Sunday, 27 May 2018

James Bond Books Guide

007 Travelers is happy to inform you that Bond fan Gleb Belyaev from Latvia is currently working on a book called the “James Bond Books Guide”, which will include reviews of more than 100 books. As a bonus, there will be a chapter about websites dedicated to Bond.

Gleb has launched a crowdfunding campaign on IndieGoGo.com to publish the Guide in electronic and paper form, the Guide’s Facebook page and the Guide’s website, www.jamesbondbooksguide.com where are many reviews of James Bond sites including a nice review of 007 Travelers.

The chapter about websites is freely available on the Guide’s website and FB page.


Read here what Gleb tells about his project:

"There is an extensive body of literature on Bondiana, but in today’s world, we are forced to carefully manage our most important resources – time and attention. Therefore, it would be helpful to have a guide that evaluates books based on their usefulness and interest. Such an assessment must give a reliable basis for its conclusions. I bring to this task fifteen years of experience as a bookseller and editor, together with thirty years’ experience of immersion in Bondiana and related topics."




The main criterion for both selection and evaluation is how much the book helps us to understand the Bond myth

The better understanding can be achieved through a variety of book types, whether memoirs of Bond actors, excursions into the history of the Cold War, or children’s impressions of going to the movies.
We have selected books on the following topics:
Encyclopedic publications.  
The creators and creation process.
Thoughts on Bond, personal impressions.
Atmosphere - cultural context, history, the spirit of the times.
Around Bond. Books for additional reading.

All these books contain information of several kinds. Each type of information has its own quality criteria.

Evaluation of books about facts

Facts are the same for everyone and do not allow for different understandings. Examples include the release dates of films, the amount of money they grossed, lists of names of creators, books and so on. These facts can add something to the understanding of Bondiana, but usually, in themselves, they represent only the starting material for further reflection.
Books designed to establish and gather facts are many. Naturally, they largely overlap each other, so the possibility to compare them with each other before buying is really useful.
Reports of facts are evaluated by their completeness, accuracy and origin. The best origin is from the primary source, not from another book.
If the book claims to be an “encyclopedia,” it will be judged not only on its accuracy, but also on its completeness – or, conversely, if the encyclopedia is intended for beginners or children, or is devoted to some relatively narrow topic, the criterion is the skillful selection of the most important entries. I recognize that different people have different requirements regarding books of this kind, in relation to volumes and styles of presentation. This is why I will not only mention those books that are the most complete, but I will also discuss some that contain a little less information, but that have skillfully selected the most important, and have presented it in an easy-to-understand way.
Books devoted to the clarification of individual facts will be evaluated by how each one has accomplished its task – whether all the facts on this topic have been taken into account, collected and finally clarified.


Evaluation of books offering interpretations

Even the story of a crew member about events on set will contain his personal opinion, which does not necessarily coincide with the opinions of other participants in the same events. For example, much is written about the relationship between producers and lead actors – but this, too, varies with different perceptions. Such information will always be of interest to Bond fans, but books with such information should be evaluated even more carefully - they are all very different, and there may be more than one point of view on what and how to choose between a large number of such books. Even more subjective are books about personal impressions, evaluations and interpretations of films and books. However, for such cases, I, as a professional, have fairly accurate criteria for an objective evaluation.
The interpretation should be justified and original. The interpretation must be conveyed in clear language. An interpretation of the highest quality establishes new connections between different parts of the myth and makes visible what was not noticed before – things that perhaps even the creators did not notice. Such interpretations allow us to re-absorb familiar books and films.
I’m a huge fan of such interpretations. And in my Guide, I want to collect information about all existing books of this sort and to highlight the merits of each as brightly as possible.

Evaluation of illustrations

Like words, illustrations can serve as a means of communicating facts, and can also offer interpretations and deepen understanding. Accordingly, illustrations in books, or books consisting mainly of illustrations, can also be correctly evaluated according to the same criteria as books consisting primarily of text.
Like texts, illustrations can also be unique, obtained from the source and published for the first time in the book being reviewed. Alternatively, a book may be a compilation of material from pre-existing books. A compilation, by the way, can also be literate and useful, or, on the contrary, it may be secondary and uninteresting, not worth the reader’s attention and money. We will discuss all these aspects with the greatest possible accuracy.

Price

For a good book, it is no hardship to pay almost any amount. Nevertheless, for whatever price you pay you will want to gain the maximum value. My guide will be useful in this. Among the books devoted to each topic, there are particular favourites, which I would advise reading first. Many people tend to create reading lists, shopping plans, wishlists – my Guide will be of great help with this.
By the same principles, I chose and described documentaries, websites and publications in the media.

