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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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27 June-2 July 2017
Guy Hamilton celebrated by Mallorca Film Commission at Atlántida

A celebration to the late British director Guy Hamilton (1922-2016), known for his James Bond films and other movie classics, will take place on the island of Mallorca during this year's Atlántida Film Fest. The filmmaker filmed, fell in love with and retired on the Spanish island.

Among the accolades, will be a photo exhibit entitled “Guy Hamilton, a Director’s Life Behind the Scenes”, with images of Mr. Hamilton directing and relaxing with his stars on his sets. The photographs were generously loaned to the organizers by the Hamilton family, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM), and EON Productions (the Bond production company). The festival will also screen some of Guy Hamilton’s films:

28 June - Goldfinger (1964)
5 July - Evil Under the Sun (1982)
12 July - Live and Let Die (1973)
19 July - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
26 July - Force 10 from Navarone (1978)

All screenings starts at 8pm and are organized by the Arxiu del So i l'Imatge (Mallorcan Film Library) from the Island's Council - and will be held at Centre de Cultura (Sa Nostra), C/ de la Concepció, 12 in Palma.

The opening gala for the festival will be held in the Bellver Castle overlooking Palma bay, and will include the participation of Britt Ekland, who worked with him in The Man with the Golden Gun, and FSWL founder Anders Frejdh who became a dear friend of Guy over the years and visited him several times in Mallorca. Anders comments:

"It's really great news that Mallorca Film Commission is organising a proper celebration of Guy who I know was a wonderful director and much loved and respected by his cast & crew. I really miss him and his sense of humour immensely but feel very privileged to have become friends with him."

Guy Hamilton in action during The Man with the Golden Gun at Pinewood Studios
Sir Roger Moore, who starred in two of the James Bond films directed by Guy Hamilton, was invited, and had sent a personal note to be read during the homage. The beloved British actor, who passed away on May 23 earlier this year, will be remembered at the festival events and the opening gala.

The gala will include a clips tribute and a live concert by the Chamber Film Orchestra, featuring some of the sound tracks of films directed by Mr. Hamilton, followed by a gala dinner.

Guy Hamilton was one of the most successful British directors to depict World War II and the subsequent Cold War era in film. He was born in Paris to a British diplomat, and worked for Paramount News in England before joining the Royal Navy, where he performed admirably and received several medals for his valor.

Hamilton began his film career in 1948 as an assistant for Carol Reed in “The Fallen Idol”, and the classic “The Third Man”, starring Orson Welles. He also worked as an assistant director for John Huston in another legendary production, “The African Queen”, with the great Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn.

He began directing his own productions in 1952 with “The Ringer” and went on to share the credits with some of the most important stars of the second half of the 20th century.

Hamilton directed four James Bond films: Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun.

His World War II films are considered masterpieces of their genre, and include “The Colditz Story” (1955) with John Mills, “Funeral in Berlin” (1967) starring Michael Caine, “Battle of Britain” (1969) with the great Laurence Olivier, Trevor Howard, Christopher Plummer and Susannah York, to name a few, and “Force 10 from Navarone” (1978), with Harrison Ford in his first protagonist role.

Hamilton directed “Evil Under the Sun” (1982) in Mallorca, with Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith and Jane Birkin as its leading protagonists.

He fell under the spell of the island, and retired in Mallorca with his wife Kerima and his son Frank. He built a home on top of a mountain facing the sea on Port d’Andratx, and lived there until his passing on April 20, 2016, at the age of 93. A proposal has been made to the Island Council to bestow the title of “Adopted Son of Mallorca” posthumously to the filmmaker.

The homage to Guy Hamilton is organised by the Mallorca Film Commission, in the frame of the convention of collaboration between the Foundation Mallorca Tourism of the Council of Mallorca and the ATB of the Government of the Balearic Islands.

Guy Hamilton celebration at Atlantida Film Fest 2017


For updates and the latest news on Atlántida Film Fest in Mallorca, visit the official website.

