Roger Moore: ‘I was a lover, Daniel Craig’s a killer’

Damn straight, Sir Roger.

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Roger Moore: ‘I was a lover, Daniel Craig’s a killer’

Jeffery Deaver to Write New James Bond Novel

“Project X” to be released May, 2011.

Mr. Deaver was born in Glen Ellyn, IL. Coincedentally, previous James Bond author Raymond Benson lives in suburban Chicago, not at all far from Glen Ellyn.

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Early voting results in Mister 8’s May Madness

An update on fellow C.O.B.R.A. Mister 8’s May Madness faceoff between fictional spies.

Voting results as of about 6 p.m., New York Time, May 17:

GAME ONE: James Bond 27 votes, Tara Chace 22. (Voting lasts until about 11 a.m., May 20).

GAME TWO: Cate Archer 14 votes, Jason Bourne 13.

GAME THREE: John Steel and Emma Peel, 25 votes, OSS-117, 1.

GAME FOUR: Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, 23 votes, Maxwell Smart and Agent 99, 20.

GAME FIVE: Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott, 6 votes, Nick Fury, 3.

There are still three first-round matchups to come: John Drake vs. George Smiley, starting May 18; Jack Bauer vs. Jim Phelps and IMF, starting May 19; and Jack Ryan vs. Harry Palmer, starting May 20.

Raymond Benson’s “James Bond: Choice of Weapons”

Cool title for this collection of three of Raymond Benson’s best James Bond novels. Available in August.

James Bond: Choice of Weapons

Ian McKellen to Play “Goldfinger” in New Radio Production

Ian McKellen to Play “Goldfinger” in New Radio Production

Toby Stephens will voice James Bond and Rosamund Pike will play Pussy Galore in this BBC Radio 4 production that is to be a faithful dramatization of the Fleming novel.

Interesting concept with some major talent involved. Though “Goldfinger” was really one of Fleming’s weaker novels, I’m very interested to hear this version.

Tom Zielinski

James Bond characters on Facebook

The old tagline was “JAMES BOND DOES IT EVERYWHERE!” and that’s certainly true of Facebook, the social-networking site. It appears that even 007 characters feel compelled to set up Facebook profiles.

One of the most amusing is Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Under relationship status, we’re told, “It’s complicated.” And, of course, his birthdate is listed as May 28, 1908. Ernst provides frequent status updates such as, “SPECTRE always delivers what it promises. Our entire organization survives upon the keeping of those promises. We’re kinda like an evil UPS.” Or, “Catch me soon as the new band leader on ‘The Tonight Show with Ernst Stavro Blofeld’.” Ernst also regularly trades quips with his Facebook friends.

One of those friends is none other than Jane Moneypenny, listing her birthdate as Feb. 14, 1927 and being single. However for those who believe Moneypenny is “Britain’s last line of defense,” may be in for a shock. She inquired with Ernst about a job in SPECTRE. This Facebook saga has yet to play out.

Auric Goldfinger has also surfaced on Facebook (reports of his death, like Mark Twain’s, were apparently exaggerated. He lists his birthdate as June 5, 1917 and his relationship status is also listed as “It’s complicated.” Gold bullion is listed as both his reglious views and interests.

Felix Leiter is also around and, not surprisingly, is listed as a fan of the Felix Leiter fan page.

Others include Franz Sanchez, Emilo Largo, Carl Stromberg and John Kaufman. (There are others, but hey, we don’t have room for everyone.)

Finally there is Bond James, taking on the guise of the mid-1960s Sean Connery, who seems to enjoy trading quips with Ernst and playing Mafia Wars.

Missed Opportunities in the Bond Series

In the next issue of Her Majesty’s Secret Servant (on-line imminently) we examine what some believe to be the biggest missed opportunity of the series. Look for “Ugh! Siamese Vodka?!” and other terrific pieces, including a grand pictorial of our favorite and hottest Bond girls.

What might you consider to be some of the bad decisions the producers of the Bond films made that effected the series? The “comedic” direction of the films throughout the 1970’s? Revolving actors in the Leiter role? Letting Dalton walk?

Share your thoughts.

MGM takes legal action against UK refrigeration company

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/northamptonshire/8501477.stm

Wondering if the company services delicatessens in stainless steel…

Introducing Our Man From Bond Street

It’s a blog from Kevin Collette and concerns the world of espionage, including a certain gentleman agent licensed the kill.

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A mini-007 tour of New York

The Spy Commander was recently in New York and (figuratively) retraced some of the steps that the literary James Bond took.

Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street: In Chapter 8 of Diamonds Are Forever, Felix Leiter takes Bond to lunch at Sardi’s and they dine in the upstairs dining room. The friends have some martinis (with a domestic vermouth).

At the time of the visit, the upstairs dining room was closed but the Spy Commander had an unofficial tour guide. We were told the bar had been moved since the time Fleming described the Bond-Leiter meal. Also, black paint had been removed from windows overlooking 44th Street, so now the restaurant has a great view of nearby theaters.

21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street: In chapter 9 of Diamonds, Bond and Tiffany case have dinner. Tiffany has three martinis before dinner and as the main course arrives, so does “one of the famous Kriendler brothers who have owned ’21’ since it was the best speak-easy in New York.”

The 21 Club is know for the jockey statues outside. If you go, prepare to spend money. A cocktail costs about $15. There’s a mens room attendant who has been with 21 for decades, complimenting patrons (for example telling middle aged men they should remember to bring their ID next time or they might get carded).