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DECEMBER 2017
AND THE WINNER ISN'T - A DOCUMENTARY BY GEOFFREY MOORE

And The Winner Isn’t is a satirical documentary charting Geoffrey Moore and his daughter Ambra’s journey through Hollywood, as the pair track down celebrities and industry insiders in their bid to find out what it takes to become an Academy Award winner.

In a recent interview with Variety, Geoffrey Moore said, “I promised him [Roger Moore] before he died that we would complete this movie.” And continued:

“My father had a great sense of humor so the documentary is very sardonic. We both believed that humor is a great way to make a serious point. He was very dedicated to UNICEF and the notion of using his good fortune for good causes.”

FSWL can confirm that Geoffrey interviewed George Lazenby for the documentary in May. Other personalities to be featured include Ewan McGregor, Harvey Weinstein, J.J. Abrams, Joan Collins, Jon Lovitz, Michael & Shakira Caine, Paris Hilton, Liam Neeson, Queen Latifah and Stephen Fry to name a few.

Geoffrey Moore is a British actor, producer and singer. He is the eldest son of the late James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore. Geoffrey made his acting debut alongside his father and John Huston in Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976). Upon Geoffrey’s father’s death in May, it solidified his determination to continue his father’s philanthropic work towards UNICEF and promised Sir Roger that this project would be made and come to light to succeed. As a musician, he secured his first music recording artist deal with EMI working alongside Mike Rutherford of “Genesis” and with Warner Brothers where he too collaborated with Rick James, Tina Marie and Dudley Moore and many others.

Ambra Moore is a British actress and producer. She is the eldest daughter of Geoffrey Moore and the granddaughter of Sir Roger Moore. Ambra is making her acting and producing debut alongside her father in And The Winner Isn’t.

Geoffrey Moore with Kristina Wayborn at the after-premiere party for SPECTRE in London 2015
Geoffrey Moore with Kristina Wayborn at the after-premiere party for SPECTRE in London 2015. Photo by Anders Frejdh. Copyright © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

Editor's Note:
Another interview with Geoffrey Moore can be found on W Radio Colombia, one of the biggest radio stations in Latin America. W Radio also interviewed George Lazenby in May after the passing of Sir Roger Moore.

For more information and the latest news on And The Winner Isn’t, visit the official website.

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15-16 SEPTEMBER 2017
GEORGE LAZENBY ATTENDS QUEBEC FILM FESTIVAL IN CANADA

Quebec City Film Festival (FCVQ), presented by Québecor and powered by Restos Plaisirs, is very proud to announce that James Bond actor George Lazenby will be in Quebec City to present screenings of Bond fan favourite On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and acclaimed documentary Becoming Bond on 15-16 September, 2017.

Friday 15th September at 8:00pm
George will make an appearance at an outdoor public (free) screening of On Her Majesty's Secret Service. >More info

Saturday 16th September at 2:00pm
Screening of Becoming Bond at the Palais Montcalm venue (Raoul-Jobin auditorium) followed by a 45-60 minute Q&A with George and a signing of autographs and pictures with fans. >Book tickets

The documentary by Josh Greenbaum tells the real story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian mechanic who, after an incredible combination of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond even though he had never appeared in a film before!

On Her Majestys Secret Service and Becoming Bond posters with George Lazenby
One of the film posters for On Her Majesty's Secret Service and the poster for Becoming Bond.

About George Lazenby


Born in Goulburn, Australia in 1939, George Lazenby’s peripatetic life led him to London and international stardom as Ian Fleming’s James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service taking over from Sean Connery. Although a worldwide critical and financial success, George forsook the role of 007 to carve out his own spiritual adventure in life in the Far East and the United States working with filmmakers as varied as Peter Bogdanovitch, Cy Endfield, John Landis and Bruce Lee.

Still much in demand on TV and film, Lazenby starred as Civil War General J Johnson Pettigrew and Superman’s father, Jor-El, a role initially essayed by Marlon Brando. Recent work includes a voice role the in DC Batman animated series and in critically acclaimed independent films such as A Winter’s Rose (2016), Death Game (2017) and the forthcoming crime thriller The Order (2018).

Press articles:
>Le Journal de Quebec (August 30)
>Le Soleil (August 30)
>The Sherbrooke Times (August 30)
>TVA Nouvelles (August 30)
>Cinoche (August 30)

For more information about Quebec City Film Festival, visit the official website.

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5 SEPTEMBER 2017
A CELEBRATION OF JAMES BOND ACTOR GEORGE LAZENBY

The world famous James Bond actor George Lazenby turns 78. George played 007 in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) which by many James Bond aficionados, fans and scholars alike is considered to be the best film in the entire series.

With this page, FSWL (From Sweden with Love) would like to extend our personal wishes to the man who took on the HUGE challenge of taking over the role of 007 from Sean Connery in 1968 and played it so well.

"Happy birthday George, never forget that Sweden loves you very much."

About George Lazenby:
George Lazenby was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, at Ovada Private Hospital, to railway worker George Edward Lazenby and Sheila Joan Lazenby (née Bodel), who worked at Fosseys. He went to Bourke Street School in his primary years, and Goulburn High until either 1953 or 1954. The young Lazenby was fond of guns, knives, and riding bikes, and is described by those who went to school with him as "a bit of a larrikin." His sister, Barbara, was an accomplished dancer. When he was about 14 or 15 he moved with his family from Goulburn to Queanbeyan, where he worked as a car salesman, mechanic and model before moving to England.

Lazenby's started out in acting by appearing in commercials for British Petroluem, Cadbury Fry Chocolates, Malboro, Slumberland and a few notable commercial brands in the 60s. It was said that his first film appearance was in a bit part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof, Espionage in Tangiers but reviews of the movies indicates that there was no scene of Lazenby's appearance at all. There were reports that mentioned the earlier longer version of the film had Lazenby appearing, but was since removed from the actual film.

In 1968, after Sean Connery quit the role of James Bond, and 24-year-old actor Timothy Dalton declined the role, believing he was too young for it, producer Albert R. Broccoli chose Lazenby after seeing him in a commercial. Lazenby dressed the part by sporting several sartorial Bond elements such as a Rolex Submariner wristwatch and a Savile Row suit (ordered, but uncollected, by Connery). Broccoli offered him an audition. The position was consolidated when Lazenby accidentally punched a professional wrestler, who was acting as stunt coordinator, in the face, impressing Broccoli with his ability to display aggression. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage.

During the production of the film, Lazenby's voice was dubbed over with George Baker's in scenes in which Bond impersonated Sir Hilary Bray (Baker's character), something not traditionally done with a leading actor whose original language is English. According to an interview, Lazenby experienced difficulties on the set stemming from director Peter R. Hunt's refusal to speak directly with him, and Hunt's brusqueness in asking Lazenby's friends to clear the set before filming.

George Lazenby and the Bond girls on the set of On Her Majestys Secret Service at Schilthorn Piz Gloria
At the time of the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Lazenby's performance received mixed reviews. Some felt that whilst he was physically convincing, some of his costumes were inappropriate ("too loud" according to some) and that he delivered his lines poorly. Others, however, have developed differing views in the decades since the film. In the 1998 book The Essential James Bond, Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall write: "Although OHMSS was routinely dismissed by critics who cited Lazenby as a brave but disappointing successor to Connery, the intervening years have been notably kinder to both the film and its star. Indeed, due in no small part to Peter Hunt's inspired direction, OHMSS generally ranks among the top films with fans. Likewise, Lazenby has emerged as a very popular contributor to the series and has enjoyed large enthusiastic audiences during his appearances at Bond related events. In summary, OHMSS is a brilliant thriller in its own right and justifiably ranks amongst the best Bond films ever made".

George Lazenby and Diana Rigg attend the On Her Majestys Secret Service premiere in London
In Roger Moore's commentary for a 2007 DVD release of The Man with the Golden Gun, he referenced George Lazenby as follows : "I have a great deal of e-mail contact with George Lazenby; he's sort of on the joke circuit ... that we simply send jokes to each other. OHMSS – very well made film – Peter Hunt – excellent, excellent, excellent fight stuff, excellent snow effects ... but I think the end result for George was that it was one of the better Bonds".

In the pre-title sequence of OHMSS, Lazenby comments: "This never happened to the other fellow", an in-joke referring to his predecessor Sean Connery, which has been interpreted by some film critics as breaking the fourth wall.

Although Lazenby had been offered a contract for seven movies, his agent, Ronan O'Rahilly, convinced him that the secret agent would be archaic in the liberated 1970s, and as a result he left the series after the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1969. After this role Lazenby began to study drama at Durham University's College of the Venerable Bede. Lazenby has portrayed James Bond several times over the years in numerous parodies and unofficial 007 roles, most notably the 1983 TV movie The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (opposite Patrick MacNee) and an episode of The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents, entitled Diamonds Aren't Forever.

Lazenby has portrayed The Marlboro Man in cigarette advertising.

Despite starring in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie (the combined gross earnings of which exceeded 100 USD million worldwide in the 1970s, then the standard establishing an actor as a box office success), Lazenby's acting career did not flourish. One notable TV role came in the BBC's Play For Today series in 1973, with Lazenby starring in Roger Smith's The Operation.

In 1973, Lazenby was set to work in Hong Kong with Bruce Lee. A planned meeting with Lee and Raymond Chow to discuss a movie project for the Golden Harvest film Game of Death collapsed after Lee's sudden death, although Lazenby would still go on to make three of the four films he signed to do with Lee in Hong Kong, The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss (1974), The Man from Hong Kong (1975) (also known as The Dragon Flies), and A Queen's Ransom (1976). Lazenby was only featured with archive footage when Game of Death was finally released in 1978, after a five-year delay caused by Lee's death while it was still in production.

George Lazenby with Michael Caine in London
Lazenby also made a guest appearance on the popular TV series Superboy, playing Jor-El, Superboy's biological father, opposite Britt Ekland during the show's second season in 1990. He appeared with Sylvia Kristel in several new Emmanuelle films in the 1990s, many of which appeared on cable TV.

Birthdays for other James Bond actors:
>Barry Nelson (April 16)
>Bob Holness (November 12)
>Daniel Craig (March 2)
>Pierce Brosnan (May 16)
>Roger Moore (October 14)
>Sean Connery (August 25)
>Timothy Dalton (March 21)

Photo above:
George Lazenby at the VIP opening of 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn in Switzerland, July 2015. Photo by Sascha Braun. © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

For more information about George Lazenby's film career, check out his IMDB profile.

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6-9 JULY 2017
GEORGE LAZENBY ATTENDS REVELATION FILM FESTIVAL IN PERTH

The critically acclaimed hybrid documentary Becoming Bond (2017) opens the festivities at this year's Revelation Perth International Film Festival in Australia with James Bond actor and Man of the Action, George Lazenby, as special guest.

George headlines the festival and will be there for the Opening Night screening of Becoming Bond with guests aplenty, lashings of free drinks and food, DJs and that special vibe that is Rev’s annual celebration of cinema.

Ticket are 56.50 AUD and includes film plus after party.

About the film:
Director: Josh Greenbaum / Year: 2017 / Country: USA / Duration: 92 minutes / Rated: M

Becoming Bond tells the story of George Lazenby, the Australian James Bond.
From his early career as a mechanic to taking on one of the most iconographic roles in film – despite never acting before – Lazenby’s biography is a larger than life tale of chance, risk, and opportunity.
This almost-unbelievable biography – Lazenby 'only' played Bond once, famously turning down the role after On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) – is brought to earth by director Greenbaum’s careful handling of the material.
On screen the charismatic Lazenby is the perfect storyteller and interviewee, meanwhile the dramatic recreations (with Josh Lawson playing Lazenby) add a depth to the material.

