A selection of cars, including James Bond's Lotus Esprit, on their way to the docks to be shipped to Miami.
Pic: (C) Mayfair Motors.
By Dave Worrall
Further to my meeting with Michael Dezer recently, Cinema Retro can announce that the world-famous Cars of the Stars and Bond Museum of Keswick, England, have been acquired by the American-based businessman who owns extensive residential and hotel properties in New York, Las Vegas and Miami, including the Trump International Beach Resort.
Dezer has a passion for everything associated with automobiles, and recently purchased two buildings on an 11-acre site to house his personal collection of more than 600 vehicles plus the 100 or so cars and motorcycles currently in transit from England. At some 220,000-square feet, it will be one of the largest car museums in America.
Dezer's car collection includes classic and vintage cars from all over the world - a 1928 Duesenberg (worth about $1million) being just one of the many amazing vehicles that he owns. Now, he can add Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce from Thunderbirds, various Batmobiles and, of course, the huge collection of James Bond cars, gadgets and props to his ever growing inventory! For James Bond fans, this museum, which will also include vintage memorabilia, posters and props, will undoubtedly become the No.1 'OO7 attraction' in the world.
The Dezer Collection Museum &Pavilion is due to open in October this year, and will incorporate a mini bowling alley, an ice cream and candy store, a retro-style diner (Dezer is a big fan of the Fifties era) and even a 1950s style drive-in theatre is being considered. The two buildings will also house an event center (capable of seating up to 1500) that can be hired for both private and corporate functions, and parking space for 700 cars, making it one of the most accessible and premium attractions for both tourists and businesses alike.
007 has married again- this time in real life. Actor Daniel Craig has wed actress Rachel Weisz, whom he met when they co-starred in the forthcoming film Dream House. The ceremony was low-key and kept in total secret. Click here for more
A satirical piece reputedly depicting Sean Connery's protest against being used in an iMac marketing campaign has gone viral and swept the internet- despite the fact there is no truth to the story. The piece depicts an advertisement that purportedly ran in 1998 showing Connery in the mid-1960s as a pitchman for the iMac. The piece also illustrates a "confidential" letter sent from Connery to Steve Jobs that uses obscenities to protest the use of his image. In the letter, Connery brags about the fact that he is James Bond. There are several clues as to why no one should have ever believed this to be a real story. First, the image of Connery is from 1967 and was used for his endorsement of Dewars Scotch, one of the few products he has ever loaned his image to. The ad even makes reference to Connery's latest Bond film You Only Live Twice. Apparently, some readers don't think it is suspicious that Steve Jobs would be promoting a film that Connery made thirty years previously. Secondly, anyone who knows anything about Connery knows he has spent a lifetime distancing himself from the image of James Bond. The Scottish acting legend never had anything against the character, per se, but came to resent the worldwide fanaticism the 007 series initiated that intruded on his sense of privacy and threatened at one time to see him typecast. Despite these factors, most people believe the story is genuine, proving the old adage from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." For more click here
Joe Dante's Trailers From Hell web site presents the original trailer for the second James Bond movie, From Russia With Love with commentary by film director Brian Trenchard-Smith, who does yeoman working providing interesting insights into the making of the film. I may be the only one on the planet to have noticed this, but the trailer contains a major blooper that has always fascinated me: every major actor depicted receives a screen credit, except for Sean Connery, whose name never appears, nor is it even mentioned! - Lee Pfeiffer . Click here to view
Director Martin Campbell is known for being outspoken...and he is no longer being diplomatic about his feelings relating to the last James Bond film Quantum Of Solace, released in 2008. Campbell is credited with being a key ingredient in the successful relaunch of the series on two occasions: Pierce Brosnan's debut as 007 in GoldenEye and Daniel Craig's bow in Casino Royale. Both films were critical and popular successes. Campbell is letting it be known that he is not impressed with Quantum, which continued the storyline of Casino Royale. He calls the film "lousy" and says the story was uninteresting. Most fans did feel that the movie fell far short of Casino and that there was an over-abundance of action at the expense of characterization. Yet, the movie still grossed over $500 million worldwide. Click here for more
Barbara Broccoli, who produces the James Bond film series with her step-brother Michael G. Wilson, has won a major libel case against British tabloids that implied she had improperly diverted money for independent film projects into her own coffers. Broccoli, who sits on the board of the UK Film Council, was involved in raising money for a charity called First Light. The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday newspapers alleged that Broccoli had used public money intended for First Light to help finance personal movie projects. Broccoli brought a libel suit last August. The Mail and Mail on Sunday were forced to admit that the allegations were completely untrue. They have agreed to pay Broccoli a substantial, but undisclosed, amount in damages. Broccoli says she will contribute all of the awarded money to the film charity she was falsely accused of bilking. For more click here
Nelson Page, owner/operator of the Lafayette Theater, in Bondian mode to greet hundreds of attendees at the You Only Live Twice screening.
By Lee Pfeiffer
Last Saturday, the Lafayette Theatre in Suffern, New York offered James Bond fans a big screen presentation of the 1967 007 epic You Only Live Twice. As Cinema Retro readers have probably seen the film countless times, this article is less about the movie's merits than the theater in which it was presented. I've often said that, as a movie fan, it is truly amazing how many theaters in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area show classic and cult movies on the big screen on a regular basis. In fact, it would be virtually impossible to attend even a significant number of these screenings and still maintain anything like a normal personal life. I am constantly being tempted by friends to join them in attending some film festival or another at Lincoln Center, the Film Forum, the Loew's Jersey City Theatre, or any number of other admirable venues.
The Lafayette is not located in New York City proper. It's a charming (relatively) small city located just over the border of Northern New Jersey. Consequently, the theater doesn't have the Manhattan mobs to draw from for their Big Screen Classics series which is shown every Saturday morning before the theater resumes presenting contemporary studio releases. Nonetheless, savvy Manhattanites regularly make the pilgrimage to the theater because owner Nelson Page has long made the effort to provide a personalized presentation of every classic or cult movie. In the case of You Only Live Twice, Page got into Bondian mode by donning a tuxedo and personally greeting each of the hundreds of attendees who came from far and wide for the screening. Try finding that kind of one-on-one engagement with theater managers in any urban metropolis.
Cinema Retro has just received the following press release from Sony Pictures and MGM:
LONDON, June 2, 2011 – MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment are delighted to announce the UK release date for the eagerly anticipated 23rd James Bond adventure will be Friday, 26TH OCTOBER, 2012 opening at the Odeon Leicester Square and in cinemas across the UK and Ireland.
The film will open in the United States on November 9, 2012.
BOND 23 will see Daniel Craig continue his role as James Bond in the iconic movie franchise, with British director Sam Mendes at the helm of the as-yet untitled 23rd James Bond adventure. The film will be produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
The last two films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, had record-high grosses for the Bond franchise, with Casino Royale taking in $599 million in worldwide ticket sales and Quantum of Solace generating $577 million.