL, he also contributes to the On the Tracks of 007 and Bond Lifestyle websites. Native to Glasgow, Scotland, he has been resident in Lincolnshire, England for a number of years and also travels extensively worldwide as a finance professional. >Articles by Frank

• Born around the time Sean Connery's 007 baton was being passed to George Lazenby, Ian Davis 10 years later caught TSWLM at the cinema, and soon afterwards Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun in a double bill. His dad Roger was a keen movie-goer and autograph collector, and on 26th June 1979, the evening of the Moonraker World Premiere in London, they met another Roger - Roger Moore. By this time, Ian was well and truly a Bond fan, started collecting the soundtracks, posters, stills and books, at the same time catching up on the previous films. In addition, through his dad's interest, he met others associated with the Bond films including Telly Savalas, Honor Blackman, Jane Seymour, Matt Monro, Cubby Broccoli, Donald Pleasence and Sean Connery. Almost 40 years later, Ian is still a huge fan of Bond. >Articles by Ian

• Ten years ago, Joseph Darlington adopted the alias ‘Head of Section’ and created the Being James Bond podcast. For the last decade, Darlington has become obsessed with walking in the footsteps of James Bond, learning how to do anything that Bond can do, and doing everything that Bond has done – and each Bond-inspired experience has proven to be some of the greatest of his life. Darlington is also the author of Being James Bond: Volume One, and has contributed to the, Bond Lifestyle, The Bond Experience and The James Bond Dossier websites apart from FSWL. >Articles by Joseph

Jon Auty, our man in Northern Ireland who runs Behind The Stunts (a long running series of in-depth publications examining the stunts and action sequences on films and television series over the last 40 years), started out as a budding stuntman, who trained to join the movie elite, but an injury prevented him from continuing his training and his dream was over. Until he met stuntman Roy Alon who invited him to write about the stunt business and tell the true story about how stunts are created for Film and Television. He went on to write ‘STUNTS’ an industry publication which gave the reader an insight into the world of the stunt professional here in the UK and USA.
He is widely renowned as the UK’s leading authority on the stunt community and has worked as an advisor on many newspaper articles, books, television and live shows. Has also been involved in many television projects as advisor including The Paradise Club, A Touch of Frost and Taggart. And numerous films including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Die Another Day.
>Articles by Jon

• Apart being in everyday life a politic journalist, Marie-France Vienne have been a huge admirer of Sir Roger Moore since she was a very young girl. She is the co-owner of Sir Roger's official website since 1999 and also an active member of Club James Bond France since many years and regularly write for their magazines and was the Editor in Chief of their luxury publication Archives : Roger Moore. Marie-France lives in Brussels. >Articles by Marie-France

• After 8 years as an award-winning writer/producer at HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli, our man in Los Angeles, formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of documentaries, promos and industrial videos. For HBO and other networks, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.
In the 1990's he worked on DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger and The Making of Thunderball. He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story and Technicolor’s Official 100 Year Video, where he got to work with movie legend, Olivia de Havilland. He can also be heard on the US podcast >Articles by Mark

Nicolás Suszczyk, our man in Argentina, discovered GoldenEye at the age of seven after watching the movie on TV in January 1998. A few weeks later, he saw Tomorrow Never Dies in the big screen and during the course of two years he was captivated by the earlier 007 adventures that he managed to get in VHS or DVD. Now he studies Journalism and Communications in Buenos Aires, where he was born and currently lives, and runs two 007 related sites: The GoldenEye Dossier and Bond En Argentina. He has written articles for magazines like MI6 Confidential and Le Bond, as well as being featured in English, Spanish or Portuguese in sites like Archivo 007, MovieViral, Pipoca Gigante, The Spy Command and The James Bond Dossier. >Articles by Nicolás

Richard Skillman is the Vice President of Allied Vaughn, one of the largest Entertainment Companies in film and television program distribution, working with the major Studios such as Warner Bros, Universal Studios, MGM, FOX, Disney and Turner Classic Movies. He and his wife, Leslie, also run Theme Party People, party planners and recognized James Bond international travel organizers, leading Bond fans, writers and experts from Istanbul to Venice, to Nassau & Jamaica, from Paris to Prague, they’re known for bringing a “Hollywood touch” to their travel experiences. Richard is a lifelong Bond fan and collector and is active in Bond activities around the world and honored to be associated with From Sweden with Love. >Articles by Richard

