Paul Meyers served as a technical advisor and locations manager for the 16th EON Productions Bond film, Licence to Kill. A 007 fan since childhood, Paul was invited by the Broccoli family to visit several Bond sets in Europe and to become an extra in Octopussy before he was tapped for special help with Timothy Dalton’s second James Bond outing. He worked with the film principals and producers on Licence to Kill in the U.S., and also played a U.S. Marshall on screen, earning his Screen Actors Guild membership as presented to him by Bond film director John Glen.
Norm Worsley is a passionate collector of casino memorabilia including an extensive James Bond collection, Norm is also a seasoned astro-photographer who built his own observatory in 2007.
Lieutenant Colonel Michael Brady, USA, (RET), is a former career intelligence officer and Director of the Presidential Emergency Operations Center of President George W. Bush’s White House. He has performed a wide variety of tactical and strategic intelligence functions including long-range surveillance, interrogation, intelligence analysis, collection management, emergency operations, and intelligence production. Michael is a 1990 graduate of The Citadel and also of the Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Joint Forces Staff College, and the US Army Airborne and US Army Ranger schools. His areas of expertise and research include threats to the homeland, intelligence collection systems and programs, intelligence analysis, and intelligence support to national policy making. Michael’s site at www.michaelbradybooks.com features a monthly news subscription and news on new novels and intelligence issues.
Randall Wiggins has a passion for collecting first editions, including a rich James Bond library with over 400 rare volumes of fiction and nonfiction.Randy has been collecting books, comics, DVDs and other Bond and spy items for decades. He has partnered with members of the Ian Fleming Foundation on multiple projects and is currently at work on a book exploring Ian Fleming’s James Bond fiction.
Joseph Darlington IS James Bond… Well, he wishes he was! He sees Bond as more than just a fictional action hero, but as the personification of perfection; a vehicle for experiencing the maximum that life has to offer, and an ideal that we can all aspire to, and each Bond-inspired experience proved to be some of the greatest of his life. He is the author of ‘Being James Bond: Volume One,’ and you can find Being James Bond on YouTube, and follow Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Allen Hilburn has adored James Bond since childhood and is an expert on the firearms, clothing and vehicles of Bond. This interest synergizes with Allen’s background in IT, the military and law enforcement. He currently is commissioning a complete Bond Thunderball kit from wetsuit to antique SCUBA gear.
Steve Fuller managed to save nearly every one of the toys that his Dad bought him as a kid. That the Miami Antique Toy Show, which he has co-produced for the past 38 years, is the last remaining show of its type in the southeastern United States is sufficient testament to the idea that perpetuating one’s childhood (including a James Bond apprentice-spy childhood) through collecting old toys is basically a good thing. Steve has contributed to Antique Toy World, Hemmings’ Classic Car, NPR’s Says You! and other significant and insignificant media, and has been the TV “Toy Guy” for shows including Extreme Collectors, Auction Kings and Art Deco at Play.
Matt Spaiser is a graphic and web designer, one with a strong eye for detail when dissecting and analyzing 007’s clothes at his world-renowned site, The Suits of James Bond. In addition to writing over 800 articles for TSOJB, Matt has authored menswear articles published internationally and is a fashion designer and consultant specializing in tailored clothing. Matt is a regular of Bond’s tailor, Anthony Sinclair, and the celebrated and ultimate Bond bespoke shirtmaker, Frank Foster.
Shane Whaley hosts the Spybrary Podcast, launched less than a year ago but with nearly 50,000 downloads. He is a student of Cold War history and frequently visits spy sites in the former German Democratic Republic.
Jenny Strakovsky is a translator, teacher, and researcher fascinated with the world of Cold War espionage. She came to the U.S. just before the Soviet Union collapsed and grew up watching James Bond one weekend and deciphering political messages in Russian movies the next. She later learned German and researched censorship and the East German secret police, then spent six years at Stanford teaching German, using methods developed to train Foreign Service agents. She now teaches at Georgia Tech and is at work on the psychology of Russian spies in fiction, including “From Russia, with Love” and the FX Series, “The Americans.”