vendredi 16 décembre 2011
Bond in Motion ( bicycle not included )
mardi 15 novembre 2011
Opération Fleming - Les films hors Canon 007
( Avant-propos : les grandes idées se rencontrent et , alors que j'effectuais des recherches de mon côté sur ce film mal-aîmé , je suis bien évidemment tombé sur l'irremplaçable chronique de M. Lombard consacrée à la gestation complexe du film en question sur son site - indiqué en bas de page .)
Idée saugrenue rejetée d'emblée par Jonathan Cape , habitué aux humeurs farfelues de son best-seller d'écrivain ...
Dans ses mémoires parues aux éditions Denoël , le cascadeur ( devenu ensuite réalisateur à part entière ) Yvan Chiffre se remémore par exemple la rocambolesque préparation d'une scène de catch féminin ( un péché mignon de Ian Fleming , qu'il évoque dans Thrilling Cities ) , puis de la bagarre finale sur la voie ferrée ( qui faillit mal tourner - à ses dires ) .
Lorsque je l'ai longuement interviewé sur sa carriére dans le cadre d'une émission rétrospective consacrée aux 3O ans de James Bond pour Ciné-Cinéma à l'automne 1992 , Terence Young m'a confié moult anecdotes sur le tournage épique de cet ' Opération Opium ' - et le fait que la production avait eu les yeux plus gros que le ventre et s'était très vite révélée incapable de pouvoir correctement assumer le suivi colossal requis pour un tournage de cette envergure . Ré-écriture quasi permanente du script et adaptation aux nouveaux impétrants ( acteurs signés la veille , extérieurs annulés à la dernière minute , etc. , etc . ) ont rendu toute l'entreprise rocambolesque de bout en bout ...
M. Terence Young
Me Pauline Hérouan - attachée de Presse du Musée Océanographique de Monaco
M.Philippe Lombard pour sa superbe analyse en Français de la production cahotique du film .
M. Peter Janson-Smith
A.I.E ( filiale Unesco - Paris )
- Spies Magazine #4, July 1994 “Ian Fleming’s Anti-Drug Film”
- Cinema Retro #1, January 2005
- Showtime October 1965
- Movie Mirror March 1966
- Movie Land and TV Time May 1966
- New York Times April 23, 1966
- Time December 2, 1966
- Ian Fleming by Andrew Lycett
- The Good, the Bad and Me: In My Anecdotage by Eli Wallach
- When the Snow Melts: The Autobiography of Cubby Broccoli by Cubby Broccoli and Donald Zec
- James Bond: The Legacy by John Cork and Bruce Scivally
- Histoires de Tournage by Philippe Lombard
- UPI interviews with Jo Eisinger and Yul Brynner, December 1965.
- The Poppy is Also a Flower press kit
lundi 17 octobre 2011
So you're fifty eh ? Soon reaching retirement age then ...
As some of you may already know , was in London last week to check up various things ;
First thing I noticed while in the Tube were large adds for a new book dedicated to Ian Fleming's Elite Commando .
Checked later about that one at Harrington's , whose owner clearly advised me against buying said tome . Oh well , maybe for completists only then ?
Next on the agenda was of course a visit to Eon's offices - with two purposes .
First , trying to obtain the date of the Pinewood Studios Bond23 Production launch International Press conference ( rumoured to be happening next month ) .
Sorry to report that despite turning my old French charm full towards the lovely Blonde receptionist , I couldn't get a clear answer ( " If there were such a conference already planned , don't you think I'll be the first to know ? " kindly answered me the innocent creature ) .
Second : getting a lil' bit more informations about next year Beaulieu ' Bond in Motion ' unique exhibition .
Been a little bit more successful on that one , getting a teaser poster and various infos .
Exhibition will be opening January 2012 at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu .
Teaser I'm reproducing below . Very classy . Very Bond . Very Vintage . Love it .
As a bonus , also got printed on that one the official 50th Anniversary logo , which I'm ashamed to say looks like the work of a 12 years old kid using PaintShop Pro for the very first time . Come on guys : don't you have better designers at Eon's who could just devise something , eerr , a bit more imaginative than this oh-so Classic Gunbarrel motive ?
