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It really is a much more grounded story, with the villains being the good old, dependable Russians – keen to get their hands on the British ATAC device. The Soviets were at it again in Octopussy, too. Crazed General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) thought he could make the West disarm by setting off a nuclear device inside an American airbase in West Germany. He and Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) used the Octopussy Circus as a front for their dastardly plans. Louis Jourdan was Kamal Khan in Octopussy. By the time of my swansong, A View To A Kill, technology was becoming the world’s major boom industry, and accordingly became the subject for our original screenplay.
Cubby and Harry were busy doing their thing too, and while we stayed in touch, when they regrouped I became ‘unavailable’ due to my own filming commitments, and so they made Jimmy Bond an Australian, albeit for one adventure only. Only after Sean returned for – and said ‘never again’ following – Diamonds Are Forever, in 1971, was I brought back into the frame and, happily, I was between acting gigs. ’ Harry asked when he called me long distance at my Denham home (my phone number, oddly enough, was Denham 2007).
Having lost some hair, I was now trying to get fit and lose some weight – at my family home in Denham. ’ Andrew Bond was a foreign representative of the Vickers armaments firm, and Jimmy travelled with his parents wherever their work took them. When Jimmy was but a mere eleven years of age, both parents were killed in a climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges, France. Jimmy was an orphan. Poor Jimmy. Bond’s early education was undertaken abroad and so he became fluent in both French and German.