JANUARY 2022 - Daniel Craig and James Bond co-producers recognised in New
1 January 2022
007 actor Daniel Craig, James Bond film
co-producers Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G.
Wilson, are among those honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in the New Year's Honours
is awarded the CMG (Companion of the Order of St. Michael and
St. George), usually given to senior diplomats and spies. The CMG is the same
honour received by James Bond in the novels by creator
Fleming — and a nod to the character Daniel Craig has played since 2006 up
to his fifth and final 007 film,
No Time To Die
Craig was also made an
honorary Commander in the
Royal Navy in September 2021.
Wilson are awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the
British Empire) in recognition of their services to Film, Drama,
Philanthropy and Skills.
Anthony Horowitz, whose 3rd James Bond novel WITH A MIND TO
KILL will be published on May 26, 2022, is also awarded a CBE
for services to Literature.
who played the ‘English Girl’ in
On Her Majesty's Secret
Service (1969) is made a Dame for services to Drama,
Entertainment and Charitable Causes.
JANUARY 2022 - The Prince Charles Cinema James Bond Season is Back
The JAMES BOND SEASON is back at the Prince Charles Cinema in
January 2022! Once again the PCC will screen every official
James Bond film from Dr. No (1962) to Spectre
(2015), and will also include
Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again
(1983). The season begins on Saturday January 15, 2022 - and
will continue through the first half of the year, culminating in
August. Each film will have one afternoon screening each week on
Thursday and Saturday, with You Only Live Twice having an
additional screening on Sunday June 16, 2022 to celebrate its
Daylights will also receive an additional 35th anniversary
screening at 18.00 on Monday June 27, 2022. The PCC is working
hard to get the latest James Bond film
No Time To Die (2021) added in August to fittingly finish
the season off. Thanks to
Park Circus Films, the PCC have secured these 26 James Bond
films for this epic season. Booking is now open to PCC Members,
and available to everyone from 10am Thursday December 16, 2021.
Book now to enjoy a twice-weekly serving of James Bond on the
big-screen, where he belongs!
FULL DETAILS AND HOW TO BOOK
DECEMBER 2021 - Doug Robinson (1930-2021)
Doug Robinson, the stuntman and younger brother of actor Joe
Robinson [Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971],
has died at the age of 91. Doug was born Douglas Bowbank
Robinson in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on February 8, 1930. Their
father Joseph Robinson Senior and grandfather John were world
champion wrestlers, and both brothers trained in wrestling and
showbusiness career began in the mid-1950s, and early film work
included Ben-Hur (1959). Doug was also one of the
Argonauts in Jason and The Argonauts (1963), and made
numerous British television appearances usually as a tough guy
in everything from The Avengers to Steptoe and Son.
Doug became one
of the cinema's most popular stuntmen, working on several James
Bond films. In 1965 Doug and Joe Robinson co-authored with
The Avengers and Goldfinger star, Honor Blackman's
Book of Self-Defence published by Andre Deutsch. Doug
Robinson held 7th Dan in judo and Wado ryu Karate.
Read more about
Doug Robinson's career
DECEMBER 2021 - The new James Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz title
and cover revealed
Jonathan Cape, Vintage and Ian Fleming Publications reveal
the title and cover of award-winning novelist and screenwriter
Anthony Horowitz's third official James Bond novel.
WITH A MIND TO
KILL opens with M’s funeral. One man is missing from the
graveside: the traitor who pulled the trigger and who is now in
custody, accused of M’s murder – James Bond.
Behind the Iron Curtain, a group of former SMERSH agents want to
use the British spy in an operation that will change the balance
of world power. Bond is smuggled into the lion’s den – but whose
orders is he following, and will he obey them when the moment of
In a mission where treachery is all around and one false move
means death, Bond must grapple with the darkest questions about
himself. But not even he knows what has happened to the man he
used to be.
This book follows up Anthony Horowitz's best-selling James Bond
TRIGGER MORTIS (2015) and
FOREVER AND A
DAY (2018). WITH A MIND TO KILL will be published on May 26,
2022 by Jonathan Cape in hardback and on the same day in
paperback by Vintage.
