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Daniel Craig confirmed to play Bond to 2020

18 Feb


John Blake Publishing will be publishing its latest film title on 25th February 2016, James Bond: The Secret History, in which Sean Egan explores the stories behind one of Britain’s most recognised and stylish cultural Icons.




3 June 2015 100 year celebration of James Bonds Gunnar Schäfer mother Inga Charlotta Schäfer

3 Jun James Bond 007 Museum Sweden Nybro

TODAY 3 June 2015 100 year celebration of James Bonds Gunnar Schäfer mother Inga Charlotta Schäfer
And 65 years since Mom married Dad John Schaefer

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Ian Fleming in this brand new drama, coming to Sky Atlantic HD in 2014.

4 Feb

Dominic Cooper plays Ian Fleming in this brand new drama, coming to Sky Atlantic HD in 2014.
Lara Pulver, Dominic Cooper and Annabelle Wallis talk about the love triangle at the heart of the show. Ian Fleming

Fleming – Coming Soon to Sky Atlantic  Dominic Cooper plays Ian Fleming in this brand new drama, coming to Sky Atlantic HD in 2014.

A trailer for the four part biopic based on the life of Ian Fleming is now available to view on YouTube, days before it airs in the UK. The series, simply called Fleming, debuts in the US on BBC America  tonight before being seen on the UK’s Sky Atlantic on 12th February.

The series has been sold to numerous overseas territories, although is not currently scheduled to be shown in Spain, and stars Dominic Cooper as Ian Fleming and Lara Pulver as his wife Ann.





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.  www.007museum.com

All of Ian Fleming’s books read by English actor. From James Bond Museum Sweden

3 Jan

All of Ian Fleming’s books read by English actor. Audiobooks James Bond Ian Fleming

From James Bond Museum Sweden Nybro

Audiobooks James Bond Ian Fleming

I can’t think of a bad time or place for listening to any of        Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels… Any of them will have you driving        in circles rather than arrive at your destination.

– The Times    www.ianfleming.com/books/bond-books/ian-fleming-2/audiobooks/

In 2012 Ian Fleming’s Bond novels were released as brand new        audiobooks. Read by a spectacular cast of British acting        talent including Bill Nighy, Damian Lewis, Hugh Bonneville, David        Tennant and Sir Kenneth Branagh. Over three years in the making, the        project was the brainchild of Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming’s niece,        and was headed by distinguished director Enyd Williams. They        worked closely with the readers to create an exciting, modern take on        the new, unabridged recordings of these classic books. To hear Lucy        Fleming talking about the audiobooks on Steve Wright’s Radio 2 show,        click here.        Plans to record Ian Fleming’s two collections of short stories, For        Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights are  also in progress.


The 14 audiobooks and their readers

Title Reader
Casino Royale Dan Stevens
Live and Let Die Rory Kinnear  Bill Tanner in Agent in SKYFALL and Quantum of Solace
Moonraker Bill Nighy
Diamonds Are Forever Damian Lewis
From Russia With Love Toby Stephens-Gustav Graves – Toby Stephens  Die Another    Day 2002
Dr No Hugh Quarshie
Goldfinger Hugh Bonneville
For Your Eyes Only Samuel West
Thunderball Jason Isaacs
The Spy Who Loved Me Rosamund Pike  Miranda Frost Die Another    Day 2002
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service David Tennant
You Only Live Twice Martin Jarvis
The Man With The Golden Gun Sir Kenneth Branagh
Octopussy and The Living Daylights Tom Hiddleston



New Year Dinner with James Bond in James Bond Museum Sweden Nybro.

31 Dec

New Year Dinner with James Bond in his James Bond Museum Sweden Nybro.

Ian        Flemings  favourite food was scrambled eggs                 

an        Flemings  favourite food was scrambled eggs                 

The         ‘Vesper’ Martini (Fleming’s choice)        Den ”Vesper” Martini (Fleming val)         

  • 3            parts Gin               3 delar Gin             
  • 1            part Vodka            1 del Vodka             
  • 1            part kina lillet       1 del Vermouth             
  • 1            Lemon wedge       1 Lemon k                         

Using        a standard cocktail shaker and plenty of ice, vigorously shake until the        drink is ice cold. Serve in a champagne goblet with a thin slice of        lemon peel.                          

