Nov 202008
 

Save on 007 goodies

Ultimate Edition James Bond DVD Boxed Set

Now that most of us have had a chance to see the new Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace‘, maybe it’s time to catch up on 007′s previous exploits. If you have yet to purchase the Ultimate Edition James Bond DVD’s, you may be interested in our sale of the Region 1 two-disc versions. Until recently the individual films have not been available on 2-disc DVD sets in the US, you could only buy them in sets of five. The ones that are now on sale, from the likes of Amazon etc., have new, and I believe, inferior cover designs. If you’d like to add or complete your Bond DVD collection, we have the original cover designs on sale for only $9.99 each. Or you can buy the complete box set of 21 films for only $149.99. These are the 2 disc versions, with all of the special features and documentaries on disc 2.
James Bond Poster set
We have also just listed a wonderful set of all 22 James Bond movie posters. Each one measure 24″ x 36″ and are recent reprints of various designs. Only $99.99 for all 22! If you are interested in individual titles, please let us know as we may have them available for sale soon.

James Bond MonopolyJust in time for Christmas comes the Ultimate James Bond Monopoly game. This differs from the version that was released a few years ago by being customizable, with re-usable stickers representing 50 Bond locations. The tokens are also different, so even if you own the 2006 release of this famous board game, be sure to get this new version. Only $39.99 while stocks last.
Doctor No Collectible plate from Franklin Mint
Also, still proving very popular, are the Franklin Mint Collectible ‘Sean Connery as James Bond’ plates. Long since out of production, a set recently sold for over $500 on eBay. However, we’re not greedy, we have them available from $39.99 each.

James Bond Movie BooksWe still have lots of books, from the classic novels by Ian Fleming to books about the history of the movies. Most are no longer in print, and some are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. Add them to your Christmas list, or put one in your own Xmas stocking.

Happy Thanksgiving!

David and Valerie Williams

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Jul 232008
 

Classic vehicles parade through Deer Lodge

Territorial Days ParadeLast month, June 14th to be exact, was Territorial Days here in Deer Lodge, Montana, and part of the festivities included a parade along Main Street by a varied selection of classic and muscle cars, farm tractors and other vehicles. I was there to capture the moment in pictures, which can be seen at Vehicle Parade Photos

Jul 022008
 

New James Bond Novel

Devil May Care:

The NEW James Bond Novel by Sebastian Faulks (writing as Ian Fleming)

We have just received delivery of this limited edition of the new James Bond novel. This is number 250 of only 300 copies made available worldwide, the splendid Bentley Special Series Edition. Beautifully bound in leather, with stitching to match the luxury car makers upholstery, this book also contains a die cast model of James Bonds Mark VI Bentley, ‘the ‘Locomotive’ as Fleming referred to it. Completely sold out in the UK, the only available copies are now in the US, and this is one of only 100 copies for sale here. We ship worldwide, so if this is the book your personal library is calling out for (and it should be), purchase it today and it could soon be on its way into your collection. Click here for more details.

Although this particular edition of ‘Devil May Care’ has never been read, I did purchase a copy of the UK edition a few weeks ago, here are my thoughts (for what they are worth).

Faulks manages to bring the writing style of Fleming back from the Sixties, without it being too much of a pastiche. The story moves along at a brisk pace, although never quite living up to the ‘Fleming sweep’. The characters were interesting, with a twist to one that was a bit of a surprise. I thought the tennis match worked much better than I expected when I first heard about it, very much in the style of the great battles on the golf course or around the casino tables that Fleming thrilled us with. The appearance of the ‘Caspian Sea Monster’ was inspired, a machine I always thought belonged in Bond’s universe more than our own. Overall I thought it a very enjoyable read, a welcome return of the Adult Bond thriller. Hopefully more Bond novels will be appearing in bookshops before too long.

David Williams (www.bondpix.com)

Montana, USA

July 2nd 2008

May 272008
 

or ‘How I came to love Ian Fleming, James Bond and John Barry.’

James Bond novels by Ian Fleming I’m not sure of the exact date, but it was likely in the late 1960′s that I was first transported into the thrilling world of Ian Fleming. His 6th novel, ‘Dr. No’, was offered to me for a few pennies by my cousin Ray, who purloined it from his Granddad. This slightly tattered blue paperback, with its intriguing spider’s web cover, soon became my favourite book, easily surpassing Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ adventures and Blue Peter annuals. The heady mixture (for a nine year old at least) of thrills, adventure, exotic locations and girls stirred something inside me, and the search was on for more of the same. The inside provided a list of other James Bond Thrillers, and over the next few years I hunted them all down.