It's the 50th Anniversary damnit , not just a tea Party ...
Note to future thiefs : I have colorized said logo - which was originally only in Black & White .
That was about all the news I learnt while being on British soil those last days .
Oh , and I saw a beautiful vintage DBS Aston Martin parked in Portobello Road too .
Unfortunately she was painted metallic blue ( mind you : a Bronze one would have do too ... ) .
vendredi 7 octobre 2011
Welcome to the home of James Bond Ancestors ?
A Scottish castle is to play a starring role in the new James Bond film with main star Daniel Craig visiting Argyll to play the famous 007 special agent.
Scenes of the still unnamed “B23” ( although recent rumours have it already christened ' Skyfall ' ) , the 23rd Bond film to be made, will be filmed at Duntrune Castle on Poltalloch Estate near Lochgilphead in mid-Argyll.
The local business community has welcomed what will be a major boost to the economy.
According to local sources , shooting will depict an assault against the venerable mansion , and is supposed to take place by the ending of the film .
Scenery will have to be covered by fake snow - a decision which has been already notified to the concerned inhabitants .
James Bond fans will remember Scotland was already used as a 007 location in several movies - starting with the infamous McGregor Castle of Casino Royale ( the 1967 version ) , then appearing as a local MI6 undercover HQ in Twine ( 1999 ).Incidentally Terence Young also shot most of the Helicopter chase in FRWL ( 1963 ) in Scotland too ( passing it for Yugoslavia ) .
007 Afficionados will also remember the ending of the 1990 TV movie ' Ian Fleming Spymaker ' - which depicted an assault on a fortified castle , sequence was filmed in... Scotland .
Turkey and China are among the other locations, and Oscar-winning actress Dame Judi Dench, who took part in a fundraiser at Inveraray Castle in Argyll on Saturday night, will return in her role as “M”.
Director Sam Mendes has already visited Duntrune, famous for being the oldest constantly inhabited castle in Scotland, and filming is due to take place in February 2012.
So now you know where to spend your next year Winter holidays ...
dimanche 31 juillet 2011
A View To a Thrill
Book project 1 updating : to all the people who helped me with the writing on my book on Fleming & the 007 saga , some details regarding publication .
Manuscript won't pass the quorum of Readers before Autumn now .
Should have been earlier but troubles with a so-called internal contact in the Publishing House delayed the whole operation .
Which actually may not be such a bad thing after all , since there's not quite much as a James Bond actuality these days ... Till the beginning of shooting of Bond23 this Autumn that is !
To entertain you , here are some variations on proposed covers dear friend of mine Stephane Tron created for the project . May he be eternaly thanked for those great designs of his .
Those are merely sort of concept art so far . Ideas just thrown in ( I've always found Nature Morte type of covers more striking than a casual illustration , how good they may be ) .
As a side point ,must confess I've been recently approached by a French publisher to write another book on the Bond saga - this time the Cinematographic one - to tie in with next year's 50th Anniversary hoopla ... But after initial positive contacts last month , a defeaning silence followed when I dared mentionning costs of Photographic material if book wasn't okayed by Eon / Danjaq - laughs ...
To see more of Stéphane's incredible Fan arts visit his own site at http://007art.free.fr/
mercredi 13 juillet 2011
New French Carte Blanche Competition
Trying to entice potential Summer readers to discover the new Jeffery Deaver's James Bond adventure , Flammarion launches today a brand new competition - so simple to win even Austin Powers could enter !
You just have to answer three basic questions - so easy to find out when you take the time to surf onto the French promo website ...
And if you're lucky enough you could even win a brand new complete DvD box of Eon all 22 James Bond movies .
So what are you still doing there ?
jeudi 2 juin 2011
A bit late but still ...France got its own Carte Blanche
Each new Ian Fleming Publication James Bond novel is nowaday marketed like a Hollywood blockbuster .
With Press preview , Press launches and multi medias promotion campaign .
