Friday, 24 July 2015

Thursday, 23 July 2015

New "SPECTRE" images

"SPECTRE" (2015)
New images by:
Bond (Daniel Craig) contemplates his next move

Bond confronts Mr White (Jesper Christensen)

The first picture of Denbigh (Andrew Scott) was released on 22 July 2015 

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Wednesday, 22 July 2015

007 Event: Bond girls are forever (20 August 2015)

What: Bond girls are forever

Where: Kino Victoria, Oslo, Norway

When: 20 August 2015

Bond girls head to Oslo on a mission to help the world's children

On August 20, seven of the most beautiful and glamorous James Bond ladies will be in Oslo for one unforgettable event entitled ‘BOND GIRLS ARE FOREVER’. The Bond Girls will bring classic charm and glamour to a 007-themed dinner and charity auction for UNICEF in the Kino Victoria, paired with an exclusive screening of the newly remastered 4K version of ‘THUNDERBALL’, fifty years after its original release in 1965.

Martine Beswick and Luciana Paluzzi, who both starred in ‘THUNDERBALL’, will be amongst the fabulous seven Bond girls. They will also bring along actresses Tonia Sotiropoulou from ‘Skyfall’Maryam d'Abo from ‘The Living Daylights’Carole Ashby from ‘Octopussy’ and ‘A View to a Kill’Carey Lowell from ‘Licence to Kill’ and Britt Ekland from ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’.

“This is the first time these seven Bond Girls have been brought together”, says Morten Andreas Steingrimsen, initiator and Bond-enthusiast.

Steingrimsen promises that the Norwegian capital will notice that Bond’s ladies are in town. Their glamour, style and charm have captivated audiences decade after decade since the film franchise began in 1962. All based on the books of Ian Fleming.

“James Bond has class, and the event will reflect his style. Bentley Motors, Fleming’s choice of car brand for Bond in his novels, will display a selection of its contemporary models, representing the pinnacle of British motoring with the looks and power that you would expect in a 007 adventure. Breitling will display the original Navitimer wrist chronograph that Sean Connery wore in ‘THUNDERBALL’. For the event, the Swiss watch manufacture Breitling has also donated a Navitimer for a charity auction during the event”, says Steingrimsen.

Sir Roger Moore, who played British agent James Bond in no less than seven films, has long been an ambassador for UNICEF. The former 007 is a passionate advocate for children’s rights, and the proceeds of the auction will therefore go to UNICEF which is the world’s largest humanitarian organisation for children.

“In the books and films, one can get the impression that James Bond has nine lives. The rest of us only have one. UNICEF is grateful for this gift that will contribute to save lives and give all children a fair chance in life”, says Bernt G. ApelandExecutive Director of UNICEF Norway.

The exclusive evening will be complemented with gastronomic highlights worthy of the British secret agent, prepared by Dag Tjersland, one of Oslo’s top chefs. Expert bartenders from the Verité Cocktail Lounge will mix drinks of the 007 universe. Shaken, not stirred, naturally!

“I can promise an unforgettable evening, filled with James Bond style and glamour”, says Morten Andreas Steingrimsen.

For more information or interviews, please contact:
Morten Andreas Steingrimsen
Telephone: +47 938 19 910


Photos:  © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

Martine Beswick (Dancing Silhouette During Opening Credits, uncredited) in "Dr. No" (1962), (Zora, as Martin Beswick in opening credits) in "From Russia with Love" (1963) and (Paula Caplan) in "Thunderball" (1965)

Luciana Paluzzi (Viona Volpe) in "Thunderball" (1965)

Tonia Sotiropoulou (Bond's Lover) in "Skyfall" (2012)

Maryam d'Abo (Kara Milovy) in "The Living Daylights" (1987)

Carole Ashby (Octopussy Girl) in "Octopussy" (1983) and (Whistling Girl) in "A View to a Kill" (1985)

Carey Lowell (Pam Bouvier) in "Licence to Kill" (1989) and "007 Legends - videogame" (2012)

Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight) in "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1973)

"SPECTRE" official trailer

"SPECTRE" (2015) official trailer.  


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Meet the ladies of "SPECTRE"

Here are the ladies of "SPECTRE" (2015).


Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann

The doctor daughter of an assassin, Swann comes into contact with Bond at her Austrian clinic, and while there is a spark between them, their first meeting is abrupt, to say the least. "He comes to find her," Seydoux says, "and she doesn’t want anything to do with him." 
Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann
Photo: Jonathan Olley

Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra

Bond arrives in Italy looking for information from the widow, whose Mafioso husband has been murdered — a fate that might be waiting for her as well. "She comes from a man’s world," Bellucci says. "But when the attraction between them takes place and she realizes her feminine power on him, then she trusts him to save her." 
Monica Bellucci as Lucia Sciarra
and Daniel Craig as James Bond
Photo: Jonathan Olley


Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny

Moneypenny was a young and very green MI6 agent in 2012's Skyfall, and the events of the film — in which she nearly killed our favorite British superspy by accidentally shooting him — "made her reassess what she was doing as a profession and what she wanted to do with the rest of her life," Harris says. In Spectre, "she wants to support in a different way. There’s a maturity in that decision and a groundedness you see with her."

Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny
Photo: Francois Duhamel

Stephanie Sigman as Estrella

Sigman would love to say, but she's sworn to secrecy about pretty much everything involving her character, including her last name. But when it comes to Estrella's personality, "there's a lot of Stephanie in her. She's a lot like me," the Hollywood newcomer says. "We like to have fun and we're joyful people. I found her really easy to play and go with the flow and just be me."

Stephanie Sigman as Estrella
Photo: Jonathan Olley

Jennifer Brenner as Concierge
Leila Elbahy as Business Woman Passerby (uncredited)
Neve Gachev as Clinic Patron
Yumiko Hanasaka as Whitehall Commuter 
Lara Parmiani-Williams as Hotel Employee
Leona Rogers as Business woman 
Karol Steele as Londoner (uncredited)

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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Ask Dave Bautista after "SPECTRE" trailer

Watch the new trailer tomorrow and come back Thur for my chat w/ . Use for your Q’s

Source: Dave Bautista on Twitter

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Stay tuned for "SPECTRE" trailer: 22 July 2015

The trailer of "SPECTRE" (2015) will be released on Wednesday 22 July 2015, at 8am (BST).


Stay tuned with 007 Travelers and see the trailer with us!

Here it is!

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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Spy Museum (Vakoilumuseo) Tampere, Finland

What: Spy Museum - The first espionage museum in the world, established 1998.

Where: Satakunnankatu 18, FI-33210 Tampere, Finland

Visited by 007 Travelers: July 2015 

Opening times: 

Winter (Sept - May) Mon-Sat 12-18, Sun 11-17
Summer (June-August) Mon-Sat 10-18, Sun 11-17


Adults (18-99 years) 8 €
Students and children 6-17 years 6 €

Audio guide + 2 €
Agent Test + 5 €

Guided tour in week days 70 € and weekends 90 €
Under 6 years old children with family free of charge

007 Travelers visited Spy Museum located in Finlayson area in Tampere and met right away Mr. Tommi Eskola at the reception. Soon after that we met Mr. Teppo Turja, the founder of Spy Museum. He was there just for us. He told that he has established Spy Museum 1998 so it will be 18 years old on May 2016. The conservation of unusual and unique objects for future generations is one of the basic functions of the museum.

 Mr. Teppo Turja, the founder of Spy Museum


We were taken to a private tour and Teppo Turja told us interesting facts about the museum and its espionage devices. We learned as well about some agents who are the real life´s james bonds and counterespionage persons.

The most colorful, action packed and underground events in history should be brought into light. Find out which agent is the one who made his most notorious missions in Finland.

We entered the eavesdropping area where we noticed a photo of Sidney Reilly, and Mr. Turja said that Reilly is listed as an inspiration for James Bond.

