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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,

25 Jan

Bond, James  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 lowest.



The James Bond of Sweden Sells Spark Plugs: A Dispatch From the Nybro Action Team

The James Bond of Sweden Sells Spark Plugs: A Dispatch From the Nybro Action Team

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 http://www.007museum.com/ 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: http://www.producersguild.org



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.  www.007museum.com

James Bond Museum 557 followeres on twitter @007museum

20 Jan

James Bond Museum 557 followeres on twitter @007museum
Welcome to a unique James Bond Museum in Nybro. Offers the world an exclusive exhibition on the British secret James Bond agent 007 in Sweden.

Sweden in Nybro town · 007museum.com


La Biondina In Gondoletta from James Bond 007 Museum Nybro Sweden

18 Jan

La Biondina In Gondoletta from James Bond 007 Museum Nybro Sweden.


La Biondina In Gondoletta from James Bond 007 Museum Nybro Sweden


Sweden’s oddest tourist attractions, James Bond Museum Nybro…

17 Jan


            James Bond Museum Most people in western society are familiar with the charming British secret agent James Bond, 007. Six actors have worn the Bond suit since the first movie was released in 1962, and the 23rd film is currently in the making. At the James Bond museum in Nybro in southern Sweden, you can be sure to find everything there is to know about this action phenomenon. It was founded in 2003 by a man named Gunnar Schäfer, who, being a bit of a ”Bond-fanatic”, added James Bond to his name
            Photo: 007 Museum

James Bond from Nyrbo Sweden James Bond 007museum in Venedig Venice

15 Jan

James Bond from Nyrbo Sweden James Bond 007museum in Venedig Venice



James Bond perfume collection from James Bond Museum Nybro Sweden

9 Jan

James Bond perfume collection from James Bond Museum Nybro Sweden

The new addition to the official James Bond perfume collection from the motion picture company
Eon Productions launched in 2012 (with the debut James Bond 007 fragrance and limited
Gold Edition) is named James Bond Ocean Royale. The fragrance pulls inspiration from the sunny
blue sea surroundings of the Caribbean and Bond’s adventurous nature.

The fragrance opens
with refreshing notes of bergamot, lime, anise and seaweed accord. The heart is
elegant and sensual thanks to iris, cedar and teak wood. The base includes woody
accords of sandalwood and guaiac rounded by intense aromas of tonka and coffee
from Jamaica.

notes: bergamot, lime, anise, seaweed
Heart: iris, teak, cedar
sandalwood, guaiac, tonka bean, coffee

It is available as 30, 50 and
75 ml Eau de Toilette with aftershave lotion, shower gel and
two types of deodorants.



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”