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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 since 2002 and today there are a variety of authors contributing to the website.

Website: https://www.thejamesbonddossier.com

James Bond celebrates 60 years on big screen with music

September 21st, 2022 by

The Sound of 007 in Concert, the official charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall will take place on 4th October. Original Bond recording artists Dame Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Chrissie Hynde and Garbage will perform iconic 007 songs alongside guest vocalists Becky Hill, Celeste, Ella Eyre, Jamie Cullum, John Grant and Paloma Faith accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Dodd. The concert, created by […]

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Eon bosses talk to Variety about the next James Bond

September 21st, 2022 by

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If there is any progress on Bond 26 it seems like it is moving at a snail’s pace. Variety has published an interview with Eon bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson to coincide with them  receiving two Hollywood awards. Today they are due to leave hand and footprints at in the forecourt of the TCL […]

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The end of an era

September 9th, 2022 by

It’s strange to think that for the first time since James Bond first graced the pages of Casino Royale in 1953 the UK and Commonwealth no longer has Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. She became queen in 1952 after the death of her father, George VI,  while visiting Kenya with her husband, Prince […]

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007 at the box office: the real top-grossing James Bond movies

September 9th, 2022 by

A box office deep dive to establish the top-grossing James Bond movies in real terms.  Skyfall notched up an impressive box office as the first billion dollar Bond film and was widely reported as the top grossing James Bond movie of all time. Despite expectations, the two subsequent films have failed to beat it. Perhaps […]

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Review: Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood

August 30th, 2022 by

James Bond is missing in action in the latest novel from Ian Fleming Publications. Double or Nothing is the first in a trilogy of novels focusing on the Double-O Section in which James Bond has vanished while on assignment. It makes sense for Ian Fleming Publications (IFP) to try and establish a new series set […]

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New book by SFX Oscar winner John Richardson to be published in October

August 19th, 2022 by

Follow up to his previous book comes after lockdown house clear out unearthed new photos. In 2019, Oscar-winning special effects supremo John Richardson released his first book, the best-selling Making Movie Magic, which chronicled his remarkable career in the film industry. A year later, during a house clear-out as the country was stuck in a […]

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Bond 27 international distribution to be handled by Warner Bros

August 15th, 2022 by

While MGM’s forthcoming films will be distributed internationally by Warners, Bond 26 is excluded from the deal. MGM has announced that the Amazon owned studio’s international releases will be handled by Warner Bros. in place of Universal. However, the new arrangement excludes Bond 26, although Warners will handle Bond 27. According to Variety: MGM and […]

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Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death [1964]

August 12th, 2022 by

James Bond’s creator, one time naval intelligence officer, journalist and author Ian Lancaster Fleming, died of a heart attack in the early hours of 12th August 1964, his only son’s birthday. After a lifetime of heavy drinking and smoking and a reluctance to cut down on the vices he so much enjoyed, Fleming collapsed after dining at […]

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Eon announces 60th anniversary events

July 28th, 2022 by

Three events planned in London to celebrate 60 years of cinematic 007. Eon Productions has announced three events scheduled for the autumn to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of Dr No’s release. These are a charity auction, a weekend of screenings and talks, and a concert of Bond music. Christie’s will hold a live auction […]

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James Bond’s Lifestyle

July 26th, 2022 by

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A look at aspects of the 007’s lifestyle in the books and films. Think of James Bond and a host of things may come to mind. It could be exotic locations, luxury hotels and perfect martinis. Or maybe fast sports cars, casinos, glamorous women and finally dispatching the villain. James Bond clearly lives an exciting […]

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MI6 Confidential #65: Digital Illusions

July 14th, 2022 by

Issue #65 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide. It was back in 1995 with Pierce Brosnan’s debut outing in Goldeneye that CGI was first used in the James Bond series for a few select shots, most notably the gunbarrel. 25 years on and almost every frame in No Time […]

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Monty Norman dies at 94

July 11th, 2022 by

Monty Norman, who is credited as composer of the James Bond Theme, has died. Yesterday Monty Norman’s official website announced that the musician and composer had died after a short illness. Norman’s best known work is, of course, The James Bond Theme, instantly recognisable from just a few notes. He was signed to write the […]

