Friday, 31 August 2018

007 Event: San Sebastian Festival with Judi Dench (25 September 2018)

What: San Sebastian Festival
Where: Tabakalera, Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea, Plaza de las Cigarreras, 1, 2ª planta, San Sebastian, Spain

When: 25 September 2018

The British actress Judi Dench will receive the prestigious Donostia Award at the 66th edition of the San Sebastian Festival next month. The Festival’s highest honorary award will be presented on Tuesday, September 25th, prior to the screening of Trevor Nunn’s "Red Joan", in which Dench plays a woman whose tranquil life is suddenly disrupted when she’s arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia.

This will be Dench’s first visit to San Sebastian.

Judi Dench as M in "Skyfall" (2012)
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Judi Dench played a role of M, the head of MI6, starting from "GoldenEye" (1995). She appeared in all four Pierce Brosnan's Bond movies and three Daniel Craig's 007 films from "Casino Royale" (2006) to "Skyfall" (2012). She was also briefly visible in "SPECTRE" (2015).

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Monday, 27 August 2018

007 Event: James Bond symposium in Cineways Film Festival 2018 (1 September 2018)

What: James Bond symposium in Cineways Film Festival 2018
Where: IT Campus Westbahnhof, Westbahnhof 11, Braunschweig, Germany
When: 1 September 2018

Special Bond star appearance:

Corinne Cléry
Corinne Dufour in "Moonraker" (1979)

A special day for Bond fans: from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm, the IT Campus Westbahnhof in Braunschweig awaits you with an exciting program. 

In addition to an exclusive film about the opening of the 007 Elements cinema installation in Sölden and then there will be interesting lecture by Bond expert Danny Morgenstern. 

The highlight of the day will be the large panel talk with guest star Corinne Cléry, who will tell detailed information about her career as well as the shooting of "Moonraker" (1979). Of course, Corinne is also available for photos and autographs.

The big JAMES BOND EVENING starts this year already at 17:30 with the world premiere of our in-house documentary, "For Our Eyes Only: John Glen". At 20:00, Roger Moore spectacularly saves the world in "Moonraker". Guest star of the evening Corinne Cléry will give an introduction to the film and will receive the Cineways James Bond Award. Afterwards there is an evening party  - of course shaken, not stirred!

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Saturday, 25 August 2018

007 is 88

Happy 88th birthday, Sean Connery! 

WhoThomas Sean Connery

Born25 August 1930, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

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Sean Connery trivia facts:
  • Formerly worked as a milk delivery man. During his time as a milkman, Connery delivered to Fettes School in Edinburgh – the same school which James Bond attended in Ian Fleming‘s novels following his expulsion from Eton.

  • Of the six actors who have played James Bond, he is the only one who, like Bond, served in the Royal Navy.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

007 Food: Fish stew, beans and rice

Food: Fish stew, beans and rice
Bond book appearance: Moneypenny Diaries (2005)
Experience of 007 Travelers: Self-made

"We arrived at the house just as the sky was beginning to pale. Jose's mother opened the door warily to our knock, but appeared delighted when she saw me and quickly pulled us both inside. Through sign language, I managed to ask her if we could use the small upstairs room again, and when she disappeared into the kitchen, I rushed upstairs and went straight to the bed.The relief was extraordinary: there it was, the Delco radio, wedged into the corner under the bed where I'd left it. I went back to downstairs with a lighter heart. Jose's mother emerged from the kitchen a few minutes later with the inevitable bowls of fish stew, beans and rice. We ate them watching dawn break over the port. I felt the excitement flood back into my veins. It was the 4th of October."
Kate Westbrook: "Moneypenny Diaries" (2005) 

Ingredients of Fish Stew

12 medium-sized potatoes in ½ inch slices
4 onions sliced
4 ripe tomatoes, peeled and deseed, diced
2 lb mix of different kinds of fish
2 green peppers sliced
1 cup white wine
1 bunch fresh parsley or cilantro, half of it chopped
One bay leaf
Olive oil and salt to taste
1 dried chili pepper (optional)

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Bond 25 announcement: Danny Boyle out!

Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig today (21 August 2018) announced that due to creative differences Danny Boyle has decided to no longer direct Bond 25.