Such was of course the case of Carte Blanche , the latest Continuation novel ( although I guess this term isn't really favoured anymore by the IFP people...) penned by American Thrillers auteur Jeffery Deaver .
Promotion started last Summer - with an invitation to discover the new writer in London .
The operation was very hush hush - so secret indeed that no France medias ever reported the event...Despite frantic attempts by yours truly to try to raise the interest around that litterary reboot of Ian Fleming's most famous creation .
Cut to late May a year later , with the Press presentation of the new book set in London Saint Pancras very chic Champagne Bar , reputedly longest bar of Europe ( people will do everything these days to get into the Guiness Book of Records I guess... ) .
Having been kindly invited by the P.R people of Hodder & Stoughton and the Colman Gety agency , I was nonetheless forced to pass the invitation to a friend of mine based in the UK - for practical reason . Impossible to get an affordable EuroStar ticket for London less than a week before proposed departure date . Sigh .
Thanks to the superb Journalistic skills of the aforementionned friend ( none other than Simon Gardner, John Gardner's son ), we were able to present French James Bond fans with some exclusive photo reports of the whole day ( mucho gratias indeed , Mr Gardner Jr ! ) .
The book was due to be in store the very next day in England - May the 26th to be precise . As in most of the World - the English-speaking one , that is .
But the French publisher - Flammarion - has already selected another publication date of its own : a week later , June the 1rst .
At first I thought they had delayed publication because of internal problems ( getting the French translation right - which they almost managed . There are still some minor errors regarding military ranks and stuff ) but the reason was much more simple : Flammarion's own publication calendar was organised in a different time setting way - and they simply couldn't have proposed the French version of Carte Blanche by May the 26 as with the rest of the World .
So once again, people might say the French have done everything to be pointed at again but I can assure you that was merely due to a different publication calendar setting .
Last but not least : Flammarion issued a brand new French promo website to tie-in with the release - to which content I participated in some capacity.
P.S : now that I have read the full novel I can safely state it is indeed a vast improvement upon the last one penned by Sebastian Faulks . Strangely enough I kept having the image of Daniel Craig while reading it . Oh , and don't be afraid by the publicity ' Re-boot ' stint . Re-boot it may be as was then labelled the ' Licence Renewed ' John Gardner first novel in 81 .
In short : Fans won't jump to the roof while reading the litterary 21rst Century adventures of Mr Bond .
Pfewww . Thank God for that !
On another hand , must sadly report the botched job done by Flammarion's translaters - who obviously didn't know scratch from the world of Fleming when they decided to tackle the job of translating Jeffery Deaver's work into French . Military inaccuracies , basic mispelling , and sometimes...complete misunderstanding of classic lines ( come on , who in the 21rst century cannot translate correctly ' shaken and stirred ' I ask you ? ) .
Which is rather sad for it anihilates most of the interest sustained by this great story .
Coincidently , Flammarion decided to try to ' re launch ' the title by mid July - following disappointingly low sales in the past month .
Heck, like I told'em ' you do not launch a Bond book with a zero promotion budget . ' ( which they did , unfortunately ) .
If you want to win a French edition of Carte Blanche - or a complete set of Eon 007 movies on DvD ! - , try the competition in the ' Concours ' part of the website
lundi 30 mai 2011
Carte Blanche : the French Promo site that never was
It is rather well-known I'm considered as some kind of French specialist as far as 007 business is concerned .
Bearing in mind that two years ago , the French PR bureau in charge of Sebastian Faulk's DEVIL MAY CARE promo had shamelessly « borrowed » huge chuncks of the www.jamesbond-fr.com bio section , without first asking us ( things were promptly repared after a tonic mail from yours truly ) , we decided this time to directly propose the French Publishing House in charge of issuing Jeffery Deaver's Carte Blanche in French language some ideas of our own for the creation ( and administration ) of a brand new French site .
To achieve this effect , the main Web designer of jamesbond-fr.com worked round the clock to propose an original aproach – due to match my precise instructions .
Which were ' no girl with flaming gun in hand , no roaring car , no explosion and no nudity ' .
