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David Leigh

I've been a James Bond fan since I was 8 years old when I simultaneously read Casino Royale and bought an Corgi Aston Martin DB5. I've been running The James Bond Dossier under a variety of names since 2002, having settled on the current domain in 2004. Today there are a variety of authors contributing to the website and as well as writing articles and news items I act as editor. You can also find me on .

Website: https://www.thejamesbonddossier.com

Thunderball on BBC Radio 4 this Saturday

December 8th, 2016 by

On Saturday BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a radio production of Thunderball, staring Toby Stephens as James Bond. Directed by Martin Jarvis, who also appears as Ian Fleming, and produced by Rosalind Ayres, the radio play will also feature Tom Conti as Largo, Alfred Molina as Blofeld and Janet Montgomery as Domino. Thunderball was Ian Fleming’s ninth James Bond […]

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Anthony Horowitz talks Bond on BBC Radio

December 8th, 2016 by

Anthony Horowitz spoke to the BBC this week about his second James Bond continuation novel, due out in 2018. Speaking on BBC Radio 5, Horowitz said he’ll write the book in 2017 and that he “sort of” has a plot, but no title. He also revealed he came up with a “killer” first line that […]

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Birthday of Jeffrey Wright [1965]

December 7th, 2016 by

Two time Felix Leiter Jeffrey Wright was born on 7th December 1965 in Washington DC. Starting out on stage, Wright’s first major film role was opposite Harrison Ford in Presumed Innocent (1990), leading to many movie appearances. He appeared as Felix Leiter in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

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Birthday of ‘Living Daylights’ actor Jeroen Krabbé [1944]

December 5th, 2016 by

Jeroen Krabbé, who played General Georgi Koskov in The Living Daylights was born on 5th December 1944 in Amsterdam. He has appeared in many Hollywood films, making his name in the role of villains in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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Birthday of Felix Leiter actor Norman Burton [1923]

December 5th, 2016 by

Norman Burton was born on 5th December 1923 in New York City. Although he failed to achieve major recognition, Burton played Felix Leiter in Diamonds Are Forever following Sean Connery’s return to the role of 007.

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Red Nemesis cover artwork revealed

December 1st, 2016 by

The cover artwork for Steve Cole’s next Young Bond novel was yesterday revealed by Ian Fleming publications on Twitter. Red Nemesis will be released on 4th May 2017 in hardback, paperback and ebook formats. According to the blurb on Amazon.co.uk: James is on home soil when he receives a package with a message from beyond the […]

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Birthday of director Marc Forster [1969]

November 30th, 2016 by

Quantum of Solace director Marc Forster (shown above on set with Mathieu Amalric, Olga Kurylenko and Daniel Craig) was born on 30 November 1969 in Baveria, Germany. His breakthrough, in 2001, was with Monster’s Ball with Halle Berry and prior to Quantum of Solace directed The Kite Runner.  

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Rosa Klebb actress Lotte Lenya died on this day in 1981

November 27th, 2016 by

The actress who played Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love died in New York on 27th November 1981. An Austrian singer, diseuse and actress, Lotte Lenya is remembered in the German-speaking world for her performances of the songs of Kurt Weill, to whom she was married. She was a long time resident of America and was nominated […]

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Birthday of Miss Moneypenny actress Samantha Bond [1961]

November 27th, 2016 by

Samantha Bond, who played Miss Moneypenny during Pierce Brosnan’s 007 films was born in London on 27th November 1961. The third actress to play M’s secretary is known mainly for her appearances on British television, including the hugely popular period drama Downton Abbey. Bond announced she would retire from the role when Brosnan retired as 007, and […]

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Anniversary of UK release of The World Is Not Enough [1999]

November 26th, 2016 by

Pierce Brosnan’s third James Bond movie, The World Is Not Enough, went on general release in the UK on 26th November 1999.

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