samedi 8 août 2015

Growing up with James Bond ...


( Warning : this is a semi autobiographical piece , where the writer fondly looks back at some of his 007 related memories ) . Kind of trip to Nostalgia lane .

I discovered James Bond at Christmas 1971 in Paris . The film was , of course , Les Diamants Sont Eternels ( D.A.F ) .
And to an 8 years old kid , this was a universe quite different from the usual Disney pictures my parents usually took me to see at the cinema .
A couple of days later , I managed to cajole my godfather to buy me two Corgis models issued from the movie , the awesome Moonbuggy – which I still have and still functionning – and the Aston Martin DB5 ( which , unfortunately , has suffered much more from being too often played with … ) .

Anyway , two years later Lord Brett Sinclair suddenly became James Bond .
I was then much more aware of the ongoing saga .
And started to read the original Fleming novels . The French movie tie-in edition of ' Vivre et Laisser Mourir ' had the superb Robert McGinnis film poster on its cover - which was the main reason why I bought the book ( to be dreadfully honest , I was disgusted not to find ANY direct relation with the movie bearing the same title , apart from some character's names . That was my first lesson in movie making : never trust a film poster claiming story is inspired by a precise book ! ) .

My interest in Bond then took two directions . First , following all the news appearing in magazines related to the shooting / release of a new movie and second , discovering all the original novels written by Ian Fleming ( and then trying to imagine what could have been done with a completely faifhfull adaptation of any of his novellist work . ) .

As fate would have it , I was then living in the small town of Vence , nearby Nice , on the French Riviera .
And the then current actor portraying 007 on the screen at that time ( the ever amiable Sir Roger Moore ) had a villa less than 15kms from my own home . Little did I knew then ( damnit ) .

When I decided to publish my very first own movie Fanzine in 80', it was then natural to have 007 on the cover of the very first issue . The Curse of Journalism had made another victim .
I then followed a Journalistic Course at la Sorbonne – and finally obtained a Master in Journalism & Communication in 90' .
A decision which was ( in all modestly ) largely inspired to try to follow Ian Fleming footsteps .
I figured out that his life as a Globe-trotter was one which could be rather interesting , visiting new countries , making friends everywhere , acting like an irresitible playboy , being his own Boss . That sort of things .
Hell yeah , Journalism was some kind of dream job indeed .

I had started writing film reviews by then , attending Press screenings , meeting actors & directors for promo interviews , etc, etc .
But always a Bond fan, I was still a member of several 007 Fan-Clubs around the world – best of them being without doubt the James Bond ( British ) Fan-Club .
Under the formidable input of its Président , members had the chance to visit the mythical Pinewood Studios , attend conferences with cast & crew from the movies , etc.,etc …

I even used one of those Convention ' open day ' in october 92 to film part of my first James Bond TV documentary there , ' Les 30 Ans de James Bond ' ( who knows , it may be on YouTube these days ) . I was still a trainee in the SFP ( French national TV Production company ) then, and managed to convince them to let me film there a 30 minutes doc – which was produced by Canal + Philippe Gildas company .
Oh and I got to interview Terence Young himself – in one of his very last TV appearances – for that documentary too ...

Over the years , I met many people in the movie business  , made a few friends too and continue to closely follow each new James Bond adventures ( be it on celluloïd or paper form ) .

I interviewed many of the key production members too ( Cubby Broccoli , Michael G.Wilson ,Guy Hamilton, etc. ) , and have always been impressed by their own modesty .

My interest never weakened through the years .
For me , quite simply , the Bond productions were – ARE – what Europe can offer as Best in terms of movie production and artistic value .
Their creative teams are truly international , their casts dazzle for each new movie . They trust the very same persons to work with them from film to film .
There's definitly some kind of ' Family business ' warm feeling when you have the chance to be introduced into the Eon house …

So I've ' grown up with James Bond ' - sort of .
And have been lucky enough to earn my living doing a job which was directly inspired by the very creator of agent 007 ( I often wonder what Fleming would have thought of our current ' Media frenzy ' times , though … )

And I'm not the only one , far from it .
Many current film directors have been inspired by the Bond saga .
Some famous prolific 007 screenwriters have also started their litterary career producing some James Bond inspired fanzine in their teens …
I was having lunch the other day in Paris with a friend who had been lucky enough to be picked up as Spectre Stunt arranger in the upcoming movie .
We're roughly about the same age .
First unit Shooting had finished some weeks ago , but he still had that broad grin when talking about the movie , and still did not quite realized he is now part of the Bond family . It was a dream come true ( his words ) … Lucky guy .

