Behind The Scenes Of Bond
Pinewood Studios, Sunday 22nd July 2007


July 22nd 2007 was the date of the "Behind The Scenes Of Bond" event at Pinewood Studios. In previous years has organised events at the studio with actors from the films (an Afternoon With Richard Kiel; A Celebration of Bond and An Evening with George Lazenby; and Bondgirls Are Forever), but this year's event was to pay tribute to the men and women who created the magic behind the camera.


The Mansion House & Gatsby Suite
Pinewood's mansion house & Gatsby Suite

Upon arriving at 9.30am guests enjoyed tea, coffee and biscuits and were able to browse merchandise stalls from Bond and Beyond, the Cinema Store and Robin Harbour. Robert Sellers was on hand to sign copies of his recently published book, The Battle For Bond and Christopher Wood was busy signing copies of his autobiography "James Bond...The Spy I Loved" . Several of our celebrity guests started arriving, and enjoyed talking informally with fans and signing autographs.


James Devis, John Willis, Jean Goyette and Peter Lamont
Andy Carslaw and Christopher Wood
James Devis, John Willis, Jean Goyette and Peter Lamont
Andy Carslaw meets  screenwriter
Christopher Wood

Following a studio tour, encompassing the studio lot, the new 007 stage, London street set and gardens – and including a talk from Terry Ackland-Snow in the new ‘007 Production Design Foyer’ – fans mingled with our guests and enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch in the Pinewood gardens. Despite torrential rain in the days leading up to the event, we were blessed with fantastically beautiful weather all day long!


John Glen & Norman Wanstall
John Glen & Lewis Gilbert
Director John Glen and Dubbing
Editor Norman Wanstall
Director's John Glen and Lewis Gilbert

Our guests during the day included:

Directors Lewis Gilbert and John Glen; production designers Sir Ken Adam, Peter Lamont, Terry Ackland-Snow and Peter Murton; writer Christopher Wood; second unit director Arthur Wooster; DoPs Alan Hune and Alec Mills; camera operators John Harris and James Devis; continuity girls June Randall and Elaine Schreyeck; editors  Peter Davies, Norman Wanstall and Vernon Messenger; Bond premiere photographer Harry Myers; United Artists Publicist John Willis; production managers Terry Bamber and Malcolm Christopher; stuntmen and co-ordinators  Martin Grace and Terry Mountain; production office executives Reg Barkshire and Golda Offenheim.


Peter Murton, Peter Lamont and Sir Kenneth Adam
Legendary production designers Peter Murton, Peter Lamont and Sir Kenneth Adam


Following lunch, attendees assembled in Theatre 7 for 2 ½ hours of film clips, talks and Q&As with our special guests – all giving an insight into their working lives and revealing many interesting facts, figures and anecdotes.


A cream tea followed, along with more mingling and autograph signing before guests assembled on the patio area for Martin Grace and Terry Mountain’s talk on stunt work, and their wonderfully entertaining stunt demonstration.


Terry Mountain and Martin Grace
Terry Ackland-Snow
Terry Mountain and Martin Grace
performing a stunt demonstration

Terry Ackland-Snow in the new 007
Production Design foyer


At around 6.15pm, our ever enthusiastic visitors made their way back to the Pine Room to collect their goodie bags of a Pinewood book, Bond DVD, Casino Royale playing cards, magazines and discount vouchers.


An absolutely packed day and one of our best ever events met with unanimous approval from everyone in attendance with everyone asking "now what about next year!"


As always, a big thank you to all our special guests and everyone who helped out during the day. We'd also like to thank all our guests for supporting our event and we hope to see some of you again next year!


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"Thank you so much for organising this event. This is the first time I have been to such an event and I would not hesitate to come again in the future (please feel free to put me on the mailing list). I have brought away many happy memories from the event (it's hard to single out any particular favourites although meeting directors Lewis and John, holding the Oscar with Norman and showing Sir Ken the Art Of Bond book which he had not seen were definitely among them)" - Andy Carslaw, UK


"It was a genuine pleasure to attend this event, in my eyes the best you have staged so far and I was very happy to meet all of your kind and friendly guests as there were many I had neither met nor seen before. I can nothing but take my hat off for you guys, a wonderful and perfectly organised day and I am nothing but grateful and pleased" - Anders Frejdh, Sweden