Interviews with James Bond actors, directors & writers
|From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) has interviewed several of the stars from the James Bond films over the years. Interviews with
actor Albert Moses,
actor/director Dolph Lundgren ,
director/editor John Glen ,
actor/author Stanley Morgan ,
actor Terence Mountain and
actress/model Virginia Hey
are published on this page.
Interviews have also been completed with
Michael G. Wilson,
Neal Purvis & Robert Wade,
Vic Armstrong and
Other interviews featured on FSWL include Bettine Le Beau, Eunice Huthart, Greg Powell, Jeffery Deaver, Nick Wilkinson, Papillon Soo Soo, Roger Spottiswoode, Robert Davi, Roy Alon, and Sarah Donohue.
Alan Church, author Charlie Higson and actor Mads Mikkelsen have also accepted our request for an interview so watch this space!
Editor, 2nd Unit Director and Director on eight James Bond films in total
Published: September 2007
(This interview was published simultaneously on Roger Moore's official website)
John Glen was born in Sunbury-on-Thames, England on May 15th 1932.
After an exciting childhood dodging World War Two bombs he started work at Shepperton Studios as a messenger. Graduating to the cutting rooms, he eventually became a film editor. His career as a director started with shooting close shots of gadgets and car chases for TV series.
Legendary producer Albert "Cubby" Broccoli noticed his editing work on the Bond films On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) and invited him to become the director on For Your Eyes Only in 1980, starring Sir Roger Moore.
Like the great director Alfred Hitchcock Mr Glen put in a special personal trademark in all of the five James Bond films he directed between 1981 to 1989; For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989) (This is the record so far, no one else have directed more Bond films than Mr Glen). His 007 films feature a scene where James Bond is startled by the sudden flight of one or more pigeons. Glen's Bond movies also feature at least one character falling to their death from an airplane, ironically with each character performing the same scream.
Besides working on the James Bond film series John Glen has a long list of credits working with big names like; Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christopher Lambert, Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Ian Holm, Louis Gossett Jr, Lee Marvin, Marlon Brando, Peter O'Toole, Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Tom Selleck. He has also worked with Sir Roger Moore in a few non-Bond films like Gold (1974), Shout at the Devil (1976), The Wild Geese (1978), and The Sea Wolves (1980).
Glen is very good friends with Sir Roger Moore after their long collaboration together and Sir Roger once commented John's work by saying: "John would keep all the very worst takes, including me scratching my crotch or blinking whenever I fired a gun. All in good fun, and incredibly bad taste, and most definitely for our eyes only."
John is still active in the film industry but now takes time to travel with his wife, Janine, between his homes in London and Western Australia. They also enjoy golf and play all around the world. Mr Glen currently play off handicap 23, two of his favourite courses is The Vines in Western Australia and Gerrards Cross in British Buckinghamshire.
Glen is a keen gardener, has three children (Andrew, Matthew and Samantha) and also seven grandchildren which keep him pretty busy at times.
More information about John Glen can be found by reading his wonderful autobiography For My Eyes Only published in 2001. It gives a fascinating read about the world of film making. Highly recommended although it is now out of print but a copy can be found on Amazon:
(UK hardcover version from B T Batsford Ltd)
(US paperback edition from Brassey's Inc)
John Glen with Michael G. Wilson Timothy Dalton and Maryam d'Abo at the premiere party of The Living Daylights (1987)
John with Cubby Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson on location for The Living Daylights in 1986
UK cover of John Glen's biography, For My Eyes Only (hardcover)
Dolph Lundgren Venz in A VIEW TO A KILL (1985)
Published: June 2006
Dolph Lundgren was born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden. Despite an early interest in music and the fine arts, Dolph decided to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue and Engineering degree. After having completed his military service he enrolled at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
It was in the military when Dolph first came in contact with the martial arts. Five years later, Dolph had become a World-Class competitor in Japanese Karate and was deeply involved with a discipline that was to become an important part of his life.
After graduating High School, Dolph spent considerable time studying in the Unite States and abroad on various academic scholarships. He attended Washington State University and Clemson University in South Carolina. In 1982, he received a scholarship to complete his Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sydney in Australia. In 1983 he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, one of the world's top engineering schools.
