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  1. No time for No Time to Die

    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 Commanderbond.net

    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.

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    Heiko Baumann @ 2021-01-22
  2. CBn

    Merry Xmas 2020

    Heiko Baumann @ 2020-12-24
  3. A Message from the CBn Team

    Heiko Baumann @ 2020-03-20
  4. CBn

    Happy Holidays from CBn

    Heiko Baumann @ 2019-12-24
  5. Bond25 Live Reveal – April 25th 2019

    13:10 (BST) / 14:10 (CEST) / 8:10 (EDT) / 5:10 (PDT) / 22:10 (AEST)

    Heiko Baumann @ 2019-04-24
  6. Driving Miss Tracy – The Erich Glavitza CBn Interview Part 3

    In part One and Two of this interview, former racing and stunt driver Erich Glavitza from Austria told us how he got the job as a stunt driver for the 6thJames Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. We also heard about his preparations, how he managed to get enough cars, the necessary equipment and find the drivers. After that, he told us about the rehearsals, working with the movie crew and how he taught Dianna Rigg how to drive on ice. It is widely known that back then, leading actor George Lazenby wasn’t the easiest guy to work with, and Glavitza told us about this special experience, too. 

    In this third and final part, we’re going to hear about the shooting of the car stunts. Also, Glavitza reveals the hitherto virtually unknown names of the other drivers – as far as he remembers them 50 years later – and talks about his life after Bond.

    Erich, after we heard about all these preparations, please tell us about the actual shooting…

    About time, eh? (laughs) We started with the scene at the telephone booth in Lauterbrunnen with the Cougar driving off with screeching tyres. I had some concerns, and said “Screeching tyres on an icy road? Not even a hamster would buy that.” But Peter Hunt just shrugged it off and said “No one will notice that, anyway.” And he was right – nobody did. Then came the pursuit before the race, which was shot on the road coming from Grindelwald. When that was done, we did the opening scene of the race with me crashing through the gate. 

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    Heiko Baumann @ 2019-04-19
  7. Driving Miss Tracy – The Erich Glavitza CBn Interview Part 2

    In the first part of this interview, former racing and stunt driver Erich Glavitza from Austria gave a detailed account about how he got “a call from James Bond” which resulted in him getting hired for the 6th James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. In this second part, you’ll read about the rehearsals with the film crew and the drivers, teaching Diana Rigg how to drive on ice and the experience of working with her and George Lazenby.

    Erich, in the first part, we heard about how you got the job and how you got the cars and the necessary equipment. But the racing scenes wasn’t everything they wanted you to do…

    Erich Glavitza and Diana Rigg

    There also was the car chase before the race. I was to be the stunt driver for Tracy’s dark red Ford Mercury Cougar XR-7. It was a real beast of a car, with a 7-litre V8 engine and around 400 horsepower. It definitely needed more and better spikes than the other cars. Also, our chief mechanic Willy Neuner had to modify the suspension and the shock absorbers to improve the handling. The power steering wasn’t optimal, and the brakes… oh well, we didn’t need to brake that much, anyway. The car was great fun, so I didn’t care that much.
    Of course, all the action had to be well-planned. There were lots of meetings and discussions on how to mount the cameras on and inside the cars, how to shoot the street chase and all those things.

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    Heiko Baumann @ 2019-04-12
  8. Driving Miss Tracy – The Erich Glavitza CBn Interview Part 1

    A few years ago, Bond expert Charles Helfenstein asked me to be his translator on a trip to Switzerland where he wanted to research for his forthcoming book “The Making of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’”. One day we were standing on a meadow outside Lauterbrunnen, trying to find the exact location where the ice racing scenes were shot. He told me that he had interviewed so many people who had worked on the film, but that he was unable to find any of the drivers who were involved in the shooting of that ice race. And it still was that way when the book was finally published (and much lauded) in 2009.

    Erich Glavitza at the James
    Bond Club Deutschland
    meeting in Frankfurt.