Becoming Bond Josh Lawson
Becoming Bond is a film that appreciates and understands its subject and Lazenby’s wit and sense of the absurd are given space, but the film doesn’t gloss over his regrets either, all of which gives Becoming Bond a sense of genuine warmth.

Becoming Bond screenings:
Thursday July 6th, 7pm, Luna Leederville (Opening night)
Saturday July 8th, 8.45pm, Luna Leederville
Friday July 14th, 9pm, Luna SX
Monday July 17th, 2.45pm, Luna Leederville

*Lazenby will attend the first two screenings for a Q&A.

Sunday July 9th at 1.30pm in Luna Leederville: On Her Majesty's Secret Service + George Lazenby in Conversation

This session includes an extended 60 minutes In Conversation with George Lazenby + a 45-minute autograph signing.
Special price apply: 25 AUD

For many fans of James Bond, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service ranks amongst the very best of the Bond movies. With a plot concerning germ warfare and the sinister SPECTRE organisation, headed by Ernst Stavro Blofeld, this is classic Bond that still seems contemporary.

The sixth film adapted from Ian Fleming’s books stars George Lazenby who stepped into the role vacated by Sean Connery with apparent ease, bringing a more natural nuance to Bond and leaving his own mark on 007. The film has all the classic Bond ingredients as well as boasting the dream cast that includes Telly Savalas as the villainous Blofeld, and, straight from appearing on the hit TV series The Avengers, Diana Rigg as Tracy.

This screening will feature an introduction by George Lazenby and will be followed by a very special In Conversation between George Lazenby and FilmInk’s Travis Johnson as well as an autograph signing session with George.

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About George Lazenby:
There are a thousand ways to find fame in the movie industry, but few come close to George Lazenby who used his good looks, charm and a double-dose of Aussie self-confidence to win one of Cinema’s most coveted roles: James Bond, 007.
Born in Goulburn, Australia in 1939, Lazenby had little interest in schooling; instead choosing to find his own way– first as a highly successful car salesman, then as a top male model. It was his modeling career that brought him to London where an agent suggested he try to get an audition with the Bond filmmakers, not an easy proposition for someone with no acting experience! Not only did George get the audition, he landed the role and his film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), was a huge success and is now considered one of the best in the series.
Not wanting to be locked into Bondage, George again went his own way, appearing in a myriad of films including the 1972 action/thriller Universal Soldier; Hong Kong action films like The Man From Hong Kong (1975) and A Queen’s Ransom (1976); American TV series including Hawaii 5-0, Superboy and Baywatch.
He also starred in the Emmanuel series with Sylvia Kristel and still receives offers, appearing in recent movies like Death Game, A Winter’s Rose and the forthcoming crime thriller, The Order.
George is based in Los Angeles and is represented worldwide by Anders Frejdh. For more info, check out his IMDB profile.

Recent interviews with George:
>The West Australian (June 28)
>The Morning Show (May 26)
>La W Radio (May 23)
>The Guardian (May 18)
>NY Post (May 18)
>Canberra CityNews (May 17)
>Radio KIIS FM Hughesy (May 17)
>The Sydney Morning Herald (May 13)
>The Australian (May 13)
>ABC Radio National (May 11)

For updates and the latest news on Revelation Perth International Film Festival, visit the official website.

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Review of Becoming Bond - a Hulu documentary on George Lazenby

Becoming Bond (2017) – A review for FSWL from the LA premiere by Mark Cerulli

Being a James Bond fan for over 40 (!) years, I thought I knew everything there was to know about George Lazenby, the Australian male model who, against all odds, won the coveted role of 007 (and had the hardest job of any James Bond actor as he had to follow Sean Connery) only to walk away after just one film, a mistake he probably regrets, right? Well, not so fast…

WHAT A LIFE!

Lazenby’s story is remarkable, unique and totally George… Josh’s Greenbaum’s highly entertaining documentary, Becoming Bond features sit down interviews with Lazenby combined with recreations of key moments from his amazing life and career. Starting from his childhood, we see George as a prankster with a true rebel streak, which is central to his personality – George does what George wants to do, consequences be damned. Blessed with good looks, height and charm, Lazenby didn’t have to chase opportunities, they came to him – modeling deals, women (LOTS of women) and then, the opportunity of a lifetime – when Sean Connery relinquished the role after 1967’s You Only Live Twice, every actor in London was testing for it. As Greenbaum’s artful recreations show, Lazenby styled his hair like Connery, obtained a suit from his personal tailor and literally snuck into the casting director’s office. The rest is, as they say, history: Lazenby made On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), his first major film, which became an immediate box office hit. The world was his. Money and offers poured in… until he said “No.” As Lazenby puts it, “I went from having all this clout to not being able to get a table reservation.”



The documentary delves into his life-altering decision and we learn that behind the brash, confident exterior is a sensitive, emotional and highly independent man who realized the intense limelight that comes with portraying the screen’s coolest spy just wasn’t for him. Surprisingly, Becoming Bond is also a love story – yes, George Lazenby, suave spy and serial womanizer, fell in love with a lovely upper class Australian lass who he won, lost, won back and ultimately had to let go; something he regrets much more than turning his back on film superstardom.

After the screening at Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, the cast, crew and Lazenby himself talked about making the film which came about over a series of lunches in LA. The director, Josh Greenbaum called George, “One of the best storytellers I’d ever met.” George’s attraction to the project? “I kinda liked these guys after 4 or 5 free lunches.” (That got a big laugh from the sold-out crowd.)

George Lazenby in Becoming Bond
George Lazenby in Becoming Bond
Young George was played by up and coming Australian actor, Josh Lawson who intentionally didn’t meet Lazenby until after the shoot was over. “The director didn’t want that to influence the storytelling,” he said. Lovely Kassandra Clementi who played Belinda, George’s true love, admitted the real Belinda looked nothing like her. Lazenby, ever the lady’s man, said “I could use my imagination!” Ms. Clementi admitted she had never seen George’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, which followed the Q&A. After the screening, she commented “I thought OHMSS was absolutely timeless. I loved the film and can understand why it’s such a classic.” Clementi also gushed about Lazenby’s turn as Bond, finding him “just as captivating and charming as he is today.” Even at 77, Lazenby is still rocking the house!

Greenbaum’s cast also included Dana Carvey channeling Johnny Carson and Jeff Garlin as a blustery Harry Saltzman (legendary James Bond producer). Ever-lovely Bond girl Jane Seymour (Solitaire in Live and Let Die 1973) is wonderful as London talent agent Maggie Abbott who pushed George to audition for the role that made him famous.

At one point, the moderator asked Lazenby if, after seeing the film and reliving his life, he wished he hadn’t walked away from Bond. Without missing a beat George said “No, because it wasn’t who I am.” Director Josh Greenbaum echoed that by adding, “You chose the right path for you.”

Yes he did. There are six James Bonds, but only ONE George Lazenby!

Editor's Note:
Becoming Bond, which had its World premiere (followed by a standing ovation!) at SXSW in Austin on 11th March 2017, is available to watch online at Hulu from 20th May. >Watch Becoming Bond on Hulu

Other rave reviews of Becoming Bond includes one published in Variety.

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

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The Man From Hong Kong (1975) Blu-ray review

While George Lazenby is best known for being the first person to take on the role of James Bond after Sean Connery, appearing in 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service, he has in fact starred in over 60 film and television roles, including 1975’s The Man From Hong Kong, which has recently been newly-remastered as a 1080P HD release on Blu-Ray from an exclusive 4K transfer by Umbrella Entertainment (and can be purchased online from www.umbrellaent.com.au).

To put The Man From Hong Kong in context for Bond fans, it was released the year after The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and two years before The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The Man From Hong Kong contains a number of exciting action sequences and martial arts fight scenes featuring Lazenby, including one at the climax of the film during which the former 007 is set on fire! Note this was filmed with real fire, with Lazenby himself performing the stunt. That definitely never happened to the other fella.

George Lazenby in The Man from Hong Kong
Reflecting that it was co-produced by Raymond Chow, the famous martial arts film producer, visually The Man From Hong Kong is much closer in style to the movies he made a few years earlier starring Bruce Lee. While watching The Man From Hong Kong I couldn’t help but wonder what this movie would have been like had Bruce Lee starred in the title role instead. As it turns out this is exactly what was originally intended to happen. Included in the Blu-Ray special features are interviews with various cast and crew members, beginning with Brian Trenchard-Smith, the writer & director of The Man From Hong Kong, who mentions he wrote the movie with Bruce Lee specifically in mind. In fact Trenchard-Smith was on a flight to Hong Kong to meet Bruce Lee when the martial arts superstar unexpected died at the young age of 32 (Lazenby was already in Hong Kong at the time, and was one of the last people to see Lee alive).

The Man From Hong Kong was produced for 550,000 AUD. To put this in perspective The Man with the Golden Gun had a budget around 14 times larger, while The Spy who Loved Me cost twice as much to make than The Man with the Golden Gun. Despite this The Man From Hong Kong is well-filmed, with Russell Boyd responsible for the cinematography. He was also the Director of Photography for Picnic at Hanging Rock (released the same year as The Man From Hong Kong), and would later win an Oscar® for his work on 2003’s Master and Commander. During The Man From Hong Kong the production team would often try out unique approaches for the special effects and actions sequences. Behind-the-scenes footage showing how various scenes were created is included in the special features of the Blu-Ray, in the featurette “The Making of THE MAN FROM HONG KONG”.

As an Bond fan growing up in Melbourne I had read various books and articles over the years that mentioned The Man From Hong Kong, yet had never seen it prior to this Blu-Ray release, so I was very curious to see what it was like. The biggest surprise was the locations used within the film. To my mind the title had suggested exotic settings in Hong Kong and Asia, so it was a surprise to see virtually the entire film was shot in Australia!

In many respects The Man From Hong Kong is a movie that couldn’t be filmed again today. The film’s opening sequence includes a chase sequence on the top of one of Australia’s most distinctive natural landmarks, the famous red rock formation Uluru in the Northern Territory (which was still called Ayers Rock at the time The Man From Hong Kong was made). Visitors to the Northern Territory are now requested not to climb the rock, out of respect for the significance it has in the local Aboriginal culture.

The title character in The Man From Hong Kong is Inspector Fang Sing Leng, played by Jimmy Wang Yu, who is sent to Sydney to extradite a Hong Kong drug courier (played by a future star in the martial arts world, Sammo Hung). In the process he discovers the courier has been working for Sydney’s biggest crime boss, Jack Wilton (George Lazenby), who he decides to wage a personal war on.

George Lazenby in The Man from Hong Kong
To sum up the entire movie in a single sentence, The Man From Hong Kong is a Chinese Dirty Harry who travels to Sydney to take on the city’s Mr Big. Often I found the movie hilarious, featuring dry Australian humour throughout. Interestingly this was no accident, as the director intended the film to work as both an action film as well as a tongue-in-cheek parody of the Dirty Harry movies/genre, with the title character committing ever-increasing acts of destruction and violence while remaining unaffected by the consequences of his actions.

Several stand-out scenes include one in which Inspector climbs up ten stories in order to infiltrate a martial arts school controlled by Wilton, and a genuinely suspenseful scene at the end of the film when he travels down the outside of a skyscraper in order to reach the villain, who has barricaded himself inside his apartment behind a door blocked by a thick sheet metal barrier.

George Lazenby in The Man from Hong Kong
Fans of muscle cars should also enjoy the very realistic car chase, which involves the title character chasing after the bad guys in a Chrysler Charger. While the film did not have had a massive budget, one benefit of this is that the special effects were essentially all captured in-camera, and the action sequences are quite believable as a result, more Bourne than Bond.

The most successful aspect of the film was the main title theme, ‘Sky High’, which reached the top of the music charts around the world at the time. Despite not particularly being a fan of 1970’s music in general I immediately recognised the catchy song, which was written especially for the movie, and performed by British band Jigsaw.