DECEMBER 2021 - Diamonds Are Forever 50th Anniversary
12 December 2021
Diamonds Are Forever celebrates its 50th anniversary, 007 MAGAZINE
takes a look back at the production of the seventh James Bond
film, which saw Sean Connery return to the role of 007 after a
Following the disappointing box-office receipts for On Her
Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) when compared with the first
five films in the series, and the less than enthusiastic
critical reception afforded newcomer George Lazenby, distributor
United Artists were keen to lure Sean Connery back to the role
which had made him an international star...
9 December 2021
ITV News Meridian report on how the iconic Moon Buggy from a
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) was found rusting in a farmer's
field in Kent by 007 MAGAZINE Editor & Publisher Graham
Read the full story and
watch the video
The complete Diamonds
Are Forever Moon Buggy Timeline
007 MAGAZINE presents the complete history of the iconic
Diamonds Are Forever Moon Buggy. Presented for the first
time, this is the full story of the rescue and restoration of
the one-of-a-kind 007 vehicle. From its construction in the USA
in 1971, through to filming in Nevada and Pinewood Studios, to
its TV appearances and promotional tours in Germany and the UK.
50 years of the James Bond Moon Buggy!
As Diamonds Are Forever celebrates its 50th
anniversary, 007 MAGAZINE presents a new and exclusive article:
“The name's Gavin, John Gavin.”
Long before the
short-lived casting of Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in 1986,
only to be let down by the last-minute renewal of his
Remington Steele television contract, there was another
actor who was signed to play 007, but unlike Brosnan he never
got the chance to appear in front of the cameras. After George
Lazenby’s departure from the series in late 1969 before On
Her Majesty’s Secret Service had even been released,
producers Harry Saltzman & Albert R. Broccoli began another long
search for a new James Bond. After many British actors were
interviewed and screen-tested throughout 1970, with no one name
standing out, the producers began to reluctantly cast their net
a little wider and considered some American names...
NOVEMBER 2021 - Pinewood Studios name building in honour of Peter
Lamont's children, Neil Lamont and Mads Bushnell outside
the newly named building at Pinewood Studios.
Pinewood Studios has renamed their East Side Complex
building in honour of legendary Production Designer
Peter Lamont. A regular on
the lot throughout his 60-year career in the British Film
Industry. Peter was most noted for working on 18 James Bond
films starting with
Goldfinger (1964) and working on all but one of the
films until Casino
Tomorrow Never Dies was the only James Bond film that
Lamont was unable to work on over 41 years due to his commitment
to Titanic. He was nominated for three Academy Awards for
his work on Fiddler on the Roof (1971),
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977), and Aliens (1986), all were shot at Pinewood. His
fourth nomination, for Titanic (1997), won him the Oscar.
The tribute was hosted by the British Film Designers’ Guild and
Pinewood Studios and attended by family, friends and colleagues
from the industry including James Bond Producers
Broccoli. Peter Lamont’s other credits at Pinewood and
Shepperton include: The Ipcress File (1965) and Chitty
Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and films from the Carry On
Andrew M. Smith, Corporate Affairs Director said:
“We are delighted to honour Peter Lamont at Pinewood Studios
and further celebrate the heritage of our Studios, which
celebrates its 85th anniversary this year. Peter Lamont was a
giant in the industry and a true gentleman to all those he met.”
NOVEMBER 2021 - Burlington Arcade Launches Festive 007 Spectacle
Burlington Arcade in London's Mayfair launched its festive
display this week, inspired by the forthcoming 60th anniversary
of James Bond in 2022. Complementing this year’s gold and silver
festive scheme, the 2021 Christmas spectacle from the renowned
London landmark elevates the James Bond installation that
launched this Autumn with a 007 inspired Omega clock
counting down to the New Year which also marks the 60th
Anniversary of James Bond.
