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SEPTEMBER 2017
ISSUE 39 OF CINEMA RETRO: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE SPECIAL

A preview of the 64-page issue #39 (volume 13) of Cinema Retro, THE essential guide to films of the 1960's, 1970's & 1980's from FSWL readers Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall. The new issue will be shipped to all subscribers at the beginning of September.

The THIRD and final Cinema Retro issue of 2017 celebrate the 50th anniversary of You Only Live Twice (1967) with a special 32-page 'Film in Focus' compiled by FSWL contributor Mark Cerulli.

This issue also features many rare and never-seen-before stills and behind-the-scenes photos from the production of You Only Live Twice, plus, features on props and collectibles.

Other You Only Live Twice content in this issue include:
Matthew Field and FSWL contributor Ajay Chowdhury (authors of Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films) interviews Nancy Sinatra (a rare in-print interview about her involvement with You Only Live Twice)
• Exclusive interviews with actress Karin Dor, lyricist Leslie Bricusse and singer Julie Rogers (who was originally contracted to record the title song)
Mark Cerulli catches up with Tsai Chin for her memories of the film
• Bond composer David Arnold discusses how the music to You Only Live Twice changed his life forever
• Exclusive interview with the late Ken Wallis, the creator of the Little Nellie gyrocopter, who discusses the helicopter accident (with photos) that caused cameraman John Jordan to lose his foot
• FSWL reader Raymond Benson meets 'Bond Girls' Akiko Wakabayashi and Mie Hama
Peter Lamont explains the logistics of building the massive volcano set
• Comments from Ken Adam, Lewis Gilbert, Norman Wanstall, Vic Armstrong and William B. Cartlidge makes for the ultimate tribute to one of Sean Connery's most spectacular OO7 films

Plus:
• A tribute to the late Roger Moore's tenure at Pinewood Studios (our obituary of Sir Roger)
• Conclusion of the career overview of sexy Susan George
• A look at the Mark Lester psychological thriller Night Hair Child (1972) co-starring Britt Ekland
Haley Mills forgotten thriller Deadly Strangers (1975)
• The Ten Best Films of 1958 according to Raymond Benson

And the usual round-up of CD, book and DVD reviews, makes for a great read.

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The cover for issue 39 of Cinema Retro. © 2017 Cinema Retro, Inc. All rights reserved.

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30 MAY 2017
THUNDERBALL BOND GIRL MOLLIE PETERS (1942-2017)

FSWL is very sad to report that our friend Mollie Peters, the classic British beauty who so memorably gave James Bond (Sean Connery) his spa treatment in Thunderball, has passed away at age 75. Our thoughts are with her family.

Luciana Paluzzi (Fiona Volpe in Thunderball) remembers Mollie:

"It is with immense sorrow that I am learning about Mollie’s death.
Although we did not keep in touch in the recent years, I always felt deep affection for her, right from the first moment I met her on the set of Thunderball…she was a humble, sunny, kind, beautiful soul, whose life was devastated by the loss of her son!
I am deeply, deeply sorry."

Mollie Peters and Luciana Paluzzi at the Thunderball premiere in London 1965
Martine Beswicke (Paula Caplan in Thunderball) has also sent us a note on Mollie:

"I am so sad to lose my darling friend Mollie. We met on Thunderball and became instant sisters. She was warm, kind, sweet and had a wicked sense of humour. Even when we had not seen each other for years, when we met again, the laughter would just bubble up between us. I shall miss her terribly."

Mollie Peters and Martine Beswicke at a Thunderball premiere in 1965
Thunderball’s Mollie Peters Passes Away:
Although beautiful and talented, Peters’ career was surprisingly brief – she was part of the biggest Bond film of the 1960s, the mega-smash, Thunderball, but as she told this writer in 1995 during interviews for the DVD documentary The Making of Thunderball, she had a dispute with her agent and decided to take some time away from the industry, losing whatever career momentum she had. Jobs after that were few and far between, although she did appear in 1966’s German/Austrian/Italian spy thriller, Target For Killing alongside Thunderball’s Adolfo Celi, Karin Dor (You Only Live Twice) and future Bond villain, Curt Jurgens (The Spy Who Loved Me). She also made the 1968 Jerry Lewis comedy, Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River which was set in London.

In person, Mollie Peters very was kind and generous with her time, happy to share her stories about being part of Thunderball, her first film. In 1995, she had aged gracefully and was living quietly with her husband and a son. She still had a sense of humor and an unflappable British air about her. Ms. Peters had only compliments for Terence Young, Sean Connery and others she worked with and even thirty years after Thunderball, she seemed amazed to have been part of the Bond whirlwind which accompanied that epic film. For Bond fans around the world, Mollie Peters was an indelible part of one of the best Bonds ever made and will be missed. One hopes she is having a glass of champagne with Terence Young, Roger Moore and Adolfo Celi in the Shrublands in the sky. RIP, dear "Patricia Fearing"…

Terence Young, Mollie Peters and Sean Connery on the set of Thunderball
Photos. Copyright © 1965 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Danjaq, LLC. All rights reserved.

Obituary by FSWL contributor Mark Cerulli.

Other obituaries of Mollie:
>Molly Peters Dead: ‘Thunderball’ Bond Girl Dies at 75 (Heavy.com)
>Bond girl Molly Peters dies aged 75 (Williston Herald)

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Review of Becoming Bond - a Hulu documentary on George Lazenby

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

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

WHAT A LIFE!

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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AUGUST 2016
PUTTER SMITH ON DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (2:2)

The second and final part of our exclusive interview with Putter Smith who brilliantly portrayed Mr. Kidd in the 007th James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), directed by Guy Hamilton who returned for his second 007 adventure after the hugely successful 1964 film Goldfinger (1964).
(Part I of this interview was published in December 2015.)


Born in Los Angeles, bassist Putter Smith is a musical product of the vast diversity that defines Los Angeles Metropolitan area. The jazz legend has performed with many of the greatest musicians in the business including Duke Ellington Orchestra, Ray Charles, Marlene Dietrich, Burt Bacharach, Don Cherry and Natalie Cole to name a few.