Full information about the project can be found on the page of our campaign in IndieGoGo:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/james-bond-books-guide/x/14462062#/


The website of the project already includes reviews of websites, documentaries, books, as well as news of the project, visit it here:
www.jamesbondbooksguide.com





Friday, 25 May 2018

BOND 25 ANNOUNCEMENT: Director, writer, distributor and production start date revealed


007 Travelers is happy now that it´s finally official! 



According to 007.com, production on Bond 25 will begin in December with Danny Boyle directing Daniel Craig’s 5th outing as Bond. EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM) have reached an agreement with Universal Pictures to partner on the worldwide release of the 25th James Bond film.

Daniel Craig returns as 007 and Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) will direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award nominee John Hodge (Trainspotting) with production set to begin on 3 December 2018. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures will release the film theatrically in the US on 8 November 2019 through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal Pictures will release internationally commencing with the traditional earlier release in the UK on 25 October 2019.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli commented, “We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th instalment of the franchise. We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universal Pictures will be our international distributor.”

“Under the leadership of Michael and Barbara, we couldn’t be more thrilled than to bring the next 007 adventure to the big screen uniting the incomparable Daniel Craig with the extraordinary vision of Danny Boyle,” said MGM’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Kevin Ulrich. MGM’s President, Motion Picture Group Jonathan Glickman added, “It has been 16 years since "Die Another Day" (2002) was distributed by MGM and it’s incredibly gratifying to be releasing this film alongside the powerhouse team at Universal.”

“Universal is extremely proud to collaborate with Michael, Barbara and MGM on the international marketing and distribution of Bond 25,” said Chairman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley. “The unparalleled combination of Danny’s innovative filmmaking and Daniel’s embodiment of 007 ensured we simply had to be partners in the next chapter of this iconic series.”


See more BOND 25 NEWS here




Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Remembering Sir Roger Moore (1927-2017)


The first anniversary of Sir Roger Moore's death. (23rd of May)


"Always loved...
never forgotten...
forever missed <3"

Roger Moore as James Bond 007:








Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC




Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC





Moonraker (1979)


Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC





Octopussy (1983)


Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC









Tuesday, 22 May 2018

In Memoriam: Bill Gold (1921-2018)

Bill Gold
Photo © billgold.net
Graphic designer Bill Gold has passed away.

Born: 3 January 1921 Brooklyn, New York City, USA
Died: 20 May 2018, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

007 Travelers sends condolences to his family and friends.


William Gold was an American graphic designer best known for thousands of film poster designs

His first film poster was for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942), and his.final work was for "J. Edgar" (2011).

During his 70-year career he worked with some of Hollywood's greatest filmmakers, including Laurence Olivier, Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Elia Kazan, Ridley Scott, and many more. Among his most famous film posters are those for "Casablanca" and "A Clockwork Orange".


Bond fans remember his posters of "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971), "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and "Never Say Never Again" (1983)






Sunday, 20 May 2018

007 Event: London Film Fair (30 June 2018)

What: London Film Fair
Where: Central Hall Westminster, Storey's Gate, London, England
When: 30 June 2018


Special Bond star appearances:


YASUKO NAGAZUMI
Bath Girl #4 in "You Only Live Twice" (1967)

Autograph Price: £20
Photo Shoot Price: £20



HELENE HUNT
Octopussy Girl in "Octopussy" (1983)

Vijay Amritraj in "Octopussy" (1983)
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC
Autograph Price: £15
Photo Shoot Price: £15



VIJAY AMRITRAJ
Vijay in "Octopussy" (1983)

Autograph Price: £25
Photo Shoot Price: £25



JANINE ANDREWS
Octopussy Girl in "Octopussy" (1983)

Autograph Price: £15
Photo Shoot Price: £15








Read more here


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Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Pierce Brosnan 65 years today (16 May 2018)


Happy Birthday, Pierce Brosnan


007 Travelers congratulates:

Happy Birthday, Pierce Brendan Brosnan!
Born: 16 May 1953, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland

Photo © pierce.brosnan.com


Pierce Brosnan trivia facts:

Had been worked as a taxi driver, a fire-eater, and a worker who cleaned people's houses for Domestics Unlimited before his acting career took off.

Has been both the lightest and heaviest actor who portrayed James Bond as he weighed 164 pounds during the filming of "GoldenEye" (1995), then increased to 211 pounds while making "Die Another Day" (2002).

His favorite Bond movies are "From Russia with Love" (1963) and "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) while his least favorite one is "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). 



Monday, 14 May 2018

007 Event: The Film Fair (9 June 2018)

What: The Film Fair
Where: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, England
When: 9 June 2018












Special Bond star appearances:

Caroline Munro and Pirita / 007 Travelers
Photo © 007 Travelers







CAROLINE MUNRO
Naomi in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977)











Mika / 007 Travelers 
and Martine Beswick
Photo © 007 Travelers









MARTINE BESWICK
Zora in "From Russia with Love" (1963) and Paula Caplan in "Thunderball" (1965)
















Carole Ashby
Photo © 007 Travelers







CAROLE ASHBY
Octopussy Girl in "Octopussy" (1983) and Whistling Girl in "A View to a Kill" (1985)















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Sunday, 13 May 2018

007 Related restaurant: Casa Lucio

CASA LUCIO

Location: Madrid, Spain
Address: Calle Cava Baja 35
Bond connectionPierce Brosnan ate here years ago
Visited by 007 Travelers: July 2017



Casa Lucio remains in the location that once was home to the hundred-year old Mesón El Segoviano, a magnificent restaurant where Lucio Blázquez began to work at the age of 12.

