Friday, 24 February 2017

In Memoriam: Roger Becker

Sad news:

Roger Becker has passed away.

He was formerly the Director of Vehicle Engineering at Group Lotus until his retirement in 2010.

He will be remembered by all at Lotus, for not just his engineering skills and leadership, but also his passion for the Lotus brand, his humour and of course his driving skills during the shooting of the James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977).

Source and photos: Lotus Cars

Naomie Harris is made an OBE and talks about Daniel Craig

WhatNaomie Harris was made an OBE by the Queen
Where: Buckingham Palace, London, UK
When: On Thursday 23rd of February 2017

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: PA

James Bond star Naomie Harris, best known for her role as Moneypenny in 007, was made an OBE in London on Thursday, just three days before she's due in Hollywood as an Oscars nominee. She is nominated in the Supporting Actress category for her role in Moonlight as Paula, the drug-addicted mother of a young black gay man growing up in Miami.

She also talked about Daniel Craig:

"I think the fact that the last two Bonds - "Spectre" and "Skyfall" - have been the highest-grossing Bond movies of all time shows that people love him as Bond, and they desperately want him to return.
And I don't think Daniel is immune to that as well, I think he's very aware of that, so I think that adds an extra level of pressure. But he has to ultimately do what feels right to him.
But I know that we, as a cast, collectively want him back. I know that Barbara and Michael - our producers - desperately want him back, so I think the only person that needs persuading is Daniel."

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Daniel Craig now second longest-serving 007

Daniel Craig is now second longest-serving 007

Here is the full list of how long each actor has played 007 in the official franchise, as of 20 February 2017:
Roger Moore - 5,118 days
Daniel Craig - 4,147 days
Pierce Brosnan - 4,146 days
Sean Connery - 3,049 days
Timothy Dalton - 2,863 days
George Lazenby - 875 days

The rankings - compiled by the Press Association - are based on the period from the day each actor was officially confirmed as James Bond to the day their successor was formally announced.

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Monday, 20 February 2017

007 Book location: Gallerie shopping mall / Never Send Flowers (1993)

Bond book: Never Send Flowers (1993)
Place and location in the book: Gallerie shopping mall, Milan, Italy
Actual place and location: The 
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Piazza del Duomo, Milan, Italy

What happens here in the book: Bond and Fredericka von Grüsse having lunch
Visited by 007 Travelers: 2015

"They were seated at a small restaurant in Milan's famous Gallerie possibly the world's first shopping mall, Fredericka said lunching in style and watching all the girls go by. Bond had said that he thought the smartest women in the world were to be found in Milan, and Fredericka, after only a few minutes, said she felt positively dowdy.
Lempke arrived on the dot of twelve noon."

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (Italian: [ɡalleˈriːa vitˈtɔːrjo emanuˈɛːle seˈkondo]) is one of the world's oldest shopping malls. Housed within a four-story double arcade in central Milan, the Galleria is named after Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of the Kingdom of Italy. It was designed in 1861 and built by Giuseppe Mengoni between 1865 and 1877.

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Mika and Pirita / 007 Travelers

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