Rob Coppinger, our globetrotting man, travels the world writing about advanced military and civilian aerospace technology, often accompanied by glamorous PR women. From Moscow’s once secret “Star City” cosmonaut training centre to China’s Beijing-based Astronaut Training Centre, or the most famous rocket launch site in the world, NASA’s Cape Canaveral, space programmes are as much a part of Rob’s working life as they are plots in Bond films. Bond film relevant technology Rob has written about includes, space based lasers, NASA’s Space Shuttle, space stations, nuclear weapons, and stealthy combat drones. Rob often finds himself one step behind the last Bond film’s locations, most recently travelling to SPECTRE’s Mexico. Other destinations for his stories have included, China, India, French Guiana, Morocco, Canada, Turkey, and many more. Rob has lived and worked in America, Australia, Czech Republic and Japan. He has written for a variety of aviation, defence and aerospace publications and national broadcasters, including the BBC. Rob lives in France. Official website. >Articles by Rob

Steve Oxenrider, our man on America's East coast, is a retired educator, life-long James Bond film fan and freelance writer who has contributed to many Bond books and publications. He has interviewed more than 100 Bond cast and crew members, as well as being credited on the supplementary features for several of the DVDs. Some of his credits can be seen on his IMDB page.
Steve’s interest in Bond started November 26, 1965, with the NBC television special The Incredible World of James Bond. That Christmas he saw Thunderball 25 times, befriended both Lotte Lenya and Harold Sakata by telephone and 51 years later has amassed an amazing collection of stills, posters, autographs, toys and merchandising. His favourite Bond film remains Thunderball, but "the double-bills of the 60s and 70s, with those fantastic ad campaigns, were as exciting as a new film."
Steve has taught English as a Second Language in American public schools and travelled to more than 75 countries, many of them Bond locales. In 1989 he was privileged to spend an entire week at Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. >Articles by Steve

Stuart Kortekaas, our man in Australia, is an industrial designer & photographer. A life-long James Bond fan, his passion for design was inspired by watching Goldfinger as a child. Since completing a masters degree in Sweden he has travelled the world, photographing glamorous locations, exotic wildlife, and some of the world's most beautiful models. For more information, please visit >Articles by Stuart




From Sweden with Love (FSWL) is one of the oldest and most comprehensive James Bond related websites in the world and entirely dedicated to his creator Ian Fleming and the original film producers, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. FSWL is fully available in English and Swedish, the English part consisting of over 5,000 pages. It has been online since 6th September 2004 (originally launched on and keeps growing for every year. Thousands of unique visitors every month generating thousands of page hits.

Founder & Chief Editor: Anders Frejdh

• Born in Hjo, Sweden and educated in Gothenburg and London, Anders Frejdh has worked for two decades in corporate finance. During this time, as the webmaster of From Sweden With Love, he has grown it into one of the world’s most well read and comprehensive unofficial James Bond sites with a huge social media audience too. A life-long film fan, Anders has travelled around the planet amassing the largest collection of film and Bond memorabilia in Scandinavia. He has interviewed many of the people involved with the James Bond film series in front of and behind the camera. Recently, Anders was asked to eulogize the late Sir Roger Moore upon the actor’s death, was a key organiser for the Mallorca Film Festival’s tribute to Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton and toured Japan as part of the On The Tracks Of 007 trip celebrating 50 Years of You Only Live Twice. Anders continues to contribute to various international publications, books and media outlets as a 007 consultant.

Aaron Cattermer, Adrian Head, Andy Miller, Bernard VandenDriessche, David Williams, Markus Hartmann, Niclas Elvingsson, Paul Deblond & Steve Oxenrider

Joël Villy, Marie Regmert, Peter Lulle Johansson & Sascha Braun

Graphic design:
Annelie Sundgren, Bernardo Rivavelarde, Remmert van Braam & Steffen Winkler

Writers: (check the Team page for more info about these gentlemen)
Ajay Chowdhury, Brian Smith, Colin Clark, Erik Olsson, Frank Anderson, Jon Auty, Jonas Pettersson, Marcus Nohlberg, Marie-France Vienne, Mark Cerulli, Mikael Ström, Nicolas Suszczyk, Pontus Forslund, Richard Skillman, Rob Coppinger & Stuart Kortekaas

