Cue the familiar James Bond theme, grab your memorabilia, and a wad of cash and head to Los Angeles Westin at the Los Angeles Airport for the opportunity to meet your favourite Bond girls, villainous henchmen, or even James Bond himself! Since most of us cannot afford the jaunt across the pond to the home of MI6, Eon Productions and Bondstars, the quarterly collector’s show being held Saturday and Sunday, October 5th and 6th (a preview of vendor merchandise is Friday evening from 6 to 9 PM), is hosting 50 years of Bond reunion. The show had a big reunion at the beginning of the year with almost 20 Bond stars and this time, there’s already fourteen stars scheduled to appear. Many on the list have been to the collector’s show before, but new this time are Shirley Eaton, Mary Stavin, Valerie Leon, Kristina Wayborn, and Michael Madsen (organizers have promised he will show this time!).
As of today, the following stars are scheduled. Check the collector website often since there's time for more individuals to be added before the show.
- · Luciana Paluzzi – Fiona Volpe in Thunderball
- · Britt Ekland – Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun
- · Caroline Munro – Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me
- · George Lazenby – James Bond from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- · Lana Wood – Plenty O’Toole in Diamonds Are Forever
- · Martine Beswicke – Zara in From Russia with Love and Paula Caplan in Thunderball
- · Mary Stavin – Octopussy girl in Octopussy and Kimberley Jones in A View to a Kill
- · Shirley Eaton – Jill Masterson in Goldfinger
- · Valerie Leon – Hotel Receptionist in The Spy Who Loved Me and Bahamas fisherwoman in Never Say Never Again
- · Tanya Roberts – Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill
- · Kristina Wayborn – Magda in Octopussy
- · Trina Parks – Thumper in Diamonds Are Forever
- · Richard Kiel – Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker
- · Michael Madsen – Damian Falco in Die Another Day
If This Is Your First Show
I have attended this collector’s show many times in the past and can say that this is wonderful opportunity for fans to meet their favourite Bond stars in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In my experience, all of the Bond stars have been exceedingly gracious and kind, not rushing through the autograph to get your money and move on to the next person. Because of that, it’s important to have patience while others have their turn with the respective star. And, in return, be cognizant to not monopolize the star’s time since there are other fans behind you awaiting their own opportunity to chat with the stars.
On average, expect to spend $30 - $40 per autograph. Sometimes the photo op is included in the price, sometimes it is not. Stars who have done the collector shows in the past will typically have their prices posted and what’s included and what’s separate. Most will have 8 x 10 photos you can purchase and have autographed, or you can bring your own item, such as the coveted limited edition DVD, poster, lobby cards, etc. Plan ahead and bring enough cash with you. There may be ATM machines available at the hotel, but likely with a fee attached.
Sometimes there are maps printed up providing a layout of the stars’ tables, but as I have experienced, the organizers and the stars themselves, have moved tables. Sometimes there’s a sign indicating as much; sometimes there isn’t. Also, be aware that stars cancel at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances. The organizers usually have a list posted, but if you are looking for a star and cannot find them, then ask – there are many volunteers that are ready and willing to help you.
TIPS: There are two. First, after you have paid your admission, walk around. Get a lay of the rooms and figure out where everyone is. Check prices and tally against your budget, if you are on one. See if there are any known no shows that impact your budget. Then, step up and meet the stars. Second, be respectful of their time (you know, all those other fans waiting behind you?) and personal space (which includes asking if they are okay with you putting your arm around their shoulder or waist during that photo op).
Have fun and if you see me – I’ll be toting my 20 lb. Taschen James Bond Archives book – take a moment to say hi and introduce yourself as I would love to meet fellow Spyfi & Superspies fans!
The Who, What, Where, and When
Location: The Westin Los Angeles Airport, 5400 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
Friday, October 4th: Advanced Preview (check out the vendors at your leisure!) 6 to 9 PM
Saturday, October 5th: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday, October 6th: 11 AM – 4 PM
Cost: Varies depending on day you are going and time; check website for pricing options
Show website - Hollywood Collector's Show
If for some reason you are not there for the Bond stars, the show is also hosting a reunion of the following television shows: Baywatch, Dynasty, Knight Rider, and Knots Landing. And, there is a reunion of all the children from the award winning 1960s film The Sound of Music.