The annual ‘Mission Bond’ event by Bondexpert Danny Morgenstern once again attracted over 600 fans in Braunschweig – this time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE’ together with cheerful guest star Francisca Tu.
Entering the cinema via the red carpet, guests were welcomed by a mechanical guest star – a Toyota Crown as seen in the 1967 film. It was used by Mr. Osato’s henchmen to chase Bond and later lifted up into the air by a magnet attached to a helicopter. Along with its passengers, the car was disposed of in the ocean. The car was loaned to the C1 before being transported to a special exhibition of James Bond vehicles in the Autostadt Wolfsburg.
I had the pleasure to welcome the guests on stage in a short introduction for which I had learned a few words of Japanese. Naturally, my little helper was the book ‘Instant Japanese’ which also made a brief appearance in ‘You Only Live Twice’. Taking over, Bondexpert and author Danny Morgenstern welcomed cheerful guest star Francisca Tu to the stage and both engaged in a highly entertaining and informative talk that provided many insights into Tu’s career in film and television.
Francisca Tu was visibly happy and laid back while she delighted the audience with many anecdotes of her time on the set of the fifth James Bond thriller and various other productions such as ‘The Chairman’, ‘Salt and Pepper’ as well as ‘The Hunting Party’. Following the 60 minute talk, audiences enjoyed the feature film.
After the film, guests were welcomed to enjoy a Sushi buffet while Morgenstern and Tu signed the newly released ‘007 XXS – You Only Live Twice’, a 232 page strong overview of the filming with many interesting and unusual Behind-the-Scenes facts. A truly delightful read!
The queue at the Martini Bar was long but naturally worth the wait for every Bond aficionado. In addition to a dancefloor, guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with the German-Japanese Association. The party lasted well into the night with some fans celebrating until the wee hours of the morning.
Once again, ‘Mission Bond’ has been a complete success for the organisers as well as a well-planned, festive and joyful occassion for 007 and film fans to celebrate James Bond.