Mark Mills, FBHI, Seiko UKMark Mills, Technical Support Manager for Seiko UK, turned out the light on his bench for the final time this past Friday.

And with that, the last personal connection between the Eon Productions James Bond films and Seiko wristwatches came to an end.

But I got to know Mr. Mills not in his current capacity nor most recent accomplishments — of which there are an impressive many.

Rather, it was in connection with one of his first assignments for the company then referred to as Seiko Time, which he joined almost a decade into his chosen profession. That year was 1977. Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli had negotiated a deal to put a Seiko LCD watch on Bond’s wrist through a unique product placement partnership for The Spy Who Loved Me. continue reading…