Roger Moore Disliked Violent James Bond

(Reuters) – Movie audiences nowadays expect scenes of graphic violence in James Bond movies, unlike when Roger Moore played the super spy with a tongue-in-cheek humor, the actor believes.

“I am happy to have done it, but I’m sad that it has turned so violent,” Moore said before “Quantum of Solace,” starring Daniel Craig as a darker Agent 007.

“That’s keeping up with the times, it’s what cinema-goers seem to want and it’s proved by the box-office figures,” Moore told Reuters in an interview about his memoir, “My Word is My Bond.”

Quantum Of Solace broke the British weekend box-office record with a gross of $25 million.

Moore, 81, recalled being appalled at the violence in “A View to a Kill,” the 1985 movie which was the last of the seven in which he played Bond. “That wasn’t Bond,” he said.

In his book, Moore writes of his distaste for guns, ever since he was shot in the leg by a friend with a BB gun as a teenager.

While making “The Man With the Golden Gun,” director Guy Hamilton wanted Bond to be tougher and had him threaten to break Maud Adams’ character’s arm to get information, he writes. “That sort of characterization didn’t sit well with me, but Guy was keen to make my Bond a little more ruthless.

“I suggested my Bond would have charmed the information out of her by bedding her first. My Bond was a lover and a giggler, but I went along with Guy,” the British actor wrote.

Moore has not yet seen “Quantum of Solace,” but based on Craig’s first Bond film, “Casino Royale,” believes it will be a success in North America too.

“Daniel has done one Bond and he was in ‘Munich’ and … he’s done a lot of stuff, but his face, after one Bond film, that’s all he needs. He is Bond.”

Asked about his own legacy as an actor known mostly for playing Bond and in TV series such as “The Saint,” and “The Persuaders,” with Tony Curtis, Moore said: “I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest Lears or Hamlets. But as that’s not going to happen I’m quite happy I did Bond.”

His memoir is full of anecdotes about Hollywood and the stars he worked with such as Vivien Leigh, Mae West and Lana Turner. He also tells of his bust-up with Grace Jones during the filming of “A View to a Kill,” when he forcibly pulled the plug on her stereo and flung a chair against the wall because she was playing loud rock music.

The only child of a south London policeman, Moore also writes about growing up before and during World War Two, of evacuation to the country and air raids and getting — and being fired from — his first job with a cartoon film company.

By the time he was called up, the war was over, but he served as an officer in Allied occupied Germany, where he ended up in the Army’s entertainment regiment.

That was his entree into show business, along with his marriage to British singer Dorothy Squires.

“You’re not that good, so smile a lot when you come on!” his first repertory theater manager told him. His first wife, who was a professional ice skater, was no less encouraging: “You’ll never be an actor, your face is too weak, your jaw is too big and your mouth’s too small.”

Japanese Pistol Camera

Today I’ve got to share with you the greatest video camera I have ever seen in the world, ever. It is the DORYU 2-16 pistol camera. It is 16mm, Japanese police-issue camera. I found one of these pictures through DenBompa with no info attached, so I had to do a little searching on my own. Turns out had just what I needed! Also thank you to Mr. Ryu Koakimoto for holding the pistol.

This camera was a serious tool for the police, and not a toy.
It is a pistol camera DORYU 2-16, famous for being the first traffic camera and is a rare value.
The DORYU 2-16 has the same C mount as the 16mm movie camera.
A Cine-Nikkor 25mm F1.4 lens was able to be mounted in the DORYU 2-16 pistol camera.
You can find the small lens for GOLDECK 16 on the table.
The sniper who has the pistol is Ryu Koakimoto-san.

It’s a strange world we live in.

I’d love to own one of these, but then there’s always the issue of being able to use it. I WOULDN’T be able to use it. People already get themselves in trouble for using airsoft guns in Europe and in the States, don’t you think I’d get totally busted for using a video pistol gun?! Cripes.

Anyway, this is a design masterpiece. Feast your eyes upon it. And if you’ve got a line on one, send an email my way. Thats chrisb @ – I mean it, no joke! This post is straight from the World Famous Design Junkies weird files.

