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25 Jan

2014 Producers Guild Awards Winners

LOS ANGELES – Tonight the Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced this year’s winning motion picture and television productions at the 25th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

In addition to the competitive awards, the Producers Guild presented special honors to Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Robert Iger (Milestone Award), Peter Jackson & Joe Letteri (Vanguard Award), Chuck Lorre (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Chris Meledandri (Visionary Award) and FRUITVALE STATION (Stanley Kramer Award). The 2014 Producers Guild Awards Co-Chairs are Lori McCreary (INVICTUS, ”Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman”) and Michael De Luca (CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, MONEYBALL, THE SOCIAL NETWORK).

The 2014 Producers Guild nominated films and television programs are listed below in alphabetical order by category along with producers. The producers’ names for each nominated production are listed in alphabetical order and may not reflect the order of screen credits. The winners are indicated in bold and with an asterisk


Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have been honoured with the the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.

25 Jan


Bond producers honoured


Bond producers honoured

 News from Nybro Sweden James Bond Museum

Congratulations to long time Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who have been honoured with the the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.

For the full list of winners, visit:



The website for a James Bond museum in Sweden

24 Jan

Website design shouldn’t elicit this reaction.

The website for a James Bond museum in Sweden

There is probably not one of us reading this who has not lost themselves in time and space as they surf the web. So much engaging content, so many interesting lines of enquiry – and so much rubbish too.

As the (revised) saying goes:

Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach that person to use the internet and they won’t bother you for weeks.

Even though the World Wide Web has come a long way since it was first developed more than 20 years ago, we often come across the “try-too-hard website” where designers mistakenly think that people visit the site for the “experience”. They do not. They come for information. Anything that slows them down in getting that information is just annoying.

Annoying your visitors can hardly be good for business, yet websites that do this are not uncommon – as shown in the latest annual list of 25 worst websites.

Even worse is the website for a James Bond museum in Sweden, picked up by another web critic.

Despite a growing number of people accessing the web through their smartphones, there are still many websites that have so much busy content, Flash animations and slow-loading graphics that even a desktop computer would have trouble showing them.

The name’s Bond… James Bond. Scandinavian James Bond

21 Jan

Meet the Scandinavian James Bond

The name’s Bond… James Bond. Licensed to… operate a Bond museum above a car-parts shop in Nybro

Meet the Scandinavian James Bond

Text by Steve Vickers

The glamorous destination is a staple of the James Bond movie. But my quest for 007 has led me to the small Swedish city of Nybro, population 13,000, and to an auto shop on an industrial estate.

When I arrive, snowflakes still melting on my clothes, I enter to find the place deserted and silent. I decide to take a look around. On the left-hand side of the garage space are shelves stacked with regular car accessories: brake disks, replacement headlamps, plastic bottles of motor oil and the like. Over on the other side of the room, however, things get considerably more interesting – there are martini glasses, packs of playing cards, bottles of aftershave, books, posters and other items of merchandise, every little bit of it etched, emblazoned, stamped or printed with a 007TM logo. Engrossed in all the Bond paraphenalia, I’m startled when a figure appears at the back of the workshop, scaring the living daylights out of me.

It’s Bond.

I resist the urge to say I’ve been expecting him, and stretch out my hand in greeting. This is the man formerly known as Gunnar Schäfer, but following a successful change of name in 2007, now Gunnar Bond James Schäfer. To colleagues and locals, it’s plain Mr Bond, including at the neighbourhood pizzeria, where he convinced the owners to create a special 007 pizza.

The 56-year-old Swede actually makes a very passable, Timothy Daltonesque Bond – he’s slim and strong looking, with a chiselled jaw and sweptback hair – but this is obviously a dress-down day. Instead of the tuxedo, he’s wearing a black zip-up cardigan and plain black trousers, like something Bond might wear after an alpine ski session. Or a day spent doing odd jobs in a shop that sells car parts.

