Extracts

from Chapter 1
The Gestapo were standing at the back of the synagogue and Dad knew this. My mother thought he would be arrested any minute and turned white. She has written an account of what happened then and I can do no better than to quote her.

from Chapter 7
The first time you hear my voice in Dr. No is when the radio operator in the Kingston Jamaica office of the British Intelligence Station Chief, John Strangways, is trying to contact London. She hears a noise and turns and shrieks when she sees the three armed intruders and is then shot dead. That voice-over sequence lasts all of 28 seconds and is the first female voice heard in the EON production Bond films. The next time you hear me is when the character Sylvia Trench, played by Eunice Gayson, is at the gambling table at the Le Cercle Club in London. It's the first time you hear a female voice addressing 007 in the Bond films. You hear me say the famous line: "And I admire your luck, Mr...?"

from Chapter 10
On one occasion the rock group Pink Floyd booked the room for several days. We were not prepared for the huge removal van that pulled up outside our house. A team of roadies proceeded to unload huge amplifiers and other bulky equipment, which they carried down and stacked up in the rehearsal room.

from Chapter 13
I had practised my curtsies and as I moved down the line of the Royals, the Queen Mum introduced the Queen to us by saying, "I would like you to meet my daughter."

from Chapter 14
Sir George [Baker, then President of the Family Division] had said he wanted me to confer with him in this case as the applicant was German. He wanted me to interpret exactly what was being said. I wondered whether this was necessary as an official interpreter was in court, so wasn't that enough? He replied that he trusted me and wanted me to tell him precisely what was being said throughout.

from Chapter 16
The most infamous Conservative Party conference was the one in Brighton in October 1984 when the IRA tried to kill Mrs Thatcher and her entire Cabinet. My colleague Brian [Shallcross] and I had come to cover the event, as we did for all the Party conferences. We were booked into the Metropole Hotel, right next door to the Grand Hotel, where the Prime Minister was staying with her Cabinet.

from Chapter 18
On leaving the plane we had to lean backwards with our arms folded across our chest. At the chosen altitude the experienced duo went first, then the camera man, who had a small video device fixed firmly to his helmet. He went through the open door and then clung, limpet like, to the outside of the plane so that he could film my exit. The camera was ready; I was ready. Action! They wouldn't be calling 'Cut' and 'Take two' this time!

from Chapter 20 (new in the 2nd. edition ebook)
... the makers of Dr. No had no idea that the film would be so successful and become the first in a series of blockbusters. This was brought home to me in 2011 when I had the privilege of visiting the EON archives store located in a nondescript north London industrial estate (photo right). It is a huge warehouse crammed full of props and artefacts from the Bond films. But there are surprisingly few items from the first productions and nothing at all, apart from some advertising posters, from Dr. No. I was told that - sadly - everything had been dumped when the sets were cleared at the end of shooting. But I was thrilled to be able to handle some of the unforgettable gadgets that were designed and made by specialist craftsmen at Pinewood.


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