Sean Connery between takes on location in Nassau for Thunderball
In a major article in The Times of London, Cinema Retro contributor Robert Sellers, author of the acclaimed book The Battle for Bond,
provides fascinating insights into the high profile legal case that
ensnared Ian Fleming and his former collaborators over the rights to
Sir Roger's personal favorite: The Spy Who Loved Me with Barbara Bach
In a new interview, Sir Roger Moore has abandoned his long-held policy of not commenting on other actors who have played James Bond. Sir Roger is firmly in the court of new screen 007 Daniel Craig and compliments not only his acting abilities, but his athletic prowess as well. As for his favorite film among his own Bonds, Sir Roger votes for The Spy Who Loved Me - a sentiment that seems to be shared by most fans. He says, "I think 'The Spy Who Loved Me' was the best, or rather the one I
enjoyed doing the most. It had great locations. And I was
exceedingly happy working with Lewis Gilbert, the director.We share the same sense of humor. I think it had the right balance of fun and suspense." Concerning his worst Bond film, Sir Roger's penchant for self-deprecating humor remains intact. He cites his last entry in the series, A View to a Kill, made when he was 58 years old. Of the experience, he says, "I was only about 400 years too old for the part!" For more click here
ground-breaking release of Dr No in 1962, to the release of the most successful
James Bond film ever Casino Royale in 2006, the OO7 phenomenon is unsurpassed
in the history of cinema. In 1965 Corgi Toys signed an agreement with Eon
Productions, the makers of the hugely successful James Bond franchise, to
produce diecast model cars from the OO7 films. It was to be the beginning of a
relationship that would continue to this day, and produce the most famous toy
car of all time – The James Bond Aston Martin DB5. Since then, Corgi have
produced an unparalleled catalogue of highly detailed models associated with
all of the movies – the Aston Martin being the most synonymous with agent OO7.
To celebrate this remarkable achievement and partnership, Corgi have just
released four superb gift sets with all the packaging notes and booklet
biographies written by our very own co-publisher Dave Worrall, who has worked as a
consultant for Corgi for over fifteen years, and was the author of the highly
successful (and now out of print) book, ‘The James Bond Diecasts of Corgi’
(1996 Solo Publishing). All sets are limited editions, with
‘limited’ being the key word.
Richard Kiel is a BIG star- literally. A familiar face to anyone who grew up on movies and TV series from the 1960s and 1970s, the Cinema Retro contributor has appeared in countless pop culture hits ranging from The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to The Twilight Zone, The Longest Yard, Silver Streak and of course starring as the mute villain Jaws in the James Bond hits The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. For the last 27 years, Kiel has immersed himself in researching the real Cassius Clay. We're not talking about the early years of Muhammed Ali, but an actual historical figure who the legendary boxer was named after. In the pre-Civil War South, Clay was a plantation owner who went against the grain by freeing the slaves he inherited and paying them a living wage. This larger-than-life character fought slavery decades before the abolition movement motivated Abraham Lincoln to run for president. He also served as ambassador to Russia and was instrumental in the American purchase of Alaska. Topping things off, he was a man of action who killed two would-be muggers when he was 90 years old!
Richard Kiel wrote the newly-published biography titled The True Story of Cassius Clay: Kentucky Lion with Pamela Wallace, who co-wrote the screenplay for Witness. To read an interview with Richard Kiel about the creation of this important work, click here.