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Top Ten Bond Gadgets

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10. Bond’s Rolex in Live and Let Die

As seen in Roger Moore’s big-screen Bond debut, this Rolex does more than merely tell time. It’s equipped with a high-powered electromagnet (good for deflecting bullets), which Bond uses not only to unzip ladies’ dresses but also to retrieve a compressed air gun in the nick of time. The Rolex is also outfitted with a miniature circular saw in the watch face, which 007 uses to cut through his binds and escape.

9. The Wrist-Mounted Dart Gun in Moonraker

Strapped to Bond’s wrist, this dart gun used pressurized gas to fire cyanide-laced darts at opponents such as Hugo Drax’s henchman, Chang. An armor-piercing dart made from depleted uranium saved Bond’s life when Chang tried to kill him, and 007 later shot Drax with a poison dart before the villain was sucked into outer space.

8. The Q-Boat in The World Is Not Enough

Featured in Pierce Brosnan’s third outing as Bond, 007 “borrows” this prototype hydroboat (fitted with a jet engine) from Q’s lab after an attack on MI6 headquarters. Bond pursues the sexy culprit, Cigar Girl (Maria Grazie Cucinotta), up London’s River Thames. At one point during the chase, 007 navigates the Q-Boat onto dry land before jumping ship near the Millennium Dome.

7. The Invisible Car in Die Another Day

Truly, when James Bond began racing around on a frozen lake in an Aston Martin Vanquish outfitted with a cloaking device, the 007 film series passed a new low (or high) in absurdity. Still, Bond’s invisible car came in handy when he needed the element of surprise against Gustav Graves’ henchmen.

6. Ericsson Cell Phone in Tomorrow Never Dies

Brosnan’s tenure as 007 was marked by shameless product placement, such as the repeated use of an Ericsson cell phone in his second Bond film. You think your cell phone can do more than just make calls? This Ericsson phone acts as a stun gun (taking out the assassin Dr. Kaufman), fingerprint reader, and there’s even a screwdriver hidden under the antenna. But its coolest feature is that it allows Bond to navigate his BMW through a parking garage action sequence while lying down safely in the backseat. Bond uses a far more stripped-down Sony Ericsson phone in Casino Royale.

5. Bond’s Omega Watch

This deluxe watch was worn by Pierce Brosnan in three films. InGoldenEye, Bond’s Omega Seamaster is equipped with a laserbeam cutter that helps him and Bond girl Natalya escape from the villainous 006’s ICBM train. Later, Bond’s watch allows him to arm and disarm magnetic mines in 006’s lair. In Tomorrow Never Dies, Bond’s new Omega watch was used as a remote detonator; in The World is Not Enough, Bond’s Omega watch (encased in titanium) is capable of illuminating Bond’s inflatable ski jacket (!) and is also equipped with a grappling hook and micro filament cable.

4. “Little Nellie” in You Only Live Twice

One of the silliest but most memorable vehicles seen in a Bond film, 007 (Sean Connery) flies this single-seat autogiro during a recon mission in Japan. The sequence turns into an action-packed aerial pursuit, where Little Nellie’s weapons — including machine guns, rocket launchers, flame throwers and smoke-screen — eliminate the pesky SPECTRE pilots hindering Bond’s mission.

3. Bell-Textron Jet Pack in Thunderball

Essentially two fuel tanks strapped to Bond’s back, this aerial vehicle helps 007 flee the scene after he kills a bad guy. The jet pack easily folds up to be stored in the trunk of Bond’s car. The jet pack also makes a cameo in Q’s lab during Die Another Day.

2. The Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me

Arguably the only car to ever challenge Aston Martin as 007’s signature vehicle, this super-cool ’70s vehicle not only transported James Bond by land but by sea as well. The Lotus Esprit could transform into a submarine, complete with sonar, retractable wheels/fins, periscope, surface-to-air missiles, harpoons and mines. The Lotus also had a self-destruct “anti-theft” function, as famously seen in For Your Eyes Only.

1. The Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger

This gadget-laden car remains the prototype for all Bond movie vehicles to come. Tricked out in Goldfinger with bulletproof glass, a bullet shield, revolving license plates, smoke-screen and oil slick generators, machine guns and tire shredders, this classic Aston Martin’s most memorable feature was arguably its ejector seats (a great way to dispatch an unwanted passenger). Refurbished models of the Aston Martin DB5 later appeared in Thunderballand GoldenEye.

