The August 10 2012 issue of Entertainment Weekly featured over 26 pages of James Bond articles, interviews and photographs. For the sake of completeness The 007 Dossier presents not only a scan of the print edition, but also the mobile/IPad edition. As you'll see, the content is presented a little differently for the mobile reader, and though at a lower resolution than the paper scans the images are so much brighter and crisper that I felt they should be archived here also.
In Ben Svetkey's intro to this week's cover story—which celebrates 50 years of 007 movies (the next one, Skyfall, opens Nov. 9)—he recounts how his James Bond obsession began when he saw On Her Majesty's Secret Service as a boy and decided right then and there that "Bond was the guy I most wanted to be, or at least be more like."
He tells how later, as an EW writer, he visited numerous Bond sets and saw how the sausage was made (Pierce Brosnan had trouble operating the gearshift on the Aston Martin). But for Svetkey, that just deepened his connection to the character. It is staggering that the world's connection to Bond remains as strong as it is. And it's due to the current crop of Bond films—less glossy, more gritty. And to the current 007—Daniel Craig, the total package of brains, brawn, and style. As for Svetkey, he recently vacated his EW office to focus on novels, and his first one will be published in May 2013. The title is Leading Man—fitting for a work by EW's own Boswell of Bond.
In other news: While I'm extremely excited about the next Bond movie, at the moment I'm most passionate about Cheryl Strayed's new book, Tiny Beautiful Things, so consider this a loud recommendation from someone who mostly avoids anything self-helpish. In this collection of her witty, salty, and bighearted Dear Sugar advice columns from therumpus.net, Strayed (who also wrote Wild) shares her tough love and frank wisdom, as well as bits and pieces of her own sometimes harrowing history. Whether you are looking for inspiration to change your life or just want to marvel at some breathtaking writing and insights, this one's for you.
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By JESS CAGLE, MANAGING EDITOR
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p3
50 YEARS OF BOND
JAMES BOND IS A HALF CENTURY OLD? SHOCKING. POSITIVELY SHOCKING. OF COURSE, 007 ONLY GETS BETTER WITH AGE, WHICH IS WHY WE'RE CELEBRATING HIM WITH A COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE MOVIES (INCLUDING THE NEWEST, Skyfall), EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS, AND A TRIBUTE TO BOND'S BEST GADGETS. BUT FIRST, EW'S BENJAMIN SVETKEY LOOKS BACK ON 18 YEARS OF COVERING THE SPY WE LOVE.
THERE ARE drawbacks to being a writer for ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. The long hours. The brutal deadlines. Having to sit through that press screening of Wrath of the Titans. Still, every once in a while an assignment comes along that makes it the best gig in the world. Like the time I got sent to Monte Carlo to meet James Bond. Or the time I got sent to the Bahamas to meet James Bond. Or the time I got sent to Panama to meet James Bond…
Thanks to EW, over the past 18 years I've spent more time chasing 007 around the world than Blofeld ever did. That scene in 1995's Goldeneye where Bond pulled up to a casino in Monaco driving a vintage Aston Martin DB5? I was there, peering from behind the cameras, watching Pierce Brosnan wrestling with the gearshift. When Bond rescued Denise Richards by launching her out of a submarine torpedo tube in 1999's The World Is Not Enough—I was standing next to the water tank on the soundstage in London, mentally holding Richards' towel. I was chilling in the arctic Ice Palace on the day Halle Berry traded sexy innuendos with 007 ("I think I got the thrust of it") in 2002's Die Another Day. I witnessed Daniel Craig dangling from a construction crane in the Caribbean while shooting his first Bond movie, 2006's Casino Royale, and I followed him all the way to Central America (where Panama was doubling for Bolivia) when he made his second, 2008's Quantum of Solace.
Getting so much face time with James Bond was more than just journalistic boondoggle for me—it was a chance to live out my deepest juvenile fantasy. Ian Fleming's supersuave spy had been my favorite fictional hero long before I started writing about him. We first became pals when I was 8 and my family took me to see 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service (I still have a soft spot for George Lazenby). From then on we were inseparable. I spent countless hours of my youth in his company, watching Bond in theaters, on TV, and later on home video, where I could replay his best bits over and over again. More than any other pop culture hero, Bond was the guy I most wanted to be, or at least be more like. And then I found myself, years later, visiting my first Bond set, standing yards away from an actual DB5 idling in front of a real-life Monte Carlo casino, waiting with the camera crew for Brosnan to figure out how to operate the parking brake. It was a magical, unforgettable experience, like seeing my childhood action figures suddenly spring to life. No wonder I kept going back to set after set.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Bond's appearance on the big screen. At 50, some men start thinking about buying convertibles and having flings with yoga instructors. But if there's one thing I've learned about Bond in all those years of close-quarter surveillance, it's that he'll never have to worry about a midlife crisis. He never grows old, or even up. Different actors come and go, some playing him for laughs, others for posterity, but James Bond the character remains remarkably untouched by time. He still drives the same car (even if he cheated with a Lotus or a BMW for a few movies). Still orders his martinis shaken, not stirred. Still introduces himself the way he did—last name first—when he originally sauntered into theaters with the U.K. opening of Dr. No on Oct. 5, 1962. Even the guy currently wearing his tuxedo (next appearance: Nov. 9's Skyfall) admits he didn't exactly have to reinvent the wheel for the role. "The simple fact is, the character was pretty much fully formed from the start," Craig told me six years ago on the set of Casino Royale. "Sean Connery nailed it from the beginning. Bond's single-mindedness. His toughness. His ruthlessness. He wasn't infallible, but he always knew the answer, always knew exactly what to do in any situation. And he always knew how to wear a suit."
The past five decades haven't always been easy for 007—there was the end of the Cold War, the rise of feminism, and the financial turmoil of MGM, Bond's longtime studio—but Bond is nothing if not a survivor. Indeed, he's been such a durable fixture on the pop culture landscape for so long that it's easy to take him for granted, to forget how huge a contribution he has made to moviegoing. Steven Spielberg gets credit for inventing the Event Film with Jaws, but audiences mobbed theaters a full decade earlier for 1965's Thunderball. One theater in New York City held round-the-clock showings to accommodate the crowds. Bond introduced the world to the modern action franchise—without him, there'd be no Jason Bourne or John McClane or Indiana Jones. (In fact, Spielberg made Raiders of the Lost Ark in part because he couldn't get a job directing a Bond movie.) Bond films were among the first to tap into a global movie audience; the 22 official films in the franchise have grossed a total of nearly $5 billion. They were also among the first to experiment with ancillary consumer marketing and product-placement promotions. Without Bond, I probably never would have purchased that crappy vintage Rolex that looked so much like the one Roger Moore wore in 1973's Live And Let Die. The thing didn't even tell time, let alone deflect bullets or contain a buzz saw.
