At the ‘Story Of James Bond’ Ian Fleming tribute at the London Palladium, Roger Moore was reunited on stage with 8 former Bond Girls including Maryam D’Abo, Madeleine Smith, Shirley Eaton, Zena Marshall, Eunice Gayson, Tania Mallett, Caroline Munro and Joanna Lumley. The Sun has a great photo of the event, as seen below:
Recently declassified documents have revealed that Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, may have actually helped save MI6 during and after World War II.
According to Press Trust of India:
The creator of famous fictional hero James Bond 007 saved MI6 from breaking up in reality by suggesting that “new blood” be brought into the British spy agency, de-classified documents have revealed.
Yes, long before he created Bond, author Ian Fleming rescued MI6 from an untimely death by inadvertently paving the way for the secret service to be infiltrated by members of the Russian KGB’s Cambridge ring, its most destructive traitors, according to the newly released documents.
In fact, the story dates back to the Second World War when British naval chiefs lobbied wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill to let them start their own rival espionage service after an army officer was put in charge of MI6 which had traditionally been led by a navy officer.
Now, the secret files, released after more than 60 years, have revealed that Fleming — who was then the British Navy’s liaison officer with MI6 — steered them away from the idea, warning that if the spy agency was downgraded there was “a grave danger of letting the baby out with the bath water”.
“I think that the infusion of new blood into the existing organisation would be better than chopping off hoary but experienced heads,” Fleming had suggested.
And, his suggestion, dated April 1940, that Britain should instead insert some “new blood” into MI6 to change the agency from within was also accepted by naval chiefs, leading newspaper ‘The Sunday Times’ reported. PTI
Daniel Craig caused a brew-ha-ha at the ‘Story Of James Bond’ Ian Fleming tribute at the London Palladium sporting a gray and scruffy beard and a cast on his arm. Critics have slammed Craig for looking “frail.”
“Daniel Craig caused a stir at an Ian Fleming tribute event when he arrived looking more like a vagabond than James Bond. A greying beard heavily aged the latest actor to play 007 who was sporting a sling to support a fractured arm.
The name is Bond… vaga-Bond. Daniel Craig looks unusually scruffy. Unlike his character, he looked frail as he was accompanied by his long-term partner Satsuki Mitchell. Craig, who’s portrayal of the secret agent in Casino Royale won critical acclaim and was nominated for a Bafta Award, was attending a ‘Story Of James Bond’ evening, a tribute to Ian Fleming, held at the London Palladium.
Craig arrives with his partner Satsuki Mitchell carrying his arm in a sling which may have been injured during filming of Quantum of Solace. Craig recently suffered a bruised eye and a fractured arm which happened while shooting the final scenes of the film.
He said last month: “I’m pushing myself as hard as I can. I’ve had black eyes, cuts, bruises. I even injured my Achilles.
“Jumping from great heights hurts a lot, but I did that quite often. As a kid, I actually wanted to be a stuntman because I liked falling off my bike. I was always bleeding.”
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Though he is far from needing plastic surgery to repair aging features, Daniel Craig has said that he might be open to the idea due to the multitude of injuries he sustained filming Quantum of Solace.
Craig has been reported as saying, “It’s what happens when you do something like this. I got tagged in a fight sequence and needed eight stitches. Plastic surgery? Give it five years.”
Despite being the far more popular James Bond, it seems that the reading public much prefers Roger Moore’s memoir’s over Sean Connery’s. In the weeks since its release, “Being a Scott” has only sold a meager 5,000 copies in the UK.
Scotland on Sunday writes, “It was billed as the Scottish publishing event of the decade, but Sir Sean Connery’s book of musings on the nation has fallen flatter than a badly shaken Martini. Scotland on Sunday can reveal that the Bond star’s book Being A Scot has sold a “dire” 5,000 copies in the UK, despite receiving saturation coverage in the press and taking top billing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.
Worse still, the most famous living Scot looks set to suffer the indignity of being comprehensively outgunned in sales by Roger Moore, who succeeded him in the role of 007 and released his own autobiography last week.
It has also emerged that Connery’s book was last week being outsold by an astonishing 14-to-one by the decidedly unglamorous memoirs of TV chef Clarissa Dickson Wright.
Literary data experts Nielsen BookScan confirmed that total sales of the tome were 4,620 last Friday and had dwindled to fewer than 500 copies a week.
Connery’s book, which was co-written with film-maker Murray Grigor, features childhood reminiscences and comment about Scottish culture and politics and avoids insights into his private life and film career.
A spokesman for publishers Michael O’Mara, who released Moore’s book, My Word Is My Bond, on Thursday, laughed out loud when he heard Connery’s sales figures and said he was “very confident” Moore’s title would outsell Being A Scot.
Graham Rye, the editor of the James Bond magazine, 007, made a similar prediction.”Roger Moore’s book will ultimately sell more than Sean’s because it is a more accessible read and is full of fun and amusing showbusiness anecdotes.
“Sean’s book is far more highbrow and educational. It was a very honourable idea, but I don’t know if it was a particularly marketable idea.
“The general book-buying public were after an intimate biography about Sean Connery the man.
“If he had produced that sort of book then I’m sure it would have flown off the shelves.”
Rye added that he was disappointed by “unforgivable” picture caption errors in Being A Scot. A picture of Connery in the 1970s sci-fi epic Zardoz is billed as an early James Bond shot and a family outing to see a Nat King Cole film in 1951 is wrongly labelled as an Edinburgh premiere of From Russia With Love.
One publishing industry insider said: “Connery’s sales are absolutely abysmal.”
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Swatch has just released a collection of 22 watches dedicated to each of the villains in the James Bond movies and has gotten Jaws himself (Richard Kiel) to talk about them.
“The collection comprises of 22 watches each evoking one of the memorable villains featured in the James Bond films.
Richard Kiel who played the villain ‘Jaws’ in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker said: “The watches are all made in Switzerland, even the plastic ones. Swatch has been around for 25 years and James Bond has been around for 45 years. So they make a good partnership.”
The villainous Mr Greene in the latest Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace, is also celebrated with a bold black and white Swatch.
Other villains are commemorated in this collection from Odd Job in Goldfinger to Blofeld in Her Majesty’s Secret Service.”
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