FULL STORY AND IMAGES
NOVEMBER 2021 -John Pearson (1930-2021)
John Pearson, the author of The Life of Ian Fleming
(1966) and James Bond: The Authorized Biography (1973)
has died aged 91.
first met Ian Fleming whilst working for the Sunday Times
in 1955; eventually becoming assistant to the James Bond author
and taking over as the writer of the newspapers'
‘Atticus’ column, for which Fleming had assumed responsibility
two years earlier. Ian Fleming also suggested that the young
John Pearson act as ghost-writer for the exploits of BOAC
security chief Donald Fish, which was published as Airline
Detective: The Fight Against International Air Crime in
1962. Ian Fleming also provided the introduction for what was
effectively Pearson's first non-fiction book.
death of Ian Fleming
on August 12, 1964 Leonard Russell, the literary editor of the
Sunday Times, suggested that Pearson should consider
writing the biography of his old friend and boss. The resulting
The Life of Ian Fleming was published in London by
Jonathan Cape in 1966, and then in
Magazine in a two-part adaptation in the October 7th & 14th
issues to coincide with the release of the US hardcover
published by McGraw-Hill.
In October 1973
John Pearson's James Bond: The Authorized Biography was
published in hardback by Sidgwick and Jackson. The book is a
fictional account of the life of James Bond, Secret Agent 007,
written from Pearson's point-of-view as he interviews the ‘real’
James Bond (now aged 53) in Bermuda.
The Authorized Biography is not often regarded as an
official James Bond continuation story as was the case with
COLONEL SUN, and
the later John
Raymond Benson novels. Although originally conceived as a
spoof by publisher William Armstrong (1938-2006), the book was
sanctioned by James Bond copyright holders Glidrose Productions.
John Pearson knew Peter Janson-Smith
(1922-2016), the Glidrose chairman, who gave permission for the
work to be published. In 1978 John Pearson followed up his James
Bond novel with Biggles: The Authorized Biography, which
was written in a similar style to his fictionalized 007 story.
Pearson will be best-remembered however as one of the UK's
leading writers of contemporary biographies, including Donald
Campbell, published as Bluebird and the Dead Lake (1965),
The Profession of Violence: The Rise and Fall of the Kray Twins
(1972), and its two sequels - The Cult of Violence: The
Untold Story of the Krays (2001) and
Notorious: The Immortal Legend of the Kray Twins (2010).
His 1995 biography Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes
and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty formed the
basis for the 2017 film All The Money In The World
directed by Ridley Scott.
NOVEMBER 2021 - Brand new Double O series by Kim Sherwood coming in
HarperCollins Publishers acquire licence to thrill with a
fully authorised new James Bond trilogy from Kim Sherwood,
featuring the next generation of Double O agents.
Publishers have acquired the UK & Commonwealth and US & Canadian
rights to three contemporary thrillers by Kim Sherwood set in
the world of James Bond that feature a new raft of Double O
agents for the 21st century. The deal was negotiated by Kathryn
Cheshire in the UK and David Highfill at William Morrow in the
US, with Jonny Geller and Viola Hayden of Curtis Brown, on
behalf of Ian Fleming Publications Limited. Kim Sherwood is
represented by Susan Armstrong at C&W Agency.
James Bond is
missing, presumed captured or even killed. All of Bond’s
contemporaries are gone and a new generation of Double O agents
has been recruited to replace them and battle a global threat.
At the same time, M and Moneypenny are searching for a mole in
MI6. Will the truth be uncovered in time – or is this the end of
the Double O section?
NOVEMBER 2021 - Bellmans to sell The Lewis Gilbert Film Script
and Production Archive
Bellmans is pleased to announce the auction of The Lewis &
Hylda Gilbert Collection on Tuesday, 16th and Thursday, 18th
November 2021. The Gilbert Collection from Sheldrake Place,
Kensington, includes The Lewis Gilbert Film Script and
Production Archive as well as a substantial Asian Works of
Art collection, but also furniture, paintings, miniatures,
porcelain and some jewellery and accessories.
Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018), best known
for his three 007 movies and Alfie, was married to his wife Hylda
(1919-2005) for 53 years. Born into an antique dealer's family, Hylda was
the quintessentially beautiful, elegant and supportive film director's
wife with a career in modelling, but as a theatre lover she was actively
involved in spotting potential future films for her husband, a number of
which ranked amongst Lewis' most successful titles.
Lewis Gilbert made more
than 40 films during a directorial career spanning six decades, including
three Bond movies - You Only
Live Twice (1967),
The Spy Who Loved Me
(1977) and Moonraker
(1979). He had his international breakthrough with Alfie (1966),
which also launched Michael Caine's international career. Unlike many
other directors he preferred doing small budget films he could produce
himself to “secure in the right of final cut” and only made big budget
films when he had to.