That same year, Dolph decided to move to New York City and take up acting. He started studying drama at the Warren Robertson Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, not knowing how quickly his life was about to change.
Dolph's motion picture debut came in the James Bond film A View to a Kill (1985). However, it was his performance in "Rocky IV" later that year that definitely got him noticed. After a 9-month audition process among 5,000 hopefuls, he was cast opposite writer-director Sylvester Stallone, as his Russian opponent, Ivan Drago. Following the success of "Rocky IV", Lundgren moved to Los Angeles and has since starred in more than thirty feature films. Lundgren portrayed the classic action-heroic lead in such films as Gary Goddard's "Masters of the Universe", "Showdown in Little Tokyo" co-starring Brandon Lee, and "Black Jack" by Hong-Kong action legend John Woo.
Lundgren has also continued to turning memorable performances as the main adversary to other action-stars, most notably in "Universal Soldier" opposite Jean Claude Van Damme, directed by Roland Emmerich, as well as Robert Longo's "Johnny Mnemonic" opposite Keanu Reeves. In February 2004, Dolph Lundgren directed his first feature film, the thriller "The Defender" in which he also starred. In 2005 he directed and starred in yet another feature, "The Russian Specialist" (a.k.a The Mechanik"). In January 2006 he finished principal photography of "The Inquiry", an Italian/American/Spanish co-production, directed by Guilio Base in which he played against, amongst others, Daniele Liotti, Max von Sydow and F. Murray Abraham.
Dolph has managed to not let his Hollywood career stand in the way of his athletic background. He has been awarded his Third Degree Black Belt by the World Karate Organization in Tokyo. His accomplishments include being the Captain of the Swedish National Karate Team, as well as a Champion of the Swedish, European and Australian Heavyweight Division titles. Lundgren still regularly performs Karate exhibitions at international tournaments worldwide.
In addition to his Karate expertise, Dolph was selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to serve as the Team Leader of the 1996 U.S. Olympic Pentathlon Team during the Atlanta Games. He is actively involved in promoting the image of this sport.
Lundgren's production company, Thor Pictures, is developing several projects in which he will produce, star and/or direct. He is also a founding member of "Group of Eight", a New York theatre group started in 1994.
Dolph is currently working on a fitness book and sports wear line for men.
More information about Dolph Lundgren on his official site at:
Personal portrait of Dolph Lundgren from 2006
Dolph Lundgren on the set of A View to Kill (1985) with Grace Jones
Dolph on the set of AVTAK (1985) with Grace Jones in Chantilly, France
Bar man in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) and Sadruddin in OCTOPUSSY (1983)
Published: October 2006
Albert Moses has been involved in the film and television industry for over 30 years starting in India where he appeared in seven films, ending up producing and directing the 8th one.
He then moved on to Africa where he made documentaries for a short while. In the UK, Albert has been involved in a great number of diverse projects, several of which were ventures filmed around the globe.
In his younger days, Albert's specialties as an actor included: fencing, dancing, singing, motor-cycle stunts, karate and judo.
He is a Sri Lankan graduate fluent in English, Arabic, Tamil, Sinhalese, moderate German and Sanskrit.
One of Albert's popular themes was playing the double of Clarke Gable.
He has played in film, television and theatrical productions with many respected actors including: Kirk Douglas, Oliver Reed, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Michael Caine, Sir Sean Connery, Charles Dance, Kenneth Williams, Benny Hill, Tim Piggott Smith, Pamela Stevenson, Dame Diana Rigg and many others.
During his extensive career, he has also worked with many internationally renowned directors including John Landis, John Houston, Rob Cohen and Alan Parker.
Albert was recently made a Knight of the Order of St John.
