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6-10 SEPTEMBER 2017

The organisers of the 6th edition of Cineways Filmfestival in Braunschweig, Germany has announced they will be celebrating the James Bond franchise this year with two honourary guests, long-time FSWL supporters John Glen and Beatrice Libert. John will also be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special event during the festival.

Director John Glen, who recently published an updated version of his brilliant autobiography titled For My Eyes Only (first published in 2001), directed all five of Eon Productions James Bond films in the 1980s. A special message from John below:

The other Bond guest to attend, French actress Béatrice Libert (visit her official website) who appeared alongside the late Sir Roger Moore (read our obituary) in Moonraker (1979), will share her memories of working with the great Sir Roger.

Beatrice Libert Cineways Filmfestival
On September 8th, our friends at James Bond Club Deutschland will host a Bond Evening where the Cineways Award will be presented to John Glen.

James Bond Abend Cineways Filmfestival 2017
Three of the Bond films that John Glen worked on will be screened during the festival - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby, Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore and Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton. Plus, two other films that John worked on, The Wild Geese (1978) and Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992).

In addition to the above, a James Bond lecture will be hosted by author and FSWL reader Danny Morgenstern.

For updates and the latest news on Cineways Filmfestival, visit the official website.




It was 40 years ago on 1 June 1977 that a small band of brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers with dreams of steam opened the Nene Valley Railway (NVR). The railway became linked to the world of James Bond when it was used as a film location for the thrilling train scenes in Octopussy (1983) and the Tank vs Train scenes in GoldenEye (1995).

So, on 1 June 2017, many of the founding members and volunteers that helped build and run the railway were given a day to celebrate at NVR before they open to the public at the weekend with a fantastic programme of events for their 40th anniversary.

Nene Valley Railway 40th anniversary 1977-2017
I write for the railways members magazine ‘Nene Steam’ and when the new General Manager, Sarah Piggott found out I was a big James Bond fan she asked if I knew anyone from Octopussy and GoldenEye who might like to come back for the 40th anniversary celebration.

Yesterday NVR welcomed back director John Glen, production designer Peter Lamont along with two of the Octopussy circus girls, Carole Ashby and Alison Worth, who were present during the filming of the train scenes. Everyone had great memories of the time the station was transformed into Karl-Marx-Stadt, East Germany for Octopussy and Peter again for GoldenEye.

Carole Ashby and Alison Worth at Nene Valley Railway
Alison also recalled a Diet Coke Bond spoof commercial which aired in 1988. The commercial featured steam trains adorned with ninjas and none other than Pierce Brosnan.

Out of over 200 films, TV shows and advertisements that have had scenes filmed at NVR since 1977, it's still the two Bond films that people talk about the most. Both paved the way for so many other film contracts and have brought in vital revenue that's helped keep the NVR to remain viable.

It was thrilling to have them all come back, especially as they could meet so many of the volunteers who helped on the films in various capacities behind the scenes.

For example Don Crick who in 1982, during the filming, had been stuck up in the signal box at Wansford/Karl Marx Stadt. He worked as a signalman for the NVR at the time and it meant he never got to meet any of the Bond girls. In 2017 he's now the NVR station master at Wansford station and is on the platform most weekends. It absolutely made his day when Carole said to him "C'mon Don. let me have my photo taken with you, I do love a man in uniform!'

Carole Ashby, Alison Worth with Don Crick at Nene Valley Railway
NVR chairman Keith Parkinson gave a short speech to the 250 guests and asked everyone to observe a minute’s silence for the victims of the Manchester terror attack which occurred on 22 May 2017. The silence was also for, in his words, ’The Nene Valley Railway’s great friend Sir Roger Moore’ who passed away the following day.

Afterwards everyone boarded a specially chartered train on the railway line for a picnic hamper buffet lunch. Along for the ride was Mr and Mrs John and Janine Glen, Peter Lamont and his daughter, Madelaine. Opposite them sat Carole and Alison who both insisted I sit with them - how could I refuse?!

On the journey, I could point out some of the spots that both John and Peter remembered from filming. Many of the volunteers came up through the carriages to talk to them including the rail guard, David Jackson, who was also the original rail guard on the inaugural train on 1 June 1977. David volunteered as rail guard during the Octopussy train scenes and was on board Octopussy's (played by Maud Adams) circus train during some of the filming although, alas, not seen on screen.

As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, Ferry Meadows Station was officially renamed as Overton. Passenger disembarked and there was a short ceremony with a plaque unveiled by the Queen’s representative ‘Deputy Lieutenant’. I did try and get them to rename it ‘Gutenfurst’ as it had been called during Octopussy! However, ‘Overton’ was the original station name when it first opened in 1854 before it was renamed and later closed in 1942.

After the official renaming, Sarah and I made a short presentation to John and Peter by giving them a framed montage of Octopussy posters which all the volunteers who’d worked on the film signed. Due to the passage of time, there are many who are no longer with us, but I was able to get many of their family to sign on their behalf with a brief description of what their loved one did to assist. From painting the circus wagons pink to installing point work in the tunnel, to being on the footplate driving or firing the trains.

Peter Lamont, Sarah Piggott, John Glen and Marc Hernandez at Nene Valley Railway
John and Peter seemed incredibly touched by this gesture, and Peter said a few words thanking everyone who’d helped and made them all feel so welcome, both during the filming and today.

In the Overton/Ferry Meadows station building, we'd put up a display of many of the behind the scenes photographs from Octopussy and GoldenEye from the NVR archives. I was amazed later that evening when someone sent me a photograph of John holding up one of the display boards I’d put together myself and pose for a photograph with a huge smile on his face.

The filming display will be up for at least the rest of the summer and if yesterday is anything to go by will attract a lot more interest and visitors to the railway over the coming months.

Once we boarded the train and returned to Wansford, I managed to find John ‘JP’ Pentlow on board. John had been the NVR general manager in 1982, and the person who had agreed the film contract with Eon Productions. Despite the contract being extremely lucrative, it also meant a lot of hard work for both John together with his team of staff and volunteers. John was on-site every day during filming and for much of the pre-production at the NVR. JP's told me many times that the filming of Octopussy was his proudest achievement whilst at the NVR and I really wanted him to be part of today.

JP’s retired now, but last week when I rang him to check he was still coming to event, he told me he had just come out of hospital and wasn’t sure if he’d be able to. Without spoiling the surprise, I told him we had something special planned and to trust me, it would be something he wouldn’t want to miss.

On the journey back yesterday, he sat and reminisced with Peter and John and it was as if time had stood still for them all. Before the train stopped Carole said to me ‘Take a photo of this!’ and she planted a big kiss onto his cheek much to JP’s surprise. ‘Now, that I hadn’t planned!’ I told him.

John JP Pentlow with Carole Ashby at Nene Valley Railway
As everyone said their goodbyes at the platform, I mentioned to John Glen about the From Sweden with Love website and he said to me, ’Oh, everyone knows Anders!’

Hopefully, FSWL’s readers now know a little bit more about the Nene Valley Railway. We are grateful to have been featured in two James Bond films, and to be remembered by some of the warmest and nicest members of the James Bond family.

Written by Marc Hernandez. Copyright © 2017 From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.



23 MAY 2017

FSWL and the rest of the world deeply mourns the death of Sir Roger Moore (1927-2017) aged 89 after a short but brave battle with cancer which his children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian reported in an official announcement.

Roger Moore official family announcement
Friends and colleagues remembers the wonderful human being with fellow James Bond actors Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig leading the tributes:

Sean Connery: "I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing. We had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter, I will miss him."

Roger Moore and Sean Connery
George Lazenby: "I liked Roger, he was a genuine fellow, a really good guy."

Roger Moore with George Lazenby and Timothy Dalton
Timothy Dalton: "I knew Roger as a kind and generous man. He was a wonderfully engaging and successful actor. My thoughts are with his family."

Pierce Brosnan: "Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond.. .you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP"

Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan with Roger Moore in London 1996
Daniel Craig: "Nobody Does It Better – love Daniel"

Roger Moore with Daniel Craig in London
James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli: "We are heartbroken at the news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing. On the screen, he reinvented the role of James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma and humour. In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world. He was a loyal and beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched. We shall miss him enormously. Our love and thoughts are with Deborah, Geoffrey, Christian his grandchildren and his wife Kristina.”

Roger Moore with Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
Director John Glen: "Devastating Tuesday! Roger will be sadly missed. His humour was unique and we will miss his raised eyebrows greatly. He was the consummate professional, never considered himself a serious actor but was extremely professional and loved worldwide for his debonair charm. Filming with Roger was always a pleasure. I would allow an extra half an hour a day for his pranks on set which was money well spent as it kept the crew relaxed during the six months of filming. He was very instrumental to my career and I shall be eternally grateful. My thoughts go to his wife, Kristina, and family."

John Glen with Roger Moore on the set of For Your Eyes Only in Greece
Steven Saltzman (son of legendary Bond producer Harry Saltzman): "I knew him all my life, my sister and I grew up with his children Geoffrey, Deborah, and Christian".
We knew he had been sick for a while. But he was so elegant throughout this battle. He never let his humour slip. Only up to very recently he sent me jokes via email - his sense of humour was extraordinary.
He had such a beautiful character, and was always impeccably dressed, even in Monaco!
The man had three strings to his bow: his family, charity work and his craft.
We can't believe it - We are just crest-fallen. There is a huge outpouring of grief here. We are all weeping. We just miss him.
I loved this man."

Steven Saltzman and Roger Moore in Monaco
SFX maestro John Richardson: "RIP Sir Roger Moore very sad to see him leave us. He was a lovely man and will be long remembered. God Bless you Roger!"

Martin Grace (1942–2010), Sir Roger Moore's number one stunt double from 1975 to 1985, said in an interview with FSWL in 2009: "One of the few most genuine actors I have worked with. He was always a gentleman, courteous and charming to his colleagues, humorous when situations got tense and a true professional in his work. He brought suaveness to the role of James Bond and made his mark as 007."

Stuntman and stunt coordinator Paul Weston: "We have lost a true English ambassador. Sir Roger was a warm friendly gentleman, who's humour, humility and humanity had no bounds. His lifelong work for UNICEF and other charities, have been appreciated by children all over the world. I will miss his friendship that I have enjoyed since the first day I walked onto "The Saint" set in 1964 and in the 57 intervening years he never changed his funny warm friendship.
He knew the first names of all the film crews and would involve them in the many gags that he would set up to make film making fun. From all of us, God bless you Roger, rest in your well deserved peace."