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Barbara Broccoli: Bond 26 “at least” 2 years from shooting

June 30th, 2022 by

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Bond producer says no actor selected as new James Bond until key decisions made. As we reported yesterday, Tuesday night saw Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson receive their BFI Fellowships at Claridges in London. At the event Deadline spoke to Broccoli about progress on finding Daniel Craig’s replacement and the state of Bond 26. […]

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Bond producers receive BFI Fellowships

June 29th, 2022 by

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson received award at BFI chair’s dinner last night. Last night Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson attended the British Film Institute chair’s dinner at Claridges in London. There they were awarded BFI Fellowships for their achievements and contribution to cinema, the highest honour bestowed by the BFI. Ahead of the […]

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Bond producers awarded CBEs by Prince William

June 27th, 2022 by

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson receive award for services to film, drama, philanthropy and skills. James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday. They were there to each receive the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Prince William on Friday. They […]

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MI6 Confidential #64: Behind the scenes with the second unit

June 21st, 2022 by

Issue #64 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide. As dust settles on No Time to Die, some of the thematic choices remain divisive – but the artistry, passion, and precision that went into making this film is undeniable. Reflecting that, 007’s team has picked up several awards over the recent […]

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Paul Haggis arrested for sexual assault

June 20th, 2022 by

Filmmaker detailed by police while attending an arts festival in Italy. Filmmaker Paul Haggis was arrested by Italian police on Sunday, accused of sexual assault. The Canadian writer, producer and director is in Italy for Allora Fest, a new international festival of cinema, art and music which opens on Tuesday. Haggis contributed to the screenplays […]

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Review: With a Mind to Kill

June 7th, 2022 by

A look at the third and final James Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz. By the time you read this review it may well be redundant. The publishers kindly sent me a review copy earlier in the year, but – thanks mainly, I suspect, to the Spanish postal service – it never arrived. They couriered a […]

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Additional music in No Time to Die

June 1st, 2022 by

An in-depth look at the additional music used in No Time to Die. Whether or not you are a fan of the score by Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro, some of the more interesting music in No Time to Die is by other artists. The 25th James Bond movie uses a number of additional tracks, […]

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New James Bond cookbook published

May 31st, 2022 by

Double-O Dining: A James Bond Cookbook now available to purchase. Bond fans with a culinary bent will be thrilled by Edward Biddulph’s latest 007 cookbook, Double-O Dining, which incudes more than 100 recipes. Published by BearManor Media last week, the book as now available online from Amazon: Double-O Dining takes you on a culinary journey through […]

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A celebration of Ian Fleming on the anniversary of his birth

May 28th, 2022 by

Today marks the anniversary of the birth Ian Fleming, the author who introduced the world to James Bond in Casino Royale and went on to write a total of fourteen James Bond books. Born in Mayfair on 28 May 1908, during the war Fleming excelled as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence. In this capacity he […]

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Jamaica

May 26th, 2022 by

A look at all the Jamaican locations used in No Time to Die. After the film’s launch event on 25th April 2019 at Goldeneye filming commenced at Port Antonio three days later. Some of the first shots were filmed at the square at junction of West Street and William Street. Here Daniel Craig was seen […]

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Cary Fukunaga falls under MeToo spotlight accused of being sexual predator

May 24th, 2022 by

Director of Bond’s #MeToo metamorphosis accused of multiple misdemeanours.  No Time to Die is the first James Bond film to be released in the #MeToo era and made a point of steering clear of many of the elements that many found troublesome. At the time of the release of No Time to Die director Cary […]

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Danny Boyle opens up to Esquire about his departure from Bond 25

May 13th, 2022 by

The Trainspotting director talks about how the producers lost confidence in his vision for Bond. We recently reported on comments made by Danny Boyle’s long term writing partner, John Hodge, regarding their sudden exit from the 25th James Bond film back in August 2018. Now Danny Boyle has broken his silence. In an interview with […]

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Ian Fleming’s lost Moonraker screenplay

