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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

Aston Martin DB5 in Matera [video]

August 22nd, 2019 by

One of the replica Aston Martin DB5s expected to be used in a stunt shoot for No Time to Die was on display yesterday in Matera’s Piazza San Pietro Caveoso. According to local media shooting is planned between 7am and 7pm in the city centre this Sunday, with the car used for test purposes ahead […]

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James Bond & Friends – Episode 0021: Richard Burton’s Bar Tab

August 22nd, 2019 by

The latest episode of James Bond & Friends is now available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. How much money does a Bond film really cost to make? With the news that one of Bond 25’s distribution partners Annapurna is having some money troubles, we dive deep into the murky waters of the business of the […]

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Bond 25 title finally revealed

August 20th, 2019 by

Eon Productions and MGM this afternoon revealed the title of the next James Bond film. From now on Bond 25 can be known as No Time to Die, which by coincidence I jokingly mentioned as a possible title in one of the recent James Bond & Friends podcasts. Do you love it, hate it or […]

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Aston Martins arrive in Italy ahead of Matera shoot

August 18th, 2019 by

A number of replica DB5s have arrived for stunt work in Bond 25. Italian local media reports that filming in Matera has been delayed by a week. Location filming for Bond 25 was due to start on 26th August but has, apparently, been delayed until the first week of September. In preparation for the stunt […]

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New book covering Pierce Brosnan’s days as 007 now available

August 16th, 2019 by

The Bond of the Millenium takes an in-depth look at Pierce Brosnan’s time as James Bond. The first time Pierce Brosnan went to the cinema, aged 11, he watched a James Bond film. At the age of 27, he married a James Bond girl. He had the chance of playing James Bond himself at the […]

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Bond 25: Work continues in Italy as photos of new set revealed

August 13th, 2019 by

Bond 25 crew reported to be working on multiple locations in Italian city of Matera. A new report in Italian media says Bond 25 will shoot in a total of 32 locations in southern Italy, where a total of a 400 crew members are currently working prior to cameras rolling on 26th August. As well […]

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Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death [1964]

August 12th, 2019 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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Bond 25’s US distributor reported to be exploring bankruptcy protection

August 8th, 2019 by

Annapurna has hired law firm to explore bankruptcy protection says Hollywood Reporter. One of the recurring features of 007 in the 21st century have been the recurring problems with MGM. Skyfall was delayed due to the studio’s financial problems and going through chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Bond 25 was delayed initially because MGM has no […]

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Preparations begin in Italy for Bond 25

August 7th, 2019 by

Matera gears up to host the Bond 25 ahead of mid August shoot. The video above shows work on a set being prepared for Bond 25 in the Sassi district of Matera. It shows clearly the spectacular backdrop we can expect to see in the new Bond film.

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James Bond & Friends – Episode 0020: Lounging Around With Goldfinger

August 7th, 2019 by

The latest episode of James Bond & Friends is now available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. How have Bond’s key allies translated from page to screen? Observing the passing of David Hedison – two time Felix Leiter – we note how he became the first man to return to the role some 10 years later […]

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