Stuntman and stunt coordinator Rocky Taylor: "When I received the news of Roger's passing I was numb. I've had the pleasure of working with so many stars over the years, but Roger was special. I was with him the day he got the Bond role. I was at Pinewood with his stuntman Les Crawford when around the corner we see Roger. He called us over and said 'Boys you are looking at the new James Bond'! Well we went nuts. He very quickly told us to keep the noise down and bundles us into a dressing room. There we drank champagne and toasted his future success.
On Octopussy I was his main double in India and we had great fun out there. He was always very good to the stunt boys. I'd pulled my back one day and quick as you like he said 'Right that's it you're going to relax in my trailer', I told him that I'd be fine but he insisted and sure enough I went and convalesced in style with a glass of champagne, for medicinal purposes to hand while he went off and filmed.
I also remember his kindness after I'd had my accident in 1985 on Death Wish 3. Not long after I'd been admitted to hospital a call came through from Roger wishing me all the best for a speedy recovery. He also sent me so much fruit I could have started my own market stall.
He will always hold a very special place in my heart, and as many millions of fans around the world mourn his passing, we must be thankful that we have his incredible body of work to remember him by.
Thank you for all the good times Roger - I will always miss you."

Rocky Taylor with Roger Moore on The Man with the Golden Gun
Stuntman Terry Cade: "RIP Sir Roger. Work on four Bonds with you it was a great pleasure to have had the privilege, you're fun and a gentleman."

Stuntman and Stunt coordinator Vic Armstrong: "Very sad. Roger was one of my heroes when I first came into the business and and he epitomised everything that I thought the business should be. When I did get to work with him on a one to one basis in Greece he confirmed what a superstar and superman he was, always so complimentary to others and self demeaning about himself, he also had the greatest sense of humour and wit which to me is what gets you through the trials and tribulations of the film business. Roger will be truly missed and as they say when he went 'they broke the mould', it is the end of a legend."

Paul McCartney (theme song for Live and Let Die): "Further sad news today that Sir Roger Moore has passed away. Roger was a great man and of course a great James Bond who I was lucky to work with during the time of 'Live and Let Die'. He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him."

Several of the Bond women from Sir Roger's films have also paid their respect for the actor and, above all, beloved man:

Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die): "I am devastated to learn of Roger Moore’s passing. The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process. He taught me about work ethic and humility. He was so funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him and in that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be. Through his lifelong work with UNICEF he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back. He was my Bond."

Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun): "My Bond is gone, am filled with great sadness. Roger was the epitome of Bond, witty, sophisticated, elegant, funny. Rip"

Britt Ekland with Roger Moore for UNICEF Canada
Maud Adams (The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy): "Roger was loved by all and have left us in great sadness. I am forever grateful for the fate that brought us together."

Joie Vejjajiva (The Man with the Golden Gun): "Meeting Roger Moore and working with him was a memory I'll never forget. He was such a lovely person. He never behaved as if he was above any of us, he behaved like one of us. He would joke around, sing songs with all of us after filming. I took my guitar to the film set and Roger would play it."

Joie Vejjajiva with Roger Moore on The Man with the Golden Gun
Barbara Bach (The Spy Who Loved Me): “It was a pleasure working with Roger, he was a kind and good man. A true gentleman. Peace, love and condolences to his wife and family.”

Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me): "I feel devastated about the passing of Roger Moore too Sad to take it in! He was a beautiful person with amazing wit and humour I loved him dearly and will miss him so much! A true gent in every sense of the word! RIP Roger"

Valerie Leon (The Spy Who Loved Me): "Roger Moore was an exceptional human being. I had the good fortune to work with him four times: On television in The Saint and The Persuaders and then in The Wild Geese apart from the Bond film.
The Persuaders [the Long Goodbye episode made in 1971] is the most memorable. He was not only the star but also the director. He gave me a totally unscripted kiss which so took me by surprise that I ended up with a huge grin on my face. but the editors kept it in! His daughter Deborah Moore also appeared with us. She was a little girl and I can still see see her walking along hitting some railings with a stick.
TSWLM was filmed in Sardinia. A select few of us were invited one night to dinner at the Aga Khan’s. When we arrived, we were told the staff were off for the night so Cubby Broccoli and Roger took their place and served us all… It was such fun.
Roger was my favourite Bond: a real charmer and a gentleman. He was the loveliest man and I am deeply saddened that he has now left us."

Valerie Leon and Roger Moore on The Spy Who Loved Me
Corinne Clery (Moonraker): "We have lost a great actor but above all a gentleman."

Anne Lönnberg (Moonraker): "Roger Moore was a great actor with wonderful humour and he fit the role of James Bond perfectly. He was also great to work with - serious, professional and very sweet to us unknown girls. I remember the day Roger had to be submerged in water all day long fighting with that giant python. At the end of the day he was wet, exhausted and fed-up. After the last shot, he said, 'Now, at last, I can go back to my hotel and take a hot bath!' When an assistant whispered in his ear, 'You may have forgotten, Mr. Moore, you have a press conference in ten minutes'. Roger answered, dripping wet, with a polite smile, 'Give me ten minutes.' RIP"

Béatrice Libert (Moonraker): "I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Roger Moore and want to offer my sincere condolences to his family. My only regret is that I have not seen him since 1979..."

Irka Bochenko (Moonraker): "Dear Roger, I am so sad. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Roger's Family. An exceptional man with a remarkable kindness and generosity. WE LOVE YOU FOR EVER AND EVER!"

Anne Lonnberg and Irka Bochenko with Roger Moore
Lynn-Holly Johnson (For Your Eyes Only): "Dear Roger... you've left us behind and deeply saddened, taking with you your ultimate charisma and serene blue eyes. My sister and I will never forget your joyful smile and zest for life . You were magnetic! Rest In Peace my dear James , my one and only James Bond. Love to you beyond."

Mary Stavin (Octopussy) and A View to a Kill): "I'm shocked. He was one of the nicest people I got to know. Warm, humorous and an English gentleman throughout his fingertips.
There are actually no words that can describe him. It was a pleasure to work with him as everyone loved him. Even though he was the star he could ask if he could pick up coffee or help with anything else.
He could call just to ask how I was, or congratulate on a birthday. Only a warm and thoughtful person do things like that."

Mary Stavin and Roger Moore in A View to a Kill
Kristina Wayborn (Octopussy): "I have cried a lot today. My father passed last year and he also became 89 years old. Hearing about Roger Moore's death is another reminder that we will all walk that way.
Roger Moore was one of the friendliest people I have ever met, and for years he has always been in my heart. I feel very fortunate to have met this nice man and his great sense of humor."

Kristina Wayborn and Roger Moore in Octopussy
Carole Ashby (Octopussy and A View to a Kill): "So very sad. I will always remember Roger as a charismatic, and funny man and will always have the memories of an amazing, glamorous and exciting time. Its the end of a golden era. I was lucky to be part of it."

Safira Afzal (Octopussy): "So sorry for Roger's loss. A true gentleman and gentle soul. What a miserable day with what else has been going on in Manchester."

Tanya Roberts (A View to a Kill): "So sorry to hear about Roger passing away today. We had a lot of fun working on A View to a Kill together. He always had a joke to tell, and was a pleasure to work with. He was a terrific guy! RIP my 007"

Tanya Roberts, Roger Moore and Grace Jones at Chantilly in Paris
Grace Jones (A View to a Kill): "Roger will stay in my memory forever as a great gentleman and great father. He will be missed. And will always remain one of my best experiences in my filming career. During the shoot we were like a big family, spending all our time over a year together.
I first met him at a lunch at Pinewood Studios [in London] with his wife just before filming of the Bond film started. I was told that his wife [Luisa Mattioli] always wanted to meet the actresses that he was going to have a love scene with. Then Dolph Lundgren, my lover at the time, walked in, and Luisa said, ‘I don’t have to worry about her.’ And Roger said, ‘He is as big as Denmark.’ And we all laughed."

Swedish action hero Dolph Lundgren (invited to Roger's 80th birthday dinner in Hollywood 2007): "Roger Moore was a fabulous man. I first met him during the filming of A View to a Kill when I dated Grace Jones. Smoking a cigar during lunch at Pinewood Studios he used to look over at my table and note 'Dolph is larger than Denmark'.
I have always been an admirer of his hard work of charity, his elegant style, classical humor and positive attitude to life. He will be missed by so many."

Other members of the Bond family remembers Sir Roger Moore:

Sound editor Colin Miller : "So sad. Roger will be greatly missed. He bought great joy to many people, first as a man, and second as an actor."

Visual effects supervisor Alan Church: "Very saddened... Sir Roger was MY Bond. First seeing The Persuaders every Sunday afternoon on ITV then Bond at the cinema. My brother and two school-friends have been reminiscing of the days we went to nearly all the Odeons in London following around LALD, TMWTGG, TSWLM and my first premiere - Moonraker at the Odeon Leicester Square.
Sir Roger was my escape.. was my very reason I wanted to be part of Cubby's Bond family, and my dream came true in 1983.
And, as Lulu sang... 'Goodnight Goodnight sleep well my dear no need to fear JAMES BOND WAS HERE'. RIP xxx"

James Linton (stand-in for Sir Roger during his last three Bond films): "He will be well missed in the industry. A very caring and generous person when I worked with him, he always had time for people. With a film crew we never stopped having a good laugh as he would always tell a good joke when arriving on set."

Actor David Hedison (Live and Let Die): "Roger had this ability to lighten up any set and the actors and crews loved him. We've been friends for over 50 years now and he was still the very kind, generous man I met in 1963. Rest in Peace dear Friend."

Actor John Moreno (For Your Eyes Only): "l only knew Roger for three weeks during the filming in Cortina. It was very much a professional relationship but a true gentleman and a very generous actor to work with. No star attitude...Not at all… He made me feel we were simple fellow actors working together as equals... But between ‘takes’ we used to laugh... and how we laughed... He had a wonderful sense of humour! Amazingly he seemed to know everyone's name… the entire crew?
I fondly remember one ‘take’, which was the two of us in a two shoot… John Glen, the director, said ‘Okay, next we'll do a close-up on Roger’... And Roger turned to him and said ‘No, no, do a close up on John [meaning me] instead’ and we did. l can't think of another star that would do that, or ever think of doing it. Such a generous man who will be greatly missed."

Actor Kabir Bedi (Octopussy): "I was just 36 when I met Roger Moore on the set. He then had an Italian wife, Luisa Mattioli. I was well known in Italy as a major European star, so his wife told him how big I was. So, he knew me as a very successful actor and greeted me very warmly when we met. We had a lot of respect for each other.
He was a very reserved gentleman on one level. It took time for him to open up but he was a lovely person to be around and I admired Roger. He was a university by himself.
He brightened up the dialogue at times, he was very helpful as an actor, not like some actors who can you make you uncomfortable. He was a very warm human being, very humanitarian. I grieve for the whole family. RIP"

Kabir Bedi, Maud Adams, Cubby Broccoli, Roger Moore, Lois Maxwell and Desmond Llewelyn in India
Tennis player and actor Vijay Amritraj‏ (Octopussy): "Wonderful memories of my dear friend Roger Moore. One of the nicest people I have ever met. And it was a real honor to work with him in my debut film. Amazing class, panache, humor and stature. From The Saint to Bond to UNICEF [I was UN Messenger of Peace during his time as Goodwill Ambassador].
My deepest condolences to Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. I will miss the wonderful and charismatic Roger. RIP"

Vijay Amritraj Roger Moore with Desmond Llewelyn in Octopussy
Actor Robert Dix (Live and Let Die): "The passing of Sir Roger came so unexpectedly it shocked the 007 World and all of us that are and always will be friends through memories and our personal friendship with Roger. The body of work he left for us as an Actor and as a humanitarian through UNICEF speaks for itself through children all over the world that benefited from Roger's love and concern. The Dix Family has prayed for the advancement and progress of his soul through all the worlds of God. He will be missed by millions."

