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BONDLIST Props, Podcast and People for July 1, Double-O 22

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REELS OF JUSTICE just took on the 13th EON classic, OCTOPUSSY. And I was there to give our side aid. WARNING: Not Safe For Work, you might laugh too hard! Al Pacino, Austin Powers, Michael Caine and more give me some badly needed help! Click on and listen: https://www.facebook.com/reelsofjustice/posts/pfbid067MRESyr65fXscZYA6g9w741P4EWjZi8sEDAMMCWcYdaa4DLdYoVE1Hecx8GSBWgl — and let REELS OF JUSTICE know if you want more Bonds soon on the chopping block!

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A top resort worldwide for sheer beauty, marvelous food and free activities. Bond friends. Presentations and special guests. And as always, tours of fabulous 007 locations.
Join us for OWN THE CLUB DEUX in October, where Bond fans (nearly 30 fans so far and with no vaccination requirement!) are ready to feel like they OWN the stunning Sans Souci Resort, home to cast, crew and filming for DR. NO and LIVE AND LET DIE!
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Can I tour you through Bond props today? I frequently answer fan questions about LICENCE TO KILL’s poker and roulette chips. The genuine LICENCE TO KILL screen-used chips have either red or black background logo inserts. Those pictured above, for example, have red inserts (black printing on red Casino de Isthmus City logos). The mass-produced LTK chips have GREEN background inserts and are also the best-selling home chips of all time. They’ve been produced in the MILLIONS (since home users often want sets of many hundreds for poker nights).
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Interestingly, the genuine LTK chips were reused on screen for the GOLDENEYE casino! A “two Bonds” prop! That’s right–Bond and Xenia played with “Casino de Monaco” plaques but “Casino de Isthmus City” chips, as shown above and below!
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This image above is from an EON museum display . . . of LICENCE TO KILL chips as played by Timothy Dalton . . . note the GOLDENEYE sign as shown and the Isthmus logo as seen! There are ten different types of LTK/GEYE chips, and almost all of them have disappeared from the open market in recent years. I can only wish you luck in finding examples of all ten!
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Let’s consider CASINO ROYALE’s screen-seen chips next, another highly popular production chip for mass production as replicas (and as almost always, the replica EON items differ from the real originals in subtle ways). The three high denomination chips (at bottom of the image above. between $5,000 and $100,000 U.S. chips) were used only in the salle privée (for the Bond/Le Chiffre match), the other four chips (the top four shown above from $5 to $500 U.S.) were production made for the main casino room (from where Bond “borrows” a knife from a barman to pursue Le Chiffre). That is, there are seven denominations of chips to be collected from the CASINO ROYALE film production. And I can’t recall the last time I’ve seen all seven together at one auction or sale–it’s been many years–it took much time and money to collect all seven. Quite recently, however, EON issued chips with letters of authenticity inside “007 Advent Calendar” boxes–and all these chips are now sold out of circulation, too.
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Now, two kinds of labels are borne by the screen used/production made sets. One kind featured a dark yellow label, as seen above. Check provenance carefully when you buy “screen-used chips”, because some mass production CR’s bear a similar dark toned and yellowish label.
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The second kind of screen-used chip is shown above, and there IS a way to differentiate it from the mass produced chips, even the best and early replicas! I will leave it to you to figure out. If you own a chip you know is production-run and with a bright white label as above, see if you can find the difference between your real chip and a really fine quality replica chip. It was fun to discover the answer! Write if you think you know the answer to “How are most of the screen-seen Casino Royale chips labeled?” Hint: The unique difference is on the chip label/inset and not the physical chip itself.
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There’s a further mystery to be solved, though. On screen as above, the CR chips are not to be seen! This table has mostly white chips with dark pips (edge markings)! I have a photograph of the four main casino chips in use on the main casino set BEFORE main filming began. But when the cameras rolled, substitute chips appeared! Put differently, there ARE seven types of screen-used chips to collect, but only three made it to the screens in theatres!