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Origins Of Bond

The “real James Bond” was only 5ft 6ins tall but his exploits included stealing an Enigma decoding machine and smuggling himself into communist Russia dressed in his old school uniform, according to a new book.

The smoking room tales of Wilfred “Biffy” Dunderdale are said to be one of the sources Ian Fleming used for James Bond.

The spy was aged 19 and serving in the Royal Navy after the First World War when he volunteered for the mission.

Dunderdale, who was brought up in the Black Sea port of Odessa, was apparently put ashore there wearing his old school uniform where he made for his former housemaster’s house and was let in by the teacher’s surprised wife.

The housemaster had a relative in the docks who was able to find out about the submarines but in the meantime Dunderdale had to hide in the attic.

“Your Latin was always behind the class, Dunderdale, so you can work up there to improve it!” his former teacher allegedly told him.

The answer was returned the next day but Dunderdale had to spend a week in the attic wearing his uniform and studying Latin, until he was picked up, according to the story. He won an MBE for his bravery.

The book, “Boodle’s Apocrypha, a story of men and their club in London” also provides a much fuller picture of Dunderdale, describing how, as MI6 station chief in Paris between 1926 and 1940, he drove around the city in an immaculate bullet-proof Rolls Royce – Bond drove a Bentley – with a brief to “establish and enhance contact in future occupied countries, prepare for guerilla warfare, foment insurrections and develop destructive devices.”

Dunderdale, who was independently wealthy, wore solid gold Cartier cufflinks and sported a long black ebony cigarette-holder with Balkan cigarettes – the same type favoured by the fictional Bond. He kept MI6’s funds in a safe at the Rolls Royce office in Paris and his own car was usually parked at lunchtime outside Maxim’s in the Rue Royale.

As the Second World War approached he moved into a small hotel with a specially-installed brand of French safe with just one key.

In July 1939, the Poles, fearing invasion, invited Dunderdale and his French contact Gustave Bertrand of the French military intelligence agency the Duxieme Bureau, known to the British as “Bertie”, to collect two Enigma machines they had copied.

They smuggled them back to France where Dunderdale put them in his safe, apparently giving the key to Bertrand.

However the safe had a second door in the back, accessed from a staff service staircase in the hotel and Dunderdale removed the machines and sent them back to Britain in the diplomatic bag where cypher experts at Bletchley Park were able to get to work on them.

Dunderdale was awarded the CBE, Legion d’Honneur and US Legion of Merit for his work but the machines did not provide all the answers because the Germans added more rotors, making it more difficult to decode messages.

Back in Britain after the fall of France, Dunderdale found himself his own offices near to the MI6 offices in Broadway in St James’s, which he turned into a Turkish room with portraits of the Tsar, exotic drapes, incense, a model of a Russian 1912 destroyer and his bullet-proof Rolls Royce parked outside. From there he ran agents into France, at one stage making his own mission to Madrid using the false name John Green.

He died “without issue” in New York in 1990 where he had moved with his third wife and Mr Smith said: “He was undoubtedly another hero incorporated into the myth of James Bond, embracing espionage, underwater activities and sheer style, with his mission duly accomplished by whatever it took.”

For Bond’s physical appearance, Fleming probably drew on Michael Mason, another British spy who was was 6ft 2ins tall and an Army boxing champion, and the name came from the author of a Guide to the Birds of the West Indies.

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Tribute To Sir Connery

Sean Connery has been polled as “The Greatest Living Scot” and was knighted in July 2000.  In 1989, he was proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, and in 1999, at age 69, he was voted “Sexiest Man of the Century”.
He is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983 (six “official” EON productions films and the non-official Kevin McClory-helmed Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again.) In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Murder on the Orient Express, Dragonheart, and The Rock.

James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, originally doubted the casting, saying, “He’s not what I envisioned of James Bond looks” and “I’m looking for Commander Bond and not an overgrown stunt-man,” adding that Connery (muscular, 6′ 2″, and a Scot) was unrefined. However, Fleming’s girlfriend told him Connery had the requisite sexual charisma. Fleming changed his mind after the successful Dr. No premiere; he was so impressed, he created a half-Scottish, half-Swiss heritage for the literary James Bond in the later novels.

Below is an AFI Tribute I’m sure you’ll appreciate.

