June 2022 -
James Bond producers honoured with British Film Institute
28 June 2022
James Bond Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli were
honoured with BFI Fellowships at the BFI Chairman, Tim Richards’
dinner held at London’s Claridge’s Hotel last night.
presented the producers with their awards.
touched by this extraordinary honour and humbled to be in the
presence of all these other great Fellows. Seventy years ago,
when our father
Broccoli came to the UK to produce his first film, it became
a love affair with our family and the British film industry.
Sixty years ago, when
Connery first uttered those words, ‘Bond, James Bond’, right
up through the 25th Bond,
No Time To Die,
we’ve continued to make films here in the UK. We’re incredibly
proud of those films and we would not be here today without the
thousands of talented cast, crew, directors and writers who work
here and make it possible,” said Wilson and Broccoli.
messages of congratulations came from
Arnold performed ‘You Only Live Twice’.
June 2022 -
James Bond producers awarded with their CBEs at Buckingham Palace
24 June 2022
James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson
were awarded with their Commander of the Order of the British
Empire medals at an investiture at Buckingham Palace today.
Barbara Broccoli and her
half-brother Michael G. Wilson, were among those
honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, in the 2022 New
Year's Honours List in recognition of their services to Film,
Drama, Philanthropy and Skills. The medals were presented by
June 2022 - Double-O Heaven at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale
June 24 2022
- JAMES BOND FILM CARS TO STAR AT GOODWOOD AUCTION - An
Aston Martin which featured in No Time To Die (2021), the
latest film in the James Bond series will have a leading role in
the Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale on Friday 24 June at Goodwood.
Also starring in the sale is a modified Land Rover Defender
specially built for the 2015 Bond film Spectre (2015).
Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale will take place in
its traditional setting of the private gardens of Goodwood House
on Friday June 24, 2022 from 10.00 (automobilia) and 14.00
(motor cars). All lots can be viewed on Thursday 23 June, 10.00
to 17.30 and Friday sale day from 09.00.
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June 2022 - British Film Institute To Honour Bond Producers With
17 June 2022
- Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli to be given highest
honour bestowed by the BFI
The BFI announced they will be honouring producers Michael G.
Wilson and Barbara Broccoli with BFI Fellowships, the highest
honour bestowed by the BFI and one of the British film
industry’s most prestigious accolades.
“We are so proud to be awarded the BFI Fellowship on behalf of
all of those who have been a part of the James Bond series over
60 years and feel honoured to join such an esteemed group of
distinguished industry fellows” said Wilson and Broccoli. “We
are very grateful to so many members of the British film
industry who we have worked with over the course of our careers
and thank the British Film Institute for their tremendous
support and leadership of the creative industries in the UK.”
The BFI Fellowship will be presented to Michael G. Wilson and
Barbara Broccoli at the BFI Chair’s Dinner on 28th June in
London. In addition to the BFI Fellowships, the BFI also
announced they will be marking 60 years of 007 films with a
special James Bond celebration weekend of screenings and events
in London at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX on October 1st and 2nd
2022. The programme will be announced shortly.
June 2022 - 007 Celebrates The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
10 June 2022
- James Bond vehicles join Jubilee celebrations
On Sunday June 5, 2022 - 007 celebrated The Queen and 70 years of exceptional service
to her country by being invited to take part in The Platinum
Jubilee Pageant. Ten iconic Bond vehicles joined Act II of
The People’s Pageant in a once-in-a-lifetime procession.
The vehicles appeared amidst a collection of 500 vintage cars
and motorbikes which covered a 3km route taking in The Mall
and Buckingham Palace to echo the Coronation journey 70 years
Taking part in the parade were the beloved
DB5, which starred in eight films: Goldfinger,
Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale,
Skyfall, Spectre and No Time To Die driven by Special
Scrambler motorbike seen recently in No Time To Die
ridden by world champion bike rider Paul Edmondson; Moneypenny’s
Land Rover Defender from Skyfall driven by one of the
world’s leading female stunt drivers Jess Hawkins, and the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud from A View To A Kill driven by
Academy Award winning director & stunt co-ordinator
Other vehicles included the
DB10 as featured in Spectre, which will be driven by
three-time British World Rally Champion Mark Higgins, and the
Jaguar XKR from Die Another Day driven by stunt co-ordinator
Completing the spectacular array of iconic cars in the 007 line-up
were the Aston
Martin V12 Vanquish from Die Another Day; a
Series III from No Time To Die, the Rolls Royce
Phantom III from Goldfinger; a
S1 seen in The Spy Who Loved Me - and the
V8 from both The Living Daylights and, more recently,
No Time To Die.
