Fellow Agent: Wolfgang Thürauf / James Bond Club DeutschlandAugust 9, 2015
In 1979 I joined my first German James Bond Club, but it took till 1991 since I first met a group of other German James Bond fans. Since 1983 I have been travelling nearly every Bond year to London, to stay outside of the Odeon at the Leicester Square on the premiere night of a new James Bond film. Only in 2002 I had luck and got a ticket for the premiere of “Die Another Day” at the Royal Albert Hall.
From 1997 till 2008 I was the President of the German James Bond Club “Bondklub Deutschland” and since 2014 I am the Vicepresident of the new German James Bond Club Deutschland. I like to travel to James Bond locations or James Bond events and to talk with James Bond fans from all over the world. My greatest moment as Bond fan was in 2008, when I could meet in a Press Junket Marc Forster, Daniel Craig and Barbara Broccoli & Michael G. Wilson and could interview them about “Quantum of Solace” (2008) and some other things around James Bond. Fantastic have been also the visits of the filming of “Casino Royale” (2006) in Karlovy Vary and of “Quantum of Solace” in Bregenz at the Lake Constantine.
|Desmond Llewelyn in the middle|
3. Have you ever met Bond stars? If you have, who? If you have not, who do you want to meet the most?
My first meeting with some Bond stars was in 1993 in Stuttgart at a German James Bond Convention with director Guy Hamilton and “Q” Desmond Llewelyn. That was amazing and made my Bond fandom a big start. I was very lucky to meet Mr. Llewelyn again in 1998 and in 1999 at the opening of the James Bond Exhibtions in Hildesheim und Ludwigsburg in Germany. I was very lucky, because I also strolled with Q through the exhibtion for the German television. I accompanied him going and watching the exhibition.
|Sir Ken Adam (left)|
In 2002 I met with Sir Ken Adam at the opening of the exhibtion about his work at the Deutsches Filmmuseum in Frankfurt am Main. I met him again in 2014 at the new exhibition about his work at the Deutsche Kinemathek Berlin and I could make an interview with him in February 2015 at the Berlinale.
|Sir Roger Moore in the middle|
Later I met some Bond stars private such as Michael Mellinger (“Goldfinger“, 1964), Terence Mountain (“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service“, 1969) & “Diamonds Are Forever“, 1971) and Jan Williams (“From Russia with Love“, 1963). In the year 2000 I was introduced to Sir Roger Moore at the memorial for Desmond Llewelyn, together with my longtime Bond friend Oliver Bayan by Gareth Owen.
Around the premiere of “Die Another Day” in 2002 I met several Bond stars at the Memorabilia in Birmingham as Maud Adams, Maryam d’Abo, John Glen or Richard Kiel. One of the greatest moments in my Bondfanlife was, that Oliver and I could be in the BBC Studios in London, when they filmed the BAFTA Tribute to 40 Years of James Bond. In that night we were surrounded by more than 100 Bond stars, with 4 Bond actors altogether, directors, composers, musicians and Bond girls. 3 days later I met at one of the first events organised by Gareth Owen 5 Bond girls and George Lazenby, whom I had also the luck a few days later in Hamburg to have dinner with. Since then I have been several times at different events at the Pinewood Studios and the London County Hall.
|Britt Ekland (left) and Maud Adams (right)|
|Wolfgang with Nikki van der Zyl|
In 2005 I first met Nikki van der Zyl. She is a good friend of mine and we have met quite often. She dubbed most female stars such as Ursula Andress, Daniela Bianchi, Shirley Eaton and Corinne Clery in the first 10 Bond films. She also was a voice coach for Gert Fröbe, at the filming of “Goldfinger” in 1964.
|Jesper Christensen (left)|
In 2010 I was very happy to meet some actual Bond stars like Jesper Christensen and Sebastian Foucan at the Fanfest in London. I also met 3 German Bond stars. I met first Richard Sammel (“Casino Royale“, 2006) in 2007 in Paris at an event of the French James Bond Fanclub and later in a private meeting. In 2010 I met Andreas Wisniewski (“The Living Daylights“, 1987) at the Fanfest in London and Götz Otto (“Tomorrow Never Dies“, 1997) I met in 2012 near Frankfurt.
But I like mostly London. I love this city and its spirit and like that London was so massively used in “Skyfall” (2012).” In London I like the College of Arms and the Somerset House. Very great was a trip with our club to Paris this year (2015). We visited the Eiffel Tower and the Centre Pompidou, but the highlight was my first visit to the 3 James Bond castles around Paris: Chateau d`Anet (“Thunderball“, 1965), Vaux le Vicomte (“Moonraker“, 1979) and Chantilly (“A View to a Kill“, 1985).