Maybe one day , they'll need a French writer to join their ranks ?
I should send pronto boxes of Chocolate to Barbara & Michael ...

Et merci à Harry , Cubby , Barbara , Michael et Ian Lancaster Fleming of course

mardi 4 août 2015


A ( new ) Journey to Blofeld's hideaway ...


Paris to the Schilthorn , Friday , July the 31 .

As I'm about to embark to my 6 hours journey via trains to reach Interlaken , I reflected that some films – like wines – never age . Or rather age rather well .
That's precisely the case of the 6th instalment of the Eon produced James Bond film series .
One of the most faithfull entry to any of the adaptations of  Fleming's oeuvre since 1962 ...
One starring a completely unknown ( supposedly ) actor …
One the media always considered as some sort of ' semi failure ' ( which it is definitly not – not even financially speaking ) .
And one I was fortunate enough to still discover in a glorious 35mm print in Paris in 1980 , in a Cinema which was soon to be disbanded ( as I quickly befriended its owner , I got the chance to get my hands on all the Promo material of the movies shown there … )

Anyway , back to Switzerland .
Finally arriving at Interlaken West ( there are two stations in town . I took the wrong one last time , two years ago , but wouldn't do the same mistake twice ! ) , I was welcome at the Carlton Europa Hotel by its friendly manager who had casually a … Suite reserved for me !
I cannot thank enough the generosity ( and superb services ) offered by the whole staff & its Director .

It was then around 3 :00 PM and I was expected at 4 at the Cable Car station of Stechelberg , to then reach Murren, get another one to Berg – and finally reaching the Schilthorn – Piz Gloria .
True to my unique sense of orientation , I straightfully … Missed the first Cable-Car station , and had to take a Mountain train to eventually reach Murren .
Where I had the good fortune to stumble on a BBC TV crew , chaperonned by a delightful lady from a UK based Public relation agency .
They were on their way to Piz Gloria to film a short subject on writer Mark Mason and his ' The Bluffer's Guide to Bond ' book .
We started chatting like a bunch of mad school boys at once , and I got my moment of fame when revealing official Continuation writer Raymond Benson had turned me into a Fiction character in his own 007 novel ' Never Dream of Dying '



About three ( or four ) pints later , we finally decided to try to catch the cable-car to Berg and enjoy the upcoming Party .

We arrived just in time at the Schilthorn to attend good ole' George Lazenby's  Chopper touch-down in front of frenzied cameramen & journalists ...
Funny thing when you do attend a James Bond event these days – be it ANYWHERE in the world , you invariably stumble on some friendly faces .

That was the case with me being spotted at once by French Club James Bond President ( and friend ) Luc Leclech , who amiably told me Miss Catherine Schell was in attendance , and nicely offered to introduce me to the lady .
I was thrilled .
Not only did I rightly remember her as one of Blofeld's Angel of Death , but first – and foremost – as the shape-shifter alien Maya in the second season of ' Space 1999 ' .
 
Miss Schell wasn't obviously expecting such fervor amongst dozens of fans amassed to greet her , and she signed autographs to any lucky person bold enough to ask her one . 
I had then the privilege to interview her ( in the Piz Gloria souvenir shop – a deadly place for any OHMSS fan ) , and learnt quite a few interesting titbits regarding her films & Tv career .
We could have kept on talking for the rest of the night , if she hadn't been amiably called back to perform her Bond duties during the evening …

We then proceeded to discover the new attraction, the 007 Walk of fame , consisting of a little ' promenade ' on the mountain , admiring various spots where erected panels inform the valiant tourist of various biographical details regarding some of the OHMSS cast & crew members ...

