MI6 reports from one of the most anticipated events
of the year - Bond Girls Are Forever at Pinewood Studios...
Bond Girls Are Forever Event
13th July 2006
This July saw one of the most highly anticipated events in the
Bond calendar; Bond Girls Are Forever. The event proved to be
a winner early on, with tickets selling out well before the event
At 9.30am on July 2nd, Pinewood opened its doors to 150 fans
and guests who first enjoyed morning coffee in the studio's Club
Bar before moving through to the oak paneled ballroom where our
special guests chatted, posed for photographs and signed autographs.
The line-up was impressive: Eunice
Gayson, Zena Marshall,
Kate Gayson, Caroline Munro,
Maryam d'Abo, Tania
Mallett, Shirley Eaton,
Deborah Moore, Pamela Salem, Maud
Adams and Britt Ekland.
Guests could also view the new Ultimate Edition DVDs exclusively
supplied by Sony Home Entertainment. It was not simply the past
Bond girls that appeared at the event, several members of the
production crew took to the stage later that day to talk about
their involvement in the Bond series.
Tania Mallet, Britt Ekland and Maud
Adams in Pinewood's gardens
Pinewood is a 'Mecca' to almost all Bond fans with an in-depth
knowledge to the series. It would seem that the only thing better
than a visit would be to actually visit a set to used in the next
film. Special permission had been granted by Eon Productions to
visit the paddock tank where a scene was nearing the final stages
of construction. The informative tours were led by Dave Worrall
and Gareth Owen around the paddock tank and other notable parts
of the famous studios. Of course to some Pinewood is about not
just bond but movie history. Walking around the gardens where
so many notable films are set was an experience not to be missed.
Following a delicious BBQ lunch and mouth-watering desserts,
served on the terrace, guests next moved over to Pinewood's luxurious
Theatre 7 to settle down for an afternoon's entertainment, all
kicked off by a recorded introduction from Roger Moore.
Above: Pinewood Theatre 7 (left) and
guests clamour for signings (right)
Two programmes of film clips were followed by on-stage Q&As
with the actresses, and a special tribute was then paid to Maurice
Binder and his wonderful title sequences. Binder's assistant Pauline
Hume, and her colleague Alan Church, shared a few memories of
working with Maurice Binder. Who'd have thought some of the most
visually striking sequences were achieved with the likes of watering
cans, paddling pools and household goods?
Caroline Munro, Maryam d'Abo, Pamela
Salem, Britt Ekland and Maud Adams on stage in Pinewood's
The trailer for Casino Royale burst onto the screen, and was
followed by June Randall and Golda Offenheim taking to the stage
to chat about a few of their experiences, and also to pull the
winning raffle tickets out of the hat - prizes included the Ultimate
James Bond DVD Collection, Sideshow figures, RC2 cars, Aston Martin
Goodies, books, t-shirts and lots more!
An exclusive presentation of Sony Home Entertainment's trade
trailer for The Ultimate DVD collection was rounded off by Roger
Moore thanking everyone for coming. Not a bad afternoon at the
Guests then returned to Pinewood's grand ballroom for tea, and
more autograph signing, to end the day Wing Commander Ken Wallis
captivated everyone with a chat in the garden, about his film
exploits and indeed filming with 'Little
Wing Commander Ken Wallis and Little
Many thanks to Gareth Owen and BondStars.