Yaphet F. Kotto (Live and Let Die): "My head and heart was reeling from the tragic events in Manchester, England, and then I was further shocked by the passing of my friend and co-star of Live and Let Die, Sir Roger Moore. I will miss Roger for many many reasons. To me this is a great loss, may his family find peace and may God receive his soul. Good bye Roger, my prayers are with you always Buddy!"

Yaphet Kotto with Roger Moore on Live and Let Die
FSWL founder Anders Frejdh: "No words can describe how sad we are over the news of Sir Roger's passing. He was truly one of a kind. Having had the genuine pleasure of meeting him several times over the years in Canada, England & Sweden and seen what a lovely human being he was in real life it's difficult to accept he's no longer with us. So many fond memories of him as he was such a great story teller. And will never forget when I and 20 other lucky people were going to take the group photo above with him during a UNICEF Canada dinner in Quebec 2006 for which he prepared everyone by saying "Just repeat after me... witty, titty, cheeeeesse". Our heartfelt condolences to his family. And thank you, sir. For everything."

Anders Frejdh and Roger Moore
>Anders Frejdh remembers Roger Moore (Sveriges Radio)
>Sir Roger Moore mourned in Sweden (Radio Sweden)
>Actor Roger Moore has died (Kulturnytt i P4)
>Bond expert: Moore was a gentleman (Metro)
>Bond expert: Moore was a gentleman (SvD)

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27 AUGUST 2016

Starburst Film Festival Tickets 26th - 29 August 2016 MMU Manchester, UK.

Saturday 27th August 10am - 4pm
Caroline Munro - Hammer Films, Bond, The Last Horror Film and more
What would the first ever STARBURST International Film Festival be without at least one Bond Girl, right? Well fear not, for we have the lovely Caroline Munro here to help with our weekend celebrations.

Despite an uncredited appearance in 1967’s Casino Royale, it would be with 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me that Caroline would get to really make an impression alongside 007. But before that, however, many horror hounds had already taken the model and actress to their hearts for her work at Hammer with Dracula A.D. 1972 and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, not to mention her eye-catching turn in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.

Turning down a role in Richard Donner’s Superman to appear with Roger Moore’s James Bond, Caroline would then go on to work on the likes of cult favourite Maniac, the hugely-coveted The Last Horror Film, and a host of other genre offerings such as Starcrash, Slaughter High, Faceless, and El aullido del diablo alongside the legendary Paul Naschy.

In fact, so prolific was Caroline at this point, there was regular speculation during the 1980s of having her take the female lead in a never-materialised Doctor Who movie.

Still as stunning today as she’s ever been, and far more than merely another notch of 007’s ever-expanding bedpost, Caroline Munro is here to bring some glamour (no offence to our other wonderful guests) to our festival and we couldn’t be happier to have her along for the ride.

John Glen - Renown British Director and Film-maker
It is no exaggeration to say that John Glen is one of the most important and influential figures in British film history. John has worked on a whopping eight James Bond movies, including helming five 007 outings; a figure that is still a record to this day.

Following editing and second unit work for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, during the 1980s Glen was the man tasked with directing fan-favourite Bond outings For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and Licence to Kill, which saw him oversee Roger Moore in three outings before Timothy Dalton took over the famed mantle of Bond, James Bond for the following two movies.

If you saw an ‘80s Bond adventure, simply put, John Glen was the man behind it. In terms of legends of the UK film scene, there are very few who can stand toe-to-toe with this Sunbury-born icon.

As well as his legendary, revered work with Britain’s most beloved spy, Glen also worked on the likes of The Italian Job, Murphy’s War, Superman, and even Gerry Anderson’s Space Precinct throughout his career, before finally bringing down the curtain on a glorious career with 2001’s Christopher Lambert-starring The Point Men.

Now happily retired from the film industry, it really is a treat for us to bring such a vital figure of British cinema history to the inaugural STARBUST International Film Festival, and the appearance of John Glen should prove to be one of the highlights of what promises to be a highlight-filled bank holiday weekend.

Martine Beswick - Actress & Bond Girl
Scream queen Martine Beswick is best-known for her roles in Hammer classics such One Million Years BC (alongside Raquel Welsh) in 1966 and Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde in 1971 but she launched her career several years earlier when she made her mark as one of the earliest ‘Bond girls’- and the only one to appear twice in different roles!

She auditioned for the role of Honey Ryder in Dr No but although she lost out to Ursula Andress she went on to appear as the feisty gypsy girl Zora in From Russia With Love and later as Paula Caplan in Thunderball, the fourth title in the Bond series.

In the 1970s Martine moved to the United States where her career flourished with appearances in TV series such as The Fall Guy, The Six Million Dollar Man, Hart to Hart and Falcon Crest and cult features films such as Critters 4, Wide Sargasso Sea and, memorably, The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood where she played notorious celebrity call girl/memoirist Xaviera Hollander.

An interesting piece on Cannon Films, who Martine was an actress for in Electric Boogaloo. Cannon made movies such as Lifeforce and Master’s of the Universe.

Peter Lamont - Production Designer and Film-maker
We’re delighted to be joined by Peter as he looks back over his career in this in-depth career retrospective of a true legend of cinema.

To look at the career of Peter Lamont is to look at a veritable checklist of iconic genre efforts spanning six decades. Another guest who is so often synonymous with the James Bond franchise, Lamont’s work as a production designer, art director, and set designer is the stuff of dreams.

From some early work on Goldfinger, the Londoner went on to be a part of Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and Casino Royale. Impressive, no? And that’s just his Bond work!

As well as helping flesh out so much of what we’ve seen in a 007 outing over the years, Peter Lamont famously nabbed a richly-deserved Oscar in 1997 for his fantastic work on James Cameron’s Titanic. This came on the back of three previous Academy Award nominations for 1971’s Fiddler on the Roof, 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and 1986’s iconic Aliens. Then there’s his involvement with hugely popular movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, True Lies and Wing Commander.

Peter is somebody who has brought so much to the world of cinema over the decades, not least in how he helped to shape the style, look and tone of so many Bond movies dating as far back as the 1960s. So join us as we celebrate this true master of his craft as he joins us for the STARBURST International Film Festival.

Starburst Magazine visits the 'Die Another Day' set
Starburst is visiting the Pinewood set of Die Another Day, where designer Peter Lamont has constructed a vast, cavernous ice palace. It’s Bond’s own take on the famous Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, a building carved out of frozen water, where even much of the furniture is made out of ice. In the film the hotel is the refuge of Colonel Moon (Will Yun Lee), a North Korean army officer and son of the peaceful ruler who plans to reunite his country with South Korea in a takeover of Japan and an ultimate attack on the United States.

We’re promised an extravagant tale that takes a firm step into more Science Fiction territory. There’s Colonel Moon, disfigured after his experiments with face-reshaping technology went awry. There’s an outlandish weapon of mass destruction, firing onto the planet from Space. And there’s the weapon’s control unit, an advanced body suit that is worn like armour.

“It started off as a big glove,” offers Tamahori on the hi-tech suit, “and I said, ‘A big glove isn’t that exciting’, and they said, ‘Why don’t we add a hundred thousand volts, give it defensive capabilities, taser light-killing abilities, track ball control – so he could wear it as a fighting combat unit as well’.

“We’ve got some virtual reality this time, and we are jumping into stuff that’s quasi-Sci-Fi. We’ve looked at some of our dailies and gone, ‘Wow this is straight out of Science Fiction’.”

Saturday 27th August from 5pm
Virginia Hey - Zhann & Warrior Woman
Virgina Hey will be hosting a Q&A session about her life and work, looking at cult shows such as Farscape, appearing in The Living Daylights.

Introducing the screening of Mad Max 2 with a series of previously unseen pictures taken during the making of classic cult film.

She will be signing autographs and we hope running a very ticket limited meditation sesison during the Starburst Film Festival. Get in early on those tickets!

Award nominated Australian actress Virginia Hey has achieved prominence and success not only nationally throughout her native Australia, but also around the world and is a true Fan favourite.

Virginia Hey, devotee of health and wellbeing, is best known worldwide for her roles on TV and film, however all throughout her adult life Virginia has also pursued her passion for studying natural therapies, Reiki, nutrition and Homoeopathy, as well as perfume and soap design and inner and outer beauty. She also loves outer beauty and style and was a fashion editor/stylist for 2 magazines in Australia.

Virginia's acting career began following a successful modeling career, where she was spotted by casting directors and placed in her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in the film classic Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, in which she portrayed Warrior Woman.

Since then, she has also appeared with numerous international stars, including George C. Scott in Mussolini, Heath Ledger in Roar, James Bond 007 Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights, and Christopher Atkins in Signal One. Viriginia also played the multi-award-nominated blue priestess "Zhaan" in Farscape (1999) (1999-2004).



20 APRIL 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 (
"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.




For My Eyes Only - Directing the James Bond Films, the updated memoirs (first published 2001) of Director John Glen, a long-time member of the 'Bond family', to be published by Signum Books. The foreword is written by Roger Moore. The updated edition can be pre-ordered from Amazon UK and Signing schedule:

>Pinewood Studios in England (20th September)
>Hard Rock Café in Paris (29 October courtsey of Club James Bond France)
>The Cinema Museum in London (30 October)
>Forbidden Planet in London (31 October)

(If you can't make it to any of the above signings, contact us if you want to order a signed copy.)

"Compulsive reading... You can't call yourself a Bond fan unless you own this." – Total Film

John Glen's association with the James Bond films began in 1969, when he worked on the classic On Her Majesty's Secret Service. He returned to edit and second unit direct The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979), before assuming directorial control of the series throughout the 1980s. Glen directed five consecutive Bond movies - For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989), a record that has never been matched.

John Glen's James Bond movies include some of the most acclaimed entries in the entire series. Glen has directed George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton, and in 1986 supervised Pierce Brosnan's initial screen test. Glen remains best known, however, for the memorable stunts that became a trademark of his films. In this candid and detailed memoir, Glen takes the reader inside the world of action filmmaking, revealing the secrets behind some of the most popular movies ever made. The book is illustrated with many rare behind the scenes stills.