Perhaps the biggest weakness of The Man From Hong Kong involves the casting of the title role, as suggested earlier. Within the interviews included in the Blu-Ray special features, several cast and crew members (including both George Lazenby and writer/director Brian Trenchard-Smith) mention that Jimmy Wang Yu was difficult to get along with during filming, treating other crew members, particularly the director, with little respect. I felt this was reflected on screen, with the title role character displaying little likeability throughout the film, coming across as taking himself far too seriously. This lack of charisma is particularly evident during the love scenes, where there is no chemistry between “the man from Hong Kong” and the girl he’s supposedly fallen in love with. Despite this I found the movie entertaining, bearing in mind what it is intended to be, first and foremost an action film & parody of the Dirty Harry movie genre.

Worth mentioning for anyone keen to see more of director Trenchard-Smith’s work after watching The Man From Hong Kong, the Blu-Ray special features contain not one but five more of his films, complete with commentary from the director & cast members! Like The Man From Hong Kong they were filmed on limited budgets, however have a keen sense of adventure and fun that makes them worth checking out.

Keeping in mind that the movie was filmed in the mid 1970’s and on quite a tight budget, the quality of the remastered footage on the Blu-Ray is excellent. The film transfer looks very clear, and the audio is equally impressive. I think fans of George Lazenby and action movies in general will definitely enjoy Umbrella Entertainment’s exclusive newly-remastered Blu-Ray release of The Man From Hong Kong!

The Man From Hong Kong can be purchased online at www.umbrellaent.com.au.

Review by Stuart Kortekaas. Copyright © 2016 From Sweden with Love

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19 OCTOBER 2016
THE MAN FROM HONG KONG WITH GEORGE LAZENBY ON BLU-RAY

For the First Time EVER, The Man from Hong Kong (1975) co-starring George Lazenby is released on Blu-Ray (and DVD) newly remastered 1080p HD release from an exclusive 4K transfer with loads of Special Features.

Synopsis:
The Far East picks a fight Down Under in The Man from Hong Kong, a cult martial arts action extravaganza from Ozploitation legend Brian Trenchard-Smith.

When Hong Kong Inspector Fang Sing Leng (Jimmy Wang Yu) travels to Sydney to interview drug trafficker Win Chan (martial arts star and director Sammo Hung) he is flung into an international investigation destined to test his mettle and might.

Teaming up with Aussie Detectives Gross (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and Taylor (Roger Ward), Fang soon discovers a cunning connection between Win Chan's drug imports and larger-than-life local gangster Jack Wilton (George Lazenby, James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service).

Determined to get his man, Fang will stop at nothing bringing all manner of mayhem to the streets in a full-on fist fighting spectacle of explosive proportions.

A true Ozploitation classic, featuring extraordinary car chases, dangerous stunts and incredible set pieces from Grant Page, The Man from Hong Kong (AKA Dragon Flies) also stars Bill Hunter, Frank Thring, Rebecca Gilling and Rosalind Spiers.



Blu-ray details:
No. discs: 1
Running time: 106 min
Audio format: 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Region: ALL
Format: 1080p
Language: English
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Subtitles: English

Extra Features:
• Audio commentary featuring Director Brian Trenchard-Smith, Hugh Keay-Byrne and Grant Page
• The Making of The Man From Hong Kong
• Newsreel Footage
Uncut NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD interviews with cast members George Lazenby, Rebecca Gilling and Roger Ward, writer/director Brian Trenchard-Smith, executive producer David Hannay and second-unit cameraman John Seale
• Trailers From Hell - Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses The Man From Hong Kong
• HD Theatrical Trailer
• Alternative Trailer
• Brian Trenchard-Smith’s ‘The Headsman’s Daughter’ book trailer

PLUS:
• DEATHCHEATERS (feature) plus Audio Commentary featuring Brian Trenchard-Smith, Richard Brennan & Margaret Gerard
• STUNT ROCK (feature) plus Audio Commentary featuring Brian Trenchard-Smith, Grant Page & Margaret Gerard
• Promo Reel & Theatrical Trailer
• KUNG FU KILLERS (feature)
• DANGERFREAKS (feature) plus Theatrical Trailer
• THE STUNTMEN (feature)

Order The Man From Hong Kong on Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment

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SPYfest 2016 - the epicentre of espionage held in Goulburn, Australia. Attended by George Lazenby.

The second annual SPYfest festival was held between 16-18 September 2016 in Goulburn, NSW, Australia, the hometown of former 007 George Lazenby, who attended as the Patron of the event.

The first SPYfest festival, held in September 2015, far exceeded expectations, with thousands attending to watch the return of George Lazenby, the second actor to ever play James Bond, to his hometown. So much so that it was awarded Goulburns' 2015 Event of the Year, and the decision was made to hold it annually, with a new program of events added for 2016.

Inspired by George's life story, the festival celebrates everything spy related, from music to cars and the latest technology. First attending in 2015 as a special guest, he returned again in 2016 as Patron of SPYfest.

Shortly after the first SPYfest the twenty-fourth James Bond film was released, and the spectre of this could be seen in this years' festival, with various performers painted in Dia de los Muertos Day of the Dead style artwork, taking inspiration from the now famous pre-credit sequence that was filmed in the heart of Mexico City.

George Lazenby SPYfest 2016
Also returning for a second year in a row was the same Aston Martin DBS George drove on Guincho Beach in Portugal at the start of 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Since filming ended on the movie he has only been reunited with the car a handful of times, the first being during an event in Melbourne back in 2012, at the time of the 50th anniversary of the 007 series, during which he autographed the inside of the glove box for owner Sigi Zidziunas.


One of the highlights of SPYfest 2016 was the street parade, which was appropriately led by (00)7 Aston Martins, with George Lazenby riding in the passenger seat of a gold DB9 convertible, followed by five classic 1960's DB models. FSWL contributor Stuart Kortekaas directly took part in the parade, driving the seventh Aston Martin, a more modern V8 Vantage, pictured below with model Sophie Welch, who walked alongside it during the parade. The car's owner, Melbourne-based Aston Martin enthusiast Sigi Zidziunas, drove his classic 1969 James Bond Aston Martin DBS in the parade.


Over the years the James Bond films have become synoymous with the world's most beautiful women, and reflecting this a number of lovely models took part in SPYfest 2016. In addition to walking alongside the classic cars during the parade, they were also present at the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night, adding a glamorous touch to the evening, by escorting dinner guests to their table in style. Shown below are some of the beautiful ladies that were present at SPYfest 2016: (From left to right: India Tysoe, Serena Greaves, Monique Dheurle, Emily Walda, Sophie Welch)


The Gala Dinner was billed as being a first class evening of glamour, elegance, fine food, premium local wines and world class entertainment. Guests were treated to a three course meal, with each dish given a suitably bond-esque name, including Cheeks Royale (slow braised beef cheeks in a red wine & port jus) and Miss Honey Penny Supreme (Supreme of chicken with a merlot, honey & rosemary glaze). As people arrived at the venue, Veolia Arena, they had the option of picking up a martini - pictured below is model Serena Greaves shouting George one!


Throughout the evening entertainment was provided by various performers, including MC Chris De Havilland (shown below with George Lazenby), singers Miss Moneypenny and Cincinatti Cool, and the beautiful award-winning Di Heaton Dancers.




For the first time ever, a SPYfest Motor Show was held on the Sunday, with cartoonist & television presenter Warren Brown awarding prizes to various best in show categories. There was a wide variety of cars on show, including the James Bond Aston Martin DBS and various muscle cars & sports cars.

Just like the James Bond movies themselves, SPYfest will return!

To stay informed on future events, please visit spyfestgoulburn.com.au

Photos © 2016 Stuart Kortekaas, All rights reserved.

By Stuart Kortekaas © 2016 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
FSWL contributor Stuart Kortekaas is an Australian 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.

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16-18 SEPTEMBER 2016
GEORGE LAZENBY RETURN TO SPYFEST GOULBURN

The organisers of SPYfest 2016 are happy to announce that George Lazenby has confirmed to return to his former hometown in Australia, Goulburn. George, who is a patron of the festival, will be attending the opening of the festival as well as attending the Secret Agents Gala Dinner as one of the honorary guests.

At this year's festival, George will be joined by world famous British author Frederick Forsyth who has sold over 70 million books and frequently appear on best-sellers lists (more than a dozen of his titles have also been adapted to films).

During the Opening Ceremony of SPYfest 2015, the inaugural year, George received a commemorative plaque and attracted a large crowd of locals and visitors across a range of great events including the Secret Agents Gala Dinner, SPYfest Street Parade, Authors Forum, and Spy Central.

About George Lazenby:
Born on September 5th, 1939, in Goulburn, Australia. He moved to London, England in 1964, after serving in the Australian Army. Before becoming an actor, he worked as an auto mechanic, used car salesman, prestige car salesman, and as a male model, in London, England.

In 1968, Lazenby was cast as "James Bond", despite his only previous acting experience being in commercials, and his only film appearance being a bit-part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage. A chance encounter with Bond series producer Albert R. Broccoli in a hair salon in 1966, in London, had given Lazenby his first shot at getting the role. Broccoli had made a mental note to remember Lazenby as a possible candidate at the time when he thought Lazenby looked like a Bond. The lengths Lazenby went to to get the role included spending his last pounds on acquiring a tailor-made suit from Sean Connery's tailor, which was originally made for Connery, along with purchasing a very Bondish-looking Rolex watch.

Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere of his only film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was fourteen pages thick, was too demanding on him.

In his post-Bond career, Lazenby has acted in TV movies, commercials, various recurring roles in TV series, the film series "Emmanuelle", several Bond movie spoofs, TV guest appearances, provided voice for several animated movies and series, and several Hong Kong action films, using his martial arts expertise."

Photo above:
George Lazenby at SPYfest Goulburn in September 2015. Photo by Adam Burke. Copyright © SPYfest Inc. All rights reserved.

For more information on SPYfest Goulbourn, visit the official website:

www.spyfestgoulburn.com.au

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15 DECEMBER 2015-FEBRUARY 2016
ALL JAMES BONDS AT MADAME TUSSAUDS IN LA

Madame Tussauds Hollywood to display wax figures of all six James Bonds from December 2015 with George Lazenby on hand to open the exhibit previously displayed at Madame Tussads in London.

Following the release of SPECTRE, wax works of Sean Connery, George, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan will appear alongside the existing wax work of Daniel Craig will be on display in Los Angeles for a limited time before continuing the tour of Madame Tussauds worldwide.

The unique experience, created in close collaboration with EON Productions, will give fans an opportunity to stand side by side with all six Bonds - in the same place, at the same time.

Each of the wax works will be featured in a classic 007 dinner suit, designed by Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.

Sean Connery played 007 in six EON films starting with Dr. No (1962) and is portrayed as he appeared in the 1963 film From Russia with Love.

George Lazenby played James Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service and is featured in a classic pose from the film.

Roger Moore played Bond seven times beginning with 1973’s Live and Let Die and is portrayed as he appeared in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Timothy Dalton is featured as he appeared in the late 1980s in his two Bond appearances, The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

Pierce Brosnan was 007 four times appearing first in 1995’s GoldenEye (1995); he is featured as he appeared in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Daniel Craig’s figure portrays him as featured in his third Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall (2012).

Editor's note:
The Madame Tussauds team already had access to measurements of Craig, Connery, Moore, Dalton and Brosnan from previous figures but needed George Lazenby's to complete the picture. The star of On Her Majesty's Secret Service was happy to oblige and gave the artists a sitting in Los Angeles in February 2015.

Photo above:
George Lazenby with his wax figure at the opening in Los Angeles on 15th December 2015. © Madame Tussauds. Alla rights reserved.