Dinner time approaching , everybody tried to find his reserved seat .
M. Christoph Egger ( whom I profoundly thank for inviting me ) had only given me a mysterious number ( «  46 » , not even close to Maxell Smart's one !   ) earlier in the day , and it was then up to the lucky winner to find the matching table .

Fortunately for me , my Dining companions were all very nice people ( Morten Steingrimsen , Sebastien Coquelle , Michael Hackl ( 007 Collector ) , etc. , etc … Apologies for all the persons I may have omitted to quote here .

Dinner was fine , ponctuated by laughters here and there .
A drawn-out competition was even provided to us die hard 007 nuts ( To my amazement , I received back in Paris an email informing me I had indeed … Won a Prize . A ParaGliding experience . Some people are clearly doing their best trying to kill me in a most imaginative way there … ) .

Between la poire et le Fromage , as we said in French , we were then treated to a formidable Firework ( the following day being a National historical Day in Switzerland - their own 4th of July if you want , I suspect the Schilthorn organizers to have use the date accordingly ) - which superbly closed that once-in-a-lifetime day .

( Well, some distinguised guests decided to stay a bit longer – as there was even some Baccarat tables provided ) – but , being stationned at Interlaken, roughly 20 kms from Murren, I considered myself fortunate enough to be ' carried away ' by two amiable fellow countrymen who had their own car , and kindly whisked me back to my hotel and my Suite ...


The author would like to thank the Paris Swiss Tourism office for its useful advices .

 M. Christoph Egger – CEO of the Schiltorn
 The Carlton Europa staff and manager
 Miss Jane Parritt from the MediaContacts Public Relation agency .
 M. Mark Mason and his wicked sense of humour
 M. Wolfgang Thürauf & The Deutsche JB fan Club

jeudi 14 mai 2015

Project One in Approach ...

2015 will count amongst the James Bond Extra year .
Not only will the afficionados get a 24th film , courtsey of Eon, MGM & Sony ,
But the Ian Fleming estate also teased fans last year with the announcement of a new James Bond novel due to be penned by Alex Ryder writer , M. Anthony Horrowitz ..


The novel should be available in bookstores world wide by next september ( beating Spectre release's date by a few weeks ... ) .

On the French edition front , this one will benefit from a unique launch .
According to some sources , it's not merely one but two different French Publishing houses that will simultaneously release the new book ...

Representants of those respectable French publishers were invited to attend a lecture by Anthony Horrowitz himself in London a few weeks back .

At the time , ( still quoting a reliable source ) , the final title of the novel wasn't revealed .
It is known however that the book is inspired by a synopsis devised by Fleming himself in the fifties - when he was approached by some TV producers willing to translate the James Bond adventures on screen for the very first time .

A very tantalazing springboard for Mr Horrowitz to jump onto .  And undoubtly another wealthy addition to the Bond litterary cannon to come ...



mercredi 1 octobre 2014

2015 is going to be a busy year ...


Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. and the Ian Fleming Estate are delighted to announce that bestselling and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to write the next James Bond novel, tentatively titled ' Project One ' , and due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015.
Horowitz is one of the UK’s most successful authors and has over forty books to his name including his recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and his enormously successful teen spy series featuring Alex Rider.  As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, and is looking forward to taking on his next project:
‘It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the Estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It’s a huge challenge but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.’
Set in the 1950s, Horowitz’s story will be unique among the modern James Bond novels, in that a section will contain previously unseen material written by Ian Fleming.  Fleming’s great niece, Jessie Grimond explains:
‘In the 1950s Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for a James Bond television series.  But it never came to be made and he ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights.  However, there are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired. Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.’
The treatment which will act as a starting point for Anthony Horowitz’s Bond novel is titled Murder on Wheels, and follows Bond on a mission in the world of motor racing.  Other familiar Fleming characters which feature in the TV treatment include ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny.
The novel will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Orion Publishing Group and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA & Canada.
See more at: http://www.ianfleming.com/anthony-horowitz-to-write-new-james-bond-novel/#sthash.tjDJ9qWp.dpuf


Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel inspired by original unseen Fleming material
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. and the Ian Fleming Estate are delighted to announce that bestselling and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to write the next James Bond novel, due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015.
Horowitz is one of the UK’s most successful authors and has over forty books to his name including his recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and his enormously successful teen spy series featuring Alex Rider.  As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, and is looking forward to taking on his next project:
‘It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the Estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It’s a huge challenge but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.’
Set in the 1950s, Horowitz’s story will be unique among the modern James Bond novels, in that a section will contain previously unseen material written by Ian Fleming.  Fleming’s great niece, Jessie Grimond explains:
‘In the 1950s Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for a James Bond television series.  But it never came to be made and he ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights.  However, there are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired. Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.’
The treatment which will act as a starting point for Anthony Horowitz’s Bond novel is titled Murder on Wheels, and follows Bond on a mission in the world of motor racing.  Other familiar Fleming characters which feature in the TV treatment include ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny.
The novel will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Orion Publishing Group and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA & Canada.
- See more at: http://www.ianfleming.com/anthony-horowitz-to-write-new-james-bond-novel/#sthash.tjDJ9qWp.dpuf
Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel inspired by original unseen Fleming material
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. and the Ian Fleming Estate are delighted to announce that bestselling and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to write the next James Bond novel, due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015.
Horowitz is one of the UK’s most successful authors and has over forty books to his name including his recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and his enormously successful teen spy series featuring Alex Rider.  As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, and is looking forward to taking on his next project:
‘It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the Estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It’s a huge challenge but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.’
Set in the 1950s, Horowitz’s story will be unique among the modern James Bond novels, in that a section will contain previously unseen material written by Ian Fleming.  Fleming’s great niece, Jessie Grimond explains:
‘In the 1950s Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for a James Bond television series.  But it never came to be made and he ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights.  However, there are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired. Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.’
The treatment which will act as a starting point for Anthony Horowitz’s Bond novel is titled Murder on Wheels, and follows Bond on a mission in the world of motor racing.  Other familiar Fleming characters which feature in the TV treatment include ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny.
The novel will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Orion Publishing Group and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA & Canada.
- See more at: http://www.ianfleming.com/anthony-horowitz-to-write-new-james-bond-novel/#sthash.tjDJ9qWp.dpuf
Anthony Horowitz to write new James Bond novel inspired by original unseen Fleming material
Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. and the Ian Fleming Estate are delighted to announce that bestselling and award-winning author Anthony Horowitz has been invited to write the next James Bond novel, due for worldwide release on 8th September 2015.
Horowitz is one of the UK’s most successful authors and has over forty books to his name including his recent Sherlock Holmes novel, The House of Silk, and his enormously successful teen spy series featuring Alex Rider.  As a TV screenwriter he created both Midsomer Murders and the BAFTA-winning Foyle’s War, and is looking forward to taking on his next project:
‘It’s no secret that Ian Fleming’s extraordinary character has had a profound influence on my life, so when the Estate approached me to write a new James Bond novel how could I possibly refuse? It’s a huge challenge but having original, unpublished material by Fleming has been an inspiration. This is a book I had to write.’
Set in the 1950s, Horowitz’s story will be unique among the modern James Bond novels, in that a section will contain previously unseen material written by Ian Fleming.  Fleming’s great niece, Jessie Grimond explains:
‘In the 1950s Ian Fleming wrote several episode treatments for a James Bond television series.  But it never came to be made and he ended up turning most of the plots into the short stories that are now in the collections For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy and The Living Daylights.  However, there are a few plot outlines which he never used and which, till now, have never been published, or aired. Given that Anthony is as brilliant a screenwriter as he is a novelist, we thought it would be exciting to see what he would do with one of them.’
The treatment which will act as a starting point for Anthony Horowitz’s Bond novel is titled Murder on Wheels, and follows Bond on a mission in the world of motor racing.  Other familiar Fleming characters which feature in the TV treatment include ‘M’ and Miss Moneypenny.
The novel will be published in the UK and Commonwealth by Orion Publishing Group and simultaneously by HarperCollins Publishers in USA & Canada.
- See more at: http://www.ianfleming.com/anthony-horowitz-to-write-new-james-bond-novel/#sthash.tjDJ9qWp.dpuf

mercredi 23 juillet 2014

Bond24 – the elusive one

Here we go again ...

