James Bond and the trouble with female sacrifice

June 23rd, 2015 by

Female sacrifice

“The job’s done; the bitch is dead.”  James Bond’s pain over Vesper Lynd’s betrayal and suicide is palpable in the report he makes to M in the final minutes of Casino Royale (2006). The death inextricably alters Bond so-much-so the event is as important to the genesis of Bond’s character as the two sanctioned kills that […]

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James Bond cars and driving

June 10th, 2015 by


While Aston Martin is the marque most closely associated with James Bond, the literary character is very much a Bentley man. From the word go in Casino Royale Bond is driving one, and while he is to be found behind the wheel of a secret service Aston Martin in Goldfinger, Bond’s personal car is always a Bentley in […]

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“You’ve had your five”: The case for a five-film Bond era

June 3rd, 2015 by


As I await the arrival of SPECTRE, the fourth of Daniel Craig’s five contracted portrayals of James Bond, it seems many of the key elements of the franchise are working effectively, providing sufficient momentum to power through a writers’ strike and a studio bankruptcy, and delivering continued commercial success. But don’t be surprised if producers […]

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Field report: Watching ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ on the big screen [VIDEO]

May 29th, 2015 by


On 23rd May 2015 I travelled to Barcelona to watch On Her Majesty’s Secret Service on the big screen in all its glory. Here I discuss George Lazenby, the impact of seeing the film at the cinema, and why you see the old films on the big screen whenever you get the chance.

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Scrambled Eggs James Bond

May 20th, 2015 by

Scrambled eggs James Bond

While the short story 007 in New York is far from Ian Fleming at his best it does have one thing of interest; James Bond’s own recipe for scrambled eggs, a dish he consumes frequently throughout the books and a particular favourite of his creator, Ian Fleming.

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A View Embraced: Reflections on ‘A View to a Kill’ at 30 Years

May 19th, 2015 by


Its high-speed vehicle of choice is an airship. Its breaks between the action “hits” run a little longer than we’re generally accustomed. Its woman of choice is decidedly out of her depth in this espionage world. So, it would seem, is our seasoned James Bond, as the crazed villain of the piece helpfully reminds us. […]

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A look at James Bond’s cashmere sweaters provided by N Peal

May 12th, 2015 by

SPECTRE teaser poster

Cashmere specialist N Peal has once again been chosen to dress 007 in SPECTRE after the brand appeared in the action scenes at the end of Skyfall. Two N Peal sweaters are expected to be worn by Daniel Craig, the first of which appears on the teaser poster shown above, while the other can be seen in […]

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The James Bond Films

May 4th, 2015 by


It’s hard to imagine a world without the James Bond films, which have been with us since Dr No hit the big screen in 1962, catapulting Sean Connery to fame and introducing us to an exciting and, for many, unimaginably sophisticated world. The impact of Dr No on cinema audiences of the time was dramatic […]

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The cast of ‘SPECTRE’ : Léa Seydoux

April 29th, 2015 by

Sam Mendes directs Léa Seydoux

One of the actresses confirmed by Sam Mendes at the SPECTRE launch event at Pinewood was Léa Seydoux in the role of Madeleine Swann. Léa Seydoux was born in 1985 to Henri Seydoux and Valarie Schlumberger, both of whom are of German decent, her father a successful businessman while her mother is a renowned philanthropist. […]

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The “other” James Bond movies

April 28th, 2015 by

Casino Royale 1967

Nearly a decade before Connery brought 007 to life for millions of cinema goers, Barry Nelson played 007 in a television version of Casino Royale. In this article we take a look at that, as well as the other non-canonical James Bond films. Not what you’re looking for? Click here for the James Bond movies by Eon Productions […]

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