It’s not just a car-parts shop though – the space also doubles as Gunnar’s very own James Bond museum and gift shop. ”I thought we could start with a little video,” he says and leads me through to a 20-seat cinema. From the self-produced film that follows, it becomes clear that this Bond thing is more than just a hobby.

He drives a car with the number plate 007 JB. He named his house GoldenEye, after Bond author Ian Fleming’s Jamaican residence, and has the number 007 above the door. Confusingly, he actually lives at number ten.

Gunnar dates the start of his obsession to 1965, when his older brother took him to see his first Bond film. Its fruition didn’t come until almost 40 years later, when in 2003 he opened his museum.

The impressive collection runs to some 40,000 pieces and includes a pistol used in The Man with the Golden Gun, a 007 toilet with Bond silhouette in mosaic on the floor, and a bar area, where vodka martinis are served to Bond fans and non-fans alike, along with the opportunity to play blackjack in Gunnar’s mini Casino Royale.

Fittingly for a man with a front as a car-parts salesman, the best exhibits are the vehicles. As well as a racing-green Jaguar E-type made in 1962 – the same year Dr No was released – Gunnar owns the actual metallic blue BMW Z3 Pierce Brosnan drove for the filming of GoldenEye. This car, Gunnar says, is the single most expensive item in a collection he estimates to be worth between SEK5 and SEK10 million (€590,000-€1.18m).

As we chat, he opens up more about the reasons for wanting to be like Bond and his creator Ian Fleming, who he affectionately calls ”Papa Fleming”.

”When I was two years old, my dad went to Germany to find his relatives,” he explains. ”We never heard anything from him again. Interpol searched for him for 10 years before they declared him dead. I still don’t know what happened to him.

”I became fascinated with Fleming’s stories and started comparing Fleming with my dad. I don’t know what my dad experienced, but I could dream that Fleming’s stories matched with his.”

Although he’s never stopped searching for clues about the past, Gunnar has his sights set on the future. His website attracts millions of Bond fans every year and he’s hoping to take some of his exhibits on tour to other parts of the world.

He’s even going to start making more appearances as a lookalike. And, of course, he wants to collect more stuff. For a Bond obsessive like Gunnar, it seems the world is not enough.

SAAB 900 turbo som Bondbil. Han lät Bond få ett nytt märke – Saab ”Silver Beast”.

21 Jan


SAAB 900 turbo fanns  med i  John Garners första bok som James Bond författare, året var 1981.
John Gardner tog över Ian Flemings 007, 1981 efter Kingsley Amis ”Bond novellen” Colonel Sun ”.
I sin första Bond novell 1981, ”Licens förnyas”, Han lät Bond få ett nytt märke – Saab ”Silver Beast”.

John Gardner till vänster och författarkollegan Douglas Rutherford   SAAB 900 Turbo 1981 James Bond Silver Beast Specification.j

007’s SAAB 900 Turbo which featured in John Gardner’s debut 1981 Bond novel ”Licence Renewed”

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007saab.jpg (174873 bytes)                   SAAB promotional poster.                 SAAB promotional poster.


  • Water-cooled turbo engine modification per Saab Law Enforcement          specs, producing a top speed in excess of 170 MPH
  • Modified fuel system capable of running on petrol or gasohol
  • Halon 12 fire extinguishing system and fire-proofing
  • Digital Head-Up Display
  • Remote text-messaging system via black box phone hook up to landline          Mobile phone
  • Four external tear gas ducts
  • A filter to neutralise deadly gas entering the car’s passenger cabin
  • Oxygen masks under the seats in CO2-operated compartment
  • Several hidden compartments in dashboard containing TH70 Nitefinder          goggles (for driving without headlights), grenades, one unauthorized          Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 Magnum revolver and one Browning automatic          handgun
  • Fully armor-plated body Bulletproof glass
  • Steel-reinforced ramming bumpers back and front
  • Heavy-duty Dunlop Denovos tires, self-sealing even after being hit          by bullets
  • Black leather upholstery
  • Side gunport Remote starter kit Rotating license plates
  • Air Conditioning Cruise Control Two halogen fog lamps
  • A fully built in sound system
  • Aircraft headlight hidden behind front license plate.
Model: 900 Turbo
Manufacturer: Saab
Production: 1978-1998
Engine: 2.0 L (1985 cc) B201 Turbo
Torque: 235 N·m (173 lb·ft)             at 5000 rpm
Power: 143 hp (107 kW; 145 PS)             at 5000 rpm
Top Speed: 210 km/h (131 mph)
0-60 mph (0-97 km/h): 9-10 s
Dimensions: L 4,680 mm (184.3 in),             W 1,690 mm (66.5 in),             H 1,400 mm (55.1 in)
Weight: 1,338 kg (2,950 lb)
In                his first Bond novel in 1981, ”Licence Renewed”, he                let Bond venture away from his traditional Q-branch vehicles to                a new brand – the Saab ”Silver Beast”.   I sitt första                Bond novellen 1981, ”Licens förnyas”, han lät Bond                venture bort från sin traditionella Q-filial fordon till ett                nytt märke – Saab ”Silver Beast”.