It's July the23rd , and the next James Bond film is due to start production in about three months – according to the Sony Press communique of a few months ago .
Except …

It is now well known that filming could start around December , for various reasons ( meaning the initial world wide release dates might suffer too from that delay ) .

Let's sum up the various causes of this delay .

First , the film was announced without its director .
Skyfall Gold platinium Sam Mendes was adamant about it and wouldn't come back to direct the next one . This was the first blow to the Broccoli / Wilson scheme , who decided in an unusual move for Eon to … Wait for its cherished director to change his mind .

The ploy worked and a few months later , versatile Sam Mendes came back with a big smile and was announced officialy as the director of Bond24 . We were then already in 2013 , and still without a proper script .

Few were his actual comments about the storyline of said movie – which was to be devised by his own scriptwriter John Logan ( who already did some polish on the script of Skyfall ) .

The director spoke about ' unfinished business to attend to , a new beginning , blablabla … ' . In short : not a single indication about things to come .

Consequently the duo responsible for the writing of the past five Bonds , Ms Purvis & Wade , graciously decided to bow out of the series ( well , the ' consequently ' is from me , but I guess egos were prevailling at the times ) .

This very month the Daily Mail revealed that the writing duo was rumored to have returned to the franchise to add some punch to John Logan’s script.
It is understood that the story is still an original one from Logan but that Purvis and Wade are on board to give it a review .
This is great news ( since the writer of this piece consider the script of SkyFall as the pinacle of the work of mrs Purvis & Wade ) , but can lightning strike twice ?

On other matters now . Tabloïds around the world have reported ' screen tests ' for actors / actresses to appear in Bond24 .
Synnove Macody Lund, Norwegian actress known for her part in  Headhunters (2011) leaked the news that she had screen tested for a secondary Bond girl role in Bond 24. James Bond fan-site MI6 says that screen test for the production are happening throughout Scandinavia and Birgitte Hjort SorensenIda Engvoll and Disa Östrand have been tested.

Stunt coordinator Gary Powell confirmed he was already working on action sequences for the movie .
Norway had been mentioned for a while for a major action sequence , but it seems the production finally decided to go in the Austrian Alps instead ( much to the chagrin of the Norwegian Film authorities ) . We can now only assume that 007 will don his skis again ( which he gadn't done since Chamonix Twine chase in 1999 ) . 
As far as location scouting goes , the best news came this very week , with confirmation that filming should take place in Roma .

Roma Lazio Film Commission executive , Luciano Sovena , confirmed to Italian press that the movie will be shot on location in Rome at the end of this year if all goes well.

Whilst admitting the city has not seen a lot of film action in recent years, Sovena was excited that 007 will be coming, but paperwork still needs to be done.
"I met the producers of the Bond series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson," said Sovena, "and we discussed the project. One of the key scenes, among the most spectacular in the film, will be a car chase in Via Quattro Fontane. I'm already excited. I hope that the City streamlines the procedures for the granting of permits, it would be a shame to miss this great opportunity because of the bureaucracy."
Since StarWars episode 7 is actually fiming at Pinewood Studios , it is not known though if Bond will manage to secure his legendary HQ at the 007 stage ...
So far , so good . The film seems to be on good tracks .

As of today , August the 1rst , truth finally went out when the Daily Mail openly revealed that the final script - polished  ( enhanced, and ' subtantially modified '  ) by ms Purvis & Wade had just been delivered to Eon , for a Shooting start of November / December 2014 .

Can't wait to hear about the official Press conference ( initially set for mid october , but I very doubt it now ) and the start of filming of the main unit ...