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20 APRIL 2016
FILM DIRECTOR GUY HAMILTON (1922-2016)

FSWL is extremely sad to report yet another passing of a cherished member of the 'James Bond family' and a very dear friend & supporter of this website. Legendary film director Guy Hamilton (born in Paris on 16th September 1922) who directed four of the most classic Bond films (Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun) has died at the age of 93. We send our deepest condolences to his stepson and the rest of Guy's family and thank him for his HUGE contribution to the 007 phenomenon.

"You can't really change the formula, you can merely try to film it your way."
Guy Hamilton [on the Bond film series]

So far 2016 has been a terrible year for the Bond world as Hamilton’s death comes soon after losing iconic production designer Ken Adam (1921-2016).

FSWL founder Anders Frejdh comments:
"Totally devastated to hear about the passing of Guy who I last visited just over a year ago at his home in Mallorca. He was, and forever will be, someone I am always in debt to as he graciously supported From Sweden With Love all the way from its early days on the web in 2004. Miss him, his wit, kindness and friendship already more than I can explain. Last spoke to him in February. Shortly thereafter he fell, broke his hip and became hospitalised. When I spoke to his stepson two weeks ago he was recuperating well but most sadly declined in health after that. Rest in peace my friend, you will forever remain in my heart as one of nicest people I have ever met."

Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (current James Bond producers) commented via the official website (007.com):
"We mourn the loss of our dear friend Guy Hamilton who firmly distilled the Bond formula in his much celebrated direction of Goldfinger and continued to entertain audiences with Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun. We celebrate his enormous contribution to the Bond films."

And Roger Moore (James Bond in two of Guy's 007 films) via Twitter:
"Incredibly, incredibly saddened to hear the wonderful director Guy Hamilton has gone to the great cutting room in the sky. 2016 is horrid."

Roger Moore with Guy Hamilton on the set of The Man with the Golden Gun in Thailand
Friends and colleagues who left a comment for FSWL of the beloved director:
"Guy for me - set the compass for Bond, indeed Harry and Cubby were talent seekers and promoters, think of Maurice Binder (who could be credited with creating the music video genre and designer of the Bond logo) - and Ken Adams as the style and scene Meister of James Bond and you have the secret key to the formula, the 007 Trinity. I easily imagine Harry and Cubby at a onset table somewhere, pasta's on the boil the setting and Maurice is impatiently waiting his turn and then Harry tells a joke and Maurice laughs in his unique cadence and Ken swirls his cognac in a large snifter, drawing deeply on his Monte Cristo and then Guy calls "Cut!" ... it's only a Scene from a movie ... God, how fortunate we were to be able to consider these passionate people part of our Bond family!" – Steven Saltzman (son of Harry Saltzman)

"Very sad news about Guy. A true British gentleman and one of the Bond originals. Of his four Bonds my favourite was Goldfinger. What a fantastic movie. Janine and I spent a very enjoyable weekend with Guy in Paris a couple of years ago and got to know him really well. He told us some very amusing stories of his escapades in the Navy during the Second World War. Because of his fluent French he was engaged in landing agents in Brittany and on one occasion was stranded there when his boat had to leave suddenly.
My first encounter with Guy was in 1947 when he was assistant to Carol Reed on The Third Man and I was a lowly assistant editor." – John Glen (Director of five James Bond films)

"I am so sorry that Peter Janson-Smith's death has been followed so quickly by Guy Hamilton. I got to know him originally when I was in my teens because his mother lived in our village." – Andrew Lycett (Ian Fleming biographer)

"The GREAT GUY HAMILTON !!! I'm an Actor with lots of IDEAS and for each one he would say to me, 'All right, show me.' I would, then he'd say, 'All right now show him.' By "him" he meant the terrific crusty old Aussie D.P. [who shot the film] I'd do it again and the DP would always chuckle and say, 'AYUP', Guy would then say , 'All right lets shoot it.' THANK YOU GUY !!! He let me bring in the FUNNY to Diamonds [Are Forever] "The funniest BOND film moment ever" according to Sir Roger Moore (Thank you SIR.) was the final MR. WINT - OOOH moment as the kindly SEAN lifts up his "YAA – HAA" [and flips him over the side of the ship!] The first gift GUY gave me was after I'd been given the part of one of the 2 GAY killers , the 1st time in film history that 2 guys were clearly identified as GAY, I asked GUY to not tell which one I'd be playing. He said, 'Really, why?' He'd never auditioned [me] but he had an instinct for me and casting in general - like seeing that Putter [Smith] should be one of the guys. I answered 'I don't know why, [AND I DIDN'T] I just don't want to know.' He agreed and made sure NOBODY including Putter told me that I was Mr. Wint. There I was on the desert set outside of VEGAS two hours before my 1st time on CAM and I still didn't KNOW. Bold crazy move on my part CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY !!!! That's me. THANKS GUY!!!
Bruce Glover (Diamonds Are Forever)

