1. BFI issues trigger warnings for Bond Films included in John Barry tribute

    By Miss Moneypenny on 2024-01-04

    Recent buzz surrounds the British Film Institute’s (BFI) film season, showcasing movies scored by John Barry, including some famous James Bond titles. Amidst this celebration, a cautionary note has been struck for viewers: films may include content that reflects past societal norms but could be offensive today. This includes racial stereotypes and gender dynamics, particularly noted in iconic Bond films like “Goldfinger” and “You Only Live Twice.”

    The BFI has taken a proactive stance, issuing disclaimers for all films in the season. While these warnings are not new to the Bond series, the move comes at a time when sensitivity to historical content in media is at an all-time high. The institute emphasizes that these films are presented for their historical, cultural, and aesthetic significance and not as an endorsement of outdated views.

    Interestingly, this approach aligns with broader cultural shifts. Just last year, reprints of Ian Fleming’s original Bond novels were released with edits to language and references deemed offensive by modern standards. It reflects a growing trend where institutions, from literary estates to film archives, grapple with how to present historical content that clashes with contemporary values.

    In essence, these warnings serve as both a shield against potential backlash and an educational tool, prompting viewers to engage with media critically. As we continue to revisit and reassess our cultural heritage, the question remains: how do we balance historical preservation with contemporary sensitivity?

  2. Merry Xmas 2022

    By Heiko Baumann on 2022-12-24
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    Queen Elizabeth II has died

    By Heiko Baumann on 2022-09-08

    Team and members of wish to express their sincerest condolences.

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    To Russia, Without Love

    By Heiko Baumann on 2022-02-26
    Stop the war in Ukraine
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    Merry Xmas 2021

    By Heiko Baumann on 2021-12-23
    CBn Xmas greetings 2021

  6. The 007th Minute: No Time to Die

    By Heiko Baumann on 2021-12-19
    The 007th Minute: No Time to Die e-book

    In a year that has seen more spectacle than some decades…

    At a time when we all can do with some witty entertainment – while times are neither witty nor entertaining… is proud to announce its third e-book ‘The 007th Minute: No Time to Die’ by Jacques Stewart, also containing ‘Casino Royale Vol. 1 – The Tarantino / Brosnan version’.

    As with the first two CBn ebooks ‘The 007th Minute’ and ‘The 007th Chapter’, Heiko Baumann again provided cover design, illustrations and typesetting of the tome.

    It can be downloaded for free here. If you want to give something in return please consider to donate a sum to UNICEF.

  7. This time it’s punctual – promise!

    By Helmut Schierer on 2021-08-28

    Aren’t you a little early, Mr Bond? Had we expected you so soon the ’69 Bollinger would be on ice by now…

    Alas, we simply didn’t know when to expect you. We kept on being told you were on your way in April 2020. Then it was teatime November 2020, then dinner April 2021, and it was only half an hour ago we heard you would only be here in time for a double premiere on September 28, – in London and Zurich for the Zurich Film Festival. 

    You must be as famished as we are by now. 

    Anyway, welcome back, Mr Bond. 

    NO TIME TO DIE World Premiere at Royal Albert Hall 28. September 2021

    NO TIME TO DIE Swiss Premiere at Zurich Film Festival 28. September 2021

  8. No time for No Time to Die

    By Heiko Baumann on 2021-01-22

    On January 22nd 2021, Eon Productions Ltd. announced that the premiere of the 25th James Bond movie NO TIME TO DIE would once again be postponed due to the global Corona pandemic. The new date for the premiere is now October 8th 2021. This is CBn’s take on it:

    No time for No Time to Die

    Alternate lyrics written by the team of

    We should have known
    It would be postponed.
    Just goes to show
    That the things don’t always
    Go the way we hope.

    We were aware:
    A pandemic isn’t fair.
    We’ll have to bear
    Another few months for
    This movie to premiere

    Were we stupid to believe
    That we’d see it this spring?
    Oh, this virus is just one horrid thing.

    Hope the franchise will survive,
    Hope we all will stay alive.
    Pushed back once, twice and thrice,
    All this waiting isn’t nice.
    But before this has gone by:
    No time for No Time To Die.

    Just let it burn,
    It should be our least concern.
    These are lessons that we’ve learned:
    That James Bond will … return.

    That tomorrow never dies,
    That we all only live twice.
    Live and let live, not live and let die,
    We’ll be there when it arrives.
    But in these pandemic times:
    No time for No Time To Die.

    No time for No Time To Die
    No time for No Time To Die

    Push again, once or twice,
    It may help to save some lives.

    First this has to pass, and then
    We’ll see No Time To Die.

    Download the special screen design here:

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    Merry Xmas 2020

    By Heiko Baumann on 2020-12-24
  10. Peter Lamont dies aged 91

    By Helmut Schierer on 2020-12-18

    Peter Lamont (image courtesy

    Throughout the day various sources report that production designer and art director Peter Lamont has died. Confirmation finally came from the official 007 Twitter account.

    Peter Lamont’s career spanned an impressive 56 years, during which he worked his way up from draughtsman to set decorator and further to art director and production designer. He often worked closely with fellow production designer Sir Ken Adam and was involved on every Bond film from GOLDFINGER through CASINO ROYALE, just skipping TOMORROW NEVER DIES.

    That year he won the Oscar as TITANIC’s art director. His work on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME and ALIENS earned him three more Academy Award nominations.

    The community of Bond fans suffers another bad loss this year. In an Eon statement Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli call Lamont “a much beloved member of the Bond family and a giant in the industry,” who was “inextricably linked with the design and aesthetic of James Bond since GOLDFINGER.”