For more information and photos of the James Bonds at Madame Tussauds, go to:

www.madametussaudsla.com

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2 DECEMBER 2015
ITALIAN ACTOR GABRIELE FERZETTI (1925-2015)

FSWL is saddened to report the passing of Italian actor Gabriele Ferzetti (born in Rome 1925) on 2 December 2015 at age 90. Gabriele portrayed James Bond's father-in-law, Marc Ange Draco, in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Servce (by many considered to be the best film in the 007 series). Our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Colleagues from OHMSS share their thoughts about Gabriele with FSWL:

"Gabriele had a good innings, I would like to say that he was a true gentleman and a skilled actor. He was the type of guy you would have as a Friend any day. I send my condolences to his family and I'm sure he will have a nice place wherever he goes next.” – George Lazenby

“I didn't work with Gabriele while filming OHMSS, so didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him but have heard of his excellent reputation in our film community. It is always sad when a talented actor leaves this world. Another bright candle is extinguished and our family will miss its light.”
Catherine Schell

“How sad, but it was a good run . What a great age! I didn't meet Gabriele, but believe he was a Charmer and a Gentleman.” – Jenny Hanley

“Unfortunately, because of the film shooting schedule, I never met or got to know Gabriele. I'm very sorry to hear of the passing of this very successful actor - famous well before his role in OHMSS. He had a special presence in the film, being both ruthless and charming.”
Sylvana Henriques

"Sorry to hear the news about Gabriele, a very good actor and a gentleman that it was easy to talk to. He will be sadly missed. R.I.P. God bless." – Terence Mountain

Gabriele Ferzetti obituary: (compiled by Anders Frejdh)
Gabriele Ferzetti was born Pasquale Ferzetti on 17th March 1925 in Rome. He has more than 160 credits to his name across film, television and stage. His career was at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s.

A prominent figure in Italian cinema from the 1950s on, Ferzetti's first leading role came in 1950 in the film Lo zappatore. He portrayed Puccini twice in 1953 and 1954 in the films Puccini (opposite Swedish actress Märta Torén) and Casa Ricordi respectively. Ferzetti made his international breakthrough in 1960 in his most acclaimed role as an oversexed, restless playboy in Michelangelo Antonioni's controversial L'Avventura (1960). After a series of romantic performances, he acquired a reputation in Italy as an elegant, debonair and a somewhat aristocratic looking leading man.

In 1966, Ferzetti starred as Lot in John Huston's biblical epic, The Bible: In the Beginning... co-starring Swedish actress Ulla Bergryd. In 1968, he played railroad baron Morton in Sergio Leone's celebrated Once Upon a Time in the West. A year later, he appeared in the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service as Marc Ange Draco, perhaps his best known role internationally, though his voice was dubbed by British actor David de Keyser. He is perhaps best known to non-mainstream audiences for his role as the psychiatrist, Hans, in Liliana Cavani's arthouse classic The Night Porter (1974).

In the 1970s he appeared in a significant number of crime films, often as an inspector. In the 1980's, Ferzetti appeared opposite Laurence Olivier in the 1981 film Inchon (directed by three time Bond director Terence Young) and in Julia and Julia (1987). In the 1990's we saw him in the cult film First Action Hero (1994). More recently he played the role of Nono in the TV series Une famille formidable and appeared in Luca Guadagnino's 2009 film I Am Love.

Although he played Diana Rigg's father in OHMSS, he is only 13 years her senior.

Gabriele retired from acting in 2010 at the age of 75.

Photo above:
Gabriele Ferzetti in a scene with George Lazenby from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. © 1969 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

For more information about Gabriele Ferzetti's acting career, check out his IMDB profile:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0275213/

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17 OCTOBER-30 NOVEMBER 2015
ALL SIX JAMES BONDS AT MADAME TUSSAUDS

Madame Tussauds London is bringing together wax figures of all six James Bonds for the first time this October.

To coincide with the release of SPECTRE, wax works of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan will appear alongside the existing wax work of Daniel Craig for a limited time before embarking on a tour of Madame Tussauds worldwide.

The unique experience, created in close collaboration with EON Productions, will give fans an opportunity to stand side by side with all six Bonds - in the same place, at the same time.

Each of the wax works will be featured in a classic 007 dinner suit, designed by Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming.

Sean Connery played 007 in six EON films starting with Dr. No (1962) and is portrayed as he appeared in the 1963 film From Russia with Love.

George Lazenby played James Bond in 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service and will be featured in a classic pose from the film.

Roger Moore played Bond seven times beginning with 1973’s Live and Let Die and will be portrayed as he appeared in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me.

Timothy Dalton will be featured as he appeared in the late 1980s in his two Bond appearances, The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

Pierce Brosnan was 007 four times appearing first in 1995’s GoldenEye (1995); he will be featured as he appeared in the 1997 film Tomorrow Never Dies.

Daniel Craig’s figure portrays him as featured in his third Bond film, 2012’s Skyfall (2012).

The Madame Tussauds team already had access to measurements of Craig, Connery, Moore, Dalton and Brosnan from previous figures but needed George Lazenby's to complete the picture. The star of On Her Majesty's Secret Service was happy to oblige and gave the artists a sitting in Los Angeles in February.

Photo above:
Wax dolls of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan. © 2015 Madame Tussauds. Alla rights reserved.

For more information and photos of the James Bonds at Madame Tussauds, go to:

www.madametussauds.com/london

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15 OCTOBER 2015
SOME KIND OF HERO (KINDLE EDITION)

The 704-page Kindle 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)

>UK hardcover version of Some Kind of Hero
>US hardcover version of Some Kind of Hero

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 worldwide cinematic 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)."

Reviews:
>Mark O'Connell (22-10-2015)
>MI6-HQ.com (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:
• CHAPTER 1: SHOWBIZ IS A GHASTLY BIZ
'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

• CHAPTER 2: A SUBLIME HUSTLER
"[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

• CHAPTER 3: OPTIMISM AND APPREHENSION
'[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

• CHAPTER 4: THERE THEY GO - Dr. No
“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

• CHAPTER 8: PITY IF IT GRIEVES 'EM - BONDMANIA
"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

• CHAPTER 9: DON'T THINK OF THE DANGER - You Only Live Twice
"[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

• CHAPTER 12: GIVE THE OTHER FELLA HELL - Live and Let Die
"[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 14: 'TWO SCORPIONS A BOTTLE'
• CHAPTER 15: SOME KIND OF MAGIC - The Spy Who Loved Me
• CHAPTER 16: THAT MOONLIGHT TRAIL - Moonraker
• CHAPTER 17: READ BETWEEN THE LINES - For Your Eyes Only
• CHAPTER 18: TWO OF A KIND - Octopussy
• CHAPTER 19: NO MATTER YOUR ATTITUDE - Never Say Never Again
• CHAPTER 20: PHOENIX FOR THE FLAME - A View to a Kill
• CHAPTER 21: DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Living Daylights
• CHAPTER 22: IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE - Licence to Kill
• CHAPTER 23: CHANGE MY MIND FOREVER - PASSING THE BOND BATON
• CHAPTER 24: FROM THE SHADOWS AS A CHILD - GoldenEye
• 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 28: THROUGH HARDER MEN - Casino Royale
• CHAPTER 29: SLICK TRIGGER FINGER - Quantum of Solace
• CHAPTER 30: STAND TALL TOGETHER - Skyfall
• CHAPTER 31: WHERE IT STARTS - SPECTRE

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

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.

Photo above:
The 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.

Order Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films on Kindle from Amazon:

www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01491XBKG/fromswedenwit-20/

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15 OCTOBER 2015
SOME KIND OF HERO BY FIELD & CHOWDHURY

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 Amazon.com (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)."

Reviews:
>Mark O'Connell (22-10-2015)
>MI6-HQ.com (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:
• CHAPTER 1: SHOWBIZ IS A GHASTLY BIZ
'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

• CHAPTER 2: A SUBLIME HUSTLER
"[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

• CHAPTER 3: OPTIMISM AND APPREHENSION
'[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

• CHAPTER 4: THERE THEY GO - Dr. No
“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

• CHAPTER 8: PITY IF IT GRIEVES 'EM - BONDMANIA
"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

• CHAPTER 9: DON'T THINK OF THE DANGER - You Only Live Twice
"[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

• CHAPTER 12: GIVE THE OTHER FELLA HELL - Live and Let Die
"[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 14: 'TWO SCORPIONS A BOTTLE'
• CHAPTER 15: SOME KIND OF MAGIC - The Spy Who Loved Me
• CHAPTER 16: THAT MOONLIGHT TRAIL - Moonraker
• CHAPTER 17: READ BETWEEN THE LINES - For Your Eyes Only
• CHAPTER 18: TWO OF A KIND - Octopussy
• CHAPTER 19: NO MATTER YOUR ATTITUDE - Never Say Never Again
• CHAPTER 20: PHOENIX FOR THE FLAME - A View to a Kill
• CHAPTER 21: DOWN TO THE WIRE - The Living Daylights
• CHAPTER 22: IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE - Licence to Kill
• CHAPTER 23: CHANGE MY MIND FOREVER - PASSING THE BOND BATON
• CHAPTER 24: FROM THE SHADOWS AS A CHILD - GoldenEye
• 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 28: THROUGH HARDER MEN - Casino Royale
• CHAPTER 29: SLICK TRIGGER FINGER - Quantum of Solace
• CHAPTER 30: STAND TALL TOGETHER - Skyfall
• CHAPTER 31: WHERE IT STARTS - SPECTRE

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ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (London, June 2, 2015)

THE MOST IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE JAMES BOND FILMS. EVER.
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.

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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.

Order Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films from Amazon:

www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0750964219/fromswedenwit-21/

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25-26 SEPTEMBER 2015
GEORGE LAZENBY ATTEND SPYFEST IN GOULBURN

The organisers are very excited that George Lazenby has accepted their invitation to come all the way to Goulburn for the inaugural SPYfest Festival. George will be attending the opening of the festival as well as attending the Secret Agents Gala Dinner as the Special Guest.

About George Lazenby:
Born on September 5th, 1939, in Goulburn, Australia. He moved to London, England in 1964, after serving in the Australian Army. Before becoming an actor, he worked as an auto mechanic, used car salesman, prestige car salesman, and as a male model, in London, England.

In 1968, Lazenby was cast as "James Bond", despite his only previous acting experience being in commercials, and his only film appearance being a bit-part in a 1965 Italian-made Bond spoof. Lazenby won the role based on a screen-test fight scene, the strength of his interviews, fight skills and audition footage. A chance encounter with Bond series producer Albert R. Broccoli in a hair salon in 1966, in London, had given Lazenby his first shot at getting the role. Broccoli had made a mental note to remember Lazenby as a possible candidate at the time when he thought Lazenby looked like a Bond. The lengths Lazenby went to to get the role included spending his last pounds on acquiring a tailor-made suit from Sean Connery's tailor, which was originally made for Connery, along with purchasing a very Bondish-looking Rolex watch.

Lazenby quit the role of Bond right before the premiere of his only film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), citing he would get other acting roles, and that his Bond contract, which was fourteen pages thick, was too demanding on him.

In his post-Bond career, Lazenby has acted in TV movies, commercials, various recurring roles in TV series, the film series "Emmanuelle", several Bond movie spoofs, TV guest appearances, provided voice for several animated movies and series, and several Hong Kong action films, using his martial arts expertise."

Photo above:
George Lazenby at the VIP opening of 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn in Switzerland, July 2015. Photo by Sascha Braun. © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

For more information on SPYfest Goulburn, visit the official website:

www.spyfestgoulburn.com.au

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14 SEPTEMBER 2015
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE STEELBOOK

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases a special limited edition steelbook of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

George Lazenby takes on the role of James Bond with supreme confidence in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Going undercover in the treacherous Swiss Alps, Bond seduces beautiful Tracy di Vicenzo. Bond must then hunt down SPECTRE kingpin Blofeld, the evil genius hatching a germ warfare plot that could kill millions.

