Category: Films

“Dr. No”: First Danish retail VHS cover (1989)


In 1989 Warner Home Video issued all of the James Bond 007 films (except the Columbia-produced "Casino Royale" from 1967) on retail VHS through local distributor Metronome Video. The Bond films had not previously been available for sale in Denmark.

This initial retail series had specially designed cover art with raster graphics on a metallic grey background which was obviously meant to resemble Maurice Binder's famous gunbarrel design.

The VHS cover for "Dr. No" (1962) is distinguished by its terrible artwork reminiscent of African or Indian wall-posters:

Scan courtesy of Jan Mouritzen.

Bond•O•Rama Podcast 002: “Casino Royale in Concert” (2018)



Martin Campbell's James Bond 007 film "Casino Royale" from 2006 will be shown on large movie screens in five Danish concert halls from November 6 thru 10, 2018. Odense Symphony Orchestra is performing David Arnold's entire score live to picture at all five venues in Aalborg, Odense, Aarhus, Vejle, and Copenhagen.

In the second podcast from Bond•O• (the first primarily in English) we visit the first orchestra rehearsals at Odense Concert Hall and speak to the British guest conductor David Firman about James Bond music and the art of conducting "live to picture".

All music examples were recorded live at Carl Nielsen Salen, Odense Concert Hall on October 15, 2018. Music from "Casino Royale" composed by David Arnold. Podcast produced and edited by by Brian Iskov/James Bond•O•

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Ticket sales for "Casino Royale in Concert":
Aalborg Kongres og Kultur Center
ODEON Odense
Musikhuset Aarhus
Vejle Musikteater
Operaen København

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“Live and Let Die”: Signed pin-up photo of Roger Moore (SE og HØR 1973)

The eighth James Bond 007 film from EON Productions, "Live and Let Die", was released in Danish cinemas on December 17, 1973. Six weeks earlier the new James Bond star, Roger Moore, passed through Copenhagen on his way to visit Sweden's Princess Christina in Stockholm. The weekly gossip magazine SE og HØR caught up with Roger Moore for a brief chat and an autograph. The signed pin-up photo in which Moore "shoots from the hip" was featured in issue no. 45 on November 9, 1973.

"I swear by heroic parts because that's where the money is. I'd prefer not to elaborate on my financial interests and sex life although there is no doubt whatsoever that I am a hero: I have been married three times."
– Roger Moore

The accompanying text was written by the magazine's royal reporter Mogens "Mugge" Hansen. Three years later he had his own unauthorized James Bond pastiche, "Gun with the Wind", published in paperback in Denmark.

More about Mogens Mugge Hansen's unofficial James Bond novel "Gun with the Wind"