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Briefly Bond: John Gavin (1931-2018)

The sad news has been announced that the American actor John Gavin, who came tantalizingly close to becoming James Bond on the big screen in 1971, has passed away, aged 86, in Los Angeles. He died on Friday, February 9th.

The actor, who was noted for his dark good looks, was probably most famous for his role as Sam Loomis in director Alfred Hitchcock’s tense thriller Psycho (1960). Gavin’s character Loomis, searching for his girlfriend Marion Crane, confronted the killer Norman Bates at the Bates Motel.

John Gavin’s other notable roles in the movies included a key part in Stanley Kubrick’s epic sword and sandals masterpiece Spartacus (1960), in which he played the young Julius Caesar. He was also in two successful TV series.

Born in 1931, Gavin was fluent in Spanish (his mother was Mexican), gained expertise in Latin American history at University, and also served as a Naval Intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy 1951-1953. While acting as a technical adviser on Naval matters for a movie, the director (a family friend) persuaded Gavin to have a screen-test for Universal, even though Gavin was not personally convinced he could be an actor. Much to his surprise, he passed the screen-test and was soon being offered various roles in movies. After a number of B-movies, his ‘breakthrough’ movie was A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958), in which he played a German soldier.  Tall and athletic, during the mid-1960s, after his marriage came to an end in 1965, there was also much interest by gossip columnists in his love life which – interestingly – had included a short relationship with former Bond woman Luciana Paluzzi (Thunderball). He was also linked to a number of other actresses before marrying for a second time. His wife survives him.

Briefly Bond

John Gavin was a part of James Bond history because, in a sense, he was briefly Bond, even though he did not play 007 on screen.

When George Lazenby declined to make any further James Bond movies after his solo performance as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1967), the Bond producers Harry Saltzman and Albert Broccoli faced the tricky prospect of searching for a new actor for the iconic role. The new Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever, was scheduled for shooting in both the USA and at Pinewood, England, and time was ticking fast. As the U.S. shooting schedule loomed, the EON producers found it quite a challenge to find a suitable British actor for the role (they approached Roger Moore at one stage but Roger had committed himself to Lew Grade’s new TV series The Persuaders).

As Broccoli himself put it in his memoirs, When the Snow Melts: ‘It was the mixture as before: another worldwide search, names being thrown at us from all sides’. Burt Reynolds was suggested several times: ‘If he’d been British, he’d have been a strong contender’. Broccoli continued: ‘After weeks of interviews, looking at hundreds of photos, talking to agents, we found we were reshuffling the pack’.

Although various actors were tested, the producers found themselves Bondless with very little time to go before production and principal cinematography was scheduled to commence. Cubby Broccoli in particular always took the view that Bond could only be really played by a British actor, but (as he put it in his memoirs): ‘Harry and I decided that reluctantly we might have to bend our rule about Bond having to be British’. He and his EON partner Saltzman began to widen the search net and decided that, if they were forced to use an American, he would need to have the ‘stamp and the style’ of a British secret agent, and would also have to be a good actor: ‘We found the one actor who matched up to that requirement: John Gavin’. Moreover, according to Broccoli, Gavin ‘performed well in some action tests we made’. Gavin was signed for the role and placed under contract.

007 and Waiting…

Behind the scenes, however, in New York, David Picker of United Artists (UA), was not convinced Gavin was the right choice for the role and decided that it was essential to lure Sean Connery back to the role. Picker secretly flew to Britain and set up a meeting with Connery’s agent Richard Hatton, and through Hatton made the actor an offer ‘he found difficult to refuse’ ($1.25 million, plus a percentage of the grosses, together with backing by UA for two films of Connery’s choice as either star or director). It was a huge sum of money that Connery decided would help him launch his long-dream’t project, the Scottish International Education Trust, a charitable fund to help struggling young Scots break into acting.

When Picker revealed to the EON producers that Connery had agreed to return to his role as Bond, John Gavin was released from his contract and paid off with $50,000. Gavin admitted later that he had been privately relieved, as the prospect of becoming James Bond had been daunting, especially given all the media attention that the role inevitably entailed.

Having always been interested in politics, Gavin served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico in 1981 to 1986. He remained on friendly terms with Cubby Broccoli, and attended and spoke at Cubby’s funeral in Beverly Hills in 1996.

John Gavin, 1931-2018. R.I.P.


