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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”


Ursula Andress in bikini beats Daniel Craig in trunks

20 Feb


Top of the list comes 007’s silver Aston Martin DB5‚ bristling with gadgetry

LONDON: They are the quintessential moments that make James Bond such a very special agent.
Fans of the 007 movies all treasure their own favourite memories that encapsulate their hero, whether it’s Little Nellie, Bond’s one-man autogyro from You Only Live Twice, or our suave spy dressed to kill in his dinner suit, reported the Daily Mail on Monday.
And now, to mark 50 years of the film franchise, a survey of movie-goers has revealed their 50 essential Bond memories.

Top of the list comes 007’s silver Aston Martin DB5, bristling with gadgetry, followed by Goldfinger’s manservant Oddjob’s metal-rimmed bowler hat that decapitated his enemies, and then the indelible fact our Lothario prefers his martinis ‘shaken, not stirred’.
Maybe surprisingly, Ursula Andress – dressed in a skimpy white bikini as Honey Ryder in the first Bond movie, Dr No – comes in at a rather lowly 22, but she is still 23 places above hunky Daniel
Several of the movie moments chosen by fans are staples of the 007 films and include the opening title sequence featuring the hero aiming along the barrel of a gun.
But other essential memories have made no more than a single appearance during the past half century.Goldfinger, which starred Sean Connery in 1964, and Live And Let Die with Roger Moore in 1973 both have five unique entries in the list of Bond magic.
Connery’s jetpack from Thunderball in 1965 and the incredible flying speedboat in Live And Let Die were also in the top five.
And who can forget the metal teeth of Jaws, Bond’s towering foe played by Richard Kiel in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker in 1979?
Or the gold-painted corpse of Bond girl Jill Masterson, played by English actress Shirley Eaton, as chilling now as it was when Goldfinger premiered?
Bond villains are as iconic as the secret agent himself and many of the moments chosen by fans are inspired by them.
Criminal genius Ernst Blofeld, who appeared in six of the 007 adventures, was never more sinister than when caressing his white cat, while double agent Rosa Klebb is remembered in From Russia With Love thanks to the knife which shoots out from her shoe.
The survey of 1,000 fans was carried out by insurance firm esure. The company’s Nikki Sellers said: ‘Bond is famous for the actors who play him, the villains and, of course, the girls.
‘We wanted to also celebrate the non-human stars of the films, such as the amazing cars, the wonderful inventions and the style icons.’
Michael G. Wilson, co- producer of the Bond film franchise, said: ‘I couldn’t choose an absolute favourite because there are so many.
‘But the opening sequence from The Spy Who Loved Me, when Bond leaps from Mount Asgard in Canada with a Union Jack parachute, is probably my favourite stunt.’
Don Black, the Oscar-winning lyricist who co-wrote the Bond themes Diamonds Are Forever and The Man With The Golden Gun, said: ‘I’ve always had a soft spot for that car that takes to the water. It’s something that I always think about when I’m stuck on Hammersmith Bridge.’