He has performed in concert halls and jazz clubs in the USA, Europe and Asia.

The piece below is written by Mark Cerulli, one of the men behind The Airport Minute Podcast.

As a long time fan of 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever I celebrated Big Sean’s return with the rest of the world, but I had always been curious about the movie’s enigma – “Mr. Kidd”, the quietly menacing hitman played by a jazz musician who seemed to come out of nowhere. His more nuanced partner, “Mr. Wint”, was played by veteran actor Bruce Glover who had put in some hard years on the NY actor circuit and had already appeared in a string of films including Frankenstein Meets the Spacemonster (1965) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). But Putter Smith? Who was he?

A few months ago, I found out when I got the chance to interview him for FSWL. In person he is shy, but genial and he and his lovely wife VR (an actress and jazz singer) share a cozy old-style apartment in a leafy LA suburb. To quickly recap, Putter made his name as an in-demand bass player in the world of jazz. Luckily for him and Bond cinema, legendary director Guy Hamilton was a serious jazz fan and their paths crossed at a Thelonious Monk concert in Los Angeles – Putter was performing, Guy was listening. Three months later, a very surprised Putter Smith found himself auditioning for a role in the next James Bond film. He had the offbeat look Guy was seeking and landed the part. (To make it even sweeter, Putter was a Bond fan himself!)

“I think about Guy Hamilton the way I do about Harry Truman, who I’m a big fan of…” Putter says, when asked about the director. “There was NO b.s. about him, obviously he had a tremendous sense of humor, crew loved him, they all called him ‘Guv’ or ‘Governor.’” The famously tough director had no issues with Putter’s work. “He told me to stand up straight,” Putter recalls when he ducked too low under a helicopter’s spinning rotor blades. (No doubt during the “Dr. Tynan” sequence.)

One fond memory occurred when Guy Hamilton took Putter and his wife to another Pinewood Studios soundstage where the iconic Alfred Hitchcock was shooting 1972’s Frenzy. Putter was impressed that the director sat in his chair while the AD (Assistant Director) issued all the orders! The equally take charge AD on Diamonds was longtime filmmaker Derek Cracknell who worked on British cinema classics like A Clockwork Orange and 2001 – as well as Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). (Cracknell would famously run afoul of then-newbie director James Cameron during the making of Aliens in 1985 and have to leave the film.)

Putter had a good impression of both Bond producers – “Cubby Broccoli was a normal person and Harry Saltzman couldn’t seem to be without a phone and these were the days way before mobile phones. I don’t know how he did it, every time I saw him he was on the phone!”

The musician also remembers Jill St. John as being “A groovy chick, a musician’s chick.” When asked about that, Putter smiled and said, “She’s hip, she gets it.” They had some good conversations during the down time onset and when Putter went to do the big fire stunt at the film’s climax, St. John piped up asking, “Is he getting hazard pay? He should be getting hazard pay.” From the dead silence that ensued, her concerns were NOT appreciated by the budget conscious filmmakers! However potentially dangerous the fire stunt was, Putter said, “I had made up my mind, whatever Guy asked me to do I would do it.”

Burning Down The House

“They actually put me on fire there…” Putter says when asked about the film’s action-packed finale. (Which also gets Bond out of having to answer an inconvenient wedding proposal!) What you see on screen – Mr. Kidd literally going up in flames was exactly what happened. “They wrapped me in Asbestos sleeves and gloves, they were wired up and they put airplane model glue on and that’s what ignited.” He still remembers his instructions to this day: “When we say ‘CUT’, drop whatever you have and put your arms straight out!” Then two crewmen with fire extinguishers sprang into action. Putter broke down the action even further – “My arms were fully ignited – that’s me, then they show Jill’s face and when they cut back, that’s a stunt guy leaping over the side.” That guy was kitted out with Asbestos sleeves, gloves, facemask (with copper screens over the eyes) and a wig. He did what they call a “Full Body Burn”, a highly dangerous maneuver even under the best of circumstances. Putter noted that during the stunt the asbestos gloves broke and the stuntman received serious burns to both wrists!

The only thing Putter regrets is not having any interaction with Bond composer John Barry. “I didn’t meet him, but I wish I had,” he recalls. Perhaps to make up for that, he saw a number of stars while dining in Pinewood’s luxurious cafeteria including Bette Davis and Michael Caine. Caine was also a jazz fan that Putter had met when he was performing gigs at LA’s famed Troubadour Club.

Our interview coming to a close, I had to ask what Putter thought the first time he saw the film on screen with an audience. “Man, it was a mind-blower!” he says, still sounding amazed. “We saw it four days after it opened and of course my ego was really stoked…” Filmmaking glamor aside, Putter admits he had a hard time with the kind of fame being in a hugely popular franchise brings. “Nobody knew my name but everybody knew my face.”

“Everywhere I went, a crowd would form and I wasn’t prepared for that at all,” he recalled. It bothered him so much he began denying he was the Bond villain when people would stop him in public; but that only worked SOME of the time! “We were down on Huntington Beach and I was about fifty yards out from the shore and some kid comes by and yells, ‘You’re the guy from Diamonds Are Forever!’ I said, ‘No, no, that’s not me,’ and the kid says, ‘Well who are you then?’” Putter can laugh about it now. His adversity to fame continued until he was driving to Beverly Hills to play a jazz show and noticed actor Dick Van Patten in the car next to him. He said to himself, “Man, that’s Dick Van Patten!” Suddenly it clicked – he understood how people felt when they spotted him. “And from then on I could relax and enjoy the moment with them.”

A few years later, Putter landed an agent and did find acting work on TV and in commercials, but he wasn’t taken with the endless audition process. “Music is my calling,” he admits, “and it keeps getting better and better.” Still, he muses about the kind of money actors make. His Diamonds Are Forever paycheck? 600 USD a week. Putter is quick to point out that EON paid for his family to travel to London and put them up in a nice house during the shoot with a per diem. Residual money still comes in each year. “It’s free money AND I was in a James Bond movie!” Putter exclaims. Royalty payments or not, being in Diamonds did have an affect on his musical career in that his bookings went down for almost a decade after the film! When he’d ask people he previously worked with why they weren’t calling he’d get, “Oh man, you’re a big movie star now.” NOT what this passionate musical artist wanted to hear. “I had ten years of poor earnings. I’m not a movie star, I’m a musician who made one film!” Thankfully things have picked up and Putter and his wife perform frequently in the LA area. “The music I play (Jazz Improvisation) isn’t about making a lot of money. It’s about the art.”

