James Bond Comics – The Body

First 4 parts of the 2018 Dynamite comic series “The Body” by writer Ales Kot. Cover illustrations by Luca Casalanguida, 
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American James Bond 007 Wrist Walkie Talkies Set, Operates On Two 9 Volt Transistor Battery (Box 410 x 150 x 60mm) Limited Vanity Fair 1977 Wrist Walkie Talkie Box Edition Model Number VF-23
Vanity Fair/Walter Kidde N.Y./EON/Glidrose, USA 1977

2018_05_21 (WEEK21/2018GOODIE)
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REPORT 00281 WEEK20/2018

This Week Collection Focus Has Been On ‘007 Mix’, Review Week 20/2018 Report Number 00281 Find Out More
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German DVD & VHS Collection POS (Point Of Sale) Shop Fabric Flag (100 x 160cm) ‘Ein Bond Ist Nicht Genug / One Bond Is Not Enough’
MGM, Germany 2003

2018_05_20 (WEEK20/2018GOODIE)
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On Her Majesty’s Service: Boyle’s first brush with Bond

James Bond author Ian Fleming, always on the lookout for memorable titles for his best-selling Bond novels, hit upon something really imaginative for the title to his Swiss-based 007 adventure of 1963: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

It was an inspired play upon the famous words that appeared on any official civil service communication or manila-coloured letter in a brown envelope to the public at the time: ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ (OHMS). It also captured James Bond’s sense of loyalty to Queen and country, an aspect of 007’s world that has sometimes been touched upon by movie makers.

Indeed, at one point in the 1969 big-screen version of Fleming’s novel, James Bond (played by George Lazenby) glances at a painting of the Queen on the wall of his office and raises his drink in apology for his seeming decision to resign. As the eyes of the world have once again feasted on British Royalty with the latest family wedding, the JBIFC takes the opportunity to look back briefly Bond’s ‘royal’ connections and, in particular, on director Danny Boyle’s first encounter with the world of 007, Happy and Glorious.

Reporting for Duty

As many Bond fans know, Happy and Glorious was a short 6-minute ‘Bond film’ directed by Danny Boyle for the special Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, and it starred Daniel Craig and none other than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The film was part of Boyle’s highly memorable and acclaimed Opening Ceremony, entitled The Isles of Wonder, which celebrated everything that was special and iconic about British history, life and culture.

Boyle’s mini-Bond film, which was made under conditions of ultra-secrecy, saw our favourite secret agent arriving in the (real-life) grounds of Buckingham Palace and being shown by a Royal butler to a private study, where – after standing in silence for a brief moment – 007 met and conversed with the Queen. This culminated in James Bond and the Queen taking a helicopter over the Olympic Stadium and them both jumping out and ‘parachuting’ into the Stadium. It was a brilliant piece of theatre (using stunt doubles, of course). It also genuinely took many spectators and TV viewers by complete surprise! And, to reinforce the Bond imagery, Boyle also ensured that members of the International Olympic Committee entered the Stadium accompanied by Monty Norman’s James Bond theme, arguably one of the most famous pieces of film music from the 20th century.

Interestingly, key parts of the music for the Olympic celebrations were also under the musical direction of veteran Bond composer David Arnold (he was musical director on the Closing Ceremonies for both the Olympics and the Paralympics), so one could easily imagine Arnold and Boyle working together at some point on Bond 25, if unconfirmed rumours are to be believed. Similarly, Boyle and Craig are said to have struck up a very good relationship during their time shooting the mini-Bond movie, so it will be probably be a nicely smooth rekindling of that atmosphere if Boyle does indeed direct Bond 25.

Bond Royale

There were many reactions and comments of delight about Boyle’s Bond coup for the Olympics. James Bond’s boss, ‘M’, in the form of Dame Judi Dench, was one of those who was very pleased with her top agent. According to the ‘Mandrake’ column in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in 2012, although Dame Judi was a very close friend of Daniel Craig and loved to gossip with him on set, he did not breathe so much as a whisper about how he would be appearing alongside the Queen in Boyle’s min-Bond movie. Dame Judi’s daughter revealed that her mother ‘had absolutely no idea that they were doing it. She thought it was brilliant and hilarious when she saw it’.

