Swede changes name to James Bond!
James Bond is alive and well and living in the south east of Sweden. Or at least his namesake is.
Schäfer, Gunnar Schäfer has just been given the all clear from the tax board to make some alterations to his name.
He may now officially refer himself as Nils Gunnar Bond James Schäfer. Or Bond, James Bond for short.
If ever Sweden was to have its own 007, Gunnar Schäfer has long seemed the most likely candidate.
In 1959 Schäfer’s father, who had been a German secret service agent during the Second World War, disappeared in mysterious circumstances.
”It was the time of the Cold War. He went away on holiday and we never heard from him again. Perhaps somebody wanted him dead. I just don’t know,” Schäfer told The Local.
The loss of his father at a very young age is intimately linked to his life-long interest in 007.
In 1965, the eight-year-old Schäfer settled down to watch ‘Goldfinger’ with his older brother. The experience was to alter his young life.
”I began to compare Ian Fleming’s life to that of my father. I read the novels and found all the similarities.
”Like my father, Fleming had also been a secret agent. He became a sort of mentor to me.
”‘Goldfinger’ helped me to get on with my life and it brought me closer to my father,” he said.
Gunnar Schäfer’s fascination with all things Bond is evident in every aspect of his life.
For example, his mobile phone number ends with the digits 007.
One of his cars, the original BMW used in ‘Goldeneye’, is registered 007 JB.
And just like Ian Fleming’s Jamaican estate, Schäfer’s house in Kalmar is called ‘Goldeneye’.
He also dresses like Bond. At least once a week he puts on his dinner jacket and sits down to watch a 007 classic.
”Sometimes I’ll drink a dry martini. But usually I pour myself a glass of Bollinger champagne, which was Albert Broccoli’s favourite drink and also something Bond is quite fond of,” said Schäfer.
When he’s not being Bond, Gunnar Schäfer runs a car parts business in Nybro. It was here that he first began displaying some of the memorabilia for the world’s first 007 museum.
”It was in 2002, when ‘Die Another Day’ was about to come out. I set aside a small space in my shop”.
The embryonic museum was later moved to a much larger premises. Spread over 350 square metres of exhibition space, the museum now houses a cinema, games consoles and a casino, as well as an impressive array of 007 artifacts ranging from cars to specially designed glasses.
But what about 007’s famed collection of short-term girlfriends? Does Schäfer share his hero’s handy knack of proving irresistible to the opposite sex?
”Yes and no,” he laughed.
”They are often very curious, even the ones who don’t like 007.
”After they meet me and I tell them the story about my father they usually end up liking Bond,” he said.
Gunnar Schäfer celebrated his 50th birthday at the end of March. Visit his website to find out more about the Swedish James Bond and his 007 museum.
Du kallas för Sveriges James Bond, berätta…
– Ja, många har ju kallat mig för Mr Bond i tio år där jag bor. ”Här kommer James” säger de. Då brukar jag säga ”Hallå Mr Q” för att visa respekt tillbaka. Sen vet inte folk hur djupt relaterat det är till min barndom. James Bond är en fadersgestalt för mig.
Du heter James Bond på riktigt förstår jag…
– Ja, jag ansökte till skatteverket om att få lägga till James Bond i mitt namn. Och det beviljades. Så nu heter jag Gunnar James Bond Schäfer.
Hur ska man se ut som Bond?
– Självklart ska man ha lackskor. Ett par riktigt snygga byxor, Armani eller helt Brioni. En klassisk smoking och handknuten fluga. Det där är viktigt. Och så givetvis en vit skjorta. Man får gärna ha en Omega-klocka. Manschettknappat med 007-logga är ju något extra. Men sen den här stilen. Rak i ryggen, cool, ställda dig lite bredbent. Kolla runt lite sådär överlägset. Helst ha två tjejer med dig när du gör entré.
Hur går det för dig med tjejerna?
– Det går bra. Än har jag inte gift mig. Jag har klarat mig (skratt). Jag tror inte på att vara gift med en kvinna, jag vill vara den där Bondkaraktären.
Bollinger Champagne RD 1952 in the James Bond 007 Museum Sweden, Nybro.
One of the most exclusive Bollniger Champagne from the house keller in Ay outsid Reims in France.
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The tasting of recently disgorged Bollinger’s was held to celebrate fifty years since the release of the debut 1952. It was tutored by chef de caveMathieu Kauffmann and he began with an overview of Bollinger RD…
“There have been 27 vintages of RD starting with the 1952 released in 1961. It starts in the vineyard with the selection of the grapes. We press the grapes, make the vinification and do the malolactic vinification in barrels. We do the first tasting after racking and a second tasting in December as we prepare the assemblage. Each vintage there are about 2,000 barrels and choose the best ones.”
(Just in case readers were wondering, the RD vintages are: 1952, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1999.)