Moonraker

Fleming book reviews (part 1 of 3)

January 21st, 2020 by

In the first of three articles Kathryn Smith pens her thoughts and impressions of Ian Fleming’s 007 books. Like many people around the world I enjoy the exploits of Britain’s greatest secret agent. But during 2019 I set myself the task of reading all of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books. Many of you must be […]

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Bollinger celebrates 40 years with 007

November 11th, 2019 by

Last week Bollinger hosted an event at the Hôtel de Crillon to mark the 40th anniversary of their partnership with 007. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, guest of honour Michael G Wilson, producer of the James Bond films, was joined by an exclusive list of invitees. The evening paid tribute to the shared history of […]

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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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