The Spy Who Loved Me Lotus Esprit to be auctioned in September

June 28th, 2013 by

The submersible Lotus Esprit used for filming the underwater scenes in The Spy Who Loved Me is to be auctioned in September. RM Auctions, which specialises in selling iconic movie cars such as this one, is responsible for the auction having previously auctioned an Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger and Thunderball for £2.9 million. Source: Auto Evolution

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Thunderball watch auctioned for £104,000

June 27th, 2013 by

The modified Breitling watch worn by Sean Connery in Thunderball that recently emerged after being lost for decades was sold at auction yesterday for £104,000, smashing the estimate of up to £60,000. The watch, supposedly modified by Q-branch to include a Geiger counter, was adapted by the film’s art department and was the only example […]

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Sam Mendes still undecided on Bond 24

June 27th, 2013 by

Attending the premiere of his stage version of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory last night, Sam Mendes preempted any questions about Bond 24 when he told Hey U Guys “I don’t know yet” and “I won’t make any decision until this is open. It’s taken a long time to get this open and this has […]

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James Bond holiday destinations #4 – Greece

June 27th, 2013 by

While Greece may not be one of the first countries you think of when it comes to James Bond, it does have a couple of Bond connections. The first of those is Colonel Sun, by “Robert Markham”, but for most people the greater link is with For Your Eyes Only, Roger Moore’s fifth outing as […]

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‘Warhead’ script to be auctioned at Christie’s tonight

June 26th, 2013 by

A copy of the screenplay for Kevin McClory’s second proposed Thunderball remake (the first was Never Say Never Again) is being auctioned this evening at Christie’s in London. According to MI6 another copy sold in 2008 for £46,850, although the estimate for this one is just £1,000 to £1,500. Unfortunately it is not clear whether […]

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James Bond holiday locations #3 – Switzerland

June 24th, 2013 by

While most Bond fans are aware of James Bond’s paternal Scottish lineage, many who have not read the books are unaware that his mother was actually Swiss; Bond’s (premature) obituary in You Only Live Twice tells us that his mother was Monique Delacroix of the Canton de Vaud. Bond visits Switzerland while engaged on two […]

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Christopher Wood Bond novelisations now available as ebooks

June 21st, 2013 by

Ian Fleming Publications has today released Christoher Wood’s two film novelisations, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, in ebook format. Wood was responsible for the scripts of both films, receiving a co-writing credit with Richard Maibaum for The Spy Who Loved Me while getting full credit for Moonraker.  The books are available for the Kindle, […]

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James Bond holiday destinations #2 – Italy

June 20th, 2013 by

Although Italy hardly appeared in the books at all, James Bond has visited the country a number of times in the films, most recently with Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. In the short story Risicco, James Bond visits first Rome and then Venice while trying to break up a heroin smuggling operation, meeting Kristatos […]

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James Bond holiday destinations #1 – Turkey

June 17th, 2013 by

Although it may not much feel like it at the moment, summer is fast approaching after a long winter that seemed to takeover spring, but finally the weather (at least where I live) has turned. The central heating is off at long last and although the mountains in the distance still have plenty of snow […]

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John Gardner Bond novels available in US as ebooks

June 15th, 2013 by

Eleven of John Gardner’s 16 James Bond novels have been published in ebook format in the United States. The books have been released in Amazon’s Kindle store, as well as for Kobo and Sony devices. The 16 books run from Licence Renewed to Goldeneye, with the five remaining books only being released in 2014 when […]

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