You'd think that spending all that time on Bond sets would have spoiled the films for me. (That Ice Palace where Berry flirted with Bond in Die Another Day? Turns out the whole place was made of polymer plastic.) But the opposite happened. Seeing Bond in imperfect flesh and blood just made me feel even more connected to the character. When I witnessed Brosnan fumbling with the Aston Martin in Monte Carlo while shooting Goldeneye—at one point, he accidentally set off the car alarm—I was thrilled. I realized I could drive a DB5 just as badly as 007! Later that day, when I sat down inside the casino with Brosnan for what would be my very first interview with James Bond, I realized something else. I wasn't the only one with a childhood Bond fixation. "It sends tingles down my spine when I think about it," Brosnan confessed. "This character has been in my life for so long.… I was this green Irish lad—I was 10—and I saw this naked lady covered in gold paint and this man who could kill with his hat. It was Goldfinger. That was the first movie I saw."
I'd like to be able to say that I've outgrown my juvenile fascination with James Bond, that as an adult I've finally learned to put aside childish dreams. But I'd be lying. To this day, I still hear Monty Norman's zippy theme music in my head whenever I stroll into a casino, or check into a hotel in a foreign city, or even when I'm just driving around Santa Monica. The fantasy has never fully faded, even though I don't recall any Bond movies in which 007 drove an SUV with a child seat in the back covered in animal-cracker crumbs.
But apart from diamonds, nothing is forever. Bond may never grow old, but some of us are starting to feel closer to M's age. This year I took my first Bond break in nearly 20 years and didn't make it to any of Skyfall's exotic locales, such as Istanbul and Scotland. When the film opens in November, I'll be enjoying Bond the way I used to long ago, before I started writing for EW—on film, projected onto a screen. I'm pretty sure the experience will still be magical.
PHOTO (COLOR): Shirley Eaton and Sean Connery in Goldfinger
By BENJAMIN SVETKEY
ILLUSTRATION BY MARK STUTZMAN
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p28-31
SNEAK PEEK: Skyfall EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU PUT OSCAR-WINNING DIRECTOR SAM MENDES IN CHARGE OF JAMES BOND'S LONG-AWAITED RETURN? YOU GET A PEDIGREED CAST, A TOP SECRET PLOT, AND A BOND GIRL PLAYED BY A FRENCHWOMAN WHO LOVES TO BE NAKED. EW QUIZZES MENDES ABOUT ALL THREE.
"I NEED A HOLIDAY!" exclaims Sam Mendes, sitting in his London office, which, like the director himself, is both welcoming and a tad unkempt. The British director's exhaustion is understandable. After a six-month shoot in the U.K., Turkey, and China that wrapped in May, he's now busy editing the 23rd official James Bond film, Skyfall, due in theaters Nov. 9. "I may seem relaxed, but underneath I'm f---ed," says Mendes, 46, this July evening as Myrtle, a terrier owned by Joe (his 8-year-old son with his ex-wife, Kate Winslet), slumbers peacefully by his side.
A megabudget action thriller might seem far outside the wheelhouse of an auteur known for lauded but comparatively small-scale dramas like 1999's American Beauty, for which he won an Oscar, and 2008's Revolutionary Road. But Daniel Craig, who starred in Mendes' 2002 film Road to Perdition before rebooting the 007 franchise in 2006's Casino Royale and 2008's Quantum of Solace, successfully pitched the director to franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson back in 2009.
Production of Skyfall faced an unexpected delay, though, due to the 2010 bankruptcy of MGM (the longtime Bond studio was later restructured). When shooting finally began last November, both cast and crew remained on permanent lockdown about the hush-hush plot. What we know for sure is that a computer drive identifying all of MI6's undercover operatives goes missing, Bond returns to the agency after his presumed death in the field, and his loyalty to his boss, Judi Dench's M, is severely tested. The producers dangled a few more details: Javier Bardem's villain, Silva, "knows a bit about M and MI6" and "is involved in a revenge," says Wilson, while Broccoli reveals that Albert Finney plays a mysterious character "from Bond's past." There are also rumors—unsubstantiated so far—that M will die and be replaced by a government agent played by another Bond newcomer, Ralph Fiennes.
Mendes says luring actors like Bardem, Finney, and Fiennes was surprisingly easy. "I've spent my life directing actor-led projects," says Mendes. "But even with American Beauty, there was always someone who said, 'Eh…' But when I did Skyfall, every single actor I went to said yes." Here, the director reveals much more about his plunge into the world of Bond.
So, if I'm understanding matters correctly, your master plan to become a Bond director involved casting Daniel Craig in a small but memorable role a decade ago…
SAM MENDES Let it percolate slowly…
…and then years later having him suggest you as a candidate to the producers of the Bond franchise.
MENDES Exactly! I've often thought, "God, if somebody had said to me how it would pan out, I'd have been amazed." Even three or four years ago, it would have surprised me.
The idea of directing a Bond movie never crossed your mind?
MENDES Not until Daniel did it, no. In fact, not until Daniel mentioned it to me. I came from smaller movies. I've done movies on a bigger scale, but not as big a scale as this. But it was also what had happened to larger-scale movies in the intervening time. When I was first working with Daniel Craig, there was no Dark Knight, there was no Bourne, there was no Lord of the Rings. There was a dichotomy between large commercial filmmakers and people who made more personal films. And that wall seems to have been broken down in a way that allowed me to feel like I wasn't going to have to compromise.<>
/>Where are you with the film right now?
MENDES I've been cutting for six, seven weeks, and I show it to the studio in about three weeks. I'm not suicidal [about it], so I guess that's good. It's unusual for me to have so many people in the cutting room. There's usually only two or three people wandering around the room, drinking tea. And with this, there's a whole floor of visual-effects editors, there's trailers editors, there's the music editor, there's two sound editors, there's my composer…
Is this because of the size of the movie or the schedule?
MENDES The size of the movie. And it's a tight schedule. It's just the nature of the beast. I mean, if you're not willing to work with people looking over your shoulder, don't do a Bond movie. [Laughs] Because the level of interest is, uh, high.
Daniel Craig obviously has a lot more experience making Bond movies than you. That must have been an unusual situation.
MENDES It is, actually. It's weird because you come in and someone has already explored the role, and so you're not in that position of starting on equal footing. But I was very clear about what I felt he hadn't yet done. We thought exactly the same about where the character could be taken.
