James Bond Countdown: 007 at Comic-Con, the "Frenchiest" Bond Girl of All Time and More

James Bond Countdown: 007 at Comic-Con, the "Frenchiest" Bond Girl of All Time and More

Jul 05, 2012

Turning 50 years old is a pretty big deal — especially if you're James Bond. The celebrations for 007's golden anniversary leading up to the release of Skyfall are in full swing.
 
Bond Debuts Blu-rays, Props, and Badass Vehicles at Comic-Con
 
Next week, Comic-Con attendees in San Diego, California will be able to sit behind the wheel of one of four famous vehicles featured in the James Bond canon, with a new one on display each day of the convention. Thanks to a fancy pants wireless, radio-frequency electromagnetic system (RFID technology), you can have your picture taken with the vehicle and see it instantly uploaded to your social media profile.
 
Fans will also be able to catch a preview of Bond 50 — the new, drool-worthy Blu-ray set featuring all 22 films. The collectible series includes nine movies previously unavailable in high def and more than 122 hours of bonus features. It hits shelves on September 25, but if you pre-order on-site in San Diego, you'll receive an exclusive, limited edition 50th anniversary tee. Props from the Bond archives will also be on display. Keep your eyes peeled for booth #3528 from July 11 to July 15 for all things Bond at Comic-Con.
 

More Cars!

With Comic-Con's vehicle showcase inspiring you inner gearhead, you may be interested in what die-cast model company Corgi has created. They've produced a 1:36 scale replica of Bond's signature car — the sleek and elegant Aston Martin DB5. The vehicle will be featured in Skyfall and has appeared in nine films total, making it "the most treasured object of the James Bond film series." Visit the product website for more details. 

Bond has driven a variety of vehicles during his fifty years of film, ranging from the sporty Lotus Esprit to several luxurious BMW models — but the secret agent has also had adventures on land and sea. The below clip highlights several memorable vehicular moments in the franchise — including Bond's encounter with a speedboat in Live and Let Die (which won the Guinness World Record for longest jump), and the modified AMC Hornet in The Man with the Golden Gun. The film's famous aerial corkscrew stunt was shot in just one take.
 

London's Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style Exhibit
 
"Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style is a multi-sensory experience where screen icons, costumes, production design, automobiles, gadgets, special effects, graphic design, exotic locations, weapons, stunts and props combine to immerse the audience in the creation and development of Bond style over its auspicious 50 year history." Catch it at London's Barbican Centre from Friday, July 6 through September 5. The show features over 400 incredible items and was created in collaboration with EON Productions — the company behind the Bond franchise since 1962. The Barbican will also host a martini bar with Bond-style cocktails, feature a range of 007-inspired gifts in their shop, and sell an illustrated, 192-page catalogue, complete with essays by exhibition curators and Ian Fleming biographer, Andrew Lycett.
 
Below, we've shared an exciting preview of the exhibit — including fascinating production artworks, models, props, and photos from the longest running franchise in cinema history. There's also a short video featuring award-winning set designer Sir Ken Adam who talks about creating some of the franchise's intricate, large-scale sets. Bond's history with luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin and the making of the famous golden gun is also discussed. It's another reminder that a great deal of care, ingenuity, and craftsmanship was put into the making of the movie brand. A second video explores 007's personal style — featuring award-winning costume designer, Lindy Hemming — which we explored in the last James Bond Countdown column.
 
Visit the exhibition website for more information.
 

Jaws’ teeth sketch from The Spy Who Loved Me
© 1977 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved
 
 
Jaws was played by actor Richard Kiel to great effect. With his dental weaponry of razor sharp steel teeth and towering menace Jaws was a popular character, so much so that his scripted demise at the end of the film was given an alternative ending allowing him to reappear in the next Bond epic Moonraker, in which he is transformed from 007's adversary to an ally. Kiel reported that the stainless steel teeth were so painful that he could only wear them for five minutes at a time.
© 1977 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Oddjob’s hat, Goldfinger.
© 1964 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Scaramanga's Golden Gun.
© 1974 Danjaq, LLC and United Artsts Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Miniature model of 'Wet Nellie' the amphibious Lotus Esprit.
© 1977 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Dr No's Underground Apt, Living Room. Signed Ken Adam.
© 1962 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Fort Knox by Ken Adam.
© 1964 Danjaq, LLC & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Sean Connery and author Ian Fleming discuss the character of James Bond while filming an
interior scene for Dr No at Pinewood Studios.
© 1962 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Harry Lange’s artwork for exterior space station, Moonraker.
© 1979 Danjaq, LLC and United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 
 
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and her flying circus.
© 1964 Danjaq, LLC & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.
 

Second Mission Revealed for Daniel Craig-Starring '007 Legends'

The upcoming 007 Legends video game features an original storyline that ties together six Bond film-inspired missions — including Skyfall, which will be available to play post launch as free downloadable content. It was already announced that the first mission would be comprised of elements from the 1979 movie Moonraker. Website 007.com recently revealed that the second mission would be based on the only film to star George Lazenby as James Bond, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

The idea of an interconnected story with reimagined characters and new plotlines sounds interesting, but it could be hard to pull off narratively — especially since Craig is the game Bond for all the stories, and he wasn't in those films. Then again, we'll be seeing more of his gun than his face since it's a first person shooter. Also keep in mind that 007 Legends is being developed by Eurocom — who has made a ton of games — but most of them are of middling quality, which doesn't exactly inspire confidence. We're still hoping for another game like Goldeneye for the Nintendo 64 — not only regarded as the greatest Bond game, but one of the best first person shooters to ever appear on a console. Check out the plot details for 007 Legends on the official website and more screenshots on their Facebook page.

Bérénice Marlohe GQ's Cover Girl

Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe made the cover of GQ Magazine in Britain, which hits stands today. The actress described her character Severine as "part dragon, part black panther," while the magazine dubs her the "sexiest, deadliest, Frenchiest Bond girl of all time." The actress confessed in her interview that she struggled for years to find work on the big screen. "All the French agents told me, 'No, you don’t look like a French actress, this will not work.'" Although Marlohe's photo shoot leaves little to the imagination, the star told GQ that she would not be stripping for the cameras. "With the Bond movies, you never really see nudity — they’re quite chaste, actually. Which is, to me, the best way," she said. "Nowadays you see too many naked women, all the time, everywhere. In video clips. It’s so boring! You lose this magic and suddenly a woman that is dressed seems way more attractive."

 

There are 112 days until the London premiere of Skyfall on October 26, 2012 — commemorating the franchise's 50th anniversary. The Sam Mendes-directed film opens in the U.S. on November 9 and finds Daniel Craig returning to the role of James Bond. The movie also stars a villainous Javier Bardem and new Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe.

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