Meet FBFO

Meet FBFO

Joe Emery, Founder & Editor

I have ITV during the 1980s to thank for igniting my love affair with Bond. From the ridiculously early age of 3, I was hooked.

I remember the excitement of going to buy a VHS recorder. You mean I don't have to wait until Easter Monday and can watch Bond anytime I like? I must have worn out my recordings of ITV's Bond film showings to within an inch of their lives. If my dad was feeling a little more generous, I would get to record them on top of the line Scotch tapes rather than Woolworths own. 

I collected anything to do with Bond, and anything I could vaguely connect with Bond: cigarette cases, ashtrays, trilby hats, briefcases, and the boiler timer that my dad ripped off the bathroom wall because it looked like the bomb timer from The Spy Who Loved Me. I also collected the official merchandise — pocket money and Father Christmas permitting.

I once did a 'Show and Tell' at junior school on some of my collectables. My teacher pulled my mum in for a meeting to reprimand her for allowing me to watch James Bond. She said the films were "sexist". My mum disagreed and fought my corner. She was always a bit of a pearl-clutcher, that teacher.

I cite Timothy Dalton as my favourite Bond. I love how he reinvented the role and brought so much intensity to it, and did something completely different to Sean Connery and Roger Moore. 

I sometimes feel a little guilty on Sean and Roger for saying that Timothy Dalton is my favourite. I love all of the actors who have played 007, bar Pierce Brosnan (more on him later). "Even George Lazenby?", I hear you say? Yes — he did a marvellous job considering he wasn't an actor in any shape or form and was replacing one of the biggest film stars on the planet.

It's funny how as you grow older, your opinion on Bond films changes. I used to hate On Her Majesty's Secret Service as a kid. There was a lot of talking, a love story, and this Australian guy trying to pass off as James Bond wasn't Sean or Roger. It's only as I became an adult when I started to appreciate the true beauty of this film.

James Bond has cost me a small fortune and has taken me all over the world. I even have a dog called Sanchez, who has a penchant for loyalty, which means more to him than money, hombre.

I've lived, breathed, and dreamt Bond since as long as I can remember, and creating For Bond Fans Only has been a dream come true. It's grown beyond my wildest expectations and I've met some very special friends along the way.

This is dedicated to our friend Stacey March, who the FBFO community sadly lost in 2017. Never forgotten and always in our hearts.

I'm a content writer by trade, and you can find me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Jonny Salt, VIP Manager

I'm a teacher, musician, actor, and Bond fan from Burton upon Trent. My Bond fandom started as a child after playing the legendary Goldeneye N64, and I've been an avid collector of 007 memorabilia ever since.

I'm a regular at Comic Cons and other Bond events where I enjoy meeting fellow fans from all over the world. I'm delighted to be VIP Manager for FBFO, where I butter-up James Bond actors, actresses, and crew to attend our very special For Bond Fans Only events.

 

Ben Atkinson, Filmmaker

I remember the day vividly — my first experience of a James Bond film.

Moonraker was on the telly one Christmas during the '90s. I had only tuned halfway through, but having just seen a man fight a huge steel-teethed assassin on a cable car high above Rio, I was hooked. 

My mother burst into the front room — snacks and a copy of the Radio Times in hand. Shooing me away, she switched channels to watch the new Wallace and Gromit animation, The Wrong Trousers.

Don't get me wrong, it's is a fine animation, but nothing compared to what I had just seen. Besides, I wanted to see what happened to this Bond guy who had just narrowly escaped death. After pestering her to switch it back over, she finally admitted defeat and put me in her bedroom so I could watch the rest of 007's space adventure. 

As a child whose head was always in the clouds (and still is as an adult), James Bond instantly connected with me and sparked imagination in me I didn't know I had.

As a filmmaker, (again inspired by Bond, and yes — I am waiting for my phone call from Babs to direct the next one), I snapped up the opportunity to film For Bond Fans Only.

  

Kirsty Atkinson, Photographer

I'm For Bond Fans Only's photographer because my husband (Ben, For Bond Fans Only's Filmmaker) is a Bond nut.

When I'm not photographing For Bond Fans Only events and interviews, I am a photographer around Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Oxfordshire. I won Photographer of the Year at the Muddy Stilettos Awards and Wedding Photographer of the in Year at the Lux Wedding Awards.

I am always looking for and learning new innovative methods. If you would like me to take your photos, then please get in touch. If you have any photoshoot ideas, then I'll happily capture them for you. If not, then just relax and smile, and I'll do the rest.

You can take a look at my work here.

  

Micheal Mason, Quartermaster

I fell in love with Bond during the summer of '77, thanks to seeing The Spy Who Loved Me at the cinema in Bradford with my dad.

My second memory of Bond is a trip to the cinema two summers later to watch Moonraker. When Bond was in the helicopter with Corinne Dufour over Drax's estate, and an old bloke came in — late — and sat down and started muttering:

"Phwoar, she's a bit of alright, phwoar".

Maybe he timed his entry perfectly to see Corinne Cléry in a low-cut top. 

Then we got this magical thing called a VHS player — an early JVC model — and I could watch Bond whenever I wanted. I designed and created the For Bond Fans Only website, hence my role of 'Q'.

 

Ian Laskey ("iLaskey"), Digital Artist and Musician

Bond films have always been in my life; at least, that's how it seems. I cannot remember early enough into my mid-70s childhood to recall the first Bond film I ever saw on the television, but they were always there. The cinematic adventures of 007 were ingrained in my DNA.

They were fun, fantastical and, well, aspirational to a young boy growing up on the south coast of England. As I grew into my teens, my tastes matured, and I discovered the more nuanced Bond of Fleming's novels, as well as the continuation works of John Gardner and Kingsley Amis. 

007 has been pivotal in my wider love of cinema, which lead to my pursuit of artistic endeavours over the years. I consider it a huge influence on my art, writing, and music. 

Discovering For Bond Fans Only on Facebook was a great joy, and I quickly became addicted to chatting Bond with Joe Emery and our fellow fans. I've made many great friendships through FBFO and it inspired me to produce my first serious "fan art" for Bond, which garnered a nice reaction from the members.

I've produced monthly, topical banner artwork for FBFO (which you can find collated on this website under The Art of For Bond Fans Only) and I designed the FBFO logo (now emblazoned on T-shirts to buy!).  

  

Chris Smith, Graphic Designer

Bond films have always been there — ever since I remember. My first was Moonraker at the cinema when I was 13 years old. I remember growing up in a time when Star Wars shook the world, and Bond followed suit by entering outer space. 

Although since the slapstick of Roger's era, I'm glad that Daniel Craig has brought back some of the realness and 007's disregard for anything other than getting the job done. Replacing him will be tough, but my money is on an unknown. I mean, who the hell was Sean Connery before Bond?

I'm a graphic designer by trade and owner of Foundation Creative.