May 3rd, 2022 by

Fleming’s only script written for the big screen lay forgotten for years. It’s long been known that Ian Fleming wrote a screenplay for a James Bond film for Rank, but only recently that the screenplay resurfaced. Fleming wrote the film treatment in 1956, based on his book published the previous year, Moonraker. However it wasn’t […]

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Deciding new James Bond will “take some time” says Barbara Broccoli

May 2nd, 2022 by

Bond producer confirms they need to think about direction of the series after Daniel Craig’s departure. Thursday night saw a new production of Macbeth finally open on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the title role. Last month some preview performances were cancelled due to Craig and other cast members going down with covid. One of […]

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Resignations at MGM

April 28th, 2022 by

All change at the top as Amazon absorbs the studio. For many the announcement in March that Amazon had finally closed the deal to buy MGM felt like closure. Parties to the deal had been waiting on the competition regulators in Europe and the US since May last year. The buyout was confirmed after Europe […]

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Bond-style watches on a budget

April 26th, 2022 by

Alternatives to James Bond’s watches that don’t require a second mortgage.

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Bond’s kitchen in No Time to Die

April 19th, 2022 by

Last week Edward Biddulph published an interesting post on his James Bond Food blog. In it he looks at Bond’s kitchen as constructed for No Time to Die. While the kitchen barely features in the film at all, you can a much better look at it in a short behind the scenes feature on YouTube (above). […]

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No Time to Die coming to Amazon Prime Video on Friday in UK

April 14th, 2022 by

With Amazon finalising its purchase of MGM last month it can be little surprise to see the James Bond films available to stream on Amazon ‘s Prime Video streaming platform. In the UK Amazon Prime subscribers will get all 25 Eon Bond films from Good Friday, including No Time to Die. Subscribers get free delivery […]

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John Hodge talks about his exit from Bond 25

April 4th, 2022 by

Writer discretely talks about his time on the 25th James Bond film and his departure with Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle’s long time writing partner is John Hodge, whose six part adaptation of The Ipcress File directed by James Watkins is currently showing on Britain’s ITV. Back at the beginning of March Hodge spoke to The […]

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Daniel Craig tests positive for Covid

April 4th, 2022 by

Previews of the Scottish Play with Daniel Craig cancelled until end of week. A number of preview performances of Daniel Craig’s 15 week Broadway run of Macbeth have been cancelled due to Covid-19. It demonstrates that even with high vacination rates the pandemic is still far from being over. Several cast and crew, including Daniel […]

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And the winner is: No Time to Die at the Oscars

March 28th, 2022 by

No Time to Die picked up one award out of three nominations in an award ceremony that acknowledged the 60th anniversary of the series. Last night saw the 94th Academy Awards take place at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. Perhaps what this year’s ceremony will be remembered by many for the moment when Will […]

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Amazon green lights new 007 series

March 25th, 2022 by

It’s not exactly what anyone was expecting from MGM’s new owner. When it comes to releasing bad news, with 007 at least it seems to always land on a Friday. And so it is today, when something that sounds like a gag for April Fool’s Day is revealed by Variety. Prepare yourself… this is a […]

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New James Bond cookbook by Edward Biddulph coming in May

March 21st, 2022 by

Forthcoming Bond cookbook includes 100 easy to follow recipes.  I first became aware of Edward Biddulph’s writing after buying his James Bond cookbook Licence to Cook a few months before my own The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond was published. As well as Bond’s drink my primary interests have always been his […]

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Deadline chimes in on what’s next for MGM under Amazon

March 18th, 2022 by

Amazon plans on leaving James Bond well alone. With Amazon’s purchase of MGM now complete comes the job of integrating the studio into the internet behemoth. In an article published yesterday Mike Fleming Jr, co-editor in chief for film at Deadline, set out what he knows of the situation. The key takeaways are: There is hope […]

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Amazon completes MGM buyout

March 17th, 2022 by

Amazon’s $8.5 billion takeover of MGM has been completed days after getting the green light from Europe. Internet giant Amazon today announced it has finalised its takeover of MGM, a couple of days after the European Union approved the purchase of the studio. Although a FTC decision was expected before then end of the month no […]

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FTC decision on MGM takeover expected soon