"The brave and kind Guy Hamilton impacted my life in an unforeseen way. He came to see Thelonious Monk at Shelley Manne's jazz club in Hollywood during the casting of Diamonds Are Forever (I was playing with the great pianist)
When Guy, whom everyone on the set called 'the Guv' or 'Guv', asked me to be in the film I was flabbergasted. I had to say yes even though acting had NEVER crossed my mind. Guv was kind and helpful and got me through with the help of my wife.
I am very grateful to the Guv. And I still feel unworthy of accolades and requests for autographs since I did nothing to earn what happened - it's like someone congratulating your financial wisdom for having won the lottery."
Putter Smith (Mr. Kidd in Diamonds Are Forever)

Guy Hamilton and Putter Smith on the set of Diamonds Are Forever
"RIP Guy Hamilton, a great Director and a lovely man!" – John Richardson (SFX maestro and son of Cliff Richardson who Guy also worked with)

"I am saddened, devastated and will never forget the friendship and kindness given by the wonderful Guy Hamilton. Diamonds and Guy ... are forever ... Damn damn damn! Please direct something wonderful in heaven. Rest vibrant man."
Lana Wood (Plenty O'Toole in Diamonds Are Forever)

"Very sad news. A very good director. RIP, Mr. Nice Guy. You were a Gentleman in our business."
Terry Mountain (Blofeld guard in Diamonds Are Forever)

"So sad ... RIP Guy Hamilton." – Caron Gardner (Flying Circus Pilot in Goldfinger)

"I was so honored to have worked with Guy. God Bless his Soul!" – Trina Parks (Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever)

"I am so very sorry to hear about Guy Hamilton. Both he and Roger were absolute gentle men who transformed my life over 3 blissful days." – Madeline Smith (Miss Caruso in Live and Let Die)

About Guy Hamilton:
Guy Hamilton was born in Paris, France where his English parents were living at the time. Remaining in France during the Nazi occupation, he was active in the French Resistance. After the end of the war, he started to work as an assistant to Carol Reed on films including The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949), before turning to directing with his first film The Ringer (1952). He worked on a total of 36 films (22 as director) from the 1940s to the 1980s, including four instalments based on the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming.

Hamilton was one of many directors who turned down Dr. No (1962) but eventually entered the series after Terence Young's departure from Goldfinger. He left during pre-production of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Actors and actresses from the Bond films remember working with Guy:

"As I recall, the actor who was to be Hamilton got sick or for some reason could not keep the commitment. Roger asked Guy, 'Why not let Bob do it', and Guy agreed I should play Hamilton." – Bob Dix (Live and Let Die)

"At the time, I was very frightened of Guy as he was a very precise and demanding director, but, having met him in recent years to talk about the Bond film I must say he is a fabulous man, and certainly not someone I had to be scared of."
Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun)

Guy Hamilton and Britt Ekland on the set of The Man with the Golden Gun in Thailand
"He knew what he wanted and I hope I gave him what he asked of me. Directing Bond is probably less about the actors and more about the overall pace and style of the film. Guy was a veteran director who knew his stuff."
David Hedison (Felix Leiter in Live and Let Die)

"Guy is beyond adorable! He let me do whatever I wanted with my character, was fun to be around. And I recall he and his wife were robbed in Las Vegas while they slept!" – Lana Wood

"Guy Hamilton was generous in how much you were allowed to stray even slightly from the written script. But you didn’t try to do it too often." – Shane Rimmer (Tom in Diamonds Are Forever)

Hamilton was originally chosen to direct Superman in 1978, but due to his status as a tax exile he was only allowed to be in England for thirty days, where production had moved at the last minute to Pinewood Studios. The job of director was then passed to Richard Donner, but Hamilton insisted he'd be paid in full. Guy put the money to good use, building a beautiful house on the idyllic island of Mallorca!

