MI6’s Canadian Correspondent, Luds attended
the “Vue sur Bond 007” event in Quebec...
Vue sur Bond 007 Event Report - Day One
6th March 2006
Sir Roger Moore was in
Quebec City along with Dame Shirley Bassey (3 time Bond
theme veteran), Richard Kiel (Jaws),
Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight),
4-time Bond director Guy
Diamonds Are Forever, Live
And Let Die, and The
Man With The Golden Gun) and John Barry collaborator
Nic Raine, were all in town.
The event, organized by the now Quebec City resident Hilary
Saltzman and daughter of the late Bond producer Harry
Saltzman, combined free projections of the first 11 Bond
movies on the big screen, a ski competition, Q&A with
the stars, various lunch and diner opportunities and a Bond
themed music performance by Same Shirley Bassey, Nic Raine,
and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
The “Vue Sur Bond 007” event celebrated Harry
Saltzman’s contribution to movies was part of the
des 3 Amériques, a festival organized to celebrate
movies made in the Americas.
Above: Fairmont le Château Frontenac
After a 6 hour train ride, I was a bit disappointed that I had
missed Sir Roger Moore’s arrival by a few minutes. No worries
though, as I would get plenty of opportunities to see Sir Roger
later on! Before a good night’s sleep, I visited the beautiful
Fairmont Château Frontenac. Built in the early 1900’s,
Château Frontenac would be a perfect location for a Bond
As soon as I closed my eyes it seemed that the alarm clock went
off and it was time to get ready for the first day of “Vue
sur Bond 007”. No time for breakfast, I jumped on the bus
and got to the Galeries de la Capitale mall where the opening
ceremonies would be held. As various local contributors addressed
the crowd, I was shocked when I saw how tall Richard Kiel was!
Sir Roger Moore jokingly said in French: British agent James Bond’s
biggest secret is that he couldn’t speak French. Richard
Kiel displayed his stand-up comedy talent as he told a few jokes
for the crowd. Guy Hamilton also saluted the crowd and explained
that while filming Goldfinger, Harry, Cubby Broccoli and himself
we just hoping that the series would reach 4 or 5 films, never
did they expect it to last past 20!
Above: Guy Hamilton, Britt Ekland,
Sir Roger Moore and Richar Kiel
This lead to a short Q&A session with the representatives
of the press. One journalist asked what allowed the series to
last so long. Sir Roger Moore and Guy Hamilton answered –
explaining that they never cheated the audience. Money was well
spent and that was clear to everyone watching the films. Another
question was about Sir Roger Moore’s key for success as
“I had to let the audience know that I was going to win!”
A third journalist asked Richard Kiel why fans connected to Jaws
so much, which lead to a second appearance for Jaws in Moonraker.
“I tried to add a dimension to Jaws other than killing with
teeth! I would brush off my clothes, get up, and keep going after
Bond.” Kiel explained that it was a nice surprise for him
to see the fans applauding when Jaws kept getting up and back
on his feet. Guy Hamilton added that villains must be “something
that folks remember” and that recent villains were rather
weak and forgettable. “Good villains lead to good films.”
Finally, another journalist asked the stars for their most precious
memory of working with Harry Saltzman. Sir Roger Moore described
when he was first signed as Bond. Harry called him and explained
that Cubby thought that Roger was too fat. Moore had to work out!
A few weeks later, Cubby called him and explained that Harry thought
that his hair were too long. So he got a cut, and this game went
on and on! Britt Ekland added “Crates of Dom Perognon!”
Guy Hamilton added that Harry thought that the crew worked better
when full and never spared any expense on food. He delivered great
As I was getting ready to leave and get my free tickets for Doctor
No, Guy Hamilton popped up in front of me and I was able to exchange
a few words. He told me how all of them couldn’t believe
how beautiful Quebec City was and that they had no idea about
its beauty before arriving..
Above: Britt Ekland
As I was standing in line to get my free tickets, I interviewed
a variety of fans and had a chance to listen to an interesting
debate between fans of various age groups: a couple in their
50’s, a woman in her 40’s and her son who was
almost 20, and another couple in their 40’s.
This lead me to add more weight to my theory – the
average Bond fan really enjoys the Bond actor that he grew
up with, not necessarily being his favourite Bond, but probably
one of the favourite. Indeed, the young man preferred Pierce
Brosnan and all others were Connery
or Moore fans. None of them liked Dalton’s
Bond. As I was taking note, a man in his 30’s interrupted
and explained that Dalton was his favourite and wasn’t
sold on Brosnan and Moore for their lack of seriousness!
