Over a dozen special guests are confirmed for the
Thunderball 40th Anniversary event in London this
November. Have you got your tickets yet?
Thunderball 40th Anniversary Event Guests
26th September 2005
An amazing array of special guests will be attending the Thunderball
40th Anniversary event in London this November 20th at the Cine
Lumiere. Have you got your tickets yet? If not, click
here for the BondStars reservation form.
|Sir Ken Adam
Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer who brought
to the screen those incredible and fantastic sets that now
define the ‘look’ of a Bond film, has confirmed
his appearance at the 40th anniversary of Thunderball at the
Cine Lumiere, London, on Sunday November 20th. The world-famous
designer will be interviewed on stage by Sir Christopher Frayling,
Rector of The Royal College of Art and author of a new book
about Adam’s illustrious career and his memories of
working on the OO7 films. All guests who attend this event
will receive a 1st edition copy of this book, which will be
signed by both Sir Ken and Sir Christopher!
Oscar-winning songwriter Don
Black is to receive an award at the 40th anniversary of
Thunderball event this November. The world-famous lyricist,
who has penned over 100 songs for the movies (including Thunderball,
of course!), is being presented with an award by Cinema Retro
magazine for his ‘Outstanding Contributions to Song
Writing in the Motion Picture Industry’. Black, who
won an Oscar for Born Free, is responsible for penning five
James Bond theme songs, and collaborated with John Barry on
Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves. This will be a very
rare chance to meet such an iconic figure from the film industry,
in what is turning out to be one of the biggest Bond film
|Sir Christopher Frayling
Sir Christopher Frayling is Rector of the Royal College of
Art, the only wholly postgraduate university of art and design
in the world, and also Professor of Cultural History at the
College. In addition, he is Chairman of Arts Council England.
Christopher is well-known as an historian, critic and an award-winning
broadcaster, with his work appearing regularly on network
radio and television. He has published sixteen books including
subjects such as Sergio Leoni and Clint Eastwood, the most
recent being his conversations/biography of Ken Adam –
the art of production design which arises from a lifelong
fascination with the work of this still-underrated genius.
All guests who attend this event will receive a 1st edition
copy of this book, which will be signed by both Sir Ken and
Born in Canada in 1915, Harry Saltzman is better known as
the ‘other half’ of the Broccoli/Saltzman partnership
that brought to the screen the James Bond films. Saltzman
produced the first nine OO7 movies with Cubby, before selling
his rights to United Artists in 1975. However, few people
realise just how prolific a film producer Harry Saltzman was,
with titles like Battle of Britain, Billion Dollar Brain,
Play Dirty and The Ipcress File among his many screen accomplishments.
We are very honoured to have his son Steven, who is flying
in from Paris especially for this event, discuss what it was
like being the son of a famous film producer, and talk about
his father in general.
Peter Janson-Smith was a literary agent who numbered Eric
Ambler, Gavin Maxwell and Richard Holmes among his list of
clients. In 1956, on the recommendation of friend and fellow
writer Eric Ambler, Ian Fleming hired Peter to handle the
foreign translation rights to his James Bond novels. For the
next forty-five years, Peter was literary consultant and some-time
Chairman at Glidrose, guiding it and Bond through many changes.
He was a judge for the Crime Writers’ Association’s
Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award for best thriller of the year,
and was Executive Trustee of the Winnie-the-Pooh Trust. By
the time of Peter’s retirement in 2001, the Ian Fleming
Bond novels and those by Kingsley Amis, John Gardner and Raymond
Benson, had sold close to a hundred million copies worldwide.
Euan Lloyd is often referred to as ‘the Gentleman producer’
in the film business, and it’s easy to see why. This
debonair and enthusiastic man was the main driving force in
the industry during the ‘60s and ‘70s, with films
like Shalako, The Wild Geese, Who Dares Wins and The Sea Wolves
breaking box-office records the world over. But what is his
connection with James Bond? Well, Euan produced most of his
films by going it alone and finding finance outside of the
then-huge Hollywood system – and it’s all thanks
to Albert R. Broccoli, whom he served his apprenticeship under.