Sidney Reilly
Photo: Wikipedia

Also according to Wikipedia "In Ian Fleming, The Man Behind James Bond by Andrew Lycett, Sidney Reilly is listed as an inspiration for James Bond. Reilly's friend, former diplomat and journalist Sir Robert Bruce Lockhart, was a close acquaintance of Ian Fleming for many years and recounted to Fleming many of Reilly's espionage adventures. Lockhart had worked with Reilly in Russia in 1918, where they became embroiled in an SIS-backed plot to overthrow Lenin's Bolshevik government. Within five years of his disappearance in Soviet Russia in 1925, the press had turned Reilly into a household name, lauding him as a master spy and recounting his many espionage adventures. Fleming had therefore long been aware of Reilly's mythical reputation and had listened to Lockhart's recollections. Like Fleming's fictional creation, Reilly was multi-lingual, fascinated by the Far East, fond of fine living, and a compulsive gambler."

Stig Bergling
Photo: Expressen
Oleg Gordievsky

Counterespionage persons for Bond in real life represent surely Stig Bergling, Oleg Gordievsky and Arne Treholt, not to mention Richard Sorge who was triple agent, reporter and Doctor of Philosophy. "Sorge was a tough guy but his weakness for beautiful women finally exposed him", Mr.Turja told us.

Arne Treholt
Richard Sorge

Mata Hari
Photo: Wikipedia

We were thrilled to hear about the women agents and we saw a golden ring which was once filled with poison. The ring is from 1910's and came to Spy Museum from Germany. There is an engraving on that ring,"MZ". Would it possible stand for Margaretha Geertruida Zelle alias Mata Hari? Mata Hari means "Sun" in Indonesian language.

Golden ring filled with poison
Margaretha Geertruida Zelle performed as oriental dancer Mata Hari at the beginning of 1900's. She spent luxury life with eminent men and provided secret military information for money during the First World War. The varietee dancer and double agent Mata Hari was convicted of spying for Germany and executed by shooting at the age of 41 on 15th of October 1917.

With twinkle in our eyes 007 Travelers remembers that it is said in James Bond parody "Casino Royale" (1967) that James Bond has a daughter with Mata Hari called Mata Bond. The role of Mata Bond was played by Joanna Pettet.


SOE (Special Operations Executive) - agent
SOE was a British wartime organization in the 1940's, An SOE-agent was dropped by a parachute into enemy territory and when safely on the ground the jump suit and parachute were buried. Under his jumpsuit an agent was wearing casual clothes.
Maybe after his jump SOE agent went to cocktail party like Bond did.

Invisible agent
A combat diver, who did espionage and sabotage attacks for the Soviet Union, is wearing an aqualung apparatus, which has a closed system with oxygen cylinders that does not raise revealing bubbles to the surface


"Espionage is a remarkable phenomenom that has affected world´s history", says Mr. Turja. Spying affects in all aspects of society life also today .Nowadays the most important shape of spying is Network espionage.
Spy Museum has the equipment for visitors to legally test how easy it is to capture an e-mail. An object not larger than a regular memory stick hidden into your computer recorded everything you typed on your keyboard. Today the object is obsolete and the actual spy gadget is hidden in your software.

Teppo Turja could not reveal the origin of most of the things in the museum because the equipment have been given to museum in the terms that the origin remains untold. That much he told that Spy Museum has received some espionage devices from Finnish Defence Forces.


Mr. Turja tells that war time Enigma and following items items are wanted for the collection of Spy Museum:

* Lehmann Ben Akiba camera
* KGB´s 1mm camera
* Sever desant radio


Left: KeyKatcher which is spying on computer
Right: Presidential safety alarm transmitter

Right: Presidential safety alarm transmitter
Mini bug detector P7040 and infrared radio

Eavesdropping of the Cold war

Investigative equipment masked as a Motorola beeper


Secret messages is written on the scalp. In order to hide the secret messages, people let their hair grow and messages were revealed by shaving the hair off.

"The Wormbox"
This cipher device was used in Finland from 1930s to 1980s. It was called the Wormbox because it was a plain plywood box full of paper strips. Newer versions were made of metal.

Telegram devices

Back: "Dead letter drops", where you can hide information in one form or other
Front: Coin stash and other agent stuff


Minox - the world's most legendary spy camera
Minox's first Riga -model was manufactured in Latvia in 1938. Minox quickly became very popular amongst espionage and intelligence organizations. Because of its small size and high quality it became an instant hit among spies.

