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We’ve Moved!

Posted in James Bond on January 30, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

Please update your blogrolls, links, and other neato stuff. The full site, with all archives, is now at

blog.jamesbondfanbook.com.

Please post comments at the new site, not here. Thanks.

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…the pleasure I’m sure is all mine!

Posted in James Bond on January 23, 2008 by headofsection

Hello all…

This is Head of Section, from the Being James Bond podcast!

Being James Bond is dedicated to learning and exploring all we need to know so that we can live life the way James Bond does. If James Bond can do it, we can do it! You can check out our podcast via iTunes, or through our site, BeingJamesBond.com.

I have known Deb Lipp for many years now! We’ve been chatting back and forth for years on various Bond related topics on several message boards, and forever battling over the merits of Diamonds Are Forever versus On Her Majesty’s Secret Service! We have even gone to several Bond functions together, and been front and center on opening night for Die Another Day and Casino Royale (where I had one martini too many).

When her book was released, I was thrilled for her. And when I grabbed my copy of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book, I was absolutely taken away. It’s got to be one of the juiciest Bond trivia books I have ever seen. Any time I think up a question about the Bond films which I’m unsure about, I grab her book! It’s truly am amazing piece of work! (Though, I still haven’t fully forgiven her for giving OHMSS a score of 3 in her book!)

I’m thrilled she’s invited me to join her blog, and I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with other Bond fans, and other ‘Ultimate James Bond Fan Book’ fans!

Keep living like Bond,

Head of Section

The dark history of For Your Eyes Only

Posted in James Bond with tags , , , on January 22, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

It seems a dark cloud hangs over the movie For Your Eyes Only, which has a strangely high occurrence of tragic loss.

Most Bond fans know that Cassandra Harris, who played Countess Lisle in For Your Eyes Only, was the wife of Pierce Brosnan, and died tragically young (age 43) of ovarian cancer.

Most fans also know that FYEO is the only Bond film without an appearance by M. Bernard Lee, who played M in all the previous films, had just died. Rather than replace him hastily, the Chief of Staff briefs Bond while M is “on leave.”

Michael Gothard, who played Locque, and Jill Bennett, who played Jacoba Brink, both committed suicide; Bennett in 1990 and Gothard in 1992.

And Toby Robins, who appeared briefly as Melina’s mother, died of breast cancer at the age of 56.

I didn’t know that!

Posted in James Bond with tags , , on January 20, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

I was researching some trivia and learned that Valerie Perrine was one of Shady Tree’s Acorns in Diamonds Are Forever.

It’s not like this is a mystery that I am the first to discover, it’s on IMDb and everywhere else. But I’d never realized it before and it’s a nice bit of trivia. It was Perrine’s first film role, but a year later, she co-starred in Slaughterhouse Five directed by George Roy Hill, and by 1974 she was nominated for an Oscar for Lenny.

Perrine as Miss Tessmacher

George MacDonald Fraser, Rest in Peace

Posted in James Bond with tags , on January 3, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

George MacDonald Fraser, screenwriter for Octopussy, has passed away at the age of 82. MI6 has a full obituary.

Movie Poster Rankings

Posted in James Bond with tags on January 3, 2008 by Deborah Lipp

Commenter Jay suggests ranking the Bond movie posters. To reduce the list to a manageable number, these would have to be the primary U.S. one-sheets. Jay helpfully provides a link.

#1 Dr. No—I love the multi-colored women.
#2 Octopussy—Very clever.
#3 Live and Let Die—Love the early 70s stylin’s, and I love incorporating characters onto the Tarot cards.
#4 From Russia With Love—Very mysterious; a throwback to an earlier era, it could be a Hitchcock poster.
#5 The World Is Not Enough—Few modern posters achieve real elegance and intelligence. This one does it by using the compass to swirl the plot around an ironic Brosnan and two beautiful co-stars.
#6 Goldfinger—Gold.
#7 The Spy Who Loved Me—Could easily place this Peter-Max influenced piece at #1.
#8 Licence to Kill—Straightforward and direct, classic; love Sanchez’s looming eye.
#9 For Your Eyes Only—A little too Freudian but nicely designed.
#10 GoldenEye—It shouldn’t be so similar to the movie preceding it, but remember there were six years between movies, and a reminder about Bond is probably exactly what they wanted.
#11 Thunderball—Busy; I prefer the version with just the bottom panel, and the one-woman door posters.
#12 Diamonds Are Forever
#13 Moonraker—But why are his arms crossed? He looks like a vampire.
#14 Casino Royale
#15 Tomorrow Never Dies—Brosnan looks like a child.
#16 TMWTGG—Moore has dark circles under his eyes.
#17 OHMSS—I’ve never liked Lazenby’s coy pose in this.
#18 AVTAK—Speaking of Freudian.
#19 The Living Daylights—This is just bad layout.
#20 Die Another Day—Ugly and such a disappointment after the excellent teaser.
#21 You Only Live Twice—Looks like the MAD Magazine cover for the parody “You Only Sheesh Twice.”

Contrary to what Bond says in TWINE

Posted in James Bond on December 25, 2007 by Deborah Lipp

Christmas comes but once a year.

Have a merry one.