This limited edition (2000 copies) SteelBook™ features artwork inspired by the film’s iconic opening title sequence.

Steelbook details:
Language: English
Region: Region B/2
Sound Information: Dolby Digital
Number of Discs: 1
Classification: To be announced
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Retail price: 24.99 GBP

About the film:
Other cast members: Diana Rigg, Gabriele Ferzetti, Ilse Steppat, Lois Maxwell, Telly Savalas
Director: Peter Hunt

Editor's note:
Steelbook editions of From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, Diamonds Are Forever, For Your Eyes Only and Casino Royale is also available.

For more James Bond films on Blu-ray featured on From Sweden with Love, click here. Also possible to order some of them from FSWL's film store.

Photo above:
Cover for the steelbook edition of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, the 6th James Bond film. © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. All rights reserved.

Order the limited edition steelbook of On Her Majesty's Secret Service exclusively from Zavvi:

www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/on-her-majesty-s-secret-service-zavvi-exclusive-limited-edition-steelbook/11146685.html

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1 AUGUST 2015
007 WALK OF FAME OPENS AT SCHILTHORN

FSWL is happy to confirm that the previously announced 007 Walk of Fame at Schilthorn - Piz Gloria opens for public on Saturday 1 August 2015. FSWL can also confirm there will be a special VIP opening the day before with several James Bond cast & crew in attendance. Visit the official event page on Facebook.
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Confirmed VIP guests include George Lazenby, John Glen, Vic Armstrong, Terry Mountain, Catherine Schell, Jenny Hanley, Stefan Zürcher and Wendy Leech (daughter of George Leech).
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Media coverage of the VIP opening on August 31:
1-8-2015: >20 Minuten
1-8-2015: >20 Minuten (VIDEO)
3-8-2015: >Berner Zeitung
1-8-2015: >Jungfrau Zeitung
1-8-2015: >SBT Magazin
2-8-2015: >SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (VIDEO)
1-8-2015: >TeleBärn (VIDEO)
4-8-2015: >Telegraph

Video from the VIP opening of 007 Walkf of Fame on 31 July 2015:


ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (Schilthorn, Switzerland, October 8, 2014)

“007 Walk of Fame” on the Schilthorn – on the trail of James Bond
Secret Agent James Bond 007 is about to leave new traces on the Schilthorn in 2015, when Schilthorn Cableway will pay homage to the cult icon and the movies with the launch of the first ever “007 Walk of Fame”.

"James Bond 007 fascinates and inspires people worldwide,” says Schilthorn Cableway chief executive Christoph Egger. BOND WORLD 007, the virtual exhibition dedicated to the movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) filmed on the Schilthorn in 1968, has become a huge favourite with the public and attracts scores of Bond aficionados to the Piz Gloria every year.

“On the one hand, people are fascinated by the Bond actors and the classic characters such as the Bond Girls and Miss Moneypenny,” says Egger. “On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget the many other contributors to the movie, who often have exciting background stories to tell.” Next spring, work will begin on the “Walk of Fame” at the Schilthorn terrace in order to record and show these traces to the public.

Bond “007 Walk of Fame” – a story of many chapters
The “007 Walk of Fame“ on the Schilthorn will be based primarily on the location’s own movie, featuring the actors, directors and other protagonists from home and abroad. The organisers are specifically working to secure the participation of George Lazenby (James Bond), Diana Rigg (Tracy), Yuri Borienko (Grunther), Terence Mountain (Raphael), Gabriele Ferzetti (Draco), Willy Bogner (cameraman), Bernhard Russi (stunts), Stefan Zürcher and many others, who will be invited to leave their hand and footprints on the Schilthorn summit.

It goes without saying that this occasion will be celebrated in some style! “First and foremost we are creating the “007 Walk of Fame” for our guests and all Bond fans, but also for the protagonists who were involved in the making of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and supported us when we opened BOND WORLD 007,” Egger says.

There are plans to tie special collaborations – for instance with Bond clubs – into the project, as well as the on - site presence of actors and others who were there when filming took place.

This gives fans of Secret Agent 007 plenty to look forward to: planning is already well underway and the first events that will write new chapters of the Bond tale on the Schilthorn are to be launched in spring 2015.

The “007 Walk of Fame“ will join a number of features commemorating the movie on the Schilthorn. BOND WORLD 007 is the key attraction, followed by the Bond figures and information points providing Bond lore and anecdotes, background stories and popular photo opportunities.

Photo above:
Montage of George Lazenby in front of Piz Gloria. © Schilthorn Cableway Ltd. All rights reserved.

Visit the official website of 007 Walk of Fame for more information:
schilthorn.ch/en/Angebot/Schilthorn/1_VIEW%3Cbr%3EPiz_Gloria_2970_m_._9744_ft/007_Walk_of_fame

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2015
THIS NEVER HAPPENED TO THE OTHER FELLA

James Bond actor George Lazenby is working on his memoirs, first announced to be published in 2012 and then on May 23th 2013, doesn't have an official publication date as of today according to new info from the publisher. No more information available at the moment.

The book will be titled This Never Happened to the Other Fella, after the fourth-wall breaking line Lazenby's Bond utters in the opening sequence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - his sole outing as Ian Fleming's spy in 1969.

The book is touted as "a brilliantly frank tale of how he bluffed his way into the role of James Bond, and what he did afterwards."

Synopsis:
Cinema's forgotten man takes us on a journey down from the heady highs of the 1960's to a deep realisation of the self. Maligned and often misunderstood, George Lazenby finally sets the record straight.

About George Lazenby:
George Lazenby was born in 1939, in a small Australian town called Goulburn. He moved to London into the swinging late sixties and worked as a car salesman and model before wangling his way in to see the casting director of the new James Bond film. The audition process consisted of George swimming, fighting, riding horseback and kissing Diana Rigg.

From nowhere, he was then catapulted into international fame as the new James Bond, where but for the advice of his agent, he would have remained for a further seven films. It is an epic story of rags to riches, extreme hedonism, and some very questionable decisions.

Photo above:
Promotional still of George Lazenby as James Bond for On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Photo by George Whitear. © 1969 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Check out the page for the documentary This Never Happened to the Other Fella on IMDB:

www.imdb.com/title/tt3728210/

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18 DECEMBER 2014
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE ANNIVERSARY

On this day in Bond history, the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service starring George Lazenby (in his first and only film as Ian Fleming James Bond) premiered at cinemas in Sweden, UK and USA. The film is by many considered to be the best films in the entire 007 series.

"Ernst Stavro Blofeld plans to blackmail the Western World with the threat of bacteriological sabotage of the world food supply. His ransom? Recognition of his claim to the title of Count de Bleuchamp, and amnesty for all his past crimes."

Cast & crew remembers working on the film:

"The opening fight scene was filmed in Portugal at the Guincho Beach outside of Estoril, a great location. The scene took about 5 days to film, weather permitting. It was very cold in the sea so Peter Hunt gave George Lazenby and me a bottle of brandy and said: “Hear, drink this, get in the sea and lets see you both do your stuff!” and it worked... It was my best scene as an actor. And for me as an actor, it was a privilege to have been part of it." - Terry Mountain (Raphael)

Production notes (Source: MGM / EON Productions)
• 7 Oct 1968: George Lazenby was presented to the press as the 2nd actor to play James Bond
• 21 Oct 1968: George Lazenby shot his first scene as Bond in the reception of Piz Gloria
• 23 Oct 1968: Filming took place on the scene that introduced Blofeld’s ‘Angels of Death’
• 9 Nov 1968: Peter R. Hunt shot Bond’s arrival at Piz Gloria, posing as Sir Hilary Gray
• 5 Nov 1968: Peter R. Hunt shot Bond’s dinner with the Angels of Death
• 14 Nov 1968: Peter R. Hunt shot Bond’s fight with Braun and Felsen in the cowbell room
• 23 Nov 1968: Peter R. Hunt filmed Bond and the Angels of Death playing on the helipad
• 4 Dec 1968: Peter R. Hunt shot the action-packed rescue of Tracy di Vicenzo
• 8 Dec 1968: Peter R. Hunt was shooting Bond climbing over the cable cars
• 16 Dec 1968: Peter R. Hunt shot part of the attack sequence on Piz Gloria
• 18 Dec 1968: Peter R. Hunt shot the beginning of Bond and Blofeld’s ski chase
• 6 Jan 1969: Peter R. Hunt shot the scene in which Blofeld attempts (and fails) to seduce Tracy
• 9 Jan 1969: Peter R. Hunt began shooting 007 and Blofeld’s climactic gunfight
• 4 Feb 1969: Peter R. Hunt began shooting 007’s seduction of Tracy
• 24 Feb 1969: The crew shot the scene in which Bond escapes Blofeld’s henchmen at the ice rink
• 17 Mar 1969: Shooting began on the casino scenes
• 15 Apr 1969: Lois Maxwell (Moneypenny) shot her first scene with new Bond George Lazenby
• 30 Apr 1969: Filming began on Bond and Tracy’s wedding in Estoril, Portugal
• 9 May 1969: Peter R. Hunt shot Draco's birthday scene at the Vinhus Estate, Zambujal
• 3 Jun 1969: George Lazenby & Diana Rigg filmed skiing shots (in Pinewood's North Tunnel)
• 20 Jun 1969: George Lazenby completed shooting, making this his last day as Bond

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Aston Martin DBS
• Ford Mercury Cougar convertible
• Mercedes-Benz 220 S sedan 1960
• Mercedes-Benz 600
• Rolls Royce SilverCloud I convertible

Filming locations used for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service": (Source: On the Tracks of 007)
• BLOFELD’s HIDEOUT - Schilthorn, Murren, Switzerland
• BOND AND TRACY ESCAPE FROM THE BARN - Winteregg, Switzerland
• BOND AND TRACY GET MARRIED - Herdade do Zambujal, Aguas de Moura, Portugal
• BOND AND TRACY HUG ON THE BEACH - Herdade do Zambujal, Aguas de Moura, Portugal
• BOND AND TRACY IN THE PARK / TRACY PLAYS WITH A CAT - Palacio de Marqueses Fronteiras, Lisbon, Portugal
• BOND AT TELEPHONE BOOTH - Jungfrau Hotel, Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
• BOND FINDS TRACY’s HOTEL - Palacio Hotel, Rua do Parque, Estoril, Portugal
• BOND LEAVES TOWN - Cidadela, Cascais, Portugal
• BOND VISITS THE JEWELER - Joalharia Ferreira Marques, Rossio, Lisbon, Portugal
• CHURCH CLOCK IN BERN - Heiliggeistkirche, Bern, Switzerland
• COLLEGE OF ARMS - College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London, England
• DRACO’s BIRTHDAY PARTY - Herdade do Zambujal, Aguas de Moura, Portugal
• GUMBOLD’s OFFICE IN BERN - Gauer Schweizerhof Hotel, Bahnhofplatz 11, Bern, Switzerland
• ICE SKATING AT X-MAS FESTIVAL - Grindelwald Grund train station parking lot, Grindelwald, Switzerland
• M’s RESIDENCE - Thames Lawn Estate, Marlow, England
• ON THEIR WAY TO THE BEACH - Rue do Cabo, north of Guincho, Portugal
• STOCK-CAR RACE - Just outside Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland
• THE BOBSLED TRACK - Murren, Switzerland
• TRACY GETS KILLED - Arrabida Road, Arrabida Park, Portugal
• TRACY’s SUICIDE ATTEMPT - Guincho Beach, West of Cascais, Portugal
• UNIVERSAL EXPORTS / MI6 EXTERIOR - HM Treasury Chambers, London, England

STUDIO USED FOR INTERIORS, CLOSE-UP SHOTS ETC - Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet, and written articles about, some of the people that worked on On Her Majesty's Secret Service, here is some of them if you want to read more:

>Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett
>Bernard Horsfall as Shaun Campbell
>Bill Weston (Stuntman)
>Catherine Schell as Nancy
>Desmond Llewelyn as Q
>Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo
>George Baker as Sir Hilary Bray
>George Lazenby as James Bond
>George Leech (Stuntman)
>Jenny Hanley as The Irish Girl
>Joanna Lumley as The English Girl
>John Barry (Film soundtrack composer)
>John Glen (Second unit director/Editor)
>John Stears (Special effects)
>Julie Ege as The Scandinavian Girl
>Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
>Michael Reed (Director of Photography)
>Monty Norman (Composer of the James Bond theme)
>Peter Hunt (Director)
>Richard Maibaum (Screenwriter)
>Rocky Taylor (Stuntman)
>Syd Cain (Art Director)
>Sylvana Henriques as The Jamaican Girl
>Terence Mountain as Raphael
>Terry Richards (Stuntman)
>Vic Armstrong (Stunt double for Lazenby)

EON Productions Limited, Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli present Ian Fleming's On Her Majesty's Secret Service.



