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James Bond 007 in the 70s
Around the World with Secret Agent James Bond - in the 70s

© by Mike Keenan


Diamonds Are Forever (1971) is the seventh spy film in the James Bond series based on Ian Fleming's 1956 novel. Bond impersonates a diamond smuggler to infiltrate a smuggling ring, and uncover a plot by his nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld to use the diamonds and build a giant laser. Bond battles his nemesis for one last time, in order to stop the smuggling and stall Blofeld's plan to destroy Washington DC, and extort the world with nuclear supremacy.
     After George Lazenby, United Artists wanted Sean Connery back, paying a record $1.25 million salary for him to return. The settings include Tokyo , Japan, Cairo , Egypt, Southern France, South Africa, Amsterdam , Netherlands, Las Vegas where Bond is almost cremated, Nevada , Los Angeles, California and Baja .
     Live and Let Die (1973) is the first to star Roger Moore as 007. A Harlem drug lord, Mr. Big, plans to distribute two tons of heroin free to put rival drug barons out of business. Mr. Big, however, is revealed to be the disguised alter ego of Dr. Kananga, a corrupt Caribbean dictator, who rules San Monique, the fictional island where the heroin poppies are secretly farmed. Bond investigates the death of three British agents, leading him to Kananga, and is soon trapped in a world of gangsters and voodoo as he fights to put a stop to the drug baron's scheme.
     It is set in African American cultural centres such as Harlem in NYC and New Orleans , as well as the Caribbean Islands including the Green Grotto Caves in Jamaica . The film was a box office success and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for 'Live and Let Die,' written by Paul McCartney and performed by his band Wings.
     Roger Moore is back in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) where Bond is sent after the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun, while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga, the 'Man with the Golden Gun.' The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis, a dominant theme in the script. It reflects the popular martial arts film craze, with several kung-fu scenes and a predominantly Asian location, being shot in Thailand , Hong Kong , and Macau as well as Beirut , Lebanon.
     The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore. The story involves a reclusive megalomaniac named Karl Stromberg, who plans to destroy the world and create a new civilisation under the sea. Bond teams up with a Russian agent Anya Amasova to stop Stromberg. Curt Jürgens and Barbara Bach co-star.
     It was shot on location in Egypt and Italy, with underwater scenes filmed at the Bahamas, and a new soundstage being built at Pinewood Studios for a massive set which depicted the interior of a supertanker. The soundtrack, composed by Marvin Hamlisch, met with success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards. Geography depicted includes the Alps in Austria, the Royal Navy submarine pens Scotland , Cairo and the Giza pyramid complex as well as Luxor , the Nile in Egypt and Costa Smeralda , Sardinia.
     In Moonraker (1979), Bond investigates the theft of a space shuttle, leading him to Hugo Drax, the owner of the shuttle's manufacturing firm. Along with space scientist Dr. Holly Goodhead, Bond follows the trail from California to Venice , Rio de Janeiro , and the Amazon rainforest , and finally into outer space to prevent a plot to wipe out the world population and to re-create humanity with a master race.
     The film was primarily shot in France, with locations also in Italy, Brazil, Guatemala and the United States. Besides the above, geography depicted includes Vaux-le-Vicomte , Drax's villa in France.

The Bond Girls
Akiko Wakabayashi as Aki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..   Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ..   Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)..   Caroline Munro as Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)..   Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965)  .. Daniela Bianchi as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia With Love (1963)..   Diana Rigg as Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majestys Secret Service (1969)..   Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver in Live And Let Die (1973)..   Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964)..   Jane Seymour as Solitaire in Live And Let Die (1973)..   Jill St. John as Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..   Lana Wood as Plenty OToole in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)..   Luciana Paluzzi as Fiona Volpe in Thunderball (1965)..   Martine Beswick as Paula Caplan in Thunderball (1965)..   Mie Hama as Kissy Suzuki in You Only Live Twice (1967)..   Molly Peters as Patricia Fearing in Thunderball (1965)..   Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..   Tania Mallet as Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964)..   Ursula Andress as Honeychile Ryder in Dr. No (1962)..   Zena Marshall as Miss Taro in Dr. No (1962)

Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Geographic Traveler, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.

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