It was in 1964 that Sean Connery starred as James Bond in Goldfinger and Shirley Bassey belted out the classic title song. Now Connery and Bassey are reuniting for another film project: Sir Billi, animated movie set in the Scottish highlands. Connery, who is producing the film, will provide the voice of an elderly, skate-boarding veterinarian who comes to the aid of a beaver. (No jokes, please!) Bassey will sing the title song, Guardian of the Highlands, which was written with her in mind. The film, which has been in production for years, marks Connery's emergence from self-imposed retirement, though it is uncertain whether he intends to pursue more cinematic ventures. For more click here
In the 1970s, legendary photographer Helmut Newton took an erotic photo of actress Charlotte Rampling that quickly became a sensation. Now actress Eva Green (of Casino Royale fame), in conjunction with photographer Ricardo Tinelli, has recreated the photo shoot for the UK magazine Tatler.
There will be a concert of James Bond music at The Royal Albert Hall in London on Friday November 13. Honor Blackman will present the event. We caught this at Carnegie Hall last year and it's truly a wonderful evening of entertainment. (Click here for our review) Here is the official description:
The theme song of a James Bond film is as much a part of the ‘Bond
Experience’ as the cars, the girls, the chases, the guns and the
gadgets. Enjoy, for one night only, hit songs from the best of Bond
Featuring classic songs Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Dr
No, Diamonds are Forever, Live and Let Die, From Russia with Love and
many many more!
Special guest presenter, Honor Blackman, Pussy Galore!
Cubby on the Jamaican locale for Dr. No with John Kitzmiller, Sean Connery and Ursula Andress.
With a major tribute to Albert R. Broccoli taking place in Los Angeles this month, the man known as Cubby is remembered by his daughter Barbara, his stepson Michael G. Wilson and James Bond screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. Click here to read
George Lazenby with (L) George Koodray, president of the Metropolitan Society and Cinema Retro editor-in-chief Lee Pfeiffer.
By Lee Pfeiffer
When I read that Cinema Retro's old pal George Lazenby would be coming to New Jersey to attend the massive Chiller Theatre show, I couldn't resist inviting him out to toast the 40th anniversary of his classic Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Accompanying me was George Koodray, president of the Metropolitan Society, New Jersey's top private cigar club and a dyed-in-the-wool admirer of OHMSS. Finding Lazenby proved to be a mission worthy of Bond himself: the jam-packed Hilton hotel where the event took place was so chaotic I felt I was trying to get the last chopper out of Saigon.We finally found George, who was frantically signing autographs for Bond fans. The show was supposed to last until 11:00 PM, but George cut out early to join us in a pub on the premises. He was in fine form and regaled us with many hilarious stories about his life and career. Most most remain understandably private but there were a few gems we can share.