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#31 Icephoenix

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Posted 11 October 2002 - 09:44 PM

Just seperate the Brosnan fans, the Daltons fans, the roger fans, the lazenby fan :) and the Connery fans, I'm sure we'll all be fine :) (Except Xen, who will be torn between five :) ) :)

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Posted 11 October 2002 - 10:40 PM

Ice - LMAO *Bryce collects his *** and then gets back to his post*

Given the butting of heads that has gone on here from time to time, I think it needs to be an understood thing that anyone attending has to be on good behavior;) I'm not saying agree with everyone you talk to, but play nice with the other spies.

The last thing we need to have happen is a riot among fans that results in the 007 Stage burning to the ground again!

Also, just as an early "what if", I spoke to my travel agent, pitched her the idea and asked her to look into a hotel near Pinewood or in London with a minimum of 150 rooms that would be open to all of us for a large group booking for the whole place. I also mentioned it didn't have to be the Savoy, but there better be a large pub nearby;)

We'll see what comes of it.

#33 Double-Oh-Zero

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Posted 11 October 2002 - 10:50 PM

I am all for this idea. I'm 15 right now, so by the time that rolls around, I'll be 17. I think Xen's idea of having it happen during July/August is awesome, since a) I myself will still be in school then, and possibly my last year, which is kinda important; and :) it's right around my birthday. So as of now, I will start saving my moolah, even though I already have started saving for my NYC trip this May. Glad to see everyone else is for it.

#34 Tim007

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Posted 11 October 2002 - 10:57 PM

Yeah. Let me look up when I have holidays in 2004... Okay.
July 18 - August 27, 2004

Or the Christimas holidays in 2004 :)

#35 Dr. Tynan

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 12:45 AM

I'm sure we will all be on our best behaviour.

The following should not be tolerated.

Insulting of the host country, with comments such as;

"It's too cold over here"/ "It's too warm over here" etc

"Your beer is warm over here"

"Your women are ugly"

"Things are so much cheaper back home"

I'm joking slightly, however I'm also making a serious point, we should not insult the host nation (wherever it is).

#36 1q2w3e4r

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 12:51 AM

Yeah can't insult the beer. Thats why we aussie's let them buy Foster's and kept all the good stuff at home :)

I agree in principle though of not bagging the host country, and I like English girls accents.

#37 Xenobia

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 12:54 AM

Torn between the five????

Never my heart is where it has always been -- with Timothy Dalton.

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#38 Bryce (003)

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 01:00 AM

*Bryce swallows his bile*

#39 JimmyBond

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 01:08 AM

Have to protect the Brosnan fans from Jim :) I kid! Or do I :)

In 3 years I'll be 25, well old enough to purchase alcohol in the local pub, though I'm sure the legal drinking age is different than.

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 01:34 AM

Cool idea guys. The United Nations-like gathering of Bond fans.

Call it INTERFAN.
:)

#41 Bryce (003)

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 08:13 PM

Hmmm. We do need some sort of title for the event.

2004 - ideally in the UK (I'm still open to other locales!)

At least a tag line.

*Bryce scratches head*

Any idea's?

#42 Loomis

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 08:17 PM

Uh, "Bondfest", anyone?

I do have a great tagline, though. How about:

TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME.

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 08:48 PM

I'll say sign me up, if I could afford it and if I would be old enough. I'd be nearing 17/18 by that time, so it could be possible. The country I would say we start with should be USA, or in a neutral country in Europe, not UK (but hey, I might change my mind:rolleyes:). I wonder how many people would come though, there might be a lot of us who won't be able to make it:(.

#44 The Admiral

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 09:08 PM

I'm all for this - fantastic idea.

Why not the UK as the meetup? I mean c'mon! This is the home land of Bond!

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 09:44 PM

I was kidding about the Dalton Bryce...calm down. :)

Since Commander's Club has been taken, why not call it after one of Ian Fleming's operations that he created during the war. Goldeneye is taken, but I am sure there are others.

