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  1. Everything she wanted – Billie Eilish will do the No Time To Die title song

    By Helmut Schierer on 2020-01-14

    Billie Eilish, aged 18, going to carve her name into the Bond series (c)Wikipedia


    While we all have been asleep, Billie Eilish quietly kept awake, wrote – together with her brother Finneas – and recorded the title song for NO TIME TO DIE.


    Confirmation came through The Official James Bond 007 Website today. Media speculation has been going on since yesterday, but in fact not everybody else has been soundly asleep all this time.


    Sharp sighted Bond-gazers spotted the connection as early as Christmas Eve 2019, when director Cary J. Fukunaga started following Eilish’s Instagram account and she posted a photo of herself in London. So, as news go this must be considered already slightly less than brand new.


    However that may be, crew and members of CommanderBond.net are looking forward to the finished product. Best of luck and fingers crossed!

  2. It takes a Hans…

    By Helmut Schierer on 2020-01-07

    …to Hans Zimmer
    From Dan Romer…




    …to furnish NO TIME TO DIE’s soundscapes. Or so claims the usually reliable Variety in a recent exclusive article. Multiple sources told them Hans Zimmer was going to replace Dan Romer as composer on Daniel Craig’s fifth James Bond film.


    During the last month it has been rumoured Romer had supposedly left the production for some reason or other. Without any official word from Eon the speculations have been going on, with an increasing number of hints pointing to Hans Zimmer as the most likely replacement. Although there is still no definite confirmation from Eon, MGM or Universal it would seem the decision has been taken now.

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    Happy Holidays from CBn

    By Heiko Baumann on 2019-12-24
  4. …and now Q is teasing too!

    By Helmut Schierer on 2019-12-14

    After we’ve only just received No Time to Die’s trailer a couple of weeks ago it seems the Christmas spirit has knocked at Eon House’s door and collected another gift for their fans – on top of the sweepstakes for graphic artists revealed yesterday.

    This time it’s a shorter version of the trailer with sarky comments by Ben Wishaw’s Q. From the Greek subtitles it would seem to be a version produced for that market and released early, for whatever reason. See for yourself…

  5. The brightest, the best, the bold and the brave – you are needed!

    By Helmut Schierer on 2019-12-12

    The Internet provides this fabulous ability for all its users to instantly create – and just as instantly critique the creations of others. The world of fandom often is the place where both these abilities flourish to the point of excellence – in the case of creativity – or execration when it comes to criticism. And, fairly or not, the products of the entertainment industry regularly find themselves at the receiving end of both. Cue the 007 theme…

    Even the casual observer of Bond films will have noticed a certain, well, let’s call it ‘conformity’ in the promo material of the last two films; a fact that was not greeted with the undivided approval of fans, to put it mildly. Many a fan was seen claiming, possibly rightfully, that they could do different. Even the word ‘better’ raised its head more than once.

    Well, ladies and gentlemen, you proudly can do now:

    Here’s the link to 007 Talenthouse, the place where it all happens.

    As they say, do your worst!

  6. The trailer is here – the one that works…

    By Helmut Schierer on 2019-12-04

    Without further ado, here is the one thing most of us have been waiting for eagerly. Except those few who have already seen it in August; hope we don’t bore you, gentlemen.

    All others, enjoy…

  7. 20 years ago: THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH

    By Stefan Rogall on 2019-11-14

    The third one´s the charm.

    That at least is the conventional wisdom concerning actors playing Bond in more than two films. For Connery, GOLDFINGER catapulted him and the character of James Bond into the stratosphere of worldwide fame. For Moore, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME not only saved his tenure but also the franchise, establishing him as Connery´s equal with different qualities and turned him into a hugely beloved and successful Bond alter ego who managed to give us seven films, so far the most of any tenure. And while Lazenby never even got a second one he could have rebounded from with a third one, Dalton at least starred in two great ones before his third one fell by the wayside of the dreaded MGM situation.

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  8. Time for a title: No Time To Die

    By Helmut Schierer on 2019-08-20

    It’s official: BOND 25 has found its title with No Time To Die…

  9. David Hedison, two times ‘Felix Leiter’, dies aged 92

    By Helmut Schierer on 2019-07-22
    David Hedison  (c) by Luigi Novi/Wikimedia

    Today we learn of David Hedison’s passing last week on July 18th. The actor died peacefully at the age of 92.

    Hedison was a prolific thespian on theatre, film and countless tv appearances. In a career spanning well over six decades he played classic Shakespeare, the lead role Captain Crane in the sci-fi series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and numerous tv shows from Dynasty to TJ Hooker in later years. He also starred in the 1958 cult horror film The Fly and 1980’s North Sea Hijack.

    Bond fans around the world know him better as Felix Leiter, the role he first played in Live and Let Die along Roger Moore and reprised 16 years later in Licence to Kill. Many Bond fans, especially from that generation, call him their favourite Leiter. 

    CommanderBond.net crew and members express our heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be fondly remembered.

  10. Forty Years of Moonraking*

    By Helmut Schierer on 2019-06-26
    Moonraker poster art by Dan Goozee (c)

    Defence of an oftentimes abused film by CBn’s Tim Williams


    Forty years ago, Moonraker was released to the world.

    As we all know, Moonraker is a silly, over the top parody and a complete embarrassment to James Bond. That’s the kind of statement you’re used to hearing about the 11th outing in longest running film franchise, all too often labelled as an embarrassing low point.

    I’m here to tell you those statements are wrong. Moonraker represents one last hurrah for the 1960s dream team who set the gold standard for cinematic spy entertainment a decade prior.

    Shirley Bassey is back, this time singing a hauntingly beautiful title song, and an upbeat disco rendition which plays over the end credits. Ken Adam returns to oversee production design with his usual futuristic flair, and John Barry composes an ethereal work of art – with the last usage of the 007 Theme that first appeared in 1963’s From Russia With Love.

    Moonraker also represents the last time the original MI6 team are together following Bernard Lee’s passing in 1981. The creative talent couldn’t be any more impressive and they all unite for this film.

    The Bond of Moonraker is extremely appealing. He’s a smartly dressed daredevil who thinks nothing of freefalling without a parachute, rappelling down cable car wires and hang-gliding off waterfalls – while previously driving a gadget laden speedboat. He’s also an investigator – breaking into a safe, donning black attire to sneak into a secret laboratory, looking through a Rio warehouse and observing plane movements.

    It is my belief Roger Moore looks his best in this film. Being his fourth film out of a total of seven, Moonraker is smack bang in the middle of his tenure. After the triumph of 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, the Moore template was firmly established, and Moonraker wisely built upon it.


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