Book details:
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Signum Books
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0957648189
ISBN-13: 978-0957648180

Photo above:
Book cover for For My Eyes Only - Directing the James Bond Films by John Glen. © 2015 Signum Books. All rights reserved.

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1 AUGUST 2015

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.
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).
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:



4 JUNE 2015

The Space (Southern Performance and Creative Energies), a unique regular Brighton based entertainment and arts event with exclusive special guest interviews, welcomes legendary James Bond films director and editor John Glen and acclaimed singer/songwriter Badly Drawn Boy on Thursday 4th June at 8pm.

The event, sponsored by Brighton Film School, is hosted by Lisa Holloway and the doors open at 7.15pm.

About John Glen:
Best known for his directing and editing work on eight James Bond films, from the 1960s to the 1980s. He has directed more Bond films than anyone else, which are For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). During the 60s and the 70s, he worked as a second unit director on films such as The Italian Job (1969), Superman: The Movie (1978) and The Wild Geese (1978). John also was the editor and 2nd unit director for three other Bond films - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979). This legendary James Bond figure is certainly an established member of the so-called family associated with the hugely successful film franchise.

Editor's note:
John is currently working on an updated and revised version of his autobiography (For My Eyes Only) for publication in the fall to coincide with the release of the 24th James Bond film, SPECTRE.

For more James Bond events presented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
John Glen with actress Kristina Wayborn and SFX maestro John Richardson during a conversation before our special screening of Octopussy at the Film House in Stockholm in 2014. Photo by Cawa Media. © From Sweden with Love.

Book a ticket for the event with John Glen on the official website:



15 MAY 2015

A celebration of editor, 2nd unit director and James Bond film director John Glen on his birthday. John holds the record for directing the most James Bond films, with a total of 5; this is every Bond film in the 1980’s.

With this page, From Sweden with Love would like to celebrate John Glen and officially thank him for accepting our invitation to come to our James Bond festival in Stockholm on 19-21 September 2014.

"Happy birthday John, your contribution to the James Bond film series and legacy of 007 are forever!"

Friends and colleagues from the James Bond films on John Glen:

"John would keep all the very worst takes, including me scratching my crotch or blinking whenever I fired a gun. All in good fun, and incredibly bad taste, and most definitely for our eyes only."
Sir Roger Moore

"Very hard working director, a pleasure to work for." – Albert Moses, Saddrudin in Octopussy

"John was totally professional and easy-going. Inconceivable that he would have been badly tempered!" – Andreas Wisniewski, Necros in The Living Daylights

"John was always great fun to work with and because of his background as an Editor he knew exactly what he wanted, what he needed and how it would all work together. So refreshing to work like that, especially in today’s world." – John Richardson, SFX, miniatures, model and visual effects supervisor on nine James Bond films

"One of the nicest men I've ever met. He is a well-grounded Taurian and completely unflappable in all circumstances. Still today I'm immensely grateful that he chose me to play Magda in Octopussy." – Kristina Wayborn

"A very cozy man, just like Desmond Llewelyn [Q in 17 James Bond films]. Sympathetic, calm and a very kind gentleman. Never heard him say a bad word about anyone." – Mary Stavin, one of the circus girls in Octopussy and Kimberley Jones in A View to a Kill

"John is a very amiable man, who always had a smile on his face. Lovely to see him at the 30th anniversary reunion of Octopussy in 2013." – Safira Afzal, one of the circus girls in Octopussy

"Gentle. Kind. Genius." – Virginia Hey, Rubavich in The Living Daylights

About John Glen:
John Glen was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, England, UK.

He is a giant in the Bond world with credits from no less than eight movies in the series. He was editor / 2nd Unit Director for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979).

John was offered the chance to direct For Your Eyes Only (1981) and continued to direct every other James Bond film in the 80's; Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

John also worked with Roger Moore on several occasions outside the James Bond series. With Roger in a starring role, he was second unit director on Gold (1974), Shout at the Devil (1976) and The Wild Geese (1978). In 1980 he directed Roger in The Sea Wolves. Among other film credits from John Glen's amazing career are director of Christopher Columbus: The Discovery (1992) and The Point Men (2001)

In 2001, John Glen came out with his autobiography For My Eyes Only: My Life with James Bond which we strongly recommend every Bond scholar to read.

In September 2007, we interviewed John exclusively for FSWL and Roger Moore's official website, read our interview with John Glen.

In 2012, for the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film (Dr. No), John has attended various special events including a director's panel in Las Vegas and a film festival in Oman.

John is currently working on an updated and revised version of his autobiography for publication in the fall to coincide with the release of the 24th James Bond film, SPECTRE.

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

Photo above:
John Glen with Paul Johnston, British Ambassador in Sweden, at our James Bond gala in Stockholm on 20th September 2014. Photo by Cawa Media. © From Sweden with Love.

For more information about John Glen's film career, check out his profile on IMDB:



19 JANUARY 2015

FSWL are saddened to report the passing of Bond alumni June Randall who worked as Continuity and Script Supervisor on no less than five James Bond films from 1977 to 1995. Our thoughts and prayers go to her family.

"Very sad. June was a legend in her own right. Great sense of humour and a real trouper. She would pound her typewriter in the tropics with her feet immersed in a bowl of water to keep cool and sometimes ice packs under her hat. She will be greatly missed."
John Glen (Director of four films that June did continuity on)

June Randall obituary:
June Randall (born 1927) died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 87 in a nursing home in England on 19th January 2015. Randall had a long and impressive resume and Bond fans will always remember her for the contribution to the 007 film series – The Spy Who Loved Me (Continuity), A View to a Kill (Continuity), The Living Daylights (Continuity), Licence to Kill (Continuity) and GoldenEye (1995) (Script supervisor).

In 1976/1977, during the filming of The Spy Who Loved Me, June Randall was interviewed at Pinewood Studios for the televised documentary series The Making of James Bond - 007 made for BBC Open University.

In total, Ms. Randall worked as continuity/script supervisor on over 10 television series and over 90 movies from 1947 to 2001 including Stanley Kubrick's films Clockwork Orange (1971), Barry Lyndon (1975) and The Shining (1980) with Barry Nelson, the first Bond. And since she also worked on Outland (1981) and First Knight (1995), both starring Sean Connery, you could say she worked with five of the James Bond actors over the years.

Other notable films she worked on include the 1980 cult classic Flash Gordon (co-starring Bond alumni Max von Sydow, Topol & Timothy Dalton), Richard Attenborough's Ghandi (1982) and David Fincher's Alien 3 (1992). Her last film was Back to the Secret Garden in 2001.

In 2007, June Randall received a Lifetime Achievement award for her body of work as a Script Supervisor in films. June was nominated for the award unanimously by the Script Supervisor's section of the Guild of British Camera Technicians. The award was presented to June by Roger Moore who flew in especially for the ceremony. Apart from two Bond films, Randall worked with Sir Roger on The Saint (1963-1967) and The Wild Geese (1978).

Photo above:
June Randall on the set of GoldenEye in Monte Carlo 1995. Photo by Joël Villy. Copyright © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

For more information about June Randall's career, check out her IMDB profile:



From Sweden with Love: A James Bond festival in Stockholm

Official report with exclusive photos from the first James Bond weekend in Scandinavia - From Sweden with Love - a three-day event celebrating the website's 10th Anniversary.

Abba museum Stockholm
On September 19, 20 & 21, 2014 - James Bond fans in Sweden and from around the world - Brazil, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Holland, Norway, Northern Ireland and Wales - gathered in Stockholm to celebrate the world's most famous secret agent. (A couple of French fans were supposed to attend as well but a sudden strike at Air France sadly prevented them from coming.)

International actors, directors, Bond girls, stuntmen and Academy Award winners graciously accepted our invitation of coming Stockholm to hang out with the fans at the National Film House and Solidaritet Arena (part of the brand new Tele2 Arena). The occasion marked the first time that Scandinavia was visited by this many (13 in total) Bond celebrities for the same event.

James Bond festival Stockholm
James Bond festival Stockholm press conference
A master class with Per Hallberg kicked off the celebrations at the Film House and was followed by a press conference for the media at Berns which officially opened the event. The weekend continued with (oh oh) seven screenings - On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Man with the Golden Gun (for which Maud Adams & Britt Ekland kindly sent a written introduction as they weren't able to attend) , Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (introduced by director John Glen) and Licence to Kill - masterly overlooked by Jerry Axelsson at the Film House in the new digital cinema format 4K, Q&A sessions (conducted by yours truly, film reviewer Ronny Svensson and Morten Steingrimsen) with cast and crew in attendance, autograph signings and an exclusive gala. The man behind the event, yours truly, spent six months working full time to plan everything and did not earn a single cent. The main reason for organising this weekend was to give something back to everyone who have supported, helped and contributed to the site over the years.

James Bond festival Stockholm Film House
For the gala, all guests were welcomed on the red carpet by press photographers and an Aston Martin Rapide S. The memorable gala evening continued with a champagne (Bollinger, but of course) reception with a speech by the British Ambassador to Sweden (Paul Johnston) speaking about Roger Moore, a three course dinner, performances by the brilliant singers in Eclipse and the talented girls in Ms Trez. The latter group performed their version of the theme song to Licence to Kill which was followed by standing ovations from the crowd. John Glen (director of LTK) thought that Ms Trez version was better than the original version by Gladys Knight!

(Originally, opera-trained singer Robert Davi was scheduled to sing some of the songs from "The Great American Songbook" popularised by Frank Sinatra. Unfortunately, and most sadly, the plane with his musicians got cancelled and in a mutual decision with Robert, we had to make a last minute decision to cancel his performance.)

James Bond festival Stockholm
The gala was hosted by professional communicator/journalist/TV presenter/moderator/producer/actress Sabinije von Gaffke and actor Viktor Åkerlom, a job they handled with perfection including short Q&A's with each and one of the Bond celebrities. Stunt maestro Paul Weston also demonstrated a fight scene with Victor as volunteering sidekick, much to the delight of the audience. Sound maestro Per Hallberg, triple Oscar® winner (one for Skyfall), revealed in his speech that he will also work on SPECTRE (2015), a surprise that was warmly received.

James Bond festival Stockholm
A special video message from Lynn-Holly Johnson (Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only followed, much to the delight of John Moreno as she took on his role as Luigi Ferrara in the clip. An official UNICEF video celebrating Sir Roger Moore's 20 years as Goodwill Ambassador was also screened during the night.

Yours truly concluded the gala program by thanking all guests for their support and asked at the same time for a minute's silence for the very popular Richard Kiel (1939-2014) who sadly passed away the week before.

During the evening, a silent auction was also held for a Sean Connery photo (from the set of Diamonds Are Forever) signed by photographer Terry O'Neill who recently photographed Bond girl Izabella Scorupco (Iza was also invited to the weekend but unable to attend). The framed portrait was sold for 7,000 SEK with the amount donated to UNICEF Sweden.