Scrambled        egg with bacon in butter salt and peppar a la` Ian Fleming.         Break eggs into a bowl. Beat with fork and season with salt and pepper.        In a small, heavy-bottomed pan, melt 4 oz. of the butter. Pour eggs and        cook over very low heat, whisking with a small whisk.                 

When        eggs are slightly moist and not quite how you’d want to eat them,        remove pan from heat. Add remaining butter and continue whisking for 30        seconds, adding the herbs. Serve on hot buttered toast in individual        copper dishes, with pink champagne.         



TV4 Bondfilm 18 december Never Say Never Again (1983) Sean Connery

18 Dec

TV4 Bondfilm 18 december Never Say Never Again (1983)  Sean Connery


James Bond matches wits with a charming but sinister tycoon who is holding the world nuclear hostage as part of a diabolical plot by SPECTRE. Connery’s return to  the world of Bond after 12 years is smooth in this remake of ”Thunderball”  hampered by an atrocious musical score. Carrera is stunning as Fatima  Blush. Although Connery is back, purists will have qualms considering this part of the ”official” Bond series since longtime Bond          producer, Albert ”Cubby” Broccoli, had nothing to do with this endeavor. Sean Connery is back for his final performance as superagent James Bond in this high-velocity action thriller from the director Kevin  McClory..

When two atomic warheads are  hijacked by the evil SPECTRE organization, Agent 007 is hurled into an          explosive, pulse-pounding race to save the world from nuclear   terrorists!

Never Say Never Again is NOT considered one of the official Bond films. The ”official”  Bond films are made by MGM/UA and at least one Broccoli. Never Say Never Again was made by Warner Bros and no Broccoli’s worked on it. In fact, the film was released at the same time as Octopussy as a rival. It was a  remake of Thunderball. That is not to say that it wasn’t a good movie, just not one of the ”official” series.        

Never      Say Never Again (1983)

Year: 1983
Title: Never Say Never Again
UK Premiere:  December 14, 1983
World Premier 7 Oktober 1983
Swedish               Premiere 16 December 1983
Running              Time 134 min
Producers Jack Schwartzman
Director Irvin Kershner
Writing credits Kevin McClory
  Jack Whittingham
  Ian Fleming
  Lorenzo Semple Jr.
  Ian La Frenais
  Dick Clement
Cinematography Douglas Slocombe
Art Directors Roy Stannard
  Michael White
Supervising editor Robert Lawrence
Music Score Michael Legrand
Filming Locations Malta
Title              Song: Lani              Hall
imdb.comfull cast              and crew
Movie company: Warner Bros
  • Kevin McClory had the rights to remake Thunderball (but            no other Bond film) because of his collaboration with Ian Fleming.            This film is not part of the regular franchise.
  • Connery said he’d never play Bond again. His wife helped convince            him otherwise and came up with the title as well.
  • The casino where Bond and Largo square off in a videogame battle            (baccarat is old, apparently) is named Casino Royale.
Sean Connery James Bond, 007
Klaus Maria Brandauer Largo
Max von Sydow Ernst Stavro Blofeld
Barbara Carrere Fatima Blush
Kim Basinger Domino Petachi
Bernie Casey CIA Felix Leiter
Alec McCowen Q
Edward Fox M
Pamela Salem Miss Moneypenny
imdb.comfull              cast and crew
Rowan Atkinson Small-Fawcett

"Never Say Never Again" 1983 Svensk original poster       ”Never Say Never Again” 1983  Svensk original  poster



Never Say Never Again (1983)  Sean Connery
       Never Say Never Again (1983)  Sean Connery


There        is only one Bond…James Bond
Best        Regards / James Bond

James Bond Gunnar Schäfer

James Bond 007 Museum
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S-382 45 Nybro

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Champagne Bollinger first time in a James Bond film ”Live And Let Die” 1973

4 Dec


Champagne Bollinger first time in a James Bond film ”Live And Let Die” 1973


Whisper with Champagne Bollinger

Whisper with Champagne Bollinger

Adding another installment to one of the most enduring marketing partnerships in motion picture history, Champagne Bollinger was again featured in a James Bond movie – Casino Royale.

Champagne Bollinger has been featured as 007’s Champagne of choice in some novels of Ian Fleming, as well as the movies.

