Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Solo" International Version... Finally !

A couple of months ago I received this paperback copy of "Solo" by William Boyd in the mail.  It's the US International Version published by Harper.  Unfortunately it arrived slightly damaged.  The online book store happily refunded my money without asking for it to be returned but I sat on the book, scouring the web for a better copy.

Over two months later and I'm still yet to purchase a better copy.  I did try to get a book store here in Oz to order a copy from the US but they were reluctant too.  So I've finally decided to bite the bullet and add the book to anyway.  And when I do find that elusive better copy I'll just update the image.

This is the second paperback copy of "Solo" to be added to the website.  As recently reported by The Book Bond there are a couple more paperback editions coming soon, one from the UK in May 2014 and the other from the US in June 2014.  Nice covers too.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Second Visit To The "Designing 007 - 50 Years Of Bond Style" Exhibition

A couple of weeks ago my friend Jean-Claude, whose wedding my wife and I attended last August in Paris, mentioned he'd like to go the "Designing 007 - 50 Years Of Bond Style" exhibition at the Melbourne Museum before it ends on February 23.  So I admitted I'd be happy to see it again and we booked our tickets.
We attended the exhibition last Sunday and for me it proved to be just as good the second time round as the first.  I noticed a few props and exhibits I couldn't remember seeing previously, and as an added bonus the Aston Martin DBS Vantage from "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" on show near the Museum entrance last November...
... had been replaced by the Toyota 2000GT from "You Only Live Twice".  Excellent to see this car in the flesh!
Afterwards Jean-Claude admitted he'd enjoyed the exhibition a lot, and like me the first time was really surprised at the quality and presentation of the items on show.  It's such a shame the exhibition is leaving Melbourne forever in less than a week, but wherever it's travelling to next the people who visit are going to be very impressed.

As usual I took a few photos.  Here's some of them:
The queue to enter was much longer this time than in November of last year.

Great still from "Diamonds Are Forever".  I don't remember seeing this image last time.

Large canvas poster on display as we left the exhibition.

Bond-ish display hanging above the Bond Bar.

Another photo of the Aston Martin DB5 from "Goldeneye" with the gun-barrel style entrance to the exhibition in the background.

Larger than life villians.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Clarifying A Famous Bond Film Quote

This post is going to be a little unusual today as it's not book related.  Instead it relates to the film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and arguably George Lazenby's most famous line as James Bond from that film.

Commonly on the web this line is quoted incorrectly as "This never happened to the other fellow".

When Mr Lazenby was in Australia in 2012 at a Q&A in Melbourne he explained that during pre-production and then when filming commenced for "OHMSS" he felt rightly or wrongly he was being treated differently to the previous Bond actor, Sean Connery.  So he started using this line with the film crew and producers.  And when it came to filming the scene on the beach when Tracy drives off into the sunset despite Bond having just rescued her, Peter Hunt liked the line so much he asked Mr Lazenby to repeat it for the camera.

The thing is, Mr Lazenby is Australian and here in Australia when we used to use the word "fellow" like so many other words in the Aussie language it was abbreviated.  So "fellow" became "fella", and the quote is therefore "This never happened to the other fella".

Pedantic ?  Yes.  But also correct.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Two John Gardner Bonds Arrive

Two John Gardner / James Bond reprints arrived in the mail today.

"The Man From Barbarossa" and "Death Is Forever" are the latest books published by Pegasus in this series.  11 books now exist in this US series with covers designed by Dan Mogford.  Hopefully the last 5 will be published soon.