Tag: Copenhagen

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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“OHMSS50”: Exclusive John Glen interview (2019)

During this summer's unofficial OHMSS 50 celebration for "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" at Piz Gloria, James Bond•O•Rama.dk had the pleasure of meeting long-time EON associate John Glen.

The 87-year-old Englishman edited "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and directed the second unit on location in Switzerland back in 1968-69. John Glen later performed the same duties on "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) and "Moonraker" (1979) before graduating to director on every EON-produced Bond film during the 80's: "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), "Octopussy" (1983), "A View to a Kill" (1985), "The Living Daylights" (1987) and "Licence to Kill" (1989).

In this exclusive chat with Bond•O•Rama.dk John Glen discusses some of his favourite Bond locations as well as the editing techniques of "OHMSS" and other tricks of the trade.

● "OHMSS 50": Pictures from Piz Gloria
● "OHMSS 50": Pictures from Mürren, Lauterbrunnen and Bern

John Glen being interviewed at Piz Gloria on June 1, 2019. Photo credit: Schilthorn Canbleway

John Glen, what would you name as your favourite Bond location?
I think Piz Gloria [would be at number one]. The Bernese Oberland is probably one of the best locations we've ever had. It's such a vast scene, it's very James Bond in its aspects. [The Bond connection] is the history of this place, isn't it.
I believe Piz Gloria and Schilthornbahn is the only Bond film location ever to write in their contract that they had unlimited means of promoting it as an official Bond location. And apparently EON Productions are not very happy about that.
It's indirectly free publicity, it's still 007, isn't it. And that's the important thing. It's an amazing franchise. Everyone says, how long can it go on for. I remember Lewis Gilbert saying to me that he thought it would probably come to an end after "Moonraker", "maybe that's the end of the series". It cost a lot of money, "Moonraker". Subsequently, of course, all of these new markest have opened up.

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“Tomorrow Never Dies”: I biffen – 007 Special (TvDanmark 1997)

To mark the Danish theatrical release of "Tomorrow Never Dies" in December 1997, TvDanmark produced this 007 special as part of their regular "I biffen" show  ["At the movies"]. The special features interview segments with Danish actress Cecilie Thomsen (professor Inga Bergström) and actor Desmond Llewelyn ('Q').

The show also includes footage from the Copenhagen gala premiere of "Tomorrow Never Dies" at the Imperial cinema, as well as interview segments with Michelle Yeoh and Pierce Brosnan, both seemingly sourced from an EPK press kit.

Apologies for the inferior image and sound quality (the material was sourced from a second generation VHS copy).

Interview segments are in English (Llewelyn, Yeoh, Brosnan) and Danish (Thomsen).

More rare videos at James Bond•O•Rama's Vimeo page

Léa Seydoux & Michael G. Wilson at the Danish SPECTRE gala premiere (video interview, 2015)

On 27 October 2015, James Bond•O•Rama.dk attended the Danish gala premiere of "SPECTRE" at the Imperial cinema in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Actress Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) and veteran James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson were in town for the red carpet event (which was actually blue) and graciously made themselves available for this special video interview.

Host: Brian "Brie" Iskov.
Segment produced by Casper Christensen. A Filmnørdens Hjørne and James Bond•O•Rama.dk co-production.

• Watch the video in HD quality at James Bond•O•Rama.dk's Vimeo-page