Moonraker

Anniversary of Lewis Gilbert’s death [2018]

February 23rd, 2019 by

Lewis Gilbert, who directed Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice (1967) and two Roger Moore films, died in Monaco on 23rd February 2018 at the age of 97. When Gilbert returned to the series he essentially remade the fifth Bond film twice, with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)and Moonraker (1979).

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Shirley Bassey and the story behind the theme song to Moonraker

January 15th, 2019 by

Guest writer Brendan Edwards looks at how a chance encounter with John Barry led Shirley Bassey to sing the theme for Moonraker. Shirley Bassey has a special place in the hearts of many James Bond fans. The Welsh singer has performed more James Bond theme songs than any other performer, three in total with Goldfinger (1964), […]

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Moonraker radio play on BBC Radio 4 this weekend

March 29th, 2018 by

BBC Radio 4 to broadcast Moonraker adaptation with Toby Stephens as 007. Martin Jarvis directs this surprisingly up-to-date, all-star guided missile drama. It’s 1954 and British patriot Sir Hugo Drax (Samuel West) has built an atomic rocket, Moonraker, vital to Britain’s defences. It’s ready for a trial launch. But after a double-murder, James Bond (Toby Stephens) goes […]

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Lewis Gilbert dies aged 97

February 27th, 2018 by

Three time Bond director Lewis Gilbert has died at the age of 97. Lewis Gilbert, who directed Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice (1967) and returned to the series to direct the late Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979), has died according to a tweet by 007 website […]

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Remembering Sir Roger Moore

May 24th, 2017 by

Sir Roger Moore

It was one hot Saturday afternoon in August 1975 when I got my first taste of James Bond on the big screen. The Man With The Golden Gun had been released in December the previous year, but this was my first opportunity to see it. Hard as it is to imagine today, it took months […]

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The Bond Novelizations Part I: The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker

April 21st, 2017 by

Welcome to the world of the James Bond films novelizations. The trend for turning films or TV series into novels started during the second half of the 20th century. It was the era prior to the home video boom and a way to experience the film at home. This technique is still continued in many franchises […]

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How much does James Bond earn?

April 21st, 2017 by

In chapter 1 of Moonraker James Bond is in his office ploughing through a mound of paperwork. Fleming tells us a little about Bond’s routine while in London between assignments. He also tells us his income: He earned £1500 a year, the salary of a Principal Officer in the Civil Service, and he had a […]

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Screenwriter Christopher Wood dies

October 19th, 2015 by

On Saturday morning Roger Moore announced on twitter the death of screenwriter and novelist Christopher Wood.  Wood wrote the screenplay for two of Moore’s Bond films, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977, which he wrote with Richard Maibaum) and Moonraker (1979). He also wrote novelisations of the two films. As well as his work on Bond, Wood’s […]

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Specialist Barcelona cinema showing 007 retrospective in May

May 1st, 2015 by

A specialist cinema in Barcelona will be showing a six-film 007 retrospective in May shown in 35mm or projected digitally in 4K depending on the film and shown in English. Phenomena describes itself as “The Ultimate Cinematic Experience” and specialises in showing films from the 70s, 80s and 90s, although movies from other eras are also shown. […]

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Roger Moore: The Spy Who We Loved

November 21st, 2014 by

Two men were among the few to play cinema’s most iconic spy. Two men broke unimaginable box office records. Both of these became pop culture icons, one of the sixties, one of the seventies. But where Sean Connery would forever be lauded as the epitome of British Cool and the perennial favourite of Timothy Dalton, […]

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