What fresh areas are you exploring?
MENDES Um, perhaps his past a bit more. And also…no, I can't say!
Even by the tight-lipped standards of the Bond franchise, Skyfall has been kept remarkably under wraps. The good news is that I spoke with Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson this morning and they said to tell you it's okay to reveal the whole plot.
MENDES But I talked to them and they said, "Look, you really can't say very much at all." I mean, you get to the point where it's like, "Oh, come on now, it's just silly! It's only a movie!" But one of the things I realized, being in this position for the first time, is that people are trying to read the movie through the materials that have been released and reviewing what they see as if it's the movie itself. The coverage when the Bond teaser came out—it was like, "Are you serious?"
What was it like working with Javier Bardem? You said previously that while there were good villains in the last couple of Bond movies, you were determined that this one should stand out more.
MENDES Yeah, I felt like a certain colorlessness had crept in. Or rather a brutality, a sort of straight-ahead violence. Although we didn't want to have an "I've got a nuclear device that's going to blow up the world, Mr. Bond"-type villain, we wanted somebody who had a little bit more flamboyance and complexity. I sent Javier the script, but I didn't think [his character] was quite there. And the first thing he said was "I love everything about it except him—he's incomplete." I said, "Well, that's perfect: Let's complete him, you and me together." Using the fact that the role is incomplete to attract the actor is slightly arseways, but on this occasion it worked. There was a lot of excitement. Daniel was excited because Javier was there. Javier was excited to be there with Judi. Judi was excited because Javier was there.
Speaking of Dame Judi, earlier this year she talked publicly about her deteriorating eyesight. [In February, the U.K. newspaper Mirror quoted the actress as saying she suffers from macular degeneration.] Has that altered her process at all?
MENDES I'm not sure how publicly she's actually talked about that. I don't know whether that was deliberate on her part. That happened while we were shooting, and she was certainly very upset. But it didn't factor. It really didn't. It's like working with someone who needs glasses. It's like, "Can you see [a potential obstacle on the set]?" "No." "Well, someone put [an X mark] on it." She is completely in possession of every marble and really on the ball.
There are rumors that M dies in this film. Is it fair to say Skyfall concerns M more than, say, the last couple of films in the series?
MENDES She is a central part of the plot, and MI6 is a central part of the plot, and London is a central character in the movie. There's a huge sequence in the middle that is very much set right in the middle of London.
Naomie Harris from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later plays a field agent in the film. How did you come to cast her?
MENDES I had seen her in 28 Days and I had seen her also in Danny Boyle's production of Frankenstein at the National Theatre [in London]. She's exactly the right mixture of sexy and dynamic—there's a lot of action she has to do.
There was a rumor she is playing Miss Moneypenny—or a Moneypenny-esque role.
MENDES No, that was… [Myrtle, still seemingly asleep, starts pushing this writer's recording device precipitously close to the edge of the couch with one paw.] The dog has been trained to do that when you ask any difficult questions.
Fair enough. I understand that Bérénice Marlohe, the French actress who plays a character named Severine, is happy being naked.
MENDES Yes, she's very unself-conscious. Remarkably unself-conscious. She has a kind of sensuality and danger that is quite out of fashion. You sort of remember why you fell in love with European actresses, you know what I mean? It's very un-English. Very un-American. It's the sort of thing that the Bond franchise has traded in over the years.
Finally, there are people who would hate me if I didn't ask this: Is Daniel Craig presented as a hot individual in this film?
MENDES [Laughs] How can you not present him as a hot individual? He is a hot individual! You mean, are there any bod shots?
I guess that is what I mean.
MENDES How can I put this? Yes, I guess there are moments when he is [hot], absolutely. But the truth is… It's tied in… There's a reason in the story why… I can't say!
Does he become a male stripper?
MENDES Yeah, he does. It's Magic Mike 2. [Steven] Soderbergh beat me to it. When I saw that movie, I just thought, "You motherf---er!" So I had to take that out. I had to take out the Chippendales homage. It's taken 20 minutes out of the movie at least. Now at least it can play five times in Poughkeepsie rather than four.
PHOTO (COLOR): Daniel Craig steers a motorbike through the streets of Turkey in Skyfall
PHOTO (COLOR): Craig and his Aston Martin DB5
PHOTO (COLOR): Craig and uninhibited Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe;
PHOTO (COLOR): Judi Dench, returning as M, and director Sam Mendes on set in London;
PHOTO (COLOR): Craig unloads
PHOTO (COLOR): Craig faces off against Javier Bardem, playing the villain Silva;
PHOTO (COLOR): Ralph Fiennes draws fire as a government agent;
PHOTO (COLOR): Naomie Harris is a field agent on the move
By CLARK COLLIS
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p32-36
THE MOVIES - AN OBSESSIVE FAN'S GUIDE TO ALL 22 FILMS IN THE 007 SAGA
Dr. No 1962
BOX OFFICE $16.1 million domestic/$59.6 million worldwide
DIRECTOR Terence Young
THEME PERFORMED BY John Barry & Orchestra
PLOT This is where it all begins, and where the formula for the 50-year spy saga is laid out: the shot-through-a-gun-barrel opening, composer Monty Norman's slinky 007 theme music, etc. Sean Connery handles his introduction with the high-thread-count smoothness we've come to expect ("Bond…James Bond") at a London casino, where he's lucky with the cards and the ladies. Meanwhile, the Chinese überbaddie of the title (Joseph Wiseman) is out to foil an American space launch with a radio beam. Dr. No isn't the best Bond film, but it's a pistol of a debut, as the man with the Licence To Kill heads to Jamaica, eludes a tarantula in his bed, and stumbles upon a beachcombing beauty (Ursula Andress' Honey Ryder) on his way to saving the world. B
FUN FACT After watching the film, Bond creator Ian Fleming reportedly called it "Dreadful. Simply dreadful."