In the 1980s, Guy Hamilton was also approached to direct Batman (1989) after producer Michael Uslan imagined that Batman would be a franchise in the 007 mould. According to Bruce Scivally, author of Billion Dollar Batman, Uslan said they "had some talks" with Hamilton, but producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters were thinking of a more comedic approach and went to Ivan Reitman, then Joe Dante, who said yes, but eventually dropped out because he "just didn't believe in it." That was in 1984, and the project went through many other hands before Tim Burton took it on.

After retiring from the film business in the early 1990's, Guy enjoyed playing golf (a sport he introduced Sean Connery to for the filming of Goldfinger) and contributed to a variety of literature including the forward to On the Tracks of 007 (published in 2008) by FSWL contributor Martijn Mulder. The introduction for the official programme to the 50th Anniversary celebration of Goldfinger in Oslo 2014, and several hours being interviewed for Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films (2012) written by FSWL contributors Ajay Chowdhury & Matthew Field. Guy also attended many Bond events such as the spectacular Vue sur Bond in Canada (hosted by Hilary Saltzman, daughter of Harry) that FSWL was most fortunate to attend as well.

Guy is survived by his stepson Frank. His wife of many years, Keri, passed away in July 2014. (Before Keri, he was married to actress Naomi Chance.)



A selection of Guy Hamilton's other films: (IMDB profile)
• The Intruder (1953)
• An Inspector Calls (1954)
• The Colditz Story (1955) (which he also co-wrote)
• Charley Moon (1956)
• Manuela (1957)
• A Touch of Larceny (1959)
• The Devil's Disciple (1959)
• The Best of Enemies (1962)
• Man in the Middle (1963)
• The Party's Over (1965)
Funeral in Berlin (1966, produced by Harry Saltzman)
Battle of Britain (1969, with Curd Jürgens and Robert Shaw among others, also produced by Harry Saltzman)
Force 10 from Navarone (1978, with Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach, Edward Fox and Richard Kiel)
• The Mirror Crack'd (1980)
• Evil under the Sun (1982)
• Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
• Try this One for Size (1989)

Click here to listen to film director Guy Hamilton discuss the ingredients of a successful Bond movie and looks back at a career that started with his apprenticeship in the French film business at the age of 17. The director maintains that, in his opinion, although the Bond films defy the formulaic, one of the golden rules in their production is to put the money up on the screen, particularly with the sets and stunts, which should look as expensive and spectacular as possible. His take on Bond is that the secret agent is a Latter-day Saint George, albeit a lecherous one, and the villains he faces represent the dragon.

Other obituaries of Guy Hamilton:
>BBC News (21-4-2016)
>British Film Institute (21-4-2016)
>Daily Mail (21-4-2016)
>Empire (21-4-2016)
>Hollywood Reporter (21-4-2016)
>The Independent (21-4-2016)
>Telegraph (21-4-2016)
>The Guardian (21-4-2016)
>Variety (21-4-2016)

Photo above:
Guy Hamilton in Mallorca. Photo by Anders Frejdh. © 2016 From Sweden with Love.

More information about Guy Hamilton's fabulous career in films on Screen Online.

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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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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.

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5 OCTOBER 2014
CHOREOGRAPHER GEOFFREY HOLDER (1930-2014)

FSWL are saddened to report the passing of Geoffrey Holder, aged 84. Geoffrey played the part of Baron Samedi in Live and Let Die (1973). Our thoughts and prayers are with Geoffrey's family.

[Baron Samedi] - Good morning, boss.
[James Bond] - Morning.
[Samedi] It's sure gonna be a "beautiful" day. Yes, sir, a "beautiful" day!"

