Bond producers to receive Producers Guild award

October 31st, 2013 by

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are to be awarded by the Producers Guild of America according to a story posted in Variety. The pair are to receive the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures at a ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hilton in January. Source: Variety

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James Bond’s drinks: Calvados

October 30th, 2013 by

One of my favourite and most frequently used culinary insights from the James Bond books is the recipe for scrambled eggs from 007 in New York, originally from the US edition of Fleming’s collection of travel writing, Thrilling Cities. Author of the new Bond book Solo, William Boyd, writes his book having been inspired by the […]

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Switzerland and Italy: Bond location summer snaps

October 24th, 2013 by

Over the summer several newsletter subscribers got in touch to let me know what they were doing over the summer. One of those was Laurent-Jean Gacher, who shared a number of great photos of 007 related locations in Switzerland and Italy. Piz Gloria Greeted by George Lazenby at Piz Gloria   Piz Gloria’s Bond World […]

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International bibliography prize goes to work on Ian Fleming

October 21st, 2013 by

Jon Gilbert of Adrian Harrington Rare Books has been awarded the 16th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography for his Bibliography of Ian Fleming published last year. The prize is awarded every four years by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, with this year’s prize being presented next April at the 41st Congress of the International […]

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Ralph Fiennes looking forward to Bond 24

October 20th, 2013 by

This isn’t really news; Ralph Fiennes has confirmed he’ll be returning as M in Bond 24, saying he is “looking forward to it very much”, according to an article in Metro quoting Yahoo Movies (which I’ve been unable to source). The Metro piece then goes on to trot out the normal tabloid nonsense about Bond […]

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‘Spy’ Lotus buyer revealed

October 18th, 2013 by

The buyer of the submarine Lotus Esprit used in the filming of The Spy Who Lived Me that was auctioned last month for £550,000 has been revealed to be Elon Musk, who is behind Tesla and SpaceX. The car turned up in a storage locker and after being authenticated as the original vehicle seen on […]

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Charity shop’s Dr No first edition sells for £600

October 17th, 2013 by

A first edition copy of Dr No, which was handed into an Oxfam shop earlier in the year, has sold for £600 at auction. The book was in good condition and of the six Bond books on sale at the auction, by Bloomsbury, fetched the largest amount. Two copies of Goldfinger also went under the […]

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Bond moments: from the depths with love

October 16th, 2013 by

Ever since I was young the James Bond films have been important to me. I remember a journey with my family in which my cousins and I played at diving like in Thunderball, holding a ballpoint in our mouths like a respirator; although in a wheelchair I was able to relive some of my favourite […]

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UK sales of ‘Solo’ continue to disappoint

October 15th, 2013 by

Following the first week’s disappointing sales, William Boyd’s new James Bond novel has dropped out of the UK’s top ten new publications and sits in 22nd place, according to MI6. This must question whether Ian Fleming Publication’s can afford to continue with their policy of hiring big name authors to pen further continuation novels. Household […]

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50th anniversary of From Russia With Love

October 10th, 2013 by

Fifty years ago today saw the world premiere of From Russia With Love at the Odeon Leicester Square. With a few notable differences, including the substitution of SPECTRE for SMERSH, the film closely followed Ian Fleming’s novel and following on from Dr No, a year earlier, was eagerly awaited by audiences hungry for 007. From […]

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