Lucio Blázquez was born in Serranillos (Avila), on 12th February 1933. When he turned 12 he came with his father to Madrid and began working at the “Meson del Segoviano” with the owner, Dona Petra, who loved him like a son. She was who, many years later, would sell the restaurant to Lucio. Already then, at such a young age, his skills with people were noticeable; he showed his interest in the work, and he also transmitted his joy to customers, who already gave him good tips. Many of those customers were students by then, but they’re now important figures in the social life of the country, regulars of Casa Lucio, and friends at the same time.


007 Travelers met Mr. Lucio who is a true legend. He gave us his autograph and we took a photo with him.

We had wonderful lunch which included chicken "Pollo Ajillo 1/2" and meat balls "Albondigas" with red wine "Copa Vino" and desserts ice cream "Helado Variado". 

Restaurant staff were really helpful and friendly and showed us the table where Mr. Brosnan ate years ago and also showed us Bollinger bottle with 007 logo






Mika, Lucio Blázquez and Pirita



Autograph of Lucio Blázquez


"Pierce Brosnan´s table"



Bollinger champagne bottle with 007 logo














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Thursday, 10 May 2018

007 Book: The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel

Bond book: The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel
Author: Kate Westbrook (Samantha Weinberg)
Publication date: 10 October 2005


Guardian Angel is the first novel in The Moneypenny Diaries series, an official spin-off series that focuses on M's assistant Miss Moneypenny. The novel was written by Samantha Weinberg and published in the UK in 2005. 


Plot synopsis

The first diary fills in the gaps between a number of agent 007's missions including the period between "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1963) and "You Only Live Twice" (1964), but also includes an entire backstory for Miss Moneypenny. For the first time since Fleming introduced the character alongside Bond in "Casino Royale" (1953), Moneypenny is given a first name: Jane.








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Sunday, 6 May 2018

007 Event: Pearls Are Forever (3 June 2018)

What: Pearls Are Forever
WherePhillip Rush Center, 1530 DeKalb Avenue, Atlanta, USA
When: 3 June 2018
Price: $15 Advance, $20 Door





Special Bond star appearance:

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


Get tickets and read more here


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Friday, 4 May 2018

007 Author: Kate Westbrook (Samantha Weinberg)

Samantha Fletcher is a British Green Party politician, and under her maiden name of Samantha Weinberg, a novelist, journalist and travel writer. Educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Trinity College, Cambridge, she is the author of books such as A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth and the James Bond inspired trilogy The Moneypenny Diaries under the alias Kate Westbrook. She is assistant editor of Intelligent Life, the features and cultural magazine from The Economist.



Kate Westbrook's 007 Production:


  • The Moneypenny Diaries: Guardian Angel (2005)
  • "For Your Eyes Only, James" (2006 short story)
  • Secret Servant: The Moneypenny Diaries (2006)
  • "Moneypenny's First Date With Bond" (2006 short story)
  • The Moneypenny Diaries: Final Fling (2008)


See more here

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

007 Related hotel: Hotel Santo Mauro

HOTEL SANTO MAURO

Location: Madrid, Spain
Address: Calle de Zurbano, 36
Bond connection: Madrid photo call of "Casino Royale" (2006) was held here


The Hotel Santo Mauro invites you to embark on a journey back to the 19th-century and stay at the former residence of the influential character of Madrid’s society at the time, the Duke of Santo Mauro, located in the aristocratic and exclusive area of Chamberí. With a French influence design, similar to the Parisian palaces of the era, the Hotel Santo Mauro consists of three buildings surrounded by a magnificent garden starring a few centuries-old chestnut trees; making it an oasis in the heart of Madrid. The 49 rooms, carefully designed to the last detail, will make your stay in the palace an unforgettable one. Resulting of an avant-garde décor, gaze at the common rooms by which the Duke of Santo Mauro once walked through; The Red Room of pure French style, The Chinese Lounge where oriental pieces dazzle, The Gin Bar with an art deco, and the former Library of The Duke of Santo Mauro, today’s main restaurant. Each with its own personality, but in perfect harmony, are designed to enhance your stay.



007 Travelers visited this magnificent hotel, Hotel Santo Mauro, where "Casino Royale" (2006) photo call took place. Daniel Craig (James Bond), Caterina Murino (Solange Dimitrios), Mads Mikkelsen (Le Chiffre) and director Martin Campbell attended this event.

After introducing ourselves, we got a nice guided walking tour in and around the lovely hotel.



Daniel Craig, Caterina Murino,
Mads Mikkelsen and Martin Campbell
Photo: Getty Images


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Look, is that Daniel Craig? :)










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