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      FEBRUARY 2024 - Pamela Salem (1944-2024)
Pamela Salem (1944-2024)

21 February 2024
The British actress Pamela Salem, who played Miss Moneypenny in Never Say Never Again (1983), has died at the age of 80.

Pamela Salem was born in Bombay, India, educated at Heidelberg University in Germany, and later studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and started her acting career in repertory theatre. During the 1970s Pamela Salem had small roles in many British television series including Jason King (1971) and The Onedin Line (1972). One of her early film roles was as Emily Trent in The First Great Train Robbery (1978) which starred Sean Connery, but she will perhaps be best-remembered as the evil Belor in all 21 episodes of the children's fantasy television series Into The Labyrinth (1981-82). After appearing in a Tom Baker Doctor Who adventure The Robots of Death in 1977, Salem auditioned for the role of the Fourth Doctor's companion Leela, but the role went to Louise Jameson. Salem returned to the series in 1988 playing opposite Sylvester McCoy in Remembrance of the Daleks (1988). This was followed by 37 episodes of the popular long-running BBC-TV soap opera Eastenders (1988-89). Alternating between television and film, one of her later big-screen roles was as Sarah Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998), which starred Ian McKellen as iconic film director James Whale.

Although her appearance as Moneypenny in Never Say Never Again (1983) was very brief, she took part in promotion for the film with Sean Connery and co-star Barbara Carrera.

Read 007 MAGAZINE's 1984 interview with Pamela Salem

      FEBRUARY 2024 - Many important James Bond props to be auctioned by PROPSTORE
Sean Connery's grey Anthony Sinclair suit from You Only Live Twice (1967)

Entertainment Memorabilia Live Auction
Los Angeles 12th - 14th March 2024

Several important James Bond props and costumes are featured in the live auction including Sean Connery's grey Anthony Sinclair suit worn in You Only Live Twice (1967), originally offered by PROPSTORE in London in their 2021 sale, where the item failed to sell.

Also included in the auction are several unusual items including an entertainment unit, a pair of oxygen masks and one of the windows from the Lockheed Jetstar aircraft featured in Goldfinger (1964). James Bond's (Pierce Brosnan) Walther PPK from GoldenEye (1995), and several other prop weapons from Die Another Day (2002), Skyfall (2012) and No Time To Die (2021) are also part of this auction, along with the now obligatory casino gaming chips from Dr. No (1962) and Casino Royale (2006). Some items only seen in the background of certain scenes in the film series are also offered for sale.

PREVIEW OF IMPORTANT LOTS 
FULL CATALOGUE

      FEBRUARY 2024 - ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE paperback cover revealed
ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE paperback cover

13 February 2024

BOND SAVE THE KING

Ian Fleming Publications have revealed the cover of the paperback edition of Charlie Higson's 2023 best-seller ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. Due to be published on June 6, 2024, the bold cover was designed by Marc Ecob of Mecob.


It's the 4th of May, two days before the coronation of King Charles III and the world's favourite spy has his work cut out for him.

Bond is sent at the last minute to thwart an attempt to disrupt the coronation by the deadly megalomaniac Æthelstan of Wessex, who is on a mission of his own to rule the United Kingdom and rewrite history.

Can Bond thwart his plans by infiltrating Æthelstan’s private army and ending his reign of terror before it begins?

In support of the National Literacy Trust.

The new paperback edition features revised text and exclusive bonus content. AMAZON UK

      FEBRUARY 2024 - Alec Mills (1932-2024)
Alec Mills (1932-2024)

12 February 2024
Alec Mills, director of photography for the two Timothy Dalton James Bond films, has died at the age of 91. He began his career in the late 1940s, as an uncredited clapper loader and focus puller on several low-budget British films made at the small Carlton Hill Studios in Maida Vale, returning to the industry after his National Service in the Navy.

His introduction to the James Bond series was On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), when he was offered the job of camera operator by director of photography Michael Reed. It was Reed who had also given Mills his big break on television, working on several episodes of The Saint starring Roger Moore in 1966. For OHMSS, Mills worked largely on location in Portugal and Switzerland, but memorably captured shots of George Lazenby at Pinewood Studios, with the pair suspended in mid-air on the set of the cable car winding house of Blofeld's Piz Gloria lair. Mills returned to the James Bond series as camera operator on The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981) and Octopussy (1983).

Alec Mills later progressed to overall director of photography on The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence To Kill (1989), both starring Timothy Dalton as James Bond. Other notable productions were Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971) [as camera operator], Shout At The Devil (1976) directed by Peter Hunt [Mills was camera operator for cinematographer Michael Reed] and Return Of The Jedi (1983) [as camera operator]. Alec's son Simon Mills (born 1961) worked as uncredited clapper loader on The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill, returning to the series as first assistant cameramen in the underwater unit for Die Another Day (2002).

      FEBRUARY 2024 - ITVX to stream all 25 James Bond films for free in the UK
ITVX to stream all 25 James Bond films for free in the UK

8 February 2024
It has been announced that all 25 James Bond films are going to be available for the first time on a free streaming service in the UK. From March 4th each day a different James Bond film will screen on the ITV4 channel, and then for 30 days afterwards will be available on demand via ITVX.

Scheduled so far are:
4th March: Goldfinger (1964)
5th March: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
6th March: The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
7th March: Licence To Kill (1989)
8th March: GoldenEye (1995)
10th March: Skyfall (2012)

ITV is also adding a pair of official documentary features to its streaming service - Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, and Being James Bond: The Daniel Craig Story.

The deal that ITV has struck with Amazon MGM Studios for the rights also allows them to screen the official James Bond films several times a year on ITV channels.