James Bond festival Stockholm
A total of 200 people attended the gala including Swedish celebrities such as Christian Lundqvist (drummer in The Poodles), Christos Neo, author/journalist Daniel Nyhlén, Håkan Hemlin (artist under the name Nordman), tv profile and personal trainer Mårten Nylén, casting director Sofia Eng (screen tested for the role as Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough) and tv host Sofia Rågenklint.

The gala festivities at Solidaritet Arena lasted well into the night with everyone enjoying themselves.

James Bond festival Stockholm
Feedback from the honorary James Bond guests:
"Thank you Anders for a wonderful, wonderful weekend. I loved every minute of it. You did an incredible job and I will never forget these incredible days, bonding (no pun intended) with Kristina and Carole and Mary, seeing John Richardson and John Glen again, seeing Moonraker again... Brought back memories indeed. I send you many warm hugs and again, thank you."
Anne Lönnberg (Moonraker)

"I really enjoyed myself at the weekend. So good to get together with yourself and the Bond family! I was so well looked after and with great company at the Gala Dinner. I think you took on a huge task with great passion and I'm sure there were lessons learnt but you should do it again (when you have the energy)." – Carole Ashby (Octopussy, AVTAK)

"Thanks for a very pleasant stay in Stockholm ... I am sure those that came had a great time and the word will spread. Good luck for the future. Best wishes from Janine and myself." – John Glen (director of five Bonds and 2nd unit director on three)

"I just wanted to say a proper thank you for inviting me over and for your hospitality. I had a great time meeting everyone and thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. I know that you worked very hard for this and congratulations it all went very well, so well that I think you should make it an annual event. The feedback has all been positive." – John Richardson (Nine Bond films)

"I had such a wonderful time in Stockholm, a truly superb city and exquisite food (the breakfast at Berns I have never enjoyed more anywhere). I thought the Gala evening was a great success (I was absolutely speechless with Lynn-Holly's video message, what a kind person she is!) and the time just flew by. In fact, the whole 5 days went so quickly and I can hardly believe we were there at all. Thank you once again for bringing me to Sweden, I had the most memorable and quite unforgettable time." – John Moreno (FYEO)

"Thank you dearr Anders for a fantastic weekend! To see everyone again and the films in such magnificent quality was very special. It was truly an uplifting experience. I'm very proud of you." – Kristina Wayborn (Octopussy)

"Thank you for a wonderful weekend! It was a great pleasure for me to be able to spend time with some of those with whom I had worked in Licence to Kill, and to also meet other 'Bond family' members. The Gala evening itself was great! Good food and entertainment - a truly magical evening! It was evident that everything had been extremely well planned, down to the last detail." – Lars Lundgren (Licence to Kill)

"Anders ! What an incredible event you organized in Stockholm !! Thank you for your kindness and generosity, it will forever be treasured !! You are a class act, a lovely man, a true gentleman !! Thank you soooooo much !!!"
Mary Stavin (Octopussy, A View to a Kill)

"Thank you again for the wonderful 4 days we had in Stockholm at FSWL 2014. It was a delightful experience to meet so many dedicated and passionate fans of the "Bond" phenomenon. Your kindness in making each one of us feel welcome in your beautiful city was must gratifying. Your organization of the event was superb and to be able to see the films in the new 4K was a stroke of genius and made this a very special occasion. I thank you and your team for a very unique and happy memory, please invite me next year." – Paul Weston (10 Bond films)

"Thank you for a lovely weekend, felt like it was very well received by many, myself included. I understand that there was much work for you to keep track of everything but hope it was worth it in retrospect and that you want to do a similar thing again." – Per Hallberg (Skyfall, SPECTRE)

"Anders, I must say I had a terrific time in Sweden. From the exquisite hospitality at the Berns Hotel to all the screenings and the Gala. Your event enabled me to see John Glen who I hadn’t seen in years as well as John Richardson who set me aflame in LTK, and Paul Weston who actually took the burn. And of course Stockholm where I have not been before. Such a lovely country and people. Hugs to Sabinije who did a terrific job hosting the Gala and to Ms Trez who did a terrific rendition of the LTK theme song. The public rarely sees the behind the scenes when it comes to putting together such a daunting task, all the work and support needed to pull off a successful event. A big Thank You to Orlando John and his staff for looking after me and a hug to all who attended as your guests. From an Idea to a Reality, you made your dream come true. Congratulations on what I hope will be many more for you - TO SWEDEN WITH LOVE." – Robert Davi (Licence to Kill)

"Thank you for your warm hospitality shown to us on the weekend and for making our trip to Sweden so memorable! The weekend was a marvellous mixture of movies, interviews, and interaction between fans and 'Bond' guests. The Charity Gala was especially enjoyable for the music and listening to the anecdotes of the various guests. By the end of the weekend we had made many new friends - both guests and visiting fans. It was a great pleasure to enjoy such a fantastic film experience, and share that enjoyment with other 'Bond' enthusiasts. The memory of this special event will last for a very long time, and will rank as one of the best we have attended." – Sylvana Henriques (You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service)

"This was the greatest event ever for me! Thank you again for inviting me."
Terence Mountain (OHMSS, Diamonds Are Forever)

First and foremost, a very special thanks to the honorary guests: Anne Lönnberg, Carole Ashby, John Glen, John Moreno, John Richardson, Kristina Wayborn, Lars Lundgren, Mary Stavin, Paul Johnston, Paul Weston, Per Hallberg, Robert Davi, Sylvana Henriques and Terence Mountain.

A personal thanks also to those who helped out with practical things over the weekend and in particular: Alexandra Öfwerman, Erik Olsson, Fatima Churgi, Jerry Axelsson, Krister Collin, Maria Andersson, Morten Steingrimsen, Niclas Elvingsson, Niclas Kroon, Nils-Olof Lundqvist, Paul Deblond, Peter Johansson, Pontus Forslund, Robert Bijlhout, Ronny Svensson, Sabinije von Gaffke, Steffen Winkler, Vesna Acimovic and Viktor Åkerblom.

And a big thank you to all sponsors and partners that enabled the weekend: Affärstryckeriet i Norrtälje, Arvid Nordquist (Bollinger), Atlantic Film, Berns Hotel, British Airways, British-Swedish Chamber of Commerce, British Embassy Stockholm, Callisma (Aston Martin), Cawa Media, Cbiz (Scalextric), EA Förlag, Eclipse, Eon Productions, Filmhusets Bar & Bistro, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Ms Trez, Nordic Light Hotel, Norwegian, Orlando John, Park Circus, Polhem PR, Rem-art, The Photo Gallery (Terry O'Neill), Radio Sweden, SAS, Sascha Braun Photography, Scandinavian Cosmetics (007 Fragrance), Selstam, SF Home Entertainment, Solidaritet Arena, SR (National Swedish Radio), SVT (National Swedish Television), Swedish Film Institute, Ticnet and Visit Stockholm.

Official photos from the weekend:
>Sascha Braun Photography
>Cawa Media (Peter Johansson)
All photos. Copyright © 2014 From Sweden with Love

Foreign media coverage of the weekend:
21-9-2015: >James Bond Brasil (report from Brazil)
1-6-2015: Club James Bond France (club magazine)
16-10-2014: >Bond Lifestyle (report from Holland)
16-10-2014: > (report from Norge)
4-10-2014: >Behind the Stunts (Northern Ireland)
23-9-2014: >007 Travelers (report from Finland)
20-9-2014: >Radio Sweden (report in English)
19-9-2014: >News from Europe and Latin America
13-9-2014: >Episodi (Finland)
5-9-2014: >The James Bond Dossier (England)
26-8-2014: >James Bond Brasil (Brazil)
22-8-2014: >Cinema (Norway)
20-8-2014: >James Bond International Fan Club
13-8-2014: >Sir Billi (Scotland)
13-8-2014: >007 Travelers (Finland)
13-8-2014: >James Bond Nederland (Holland)
11-8-2014: >Author Mark O'Connell (England)
10-8-2014: >Bond Lifestyle (Holland)
9-8-2014: >Cinema Retro (USA)
7-8-2014: >The James Bond Dossier (England)
7-8-2014: > (Norway)
7-8-2014: >Commander 007 (France)
6-8-2014: >The Book Bond (USA)
6-8-2014: >James Bond-magasinet (Norway)

Coverage in Swedish media:
23-10-2014: Svensk Damtidning (Stavin interview)
20-10-2014: >Pontus Forslund (report)
12-10-2014: Svensk Damtidning (Wayborn interview)
10-10-2014: >Capische (report)
3-10-2014: >Moviezine (John Glen interview)
1-10-2014: >Popmani (Per Hallberg interview)
22-9-2014: > (report)
21-9-2014: > (gala report)
21-9-2014: > (gala report)
20-9-2014: > (Wayborn interview)
20-9-20:14 >Moviezine (Robert Davi interview)
20-9-2014: >Deckarhuset
20-9-2014: >Om filmer (report)
19-9-2014: >SVT (video report)
19-9-2014: >Sveriges Radio P3 (Hallberg interview)
19-9-2014: >Om filmer
18-9-2014: >SVT ABC (video report)
18-9-2014: >Radio Stockholm
18-9-2014: >Mitt i Stockholm
17-9-2014: >P4 Radio Skaraborg
17-9-2014: >
16-9-2014: >Svenska Filminstitutet
15-9-2014: >
13-9-2014: >
8-9-2014: >Moviezine
23-8-2014: >Capische
14-8-2014: >
13-8-2014: >James Bond news
8-8-2014: >Moviezine
8-8-2014: >Filmparadiset

From Sweden with Love will return.

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



19 AUGUST 2014

FSWL are saddened to report the passing of Tom Pevsner, aged 87. Tom was a long-time member of the 'James Bond family'. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

"Tom Pevsner was my nuts and bolts man on all my Bond films. His experience and support were invaluable to my success. He was very honest and straightforward, a wise man who took care of all the details required behind the scenes always taking a back seat and encouraging others."
- John Glen, director for five of the six Bonds Tom Pevsner worked on

Veteran filmmaker, Tom Pevsner, died on 19, August 2014, aged 87. Born in Dresden, Germany in 1926, Pevsner had a long career in the UK film industry working on over 40 features.

He started out as an assistant director on films like The Cruel Sea and The Ladykillers. Pevsner also worked on Darryl F. Zanuck’s 1962 WWII epic, The Longest Day – which featured Sean Connery in a small role. (Pevsner worked as Production Supervisor on another Connery title, 1975’s The Wind and the Lion.)

Like the late Iris Rose, Pevsner began his Bond career on For Your Eyes Only, serving as Associate Producer. He worked on the next five Bonds, ending with 1995’s GoldenEye on which he was Executive Producer. His death was another tragic loss for Eon and the Bond fan community.