Doctor No and Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming My second Bond book turned up one day whilst I was recovering from a bout of the measles. My Mum bought ‘Live and Let Die’ to me as I lay in bed, and all of a sudden I felt a whole lot better. This wonderful gift seemed to proclaim that I was no longer my Mummy’s little boy, but a young man, authorised to read these ‘racy’ adult thrillers, full of violent deaths and pert breasts. The cover was the poster art for the film starring Roger Moore, and by this time I was already familiar with the James Bond films. I saw my first, ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, in early 1970, having been taken to our local Regal cinema in Edmonton, North London by my parents. For days after I could be found hard at work designing go-karts loaded with machine guns and grenade launchers. That would impress the local gang from nearby Crescent Avenue, I thought.

The gold Corgi Aston Martin DB5The rest were bought from various bookshops in London, or during annual holidays to South Coast seaside resorts such as Brighton (where I later learnt Ian Fleming had recuperated after his penultimate heart attack). These books added to my mounting James Bond Collection, which included Corgi’s gold Aston Martin DB5, which has long since lost it’s box and hapless passenger. One of the first LP’s (remember those, made of vinyl?) I ever bought was the ‘Special 10th James Bond Collection 10th Annivesary LP sountrack albumAnniversary Edition: James Bond Collection’ containing a selection of music from ‘Doctor No’ to ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. From an early age, John Barry was much more to my musical tastes than the Beatles or Rolling Stones. Mum would often shout up to me ‘shut up go to sleep’ as I lay in my bed humming the Bond themes out loud. When the Bond films started to appear on ITV back in the seventies, I would record the audio on my cassette recorder, and cut out the movie descriptions from the Radio and TV Times listing magazines. How I longed for a video recorder in those pre-VHS days.

It was in the early 1980’s that I discovered the James Bond British Fan Club, run by its founder Ross Hendry. Their club magazine ‘007’ was on a shelf at ‘Forbidden Planet’ in London’s West End as I perused the store for Bond books and other collectibles. It had George Lazenby on the cover, so I bought it and on the The James Bond British Fan Club magazine 007way home read it from cover to cover. A few days later, my cheque was in the post and I became a member. That started the next frantic phase of collecting 007. Books, magazines, toy vehicles, a few posters and other miscellaneous items found their way to my small, cramped bedroom and into my Bond Collection.

Since then I’ve continued in my quest for all things James Bond, reading all of the continuation novels by Amis, Gardner and Benson, and going to the cinema to see Lazenby, Connery, Moore, Dalton, Brosnan and Craig perform as Bond. I had the very good fortune to attend filming of two of Brosnan’s 007 movies ‘The World Is Not Enough’ and ‘Die Another Day’, and got to meet many of the unsung heroes of the Bond movies, the fearless men and women of the action unit and stunt team. I was alongside the red carpet as the stars walkedA collection of Ian Fleming and James Bond memorabilia to the World Premiere of ‘Die Another Day’ at the Royal Albert Hall. It was through my work shooting stills as a freelance photographer on ‘TWINE’ that I first came into contact with a female Bond fan from the United States. Her name was Val, and over the next 2 years we became very good friends. The Fleming Effect finally took hold of us both, and in the summer of 2002 we became man and wife. We now live happily together in the Treasure State of Montana, where we jointly run Bondpix Freelance Photography. So you could say that, thanks to Ian Fleming and his fictional alter ego James Bond, I am now living the ‘soft life’, happy and content half a world away from my roots.

And loving every minute of it! Thanks Ian, and Happy Birthday.

David Williams: Montana, USA, May 28th 2008

In Remembrance of Ian Lancaster Fleming: Born 28th May 1908 – Died August 12th 1964

‘I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time’ – Ian Fleming

May 172008
 

Apart from operating Bondpix Freelance Photography, designing and updating the Bondpix website and new online store, I am the Executive Director of the Powell County Chamber of Commerc in Deer Lodge Montana. The Chamber represents local businesses and helps promote our county for business and tourist visitors. You can see the website that I designed and maintain at Powell County Chamber of Commerce.

