. . . Honor Blackman, who plays "Pu$$y Galore" in GOLDFINGER, says of her co-star, Sean Connery, the original big-screen James Bond. This is one of many intriguing tidbits of information included among THE SECRETS OF 007: THE JAMES BOND FILES, a made-for-TV promotional item for TOMORROW NEVER DIES which is infinitely better than the TV companion to YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (that is, WELCOME TO JAPAN MR. BOND). Unlike that earlier misfire, FILES includes actual interviews with 24 relevant people, such as Ms. Blackman. In addition, there is archival footage presented of the creator of Bond, novelist Ian Fleming, two Bond actors not interviewed here (Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton), plus the initial Bond producing team, Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman. Film historian Leonard Maltin puts in an appearance, as do Bonds Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Pierce Brosnan (Numbers 1, 2, and 5, if you don't count David Niven in the 1967 CASINO ROYALE Bond spoof). With this month's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL riffing off the original Bond bobsled run chase scene (talked about here), Bond retrospectives--if done well--are always timely.
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