Webmaster: Peter Wallentin

Other contributors:
Andrew McNess, Athena Stamos, Brad Frank, Cathia Hamel, Dave Reinhardt, Doug Redenius, Enlil Albanna, Gary Firuta, George Martin, Greg Bechtloff, Jeremy Duns, Johan Pramell, Johanna Solgren, John Cork, John Cox, Kevin Collette, Laurent Perriot, Leandro Born, Luc Le Clech, Mark Honeyball, Mark O'Connell, Mark Witherspoon, Martijn Mulder, Michel Bell, Mike VanBlaricum, Nathalie Christiaens, Preben Søgaard, Raymond Benson (official James Bond author), Robert Lifvergren, Ronny Svensson, Sabinije von Gaffke, Simon Gardner (son of Bond author John Gardner), Stefan Axell, Thomas Drugg, Tom Zielinski, Viktor Åkerblom & Wolfgang Thürauf

A selection of organisations we cooperate with:
Bond Lifestyle (contributor since 2005)
Club James Bond France (contributor since 2002)
Hollywood Stuntmen's Hall of Fame (Board of Advisors)
The Ian Fleming Foundation (member and contributor since 1998)
James Bond Collectors Club (member and contributor since 1999)
James Bond Golf Society (member since 2008)
James Bond International Fan Club (member and contributor since 1994)
The Official Pierce Brosnan Fan Club (member since 1999)

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An interview with actress/model Papillon Soo Soo that was done by Papillon's Convention Agent, Laurence Wreford, a friend of ours. Papillon talks about her career and A View to a Kill (1985) in particular, and how she got involved in the film industry in the first place. Laurence kindly let us reproduce the entire piece on FSWL.

We think it is an interesting piece to read and hope you enjoy it. Having met Papillon in person, we know she is a great human being as well.

How did you get the part in A View to a Kill, Full Metal Jacket and Split Second?
First question of how I got the part in AVTAK. Good chi and better chi. I believe everything you have in life comes from a greater source. I hope it doesn’t sound arrogant that I was born to play Pan Ho in AVTAK. I remember watching Roger Moore in a TV programme called The Saint when I was about 8 years old. I was really fascinated by the halo around the character's head and never imagined that years later I would actually meet him on a film set. I was an ugly duckling and wore these NHS brown framed bottom of bottle glasses as I am as blind as a bat and I was terribly shy (I couldn’t even look my form teacher in the face when I was 14/15). Thank god for contact lenses as when I discovered them I became more confident and realised that I was actually okay but this was much later.

It's a miracle that I won a part in a Bond film with no acting experience. The producers, Michael G. Wilson, the late great Cubby Broccoli and his daughter Barbara, John Glen were intrigued that I shared the same name as a character in the Paris dining room scene where one of 007's counterpart agent is killed by a poisoned butterfly. I believe they also felt my cheek bones and physique matched Grace Jones who played May Day. They had seen 100s of girls all over the world. I really believe it was fate that got me the part because all the odds were stacked against me otherwise.

As for FMJ - again fate as it can't be a coincidence. I was walking outside my front door and walked straight into one of the actors from the Bond film that had played Roger Moore's stand in. He told me that they were looking for girls for a new Stanley Kubrick film on the Vietnam War. I had heard of Stanley Kubrick because when I was a teenager I saw a 2001 Space Odyssey - I actually fell asleep during the show! During my school break I used to hit the library and go through a magazine about films (I can’t recall the title of it) but I remember seeing a story about Stanley Kubrick. Then when I was on the set of AVTAK the continuity lady told this really amazing story about SK as she had worked with him and Jack Nicholson on the Shining - I won’t repeat the story as that would be gossiping. My agent got in touch with the casting director and they sent me a script and then I went and met SK where they videoed the scene I had learnt and that was it.

With Split Second - the casting director knew of my work on FMJ.

What was it like working on each film and do you have any memorable memories?
The most memorable moment was meeting Roger Moore finally coming out of that 19 inch box from my childhood days and saying good morning to me on the Paris film set on AVTAK. Film work is hard as you have to be up very early and I’m not too good in the mornings and you work very long hours. But hey spare a thought to the nurses who work in dirty NHS wards for long hours for which they are under remunerated or try be a dustman or work in McDonalds for a day.

