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You Only Live Twice 50th Anniversary Tour PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Skillman   
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:15

Rich and Leslie from Theme Party People joined long time friend and location hunter, Martijn Mulder of On the Tracks of 007 fame on his celebratory tour of the 50th Anniversary of the 007 film,  You Only Live Twice. Many other of our fellow TPP travelers joined the adventure as we traveled from Tokyo to the far west coast of Japan to visit the volcano region and Kissy's fishing village seen in the film. Along the way, we toured the Ninja castle, a Ninja training school, Leslie enjoyed several hours in a makeup chair in Kyoto to experience the way of Geisha and joined Rich in Samarai attire as they walked the streets of Gion, as seen in the film, "Memories of a Geisha". As you can imagine, the cuisine and sake were well sampled and our group reveled in the wonders of Japan and it's people.

The Otani Hotel Site of Osato Chemicals

Himedji Castle, Ninja training

Tiger's Underground Train

The Wedding Temple Arrival

 

Martijn described it nicely;

"On Friday April 7, 40 people from 7 different countries embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Japan, to see all the filming locations used 50 years ago in You Only Live Twice. Organised by On the tracks of 007, the tour started in Tokyo where the group stayed in the New Otani Hotel (Osato Chemicals). By bullet train the group traveled in 14 days from the remote wedding temple location via Himeji Castle to Nagasaki, where we made a short boat trip to Hashima Island (Silva’s hideout in Skyfall). Highlight of the tour was the visit to Kagoshima, from where we made bus trips to see Blofeld’s volcano, Tanaka’s house and the tiny fishing village of Akime. Followed by journalists and local camera crews, this tour was truly embraced by the wonderful people of Japan, who are very proud of their film and the attention it was given by the group"

 

Sayonara, until James Bond returns.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 June 2017 08:03 )
 
Bonding on the River 007 Party PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Skillman   
Thursday, 07 July 2016 09:14

The members of Daytona Beach, Florida's Halifax River Yacht Club sought out Theme Party People's participation and theming for their 2016 Summer soiree, "Bonding on the River".  Turning the Club's main dining room into a 007 world of casino tables, Vesper Martini bar and festooned with posters and electronic wallpaper was just the beginning. Richard and Leslie arrived via the "Disco Volante" yacht and hosted a challenging Bond trivia game and shared Bond travel stories and suggested itineraries with the guests. As a special treat, club member Jean Sankowski performed spot on Shirley Bassey vocals on the theme's Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:42 )
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2015 SPECTRE Spectacular PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Skillman   
Sunday, 22 November 2015 12:09

SPECTRE Premieres Around the World

 

Richard Skillman,reporting.

October 26, 2015

The Bond world gathered the week of October 25th for a celebration of the return of Daniel Craig as 007 in the Bond 24, "SPECTRE" with a fete filled schedule of Bond Parties, Club events, Book signings, Celebrity sightings, culminating in a Royal World Premiere in London and a Paris premiere also attended by the major stars.

The James Bond film location bible, "On the Tracks of 007" stared the week with a 20th Anniversary Party at the Pinewood Hotel hosted by Editor Martijn Mulder and featuring Bond production legend Terry Bamber and Bond Band, "Q the Music". (https://qthemusicshow.com/)

Leslie and I chose Duke's as our hotel, having sample mixologist Alessandro Pallazi Bond inspired cocktails when we visited in 2012 for "Skyfall". Ian Fleming, it is said, invented the Vesper here, and the boutique hotel and small upscale bar is legendary. We recommend a stay on your next Bond visit!

Also on the Bond "life" must list were cocktails at the Ritz and Savoy- unparalleled luxury service and inspired cocktails in their own right. For dinner, Rules Restaurant was the hot ticket this year, as M is seen dining at Rules in the film, "SPECTRE". The oldest restaurant in London, it is founded on the King's game meat and the roast dish and accompaniments are 5 star excellent.

Our Bond event hosts, CinemaRetro's Lee and Janet Pfeiffer and Dave Worrall, coordinated 007 activities that would rival a military operation, loading each day with film locations, Bond surprises and major events...which included...

