April 17, 2022 Subject:
Major Bond event
Starlog issue 068 contained an important article related to James Bond film history, a profile of screenwriter Richard Maibaum.
Published in 1983, Maibaum had been with the franchise since the start. He made clear he preferred Sean Connery over Roger Moore as Bond. And Maibaum disclosed the producers had asked Jack Lord, who had played Felix Leiter in Dr. No, back for Goldfinger. But Lord wanted a lot more money and better billing. This article was the first time I had ever heard about that.
Maibaum was pretty candid. This interview was published at a time when serious behind-the-scenes details about the Bond films began to reach the genera public and this was a big part of that.It was written by Lee Goldberg, who went on to a career as a writer-producer on Ameerican television.
The issue also has separate articles on Octopussy and Never Say Never Again, the two Bond films that would be released in 1983. The two authors had a history with Bond.
The Octopussy article was written by Don McGregor. He had been a writer at Marvel in the 1970s. In 1975, McGregor critiqued The Man With the Golden Gun for a black-and-white Marvel magazine devoted to Kung Fu stories. McGregor delivered a blistering analysis of Golden Gun, liking almost nothing in the movie.
The Never Say Never Again article was written by Richard Schekman, who was the leader of a U.S. James Bond fan club that produced a publication titled Bondage.
In the Octopussy vs. Never Say Never Again competition, Bondage was fully on the Never Say Never Again side.Bondage devoted two covers to NSNA.
Both movie articles covered the territory about as well as could be expeected at the time.
A non-Bond footnote: The front of the issue carried an obituary for Verna Fields (1918-1982), a veteran editor whose credits include Jaws. The latter finally got Fields attention outside Hollywood.