Working on FMJ was (sorry to be such a rude gal) was like a 24 hour orgasm! Only because I was working with the late great Stanley Kubrick and the very talented Matthew Modine. SK actually said very little to me on the set. It was a very zen experience in the sense that he was so silent but it was a silent understanding as I believed I knew what he was after in the frames he was shooting. I was absolutely clueless on AVTAK but that time I had gained some confidence and was able to express myself much better.

Split Second - well what can I say sharing the makeup room, same film set, same space, and same world with Rutger Hauer who has a predilection to Enya, the Irish songstress which I could hear playing from his dressing room. Just being around Rutger who has this otherworldliness sends you to 009 at the speed of light!

Were there any extra bits you had in the films that were cut out of the final version?
Yeah I did a nude scene with Matthew Modine for FMJ that was cut out, so now you know what happened after I picked up the two GIs for $10.00 (I wasn’t too beaucoup then!) I think the scene didn’t meld with what SK wanted to get across in the film that war is mean and look what happens to people involved in the war machine. I think FMJ is current for what is happening in Iraq - you get boys and girls who were all sweetness turning into monsters torturing and abusing prisoners.

What was it like working with Alison Doody on AVTAK? Are you still in touch with any of the cast?
Alison was absolutely a laugh and the most beautiful girl. She had the most infectious laugh as well. You could hear her laugh for miles. Unfortunately I am not in touch with anyone from those days as I think we have all lived in different continents at different times. I did see Michael Wilson, the producer of the Bond films a week before Cannes last year.

Did you attend any of the premieres of the films you were in?
I only attended the London premiere of AVTAK and I arrived in a rickshaw. It was a fantastic evening with everyone there including Duran Duran who sang the title song.

In your death scene in AVTAK did you do your own stunts when you were being washed away?
I did do my own stunt when I was washed away by thousands of gallons of water that was tipped from a great height and was saved by a wet suit that also kept me buoyant, so there was no chance of drowning.

In FMJ was that your own voice or were you dubbed? What was your reaction when your famous line "me so horny, me love you long time" were you in two hit songs?
That was also my own voice in FMJ and I wished I patented those lines -" me love you long so horny". I still get ribbed by some friends with those lines and especially when I heard that those lines were used in two songs which were hits. I composed a rap tune back:

"Me love you long time
But how come me get no bling,
When all over them play dat thing,
Me love you long time,
But where’s me bling,
When all over America,
Dem play that track,
And you see it flying off the rack."

Which film did you most enjoy working on and why?
I couldn’t really say which was the most favourite film I worked on is as I enjoyed every minute of each for different reasons. I loved the comradeship on the Bond film. I think you need to spend time with people and I did have that opportunity on Bond as my original contract was for 17 weeks and I ended up staying 20 weeks. I loved the fact that
on Bond you join a family. I used to get my alarm call from Barbara Broccoli herself at 5 a.m. who is now the Co-Producer with Michael G. Wilson. I loved FMJ because it was working for Stanley Kubrick who I will never forget. He had such a huge presence and I would agree with a lot of people who consider him a genius. I think we all have the possibility to go above time, space and motion. I hope that doesn’t sound ethereal. I mean just to do something extraordinary with our life; to be original, to be a flame of light for more than just oneself.

Have you done any other TV or film work apart from AVTAK, FMJ and SS and have you got any other plans to do some more media work?
I have been involved in a few TV commercials but would definitely love another part in a big blockbuster or something or a Quentin Tarantino movie. He seems really good at resurrecting people like me who have been out of the picture so to speak.

How much fan mail do you receive and do you enjoy signing autographs?
I have been getting a lot of fan mail of late and of course I love signing autographs since I am no Liz Taylor who apparently has a rubber stamp for signing letters which I read in an interview with a famous person who wrote to her - he was most surprised when he rubbed at her seemingly signed in ink signature that it didn’t rub off! Even some things get tedious when you are a big star like that. But I am not in that place as I am so far down in the food chain I am just grateful to be remembered. I also thought at the time when I read that story about Liz that may be she has arthritis. I think the person who wrote to her was lucky to get the rubber stamp as often when you are that famous you get the PA to the PA pee peeing the signature. I wrote to Prince Charles a few years back and got a reply from one of a number of his private secretaries but was pleased to receive the royal crested letter nevertheless. Be grateful for small mercies!

Would you ever be interested in attending a convention?
As for attending a convention it would depend what was involved and I would only involve myself if there was a donation to my favourite charity, Leukaemia Care. About the time when I was doing the Bond film there was a young lad called Michael Wright who fell very sick with leukaemia and he died just before his 17th birthday in April 1988. He would have been 33 this year and his mum has been a very good friend for all these years.