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In Memoriam: Count Prince Miller (1935-2018)

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Who: Count Prince Miller
Born: 1935, Jamaica
Died: 16 August 2018, London, England

Clarence Linberg Miller better known as Count Prince Miller (1935 – 16 August 2018) was a Jamaican-born British actor and musician.

He had a small part as Nightclub dancer in first James Bond film "Dr. No" (1962)

007 Travelers express our sincere sympathy to his family.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

007 Travelers in newspaper

Publishing date: 16 August 2018

007 Travelers in newspaper, August/2018.

The headline of the story is:
"On the trails of James Bond in Costa del Sol"

The story is on page 10. The text is only in Finnish.

Text and Photos: 007 Travelers

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Friday, 17 August 2018

007 Travel story: Oxford (ENGLAND) 2017

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Friday 10 November 2017

We were already at 7AM waiting for the breakfast and we had a wonderful one at Macdonald Hotel Bear. A waiter asked us if we wanted some warm breakfast, Pirita took an omelet and after some hesitation Mika said that "I could take porridge". The waiter said that since it is so early, they didn't have porridge, but he added that some girl could go and get it from a food store nearby. Just great customer service, we would say! 

After the breakfast we made a short walking tour around the centre of Woodstock.

Woodstock Town Hall

Then we took our bags and found a bus and traveled back to Oxford.


Oxford is a city in the South East region of England and the county town of Oxfordshire. With an estimated 2016 population of 170,350, it is the 52nd largest city in the United Kingdom, and one of the fastest growing and most ethnically diverse. The city is situated 57 miles (92 km) from London, 69 miles (111 km) from Bristol, 65 miles (105 km) from both Southampton and Birmingham and 25 miles (40 km) from Reading.

The city is known worldwide as the home of the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. (Wikipedia)

We left the bus station and walked along the main street of Oxford and saw the New Theatre in George Street, a place where Roger Moore kept his "An evening with Roger Moore" on 14th of September 2014 when his tour stopped in Oxford.

We walked a bit and took a look at the nice buildings in Oxford.

We were hungry and it was already a lunch time, so we ate in ASK Italian restaurant on the other side of the street where the theatre was. Pirita ate Pollo Milanese and Mika Penne Arabiata. After lunch we left our luggage at Tourist info and this is very convenient way to get rid off your bags for some hours if you want to explore the city without carrying too much with you!

Pirita had been to Oxford earlier studying English in a language course for a month back in 1990 and we tried to locate the house where Pirita lived and perhaps even the family who lived there at that time. We gave the address "Coolidge Close 1" to taxi driver and we found the place.

Coolidge Close, 1

We found the house, but it looked like that it was now some kind of rental place for students or others that needed a place to stay. At least nobody was home and we could not found any names anywhere. Anyway, we took some photos of the house and were ready to go back to Oxford city centre. But that was easier said than done, because we could not find a taxi anywhere. Luckily we saw a hospital nearby and there was a place where we could order a taxi. We showed the taxi driver a screenshot of "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), but he was not able to tell us the exact place where Bond (Pierce Brosnan) parked his car when studying Danish language in one of Oxfords colleges.

The taxi driver left us to some corner where it was prohibited to drive a car and we walked around the lovely college area and saw many students running and walking in the streets of Oxford. The colleges and streets of Oxford can be seen in many movies including Daniel Craig movie "Golden Compass" (2007) and 1997 "The Saint" movie, starring Val Kilmer as Simon Templar. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018) movie's opening act was also filmed in Oxford. Although those scenes did not include Pierce Brosnan.

There are beautiful narrow alleys and lovely buildings with nice details in Oxford, like Hertford Bridge, which is also called Bridge of Sighs of Oxford.

Pirita / 007 Travelers and Hertford Bridge or Bridge of Sighs

Two different colleges can be seen in "Tomorrow Never Dies". Brasenose College can be noticed quite briefly and we found it quite easily.

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Then New College seemed to be a harder case. We showed the screenshot of TND to several people and asked where might the place be where Bond left his car, but nobody seemed to recognize the place. We knew that we were close, but when asking people they said that they haven't seen that place. But we didn't give up and finally we realized that we should be able to find the entrance to New College from Holywell Street. And there it was!

