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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 .


Telly Savalas (Blofeld from OHMSS) died on this day in 1994

January 22nd, 2017 by

Telly Savalas, who played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, died of cancer on 22nd January 1994 in California. Photo: public domain

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Felix Leiter actor Jack Lord died on this day in 1998

January 21st, 2017 by

Jack Lord, who played Felix Leiter in the first James Bond film, died on 21st January 21 1998 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lord’s best known role is as Detective Steve McGarrett in the long running TV show Hawaii Five-O. Photo: public domain

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Birthday of Telly Savalas [1922]

January 21st, 2017 by

Telly Savalas, who played Ernst Stavro Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service opposite George Lazenby, was born in Garden City, New York, on 21st January 1922. Savalas is probably best remembered in the role of Kojak, but  featured in a number of films during the 1960s and 70s.

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Birthday of James Bond producer Michael G Wilson [1942]

January 21st, 2017 by

Michael G Wilson was born in New York on 21st January 1942 to Dana and Lewis Wilson but, following his parents’ divorce, his future calling was largely shaped by his step-father, Albert R “Cubby” Brocolli, with whom his mother was married in 1959. The first James bond film Wilson worked on was Goldfinger, in which […]

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Birthday of Putter Smith from Diamonds Are Forever [1941]

January 19th, 2017 by

Patrick “Putter” Smith who played Mr Kidd alongside Bruce Glover as Mr Wint in Diamonds Are Forever, was born in California on 19th January 1941. Smith was invited to play Mr Kidd by Harry Saltzman, who saw him playing bass at a jazz show. Although most widely known for his role as the gay hit-man his main […]

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Bernard Lee died on this day in 1981

January 16th, 2017 by

Bernard Lee, who was the original M and played the role in eleven 007 films between 1962 and 1979, died on 16th January 1981. Dr No (1962) From Russia with Love (1963) Goldfinger (1964) Thunderball (1965) You Only Live Twice (1967) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Live and Let Die (1973) […]

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Birthday of Derek Meddings [1931]

January 15th, 2017 by

Special effects designer Derek Meddings, who worked on a number of James Bond films, was born in London on 15th January 1931. Meddings’ early work included the Hammer Films and Gerry Anderson’s television puppet shows, including Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds. His first 007 films was Live And Let Die, on which he impressed Cubby Broccoli […]

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Birthday of Goldfinger actress Shirley Eaton [1937]

January 12th, 2017 by

Shirley Eaton, who played Jill Masterson in Goldfinger was born on 12th January 1937 in London. Appearing in a number of films throughout the 1950s and 60s, Eaton is best remembered for her role in the third James Bond film, in which she dies after being covered from head to toe in gold paint.

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Birthday of Bernard Lee [1908]

January 10th, 2017 by

Bernard Lee, who played M in eleven James Bond films starting with Dr No, was born on 10th January 1908, although it is uncertain as to whether he was born in County Cork in Irelend, or in London. Acting on both stage and screen prior to the war, Lee managed to work on a number […]

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Naomie Harris awarded OBE

January 2nd, 2017 by

The Miss Moneypenny actress has been recognised for her services to drama in the New Year Honours List. Naomie Harris was one of several actors recognised in the New Year Honours List announced last week. Harris, who played Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall and SPECTRE, is to be awarded an OBE for services to drama. Two […]

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