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      MAY 2016 - WhitLit Festival presents Ian Fleming's Kent
Ian Fleming - WhitLit Festival May 13 2016

Whitstable, Kent  - May 2016
The third WhitLit festival focuses on Ian Fleming and his Kent connections, as well as thrilling contemporary spy stories and tales of real life espionage from Guy Burgess to Bletchley Park.


A very special Ian Fleming evening on Friday 13 May 2016 will feature his esteemed biographers Andrew Lycett, Matthew Parker and Fleming’s step-daughter Fionn Morgan. The new Young Bond author Steve Cole will be entertaining younger readers and a special Brass Bond evening features music from the James Bond films. The town read is GOLDFINGER, set in Kent.

Ian Fleming's Kent http://www.whitlit.co.uk/?page_id=1868

See also:
From Kent, With Love: Ian Fleming & James Bond - The Kentish Connection

      APRIL 2016 - Guy Hamilton (1922-2016)
Guy Hamilton (1922-2016)

20 April 2016
Four-time James Bond film director Guy Hamilton has died at his home in Majorca aged 93. Hamilton's film career began in the late 1940s when he was assistant director to Carol Reed on such classic films as The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949).

In late 1963 Hamilton took over from Terence Young as the director of Goldfinger, although he had turned down the chance to direct Dr. No in 1962. Goldfinger became the film which defined the series and its formulaic construction was copied several times in subsequent films. Hamilton later directed Sean Connery's comeback in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Roger Moore's debut in Live And Let Die (1973) followed by The Man With The Golden Gun in 1974. Hamilton's association with 007 producer Harry Saltzman led to him to direct Funeral in Berlin (1966), the second film in the Harry Palmer series starring Michael Caine, and the all-star Battle of Britain in 1969. Hamilton was also the original director assigned to The Spy Who Loved Me but withdrew after being offered Superman:The Movie in 1976. He was ultimately replaced by Richard Donner when the production moved to England. Hamilton was a tax exile at the time and could not return to the UK for more than 30 days. Guy Hamilton would later turn down directing duties on Batman (1989).

A long-time supporter of 007 MAGAZINE, Hamilton attended the 1996 'Gold Themed' Christmas Lunch at Pinewood Studios produced by Graham Rye, when the director was reunited with Christopher Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet and Goldfinger Oscar-winner Norman Wanstall.

      APRIL 2016 - Peter Janson-Smith (1922-2016)
Peter Janson-Smith (1922-2016)

15 April 2016
Ian Fleming's literary agent Peter Janson-Smith has died at the age of 93. Janson-Smith was introduced to Ian Fleming in 1956 by author Eric Ambler, and was largely responsible for the success of the Bond novels outside the UK. At his initial meeting with Fleming he was offered the rights to his books except for the UK and the USA. Janson-Smith immediately contacted Dutch publisher Bruna and signed a lucrative deal, and also handled the comic strip serialisation of the novels in The Daily Express. Janson-Smith's partner Lili was the widow of actor Eric Pohlmann, who provided the voice of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in From Russia With Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965).

John Peter Janson-Smith
September 5, 1922 – April 15, 2016

Peter was a charming and very astute man whose past kindnesses this author will never forget.
The importance of his role in making the James Bond character the huge success he's become should never be under-valued.
Graham Rye (Editor & Publisher – 007 MAGAZINE)

2010 article/interview

      MARCH 2016 - Sir Ken Adam (1921-2016)
Sir Ken Adam (1921-2016)

10 March 2016
Sir Ken Adam, the Academy Award-winning film designer has died aged 95. Klaus Hugo Adam was born in Berlin and moved with his Jewish family to England in 1934. During World War Two Adam was a pilot in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. He was one of only two Germans to serve in the RAF during the war. He was knighted in 2003 for services to the film industry.

Adam's James Bond career spanned 17 years starting in 1962 with his groundbreaking set designs for Dr. No. Director Stanley Kubrick hired Adam to design sets for his 1963 cold war satire Dr. Strangelove resulting in From Russia With Love being designed by Syd Cain. Adam returned as production designer on Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967) and Diamonds Are Forever (1971). In 1976 he concieved the '007 Stage' at Pinewood Studios built to house the set he had designed for the interior of the Liparus supertanker in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Adam also created the sets for Moonraker (1979) in Paris - using all the available space at three film studios in the city.

Graham Rye with Ken Adam in 2015

Outside of his work on the James Bond series, Adam also worked on The Ipcress File (1965), for which he won a BAFTA award for 'Best British Art Direction, Colour', and won his first Academy Award for his work on Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon (1975). Producer Albert R. Broccoli used Adam again in 1968 on Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, where he created the fantastical sets and eponymous car itself. Towards the end of his career he won a second Academy Award for The Madness of King George (1994).

A long-time supporter of 007 MAGAZINE, Ken Adam attended the 1998 You Only Live Twice themed Christmas Lunch at Pinewood Studios produced by Graham Rye; the two met one last time in October 2015 at Sir Ken’s London home, when he kindly signed a copy of Rye's GOLDFINGER Portfolio Steelbook.

      MARCH 2016 - Sir George Martin (1926-2016)
James Bond composers John Barry and George Martin

8 March 2016
Sir George Martin, producer of The Beatles and the man Sir Paul McCartney described as a “second father”, has died aged 90. To Bond fans he will be best remembered as the composer of the score for Roger Moore's debut as 007 in Live And Let Die (1973).

Martin was asked by Paul McCartney to produce the recording of title song written by the former Beatle with his band Wings. With the unavailability of regular composer John Barry (pictured left with Martin) who had scored all the films since 1963, Martin then took over and integrated McCartney's main title theme throughout the film resulting in the best non-Barry score of the entire series in the eyes (and ears) of many fans.

Martin was also credited as the producer of the single version of Shirley Bassey's 'Goldfinger' in 1964, although it was John Barry who oversaw the actual recording session on August 20, 1964 at London's CTS Studios in Wembley. A different take was released on the 45rpm single version to that used on the original soundtrack.

      MARCH 2016 - Bond in Motion exhibition invites guest speakers for two-year anniversary
Bond in Motion - two-year anniversary

8 March 2016

To mark the second anniversary of Bond in Motion the London Film Museum will be hosting a weekend celebration on March 19th & 20th. Distinguished Bond film crew and contributors will take part in Q&A sessions which will be free for Bond in Motion ticket holders.


      FEBRUARY 2016 - LONDON CALLING! - A new and exclusive article
LONDON CALLING! - A major new and exclusive article On Her Majesty's Sectret Service - London Pavilion 1970

27 February 2016

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the general release of Thunderball, 007 MAGAZINE looks back to a time when the only place to see a James Bond film was on the big screen! 

In a major new and exclusive article, 007 MAGAZINE charts the release schedules of the James Bond films in London's West End from 1962-1984 and unearths some interesting facts about how 007 conquered the box-office before being sold to television.

Royal Premieres, re-releases, double-bills and festivals - its all here in the definitive look at James Bond in the cinema!


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