James Bond Canada visited Quebec City on 15-16 September 2017 with 007 George Lazenby. George was in town to introduce his new Documentary Becoming Bond and to introduce his film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
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Myself and a few other Bond Fans were able to dine with George and hear all his stories from filming days. For My Ears Only!
Thank you to the Film Festival including Olivier Bilodeau for making this a truly memorable weekend!
The Quebec City Film Festival will Screen the Documentary Becoming Bond on Sep.16 at the Palais Montcalm. George Lazenby will also make an appearance on Sep.15 prior to a FREE Open Air Screening of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service at Place d’Youville. There will also be a short Q & A. Click on the link for more details.
An exciting Official Announcement has come from EON Productions. Daniel Craig will return to the Silver Screen as 007 for BOND 25, with a US Release Date of Nov.8, 2019. The film will likely be released in the UK in late October as is the Tradition. Distribution and Director will be announced at a later date, but we do know that the script will come from Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and that DANIEL CRAIG IS BACK as JAMES BOND!!
On May 23, 2017 Actor Sir Roger Moore passed away. Moore portrayed James Bond in 7 films from 1973-1985. Tributes from around the world describe him as a selfless humanitarian, a consummate professional and a true English Gentlemen. His work with UNICEF has prompted Tribute Screenings of The Spy Who Loved Me & For Your Eyes Only around the world courtesy of MGM, EON Productions and Park Circus. Proceeds from the Screenings will be donated to UNICEF. Click on the Link to Find a Screening near you. Currently no Canadian Screenings have been scheduled. A private funeral for Sir Roger Moore will be held in Monaco.
The Annual Hot Docs Film Festival runs in Toronto from Apr.27th-May 7th and James Bond Fans in the GTA will be thrilled to learn that Becoming Bond is among the Films being Screened.
This Documentary/Narrative hybrid on the life of one-time James Bond actor George Lazenby is sure to be a big draw. The film will screen on May 3rd, 4th & 5th. The Opening Night Show will include a Pre-Screening Cocktail Party at trendy Attico. Click on Becoming Bondget your Tickets before they’re all gone. Click on the Photo to Watch The Trailer. JBC will be on hand to share in all the 007 Fun!!
The people at Omaze are giving you an AMAZING opportunity. In support of UNMAS you could win a chance to meet Daniel Craig…as well as an Aston Matin. Check out the Video Below and Click the link at the end to Enter. Good Luck 007 Fans!!
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!
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.