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Whistler Reads: DEVIL MAY CARE

abstract:May 28th was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond 007. To commemorate the date the Fleming estate commissioned renowned British fiction author, Sebastian Faulks to write a new novel for the series, released around the world in 21 languages amid a blaze of publicity not seen since the last Harry Potter book. It's titled Devil May Care (James Bond). It was the Whistler Reads pick for the summer, and members had frivolous fun at the September 13th party! Check out the event pictures and the resources we collected for you. Consider making a donation to Whistler Reads

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August 25, 2008

Pictures From Our Event

Our body-painted models: Kelly, Roxy and Rachele.
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Party Details

You arrive to the secret, stunning, private Whistler chateau. A valet toting a faux machine gun directs you. Walking down the elegant stone driveway lined with lush foliage you hear the beat of the DJ playing house music and Bond mixes. The driveway is lined with a selection of luxury cars. You are greeted by a beautiful Bond hostess and handed a delicious Vesper martini- no drink charges here. As you enter the house the staircase has Agent Provocateur models in the new fall collection of lingerie, while Bond clips play on the plasma screen at the end of the room. You snatch a delicious appetizer from the girl in the white bikini with a knife strapped to her leg - is she Ursula Andress? Mmmm, delicious. The appis are courtesy of the newest of Whistler's top hotel kitchens - the Nita Lake Lodge: duck, tuna, achiote, chanterelles. The blackjack table overlooks a stunning Whistler view where a crowd of of 007's, evil-doers and femme fatales bet against the house. Ahhhh. You've just arrived at the best party in Whistler this year. Prepared to be shaken and stirred. Best costume prizes, test your knowledge with the Bond trivia quiz.

Party Ideas

Click here for a list of all the 50 bond girls, the movie they were featured in, and the name of the actress.

Bond 50—photomontage by Chris Shackleton

Guys in tuxedos - packing...
Girls in gowns, jumpsuits with pointy bras, bikinis, painted gold - packing...
Martinis - of course!
What is Lillet Blanc?
Vintage and recent footage on screen: opening scenes, fights scenes, love scenes, stunt scenes...
Gambling tables...
Target practice with faux Walther PPK's
Theme Song trivia - Name that tune
Display of a Bentley, Bond's latest luxury car?

Take the Quiz

1) What did Fleming do for a living before the war?
2) What position did Fleming hold in WWII that would form the basis for his spy knowledge?
3) What is the name of the property in the Bahamas where Ian Fleming wrote his novels after the war?
4) Ian was quite a ladies man. When did he finally marry and who was she married to previously?
5) What two sports did Fleming play frequently and well?
6) What year did he die?

1) What year was the first Fleming novel published and what was its title?
2) How many Bond novels are in the series, and which have been adapted to film?
3) What is the name of the children's book that Fleming wrote for his son?
4) What is the plot of the Thunderball movie and what real life story inspired the film?
5) What ball park figure of books have sold so far?
6) Have you read "Devil May Care"?

1) Name all of the actors to play James Bond 007 - there are 6. Who is your favorite and why?
2) Which movies did singer Shirley Basset record the opening theme songs?
3) Which actress is the only woman to have played in two Bond movies?
4) When filming "Thunderball" did Sean O'Connery actually swim with the sharks in the swimming pool scene? What was the [actor] shark's real name?
5) Which actor's lines were completely overdubbed?
6) Who was the first producer (team) of the Bond films?
7) Amy Winehouse is furious that she didn't get picked to perform the latest Bond theme song. What is she threatening to do about it, and who actually won?

8) Who has composed the most scores for Bond movies?
9) What do you know about the actress who paid Ms. MoneyPenny?
Answers at bottom

Associated Press had this to say about the new Ian Fleming novel.

"Ah, Mr. Bond, so good to have you back." Britain's most famous secret agent returns to the page in the novel Devil May Care, Already topping Amazon's best-seller list in Britain, this is a lucrative new chapter for a franchise that has sold 100 million copies since the suave spy first appeared in "Casino Royale" in 1952.

"This is not usually how I spend my days," said the book's author, Sebastian Faulks, facing a barrage of cameras and reporters' questions at a packed news conference. A day earlier, he had launched the book aboard a Royal Navy warship, accompanied by a blonde model in a red catsuit.

"I'm a guy who does the crossword in the morning, writes for eight hours and then goes home and watches football." Faulks, 55, the author of popular, respected literary novels including Birdsong and Charlotte Gray, was a surprise choice by Ian Fleming's family to revive 007 in print. Faulks said he was astonished to be asked; Fleming's niece, Lucy Fleming, said she was surprised he accepted. But both sides say they are happy with the result, and hopeful it will please Bond purists.

Lucy Fleming said her uncle, born 100 years ago "was a complex man with great humor, kindness and many different interests. He put a lot of his favorite things into his books — skiing, swimming and the underwater world, cars, gadgets, martinis and, of course, women."

Faulks has kept most of the key ingredients for Devil May Care. There is a glamorous, colorfully named woman — Scarlett Papava — and a memorably disfigured villain, Julius Gorner, who has an oversized monkey's paw for a hand.

Set in 1967, the book is a Cold War tale of the international drug trade that takes Bond to Iran, the Caspian Sea, and Russia — locations and issues that are "still alive to us today," Faulks said. Along the way, 007 experiences sex, vivid violence, and implausible escapes from almost certain death.

Faulks said he knows "one or two" real-life spies, and he has already researched the world of 1960s British espionage for a nonfiction book, The Fatal Englishman. But most of his preparation for Devil May Care came through reading the 14 Bond books Fleming completed before his death in 1964.

