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The Spy Command

A blog about James Bond-007 and The Other Spies

Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:01:24 +0000


William Self: Fox TV to the rescueThe HMSS Editors

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:04 +0000

Another in a series about unsung figures of television. In the early 1960s, things were not looking good at 20th Century Fox. The 1963 film Cleopatra, while popular with audiences. It sold 67.2 million tickets in the U.S. and Canada. That was more than Goldfinger’s 66.3 million. But Cleopatra was so expensive, it had no […](image)

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Why 2018 will be an eventful 007 film yearThe HMSS Editors

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:52:41 +0000

No matter what happens, 2018 is shaping up an eventful year for the James Bond film franchise. Steady as she goes scenario: Eon Productions gears up its 25th 007 film, aiming for a fall 2019 release. Eon (and studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) on July 24 announced a November 2019 release date for the United States, with an earlier […](image)

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BBC Radio 2 schedules Roger Moore specialThe HMSS Editors

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:37:22 +0000

BBC Radio 2 has scheduled a two-hour special about Roger Moore for Boxing Day, Dec. 26. Sir Roger Moore: Nobody Did It Better will air from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. that day, according to a BBC Radio 2 schedule of holiday programs. The special will include interviews conducted since Moore’s death in May. Among […](image)

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007 Magazine out with issue, calendars in DecemberThe HMSS Editors

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:39:45 +0000

007 Magazine is bringing out an issue and two 2018 Bond-themed calendars this month. The issue concerns exhibitor pressbooks released in the United States to promote the first decade of James Bond films. Such pressbooks were mostly “supplied to cinema managers” but at times to the press, according to the Graham Rye publication. The format eventually fell out of favor […](image)

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MI6 Confidential looks at Twice’s 50th anniversaryThe HMSS Editors

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:58:30 +0000

MI6 Confidential’s newest issue takes a look at You Only Live Twice on its 50th anniversary. Issue 43 of the publication includes an interview with Karin Dor. The actress died in November and played SPECTRE killer Helga Brandt in the 1967 movie. There is also a feature about sound man Norman Wanstall and his final […](image)

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Bond 25 talk heats upThe HMSS Editors

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:40:58 +0000

Bond 25 may not have an announced director or distributor, but talk about the next 007 film has geared up early this month. Dec. 2: The Archivo 007 fan website says in a post that Christopher Nolan is “more than likely” to direct Bond 25. The website said it got the information from two different sources, […](image)

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CNBC says Disney ‘closing in’ on deal to buy most of FoxThe HMSS Editors

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 17:06:35 +0000

CNBC reported today that Walt Disney Co. is “closing in” on a deal to buy most of 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox movie studio. The financial news network said a deal may be announced as early next week. CNBC cited people it didn’t identiy CNBC originally reported Nov. 6 that the two […](image)

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Recap of Skyfall, SPECTRE director announcementsThe HMSS Editors

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:02:05 +0000

The past sometimes is prologue. Sometimes, not. But here are details when the director was officially announced for the past two 007 films, Skyfall and SPECTRE. Skyfall: Sam Mendes officially was announced as the director of the 23rd 007 film produced by Eon Productions on Jan. 11, 2011. There had been news reports that Mendes was […](image)

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Justice League: EpilogueThe HMSS Editors

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 17:07:38 +0000

Well, the Justice League’s soap opera has come to an end and it’s not looking pretty from a financial standpoint. After three weekends in the U.S. the Warner Bros. superhero movie has an estimated box office of $197.3 million. For the average film, that’s great. But when the budget is an estimated $250 million to […](image)

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007: News mostly about the pastThe HMSS Editors

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 06:01:39 +0000

As 2017 enters its final month, James Bond is mostly looking backward, rather than forward. News item: There’s an expanded soundtrack now available for Die Another Day, a movie that originally came out in 2002 — 15 years ago. News item: Roger Moore’s diary written during the filming of Live And Let Die is to get a […](image)

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