60 years of 007

April 13th, 2013 by

The Express takes a look at the phenomenon that started by Ian Fleming with the publication of Casino Royale in 1953 and which continues even today thanks to Eon Productions. The article adds nothing new to anyone with more than a casual interest in James Bond and is let down by a number of factual […]

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Casino Royale published 60 years ago today

April 13th, 2013 by

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, on April 13th 1953.┬áIan Fleming had written the book in 1952 while spending the winter at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica, and just 4,728 copies were printed. The initial printing quickly sold out and today copies complete with original […]

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James Bond Drinks book reviewed by MI6

April 12th, 2013 by

MI6 has today published a review of the second edition of my book “The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond”, which is available from Amazon as a paperback or for Kindle. Read MI6’s review here or you can read more about it here, which includes links to Lulu and various locaised Amazon stores.

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60 years of Bond celebrated by Fine Books & Collections magazine

April 11th, 2013 by

To commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Casino Royale, which is marked on April 13th, “Fine Books and Collections” magazine features an article titled “The Birth of Bond” and has a photograph of Ian Fleming on the cover. You can buy a copy from the magazine’s website, which you can find here. Source: […]

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Impact of the Thunderball plagiarism case

April 10th, 2013 by

Just a few days prior to the publication of Thunderball Ian Fleming received the shock news that Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham sought an injunction preventing publication. McClory had read an advance copy of the novel in March 1961 and was infuriated to see that Fleming had based the story on a screenplay written by […]

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M’s name in the books and films

April 8th, 2013 by

Being James Bond have published an interesting article about M’s name, following the revelation of the name of Judi Dench’s M at the end of Skyfall. The article notes that M’s full name was not revealed by Ian Fleming until The Man With The Golden Gun, his last novel, but takes us through each incarnation […]

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James Bond exhibition opens in Shanghai

April 3rd, 2013 by

“Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style”, which was originally at The Barbican and later moved to Toronto, has just opened in Shanghai’s Minsheng Art Museum. The exhibition includes 600 items from Eon Productions’ 23 James Bond films including the hugely successful Skyfall. Source: Wall Street Journal

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The Avro Vulcan bomber from Thunderball

April 3rd, 2013 by

Most readers should be familiar with the plotline of the fourth James Bond movie, Thunderball (1965), which centres around the theft of two atomic bombs following the hijacking of an RAF Vulcan bomber on a training exercise. Of course, in the book the aircraft was a Villiers Vindicator, a fictional experimental plane and later, when […]

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