This 1987 September issue of playboy is celebrating three decades of James Bond in Playboy magazine.
25 Years Of James Bond 007
007 is celebrating his silver anniversary with a big new film and two new stars; Playboy knew him when Ursula Andress, rising from the waves as Honeychile Rider, made a lasting impression on fans of 1962's Dr. No. the first Bond film. She also made a hit with Playboy readers in several subsequent pictorials. Star of the movie: a former South Pacific chorus boy with a Scottish burr, Sean Connery (shown with Ursula, below).
He may be celebrating 25 years in the movies, but James Bond appeared in Playboy's pages even earlier, with the publication of Ian Fleming’s novelette The Hildebrand Rarity—starring a fatally attractive fish—in March I960 (above).
Latest of 007's leading ladies is Maryam d Abo, of whom much more follows. Below, she poses for Playboy on the hood of the Volante, newest in a long line of Aston Martin autos specially equipped for James Bond. In The Living Daylights, brand new Bond Timothy Dalton wheels around in both hard- and rag top versions of the car-modified. of course, by Q.
Fleming's novel You Only Live Twice was serialized by Playboy in April, May and June 1964 (the illustration below is from the May installment). After making the 1967 film version, Connery announced— not for the last time—that he'd had his fill of cinematic Bondage and was retiring.
Trivia buffs, attention: Just how many Playboy covers have featured James Bond themes? (Don’t forget the one at hand.) Well give you some visual aid: The two others, reproduced at right, introduced the November 1965 and July 1979 issues.
By now, everybody in the Western world is aware that James Bond is celebrating his silver anniversary in the movies with the release of The Living Daylights, starring a brand-new Bond, Timothy Dalton, and a brand-new Bond Beauty, Maryam d'Abo. If you're a newcomer to Playboy's readership, you may not realize that this magazine’s relationship with the world’s most famous secret agent dates back even further—to 27 years ago, when we published our first 007 thriller. Bond Beauties, too, have long been identified with Playboy; several, among them Kim Basinger and Lana Wood, came to producers' attention via our pages. All in all, there have been 17 James Bond movies, 15 of them made by Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli, who, with Harry Saltzman, acquired film rights to the Ian Fleming novels in 1961. The rest, as hey say, is history.
It wasn’t a permanent retirement, as it turned out. Connery returned in 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, opposite Jill St. John (above), playing Tiffany Case. Playboy celebrated the Connery comeback with a lavish pictorial, Vegas Comes Up 007, in December that year.
Notably different from the traditional Bond film. Casino Royale is a spoof with an all-star cast. Above. Woody Allen, who plays dual roles as Bond and Dr Noah, dallies with Daliah Lavi; at right. Playmate Dolly Read stands out in a Playboy collage lining an arms chest
Late in 1980. Playboy and United Artists joined forces to sponsor a James Bond Girl contest (see poster below). The winner. Robbin Young (left), earned a role in the next 007 adventure. For Your Eyes Only.
James Bond himself is not only a Playboy reader but a Playboy Club keyholder. That's the message of at least two Bond films. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, one-time 007 George Lazenby reads a copy of the magazine while his combination safe-cracking/ duplicating device is copying Blofeld's lawyer's files. In Diamonds Are Forever, Sean Connery plants his wallet—which contains his Playboy Club Key-Card— on the corpse of a smuggler. Going through the billfold, Jill St. John reaches the mistaken conclusion that James Bond is dead. That, movie fans, just isn’t in the cards. It's estimated that half the world's population has seen at least one James Bond movie—in a theater, on TV or on video (CBS/Fox is re-releasing 14 tapes as a 25th-anniversary special). Then there are trivia books, an
Official James Bond Movie Book—even a coincidental Iranscam connection: The yacht Nabila, seen in Never Say Never Again, belongs to wealthy Saudi arms-for-hostages middleman Adnan Khashoggi. Wonder what Ian Fleming would have made of that particular caper
The pose at left, promoting For Your Eyes Only,
proved too cheeky for some newspapers The Pittsburgh Press painted shorts on the model, while others simply cropped her from the knees up. In the inset above. Maud Adams and Britt Ekland cozy up to Roger Moore in The Man With The Golden Gun (the novel was serialized in Playboy in 1965).
Connery made his second Bond comeback in Never Say Never Again (above), opposite Kim Basinger, a blonde beauty featured in a 1983 Playboy pictorial.
One of the most unforgettable Bond-movie scenes occurs in Goldfinger (below), when Sean Connery discovers Shirley Eaton's gilded corpse.
Playboy readers got to preview Moonraker, the 1979 Bond epic, in a lavish pictorial that July Above. Moore and Lois Chiles try making out in outer space; at left, he models space-suit attire for the fashionable secret agent who’s licensed to kill.
While Connery was playing Bond, he seemed lo spend many of his quieter moments getting his back rubbed by one beauty or another. Above, in a classic poster for Thunderball, Claudine Auger does the honors. Fleming’s novel Thunderball was also the basis for a later film - Never Say Never Again.
Live And Let Die, released in 1973, was Moore's first outing as Bond. Cast opposite him as Solitaire, the fortuneteller, was British actress lane Seymour (above).