In short : a clean approach – to favor both 007 fans and new potential readers as well .
Our Web designer perfectly understood the point and rose to the challenge .
We had consequently by mid March some pages to show to the French Publisher .
And then Fate torpedoed us in the guise of someone I met on FaceBook – arguing he was himself working in that very same Publishing House .
We had several common friends I trusted , so I accept him amongst my FB relatives , and then naturally asked him to forward the CB promo website proposition to the right person .
It then seems a much more trustee and faster way to get in touch with the right persons , don't you think ?
Cut to one month later ( April ) and roughly thirty mails later : we still hadn't heard back from the French Publishing House PR bureau .
I had a nagging feeling in my stomach and began to reconsider the validity of using that FaceBook ' Friend ' as a go-between .
Comes May – a rather busy month for me with its annual Cannes International Film Festival .
By then, I had finally heard again from the mysterious FB guy , who even had the nerves to ask me where I was staying during the Festival ( assuring he was going to appear there by the second week ) . Never saw him there .
Back in Paris by mid May , I was now officially seriously worried .
It was obvious our proposed French Promo site project couldn't be used anymore – we simply didn't have enough time left before the French launch ( June the 1rst ) to do a proper job as we thought earlier back in March .
I decided then to fluke the unofficial approach and simply try to directly contact the PR bureau .
I had been fortunately in touch earlier with one of the two translators hired to do the French version of Carte Blanche , and that person kindly pointed me – minutes after receiving my email – to the Attachée de Presse put in charge of the French promotion .
Turned out she NEVER received our own project , was sincerely sorry to learn we had put time and labour to try to submit that , and was , of course , interested at once by a proposed collaboration .
Heck, after all, www.jamesbond-fr.com is the biggest 007 French site in term of connections per day , quite simply ...
So here we are .
Do enjoy two of the proposed French Carte Blanche website pages we worked on three months ago ...
And which , mysteriously , never managed to reach the P.B Bureau in time to be officially considered .
Lesson to be learn : beware your FaceBook friends .
You may think it's Daniel Craig answering you but it could also be some nerd frantically typing from his bedroom ...
jeudi 19 mai 2011
Carte Blanche... A la Carte !
We are glad to report we'll be working in advisory capacity with the P.R agency in charge of the French Carte Blanche promo campaign .
French release date of the book will be June the first ( due to a peculiar Flammarion publishing calendar , title couldn't be announced on May the 26th as with the international editions ) .
The French cover will be – in all modesty – one of the best looking of the whole bunch with a silver Ian Fleming Publication 007 logo impressed on the Carte Blanche motive ( several variations were proposed till that one was finally agreed by all parties and decided upon ) .
No gadget tie-ins this year ( such as the mini Devil May Care booklet which was inserted as a freebie in various French newspapers ) but a massive huge poster campaign in Train Stations and Metro .
mardi 26 avril 2011
The name's Armstrong... Vic Armstrong ...
Received today copy of Robert Sellers's Vic Armstrong biography " The True Adventures of the World's Greatest StuntMan " .
The CV of that guy would make any decent Film fan blemish with awe ( Some fan - namely Steven Spielberg himself - signed the introduction of the book ... ) .
Am about to devour it by the night .
More details tomorrow...
mercredi 13 avril 2011
" No well dressed man should be without one..."
vendredi 25 mars 2011
You Only Read Twice ( if it's a good book )
mardi 25 janvier 2011
Carte Blanche : Your Mission , should you decide to accept it ...
Wonderful stuff received this very day in my mail box ( the real one - not the Matrix-like ones ) : an A4 plain white enveloppe encrusted with the literary 007 logo . Send by Hodder & Stoughton ...
Truly Mission: Impossible stuff ... Was almost expecting after fiddling with the controls that the thing casually blew in my face .
( Have to confess that , although being myself a true geek regarding new technology gadgets , I'm definitly not the Engineer type . You know , the one who can instantly understand how works the latest Tokyo manufactured gadget ...)
