James Bond in the Eye of Tosca
Not only audiences at Bregenz were enthusiastic about the spectacular staging of Puccini’s opera Tosca last summer. In July 2007 a team from EON Productions, the production company responsible for the James Bond movies, visited one of the last rehearsals for Tosca. Producer Barbara Broccoli and director Marc Forster were impressed – by the unique location on the shore of Lake Constance, the imposing stage set with its hi-tech capabilities, and by the modern architecture of the Festspielhaus. In the first week of May a film crew came to shoot scenes for the new Bond movie Quantum of Solace and stayed for ten days. In the film Bond discovers his adversary for the first time during a performance of Tosca during a seven-and-a-half-minute, high-action sequence shot in the Festspielhaus and on the Seebühne. Director Marc Forster has incorporated the opera intriguingly into the action of the film: the chase through the Festspielhaus is at the end like an apocalyptic silent film – interspersed with dramatic scenes from the Bregenz Tosca
Ross Kananga, circa 1972
The charismatic American came to Jamaica from Florida in 1969 in search of a new adventure. Born Ross W. Heilman, he created the Ross Kananga persona for himself, even claiming part Seminole heritage. With the help of Jim Gore and Stafford Lue, his new Jamaican friends, he set out to establish a Crocodile Farm in virgin mangrove territory in Falmouth, Trelawny. By late 1970 the Jamaica Swamp Safari was born and was home to hundreds of the American Crocodile, 3 American Alligators, a pair of Black Leopards, a Python, a pair of Lion and a Chimpanzee.
Ross Kananga with his leopards Angel & Satan, circa 1974
The croc farm quickly became an attraction for locals and visitors alike who came to take in the daily shows that featured Ross wrestling the crocodiles and alligators, and playing with the leopards and lions. In 1972, while searching for a suitable location, scouts for the James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die’ stumbled across the crocodile farm. Intrigued by a sign that read “Trespassers Will Be Eaten”, they stopped to check out the place and after meeting Kananga quickly decided to have the farm double as the fictional San Monique.
Shooting began in November 1973 and it was in fact Ross Kananga who suggested the now famous croc-jumping escape to the producers. The directors engaged Ross to perform the dangerous stunt, which took five takes to complete and saw him suffering a number of injuries. Although it is said that movie execs considered Ross a bit eccentric, they so loved him that they even named the movie villain’s alter-ego after him. Kananga later worked as a stuntman in the 1973 movie ‘Papillon’, also shot on location at the Safari starring Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
Ross returned to South Florida in 1976 where he lived and trained wild animals at the Seminole Village on Stirling Road in Broward County. There are various news reports of him being attacked by his male leopard Satan, and how he was saved by 19-year old Brenda Surles, who was forced to shoot the animal on Kananga’s orders. Tragedy struck in 1978, when at the age of 32, Ross Kananga died of cardiac arrest while spear fishing in the Everglades.
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Bond, Gunnar James Bond Schäfer tore that textbook in half, threw one part out the window and kept the other, because you need money to make your dreams a reality.
Bond, Gunnar Bond was born in a small beautiful seaside town of Västervik in Sweden in 1957 to Inga Charlotta and Johannes Schäfer. His father was a German soldier that moved to Sweden shortly after the end of World War 2, Gunnar is youngest of three, Bertil (1951) and Heinz (1955).
When Bond, Gunnar Bond (BGB) was two years old and just moved with his family to Nybro, his father suddenly disappeared without a trace. The only explanation offered to the childrens was that he went back to Germany to look for his mother, never to return. In the following years the family of four falls into hardship, he remembers getting a visit from the Lions club donating food over holiday festivals while they plummet down the social classes to the lowes
Single mother with three kids of a German soldier in the sixties was not called a ”independent powered heroine of a mother” but the total opposite, In Iceland we had the hate word for women that dated American soldiers during WW2, Kanamella is playing on the word for Caramel in Icelandic, Kana being a slang for American and mella (said; metla) the most derogatory word you can find for
Next week we are taking the wings away from Bond plane Cessna 172.
Cessna F 172 H James Bond Gunnar Schäfer James Bond 007 Museum Nybro Sweden http://www.007museum.com/