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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

MGM deal with Chinese buyer falls through

February 27th, 2017 by

Bond 25

One thing Michael G Wilson expected to happen in early 2016 was for MGM to sign a distribution deal with a partner studio. All the same, time passed by and at the end of the year nothing had been announced.This part of the jigsaw puzzle is important as MGM needs a partner to distribute – and co-finance […]

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Birthday of Auric Goldfinger actor Gert Fröbe [1913]

February 25th, 2017 by

Gert Fröbe, who played the eponymous villain in the third James Bond film, was born in Oberplanitz in Germany on 25th February 1913. His best known role is as Auric Goldfinger but because of his ties with the Nazis the film was initially banned in Israel until a Jewish family he had protected came forward. Photo: adapted from Terry […]

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Birthday of You Only Live Twice actress Karin Dor [1938]

February 22nd, 2017 by

German actress Karin Dor, who played Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice, was born in Wiesbaden on 22nd February 1938.

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More indications that work on Bond 25 has begun

February 20th, 2017 by

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Until recently a lack of any information seemed to suggest work on Bond 25 has not yet started. But is the film actually much more advanced than we thought? During the various press interviews at the time of SPECTRE’s release Barbara Broccoli said that work on Bond 25 would begin in the spring 2016. There was […]

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Adolfo Celi (Emilio Largo) died on this day in 1986

February 19th, 2017 by

Italian actor Adolfo Celi, who played Emilio Largo in Thunderball, died on 19th February 1986 at the age of 63. Celi specialised in playing international villains such as Largo and appeared in more than 100 films. As well as his film work, Celi is also remembered for the role of Rodrigo Borgia in the 1981 BBC serial […]

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Birthday of Rory Kinnear [1978]

February 17th, 2017 by

Rory Kinnear, who has played Bill Tanner since Quantum of Solace (2008) was born in London on 17th February 1978. With his early career focused on stage work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, Kinnear’s movie break came with Daniel Craig’s second outing as 007, the role for which is is best known. Photo: Rory […]

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Birthday of Bond girl actress Denise Richards [1971]

February 17th, 2017 by

Denise Richards, who played Dr Christmas Jones in The World Is Not Enough (1999), was born on 17th February 1971 in Illinois. Photo Attribution:  © Glenn Francis, www.PacificProDigital.com. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Birthday of Bond girl Jane Seymour [1951]

February 15th, 2017 by

Jane Seymour, who played Solitaire in Live And Let Die, was born on 15th February 1951 in Hayes, Middlesex. Photo: “Jane Seymour CUN Award Party 2009” by Ilya Haykinson. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Birthday of Moneypenny actress Lois Maxwell [1927]

February 14th, 2017 by

The late Lois Maxwell was born in Ontario, Canada on 14th February 1927. After becoming dissatisfied with her film career she moved to Italy and then, in 1955, the UK, where she worked in television. In 1962 Maxwell was offered the roles of Sylvia Trench or Miss Moneypenny in Dr No by Terence Young. She opted for […]

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Birthday of Joe Don Baker [1936]

February 12th, 2017 by

Joe Don Baker, who is one of the handful of actors to have appeared in more than one film playing different roles, was born in Texas in 12th February 1936. Often appearing in television roles, his first major film was Cool Hand Luke (1967) with Paul Newman. He got the role of Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights […]

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