Photo above:
From left to right: Alison Doody, Grace Jones, and Papillon Soo during a break of filming AVTAK in France.

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10 APRIL 2004

Roger Spottiswoode, the director of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) discusses the filming, what got cut and how "lies" became "dies." Our man in France, Kevin Collette, reports.

In a last minute announcement, former Bond director Roger Spottiswoode was named the Cognac 2004 Thriller Film Festival President. Spottiswoode’s filmography includes the classic thriller “Under Fire,” and the not so classic comedy “Stop or My Mom will Shoot,” and of course “Tomorrow Never Dies.”

Graciously granting a lengthy interview, Spottiswoode spoke candidly about the movie industry, President Bush - and Bond!

About Roger Spottiswoode:
Born in Canada, Spottiswoode began his film career as an editor working on advertising and documentary projects. He then moved to the United States and got to work as assistant editor with Sam Peckinpah on “Straw Dogs,” “The Getaway,“ and “Pat Garret & Billy the Kid.” He then worked with Walter Hill on “Hard Times” in 1975.

In 1980, following the slasher movie trend created by “Friday the 13th,” he directed his first feature-length movie, “Terror Train.” Most recently, he finished shooting “White On White” in the U.K. It’s a thriller based on a Patricia Highsmith novel.

[Kevin Collette:] When did you learn that you were selected by Eon Productions to direct the second Brosnan Bond, and how did you react?
[Roger Spottiswoode:] Well, I tend to balance “commercial projects” with more intimate ones. With Bond, I knew it would probably allow me to pursue my TV series further. So I signed. I was thrilled of being picked up. Actually, after the release of the Bond film, the producers came back to me to offer me another one, but I didn’t have any juice left for an immediate encore.

[KC:] Were you involved in the pre-production writing of the script?
[RS:] Yeah, for instance, that was my idea to have at least a strong woman in the story -- not just an “oooooh James“ bimbo. So I cast Michele Yeoh with that idea firmly in mind.

About the script, what happened was that MGM had a script by January 1997. It was revolving around Hong Kong being returned to the Chinese. Of course, we couldn’t use that for a movie due to open by the end of 1997, so we started almost from scratch at T-minus zero!

[KC:] What’s the real story behind that title?
[RS:] Well, the script revolves around a media mogul. The Tomorrow paper is really The European. And Carver is Rupert Murdoch. So, we had a list of 5 to 10 potential titles, amongst them “Tomorrow Never Lies.” It fit perfectly. A newspaper cannot tell lies… So we went for it and faxed MGM in Burbank, and on went with other things. But at the other end, the guy who received the script must have misread it because the next day we had a phone call from MGM, telling us “We love your title ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’! That’s going to be it.” Nobody dared to tell them the truth!

[KC:] The pre-credits sequence was supposed to be a bit different from what we finally saw on screen - a bit like 007 meets Stallone’s “Cliffhanger.” What happened?
[RS:] We did all the pre-production work on that mountain climbing bit indeed -- storyboard, scenery, etc. We had experts etc. But it the end it was simply too dangerous to shoot, so we decided to drop it.

[KC:] We heard many horror stories during the shooting of “Tomorrow Never Dies.” Any truth in that?
[RS:] Really? It has all been made up. The mood was great, the Broccolis very friendly. Nothing important really went wrong.

[KC:] Were you asked to come back as a director for another go?
[RS:] As I said, I was asked by the producer to direct a second Bond movie (TWINE), but I was too tired.

[KC:] You just finished shooting “White On White.” What’s next?
[RS:] Actually, I’ll be back on the set a little bit more after the festival. I also did a Kinder Chocolate TV ad with Claudia Schiffer. The funny thing is we couldn’t shoot kids actually eating the stuff . Merely suggest it! The exec went crazy about that rule…

I’m also working on a project of mine, called “Cathedrals,” about the big Salisbury or Amiens Church builders -- based on a William Goldman novel. It’s not really on religious topics, but more about the men behind those magnificent constructions. I would love to cast Jean Reno in the lead.

Interview © Kevin Collette/MediaBis 2004. All rights reserved.

Photo above:
Pierce Brosnan, Michelle Yeoh and Roger Spottiswoode during the filming of Tomorrow Never Dies. © 1997 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

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