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David Leigh

I've been a James Bond fan since I was 8 years old when I simultaneously read Casino Royale and bought an Corgi Aston Martin DB5. I've been running The James Bond Dossier under a variety of names since 2002, having settled on the current domain in 2004. Today there are a variety of authors contributing to the website and as well as writing articles and news items I act as editor. You can also find me on .


Colonel Sun published [1968]

March 28th, 2017 by

Colonel Sun became the first James Bond continuation novel when it was published on 28th March 1968. The book was written by Kingsley Amis under the pseudonym Robert Markham.  Colonel Sun features the kidnapping of M, with much of the action takes place in the Greek islands. Although further novels by various authors were planned, […]

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Anniversary of Thunderball publication in UK [1961]

March 27th, 2017 by

After an experimental bomber is stolen mid flight and two atomic weapons fall into the hands of SPECTRE, 007 is sent to The Bahamas to find the bombs before it is too late.

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Anniversary of Diamonds Are Forever publication in UK [1956]

March 26th, 2017 by

James Bond is sent to the United States to infiltrate and stop a diamond smuggling operation run by the Spangled Mob.

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Wedding anniversary of Ian Fleming [1952]

March 24th, 2017 by

Ian Fleming finally married Ann Rothermere in Jamaica on 24th March 1952 after an affair that lasted for years. Buy from Amazon UK or After her second husband finally divorced her in 1951 and finding herself pregnant Ann finally persuaded Fleming to end his bachelor days. It was while staying at his home in Goldeneye that […]

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Anniversary of Goldfinger publication in UK [1959]

March 23rd, 2017 by

007 is sent on a mission to uncover a gold smuggling racket run by one of the world’s richest men and uncovers Auric Goldfinger’s plot to rob Fort Knox.

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Birthday of Timothy Dalton [1944]

March 21st, 2017 by

  Timothy Dalton was born on 21st March 1944 in Colwyn Bay in Wales, his father a captain in the Special Operations  Executive during the Second World War.  Dalton became the fourth actor to play James Bond in the Eon Productions film series and rated by some fans as the closest to Ian Fleming’s Bond.  […]

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Birthday of Ursula Andress [1936]

March 19th, 2017 by

Ursula Andress, who as bikini-clad Honey Rider emerged so memorably from the Caribbean Sea in Dr No, was born on 19th March 1936 in Ostermundigen, Switzerland. Andress was born to a Swiss mother and German father, a German diplomat who was expelled from Switzerland for political reasons and disappeared during the Second World War.

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Birthday of Gabriele Ferzetti (Marc Ange Draco in OHMSS) [1925]

March 17th, 2017 by

Gabriele Ferzetti, who played Marc Ange Draco in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), was born in Rome on 17th March 1925. While he has a string of credits to his name on film, television and stage, particularly during the 1950s and ’60s, but the role he is best remembered for is in George Lazenby’s solo 007 adventure with […]

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Anniversary of You Only Live Twice publication in UK [1964]

March 16th, 2017 by

Following the murder of Tracy shortly after their marriage, James Bond is sent to Japan on what M believes will be a straightforward assignment. However, there he discovers his arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. 

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Birthday of Walter Gotell (General Gogol) [1924]

March 15th, 2017 by

The German actor Walter Gotell, who played KGB head General Gogol in a total of six James Bond films, was born in Bonn on 15th March 1924. Gotell’s family fled Germany under the Nazis and settled in Britain and he started in films during the Second World War playing German heavies. After the war he […]

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