Old Montana PrisonI also work for the local Powell County Museum & Arts Foundation, which runs the Old Montana Prison complex. The foundation helps support the local community in many ways, not least in running the Museums in and around the old Territorial Prison. Apart from the old prison buildings, the complex houses the Montana Auto Museum, Yesterday’s Playthings (toy and doll museum), Frontier Montana (Western and firearm museum), Powell County Museum and Cottonwood City (old historical buildings, including a working blacksmith). I am employed as an Online Sales clerk, and run their Ebay store as well as their online gift shop at www.pcmaf.org/shop. My wife Valerie is the main gift shop clerk in the Visitors Center and assists in the Curators Office.

I have also helped in the design and layout of the Museum Visitors Guide and other publications, adverts and flyer’s, and designed their new logo. I also run the Museums online blog

The Museum is a fascinating place to work and visit. The Old Prison is home to a large number of paranormal expreriences, from full body apparitions, glowing orbs, strange sounds and voices (EVP), and other inexplicable events. Ghost tours are planed in the future, as well as full Paranormal Training courses for those who would like to learn how to identify, and explain, many of the strange happenings.

For more details, please check out the Museums blog at Old Prison Museum news

Nov 172007
 

A View…to a Boat Chase.
Trailer for the DVD showing behind the scenes filming of the exciting boat chase from the James Bond 007 movie ‘The World Is Not Enough’. Includes exclusive footage of Pierce Brosnan performing his own stunts on the River Thames and in London’s Docklands. Plus amazing explosions and other fantastic stunts.

You can purchase the full Special Edition DVD now from this link: A View To A Boat Chase

Nov 042007
 

Piz Gloria in the Swiss AlpsAs most Bond fans know, Piz Gloria was used as the location for Blofeld’s headquarters for the 1969 film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Perched on top of the 10,000 ft Schilthorn mountain in the Bernese Oberland region of Switzerland, this location is even more popular today due to the publicity surrounding its use in the film, as well as being home to a revolving restaurant with spectacular views. In recent years the restaurant building has been enlarged to cater for the growing number of tourists, and the cable cars have been replaced or refurbished, but the location is still a wonderful place to visit, whether you’re a fan of 007 or not.

Cable car at Piz Gloria

I have just uploaded some photos from this location to my website at Piz Gloria Pictures

The photographs were taken on various trips to Switzerland, between 1985 and 1991, when the cable car and restaurant buildings were still in their original state. The journey to Piz Gloria is almost as spectacular as the views from the summit of the Schilthorn. Arriving at the valley station Lauterbrünnen by narrow gauge train from Interlaken Ost, I immediately recognised it as the location where James Bond (George Lazenby) left the train on his own journey to Piz Gloria in ‘OHMSS’. Rather than take a sleigh ride to a helicopter as 007 did, we took the more normal route of funicular and mountain railway to the idyllic Alpine village of Mürren. After a short mile long stroll through this beautiful little town, we arrived at the cable car station of the ‘Luftseilbahn Stechelberg Mürren Schilthorn’ (LSMS). The red cable car was just descending into the station. After passing through the ticket gate we stepped into the cabin and awaited departure time. With a ringing of communication bells we were on our way, first to the middle station of Birg, and then lofted up to the breathtaking heights of the Schilthorn. An unforgettable journey to one of the most majestic viewpoints in the whole of the World.

May 192007
 

Piz Gloria

New photos now online.

I have just uploaded a large batch of photographs, links to all of the new pages are below. The first set is from 1985, taken during my first visit to the mountain top lair of Blofeld, the magnificent Piz Gloria in the Swiss Alps. These pictures show the location used in the 007 film ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’. Today, the revolving restaurant on top of the Schilthorn mountain has been enlarged and re-modelled, as have all of the cable cars.
Pinewood Film Studios

Over the years, Bond fans in the UK and elsewhere have been fortunate to be able to see some of the props, vehicles, models and other items used in the Bond films. Our first set of pictures is from the James Bond Fan Club Convention that was held at Pinewood Film Studios back in 1990. Aston Martin DB5

We also have photos from the ‘World of 007′ exhibition held in 1997 in Leeds, and finally a set of photos from the ‘Bond, James Bond’ exhibition from the Science Museum in London, which we visited in 2002.

James Bond Exhibition Plenty of pictures to look out, and if you want your own copy of the prints, all are for sale. Special prices when you purchase one or more of our sets of prints.

More pictures will be loaded soon, so stay tuned.