Eileen Bond calls House of Bond telemovie 'appalling'
EILEEN Bond, the former wife of late tycoon, Alan, has gone on the attack against Channel 9's new telemovie, House Of Bond, slamming the two-part series as "appalling” and a fabricated version of her 37-year marriage.
Mrs Bond - nicknamed Red - was furious after seeing a trailer for the series set to air on Nine next month.
One scene, in which actor Ben Mingay as Alan Bond menaces his then wife (played by Adrienne Pickering) with the prospect of having her killed for $10,000, outraged the real Red Bond, who told News Corp Australia: "Alan, in our 37 years of marriage never spoke to me like that, never said a word.”
"I never even knew about this (scene) but when I saw that I nearly died,” she said.
"I heard it and it gave me such a shock, I turned it off. I thought 'oh my god' and then of course people started ringing me. I was at lunch yesterday with the girls and they were saying 'what are you going to do?' and I said 'I'm so shocked I don't know what to do'. It's just terrible.”
The scene starts with Red threatening to take Alan for tens of millions, presumably as the beginnings of his relationship with his second wife, Diana Bliss, is revealed.
Mrs Bond denied she ever threatened him over money: "Of course not. It never even came into my way of thinking, never ever.”
Now considering legal action, Mrs Bond said she was desperate for the depiction of her late first husband and their marriage to be corrected for the sake of their family.
"I just don't know what they (Nine) are trying to do. It's just appalling,” she said.
"I don't want my grandchildren to see this, but it keeps coming on (TV). I've got little, 15-year-old twins (grandchildren) and one of them said 'what's all this about?' and I said, 'I don't know Dylan, I don't know anything about it.'
"I said 'has someone talked to you about it at school? and he said, 'yeah, they just want to know who is playing us.'”
Mrs Bond took to Facebook to call out the network and its producers, posting: "surfing the channels last week I came across the heading: Bond and true story. If it is why haven't the family been consulted? Alan in our 37 years of marriage never spoke to me like that.”
Nine lost legal action by mining magnate Gina Rinehart, who refuted her family's treatment in the network's 2015 telemovie, House Of Hancock.
In February this year, she won a grovelling apology and agreement House of Hancock will never be shown again.
Nine and production company, Cordell Jigsaw apologised to Rinehart in a statement which clarified the program "was a drama, not a documentary, and certain matters were fictionalised for dramatic purposes.”
As part of that legal agreement, it is understood the program won't be released on DVD, streamed, or sold overseas.
A comment has been sought from Channel 9 over Bond.