Bond Alumni: Tributes and Updates



  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,977MI6 Agent
    Michael Apted. A good director of all kinds of movies. RIP.
  • Dirty PunkerDirty Punker ...Your Eyes Only, darling."Posts: 2,587MI6 Agent
    Matt S wrote:
    He seemed to know what he was doing with Bond, and it’s a shame he only did one. TWINE was able to introduce new ideas to the Bond films that have been present ever since, but the classic Bond feel is always there. He would have been great with Craig.
    Felt like a modern Peter Hunt in OHMSS and a bit more polished at that.
    a reasonable rate of return
  • hehadlotsofgutshehadlotsofguts Durham England Posts: 2,106MI6 Agent

    Remembering Telly Savalas on what would've been his 99th birthday.
    Have you ever heard of the Emancipation Proclamation?"

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  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 3,005MI6 Agent

    I know it has already been posted in the general tributes thread but I felt the passing of Nikki van der Zyl should be posted here in the Bond Alumni thread. She will always be a part of Bond history and should have been more well known and credited than she was. RIP Nikki.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Charmed & DangerousCharmed & Dangerous Posts: 7,358MI6 Agent

    Sad to hear if the passing of Yaphet Kotto - a wonderful and menacing Bond villain:

    "How was your lamb?" "Skewered. One sympathises."
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,572Chief of Staff

    Very sad to hear this.

    I had the pleasure of speaking with him via phone on behalf of AJB not too long ago. An absolute gentleman and a delight to talk with.

  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 3,342Quartermasters

    RIP Yaphet Kotto. A fine actor, memorable Bond villain and I was delighted that Barbel was able to interview him on our behalf...great that he turned out to be a delightful gent.

  • nobodynobody Posts: 110MI6 Agent

    Rest in Peace Mr. Big. Yaphet Kotto was fantastic as Alonzo Mosely, FBI opposite DeNiro in "MIdnight Run"!

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 3,005MI6 Agent

    RIP Yaphet Kotto. Such a memorable and wonderful performance as Mr Big.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • JellyfishJellyfish EnglandPosts: 438MI6 Agent

    Paul Ritter, who had a small role as Guy Haines in Quantum of Solace, has died of a brain tumour at the age of 55. I always thought he was great in Friday Night Dinner and am sad he's died at such a young age.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,572Chief of Staff

    RIP Helen McCrory at the early age of 52.

  • PPK 7.65mmPPK 7.65mm Saratoga Springs NY USAPosts: 1,219MI6 Agent

    Not sure if anyone has heard of this or not but the upcoming British horror film Last Night in Soho, written and directed by Edgar Wright features the final performances of Bond girls Margaret Nolan (Dink in Goldfinger) and Dame Diana Rigg (Tracy from On Her Majesty's Secret Service) . It opens in both England and the USA in October. Having gotten into the horror genre over the last few years, I am very interested in seeing this.

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 3,005MI6 Agent

    Last Night in Soho looks like something to look forward to in October, Very atmospheric and great cast.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • PPK 7.65mmPPK 7.65mm Saratoga Springs NY USAPosts: 1,219MI6 Agent

    Longtime marketing/ publicity man Charles "Jerry" Jeroe has died at the age of 98. He worked on the first 16 films in the series and details his adventures with Bond and other films in his book "Bond, The Beatles and My Year with Marilyn". It is quite a read, I highly recommend it. More details about his amazing life can be found here:Charles ‘Jerry’ Juroe (1923-2021) - The EON publicity and marketing director for over 25 years has died at 98 - James Bond 007 :: MI6 - The Home Of James Bond (

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,572Chief of Staff

    RIP Leslie Bricusse, lyricist of "Goldfinger", "You Only Live Twice", "Mr Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" among many others. 90 years old.

  • superadosuperado Regent's Park West (CaliforniaPosts: 2,643MI6 Agent
    edited November 2021

    RIP to John Pearson who passed on Nov 13. He was Ian Fleming’s assistant at the Sunday London Times and authored the first Fleming biography, The Life of Ian Fleming and the Authorized Biography of 007, which is my favorite JB fictional narrative outside of the Fleming books. He also authored the books that were the bases for the recent movies, Legend starring Tom Hardy and All the Money in the World, starring Christopher Plummer. He also appeared in some of the John Cork documentaries featured in the Bond video discs.

    "...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....
  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,319MI6 Agent

    Just read that Tommy Lane from Live and Let Die has passed away aged 83, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • Bond fan from OzBond fan from Oz Posts: 88MI6 Agent

    Monty Norman, who composed the James Bond theme, has passed away. RIP.

  • Matt SMatt S Oh Cult Voodoo ShopPosts: 6,593MI6 Agent

    I don't know if he counts as a Bond alumni since he only worked on Casino Royale '67, but Burt Bacharach has died! His music for the film is the best thing about the film, particularly "The Look of Love".

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  • The Domino EffectThe Domino Effect Posts: 3,631MI6 Agent

    Burt Bacharach is one of those people who you know a little about, and then when he dies and you see a list of things he composed you just keep saying "I didn't know he did that!"

  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 3,857MI6 Agent
    edited February 9

    I just posted this video link in the general Tributes thread but here it is again, to be sure everyone can enjoy it: Dusty Springfield singing the Look of Love, i think the best song from any Bond film

    and heres Herb Alpert's music from the main credits

    the soundtrack LP is well worth searching for, it has the reputation as one of the best sounding LPs ever recorded, a stereo demonstration classic

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,977MI6 Agent

    Thanks for these links, @caractacus potts I have the album on Cd and it's veery good, although not a traditional 'Bond' sounding soundtrack. I'd agree The Look of Love is an exceptional song, not just from a movie, but a great song all round and wonderfully delivered by Dusty. That's probably my fav scene from the whole film - "Do you have the book or is it still in your bed?" is a more slyly obvious seduction line than anything Maibaum ever wrote, but feels quintessentially Bond - and the pictorial framing of the scene is very good. The song was Oscar nominated, which none of the EON songs from the sixties were, which tells you more about the Academy than is does about Burt Bacharach, but a deserved citation nonetheless.

  • Smithers500Smithers500 Spectre IslandPosts: 1,319MI6 Agent

    Ricou Browning, who directed the underwater sequences for Thunderball and Never Say Never Again has passed away at the age of 93, RIP.

    Japanese proverb say, "Bird never make nest in bare tree".
  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 5,750MI6 Agent

    Ricou Browning was famously the titular Creature From The Black Lagoon in the underwater scenes (and the sequels), he was 93, RIP.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,572Chief of Staff

    Topol, 1938-2023.

  • Golrush007Golrush007 South AfricaPosts: 3,342Quartermasters

    RIP Topol. His Columbo is certainly one of my favourite characters of the Roger Moore era, and reminiscent of classic allies like Kerim Bey.

    Also, I've always loved Fiddler on the Roof and his performance in that film.

  • chrisno1chrisno1 LondonPosts: 2,977MI6 Agent

    Oh no... RIP Topol

  • Xfire2k15Xfire2k15 Posts: 31MI6 Agent

    Congratulations to Michelle Yeoh for winning the Best Actress Oscar!

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 35,572Chief of Staff

    Sad to hear about the death of Tina Turner at 83

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