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JUNE 2022 - The Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II - A look at Her
Majesty's connections with 007
Platinum Jubilee of Elizabeth II - to mark the 70th anniversary
of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on 6 February 1952
To celebrate The Queen's Platinum
Jubilee 007 MAGAZINE takes a look at Her Majesty's many
connections with James Bond in literature and films. From
mentions in the novels of Ian Fleming, appearances at three
James Bond film premieres, and even a meeting with James Bond
himself in 2012, as the pair ‘both skydive’ into the Olympic
Stadium with Union Jack parachutes in a nod to The Spy Who Loved Me
Majesty's Service” - FULL
May 2022 - Licence To Kill post-screening Q&A with Paul
Weston at the Prince Charles Cinema
28 May 2022
For the Saturday 28th May screening of Licence To Kill
(part of their James Bond Season),
London's Prince Charles Cinema welcomes Stunt Coordinator Paul
Weston to a post-film Q&A moderated by
Jon Auty in conjunction
with the ‘Really, 007!’ podcast.
is one of the world's very best stunt professionals. He started
his career back in the 1960s on British television shows
including The Saint, Danger Man and The
Avengers, where he doubled for
as John Steed.
On the big screen he has been responsible for the action on many
box-office favourites including Aliens, Robin Hood: Prince Of
Thieves, Daylight, Dragonheart and Spies Like Us, not
to mention both of the Timothy Dalton James Bond adventures,
The Living Daylights
(1987) and Licence To
Kill (1989). Not only working as stunt coordinator, Paul
Weston also doubled
Dalton occasionally during filming of Licence To Kill;
including the sequence where Bond hangs onto a seaplane as it
takes off, and the scene where he escapes from Ernest
Hemingway's house in the Florida Keys (pictured left).
APRIL 2022 - James Bama (1926-2022)
The noted American artist and illustrator James Bama has
died at the age of 95. Born in Washington Heights, New York on
April 28, 1926 Bama is perhaps best-known for his realistic
paintings and etchings of Western subjects. James Bama also had
a long and successful career as a prolific commercial artist,
producing paperback book covers, movie posters and illustrations
for noted US publications including Argosy, The Saturday Evening Post
and Reader's Digest. Beginning in 1964 with The Man of
Bronze, James Bama created a set of 62 covers for the Doc
Savage series of paperbacks published by Bantam Books. He
also painted the box cover art for several Aurora monster
model kits, including The Wolf Man, Frankenstein,
Dracula and The Mummy.
first foray into James Bond artwork was with the covers of
Popular Science Magazine in January 1966, featuring an
illustration of Sean Connery and the gadgets from Thunderball
(1965); and again on the June 1967 issue with
an illustration of ‘Little Nellie’ from You Only Live Twice.
Bama then illustrated the cover for Bantam's 1967 paperback
Alias James Bond - The Life of Ian Fleming by John Pearson,
followed by the first US paperback edition of COLONEL SUN by
Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham) in May 1969. Bantam
later issued paperbacks of CASINO ROYALE, FROM RUSSIA, WITH
LOVE, DOCTOR NO and GOLDFINGER in 1971/72, and finally a reissue
of COLONEL SUN in 1972 using the same artwork as the 1969
paperback but this time in reverse. Given the style of the
artwork, James Bond poster artists
McGinnis have both been erroneously credited with the cover
paintings for these five paperbacks. James Bama had
frequently used American model/actor
Steve Holland (1925-1997) as a photo-reference for his
paintings; most notably as heroic-adventure character Doc
Savage. It is undoubtedly the square-jawed Steve Holland who
also provided the facial reference for the GOLDFINGER cover
(pictured left) at least.
James Bama (top
left) died just four days before his 96th birthday.