Among positions he holds are:
- Chairman of the Asian, Caribbean and Oriental Artistes of EQUITY
- A governor of Fleetville School, St Albans, England
- On the Board of Directors for Trestle Theatre, St Albans, England
- Member of the London Regional Committee of ITV under the Chairmanship of The Lord David Lipsey
- Chairman of the St Albans Film Society
- Trustee and Patron of The Ivy Trust, a children's charity
- Voluntary teacher under the ESOL scheme of Oaklands College, teaching English to foreign students
- Committee member of Abbey Field Old People's Home, Harpenden
- Voluntary worker in St Albans Hospital, England
- Voluntary worker at Townsend School, Harpenden, running a film workshop for children
More information about Albert Moses on his official site at:
Personal portrait of Albert Moses from 2006
Albert Moses on set of The Sphy Who Loved Me (1977)
Albert and Roger Moore on location for Octopussy (1983) in Jaipur, India
Rubavich in THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS (1987)
Published: October 2006
Virginia Hey was born in Coogee, New South Wales, Australia
Miss Hey is an award nominated Australian actress and has achieved prominence, recognition and success not only nationally throughout her native Australia, but also around the world. In June of 2000, Ms. Hey was nominated for "Best Supporting Actress" on television at the 26th Annual Saturn Awards of America. In 2002 Ms. Hey's status was significantly escalated following her nomination for a LOGIE (Australian "Emmy" award) as "Best Actress". Ms. Hey has just completed 3 years on the award-winning international blockbuster American television series Farscape that was #1 on the Sci Fi Channel.
Ms. Hey's acting career began following a successful modelling career, where she was spotted by casting directors and placed in her big screen debut with Mel Gibson in the film classic Mad Max 2: Road Warrior, in which she portrayed Warrior Woman. Since then, Ms. Hey has also appeared with numerous international stars, including George C. Scott in Mussolini, Heath Ledger in Roar, James Bond 007 Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987), and Christopher Atkins in Signal One.
Virginia was raised in Australia in an intensely scientific and artistic family; her father was a doctor of dentistry who was fascinated by science and physiology, her mother an artist/writer, her sister an art teacher and her brother a graphic artist. She not surprisingly inherited a passion for both physiology and art. Her path toward holistic therapies came as a natural progression of the times, and a real need to keep her skin and physiology healthy whilst modelling. This in turn led to a life long passion and study.
Virginia's life in the public eye has led her to teach her favourite all round health and beauty secret, "meditation," and to be able to offer a range exquisite luxury natural beautifying products that she has designed and developed herself.
Ms. Hey now has her own range of exquisite perfumed organic Soy wax Candles and White Chocolate Glycerine Soaps that have become a celebrity favourite! White Flower Lei was born July 2005. White Flower Lei products are designed and handmade by Virginia, who is also certified in natural therapy. WFL has some of the most beautiful women in the world as devotees such as Cameron Diaz and Tyra Banks.
As a Natural Therapist, Virginia has a fascination for the way the body, mind and spirit ticks. When the idea blossomed to produce a range of exquisite beautifying products that would be aroma-therapy for the mind, body and soul, Virginia got impassioned about the idea and WFL products were born.
Virginia has taught health, nutrition, beauty and confidence over the last 20 years in Australia. Since she has been residing in the USA she has been teaching meditation at her own 2-hour workshops. Virginia began the life long passion for meditation as a child. As an adult she has pursued the study of meditation and many modalities of natural healing.
In 1985 Virginia studied Visualisation Meditation for 3 years. In 1989 Massage and in 1992 Virginia began a triple diploma course in Naturopathy, Homeopathy and Herbal Medicine, she attended one year full time at The Australasian College of Natural Therapies and left to star in the movie "Signal One". In 1998 she went onto study and become certified in Basic Reiki and Advanced Reiki with Barbara McGregor who is a master teacher in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki. Also in 1998 Virginia began a 2 year course, "Higher Self Connection", gaining several certificates in natural therapies from the Academy.
Since 2001 Virginia has made scores of personal appearances around the world, primarily talking about her acting work which has spanned 21 years but as time went by she also began teaching meditation workshops at these appearances.
More information about Virginia Hey on her official site at:
Virginia Hey 2006 - With one of her prized White Flower Lei Soy candles
Virginia as "Rubavitch" in The Living Daylights (1987)
Author? Actor? Serious novelist? Stanley is all these things and more.