The Saint Who Became A Bond

Before there was a Bond at the movie theaters, there was Simon Templar on the small screen. The Saint, A Master thief with a playboy mannerism and Robin Hood complex ruled as a television series starring the future James Bond, Roger Moore and was made in the UK with an eye on the American market, and its success there (and in other countries) made Moore a household name. I remember growing up watching The Saint reruns on TV as a kid and thinking it was a television version of the James Bond films.  Apparently so did the producers of the Bond franchise. By the spring 1967 he eventually reached the level of an international pop star. The show established his suave, quipping style which he would carry forward to his future role as James Bond. Suprisingly, Moore actually directed several episodes of the later series, which became a color production in 1967.

The Saint ran from 1961 for six series and 118 episodes, making it (in a tie with The Avengers) the longest-running series of its kind on British television. It is said in Albert R. Broccoli biography that Ian Fleming loved Roger More in the role as Simon Templar but felt he didn’t look quite old enough for the role, even though Moore is five years older than Sean Connery.

Production on a new Saint series has been rumored for a few years now, and came remarkably close to fruition in 2008 when James Purefoy was announced (prematurely) as the next Simon Templar in a series to be produced byHomicide: Life On the Streets veteran Barry Levinson (who was also to direct the pilot), Rome co-creator Bill MacDonald and the son of TV’s first Saint, Geoffrey Moore, among others. Roger Moore has stated on his website that he would make himself available for future cameos in the series.

The Revealing Doctor No

Though it served as the basis for the first James Bond film Doctor No (first published in 1958) was actually the sixth novel in Ian Fleming’s series. And while many of the attributes familiar from the Sean Connery movie are to be found – the Jamaican setting, Honey Ryder’s dramatic appearance on the beach, the “three blind mice” hitmen, and of course the nefarious doctor himself – there are considerable differences as well – though, to be sure, nothing like the disparities between the later films and their source novels.

At the start of the book Bond is still coming off the rehab he needed after being stabbed by Rosa Klebb’s poisoned shoe-blade in From Russia with Love (Fleming, in an unusual move, ends that novel on something of a cliffhanger as to whether Bond will survive). M, unsure as to whether 007 is up to more dangerous assignments just yet, sends him to Jamaica to investigate a “personnel problem” that he promises should be “a bit of a holiday” – comments that Bond later has ample opportunity to recall with acid sarcasm.

The purported personnel problem – the disappearance of Commander John Strangways, the British Secret Service’s representative in Kingston, and his secretary – is of course much more than that: As Bond discovers, the two have been murdered by Doctor Julius No’s henchmen.

One of the great strengths of Fleming’s work here is the slow building of suspense over the seemingly omnipresent – yet largely unseen – No, and what he’s up to. No, himself a Chinese-German, lives on the nearby island of Crab Key and has run afoul of the Audubon Society over his mistreatment of its native bird population. The Jamaican populace has rightly come to view Crab Key as a place to avoid thanks to the disappearance of anyone who’s ventured there lately; adding mystery is the seemingly large army of “Chigro” (Chinese/Negro) women that No uses to infiltrate Kingston.

Despite some characteristic lapses in grammar, and the usual surfeit of luxury porn that he all-too-readily employs to convey Bond’s glamorous life, Fleming can be a startlingly successful stylist when he sets his mind to it. One of Doctor No’s most successful set pieces is Bond’s encounter with an unexpected beastie in his bed on the eve of his trip to Crab Key.

The confrontation is not, as it is in the film, with a tarantula but with a centipede. Bond awakes in the middle of the night to feel “something” on his ankle, which progressively makes its way up to his groin – “Supposing it liked the warmth there! Supposing it tried to crawl into the crevices!” – before eventually making its way across his face. It’s a marvelous bit of horror writing, enough to make one wonder what Fleming could have done with a Stephen King-like premise.

Less successful is the patois forced into the mouth of 007’s helpful Jamaican contact, Quarrel, who first appeared in Fleming’s second Bond novel, 1954’s Live and Let Die. Fleming makes a valiant effort at capturing the local argot, but dialogue like “Dem like dere meat wid salt on him” doesn’t play very well to modern ears. Still, it’s a definite improvement over Let Die’s frequent, casual use of the term “nigger.”