The                SAAB 900 Turbo saw Bond depart from his earlier Bentley’s and                Aston Martin’s and have his own personally modified car by the                multinational ”Communication Control System” and not                Q-Branch.   Saab 900 Turbo såg Bond avvika från sin                tidigare Bentley och Aston Martin och har sitt eget personligen                modifierade bil av multinationella ”Meddelande Control                System” och inte Q-Branch.

The                real life counterpart SAAB 900 Turbo was launched in 1980 and                was seen at the time as a car which broke new ground, offering                the public high-end performance and practicality.   Den                verkliga livet motsvarighet Saab 900 Turbo lanserades 1980 och sågs                då som en bil som bröt ny mark genom att erbjuda allmänheten                high-end prestanda och praktiska.

SAAB’s                prestige and automotive credibility were raised to levels shared                by other Bond thoroughbreds – Bentley, Aston Martin and Lotus.                                  SAAB: s prestige och fordonsindustrin trovärdighet togs upp                till nivåer som delas av andra Bond thoroughbreds – Bentley,                Aston Martin och Lotus.

Above:                This rare promotion photograph was produced in conjunction with                the 1981 Novel ‘Licence Renewed’. Ovan:                Detta                sällsynta  fotografi har producerats i samarbete med 1981                nya ”License förnyade”. 007_saab_900turbo.jpg (72826 bytes)

1981        saw the release of John Gardner’s first 007 novel ”Licence Renewed”,        which was published to great critical acclaim. The book introduced us to        new the ”Silver Beast” and its refinements, and the car went        on to see action again in two more Gardner titles in 1982’s ”For        Special Services” and ”Icebreaker” in 1983. 1981 såg        frisläppandet av John Gardner: s första 007 nya ”License förnyade”,        som kom till stor kritisk bifall. Boken infördes oss till den nya        ”Silver Beast” och dess finesser, och bilen fortsatte med att        se handling igen i två mer Gardner titlar i 1982: s ”för särskilda        tjänster” och ”Icebreaker” 1983.

Above:                Bond author John Gardner with the Saab 900 Turbo. Ovan:                Bond författaren John Gardner med Saab 900 Turbo. John                Gardner talked  earlier this year about his use of the SAAB                900 Turbo in his Bond novels, and why he

James Bond Museum 557 followeres on twitter @007museum

20 Jan

James Bond Museum 557 followeres on twitter @007museum
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Nöjeskungen i Kalmar Peo Ahlberg träffade James Bond i Nybro på James Bond 007 Museet

20 Jan
Nöjeskungen i Kalmar Peo Ahlberg har precis gett ut sin bok Nöjessvängen i samband med besöket hos James Bond Gunnar Schäfer i världens första James Bond 007 museum, så bytte de böcker med varandra 28 mars 2011.

Nöjeskungen i Kalmar Peo Ahlberg har precis gett ut sin bok Nöjessvängen i samband med besöket hos James Bond Gunnar Schäfer i  världens första James Bond 007 museum, så bytte de böcker med varandra.