Octopussy At 30
Pinewood Studios, London, England - Sunday 7th July 2013

 

On Sunday 7th July - the hottest day of the year - 150 Bond alumni and fans gathered for the Bondstars Summer BBQ which this year was themed around the 30th anniversary of Octopussy.

 

The doors opened at 9am, and early bird special guests Maud Adam, Kristina and John Glen signed for fans whilst tea, coffee and biscuits were served on the terrace and numerous memorabilia stalls opened for business.

 

John Glen, Kristina Wayborn, Maud Adams & Tony Waye introduce the screening of Octopussy
John Glen, Kristina Wayborn, Maud Adams & Tony Waye introduce the screening of Octopussy

 

At 10.15am Maud, Kristina and John were joined by Anthony Waye in Theatre 7 to introduced a high definition Blu-Ray master print of Octopussy on the big screen.

 

Dickon Savage
Ben Mepsted & Catherine Rock
Lunchtime entertainment provided by Dickon Savage, Ben Mepsted & Catherine Rock

 

Along with a delicious lunch in the Pinewood gardens, some circus entertainers joined us to help recreate the feel of the film - a stilt walker, fire performer and juggler - and additional cooling refreshments were also available from an ice cream van!

 

Alan Tomkins, John Glen and Peter Lamont
Alan Tomkins, John Glen and Peter Lamont

 

Other guests had also arrived: Carole Ashby, Safira Afzal, Cheryl Ann, Joni Flynn, Alison Worth, Paul Weston, Jeremy Bulloch, David & Tony Meyer, Suzanne Dando, Elaine Schreyeck, Alec Mills, Colin Miller, John Grover, Peter Lamont and Alan Tomkins.

 

Elaine Schreyech, Peter Lamont, Suzanne Dando, Tony Waye and Alan Tomkins
Elaine Schreyech, Peter Lamont, Suzanne Dando, Tony Waye and Alan Tomkins

 

For those preferring lunch in the shade, the Pinewood Pools Theatre was converted into a media room where behind the scenes footage from Octopussy along with the Royal Premiere programme were screened.

 

Dave Worrall taking our guests on a stroll through Pinewood's gardens
Dave Worrall taking our guests on a stroll through Pinewood's gardens

 

Dave Worrall led fans on a tour of the Pinewood gardens and backlot, pointing out locations used in many of the films and on their return the answers to our quiz were revealed with the top three scoring entrants invited on stage to fight it out in a final (double-o) seven question round. Philip Stevenson was the victor and took away a Bond goodie box worth over £200. The brave runners up also took a consolation prize away.

 

Kristina Wayborn & Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn & Maud Adams

Afternoon tea, complete with special Octopussy cup cakes were served, followed by some very interesting Q&As in the theatre: Tony & David Meyer recounting their casting and training as knife wielding villains; Paul Weston discussing the stunts and when an annoyed tiger escaped on the sound stage; John Grover and Colin Miller discussing the editing and sound editing processes; Peter Lamont recalled his reccees to India and Maud & Kristina took numerous questions from the crowd to wrap up the session.

 

Kristina Wayborn
Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn
Maud Adams

 

Kristina Wayborn & Maud Adams
Jeremy Bulloch, Paul Weston & Alison Worth celebrate Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph!!

 

After another hour of autograph signing, chatting and photos the event drew to a close ... exhausted, exhilarated and excited everyone was further buoyed to hear Andy Murray had won at Wimbledon!

 

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All images (c) 2013 Mark Mawston - Not to be used without permission

 

Bondstars would like to thank:

 

Maud Adams
Kristina Wayborn
David Meyer
Tony Meyer
Jeremy Bulloch
Carole Ashby
Alison Papworth
Cheryl Anne
Safira Afzal
Joni Flynn
John Glen
Peter Lamont
Tony Waye
Paul Weston
Colin Miller
John Grover
Alec Mills
Elaine Schreyech
Suzanne Dando

Vipul Patel, Andrew Freeman, Matthew Field, Adrian Head, Paul Marchant-Smith, Chris Winwood, Sue Whatley, David Insull, Sue Griffiths, Dickon Savage, Ben Mepsted and Catherine Rock

Barbara Broccoli, Michael G, Wilson, Stephanie Wenborn and all at Eon Productions Ltd
Park Circus (parkcircus.com)
Remmert van Braam (jamesbondlifestyle.com)
Pinewood Studios (pinewoodgroup.com)
Bernard Vandendriessche (bernardwines.be)
Mark Mawston (markmawston.com)
Jack & Amy from Planet of the Cakes (planetofthecakes.net)
Dave Worrall (cinemaretro.com)
Adam Carter (bondposters.com)
Pete Heathcote & Geoff Blott (filmsceneuk.com)
Ben Williams from MI6 Confidential (mi6confidential.com)

 

MI6 Confidential + Octopussy Special
We have limited copies of the event programme plus the MI6 Confidential Octopussy special for sale
For more information please click here

 

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