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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 .

Website: https://www.thejamesbonddossier.com

Birthday of Putter Smith from Diamonds Are Forever [1941]

January 19th, 2017 by

Patrick “Putter” Smith who played Mr Kidd alongside Bruce Glover as Mr Wint in Diamonds Are Forever, was born in California on 19th January 1941. Smith was invited to play Mr Kidd by Harry Saltzman, who saw him playing bass at a jazz show. Although most widely known for his role as the gay hit-man his main […]

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Bernard Lee died on this day in 1981

January 16th, 2017 by

Bernard Lee, who was the original M and played the role in eleven 007 films between 1962 and 1979, died on 16th January 1981. Dr No (1962) From Russia with Love (1963) Goldfinger (1964) Thunderball (1965) You Only Live Twice (1967) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Live and Let Die (1973) […]

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Birthday of Derek Meddings [1931]

January 15th, 2017 by

Special effects designer Derek Meddings, who worked on a number of James Bond films, was born in London on 15th January 1931. Meddings’ early work included the Hammer Films and Gerry Anderson’s television puppet shows, including Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds. His first 007 films was Live And Let Die, on which he impressed Cubby Broccoli […]

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Birthday of Goldfinger actress Shirley Eaton [1937]

January 12th, 2017 by

Shirley Eaton, who played Jill Masterson in Goldfinger was born on 12th January 1937 in London. Appearing in a number of films throughout the 1950s and 60s, Eaton is best remembered for her role in the third James Bond film, in which she dies after being covered from head to toe in gold paint.

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Birthday of Bernard Lee [1908]

January 10th, 2017 by

Bernard Lee, who played M in eleven James Bond films starting with Dr No, was born on 10th January 1908, although it is uncertain as to whether he was born in County Cork in Irelend, or in London. Acting on both stage and screen prior to the war, Lee managed to work on a number […]

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Naomie Harris awarded OBE

January 2nd, 2017 by

The Miss Moneypenny actress has been recognised for her services to drama in the New Year Honours List. Naomie Harris was one of several actors recognised in the New Year Honours List announced last week. Harris, who played Eve Moneypenny in Skyfall and SPECTRE, is to be awarded an OBE for services to drama. Two […]

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Happy New Year from The James Bond Dossier

January 1st, 2017 by

I’d like to wish all readers of The James Bond Dossier a very Happy New Year and look forward to the next 12 months in the world of 007!

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Anniversary of UK premiere of Diamonds Are Forever [1971]

December 30th, 2016 by

Diamonds Are Forever was premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square on 30th December 1971.

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Anniversary of UK release of Thunderball [1965]

December 29th, 2016 by

Originally scheduled to open in the UK in October, production delays forced the UK premiere of Thunderball to be delayed until 29th December 1965. Sean Connery’s fourth James Bond movie received a dual premiere. Although Sean Connery missed the event, it was screened both at the London Pavilion and the Rialto, with cast members spit between the […]

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Happy Christmas from The James Bond Dossier

December 25th, 2016 by

Wherever you are in the world, have a great day and celebrate 007 style! I know – I hate that song too, but it’s the only Christmas song to appear on a Bond soundtrack. If you’d like to read more about how James Bond spent Christmas Day in the book On Her Majesty’s Secret Service […]

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