We showed the picture to a guard at the entrance and he confirmed that this is the place. He said that he would not allow people to leave bicycles where they are in the movie....

We took some pics and the place looked still quite much the same as in 1997. Although the tree had grown quite much :)

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Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

We walked back to collect our luggage, but before that we bought some nice Oxford College souvenirs from Experience Oxfordshire shop and from tourist info as well.

Now it was time to travel to London. We bought the bus tickets and the bus was quite soon totally full. Compared to bus which brought us there a day before, this was cheaper one and was not that convenient. Also the journey took much longer time, also due to Friday queues in traffic.

We reached London around seven o'clock and left the bus at Marble Arch stop and took a taxi to our first London hotel, which was near Hyde Park and was called Blakemore Hyde Park (£95,36 / night). Our room number was 011.

After arriving at the hotel we just left our bags in our room and went for a short walk around the block and came back to eat dinner at hotel's bar.

After this it was time to go to sleep and get ready for the next day, which was full of Bonding, locations and Bond girls!

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Thursday, 16 August 2018

007-matkakertomus: Oxford (ENGLANTI) 2017

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Perjantai 10 marraskuuta 2017 

Olimme valmiina aamiaiselle heti klo 7.00 ja söimmekin mainion brekkarin Macdonald Hotel Bearissa. Tarjoilija kysyi haluaisimmeko lämmintä aamupalaa ja Piritan ottaessa omeletin, Mika pienen epäröinnin jälkeen sanoi ottavansa puuroa. Tarjoilija sanoi kuitenkin, että oli niin aikaista, ettei heillä ole vielä puuroa, mutta hän lisäsi, että tarjoilijatar voisi käydä hakemassa sitä lähikaupasta. Hienoa asiakaspalvelua kyllä, voisi sanoa! 
Aamiaisen jälkeen teimme pikku kävelykierroksen Woodstockin keskustassa.

Woodstockin kaupungintalo

Sitten otimme bussin ja matkustimme takaisin Oxfordiin.

Oxford on noin 154 000 asukkaan kaupunki Oxfordshiren kreivikunnassa Englannissa. Se sijaitsee noin 80 kilometrin päässä Lontoosta luoteeseen. Kaupungin läpi virtaa kaksi jokea, Cherwell ja Thames, joista jälkimmäistä kutsutaan kaupungin alueella nimellä ”Isis”.

Oxfordin rakennukset edustavat jokaista Englannin arkkitehtuurikautta saksien saapumisen jälkeen. Oxfordin yliopisto on englanninkielisen maailman vanhin yliopisto. (Wikipedia)

Lähdimme bussiasemalta ja kävelimme Oxfordin pääkatua pitkin ja näimme George Streetillä New Theatren, jossa Roger Moore esiintyi, kun "An Evening with Roger Moore" - kiertue pysähtyi Oxfordissa syyskuussa 2014.

Kävelimme ympäriinsä ja katselimme Oxfordin kauniita rakennuksia.

Nälkä yllätti ja koska olikin jo lounasaika, menimme teatteria vastapäätä olevaan ASK Italian- ravintolaan syömään. Piritalle Pollo Milanese ja Mikalle Penne Arabiata. Lounaan jälkeen jätimme matkalaukkumme turisti-infoon, joka on oikein näppärä tapa, mikäli haluaa jättää ylimääräiset kannettavat tavarat muutamaksi tunniksi säilöön. Näin pääsee paremmin kiertelemään kaupungilla!

Pirita oli ollut kielikurssilla opiskelemassa englantia kuukauden ajan jo vuonna 1990 ja yritimme nyt paikallistaa talon jossa hän asui opiskelunsa aikana, ja ehkäpä jopa perheen jonka luona asui silloin. Annoimme osoitteen "Coolidge Close 1" taksikuskille ja löysimme paikan.