APRIL 2022 - Original screenplays, film scripts and storyboards to
go on sale for £500,000
Blockbuster set of original James Bond screenplays, film scripts
and storyboards to go on sale for £500,000
extensive collection of James Bond film scripts, screenplays,
manuscripts, storyboards and film treatments will be jointly
offered for sale by world-leading London-based rare book dealers
Peter Harrington and Adrian Harrington Rare Books for £500,000,
in time to celebrate the 60th anniversary of 007 on the big
screen. The set of approximately 120 original and inscribed
screenplays, scripts, costume designs, storyboards, publicity
material and even legal correspondence related to some of the
franchise’s most memorable characters and moments on and off
screen, and constitutes a dream haul of collectables for any fan of
Bond’s onscreen escapades over the past 60 years.
APRIL 2022 - All 25 James Bond coming to Amazon Prime in the UK for
a limited time
From April 15,
2022 all 25 James Bond films from
Dr. No (1962) to
No Time To Die
(2021), will be able to stream on Prime Video in the UK only.
The announcement comes as Amazon last month finalised their
$8.45 billion deal to secure MGM
Studios, which owns 50% of the film rights in the franchise.
James Bond film No Time To Die which starred
Daniel Craig in his
final performance as 007 will be available on the platform a
year, whereas the rest of the series will only be available for
two months. Also included as part of the James Bond package is
the 2012 documentary
Everything Or Nothing: The Untold Story Of 007. Although the
rights for Casino
Royale (1967) and
Never Say Never Again (1983) are now controlled by
EON/MGM, the two ‘unofficial’ James Bond films do not form part
of the package.*
two films are now included as part of the package available to
Amazon Prime subscribers. It should be noted that the version of
Never Say Never Again is the unrated US edition featuring
the unedited horse fall not previously seen in UK prints of the
film. No Time To Die is also the US version omitting the
Universal logo at the start, so therefore features the
uninterrupted gun barrel sequence.
MARCH 2022 - James Bond's gravestone erected on the Faroe Islands
Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond in
No Time To Die (2021), the Faroe Islands have
commissioned a custom gravestone to honour the character, who
died on the island of Kalsoy which served as the location of the
abandoned missile base headquarters of villain Lyutsifer Safin
(played by Rami Malek).
The grave is positioned near the Kallur lighthouse on the island
and reads, “In Memory of James Bond, 1962–2021,” as reported by
the official Guide to the Faroe Islands page. “Local villagers
have taken it upon themselves to erect a tombstone in memory of
the renowned spy,” the statement reads. “Made from Faroese
basalt, the gravestone has been cut by an acclaimed stonemason
in the village of Skopun. It has then been transported to the
exact location on Kalsoy, where Bond meets his fate in No
Time To Die.” Unveiled by The Prime Minister on
March 23, 2022, the design of the grave matches Bond’s parents’
tombs seen in Skyfall (2012), and the quote read by ‘M’
(Ralph Fiennes) in
No Time To Die is included on the
grave: “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”
The second part of the quote by novelist Jack London: “I shall
not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my
time”, was used by Ian Fleming
in his 1964 novel YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE to conclude Bond's
obituary printed in The Times
when the character was missing, presumed dead.
Fans can now
book a tour through the Guide to Faroe Islands
website for a special James Bond sightseeing excursion,
which includes stops in Borðoy island, Kalsoy island, and
crossing the Kalsoyarfjørður strait. The No Time To Die
filming locations tour will culminate in the village of
Trøllanes, where the James Bond crew shot on Kalsoy island.
MARCH 2022 - 60 Years of James Bond and two BAFTA wins for No
Time To Die
Lashana Lynch won the
award for ‘Rising Star’ at the 75th British Academy Film Awards
held last night at London's Royal Albert Hall. No Time To Die
also won the BAFTA for Best Editing and was awarded to Elliot
Graham and Tom Cross, who said working on a James Bond film had
always been a dream and dedicated his award to legendary editor
who worked on Dr. No 60 years ago.
BAFTA ceremony kicked off in style with a spirited performance
of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ by 85-year-old Dame Shirley Bassey to
celebrate 60 Years of James Bond in the Cinema.
LASHANA LYNCH WINS
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD
DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY
PERFORMS ‘DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER’
FEBRUARY 2022 - Return of ‘The Duke’ - the remarkable story behind Goya's stolen masterpiece
year's appearance of the
cinema marquee for Thunderball in Edgar Wright's
Last Night in Soho (2021), comes another British title with
a strong link to the James Bond films. Starring Jim
Broadbent and Helen Mirren, The Duke tells the story of
the disappearance from London's National Gallery in August 1961,
of the recently acquired portrait of The Duke of Wellington by
Spanish artist Fransisco de Goya. After an extensive worldwide
police search and the receipt of several ransom demands, the painting remained unrecovered until July 1965.