Euan has many fond memories of Cubby, and that is why he is
one of the guests at the Thunderball event – to remember
the late OO7 film producer, who is generally acknowledged
as ‘the last of the great showmen’.
Mollie Peters - a top model in the early 1960s - shot to international
fame when director Terence Young cast her as Patricia Fearing
in Thunderball - the sexy Shrublands Health Clinic nurse.
Mollie will be providing a free autographed photo in your
exclusive James Bond goodie bag.
Starting his film career in the mid 1950s in the Pier Angeli
film Port Afrique, stunt man George Leech soon found himself
in great demand, and a few years later his first 'big action
film' came with The Guns Of Navarone. The following year he
was engaged on a modest film called Dr No - it was to be the
first of eleven James Bond films, which took him through to
Roger Moore's last outing in A View To A Kill in 1985. George
has doubled for George Lazenby and Roger Moore, as well as
having a few fisty-cuffs with Sean Connery and his adversaries.
His other credits include Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Kelly's
Heroes, The Eagle Has Landed, Revenge Of The Pink Panther,
Superman and North Sea Hijack. George is the father of Wendy
Leech, one of the first stunt-women in the business, and herself
a veteran of four 007 adventures; as well as being the father
in-law of stunt arranger and second unit director Vic Armstrong.
He believes very much in keeping Bond in the family!
A former Miss Jamaica, Martine was selectedas one of the gypsy
fighters, Zora, in From Russia With Love. She then returned,
along with director Terence Young, two years later as Paula
Caplan in Thunderball, ensuring her an enduring place in Bond
fan’s hearts. Martine will be providing a free autographed
photo in your exclusive James Bond goodie bag.
After a 3 year contract with the J. Arthur Rank Organisation
as trainee film editor, Norman became an assistant to Britain's
leading soundtrack editor, Winston Ryder, working on such
major titles as John Paul Jones, Solomon & Sheba and Sink
The Bismark. Eager to return to film editing, Norman approached
Peter Hunt (editor of Sink The Bismark) and asked to become
his assistant. Together they worked on There Was A Crooked
Man, The Greengage Summer, On The Fiddle, HMS Defiant and
the very first James Bond film, Dr No. The low budget for
Dr No meant that the production could not afford the two dubbing
editors required for dialogue and sound-effects so Norman
was promoted to sound effects editor. After Dr No, Norman
continued working as Peter Hunt's sound editor on Call Me
Bwana, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger (for which he received
an Oscar), The Ipcress File, Thunderball and You Only Live
In 1965, Earl Cameron was cast as Pinder, Bond’s second
ally in Thunderball, who operates the Bahamas branch of the
British Secret Service. Pinder first meets Bond and Leiter
where he takes them to his headquarters behind a shop in the
marketplace of Nassau. There, Q provides Bond with the latest
gadgets, and photos taken from the Infra-Red Camera are developed.
From there plans are made to infiltrate Emilio Largo’s
estate Palmyra. Earl Cameron’s other film credits include
Flame In The Streets, Guns At Batasi, The Sandwich Man, Cuba
and The Interpreter . His numerous tv appearances include
Waking The Dead, Kavanagh QC, Lovejoy, The Zoo Gang, Dixon
Of Dock Green, The Prisoner, Dr Who, Danger Man and The Buccaneers.
Earl will be providing a free autographed photo in your exclusive
James Bond goodie bag.
Justin Llewelyn has been in the drink trade for over thirty
years and now represents Champagne Taittinger in the United
Kingdom, Ireland and the Channel Islands. He is also known
for his informative talks and believes that his speaking skills
were probably inherited from his late father, Desmond Llewelyn.
Justin, has many amusing anecdotes about his ‘dad’
- the man who was Q in seventeen of the James Bond films –
and one of the most loved of all OO7 film actors.
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