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JB1 – 007 DIGITAL CAMERA

British Designed Mini Digital Camera Set Includes The ‘JB1 007’ Digital Camera In Lighter Size (40 x 55 x 10mm) Velvet Purse (Button Closure), Data Cable And Instruction Brochure & Sheet

First james Bond Camera Compact Size, Attractive Metal Quick Shot: Flip The Top, Click The Button And Close The Case. No Switch On Required. Surveillance Mode: Record Images At Preset Time Intervals, Perfect For Covert Observation For Up To 19 Days. Data Storage And Transfer Function: Move Important Data Between Computers Utilising The ‘JB1’ Camera As A Portable Hard Disc Drive (up To 500 Pages On Text, Images)
Digital Dream Co. Europe Ltd., England 2003

2018_02_11 (WEEK06/2018)
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007 – SPYGLASS SET

The 007 Spyglass ‘4X30’ Set Includes Binoculars, Black Plastic Zipper Purse (110 x 100 x 40mm) Wit Belt Attachment Possibility And Hand Loop, Linen Cotton Mixed Cleaning Cloth And Instruction Sheet
‘4X30’ Binoculars With Fast Focusing Mechanism Are Characterized By Novel Structure, Sharp Image Attractive Appearance And Convenient For Use. Magnification 4X, Dial Of Entrance Pupil: 30mm, Field Of View: 75m At 1000m, Middle Focusing Range: ± 4 Diopters, Right Eyepierce: ± 3 Diopters
Manufacturer Unknown, 1990s

2018_02_10 (WEEK06/2018)
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007 – TOBACCO PIPE

Wooden Black Two-Pieces Tobacco Pipe With Metal Tread And Horn Mounth Piece (160 x 50 x 35mm) Marked With ‘James Bond 007 18 SK’ On The Bottom. On A Opside-Down View, It Looks Like A Long Barrel Gun
Manufacterer Unknown, Propably British 1970s

2018_02_09 (WEEK06/2018)
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Forever And A Day: More details revealed on new Horowitz 007 novel

In a press release issued by Ian Fleming Publications on 8th February, 2018, the title, UK release date, and a brief synopsis for the exciting new James Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz have been revealed.

The title of Horowitz’s second 007 adventure is Forever And A Day. It will be published in hardcover in the United Kingdom on Thursday, 31st May, 2018, by Jonathan Cape publishers, and in the autumn (Fall) in the USA. Using some original material from Bond creator Ian Fleming himself, Horowitz has made the new novel into a prequel to Casino Royale, Fleming’s very first 007 thriller. According to the brief synopsis made available by the publishers, the new book will explore the origins of James Bond.

And, in an imaginative plot twist, it would appear that the story will partly focus on how James Bond replaced another agent who originally held the ‘007’ number (who had been killed in Marseille ‘by an unknown hand’).

As the synopsis puts it: ‘It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime. It’s time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill. This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera’.

Anthony Horowitz commented: ‘I couldn’t have been happier when the Ian Fleming estate invited me back to write a second Bond. I very much enjoyed writing Forever And A Day, exploring what might have been Bond’s first mission and imagining some of the forces that might have turned him into the iconic figure that the whole world knows’.

He added: ‘I hope Ian Fleming would have approved’.

In fact, members of the Fleming family have already expressed their strong enthusiasm and keen appreciation of the new novel, praising the work as a very worthy addition to the Bond canon. Various Bond fans have also expressed their pleasure at the very Fleming-esque choice of title.

As many 007 fans know, Anthony Horowitz, who was born in Stanmore, London, in 1955,  is a best-selling author and very successful screenwriter. He is the author of the very popular Alex Rider children’s spy novels, and was also the writer of the hit British TV wartime detective series Foyle’s War, starring Michael Kitchen (Bill Tanner in Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough). Horowitz also penned , of course, the James Bond novel Trigger Mortis (2015), which received high praise from both critics and Bond aficionados alike.

Welcome back, Mr. Horowitz – we’ve been expecting you.