None of the folks had heard of Daniel
Craig, but after a quick update on the direction of
the next film, most of them thought that this new direction
was a great idea as the series was getting out of hand.
Only the young man had seen all the Brosnan movies, the
others felt that the newer movies lost touch with reality.
One fan explained: “I feel that Brosnan movies have lost
touch with the essence of the series and aren’t really Bond
movies.” The younger fan countered explaining that he felt
that this is what younger fans preferred – more action while
keeping it in true Bond style. However, the young man did mention
that a down to earth approach would indeed feel fresh after the
lack of seriousness of the latest movie, Die
All of us were delighted when the door opened and the crowd was
free to take seats in the theatre.
Big Screen Bond and Q&A
There is nothing like watching a Bond movie on the big
screen for the first time. It’s hard to describe,
but the whole experience is simply most enjoyable and extraordinary.
It’s unlikely a delight that one will get to relive.
Many fans wanting to attend the following screening decided
to leave half an hour after the start to ensure that they
could get tickets for the next show, not leaving anything
to chance. After all, missing 2 minutes of each movie is
a small price to pay to guarantee that you would be able
to see the next one!
After Doctor No was Sir Roger Moore’s first, Live
And Let Die. Fans were delighted when Sir Roger Moore
and Guy Hamilton made their way in the theatre for a brief
Q&A session before the start of the movie. Of course,
one fan asked if Roger could say the timeless “Bond,
James Bond”, which he did – to the crowd’s
delight. Hearing Sir Roger Moore speak these words live,
one meter in front of you, is an exhilarating experience!
Sir Roger Moore
I was fortunate enough to ask both legends of the Bond franchise
a question to which they elaborated for 10 minutes. I had goose
bumps when Sir Roger Moore looked me in the eyes and answered
my question! I could barely remember his words moments after they
left! I asked them how they dealt with the pressure of ensuring
a succesful movie after Sean Connery’s departure from the
leading role of 007.
“The only worry I had was before I had to say ‘Bond,
James Bond’ and it wouldn’t sound like [Connery’s]
Bond, James Bond. [...] We knew from the start that we had to
avoid anything that would draw comparisons. I never said things
such as ‘vodka martini, shaken, not stirred’”.
Above: Guy Hamilton
Guy Hamilton added that
he understood that he would have to adapt the script to
the actor’s strengths. “Sean was better than
Roger at many things!” which lead to a huge laugh
from the crowd. Hamilton added, “and Roger was better
at others”. Hamilton explained that Connery was better
at running “but hated to get his feet wet”.
However, Moore was great with the water scenes, but couldn’t
run at all. Roger interrupted and added “I learned
early in life that I didn’t have to win a race to
get a box of toffees!”
Sir Moore went on this anecdote, explaining to the crowd
that he once was given a box of toffee out of pity as he
finished last in a race as a child. He then explained that
for Live And Let Die, as he was not good at running they
didn’t make him run much in other films. Hamilton
added: “There’s much more to the story than
that!” which brought another laugh from the crowd.
Hamilton went into more detail, explaining the scene where
Bond chases the fleeing Rosie Carver in Live And Let Die.
I would suggest that fans pay attention to that scene next
time they watch the movie as there are absolutely no scenes
where Roger actually runs. We see Rosie running, which cuts
to Bond popping up out of a few bushes to notice her body
on the ground. As Hamilton explains, the entire sequence
and a whole afternoon of shooting was cut!
After all the excitement of the Live And Let Die screening, I
managed to gather more of the fan’s comments. One lady explained
that she preferred the Roger Moore movies as they were more comedic
and contained a bit more action. She felt that the Connery movies
were just too slow. Her husband didn’t agree, he was a Connery
fan and felt that Moore simply didn’t have Connery’s
presence on screen.
Next in line were two of the very best: From
Russia With Love and Goldfinger. No need to say, these two
films were the most popular of the day. I thought that this amazing
feeling that had overcome me – watching the Bond movies
on the big screen – would eventually pass, but it didn’t.
Watching Connery’s 2nd and 3rd movies felt just as special
as watching Doctor No. I saw an older fan almost in tears after
Goldfinger, possibly the first time he’s seen the movie
on the big screen since his childhood. I can just imagine how
he felt. Older fans may not be comfortable with media such as
the internet and DVDs, or simply don’t have the money to
purchase them in DVD or Video format. Just as many fans can only
see the Bond movies during TV marathons.
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The views and opinions expressed by this author are not necessarily
the views and opinions of mi6-hq.com. Thanks to Luds, Hilary Saltzman
& Geneviève de Montigny for their assistance.