‘Casino Royale’: The Film That Saved A Franchise

August 28th, 2015 by

Daniel Craig - New James Bond movie Casino Royale

Le Chiffre is angry. Humiliated and frightened for his life, he wants James Bond to give him the password to his account to retrieve what’s rightfully his. Tying him to a chair, he directs his electric robot towards a tuxedo clad Pierce Brosnan,whose Omega and iPod are clearly visible… Thankfully, Casino Royale did not turn out that way, otherwise there […]

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Infographic: the most successful James Bond movie ever

July 29th, 2015 by

Most successful James Bond movie

Recently I crunched box office numbers for all the James Bond movies released by Eon Productions to date. The idea was to go beyond the inflation-adjusted figures that have been reported before and to find out the most successful Bond films based on other than simply the box-office take. Skyfall was the first Bond film to earn […]

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Watch the full ‘SPECTRE’ trailer online

July 22nd, 2015 by


Today the eagerly awaited trailer for SPECTRE was released online. Click the play button to watch it above and then leave a comment below to let me know what you think of it.  

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Video review: The World According to Blofeld’s Cat

July 15th, 2015 by

The World According to Blofeld's Cat

If you thought Blofeld owned a nice cuddly white moggie then think again! This book presents the true world view of Blofeld’s cat as he takes aim at just about everything possible in the modern world. Full of laughs and great drawings, including a diagram of a volcano lair. You can buy The World According […]

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Box office figures for the James Bond series

July 15th, 2015 by

The most successful James Bond movie ever

Skyfall notched up an impressive box office as the first billion dollar Bond film and was widely reported as the most successful Bond film ever. The trouble is, there are many ways of measuring success of which box office take is just one. Also, it is not necessarily the best.  The trouble with reporting straight box office figures though is […]

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Designing 007: field report from Madrid

July 8th, 2015 by

Designing 007

A visit to the Designing 007 exhibition that is in Madrid until the end of August.

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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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