Archive for February, 2007

The story of an Ian Fleming limited edition

Posted in Collectibles, Ian Fleming on February 28, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Seems a TMWTGG first edition showed up in a junk sale.

Bob likes a quick turnover so he put the golden gun edition on the ABE online book auction site and wasn’t surprised when it sold instantly for $3440 to an Australian bidder.

The buyer also got a huge bargain, and might be able to sell it for ten times the price or more.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Wow.


Bond Goes Indian

Posted in Casino Royale, Parody & Humor on February 28, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

No, not an Octopussy remake. The Yeovil Express reports that a James Bond spoof called Jai Bindi: Secret Agent is in the works.

I find it extremely amusing that Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover is supposedly tied to this project. Grover managed to get himself a reputation worthy of ridicule by putting out all manner of press releases tying himself to Casino Royale. He’s one of the “funny rumors” of Bond fandom, along the lines of “Icebreaker” as the next title or Sean Connery returning as Bond’s father or as a villain. Yeahrightsure.

The plot is simple: Bindi, a struggling actor and massive James Bond fan, is convinced by MI6 and the Indian Intelligence Agency Bluebird, to stand in for one of their agents who has been killed trying to save the world from evil megalomaniac St John Smythe.

But the novice Clouseau-esque “agent” mistakenly thinks he has landed himself the main part in a new “reality film”.

Believing that he can’t get shot, Bindi is unaware that the fate of the world does actually rest on his shoulders.

Rumor also has Roger Moore tied to this film. Another one for which it would be hazardous to hold one’s breath.

Daniel Craig Best Dressed

Posted in Daniel Craig on February 27, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Per CBn, I see that Craig has been named best dressed at the Oscar by Esquire. (Picture at link.)

Okay, sure, he’s gorgeous and handsome and tailored. And anyone would look better next to a giant red bow. But the jacket was kind of long and you can’t see it in the picture. Maybe it’s a fashion thing and I don’t know any better.

This site has more pics. If you click on the picture in this link, you’ll get a huge blow-up of it that shows the jacket details. It may require (free) registration.

007 at the Oscars

Posted in Daniel Craig, Eva Green on February 26, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

So, at last night’s Oscar’s, Craig presented the first award, along with Nicole Kidman. Kidman was under the mistaken impression that the freakish bow landing on the human shoulder, perfected last year by the horror that was Charlize Theron, was a good idea. Craig looked great, although I thought his jacket was cut a bit long. He was very, very serious.

Eva Green also presented an award, and managed to look human, in a sort of normal and pretty silver gown, although she does love that freakish makeup.

Shaken? Stirred?

Posted in James Bond on February 24, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Why does James Bond always ask for a martini “shaken, not stirred”? This is a simple explanation, meant for those who don’t wish to be liquor connoisseurs:

A martini is made with gin and vermouth. Gin can be “bruised” by shaking, which is to say, shaking ruins the taste. (I’d say, shaking makes it taste even worse, since I can’t stand the stuff.)

Brosnan as Bond enjoying a martini

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Index Excerpt: The A’s

Posted in Ultimate JB Fan Book on February 20, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

From the new edition of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book:

Andreu Simón (see Enemies, Actors)
Angels of Death (see Bond Girls, Characters)
anger management
Another Time, Another Place
Antonov jet
Apted, Michael (see Directors of Bond Movies)
Arkangel Chemical Weapons Facility.
Armandariz, Pedro Jr.
Armendariz, Pedro (see Allies, Actors)
Armitraj, Vijay (see Allies, Actors)
Armstrong, Louis (see Musicians)
Armstrong, Vic
Arnold, David (see Musicians)
Aston Martin DB5 (see Automobiles)
ATAC/Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator
Atkinson, Rowan (see Allies, Actors)
Atlantis (Stromberg’s lair)
atomic bomb/bombs

007 Tuxedo For Sale

Posted in Collectibles, James Bond on February 18, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

The Observer reports that classic movie costumes from Angels the Costumiers are on sale at Bonham’s Knightsbridge until March 6. The most expensive item in the collection is Obi Wan Kenobi’s original Star Wars robe.

While the Star Wars robe may prove beyond the reach of many, there are items for those with shallower pockets.The revival of interest in Doctor Who augurs well for the costumes from several different Doctors which are on sale. If James Bond is more your style, you can try for Sean Connery’s tuxedo or a Brioni suit made for Pierce Brosnan.

I’d love to visit a shop like that, but alas, I can’t afford to cross the ocean just to gaze longingly at a tuxedo.