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

Other James Bond films on From Sweden with Love:

Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring Peter Sellers and David Niven
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig

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Photo above:
Swedish poster (reprint from 1982) for On Her Majesty's Secret Service from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service on MGM's official website:

www.mgm.com/#/our-titles/1411/On-Her-Majesty%E2%80%99s-Secret-Service

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13-22 JUNE 2014
GEORGE LAZENBY & RICHARD KIEL IN AUSTRALIA

Calling all Bond fans in Australia: Here's your chance to meet James Bond and Jaws in person. George Lazenby and Richard Kiel will attend Supanova's Sydney and Perth expos in June 2014.

The James Bond film series has truly stood the test of time. Comprising of 23 feature films and earning over 6 billion dollars, it has been the star vehicle for 6 different actors and is one of the most beloved action adventure franchises in the world. Its blend of exotic locations, intrigue, action, romance and high-tech gadgets has captivated viewers since Dr. No in 1962 right up until last year's Skyfall (2012). The Actors who played James Bond have all been representatives of their time and somehow James Bond is as relevant now as he was in 1962.

Supanova is proud to welcome two fantastic guests from the classic Bond films; one much loved returning villain and one man who has held the Walther PPK himself!

George Lazenby: the only Australian to play the famous super-spy, starred in 1969’s On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The handsome Lazenby, previously a fashion model, was spotted by producer Albert R. Broccoli at their barber. Lazenby won the Bond role after accidentally but convincingly punching the stunt coordinator in the face during a screen test.

Richard Kiel: Struck fear into viewers’ hearts as the steel-toothed Bond villain ‘Jaws’ in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979), but is popular with younger audiences as ‘Mr Larson’ in Adam Sandler’s comedy Happy Gilmore (1996) and even more recently as the voice of ‘Vlad’ in Tangled (2010).

Nobody does it better than Supanova and we promise that these guests are not just “For your eyes only!”

Both guests will be appearing at all 3 days of the Sydney expo and both days of the Perth Expo.

George and Richard look forward to meeting all fans at both the Sydney and Perth expos in 2014. There are signing* and photo* sessions throughout each Friday (1:00pm – 6:00pm in Sydney) Saturday (10.30am to 5.30pm both shows) and Sunday (11am to 5pm both shows) excluding breaks and there’s a general admission Q&A on the Saturday of each weekend.

• Autograph (30 AUD each) and photograph (40 AUD each) fees apply.

• Both George and Richard is happy to pose at their table 70 AUD (George is 40; Richard is 30) for fans using their own camera.

(Guest confirmed health and other commitments pending.)

Editor's note:
George is currently working on the production Justice in a Smoking Gun, an Australian Western due for release in 2016.

Visit the official website of Supanova for the latest news and announcements:

www.supanova.com.au

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New James Bond exhibit launched at Schilthorn

Bond World 007, a new exhibition celebrating Ian Fleming's James Bond, features a variety of props and other artefacts from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Eon Productions sixth James Bond film starring George Lazenby as 007.

From Sweden with Love was delighted be one of the invited to the exclusive launch events of Bond World 007 at Schilthorn on Friday 28th June 2013. (We were the only Swedish people present at the event.)

Bond World 007 is a multi-sensory experience, immersing audiences in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history.

It explores the craft behind the screen icons, the secret service and villains, tailoring and costumes, set and production design, automobiles, gadgets and special effects, graphic design and motion graphics, exotic locations, stunts and props.

Highlights include gadgets and weapons made for the film by special effects experts John Stears, along with artwork for sets and storyboards by production designer Peter Lamont and Syd Cain, costume designs by Marjory Cornelius, and stills by photographer George Whitear.

Bond World 007 has transformed Schilthorn, taking the audience on a journey - a 'making of' and presentation of George Lazenby's Bond film, by many considered to be the best in the entire series.

What did we think of the exhibition?
The exhibition is elegantly designed by Ab Rogers and curated by The Barbican, with guest-curation by fashion historian Bronwyn Cosgrave and Oscar®-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming. The Ian Fleming biographer, Andrew Lycett, has acted as consultant for the project. All of them have done a tremendous amount of work to put it all together.

Being Swedish, it was nice to discover a Swedish Goldfinger poster in the entrance, and the fact that Barbara Broccoli suggested the idea for the ice palace in Die Another Day (2002) to be based on the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi located in the north of Sweden. (Peter Lamont then created the icy construction at the backlot of Pinewood Studios.)

Without doubt, this is a wonderful James Bond exhibition, a must-see for all film lovers and James Bond fans in particular.

Bond guests at the launch party included:
George Lazenby (James Bond)
John Glen (second unit director)
Stefan Zürcher (Piz Gloria Guard)
Sylvana Henriques (The Jamaican girl)
Terry Mountain (Raphael)

Friends and members from the Bond community who attended the launch party included:

Edward Dell Otro (of 007 Admiral Club)
John Berge (of James Bond Norway)
Kevin Collette (of Our Man from Bond Street)
Luc Le Clech (of Club James Bond France)
Markus Hartmann (of James Bond Club Schweiz)

Reviews in the press about the exhibition:
>PlanetSKI, July 1, 2013

Many thanks to the Schilthorn staff and their publicity team in particular.

For more information about the exhibit in Switzerland, visit the official website.

Copyright © 2013 From Sweden with Love.

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29 JUNE 2013
BOND WORLD OPENS FOR PUBLIC AT SCHILTHORN

A new exhibition (Bond World 007) opens at Schilthorn in Switzerland. Schilthorn was the location used as Piz Gloria, Blofeld's HQ, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby in his sole outing as Ian Fleming's James Bond.
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FSWL was fortunate to be invited to the VIP opening of Bond World 007 in June 2013.
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During the opening day there will be an autograph signing session with cast and crew from the film including George Lazenby (007), John Glen (Second Unit Director), Sylvana Henriques (The Jamaican Girl) and Terence Mountain (Raphael).

Video from the VIP opening of Bond World at Schilthorn in June 2013:


About the exhibition:
From end of June 2013, Schilthorn visitors can watch the world of Secret Agent 007 unfold anew before their eyes. Bond World 007 provides interactive access to the setting of the movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”.

Covering an area of 400 square metres, this indoor attraction at the Touristorama guides you in various stages through the story of the movie, incorporating interactive features that invite visitors to test their own James Bond skills.

The in-house cinema shows clips of the iconic movie and the panorama video show reveals fascinating insights and views of the Alpine world of the Schilthorn.

Visit the official website for Bond World at Schilthorn for more information:
schilthorn.ch/de/Angebot/Schilthorn/1_VIEW%3Cbr%3EPiz_Gloria_2970_m_._9744_ft/Bond_World_007

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MAY 2013
THE OTHER FELLA: GEORGE LAZENBY (BIOGRAPHY)

James Bond actor George Lazenby is working on his memoirs, first announced to be published in 2012 and then on May 23th 2013, doesn't have an official publication date as of May 2013 according to new info from the publisher. No more information available at the moment.

The book will be titled The Other Fella, after the fourth-wall breaking line Lazenby's Bond utters in the opening sequence of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - his sole outing as Ian Fleming's spy in 1969.

His literary agent AP Watt (the world's longest-established literary agency) sold the title's world rights to publisher Charter at the industry's big annual trade event held in Frankfurt in early October 2010.

The book is touted as "a brilliantly frank tale of how he bluffed his way into the role of James Bond, and what he did afterwards."

Synopsis:
George Lazenby was born in 1939, in a small Australian town called Goulburn. He moved to London into the swinging late sixties and worked as a car salesman and model before wangling his way in to see the casting director of the new James Bond film. The audition process consisted of George swimming, fighting, riding horseback and kissing Diana Rigg.

From nowhere, he was then catapulted into international fame as the new James Bond, where but for the advice of his agent, he would have remained for a further seven films. It is an epic story of rags to riches, extreme hedonism, and some very questionable decisions.

Book details:
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Century
ISBN-10: 184605902X
ISBN-13: 978-1846059025

Photo above:
Cardboard standee of George Lazenby as James Bond/Sir Hilary Bray at Schilthorn (Piz Gloria), Switzerland, in June 2013. Photo by Anders Frejdh. © From Sweden with Love.

Read more about George Lazenby on Wikipedia:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Lazenby

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1-2 DECEMBER 2012
GEORGE LAZENBY IN STOCKHOLM FOR SCI-FI SHOW

The 35th edition of The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention takes place at Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm, Sweden.

A very well-known James Bond related celebrity will be in attendance, James Bond himself aka George Lazenby. (This is George's second public signing in Sweden.)

George Lazenby portrayed Ian Fleming's fictional agent in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), by many considered to be the best film in the entire series.

Editor's note:
David Faustino, "Bud Bundy" in the famed tv-series Married with Children (1987–1997) (a FSWL favourite) will also be in attendance along with Jake Busey, Jane Badler, Kane Hodder, Lorenzo Lamas, and Temuera Morrison.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:
Tickets: 120 SEK (children 3-7 years can enter for 80 SEK)
Opening times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Venue: Stockholm Fair
Organizer: Isberg Entertainment

Theatrical trailer for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969):


For the latest information, visit SciFi World's official website:

www.scifiworld.se

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21 OCTOBER 2012
LICENCE TO THRILL WITH GEORGE LAZENBY

Culture Shock Events is pleased to be able to announce our first ever James Bond convention Licence to Thrill. Joining us for this event will be Australia's own James Bond himself, George Lazenby (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) and Rachel Grant (Die Another Day).

Go and spend the day with fans of the longest running film franchise in history as the organiser sit and talk about what it was like to be Bond, James Bond.

George will be there live for people to talk to and ask all those questions you just have to have answered.

Event details:
Date: Sunday, 21st October 2012
Location: Sebel Parramatta, 350 Church Street Parramatta
Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

About George Lazenby:
George Lazenby's first serious acting role was as James Bond in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Lazenby is the second official actor to portray the British secret agent. It was rumoured that Lazenby had been "difficult to work with" in this project. According to Lazenby, however, the difficulties were caused by director Peter R. Hunt, who apparently refused to talk directly to him—and this in turn was caused by Lazenby (unaware of studio politics or Hunt's sensibilities) passing on a request for Hunt's friends to clear a set before filming. During the film's production, Lazenby's manager, Ronan O'Rahilly, talked him into refusing a seven-movie contract on the grounds that the Bond character was out of touch with the times. Unsurprisingly, Lazenby describes this as the biggest mistake of his life.

