Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

Timothy Dalton turns 64…

March 22, 2010

On March 21st, the 4th actor to play James Bond in the official film series, Timothy Dalton, turned 64 years old.

And like his Bond actor counterparts, he’s looking good for his age, too!

Happy Birthday, Timothy Dalton.

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‘Goldfinger’ actor Martin Benson dies…

March 8, 2010

The Stage.co.uk reported last week that actor Martin Benson has died aged 91.

Bond fans may know him best as “Mr. Solo”, from the 1963 blockbuster Goldfinger, in which he refuses to take part in Goldfinger’s Operation: Grand Slam, and finds himself having a pressing engagement with Oddjob.

Benson, whose career spanned from the min-1940s until 2005, died in his sleep at home in Buckinghamshire.

He worked in film, television and on the stage, and is best known for playing Kralahome in the 1956 film version of The King and I.

Television roles included The Last of the Summer Wine, The Champions and Richard the Lionheart.

His final television appearance was in an episode of Casualty in 2005.

Rest in peace.

Epitome of Cool…

March 8, 2010

Sean Connery for Louis Vuitton

One of the greatest Bond sites on the Net …

March 3, 2010

Check this link out: http://www.hazzamon.co.uk/roger.html

You’ll enjoy it. There’s no doubt.

Happy Birthday, Dan

March 2, 2010

Daniel Craig celebrates his 42nd birthday today.

Congrats!

Olga Kurylenko in “Octopussy: Part II”…

February 25, 2010

No, not really. But this botched Photoshop job sure does make it look like that’s the case. Check out her octo-legs…

(Click the image for a larger view.)

The dedicated stunt man, Martin Grace…

February 22, 2010

This is quite an impressive image I found, and decided to share, of stuntman Martin Grace on the Golden Gate Bridge for “A View to a Kill”. Obviously, he was very dedicated to his job.

So long, Mr. White…

February 21, 2010

According to Mi6.co.uk, Jesper Christensen, known as the mysterious “Mr. White” from Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, claims that he will not be returning to the James Bond series.

While speaking to the press before Friday’s premiere of his new film, “A Family”, at the Berlin Film Festival, Christensen said that he is happy that his “interlude as a villain in the James Bond series is over.”

Christensen’s comments on the new Bond films didn’t end there, though. He went on to say, “Today, I admit that I regard Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace as really shit. All the people die in them, so two movies are enough for me.”

How will this effect the continuity and consistency of the future films? Well, I imagine it won’t be too damaging. After all, White was a very under-used and poorly-written character. And on top of this, continuity errors and inconsistencies were littered through out the Craig series right from the get-go.

… How exactly did Bond get to Talamone without a visa, passport, or credit card, anyhow?

Watchmakers International sponsors Ian Fleming’s Rolex in Bond Exhibit‏

February 15, 2010

COLUMBIA, PA:  For over 50 years, James Bond fans have had the need to know what watch Agent 007 wears. Fans fantasize:  They are James Bond when wearing his watch.

Vintage Rolex watches — similar to the Sean Connery Submariner in Dr. No, the George Lazenby pre-Daytona chronograph in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and the Rolex Explorer worn by the literary Bond and author Ian Fleming — can be restored today to their original performance standards.

Bob Ridley of Watchmakers International gives a new lease on life to even the oldest (and most desirable) James Bond Rolex models, including those originally worn in the earliest Eon Productions films. Watchmakers International has also signed on as exclusive sponsor for display of Ian Fleming’s personal Rolex 1016 Explorer throughout the upcoming National Watch & Clock Museum exhibit, “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches,” June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011.

“These watches were meant to be worn,” says Ridley.  “My team makes that possible.”

This is particularly important to Bond watch owners.  “When I approached Bob with my own 1016 Explorer, my hope was that he could take it to a point where I could wear it on special occasions without a lot of worry,” recalls Dell Deaton, guest curator of the James Bond Watches exhibit.  “Bob said he could bring it back to a standard where I could wear it every day, the way it was designed to be worn.”

Vintage Rolex Explorer 1016 wristwatch with original Radium dial — just like James Bond wore in the 1963 novel, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Background items include a copy of that first edition book, a pre-publication Uncorrected Proof, and the very first publication of this story (part 1 of 3) in the April 1963 issue of Playboy magazine. Photo copyright http://www.jamesbondwatches.com, 2010.

“If you think about the 6538 Submariner that fans associate with the movie Goldfinger,” Ridley adds, “these Rolex watches are increasingly hard to find in any condition.  Proper functional restoration often begins by addressing neglect, water damage, and quite frequently the need to back-out previous misdirected repair issues.  With that, we almost always have to source Rolex parts or fabricate corrections based on a watch that even the most experienced Rolex researchers haven’t seen more than a handful of times in an entire career.

“By focusing only on the Rolex brand, we’ve developed that necessary familiarity.  We’ve also earned a respectable interface with Rolex technical support departments, with which we exchange information.”

At the same time, Watchmakers International brings a true collector’s eye to restorations — balancing desired performance against a commitment to retain investment value.  “The dial on my 1016 Explorer is cracking,” Dell Deaton notes.  “But replacement and even refinishing are out of the question:  My Rolex is just like what Ian Fleming saw on his wrist when he wrote that ‘Bond glanced at his watch’ in the final pages of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.  That’s what I will still want to see after any work on it is done.”

“I gave Dell a number of proprietary options we’ve come up with for arresting the deterioration without any visual change to aesthetics,” Bob Ridley explains.  “These are things we have done for Watchmakers International clients that we’ve served for many, many years; the proof of longevity is reconfirmed upon intake inspection each time one of these watches comes back now for routine maintenance.”

“The addition of Bob Ridley, personally, and Watchmakers International, as a sponsor, raises an already high bar on what we expect this exhibit to deliver,” says Noel Poirier, director of the National Watch & Clock Museum.  “As an international association and repository for horology, our Museum and this exhibit can both show a great range of Bond-affiliated wristwatches, and then go beyond that to provide a great depth of understanding about how many of them functioned then and now, their design evolution paths, and, in particular to the Ian Fleming Rolex 1016 Explorer and related pieces, what their present condition tells them about their service to wearers as timekeepers.

“Watchmakers International is the ideal sponsor for the Ian Fleming Rolex as part of our ‘Bond Watches, James Bond Watches’ exhibit.  We’re truly honored to have them be a part of this.”

Watchmakers International is the exclusive sponsor for bringing the original Ian Fleming Rolex Explorerer 1016 to the entire run of this year-long exhibit.  With over 30 years experience in fine wristwatch work, certified horologist Bob Ridley offers a unique balance of technical skill, resources, and an understanding of value-aesthetics to the sole of his business:  Vintage Rolex restoration.  See www.watchmakers.com for more information.

Dell Deaton is guest curator of this “Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” exhibition and author-creator of www.jamesbondwatches.com.  He is a member of both the National Watch & Clock Association and American Marketing Association, and an internationally recognized expert on Ian Fleming and James Bond horology.

“Bond Watches, James Bond Watches” will be unveiled at the NAWCC Annual Convention on June 17, 2010, and runs June 18, 2010, through April 30, 2011, in Columbia, PA.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association close to 20,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead.  For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717-684-8261 or visit our website at www.nawcc.org.

Peter Murton passes away…

February 11, 2010

Cinema Retro has reported that acclaimed production designer Peter Murton passed away just before Christmas 2009. Murton worked on the earlier Bond films, such as “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball”, and later became the art director for “The Man With the Golden Gun”. Murton was also the art director for Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War satire, “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” in 1964. Another great artist has passed on. Condolences go out to the family of Mr. Murton.

Rest in peace…