Barbara Bach is a worthy opponent, then teammate for Moore’s 007 in The Spy Who Loved Me (right). She has also starred in two memorable magazine pictorials: Bonded Barbara (June 1977) and Barbara Bach (January 1981).
A View To A Kill, the Bond film that immediately preceded this summer s release of The Living Daylights, features two more women familiar to Playboy readers from their pictorial appearances Grace Jones and Tanya Roberts (below with Moore in what he says was his swan song).
Women of 007
Past Bond extravaganzas have utilized beautiful women as background, like a sort of visual Muzak. Here’s chorine Judy Ritsko with Connery in Diamonds Are Forever.
Fleming was noted for giving his characters picturesque names, but our hands-down favorite is Goldfinger s Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackman (above). Pussy and Bond treat each other to a memorable roll in the hay. In From Russia With Love, Bond wins over spy Tatiana Romanova, portrayed by Daniela Bianchi (below), on the Orient Express.
It was probably inevitable that big, bad Grace Jones would end up playing a villainess in a Bond film— which she does, as May Day in A View To A Kill (below). Grace also starred in two of our pictorials. Disco Queens (April 1979) and Amazing Grace (July 1985).
Lana Wood (above) was best known as Natalie's Kid sister when Playboy showcased her. with her poetry, m an April 1971 pictorial. The Well-Versed Lana Wood That brought her to the Bond producers' attention. and she became Diamonds Are Forever's Plenty O'Toole.
David Niven, playing a retired Sir James Bond in Casino Royale, is almost surrounded by beauties (right). Among them: May 1966 Playmate Dolly Read (inset below right).
Barbara Carrera (left) made her Playboy debut as our February 1972 cover model; later, she became Connery's co-star in Never Say Never Again. Tanya Roberts (below), like Barbara a popular Playboy pictorial subject, stars with Moore in A View To A Kill.
Jill St. John (below left) is Tiffany Case, a member of an international smuggling ring, in Connery’s first Bond comeback, Diamonds Are Forever, set in Las Vegas. Retirement, as we’ve seen, was not quite so eternal for Sean. Gloria Hendry (below right), a New York Playboy Bunny, made news when, in Live And Let Die, she became Bond's first black bedmate, Rosie Carver. Sadly, Rosie died early in the film.
How does a guy get a job like this, anyway? Roger Moore finds himself virtually drowning in pulchritude in Moonraker (left), as well as in his farewell to Fleming, A View To A Kill (right). All too often, though, the girls are bumped off soon after the title credits.
Two Bond heroines with whom Playboy has had a special relationship are Barbara Bach (above), Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me, and Kim Basinger (right), Domino in Never Say Never Again. Both have appeared in pictorials and in the magazines annual Sex Stars feature.
And here’s Domino again—at left, as portrayed by Claudine Auger in the fourth Bond movie. Thunderball (1965).
Since much "of the film’s action takes place in the waters off Nassau, she’s appropriately suited up for this pose.
Just a few months ago—in January of this year, to be precise— we published a pictorial titled Jane Seymour, Enchantress. To see how Jane looked back in 1973, when she made Live And Let Die, see the photo below left. Below right is delectable French actress Corinne Clery, who's the head helicopter pilot for arch-villain Hugo Drax in Moonraker, Bond's 1979 cinematic outing.
Among Goldfinger s many attractions is curvaceous Margaret Nolan (below), who gives Connery’s 007 a rubdown at pool-side. The only actress to play leading roles in two Bond pictures is Maud Adams (right), Scaramanga's girlfriend in The Man with the Golden Cun and Octopussy in the 1983 film—which, incidentally, was based on two stories published in Playboy.
All-time champion Bondswoman is Lois Maxwell (right). Ms secretary. Miss Moneypenny, in all 14 earlier 007 films produced by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli In Living Daylights, she’s replaced by Caroline Bliss.
D'ABO - Meet the beauty who knocks 'em dead in The Living Daylights.
At left, the newest female Bond star does her imitation of the standard 007 film opening credits shot; at right, an illustration from Playboy's three-part 1963 serialization of Fleming’s novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Bond's new lady is a sex kitten so seductive, she transforms fickle 007 into a one-woman man.
Playboy published Octopussy in two installments, in March and April 1966. By that time, as the illustration at far right demonstrates, Sean Connery had become the public’s ideal Bond; but it was Roger Moore who made the film.