As a former commando, expert skier, expert martial artist with multiple black belts, accomplished horseman, motorcycle racer, car racer, and by having the ability to act many still consider him the quintessential James Bond; however, opinion of Lazenby's performance often varies greatly, as some view him as the worst of the actors to play 007. Likewise, feelings about the film usually vary greatly as well. From a commercial perspective On Her Majesty's Secret Service paled in comparison to the previous Bond film You Only Live Twice and the later Diamonds Are Forever (both featuring Connery as Bond); this has been partly attributed to a poor publicity campaign.

Critical response to On Her Majesty's Secret Service remains sharply divided. Many fans, perhaps especially fans of Fleming's original novels, regard it as one of the best Bond films. Other critics name it as one of the lesser Bond films. Nevertheless it is widely considered one of the best and most faithful adaptations of Ian Fleming's original novels.

Lazenby has portrayed Bond several times over the years in numerous parodies and unofficial 007 roles, most notably the 1983 TV movie The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, titled "Diamonds Aren't Forever".

Despite starring in On Her Majesty's Secret Service and 1977's The Kentucky Fried Movie (the combined gross earnings of which exceeded $100 million worldwide in the 1970s, then the standard establishing an actor as a box office success), Lazenby's acting career did not flourish. One notable TV role came in the BBC's Play For Today series in 1973, with Lazenby starring in Roger Smith's The Operation.

In 1973, Lazenby was set to work in Hong Kong with Bruce Lee. A planned meeting with Lee and Raymond Chow to discuss a movie project for the Golden Harvest film Game of Death collapsed after Lee's sudden death, although Lazenby would still go on to make three of the four films he signed to do with Lee in Hong Kong, The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss (1974), The Man from Hong Kong (1975) (also known as The Dragon Flies), and A Queen's Ransom (1976). Lazenby was only featured with archive footage when Game of Death was finally released in 1978, after a five-year delay caused by Lee's death while it was still in production.

Lazenby also made a guest appearance on the popular TV series Superboy, playing Jor-El, Superboy's biological father, during the show's second season in 1990. He appeared with Sylvia Kristel in several new Emmanuelle films in the 1990s, many of which appeared on cable TV.

Lazenby's autobiography, The Other Fella, is scheduled to be released in hardcover by Century in 2012, the year of James Bond's 50th feature film anniversary.

About Rachel Grant:
Rachel Grant has worked extensively as an actress in film and TV and is most notable for her role as Bond Girl Peaceful-Fountains-of-Desire in the James Bond film Die Another Day (2002). Further credits include Until Death with Jean Claude Van Damme, an assassin in The Tournament with Robert Carlyle and body double to Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider. Recently, Rachel won Best Actress and Best fight awards at the Shockfest Film Festival in Los Angeles for her performance in the critically acclaimed short film Red Princess Blues.

Rachel's television career began in 2000, when she debuted as the hot new host of the Sci-Fi Channel's Friday night segment in the UK and Europe, becoming Sci-fi's most popular host and highest-rated show. She also appeared regularly as art and travel host on Cathay Pacific in-flight entertainment, visiting some of Europe's most well-known landmarks, museums and art galleries.

Travel has always been part and parcel of Rachel's career. She regularly writes for Asia's leading travel magazine Travelife, as well as Monday magazine and has her own column "Rachel Writes" in Only The Good. Her early profession as a Performing Artist took her all over the world. Rachel has already travelled to over 35 countries and counting! She has explored some of the wildest and most desolate places on our planet in pursuit of rare knowledge, wild flora and fauna, exotic hidden cultures, and for sheer excitement of all the senses!

Rachel has trekked the edge of the world's most perfectly shaped cone, the deadly Mayon volcano in the Philippines, hiked the rainforests of the Amazon, communed with the Hourani tribe in Ecuador and ventured deep underground to ancient Mayan sacrificial caves in Guatemala. She has experienced the "naked communion" of Japanese bathing rituals in volcanic springs of Mount Fuji, swam with hammerheads in the Galapagos, witnessed lions mating in the Mara, scuba-dived through sunken warships in the South China Sea, and flamenco-danced her way through "La Feria de Sevilla" in Spain. The list goes on!

Rachel's extraordinary "appetite" for adventure, coupled with her intriguing personality puts her where natives have claimed her as a local! Rachel has enjoyed: the "Royal Rat" delicacy of Belize, traditional fried tarantulas of Cambodia, sipped fresh blood from a live goat with the Masai tribe, chewed Japanese crispy locust bars and regularly devours her favourite snack - the Philippine street food balut, a fertilized duck egg complete with embryo.

Another facet of Rachel is her interest in traditional weaponry and martial arts. This year, Rachel has graced the cover of two leading international martial arts magazines where she talks of origins and history of various ancient Far Eastern weapons from nun-chakus to the single sword.

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

Visit the official website for more information:

www.cultureshockevents.com/index.php/events/licence-to-thrill/

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31 MARCH-1 APRIL 2012
GEORGE LAZENBY IN SWEDEN FOR SCI-FI SHOW

The 33rd edition of The Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game and Film Convention takes place at The Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A very well-known James Bond related celebrity will be in attendance, James Bond himself aka George Lazenby. (This is George's first public signing in Sweden.)

George Lazenby famously portrayed Ian Fleming's secret agent in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), by many considered to be the best film in the entire series.

Editor's note:
David Faustino, "Bud Bundy" in the famed tv-series Married with Children (1987–1997) (a FSWL favourite) will also be in attendance along with Joe Flanagan, Lance Henriksen, Simon Williamson, and Tommy Lee Wallace.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:
Tickets: 120 SEK (children 3-7 years can enter for 80 SEK)
Opening times: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Venue: Swedish Fair, Gothenburg
Organizer: Isberg Entertainment

For the latest information, visit SciFi World's official website:

www.scifiworld.se

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30 MARCH 2012
BRITT EKLAND ATTENDS FILM FESTIVAL IN OMAN

Over 90 countries will be participating in the 7th Muscat International Film Festival (MIFF) in Oman with James Bond related guests in attendance.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film, Dr. No (1962), and will undoubtedly see wild debate as to who has been the best 007 over the years. The current holder of the licence to kill, Daniel Craig, is likely to attract a significant portion of the votes, having given Bond a tough, small-swimming trunks, fist-fights-over-ludicrous-gadgets twist, while the old favourites Sean Connery and Roger Moore will probably be shaking and stirring things up in second place.

Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore will be in Oman as part of the 7th Muscat International Film Festival.

March 30 is the Special James Bond Day at the MIFF and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) will be screened for the public in the presence of the super legend. Sir Roger will also be honoured at the MIFF at the closing ceremony on March 31.

The second actor to portray Ian Fleming's super-spy on the big screen, George Lazenby, will also be jetting into Oman for the festival and his film, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), will be screened during the day.

Adding to the Bond appreciation comes John Glen, who has directed more 007s than any other filmmaker, and Britt Ekland, Roger Moore's famously ditzy Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).

The festival might not make as much noise as its regional counterparts in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha, but this year boasts a line-up just as impressive. Apart from the Bond guests, other names on the guest list include Susan Sarandon, Forest Whitaker and Omar Sharif.

Editor's note:
The Bond festivities takes place in the Oman Auditorium located at AL Bustan Palace Hotel.

Other James Bond 50th Anniversary events featured on From Sweden With Love:
>50 Years of James Bond poster (January)
>Director's panel in Las Vegas (January)
>Royal Mail Union Flag postage stamps (January)
>James Bond special in Mail on Sunday Live (January)
>Kindle edition of Cubby Broccoli's biography (January)
>Bond in Motion exhibition (January-December)
>James Bond at BAFTA Awards 2012 (February)
>Two new James Bond Omega limited edition watches (February)
>Dr. No screening at TCM Clasic Film Festival in Los Angeles (April)
>Autographed trading cards set (May)
>Designing 007 exhibition (July-September)
>Blu-ray film set (October)
>Premiere of Skyfall (October)
>Concert in London (November)

For the latest information, visit the official website:

www.m-iff.com

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APRIL 2010
PRIVATE SIGNING WITH GEORGE LAZENBY

George Lazenby ("James Bond" in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 1969) will do a private signing with Bondstars on April 24th 2010.

Essential information before ordering
• The cost per signed item is £26.00, this includes worldwide postage and packing.
• George will happily dedicate a still if required but please keep the dedication short.
• Unfortunately they cannot accept your own items to be signed.
• Your item(s) will be shipped week beginning 26th April.
• All stills below are 10" x 8"

All orders must be received by April 9th.

To order your signed photo of George Lazenby, click below:
www.bondstars.com/georgelazenby/private/index.htm

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18 DECEMBER 2009
THE MAKING OF ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

The must-have Bond book for all 007 scholars - The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service - by Charles Helfenstein is published.

Step back in time to the late 1960s, when Sean Connery resigned from playing James Bond, producers Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli decided to gamble and doubled down with an untested director and an unknown star and came up with the crown jewels: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

Based on years of research, hundreds of interviews, and exclusive access to the archives of author Ian Fleming, screenwriter Richard Maibaum, and director Peter Hunt, this inside look features never-before-published script details, storyboards, production documents, interviews, memos, marketing material, call sheets, and hundreds of rare, behind-the-scenes photographs of the cast and crew, including sequences and entire sets not seen in the film.

From novel to script to screen, this book details the incredible journey of making the most unique entry in the James Bond film series, the longest running, most successful film franchise in history.

This is not the white-washed "authorized" story, but the real story.

Book details:
Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Spies LLC
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0984412603
ISBN-13: 978-0984412600
Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Our American friend Brad Frank sent the following comment:
"I just received this. It costs $62.63, but it's definately worth it. It is far better than the handful of official 'Making of' books for specific Bond films. The author Charles Helfenstein is the absolute world's authority on this film. 290 pages.

Extremely well researched. Lavishly illustrated, with many rare photos."

Author Charles Helfenstein's website here.

Order The Making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service from Amazon US at a discounted price:

www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0984412603/fromswedenwit-20/

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14-16 NOVEMBER 2008
BIG APPLE CON WITH GEORGE LAZENBY

The next edition of BIG APPLE CON in New York City. Usually a very successful and fun event, this time James Bond related guests include:

Confirmed Bond guests:
George Lazenby (James Bond) in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 1969
Gloria Hendry (Rosie Carver) in LIVE AND LET DIE 1973
Lynn-Holly Johnson (Bibi Dahl) in FOR YOUR EYES ONLY 1981

Do not miss it! For more info, click below:

www.bigapplecon.com

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21 JUNE 2008
GEORGE LAZENBY IN LONDON

The Vintage Magazine Shop in London's Soho holds regular celebrity autograph signings.

George 'James Bond' Lazenby will highlight their store this time by attending to sign for fans and film lovers! Go there if you would like to have his autograph and meet him in person.

If you are unable to come to the shop yourself, email the shop and they can have him personally sign a photo and post it to you.

There is no admission charge to the area where we hold the signings, but there is a charge to get items signed (usually about £15.00):

www.vinmag.com/online/catshow/Celebrity_Autograph_Signings/celebrity-autograph-signings.html

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APRIL 2007
SIDESHOW FIGURE: GEORGE LAZENBY AS 007

George Lazenby as James Bond - Legacy Collection, James Bond 12-inch Figures, Item No. 7734. The price will be 44.99 USD. Limited edition of 1000.