EON Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, when she gave a wide-ranging interview to the London Evening Standard newspaper in August, 2012, where she gave her thoughts on the making of Skyfall, reflected on the surprise that people had felt when Queen Elizabeth II made her Bond girl debut (so to speak). Broccoli said: ‘We saw the back of the Queen and everyone I’m sure thought, “It’s Helen Mirren”. And when she turned around it was like a volcanic eruption! How wonderful of her to have done it’.

Daniel Craig himself must have made a great impression on the Queen. In 2013, the British media reported that Daniel, along with his wife Rachel Weisz, were part of a small group of invited thespians who enjoyed a private dinner with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle.

Did You Know?

In late August, 2012, it emerged that Boyle and his team did have a ‘Plan B’ had the real-life Queen declined to participate. Actress Helen Mirren would have been called on as an understudy if the Queen had been unable to take part. The director of ceremonies, Martin Green, told the British media that Mirren was fallback for the scenes with Craig’s 007: ‘We did talk about Helen, but didn’t have to go to any other plan’.

James Bond and Her Majesty




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British ‘Spectre – The Complete Comic Strip Collection’ By John McLusky, Hardcover Book Edition (272 Pages) Foreword By John Logan ISBN: 9781785651557
The Daring James Bond Is Back, This Time In A Lavishly Put Together Collection Celebrating The Iconic SPECTRE Storylines. Featuring Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice And The Spy Who Loved Me. These Fully Restored And Thrilling Stories Are Based On The Original Ian Fleming James Bond Novels. ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ A Spectre Story? Yes, The Criminal Organization Was Written Into The Original Daily Express Comic Strip From Which These Titan Collections Are Composed
SPECTRE Also Played A Large Role In The Daily Express Continuation Bond Strips Throughout The 1970s With The Organization Being Run By A Female Blofeld Know As “Madame Spectra”
Titan Books, England 2015

2018_05_19 (WEEK20/2018)
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American ‘The Book Of Bond, James Bond Book’ By Hoyt L. Barber And Harry L. Barber, Designed And Edited By Melany Shapiro, 1st Edition Softcover (288 Pages) ISBN 1-890723-20-7
Mmembers, Vehicles, Gadgets, Plots, Vvillains And Locations
Cyclone Books, USA 1999

2018_05_18 (WEEK20/2018)
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CJBF Club James Bond France “Le Bond” Magazine No 51, April 2018 (40 Pages) “Quantum Of Solace” James Bond (Daniel Craig) On The Frontpage Become A Member
003 Gunbarrel / 005 Content Overview / 006 Bond’ Wolrd / 008 Lire Et Laisser Mourir / 012 Filming Bond / 013 Focus / 018 My Name Is Marc Foster / 020 A View To A Scene / 022 Poster / 024 Dressing Room / 026 Parole De Fan / 028 Pour Ou Contre / 030 Back In Action / 034 Le Mot De M (President Luc Le Clech)
Inclusive The Annual Club James Bond France Member Card Number 48
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2018_05_17 (WEEK20/2018)
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The David Arnold James Bond Project ‘Shaken And Stirred’ CD Compilation Catalogue Number 3107, Limited Tin Box Edition. Hand Signed At ‘The Sound Of James Bond’ Event In Dresden, Germany 23th Of March 2018 (Special Thanks To Michael Beartens)
01 Diamonds Are Forever – David McAlmont / 02 Nobody Does It Better – Aimee Mann / 03 Space March – Leftfield / 04 All Time High – Pulp / 05 Moonraker – Shara Nelson / 06 James Bond Theme – LTJ Bukem / 07 Live And Let Die – Chrissie Hynde / 08 Thunderball – Martin Fry / 09 From Russia With Love – Natacha Atlas / 10 On Her Majestys Secert Service – Propellerheads / 11 We Have All The Time In The World – Iggy Pop
Sire/Sony Records, England 1997

2018_05_16 (WEEK20/2018GOODIE)
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