Read the controversial story behind the sale of the James Bond films to ITV back in 1975!

      FEBRUARY 2024 - Kim Sherwood's second Double O novel A SPY LIKE ME UK cover revealed
Kim Sherwood's second Double O novel A SPY LIKE ME UK cover revealed

6 February 2024
The stunning new spy thriller that blows the world of James Bond wide open!

Six days.

A bomb goes off at the BBC. The country is in chaos, but this is just the start. A global terrorist organisation is plotting a series of deadly attacks. MI6 has just six days’ warning for when the next one will strike.

Three agents.

With James Bond missing, three of MI6’s toughest Double O agents race across the world to stop the attacks. From Venice to Australia to Dubai, they soon uncover a vast network of terror.

One chance to find James Bond.

As the Double Os close in, they find themselves unexpectedly inching closer to 007. Now the race is on to stop the terrorists – and save Britain’s finest spy.

Published 25 April 2024 AMAZON UK & 23 April 2024 AMAZON US 

      FEBRUARY 2024 - Michael Jayston (1935-2024)
Michael Jayston (1935-2024)

5 February 2024
English actor Michael Jayston (born Michael James 29 October 1935) who played James Bond in the 1990 BBC Radio 4 adaptation of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, has died at the age of 88.

Best known as a theatre and television actor, Jayston began his stage career in 1962, and performed at the Bristol Old Vic and Stratford-upon-Avon. In 1970, he played Henry Ireton in Cromwell -the British historical drama film written and directed by Ken Hughes, which also featured a young Timothy Dalton in the supporting role of Prince Rupert. The following year Jayston starred as Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in the British-made historical epic Nicholas and Alexandra directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Jayston later appeared as Gratiano opposite Laurence Olivier as Shylock in the National Theatre's film The Merchant of Venice (1974). In 1986, Michael Jayston played ‘The Valeyard’ in 14 episodes of the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. Four stories were broadcast under the umbrella title The Trial of a Time Lord, and was the final season to star Colin Baker as The Doctor. 

Another of Jayston's most notable television roles was as Peter Guillam in the seven-part 1979 BBC adaptation of John Le Carre's acclaimed 1974 novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, playing opposite Alec Guinness as George Smiley.

Michael Jayston played James Bond in the 1990 one-off BBC Radio 4 drama adapted by Michael Bakewell from Ian Fleming's 1964 novel YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE. The programme co-starred Clive Merrison as Tanaka, James Laurenson as Henderson, David King as M, Sayo Inaba as Kissy, Burt Kwouk as Ando, and Maxine Audley as Irma Bunt. 

      JANUARY 2024 - Ian  Fleming Publications Ltd announce their 2024 releases

Ian  Fleming Publications Ltd announce their 2024 releases

29 January 2024
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd have announced a new omnibus that collects Raymond Benson’s six original James Bond novels together into a single eBook. To be published on February 26, 2024 James Bond: The Raymond Benson Years includes Zero Minus Ten, The Facts of Death, High Time to Kill, DoubleShot, Never Dream of Dying and The Man with the Red Tattoo.

On June 6, 2024 IFPL will publish a paperback edition of Charlie Higson's 2023 best-seller ON HIS MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE. The paperback edition will feature some exclusive new content, and as with the hardback, all royalties will continue to support the work of the National Literacy Trust.

2024 marks 60 years since the publication of Ian Fleming’s classic children’s story about a flying car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. To celebrate this anniversary, IFPL will publish a new paperback edition of this beloved tale on June 13, 2024. Aimed at young readers and featuring brand new illustrations, IFPL also have other plans to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the world’s most famous flying car.

In time for James Bond Day in October 2024, IFPL will be releasing fourteen new hardback editions of Ian Fleming’s original Bond stories.

      JANUARY 2024 - Bond In Motion opens at The International Spy Museum, Washington in March
Bond In Motion opens at The International Spy Museum, Washington in March

Vehicle exhibition Bond In Motion is travelling to The International Spy Museum in Washington.

Opening on March 1, 2024 at L’Enfant Plaza, Bond In Motion will feature 17 vehicles from the 007 film series, ranging from the Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace (2008) to the Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day (2002). Other highlights include the submarine from For Your Eyes Only (1981) and the MR Glastron Boat from Moonraker (1979), offering a journey chronicling James Bond’s 60+ years of adventures.

Tickets are available for purchase priced at $12.00. For more information, visit www.spymuseum.org

      JANUARY 2024 - ‘John Barry: Soundtracking Bond and Beyond’ A BFI Southbank Film Season
John Barry: Soundtracking Bond and Beyond

1 January 2024
Spies, swingers and shadows were what John Barry, Britain’s greatest soundtrack writer, first encountered in his career. In February and March 2024 BFI Southbank presents a two-part season of films showcasing the musical talents of the celebrated film composer. Included in the season are three classic Sixties James Bond films.

Goldfinger (1964): Sunday 4 February 16:10 NFT1 & Wednesday 21 February 20:45 NFT1 Digital 4K
You Only Live Twice (1967):
Sunday 4 February 18:40 NFT1 & Tuesday 6 February 20:45 NFT1 Digital 4K
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969): Sunday 3 March 15:00 NFT3 & Sunday 10 March 18.10 NFT1 Digital 4K

Also on Tuesday February 6, 2024 at 16:10 in NFT1 is ‘Spies, Swingers and Shadows: The Films and Scores of John Barry’. Join special guests including season curator Bob Stanley for a richly illustrated discussion about the distinctive sounds of John Barry. With a focus on Barry’s British years, the panel will explore the significance of his scores for the James Bond franchise and other key titles, consider the changes in British music that influenced his compositions, and reflect on John Barry’s legacy. TICKETS


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