December 2, 2007
RE "A Cold War Refugee" [Nov. 25]: My husband, the late Sam Rolfe, created the series "The Man From Uncle." He wrote the pilot and invented the acronym U.N.C.L.E. He produced the series for the first several years. I was therefore surprised, no, stunned, that Robert Lloyd's article did not mention the name of Sam Rolfe. Executive producer Norman Felton approached Sam in the early '60s with a worrisome problem, at a time when Sam was producing a series at MGM titled "The Eleventh Hour."
February 16, 1989 |
James Bond, a leading ornithologist whose name was adopted by Ian Fleming for the fictional British agent 007, has died at the age of 89. He died Tuesday at Chestnut Hill Hospital, a hospital spokesman said today. Bond's contribution to popular culture came after World War II when Fleming saw his book, "Birds of the West Indies," in Jamaica.
October 13, 2005 |
It's Craig, Daniel Craig. Little by little, news is leaking out that British-born actor Daniel Craig will be tapped to play James Bond in "Casino Royale," the 21st installment in the multibillion-dollar film franchise based on the popular Ian Fleming novels featuring that debonair spy, Agent 007. The blond-haired Craig, 37, will be the sixth Bond -- and first blond Bond.
August 8, 1990
The owner of the exclusive rights to novelist Ian Fleming's James Bond character is putting the super-spy on the auction block after a long run of movie hits that has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide, it was reported today. Variety, the entertainment weekly, said the decision was made by veteran film producer Albert Broccoli because revenues from the "007" films have been slipping.
November 24, 1990 |
Roald Dahl, author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach" and other tales for children, died Friday, his agent said. He was 74. Dahl died at John Radcliffe Hospital, where he was admitted Nov. 12 with an undisclosed infection, according to his agent, Murray Pollinger. Dahl wrote nine books of short stories, three novels, 19 children's books, and numerous screenplays and scripts for television, including "Tales of the Unexpected."
September 8, 1996
The secret is out. The life and lore of the legendary 007 will be celebrated Oct. 23-27 in Jamaica at the James Bond Festival. Sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and private companies, the festival will open Goldeneye, the former home of Bond's creator Ian Fleming, to public tours for the first time.
November 27, 2011 |
The early, largely positive reviews for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Tomas Alfredson's new big-screen version of the classic John le Carré novel, have come with an undercurrent of surprise. Le Carré's murky, tricky stories present obvious challenges to filmmakers, and "Tinker" — published in 1974 and considered one of his murkiest, trickiest books — was turned into a lauded 1979 BBC miniseries that the author himself once termed the most successful adaptation of his work. With a leisurely running time of nearly 51/2 hours over six episodes (Acorn Media has just reissued a three-disc DVD edition)