It was a mission steeped in top secrecy that would be worthy of James Bond - and even the invitation read "Shhh...." The plot had been hatched months ago and was successfully carried out last night at Aquavit, a popular Swedish restaurant off Park Avenue in New York City. The victim was lured into the trap with the assistance of a beautiful double agent- his own wife. The occasion: a surprise 80th birthday party for Sir Roger Moore. With Sir Roger on a whirlwind international schedule, his wife Lady Kristina thought it would be a good idea to celebrate his recent milestone birthday with a small intimate gathering of friends and colleagues. The main problem is how to insure that a man with an ever-changing schedule of international travel could be relied upon to show up at a specific place and time. The dinner was planned to coincide with an event Sir Roger was committed to attend- a ceremony at the United Nations today in which he will be honored by dignitaries for his tireless work on behalf of UNICEF. Despite the best plans, there was always the chance something could have gone wrong. The ten invited guests, which included Cinema Retro's Gareth Owen and Lee Pfeiffer, gathered in a private dining room to await Sir Roger and Lady Christina's arrival. It was up to Lady Kristina to insure the man of the hour arrived on time - no small feat considering his constantly-changing schedule.
Sir Roger is completely taken by surprise
Yet, at 7:30 sharp we were alerted by the restaurant staff that the Moores had arrived. As Sir Roger was ushered into the dining room, a chorus of Happy Birthday broke out. If the sudden chanting didn't alarm him, than the off-key quality of the singing certainly must have. Sir Roger admitted he was "Gobsmacked" and had been completely tricked into believing he was attending a quiet dinner with his wife. The evening was low-key but filled with laughs and allowed Sir Roger to relax a bit. He had only just come in from Los Angeles where he was honored by the Thalians in a ceremony that reunited him with Bond girls Maud Adams, Gloria Hendry and Lois Chiles. As the wine and Schnapps flowed freely, so did the humor - most of it at Roger's expense, though he proved he could toss out plenty of his own barbs. Lee Pfeiffer lobbed the old Henny Youngman line at him, "When Roger was born, the Dead Sea was only sick!" to which Sir Roger replied...well, it's best left unprinted.
Lady Christina's subterfuge insures that Sir Roger is "Gobsmacked"
Cinema Retro has obtained an advanced press release for the new James Bond magazine MI6 Declassified. The magazine will cover all aspects relating
to the 007 phenomenon - from the literary side to the motion picture
and collectibles aspect. Here is the announcement from the press
release for the debut issue:
October 23rd, 2007) Introducing MI6 Declassified, the new full
colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond and beyond.
From the first
James Bond novel “Casino Royale” by Ian Fleming published in 1953, to the
block-buster movie adaptation in 2006 starring Daniel Craig, 007 has become one
of the most popular franchises worldwide. Packed with an arsenal of fascinating
features and eye-popping visuals, whether your passion is with the books,
comics, games, music or films, MI6 Declassified will satisfy your appetite for
all aspects of the Bond canon.
The debut issue
Royale on location with Gary Powell & Alexander
Witt and the second unit
Twice Is The Only Way To Live celebrating the
40th Anniversary of You Only Live Twice
Young Bond Charlie Higson reflects on Bond’s
007 Stripped a tribute to John McLusky, the
creator of the face of James Bond
Bond Girls digitizing the new generation for
From Russia With Love
Collecting a look inside
the Sideshow Studio and their James Bond figures
Bond Connection writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade talk
about Johnny English
The Last Word Michael Madsen on his role as Falco
in Die Another Day
Pierce Brosnan may have had to pass the mantle of 007 to Daniel Craig but he's got the last laugh as far as eating habits are concerned. While Mr. Craig is working on his formidable biceps, Brosnan is gleefully giving his midsection a must-needed rest. He tells The New York Post's Liz Smith: "I've put on a few since 007. I no longer need the James Bond physique, which means a gym's only an hour a day, not eight. And with those stunts I had facial stitches and knee injuries, so I'm just happy I don't need to get sewn up again." We understand Brosnan is still exploring a sequel to his 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, this one based on the 1964 caper film Topkapi. Maybe he should retitle it Live and Let Dine.
Moore the Merrier- Sir Roger gets a star in his name.
Sir Roger Moore was awarded a star in his name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The iconic British actor turns 80 years old in a few days and this was the ultimate birthday present. Fittingly, the star is located at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard. Sir Roger has been in the news quite a bit lately. Only this week his announced autobiography set off a bidding war between major publishers. For "Moore" information on the Walk of Fame event click here
James Bond collector Alan Stephenson has spent decades amassing what is undoubtedly one of the most impressive collections of James Bond memorabilia in the world. Stephenson, a California native who helps stage high profile celebrity charity auctions, is putting his collection on display beginning October 13 at Museum Royale in San Luis Obispo as a benefit for the new San Luis Obispo Children's Museum that is scheduled to open in December. Visitors to the exhibit are encouarged to wear Bond-related attire, though we would advise gentlemen from refraining from donning their razor-brimmed chapeaus.
Among the thousands of collectibles on hand will be an original Golden Gun prop and the ever-elusive French toy SPECTRE volcano playset. Bond toys are a wonderful throwback to the days before political correctness dominated the toy industry. Back in 1965, the hot item was the replica of 007's attache case - complete with hidden (rubber) knife and a exploding tear gas mechanism (actually, harmless caps). Todays, PC police would be appalled and prohibit such a toy from entering the marketplace. Instead, they'd opt to give us all safe, gender neutural toys that were manufactured in China and are coated in lead!
Alan Stephenson's collection promises to be a welcome walk through a time machine of one of most iconic film franchises of all time. For more info and an interview with Alan, click here
VINTAGE BOND TOYS AND NOVELTIES FROM THE CINEMA RETRO ARCHIVE
THIS 1965 NEW YORK NEWSPAPER AD PROMOTED AN ALBUM OF JAMES BOND COVER SONGS (ANYONE WITH A HARMONICA AND A RUBBER BAND RECORDED 007 THEMES IN THE 1960S). THE AD ALSO ADVERTISES THE A.C. GILBERT ACTION FIGURE THAT SOLD FOR A SCANT $2.77. THE FIGURE NOW SELLS FOR ABOUT $300 ON THE COLLECTOR'S CIRCUIT. AREN'T YOU RESENTFUL MOM THREW YOURS OUT?
THE 1977 CORGI LOTUS ESPIRT RELEASED TO TIE IN WITH "THE SPY WHO LOVED ME"
1965 AIRFIX MODEL OF THE LEGENDARY ASTON MARTIN DB5
In this deleted sequence from the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, 007 boards the Disco Volante, the yacht that belongs to SPECTRE villain Emilio Largo. He is accompanied by Largo's mistress Domino (Claudine Auger). The scene was to follow Bond's visit to Palmyra, Largo's estate in Nassau. In the final version of the movie, Largo invites Bond to tour the yacht but the sequence is never shown. Unfortunately, the deleted scene appears to have been lost forever. The captain is played by stuntman Harold Sanderson.