( illustration is not an official MGM/Sony picture - but a Fan work ) 

samedi 16 novembre 2013

It's detente , comrade . Peace at last between Eon and the Kevin McClory family

MGM and the producers of the James Bond movies have finally acquired all of the rights to the 007 franchise. 
After a legal battle royale that has gone on more than 50 years, the studio and Danjaq today announced they now have all of the rights and interests to the British spy held by Kevin McClory and his estate. 
McClory worked with Bond creator Ian Fleming and writer Jack Whittingham on a script for the very first James Bond screen adventure in the late 1950s - the trio formulating a generic 007 script titled " James Bond of the Secret Service " , which Fleming would then use as the main basis of his novel ' Thunderball ' ( omitting to mention the input of his two colleagues, and thus leading to a legal action which will ultimately cause his own death )  . 

McClory would later claim he helped created a number of iconic elements of the Bond world and gave the character a more movie-friendly persona. No details of the agreement or a settlement have been released. 
However, I’ve learned that the agreement over the long-standing dispute was finalized between the parties in the last two weeks.

vendredi 27 septembre 2013

Going SOLO

26th September 2013: James Bond is going Solo  in William Boyd’s new novel.

SOLO is published in the UK by Jonathan Cape. 

The book was unveiled last wenesday at the Dorchester Hotel in London ( where incidentally Roger Moore was introduced to the World Press as the new James Bond back in 1973 ).

Yours truly was amongst the distinguished members of the International Press and had the honour of asking the writer the very last question at the Press conference ( something about creating a fictionnal country as the setting of the new book ... )

Writer William Boyd also took part in his first public event this very evening at the Southbank Centre , as he talks to GQ Literary Editor Olivia Cole about the experience of creating his own James Bond novel and his interest in 007′s creator, Ian Fleming.  
Introducing the event will be special guest, Lucy Fleming, Ian Fleming’s niece.
On Monday 30th September Boyd will be at the Lyceum in Edinburgh, in discussion with David Robinson, Literary Editor of The Scotsman.



( From the Ian Fleming Publication website ) 
SOLO, the brand new Bond novel by William Boyd, was launched in style at the Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane this morning.
Amidst TV crews and crowds of Bond fans, the first seven copies of the novel – SOLO #001 to #007 – were signed by the author and then transported through London to Heathrow airport in a convoy of seven classic Jensen cars, Bond’s motor of choice in the new book. Each book, encased in a perspex briefcase, was escorted by a BA stewardess.
They were given the red carpet treatment at Terminal 5, where they were met by a British Airways captain before being stowed in a secure safe ahead of their international departure to Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Zurich, Los Angeles, Delhi, Cape Town and Sydney. Each book was strapped into the cockpit throughout the flight, and will be hand delivered upon arrival by the plane’s captain to a dedicated contact – including the international publishers of the book, and, in LA, Ian Fleming’s great-nephew Robert Laycock.
The setting of the launch mirrored the opening of the new book, where Bond – a veteran agent at 45 – celebrates his birthday with an evening of gambling, drinking and fine dining at The Dorchester. And, of course, he meets a beautiful woman…

- See more at: http://www.ianfleming.com/solo-launch-at-dorchester-hotel/#sthash.ZqEoyKPi.dpuf
SOLO, the brand new Bond novel by William Boyd, was launched in style at the Dorchester Hotel on London’s Park Lane this morning.
Amidst TV crews and crowds of Bond fans, the first seven copies of the novel – SOLO #001 to #007 – were signed by the author and then transported through London to Heathrow airport in a convoy of seven classic Jensen cars, Bond’s motor of choice in the new book. Each book, encased in a perspex briefcase, was escorted by a BA stewardess.
They were given the red carpet treatment at Terminal 5, where they were met by a British Airways captain before being stowed in a secure safe ahead of their international departure to Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Zurich, Los Angeles, Delhi, Cape Town and Sydney. Each book was strapped into the cockpit throughout the flight, and will be hand delivered upon arrival by the plane’s captain to a dedicated contact – including the international publishers of the book, and, in LA, Ian Fleming’s great-nephew Robert Laycock.
The setting of the launch mirrored the opening of the new book, where Bond – a veteran agent at 45 – celebrates his birthday with an evening of gambling, drinking and fine dining at The Dorchester. And, of course, he meets a beautiful woman…

- See more at: http://www.ianfleming.com/solo-launch-at-dorchester-hotel/#sthash.ZqEoyKPi.dpuf