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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

Ben Cooke reported to be on board Bond 25 as stunt coordinator

October 20th, 2017 by

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Spanish fan site claims Ben Cooke will take over role previously held by Gary Powell. Spanish website Archivo 007 has today claimed that Ben Cooke will return to the Bond series for a fourth time. Previously doubling Daniel Craig in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, Cooke will take on the role of stunt coordinator. The […]

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Girl Power at Bond in Motion

October 20th, 2017 by

New cars on show at Covent Garden’s Bond in Motion exhibition. Bond in Motion at the London Film Museum has installed a new display of original film cars driven by female characters starring alongside 007 in the James Bond franchise. Also included are previously unseen costumes, props and storyboards. Original film cars driven by female […]

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Birthday of composer Thomas Newman [1955]

October 20th, 2017 by

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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MI6 Confidential Special #1: Live And Let Die – The Peter Lamont Portfolio

October 19th, 2017 by

MI6 Confidential publishes special edition focusing on Peter Lamont’s work on Live And Let Die. In 2017, after ten years of service, MI6 Confidential has introduced a new special format: a limited-run 100-page perfect bound issue of the magazine taking a deep dive into one particular facet of the franchise. This first special issue was […]

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Dr No actor Joseph Wiseman died on this day in 2009

October 19th, 2017 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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Dennis Gassner confirms Bond 25 return

October 17th, 2017 by

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Dennis Gassner confirmed as Bond 25 production designer. In an article on the look of Blade Runner 2049, International Cinematographers Guild Magazine spoke to cinematographer Roger Deakin and production designer Dennis Gassner. Talking about various aspects of shooting the movie, directed by Bond contender Denis Villeneuve, Gassner says: I’m about to do my fourth James Bond film, […]

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

October 17th, 2017 by

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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Birthday of Sir Roger Moore [1927]

October 14th, 2017 by

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, 2017 by

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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Birthday of Ben Whishaw [1980]

October 14th, 2017 by

Ben Whishaw, who was introduced as gadget master Q in Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007, was born on 14th October 1980. Prior to Skyfall, Whishaw appeared in Layer Cake, also staring Daniel Craig and played Sebastian Flyte in a film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, as well as a variety of other roles in film, […]

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