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 10:56 PM

Originally posted by Bryce (003)
Jordan - Thanks for the intel....and get some rest...some people call it sleep :)


I could use some much needed rest! At present, I only get about four hours sleep a day.

There are a couple Bond celebrities in Britain that "owe me one," maybe I'll call in the favours for our possible get together.

If we're really serious about doing this, I'd be more than happy to arrange everything. I think we're all pretty set on having London as a locale. It really is the most central place for everyone to meet and it is the home of Bond. As for the time of year, I think Xenobia's late-July/early-August time frame would work best for everyone. Filming of Bond 21 would probably be wrapped up by then, but I might be able to arrange something cool and unusual for a visit.

I know of some hotels and I can scout for more while I'm in England next month. I would also be willing to put together a walking tour of London Bond locations. If anyone is interested, I can also throw in some "The Saint," "The Avengers," and "The Persuaders" locations.

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Posted 12 October 2002 - 11:26 PM

Originally posted by Xenobia
...why not call it after one of Ian Fleming's operations that he created during the war.  Goldeneye is taken, but I am sure there are others.

-- Xenobia


Brilliant Xen!

Also, what was the name of the group of former spies that used to meet in London - Twin Snakes...something like that.

Jordan - Anything you could do is much appreciated...assuming you're awake;)

#48 1q2w3e4r

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 12:42 AM

How about...

Le Cercle?

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 01:22 AM

Originally posted by 1q2w3e4r
How about...

Le Cercle?


Oooooooo! Niiiiice one!

I've been thinking about this on and off today, and was toying with either something obvious ("Bond-something" is fine) OR...

Something less so i.e. - Something that would SCREAM Bond to fans but not so to the general public.

Mind you, I'm not saying we should not advertise the event but...I'm getting ahead of myself.

There's plenty of "pre-production" time and intel to be gathered.

1q2w3e4r - You're right on target!

Keep those post coming.

Damn! "Le Cercle" is good.:)

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 01:32 AM

Btw - I've re-activated my AO-HELL IM account.

JBryce003.

#51 Xenobia

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 03:02 AM

I think Le Cercle is perfect! Forget my suggestion....we can go with this...and maybe use the "Operation" idea for various aspects of the weekend!

Way to go 1q!

--Xenobia

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 08:40 AM

Okay, I thought I'd do a little brain work myself on the topic of a meet up.

What we could have was a series of events. Much like with the BCW you don't have to attend the whole event, you can just attend, say, one part (for the life of me I can't think of the word to describe that event. The closest I'm getting is 'fair' :) ). That way, if we had something special with limited numbers, then it would be on a first come first serve basis, and those who missed out could still attend other events.

Accordingly (and without any thought to real locations, people etc...) I threw together an example of a 'timetable' for a 5 day event. I included only afternoon and night/evening events for those who like a tad of a sleep. Consider the morning free time, afternoone starting at 1 or an equivalent time depening on the activity.


Day One

Morning: People mill in during the day (or the day before, up to them) jet lagged stupid.

Afternoon: General fan meet up. Those who have come can meet at a bar/pub location to meet and greet.

Evening/Night: To kick off events, a specially organised screening of a James Bond film (either Dr. No as the first, or Die Another Day as the most recent for instance) at a cinema somewhere near the main hotel.


Day Two

Afternoon: A walk led by Jordan Charter of James Bond's London etc...

Evening/Night: Evening dinner with a Bond celebrity followed by dinner speech.



Day Three

Afternoon: Free time till six o'clock for people to go out and explore London on their own.

Evening/Night: Something or other.



Day Four

Afternoon: Afternoon discussion with a Bond celebrity.

Evening/Night: A night on the town of some sort.



Day Five

Morning: A trip to Pinewood

Evening/Night: One final party. James Bond will return...


It has occured to me that it would be necessary to charge for some events. The simple reason being that some of the events will cost to organise, rent space etc...

#53 Blue Eyes

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 08:43 AM

Okay, I Thought I'd follow up to show an instance of a numbers related event.

