Friday, August 28, 2015

Advertisements al a James Bond….Day 240 of Bond 365




Back in 1978, the world witnessed the passing of Robert Shaw. Since I featured Shaw earlier this month, I figured I could direct you to that day’s entry here and then go in a bit of a different direction with Bond 365 today.

Trying to beat the muggy heat of Southern California this evening and ignore the poolside chatter of kids playing “Marco Polo” for some reason my mind drifted to the concept of advertisements. In particular, I was curious about advertisements that featured James Bond.

Sean Connery



James Bond has been known for many things, including his choice of alcohol. In this case, it was Connery and Jim Beam.

George Lazenby



Here’s a Marlboro advertisement, which directly lifted scenes from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.



And, let’s not forget the prominent product placement of Playboy as James Bond waited for his documents to finish being mimeographed.

Roger Moore





I found a couple of interesting advertisements featuring Moore. The Compomotive one provided a Bond movie plug.

Timothy Dalton



It was difficult to find any advertisements featuring Dalton as Bond. I finally found Lark cigarettes and an ad I’m guessing that ran in Asia.

Pierce Brosnan



The Omega watch ads were slick. I found this nice one of Brosnan, however finding ads of him, Dalton and Lazenby was challenging. I figured Dalton and Lazenby was on account of playing Bond the least of the group of actors, but it could be more about what was available/not available on the internet, or perhaps it was contractually based. 

Daniel Craig



The current face of James Bond, Daniel Craig also advertised Omega watches. Fascinating to see the different mood and tone of Brosnan’s (relaxed) vs. Craig’s (vigilant).



Although a silhouette, the likeness is Craig for Coca Cola Zero – he is cognizant of his calorie intake.



I love this advertisement for British tourism – all the symbols that consumers would recognize as uniquely Britain....I want to live like Bond - well, maybe more like, can I have the car? 

You



Yes, you! You know you want to smell like 007, hopefully just after a shower but not after a long intro scene leading up to the opening credits!



And lastly, an advertisement that didn’t need James Bond or anyone for that matter…


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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Saluting Agent XXX….Day 239 of Bond 365



Barbara Bach
Born this day in 1947
Major Anya Amasova / Agent XXX in The Spy Who Loved Me

The oldest of five children, Barbara Goldbach was born in Queens, New York. At the age of 19, Bach was working as a model in New York when she met Augusto Gregorini, who was visiting from Italy for business. She followed him back to Italy and they married within two years of meeting. They had two children.

Bach started acting in 1968 in Italy. Her first role was in the television mini-series Odissea where she played Nausicaa. She was cast in the various popular genre films in Italy at the time – comedy, crime, and gallo – before moving to Los Angeles in 1975.

Her move to Southern California signaled the beginning of the end of her marriage to Gregorini and they divorced in 1978. She starred in a number of American films, but it was in 1981 when she was cast as Lana in the comedy Caveman that she met her future husband and star of the movie, Beatle’s drummer Ringo Starr. Interestingly, a few short years later, she starred opposite another former Beatle, Paul McCartney in the 1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street. Her last role was in a little known comedy in which she starred opposite Starr in To the North of Katmandu (1986).

After her exit from show business, Bach and Starr went through a treatment program for alcoholism in 1988 and in 1993, she earned a master’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. She put it to use by starting S.H.A.R.P., Self Help Addiction Recovery Program that helps individuals with addictions. And, Bach and Starr established a charity organization The Lotus Foundation, which contains several sub-charities.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

There’s A New Bond in Town…..Day 238 of Bond 365


I’m sorry, but I have to interrupt Bond 365...

Do I have your attention?

If you are not into comics, then maybe this will entice you to head down to your local comic book shop and pick up a Previews catalogue. Flip right to page 308. Drool. Turn page. Drool some more. Then, immediately sign up to start a subscription (pull list) and put the new James Bond series from Dynamite at the top of your list!

Finally! 

The first story arc of this ongoing series is titled “Vargr” and is written by award winning writer Warren Ellis (Hellblazer, Red, Fell, Transmetropolitan, Judge Dredd) with interiors by artist Jason Masters (Wolverines, Legends of the Dark Knight, The Vampire Diaries). 

Here’s the description of the series from the September 2015 issue of Previews:

James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin… (p. 309)

Here is the main cover by Dom Reardon, who has worked on Tharg’s Terror Tales, Caballistics, Inc. and Raven’s Gate (adapted by Tony Lee from Bond author Anthony Horowitz’s novel):

Oh yeah! Fantastic cover!

But, if that cover isn’t quite to your liking, there are several incentive covers by fantastic artists in the industry today to choose from:

Some tough decisions ahead, or just buy one of each! 

Cover artists include: Francesco Francavilla (Fear Agent, The Black Beetle, Marvel’s Captain America), Stephen Mooney (Grayson, Secret Origins), Dan Panosian (Wolverine, Incredible Hulk, WitchBlade), Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic, Kinski), Glenn Fabry (Judge Dredd, Preacher, Hellblazer), Jock (Judge Dredd, The Losers, Detective Comics), and Jason Masters. Or, if you are an artist or have an artist in mind to do a cover for you, then pick up a couple of blank covers. I know I want one of each!

Blam is right -- British powerhouse artist Jock!!

And.....to help push you toward the world of comics, a page of interiors were included in the catalogue's coverage. The final art will be in color, but it looks pretty good in black and white.

Looks like Bond will be knee deep in life or death situations! 

The series drops on November 4 (Happy birthday to me!), so you can get some reading done before SPECTRE opens in US cinemas on November 6!

The name's Bond. James Bond.

Please note that the cover art shown in Previews is pending licensing approval, so the final covers could change. 

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