However, in the interim, the theft of the portrait was still
front page news across the UK, and a memorable appearance in the
first James Bond film
Dr. No (1962) kept the story alive, implying that it was
the eponymous villain who was behind the crime, when in
actual fact it was stored in a cupboard in the Newcastle council
flat of an unemployed 61-year-old bus driver!
Also a look at
the other significant works of art that have prominently
featured in the James Bond films.
Art For Art's Sake
FEBRUARY 2022 - Second OHMSS Wedding ring to be
auctioned at Sotheby's
Online Auction: 3–10 February 2022
distinctive ring was one of only two designed by the jeweller
Charles de Temple for the 1969 James Bond film On Her
Majesty's Secret Service. The first ring which sold at
Sotheby's in 2019 garnered international press attention and
ended up hammering down for a spectacular £52,500 against a
pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000. The ring is central to the
film's narrative, as it serves as the wedding ring given by Bond
(George Lazenby) to the Contessa Teresa ‘Tracy’ di Vicenzo
(Diana Rigg) on the occasion of their wedding, 007's only
marriage. The romantic message ‘All the Time in the World’
spelled out by the ring's design is a recurring theme throughout
the film, and also the title of the film's theme song, performed
by Louis Armstrong. However, the phrase also takes on a poignant
tone as the final words of the film - Bond's bride is tragically
killed shortly after their wedding, and Bond reads
the words on the ring aloud as he cradles her in his arms.
The ring's eye-catching
bi-coloured design and its unusual prominence in the film
brought de Temple considerable success, and to meet demand, de
Temple produced a limited edition of 50 copies, of a similar
design to the original but reading ‘All the Love in the World’.
The present owner bought the ring from a close family friend who
is thought to have purchased it from Charles de Temple in the
Lot #87 Estimate: £15,000-£20,000.
SOLD FOR £56,700
FEBRUARY 2022 - Double Or Nothing is the title of the new
00-Section spin-off novel
Announced by HarperCollins in
November 2021, Double Or Nothing is the start of a
brand new spin-off trilogy following MI6’s agents with a licence
to kill, that blows the world of James Bond wide open! The new
novel by Kim Sherwood is now available to pre-order from
Amazon with the website revealing the brief synopsis:
James Bond is missing…
007 has been captured, perhaps even killed, by a sinister
private military company. His whereabouts are unknown.
Meet the new generation of spies…
Johanna Harwood, 003. Joseph Dryden, 004. Sid Bashir, 009.
Together, they represent the very best and brightest of MI6.
Skilled, determined and with a licence to kill, they will do
anything to protect their country.
The fate of the world rests in their hands…
Tech billionaire Sir Bertram Paradise claims he can reverse the
climate crisis and save the planet. But can he really? The new
spies must uncover the truth, because the future of humanity
hangs in the balance.
Time is running out.
Eagle-eyed fans will notice that 003 is named after the
female screenwriter who worked on the first three James Bond
JANUARY 2022 - Paul Gallico's collection of Ian Fleming first
editions sold in auction
A fascinating and eclectic
sale of the Paul Gallico estate library and contents was sold by
Chiswick Auctions in London this week. Included in the sale was
furniture, original art, posters (including the very desirable
poster for the first James Bond film Dr. No) and a
complete set of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels in their Jonathan Cape
first editions, with eight of these inscribed by Fleming to Paul
(1897-1976), was one of the great storytellers and writers of
the 20th century. Journalist, novelist and screenwriter, Gallico
was born in New York and died in Monaco, but spent much of his
life living in Saltram in Devon. Paul Gallico is known for
writing a number of major books and films of the mid-20th
century, and probably best known for The Snow Goose
(published in 1941), and The Poseidon Adventure,
(published in 1969) with film adaptations made in 1971 and 1973.
Gallico was a good friend of Ian Fleming, working with him on
the Sunday Times, sharing Fleming’s interests in golf,
diving and fencing. Fleming sent an initial typescript of his
first James Bond novel CASINO ROYALE to Gallico asking if it was
publishable – Gallico replied to Fleming ‘The book is a
knockout!’ The rest is history. Gallico also wrote an
introductory essay to the first James Bond Omnibus
Bonds, published by The Macmillan Company in New York in
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!
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