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  1. BOND 24 scheduled to shoot in October

    During a recent interview Ralph Fiennes stated that the new Bond film will start principal photography this October.  He allegedly has not read the script yet (and, of course, would not have been allowed to say anything if he had) – but his statement seems to be the first genuine news about the film really moving forward in the fall of 2014.

    So, let the speculations begin:  The director (Sam Mendes) is in place and the script seems to be in good enough shape to hire the actors now for a particular time frame.  The recent news of cinematographer Roger Deakins not returning mean that EON is looking for a replacement right now (if they haven´t found him/her already).

    Will there be a kick-off press conference like they did for SKYFALL on the eve of its first shooting day?  Or will they announce something much earlier – during the Cannes film festival maybe?  In any event, news will be forthcoming during the next couple of months – even if they are only rumors.  Which, in the case of SKYFALL, mostly turned out to be true (the title, the demise of M, the casting of Moneypenny).

    Source: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1723135/bond-24-filming-start.jhtml

    Stefan Rogall @ 2014-02-28
  2. The 007th Chapter: Casino Royale – Rouge et Noir

    A literary meditation by Jacques Stewart
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    Jacques Stewart was born in 1973 and educated at Eton. After a brief period at Top Man at Guildford he went abroad to waste his education. In 1994, having failed to be crowned Emperor of the Cress, he joined a Fiat Punto to a tree and amputated his left foot. During both Gulf Wars, he watched them on the telly. His wartime experiences provided him with first-hand knowledge of his expanding waistline.After the wars he continued as a self-employed menace with a private income. He bought his house, House, in Oxfordshire and there at the age of forty he wrote The 007th Minute, a meretricious e-book slagging of the films featuring Commander James Bond. By the time of his death in 2744, seven people had downloaded it and one had even finished it, disappointed. Dr No, the first film featuring James Bond and starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962 and is one he actually quite likes and the Bond films continue to be huge international successes despite what he or any other anonymous human dust on the internet types about them. He is also the author of the magical children’s book You Were A Mistake.The opinions of Jacques Stewart were immediately recognised as total pus by his contemporaries 007izkewl, iluvpiersbrosmam and downloadtransformersfourherehotbabes. With the invention of James Bond, Ian Fleming created the greatest British fictional icon of the late twentieth century.
    That, you already knew.This is not a serious experiment.

    It resolves nothing, and proves less. In seeking to establish what the 007th chapters of the Bond books tell us of the core ingredients of such enterprises, do not come expecting truth or revelation. The only fact that can be asserted of these brainbursts is that they are my opinions, but I might be lying about that, to tell the truth (or not). Nor are these pieces intended as a guide for aspiring writers of Bond – be they “official” or fan fiction. The latter category may glean nothing from this exercise; the Bond novels tend to have right good spelling and grammar. Plots. Characters. Big words. As far as those charged with filling remainder shops with licensed literary Bond go, they might just get depressed.

    However, if you’re familiar with the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988 (it’s a page-turner: the car chase is fab), you’ll be aware that copyright in literary works persists until 31 December of the seventieth year after the author’s death. Accordingly, in principle anyway, on 1 January 2035, it’s open season on Ian Fleming’s works. In principle. It may be quite tricky – you’re welcome to try, if you’re still around and fancy litigation as a retirement plan. There’s the small matter of the continuation novels and short stories, evidently created to better the cultural life of the planet and not just preserve rights (God forbid you’d think that: tchoh!) and the equally splendid situation that the books now come with the deathly warning that James Bond and 007 are registered trademarks of Danjaq LLC, used under licence by IFP (kind of them). Trademark protection only lasts ten years, but critically it’s renewable (whereas, in so many ways, Ian Fleming is not, however many grave-based revolutions folks assert he performs on hearing (despite being heavily death) of a blond Bond or an invisible car). Given the happy-go-lucky good-natured attitude to their intellectual property that Danjaq have often demonstrated to this website, one suspects they’re unlikely to forget to send the form in on time.

    I suppose that doesn’t technically stop someone from using the text of (say) Thunderball and changing the name and number – seemed to be the heart of the McClory argument, that – but one would doubt both the sanity and the point. I’m in no position to judge either, though, as will rapidly emerge.

    Insfoar as there’s any structure to the venture, let’s play Goldfinger:

    Volume 1: Happenstance will concentrate on the Flemings;

    Volume 2: Coincidence on the Gardners and Bensons; and

    Volume 3: Enemy Action, Although It’s Actually Extremely Damaging Friendly Fire, What the Bloody Hell Are IFP Thinking? on the likes of Higson, Faulks, Deaver and Boyd.

    Knowing full well that I have been amiss on Amis and ungood on Wood and [something para-rhyming with Pearson (nothing para- rhymes with Pearson)] on Pearson, my views on their efforts will have to wait until this emerges as an e-book although if you’re that desperate to know, you can make a pretty accurate guess.As a clue, the overall structure may follow the classic dramatic arc of a first bit where everything’s sunshiney and delicious; middle part, all dark and horrible and nasty and stuff goes very wrong; third act, heroically back to form. Not too confident about that last one, frankly, but let’s get going.

    For the 007th chapter, I’m concentrating on the actual chapter itself as a snapshot of the written Bond. Whilst, as with the films, I could digress into laboured reviews of the remainder of the (de)merits of the product, that would necessitate having to read them all, and I have neither the time nor the patience nor (when it comes to more than a handful of the non-Fleming output) the absence of dignity.

    All “quotes” from texts are, unless otherwise stated, copyright Ian Fleming Publications Limited.