Today, he seems to have mixed feelings about his on screen performance. While grateful he got to share the screen with the legendary Sean Connery, he felt he “didn’t bring anything” to the part. I beg to differ. His lack of experience lent an air of authenticity to his performance that stood in nice contrast to Bruce Glover’s intense and uber menacing portrayal of his deadly partner, “Mr. Wint”. Putter’s complete lack of layering and acting “style” made him more believable. Like the popular horror character “Michael Myers”, Putter was a blank canvas onto which you could project your fears.

Mixed feelings or not, Putter is very proud of his work on the film. “I figured it’ll be around as long as I’m alive and another hundred years beyond that.” As we parted, I asked what he thought of the newer Bond films and he was complimentary about Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. “So who’s your favorite Bond?” I asked, already knowing the answer. Putter smiled and said, “Sean Connery, I mean come on!” Then he laughed and he sounded just like “Mr. Kidd”.

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

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Putter Smith with Guy Hamilton on the set of Diamonds Are Forever. Photo by George Whitear. © 1971 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

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DECEMBER 2015
PUTTER SMITH ON DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1:2)

Mark Cerulli's exclusive interview with Putter Smith who brilliantly portrayed Mr. Kidd in the 007th James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), directed by Guy Hamilton who returned for his second 007 adventure after the hugely successful 1964 film Goldfinger (1964).

Meeting Mr. Kidd – A From Sweden with Love Exclusive

Part I:
“C’mon in,” says Putter Smith at the door of his cozy California home, flashing the same sly smile he used when gleefully trying to kill James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. Now 74, Putter is a man who has grown extremely comfortable with himself – and has come to terms with the fame being part of a classic Bond film brings with it.

First and foremost, Putter is a musician. “That’s a choice one makes in one’s life. It’s my calling,” he says of the modern, improvised jazz he has played for decades, “it’s art.” Getting cast in Diamonds Are Forever was one of those happy show biz accidents. Director Guy Hamilton, another serious jazz fan, happened to catch one of Putter’s performances with jazz icon Thelonious Monk at a famed LA jazz club called Shelly’s Manne-Hole on North Cahuenga Boulevard. They had a brief conversation which Putter can no longer recall saying, “But it wasn’t about movies or anything like that…”

“About three months later, I get a phone call,” Putter remembers. “They asked if I was the bass player with Thelonious, I said ‘Yes’, so they asked me to come to Universal for a test. I thought it was for music until they said I didn’t need to bring my bass.”

The surreal screen test consisted of Putter and fellow musician, Paul Williams, also under consideration for a villain role, coming out from behind a curtain and laughing. “So I stood there and laughed,” Putter said. It must have been quite a scene – Putter, who is at least 6 feet, next to 5 foot 2 inch Williams, who, despite his small size, boasted a solid acting resume. But once over, Putter put it out of his mind and went back to making music… until he was called back to read with Bruce Glover! He still couldn’t believe he was being considered for an acting role, much less in a major Bond movie. “It was impossible, (acting) was nothing I ever wanted or expected,” Putter says. And suddenly he was offered a contract. The role of “Mr. Kidd” was his! The jazz player panicked – “I didn’t know what to do or how to act.” Fortunately Putter’s wife, VR Smith, was an actress/singer and reminded him, “They hired you, remember that. Just be you.” And then it was off to the Nevada desert for his first scene – with Glover who had also won the plum part of “Mr. Wint.”

Although he wasn’t a professional actor, Putter was a Bond fan. (Favorite movie: From Russia with Love!) What did he think of big Sean? “Aw, man, he was the best.” Putter gushed, “He was everything you could imagine, plus!” He also had kind words for his partner in crime, Bruce Glover. “Bruce was full of great ideas and he’s very serious about what he does.”

Watch Putter and Bruce as Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint in a deleted scene from Diamonds Are Forever:


Putter was also very complimentary about the film’s director, the legendary Guy Hamilton. “There was no BS about him,” Putter recalled, adding the crew respected him and called him “Guv”. (British slang for “Governor”, a term of respect.) Hamilton let Putter be Putter, only offering hints like “stand up straight” when he reflexively stooped under a helicopter’s spinning blades.

Were there ever times he had to pinch himself and say, “I’m IN a James Bond movie!”? “Oh yeah,” Putter recalled with a laugh, “My first scene was pulling Sean Connery out of the trunk of a car and I’m standing there saying to myself, ”MAN, that’s Sean Connery in the trunk of a car!”

More to come including Putter’s epic fire stunt! Stay tuned to FSWL ...

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

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Putter Smith at his home in December 2015. © From Sweden with Love. All rights reserved.

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Vodka Martini? Shaken, not stirred…

SPECTRE is notable for its first rate performance by Daniel Craig, gorgeous photography, stunning Bond Girls and two of the best villains Bond has faced in many a year. But there’s one more reason to celebrate – Bond is back enjoying the sophisticated drink he made famous – the vodka martini, and now he’s drinking Belvedere.

FSWL was on the guest list at a special SPECTRE screening and vodka bash the night after the glamorous royal premiere. It was a risky assignment, but being a martini aficionado, I was willing to try it!

The venue was Loulou’s a very hot private club in Mayfair, taken over for the evening by Belvedere. Waiters in Day of the Dead attire circulated, while bartenders prepared rounds of deliciously cold Belvedere martinis. Those rounds went quickly when the young, trendy crowd arrived from the screening. The bar quickly became 3 or 4 deep, but the mood remained upbeat and fun, nobody pushed or got unruly. They had, after all, enjoyed a great film, were dining on chicken skewers and spring rolls, and were being treated to one of THE top vodkas on the market. The phrase “Vodka flowed like water” might be overused, but here it definitely applied! A Belvedere martini is very easy to drink, with a smooth, not overpowering taste. Just to make sure, this agent tried a second one! The party continued long after I worked my way out of the club at 12:30 at night.

