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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

New details of the James Bond experience in Sölden revealed

September 19th, 2017 by

007 ELEMENTS is a new James Bond cinematic installation opening this winter built inside the summit of the Gaislachkogl Mountain in Sölden. The name 007 ELEMENTS reflects the visitor’s journey through a series of galleries, each distilling the craft of the signature elements that define a James Bond film. The installation will focus on SPECTRE, […]

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Goldfinger goes on general release in the UK [1964]

September 18th, 2017 by

September 18th 1964 saw Goldfinger go on general release in the UK following the Leicester Square premiere the night before.

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Goldfinger premiere at London’s Odeon Leicester Square [1964]

September 17th, 2017 by

On 17th September 1964, the third James Bond film, Goldfinger,  premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square. Bond fever had just taken hold and Leicester Square was packed with fans. In the ensuing chaos a set of the cinema’s glass doors was broken and the film started 10 minutes late. Follow The James Bond Dossier on […]

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Birthday of 007 screenwriter Robert Wade [1962]

September 16th, 2017 by

Robert Wade, who with writing partner Neal Purvis has worked on each Bond film since The World Is Not Enough (1999, with Bruce Feirstein), was born in South Wales on 16th September 1961. Following their work on Skyfall it was announced that the screen writing duo were retiring from the Bond films. However, they were hired to work on […]

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Birthday of You Only Live Twice screenwriter Roald Dahl [1916]

September 13th, 2017 by

Roald Dahl, who wrote the screenplay for You Only Live Twice (1967), was born in Wales to Norwegian parents on 13th September 1916. Photo: Roald Dahl (1982) by Hans van Dijk / Anefo – Derived from Nationaal Archief. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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Birthday of ‘Q’ Desmond Llewelyn [1914]

September 12th, 2017 by

Desmond Llewelyn, who played the much loved boffin Q in 17 James Bond films between 1963 and 1999, was born  in Newport on 12th September 1914. Llewelyn first played Q in the second Bond movie, From Russia With Love (1963), and reprised the role in every film until The World In Not Enough (1999), with the exception […]

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Birthday of 007 screenwriter Neal Purvis [1961]

September 9th, 2017 by

Neal Purvis, who with writing partner Robert Wade has worked on each Bond film since The World Is Not Enough (1999, with Bruce Feirstein), was born in the United Kingdom on 9th September 1961. Following their work on Skyfall it was announced that the screen writing duo were retiring from the Bond films. However, they were hired to work […]

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Apple and Amazon reportedly vying against Warners for Bond 25 distribution rights

September 6th, 2017 by

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Apple and Amazon reported to be in contention for Bond 25 distribution rights according to the Hollywood Reporter. The release of SPECTRE in 2015 saw the end of Sony’s distribution rights for the James Bond series. Starting with Casino Royale (2006), Sony co-financed the Bond films with MGM and acted as distributor in a two film deal that was […]

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Birthday of 007 continuation author Raymond Benson [1955]

September 6th, 2017 by

Raymond Benson, who first published the seminal James Bond Bedside Companion in 1984 and went on to write a series of continuation titles and novelizations, was born in Texas on 5th September 1955. Approached by Glidrose Productions (now Ian Fleming Publications) following the retirement of John Gardner, Benson became the fourth James Bond continuation author and the […]

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MI6 Confidential #40 & #41: Roger Moore double issue

August 23rd, 2017 by

For the first time ever, MI6 Confidential magazine is releasing a double issue to pay tribute to Sir Roger Moore’s tenure as 007. Sir Roger was not only a fine 007, he was a true gentleman, humanitarian, and raconteur. His unique brand of charm, wit, and style permeated everything he did and his self-effacing, humble attitude was […]

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