     

    The 007th Chapter – Casino Royale: Rouge et Noir

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    Helmut Schierer @ 2014-02-24
  3. Thomas Newman wins Grammy for “Skyfall”

    And, finally, Thomas Newman wins the top prize for his spectacular score of the latest James Bond film.  No, not for the upcoming BOND 24 but for “SKYFALL”. (The beginning of the eligible time period for a Grammy was starting in late 2012.)

    This might also conclude “Skyfall”´s run in the awards race.  Although… there might be that odd online festival looking back at the current decade.

    In other news, Adele´s title song also got a Grammy.  Good thing, since Adele was in desperate need of another one.  Just kidding, of course.

    Stefan Rogall @ 2014-01-27
  4. New German Bond Fan Club in the making

    roger_berlinAlmost five years after the old German Bond fan club Bondklub Deutschland (BKD) ceased to exist, there’s an upcoming interest in founding an all new club for the German fans. There are plans for a website and a magazine, as well as events and location trips. No name has been chosen, yet, as currently, everything is still  in state of “discussion”. So, if you are German, or speak German (both is not mandatory, but does help) and want to contribute or just be part of it, all this is currently being discussed on Facebook in this group, but also on the German Bondforum in this thread.

    Heiko Baumann @ 2014-01-25
  5. Merry Xmas 2013

    CBn XmasCard 2013

    Heiko Baumann @ 2013-12-24
  6. The 007th Minute Ebook by Jacques I.M. Stewart

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    You wanted it. Well, some of you.

     

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    Some of you even have been waiting for it.

     

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    Should have been careful what you wish for, it’s finally here: The 007th Minute ebook. Together with an assortment of 24 illustrations to help you figure out what’s going on in the thing. And with the 007th Minute of ‘Next To You Bling Looks Fab’.

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    No, wait a minute… the 007th Minute of ‘Never Say Never Again’, that was it. Previously unpublished, never before seen – outside CBn-House – material!

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    007th Minute Book smallIf you download this ebook and want to have it printed and bound as a “real” book, click here to download a complete cover to go with it.

     

     

     

     

    To download the pdf click here: The 007th Minute Ebook Edition

    This download is not for sale and only available as a free service brought to you by CommanderBond.net. If you want to give something back in return please do consider to donate to UNICEF (link to their general donation site here, choose your location and continue) or any other cause of your personal choice.

    Only thing left for me to do now is wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy reading.

    Helmut Schierer @ 2013-12-22
  7. ‘Santa Baby…

    a ’37 convertible too,

    Dark blue…’

     

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    Tomorrow evening. Watch this space.

     

    Helmut Schierer @ 2013-12-21
  8. Christmas Day approaching…

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    Original artwork by Mark O’Connell (c), used with kind permission

    ‘Well, it’s Christmas time again…’

    Noises in our chimney. Soft and faint, but very definitely noises. And very definitely coming closer. Like what you’d expect to hear when a large and not particularly slim person is about to use the chimney to transport a stately gift box down from the rooftop right into CBn-house’s offices. Not much longer now…

    Until then CommanderBond.net’s team wishes everybody

    A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

     

     

    Grateful thanks to Mark O’Connell, author of Catching Bullets, for the kind permission to use above artwork.

     

    Helmut Schierer @ 2013-12-21
  9. Ho-Ho-Ho…

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    …soon-ish.

    Watch this space.

    Helmut Schierer @ 2013-12-15
  10. Out of the blue: Skyfall’s 007th Minute

    original artwork by Mike Mahle/mikemahle.com (c), used with kind permission

    original artwork by Mike Mahle/mikemahle.com (c),
    used with kind permission

     

    So here we are, in the end, reaching our destination after a journey of 14 months, countless blunders on my side and a few prematurely published ‘drafts’. The water surface is coming nearer most rapidly. This is now definitely the moment to make an impact. If not now, when?

    This final 007th Minute comes to you with original artwork by designer & illustrator Mike Mahle. Further works from Mike can be found at his own site. Grateful acknowledgements for the kind permission to use this marvellous image.

    Oh, opinion. Jim’s. Yours can be aired here. Thank you for flying with CommanderBond.net.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This is the end. Beautiful friend.

     

    Hold your breath and…

     

    No, don’t. Asphyxiation might be your jolly – not judging (I am a bit) – but you’d be tucked up in dead before you finished this; it has girthbloat. If bidding for oblivion, bore yourself to death reading it. Still, I don’t want your sticky end on my hands (fnarr). The guilt I’ll cope with, via the medium of indifference; it’s that I’ve always found grinding my heel into an upturned face far more satisfying. Or, as I age, paying someone else to do it. It’s murder on the knees.

     

    Judi Dench snuff movie Skyfall is where we start. A billion-dollar Bond behemoth, so one little prick on the internet (hi there) isn’t going to burst it. Still, all that tremendous, oddly heartwarming success (albeit having had no stake in the film beyond “going to see it”) does lead me to contemplate blockbusters. Or, more precisely, Blockbusters.

     

    For those blessed with ignorance, Blockbusters was a tiffin-time British quiz programme of the 1980s, broadcast via the harlotry of commercial television, aimed at a beteenaged audience. One could tell that because of the prizes, habitually a “programmable” ZX Spectrum (48K “ram”, no less), a box of coloured pencils or a cultural weekend in tropical Cannock (go for the pencils). Doubtless a modern equivalent would have to dole out fake tan, mobile telephones or Tablets. Can’t help feeling tablets in those days were more fun: when one dropped them, it wasn’t the machine that got itself shattered. Halcyon days. If only I could remember them.

     

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    Helmut Schierer @ 2013-11-22
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