It may look like the pre-credits sequence from Octopussy, but this mini-plane is actually more closely related to The Man With the Golden Gun.
By Lee Pfeiffer
One of the few saving graces of the dreadful 1974 James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun was the introduction of a novel concept: a flying car driven by the villain Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). It took 37 years but once again, technology has caught up with another 007-inspired invention. There is now an actual flying car that is due to be approved for both flying and street driving in the UK. The downside? It will set you back a cool £155,000, so unless your name happens to be Auric it will probably be out of your price range. Then again if petrol prices in the UK keep skyrocketing, this may actually prove to be a prudent investment to take to your local grocery market. For more click here
Angela Scoular played a happy-go-lucky bed mate for James Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. In fact, her later years were marred by a myriad of personal problems.
James Bond fans lovingly recall actress Angela Scoular for her performance as Ruby, the air-headed but sexually insatiable girl bedded by James Bond (George Lazenby) in the 1969 007 classic On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Scoular died in April and a British coroner has revealed that Scoular's life and death were tragic in every way. Dispelling rumors that Scoular had committed suicide, the coroner ruled that she actually died from drinking a corrosive liquid cleaning agent that scalded her throat. She was deemed to have been in mental disarray when the action occurred. Scoular was facing numerous demons in her life including alcoholism, a battle with bowel cancer, depression and financial problems. She was married to British actor Leslie Phillips. For full details click here
Filmmaker Kyle Roberts has created a terrific six minute stop action short film "starring" action figures of James Bond actors Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. Aside from some less-than-convincing American accents for the "Bonds", the film is a truly ambitious and clever parody- with a true 007-like 'sting in the tail' finale. Click here to view
Any time a James Bond film is about to go into production, the rumor mill goes crazy with speculative stories about the casting. However, the New York Times is reporting it has confirmed that Javier Bardem and Ralph Fiennes have committed to appear in the next 007 flick starring Daniel Craig, due to be released in November 2012. The Times is not generally prone to indulging in unfounded gossip but both distributor Sony and Eon Productions are keeping to their ususal policy of not commenting on any aspect of the production at this early stage. What is certain is that Oscar winner Sam Mendes will direct. For more click here
Issue #10 of the terrific British James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now available for order. This issue is devoted almost entirely to the legacy of Casino Royale, concentrating on the 1954 USA TV adaptation and the 2006 Daniel Craig blockbuster. The magazine is packed with rare photos, book covers and international advertising posters. Available only through mail order. Click here to order
Star Movies, India's biggest English-language TV station, is launching telecasts of all of the 007 films. To celebrate the festival, the network is also launching a huge Bond-inspired campaign across urban areas that includes outdoor events, innovative videos and a social media campaign. For more click here