MI6’s Canadian Correspondent, Luds attended
the “Vue sur Bond 007” event in Quebec.
Vue Sur Bond 007 Event Report - Day Two
11th March 2006
I woke up on Saturday morning and still
couldn’t believe what had just happened. I realized
that meeting Sir Roger Moore
was a once in a lifetime opportunity, especially for someone
who lives in North America. There are rarely any 007 related
events in this part of the world.
After a delicious breakfast buffet, the long bus ride to
the mall felt much longer. The incertitude about getting
there on time and securing my tickets for Thunderball was
unbearable. However, an hour later, I had my tickets and
was enjoying another fantastic 007 adventure, which marvelled
the audience again.
Many younger fans couldn’t believe the quality of
the underwater sequences, given that it was filmed in the
60’s. The next movie in line was The
Man With The Golden Gun. Some may think that it would
bring the smallest crowd but quite the opposite! It was
a Saturday, and there was a Q&A with Britt
Ekland and Guy Hamilton before the movie. Again, I was
lucky enough to ask them a question.
Right: Britt Ekland
To Guy Hamilton, I asked
if he could give the fans an interesting anecdote about working
with both Sir Sean Connery
and Moore as he had the chance to direct films with both stars.
Unfortunately, Mr Hamilton misinterpreted my question and thought
that I was asking for a comparison between the actors, a question
that he has been asked for the last 30 years! “I have no
answer for it. There are no simple answers so I’m not going
to try to give one.” He explained that both men were very
professional and had their own strengths.
I then asked Miss Ekland how Roger Moore ranked as a leading
man for her compared to other leads. As she raised the index finger
from her left hand, she answered: “Number 1! Roger Moore
is very, very, very good! Roger Moore is the perfect leading man!”
To which Guy Hamilton added: “Roger Moore is just too nice
– it’s bloody unbelievable!” Both then explained
how they felt that Roger Moore was a perfect gentleman and a real
pleasure to work with. Another young fan asked Guy Hamilton why
he turned down the opportunity to direct Doctor
No. Hamilton explained that it wasn’t because he didn’t
like the script or anything of that nature, he simply couldn’t
do it for personal reasons, but was delighted when Cubby asked
him to direct Goldfinger. Another
fan asked why many unknowns were cast as Bond girls. Hamilton
explained: “You’ll have a hard time finding a director
willing to waste money on the girls instead of spending it on
other costly things like special effects and stunts.” He
then explained that more obscure leading ladies save money and
are perfectly capable to portray the parts.
Above: Guy Hamilton and Sir Roger
So with the largest crowd so far, I thought that the fairly unpopular
movie (by many dedicated Bond fans’ standards) wouldn’t
get as positive a reaction as the Connery movies, but I was wrong.
Maybe it was because fans had the chance to meet Britt Ekland
beforehand, but the crowd was overwhelmingly favourable towards
the movie. To my surprise, Sheriff J. W. Pepper received positive
crowd reactions after every line. It seems that the casual Bond
fan enjoys this type of character, much more than the average
Bond fanatic, who seems to get annoyed by typical “comic
I chose to attend these two movies instead of the ski competition.
My skiing skills have probably left me as I haven’t practiced
for over a decade. The “Vue sur Bond 007” ski competition
at Mont Saint-Anne looked interesting: Teams of 4 skiers would
have to compete in special trails, filled with modules and jumps,
as “shooters” would ambush the “agents”.
Above: Sir Roger Moore and Richard
I had mixed feelings about leaving the mall after The Man
With The Golden Gun. I would have to miss the screenings
of You Only Live Twice
and On Her Majesty’s
Secret Services (one of my favourites)! However, I had
to leave to the Quebec Grand Theatre in order to attend
the “Vue sur Bond 007” orchestra show.
The show started with an edited version of the “Saltzman:
Showman” documentary – which can be found on
the From Russia With Love DVD. Following the documentary,
three giant screens would show montages and entire scenes
from the 007 movies while the orchestra delivered live music.
The performances started with an instrumental version of From
Russia With Love, followed by Goldfinger. Other instrumental
pieces played were: Thunderball,
The James Bond Theme, We have all the Time in the World. As soon
as fans heard the first few notes of Goldfinger,
there was an overwhelming applause, so overwhelming indeed that
Dame Shirley Bassey missed her cue and had to apologise to the
crowd and ask Nic Raine to restart the performance!
The next piece was quite interesting: the Ice Bandit Chase from
The World Is Not Enough,
where Bond and Elektra King escape the avalanche with Bond’s
inflatable jacket. The scene was played in its entirety with the
live orchestra music. Similar sequences with the live orchestral
music such as the Dawn Raid at Fort Knox sequence from Goldfinger,
the Ride to Atlantis and The Tanker from The
Spy Who Loved Me, the Ski Chase from On Her Majesty’s
Secret Service (which was astonishing), and the Tank chase through
St. Petersburg from GoldenEye.
Various stars performed the Bond themes, including rocker Nanette
Workman (Nobody Does It Better and Tomorrow Never Dies), Canadian
Idol 2003 contestant Audrey de Montigny (For
Your Eyes Only and All Time High), pianist Steve Barakatt
(Live And Let Die), and Dawn Tyler Watson (Licence
to Kill and GoldenEye). The final piece was Dame Bassey’s
Diamonds Are Forever. Sir
Roger Moore came on stage and addressed the crowd at the end of
the show, explaining how he got involved with UNICEF
and that he thanked all of us for our support.
In conclusion, I can’t say that I was disappointed to miss
the showing of On Her Majesty’s Secret Services as I had
the pleasure to listen to Dame Shirley Bassey’s powerful
voice for the first, and probably the last time. The entire event
was an absolute delight. The highlight of course was talking to
Sir Roger Moore. I would like to thank all the stars who attended
the event, Hilary
Saltzman for organizing the event, and EON productions for
allowing fans to witness 007 on the big screen and during the
It truly was a brilliant weekend away!
Vue Sur Bond 007 - Event
Saltzman - Interview
Sur Bond 007 - Event Report - Day One
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.