Bond fans and collectors can bring the SPECTRE glamor home as Belvedere has released several highly collectable 007 branded bottles, including a 1.75L limited edition Silver Sable bottle that must be seen (and sipped) to be believed. Also look for their limited edition Martini set with 007-etched glasses. If you’ve never tried a Bond Martini – NOW is the perfect time!

Written by Mark Cerulli © 2015 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
After years with HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of docus, promos and industrial videos. Over the years, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Caroline Munro, Honor Blackman, Famke Janssen, Guy Hamilton and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 1990's he worked on DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced a 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (including a 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film). He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story.

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

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Dolph Lundgren in support of Sweden’s Sigtuna Boarding School

In conjunction with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Los Angeles, Sweden’s prestigious Sigtuna School held a mixer at the upscale Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. FSWL was invited because the guest of honor was Bond alumni Dolph Lundgren, whose daughter was a student at the school.

Dolph Lundgren Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
Since his debut in A View to a Kill (1985), Lundgren has had an enviable career in a notoriously fickle industry. His films were always entertaining and Dolph gave every role his all, including Rocky IV celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, which made him an international icon – a spot he’s held ever since! In addition to the timeless Universal Soldier (a personal favorite), which Lundgren pretty much stole whenever he was onscreen, he’s also made a (huge) number of action films all over the world. His old Rocky foe, Sylvester Stallone, tapped him for all three Expendables films (I, II and III) - proving action heroes don’t fade away; they just get stronger...

In a courtyard full of attractive Swedes, Lundgren easily stood out. Up close, he looks amazing, still tan and fit, with an easy smile. When he walks into a room, you know it. During a brief chat, I mentioned he looked as good as he did in 1985. The star replied, “Well… maybe 1987.”

Dolph Lundgren Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
When he addressed the crowd, Mr. Lundgren mentioned that he had originally studied chemical engineering [at Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and University of Sydney in Australia] before getting into showbiz. (“Picking up a machine gun” as he put it.) He also spoke about the difficulties of a celebrity father finding proper schooling for his kids, especially when he is on location for months at a time. When his daughter had educational issues at a private school in Spain, he hunted around for a school that could teach and nurture her – and the Sigtuna School was the perfect solution! Her grades improved and he was happy with the results. Then he turned the microphone over to his stunning daughter Ida, who spoke about her experiences as Lundgren watched with a smile – proof that even the toughest of action heroes has a soft spot when it comes to their kids.

For more information about Dolph Lundgren, visit the official website.

Written by Mark Cerulli © 2015 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
After years with HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of docus, promos and industrial videos. Over the years, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Caroline Munro, Honor Blackman, Famke Janssen, Guy Hamilton and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 1990's he worked on James Bond DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced a 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (including a 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film). He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story.

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Halle Berry receives Unite4Good’s Creative Conscience Award at Hollywood gala

FSWL was a recent guest at the Unite 4 Good awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, just two days before the Oscars. One of the celebrities honored for their charitable work was Jinx herself – actress Halle Berry. She received the Creative Conscience award from her longtime friend, actress/singer Queen Latifa who credited Berry’s gentle smile with helping get her through a bad case of nerves before performing at the 81st Academy Awards in 2009.

Halle Berry Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
Halle Berry accepted the award for her work with the Jenesse Center, one of the oldest and most respected domestic violence intervention agencies in Los Angeles. In her impassioned speech, Berry revealed that she too had been a victim of domestic violence – as a child growing up, she witnessed her mother suffering through repeated abuse at the hands of her father. Berry spent years dealing with the emotional aftermath of those horrific scenes and hopes to spare other women through her volunteerism. Her speech was a chilling reminder of how pervasive this issue is and Berry is to be commended for the important work she’s done in raising awareness of domestic violence in America.

Halle Berry Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
Other famous faces in attendance were Forest Whittaker, Ewan McGregor, Christina Applegate, Emily Blunt, Amy Poehler and Jeff Bridges – all of whom discussed their various charities. The evening closed with a private performance by the American pop-star Pink – who, in spite of her “tough as nails” persona, has a real soft spot for kids and supports No Kid Hungry. All in all, it was a wonderful evening that showed stars revealing their non-public sides in support of a variety of worthy causes.

Jeff Bridges Unite 4 Good Hollywood gala
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Unite4Good encourages global citizens to engage in acts of kindness and helping others. For more information, go to www.unite4good.org.

Written by Mark Cerulli © 2015 From Sweden with Love

Editor's note:
After years with HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of docus, promos and industrial videos. Over the years, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, Caroline Munro, Honor Blackman, Famke Janssen, Guy Hamilton and Ralph Fiennes.

In the 1990's he worked on James Bond DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced a 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (including a 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film). He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story.

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11 JANUARY 2015
SWEDISH ACTRESS ANITA EKBERG (1931-2015)

FSWL are very saddened to report the passing of Miss Sweden 1951, the actress Anita Ekberg and the rarest of Swedish Bond girls. Our thoughts and prayers are with Anita's family.

Anita Ekberg obituary:
Anita Ekberg, a prominent Swedish actress (she left Sweden for Hollywood in 1952 and later to Italy where she lived until her death) and 1960s sex symbol, passed away in a clinic near Rome on January 11, 2015 at age 83. Although she was best known for her work in the seminal 1960 Fellini film, La Dolce Vita, Ekberg also had a connection to the James Bond films.

Ekberg was considered for the female lead in Dr. No (the role ultimately went to Swiss actress Ursula Andress), however Ekberg was actually “in” From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery – namely her likeness on the huge billboard advertising Call Me Bwana. The Krilencu character (played by Fred Haggerty) is shot while escaping through a hatch in Ekberg’s mouth! Call Me Bwana was a 1963 Bob Hope comedy that also starred Ekberg, made by EON Productions. She must have made quite an impression on James Bond film producers Albert R. Broccoli & Harry Saltzman as during dinner one evening, Broccoli offered her then-husband, actor Rik Van Nutter, the plum role of Felix Leiter in the 1965 blockbuster, Thunderball (1965)!