Tom Pevsner's James Bond films:
1981: For Your Eyes Only (Associate producer)
1983: Octopussy (1983) (Associate producer)
1985: A View To A Kill (Associate producer)
1987: The Living Daylights (Associate producer)
1989: Licence To Kill (Associate producer)
1995: GoldenEye (1995) (Executive producer)

Photo above:
Tom Pevsner interviewed for Inside 'Octopussy' in 1999. © MGM/UA Home Entertainment. All rights reserved.

For more information about Tom Pevsner's career, check out his IMDB profile:



13 JUNE 2014

On this day in Bond history, 25 years ago, the film Licence to Kill premiered at cinemas. (LTK was first released in the UK on 13th June 1989, in Sweden on 7th July, and in USA on 14th July.)

"Drugs baron Franz Sánchez has Bond's DEA agent friend Felix Leiter widowed on his wedding night and fed to a shark. Bond, ordered to leave the matter for the Americans to sort out, resigns his licence to kill and sets out on his own to settle the score personally against Sánchez. Posing as a gun-for-hire, Bond is employed by Sánchez, whereupon he sets about destroying the villain's drugs empire."

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 19 Jul 1988: John Glen directed the scene where Bond discovers Felix Leiter (David Hedison) maimed by a shark
• 21 Jul 1988: John Glen directed the scene where Bond mistakenly attacks Q
• 27 Jul 1988: Shooting began on Bond and Pam Bouvier’s bar fight against Sanchez’s men
• 4 Aug 1988: Desmond Llewelyn (Q) shot his part helping 007 sneak aboard the Wavecrest
• 19 Aug 1988: Shooting took place on the scenes of Bond & Leiter pursuing Franz Sanchez in a helicopter
• 23 Aug 1988: John Glen shot Bond’s first scene in the film, riding with Felix Leiter to Leiter’s wedding
• 26 Aug 1988: Robert Brown & Caroline Bliss had their final day on the Bond series, as M & Moneypenny
• 9 Sep 1988: John Glen directed the scene where Sanchez explodes Krest in the decompression chamber
• 12 Sep 1988: John Glen shot the scene in which Leiter is attacked by a shark
• 21 Sep 1988: Shooting began on casino scenes in Isthmus City Casino, Mexico
• 10 Oct 1988: Wayne Newton shot his cameo as Joe Butcher
• 19 Oct 1988: John Glen shot the scene in which Sanchez reveals his master plan
• 10 Nov 1988: John Glen shot the scene in which Franz Sanchez interrogates a chained up Bond
• 19 Nov 1988: Shooting was completed, marking Timothy Dalton’s final day as James Bond

Legendary Bond director John Glen remembers working on the film:

"For financial reasons it was decided to film the entire movie in Mexico. Little did we realise what a lawless and corrupt country it was at that time. Mexico City was recovering from a major earthquake, buildings were leaning crazily against each other. Our first explosion at Churubusco Studios caused the roof panels to fall like leaves in autumn. I had spent several months devising the truck sequence, the major action scene in the film. We obtained 10 second hand Kenwood tanker trucks at a cost of almost £1,000,000. We were fortunate that the Kenwood plant was situated in Mexicali, within half an hour of our location on the mountain at Rumarosa. Remy Julienne, who I had first met on “The Italian Job” and had performed car stunts on all my films, had modifications made to certain vehicles that included beefed up engine power, weights added to the prime mover to allow it to do sit ups, wheelies and a dual controlled vehicle to allow Carey Lowell to appear to drive the truck.

For the 10-wheel wheelie for Bond to avoid the missile Remy sent for a specialist French stunt driver. Apparently the specialist met a girl on the plane and disappeared for several days. John Richardson quickly improvised a stabiliser for a standby truck but fortunately Remy’s man turned up at the last moment and achieved the wheelie in one take.

Story boarding played a huge part in the planning and execution of this scene which was mainly a second unit operation. I spent a week working with the second unit and the principal actors. Tim Dalton and Robert Davi showed incredible courage performing on those unforgiving trucks. Of the ten trucks only three remained at the end of shooting. One of Remy’s drivers was sleeping in one of the trucks parked on the mountain. He awoke to find the truck was moving and it crashed down the mountain. The sleeping compartment saved him. That was one of many mysteries that happened on that mountain. The locals insisted it was haunted after there had been a horrific accident involved five nuns and their dog being killed when they went over the edge. Paul Weston bravely performed the villain on fire although sadly the British censor cut most of it."

A selection of filming locations for "Licence to Kill": (Source: On the Tracks of 007)
• LEITER’S MARRIAGE - St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Key West, FL, USA
• LEITER’S HOUSE / WEDDING PARTY - 707 South Street, Key West, FL, USA
• KILLIFER HELPS SANCHEZ ESCAPE - (Old) 7 Mile Bridge, Marathon, FL, USA
• ALL UNDERWATER SCENES - Isla de Mujeres, near Cancun, Mexico
• MI6 HEADOFFICE EXTERIOR - The War Office, Whitehall, London, England
• WAREHOUSE FIGHT / SHARK BITE - The Conch Republic Seafood Company 631 Greene Street, Key West, FL, USA
• MEETING D.E.A. AGENT HAWKINS - Mallory Square, Key West, FL, USA
• A ‘FAREWELL TO ARMS’: BOND AND M - Hemingway House, 907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL, USA
• MEETING SHARKEY - Charterboat Row, Palm Avenue, Key West, FL, USA
• KRESTWAVE MARINA SCENES - Garrison Bight Marina, Key West, FL, USA
• PAM AND BOND AT THE BARRELHEAD BAR - Harbour Lights Raw Bar, Key West, FL, USA
• SANCHEZ’ MANSION - Villa Arabesque, Acapulco, Mexico
• BANCO DE ISTHMUS - Main Post Office builing, Mexico City, Mexico
• BOND’s HOTEL ‘El Presidente’ INTERIOR - Gran Hotel Cuidad de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
• BOND’s HOTEL ‘El Presidente’ EXTERIOR - Bibliotheca de la Banco de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
• SANCHEZ’ OFFICE BUILDING EXTERIOR - El Teatro de la Cuidad, Mexico City, Mexico
• ISTHMUS CASINO - Casino Espagnol, Mexico City, Mexico
• MEDITATION CENTRE / DRUG LAB - Centro Ceremonial Otomi, Temoaya, Mexico
• TANKER-TRUCK CHASE - Rumurosa Road, near Mexicali, Mexico

STUDIO USED FOR INTERIORS, CLOSE-UP SHOTS ETC - Churubusco Studios, Atletas 2, Country Club, Coyoacán, 04220, Mexico

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Aerospatiale HH-64A Dauphin
• Cessna 172P Sky hawk
• Cessna 185 Sky wagon Seaplane
• Cigarette 1 Cafe Racer
• Electric golf car
• Harbour Pilot's boat
• Kenworth W900B truck
• Lincoln Mark VII LSC
• Maserati Biturbo
• Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub
• Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II
• Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
• Wavechrest

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet, and written articles about some of the cast and crew on LTK, below is a list with some of them:

>Albert R. Broccoli (Producer)
>Alec Mills (Director of Photography)
>Arthur Wooster
>Barbara Broccoli (Associate producer)
>Caroline Bliss
>Chris Corbould (Special effects supervisor: second unit)
>David Hedison
>Desmond Llewelyn
>John Glen (Director)
>John Grover
>Keith Hamshere
>Lars Lundgren (Stuntman)
>Michael G. Wilson (Screenwriter, Executive producer)
>Monty Norman (Composer of 'The James Bond theme')
>Nick Wilkinson (Assistant to Paul Weston)
>Paul Weston (Stunt coordinator, stunt double for Robert Davi)
>Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
>Peter Lamont
>Priscilla Barnes
>Remy Julienne (Stunt car arranger)
>Richard Maibaum (Screenwriter)
>Robert Brown
>Robert Davi
>Rocky Taylor (Stuntman)
>Talisa Soto
>Timothy Dalton
>Vernon Messenger (Sound editor)

Official theatrical trailer for Licence to Kill:

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
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 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
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




Photo above:
The original Swedish film poster for Licence to Kill (1989) from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film Licence to Kill on MGM's official website:



29 JUNE 2013

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.
FSWL was fortunate to be invited to the VIP opening of Bond World 007 in June 2013.
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:



30 MARCH 2012

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:



10 JANUARY 2012

In honour of the 50th Anniversary of MGM's James Bond, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is bringing its Directors' Panel series back to the 2012 International CES, January 10-13. The panel will be held at the Panasonic booth.

Listen to acclaimed James Bond film directors John Glen (five Bond films including For Your Eyes Only 1981, Octopussy (1983) 1983, A View to a Kill 1985, The Living Daylights 1987 and Licence to Kill (1989) 1989), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye (1995) 1995 and Casino Royale 2006) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough 1999), as they look back at the legacy of the iconic character and how technology has changed their approach to filmmaking.

An extract from the official news release:
"Panasonic will host Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment's second annual Directors' Panel. This year's panel discussion will kick off the 50th anniversary of MGM's James Bond on Tuesday, January 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Panasonic's booth (LVCC, Central Hall, #9806). Critically acclaimed directors John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye, Casino Royale) and Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) will take a look back at the legacy of the iconic character and have a candid discussion about how technology has changed their approach to filmmaking. Additionally, former Bond girls Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace (2008)) and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) will be on hand for a special presentation that will include props from the legendary film franchise."

If you are in Las Vegas, do not miss this special presentation and be the very first to hear what is in store for 007 in 2012.

Update 11-1-2012: Video from the panel below

For the latest information, go to the official CES website:



11-12 DECEMBER 2010

Our friends at Club James Bond France will organise a James Bond film festival in Paris at the new Latina.



Brought to you by Club James Bond France and the « Nouveau Latina » Theater (20 rue du Temple, Paris, 4th district), here is the new James Bond Festival*.

6 great 007 films on the silver screen*
During these two days, the first James Bond films from all 6 Bond actors (S. Connery, G. Lazenby, R. Moore, T. Dalton, P. Brosnan et D. Craig) will be screened in 35 mm. Some them will have brand new film transfers. :

DR NO (1962), ON HER MAJESTYS SECRET SERVICE (1969), Live and Let Die (1973), The Living Daylights (1987), GoldenEye (1995) and Casino Royale (2006)!

Prestigious guests - Each movie shall be introduced by a guests star:
John Glen, five-time James Bond director from the eighties; Maryam D'Abo (Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights); Steven Saltzman (Harry Saltzman’s son); Sebastien Foucan (Molaka in Casino Royale), Richard Sammel (Gettler in Casino Royale) and four-time James Bond director Guy Hamilton.

Activision is the event’s main partner and will present its two latest videogames GOLDENEYE (new version) and BLOOD STONE (released on November).

