The DYR blog

The blog with general chat about all things from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s plus news about new features and developments on the website.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

DYR meets Richard 'Jaws' Kiel

A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to get the chance to rub shoulders (well, elbow to shoulder) with one of the greatest Bond baddies of all time - Jaws! There was no mistaking him, as his 7ft 2in frame dwarfed all the other fans assembled to meet the man who played him, Richard Kiel, at the Vintage Magazine Shop in Soho, London. This Aladdin's cave of retro gems to buy was the perfect place for a meet and greet. And very nice he was, too. Nothing like the baddie-turned-goodie he played in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker in the 70s. 

I took the opportunity to bring back a little souvenir from my latest jolly, and now one lucky DYR user will win a signed colour print of Jaws in Moonraker (see it in my picture above), plus a new pack of Quantum Of Solace playing cards. Simply recommend DYR to friends and family to be with a chance. All participants are submitted into a free draw. The winner will be drawn 8th January 2009.

For more information on the Vintage Magazine Shop, click on the link. I'm looking forward to meeting with more legends of the 70s, 80s and 90s at future signings. Special thanks to Denis and everyone else at the shop for being so helpful! See you again soon, I hope.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Bond's car auctioned off for money pennies

To celebrate the release of The Quantum Of Solace movie, we polled fans of to find out your favourite James Bond memorabilia of all time. The result was one outright winner... the car that had us all gasping when it plunged deep into the sea to escape a rocket-equipped chopper before its glorious gadgetry had it emerge unscathed onto a beach in The Spy Who Loved Me. Yes, James Bond's white, subaquatic Lotus Esprit was the stuff of childhood dreams back in 1977, and it looks like it still is.

Well, the good news is that, if you've got a spare £120,000 then you could become the owner of that very car when it goes up for sale next month. London auction house, Bonhams, is anticipating great interest in the 1976 Lotus Esprit, but have you got what it takes to sit in the same seat as Roger Moore

If not, why not pick up a vintage toy model of the car? It comes with fins that pop out at the press of a button as well as missiles that shoot out haphazardly. The toy is selling from just 99p on eBay and you can find out more about it here.

Also for sale is the car registration plate 'AU1' from the Goldfinger Bond film. It featured on Goldfinger's Rolls Royce Phantom III, and is expected to fetch £80,000 money pennies!