Wednesday, 31 August 2016

The real story behind James Bond's Aston Martin

The last James Bond movie, "SPECTRE" (2015) made more than $880 million globally, but the car he drove may be priceless. 007 has driven a wide variety of vehicles. Still, he may be best known for a proclivity toward Aston Martins.

And so when pre-production began on “Spectre,” director Sam Mendes went to the chief creative director, Marek ReichmanYahoo Finance caught up with him at Monterey Car Week where he recounted his run-in with the Oscar-winning director.

Mendes “came into my design studio, met the design team. We were presenting a car that already existed to Sam as the next car for James Bond, and he loved it. But as he was walking out of the studio he saw a sketch on the wall and asked me what that was and I said, ‘that’s a car that doesn’t exist.’ So instantly he then said, ‘Great. So that’s the car we need to do for James Bond.’”

Reichman and the Aston Martin team took that sketch and turned it into 10 real-life, running Aston Martins. Following the company’s existing naming convention they were called DB10s.


Source and photo: Yahoo Finance




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Monday, 29 August 2016

007 Event: Charlie Higson on Bond (16 September 2016)

Photo: @ Writers' Centre Norwich
What: Charlie Higson on Bond
Where: Writer's Centre Norwich, Thomas Paine Study Centre, Norwich, England
When: 16 September 2016 at 18.00
Duration: 1,5 hours
Price: £8 / £6


Charlie Higson is a comedian, actor and author of the phenomenally successful Young Bond series, which has sold over a million copies in the UK and has been translated into over 24 languages. Here, he joins UEA Lecturer and fellow Bond enthusiast Matthew Woodcock for a discussion of all things 007; including Higson’s personal approach to the character’s early adventures, the inspiration taken from Ian Fleming’s own life and the essential ingredients of a classic James Bond story.
The discussion will also touch on the place of thriller vis-à-vis crime writing and the challenges of writing for a young adult audience, with a Q&A opportunity for aspiring writers to pose their own questions.
Norfolk has a big part to play in the world of James Bond – from being a film location for "Die Another Day" (2002), to providing Ian Fleming with the inspiration for the name of his supervillian Ernst Stavro Blofeld – making it the perfect location for this special event.

Read more here


Charlie Higson's website



Sunday, 28 August 2016

Bond watches in The Finnish museum of horology - Suomen kellomuseo

What: Bond watches in The Finnish museum of horology - Suomen kellomuseo
Where: The WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Suomen kellomuseo, Ahertajantie 5, Espoo, Finland
When: 25th of August 2016



Seiko 757 Sports 100 is the watch that Roger Moore wears in "Octopussy" (1983).








The Seiko 757 Sports 100 watch can be seen several times in the film.


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"Live and Let Die" (1973) showed one of the first digital watches in the world. You had to press the button to see the time!




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Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

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There are also many more interesting watches in the museum:


Back to the Future







Boba Fett from Star Wars








See more 007 WATCHES here






Friday, 26 August 2016

007 Event: Hollywood Show Chicago (9-11 September 2016)

What: Hollywood Show Chicago

Where

Hilton Rosemont / Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel
5550 N. RIVER ROAD, ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS, 60018, USA


When: 9-11 September 2016

Show Hours
Friday 6pm-9pm*** | Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 11am-4pm 


***PLEASE NOTE: Friday night is a preview night only. No celebrities will be in attendance.






Special Bond star appearances:



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Barbara Carrera

Fatima Blush in "Never Say Never Again" (1983)











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Priscilla Barnes
Della Churchill Leiter in "Licence to Kill" (1989)



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Trina Parks
Thumper in "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971)










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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Sean Connery 86 years, 25th of August 2016

Happy 86th birthday, Sean Connery! 

WhoThomas Sean Connery

Born25 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Photo: seanconneryday.com
Sean Connery trivia facts:
  • Formerly worked as a milk delivery man. During his time as a milkman, Connery delivered to Fettes School in Edinburgh – the same school which James Bond attended in Ian Fleming‘s novels following his expulsion from Eton.


  • Of the six actors who have played James Bond, he is the only one who, like Bond, served in the Royal Navy.



Photo: jamesbond.wikia.com

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

007 Filming location: Villa where Bond meets Mr. White / Casino Royale (2006)

Bond movie: "Casino Royale" (2006)
Place and location in the movie: Somewhere near Venice, Italy
Actual place and location: Villa La Gaeta, Via Statale, San Siro, Italy
What happens here in the movieBond shoots Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) in the leg
Visited by 007 Travelers: 2015






Mika & Pirita / 007 Travelers


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See the whole 007 Travel story here

See more 007 FILMING LOCATIONS (by countries) here
See more 007 FILMING LOCATIONS (by films) here