Although she made over 50 films, and was romantically linked to many of the top names of her day, including Frank Sinatra, Gary Cooper, Rod Taylor and Errol Flynn, Ekberg’s final years were sad ones, with her battling money problems and illness. One of her last public appearances was at the Rome Film Festival in 2010 for a red carpet screening of the restored version of her iconic La Dolce Vita.

Her last film was Le nain rouge in 1998 directed by Yvan Le Moine.

The Swedish actress, married twice, is survived by her niece Christina. (Anita never had any children.) The funeral was held in Rome on 14th January, 2015.

Editor's Note:
Other Swedish related Bond girls include Anne Lönnberg (Moonraker), Britt Ekland (The Man with the Golden Gun), Eva Green (Casino Royale from 2006), Izabella Scorupco (GoldenEye), Kristina Wayborn (Octopussy), Maud Adams (The Man with the Golden Gun and Octopussy) and Mary Stavin (Octopussy och A View to a Kill). Agneta Eckemyr could have become the first Swedish Bond girl in 1968 when she was tested for the role of Tracy, James Bond's wife inOn Her Majesty's Secret Service, which eventually went to Diana Rigg.

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Anita Ekberg with husband Rik van Nutter in The Bahamas for the filming of Thunderball in 1965. Photo from From Sweden with Love's private collection.

For more information about Anita Ekberg's career, check out her IMDB profile:

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JANUARY 2015
ISSUE 31 OF CINEMA RETRO (FILM MAGAZINE)

FSWL takes a look at the 64-page issue #31 (volume 11) of Cinema Retro, The Essential Guide to films of the 1960's and 1970's, edited by Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall.

"Cinema Retro is a must for fans of movies from the ‘60s and ‘70s – and they didn’t have to pay me to say that!”- Sir Roger Moore

Highlights of issue 31 include:
• Don L. Stradley's tribute to the first lady of kick-ass cinema, Pam Grier
• Steven Bingen presents their "Film in Focus": the modern film noir classic Farewell My Lovely (1975) starring Robert Mitchum - with exclusive insights from the film's director, Dick Richards.
• Howard Hughes looks at the making of the 1968 Western Bandolero! starring Raquel Welch, Dean Martin and James Stewart.
• Keith Wilton celebrates the glories of the long-gone widescreen process VistaVision.
• Cai Ross pays tribute to the late Ted Post, director of Hang 'Em High, Magnum Force and Beneath the Planet of the Apes
• FSWL contributor Mark Cerulli takes a working vacation and visits some of the key Portugal locations for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and tracks down extras who appeared in the film.
• Jonathon Dabell looks back on director Richard Brooks' underrated 1975 Western Bite the Bullet starring Gene Hackman and James Coburn
• Howard Hughes' homage to the Italian Gamma (1975) cult sci-fi flicks
• Tim Greaves looks back on the short but glamorous film career of Hammer horror sex symbol Olinka Berova
• Charles Cohen discusses his ambitious efforts to restore timeless film classics through the Cohen Film Collection
• Lee Pfeiffer looks at the mostly-forgotten and underrated film Staircase (1969) starring Richard Burton and Rex Harrison as aging gay lovers
• Gareth Owen focuses on the filming of The New Avengers tv series at Pinewood Studios
Raymond Benson's 10 best films of 1950

Plus the latest film book and DVD reviews

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Acting class with actor Bruce Glover from Diamonds Are Forever

What do Bond villains do once they’ve been sent off to cinematic Valhalla by 007? In Bruce Glover’s case, they keep working and teach acting. When Anders [Frejdh] told me he had been invited to Bruce’s Wednesday night class at his LA studio, fellow enthusiast Greg Bechtloff and I tagged along for the experience.

Acting class with Bruce Glover from Diamonds Are Forever
Bruce walked a group of young hopefuls through a set of line readings, able to dip into various dramatic personas to illustrate his points – boiling anger, sniveling apology and deep concern. Effortlessly he was able to conjure up a businessman announcing a catastrophic failure to his employees, or a deranged psycho teasing a victim – child’s play to a man who has made over 70 films. Along the way Bruce dropped in tidbits from that long career, working on movies like Walking Tall (1973), Chinatown (1974), Ghost World (2001) and… yes, Diamonds Are Forever (1971).

Acting class with Bruce Glover from Diamonds Are Forever
Several nights later, we were able to have dinner with Bruce and his wonderful wife, Betty, a former Broadway dancer, at the storied Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills. There Bruce displayed a hearty appetite, keen wit and a long memory as he tucked into Tortilla Soup and Dover Sole.

Bruce praised Diamonds’ director Guy Hamilton as being one of the best he’d ever worked with. He loved the freedom Hamilton gave him to add to his character, really making it his own. Glover recalled one late night shoot “… standing chest to chest with [Sean] Connery as he and Putter Smith prepared to deposit Bond in a drainpipe soon to be buried under the desert sand. He looked down at the iconic star and said IN his Wint affectation, “I think I’m becoming emotionally involved.” He waited for Connery’s laugh. There wasn’t one! If anything, Connery seemed… puzzled. It wasn’t until they shot the aircraft interior sequence on a runway in Germany several weeks later that Connery realized he was being put on. As Bruce tells it, “We were waiting while they were setting up and I noticed a group of beautiful Lufthansa stewardesses sitting around chatting. I, of course, walked over and started flirting with them. The conversation went back and forth, the girls laughing, etc. and after a few minutes I felt this presence behind me and heard Connery’s voice saying, “You sonofabitch… You SONOFABITCH!” Connery finally got the joke and the ice was broken! Over the last few decades, whenever an acting acquaintance would cross paths with Connery, he’d invariably send Bruce’s regards. Connery would respond with, “You tell that crazy baastard I said ‘hello.’”

