Many awaited anxiously for last night’s Tribeca Film Festival Interview with Daniel Craig. Beyond Bond was hosted by Phil Nobile from New Yorker Magazine. Our colleague and friend David from The Bond Experience attended and was lucky enough to shoot Daniel a question about the 007 Lifestyle. Check out the awesome Video.
It was July 2016 when our Associate Editor-Jeff found himself in Toronto for a real estate event, dining with his fiancée and friends at The Albany Club. James Bond Magasinet (Norway) had sent him a message inviting James Bond Canada to Oslo to watch On Her Majesty’s Secret Service with 007 George Lazenby. He looked at his friends… “How about taking my bachelor party a 007 event in Oslo?” As they clinked martini’s the idea was born and the adventure began!
Fast forward to Oslo September 31st!! Bond Fans from all around the world came to Norway for the action. Joining JBC was Marcos Kontze (James Bond Brazil) , Remmert Van Bramm (James Bond Lifestyle) , Ben Williams (MI6) , Matt Spaiser (The Suits of James Bond), & Stephan Backman (James Bond The Secret Agent Blog).
The first evening had us dinning at the glamorous Thief Hotel. In attendance were, Caroline Munro (The Spy Who Loved Me), Martine Beswick (From Russia With Love and Thunderball), Maryam D’Abo (The Living Daylights) Serena Scott Thomas (The World Is Not Enough) and the man himself George Lazenby (OHMSS).
At the Press Conference The 007 Alumni arrived by boat to the Thief Hotel. The Aston Martin DBS and the Bond Stars posed for photos.
James Bond Canada had the chance to speak with the stars. George Lazenby spoke of how, with confidence, he tricked his way into the Bond role by running past the casting secretary and right into the role of 007. He had this hair cut like Sean, wore a Rolex and an Anthony Sinclair suit saying, “I heard you’re looking for James Bond.”
Martine Beswick spoke about the class and charm of Terence Young, the director of both her Bond movies. Serena Scott Thomas made comments that while she’s wrapped up in her daily life as a realtor and movie star she isn’t daily remembering that she was a Bond Girl. “I forget. Truly yes I have to come to these events to be reminded. That’s why it always delights me when I see you guys.” Serena starred most recently in the movie was Inherent Vice.
Maryam D’Abo spoke about her book Bond Girls Are Forever to me and the strategic girls she chose to show how they shaped the 007 world, “I was going to concentrate on the role of women who marked their time.” Recently, Maryam has produced her own documentary called Rupture where she talked about her own survival of a brain hemorrhage and visiting others in the hospital. After chatting with her she was off to the spa to prepare for the up coming screening.
Caroline Munro spoke of her endearment for Roger Moore and how he leads to his jokes. “He has such a clever quick way of setting it up.” She spoke well of Gareth Owen who has been recently been helping Sir Roger with his book and his speaking engagements.
Kino Vika Theatre. 4K Presentation of OHMSS.
The stars arrived on the Red Carpet and were greeted with a photo shoot with the Event Organizers. After introductions, Maryam D’Abo interviewed George Lazenby, going over how he won the Bond role.
Interesting tidbit, Maryam tells a story of how her and Timothy Dalton almost missed the Royal Premiere of The Living Daylights as the police officer wouldn’t let the car come close to the Odeon. “Timothy was arguing with the bobby, “Look I am the leading man I’m playing James Bond.” And the bobby said, “Oh yeah, I’ve heard that before and you’re going to tell me now that you’re George Lazenby!”
Transitioning George spoke of meeting Timothy in the Santa Monica Airport later where Timothy was excited to meet him after hearing so much about him from the 007 crew. Maryam went on to say that being Bond or a Bond Girl puts you in a very short Exclusive Club. After the screening of OHMSS guests grabbed champagne while listening to the 007 tunes of Scandinavian DJ Marianne.
Special thanks to Morten Steingrimsen, Odd Kalsnes and Oyvind Asbjornsen for putting on such a fantastic event.
Another exciting 007 Event is fast approaching and James Bond Canada will be there to report on all the festivities. Our partners at James Bond Magasinet are hosting the one and only George Lazenby and a Special Screening of On Her Majestys Secret Service in Oslo, Norway on September 1st. JBC will have some great interviews & photos to share with our Bond Fans following the Event, and maybe even a few prizes to giveaway. More details coming soon!!
The Premiere of a James Bond Movie is always an exciting time. In 2015 JBC was in attendance for the Royal Premiere of SPECTRE in London. The 007 Red Carpet is an incredible event that few get to experience. JBC decided it was time to talk to Canada’s youngest James Bond Expert, 8 year old Britton Walker from Calgary, who was lucky enough to attend the SPECTRE Premiere in Mexico City.
Britton has become a Youtube sensation after his appearances on the ELLEN Show. She sent him to Mexico City to report live from the Red Carpet with all of the stars. Click on the Link to see Britton’s Debut on The Ellen Show, and check out the Video below for Britton’s report from Mexico City.
Check out our Q & A with Britton:
JBC: Who is your favourite character in SPECTRE, other than Bond? Is it Q, Moneypenny or M?
BRITTON: Q, because he was funny and awesome.
JBC: What is your favourite James Bond Film starring Sean Connery??
BRITTON: GOLDFINGER. It had the introduction of the DB5, Oddjob was cool and Bond had really cool gizmos. (NOTE: We agree with Britton on this 100%. Great choice Britton!!)
JBC: Which is the worst James Bond Movie?
JBC: If they decided to shoot James Bond Movie in Canada, where do you think would be a cool city or place in Canada to film a Bond Movie??
BRITTON: Canada Olympic Park (Calgary) because it could have skiing. Another one could be Niagara Falls, because they could do a boat chase at the falls. The last one they should do is the castle in Banff.
JBC: Tell us about your best moment/memory from the SPECTRE Premiere in Mexico City?
BRITTON: Meeting my Hero Daniel Craig!!
JBC: What do you think would be a good title for Bond 25?
BRITTON: Britton Saves The Day
Guy Hamilton, Director of 4 James Bond Films including some say the best 007 Adventure, Goldfinger (1964) has died at the age of 93. He also directed Connery’s final film as 007 Diamonds are Forever (1971) and worked with Roger Moore twice also on Live & Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Bond Producers Michael Wilson & Barbara Broccoli acknowledged his enormous contribution to the Bond Films. Photo Credit: Terry O’Neill. Click on the Image to Read more from The Guardian.
Sam Smith has followed in Adele’s footsteps and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for SPECTRE. This milestone in the 007 Franchise marks back to back Oscar wins, after Adele’s win in 2015 for SKYFALL. Congratulations to Sam Smith, Jimmy Napes and EON Productions.
CHRISTIES Auction House continues it’s tradition of James Bond Auctions with the Upcoming Sale in South Kensington. Previous Auctions have held in 1998, 2001 and an incredible Collection of Items were showcased in 2012 for the 50TH Anniversary of 007.
This time around a selection of amazing items from SPECTRE will be sold, including an Aston Martin DB10 built exclusively for the film. All proceeds will go to Charities such as Médecins Sans Frontières. For more info about the sale click on the CHRISTIES Link.
To order a Catalog of the Sale simply Click HERE.
Well 007 Fans, Canadians have lucked out with the Feb.9 Release of SPECTRE. The Ltd Edition Steel Book which was Exclusive to Amazon UK will also be Released through Best Buy in Canada!! Click on the Link to Pre-Order your Copy Now from Bestbuy.ca
Enjoy 007 Fans!! Sam Smith is also a Guest and sings The Writing’s on the Wall. SPECTRE Opens Worldwide Nov.6 2015