James Bond News

Ian Fleming evening at WhitLit in May

April 29th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming

Whitstable Literary Festival will this year focus on Ian Fleming and his Kent connections, as well as thrilling contemporary spy stories and tales of real life espionage from Guy Burgess to Bletchley Park. The highlight of WhitLit 2016 will be a special Ian Fleming evening on Friday 13th May with his biographers Andrew Lycett and Matthew Parker as well as Fleming’s step-daughter, Fionn […]

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Director Guy Hamilton dies aged 93

April 21st, 2016 by

Goldfinger poster

Today we learnt of the sad news that Guy Hamilton, who directed Goldfinger and three other James Bond films, died yesterday at the age of 93. Hamilton was born in Paris on 16 September 1922, where his English parents were living. His first exposure to the film industry came in 1938 when he was the clapper […]

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Ian Fleming’s literary agent Peter Janson-Smith dies at 93

April 16th, 2016 by

The James Bond Books - a variety of paperback editions

I was sad to read Raymond Benson’s Facebook post that Ian Fleming’s literary agent, Peter Janson-Smith, has died at the age of 93. Janson-Smith became Fleming’s literary agent in 1956 and was tasked with the foreign translation rights of the James Bond books. As well as acting as agent to Fleming, Janson-Smith also represented thriller […]

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Barbara Broccoli appointed BAFTA’s Vice President for Film

April 4th, 2016 by


Today BAFTA announced that Barbara Broccoli has been appointed Vice President for Film. Following the recent appointment of Greg Dyke as BAFTA’s Vice President for Television, Barbara Broccoli will join Dyke in co-chairing BAFTA’s Council, supporting the Academy’s President, HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and assuming an ambassadorial role for the charity. Previous Vice Presidents […]

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MI6 Confidential #34: SPECTRE Around the World

March 28th, 2016 by

MI6 Confidential #34

MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its thirty-fourth issue. The multi-million dollar SPECTRE opened in cinemas late last year to a raft of expectation and a record-breaking first week at the box office. Although, as time would tell, the financial takings did not top its predecessor, the […]

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New Young Bond details revealed on Amazon

March 23rd, 2016 by

Young Bond: Heads You Die by Steve Cole

Fans of the Young Bond books will be interested to learn more about Steve Cole’s next novel in the series  after details emerged on Amazon UK. Buy from Amazon UK | Amazon.com In addition to the title and cover work of Heads You Die being added t the Amazon listing there is also a brief  synopsis: James’s Cuban holiday […]

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SPECTRE breaks $200M in US

March 22nd, 2016 by


This last weekend SPECTRE finally broke the $200 million barrier in North America. While that is well behind Skyfall’s $305 million box office an article in the Wall Street Journal looks at Sony’s decision to keep on playing the latest Bond film to finally break through the physiologically important $200 million ceiling.

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Production designer Ken Adam dies aged 95

March 10th, 2016 by


I’ve just seen on the BBC News website the sad news that Ken Adam has died. The legendary production designer worked on a number of the early films, starting with Dr No, and is responsible the distinctive look of the sets. These include the interior of Fort Knox from Goldfinger and Blofeld’s volcano lair in You Only […]

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George Martin dies aged 90

March 9th, 2016 by

Photo: George Martin  by Adam Sharp. Licenced under CC BY-SA 3.0

Today the internet lit up with the sad news that George Martin has died at the age of 90.  Sometimes known as “the fifth Beatle”, Martin is best known for signing The Beetles to EMI, and as producer he helped shape their sound. As well as working with The Beatles and many other artists, Martin also […]

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Book on 007 theme songs kicks off crowdfunding campaign

March 8th, 2016 by

The Complete James Bond Themes

A brand new book on the music of James Bond themes has just kicked off a crowdfunding campaign on Unbound. The Complete James Bond Themes is written by Nick Parkhouse, who wrote a fantastic series on the Bond movie soundtracks for The James Bond Dossier. As well as offering early pledgers a number of rewards, Nick is offering readers £5 off […]

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