James Bond (George Lazenby) using Minox camera in 
"On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969)
Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

KGB camera (Photo Sniper)
The sub-machine gun stock makes the KGB's Photo Sniper camera with its 300mm tele lens look like a real weapon. The camera weights three kilos. 
"Surely someone has zoomed James Bond with this", says Mr. Turja.

John Player Special (Minolta-16)
In this cigarette case has Minolta 16 inside and a couple of real cigarettes to enhance the disguise 


PPSH-41 sub-machine gun
The Russian sub-machine gun PPSH-41 was made utilizing to the drawings of Finland-sub-machine gun, that Viljo Pentikäinen delivered to the Soviet Union

Palm gun
Palm gun was developed in France in early 1800s. Inside the pistol there is a rolling disk with seven breeches for .32 calibre primers. When the palm gun was manufactured in the United Stated, it was named the Chicago Protector

A poison bullet pistol
A poison bullet pistol imitating a ball-point pen from Soviet Union

Mika / 007 Travelers


007 Travelers carried out Spy Museum´s Agent test.  Mr. Tommi Eskola entered the room with metal detector and we started our test. 

The test measures the candidates abilities in the field of espionage with eight different tasks including, code breaking, attack prevention with a laser weapon and finding a cache with a metal detector. Each candidate will receive a diploma that recommends them into an organization best suited for their ability.

007 Travelers passed the Agent test, scored 33 points and got a Diploma!
Spy Museum recommends 007 Travelers to Israel's intelligent service Mossad. How good are you? Go and test yourself.

Reserve 30-45 minutes to fulfill the test. Cost of the test is  5e/person + admission.


Surely you want to buy a pen with an invisible ink or other agent stuff? 007 Travelers did, of course!


One of the museum's educational goals is to make children and youths interested in museums in general.

Half of the Spy Museum´s visitors are foreign tourists and the other half is from Finland. The most memorable visitors according to Teppo Turja were Whitesnake bands members, who showed up suddenly to the Spy Museum! There have also visited people who are claimed to appear on the secret so called Tiitinen´s list, suspected of Stasi connections. At its best Spy Museum has over 20 000 visitors per year. You should visit too!

At the moment Teppo Turja has been on retirement for one year, and now his son Pirkka Turja leads Spy Museum. Spy Museum is a partner for 007 Travelers on THUNDERBALL 50 YEARS ANNIVERSARY SCREENING event on 15th of August 2015. See more information about the event here.


We recommend visiting Spy Museum in Tampere and accommodation in Solo Sokos Hotel Tampere, which was a choice of 007 Travelers.

Hotel: Solo Sokos Hotel Torni Tampere
Address: Ratapihankatu 43, Tampere, Finland
Room of 007 Travelers: Solo King with extra bed

Hotel opened in the autumn of 2014 and it is an awesome landmark in center of Tampere, right next to railway station. The hotel has 25 floors. The hotel was granted the Good Construction Award 2014. The award jury described the hotel as one of the most significant buildings in the townscape of Tampere in the history of the city.

Helpful staff in the lobby welcomed us and they told that we can buy tickets to amusement park Särkänniemi from the lobby. This was very handy! Reception personnel was quick and helpful when our child needed a plaster. We appreciate also quick reception services. Everything went smoothly, even when there were lots of people.

Our room was on the 12th floor and we moved there by using an elevator with a view. We found our double room with extra bed. Room decoration and view from the window was very lovely.

Solo King room with extra bed

There was Paja Bar's Tampere rock style menu in the room. We visited the bar which is decorated with guitars and clothes of rock icons of Tampere area, Finland. Next to Paja Bar is restaurant Grill it!, The restaurant décor contains elements from the original engine bay.

Paja Bar

Restaurant Grill it!

Solo Sokos Hotel Torni is a child friendly choice, there is children's playroom in downstairs. Playroom includes bouncy castle and other nice activities for children.

Black Angry Bird, "Bomb"

In the evening, we felt secured, due to guards in the lobby guiding customers to the elevators. We went up to 25th floor, where is Moro Sky Bar, which has 100 seats indoors and 150 seats on the terrace .The bar is stylishly decorated in a sporty spirit, including a fascinating Wall of Heroes paying a tribute to Tampere-based athletes who have achieved success in Olympic games. 007 Travelers enjoyed the spectacular view! This hotel is a great experience!