He spoke at length of his times as a struggling New York actor, trying to land roles AND put food on the table for his wife and young son Crispin Glover (now an accomplished actor/director himself). His career would frequently take him to California for weeks at a time, allowing only for short calls home as he tried to explain to his son why he had to stay away just a little longer. Glover’s talent and ability to “read” a scene got him noticed and occasionally a minor role would be expanded. More days on a shoot meant more money for his family.

Along with being a hugely talented actor, Bruce is a keen observer of the Business. He took a dim view of the (then) recent tragic death of a camera assistant working on a Georgia film set. “A film set is a dangerous place,” Bruce said, launching into a story about working with a non-professional stuntman in a shot that involved diving over a wheelchair-bound character. Bruce, a natural athlete who had played a variety of sports including semi-professional football, had no problem making the leap. But the untrained stuntman suddenly lifted his knees up – cracking Bruce in the mouth costing him two teeth. His abdomen was impaled on the metal chair handle and another section as he went over, resulting in an excruciating double hernia! Bruce stayed in character to finish the shot in spite of the pain.

After a leisurely meal, Bruce and Betty walked through the Beverly Hotel’s plush lobby – Betty pausing to look at jewelry displays that would put a dent in even Brad Pitt’s bank account. They posed for several photos – Bruce directing the camera of course (!) and then they were off, back to his comfortable villain’s lair where he is working on a number of projects, including a film with son Crispin. Anders and I were left with one thought – “One is never too old to learn from a master.”

Watch the new official demo reel for Bruce Glover:


Editor's note:
For more info about Bruce Glover's acting classes, visit the official website. For the latest news, check out the Facebook page.

This article was written exclusively for FSWL by Mark Cerulli. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.

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The New York premiere of SKYFALL on November 5, 2012

Our good man in New York, Mark Cerulli, has contributed with a nice story exclusively for the readers of From Sweden with Love. Here is his report from the New York premiere of Skyfall (2012) including the after party.

With New York City still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the SKYFALL benefit for the Tribeca Film Institute had to be postponed for four days. This scheduling snag meant none of the movie’s stars could attend. But since the Bond film series began in New York City - at 729 Seventh Avenue, the legendary home of United Artists – the advance screening was still a must-see. It was a subdued affair – no giant klieg lights as in the Licence to Kill (1989) NY premiere or the flashy GoldenEye (1995) gala at Radio City Music Hall. Guests pulled up in black town cars, SUVs and good ole yellow cabs. Instead of red carpet, there was city pavement and attendees were greeted by a small cluster of photographers and autograph hunters.

The audience seemed to come mainly from Wall Street, heavy on the hedge fund crowd, but a number of celebrities including Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Sting and wife Trudi Styler and Saturday Night Live’s Seth Myers turned out to welcome Bond back to New York.

Before the movie, Robert De Niro’s partner, producer Jane Rosenthal made a short, heartfelt speech about how they debated if the event should even go on after such a crisis… but in the end New York was all about adapting and moving forward so the show must go on. She also noted that part of the evening’s proceeds would be donated to the mayor’s storm relief fund – a good thing since tens of thousands of area residents still were without power a week after the storm. And then, a surprise, Rosenthal said, “We have a message from James Bond himself…”

Daniel Craig sent a video expressing his sadness at not being able to attend, but how he felt New York was his home (and indeed it is as he picked up a lavish apartment in lower Manhattan earlier this year.) He ended his clip with a 00 directive – “I know it’s a Monday night, but please get drunk.” That got a round of applause and then the MGM lion roared.

To those who have already seen Skyfall (2012), you know how good it is. To those who haven’t yet – go. It’s a deeper, darker more personal Bond than we’ve had before and Craig now owns the role, turning in a seething, layered performance. The film gave Judi Dench a lot more range than her usual steely resolve and she excelled; but Javier Bardem stole the movie (in my humble opinion). There was nothing cartoonish or over the top about his character. His “Silva” was chilling and demented, part Hannibal Lector, part Auric Goldfinger.

And then it was on to the after party at the Museum of Modern Art. For GOLDENEYE back in 1995, they had set up the space as a casino. For SKYFALL, the look was sleek and modern – fortunately with a number of bars – unfortunately none of them could make a martini! Waiters circulated with Hors D’oeuvres. Sony had set up displays for its new smartphone and partygoers could walk a mini-red carpet and get take home photos printed out. The buzz on the film was overwhelmingly positive. “Out of all of them, it’s in my top five…” one Wall Street Bond fan said. I’d have to agree.

Editor's note:
Mark Cerulli is the President of Covert Operations, Inc. He has interviewed more than 100 movie stars, celebrities and filmmakers at various events. His on-air work has won praise from Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Robert Duvall. He has also received several Awards from the New York Festivals Gold.

In the 1990's he worked extensively on James Bond DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger (1964) (wrote and co-produced 23 minute documentary on the filming of the 007 classic) and The Making of Thunderball (1965) (co-produced 26 minute documentary on the historic 1965 Bond film) for MGM, and performed 22 interviews with key Bond talent and filmmakers in London, England.

This article was written exclusively for FSWL by Mark Cerulli. © 2012 From Sweden with Love.

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SEPTEMBER 2011
ISSUE 21 OF CINEMA RETRO (FILM MAGAZINE)

CINEMA RETRO ISSUE 21 RELEASED THIS MONTH - NOW SHIPPING TO SUBSCRIBERS IN EUROPE.

Subscribers in North America and other parts of the world will get their issues shortly after the new year, once the issues arrive from England. Cinema Retro is edited by our James Bond friends, Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall.

HIGHLIGHTS OF ISSUE 21 INCLUDE:
• Raymond Benson examines the legacy of A Clockwork Orange and interviews Malcolm McDowell and Jan Harlan, Stanley Kubrick's assistant and future producer of his films.
• John Exshaw looks into the making of Ken Russell's controversial The Devils and explores how the film has been cut and censored around the world since its initial release - and why it may never be released in America or the UK on DVD.
• Stephanie Callas celebrates Bertolucci's X-rated classic Last Tango in Paris.
• Ian Brown looks into Don Siegel's kinky remake of The Killers - the final film of Ronald Reagan.
• FSWL contributor Mark Cerulli gives us the inside story on the making of John Carpenter's horror classic Halloween.
• Adrian Smith interviews "The British Marilyn Monroe", Vera Day and attends the reunion of The Avengers cast and crew.
• Matthew Field gets personal with directors Michael Winner, Mike Hodges and Ken Russell.
• Mark Mawston attends the St. Trinian's reunion.
• Tom Lisanti covers the bizarre story behind the two competing 1965 big screen biopics of Jean Harlow.
• Dave Worrall takes a sentimental journey and attends the family memorial service for producer Elliott Kastner.
• Raymond Benson's 10 best films of 1980.
• The story behind Cinema Sex Sirens, Cinema Retro publishers Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer's new book that pays tribute to the screen goddesses of the 60s and 70s.

