007 Legends sat down with the two winners for Get in the Game to find out what it feels like to be immortalized in 007 Legends history. Here's their story!


 

INTERVIEW WITH THE US WINNER


 

007 LEGENDS: Please tell us your name, age and occupation.

ALLEN STUTESMAN: Allen Stutesman,  28,  Waiter & Teacher (English as a Foreign Language)

 

007 LEGENDS: Why did you want to enter the 007 Legends’ “Get in the Game” sweepstakes and how did you come up with your villain character?

ALLEN:  I have been a Bond fan for so long, and actually thought I could be James Bond when I was younger.  As I got older and certain realities set in I was sure my best bet at even being part of the Bond franchise would be as an extra in one of the films.  As a gamer, when I saw this opportunity I knew I had to give it a shot or I'd regret it. The basic idea for the character just came to me as I was reading about the contest.  As far as I could remember the only time 007 had been to Egypt was in The Spy Who Loved Me, so that seemed like something that might work.  After that, I tried to make him a real character that was just larger-than-life – enough to be both believed and feared – which I feel is the staple of any great Bond villain.

 

007 LEGENDS: How does it feel to be virtually created and immortalized in a video game?

ALLEN: I'm incredibly excited to be put into 007 Legends. I don't really know if it will set in, though, until I see myself in it. Being in a video game and being somehow involved in the Bond franchise have both been dreams of mine for a while; it's even sweeter that they get to happen through the same game.

 

007 LEGENDS: What was the process like to get your villain in the game?

AS: Honestly, it was a bit of a roller coaster.  Creating my villain, and his look and his back story was all really exciting, but then waiting to hear whether or not I was going to be a finalist I was pretty nerve-wracking.  There were a lot of good submissions out there, so I wasn't completely sure that I would be picked.  Once I knew I was in the top three, I started telling all of my friends and family for their support and their votes.  Even as the polls were closing I was cautiously optimistic about winning.  When I got the e-mail that I had won I was ecstatic, and let everybody know I was going to be in the game.  Overall, it's been a great experience, and everyone I've had the pleasure of coordinating with during the contest and since winning has been wonderful.

 

 

007 LEGENDS: What’s your experience with the Bond franchise? When was the first time you saw a Bond movie? What was it like for you?

ALLEN: I own and have seen all of the movies, some of my favorites countless times.  I have played most of the games as well.  The first Bond movie that I remember watching was GoldenEye, which is still one of my favorites.  I instantly wanted to be James Bond, even though I was just a kid.  Everything he did was so awesome, and I'd really never seen anything like it.

 

007 LEGENDS: What is your favourite Bond movie moment?

ALLEN: Choosing one moment from twenty-two movies is pretty much impossible.  The opening scenes from Thunderball and Casino Royale are both great.  The tank chase in GoldenEye, the duel with Scaramanga, the entirety of From Russia With Love.  The top of the list for me might just have to be seeing Auric Goldfinger angry every time Bond makes him look like a fool.

 

007 LEGENDS: Have you played any previous Bond video games? If so, which game is your favourite?

ALLEN: The original GoldenEye is a classic.  I don't know how many hours I've played that game throughout the years.  I haven't played Reloaded yet, but plan to very soon.  Other than that, Everything or Nothing on the PS2 is probably the game I enjoy playing the most.  Of course I can't wait to play 007 Legends.  Even if I wasn't involved in the game I'd be pre-ordering it.  It's going to be epic!

 

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INTERVIEW WITH THE UK WINNER

 

007 LEGENDS: Please tell us your name, age and occupation.

TOM EDWARDSTom Edwards, 33, Teacher (Film Studies)

 

007 LEGENDS: Why did you want to enter the 007 Legends’ “Get in the Game” sweepstakes and how did you come up with your villain character?

TOM: I’ve been a fan of the Bond films since an early age and when I got older I read all Fleming’s novels, joined the fan club and played the video games. Over time my love of the character grew – so much that while I studied Film at University I used the Bond films in my MA dissertation. When I saw the “Get in the Game” competition and realised there was a chance to be part of the Bond universe it was a no-brainer, I had to enter.

 

When coming up with the character I really tried to think about the qualities of the classic villains but also how the Bond films have been re-invented with Daniel Craig. Craig’s films emphasise a more realistic take on Bond, so I decided to keep away from the more outlandish physical properties (like metal teeth or hands) and go for a more psychological foe – someone who could manipulate Bond, like he is in From Russia with Love. I also thought that the truly scary people in the world are the ones who look like anybody else but feel nothing.

 

 

 

007 LEGENDS: How does it feel to be virtually created and immortalized in a video game?

TOM: Surreal but very exciting – I really want to know what I’ll look like and where I’ll appear. To think that I’m going to be in a game, let alone a Bond game, is amazing. The fact that people all over the gaming community will see me is mind-blowing.

 

 

007 LEGENDS: What was the process like to get your villain in the game?

TOM: The application took some time - trying to find the right qualities, the right character – but very rewarding. Getting the right image was also interesting – creating an image that communicated a threat without becoming over-the-top or cheesy was the hardest part. I am in no way a scary looking guy, so in a way the photo was about stripping away my normal persona in an effort to create something new. Finding out I’d won was strange; I’m not sure I believed it at first, but when it had sunk in I was just desperate for the next stage. The photos for the developers were fun, but it’s weird having your face covered in little dots.

 

007 LEGENDS: What’s your experience with the Bond franchise? When was the first time you saw a Bond movie? What was it like for you?

TOM: I was born in 1979 so many of my early Bond memories are of the Connery and Moore films on TV and video. I think the first Bond film I saw was Octopussy – certainly I remember watching the VHS tape a lot as a kid. Mostly I remember the excitement generated by the action and adventure elements (I was a bit young to appreciate the appeal of the Bond girls) – like any boy at the time I spent many hours pretending to be Bond in the garden. I also have vivid memories of the posters for A View to a Kill – particularly that startling back to back pose of Bond and Mayday.

 

What I’ve found great about the Bond films is that as I’ve aged I’ve come to appreciate different elements. As a kid I really liked the Moore films with all the gadgets and humour. As I got older the Connery and Dalton films appealed more because the character seemed to have more depth. Daniel Craig has taken this even further – Casino Royale was awesome. The first Bond film I saw in the cinema was GoldenEye, it was so good I had to go several times to see it.

 

Both at University and in my teaching job (I teach Film Studies) I’ve been able to take a more academic approach to the films – it’s really opened them up and how they have developed over 50 years.

 

007 LEGENDS: What is your favourite Bond movie moment?

TOM: I’m torn. The opening to the Spy Who Loved Me is amazing – the length of time you have to wait for the parachute to open and the brazenness of the Union Flag design still makes me laugh out loud.  However the ice chase in The Living Daylights is great, as is the parkour chase in Casino Royale. I think I’ll stick with the Union Flag parachute.

 

007 LEGENDS: Have you played any previous Bond video games? If so, which game is your favourite?

TOM: I used to play The Spy Who Loved Me on the Commodore Amiga, but full video game obsession came with GoldenEye 64. I was so immersed into that universe, I played it obsessively (and of course it was great to play with friends).  I’ve also played most of the others with Everything or Nothing and From Russia with Love (Connery’s voice!) standing out.  Playing the recent update of GoldenEye was cool too – both reliving a classic and experiencing new ideas. GoldenEye 64 stands out – not only as a great Bond game, but just a great game.

 

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