"George Lazenby was an unknown model turned actor who stepped into the biggest shoes in Hollywood and proceeded to pull it off superbly. A good performance by anyone's standards."
- Doug Redenius, Vice President of the Ian Fleming Foundation

George Lazenby as James Bond - Legacy Collection Sixth Scale Figure:
• Authentic George Lazenby portrait
• Fully articulated body with 30+ points of articulation
• Expertly tailored fabric costume
• Poker Chip w/ George Lazenby print
• Martini Glass
• Walther PPK
• Walther P5
• Interchangeable hands
• Watch
• 12" figure display stand featuring the 007 logo print

Other Sideshow Collectibles on From Sweden With Love:
>Sean Connery as James Bond
>Roger Moore as James Bond (scale 1:6)
>Roger Moore as James Bond
>Timothy Dalton as James Bond
>Pierce Brosnan as James Bond

Order the George Lazenby Legacy Collection Sixth Scale Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.

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11 JUNE 2005
JAMES BOND CELEBRATION + AN EVENING WITH GEORGE LAZENBY

Following Bondstars popular An afternoon with Richard Kiel in November 2004 - they are proud to announce the next event, A Celebration of James Bond, and in particular, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), with guest of honour George Lazenby (George will attend the evening dinner and Q&A only). The event will be held on June 11, 2005 at Pinewood Studios.

Corgi Classics are attending the event to celebrate their 40 year association with Bond they will be displaying pre-production models of the Goldfinger Aston Martin DB5 and Die Another Day's Vanquish, these models will not be on sale until September 2005.

The 13 hour Bond celebration will include:
• Welcome tea, coffee and pastries
• Studio tour - see behind the scenes at the world famous studio; never open to the public
• Guest Signings
• Memorabilia Room
• B-B-Q Lunch in Pinewood famous gardens
• Q & A on Stage with Bond Guests
• Afternoon refreshments
• 35mm screening of OHMSS on the big screen, in Pinewood's luxurious screening theatre
• 3 course dinner in Pinewood's famous restaurant with the guest of honour, George Lazenby
• "In Conversation With George Lazenby" - a live on stage, post-dinner, conversation followed by a Q&A with 007 himself
• James Bond Quiz & Goodies

Guests may make a charge for autographs, but will sign your programme free of charge excluding Mr Lazenby who will provide a signed goodie to each attendee. It is anticipated that the James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will also be in attendance at the dinner, subject to work commitments.

Thanks to Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson and the kind people at MGM, Bondstars have secured the studio's own private archive print of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, this is probably the best copy of this film in existence, couple this with Theatre 7's state of the art facilities you will be experiencing OHMSS like never before.

Places are limited to 100 at this exclusive once-in-a-lifetime event to meet George Lazenby in an informal surrounding, and many of his friends and colleagues from the series of films. The cost of a ticket for the event is £130.

Confirmed guests:
• Alan Hume
• Alec Mills
• Eunice Gayson.
• George Leech
• Jan Williams
• Jeanie Sims
• Joe Robinson
• John Moreno
• John Wyman
• Madeline Smith
• Michael Reed
• Norman Wanstall
• Terence Mountain
• Thomas Wheatley

Click on the link below for an exclusive report from Bond Girls Are Forever at Pinewood:

www.bondstars.com/events/celebration/index.htm

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James Bond : From Sweden with Love

From Sweden with Love (FSWL) is entirely dedicated to Agent 007 and his creator Ian Fleming. We have been studying the phenomenon for more than 30 years. FSWL started as a personal examination of the fictive agent but has developed and progressed now featuring exclusive interviews, Bond news in Swedish media, book and film reviews, meetings with Bond stars who have appeared in or worked on the James Bond films, database with our 007 collection featuring thousands of items, articles and travel stories from the world of 007, competitions, webshop featuring Swedish film posters, the films on Blu-ray and the soundtracks on CD.

Sweden have been represented by (00)7 Bond girls - Britt Ekland, Maud Adams, Anne Lonnberg (Anne's father is Swedish), Mary Stavin, Kristina Wayborn, Izabella Scorupco and Eva Green (Eva's father is Swedish).
Dolph Lundgren and stuntman Lars Lundgren have also appeared in the Bond film series. Two other Swedish actors , Ola Rapace and Jens Hultén, appeared in the 23rd adventure, Skyfall (2012) (2012), with Per Hallberg supervising the sound which gave him an Oscar®.

FSWL's vision is to focus on the phenomenon from a Swedish point of view. We have a serious passion (not interested in rumours) for the fictional hero created by Ian Fleming in 1952 when he wrote the first James Bond novel - Casino Royale.

FSWL is also a tribute to producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli for adapting Ian Fleming's novels into films.

All James Bond 007 films: (1962 - 2015)
Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring David Niven
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig

(Note: Film abbreviations are sometimes used in the text on FSWL.)

All James Bond 007 novels and short stories: (1953 - 2017)
Casino Royale (1953) by Ian Fleming
Live and Let Die (1954) by Ian Fleming
Moonraker (1955) by Ian Fleming
Diamonds are Forever (1956) by Ian Fleming
From Russia With Love (1957) by Ian Fleming
Dr. No (1958) by Ian Fleming
Goldfinger (1959) by Ian Fleming
For Your Eyes Only (1960) by Ian Fleming
Thunderball (1961) by Ian Fleming
The Spy Who Loved Me (1962) by Ian Fleming
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963) by Ian Fleming
You Only Live Twice (1964) by Ian Fleming
The Man with the Golden Gun (1965) by Ian Fleming
Fallet James Bond (1965) by Kingsley Amis
Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) by Ian Fleming
Colonel Sun (1968) by Kingsley Amis
The Authorised Biography of James Bond (1973) by John Pearson
James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) by Christopher Wood
James Bond and Moonraker (1979) by Christopher Wood
Licence Renewed (1981) by John Gardner
For Special Services (1982) by John Gardner
Icebreaker (1983) by John Gardner
Role Of Honour (1984) by John Gardner
Nobody lives forever (1986) by John Gardner
No Deals, Mr. Bond (1987) by John Gardner
Scorpius (1988) by John Gardner
Win, Lose or Die (1989) by John Gardner
Brokenclaw (1990) by John Gardner
Licence to Kill (1990) by John Gardner
The Man From Barbarossa (1991) by John Gardner
Death is Forever (1992) by John Gardner
Never Send Flowers (1993) by John Gardner
Sea Fire (1994) by John Gardner
Cold (1996) by John Gardner
GoldenEye (1996) by John Gardner
Zero Minus Ten (1997) by Raymond Benson
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) by Raymond Benson
Blast From the Past (1997) by Raymond Benson
The Facts Of Death (1998) by Raymond Benson
High Time To Kill (1999) by Raymond Benson
Midsummer night's doom (1999) by Raymond Benson
The World Is Not Enough (1999) by Raymond Benson
Live at Five (1999) by Raymond Benson
Doubleshot (2000) by Raymond Benson
Never Dream Of Dying (2001) by Raymond Benson
Die another day (2002) by Raymond Benson
The Man with the Red Tattoo (2002) by Raymond Benson
Silverfin (2005) by Charlie Higson
Guardian Angel (2005) by Kate Westbrook
Blood Fever (2006) by Charlie Higson
Secret Servant (2006) by Kate Westbrook
Double Or Die (2007) by Charlie Higson
Hurricane Gold (2007) by Charlie Higson
Final Fling (2008) by Kate Westbrook
Devil May Care (2008) by Sebastian Faulks
By Royal Command (2008) by Charlie Higson
Carte Blanche (2011) by Jeffery Deaver
Solo (2013) by William Boyd
Shoot to Kill (2014) by Steve Cole
Trigger Mortis (2015) by Anthony Horowitz
Heads You Die (2016) by Steve Cole
Strike Lightning (2016) by Steve Cole
Red Nemesis (2017) by Steve Cole

We hope you find the website interesting and worth returning to. Comments and feedback, positive as well as negative, is greatly appreciated. Do not hesitate to contact us.

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GEORGE LAZENBY (JAMES BOND)

James Bond in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE 1969

George Lazenby is a professional and a great guy although I know he regret listening to his his agent who said the Bond phenomenon wouldn't last and advised him to leave the franchise.

When I saw him for the first time at Autographica in Northampton 2002 the queue of waiting fans was enormous but he gently signed photos for everyone.

I then saw him at the Royal World premiere of Die Another Day (2002) and also as a surprise guest introducing the women at "An evening with the Bond women", both times in London.

The third time I had the privilege to meet Lazenby was at Pinewood Studios during the celebration of him as James Bond in June 2005. Like previous meetings he made many Bond fans happy by appearing in person.

Among things he revealed was that he and his wife Pam Shriver (one of the world's best tennis players) were expecting twins that November. I asked him about his current handicap in golf as he, like Sir Sean, has a worm for this sport. George said it was currently at 8.
On the day, he personally introduced the special screening of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) at Pinewood Studios Theatre 7 which made it a very special and memorable for everyone in attendance.

Now a family father he never seem to forget his time as Bond. He is always very patient and kind to Bond fans at every event he attends.

Thanks George and all the best to you and the family, good luck with the golf as well!

For more posts featuring George Lazenby on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Other cast & crew from OHMSS that we've met:
>Bernard Horsfall as Shaun Campbell
>Bill Weston (Stuntman)
>Catherine Schell as Nancy
>Desmond Llewelyn as Q
>Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo
>George Leech (Stuntman)
>Gordon McCallum (Dubbing mixer)
>Jenny Hanley as The Irish Girl
>Joanna Lumley as The English Girl
>John Barry (Film soundtrack composer)
>John Glen (Second unit director/Editor)
>Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny
>Michael Reed (Director of Photography)
>Monty Norman (Composer of the James Bond theme)
>Rocky Taylor (Stuntman)
>Stefan Zürcher (Location manager)
>Sylvana Henriques as The Jamaican Girl
>Terence Mountain as Raphael
>Terry Richards (Stuntman)
>Vic Armstrong (Stunt double for Lazenby)

Other James Bond actors who have crossed our path:
>Daniel Craig (2006-2015)
>Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002)
>Roger Moore (1973-1985)
>Sean Connery (1962-1983)
>Timothy Dalton (1987-1989)

Text written and published by Anders Frejdh in July 2005

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23 AUGUST 2004
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE GRAPHIC NOVEL

UK publication for the 3rd James Bond graphic novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service by Henry Gammidge and John McLusky. The book is published by Titan Books with an introduction by former James Bond actor, George Lazenby.

The legend continues! Titan Books presents the further adventures of the world’s greatest secret agent, in this third instalment of a classic action series!

After spending over a year on a fruitless search for Ernst Stavro Blofeld and his sinister organisation, SPECTRE, Bond decides he’s had enough and pens his letter of resignation! Before he can deliver it, however, fate smiles on him once more and it’s not long before he has ingratiated himself with the Corsican Mafia, managed to get back on Blofeld’s trail and got involved with a beautiful woman...

This new edition also features a ‘Bond in Books’ article, and a series checklist.

Book details:
ISBN: 9781840236743
Dimensions: 296 x 220mm
Paperback: 128 pages
Illustration detail: b/w comic strip
All authors: Henry Gammidge, Ian Fleming, John McLusky

Other James Bond graphic novels featured on From Sweden With Love:
>The Man With The Golden Gun (2004)
>Octopussy (2004)
>Goldfinger (2004)
>Casino Royale (2005)
>Dr No (2005)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (2005)
>Colonel Sun (2005)
>The Golden Ghost (2006)
>Trouble Spot (2006)
>The Phoenix Project (2007)
>Death Wing (2007)
>Shark Bait (2008)
>The Paradise Plot (2008)
>Silverfin (2008)
>Polestar (2008)
>The Girl Machine (2009)
>Nightbird (2010)

Order On Her Majesty's Secret Service from Amazon UK:

www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840236744/fromswedenwit-21/

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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

US one sheet poster for On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)
The Swedish poster for On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)
Ernst Stavro Blofeld plans to blackmail the Western World with the threat of bacteriological sabotage of the world food supply. His ransom? Recognition of his claim to the title of Count de Bleuchamp, and amnesty for all his past crimes.

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