"Apart from being a nice man, a talented dancer and painter, I will always remember him for his kindness in taking me, knowing my love of jazz, to Minton's in Harlem and several other all night clubs where whitey was made welcome only because of my escort who was highly appreciated." - Guy Hamilton, director of Live and let Die

Geoffrey Holder obituary: (by Mark Cerulli for FSWL)
Sadly, yet another famous Bond alumni has passed. Less than a month after Richard Kiel’s sudden death, word reached us that actor, dancer, artist & choreographer Geoffrey Holder died at his New York home on 5th October 2014. Holder had a long and impressive resume, but Bond fans know him from his enigmatic portrayal of Baron Samedi in 1973’s Live And Let Die.

Originally from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad, the six foot six inch Holder moved to New York City in 1954, quickly finding work as a dancer for the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, which led to his being cast in “House of Flowers” on Broadway. Along with the first Roger Moore Bond, Holder also appeared in Doctor Doolittle (1967), Krakatoa: East of Java (1969) and 1982’s Annie. He also made numerous television appearances and won a prestigious Tony Award in 1975 for directing “The Wiz”, a popular Broadway musical based on “The Wizard of Oz.”

American audiences fondly remember his numerous television commercials for 7Up soda as he compared “Cola nut… UNcola nut” in his rich, mellifluous voice. That distinctive voice could also be heard narrating Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in 2005. Holder was also an accomplished artist who worked in paint, sculpture and photography, exhibiting at several top New York galleries. He was the author of two books, one of them on Caribbean cooking!

The multi-talented Holder was 84 and is survived by his wife Carmen de Lavallade and son Léo.

Geoffrey Holder's advice to young people:


Obituaries in the press:
>Broadway.com (October 6, 2014)
>Deadline Hollywood (October 6, 2014)
>Los Angeles Times (October 6, 2014)
>Mirror Online (October 6, 2014)
>The New York Times (October 6, 2014)

Photo above:
Geoffrey Holder with Jane Seymour in a publicity still for Live and Let Die. Photo by George Whitear. © 1973 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

For more information about Geoffrey Holder's career, check out his IMDB profile:

www.imdb.com/name/nm0390305/

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28 APRIL 2009
A CONVERSATION WITH GUY HAMILTON

Guy Hamilton in conversation with Janice Forsyth at King's College Conference Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Having worked as Assistant Director on two of the classic films in cinema history, Carol Reed's The Third Man (1949) starring Orson Welles, and John Huston's The African Queen (1951) with Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, Guy Hamilton went on to direct four James Bond films, including GOLDFINGER (1964) and DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971) starring Sean Connery, and LIVE AND LET DIE (1973) and THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974) starring Roger Moore. He also directed one of the foremost Cold War thrillers, Funeral in Berlin (1966) starring Michael Caine.

His other films include An Inspector Calls (1954) with Alastair Sim, The Colditz Story (1955) with John Mills, and Battle of Britain (1969) starring Laurence Olivier and Susannah York.

Guy Hamilton will be interviewed by BBC Movie Cafe presenter, Janice Forsyth.

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Book tickets for this event:

www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut/profiles/hamilton/

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MARCH 2006
Q&A WITH GUY HAMILTON ABOUT VUE SUR BOND

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

[FSWL:] What is your general opinion about the arrangements of the Vue Sur Bond event?
[Guy Hamilton:] Yes, I enjoyed my visit except for the nightmare flight out. 20 hours on my feet, time change, and expected to be bright and bushy-tailed a first morning press conference. I always like going to places that I haven't been to before, particularly interested in the French political connections.

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

Was it your first time in Quebec? What did you think of the city and its people?
The U.N is to be congratulated on having declared a city a worldwide treasure like Quebec. The town is small, the natives friendly, particularly if you speak French, and all new construction kept well away from the historical centre.

How did you experience the weekend and what did you think about attending the event?
Considering the lack of experience of the volunteers who devoted time and trouble to organizing the event, you can only be impressed by the results and hope they will be happy and satisfied. I don't think that any of us old Bondians are particularly keen on attending events but the charity element of this one really tipped the balance.

What do you think Harry Saltzman would have thought about the event and its purpose?
I think Harry S. would have been very proud of his daughter who was the main instigator of the event.

Will there be another opportunity to meet you again at any event in a near future?
As you know, I am a Norwegian fan because of my visits during the war, and just after, so that's one place you might get me to leave my sunny mountain lair.

