50 Years of Bond Style at the Kunsthal, Rotterdam
007 MAGAZINE: Mr.
Krabbé and Ms. d’Abo, how has being part of the extended Bond family
affected your lives in the past 27 years?
Has that changed anything?
Definitely it did. Being part of a Bond film means that you are part
of the Bond family. And it’s quite an extended family. Within the
middle of the family stood Cubby Broccoli; and I never met a producer
like this gentlemen before. To give you an example; when we were
shooting in the middle of the night in Vienna and it was quite chilly,
Cubby was there like 3 o’clock in the morning handing out blankets to
everyone – not only to the stars but also the runners as well. He was
so caring for his ‘family’ and Barbara (his daughter) took over later
and Michael, his stepson, and they took over the production and ever
since we were part of the family. We’ve been in touch with them and I
consider Barbara as one of my dearest friends and one of my ‘sisters’.
I could call them in the middle of the night, and I have seen them a
lot of times. And you will be greeted after so many years, you know,
as someone they know so well and ask you in for dinner and ask you
into their homes with their family. That changed my life totally,
because I never encountered a producer like that in Holland to be
honest. On the contrary...”
Maryam d’Abo: “I
just wanted to add that Cubby Broccoli, as Jeroen says, was a remarkable
producer and very much a family business. That’s where the integrity
probably held on. But I think we were very lucky, Jeroen and I, because
Cubby got quite sick after. We were the last Bond film when he physically
was there. We were in the Moroccan desert where The Man Who Would Be
King was first filmed and it was just a strip with a flower bed and a
couple of houses. They were just finishing building the hotel where we
were staying. The crew got slightly fed up after a few weeks of the
Moroccan food. They got a bit of tummy trouble, a British crew, so they
like their bacon and eggs. And so Cubby had all this pasta brought over
from Italy. Barbara and a couple of people, and you, Jeroen, they took
over the kitchens of the hotel and make pasta for the whole cast and crew.
It was like that. It was panache we worked with Cubby Broccoli. He always
made sure the crew was happy and made it feel they were all part of the
family. So it was not like something that was an impersonal job, film.
When it’s such a big machine, you really felt it was like something
personal. And you were really hundreds of people. That’s why we’re so
lucky and blessed and we are part of this club, family. The other thing is
that some people were not even born when we were making The Living
Daylights and we’re getting fan mail from people not born at that time
and it will go on forever and ever. And that’s the legacy that Cubby
Broccoli has brought. Forever and ever, Bond is the biggest series in
entertainment and we travelled doing a lot of publicity you do after Bond.
For me it changed my life because I had to dub in LA to do a pilot to the
series and I would have never gone to America…because I did publicity for
Bond there, so it did really change my life…”
ABOVE (left) Jeroen Krabbé reads '007 MAGAZINE ARCHIVE FILES –
The Living Daylights & Licence To Kill' (right) Maryam
d'Abo and Ben van den Broek. Maryam is featured in
'007 MAGAZINE ARCHIVE FILES – The James Bond Girls – File #3 The
Jeroen Krabbé: Now
I had the same experience, after Bond, I got a lot of offers from all over
the world. Even from some obscure filmmakers in whatever country. But it
gave me the possibility to work with Harrison Ford in The Fugitive,
with Barbra Streisand – because everyone sees the Bond film. The
Bond film is known from New Zealand to Reykjavik. And still, like Maryam
says, I do get fan mail, now for 27 years about Bond. They send me
pictures, you know, which you have to sign. So that’s quite an experience.
But talking about the food in Morocco, everybody was fed up with the
tanginess and everything after how many months…two months. I proposed to
Barbara, “Barbara I want to cook for the crew, if you like to.” (Barbara)
“Please give me what you need.“I made a shopping list for Barbara and
gave it to her. And this is in the middle of the desert. Nothing, no shops
whatsoever! I just gave it to her as if in the middle of London or Paris.
The next day there it was, what I asked for; tuna fish, and there was
spaghetti and parmesan cheese and everything I needed. I said ‘Oh thank
you so much’ and Barbara said to me, ‘Don’t you ask yourself the question
“where does it come from?”’. I said, ‘Yeah, yeah – where does it come
from?’. ‘Well we send a plane to Rome to get it’. And this is a true
story. And then we went into the kitchen, which was the filthiest kitchen
I ever seen in my life and we had the fun of our lives. And I cooked for
80, 90 people. Quite fun! That was the family. You could ask things like
that from the Broccoli family, wherever you are. Our little son was ill in
Morocco, and he came over, Jacob who is now 31, he was two and a half, and
he came over and he didn’t feel well. And I said to Barbara on the set.
And within five minutes doctors were being sent to the hotel and checking
on my son. That’s what they do. They care about people. Because they know
that when you care about your actors, when you care about the runners,
care about everyone involved, you get a good film.
ABOVE (top left) Jeroen Krabbé with Timothy Dalton as James
Bond in The Living Daylights (right), Krabbé at the
Kunsthal, Rotterdam and (bottom left) with fellow villains
Andreas Wisniewski & Joe Don Baker in The Living Daylights
After the press
conference the party moved to the exhibition, which indeed is fabulous,
showing a big part of the 007 legacy. I walked through the exhibition with
Lindy Hemming and Meg Simmonds, who showed and explained different objects
to some members of the international press. When stopping in the Q-room I
was able to get my interview with Meg Simmonds of the EON Archive
Simmonds - EON Productions Archive Director
ABOVE: Costume designer & guest
curator Lindy Hemming
Simmonds, thanks for having a brief interview with 007 Magazine.
Yes, 007 MAGAZINE. Graham Rye isn’t it? We have the bowler hat
that he owned also on exhibition. (walking up together with Lindy from
the ‘Q-Room’ into the ‘Casino Room’). You see over there, there are
some of the costume designs Lindy did. You know, the others there from
the 60s are all reproduced. We did not have any of the real ones
anymore but lucky enough we had the original drawings and have now
reproduced these. We are sometimes trying to buy stuff back from
collectors or collectors are offering us items to be on display.
Nowadays we always keep at least one original item or prop from the
movie. What you see sold on auctions now is because there are two or
more of those items made for the film.
What are the
differences in Rotterdam from the other exhibition locations?
There are some differences. When it started in the Barbican it was
before we had completed Skyfall. So we did not have any Skyfall
material in it. And then it went to Toronto during our premiere. It
opened in Totonto when we were premiering Skyfall in London, so
it still didn’t have anything from Skyfall. By the time it came
to Shanghai we updated and introduced elements from Skyfall
where we could but it’s tricky touring and you’re limited with your
space, and you have to take something out and inject in something new
and you have to be careful about what you do with that and then. Now
in Rotterdam we introduced a few, and then again it’s very difficult
because of the design of the exhibition. But we got the flame throwing
bagpipes that are up in the ‘Q area’, and when we get to ‘Foreign
Territories’ you’ll see a little maquette that is of the statue of the
tank chasing (GoldenEye) that was in the art department that we
never exhibited before. So that’s the first time it’s been exhibited.
It was sitting on my desk for a long time, so I thought aaah, I should
take this out. And let’s see, we have a virtual reality thing that one
of our first unit photographers did.