Coolidge Close, 1

Löysimmekin talon, mutta näytti siltä, että se oli nyt jonkinlaisena vuokra-asuntona opiskelijoille ja sellaisille jotka tarvitsivat asuntoa. Ainakaan ketään ei ollut kotona, emmekä löytäneet mitään nimiä postilaatikoista tai muualtakaan. Joka tapauksessa otimme muutaman kuvan ja olimme valmiita lähtemään takaisin Oxfordin keskustaan. Mutta sepä olikin helpommin sanottu kuin tehty, koska emme löytäneet mistään takseja. Onneksi löysimme läheltä sairaalan, josta saimme tilattua taksin. Näytimme taksikuskille kuvakaappauksen elokuvasta "Huominen ei koskaan kuole" (1997), mutta hän ei oikein osannut sanoa paikkaa mihin Bond (Pierce Brosnan) parkkeeraa autonsa mennessään opiskelemaan tanskan kieltä yhteen Oxfordin yliopistoista.

Taksikuski jätti meidät johonkin pieneen tienkulmaan, josta ei saanut ajaa eteenpäin autolla, joten kävelimme pitkin collegen alueita ja näimme monia opiskelijoita juoksentelemassa ja kävelemässä Oxfordin katuja. Oxfordin yliopistot ja kadut on nähty monissa elokuvissa, kuten Daniel Craigin tähdittämässä elokuvassa "Kultainen kompassi" (2007) ja vuoden 1997 "Pyhimys" - elokuvassa, jossa nähtiin Val Kilmer esittämässä Simon Templaria. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" (2018) - elokuvan alkuosa oli myös kuvattu Oxfordissa. Pierce Brosnania ei näissä otoksissa kuitenkaan nähty.

Oxfordissa on kauniita pikku kujia ja ihania rakennuksia, joissa on hienoja yksityiskohtia, kuten Hertford Bridge, jota joskus Huokausten sillaksikin Oxfordissa kutsutaan.

Pirita / 007 Travelers ja Hertford Bridge eli Huokausten silta 

Kaksi eri yliopistoa voi huomata "Huominen ei koskaan kuole" - elokuvassa. Brasenose College nähdään vain lyhyesti ja mekin löysimme sen varsin helposti.

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New College näytti olevan vaikeampi tapaus. Näytimme kuvakaappausta Bond-leffasta usealle ihmiselle ja kysyimme missä paikka johon Bond jättää autonsa saattaisi olla, mutta kukaan ei näyttänyt tietävän sijaintia. Tiesimme olevamme lähellä, emmekä kuitenkaan antaneet periksi ja lopulta tajusimme, että meidän pitäisi löytää sisäänkäynti New Collegeen Holywell Streetin puolelta. Ja sieltähän se lopulta löytyi!

Näytimme kuvaa vartijalle sisäänkäynnin luona ja hän vahvisti, että olemme oikeassa paikassa. Hän sanoi, ettei kyllä sallisi polkupyöriä jätettävän paikkaan jossa ne ovat elokuvassa...

Otimme muutaman kuvan ja totesimme paikan näyttävän edelleen samalta kuin se näytti vuonna 1997. Ainoastaan puu collegen sisäänkäynnin kohdalla näytti kasvaneen aika paljon.

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Photo © EON, United Artists, Danjaq LLC

Kävelimme takaisin noutamaan matkatavaramme, mutta sitä ennen ostimme vielä kivoja Oxford - matkamuistoja Experience Oxfordshire -kaupasta, samoin kuin turisti-infosta.

Nyt oli aika matkustaa Lontooseen. Ostimme matkaliput ja bussi oli pian aivan täysi. Verrattuna bussiin jolla tulimme edellisenä päivänä, tämä oli halvempi ja ei ihan niin mukava matkustaa. Myös matka kesti pidemmän aikaa, tosin syynä oli myös perjantairuuhkat liikenteessä.

Saavuimme Lontooseen seitsemän maissa ja hyppäsimme bussista Marble Archin pysäkillä ja otimme taksin ensimmäiseen Lontoon hotelliimme, joka oli lähellä Hyde Parkia, ja joka oli nimeltään Blakemore Hyde Park (£95,36 / yö). Huoneemme numero oli 011.

Saavuttuamme hotellille jätimme matkatavarat huoneeseemme ja lähdimme pienelle kävelylenkille korttelin ympäri tullaksemme pian takaisin illalliselle hotellin baariin.

Tämän jälkeen olikin aika mennä nukkumaan ja valmistautua seuraavaan päivään, joka olisi täynnä Bondausta, kuvauspaikkoja ja Bond-tyttöjä!

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