Plus the latest DVD, soundtrack and film book reviews.

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Members of the From Sweden with Love team

• Born in Hjo, Sweden and educated in Gothenburg and London, Anders Frejdh has worked for two decades in corporate finance. During this time, as the webmaster of From Sweden With Love, he has grown it into one of the world’s most well read and comprehensive unofficial James Bond sites with a huge social media audience too. A life-long film fan, Anders has travelled around the planet amassing the largest collection of film and Bond memorabilia in Scandinavia. He has interviewed many of the people involved with the James Bond film series in front of and behind the camera. Recently, Anders was asked to eulogize the late Sir Roger Moore upon the actor’s death, was a key organiser for the Mallorca Film Festival’s tribute to Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton and toured Japan as part of the On The Tracks Of 007 trip celebrating 50 Years of You Only Live Twice. Anders continues to contribute to various international publications, books and media outlets as a 007 consultant. >Articles by Anders



Ajay Chowdhury (co-author of Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond films) was born in London and read Law at university there and in The Netherlands. He has since provided legal advice on various motion picture, music, publishing, television and theatrical projects. He was the associate producer on two feature films, Lost Dogs (2005) and Flirting with Flamenco (2006). In 2012, he penned the screenplay to the multi-award winning, Olympic-themed short, A Human Race. Ajay is the spokesperson for The James Bond International Fan Club, established in 1979. He also edited their James Bond journal, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, between 2005 and 2009. He is regularly called upon by worldwide media to commentate on all things 007. >Articles by Ajay



Andrew McNess writes about James Bond films at A View On Bond and is the author of A Close Look At A VIEW TO A KILL. His first experience of Bond was a television screening of THUNDERBALL, a superb introduction if ever there was one (although a theatre screening would have been nice). However, while he always liked the Bond novels and films as a child and teenager, it was a re-immersion in the films in the mid-nineties that really solidified his interest. He always enjoys the Bondian tropes, but it is the variation and experimentation found within those elements from film to film that really piques his interest, and inspires his writing. Away from Bond, Andrew manages Alan J. Pakula: A Cinema of Anxiety and writes on cinema at Slivers of Cinema.
>Articles by Andrew



• FSWL contributor Brian James Smith, our man in Scotland, is an Ian Fleming and James Bond historian based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He published the magazines of the James Bond Appreciation Society from 1986 to 2002 and also ran a successful 007 memorabilia business for 13 years. In 2003 and 2004 he hosted a series of James Bond films at cinemas in Edinburgh with stars in attendance including Richard Kiel, Shirley Eaton, Michael Billington and Maud Adams. As well as consulting on various James Bond projects, his writing has previously appeared in Cinema Retro, Collecting 007, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. >Articles by Brian



• 1962 was a momentous year. Not only was the world introduced to the cinematic Bond, Colin Clark was born. Inspired by his father, Colin graduated from Blackhawk Technical Collage in southern Wisconsin with a degree in aircraft maintenance. He was hired by American Airlines in 1987 and is currently an Aircraft Maintenance Inspector for AA based at Chicago O’Hare Airport.
Colin’s earliest memories of 007 is from watching the films on ABC at the age of 10. In 1977 he saw is first Bond film in theatres, The Spy Who Loved Me. There was no going back.
Since 2001, Colin has assisted The Ian Fleming Foundation with the restoration of several of their vehicle archive, all of which have been used in the Bond films. In May 2015, Colin was added to the Board of Directors for the Foundation and continues to coordinate Volunteer meets and Foundation Vehicle restoration projects and events. >Articles by Colin



Erik Olsson grew up with James Bond and started to watch the films before he could write. As a 10-yeard old he knew a lot about the Bond-movies but nowadays mostly enjoys what he remembers and to watch the movies as often as he can. Bond is always present in the everyday life. It lead him to learn how to parachute and dive with sharks outside of the Bahamas. And more. He loves to visit the exotic filming locations and a couple of years ago a long-time dream was fulfilled when he bought a white Lotus. In 2015 another lifelong dream got fulfilled when he got to be an extra in a Bond film (SPECTRE). Erik is an Internet entrepreneur who runs the Swedish site fritiden.se and redtienda.com in Spanish-speaking markets. >Articles by Erik



Frank Anderson, one of our men in England, is a prolific globetrotter, covering tens of thousands of miles each year visiting original Bond movies locations and experiencing and recording the sights and sounds enjoyed in the original movies. Apart from FSWL, he also contributes to the On the Tracks of 007 and Bond Lifestyle websites. Native to Glasgow, Scotland, he has been resident in Lincolnshire, England for a number of years and also travels extensively worldwide as a finance professional. >Articles by Frank



• Born around the time Sean Connery's 007 baton was being passed to George Lazenby, Ian Davis 10 years later caught TSWLM at the cinema, and soon afterwards Live and Let Die and The Man with the Golden Gun in a double bill. His dad Roger was a keen movie-goer and autograph collector, and on 26th June 1979, the evening of the Moonraker World Premiere in London, they met another Roger - Roger Moore. By this time, Ian was well and truly a Bond fan, started collecting the soundtracks, posters, stills and books, at the same time catching up on the previous films. In addition, through his dad's interest, he met others associated with the Bond films including Telly Savalas, Honor Blackman, Jane Seymour, Matt Monro, Cubby Broccoli, Donald Pleasence and Sean Connery. Almost 40 years later, Ian is still a huge fan of Bond. >Articles by Ian



