Look Up! Look Down! Look Out! Cast and crew and fans celebrated the 40th anniversary of Thunderball in style in London on Sunday 20th November 2005.

Thunderball 40th Anniversary Event Report
21st November 2005

It was Double-0-Heaven in London when many of the cast, crew and extended Bond family reunited for a special 40th anniversary celebration of Thunderball at the Cine Lumiere on Sunday, 20 November.

The sold-out event was sponsored by mi6-hq.com, Bondstars.com and Cinema Retro magazine.

The event gave fans from around the world the opportunity to relive the magic of Thunderball through the stories and anecdotes of those who actually made the film.

The festivities allowed many almuni of the film to see each other again after many years. Highlights of the all-day event, which began at 3:30 PM and wrapped up after 11:00 PM included Q&A sessions, discussions about and tributes to Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and the screening of a original 35mm pristine print of the film, kindly donated by Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and MGM.

The evening was hosted by Gareth Owen and Andy Boyle of Bond Stars, James Page and James Wheatley of MI6 and “Essential James Bond” authors Lee Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall, who also publish Cinema Retro magazine.


Above: The Cine Lumiere, London

(Above left) The hosts for the evening: Dave Worrall, Lee Pfeiffer, Gareth Owen, James Wheatley and James Page. (Above right) Sue St. Johns and Steven Saltzman

Among Those Attending:

  • Sir Ken Adam, who participated in a discussion of the film hosted by Sir Christopher Frayling
  • Legendary lyricist and songwriter Don Black, who received an award from Cinema Retro for his outstanding contributions to the film industry, presented by present-day Bond composer David Arnold.
  • Steven Saltzman, who- recounted the life of his father Harry. Harry Saltzman’s former secretary Sue St. Johns also shared her memories of her famous boss.
  • Cast members Mollie Peters, Martine Beswicke, Earl Cameron, and stuntman George Leech
  • Bond girl Eunice Gayson, who shared her memories of working with director Terence Young
  • Producer Euan Lloyd, who recalled his early working relationship with Cubby Broccoli
  • Peter Janson-Smith, who discussed his friendship and professional relationship with Ian Fleming
  • Justin Llewelyn, who shared amusing anecdotes about his beloved dad Desmond
  • Peter Murton, who recalled working with Ken Adam on the production design for the film

Above: Art director Peter Murton, cast members Mollie Peters, Martine Beswicke, Earl Cameron, and stuntman George Leech


Guests were able to mix, mingle and debate the finer points of all things related to 007 at a pre-screening champagne reception sponsored by Tattinger.

Screenings of the rare documentaries The Incredible World of James Bond (unseen in England since 1965) and the campy A Child’s Guide to Blowing Up a Motorcar, seen here in it’s entirety for the first time, courtesy of Ford Motors.

Above: David Arnold presents the Cinema Retro award to Don Black

Amongst the many surprise features was a big screen cinematic trailer of Electronic Arts' latest James Bond videogame starring Sean Connery in From Russia With Love.

A treasure trove of Bond gifts and memorabilia were given away as prizes and every ticket holder received a goody bag containing - among other items - a special 32 page elaborately illustrated collectible event programme.

It also included autographs from the stars, and a copy of Sir Christopher Frayling’s new book about Sir Ken Adam, autographed by both men.

As a special surprise, ticket holders also received a Sideshow Collectible 12 inch figure of Sean Connery as James Bond in Thunderball and issue one of Cinema Retro magazine.

Above: Attendees were treated to a cinematic trailer from EA's latest videogame

Above: Peter Janson-Smith, Euan Lloyd and Justin Llewelyn

At the end of the evening, an enthusiastic crowd emerged from the theatre to compare their thoughts on the night and to debate the finer points of “The Biggest Bond of All!”.

(Above left) Charlie Higson and Lee Pfeiffer. (Above right) The Tattinger champagne reception where guest mingled amongst Thunderball memorabilia

Reflecting on the event, Lee Pfeiffer said, “This was an extraordinary evening and a great privilege to pay tribute to the master craftsmen who put Thunderball on the screen. For many of us, the film was a seminal moment in terms of cementing our enthusiasm for James Bond. It’s amazing to see the reverence people from all over the world have for the film, as evidenced by their presence here tonight.”

Above: Sir Christopher Frayling and Sir Ken Adam

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