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Congratulations to BONDLIST’er Dr. John Flynn, who has a new publisher for his popular (and fun, Bondlike!) KATE DAWSON THRILLER series. An origin novel for Lady Kate may be forthcoming . . . congrats, Dr. F! John also shared with BONDLIST as above his sneak preview of the gorgeous new cover coming for EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LIFE I LEARNED FROM JAMES BOND. No need to wait for the new edition, you can get his EIKALILF JAMES BOND today at Amazon and other outlets worldwide: https://www.amazon.com/Everything-Know-About-Learned-James/dp/069248020X

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Vectis Auctions has a lovely, lovely cache of Bond collector items coming to the auction block on August 9: https://www.vectis.co.uk/news/james-bond-collection — we can hardly wait for this treasure trove!
Thanks to all and SEE YOU IN JAMAICA! — Matt Sherman (and his henchmen worldwide)

Happiness journey with Dr Dan podcast: Author of over 40 children’s books, Bracha Goetz

Happiness journey with Dr Dan podcast: Season 11 Ep5: Author of over 40 children’s books, Bracha Goetz


Bracha Goetz is not your typical Harvard grad – she’s the author of 40 picture books that help children grow spiritually, inspiring each uniquely beautiful soul to shine.
Her books make life’s deepest concepts clear – in a delightfully simple way – as children find big ideas in little words. She’s also the author of a candid memoir for adults about overcoming food addictions joyfully and spiritually. Her books can be found at Goetz Bookshop.

https://anchor.fm/happinessjourney/episodes/Happiness-journey-with-Dr-Dan-podcast-Season-11-Ep5-Author-of-over-40-children-books–Bracha-Goetz-e1kll2p

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Blair Northen Williamson’s Island Girls – Turtles in Danger has been acquired by Argus Publishing!

Blair Northen Williamson’s Island Girls – Turtles in Danger has been acquired by Argus Publishing!

Blair Northen Williamson’s picture book, Island Girls – Turtles in Danger, is an environmentally conscious story that is pertinent for today’s children and adults. The story introduces to the very young and reminds the adult readers that plastic bags, seen as jellyfish to sea turtles, are eaten, causing an excruciating death.

Island Girls: Turtles in Danger shows that even kids can be conscious protectors of the ocean and make a big difference through small actions.

*** Plastic Ocean Project offered to partner with Williamson for the launch of their new documentary, “If the Ocean Could Talk.” They would like teaching materials to be offered and love the message of her children’s book and offered to promote the story. In addition, she is helping them to secure a boat to complete their research off the North Carolina coast.

She also has several other picture books available for acquisition: Healthy Eating Habits: Queen Braina and the Tastebud Knights, Screen Time Awareness: Mermaid Princesses, Living in Harmony with differences: Parrot’s Boat Disaster, Importance of Imaginative Play: Blue, Blue, Where are You?, Be True to Who You Are: Red.

Blair Northen Williamson is from Richmond, Virginia but spent much of her childhood off the coast of Wilmington, North Carolina where she developed a passion for life at sea. Her love of nature, the ocean, and relating to others led her to work for Global Expeditions Group for over a decade. Blair has lived and traveled all over the world, following her desire to explore, meet new people, and immerse herself in new cultures. She is a wife, dedicated mother to two daughters, Collegiate Hall of Fame athlete, sailing IYT 200-ton captain, and PADI master scuba diver trainer. Her incredible imagination and love of teaching has brought Blair to realize her dream of writing stories for children inspired by her exciting global adventures. Williamson is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency Published by Argus Publishing  The Island Writer  Williamson Testimonials

Jack Martin’s Alphonso Clay Mystery Series is acquired by Open Road Integrated Media!

Mara Anastas has taken on Jack Martin’s Alphonso Clay Mystery Series.

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In Treason on the Mississippi, Martin designs and constructs an intricate web of events extrapolated from in-depth research of Civil War memorabilia, journals, photos, and correspondence. Although this a fictional account of the months before and the time during the Battle of Vicksburg, the characters and information are very much real.

The John Brown depicted is not the infamous Brown who ignited the War Against the States but a former Boston detective who solved a gruesome child murder case, which caught the eye of President Lincoln who then appointed him to U.S. Grants battalion. Brown uncovers treason at the highest levels of the Union Army. He sends for the one person who can help him with the investigation, Captain Alphonso Clay. But before Clay could meet with Brown, Brown is assassinated. Now it is up to Clay to decipher Brown’s cryptic notes and follow his deductive instincts to solve the murder, unveil the traitors, and ensure the Union’s victory at Vicksburg, a decisive battle of the war.

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In The Siege of Knoxville, a traitor, a freelance female spy, and a murderer must all be dealt with or the Army of the Ohio is lost.

