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18 JULY 2017
TOMMY'S HONOUR DIRECTED BY JASON CONNERY ON DVD

The inspirational and powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf, Young & Old Tom Morris.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official UK trailer:


DVD details:
Actors: Peter Mullan, Jack Lowden, Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill
Directors: Jason Connery
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: LIONSGATE
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2017
Run Time: 110 minutes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 JULY 2017
TOMMY'S HONOUR DIRECTED BY JASON CONNERY AT UK CINEMAS

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

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

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

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

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

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

Official UK trailer:


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

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

UK SCREENINGS FROM 7 JULY

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

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

Ireland:
>IMC Dun Laoghaire
>Vue Dublin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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28 MAY 2018
110 YEARS SINCE JAMES BOND CREATOR IAN FLEMING WAS BORN

28th May 2018 marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming, the creator and man behind the literary James Bond, still a hugely popular character around the globe.

Books about Ian Fleming that FSWL considers essential reading for James Bond scholars include Andrew Lycett's brilliant biography Ian Fleming: The Man behind James Bond, John Griswold's Ian Fleming's James Bond: Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming's Bond Stories, and Jon Gilbert's Ian Fleming: The Bibliography.

About James Bond creator Ian Fleming


Ian Lancaster Fleming was born at 27 Green Street in London on 28th May 1908, the second of four brothers. He was educated at Eton College and then abroad in Germany and Austria.

After an early career at Reuters news agency, he became a stockbroker. During World War 2 he worked throughout as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in the Admiralty in London, privy to many secrets. It was his experience in this job that was to provide many of the characters and incidents that he was to write about later in the Bond books.

Following the war he became foreign manager, in charge of foreign correspondents, for Kemsley newspapers, owners of the Sunday Times and other papers. But his creative imagination remained under wraps until 1952, When, at the age of 43, he settled down in his house in Jamaica, and produced – in not much more than two months - Casino Royale - first published in 1953 and the first adventure of James Bond. He published a further thirteen James Bond titles and lived to witness their enourmous success, and having seen his character played by Sean Connery in the first two films, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).

Ian Fleming with James Bond film producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli
Ian Fleming with James Bond film producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli. Photo from Pictorial Parade. All rights reserved.

He married Anne Rothermere in 1952 and in August that year his only son, Caspar, was born. While convalescing from his first heart attack in 1962, he wrote a short story about a flying car for Caspar - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - first published in 1964. Ian Fleming died, aged 56, on 12th August 1964 at Sandwich in Kent.

Films about Ian Fleming
Ian Fleming has been portrayed twice on film, first in Goldeneye (1989) starring Charles Dance and the year after in Spymaker starring Jason Connery (Sean Connery's son) as Fleming.

Ian Fleming James Bond bibliography
>Casino Royale (1953)
>Live and Let Die (1954)
>Moonraker (1955)
>Diamonds are Forever (1956)
>From Russia With Love (1957)
>Dr. No (1958)
>Goldfinger (1959)
>For Your Eyes Only (1960), a collection of short stories
>Thunderball (1961)
>The Spy Who Loved Me (1962)
>On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963)
>You Only Live Twice (1964)
>The Man with the Golden Gun (1965)
>Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966)

Ian Fleming with his James Bond short story collection For Your Eyes Only
Ian Fleming with his James Bond short story collection For Your Eyes Only. Photo from Evening Standard. All rights reserved.

Ian Fleming's non-Bond books
>The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
>Ian Fleming introduces Jamaica (1963)
>Thrilling Cities (1963), a travel book

Editor's note:
Ian Fleming Publications celebrated Ian's centenary during 2008 and Sebastian Faulks first original James Bond novel Devil May Care (2008) was published by Penguin Books.

Photo above:
Ian Fleming in his study at GoldenEye, his summer house in Jamaica. Photo from Hulton Archive. All rights reserved.

More information about Ian Fleming and his works on Ian Fleming Publications website.

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JULY 2013
SPYMAKER (1990) STARRING JASON CONNERY ON DVD

The 1990 film The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (also known as Spymaker) is finally (previously only available on VHS) released on DVD as a Made To Order DVD and manufactured from the best-quality video master currently available.
>Order Spymaker from Movie Zyng


Torrid love affairs. Elegant and erotic women. Spine-tingling espionage. Exotic locales. Diabolical villains. The man who created James Bond, Ian Fleming (played by Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery), actually lived the most exciting spy thriller of all.

His adventures span the world - from Russia (with love and betrayal) to a top-secret Nazi fortress, where he defeats the enemy on His Majesty's secret service.

Born into an aristocratic English family, Fleming had the sexual exploits and talent for danger and intrigue that made him destined for a life of a hero and spy. He single-handedly outwits Soviet intelligence, foils an S.S. monster at a glamorous casino, steals the secrets of the German high command and storms an enemy stronghold against impossible odds. Evil adversaries are no match for his strength and cunning. The fastest cars. The most desirable women. The most hazardous missions. A sizzling, action-packed adventure of the life of the man who created James Bond: Fleming. Ian Fleming.


Film/DVD details:
Genre: Adventure
Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
Cast: Jason Connery, Kristin Scott Thomas, Joss Ackland, Patricia Hodge, David Warner, Colin Welland, Fiona Fullerton, Richard Johnson
Theatrical Release Date: March 5, 1990
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 full frame (Original aspect ratio - 1.37:1)
Audio Format: Dolby Digital
Box Type: Amaray Case
Price: 20.99 USD

Editor's note:
Spymaker was first broadcast on Swedish television by TV4 on March 3, 1995 with the title En spions historia.

Fiona Fullerton, who portrays Ian Fleming's mother (Lady Caroline) in the film, portrayed 'Bond Girl' Pola Ivanova in the 1985 Bond film A View to a Kill.

Photo above:
DVD cover of Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming. © 2013 Warner Archive. All rights reserved.

Order Spymaker: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming on DVD from Movie Zyng.

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