"I expected them to be fairly pulp fiction, not much from the literary point of view," Faulks said. "I was pleasantly surprised — they were stylish, well written in a crisp, journalistic style." Faulks said his book was "an affectionate homage to a playful character who has brought enormous pleasure" to millions of readers

Faulks said he tried to stick to the literary Bond, a more fragile figure than the hero of the movies. As the book opens, Bond is a lonely, listless man on enforced medical leave, denied his martinis and forced to "(retire) to bed no later than 10 o'clock with only a paperback book and a powerful barbiturate for company."

Faulks said the Bond of the books "is that much more vulnerable. He doesn't rely on gadgetry or superhero tactics or techniques. He relies on his own resourcefulness." Armed only with a small pistol, he is "underpowered, under-armed. He's a kind of civilian." Faulks said he hoped he had captured Fleming's style without tipping over into parody. "It's very difficult," he said. You want to imitate somebody's style but you don't want to parody them."

He said he did it "by making sure that the story itself is a good story. The book stands or falls by whether people find the story robust, full of twists and turns and exciting." Bond fans have yet to pass judgment, but many were excited by the launch. Dozens lined up overnight outside Waterstone's bookstore in central London to buy 200 signed and numbered special editions on sale for $200.

"Every British boy wants to be Bond," said Daniel Woolman, 25. Faulks, meanwhile, said he was looking forward to "resuming my more serious-minded novels."

Triva Answers

1) He worked as a sub-editor and journalist for the Reuters news service, including time in 1933 in Moscow, and then as a stockbroker with Rowe and Pitman, in Bishopsgate.
2) He worked as the personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence of the Royal Navy, first as a Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve lieutenant, and subsequently promoted to Lieutenant Commander, then Commander. His known codename was 17F
3) In Ian Fleming's interview published in Playboy in December 1964, he states, "I had happened to be reading Reflections in a Golden Eye by Carson McCullers, and I'd been involved in an operation called Goldeneye during the war: the defense of Gibraltar, supposing that the Spaniards had decided to attack it; and I was deeply involved in the planning of countermeasures which would have been taken in that event. Anyway, I called my place Goldeneye." The estate, next door to that of Fleming's friend and rival Noel Coward, is now the centerpiece of an exclusive resort by the same name.
4) His marriage in Jamaica in 1952 to Anne Charteris, daughter of Lord Wemyss and former wife of Viscount Rothermere, was witnessed by his friend, playwright Noel Coward.
5) Golf and tennis.
6) He died in 1964 from heart failure. He was a heavy smoker and drinker most of his life.

1) The first Fleming novel, Casino Royale was published in 1953. The first sentence went, "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning..."
2) Fourteen Bond novels are in the series: Casino Royale (1953), Live and Let Die (1954), Moonraker (1955), Diamonds Are Forever (1956), From Russia with Love (1957), Dr. No (1958), Goldfinger (1959), For Your Eyes Only (1960), Thunderball (1961), The Spy Who Loved Me (1962), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1963), You Only Live Twice (1964), The Man with the Golden Gun (1965), Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) ?
3) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was published (1964). It was made into a movie (1968) starring Dyke Van Dyke.
4) Commander Lionel "Buster" Crabb was the naval war hero whose headless body was found more than a year after he was sent by M16 to inspect the hull of a Soviet cruiser- the incident provoked a political furore. Fleming sent Bond out to investigate the hull of the Disco Volante in Thunderball.
5) The Bond books have sold over 100 million copies since inception (and prior to the last edition by Faulks)

1) Sean Connery played in 6 films, George Lazenby played in only 1 film (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Roger Moore played in 7 films, Timothy Dalton played in 2 films, Pierce Brosnan played in 4 films, Daniel Craig played in 2 films. The first film had a budget of $1M and the last film had a budget of $230M. The newest movie in the series, Quantum of Solace, is to be released in the UK on October 31, 2008 and in the US on November 7, 2008.
2) Dame Shirley Basset performed the theme songs to the James Bond films Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and Moonraker (1979).
3) Maud Adams, the Swedish actress, is known for her roles as two different Bond girls in two James Bond films, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and as the title character in Octopussy (1983).
4) When filming "Thunderball" a non-connecting passage failed and Sean O'Connery actually did swim with the sharks in the swimming pool scene. The [actor] shark's real name was Old Albert.
5)Fröbe was cast for the role of Auric Goldfingeras because the producers saw his performance as a child molester in a German film. Fröbe, who did not speak English, said his lines phonetically, but was too slow. In order to dub him, he had to double the speed of his performance to get the right tempo. He was dubbed over by Michael Collins.
6) EON was the name of the film company started by producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman in 1961. In 1975 after nine Bond films, Harry Saltzman sold his shares of Danjaq to United Artists (the then-current Bond series distributor). Although Albert R. Broccoli died in 1996, EON Productions is still owned by the Broccoli family, specifically Albert R. Broccoli's daughter, Barbara Broccoli, and his stepson, Michael G. Wilson, who are the current producers of the James Bond films.
7) Amy Winehouse is furious that she didn't get picked to perform the latest Bond theme song. She is threatening to release her own version on the same day as the new Bond film score is released and prove hands down her song hits the top of the charts. The winning singer is Alicia Keys.
8) John Barry composed 3 James Bond scores: Thunderball, From Russia With Love, and Goldfinger.
9) Canadian-born Lois Maxwell starred in 14 James Bond movies as Miss Moneypenny; she died in 2007 at the age of 80.

Photo courtesy Agent Provocateur "Tableaux Vivant"—Tim Bret Day

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