Tennessee, Autumn 1863. Staggered by the loss of Vicksburg in July, the Confederacy has rebounded with a crushing defeat of the Union forces at Chickamauga. The shattered Union army now lies stranded and under siege. Washington has dispatched Ulysses S. Grant to repair the situation. Grant finds that his task is made almost impossible by the presence of a rebel spy high in the Union command structure. Unfortunately, the only officer who could identify the spy is murdered before he can reveal the traitor’s name. Grant assigns Captain Alphonso Clay to root-out the murderous turncoat, but Clay soon finds himself in a nest of intrigue. To identify the traitor, he must solve the murder, deal with a lethal female undercover agent bank-rolled by financier Jay Gould, and overcome a monstrous secret society that is older than the United States itself. As Longstreet’s army surrounds Knoxville, Clay races the clock to keep the Army of the Ohio from being betrayed to the Confederacy. If that should happen, the Confederacy would regain all that it lost at Vicksburg, and will be well on its way to ultimate victory.

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In Murder on the March, Georgia is sweltering in the summer of 1864. General William Tecumseh Sherman commands a mighty Union army, tasked with delivering a knockout blow to the Confederacy by rendering the rich resources of Georgia unavailable to the rebellion. Relying on impeccable intelligence, he launches an all-out attack on the Confederate lines at Kennesaw Mountain, and is bloodily repulsed. To make matters worse, his most reliable scout, Captain Ambrose Bierce, is critically wounded, and Sherman’s most reliable general is mysteriously killed under the cover of battle. Sherman is persuaded by Union Army nurse Teresa Duval that these are murderous attacks perpetrated by a saboteur in his army. She urges him to summon Major Alphonso Clay, General Grant’s sinister troubleshooter. However, Sherman is unaware that Duval is a spy for Wall Street financier Jay Gould, and has her own agenda regarding Clay. Clay and his friend Lieutenant Jeremiah Lot find themselves accompanying Sherman’s army on its march through Georgia, desperate to identify the traitorous murderer before he can strike again, and possibly allow the Confederacy to snatch a miraculous victory from the jaws of almost certain defeat.

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In Murder by Plague, the murderer of our late beloved president, Abraham Lincoln, is still at large.

April 1865. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia has surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Courthouse. The Civil War is all but over, the Union victorious. However, a sinister plot has been hatched to restart the war, and the assassination of Lincoln is only the beginning. The consequences could cost hundreds of thousands of civilian lives and tear the country apart forever.

Colonel Alphonso Clay has been tasked by the Secretary of State to thwart this conspiracy at all costs. Aided by a beautiful, mysterious agent he embarks upon a dangerous journey into the heart of a cult even older than the United States that is determined to destroy the country.

If they fail in their task, all that has been gained in four years of savage combat will be lost.

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In Assassination at Willard’s, it is the summer of 1869. America is only four years removed from the end of the war that nearly destroyed it. Southerners groan under what they perceive as an unjust military Government, propped up by corrupt Northern civilian officials and recently freed slaves who, they believe, are not suitable for a voice in Government. Embittered Confederate veterans are forming an organization, the Ku Klux Klan, to fight what they perceive as the unjust oppression of the North and the Freedmen.

However, Ulysses S. Grant, the newly inaugurated president, sees things very differently. He views the Klan as a terrorist organization, using arson and murder to destroy the newly won rights of former slaves and the newly re-established authority of Washington in the South. He is looking for a way to break the back of the Klan without returning to the slaughter and destruction of the Civil War. Desperate, he turns to his most trusted agent, Major Alphonso Clay.

Clay accepts the assignment, not realizing that the Klan violence is being secretly encouraged by the Wall Street speculators Jay Gould and Jim Fisk, sinister financiers hoping to distract Washington from their plan to gain control of the country’s entire gold supply, and hence of the country itself. Clay also does not know that the plans of the speculators are in turn the merest smokescreen for an even more sinister, far-reaching plot; one that will encompass the entire world.

Aided only by his friend the writer, and former Union scout, Ambrose Bierce, and by his lovely, terrifying mistress Teresa Duval, Clay embarks on his greatest challenge yet. Not just to preserve the unity of the country, not just to prevent corrupt financiers from gaining control of the United States, but to save the world from the designs of an organization far older than the United States itself.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate from UCLA, Jack Martin worked for The Department of Defense and the aerospace industry, specializing in contracts and regulatory issues. Tracing his Californian ancestry all the way back to the 1830s, Martin developed a passion for American history and the mystery genre. With encouragement and support from his beloved wife Sonia, he began writing. She passed away on Christmas Eve 2009 following a brave battle against ovarian cancer. He promised her he would finish the books and become a published author. He dedicated his first novel, Treason on the Mississippi to her, the love of his life.

Martin is the author of the Alphonso Clay Mystery Series and in Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Blank Slate Press) Clay lives on… He is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.