From Russia With Love 1963
BOX OFFICE $24.8 million/$78.9 million
DIRECTOR Terence Young
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Matt Monro
PLOT Shadowy criminal cabal Spectre (a.k.a. the Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion) brings the Cold War to a boil by duping Bond and a Russian Mata Hari (Daniela Bianchi) into stealing a much-coveted Lektor decoding device on its behalf. The brainy story pits 007 against two of his most fearsome adversaries: Robert Shaw's stocky hitman Red Grant, whose Orient Express showdown is a slow-burn corker, and Bertolt Brecht veteran Lotte Lenya (of "Mack the Knife" fame) as unforgettable shoe-dagger-wielding Rosa Klebb. A
BOX OFFICE $51.1 million/$124.9 million
DIRECTOR Guy Hamilton
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Shirley Bassey
PLOT It's the film that most 007 aficionados consider the gold standard of the series. Bullion-hoarding bad guy Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) attempts to attack Fort Knox after aiming a laser at 007's royal jewels ("No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"). Goldfinger is festooned with indelible flourishes: the bowler-hatted henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata), a shapely corpse covered in 24-karat paint, the first appearance of Bond's Aston Martin DB5 (with ejector seat), and, of course, a lethal lady called Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman)—a naughty name the producers had to lobby the MPAA to keep. What's not to love? A
FUN FACT Before picking up his deadly bowler as Oddjob, the Hawaii-born Sakata won a silver medal in weightlifting for the U.S. at the 1948 Olympics.
FUN FACT President John F. Kennedy listed Fleming's original novel as one of his 10 favorite books. From Russia With Love was also the last film he ever saw—it was screened at the White House on Nov. 20, 1963.
BOX OFFICE $63.6 million/$141.2 million
DIRECTOR Terence Young
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Tom Jones
PLOT Even Bond might admire the elegance of Spectre's fiendish plan: Hijack a NATO bomber, steal its nuclear warheads, then blackmail the British and American governments for £100 million. A kaleidoscopic catalog of iconic images follows—a villain with an eye patch (Adolfo Celi's lusty Spectre No. 2, Emilio Largo), a jet-pack escape, a henchman shot with a speargun, a swimming pool full of sharks, gorgeous underwater battles, and Bond twirling evil Fiona Volpe (redhead scorcher Luciana Paluzzi) into the path of her fellow assassin's bullet. Thunderball also introduces the famous "Bond-girl formula," which dictates that our hero is likely to tangle with three types of women: an early ally who dies (Martine Beswick's MI6 agent Paula Caplan), the villain's henchwoman who dies (Volpe), and the "Bond girl" proper who usually survives to the end (Largo's mistress-turned-nemesis Domino Derval, played by Claudine Auger). A-
FUN FACT Connery's life was really in jeopardy during Bond's shark-tank plunge, since a protective Plexiglas partition had an alarming four-foot gap.
You Only Live Twice 1967
BOX OFFICE $43.1 million/$111.6 million
DIRECTOR Lewis Gilbert
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Nancy Sinatra
PLOT Roald Dahl, creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, adapted what he felt was pal Ian Fleming's "worst" 007 book. He ditched most of the original plot and sent Bond nearly to the final frontier—and the outer limits of plausibility. To thwart Spectre from hijacking space capsules, Connery's undercover, presumed-dead Bond "becomes" Japanese, a process that amounts to little more than shaving his chest hair. With help from two of Tokyo's sexiest secret agents (Akiko Wakabayashi's Aki and Mie Hama's Kissy Suzuki), he finally meets Nehru-jacketed, white-kitten-stroking Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Donald Pleasence). But the evil mastermind is not the only one to say "Goodbye, Mr. Bond." Connery also left the series (temporarily) after this stylish, if parody-ripe, entry. B-
FUN FACT Built at Pinewood Studios outside London, the set for Blofeld's iconic volcano lair stood 148 feet tall and included an operating helipad and monorail.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service 1969
BOX OFFICE $22.8 million/$82 million
DIRECTOR Peter Hunt
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Louis Armstrong ("We Have All the Time in the World")
PLOT Best remembered as the film in which Australian George Lazenby stepped in for Connery, On Her Majesty's Secret Service has unfairly been tarred as a turkey and Lazenby as the franchise's equivalent of fifth Beatle Pete Best. Both charges couldn't be more off. The sixth installment in the 007 saga is actually one of the best—and most emotionally complex. Bond doesn't just fall into bed with Diana Rigg's Contessa Teresa di Vincenzo, he falls in love (they exchange I do's before she's gunned down). Telly Savalas hams it up perfectly as Blofeld, Spectre's capo di tutti capi, scheming to hold the world's food supply hostage with the help of his comely "angels of death." This is our first look at Bond as existential hero, and the man can't catch a break. As Lazenby famously quips, "This never happened to the other fellow." A-
FUN FACT To explain the appearance of a new leading man, the filmmakers flirted with the idea of Bond getting plastic surgery.
Diamonds Are Forever 1971
BOX OFFICE $43.8 million/$116 million
DIRECTOR Guy Hamilton
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Shirley Bassey
PLOT Connery fans breathed a sigh of relief as the suave Scot reluctantly returned. And not a moment too soon. After all, there's the little matter of payback for the murder of 007's wife. In addition, Spectre's out to get its nefarious mitts on South African diamonds while blackmailing the world with a laser-armed satellite. Jill St. John got male moviegoers hot and bothered as the sassy, sex-kitten smuggler Tiffany Case, but we prefer Lana Wood's Plenty O'Toole. With its byzantine oil-rig battle, absurd moon-buggy chase, and homoerotic henchmen Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), Diamonds has its tongue a bit too far in its cheek, but Connery diehards were too busy cheering for their hero to nitpick. B
FUN FACT After Lazenby passed on re-upping as Bond, the producers signed John Gavin,
but the studio lured Connery back for a then-record salary of $1.25 million.
Live And Let Die 1973
BOX OFFICE $35.4 million/$161.8 million
DIRECTOR Guy Hamilton
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Paul McCartney and Wings
PLOT The Roger Moore era begins with a blaxploitation bang. The debonair heir to the 007 mantle tones down Connery's brutality and cocks an amused eyebrow at the international-man-of-mystery proceedings—usually accompanied by a saucy double entendre. When Yaphet Kotto's Dr. Kananga (a.k.a. Mr. Big) hatches a plan to corner the world heroin market, Bond heads to Harlem (where he looks mighty uncomfortable) before jetting down to the fictional Caribbean island of San Monique, home of voodoo rituals and a metal-clawed killer. Jane Seymour is lovely and tragic as the tarot-reading Solitaire. And Kananga's demise (he explodes after being force-fed a shark-gun bullet) is one for the ages. B
FUN FACT Moore's love scene with African-American actress Gloria Hendry was cut from the film when it was shown in South Africa.
