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  1. Just In From Our Man In Japan:

    We love to have our fingers in pies worldwide here at CommanderBond.Net, and this little beauty of a flyer from Japan has just arrived courtesy of CBn reader Christopher Domitter. It features the “illuminated eyes” artwork as previously seen at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and clearly shows Craig’s Bond sporting an Omega Seamaster Professional wristwatch. Christopher describes the flyer:

    These kinds of flyers are pretty standard, and come out months prior to a release. In addition, during actual release the Japanese still produce beautiful high quality movie brochures, the likes of which I have never seen in my native Canada.

    Below left is a scan of the front of the flyer, scanned to actual size (Japanese B5). You can clearly see below Casino Royale in Roman letters is the the title of the film in Japanese (katakana script):

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    FRONT: “My, what lovely eyes you have, Mr Bond.”

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    BACK: “My, what lovely scars you have, Mr Bond.”

    Christopher is a Canadian Bond fan who has lived in Yokohama, Japan for sixteen years and he has kindly provided a summary translation of the reverse of the flyer (below right) for those who haven’t taken a Double First in Oriental Languages at Cambridge:

    (Saying that though, apparently neither has Bond)

    Top headline: “The story about James Bond before he became 007…” (with supporting text explaining how this is the first time in the series that we will see a “human Bond”, who has a past that nobody has ever known …” etc.

    The blue box insert outlines “The 7 conditions to receive 00 status…” which are as follows:

    1. You don’t fear death, and won’t give into torture
    2. You have Olympic level shooting skills
    3. Even if you double-cross your own parents, you will never double-cross the organization
    4. You have knowledge that would surprise even a scholar, and a sense of humour that would make even a bad girl grin
    5. You have the sociability of a lamb, but remain a lone wolf
    6. You have the highest level of experience with alcohol, gambling, cars and food.
    7. You can fall in love but you can never love.

    The yellow headlines at the bottom:
    -“What does ’00’ mean?”
    -“The actor for Bond has changed!”
    -“The intelligence service Bond belongs to actually exists!”
    -“John F. Kennedy loved the original novels!”
    -“Bond’s new ultra high-end car!”
    -“It’s the age of the woman spy!” (Judi Dench blurb…)

    The list at the bottom left beside Daniel’s photo is the names of all the Bond actors.

    Stay tuned to CBn for all the latest news on Casino Royale and all things James Bond 007.

    Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond 007 film produced by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production began shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006. Casino Royale will premiere on 14 November in London. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond; locations include the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.

    The film co-stars Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schick, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria, and Isaach De Bankole.

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    @mrpauldunphy @ 2006-08-09
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