Published: April 2007
Stanley Morgan was born on 10 November 1929 in Liverpool. He has worked variously as a bank clerk, sewing machine salesman, debt collector and radio actor. In 1951 he emigrated to Canada where he spent some time at the Bank of Nova Scotia before emigrating yet again in 1955 - this time to Southern Rhodesia, where his interest in performing began. In 1958 he won an award for "Best Actor of the Year" and was sponsored to return to London to act professionally.
In the 1960's he co-starred in a number of British films such as The L-Shaped Room, Seance on a Wet Afternoon, Night Train To Paris, and Konga. Stanley also had a pivotal role as the Casino Concierge in the first James Bond film - Dr. No (1962).
Around this time he also featured in TV commercials such as Camay Soap, Black and Decker Tools and Esso Petrol. Then an advertising producer suggested he make a 'voice-over' test tape for Whiskas cat food...and a whole new career was launched. During the next ten years he did the voice-overs for some 500 commercials - Esso, Shell, British Army, Castella Cigars, Whiskas, Kodak etc - and became one of the top voice-over artists of the era.
In the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's he turned his hand to writing and wrote a series of books detailing the adventures of a happy-go-lucky ladies man, RUSS TOBIN. The first million sales of Tobin occurred in 1973. Stan says "Granada (Mayflower) presented me with a gold pen which I still have but have never used!" Total sales of Tobin were around TEN MILLION - without the benefit of critical review or any substantial advertising. He sold particularly well in Australia, New Zealand, India and the Far East, and, to nobody's surprise, was banned in 1970s South Africa.
Stan also gave us a trilogy based around a dodgy Airline, and somewhere along the way found time to write a couple of serious adventure books, a handful of sex-comedies and later on in the 1980's and 90's some serious NOVELS which eluded critical acclaim, suffered from publishing disasters and are as a result, devilishly hard to come by.
Since writing his first novel in 1968, Stanley has written more than 40 books spanning four decades. His Tobin novels and others were available at the time in airport departure lounges, train stations and the like - easy-going, hilarious reading for long boring journeys. Now at the turn of the century these works of GENIUS can be located through Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Abe Books. However, two recent publications - TOBIN GOES CUCKOO (Russ Tobin's nineteenth outing) and TRANCE, an excellent thriller - are available through his publisher www.twentyfirstcenturypublishers.com or through Stan's own website www.stanleymorgan.co.uk.
Stanley currently lives in Cheshire, England with his wife Linda.
Stanley Morgan at the Sewing Machine launch 1968
Stanley with Sean Connery (James Bond) in Dr No
Raphael in ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE (1969) and one of Blofeld's guards in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
Published: April 2007
Terence Mountain was born in Lincoln, a small city in Northern England.
Mountain's acting career began in 1967 where he appeared in two episodes of the cult TV series The Baron starring Steve Forrester as the undercover agent masquerading as an antique dealer. His later TV work included episodes of The Saint (1967) with Sir Roger Moore, The Jazz Age (1968), Catweazle (1970), W. Somerset Maugham (1970), Budgie (1971), Play For Today (1973), The Professionals (1978), Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) and The Bill (1987).
His first brush with James Bond was in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) playing one of the henchmen who attacks Bond in the pre-title sequence. Although unaccredited he also makes an appearance in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) as one of Blofeld's guards who tries to deal with Sir Sean Connery in the role as agent 007. His other film work, as stunt man or an actor, include One Million Years B.C. (1966) with Raquel Welch in the lead and Bond girl Martine Beswicke in another role, The Fighting Prince of Donegal (1966), Lassiter (1984) starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour, Tragedy of Macbeth (1971) with Bond stunt man Alf Joint, The Wicked Lady (1983) starring Faye Dunaway and Biggles (1986).
Terence currently lives in Littlehampton in Southern England. He has one daughter (Rebecca) and three grand children. David, who is 12 years old and the twins, Hanna and Adam, are 8 years old. He says "I love them, they are great!"
Terence Mountain on set with George Lazenby at Guincho Beach in Portugal 1969