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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

Ben Whishaw in the dark about Bond 25

January 17th, 2018 by

The new Q knows as little as we do about Bond 25. I shared this story of Facebook recently, but if you’re not following The James Bond Dossier’s Facebook page (and why not?) this one may have slipped by you. Ben Whishaw spoke to Metro US earlier this month, while promoting Paddington 2. Whishaw provides the […]

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Bernard Lee died on this day in 1981

January 16th, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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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Happy New Year from The James Bond Dossier

January 1st, 2018 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, 2017 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, 2017 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, 2017 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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Goldfinger arrives in United States [1964]

December 21st, 2017 by

Following the successful opening in Europe, Goldfinger finally arrives in North America on 21st December 1964, premiering at New York’s DeMille Theater. Opening in 41 cities across the US on 64 screens, at one time it was showing on 485 screens and the DeMille Theater was screening Goldfinger around the clock to keep up with demand. […]

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Anniversary of Thunderball’s US premiere [1965]

December 21st, 2017 by

The US premiere of Thunderball, Sean Connery’s fourth James Bond movie, took place at the Manhattan Paramount Theater in New York. Showing off the Bell Textron jet pack that featured in the film, the pilot was arrested as he had failed to acquire the licence required to fly off the roof of the cinema.

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