The Man With The Golden Gun 1974
BOX OFFICE $21 million/$97.6 million
DIRECTOR Guy Hamilton
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Lulu
PLOT Bond receives an unexpected gift in the mail: a gold bullet with 007 engraved on it. He seems to be the next target on the hit list of Christopher Lee's dastardly Scaramanga. Lee adds a touch of class (and a superfluous third nipple) to the colorful menagerie of big-screen Bond villains with his solar death ray. And after a silly kung fu detour, Bond faces off against his foe—as well as Scaramanga's pint-size sidekick, Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize)—at a mod island hideout in the South China Sea. Britt Ekland and Maud Adams don't add much besides eye candy, but the climactic shoot-out in Scaramanga's hall-of-mirrors fun house is a thrilling homage to Orson Welles' 1948 film The Lady From Shanghai. B
FUN FACT Maud Adams would later go on to star in 1983's Octopussy as well.
The Spy Who Loved Me 1977
BOX OFFICE $46.8 million/$185.4 million
DIRECTOR Lewis Gilbert
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Carly Simon ("Nobody Does It Better")
PLOT It's a dose of double-0 détente after Russian and British submarines are hijacked by the sinister Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens). Bond and Barbara Bach's KGB knockout Anya Amasova (a.k.a. Agent Triple X) head off to exotic Egypt looking for a highly classified microfilm and cross paths with the razor-toothed assassin Jaws (Richard Kiel). With his third time in the tux, Roger Moore finally hits his stride as 007 and makes the role his own, thanks in no small part to an amphibious Lotus sports car and a rousing pre-opening-credits ski chase that ends with Bond jumping off a cliff and releasing a Union Jack parachute. Moore's best Bond performance. A-
FUN FACT The closing credits promise that "James Bond will return in For Your Eyes Only." But after the success of 1977's Star Wars, Moonraker was fast-tracked as the follow-up.
BOX OFFICE $70.3 million/$210.3 million
DIRECTOR Lewis Gilbert
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Shirley Bassey
PLOT Longtime Bond producer Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli's cash-in on the late-'70s resurgence of sci-fi spliced the narrative DNA of The Spy Who Loved Me with a space battle straight out of Star Wars. With the help of CIA agent/astronaut Dr. Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), 007 crosses laser pistols with billionaire Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale), who seeks to destroy all life on earth save for a genetically perfect few. Drax intends to start a new master race that doesn't even include his own iron-dentured henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel again). So guess who becomes Bond's ally? Played for broad comedy and featuring bizarre pop culture references (the Magnificent Seven theme plays when Roger Moore dresses like a gaucho), Moonraker finds the franchise parodying itself. C-
FUN FACT The opening aerial sequence required 88 skydives.
For Your Eyes Only 1981
BOX OFFICE $54.8 million/$195.3 million
DIRECTOR John Glen
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Sheena Easton
PLOT Following the silly space schlock of Moonraker, Bond gets back to basics. After a British spy ship carrying a top secret transmitter is sunk off the Albanian coast, 007 races to salvage the wreck before the Russians do. But when a marine archaeologist working for MI6 is gunned down, his daughter (Carole Bouquet, deadly with a crossbow) is out for payback with Bond's help. Bond beds an ill-fated countess (Cassandra Harris), gets chased by Aryans on motorcycles down the Italian Alps, and storms a vertiginous mountaintop aerie in Greece. You'll love it, as long as you turn it off before the Margaret Thatcher impersonator (Janet Brown) appears at the end. B+
FUN FACT Early in the film's shoot, Bond conquest Harris married future 007 Pierce Brosnan.
BOX OFFICE $67.9 million/$187.5 million
DIRECTOR John Glen
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Rita Coolidge ("All Time High")
PLOT One of the most woefully underappreciated Bond films, Octopussy was released four months before Connery's unofficial 007 flick Never Say Never Again (a non-Broccoli-produced remake of Thunderball). Octopussy is a classic cloak-and-dagger nail-biter about a scheme by a rogue Russian general (Steven Berkoff) to detonate a nuke on an American military base in Germany. Along the way, Bond faces plenty of diversions: an assassin with a yo-yo buzz saw, Louis Jourdan's backgammon-cheating heavy Kamal Khan, Maud Adams as the thinking man's Bond girl with a squad of female acrobat warriors in skintight red spandex catsuits, and a nifty switcheroo with a Fabergé egg. B+
FUN FACT Before Moore re-upped at the last minute, James Brolin screen-tested for the role.
A View To A Kill 1985
BOX OFFICE $50.3 million/$152.6 million
DIRECTOR John Glen
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Duran Duran (it was the only Bond theme to top the Billboard Hot 100)
PLOT Roger Moore was 56 in his seventh and last outing. It shows. In real life, he was even older than the mother of his costar Tanya Roberts. Still, he kicks butt. Christopher Walken's Max Zorin, the freak offspring of a Nazi eugenics experiment, rigs horse races, attempts the destruction of Silicon Valley with his Amazonian henchwoman May Day (Grace Jones), and holds Roberts' breathy geologist hostage aboard a blimp, building to a sky-high climax atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Over the top? Sure. Entertaining? No question. B+
FUN FACT Dolph Lundgren, who was then dating Jones, made his film debut as a bodyguard of Russian general Gogol (Walter Gotell).
The Living Daylights 1987
BOX OFFICE $51.2 million/$191.2 million
DIRECTOR John Glen
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY a-ha
PLOT Reagan-era Bond fans weaned on Moore's effervescent charm cried, "Bland! James Bland!" over Dalton's brooding portrayal of the character. But Dalton's approach perfectly suited the topical, Iran-contra-influenced story about a dizzying diamonds-for-drugs-for-arms plot involving a beautiful cellist (Maryam d'Abo) duped into aiding a diabolical Soviet general (Jeroen Krabbé). The film's politics now seem radically dated—Bond rides with the mujahideen in Afghanistan!—but its darker tone was well ahead of its time. B-
FUN FACT A 24-year-old Dalton was supposed to replace Connery in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service but was nixed because he was deemed too young. Brosnan was going to take over for Moore in The Living Daylights, but Dalton got the job when NBC exercised a last-minute option for one final season of Remington Steele.
Licence To Kill 1989
BOX OFFICE $34.7 million/$156.2 million
DIRECTOR John Glen
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Gladys Knight
PLOT This time it's personal. 007 goes rogue to investigate the sadistic banana-republic drug lord (Robert Davi) who fed his CIA pal Felix Leiter (David Hedison) to a shark. In this brutally violent revenge thriller, deaths are inflicted by fire, industrial shredder, pressure chamber, and electric eel. But it's Dalton's Bond who inspires true dread when he goes undercover as a thug for hire. Assisted by scrappy, sexy CIA agent Pam Bouvier (future Law & Order prosecutor Carey Lowell), he pits a gallery of magnificent rogues against one another, including a sleazy boat captain (Anthony Zerbe), a psychotic hitman (Benicio del Toro), and a crooked televangelist (Wayne Newton). B+
FUN FACT Because of a change to the tax code that made U.K. production prohibitively expensive, this was the first Bond film with no scenes shot in Britain.