Hence a few minutes ( nah, let's be honest : a good half an hour ! ) fighting with the thingie , just to try to have it ,well, ...Passing on its ' on ' mode .
Don't laugh , I'm embarassed enough .
Anyway , the Technika MP4 Player containts the Carte Blanche video animation ( which can be seen on the official site ) , music tracks ( 2 ) , Radio tuning , Recording function, etc.,etc...
vendredi 21 janvier 2011
EXCLUSIVE REPORT 3 : “ A Jeffery Deaver novel but set in the world that Ian Fleming created. “
We were lucky enough to have our own very special correspondent at Dubaï being able to attend Mr Jeffery Deaver's first official Public Conference as the new James Bond thriller writer.
In the last part of her report , we'll learn more tantalising titbits about the plot of Carte Blanche...
Once again, a big " thank you " to our special correspondent for bringing us that exclusive report .
Text & Photo copyrighted Miss N.Cloet 2011 - Editing & Publishing copyright Media Bis 2011 . Report written by Nathalie Cloet
( M. Jeffery Deaver ) continues to explain that if a scene is approached in a certain way (using example of the Goldfinger book intro – bond sits reflecting at airport after killing an assassin), we start to think about the consequences of taking a human life, and our way of thinking is elevated.
When asked why he gave up working as a lawyer, Mr Deaver explained: “So many lawyers become writers because we hate practicing law.” He knew when he was very young that he wanted to write fiction, and was writing novels while doing several jobs. He shredded his first book, because he was embarrassed to read it. He was 40 years old when he was making enough money to quit working as a lawyer, and now enjoys very much going to the office in pyjamas.
He takes about one year to write a book, of which 9 months is spent on research and an extensive outline (170 pages).
Two months is spent writing the actual book (about 40 pages per day) and one month is spent editing. Carte Blanche is 99 % finished, only some editing is left to do.
When asked how much freedom he was given to write the Bond novel, he explained that they - Jeffery Deaver and Ian Fleming Publishing company - first settled on common ground, and immediately agreed to set the novel in contemporary time.
At the same time, Carte Blanche will be a Jeffery Deaver novel, written in his own style, featuring James Bond. All in all, he called it “a very enjoyable mutual project”.
On the question of who he had in mind as Bond when writing the book, he answered that he had seen most of the movies, but has the imprint in mind from the books, where Ian Fleming described Bond as resembling Hoagy Carmichael ( who was also the base of the Daily Express Comic strips adaptations of Ian Fleming's novels .NdA ) . He also stated that he was delighted to be associated with Bond, but that he had not thought beyond Carte Blanche, as he is currently busy with other books.
Finally, the last question that was permitted from the audience was to ask if the minor characters from the Bond series: M, Q, Moneypenny would be present in the book.
He explained that this would be a Jeffery Deaver novel but set in the world that Ian Fleming created. All characters will be updated to fit the time period. “I wanted to move seamlessly” he stated, and also hinted that we might see accessories that we seem familiar with, and characters will be familiar but suitably updated. The women, similar to the women Ian Fleming created, will be very strong and resourceful.
The event ( which lasted about two hours ) concluded with a rendering of “Nobody does it Better” once more sung by Celeste, and addressed to Mr. Deaver himself, after which he kindly was available for autographs on both his existing books or book inserts for Carte Blanche.
Nathalie Cloet – Special agent “ Live “ from the Dubai Emirate airlines Festival of Literature 2011 .
© Media Bis
Acknowledgments : Lucy Charasse ( Colman Gety ) ; http://www.emirateslitfest.com/ ; Mr Jeffery Deaver; Miss Nathalie ( Tintin ) Cloet .
jeudi 20 janvier 2011
EXCLUSIVE REPORT 2 - " With Villains , anything goes ! "
Report written by Nathalie Cloet
On why Bond is so influential throughout the years: “Bond is not a cardboard character hero. He has a great deal of depth, Fleming made him question a lot of things. He is a real, a flawed individual. At times he hurts, and has difficulty doing what he does.”
On how Bond has influenced his own life: Mr. Deaver admitted to being a “nerd” growing up, socially inept, and drawn to reading Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Sherlock Holmes.
