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Book review: Raymond Benson's James Bond novel Never Dream of Dying

The last book in the Raymond Benson's Union Trilogy is special in many ways. First, it's a book whose title is entirely Benson's from beginning to end, which has not always been the case. It refers to the mysterious dream world that Bond and others in the book are confronted with in one of many interesting side tracks. Additionally, this is Benson's attempt to write his own On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's the first time since Tracy's death that James Bond falls in love. Never Dream of Dying is the final chapter in a trilogy that has offered the best opponent in the Bond literature since SPECTRE.

Published: 2018-01-21

Interview with prop master Tony Teiger - the first full-faced screen Blofeld

If you thought the first full-faced visual representation of Blofeld was British actor Donald Pleasance, you’d be incorrect. No, not him? Hm, of course, the first screen visualisation of Blofeld was Jan Werich, the Santa Claus-looking Czech actor discovered by producer Harry Saltzman, originally cast for You Only Live Twice and later replaced by Pleasance – wasn’t he? No?! Blofeld was first visualised for the film by veteran British prop man, Tony Teiger.

Published: 2018-01-20

Book review: Raymond Benson's James Bond novel DoubleShot

It's a sore and tired James Bond who meets us in the beginning of Doubleshot (2000). He has just returned from a difficult mission on the Himalayan peaks that he barely survived. Now he is sick and forced to rest by M. Despite that, he is thinking about his next move against the Union. The organization that made him their death enemy in the previous book, High Time To Kill.

Published: 2018-01-12

Interview with producer and assistant director Anthony Waye

The next Space event, to be held on 28th February at the Latest Music Bar in Brighton, welcomes film producer and assistant director Anthony Waye.

Published: 2018-01-11

Birthday of actor and director Jason Connery (son of Sean)

Sean Connery and Diane Cilento's son Jason Connery grew up in London and Scotland. He attended boarding school at Somerset, where he received a half-scholarship for swimming and held the under-16 freestyle record for the south of England. Jason’s interest in acting developed while studying at Gordonstoun School in the north of Scotland. He started the Inter-House Players Group – wherein two houses combine to put on one play each term.

Published: 2018-01-11

Book review: Raymond Benson's James Bond novel High Time to Kill

The latest in the line of FSWL writers, Mats Hilli from Finland, begins by reviewing the three books in Raymond Benson's Union Trilogy series. First out High Time To Kill, followed by DoubleShot and Never Dream of Dying. "It feels like Benson wrote the book that Fleming didn't before he passed. Fleming himself was an avid mountain climber. That is one reason to give high marks, but above all, Benson has his own Bond-raid voice in High Time To Kill. There is no doubt that Bond is Bond in this book and that with a message."

Published: 2018-01-11

Max von Sydow receives award from Los Angeles Film Critics

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has chosen Max von Sydow as the recipient of this year’s Career Achievement award. The 88-year-old Swedish-born actor will next be seen in Kursk, a drama about the submarine disaster of 2000, directed by Thomas Vinterberg and co-starring Lea Seydoux (Doctor Madeleine Swann in the 2015 James Bond film SPECTRE) and Colin Firth.

Published: 2018-01-07

Birthday of stuntman, coordinator and director Paul Weston

Stuntman, stunt coordinator and director Paul Weston is a long-time member of the 'James Bond family' and supporter of this website.

Published: 2018-01-07

Mary Stavin in Barking Mad (2018) directed by Charles Dennis

From Sweden With Love is happy to report that Swedish actress and two-time Bond girl Mary Stavin has completed filming on Barking Mad, a new film (due for release in the second part of 2018) written and directed by Charles Dennis which also marks Mary's return to acting after raising her daughter. Apart from Mary, Swedish actor Micke Spreitz (internationally famed after portraying Lisbeth Salander's murderous half-brother Ronald Niederman in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy) also appears in the film which mark his American screen debut.

Published: 2018-01-05

In memory of Eon Productions employee Reginald Barkshire

FSWL mourns the passing of friend and supporter Reg Barkshire, British-born Eon Productions employee with seven James Bond films on his resume. John Glen, Anthony Waye and John Richardson remember Reg in our obituary.

Published: 2018-01-03

Birthday of Academy Awarding winning Sound Maestro Per Hallberg

Per Hallberg, one of many talented Swedes in Hollywood with James Bond connection, received another Academy Award after his work as supervising sound editor on SKYFALL at the ceremony in February 2013. During our James Bond festival in Stockholm Per announced that he wass also going to work on SPECTRE, the 24th Bond film that premiered at cinemas in October 2015.

Published: 2017-12-30

Sir Roger Moore: Nobody Did It Better programme on BBC Radio 2

Olly Smith presents this two hour radio special on BBC Radio 2 in which Deborah Moore, Barbara Broccoli, Michael G. Wilson and Sir Michael Caine pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore who left us all rather shaken on Tuesday 23 May 2017.

Published: 2017-12-26

A Celebration of James Bond girl Trina Parks at 70

Birthday for our dear friend, Trina Parks, gorgeous dance lecturer, choreographer, principal dancer, vocalist and actress. Trina portrayed Thumper in the 7th James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), directed by Guy Hamilton.

Published: 2017-12-26

A retrospective look at the Tomorrow Never Dies poster campaign

For the 20th Anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Argentinian FSWL contributor Nicolas Suszczyk has taken a look at the film's poster campaign which stepped away from the one for GoldenEye (1995) in the use of digital means.

Published: 2017-12-20

A Celebration of Sri Lankan actor Albert Moses who has died at the age of 79

The James Bond world mourns the passing of Albert Moses, Sri Lankan born actor with two James Bond films on his resume, The Spy Who Loved Me and Octopussy. Actor and tennis legend Vijay Amritraj (Vijay in Octopussy) and actor Kabir Bedi (Gobinda in Octopussy) remember Albert Moses in our obituary.

Published: 2017-12-16

Benicio Del Toro i Stars Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)

Benicio del Toro - Dario in the 1989 James Bond film Licence to Kill directed by John Glen - portrays Lor San Tekka in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eigth film in the legendary film series. The film will premieres at Swedish cinemas on 15th December 2017.

Published: 2017-12-15

20th Anniversary of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

On this day in Bond history, 20 years ago, the 18th James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies starring Pierce Brosnan as Ian Fleming's agent 007 premiered at cinemas. The film was first released in England on 12th December 1997, then in Sweden and USA on 19th December.

Published: 2017-12-12

Nordic premiere of Euphoria starring Alicia Vikander & Eva Green

Lisa Langseth's new film Euphoria will its Nordic premiere in the main competition at Gothenburg Film Festival on 27th January 2018. The film stars Swedish Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander, Eva Green (Vesper Lynd in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale) och Charles Dance (Claus in the 1981 Bond film For Your Eyes Only).

Published: 2017-12-08

Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) open OMEGA shop in New York

Academy Award-nominated British actress Naomie Harris, Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall and SPECTRE, opened a new OMEGA pop up shop in New York on Thursday 7th December 2017. (Ms. Harris has been a brand ambassador for OMEGA since the release of SPECTRE.)

Published: 2017-12-08

95 starring Jens Hultén premieres at cinemas in Finland

The new Finnish film 95 starring Jens Hultén (one of Silva's men in Skyfall) premieres on Christmas Day 2017 as part of Finland’s official centenary year program. The story is based on Finland's first World championship gold in ice hockey which they won on 7th May 1995 at Globe Arena in Stockholm. The film is produced by Yellow Film & TV and distributed by SF Studios.

Published: 2017-12-07

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