Month: June 2023

Roger Moore visits Copenhagen: Eyewitness accounts from Magasin du Nord (1972)

Even before Roger Moore made his debut as James Bond 007 in "Live and Let Die" (EON 1973), he enjoyed a strong fan following in Denmark due to the popularity of the TV series "The Persuaders" (Danish title: "De uheldige helte" = The Unlucky Heroes, 1971-72) in which he played the dandyish lord Brett Sinclair opposite Tony Curtis as brash American Danny Wilde.

Nevertheless the publicity department at the renowned department store Magasin du Nord at Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen were taken aback by the response when they invited the citizens of the Danish capital to meet the British television star on Friday May 5, 1972.

Roger Moore in Magasin du Nord May 5, 1972

Roger Moore was visiting Copenhagen as a board member of the luxury goods firm Fabergé to promote their latest fragrance. Unfortunately, the arrangers at Magasin du Nord had grossly underestimated the public's interest in seeing the actor in the flesh. Several thousand children and adults flocked to the second floor of the department store hoping to catch a glimpse of the star, and the pressure of the crowds caused the situation to escalate into sheer chaos.

"People went berserk. They smashed our mirrors, and we had to call for ambulances."
– An employee of Magasin du Nord recalls Roger Moore's visit to the department store

One of many children who did not get the chance to greet Roger Moore was the eight-year-old Bent Nielsen. In 2006 he recalled on his blog that infamous day in May 1972 when his mother took him to see Moore at the store:

"When we arrived at Magasin we were directed to the second floor where we found a place in front of two large white doors behind the few other attendees who had already appeared. After a while more and more people showed up and eventually people started pushing from below as we got closer to the time where we would come in and meet Roger Moore. The queue grew, and the Magasin employees tried to form a chain by holding hands but people still continued to push and crowd, after which my mother put me up on the counter next to a cash register until the counter started to tilt back and forth when people just kept on crowding. My mother then lifted me back down and we had to push our way out through the crowd as things were now out of control, and we just got out of there as fast as possible.
On our way out of Magasin we heard over the speaker system that they expected to have the queue in order by the time Roger Moore appeared. We didn't believe them. Outside we happened to meet a lady who told us that she had seen Roger Moore walking down a side street near the store, even though her daughter was still standing in line to get in to see him. Despondently we decided to go home, not knowing if anyone in the store would get the chance to greet him".

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“Octopussy”: Danish teaser poster (1983)

"Octopussy" (1983) was released in Danish cinemas on August 15, 1983. This appears to have been the first time that United International Pictures' distribution office in Denmark produced a Danish teaser poster for an upcoming James Bond 007 film.

The Danish teaser poster for "Octopussy" was based on the American One Sheet Advance Poster (style A) painted by Dan Goozee with multiple Roger Moores marking the 13th of EON Productions' James Bond 007 films. The logline literally says: "Nobody does it better... for the 13th time."

Octopussy DK teaser

“Never Say Never Again”: From Denmark with Love (1983)

The Danish contribution to "Never Say Never Again" (1983) is rather modest: Upon arriving at the Nice Côte d'Azur for an appointment with his French contact Nicole (Saskia Cohen-Tanugi), James Bond 007 (Sean Connery) walks past a Scandinavian Airlines desk.
Time code (Blu-ray): 00.56:59-00.57:17

● More Danish 007 connections: "From Denmark with Love""