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

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

For more about Guy Hamilton's film career, check out his IMDB profile.

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24-26 FEBRUARY 2006
VUE SUR BOND 007 WEEKEND IN QUEBEC CITY

Hilary Saltzman (Harry Saltzman's daughter) is the driving force behind this major James Bond event in Quebec, Canada, with Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Dame Shirley Bassey, Guy Hamilton, Richard Kiel and Nic Raine as honorary guests.
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From Sweden with Love founder Anders Frejdh attended most of the events during the weekend. >Read his report
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: (November 9, 2005)

JAMES BOND 007 ON A SPECIAL MISSION TO QUÉBEC CITY IN FEBRUARY 2006
On February 24, 25 and 26, 2006, Québec City will be spellbound by Vue sur Bond 007, an unprecedented event that will feature Sir Roger Moore and a host of celebrities and artists who were involved in the filmography of the famous British secret agent.

The project was designed and produced to spotlight the contribution of Harry Saltzman, one of the most important producers of this series who also happens to have Québec roots. The project also aims to raise funds for the 7th edition of the 3 Americas Film Festival and UNICEF through cultural and sports activities. The guest celebrities will take part in these activities.

In addition to Sir Roger Moore, Québec City will welcome director Guy Hamilton (Goldfinger (1964) 1964, Diamonds Are Forever 1971, Live and Let Die 1973, The Man with the Golden Gun 1974, actress and Swedish Bond girl Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun) and actor Richard Kiel aka Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me 1977 and Moonraker (1979) 1979).

Honouring the event with her presence is Dame Shirley Bassey, the internationally renowned singer of the theme songs in Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker. She will perform in Vue sur Bond 007, Le Spectacle, an exceptional concert that will showcase the legendary music from the James Bond films. Under the artistic direction of Steve Barakatt and assisted by Pierre Gagnon, the event will take place on February 25 at 8pm at Grand Théâtre de Québec. It will also feature conductor, composer and arranger Nic Raine – a long-time collaborator of John Barry, notably on two Bond films (A View to a Kill 1985 and The Living Daylights 1987) – who will conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Québec for this occasion.

A tribute to such artists as Harry Saltzman, the screening of film clips and speeches from guest celebrities are also on the program for this memorable evening. Regular tickets (60 and 90 CAD + taxes and service charges) will go on sale on November 10 through Réseau Billetech. It is worth noting that the tickets for the first 8 rows – that also give access to a meet-and-greet charity cocktail party with the celebrities before the show – will cost 435 CAD plus taxes and must be purchased through the office of the 3 Americas Film Festival by calling (418) 647-1234 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm).

Also on February 25, from 10am to 1pm, Mont Sainte-Anne will host a ski competition in the style of James Bond chase scenes. Hundreds of people will be able to attend. More information on this activity, including how to purchase tickets, will be provided at a later date.

In addition, movie-goers can make their way to the IMAX theatre at Galeries de la Capitale on February 24, 25 and 26 to watch the first ten James Bond movies with live commentaries from the guest celebrities. These screenings, presented by Loto-Québec, will be free of charge and offered through a promotion that will be in effect in February 2006. Complete details will be revealed at a later date.

A few private donors will have the privilege of sharing an intimate meal with the celebrities, notably at Château Frontenac through a 2000 CAD per person charity dinner on Friday, February 24 (25 people in total) and at Café du Monde on Sunday, February 26 where brunch is offered at the price of 100 CAD (100 people in total). Those who are interested in these activities can already make a reservation by calling (418) 647-1234 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm).

Restaurants Resto-Club Largo and Panache de l’Auberge Saint-Antoine will also offer their customers the opportunity to dine with the celebrities through their own logistics and reservations.

Vue sur Bond 007 is a unique event organized by the 3 Americas Film Festival, in partnership with UNICEF, Fairmont le Château Frontenac, Resto-Club Largo, Loto-Québec, Mont Sainte-Anne and Le Panache - Auberge Saint-Antoine and the Café du Monde – Groupe Restos Plaisirs.

Photo above:
The official event poster for Vue sur Bond 007 in Quebec, Canada.

More information about Vue sur Bond 007, check out the official website.

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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
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