Once on the island, Bond and Quarrel make contact with Honeychile (not bikini-clad, as in the film, but completely nude) as she innocently collects rare seashells to sell back in Jamaica. The book’s Honey is less the Andressian Amazon familiar to millions of viewers; she’s more of an overgrown child, given a near-tragic backstory as someone who’s just barely surviving in a man-led world that she only partially understands. Though Bond does, of course, inevitably bed her, Honey emerges as a surprisingly complex character with an impressive will of her own.

After the encounter with the island’s “dragon” – whose actual identity as a flamethrower-sporting tank is understandably more believable on the page than it is in the film – Bond and Honey finally come face to face with No, roughly two-thirds of the way into the book.

And quite a figure he is. Standing at least six inches taller than Bond, with a bafflingly ageless face, he appears “like a giant venomous worm wrapped in grey tin-foil” who features at the end of his arms “two pairs of steel pincers … like the hands of a praying mantis.” Again certainly a more impactful figure than the film’s Joseph Wiseman, with his average height and his simple black gloves.

Even after No explains his physical appearance – the result of his long-ago double-crossing of some unsavory gangsters – he remains, to both Bond and the reader, a somewhat less-than-human figure, at various times seemingly metallic or even insectoid. Essentially emotionless (Fleming playing up the “inscrutable” stereotype here), No takes the time to explain what he’s been up to.

It’s at this point that the book, unfortunately, loses much of its momentum. No has come up with an elaborate plan to sabotage American missile tests for the Russians, with much of the funding coming from the harvesting and exporting of bird guano. Professing himself a student of pain, No then forces Bond to run a gauntlet of challenges within the air shafts of his mountain lair.

These challenges are written with flair, but become increasingly ridiculous, including as they do a box of tarantulas (who feeds them?) and a climactic battle with a giant squid that seems like an outtake from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. That No is finally killed by having tons of guano dumped upon him may be a poetic means of eliminating him, but was – and is – hardly cinematic, at least in a serious way.

These and other touches seem to indicate Fleming’s eagerness for his tales to get bigger and bigger, with Bond frequently exhibiting superhuman abilities to overcome the obstacles in his way, starting with the amazing recovery from Klebb’s poison. While 007 remains very much a man conflicted by the killing that’s mandated by his job, his dealings with the otherworldly No and his outsized scheme to tip the Cold War in the Russians’ favor put Bond’s introspective qualities very much in the background.

Nevertheless, Doctor No is for its first 75% or so a terrific adventure; readers should be amused by M’s decree that Bond give up his beloved Beretta (derided by Major Boothroyd, a.k.a. Q, as a “ladies’ gun”) in favor of the Walther PPK, marking its first deployment in the novels. There’s also the ornithological angle, which can probably be considered a tip of the hat to the “real” James Bond, author of Birds of the West Indies. In addition, much of the fictional Crab Key appears to have been based upon the Bahamian island of Great Inagua, as Audubon magazine discusses here. LINK:

Finally, A New Bond Movie

Daniel-Craig2A story line that takes Bond through Greece, Monaco and other locations. He’s back in a new adventure that sets him on a course that can make or break his double “O” status. EON productions created a cinamatic suprise with plenty of action and suspense. Featuring Jos Stone’s sultry voice in the title song and of course, Daniel Craig in the title role. But why isn’t it coming to a theater near you? Continue reading “Finally, A New Bond Movie”

Battle Of The Bond Girls

Since the enigmatic James Bond movie franchise began nearly five decades ago, one role has remained vital to the success of the lineage: the Bond Girl! Often overshadowing 007 in terms of building excitement for upcoming releases, Bond Girls have become synonymous with sexy, smart, stylish and oh so bad-ass. The characters have evolved with the times, and are no longer merely eye candy for James to bust a suave move on.

While there have been several times the lovely lasses were pitted against Bond, what would happen Continue reading “Battle Of The Bond Girls”

What Would Bond Do?

Sean-ConneryThe Cold War ended many years ago. The economy has its ups and downs and the minister reponsible for MI6 is downsizing the agency. If James Bond lost his license to kill per se, What would Bond do? Looking at his interests and exploits in several adventures I’m assuming there are skills that  he can apply to just about anything he sets his mind to, for example Continue reading “What Would Bond Do?”