Canadian Downtoscale Hand Made James Bond 007 Figures Series, Number 060PL “Thunderball” James Bond (Sean Connery) Diving Looking For The Vulcan Bomber. Limited Hand Painted Edition, Number 01 Of 40 Resin Figures Diorama Approximate Scale 1:24 / 8cm
D. & M. McNally, Canada 2017

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2017_10_20 (WEEK42/2017GOODIE)
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Austrian NFK Neuer Film Kurier “Feuerball / Thunderball” Movie Facts Magazine No 7 (16 Pages) Features James Bond 007 (Sean Connery), Domino (Claudine Auger) And The Disco Volante On The Frontpage
Neues Film Programm, Austria 1965
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2017_10_19 (WEEK42/2017)
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French “Operation Tonnerre / Thunderball” 4 Pages Movie Facts Program (240 x 310mm)
United Artists, France 1965
French Movie Program Overview
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2017_10_18 (WEEK42/2017GOODIE)
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Franz Sanchez is a drug baron who believes loyalty is more important than money, Bond learns to exploit this view to his advantage. Calculating and cold-blooded — it is no coincidence that he keeps a chameleon as a pet — Sanchez has government officials in his pocket in countries ranging from the US to Chile. Operating out of the small nation of Isthmus, he uses the coded sermons of televangelist Professor Joe Butcher to sell his cocaine and launders the profits through his casino. Sanchez’s nefarious activities mean he is facing 139 felony counts and 936 years in prison if caught by the US government.
A rare visit to the US by Sanchez sees the net draw tighter. Drug Enforcement Agents, led by Felix Leiter and including Bond who is acting as an observer, capture the drug lord by hooking a cord to his plane as he attempts to escape into international airspace. Sanchez bribes DEA agent Ed Killifer with $2 million to spring him from US custody, undertaking an audacious escape from a high security transit. Sanchez wreaks revenge on Leiter by having his new bride Della murdered and torturing Felix by lowering him into a shark tank. He leaves Leiter maimed but alive to send out a warning to those who cross him.
Sanchez learns a major cocaine shipment to the US has gone wrong and the payment stolen by a mysterious stranger, unaware that 007 is behind the intervention. Using Sanchez’s own money, Bond arrives in Isthmus City and offers his services as a killer for hire to Sanchez. He earns Sanchez’s trust after the latter mistakenly believes Bond saved him from an assassination attempt and begins to cleverly sow the seeds of distrust between Sanchez and his accomplices.
Bond manages to infiltrate Sanchez’s inner circle and uncovers his master-plan: a scheme with an Asian drug cartel smuggle huge quantities of cocaine by dissolving the drug in ordinary gasoline, transporting it by ocean-going tanker, and then converting it back to cocaine. In a spectacular chase, Bond destroys the tankers one-by-one, ending on a mano a mano battle with Sanchez. When facing a machete wielding Sanchez, Bond takes a cigarette lighter, a thank you gift from Felix and Della, and uses it to set fire to the gasoline-soaked Sanchez.
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007 Facts About ‘Tomorrow’: Looking Back on the 18th Bond Film

Pierce Brosnan James Bond

Later this year the 18th James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, which starred Pierce Brosnan in his second 007 adventure, will celebrate its 20th birthday (it received its World Premiere at the famous Odeon Leicester Square, in central London, on 9th December, 1997).

Directed by Roger Spottiswoode and with a screenplay by Bruce Feirstein, Brosnan’s second stab at the role of James Bond saw him up against the manipulative media mogul Elliot Carver, played by Jonathan Pryce.

As part of the upcoming celebrations, the JBIFC takes the opportunity to briefly look back on the film and present (00)7 interesting facts and memories about Tomorrow, some familiar, others less well-known.

007 and Counting…

001: In the months prior to the start of filming, the British press regularly speculated that none other than top Welsh thespian Anthony Hopkins, acclaimed star of stage and screen, was the front runner choice for main villain in TND. However, after having made such an impact as Hannibal the Cannibal, it was said by industry insiders that Hopkins was growing tired of being regularly offered villainous roles: he made it clear he was now more interested in playing a good guy in the new Zorro movie, as Don Diego de la Vega, mentor to the black-masked swashbuckler (Sean Connery had originally agreed to play the role of Zoro’s mentor, but had dropped out, enabling Hopkins to step in). Ironically, what became The Mask of Zorro (1998) was directed by Martin Campbell, who had made such a success of Brosnan’s first Bond movie Goldeneye. 

002: In January, 2001, the fantasy and sci-fi film expert John Brosnan (now sadly departed) wrote a fascinating piece in Starburst magazine about an interview he had conducted with director Roger Spottiswoode about his memories of Tomorrow. Spottiswoode revealed that they had to junk the entire original script of the movie shortly before shooting was due to start. The first version of TND had involved the British hand-over of Hong Kong to the Chinese and a nuclear reactor that was about to explode. But the former U.S. politician Henry Kissinger had been hired by EON as the film’s ‘diplomatic adviser’, and he had advised against using this sensitive plot scenario. Consequently, Spottiswoode had no proper screenplay on the first day of shooting!