For the occasion Club James Bond France will launch its new French language 007 website at and will preview its two latest magazines (LE BOND and the deluxe ARCHIVES 007 2010 - The Brosnan Years).

2010, a big year for Club James Bond France
No new film in 2010 - However, Club James Bond France has decided to keep busy!
• March: new formula for Le Bond magazine
• September: A VIEW TO A KILL'S 25th anniversary in Chantilly with John Glen and outdoor screening of the movie in front of the racetracks for 1200 people.

* Fee for 6 films/2 days: 50 euros. Paypal at paypal2007(a)

Club James Bond France. Godfather : Sir Roger Moore, Godmother : Maryam d’Abo, President : Luc Le Clech. Club James Bond France has members in the entire world (mostly from France, Switzerland, Belgium, USA & Canada) and has the biggest publishing activity of all -- 4 « Le Bond » issues and one deluxe 80-page « Archives 007 » a year. Its website is visited by 2.500 people daily and 200.000 people when a new film is about to be released.

More information available in French on the official event website:



A View to a Kill 25th Anniversary: From Chantilly with Love

Chantilly – its whipped cream, its horse races, its castle, its forest, its history… and James Bond. And it’s not just any Bond film, it’s A View to a Kill (1985), Roger Moore’s last James Bond film and Dolph Lundgren's first film.

A page turns, a chapter closes for a generation of Bond fans. Some of the most glamourous and romantic scenes in A View to a Kill took place in this elegant place surrounded by a huge forest and located some 30 kilometers north of Paris.

Club James Bond France’s plannings to celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary took several months. The Club had invited fans from France and abroad (Dutch, Belgium and British fans were present) to this special event on September 18th, taking advantage of the nation’s European Heritage Days.

Prestigious guests came along and shared their memories from shooting the movie. Director John Glen and his wife Janine, Car Stunt Coordinator Rémy Julienne and France Production Manager Serge Touboul presented the film in front of 1200 people.

The day started with the visit of the gas station where Tibbett (played by Patrick McNee) is murdered by May Day (played by Grace Jones) in his Rolls-Royce. The gas station has been modernized but the place is totally recognizable and fans had no trouble imagining May Day’s threatening silhouette appearing in the car wash.

The group had lunch in a nearby restaurant where all napkins bore Jamed Bond movie quotations. John Glen made his grand entrance during the apéritif. The five-time Bond director was greeted like a hero. After the meal, there was a signing session with him.

Locations from the scene where the group stopped include:

• The small drawbridge which 007 hangs on to go back to his bedroom.
• The way to Zorin’s office (the office itself was a Pinewood set)
• The magnificent gardens and bridge from the outdoor party scene
• The staircase where Bond tells Jenny Flex: “I’m an early riser myself”
• The spot of the Rolls’ arrival
• The spot where Tibbett washed the car
• The stables seen at the beginning of the sequence

Of course, some of the fans could not resist taking photos at the exact spot where the actors stood. The weather was fantastic and it made for a fabulous afternoon.

As the sun set, the group went to the nearby racetracks where the best was still to come – the outdoor screening of A VIEW TO A KILL on a 250 square metro giant screen. Behind it, the lit château and stables were a marvelous sight for the 1200 people attending the event.

John Glen, Serge Touboul and Rémy Julienne paid tribute to the city which allowed them to shoot in the best possible conditions. And the icing on the cake was the movie’s end credits rolling with spectacular fireworks above Chantilly. A great way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Roger Moore’s last Bond.

This has been Club James Bond France’s biggest event ever thanks to an excellent partnership with the city of Chantilly.

Currently the world’s most dynamic Bond fan club it is setting up a James Bond film festival in Paris on December 11 and 12.

Written by Marie-France Vienne and translated by Laurent Perriot exclusively for From Sweden With Love.



13 JULY 2010

We are very sad to announce the death of veteran British cinematographer Alan Hume.

For those of you who were lucky to meet Alan at one of Bondstars events will agree he was a kind, gentle and generous man retelling countless stories and anecdotes from his incredible career. Our thoughts are with Sheila and the rest of the Hume family, he will very much missed by us all.

Alan began his career as a clapper loader and focus puller at Alexander Korda’s Denham Studios; where he worked extensively with David Lean.

Fast progressing to camera operator, Alan worked on dozens of films including Dance Little Lady (1954) for Val Guest, Three Men in a Boat (1956) for Ken Annakin and The Green Man (1956) for Robert Day. He then began a very long and successful partnership with director Gerald Thomas and the Carry On films.

Starting on the very first – Carry On Sergeant (1958) as operator – Alan progressed to Director Of Photography and lensed the last in the series in 1992.

In 1976, John Glen invited Alan to work with him on the second unit of The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and the amazing ski-jump that graces the pre-titles sequence. This lead to Alan being invited to ‘light’ John Glen directorial debut, For Your Eyes Only (1981).

Alan ‘lit’ two more Bond films – Octopussy (1983) (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985), both with Roger Moore as 007.

He was also Director Of Photography on Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi (1983), A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Shirley Valentine (1989) and a number of films with director Kevin Connor including From Beyond the Grave (1974) and Warlords Of Atlantis (1978).

Alan worked on more than 200 films and tv series. In 2004 he published his autobiography:
A Life Through the Lens: Memoirs of a Film Cameraman.

Read more about Alan Hume's film career on IMDB:




The latest issue of Directors Guild of America Quarterly (DGA Quarterly) has an interview with all eight now living James Bond 007 directors.

Guy Hamilton (director of Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun), Lewis Gilbert (You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker), John Glen (For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill), Martin Campbell (GoldenEye and Casino Royale), Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies), Michael Apted (The World Is Not Enough) and Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace).

This is a "must read" for any lover of film and the James Bond series in particular!

Visit the official website for the Directors Guild of America:




The Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with director John Glen to talk about his career in films and in particular his work on the James Bond films which spanned 30 years.

From On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) to Licence to Kill (1989) Glen worked with three of the actors who has portrayed 007 - George Lazenby (1969), Roger Moore (Bond between 1973 and 1985) and Timothy Dalton (1987-1989).

>Click here to read the interview with John Glen

Photo above:
John Glen and Mary Stavin during the filming of Octopussy in India. © 1983 Danjaq S.A. & MGM/United Artists Pictures. All rights reserved.

For more information about John Glen's film career, check out his IMDB profile:




Editor & 2nd Unit Director for OHMSS, TSWLM, MOONRAKER. Director of FYEO, OCTOPUSSY, AVTAK, TLD, LTK

I have been fortunate to meet John Glen several times over the years. Always a pleasure as he is a lovely man and among the inner circle of people behind the successful phenomenon.

In September 2007 I was given the opportunity to interview John exclusively for From Sweden With Love & Roger Moore's official site.

>Exclusive interview with director John Glen

In 2001, John Glen published his autobiography For My Eyes Only: My Life with James Bond which we strongly encourage every Bond and film fan to read!

Other James Bond directors that FSWL has encountered:
Anthony Waye (1st assistant director on For Your Eyes Only & Octopussy (1983))
Arthur Wooster (2nd Unit director on For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights & Licence to Kill)
Guy Hamilton (director of Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die & The Man with the Golden Gun)
Irvin Kershner (director of Never Say Never Again)
Lee Tamahori (director of Die Another Day)
Lewis Gilbert (director of You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me & Moonraker)
Marc Forster (director of Quantum of Solace)
Michael Apted (director of The World Is Not Enough)
Toby Hefferman (2nd assistant director on Die Another Day, Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace)
Vic Armstrong (2nd Unit director on Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough & Die Another Day)

Photo above:
John Glen interviewed at NFT in London in May 2009 as part of a Cubby Broccoli centenary celebration. © From Sweden with Love.

Text written and published by Anders Frejdh in November 2008



15 JUNE 2006

The Founding Editor of From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with the Swedish actor Dolph Lundgren to talk about his acting career and in particular his (first) role in the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill directed by John Glen.

John Glen remembers working with Dolph:

"Dolph accompanied Grace Jones to Chantilly together with her mother and son. He asked me if there was a small part in the movie for him. He did a short test for me where he impressed me with his gun play so I cast him as a Russian heavy. On the few occasions that I have met him subsequently he credits me with launching his film career. He had the good sense not to frequent the set too much and apart from a brief visit to our location at Amberley, Sussex, we didn't see much of him. I don't remember him at the premier in Paris where Grace made a late entrance surrounded by press and rather disrupted the opening sequence.

The next time I saw Dolph was at the premier of one of his films in London. I happened to be walking through Leicester Square when he spotted me and came rushing over to say hello.

He is a very nice man and deserving of his success. He has a very imposing physique and it didn't surprise me that he went on to play the boxer in Rocky IV.

I didn't have the opportunity to work with Dolph again although I certainly would have considered it.

I think the reason that Dolph didn't do even more films is that he was late arrival and the genre was on the way out. I remember him and the rest of the crew at a party I threw at Chantilly where we all did headstands under his supervision. A lot of coins were lost and a lot of champagne was drunk ... it was a great time."

Grace Jones and Dolph Lundgren on the set of A View to a Kill in France
>Click here to read the interview with Dolph Lundgren

For more information about Dolph Lundgren's career, check out his official website.



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.



14 AUGUST 2002

Peter R. Hunt, British film editor/director who edited the first five James Bond movies (Dr No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964) (1964), Thunderball (1965) (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967)) before he was offered the job as director for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), passed away on 14th August 2002, aged 77.

The film editor and director Peter Hunt was associated with the huge success of the James Bond movies, the longest-running series in the history of the cinema. He edited the first five Bond films - generally considered the best - creating a style of sharp cutting that has been emulated by many editors and directors of action movies.

He also directed one, On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby, by many considered to be the best film in the 007 series. The inexperienced Australian model carried the can for the film's comparative box-office failure, but Hunt was praised for his pacy, and seemingly effortless, direction.

"I first met Peter in 1947 whilst a junior editor at London Films Shepperton. Peter was then an assistant editor. Unknown to me, Peter had watched my career unfold as an editor and second unit director on TV series such as Danger Man. When he needed a director to film the bob run sequence in Switzerland he contacted me and managed to convince Harry and Cubby that I was the man for the job." - John Glen (2nd Unit Director on OHMSS)

"Peter and I worked together on 11 productions. I first met him on Sink The Bismark in 1960 as I was assisting the sound editor on the film, (the legendary) Win Ryder. I so wanted to return to working with picture rather than sound and it was quite by chance that Peter's assistant was moving onto other things so we teamed up. He was never too proud to accept any ideas I offered up and after a while he allowed me to assemble scenes which he would later fine-cut. When the budget on Dr No could not afford two sound-track editors he didn't hesitate to promote me to take on the sound-effects job. It was a massive promotion, unheard-of at that time. He made a very early decision on Dr No that the film was to 'keep moving' and his contribution to those early Bonds was enormous. He could be ruthless at times and I was sad to see Editor Thelma Connell shunted off You Only Live Twice when Peter returned from directing the 2nd Unit. We parted company when he went on to direct OHMSS and I fulfilled my dream of becoming a film editor. I was shocked years later when I saw him interviewed on TV and it was obvious he had a very serious health problem. He was without doubt a very talented film-maker." - Norman Wanstall (Oscar® winning Dubbing Editor)

"A gentleman and an actor’s director who always said - Let me see you act and I’ll cut it great.”
- Terence Mountain (Raphael in OHMSS)

Peter Hunt obituary:
Born in London on March 11, 1925, Hunt learned his craft from an uncle who made government training and educational films. His first claim to fame was, in fact, appearing on a recruiting poster for the Boy Scouts Association when he was 16, and he read the lesson at Lord Baden-Powell's funeral. At 17, he joined the army, and was almost immediately shipped off to Italy, where he took part in the battle of Cassino.