March 15th, 2022 by

We should learn decision on Amazon’s proposed purchase of MGM within the next couple of weeks. Reuters is reporting that Amazon’s takeover of MGM may be days away, with deadlines for regulators in Europe and the United States due to expire imminently. According to the article European regulators are set to clear the acquisition, with […]

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The James Bond Dossier Newsletter

March 14th, 2022 by

If you’re a fan of James Bond and want to keep up with all the latest news then you’ll love our monthly newsletter! On the first Tuesday of every month you’ll get your free members-only newsletter right in your inbox. And if there any major announcements during the month then you’ll be notified about those […]

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The James Bond Dossier Newsletter

March 14th, 2022 by

If you’re a fan of James Bond and want to keep up with all the latest news then you’ll love our monthly newsletter! On the first Tuesday of every month you’ll get your free members-only newsletter right in your inbox. And if there any major announcements during the month then you’ll be notified about those […]

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No Time to Die at the 2022 BAFTAs

March 14th, 2022 by

25th Bond film scored a single BAFTA gong while Lashana Lynch picked up one for herself. Last night saw stars of the silver screen flock to London’s Royal Albert Hall for the 2022 BAFTA film awards. The event opened with Shirley Bassey performing Diamonds Are Forever as a nod to the 60th anniversary of James […]

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The James Bond Dossier reaches new subscriber goal on Patreon

March 11th, 2022 by

Yesterday The James Bond Dossier reached the goal of ten Patreon subscribers. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed so far. After reaching this goal I have removed interstitial ads from the website – those are the ones that appear when you navigate from one page to another. Everyone will benefit from the generosity of […]

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Amazon affiliate program

March 10th, 2022 by

One of the ways The James Bond Dossier earns money to help cover running costs is by participating in Amazon’s affiliate scheme. When you buy from Amazon UK and Amazon.com after clicking a link on the website we may earn a small commission. You pay the same price as if you had gone direct to […]

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March 2022 newsletter

March 1st, 2022 by

The March 2022 edition of the monthly newsletter went out earlier today. If you haven’t subscribed you can read it here: March 2022 newsletter Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there!

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The New European looks at the story behind the Dr No art theft

February 28th, 2022 by

Both Skyfall and SPECTRE both feature real-life stolen artworks in a tongue-in-cheek nod to reality that began with Dr No. In Skyfall Severine shows Modigliani’s Woman With a Fan to an art collector in Shanghai, who Patrice is sent to kill. The painting was stolen in 2010 along with four other paintings and is yet to […]

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Prospects for James Bond at the 2022 Oscars

February 24th, 2022 by

While No Time to Die is nominated in three categories the producers have another route to an Oscar. With No Time to Die finally released at the end of last year, the filmmakers were looking to the Academy Awards for some kind of industry recognition. Probably they were hoping for a shot at the awards for […]

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James Bond & Friends – Episode 0117: A Bloody Big Ship

February 21st, 2022 by

The latest episode of James Bond & Friends is now available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. Are parts of the Bond film series becoming inaccessible to newer fans? As we gear up for the 60th anniversary, we reflect on the longevity of the series and ask if enough time has passed now that newer fans […]

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Bond Fan Events announce Jamaica tour

February 11th, 2022 by

Walk in the steps of Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig in October tour. The 25th tour organised by Bond Fan Events is Own The Club Deux! (as in Goldfinger’s ironic remark, “Oh, nothing, Mister Bond. I own the club!”) The tours in Jamaica will include Ian Fleming’s World and GoldenEye Resort to celebrate […]

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On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Food and drink from the novel

February 9th, 2022 by

A detailed look at the food and drink in the novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Ian Fleming’s 11th James Bond book starts with 007 visiting Vesper’s grave in Royale-les-Eaux, which we learn he does every year. Northern France After James Bond checks into Hotel Splendide in Royal- les-Eaux he orders a bottle of the […]

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Title and synopsis revealed of first book in Double O series

February 3rd, 2022 by

Details revealed on IFP website on Tuesday. Back in early November Ian Fleming Publications announced a new trilogy of books focusing on new recruits to the double O section. Written by Kim Sherwood, the forthcoming series mark a move away from James Bond continuation novels. Instead 007 is has gone missing and possibly dead. This week […]

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