 


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HAND FAN – BACKDROP SWITZERLAND EXPO

Limited Backdrop Switzerland Expo At Elisario Minusio Hand Fan Edition (410 x 230mm) The Spanish Made Hand Fan Shows A Photo Of Filming Goldfinger, A James Bond (Sean Connery) Movie In Which The Famous Spy Drove His Aston Martin DB5 On The Furka Pass (Special Thanks To Owley Samter)
“Switzerland As Seen Through The Lens Of More Than A Century Of Foreign Films!” Backdrop Switzerland Exhibition Promotion Flyer (145 x 210mm) Celebrations Of The 70th Film Festival Locarno. Backdrop Switzerland Book Author Cormelius Schregle Invites To A Special Expo At The Elisario Culture Centre And Museum Menusio, Tessin Switzerland From 1st Of June To 13th Of August 2017. The Exhibition Shows Movie Props, Posters, Behind The Scenes Stills And Much More, Also From The Swiss Related James Bond Movies “Goldfinger” 1964 And “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” 1969(Special Thanks To Cornelius Schregle)
Elisario Minusio/Cornelius Schregle, Switzerland 2017
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2018_02_08 (WEEK06/2018)
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PK – THE BEST OF JAMES BOND

British EMI ‘The Best Of Bond… James Bond’ CD Soundtrack Compilation Press Kit. Includes James Bond 007 Main Themes From Dr. No (1962) To Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
The Press Kit Dossier Contains An Accompanying Letter (2 Sheets), Two CD Cover Artwork Stills By Photographer Paul Cox, Finger Prints Sheet And Three Exhibit Pieces. ‘Exhibit A’ Cartridge Case, ‘Exhibit B’ CD Booklet And ‘Exhibit C’ Promo

EMI Are Proud To Release The Ultimate, Bond Theme-Track Compilation Album. The ThemeMusic From Bond Films Has, From The Off, Been Hugely Significant In The Overall Impact Of The Bond Films. Before Anyone Had Even Tought About “Lifestyle” Or Marketing Aspirations, Bond Was Doing It Big Time. Every Dad And Son Wanted That Aston Martin And Every Mum And Girl Wanted To Be Swept Of Their Feet (Usually In A Bikini Or Cocktail Frock) By A Man With A Wad To Blow In Monte Carlo. The Accompaniment Was The Strains Of The Monty Norman Orchestra’s “James Bond Theme” From Dr. No, Or Carly Simon’s Erotically Charged “Nobody Does It Better”, And Of Course The Classic From Shirley Bassey “Goldfinger”.

From Dr No, The Very First Film In The Massively Popular Series Of Bond Films (Based On The Character Created By Novelist Ian Fleming), Music Has Been An Integral Part Of The Movies Great Success.
In The Liner Notes To “The Best Of Bond…James Bond”, The Late Producer Albert R. Broccoli Says, “The Compelling Nature Of This Music Has Been An Essential Ingredient In The Make Up Of The 007 Movies. We’ve Been Gratified That Audiences Have Found It Exciting To See Bond Films Over The Years, But We’ve Worked To Make sure That The Music Is Thrilling Too.
The Album Includes Liner Notes From Noted Bond Expert Danny Biedermann, Producer And Director Of The Bond Documentary “A Spy For All Seasons”
“The Best Of Bond…James Bond” CD Comes Out The Very Same Day MGM Launch Their Autumn’99 Marketing Campaign Around The Re-Issue Of The Entire Bond Catalogue On Video. The Album Will be TV Advertised And There Will Be Some “Talked About” Marketing Promotions, That You Will Be Informed Of On A “Need To Know” Basis Only. Other Promotions Will Tie In To The Release On November 26 Of The Newest James Bond Film “The World Is Not Enough”.

Compilation Tracking 01 Monty Norman Orchestra: James Bond Theme (Dr. No 1962) / 02 Shirley Bassey: Goldfinger (1964) / 03 Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me 1977) / 04 Duran Duran: A View To A Kill (1985) / 05 Sheena Easton: For Your Eyes Only (1981) / 06 Louis Armstrong: We Have All The Time In The World (On Her Mjesty’s Secret Service 1969) / 07 Paul McCartney & The Wings: Live And Let Die (1973) / 08 Rita Coolidge: All Time High (Octopussy 1983) / 09 A-ha: The Living Daylights (1987) / 10 Gladys Knight: Licence To Kill (1989) / 11 Matt Monro: From Russia With Love (1963) / 12 Tom Jones: Thunderball (1965) / 13 Nancy Sinatra: You Only Live Twice (1967) / 14 Shirley Bassey: Moonraker (1979) / 15 John Barry Orchestra: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) / 16 Lulu: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) / 17 Shirley Bassey: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) / 18 Tina Turner: Goldeneye (1995) / 19 Sheryl Crow: Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
EMI/Capitol Records, England 1999
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Press Kit Overview