• Ten years ago, Joseph Darlington adopted the alias ‘Head of Section’ and created the Being James Bond podcast. For the last decade, Darlington has become obsessed with walking in the footsteps of James Bond, learning how to do anything that Bond can do, and doing everything that Bond has done – and each Bond-inspired experience has proven to be some of the greatest of his life. Darlington is also the author of Being James Bond: Volume One, and has contributed to the CommanderBond.net, Bond Lifestyle, The Bond Experience and The James Bond Dossier websites apart from FSWL. >Articles by Joseph



Jon Auty, our man in Northern Ireland who runs Behind The Stunts (a long running series of in-depth publications examining the stunts and action sequences on films and television series over the last 40 years), started out as a budding stuntman, who trained to join the movie elite, but an injury prevented him from continuing his training and his dream was over. Until he met stuntman Roy Alon who invited him to write about the stunt business and tell the true story about how stunts are created for Film and Television. He went on to write ‘STUNTS’ an industry publication which gave the reader an insight into the world of the stunt professional here in the UK and USA.
He is widely renowned as the UK’s leading authority on the stunt community and has worked as an advisor on many newspaper articles, books, television and live shows. Has also been involved in many television projects as advisor including The Paradise Club, A Touch of Frost and Taggart. And numerous films including Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Die Another Day.
>Articles by Jon



• Apart being in everyday life a politic journalist, Marie-France Vienne have been a huge admirer of Sir Roger Moore since she was a very young girl. She is the co-owner of Sir Roger's official website since 1999 and also an active member of Club James Bond France since many years and regularly write for their magazines and was the Editor in Chief of their luxury publication Archives : Roger Moore. Marie-France lives in Brussels. >Articles by Marie-France



• After 8 years as an award-winning writer/producer at HBO/Cinemax, Mark Cerulli, our man in Los Angeles, formed his own company, Covert Operations, Inc. where he has done a number of documentaries, promos and industrial videos. For HBO and other networks, Mark has conducted over 120 celebrity interviews including Bond alumni Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.
In the 1990's he worked on DVD projects such as The Making of Goldfinger and The Making of Thunderball. He also wrote, produced & directed Halloween: Unmasked for Anchor Bay Entertainment, as well as DVD docs on Halloween 4 and 5. More recently he wrote and produced content for the EPIX movie channel, including Twist & Shout: The SAW Story and Technicolor’s Official 100 Year Video, where he got to work with movie legend, Olivia de Havilland. He can also be heard on the US podcast AirportMinute.com. >Articles by Mark



Nicolás Suszczyk, our man in Argentina, discovered GoldenEye at the age of seven after watching the movie on TV in January 1998. A few weeks later, he saw Tomorrow Never Dies in the big screen and during the course of two years he was captivated by the earlier 007 adventures that he managed to get in VHS or DVD. Now he studies Journalism and Communications in Buenos Aires, where he was born and currently lives, and runs two 007 related sites: The GoldenEye Dossier and Bond En Argentina. He has written articles for magazines like MI6 Confidential and Le Bond, as well as being featured in English, Spanish or Portuguese in sites like Archivo 007, MovieViral, Pipoca Gigante, The Spy Command and The James Bond Dossier. >Articles by Nicolás



Richard Skillman is the Vice President of Allied Vaughn, one of the largest Entertainment Companies in film and television program distribution, working with the major Studios such as Warner Bros, Universal Studios, MGM, FOX, Disney and Turner Classic Movies. He and his wife, Leslie, also run Theme Party People, party planners and recognized James Bond international travel organizers, leading Bond fans, writers and experts from Istanbul to Venice, to Nassau & Jamaica, from Paris to Prague, they’re known for bringing a “Hollywood touch” to their travel experiences. Richard is a lifelong Bond fan and collector and is active in Bond activities around the world and honored to be associated with From Sweden with Love. >Articles by Richard



Rob Coppinger, our globetrotting man, travels the world writing about advanced military and civilian aerospace technology, often accompanied by glamorous PR women. From Moscow’s once secret “Star City” cosmonaut training centre to China’s Beijing-based Astronaut Training Centre, or the most famous rocket launch site in the world, NASA’s Cape Canaveral, space programmes are as much a part of Rob’s working life as they are plots in Bond films. Bond film relevant technology Rob has written about includes, space based lasers, NASA’s Space Shuttle, space stations, nuclear weapons, and stealthy combat drones. Rob often finds himself one step behind the last Bond film’s locations, most recently travelling to SPECTRE’s Mexico. Other destinations for his stories have included, China, India, French Guiana, Morocco, Canada, Turkey, and many more. Rob has lived and worked in America, Australia, Czech Republic and Japan. He has written for a variety of aviation, defence and aerospace publications and national broadcasters, including the BBC. Rob lives in France. Official website. >Articles by Rob



Steve Oxenrider, our man on America's East coast, is a retired educator, life-long James Bond film fan and freelance writer who has contributed to many Bond books and publications. He has interviewed more than 100 Bond cast and crew members, as well as being credited on the supplementary features for several of the DVDs. Some of his credits can be seen on his IMDB page.
Steve’s interest in Bond started November 26, 1965, with the NBC television special The Incredible World of James Bond. That Christmas he saw Thunderball 25 times, befriended both Lotte Lenya and Harold Sakata by telephone and 51 years later has amassed an amazing collection of stills, posters, autographs, toys and merchandising. His favourite Bond film remains Thunderball, but "the double-bills of the 60s and 70s, with those fantastic ad campaigns, were as exciting as a new film."
Steve has taught English as a Second Language in American public schools and travelled to more than 75 countries, many of them Bond locales. In 1989 he was privileged to spend an entire week at Ian Fleming’s Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. >Articles by Steve



Stuart Kortekaas, our man in Australia, is an industrial designer & photographer. A life-long James Bond fan, his passion for design was inspired by watching Goldfinger as a child. Since completing a masters degree in Sweden he has travelled the world, photographing glamorous locations, exotic wildlife, and some of the world's most beautiful models. For more information, please visit www.stuartkortekaas.com. >Articles by Stuart

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