Bond writers Ajay Chowdbury and Matthew Field hosted the launch of their new extensive tome, "Some Kind of Hero", an exhaustively researched deep dive into the films of Bond, a must for any serious fan of the films. In attendance to celebrate were the Bond girls themselves-- Maud Adams, Martine Beswicke, Madelyn Smith and to my pleasure and a full 30 minutes of one on one discussions, Luciana Paluzzi!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:42 )
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007 Walk of Fame Schilthorn Piz Gloria PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Skillman   
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:21

 

July 31, 2015: Theme Party People's Richard Skillman was invited to join Bond professionals from around the world high atop the Swiss Alps to formally open the "007 Walk of Fame" at Schilthorn's Piz Gloria restaurant and museum. Honoring the 1969 James Bond classic film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service", the Walk of Fame organizers brought 007 star George Lazenby, Bond director John Glen along with Bond girls, villains and stunt men to the VIP soirée via helicopter, complete with machine guns and an aerial stunt show. The Walk will feature the hand-prints of the major performers and crew from "OHMSS" and will serve to compliment the Bond World interactive museum which opened previously. Blofeld henchman Terrance Mountain entertained the fans with behind the scenes stories and the Bond girls and stunts included

  • Sylvana Henriques (The Jamaican Girl)
  • Catherina von Schell (Nancy)
  • Jenny Hanley (The Irish Girl)
  • Stunt double Vic Armstrong (has doubled for all Bond actors with the exception of Daniel Craig)
  • Wendy Leech (Stunt Double)

 

 

 

 

 

Quoting Schilthorn executive, Christoph Egger “James Bond 007 fascinates and inspires people worldwide,” says Schilthorn Cableway chief executive Christoph Egger.“On the one hand, people are fascinated by the Bond actors and the classic characters such as the Bond Girls and Miss Moneypenny,” says Egger. “On the other hand, we shouldn’t forget the many other contributors to the movie, who often have exciting background stories to tell.”

 

 

More on Schilthorn at :

http://www.myswitzerland.com/en-us/007-walk-of-fame-on-the-schilthorn.html

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 August 2015 13:39 )
 
Bonding In the Bahamas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Skillman   
Friday, 26 December 2014 14:56

 

Bonding in the Bahamas 2015 Film Location Tour, celebrating the Nassau films of James Bond 007

as told by our host, Emilio Largo

 

May 25, 2015…as our Bahamas Air Boeing 737 touched down at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau, I knew this week would be an exciting one for Domino and me. Having taken great care to assemble candidates from over ten countries, 40 James Bond fans that would appreciate

 

British Colonial Hilton

Largo Prepares

a 5 day celebration of the 1965 classic 007 film, “Thunderball”, I knew all was in readiness. I counted on our organizers,Richard and Leslie Skillman, from Themepartypeople, to anticipate any possible variation of counter-move in our activities.

Our adventure began at the British Colonial Hilton, known as “James Bond Hotel “on the island as it is here that Bond stays and has several scenes appear in 1983’s “Never Say Never Again”. The tiki bar where Sean Connery’s martini is nearly soaked by Fatima Blush is now long gone due to a hurricane but one can imagine the sounds of 007’s Scottish brogue over the sounds of a water ski boat inquiring as to the location of the Disco Volante.

 

The Hilton would be our host hotel for the next few days and Largo is never caught unprepared, I insured that a supply of Kina Lillet was brought in for those that prefer the Vesper Martini, which of course, many were, enjoyed our first evening.

 

 

While the island of Nassau is staggeringly beautiful, we began our first location visit under Nassau, more aptly, underwater at the Clifton Pier, courtesy of Stuart Cove Dive Shop. While now more pipe than plane, the Thunderball Vulcan Bomber rests in 40 feet of water and is easily seen from the surface snorkeling as well as a good dive experience. Sharp eyes will notice that the “tires” of the Vulcan are made of cement and haven’t aged a day. Enhancing the dive is a nearby wreck, the Tears of Allah, from “Never Say Never Again, and she being a bit younger looks very close to her film appearance and is an exciting dive.

 

Our post dive afternoon was spent touring Bay Street and Rawson Square where both “Thunderball” and “Never Say Never Again” were filmed extensively. Our agents faithfully captured photos of the Junkanoo street, Pinders offices, the columns where Small-Fawcet took cover...if you know your Bond films, this will have meaning to you.

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