Video: On location in Lisbon

November 22nd, 2016 by

I just got back from a short visit to Lisbon in Portugal. I had a fantastic time there and although the trip was short and sweet, managed to get to see one location from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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Casino Royale after 10 years

November 15th, 2016 by

In the week of Casino Royale’s 10th anniversary we take a look at how the 21st Bond film came into being and the introduction of Daniel Craig as 007. After Die Another Day (2002) there can have been few who believed that Pierce Brosnan wouldn’t return for a fifth outing as 007. Today the film is […]

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Casino Royale: remembering the Royal World Premiere

November 14th, 2016 by

Hard as it is to believe, today marks the tenth anniversary of Casino Royale’s Leicester Square premiere. Here I revisit my experience of that day. The world premiere of any Bond film is a huge event. However, with a new actor playing 007 and a change in direction for the series, there was a huge […]

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Mexico Tourism Board Announces Strategic Marketing Programme Targeting UK Growth

November 11th, 2016 by

Earlier this week the Mexico Tourism Board announced its strategic marketing plans to deliver high growth in the UK market. Its efforts will focus on expanding connectivity; strengthening industry partnerships; developing tourism products and destinations; increasing special promotions, and consumer-targeting programmes. The UK is the third largest market for Mexico’s tourism industry, with over 475,000 […]

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Your chance to taste Vespers made with genuine Kina Lillet at Casino Royale screening

November 10th, 2016 by

Your chance to try Vespers made to the original recipe with genuine Kina Lillet before sitting down to a screening of Casino Royale. Ian Fleming specified Kina Lillet in his first James Bond novel for the drink, and the same recipe was specified by Bond in the 2006 film version. The problem is that Kina Lillet […]

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Rare 007 posters in late November auction

November 7th, 2016 by

A collection of four posters featuring Sean Connery as 007 are to be auctioned later this month by Bonhams. The lot numbers for these posters are 819 (Dr No), 820 (Goldfinger), 821 (Thunderball) and 822 (From Russia With Love). The latter two are from Italy. Also up for auction are a Tom Ford suit worn […]

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Casino Royale named among 5 most expensive first editions of 20th century

November 5th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming joins Ernest Hemingway, JRR Tolkien, F Scott Fitzgerald and James Joyce as the five twentieth century authors whose first editions are most expensive. Casino Royale lies fourth in that list, after Joyce’s Ulysses ($460,500), Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby ($300,000), Tolkien’s The Hobbit ($210,500) and ahead of Hemingway’s In Our Time ($25,000). Remember though that […]

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House with links to Ian Fleming on sale for $2.9 million

November 1st, 2016 by

A house owned by a close friend of Ian Fleming has gone on sale for $2.9 million.  Above: Andrew Lycett’s biography of Ian Fleming Fleming knew Ivar Bryce from his schooldays and Bryce and his wife, heiress Josephine Hartford, bought the colonial style mansion on Long Island in 1936. Like Fleming, Bryce worked in intelligence during the […]

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