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James Bond And The Seiko Moonraker Watch

When you think of Bond, James Bond, what are the first things to pop into your head? Style, savoir faire attitude maybe? Skilled agent who is capable of completing the mission at all costs, regardless of bodily harm or collateral damage? Secret agent quick with a quip or gadget for any situation? I think those are certainly all correct considering the six actors that have played Ian Fleming’s 007 so far. I suppose one doesn’t normally think of the watches that Bond wears in the films though, especially the Seiko Moonraker watch!

Actually Seiko and James Bond have been linked in more than just 1979’s Moonraker. 007 switched to an Seiko digital watch starting in 1977 in fact with The Spy Who Loved Me.
Seiko Moonraker Watch - The Spy Who Loved Me

Certainly Rolex was the timepiece brand of choice for 007 in the original novels by Ian Fleming. As well as those worn by Sean Connery in Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and even Thunderball. However, Connery would often wear two watches in some films. Case in point the Gruen Precision in Dr. No, and Goldfinger.

Roger Moore’s seven film run started with the switch to digital, which makes sense, right? A new Bond for a new ‘modern’ era as it were. In 1973’s Live and Let Die it started off with the Hamilton Pulsar before switching over to Seiko. The reason for this article isn’t to name off the brands of watches used by Bond in his films. Although if you want that there is an excellent YouTube video…

[Via] Timepiece Chronicle

No, the reason I am writing about the Seiko Moonraker watch in particular is twofold. First, seeing the 1979 film at the 62 Drive-In of my youth made me a fan of timepieces. Even if your typical watch doesn’t have quite the function of a Q Branch design, I found myself attracted to watches. As well as the fact that the 1979 movie’s advertising campaign was something I recall seeing in upscale department stores!

Seiko Moonraker Watch - Advertisement

Image courtesy of The James Bond 007 Dossier.

Now though thanks to The James Bond 007 Dossier site, you can also check out this awesome UK advertisement. Where 50 Seiko brand watches were up for grabs if you could correctly put 7 scenes in order.
Seiko Moonraker Watch

For what it is worth, the watch used in 1979’s Moonraker is a Seiko M354 memory-bank calendar watch.

[Via] Oscartripe

A large amount of advertising funds wasn’t set aside for just the Seiko Moonraker watch. The timepiece from Octopussy was heavily advertised as well.

[Via] Juweelco Jewelers

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Retro Records: James Bond – Moonraker (1985)

Did you know that 1979’s Moonraker was made into a book and record? I certainly did not until I stumbled across an auction the other day. In the interest of full disclosure, it was the Projectionist who discovered it. He was kind enough to call me into the control room, down here in the Vault. The auction was for a complete set of 1985 Kid Stuff book and records featuring James Bond. Dr. No, A View to a Kill, The Spy Who Loved Me as well as Moonraker. Not just the book and record sets but the “deluxe talking storybook” with cassette tapes too.
Moonraker - Book and Records

I, of course, wish I could tell that we won the auction. The sad fact of the matter is that someone in Germany took the prize. Outbid us by a long shot. I suppose whomever got the set was a bigger James Bond fan than ourselves. Maybe it was Blofeld?
Moonraker - Blofeld

Anyway, I am quite willing to bet you are as surprised as I was. I mean, Kid Stuff tackled all manner of popular properties, back in the day. James Bond however is a far cry from the likes of Garfield, Transformers, and Knight Rider, right?
Moonraker - James Bond

What I would love to know is how they picked which films to adapt into “children’s stories”? Obviously A View to a Kill marked the swan song of Roger Moore as 007. In fact it was the seventh film with Moore portraying James Bond. Moonraker lends itself to an exciting tale, plus it too starred Moore. I think that Dr. No is the odd choice, breaking the trend of Moore films and of course tackling a Sean Connery version. Imagine what they would have done with 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service!

Obviously the folks at Kid Stuff have condensed much of Moonraker. They naturally had to since it had to tell a tale in a little over ten minutes. But I would point out that it’s pretty obvious it was still a little more violent than you might think.
Moonraker - Bond and Drax

Let us hop back to 1985 and sit back as we listen and read Moonraker on Retro Records!

[Via] RAD

Do you think the A View to a Kill book and record features the Duran Duran song?