NOVEMBER 2021 - The never to be forgotten John Barry (November 3,
1933 - January 30, 2011)
On the 88th Anniversary of his birth, 007 MAGAZINE pays tribute
to the five-time Oscar-winner, and eleven-time James Bond
soundtrack composer - the never to be forgotten John Barry:
dictionary’s worth of superlatives already written about John
Barry during his long and distinguished career, where does one
begin an attempt to encapsulate or pay tribute to his unique
contribution to the relatively new art of film scoring, and the
wider impact his music has had on world culture? Important art
should move us, and Barry’s music has often moved us in spades.
He is the only film composer ever whose work has transcended a
legion of fans to the wider public outside that inner circle of
hardcore Barry soundtrack aficionados. While many a ‘man or
woman in the street’ may still be unable to tell you who it was
that composed much of what they’ve heard of his work, the fact
remains that Barry’s music will still be familiar to
their collective ear in a way that no other film composer’s work
has ever been, or will ever be.
OCTOBER 2021 - Thunderball returns to the West End in Edgar
Wright's Last Night In Soho
Hot on the heels of the record breaking UK success of No
Time To Die starring Daniel Craig, comes another cinema
release featuring the most successful James Bond film of all -Thunderball!
The fourth 007 adventure starring Sean Connery, which premiered
in December 1965, features prominently in the time-travelling
psychological horror film Last Night In Soho (2021),
directed by Edgar Wright, and released in cinemas this weekend. Last
Night In Soho stars Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy,
former Doctor Who Matt Smith, and Sixties’ icons Terence
Stamp and Rita Tushingham. Last Night In Soho
also marks the final film appearances of Diana Rigg and Margaret
FULL STORY - Get it Wright
OCTOBER 2021 - Leslie Bricusse (1931-2021)
Leslie Bricusse, the British composer, lyricist and
playwright, best-known for writing two iconic 1960s James Bond
title songs, has died at the age of 90.
Born in London
on January 9, 1921, Bricusse went on to have a long career in
musical theatre, including with a successful partnership with
singer/songwriter and actor Anthony Newley, which began with
their 1961 hit stage musical Stop The World - I Want To Get
Off. Bricusse and Newley later teamed with composer
to write the title song for the 1964 James Bond film
Goldfinger, sung by
Bassey (pictured left with Leslie Bricusse and Anthony
Although Newley recorded a demo version of the song, it would be
Shirley Bassey's rendition of ‘Goldfinger’ that became the
standard by which all other Bond songs would be judged. Leslie
Bricusse would also write the lyrics for ‘Mr. Kiss Kiss Bang
Bang’, originally intended as the title song for
(1965). Recorded by Dionne Warwick and Shirley Bassey, the song
would ultimately be replaced by
recording of ‘Thunderball’ with lyrics by
re-teamed with John Barry to write the title song lyrics for
You Only Live Twice in 1967. A title track was
originally recorded with English pop singer
Julie Rogers, but a completely different alternate version
was finally used, sung in the film by American pop star
Sinatra. In the same year Bricusse wrote the screenplay and
music & lyrics for the American musical comedy film Doctor
directed by Richard Fleischer, which also starred Anthony
Doctor Dolittle turned out to be a box-office
disappointment, the Leslie Bricusse composition ‘Talk To The
Animals’ sung by Rex Harrison won the Academy Award for Best
Song in 1968. Also nominated that year was ‘The Look of Love’
from the James Bond spoof
(1967) sung by
Springfield, with lyrics by Hal David. Bricusse later told
David that he thought ‘The Look of Love’ should have won as
it was 10 times better than his own song. Bricusse followed his
Oscar-winning success with songs and music for Goodbye Mr.
Chips (1969), Scrooge (1971) starring
[for which Bricusse also wrote the screenplay], and the
ever-popular Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
[once again teamed with Anthony Newley] starring Gene Wilder and
based on the novel by
Bricusse would win a second Academy Award for Best Adaptation
and Original Song Score for Victor/Victoria (1982).