MI6 caught up with Hilary Saltzman to find out
about her involvement with Canada’s biggest
James Bond event ever - Vue Sur Bond 007...
Interview - Hilary Saltzman
7th February 2006
Can you tell us about your involvement in the upcoming event
"Vue Sur Bond 007"?
I sit on the Board of The Film Festival of The 3 Americas, here
in Quebec City. It is a festival showcasing films from North,
South and Central America. The president asked me if I would be
willing to help chair an event honouring my father, Harry Saltzman
as a Canadian film producer and his legacy in film. I was thrilled
with the idea. Now doing this in partnership with UNICEF we will
also be raising funds to benefit children in Guatemala.
These children may not have heard of James Bond but they will
be served by him!
Above: Deborah Moore, Hilary Saltzman
and Sir Roger Moore
What is your attachment to Québec and why choose it
as the location for this event?
I moved here almost 3 years ago falling in love with the area
on a visit to a friend living here. Through my immigration process
I discovered my father had been born in Quebec not St. John, New
Brunswick as I had previously thought. So to honour my father
in his true place of birth through the Film Festival I support,
is a dream come true.
Would you tell us a little about the tribute to your father
set to take place at "Vue Sur Bond 007"?
The tribute is truly through the attendance and support of part
of the Bond family i.e. Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland, Guy Hamilton,
Richard Kiel, Dame Shirley Bassey and Nic Raine who has collaborated
with John Barry for the last 16 years. Also this event would not
have been possible without the kind and generous support of all
those at EON Productions-Michael Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and
Anne Bennet also many at Sony/MGM.
On February 25 there will be a concert featuring a special documentary
on my father, a musical celebration of The James Bond series,
projections of film clips with the music played live by the Quebec
Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Nic Raine, songs interpreted
by various artists including the forever extraordinary Dame Shirley
Bassey singing her signature Bond songs, Goldfinger and Diamonds
Are Forever…plus some surprises!
Truly a once in a lifetime event…Tickets are only 90 or
Above: Harry Saltzman, Ian Fleming
and Cubby Broccoli
What other items are of interest are in store for attendees
of the event?
The first 11 Bond films will be screened at a local theater for
free to the public (donations of course accepted to both UNICEF
and the film festival), and Sir Roger and all our other celebrity
guests will have Question & Answer sessions prior to their
films. They will appear over the 3 day weekend.
This event is taking place in Quebec, the snow capital of the
world so there will be a James Bond style ski competition at Mont
St. Anne ski center. Most importantly there will be 2 opportunities
for fans to mingle with our special James Bond guests at benefit
On Friday night February 24th for $2000 Canadian dollars (all
proceeds to go to UNICEF) only 25 guests will share an intimate
Cocktail, Special Presentation and Dinner at the famous Quebec
landmark the Chateau Frontenac with Sir Roger Moore, Britt Ekland,
Richard Kiel, Guy Hamilton, Dame Bassey and the Unicef CEO and
President Nigel Fisher. There will also be very special gifts
for each ticket holder.
On Saturday, February 25th for only $500 there will be a cocktail
party prior to the concert with all of our Bond guests and other
celebrities present. The ticket also buys a seat in the first
8 rows of the theater and each recipient will also receive a special
gift….. Tickets are still available for both ...but going
Above: Hilary Saltzman
What is your most treasured
memory of your father and his involvement in the Bond series?
His love of seeing his creative ideas coming to life on
set and the pride that he took participating in each detail.
What do you remember of producing the early Bond pictures?
I was a child then, but my father did bring home pictures
of prospective Bond girls and we each put in our thoughts.
Also he would play us different songs to help choose the
next artist he would then ask to perform at the beginning
of each film.
Do you still feel a strong connection to the series
yourself and if so, in what way?
I feel a connection because for the first 15 years of my
life I lived and breathed the James Bond films. I travelled
and lived in exotic locations worldwide. Most importantly
friendships were formed that still exist today. It was like
being a part of a large family that only grows through the
After the Broccoli/Saltzman split, did you continue
to remain family friends with the Broccolis?
Yes, In fact my father and Cubby Broccoli resumed their
friendship at a film premiere grace of Topol. I remain friends
with Barbara to this day.
Roger Moore was very good friends with your father, how did
you get along with him?
He was like my Uncle and still is! It is an honour to know him.
His tireless work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF is truly
inspiring. His children and I are very close friends and his son
Christian even asked me to be Godmother to his daughter Jessie.
Above: Cubby Broccoli, Harry Saltzman,
at a Royal Premiere...
What involvement, if any, do you have in the new "Redeeming
Season" feature film?
I am proud to say I am producing The Redeeming Season with two
partners. It will start filming in Florida in May of this year.
How do you feel about the upcoming Bond picture, "Casino
I am very excited to see it. Paul Haggis who wrote Crash and Million
Dollar Baby worked on the screenplay and it will be exciting to
see a new James Bond take off… Daniel Craig is a super actor
and great to watch on screen!
I would like to end this interview by inviting James Bond
fans worldwide to join us in this unique, once in a lifetime
event here in Quebec City, February 24-26.
To find hotels participating with special rates for the
weekend and for ticket information please visit our website:
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Images courtesy Hilary Saltzman
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