BOX OFFICE $106.4 million/$356.4 million
DIRECTOR Martin Campbell
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Tina Turner
PLOT Brosnan's debut doesn't merely rehabilitate Bond for a post--Cold War world—it renews his license to thrill. 007 faces former MI6 colleague Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean), who's brimming with rage over a failed mission in Russia nine years before (Bond managed to escape alone, mistakenly assuming his colleague was offed). "I might as well ask you if all those vodka martinis ever silence the screams of all the men you've killed," Trevelyan says. "Or if you find forgiveness in the arms of all those willing women for all the dead ones you failed to protect." Count us shaken and disturbed. But Bond gets his cyberpunk on with Russian hacker Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco), and together they foil Trevelyan's techno-terror plot to destroy the world economy. A-
FUN FACT The title derives from the name of Fleming's Jamaica estate, where he created James Bond and wrote all the novels.
Tomorrow Never Dies 1997
BOX OFFICE $125.3 million/$339.5 million
DIRECTOR Roger Spottiswoode
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Sheryl Crow
PLOT A power-drunk, Murdoch-like media baron named Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce) seeks to ignite World War III for no reason other than to boost TV ratings and newspaper sales. Bond intervenes to maintain peace, avenge his murdered old flame Paris (Teri Hatcher), woo Chinese agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh), and restore journalistic integrity. On at least three out of four counts, mission accomplished. B
FUN FACT Twelve years before creating Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes played Britain's minister of defense.
The World Is Not Enough 1999
BOX OFFICE $126.9 million/$361.7 million
DIRECTOR Michael Apted
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Garbage
PLOT A mix of the sublime and the downright silly, Brosnan's third outing becomes less an action film than a character study about post-traumatic stress disorder, oil politics, and the nature of evil. World introduces the franchise's first true female supervillain, Sophie Marceau's Elektra King, a teenage kidnapping victim-turned-terrorist who may still be suffering from Stockholm syndrome as an adult. Considering that MI6 helped make King a villain by failing to rescue her from her captor (Robert Carlyle's bald, pain-immune Renard), Bond's final confrontation with her is complex and almost bittersweet. Unfortunately, whenever Denise Richards appears as nuclear physicist Dr. Christmas Jones—she recites her lines as if she learned them phonetically—the movie pretty much melts down. B-
FUN FACT The title is the English translation of the Bond family motto: Orbis non sufficit.
Die Another Day 2002
BOX OFFICE $160.9 million/$431.9 million
DIRECTOR Lee Tamahori
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Madonna
PLOT Brosnan's fourth and final film as 007 pushes plausibility to its breaking point and gives us the showstopping sight of Halle Berry in an orange bikini. After being tortured in a North Korean prison, Bond is released and goes off-mission to Cuba, trying to find out who betrayed him and win back his rescinded Licence To Kill. Berry adds some feisty spice, but the villain (Toby Stephens' Gustav Graves) is a bit forgettable and the invisible car chase at his Icelandic Ice Palace is double-0 hooey. C+
FUN FACT Madge is the only theme-song performer to have a cameo in a Bond film—she plays a fencing instructor.
Casino Royale 2006
BOX OFFICE $167.4 million/$596.4 million
DIRECTOR Martin Campbell
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Chris Cornell ("You Know My Name")
PLOT A back-to-basics reboot for the ages, Casino Royale reinvents 007 as a blunt instrument with a soul. In his first turn in Bond's tux, Daniel Craig brings a macho directness to the familiar role. But for all its eye-popping action, the movie doesn't just appeal to the adrenal glands—witness Bond's broken heart over doomed love Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), and the high-stakes Montenegro poker game with blood-weeping terror financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) that became the series' most suspenseful showdown in years. A-
FUN FACT Tsai Chin, who portrays one of Bond's fellow poker players, was the lover who helped Connery's 007 fake his death at the beginning of You Only Live Twice.
Quantum of Solace 2008
BOX OFFICE $169.4 million/$591.7 million
DIRECTOR Marc Forster
THEME SONG PERFORMED BY Jack White and Alicia Keys ("Another Way to Die")
PLOT Picking up right where Casino Royale ended, Quantum is a true sequel that kicks off with a high-speed Aston Martin car chase, an MI6 double cross that almost gets Judi Dench's M snuffed, and a Bourne-esque foot chase across the red-tile roofs of Siena. From there, things get complicated fast. Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric) is a seemingly squeaky-clean eco-entrepreneur who's wrapped up in a Spectre-like organization called Quantum. There's an opera-house shootout in Austria, a cool drowning-in-crude-oil death in Bolivia, and two easy-on-the-eyes Bond girls (Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton) for the price of one. Still, it's no Casino Royale. B-
FUN FACT In a Goldfinger homage, Bond discovers the oil-coated corpse of Arterton's Strawberry Fields sprawled on a bed.
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GADGETS TO KILL FOR
THE WORLD OF 007 FEATURES THE COOLEST GIZMOS—AND NOT ALL ARE ISSUED BY MI6'S Q BRANCH. HERE ARE 10 OF OUR FAVORITES.
1 ASTON MARTIN DB5
First appears in Goldfinger
A fusion of form and function that's as elegant as 007 himself, Bond's DB5 is also an arsenal on wheels, outfitted with pop-out machine guns, tire slashers, a bulletproof shield, radar, and an ejector seat. No wonder he drives it in six films.
2 WALTHER PPK
First appears in Dr. No
Small, stealthy, but capable of packing a punch, the 7.65mm handgun is Bond's sidearm of choice. He's carried it in all but two of his big-screen missions.
3 ODDJOB'S BOWLER HAT
When thrown like a Frisbee, the razor-sharp, steel-brimmed hat of Goldfinger's Korean manservant can cut through marble—and flesh.
4 DAGGER SHOE
From Russia With Love
Rosa Klebb brandishes a shoe with a retractable stiletto blade and puffer-fish poison to induce death in 12 seconds. Talk about dressed to kill.
5 JET PACK
Need to flee a gunfight? Strap on a jet pack, developed in real life by Bell Aerospace for the U.S. Army. Unfortunately, flights last just
6 OMEGA SEA-MASTER
While Bond's Rolex Submariner in Live And Let Die deflects bullets, his watch in Goldeneye features a laser that cuts through steel.
7 LOTUS ESPRIT
The Spy Who Loved Me
The "Wet Nellie" is formidable enough on land, but downright deadly after it morphs into a submarine capable of firing missiles and laying mines.
