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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Claudine Auger on set in "Thunderball"

Insanely Hot as Domino in "Thunderball"


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Claudine Auger (26 April 1941 in Paris, France) was a former Miss France (1958) (first runnerup at Miss World) and had studied acting at the Paris Drama Conservatory. However, once she got on the set of "Thunderball" (1965), she was only what she would forever be known as: a Bond girl.

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Sean Connery doing his best to steal the picture - and succeeding.

Claudine had been acting since her reign as Miss France, but her first roles were bit parts. She played the pretty girl, the "new servant," that sort of thing.

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All that paled to her playing Dominique "Domino" Derval  in "Thunderball."

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She was nominated for a Golden Laurel Award for New Actresses due to the role - despite the fact that she had been in over a dozen films already. That is what being a Bond girl can do for you.

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While the Bond role did raise her profile in Hollywood considerably, leading to some good parts in mediocre films, she remained primarily a European actress. But she worked steadily for decades.

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She remained busy into the 1970s and 1980s. She started slowing down in the 1990s, taking primarily television roles. Her last role was in 1997.

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The story goes that Claudine was simply on holiday in Nassau, Bahamas when writer-producer of "Thunderball" Kevin McClory spotted her. He knew that she had to be in the film.

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McClory wanted her so badly that he changed the role from an Italian to a French girl. Not that it mattered much, but clearly she made a big impression.

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As with many Bond girls of the time, she was not especially fluent in English and so Claudine Auger was dubbed by the ubiquitous Nikki van der Zyl.
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The role brought her lots of male attention, which she happily encouraged with a spread in Playboy.

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Sean Connery, living a fantasy life. No wonder he retired to the Bahamas.

While her other roles were not nearly as memorable, Claudine did star with other Bond girls in other films.

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She appeared with Barbara Bach and Barbara Bouchet in "Black Belly of the Tarantula," and with Ursula Andress in "Anyone Can Play." Clearly, she fit in quite well with the other beautiful girls of Bond.

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Claudine Augur and another girl with Bond in her future, Barbara Bach.

Quite possibly the most beautiful Bond girl of them all, Claudine Auger is still going strong as of this writing.




2015

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Madeline Smith of "Live and Let Die"

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Madeline Smith played Italian agent Miss Caruso in "Live And Let Die" (1973). She has the unique distinction of being the first Bond girl of the Roger Moore era. She only had a bit part in the pre-titles, but her scene offered a rare look inside James Bond's home.

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This is the classic shot.

Unfortunately, Madeline wasn't credited as Miss Caruso in the credits, but rather as "Beautiful Girl." That actually sounds a bit more appropriate. Those who recall the scene may remember how Miss Caruso's zipper met its match with James' magnetic watch. Now that's how you tell time!

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Madeline had a long career, mostly in Hammer horror films such as "The Vampire Lovers" and "Taste the Blood of Dracula." You might wonder how an obscure Hammer girl nailed such a prominent film role - the answer is that Roger Moore is a really nice guy. He worked with Madeline on an early television show and recommended her for the part of Miss Caruso.

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The still photo of the the two in Bond's bedroom, as seen above, became one of the iconic shots from the entire James Bond series and was often used to identify Moore himself. I recall seeing it in one of the New York City papers deep in the '80s, for instance. To crop a Beatles lyric from "Polythene Pam":
She's killer-diller when she's dressed to the hilt
She's the kind of a girl that makes the "News of the World"
Yes you could say she was attractively built

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You might think that Madeline came and went with the '70s, but you'd be wrong. Madeline continued acting, primarily in British television series, deep into the 1980s, and since also has popped up in 2000 and 2011. She thus has film/television roles in the '60s, '70s, '80s, 2000s, and 2010s - and that ain't half bad for a blink-and-you-miss-her Bond girl.

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2015

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sean Connery Shows How To Wear Flannel


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Sean Connery. Grenadine, Flannel, and Cocktail Cuffs.

Sean Connnery, man about town and James Bond extraordinaire, demonstrates the proper way to wear it. Enough said.

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2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

'Spectre' Release Date and Cast

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We've been biting our tongues, er, restraining our fingers from tapping away about the long-mulled 'Bond 24,' which now shall never be known by that moniker again. The wait finally has ended, we are released from silence: the next James Bond film will be 'Spectre,' with a release date of 6 November 2015.

