Composer John Barry dies aged 77 [BBC]

January 31st, 2011 by

The sad news of John Barry’s death from a heart attack has been announced this morning on the BBC website. The short article notes: His arrangement of Monty Norman’s James Bond theme led to him composing scores for 11 films in the series, among them Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice. Read Composer John Barry […]

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New Book Assesses the Cultural Impact of the Cinematic Bond Girl [Press release]

January 28th, 2011 by

Although she has been lauded by some as a liberated woman and true feminist archetype, the Bond Girl has virtually escaped critical study—until now. Released through Xlibris, Robert A. Caplen’s Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond analyzes the cinematic Bond Girl and argues that the character initially served as a different archetype: one […]

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Dame Judi Dench to return as M in new James Bond film [BBC News]

January 27th, 2011 by

Dame Judi Dench, who has played M since Goldeneye in 1995, has revealed that will reprise the role in Bond 23, according to a report by the BBC. Actress Dame Judi Dench has revealed she will return to play head of MI6, M, in the new James Bond film, which will also see Daniel Craig […]

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Annotations and Chronologies for Ian Fleming’s Bond Stories – updated version

January 27th, 2011 by

This book is a must have for anyone who is serious about the James Bond novels. I loved the first edition, but was unhappy with the  translations. John Griswold read the review and contacted me, suggesting that I help him with the translations for this edition. Of course I jumped at the chance and so […]

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Verzasca Dam, Switzerland

January 26th, 2011 by

When Pierce Brosnan made his James Bond debut in Goldeneye (1995) it was with an extraordinary stunt; a 220-metre bungee jump from the top of a dam that allowed 007 to infiltrate an illicit Soviet chemical weapons facility. The jump, which was voted the best movie stunt of all time by Sky Movies in 2002, […]

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The Book Of Bond

January 24th, 2011 by

The Book of Bond was written by Kingsley Amis under the pseudonym of Lt-Col-William (“Bill”) Tanner, the name of the Chief of Staff in the British Secret Service and one of James Bond’s best friends. Firmly tongue-in-cheek it claims to be manual to become a 007, hence the subtitle “Every Man His Own 007” and is […]

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

January 24th, 2011 by

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was written by Ian Fleming, author of the James Bond books, for his son Caspar. Inspired by a series of racing cars built by Count Louis Zborowski in the 1920s powered by aero engines, the story features an inventor – Commander Caractacus Pott – who renovates an old car, which starts […]

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Thrilling Cities

January 24th, 2011 by

Thrilling Cities comprises of a series of articles written by Ian Fleming on two trips in 1959 and 1960 for the Sunday Times and published in book form in 1963. The articles were written with the aim of helping the reader find the type of excitement absent from more traditional travel writing, written from the […]

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The Diamond Smugglers

January 24th, 2011 by

The Diamond Smugglers is an investigation by Ian Fleming of diamond smuggling operations out of South Africa. Originally written as a series of articles in the Sunday Times, the book expanded upon the original material and was first published in 1957.

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Quantum of Solace

January 24th, 2011 by

All Ian Fleming’s short stories are collected on one volume, entitled Quantum of Solace. For the first time the stories from For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy & The Living Daylights are found within the covers of a single volume. You can order it from the outlets below: Amazon UK Amazon US

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