Day One: The evening event would be limited in numbers to the amount of people able to fit in the cinema.

The same would go wiht the James Bond London tour. You couldn't have too many people walking down one street. Again it would continue on with some of the other events.

But that's just for clarification :)

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 11:52 AM

I've got a couple ideas I'd like throw at everyone....

We could have a day(s) themed on the literary James Bond and we could have a day(s) themed on the celluloid James Bond. We could have two seperate walking tours for each (or just combine it as one, doesn't really matter) and appropriate guests for each themed day.

For instance on a day when he are focused on the literary Bond we could visit Bond's flat, Ian Fleming's homes and offices, etc. and we could have John Gardner, John Pearson, Peter Janson-Smith, and/or Jack Whittingham's daughter, come and speak and spend the day with us.

On film day we could visit film locations, Pinewood and/or Stoke Poges and then later on we could have John Glen, Peter Lamont, Caroline Munro, Eunice Gayson, etc. come and visit with us.

I was just throwing out some names of people I might actually be able to get, but I might be able to get a lot more or a I might not be able to get any.

How does that sound to everyone? I'll throw in more ideas as I get them.

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 12:00 PM

Hey, I really like those ideas Jordan. It's a good idea to have at least two themed days out of four or five. And it would be good to dedicated them to the literary and cinematic Bond's. Also, the literary seems to get so little coverage so based on that alone I'm all for it!

What did everyone think of the film version of Dr. No or Die Another Day? I'm sure some cinema will retain a print of the film.

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 12:16 PM

Hmmmm....Dr. No, the first Bond film for the first CBn meet-up. Or Die Another Day, the 'last' Bond film and rumored tie-in with Bond 21. Hmm...hard one.

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 12:29 PM

I've always wondered why no one has ever dedicated one day to the literary James Bond. I think we should be the ones break the tradition.

I think the film screening is a great idea. I think, since we're planning this for 2004, we should celebrate an anniversary of one of the films instead of randomly picking one of them.

Here's a list of anniversaries:
5th Anniversary - The World Is Not Enough
15th Anniversary - Licence to Kill
25th Anniversary - Moonraker
30th Anniversary - The Man with the Golden Gun
35th Anniversary - On Her Majesty's Secret Service
40th Anniversary -Goldfinger,
50th Anniversary - Casino Royale w/ Barry Nelson

I think that we should screen Casino Royale regardless. We're all fans of the character regardless of the form and no one really ever pays any attention to CR '54. It would be a fun quirk to the trip. We'll have to rent a hotel suite or something and just sit and watch it on DVD, but it would be fun anyway. We could then go watch one of the Eon films on the big screen, too.

Ideas? Thoughts? Comments?

(Count the "I thinks" in my post;))

#58 Loomis

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 01:57 PM

As far as screenings of Bond movies is concerned, it's possible to arrange screenings of any film you care to name at London's National Film Theatre (NFT) on the South Bank. Costs under

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 04:44 PM

Bloody well done!

The plan slowly takes shape.

Jordan - Great stuff. Get out your "lil' black book of Bond" when you're in the UK. See what shakes loose. There's plenty of time.....again this is assuming you've had some sleep;)

One evening needs to be classic "Black Tie"-Bond Formal. Hmmm. Maybe at Pinewood. What better a place.

The tours sound great. I've done my own and there are some sights worth seeing and visiting. Fleming's grave will probably end up covered in roses and Chesterfield's!

I'll see what I get back from my travel agent on hotels we could take over for 5 days or so.

Anyone/Everyone feel free to IM, PM or Email me on any of this anytime. My info is all listed on my profile page.

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 05:28 PM

Brilliant ideas one and all.

As for the movie screening, given that most folks have not had the opportunity to see the Barry Nelson version of CR, we should definately have it screened.

And I would just like to toss out one more thought...given that they were trying to bring on an era of "openess" with the country at large, if we ask really nicely and promise to behave...do you think we could get a tour of the MI6 HQ?

-- Xenobia




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