8 WALLIS WA-116 SERIES 1 GYROPLANE
You Only Live Twice
Packable in a suitcase, the "Little Nellie" mini-copter comes armed with machine guns, rockets, flamethrowers, and parachutable mines.
9 Q-ISSUE BRIEFCASE
From Russia With Love
Forty rounds of ammo, a collapsible rifle, a pull-out knife, a tear gas cartridge, and 50 gold coins. What more could a spy on the go need?
10 X-RAY GLASSES
The World Is Not Enough
Bond's never had trouble seeing women in states of undress, but these specs can also help ID baddies packing heat.
THE MEN WHO WERE ALMOST BOND
THESE ACTORS WERE ALL CONSIDERED (AND IN SOME CASES SCREEN-TESTED) TO PLAY 007 OVER THE YEARS. HOW BOND-WORTHY WERE THEY?
PHOTO (COLOR): Sean Connery in Dr. No
PHOTO (COLOR): Daniela Bianchi and Connery in From Russia With Love
PHOTO (COLOR): Gert Frobe and Connery in Goldfinger
PHOTO (COLOR): Connery in Thunderball
PHOTO (COLOR): George Lazenby and Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
PHOTO (COLOR): Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice
PHOTO (COLOR): Connery and Jill St. John in Diamonds Are Forever
PHOTO (COLOR): Jane Seymour and Roger Moore in Live And Let Die
PHOTO (COLOR): Christopher Lee and Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun
PHOTO (COLOR): The Spy Who Loved Me
PHOTO (COLOR): Richard Kiel and Moore in Moonraker
PHOTO (COLOR): Moore in For Your Eyes Only
PHOTO (COLOR): Moore in Octopussy
PHOTO (COLOR): Christopher Walken and Grace Jones in A View To A Kill
PHOTO (COLOR): Timothy Dalton and Maryam d'Abo in The Living Daylights
PHOTO (COLOR): Dalton in Licence To Kill
PHOTO (COLOR): Pierce Brosnan in Goldeneye
PHOTO (COLOR): Brosnan and Michelle Yeoh in Tomorrow Never Dies
PHOTO (COLOR): Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
PHOTO (COLOR): Halle Berry and Brosnan in Die Another Day
PHOTO (COLOR): Brosnan and Denise Richards in The World Is Not Enough
PHOTO (COLOR): Craig and Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 DUD: James Brolin
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 DUD: Burt Reynolds
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 DUD: Michael Gambon
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 DUD: Clint Eastwood
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 DUD: Rex Harrison
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Sam Worthington
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Mel Gibson
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Michael Caine
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Richard Burton
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Sam Neill
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Henry Cavill
PHOTO (COLOR): DOUBLE-0 HEAVEN: Cary Grant
By CHRIS NASHAWATY and CHRISTIAN BLAUVELT
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p39-44
GEORGE LAZENBY: THE UNSUNG BOND
Sean Connery played James Bond six times (seven if you count 1983's Never Say Never Again). Roger Moore held the role for seven films, Timothy Dalton for two, Pierce Brosnan for four, and Daniel Craig for three. Then there's George Lazenby—who famously played Bond only once. That may lead you to believe that the Australian actor was a double-0-dud. But On Her Majesty's Secret Service is now regarded as one of the saga's underrated gems. EW called the 72-year-old actor at his L.A. home to talk about his brief but memorable moment as 007.
Is it true you'd never acted before when you were cast as Bond?
GEORGE LAZENBY I was a car salesman. One day a photographer came in and asked if he could take some pictures of me. I thought, "This guy is weird, but I'll do anything to sell a car." So I started modeling. A while later, I was playing volleyball in the south of France and heard they were looking for a new James Bond, so I got an English haircut and an English suit made and snuck into the audition. I was scared s---less. I was way out of my league.
What was your screen test like?
LAZENBY I had to do a fight scene and I knocked the guy out. I had only been in real fights. You were supposed to miss by four inches, but I got so excited that I hit him on the chin. I thought, "S---, I'm in trouble now." But they loved it.
Why do you think people have come to embrace On Her Majesty's Secret Service?
LAZENBY Because of me! No, it's not me. It's the only film that treats him like a human being. He's not a robot killer like the latest Bond. They offered me millions under the table to do another one, but I thought James Bond was over. Easy Rider was the No. 1 movie. Everyone was smoking marijuana, and that was the furthest thing from a James Bond movie. So I didn't sign the contract. I was badly treated after that. They told the press that I was difficult to handle, so it was hard to find work.
How did you feel about replacing Sean Connery?
LAZENBY What did I have to lose? I did all of my own stunts, and I kept asking the director, "Did the other fellow have to do this?" That's why that line is in the film: "This never happened to the other fellow." It made me so famous that when I went back to Australia, well, let's just say I didn't have any trouble getting laid.
Did you regret not playing Bond again?
LAZENBY Yeah, I regretted it many times. Especially when I had a baby and another one in the pouch, and I was broke. I was living with my mother in Australia.
What do you think of the recent Bond films with Daniel Craig?
LAZENBY He's a fantastic actor, but they're more violent, aren't they? It's the way our society has gone. You can't have someone who's got feelings now. Bond has to be able to shoot someone now and kiss a girl three minutes later. When I did it, it had more heart. There's no heart to the new Bond.
Tell me about your costar Diana Rigg.
LAZENBY We were going to have an affair as long as I didn't mess around with other girls. I was screwing around with a girl in the stunt tent, and Diana was walking past and I was busted. So the deal was off. [Rigg could not be reached for comment.]
What are you up to now?
LAZENBY I'm scratching my head, thinking, "What do I want to do now?" Because I've done everything I ever wanted to do. There's no challenges besides writing my [memoir], which I'm avoiding like the plague.
PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service; (inset) Lazenby in February
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p45
A GUIDE TO EVERYWHERE 007 HAS LEFT HIS MARK AROUND THE GLOBE—AND, THANKS TO Moonraker, IN OUTER SPACE.
KEY TO BOND EVENTS
Dead Bond Girl
Fateful Game of Chance
MI6 Headquarters (including temporary)
Chase on Foot
Death by Bowler Hat
Death by Dart
Death by Electrocution
Death by Falling
Death by Fire Extinguisher
Death by Fish
Death by Nuking
Death by Power Drill
Death by Snowblower
DIAGRAM: THE BOND UNIVERSE
By CHRISTIAN BLAUVELT
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p46-47
007: BEHIND THE SCENES
IF THESE RARE ON-SET SNAPSHOTS ARE ANY INDICATION, MAKING A JAMES BOND FILM REALLY WAS AS FUN AS IT LOOKED. PRODUCERS BARBARA BROCCOLI AND MICHAEL G. WILSON RECALL WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO WATCH THE BONDS AT WORK.