When Britain’s best and brightest were feted at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, blonde and bright Maryam d’Abo was seated at a gala banquet between Prince Charles and the evening’s distinguished guest of honor, Sir Alec Guinness. Why Maryam? Well, not simply because she was born in England, raised in France. More to the point, the prince introduced her with appreciative accuracy as the lovely new star of The Living Daylights, latest in a quarter-century string of James Bond extravaganzas that have grossed well over a billion. Most were filmed in England.That's how the British Empire strikes back and brings a celestial body named D’Abo to dine with royalty on the Riviera. The journey from relative obscurity to woman-of-the-year celebrity has not been such a long one for 26-year-old Maryam. During a fast lunch at a swank London restaurant just prior to her departure for Cannes, she touched upon the highlights of a career that started around the age of five. “I was always rather shy but went to school in France, where my mother was a representative for UNICEF greeting cards. Somehow or other, I’d wind up in the spotlight as part of various promotions, on live TV with Danny Kaye or sitting on Peter Ustinov’s knee.” In person, she’s alert, soft-spoken, with a mere trace of Continental accent, brown-eyed, usually wearing little or no make-up and the kind of casually chic army clothes that probably go for the price of a light armored tank. On stage, she has played Cyrano's Roxane in French and considers herself a serious actress. Thus, it follows that the former Bond leading lady she most admires is Diana (On Her Majesty's Secret Service) Rigg, who has remained a top star of movies. TV and theater since her performance as 007’s only genuine bride. D’Abo sees herself in Living Daylights as a Bond belle with a difference. “Despite some notable exceptions, most of the previous Bond girls were like puppets. But it’s 1987, and the girl I play is no longer just a sex object, one of those tits-and-bum characters. She’s a real person, a musician. Also, she’s actually the only woman in the picture Bond sleeps with. That's new, fidelity. These are different times.”
Remember the shot of Connery in a towel? Maryam goes Bond one better. "The champagne’s on me.”
She now thinks he’s aces, but Maryam admits she'd scarcely heard of Timothy Dalton until she was cast opposite him as a Czechoslovakian cellist named Kara. “I never dreamed I’d play the lead in a Bond movie. Several years ago, I auditioned for A View To A Kill, for the role that Fiona Fullerton
did. My hair was shorter then, and they thought I looked too young. Then, in February 1986, I was called to do a screen test with another James Bond—who didn’t get the part, obviously. But I did.” She won’t name the 007 who never was, except to say he wasn't Pierce Brosnan. Anyway, D’Abo deems Dalton an ideal choice.
B.B., or before Bond, you might have glimpsed her, if you looked fast, playing small roles in While Nights and Out of Africa. She had a fatter part as a French model in a major television series. Master of the ('.awe, did some TV commercials and had a nude scene in a 1984 American-in-Paris romance called Until September. “Karen Allen was the star. I played the mistress of the married man she loves, but my whole part was cut out—the nudity, everything...”
Shedding a few threads to appear on the pages of Playboy, in Maryam’s view, was just another way of testing herself, which she is determined to do. Just back from locations for Living Daylights, she'd experienced plenty of testing as well as tripping. "Tim and I had a love scene on the Ricscnrad, the giant amusement-park wheel in Vienna, that was nice. My very worst moment was when we slid down a snowy Alp—together—in a cello case. Working with Playboy was pure enjoyment compared with that, certainly a lot less dangerous. Marilyn Grabowski [Playboy's West Coast Photo lvclitor] and [Contributing Photographer) Steve Wayda developed the concept relating to characters in earlier Bond movies. Steve really understood what I was about, which made it fun.” Less fun, Maryam allows, was trying to get the shot (see opening page of this feature) in which she sports an eye patch like the one worn by Emilio Largo, the villain
in Thunderball, and cuddles a Persian cat, a ringer for one cherished by the evil Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Donald Pieascnce in You Only Live Twice. “It’s not easy to work with a cat when you’re not wearing very much, but we managed. This animal has a really fascinating family history. She’s the actual granddaughter of the cat that was Donald Pleasence’s pet in the movie.
“Mostly, if 1 was uncomfortable with anything we tried in the photos, we'd just go on to something else. Although I had a little trouble posing naked on the bonnet—I guess you say hood—of the Aston Martin. I kept falling off the car.” Her favorite bit in the gallery of Bond memorabilia was dousing herself with Bollinger champagne while clad in a terrycloth wrap, a sopping-wet hommage to Sean Connery’s beefcake towel shot in From Russia With Love.
An hour after lunch, Maryam was whisked across London by limo for another change of costume. While a camera crew bustled in a Hyde Park hotel suite, setting up a TV interview for The Playboy Channel, she disappeared into an adjoining room with her favorite make-up/ hair stylist and a tote bag full of surprises. When she emerged in 30 minutes or so, coifed and sleek and assured, wearing a trim black suit with exactly the proper degree of plunge, the recently scrubbed-clean, street-smart London gamine looked every inch a movie star. Maryam smiled. “Is this all right? Will I do?”
It seems safe to predict that any charmer who can make James Bond monogamous will do very well, indeed.
As mentioned earlier, the motion-picture version of Octopussy drew on two short stories by Fleming, both of which had been published in Playboy. The other was January 1964’s Property of a Lady (illustrated at right).
Maryam d'Abo, who plays a cellist in Daylights, works tantalizing variations on Bondage. Opposite, says site, "I'm draped à la Grace Jones in A View To A Kill-but dropping a hint that Diamonds Are Forever."
The magazine’s 1965 Bond spectacular was the serialization of The Man With The Golden Gun, illustrations for the second and third segments of which are shown at right. In all, Playboy treated its readers over a period of years to six Bond stories by Fleming, who died at the age of 56.
No, no, no. She has oo nude scene in Living Daylights, so Maryam compensates with a memorable tribute to Goldfinger. "I quite like this one; the gold was sprayed on."
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