It's appropriate that in the year of the 50th
anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise, the
newest addition to the ever-growing Planet Wallywood
collection of life-size figures would be Sean
Over the course of 22 Saturday
nights, Wally and his weekly movie crew will watch
every James Bond film in succession from the new
"Bond 50" Blu Ray set. But it was during one fateful
visit to Son of Monsterpalooza on October 27th that
Wally decided that James Bond was destined to join
Elvis Presley, Michael Myers, Barnabas Collins, Lon
Chaney, Andy Kaufman, Adam West, The Phantom of the
Opera and others in the Planet Wallywood collection
of life-size action figures!
Wally was drawn
to the table of Midi-Evil Studios, a company who had
purchased 60 original molds from the Movieland Wax
Museum when they went out of business in 2005. Evil,
the proprietor, made beautiful casts from the molds
in latex. You could buy them in just plain latex, or
latex with foam filling, or latex with foam filling
and fully painted. A Laurel and Hardy fan since
1974, Wally spotted the boys' visages from across
the hall. But when he got closer, he recognized the
features of Sean Connery on the bottom shelf on the
far right corner.
Just then he remembered that he had purchased
several vintage-looking shawl-collar tuxedos at a
recent sale at It's a Wrap. They were selling from
$10 to $25 each so he couldn't resist getting a
couple dozen in all different sizes. These tuxedos
looked exactly like the one Sean Connery wore in
Bond's very first big-screen appearance, at a casino
in "Dr. No." PERFECT!
During a lunch break,
Wally obsessed with thoughts of putting together the
coolest-looking Sean Connery Bond figure ever.
(Second only to the wax figure of Roger Moore in
Scaramanga's funhouse in "The Man With the Golden
Gun!") He phoned his effects man Jim Ojala, who gave
him the greenlight to purchase the head. Since it
was Son of Monsterpalooza, it was virtually one-stop
shopping! A maker of realistic glass-eyes also had a
But then the discussion began
about the color of Connery's eyes. His pal Bob
Mitsch remembered a line from the film "From Russia
With Love" in which an amorous paramour of Bond's
said, "The case is brown like your eyes." BROWN! The
correct size of eyes were purchased and Wally was on
Once the head and eyes were purchased, Wally
began researching Connery's first scene as Bond. A
thin, black bowtie would need to be purchased (an
easy find on eBay), but Wally already had the tux
jacket, pants & shirt. The only thing missing were
the shoes, socks and cuff links. And don't forget
the handkerchief for the jacket's breast pocket! And
one more important element...
The Walther PPK! A few years ago, Wally had
purchased a metal, non-firing replica of Bond's
famous firearm to display on the wall next to his
Bond collection. But the replica had been bestowed
with a much higher purpose now. Jim Ojala has
reformed mannequin hands to grip Barnabas Collins'
wolf's head cane, and Elvis Presley's vintage
microphone. Now he would need to reform the
mannequin's right hand to hold a gun.
Wally wanted to have the mannequin posed in the
famous Bond pose...left arm across his chest, right
arm holding the gun across his shoulder, and his
left leg crossed over his right. Two suitable
mannequins were found, but neither were in the exact
pose. On one mannequin the arms were correct but not
the legs, and on the other mannequin the legs were
correct but not the arms. Could the mannequins be
After consulting with Jim, it was decided that it
was easier to reform the arms to the desired pose,
than the legs. So the mannequin was purchased and
the process began. Jim was given the latex and foam
Connery head and the eyes to begin work. He would
need to dig out enough foam in the eyeholes to
accommodate the glass eyes.
The mannequin arrived from New York a few days
later than expected because of Superstorm Sandy. But
when it arrived it looked perfect! Several pair of
cuff links were purchased, and the perfect pair was
selected. Jim came to get the top half of the
mannequin to do the head transplant, reform the
arms, and reform the right hand to grasp the replica
Walther PPK pistol.
The pants, socks and
shoes were added to the bottom half and everything
fit like a glove! When the top half is finished, the
proper tuxedo shirt will be selected. Then the right
tuxedo jacket will be put on as the finishing touch.
A narrow, vintage black bowtie was purchased to
complete the picture.
The pants look baggy here because they're not
drawn up over the waist and torso, but they are a
great fit. And the leg position is perfect for the
Jim has reshaped the right arm to stretch across the
mannequin's chest for the famous James Bond pose.
The fingers of the hand will be reformed to grasp
the grip of the replica Walther PPK.
The head placement is tweaked to convey the
proper Bond attitude. Notice that the eyeholes have
been hollowed out of the foam and latex head to
accommodate the glass eyes!
Jim has inserted the glass eyes into the foam and
latex head, and the fleshtone base has been applied
to his face. He also finished the angle of the arms,
though the right forearm will be raised by a few
degrees so it doesn't obscure the face. Looking
The work on the fingers is finished, and the hand is
now fully grasping the butt of the gun. Also, the
angle of the arm is lowered and it all looks
All it needs is a bit of paint, and Jim's incredible
artistry, and Sean Connery is done. Then he'll get
dressed in the perfect tux and get a hair style
courtesy of Sergio Lopez! It's really coming
Jim brought over the almost-finished mannequin and
we put it together. Looking great! Later that night
I picked out the perfect tux and dressed him in a
tux similar to the one he first wore in "Dr. No."
Everything fit very well. Next, Sergio Lopez will
add the finishing touch...the hair!
Sergio Lopez, the hair designer, attaches pieces of
the wig to the Connery head in sections. Once the
glue dries, he'll hand lay individual strands of
hair all across the front to create a hairline on
the top and along the temples.
Here, Sergio begins the process of laying in
the hairline, and styling the hair to resemble Sean
Connery's in the 1960's James Bond films.
After a LOT of work and tweaking, Sergio works his
magic and finishes Connery's hair! The difficult
thing about doing hair like Connery's Bond, is that
(because Connery wore a toupee in every Bond film he
made) his hairstyle changed from film to film and
was never consistent. So it was decided that we'd
take the best elements of all of his toupees and
The finished display strikes an imposing figure in
Planet Wallywood's Chaney Room!