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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 .


Birthday of actor Mathieu Amalric [1965]

October 25th, 2016 by


Mathieu Amalric, who played Dominic Greene in Quantum of Solace, was born on 25th October 1965 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. As well as his role as the villain in Daniel Craig’s second 007 film, Amalric appeared in Munich, while drawing critical acclaim for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on the memoir of Jean-Dominique Bauby, in which he depicted […]

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Birthday of director Martin Campbell [1943]

October 24th, 2016 by


Martin Campbell, who directed Goldeneye and Casino Royale and hence introduced both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as 007, was born on 24th October 1943 in New Zealand. Campbell’s other work includes directing episodes of the cult British TV series The Professionals, while film work includes two Zorro films with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as […]

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Anniversary of ‘Skyfall’ première [2012]

October 23rd, 2016 by


Skyfall, the 23rd James Bond film in EON Productions’ long running series, premièred at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 23rd October 2012. The film was Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007 and directed by Sam Mendes. Skyfall went on to become the first Bond movie to earn more than $1 billion worldwide.

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Birthday of composer Thomas Newman [1955]

October 20th, 2016 by

Photo: By Simon Fernandez, CC BY 2.0.

Composer Thomas Newman, brought into the 007 fold by Sam Mendes for Skyfall, was born on 20th October 1955 in Los Angeles, replacing house composer David Arnold. Newman has a long history with Mendes, scoring the director’s first feature film American Beauty, followed by Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road and has many more feature […]

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Collecting 007: Francesc Sirvent

October 19th, 2016 by


This week we take a look at some of the items in the collection of Sirvent, Francesc Sirvent. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? When I saw From Russia With Love in a local cinema and years later, the extravaganza Moonraker. What’s your favourite item in your collection and […]

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Dr No actor Joseph Wiseman died on this day in 2009

October 19th, 2016 by


Joseph Wiseman, who appeared as the very first Bond villain in Dr No (1962), died on 19th October 2009. Although Wiseman preferred to be remembered for his stage career, he is best known for playing Dr Julius No after coming to the attention of Harry Saltzman in the film Detective Story (1951).

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Julius W Harris (Tee Hee in ‘Live And Let Die’) died on this day in 2004

October 17th, 2016 by

Live And Let Die soundtrack

Julius W Harris who played Tee Hee Johnson in Live And Let Die died on 17th October 2004 in California aged 81. Harris had worked as a nurse and a bouncer in the jazz clubs of New York before winning his first screen role in Nothing But a Man (1964). He later appeared in blaxploitation movies such as Superfly […]

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[VIDEO] Daniel Craig on how he landed the role of 007

October 14th, 2016 by


Last Friday Daniel Craig was interviewed onstage at the New Yorker Festival. In this segment posted on the New Yorker’s YouTube channel, Craig explains how he landed the role of James Bond back in 2005.

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Birthday of Sir Roger Moore [1927]

October 14th, 2016 by

The Man With The Golden Gun DVD

The third actor to play 007 in the official EON series, Roger Moore, was born on 14th October 1927 in Stockwell, London, the son of a policeman. Moore took over after Sean Connery left the series for the second time following Diamonds Are Forever, playing Bond in a very different way to Connery’s portrayal. Although his […]

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Daniel Craig unveiled as new James Bond [2005]

October 14th, 2016 by

Daniel Craig - New James Bond movie Casino Royale

Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond on 14th October 2005. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson introduced the rather nervous Craig at an event on HMS Belfast on the Thames. Craig arrived on a speedboat accompanied by the Royal Marines and immediately came under attack by part of the fan base, as well […]

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