Bond går att boka med uppdrag (James Bond), föredrag, champagneprovning, utställningar, radio,
TV, veckotidningar, dagspress, mässor mm.
Ian Flemings liv, Goldeneye på Jamaica, Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George
Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig
Bond is alive and well and living in the south east of Sweden. Or at
least his namesake is.12)
Gunnar Schäfer has just been given the all clear from the tax board
to make some alterations to his name.
He may now officially refer himself as Nils Gunnar Bond James
Schäfer. Or Bond, James Bond for short.
If ever Sweden was to have its own 007, Gunnar Schäfer has
long seemed the most likely candidate.
In 1959 Schäfer's father, who had been a German secret
service agent during the Second World War, disappeared in mysterious
"It was the time of the Cold War. He went away on holiday
and we never heard from him again. Perhaps somebody wanted him dead.
I just don't know," Schäfer told The Local.
The loss of his father at a very young age is intimately
linked to his life-long interest in 007.
In 1965, the eight-year-old Schäfer settled down to watch
'Goldfinger' with his older brother. The experience was to alter his
"I began to compare Ian Fleming's life to that of my
father. I read the novels and found all the similarities.
"Like my father, Fleming had also been a secret agent. He
became a sort of mentor to me.
"'Goldfinger' helped me to get on with my life and it
brought me closer to my father," he said.
Gunnar Schäfer's fascination with all things Bond is evident
in every aspect of his life.
For example, his mobile phone number ends with the digits 007.
One of his cars, the original BMW used in 'Goldeneye', is
registered 007 JB.
And just like Ian Fleming's Jamaican estate, Schäfer's house
in Kalmar is called 'Goldeneye'.
He also dresses like Bond. At least once a week he puts on his
dinner jacket and sits down to watch a 007 classic.
"Sometimes I'll drink a dry martini. But usually I pour
myself a glass of Bollinger champagne, which was Albert Broccoli's
favourite drink and also something Bond is quite fond of," said
When he's not being Bond, Gunnar Schäfer runs a car parts
business in Nybro. It was here that he first began displaying some
of the memorabilia for the world's first 007 museum.
"It was in 2002, when 'Die Another Day' was about to come
out. I set aside a small space in my shop".
The embryonic museum was later moved to a much larger premises.
Spread over 350 square metres of exhibition space, the museum now
houses a cinema, games consoles and a casino, as well as an
impressive array of 007 artifacts ranging from cars to specially
But what about 007's famed collection of short-term
girlfriends? Does Schäfer share his hero's handy knack of proving
irresistible to the opposite sex?
"Yes and no," he laughed.
"They are often very curious, even the ones who don't
"After they meet me and I tell them the story about my
father they usually end up liking Bond," he said.
Gunnar Schäfer celebrated his 50th birthday at the end of
March. Visit his
to find out more about the Swedish James Bond and his 007 museum.
007-pizza, 007 i mobilnumret,
007 på registreringsskylten, en kyl som alltid står på 7 grader och
skapare av världens enda James Bond museum.
– Jättebra, på det här
viset kan jag knyta ihop säcken som jag försökt skapa, säger James själv.
Gunnars pappa och Ian Fleming,
som skrev Bond-böckerna, stred båda i andra världskriget. Kriget tog
slut, Gunnars pappa kom till Sverige och gifte sig med en svenska och
Gunnar föddes 1957. 1959 åkte fadern på semester och sen dess har han
varit spårlöst försvunnen.
– Jag lärde aldrig känna
min far, det har blivit en saknad och då har jag tagit Ian Fleming som förebild.
Hans fullständiga namn är nu
Nils Gunnar Bond James Schäfer.
James Bond Gunnar Schäfer
James Bond 007 Museum
S-382 45 Nybro