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Bond canon has sadly lost this year, and their unique contributions to the world of 007, on screen and off…

9 Jan



In Memoriam 31st December 2013

Bond canon has sadly lost this year, and their unique contributions to the world of 007, on screen and off…

Bernard Horsfall (1930-2013)                 The actor who played Shaun Campbell, Bond’s contact in Switzerland                in ”On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” has  passed                away unexpectedly on 29th January 2013 at the age of 82.                 Horsfall was born in Hertfordshire, England, on 20th November                1930. He began his TV acting career in the late ’50s                with a series of bitparts in made-for-TV films, before securing                the lead in the now little-remembered ”Captain Moonlight:                Man of Mystery”. For much of the ’60s, he served as a guest                star on various now-classic TV series, including ”The Avengers”, ”Z                Cars”, ”The                Saint” and a notable part as Chancellor Goth in the ”Doctor                Who” story arc ”The Mind Robber”, in which he                played opposite Patrick Troughton as the Doctor. He went on to                appear in a total of 15 ”Doctor Who” episodes throughout                his career. His film credits include two outings opposite Roger                Moore: ”Gold” in                1974 and ”Shout at the Devil” in 1976. His other notable                credits include ”Brass                Target” (1978), ”Gandhi” (1982) and ”Braveheart” (1995). Full              Story

Mitchell Hooks (1923-2013)                 American artist and illustrator Mitchell Hooks, who gave the                world their first look at a stylized Sean Connery as 007 on the              1962 ‘Dr. No’ poster, died in March 2013 aged 89. Perhaps his                best known work worldwide are his movie poster designs, especially                his series of quad posters for                the first James Bond film, ‘Dr. No’. As well as creating a stylized                illustrations of Sean Connery as James Bond for the UK quad poster,                which would be used again for the later US theatrical campaign,                he also drew the line-art illustrations that feature behind the                colourful character poses. A lot of his work would be repurposed                for the international posters. Hooks was elected to the Society              of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 1999. Full              Story

Above: US one sheet.

David C. Anderson (1941-2013)                 Assistant director David C. Anderson, who worked with Terence              Young on his three James Bond films,died of cancer in Richmond,              England, on Sunday 4th August 2013 at the age of 72 following a                short illness. Anderson assisted Young on ”Dr. No” (1962), ”From                Russia With Love” (1963) and ”Thunderball” (1964).                During his six decades in the industry, he also went worked with                fellow-007                director Lewis Gilbert on his non-Bond outings.                On the small screen he was assistant director on five episodes                of ‘The Saint’ when                Roger Moore was in the title role. His other film credits included:                1969’s ”The Prime of Miss Jean                Brodie”,                1970’s ”The Kremlin Letter”, 1975’s ”The Man Who Would Be                King”, 1976’s ”The Eagle Has Landed”, 1978’s ”The Deer Hunter”,                1979’s ”Quadrophenia”, 1980’s ”Flash Gordon”, 1988’s ”Tequila                Sunrise” and                1991’s ”What About Bob?” Full              Story

Commander Ken Wallis (1916-2013)                 Commander Ken Wallis, known the world over to James Bond fans                as the inventor and pilot of the auto-gyro seen in the 1967 adventure ”You                Only Live Twice” as Little Nellie,   died aged 97 on Sunday                1st September 2013 in the village of Reymerston in Norfolk, England.                His daughter Vicky said her father passed away after ”a                long and successful life doing what he wanted.” Wing Commander                Kenneth Horatio Wallis MBE, DEng (hc), CEng, FRAeS, FSETP, PhD                (hc), RAF (Ret’d), was a leading exponent on                autogyros and has held, and in some cases still holds, 34 records                related to them.

It is his work as inventor and pilot of autogyros for which                Wallis is best known to Bond fans around the world. He developed                the craft for ”reconnaissance, research & development,                surveillance and military purposes” but was weary of other                building their own kits from plans, insisting that although                the design is simple, they had to be built to proper standard.                Wallis’ signature contribution                his autogyro was the offset gimbal rotor head. Wallis produced                the craft under the company Wallis Autogyros Ltd run by his cousin              in Cambridge.

Q-Branch’s ‘Little Nellie’ was in fact model WA-116 from Wallis’                stable of autogyros. For the film, Little Nellie was kitted out                with a range of armourments by MI6’s Q-Branch, so that Bond could                survey the volcanic islands of Japan in safety. She was accompanied                by her ”dad”, Q himself, who demonstrated some of the                modifications to 007. Such modifications included twin forward-facing                machine guns, two 1.75″ rockets, smaller heat seeking missiles                and aerial mines. Nellie is equipped with short-range radio so                that the pilot can communicate with her ”dad” at all                times, and a camera broadcasts a pilot’s view so that he can                better be aided by the ground-staff. She is transported to Japan                in several packing cases and assembled by able bodies provided              by the Japanese secret service – overseen by Q of course.

Wallis was awarded an MBE in 1996, and a long                over-due campaign medal for his 28 bomber missions over Germany                during WWII in July 2013. Last October, he was given a lifetime                contribution to aerospace award by the Guild of Air Pilots and                Air Navigators. He was also the President of the Norfolk and                Suffolk Aviation Museum, and Patron of the Wolf Preservation              Foundation. Full              Story

Not Forgetting… Lou Angeli (1951-2013) – ”License To Kill” camera operator Pete Barnes (1960-2013) – Helicopter  pilot, ”Die Another                Day” Paul Bhattacharjee (1960-2013)  –                MI6 medical officer in ”Casino              Royale”               Charlotte Brosnan (1971-2013) – Daughter of Pierce Brosnan Lewis Collins (1946-2013)              – ‘The Professionals’ star and James Bond auditionee Jacques Fonteray (1918-2013) – ”Moonraker” costume designer Michael France (1962-2013) – ”GoldenEye” screenwriter Vinnie Gerardo (1930-2013) – ”Live And Let Die” assistant cameraman Trevor Rutherford (?-2013) – ”Live And Let Die” sound operator Mark Sutton (1971-2013)              – Stuntman, James Bond in London Olympics opening ceremony Derek Watkins (1945-2013)              – Trumpeter on every Bond film soundtrack from ”Dr. No” to ”Skyfall”