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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 .


MI6 Confidential #36: Making Magic

August 26th, 2016 by


The latest issue of MI6 Confidential is now available to order online. The Bond family is knitted together by a team of hardworking professionals who have committed their lives to filmmaking.Eon develops relationships such that it can rely on talent time and time again and has a knack for nurturing young filmmakers to fruition. A […]

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The James Bond Dossier reaches 10,000 Facebook fans

August 25th, 2016 by

10,000 Facebook fans

This afternoon the number of fans following the Facebook page of The James Bond Dossier exceeded 10,000 for the first time. Rather appropriately, today also marks the 86th birthday of the first James Bond, Sir Sean Connery. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who follows this website by whatever means and […]

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Collecting 007: Tom Cull

August 24th, 2016 by

Collecting 007

Tom J Cull talks about knowing 007 cover illustrator Richard Chopping as a child and how he continues to find new things in Ian Fleming’s books. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? Well, there is no one thing really and it has evolved over time. I was lucky enough to know […]

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Diamonds Are Forever hotel dynamited [video]

August 18th, 2016 by


The Riviera Hotel and Casino, which opened in 1955 and appeared in a number of films, including Diamonds Are Forever, was demolished this week by a series of controlled explosions.

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£3M asking price for property owned by friend of Ian Fleming

August 17th, 2016 by


Any James Bond fan with a spare £3 million might want to take a look at Black Hole Farm in Vermont. The estate was owned by the wife of Ian Fleming’s friend, Ivar Bryce. The pair met as children and became lifelong friends. Fleming visited Black Hole Farm on numerous occasions and used it as […]

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Collecting 007: Joseph Darlington

August 17th, 2016 by


Joseph Darlington, AKA Head of Section at Being James Bond, shares his collection. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? Summer of 1984 when Octopussy was being played on HBO once or twice a day. I’ve had the Bond bug ever since. What’s your favourite item in your collection and […]

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Young Bond: Strike Lightning video trailer released

August 16th, 2016 by

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TV show not to preclude Daniel Craig from Bond 25

August 12th, 2016 by

Bond 25

This week saw Twitter light up after the first hint of real news about Bond 25 surfaced on Deadline Hollywood. Asked about whether Daniel Craig’s involvement in TV series Purity would exclude him from filming another entry in the Bond franchise, Showtime CEO David Nevins said: “It depends when they do the next James Bond […]

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Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death [1964]

August 12th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming blue plaque

James Bond’s creator, one time naval intelligence officer, journalist and author Ian Lancaster Fleming, died of a heart attack in the early hours of 12th August 1964, his only son’s birthday. After a lifetime of heavy drinking and smoking and a reluctance to cut down on the vices he so much enjoyed, Fleming collapsed after dining at […]

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Collecting 007: Marcos Kontze

August 10th, 2016 by


Marcos Kontze from Brazil shares his collection. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? In mid 1990’s when the GoldenEye videogame for Nintendo 64 was released. As a 11 years old kid, I was amazed by it. In the coming weeks and months after I’ve played the game, I found all […]

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