(image © Max Braun/Flickr)
(image © Max Braun/Flickr)
SPECTRE has officially set a Guinness World Record for the Largest Film Stunt Explosion. Barbara Broccoli, Daniel Craig and Léa Seydoux collected the award in Beijing on behalf of special effects supervisor Chris Corbould. The explosion was filmed near Erfoud in Morocco, and used 8,418 litres of fuel and 33kg of explosives.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “It is absolutely tremendous that the Guinness World Records have recognised Chris Corbould’s incredible work in SPECTRE in which he created the largest explosion ever in film history.”
With just a week to go until the SPECTRE premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the pace of promotion is picking up. Here are a few more of the most recent TV spots from around the world:
According to a tweet from Roger Moore’s official twitter account (@sirrogermoore) it seems that Christopher Wood, script author of The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, as well as author of the novelisations to these two, has died, aged 79. While the exact amount and nature of his influence on the scripts of these productions starring Roger Moore remain a topic of debate for fans and cineastes for years, there can be little doubt that his film novelisations still remain favourites with many fans of the literary James Bond; a remarkable achievement in its own right.
Christopher Wood was a prolific writer, both under his real name and under a number of pseudonyms, and he also worked on the scripts for a number of adaptations of his ‘Confessions’ series. Another noteworthy work of his is the script for the 1985 Hollywood production Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.
Team and members of CommanderBond.net hereby wish to express our sincere condolences to Mr Wood’s family and friends.
“Heads you die” is the title of the second YOUNG BOND novel penned by Steve Cole. It will be published in paperback by Red Fox in the UK on 5th May 2016.
Following series creator Charlie Higson, Steve Cole published his first Young Bond novel “Shoot to kill” in November 2014.
In his day Ian Fleming used to be not just a journalist and author, he also was – little surprise there – an avid writer of letters. Over the years he corresponded with famous contemporaries and friends – amongst them Raymond Chandler, Somerset Maugham and Noël Coward – as well as with editors, readers and fans all over the globe. Ian Fleming’s nephew Fergus Fleming now compiled and edited a volume of Ian Fleming’s Bond-related letters that Bloomsbury publishes this Thursday, October 8th. On 400 pages readers will catch a backstage glimpse of Fleming’s writing process, on the thought process that went into many curious details of the original Bond novels, and also on the effect the Bond phenomenon had on his creator.
You can order the book at Amazon UK and of course also at your local bookstore. Fans in the United States will have to be patient until November 3rd.
The tourism board VisitBritain has posted an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at some of the SPECTRE action filmed in the UK – including London and Blenheim Palace.
The official music video for the SPECTRE theme track ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ has just been released (just under two hours later than the planned time of 0:07 in the UK, apparently prompting “a lot of angry emails going round”). It features new footage from the film interspersed with Sam Smith singing at various locations, including what appears to be Museo della Civilta Romana, a museum in Rome which is also the setting for a key scene in the movie itself.
He’s faced a week of mixed reviews, but Sam Smith has succeeded where Shirley Bassey, Duran Duran and even Adele failed. His theme for SPECTRE, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ has gone straight to number 1 on the UK singles chart, with 70,000 streams and sales. Its the first time a Bond track has topped the charts in Britain.