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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

Julius W Harris (Tee Hee in Live And Let Die) died on this day in 2004

October 17th, 2018 by

Julius W Harris who played Tee Hee Johnson in Live And Let Die died on 17th October 2004 in California aged 81. Harris had worked as a nurse and a bouncer in the jazz clubs of New York before winning his first screen role in Nothing But a Man (1964). He later appeared in blaxploitation movies such as Superfly […]

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Birthday of Sir Roger Moore [1927]

October 14th, 2018 by

The third actor to play 007 in the official EON series, Roger Moore, was born on 14th October 1927 in Stockwell, London, the son of a policeman. Moore took over after Sean Connery left the series for the second time following Diamonds Are Forever, playing Bond in a very different way to Connery’s portrayal. Although his […]

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Daniel Craig unveiled as new James Bond [2005]

October 14th, 2018 by

Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond on 14th October 2005. Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson introduced the rather nervous Craig at an event on HMS Belfast on the Thames. Craig arrived on a speedboat accompanied by the Royal Marines and immediately came under attack by part of the fan base, as well […]

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Birthday of Ben Whishaw [1980]

October 14th, 2018 by

Ben Whishaw, who was introduced as gadget master Q in Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007, was born on 14th October 1980. Prior to Skyfall, Whishaw appeared in Layer Cake, also staring Daniel Craig and played Sebastian Flyte in a film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, as well as a variety of other roles in film, […]

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Collecting 007: Brendan Edwards

October 9th, 2018 by

Australian collector Brendan Edwards talks about his experiences of collecting 007 memorabilia. When and how did you first get bitten by the Bond bug? It was in 1989. I was 17 years old and discovered a copy of Thunderball in my garage. It only took me two days to read and I fell in love […]

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Birthday of cinematographer Freddie Young [1902]

October 9th, 2018 by

Freddie Young, who was responsible for the cinematography on You Only Live Twice, was born on 9th October 1902 in London. Young was the first British cinematographer to film in CinemaScope, and as well as his work on 007 he worn the cinematography Oscar three times for Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Ryan’s Daughter, […]

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Barbara Broccoli tells The Guardian why James Bond will remain a man

October 8th, 2018 by

Broccoli says it’s better to create new female characters than change Bond’s gender. Barbara Broccoli recently spoke with The Guardian while promoting Nancy, released on 12th October. Among the various points she touched upon was rebooting Bond as a female. Now, those stories make good headlines for the tabloids. But why would Eon Productions risk alienating […]

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Death of actor George Baker [2011]

October 7th, 2018 by

George Baker, who appeared in three James Bond films, died on 7th October 2011. Baker was uncredited in You Only Live Twice as a NASA engineer, but in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service played Sir Hilary Bray, and then Captain Benson in The Spy Who Loved Me. Baker also dubbed George Lazenby’s voice in the scenes […]

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Aston Martin confirmed for Bond 25

October 5th, 2018 by

CEO reveals Aston Martin lined up for next James Bond film. In the week that Aston Martin began trading on the London Stock Exchange, the CEO confirmed the marque would appear in Bond 25. In a television interview with CNN Andy Palmer said: I can confirm that Aston Martin will be collaborating in the next chapter […]

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Birthday of actor Donald Pleasence [1919]

October 5th, 2018 by

Actor Donald Pleasence, who played SPECTRE leader Ernst Stavro Blofeld in You Only Live Twice, was born on 5th October 1919 in Nottinghamshire. During his long and distinguished career, Pleasence appeared in dozens of films, including Look Back in Anger, The Great Escape, George Lucas’s early science fiction film THX 1138 and was awarded the OBE […]

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