PHOTO (COLOR): Makeup artist Paul Rabiger applies gold foundation to Shirley Eaton for her role as doomed Bond girl Jill Masterson in 1964's Goldfinger. Despite an urban myth that Eaton died of asphyxiation during production, the actress is very much alive. According to Broccoli, the 75-year-old Eaton recently even visited the "Designing 007" exhibition, which is running at London's Barbican Centre through Sept. 5. The show, which will open in Toronto in October on a planned three-year world tour, features a life-size re-creation of the famous scene of Masterson's gilded demise. "When you see that statue, you remember what an impact that would have had on audiences," says Broccoli. "They would have never seen anything like that."
PHOTO (COLOR): Sometimes James Bond drives a stylish Aston Martin. And sometimes he pilots a teeny-weeny flying machine (technically, an autogiro), as Connery did for 1967's You Only Live Twice.
PHOTO (COLOR): The second-unit film crew on 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me shoots a car chase in Sardinia that will find Richard Kiel's metal-mouthed Jaws pursuing Bond (Roger Moore) and Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach).
PHOTO (COLOR): After the chase above, Jaws' car is dropped through the roof of a farmhouse specially constructed for the film.
PHOTO (COLOR): Dinner is served by Moore and Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli in Cairo for The Spy Who Loved Me. The late Broccoli, who produced nearly all the films in the Bond franchise up to 1989's Licence To Kill, was the father of Barbara and stepfather of Wilson. "They were in Cairo and the trucks didn't arrive, and the crew had to be fed," recalls Barbara Broccoli. "So [Cubby] went into the market and bought a lot of tomatoes and made pasta for the crew. He loved to cook. He was Italian!"
PHOTO (COLOR): Moore—and half a Renault—shoot 1985's A View To A Kill. "There's a big car chase around Paris," says Broccoli. "That's the legendary Rémy Julienne [talking to Moore]." A stuntman and stunt coordinator, Julienne also worked on For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, and GoldenEye.
PHOTO (COLOR): Moore loads his Walther PPK on the Jamaica set of 1973's Live And Let Die. "Roger was on the set all the time," says Broccoli. "He didn't really go back to his room or his trailer unless he was changing. Cubby got on extremely well with Roger. They were really best friends. They'd set up a couple of chairs and a table and play backgammon."
PHOTO (COLOR): For 1995's Goldeneye, F/X expert Derek Meddings sprinkles snow over a miniature set. In addition to his contributions to the Bond franchise, Meddings, who died that year, worked on the famous Thunderbirds TV series and supervised the model shots for 1978's Superman. "He did model miniature effects before CGI," says Broccoli. "He was instead of CGI."
PHOTO (COLOR): Talisa Soto, directorJohn Glen, and Timothy Dalton rehearse a casino-set scene in 1989's Licence To Kill. Glen directed a record five Bond films, starting with 1981's For Your Eyes Only.
PHOTO (COLOR): Michelle Yeoh practices getting horizontal for 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies. In the film, her character, Wai Lin, walks down the wall of a newspaper printing plant owned by villainous media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce).
PHOTO (COLOR): Brosnan and Sophie Marceau enjoy a down moment while filming 1999's The World Is Not Enough. "They got on incredibly well," says Broccoli. "It's always tricky when you have to do love scenes, and you try and make them as comfortable as possible. But she's a very natural, warm person, and they just had a great time."
PHOTO (COLOR): THE MAKING OF A BOND STUNT: Here's a storyboard of the bike-chase sequence from Tomorrow Never Dies featuring Pierce Brosnan and Yeoh (left). The actual jump was performed by stuntman Jean-Pierre Goy, doubling for Brosnan, with a dummy in his lap. "He was a phenomenal motorcycle double, but you do worry," says Broccoli. "His family was there that day, I remember. Because stuntmen are very proud of what they do. But your heart's in your mouth. It's very scary. When we finish filming [a stunt], I always breathe a sigh of relief that we got through it."
PHOTO (COLOR): Visual-effects supervisor Steve Begg (center) with the soon-to-be-sunk scale model of a Venetian palazzo that features heavily in the climax of 2006's Casino Royale. The palazzo's onscreen destruction—which dooms Bond's lover Vesper Lynd (Eva Green)—was realistic enough to fool at least one real-life preservationist. "There was a woman, a museum curator, who was very upset with me," says Wilson. "She said, 'You people think you can do anything for a movie—[even] destroy a great palazzo!'"
PHOTO (COLOR): Grace Jones, playing May Day, holds Bogdan Kominowski over her head (with the help of a wire) while Walter Gotell and Christopher Walken look on, in A View To A Kill. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): Sean Connery and Ursula Andress on the set of 1962's Dr. No. Early on, little effort was made to hold on to props and costumes such as Andress' now-iconic bikini. "Planet Hollywood bought it somewhere along the line," sighs Barbara Broccoli, who produces the movies with her half brother, Michael G. Wilson. Today, the pair keep items like the swim trunks worn by Daniel Craig in 2006's Casino Royale. "We didn't let those escape us," says Broccoli. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): For 1963's From Russia With Love, Aliza Gur leaps on Martine Beswick while filming the Gypsy fight scene. Set in Turkey, the sequence was shot inthe less exotic locale of England's Pinewood Studios. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): While filming From Russia With Love, actress Lotte Lenya discovers the inherent problem in playing a Spectre agent with a flick-knife hidden in her shoe. "There's Rosa Klebb with sore feet!" cries a delighted Broccoli. "That's a great shot!" ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): A handcuffed Connery "enjoys" a tea break on the set of Dr. No. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): George Lazenby, the franchise's only one-movie Bond, and an unidentified stuntman film a fight sequence for 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): While shooting On Her Majesty's Secret Service in the Swiss Alps, actress Diana Rigg gets a lift from Willy Bogner Jr., a former Olympic skier who worked as a cameraman on the film. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): The Spy Who Loved Me stars Bernard Lee (M), Moore, Walter Gotell (Gen. Anatol Gogol), and Bach fall in line in Cairo. "That's just typical Roger, with his wonderful jokey sense of humor," says Broccoli. ..IM-PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): A rare shot from Timothy Dalton's 1986 screen test to play James Bond.
By CLARK COLLIS
Source: Entertainment Weekly, 8/10/2012, Issue 1219, p48-55