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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

Moonraker - Kid Stuff - Book and Record

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

Highlander 30th Anniversary Edition On Blu-Ray

I can say without a doubt that 1986’s Highlander is hands down one of my favorite cult films. Of all time. If you too count yourself as a devotee to Highlander I have some great news. Lionsgate is releasing that 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-Ray and DVD tomorrow!

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So what is Highlander about. In a nutshell?

It is about a society of immortals who have hidden their existence from humanity in general. The only way an immortal can be dispatched is to remove their head from their shoulders – which involves epic sword fights. Once done the victor gains the power of the defeated immortal in what they have dubbed ‘the quickening’.

The reason for this is the immortals all want what has been called the Prize. What is it exactly? No immortal is quite sure but it is believed when only one immortal remains they will inherit limitless power. As you might imagine some immortals would use that power to better mankind – others not so much. Like the Kurgan, played wonderfully by Clancy Brown.
highlander-the-kurgan

This secret war has played out until only a few immortals now remain. Feeling themselves drawn to New York City in the then modern day of 1985. Where Connor MacLeod aka the Highlander must battle not just to keep his own head but for the fate of mankind.

I want to point out another bright spot for Highlander which is the addition of Sean Connery playing Connor’s mentor. A fellow immortal who happens to be a ‘Spanish-Egyptian’ named Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez.

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Seriously. Sean Connery is just amazing in this film. While his part is basically to set up the rules of being an immortal and the Prize – he steals the movie. Steals it.

Highlander also boasts what can only be called an incredible soundtrack by Queen. I kid you not it was in constant play – I must have listened to it thousands of times by the time Summer rolled around.

What are the special features for the 30th Anniversary Edition?

  • While there is no new commentary for this release that doesn’t mean Lionsgate hasn’t included worthy extras:
  • A 4K transfer approved by Director Russell Mulcahy
  • Brand-new The Making of Highlander documentary
  • New interviews with both Russell Mulcahy and Christopher Lambert
  • Archival interview with Christopher Lambert
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Audio commentary by Director Russell Mulcahy (from previous releases)

You can pick up the 30th Anniversary Edition of Highlander tomorrow at most retailers. Or you can order your DVD or Blu-Ray over on Amazon.

Sean Connery’s Remarks During An Interview For 1981’s Outland Upset Harlan Ellison

I am probably one of the few people who readily admit they enjoy 1981’s Outland, starring Sean Connery and Directed by Peter Hyams (Capricorn One), I always kind of thought of it as sort of a intergalactic version of 1952’s High Noon.

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The other day I stumbled across a reply from the legendary Harlan Ellison from an issue of Starlog concerning an incident at a press junket covered by the magazine for its September 1981 issue. It’s obvious that he felt how Sean Connery handled a question by a reporter was not how an actor of Connery’s stature should behave, as well as the movie itself.
Sean Connery - Harlan Ellison - Outland
Harlan Ellison - Sean Connery - Outland
Thanks to the Internet Archive I was able to track down the very interview that upset Ellison so much.
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I’m kind of torn on this bit of sci-fi history, friends. My knee-jerk reaction is I found more fault on the reporter’s part for trying to put Connery on the spot but not having been in the room itself I can’t judge how serious Connery or the reporter were being with any of their responses. I’m also aware though that my view on this might be a little biased as like I mentioned above I really like Outland…I’m interested in what you all think about the matter.