The reason we have had to restrain ourselves is because there have been too many stars (and wannabe stars) loudly proclaiming how either a) they really don't want to play James Bond and they resent the very idea, or b) they were being 'considered' for a key role in the next film but, well, they just couldn't let the cat out of the bag yet. It could have occupied our every waking minute detailing how this over-the-hill wanker was in the mix, or that nobody-was-thinking-of-you-anyway wannabe had better things to do anyway despite being, you know, 'considered.' Heck, half of Hollywood and London besides appeared to have been 'considered' over the past year or two for the new James Bond film - if, at least, you asked their agents.

So, it was better to be mum than clutter up the blog with endless references to people who will never have any association with Bond. Besides, we knew all along that the actors talking the most about how they were being considered... weren't.

Anyway, it's all over now: the word is out. The glory of the news is that the title, again, is 'Spectre.' This undoubtedly signals a return to the somewhat campy style of the '60s - early '70s which really defined the series. It also suggests to many of us the return of one of the top characters in all of fiction: Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

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Yes, Blofeld with his white cheshire cat in his lap may indeed be returning. There hasn't been a sign of him in over 30 years. Just imagine - you could have gone to college, worked a job, and retired in the time since we heard Blofeld say 'My dear Bond.' That's a long time to wait - if indeed the wait is over. The reason Blofeld is being widely bruited about as appearing is the simple fact that he was in charge of Spectre. You can't have Spectre without Blofeld, or else it isn't really Spectre.

Details on the plot of course are scarce - they guard these scripts like precious gems, with numbered copies that must be signed out and all that - but here’s the official description of Spectre:
“A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.”
That likely is going to be all we hear until the autumn of 2015, so there will be plenty of time to speculate on what it all means. We suspect that the 'terrible truth' has something to do with the man with the white cat and the sharks swimming in the moat inside his lair. And if we get a few classic wisecracks and throwaway lines from Bond and the villain, it will be a refreshing return to form.

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Christopher Waltz

The following is all official:
  • Christoph Waltz will play Bond’s nemesis in Spectre, a character named Franz Oberhauser; he is described as the son of Bond’s climbing instructor and mentor Hannes Oberhauser;
  • Monica Bellucci - the Bond producers have been trying to get Belluci for at least a decade now - as Lucia Sciarra;
  • Sherlock’s Andrew Scott as Denbigh; 
  • Léa Seydoux ('Blue Is The Warmest Color') as Madeleine Swann;
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Dave Bautista as Mr. Hinx; 
  • Daniel Craig as James Bond; 
  • Rory Kinnear as Tanner;
  • Ben Whishaw as Q; 
  • Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny;
  • Ralph Fiennes, the new M.


Filming begins in December 2014 at London’s Pinewood Studios. The director of Spectre is Skyfall’s Sam Mendes, and the cinematographer is Hoyte Van Hoytema (Interstellar).




2014



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Eva Green sexy Campari Calendar Photos

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Eva Green was Vesper Lynd in the 2006 James Bond film "Casino Royale." She also has been in other marvelous films such as "300: Rise of an Empire" and "Kingdom of Heaven," among many others. True fans know that the one film of hers that must be seen is the 2003 "The Dreamers." And "Casino Royale," of course.

We have more sexy photos of the lovely Eva Green here.

Well, Eva Green is not just an actress, but also a very well-regarded fashion model. Here, Eva graces us with her presentation of the Campari 2015 calendar in these behind the scenes shots by Francesco Pizzo.

There's something quite sexy about a beautiful woman sipping a nice glass of an alcoholic beverage. Well, there's something quite sexy about Eva Green with or without the alcoholic beverage, but she wears the glass well, if you know what I mean. And it does fit into the whole James Bond "Casino Royale" feeling with the gorgeous Eva in her elegant gown, holding a drink and just acting sexy.

It may be eight or so years since she shot "Casino Royale," but I think you'll agree that it looks like she just ran out of the filming for that film to do this shoot. The girl hasn't aged a day.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the shots.

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We have more sexy photos of the lovely Eva Green here.






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