List of Bollinger champagnes used in the movies: Live and Let Die: Bollinger … Moonraker: Bollinger RD ’69 License to Kill: Bollinger RD ’75 The Living Daylights: Bollinger … Goldeneye: Bollinger Grande Année 1988 Tomorrow Never Dies: Bollinger Grande Année 1989 The World Is Not Enough: Bollinger Grande Année 1990 Die Another Day: Bollinger ’61 Casino Royale: Bollinger Grande Année 1990

The relationship began when the Broccoli-Wilson family, producers of the Bond films, sought a wine to match Bond’s impeccable taste and refined personality. Not surprisingly, they chose Champagne Bollinger, long acknowledged as one of the world’s finest Champagnes. A mutual friendship developed between the Broccoli-Wilson family and the Bollinger family, and Champagne Bollinger has remained a Bond favorite even as the torch has been passed from Roger Moore to Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and now Daniel Craig.

More about Bollinger: Founded in 1829, Champagne Bollinger introduced the world to an instantly recognizable, dry, toasty style that connoisseurs around the globe covet. Six generations of the Bollinger family have maintained the trademark style of their namesake Champagne and it is one of a few remaining Grande Marque houses owned, controlled and managed by the same family since its founding.

Bollinger relies on its own estate for more than 60 percent of its grape requirements, including the Pinot Noir that gives its Champagne much of its distinctive strength and structure. Bollinger is one of a select few houses that can control the quality of its grape supply so carefully. Bollinger is renowned for its use of traditional methods that include extensive use of Pinot Noir, individual vinification of each marc and cru, barrel fermentation and extra-aging of all of its Champagnes on the lees prior to disgorgement


James Bond is alive and well and living in the south east of Sweden.

25 Nov

James Bond is alive and well and living in the south east of Sweden.

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.

                    Paul O’Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.se)






Blofeld could be back in James Bond’s crosshairs following legal deal

21 Nov

Blofeld could be back in James Bond’s crosshairs following legal deal

Resolution of long-running dispute with estate of Kevin McClory could pave way for cat-stroking mastermind to return to regenerated Bond franchise, as well as his uber-evil organisation, SPECTRE

Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the film adaptation of Diamonds Are Forever

Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the film adaptation of Diamonds Are Forever. Photograph: Allstar/United Artists/Sportsphoto Ltd./Allstar

The James Bond film series is free to incorporate classic elements such as the villain Blofeld and nefarious organisation SPECTRE once again after settling a long-running legal case with the estate of 007 co-creator Kevin McClory.

A dispute over rights to the suave British spy has been ongoing since 1959, when writer McClory suggested a Bond film set in the Bahamas to Ian Fleming. The idea eventually came to form the basis of the novel Thunderball, as well as its 1965 film adaptation. Fleming and McClory collaborated on the third Bond film, which introduced both Blofeld and SPECTRE, but courts later ruled that the Dublin-born writer owned significant elements of the 007 mythos, and he was able to produce the ”unofficial” 1983 Bond film Never Say Never Again, which restored Sean Connery to the role.

Now McClory’s family has sold any remaining stake in 007 to Danjaq, maker of the Bond films via its better known subsidiary Eon, and distributor MGM. In later years McClory, who died in 2006, had found himself legally prohibited from making new Bond films, but the move does mean rights to characters introduced in Thunderball are once more ripe for inclusion in future instalments.

”Danjaq, LLC, the producer of the James Bond films, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), the longtime distributor of the Bond films, along with the estate and family of the late Kevin McClory, announced today that Danjaq and MGM have acquired all of the estate’s and family’s rights and interests relating to James Bond, thus bringing to an amicable conclusion the legal and business disputes that have arisen periodically for over 50 years,” said the parties in a statement.

Ernst Stavro Blofeld is perhaps the iconic Bond villain, variously portrayed on the big screen by Donald Pleasance, Charles Gray, Telly Savalas and Max Von Sydow, as well as inspiring the character of Dr Evil in Mike Myers’ Austin Powers films. SPECTRE is an acronym for SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, a villainous apolitical organisation which has formed the template for various similar groups in the Bond films and similar efforts.

While the Bond films have moved away from the series’ more cartoonish roots in the last decade, recent 007 entry Skyfall did reintroduce such classic characters as gadget man Q and M’s flirtatious secretary, Moneypenny. The 2006 adaptation of Fleming’s novel Casino Royale also introduced a Spectre-like organisation, Quantum, to take on Bond.

The deal with McClory’s estate also paves the way for Never Say Never Again to be included in official collections. The latter film is considered by many to be a superior movie to 1983’s ”official” Roger Moore-headed Bond film, Octopussy.