2018_02_07 (WEEK06/2018GOODIE)
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FOCUS OF THE WEEK: MARTIN CAMPBELL

A filmmaker with both a flair for action and skill with character, Martin Campbell is in the unique position of launching two actors as 007: Pierce Brosnan in GOLDENEYE (1995) and Daniel Craig in CASINO ROYALE (2006).
Campbell was born in New Zealand where he spent his childhood before moving to England in 1966 to work as a cinematographer making his directorial debut with THE SEX THIEF (1973). Campbell became a producer on BLACK JOE (1977) and worked as an associate producer on SCUM (1979), Alan Clarke’s tough, controversial, acclaimed study of the British borstal system for young offenders.
In the late seventies, Campbell moved into television, directing episodes of such popular UK shows as SHOESTRING, THE PROFESSIONALS and MINDER. Yet he cemented his reputation with two miniseries; REILLY: ACE OF SPIES (1983) starring Sam Neill and EDGE OF DARKNESS (1985) starring Bob Peck, the latter winning a BAFTA TV award for Best Drama.
It was his work on EDGE OF DARKNESS that brought him to the attention of Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli who chose him to direct GOLDENEYE. The film not only reintroduced the character after a six-year gap but also presented Pierce Brosnan as the new 007. Campbell delivered action with realism but with an added panache that was different from other 90s cinematic heroes.
“There were all these other heroes, the Bruce Willises and the Arnold Schwarzeneggers – they’re all blue collar,� he observed. “But there are no sophisticated antiheroes around. So I made GOLDENEYE a showcase for that kind of hero.�
Audiences welcomed the new Bond, the film becoming the most financially successful 007 film since MOONRAKER. After GOLDENEYE, Campbell stayed in the action genre with THE MASK OF ZORRO and VERTICAL LIMIT, as well as more serious fare such as BEYOND BORDERS. He returned to the world of Bond with CASINO ROYALE, again introducing a new 007 in Daniel Craig. The film included some of the most exciting action sequences in the series to date — a foot chase through a construction site shot in the Bahamas, a Venetian villa that crumbles into the Grand Canal and a Guinness World Record breaking Aston Martin barrel roll stunt — while making smaller, more intimate scenes, such as the central poker game, equally intense.
“The card game was probably the most difficult scene I’ve ever had to film,â€� he recalled. “It’s one thing to shoot a game of chemin de fer or 21, that’s very simple. When you’re playing Texas Hold’em poker with ten players around a table, that’s tough because it’s a more complex game and, with ten players all looking at each other. It’s very tricky to film.â€�
The finished film garnered multiple nominations, including a BAFTA win for Best Sound and further nominations including Outstanding British Film and Best Actor for Daniel Craig. CASINO ROYALE became the first 007 film to earn other over $100 million at the UK box office and became the highest-grossing Bond film up to that point.
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CD – THE BEST OF BOND… JAMES BOND

British ‘The Best Of Bond… James Bond’ CD Soundtrack Compilation Contains James Bond 007 Main Themes From Dr. No (1962) To Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) Article Number 7243-5-23294-2-7
Compilation Tracking 01 Monty Norman Orchestra: James Bond Theme (Dr. No 1962) / 02 Shirley Bassey: Goldfinger (1964) / 03 Carly Simon: Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me 1977) / 04 Duran Duran: A View To A Kill (1985) / 05 Sheena Easton: For Your Eyes Only (1981) / 06 Louis Armstrong: We Have All The Time In The World (On Her Mjesty’s Secret Service 1969) / 07 Paul McCartney & The Wings: Live And Let Die (1973) / 08 Rita Coolidge: All Time High (Octopussy 1983) / 09 A-ha: The Living Daylights (1987) / 10 Gladys Knight: Licence To Kill (1989) / 11 Matt Monro: From Russia With Love (1963) / 12 Tom Jones: Thunderball (1965) / 13 Nancy Sinatra: You Only Live Twice (1967) / 14 Shirley Bassey: Moonraker (1979) / 15 John Barry Orchestra: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) / 16 Lulu: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) / 17 Shirley Bassey: Diamonds Are Forever (1971) / 18 Tina Turner: Goldeneye (1995) / 19 Sheryl Crow: Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
EMI/Capitol Records, England 1999

2018_02_06 (WEEK06/2018)
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REPORT 00266 WEEK05/2018

This Week The Collection Focus Has Been On “Corgi Toys”, Review Week 05/2018 Report Number 00266 Find Out More
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