[Via] Guillermo Alejandro Riera

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Retro Radio Memories Ep. 88 (The Saint)

Welcome back, friends. To this special Holiday episode of the Retro Radio Memories podcast. One of course whose subject just so happens to be The Saint. The popular running radio series based on the character created by Leslie Charteris in 1928. The Saint or Simon Templar as his friends and close enemies call him. Is in fact a type of modern day Robin Hood – however he lives off his ‘good deeds’ too. What I am saying of course is that Simon makes sure these actions help to line his own coffers in the process.
The Saint - Leslie Charteris

While it is certainly true that we’ve shared an episode or two of The Saint on the podcast before. With the Holiday upon us, I felt it the perfect time to share a Seasonal offering. While The Saint radio series got it’s start in 1940, most fans feel that it was the NBC version that is best. Naturally it is hard to argue that fact as it feature Vincent Price as Simon Templar!
The Saint - Vincent Price

In our episode today, entitled Santa Claus is No Saint. Templar of course finds himself mixed up in a dangerous situation. Furthermore, one that involves a case of mistaken identity as well as a stolen necklace.

So settle in where it is warm, friends. Let the soothing electronic glow of your monitor or phone ease your worries away. And join us on Retro Radio Memories as we go on another caper with The Saint!

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Now that you have enjoyed the adventures of Vincent Price as The Saint. Why not continue to enjoy the exploits of Simon Templar?


I am referring of course to the late and great Roger Moore’s popular television adaptation of the character, in an episode entitled The Latin Touch!

Roger Moore as 007 James Bond

The first James Bond movie I ever saw was 1983’s “Octopussy,” starring Roger Moore as 007. I must’ve been about 4 or 5. What I most remember about my initial viewing of the film is when a henchman winds up with an octopus attached to his face after being thrown into an aquarium. That sort of thing sticks with a young kid. Something else that stuck with me was Moore’s performance as Bond. Although Moore was the third actor to play James Bond (after the inimitable Sean Connery and the one-off George Lazenby), he was my point-of-entry into the franchise. And so, I have a certain reverence for Moore’s take on the character.

Octopussy

Moore played Bond in seven movies, equal to the number of turns by Connery. Funnily enough, Connery’s final performance as Bond was in “Never Say Never Again,” an unofficial remake of “Thunderball” that was released the same year as “Octopussy;” believe it or not, Moore’s film outgrossed Connery’s in what was dubbed The Battle of the Bonds.

It’s generally agreed upon by fans, myself included, that Moore’s best Bond entry is 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me.” It was his third time out as Bond, following 1973’s “Live and Let Die” and 1975’s “The Man With the Golden Gun.” TSWLM is the first Bond film, however, that doesn’t draw anything from Ian Fleming’s books beyond its title. It sees Bond and KGB Agent XXX (Barbara Bach, not Vin Diesel) trying to locate two hijacked submarines — one American, the other Russian — and prevent a web-fingered madman from starting WWIII. Agent XXX soon discovers that Bond killed her lover on a previous assignment (during the sensational mountaintop ski chase pre-credits sequence) and vows to take her revenge once the mission is complete. There’s a lengthy battle aboard a supertanker at the climax, one that required the (uncredited) talents of Stanley Kubrick to help design the lighting; the formidable Richard Kiel as the henchman Jaws; and Carly Simon crooning “Nobody Does It Better (The Spy Who Loved Me)” over the opening credits. All in, TSWLM is easily one of the top five films in the series.

Moore’s Bond installments tend to be overshadowed by the gadgetry and maybe have a little too much fun at the expense of the hero. “Octopussy” goes as far as having Bond disguise himself as a circus clown, which must’ve had Fleming turn over in his grave. I’ll defend the bulk of 1979’s “Moonraker,” although the laser battle in Earth’s orbit at the climax makes “Flash Gordon” look like “Casino Royale.” The series fortunately returned to its grittier roots with 1981’s “For Your Eyes Only;” that film also has one of the best posters in the series. The absolute nadir of Moore’s run is his final Bond film, 1985’s “A View to a Kill.” Still, that film gave us the excellent Duran Duran song, so it’s not a complete bust.

Roger Moore shepherded Bond through the bulk of the 1970s and halfway through the ’80s in a diverse, 12-year run. He matched wits against the likes of Christopher Lee and Christopher Walken, he visited a man-made Atlantis beneath the ocean as well as an orbital platform high above Earth, and he even wooed Maud Adams in “The Man With the Golden Gun” and Maud Adams again in “Octopussy.” Nobody does it better. Well, maybe Connery.