After the war, he returned to work with his uncle, before becoming assistant cutter for Alexander Korda, and a fully fledged editor with Hill In Korea (1956). He worked with both Terence Young and Lewis Gilbert on a number of films prior to editing their Bond efforts.

Already with a decade of editing behind him, Hunt only reluctantly agreed to edit the first Bond film, Dr No, in 1962. "I was really not interested in doing it at all," he recalled. "But, then I thought, well, if the director is Terence [Young], and I know him well enough, and I find him rather nice, maybe it will be alright." Previously, Hunt had suggested to Harry Saltzman that, in his search for an actor to portray James Bond, the producer look at the film he had just edited, the feeble army comedy On The Fiddle (1961), in which Sean Connery played a Gypsy pedlar.

The editing style of the Bond movies was established because, "if we kept the thing moving fast enough, people won't see the plot holes," what editors call "chets", or cheated editing tricks. "On Dr No, for example, there was a great deal missing from the film when we got back from shooting in Jamaica, and I had to cut it and revoice it in such a way as to make sense."

It was from then that Hunt decided to use jump cuts and quick cutting, and very few fade-ins, fade-outs and dissolves, which "destroy the tension of the film". The fight between Connery and Robert Shaw on board the Orient Express, in From Russia with Love, took a total of 59 cuts in 115 seconds of film.

Besides editing, Hunt directed some second-unit work on the Bond films, as well as the title sequence for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968). "I had a terrible time in the cutting room on You Only Live Twice, with Donald Pleasance as Blofeld. Lewis [Gilbert] had made him into a camp, mini sort of villain. If you look at the film very carefully, Pleasance doesn't walk anywhere, because he had this mincing stride. He was so short that he looked like a little elf beside Connery. I used every bit of editing imagination I could so that he could be taken seriously as a villain."

Many purist Bond fans regret that Hunt never directed another 007 movie. His determination to be more faithful to the Ian Fleming original, even down to the death of the heroine (Diana Rigg) and the scaling down of gadgetry, puts On Her Majesty's Secret Service above many subsequent films in the series. It also happened to be the best picture he directed.

There followed two overlong adventure yarns set in Africa with Roger Moore, Gold (1974) and Shout at the Devil (1976). A couple of macho movies with Charles Bronson, Death Hunt (1981) and Assassination (1986); and the dispensable Wild Geese II (1985). But the work began to dry up, a situation that depressed the normally ebullient and energetic Hunt. In 1975, he settled in southern California with his partner Nicos Kourtis, who survived him.

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

Photo ovan:
Inscribed autograph from Peter Hunt to Anders Frejdh from FSWL's private collection.

Read more about Peter Hunt's career in films, check out his profile on IMDB:




Publication for For My Eyes Only: My Life with James Bond, John Glen's autobiography co-written with Marcus Hearn (author of Kiss, Kiss Bang! Bang!, a book about the James Bond phenomenon).

"John would keep all the very worst takes, including me scratching my crotch or blinking whenever I fired a gun. All in good fun, and incredibly bad taste, and most definitely for our eyes only." - Roger Moore

Official synopsis:
A unique autobiography from the most prolific director of James Bond movies.

During the 1980s John Glen directed all five Bond movies, including For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

Glen's Bond association goes back further as he was closely involved in the making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979).

For My Eyes Only includes candid and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes stories of the making of eight Bond movies; previously unpublished film stills and storyboard illustrations; and details of some classic stunts. It takes a look inside the world of action films, revealing the secrets behind some of the most popular movies ever made.

Book details:
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Brassey's Inc
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1574883690
ISBN-13: 978-1574883695
Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.4 x 0.8 cm

(The hardcover edition of For My Eyes Only was published by Batsford in March 2001.)

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

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30 MARCH 2001

Publication of For My Eyes Only: My Life with James Bond, John Glen's autobiography with Marcus Hearn (author of Kiss, Kiss Bang! Bang!, a book about the James Bond phenomenon).

"John would keep all the very worst takes, including me scratching my crotch or blinking whenever I fired a gun. All in good fun, and incredibly bad taste, and most definitely for our eyes only." - Roger Moore

Official synopsis:
A unique autobiography from the most prolific director of James Bond movies.

During the 1980s John Glen directed all five Bond movies, including For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989).

Glen's Bond association goes back further as he was closely involved in the making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) (1979).

For My Eyes Only includes candid and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes stories of the making of eight Bond movies; previously unpublished film stills and storyboard illustrations; and details of some classic stunts. It takes a look inside the world of action films, revealing the secrets behind some of the most popular movies ever made.

Book details:
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Batsford Ltd
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0713486716
ISBN-13: 978-0713486711
Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19 x 2.5 cm

Cover below:
Book cover for the UK edition of John Glen's autobiography. The paperback edition is different.

Order For My Eyes Only: My Life with James Bond from Amazon UK:



27 JUNE 1996

Albert R. Broccoli ("Cubby" for those who knew him), one of the producers behind the James Bond films, the most successful film series of all time, passed away at his home in Beverly Hills on 27th June, 1996. He was 87. (Cubby's birthday, 5th April, is also the birthday of his son, Tony Broccoli, and James Bond novelist Anthony Horowitz.)

Colleagues and co-workers from the James Bond films share their memories of Albert R. Broccoli with FSWL:

"In my career I have never worked with a producer that where as generous and kind and understanding as Cubby." – Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun)

"Cubby was a larger than life character and a generous employer. Everybody on the movies lived in style." – Christopher Wood (screenwriter of The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker)

"Cubby was a wonderful family man and as such the whole crew were his family. He was much loved and respected." – John Glen (2nd Unit director for three Bond films and Director of five)

"Cubby was kind, considerate, friendly to all his crew and he loved to play backgammon with Roger on set." – Keith Hamshere (stills photographer on nine Bond films)

"A very large, happy and gentle gentleman who got on so well with Roger, the crew and me too."
Lynn-Holly Johnson (Bibi Dahl in For Your Eyes Only)

"He was a proper old-time film producer who understood movie making and understood how to treat actors and crews. He was a real human being, very understanding and was prepared to get to the highest mountain if his crew was there and also to play Backgammon with Roger Moore. I believe he would have gone to the top of Mount Everest for a game with Roger, and show me a producer who is prepared to make spaghetti in the desert to keep his crew happy."
Martin Grace (stuntman/stunt coordinator on eight Bond films)

"Cubby always worked so hard to make a bigger and better Bond movie each time out."
Richard Kiel (Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker)

"Cubby was always a welcome presence in whichever Bond film was shooting." – Shane Rimmer (Hawaii radar operator in You Only Live Twice, Tom in Diamonds Are Forever and Commander Carter in The Spy Who Loved Me)

"A great gentleman, very kind and very friendly." – Albert Moses (Bartender in The Spy Who Loved Me and Sadruddin in Octopussy)

About Albert R. Broccoli:
In the late 1950's, Broccoli (pronounced like the vegetable) and his partner, Harry Saltzman, bought the screen rights to the novels of Ian Fleming, and proceeded to make Fleming's character, James Bond, Agent 007, a household name. The 17 Bond films Broccoli was associated with were reported to have earned 1 billion dollars worldwide.

James Bond, played by a succession of actors - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan - was the quintessential cold war hero, a dashing connoisseur of dry martinis (he liked them shaken, not stirred) and beautiful women, who fought a succession of monolithic enemies with all the gadgetry available to the modern industrial age.

He was the father of the modern action hero, the progenitor of characters later played by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.

Broccoli could not have been more different from his cinematic creation. Albert Romolo Broccoli was born in on April 5 1909, the son of immigrants from Calabria. He was nicknamed Cubby because he was a chubby child. The family was in the vegetable business, and Broccoli said one of his uncles brought the first broccoli seeds into the USA in the 1870's.

For a while, Broccoli, too, worked in the vegetable business. Then in 1933, he became manager of a family coffin business, but he found that the work depressed him. While visiting a cousin, who was a Hollywood agent, he met Cary Grant, who became his friend.

Broccoli realized that he wanted to get into the movie business, and obtained a job in the mail room at 20th Century Fox. He later worked on the Howard Hughes's film The Outlaw (1943). He eventually became an agent and then, with Irving Allen, began producing films in England.

In the 1950's, when he and Saltzman tried to get financing for their first James Bond movie, they were turned down everywhere, according to Lee Pfeiffer, author of "The Incredible World of 007," because the character was thought to be too sexually aggressive and too British for American audiences. Arthur Krim, then head of United Artists, agreed to give them 1 million dollar to make the first Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962.

Broccoli and Saltzman auditioned several actors for the lead. But when Broccoli's wife Dana saw a film clip of an unknown actor named Sean Connery, she is said to have cried: "Take that one! He's gorgeous!"

Dr. No made Connery a star, and he went on to appear in other Bond films including From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964) (1964), Thunderball (1965) (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

In the films, Broccoli, together with Richard Maibaum, who was a writer of many Bond movies, transformed an essentially British character into an international figure.

In 1976, Broccoli and Saltzman, who died in 1994, broke up their partnership, and Broccoli retained the rights to produce the series. He went on to make The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979) (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). The 16th James Bond film, GoldenEye (1995) (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan as 007, was produced by his daughter Barbara Broccoli and his stepson, Michael G. Wilson.

Besides the Bond films, Albert R. Broccoli's production credits included Call Me Bwana (1963) starring Bob Hope and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), the latter based on a children's story by Ian Fleming.

In addition to his daughter and stepson, he is survived by his wife, Dana Broccoli; another daughter, Tina Broccoli; a son, Tony Broccoli, and five grandchildren, all of Los Angeles.

Editor's note:
Essential reading if you want to read more on the life and career of Albert R. Broccoli is the biography he wrote with Donal Zec. The book, first published in hardback in 1998 under the title When the Snow Melts (now out of print), is available for the Kindle.

Photo above:
Producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli relaxes on one of the lavish sets of Octopussy. © 1983 Danjaq S.A. & MGM/United Artists Pictures. All rights reserved.

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