MARK O'CONNELL

Writer, Author, Bond Fan

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007 IN NEW YORK – Bond comes to Spyscape in 2019!

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SECRET AGENT, SECRET CINEMA – Secret Cinema announces CASINO ROYALE as its 2019 mission!

 

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LARGER THAN LIFE – Reviewing MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ

“I have a real story for you, junior”

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CATCHING JERRY – Celebrating the career and new memoirs of a Bond legend

Our man in marketing… Charles ‘Jerry’ Juroe’s new tome takes pride of place at Bond in Motion. Photo © Mark O’Connell

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FOREVER AND A DAY – Anthony Horowitz’s new Bond prequel novel steps out of the Riviera waters

 

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THE OTHER FELLOW’S CHOICE – Catching BECOMING BOND on DVD

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GIRL POWER – Bond in Motion’s new exhibition is marking the great Bond women in the driver’s seat

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REMEMBERING ROGER and celebrating the golden spy we loved at Pinewood Studios

Original Roger Moore Stage photo © Mark Mawston / 2017

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CASINO ROYALE IN CONCERT – A triumphant Bond debut at the Royale Albert Hall

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OFF THE WALL – Sam Smith is announced as SPECTRE’s title song performer

smith 2The official writing is finally on the wall with the announcement that British singer Sam Smith is performing  Writing’s On The Wall– the title song to the 24th Bond movie, Spectre.

Just like Adele before him, the multi-Grammy award winning British singer is a natural choice, a very current and high-selling choice and do not be surprised if Sam Smith is performing Writing’s On The Wall at next year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Just sayin’.

However, Smith of course strenuously denied such Bond associations, citing Ellie Goulding in a scent-diverting tactic. Other names were touted too – including the rather delicious prospect of Radiohead getting involved.

But the upshot was it was always Smith’s gig. Co-written very quickly with Smith’s co-writer Jimmy Napes (Stay With Me), the track allegedly took barely twenty minutes to structure with the end result being one of the proudest moments in Sam Smith’s career thus far.

He is the first British male solo artist in fifty years to perform a Bond tune, the first out performer and one of the youngest too.

For my fuller thoughts on Sam Smith’s casting as the Spectre title song artist :

OUT MAGAZINE : Off The Wall – Why Sam Smith entering Bond’s Thunderball of Fame is good news for Bond

BBC 5 LIVE :  Sam Smith ‘obvious choice’ for theme tune says Mark O’Connell

Writing’s On The Wall is available to buy and download from September 25th 2015.

CD and vinyl pre-orders are being taken here

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