003: In an interview with a British newspaper a few days after the premiere of Tomorrow Never Dies, Vic Armstrong, the Second Unit director and stunt coordinator on the movie, explained some of the tricky challenges involved in the spectacular pre-credits sequence: ‘We had all sorts of dramas filming this one. We needed to shoot an aeroplane lifting off, coinciding with lots of explosions and flying through a fireball. The runway we had was in France – for the snow – and it was too short to land or take off planes, so we had to get four jets, two of which we shipped out in pieces and two more parked 80 kilometres away for the air shots… We also had to get approval from avalanche guides…’. He revealed that, although some key shots were done with models and special effects, a shot where Bond looks over his shoulder as he comes through a fireball required a wide shot: the latter was achieved with a major overall explosion on location in France. But: ‘When we did that one, we nearly wiped out the whole mountainside!’

004: News, information and hi-tech communications, together with one man’s murderous desire to dominate and manipulate global media markets, were at the heart of the plot to Tomorrow. Greedy newspaper mogul Elliot Carver (Pryce) was given some now classic lines: ‘Words are the new weapons, satellites the new artillery’, and: ‘There’s no news like bad news’. In a sense, the screenplay skilfully combined traditional ‘Bondian’ elements with a social message: the underlying theme of the plot was a subtle critical commentary on the way that news and facts were being distorted and falsified through new forms of media in the run-up to the new Millenium. The movie anticipated what is today called ‘fake news’. Moreover, the character of Elliot Carver was also partly modelled on egotistical media barons past and present, such as Robert Maxwell and Rupert Murdoch.

005: In a great piece of marketing, tie-in coverage of TND was published by the UK’s Mirror newspaper in December, 1997, in the form of a supplement mocked up as an edition of Elliot Carver’s newspaper Tomorrow, with the same masthead to the paper as in the movie. The front-page story to this special supplement also had a typical piece of Carver ‘news’, revealing details about the formerly top-secret existence of top MI6 spy James Bond! It quoted a Ministry of Defence official admitting: ‘He exists all right and he costs Her Majesty’s Government an absolute fortune’. It was a great souvenir for Bond fans. Interestingly, this ‘story’ was penned by Diplomatic Editor ‘Roger Connery’ (get it?!).

006: Other key pieces of TND tie-in marketing included a special deal between MGM and German car manufacturer BMW, where the latter car company supplied the movie with ten real-life models of its most expensive saloon, and ran a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign to promote both the film as well as its vehicle. Second Unit director Vic Armstrong took full advantage of the BMW vehicles so generously supplied during filming: in a 3-week location shoot at Brent Cross shopping centre car-park in London (doubling up for Hamburg), the crew had a ‘smashing’ time wrecking up to £1m worth of BMWs for the stunt car sequence! As Armstrong commented to a local Hendon newspaper during the filming: ‘There is obviously pressure from the producers not to go over budget, but my job is just to get some great shots. The price of this sequence is small change when you look at the end result’.

007: How did the critics react to the new Bond movie upon its release? The influential American film industry journal Variety decided that Tomorrow had plenty of ‘bang-bang but very little kiss-kiss’, heavily favouring ‘straight-ahead action above all else’; the journal predicted the movie would ‘perform handsomely’, and noted: ‘For his part, Pierce Brosnan now looks so at ease in the role that its seems like second nature to him…’. On the other hand, Variety argued that ‘elsewhere the excitement and satisfaction is rather more intermittent, with too much running time devoted to good guys and bad guys spraying machine gun fire at one another’. In the UK, the respected Sight and Sound movie magazine decided that the new 007 film had ‘cannibalised’ too much from previous entries in the series: ‘Tomorrow is like a photocopy of a collage of previous Bonds…’, and was ‘far from premium Bond’. But the British cinema-going public clearly had no time for this rather harsh verdict: TND quickly stormed the box-office charts. The movie opened in the UK, for example, with the highest three-day grosses ever for a James Bond film up to that point, even eclipsing Goldeneye‘s 1995 November release.

Pierce Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh prepare for a TND take


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Thunderball 1965, Behind The Scene Still Press Photo 11245-2 (200 x 255mm) James Bond (Sean Connery) Playing Table Tennis Between Takes. Photo By David Sutton
Camera Press London, England 1965
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2017_10_17 (WEEK42/2017GOODIE)
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Our Instagram Special Post Number 00027, Related To The Penfold Heart Golf Ball As Seen In The James Bond Film ‘Goldfinger’ 1964 Find Out More
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James Bond and other memorable Bond film characters will be available as Funko Pop! Vinyl figures this December. The series will include two versions of 007 from GOLDFINGER and THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. The iconic “Golden Girl� from GOLDFINGER will also be available alongside supervillain Blofeld, complete with white cat, Oddjob and Jaws. Bond, as seen in DR. NO and OCTOPUSSY and Oddjob throwing his lethal hat will be sold exclusively in select stores.
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German FSK “Freiwillige Selbstkontrolle Der Filmwirtschaft” (Voluntary Self-Regulation Of The Film Industry) Uses A Film Ratings System Under Which Films Are Classified. This Is The Officially “Freigabebescheinigung” (Authorised Release Certificate) Proof Number 34 952-a (Re-Newed In 1978), “Feuerball / Thunderball” Is FSK 12 (Cinema Release Suitable For 12 Years And Over)
FSK Wiesbaden, Germany 1965
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2017_10_16 (WEEK42/2017)
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REPORT 00250 WEEK41/2017

We Proudly Present Our 250th Weekly Report. We Started With Our Daily Growing Collection Report Back In December 2012. This Week The Collection Focus Has Been On “007 Lifestyle”, Review Week 41/2017 Report No 00250 Find Out More
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