He picked up his first Fleming book at age 8 or 9, and feels that Fleming set the standard for Crime fiction for him, and that he was disappointed by other writers when reading them afterwards.
He works up to 10 hours a day.
So, it will be quite likely that James Bond will survive this adventure. (Thank God in name of all Bondfans! ) .
EXCLUSIVE REPORT - " State of Excitement : Jeffery Deaver onstage appearance at the Dubai Emirate Airlines Festival of Literature "
Tuesday, 18 January 2011.
Finally, the hostess of the evening, Shahnaz Pakravan , introduced Jeffery Deaver to the audience, in his 1st public appearance as a James Bond author, as Jeffery 00-Deaver, to which he jokingly replied that he prefers “Deaver. Jeffery Deaver”.
He did specify that he had seen more than the “tourist” side of Dubai, and would feature that in the book. He called this the “Wikipedia trap”, merely stating facts and pictures that can be found anywhere online. “A book needs emotional resonance, not facts”.
“James Bond is a hero in the traditional sense of being a hero, willing to lay his life on the line for his country in the line of duty, although always wondering if what he is doing is the right thing to do”
James Bond à la Carte : a Photo report
Our local correspondent , Miss Nathalie Cloet , was present at Jeffery Deaver 's Dubaï Emirate Airlines Festival of Literature tuesday Public conference .
The writer discussed the art of Thriller writing in front of a captivated audience .
Complete and detailled review of the event will be available soon .
Young Bond author Charlie Higson will make himself an appearance for a conference titled 'The making of Young Bond'
( Event set on Friday 11 March, 15:00-16:00Al Baraha 2, InterContinental Hotel ) .
We have people everywhere...
Watch this space for more exclusive info .
Acknowledgment : Miss N.Cloet
Photos copyrighted Media Bis / N.Cloet - Do not reproduce without authorization .
dimanche 16 janvier 2011
James Bond is given...CARTE BLANCHE
U.S Writer Jeffery Deaver revealed this morning the title of his new James Bond thriller at Dubaï , during a World wide Book event .
The new novel will be entitled CARTE BLANCHE ( we French undoubtly appreciate the nod ...And hope our local publisher won't change it for some ' Operation Carte Blanche ' or something * ... ) .
Seems only natural since ( prominent ) part of the story will take place in the Emirates ( more precisely the Deira and Port Saeed areas ) .
As a bonus we just learnt that les Editions Flammarion ( which already published in France Sebastian Faulk's Devil May Care ) will offer French fans a translation of Monsieur Deaver's 007 oeuvre .
Crossing fingers that no one will want an original title of their own for the French readers now...
More details on the plot are also promised to surface soon ...
In the meantime , enjoy that ' auto production ' promo clip ( edited from official sources ) .
Keep reading this blog !
* : First Gallimard French title of Goldfinger being... Operation Chloroforme !
mardi 11 janvier 2011
Here we go again...At last !
MGM announced today , January , tuesday the 11th of 2011, that "BOND 23" is set to go into production in late 2011.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Productions, together with Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., today announced that the 23rd James Bond film will have a worldwide release on November 9, 2012.
Daniel Craig will be returning as the legendary British secret agent ( sigh... ) , with Sam Mendes directing a screenplay written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and John Logan.
That script is being kept under wraps - and likely to be very different from the synopsis submitted earler last year by Peter Morgan, then attached to the production .
As we all know , the reason for the 007 delay is because it took that long for MGM's future to sort itself out what with the failed auction sale of the studio, then the pre-packaged bankruptcy getting approval, and eventually Spyglass taking over studio filmmaking.
MGM, which received a cash infusion last month of $500 million, had been expected to move quickly to lock down Craig and Mendes for the project in order to take advantage of the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise.
Last but not least , MGM has already been working up plans for a 2012 yearlong commemoration of the golden anniversary of the first Bond pic, 1962's "Doctor No." ( this being the actual quotation of the Variety article dedicated to that annoucement . ) . Better warm up the Visa card I'd say ...