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To the profits of doom, the conclusion was obvious - planet Earth was spinning rapidly towards a terrifying end. It was at this critical moment in our history that the leaders of the western world turned to one man...

For me, 1983 was the year when I was properly introduced to James Bond. Before then, I had caught occasional films on ITV.

In May 1983 I saw 'James Bond The First 21 Years' on HTV West. In June I saw 'Octopussy' at the Weston super Mare Odeon with my family and later that year 'Never Say Never Again' at the Weston Playhouse.

Since then I have seen each Bond film at the cinema - seeing both 'A View To A Kill' and 'The Living Daylights' twice.

I collected the Shredded Wheat stickers, the TV advert for that promotion was the most exciting advert I'd ever seen! I continued with the collections down the line - the 'A View To A Kill' Smiths crisps posters, the 'The Living Daylights' Trio stickers...

This page is my own collection and memories of James Bond from the 80's (all clippings / covers etc. are my own unless otherwise stated).

 

Original ITV network broadcasts (1983-1989)

For Your Eyes Only

Sunday 31st August 1986 (Premiere)

Never Say Never Again

Thursday 25th December 1986 (Premiere)

Octopussy

Saturday 30th January 1988 (Premiere)

Monday 26th December 1988

Specials

James Bond - The First 21 Years

Friday 27th May 1983

Thanks to Eddy Crosby for the TV Times scans below

 

Happy Anniversary 007 - 25 Years of James Bond

Saturday 29th August 1987

TV Times

 

Music - singles

Music - soundtracks

 

shredded wheat octopussy advert
Recorded via microphone from my Dad's Amstrad stereo so not the best quality
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Very grateful thanks to Trevor Boddington for the scans below (does anyone have any other packaging from this Shredded Wheat promotion?)

Scans from Buster comic (July 1983) showing their Octopussy / Shredded Wheat tie-in competition

 

Chipsticks scan thanks to Dave Hinett

 

Third sticker and packaging scan thanks to Dave Hinett

 

Videos

   
 

Games

A View To A Kill (Domark - 1985)

A View To A Kill (re-released by Bug Byte - 1988)

The Living Daylights (Domark - 1987)

Licence To Kill (Domark - 1989)

 

Flyers

Magazine articles

 
Injunctions and MFI furniture - 'lucky bloody you'
On the 28th April 1976 Kevin McClory announced his intention to make 'James Bond of the Secret Service', later 'Warhead', based on the original 'Thunderball' storylines. This had followed a 10 year term the High Court in London had set before any new production could commence on the original Fleming-Whittingham-McClory material.

McClory had attracted Sean Connery - the two being involved in scripting, with Len Deighton. Filming was to start in February 1977, planned for New York, Japan and the Bahamas. But the project fell through after Cubby Broccoli took out an injunction to stop the production. McClory had also taken out an injunction to stop filming of 'The Spy Who Loved Me' after it was discovered it was to feature SPECTRE (which McClory was claiming he had co-created). Over six years later, 'Never Say Never Again', the second unofficial Bond picture, was produced.

It opens promisingly with a top theme song sung by Lani Hall and an original title sequence with Bond on a training exercise. It is without the planned pre-title sequence which was to have been set at a medieval pageant with knights on horseback and Bond steeplechasing an assassin through a car park. But it doesn't continue as strongly as it starts and the quality of the film can be summed up by Petachi's Ford Cortina and the presence of the M.F.I. Furniture Group in its credits.

It does feature excellent performances from a not-so-serious Sean Connery, a superb Rowan Atkinson as the British agent abroad (maaaaarvellous), Alec "lucky bloody you" McCowen as an alternative 'Q' and Klaus Maria Brandauer as 'Maximillian Largo'. The film does have its highlights including the Monte Carlo chase sequence - "don't touch him, he's mine". Ricou Browning returned to undersee underwater filming (after sterling work on 'Thunderball').

Forgettable elements? The fight at Shrublands, the 'human torpedo capsules' and Kim Basinger. The script had also caused problems, with writers continuing to work on it during production. There was also continual delays with filming - a monsoon in the Bahamas put filming back by a week, Irvin Kershner (the director) "was not the fastest guy in the world" according to Jack Schwartzman (the producer) and re-shoots were necessary by the end of the planned production date. Sean Connery was surely wondering if he should have said 'never'.

Distribution rights for 'Never Say Never Again' were acquired from Taliafilm by MGM in December 1997.

Nurse: Mr. Bond, I need a urine sample. If you could fill this beaker for me?
James Bond: From here?

(A homage to the TV series Porridge, written by Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement, uncredited script associates on 'Never Say Never Again')

     
     
     
     
 
figures
 
Budget (at the time) - $36 million
35mm Panavision (anamorphic) - aspect ratio 2.35 : 1 - Dolby sound mix / 70mm 6 track (70mm prints) - Technicolor
UK premiere - December 14th 1983
US premiere - October 6th 1983
Gross worldwide (at the time) - $160 million
 
song lyrics
 
Lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Lani Hall
"You walk in a room
A woman can feel the heat
One look is a guarantee
Nights could be long and sweet
The message is clear
Like nothing I've ever known
But the more that I hear
Forget about long-range plans
'Cause this man's got his own

To get mixed up with a man who says never
May be big trouble, but then
I just could be the woman to take you
And make you never say never again

Never, never say never again
Never, never say never again
Never, never say never again
Never, never say never again

You've got all the moves
Ah, but baby I've got them too
No matter your attitude or your mood
I'll come through
The touch of your voice
The feel of your eyes on me
You leave me no choice
Though I know there's danger there
I don't care, let it be

To get it bad with a man who says never
May have no future, but then
I just could be the woman to reach you
And teach you to never say never again

I'll beg you - I'll get you - I'll reach you - I'll teach you - I'll take you - I'll make you"

 
figures
 
Budget (at the time) - $27.5 million
35mm Panavision (anamorphic) - aspect ratio 2.35 : 1 - Dolby sound mix / 70mm 6 track (70mm prints) - Technicolor
UK premiere - June 6th 1983
US premiere - June 10th 1983
Gross worldwide (at the time) - $187.5 million
 
song lyrics
 
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Performed by Rita Coolidge
"All I wanted was a sweet distraction for an hour or two
Had no intention to do the things we've done
Funny how it always goes with love, when you don't look, you find
But then we're two of a kind, we move as one

We're an all time high
We'll change all that's gone before
Doing so much more than falling in love
On an all time high
We'll take on the world and wait
So hold on tight, let the flight begin

I don't want to waste a waking moment; I don't want to sleep
I'm in so strong and so deep, and so are you
In my time I've said these words before, but now I realize
My heart was telling me lies, for you they're true

We're an all time high
We'll change all that's gone before
Doing so much more than falling in love
On an all time high
We'll take on the world and wait
So hold on tight, let the flight begin


So hold on tight, let the flight begin
We're an all time high"