Our Bond 25 timeline debuts

The blog has compiled a timeline of significant (and some not-so-significant) for Bond 25.

The movie still is a long ways off. But the project has taken so many twists and turns, it’s hard to keep it all straight.

With that in mind, the timeline runs from May 2016 (when things began to intensify, at least at times) through the present.

The timeline doesn’t have every turn of the screw. It doesn’t include references to all those stories about U.K. bookies changing the odds for Bond actors, for example. It also left out a drama involving a helicopter that Eon Productions bought which, from all appearances, had nothing to do with Bond 25.

It does give you a flavor of some of the wildly different things that had been reported. I had forgotten, for example, there was a tabloid report that director Guy Ritchie supposedly was in the picture to direct Bond 25.

Anyway, to view the full timeline, CLICK HERE. Because of the length (which will grow as additional developments take place), it’s being housed at the blog’s sister site, The Spy Command Feature Story Index.

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Joe Kraemer won’t score M:I-Fallout

Mission: Impossible-Fallout promotional image featuring Tom Cruise performing a stunt.

Joe Kraemer, who scored 2015’s Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, will not handle music for the franchise’s new installment, Mission: Impossible-Fallout.

“There seems to be confusion in the film music community re:my assoc with MI6:Fallout. Here’s the deal: I wasn’t hired, fired, or replaced,” Kraemer wrote in a post on Twitter.

“I was notified by email that I was not being asked back,” he wrote. “That is the full extent of my involvement with the film & the filmmakers.”

Kramer’s music was one of the highlights of the 2015 M:I adventure. The composer, in addition to using Lalo Schifriin’s iconic theme from the original show, also utilized one of Schifrin’s underscore compositions from the series.

A fellow film composer also took to Twitter to compliment Kraemer’s work.

“I think the confusion would be based on everyone wanting more @joekraemer MI music because Rogue Nation was so good!” Daniel Pemberton wrote in a Twitter post. Pemberton’s work includes the 2015 film version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Kraemer’s Twitter post is embedded below.

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Forever and a Day won’t reach U.S. until November

Anthony Horowitz

For American fans of the literary James Bond, it will merely seem like Forever and a Day to get the new 007 continuation novel.

The novel, by Anthony Horowitz will be published Nov 6, publisher HarperCollins said today in a listing on its website.  The American publication will be more than five months after it debuts.

The second 007 effort by Horowitz is coming out on May 31 in the U.K., Ian Fleming Publications said on Feb. 8. IFP only said at the time that Forever and a Day would be published in the U.S. in the fall.

As it turned out, HarperCollins also put out a Feb. 8 statement saying it had acquired the U.S. rights. The publisher said in that statement the book would come out in November.

Forever and a Day is a prequel to Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel. Horowitz’s first 007 continuation novel was 2015’s Trigger Mortis.

Eon website reflects how it’s more than just 007

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Eon Productions has a new or revamped website that reflects how the production company has a broader portfolio than the James Bond film series.

For example, the site’s film page has entries for Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Silent Storm, Radiator and Nancy. The 24-film 007 series has a single entry with a link back to the official James Bond film website, 007.com.

The Eon film page does not include an entry for Call Me Bwana, the Bob Hope comedy that, for decades, was the company’s only non-007 film. An advertisement for that movie was included in From Russia With Love, replacing Niagara. An advertisement for that Marilyn Monroe movie was used in the Ian Fleming novel.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, produced by Eon co-founder Albert R. Broccoli with a number of 007 film veterans on the crew, was made by a separate production company, Warfield Productions. It’s not on the film page either.

Finally, the film page, for now, does not have an entry for The Rhythm Section, Eon’s non-007 spy film where production currently is suspended because of an injury to star Blake Lively.

The new Eon site also has a theater page, reflecting the company’s interest in stage productions.

It has entries for stage productions of Strangers on a Train, The Country Girls, Chariots of Fire, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Love Letters, Once, The Kid Stays in the Picture and Othello.

There is also a news section to the website. The most recent entry is a Jan. 29 story about Nancy winning the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

John Gavin, actor and ambassador, dies

John Gavin (1931-2018) in a publicity still

John Gavin, an actor and one-time U.S. ambassador to Mexico, has died at 86, TMZ reported. 

The American-born actor’s career began in the mid-1950s and lasted through the early 1980s. His most famous role, arguably, was Sam Loomis, the boyfriend of the doomed Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Gavin also was signed to play James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. The casting came at a time that Eon Productions was looking to Americanize 007. The production originally was to have been based at Universal Studios in Southern California.

All that vaporized when United Artists executive David Picker insisted on making a run at getting the original film 007, Sean Connery, to return for a one-off. Connery agreed, receiving more than $1 million (which he donated to a trust he started).

The Scotsman did the film and Gavin’s contract was paid off. Pinewood Studios in the U.K. was again the home base for a Bond film, although the project did extensive U.S. filming because much of the story was set in Las Vegas.

Other notable Gavin film parts included Julius Caesar in Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus; agent OSS 117 in OSS 117 Murder for Sale; and Midnight Lace. On television, he appeared on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Mannix and Kraft Suspense Theater.

His acting career ended in 1981 when then-President (and former actor) Ronald Reagan named Gavin U.S. ambassador to Mexico. He resigned in 1986 to return to private life.

Director William Friedkin, who helmed The French Connection, paid Gavin a tribute on Twitter:

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Forever and a Day is title of Horowitz’s new 007 novel

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Anthony Horowitz’s second James Bond continuation novel is titled Forever and a Day, Ian Fleming Publications announced today.

The book will be published in the U.K. on May 31, three days following the 110th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming. It won’t be available in the U.S. until sometime in the fall. The announcement didn’t specify a date.

Forever and a Day is a prequel to Casino Royale, Fleming’s first Bond novel, according to the announcement.

The new novel will “explore the origins of the world’s most famous secret agent.” One agent 007 is killed and Bond replaces him.

Like Horowitz’s first 007 novel, Trigger Mortis, Forever and a Day includes some previously unpublished Fleming material.

Horowitz has been teasing progress on the new novel on Twitter. He wrote a new post after the title announcement.

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UPDATE (11:25 a.m. New York time): The author said on Twitter in response to questions he came up with the title Forever and a Day and that IFP approved it. Some of Horowitz’s predecessors as Bond continuation authors suggested titles but saw them rejected.

 

 

Horowitz says new 007 title to be revealed Thursday

Anthony Horowitz

Author Anthony Horowitz said on Twitter the title of his second James Bond continuation novel is coming out Thursday morning.

“The Bond title is revealed tomorrow!” Horowitz wrote on a Twitter post made at 5:01 p.m. New York time. “Four of the most important words in my life, at the moment. And there’s another giveaway…”

The giveaway wasn’t clear. In a response to a question on Twitter, he specified the title is coming out in the morning.

In a Feb. 2 post on Twitter, the author teased the title began with the letter f.

“I have to say, I’ve just seen the most brilliant cover for F Whoops!” Horowitz wrote. “Nearly gave away the title of Bond 2.”

Assuming that Horowitz is shooting as straight as James Bond does with his Walther PPK, we’ll know more soon.

Here’s the tweet from today:

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Horowitz’s first 007 effort, Trigger Mortis, is considered by many James Bond literary fans to be the best continuation novel since Ian Fleming Publications resumed “adult Bond” novels in 2008. Horowitz is the first author IFP, run by Ian Fleming heirs, has asked back during that period.