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The cast of ‘SPECTRE’ : Monica Bellucci

March 4th, 2015 by

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Monica Bellucci says she was surprised to be approached by Sam Mendes, initially assuming her role in SPECTRE would be to replace Judi Dench. “Why do you call me? I’m 50 years old… what am I going to do in James Bond?” she demanded of the director. Photo: “Monica Bellucci, Women’s World Awards 2000” by Manfred Werner licensed […]

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Dismissing the James Bond code name theory

February 18th, 2015 by

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Eoghan Lyng takes a look at why the theory held by some fans that “James Bond” is just a code name used by a number of different agents over the years just doesn’t hold water. Image: from cover art of Bond 50 22 film Blu-Ray box set, available from Amazon UK and Amazon.com. Some people have too much […]

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Review: Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica

February 10th, 2015 by

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Matthew Parker’s new book is both a biography of Ian Fleming from when he built Goldeneye on wards and the history of Jamaica during the period leading to independence and just after. I can remember when I first read the James Bond novels how little information there was about Ian Fleming. My 1960’s Pan edition […]

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Dine like 007: The Travel Guide to Eating like an International Secret Agent [Infographic]

February 6th, 2015 by

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An infographic detailing 72 restaurants and bars from the James Bond books and films where you can still dine today.

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Fleming, Bond and Belly-Lick

January 27th, 2015 by

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The Man With The Golden Gun finds James Bond in Beirut on the trail of Scaramanga after MI6 is unable to pin the murder of 002 on the highly paid hitman; as Miss Moneypenny tells 007, “they never found the bullet”. There Bond learns from Saida, a belly dancer, that after his colleague was shot in the neck she removed the bullet from […]

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‘Shoot To Kill’ by Steve Cole: Anatomy of the Young Bond Adventures

January 14th, 2015 by

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Reluctant as I am to admit it, Ian Fleming’s Bond novels were not terribly interesting when I first attempted to read them as an eleven year old. Fleming’s detailed verisimilitude – one of his key virtues when I returned to the books a few years later – and his interest in arcane research proved interminable. […]

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James Bond’s vodka brands

December 18th, 2014 by

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It was revealed this week that Belvedere vodka would be one of the promotional partners for SPECTRE, although the amount they are paying for that privilege has not been disclosed. The brand is looking to use 007 to create global brand awareness and promote itself as a premium product. Of course, Belvedere is not the […]

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Hello Mr Bonds. We’ve Been Expecting You!

December 12th, 2014 by

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There are few things on this earth that merit celebration. There is the birth of a baby, the fall of The Berlin Wall, the introduction of a new Bond actor. Hell, there have only been six of those in, what, fifty years? To call it an event is an understatement, heresy even! Here, I am […]

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The SPECTRE Timeline [Infographic]

December 5th, 2014 by

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SPECTRE Locations

December 4th, 2014 by

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SPECTRE will film in a number of locations in Europe, North Africa and Mexico, although it is unknown whether all filming locations will feature as themselves in the film. See below to locate them all on the map. Locations confirmed by Sam Mendes and in the official press release are as follows: United Kingdom Pinewood Studios and […]

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