    Fast forward to 2019. The German fan club James Bond Club Deutschland (of which I’m a board member) has a special guest on it’s annual meeting. One Dr Erich Glavitza, author of a recently published book “Vollgas oder Nix! – Meine wilden 60er mit Rindt, James Bond und McQueen” (Full Speed or Nothing! – My Wild Sixties with [German-Austrian F1 driver Jochen] Rindt, James Bond and McQueen). Back in 1969, he was the head of a group of young Austrian racing drivers who drove in those ice racing scenes. He told many stories from the shooting of OHMSS, answered questions and signed books and autographs. He later joined us for dinner were I was lucky to be seated close to him. 
    He recounted many more anecdotes, not only from OHMSS but also Steve McQueen’s “Le Mans” movie for which he was a stunt driver and even played a small role. As he’d been well connected in the international racing scene since the early sixties, there were a lot of Formula One stories, too.
    His book is (currently) only available in German, so I asked him for an interview for an English Bond fan site (this one) to make his account accessible for the international Bond fan community. He agreed, also to my idea that in order to save time and effort I’d make rough (and abridged) translations of his book and the stories he told on that day to create sort of an interview. Of course I also asked some additional question which he was happy to answer. This one’s for you, Charles.

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    Heiko Baumann @ 2019-04-07
  9. CBn

    Merry Xmas 2017

    CBN Xmas 2017

    Heiko Baumann @ 2017-12-24
  10. Karin Dor 1938 – 2017

    Image: The James Bond Blu-ray Collection © 2015 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. TM Danjaq, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
    Image: The James Bond Blu-ray Collection © 2015 Danjaq, LLC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. TM Danjaq, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

    German actress Karin Dor, known to Bond fans as henchwoman Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice (1967) was born in February 1938 in Wiesbaden (Germany) as Kätherose Derr. In 1954, she married Austrian director Harald Reinl, who was 30 years her senior and father of her only child, her son Andreas. This was only possible because she made herself two years older than she actually was. She subsequently played in many of his movies, especially his (in Germany) hugely popular Edgar Wallace and Karl May movies (the latter being a series of German “Western” movies in which one of the main characters went by the name of “Old Shatterhand” played by Lex Barker) and she became one of Germany’s most popular and busiest actresses of the 1960s.

    Her success didn’t go unnoticed by the Bond producers and they were eager to cast her for You Only Live Twice. How eager? Dor told German movie journalst Billy Kocian: “Mr. Saltzman only wanted to pay 40.000 Marks (about $10.000 at the time), but upon this offer I just turned around on my heels and walked away. I had plenty of offers and my husband earned a lot of money at the time. Saltzman came running after me, and with a face as white as chalk, he grudingly signed the contract, hissing: ‘I never signed anything like that in my whole life.'”. In the end, she was paid 200.000 Marks (other sources even claim 250.000) for the role.

    After the success of You Only Live Twice, Dor played in many international movies, most noteably in Hitchcock’s Topaz and had guest roles in TV series like Ironside or It Takes a Thief.

    Her divorce from Harald Reinl in 1968 and a carcinosis affected her movie career but did not stop it, she was always busy through the years. In 1986 she married her third husband, stuntman George Robotham and moved to the United States with him. A marriage with a German businessman only lasted from 1972 to 1974.

    She still had roles in Germany TV series and movies, but after her husband’s death in 2007, she focussed on playing theater, especially a play that was written for her, named “You Only Love Thrice”, at the Komödie im Bayerischen Hof in Munich.

    In July 2016, she had an accident from which she suffered a massive concussion. She seemed to have recovered rather soon but her return to the stage turned out to be to early. She had to rest and wasn’t even allowed to read newspapers by early 2017. In July 2017, her manager told German tabloid “Bild” that Dor wouldn’t return and that the only thing fans could do for her was pray.

    Karin Dor passed away on November 6th 2017.

    Heiko Baumann @ 2017-11-08