Author Profile: David Leigh

David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

A celebration of Ian Fleming on the anniversary of his birth

May 28th, 2024 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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MI6 Confidential #72: Capturing the enchantment

May 7th, 2024 by

Issue #72 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide. Ian Fleming penned hundreds of thousands of words about 007, but he wrote very few about the man himself, James Bond. Readers came to understand the character through his actions. This is made clear in the rather fleeting depictions of Bond’s life […]

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James Bond cars: the Pierce Brosnan era

April 18th, 2024 by

Pierce Brosnan’s films redefined the automotive landscape of the James Bond series with 007 driving BMWs alongside classic Aston Martins. After six long years without a new film, James Bond stormed back into action in Goldeneye. The Aston Martin DB5 was back for the first time since Thunderball, 30 years before. Yet, the 1995 film […]

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Champagne and Benzedrine: amphetamine use in the James Bond books

April 9th, 2024 by

While 007’s heavy drinking and smoking made the transition to the silver screen, so far his occasional amphetamine use has not. In Daniel Craig’s debut as 007 Le Chiffre sometimes draws a breath from a metal inhaler. Apart from the material from which it is made, the design of the inhaler in Casino Royale precisely […]

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James Bond cars: the Timothy Dalton era

March 27th, 2024 by

A detailed look at James Bond’s cars and other vehicles in Timothy Dalton’s two outings as 007. The departure of Roger Moore turned the page on an era of James Bond, ushering in Timothy Dalton with a promise of change. Dalton’s Bond was a departure from the suave, smooth-talking spy we had grown accustomed to; […]

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James Bond Lifestyle pioneer Paul Kyriazi has died

March 20th, 2024 by

News recently emerged of the death of the man who popularised the idea of the James Bond Lifestyle. Last week I received an email from a newsletter subscriber telling me of the passing last year of Paul Kyriazi, known best by Bond fans for his James Bond Lifestyle books and audio seminars. It appears to […]

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James Bond cars: the Roger Moore era

February 19th, 2024 by

Exploring the iconic vehicles of Roger Moore’s stint as James Bond. The cars from Roger Moore’s James Bond films were a varied bunch. The Lotus Esprit quickly became a Bond classic, and is the car that will always be associated with Moore’s Bond, but there were some more run of the mill choices too. Despite […]

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James Bond cars: the George Lazenby era

January 19th, 2024 by

A look at the cars from George Lazenby’s single entry in the Bond franchise, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. George Lazenby’s brief tenure as 007 may not obviously appear to be a distinct era, but I’ll refer to it as such for the purposes of this series. The sixth film in the James Bond series […]

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The year ahead for Bond fans

January 1st, 2024 by

Happy New Year from The James Bond Dossier! As we start 2024 we find ourselves in a peculiar state of anticipation as we eagerly awaiting news on the next chapter in the 007 saga. More often than not any Bond 26 buzz is the usual tabloid nonsense but even when we get a crumb from […]

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MI6 Confidential #71: Kill Bond now! & Moonraker special issue now available

December 27th, 2023 by

Issue #71 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential and Special Issue #007 focusing on Moonraker are now shipping worldwide. MI6 Confidential’s 71st issue shifts the spotlight to an often overlooked yet crucial aspect of the 007 legacy – the lethal ladies who have tried to outsmart, outfight, and outmanoeuvre James Bond. It dives […]

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Happy Christmas from The James Bond Dossier

December 25th, 2023 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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New book delves into post-Fleming literary Bond

December 15th, 2023 by

Mark Edlitz takes a deep dive into the James Bond continuation novels and other stories. This week marked the release of James Bond After Fleming: The Continuation Novels by Mark Edlitz. It’s the first book devoted exclusively to the post-Fleming Bonds and covers more than 50 years of the literary Bond. Previously Mark wrote The […]

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James Bond gifts: spring/summer 2024

December 1st, 2023 by

A selection of James Bond related products to suit budgets big and small. Welcome to our comprehensive guide to James Bond gifts! Whether you’re a die-hard 007 fan or looking for the perfect gift for a Bond enthusiast in your life, we’ve got you covered. From films and books to clothing, accessories, drinks, toys, and […]

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MI6 Confidential #70: Bond at 70

November 6th, 2023 by

Issue #70 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide.

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James Bond comics: new Dynamite adventure coming in 2024

October 11th, 2023 by

New story written by  Garth Ennis is to be published in January. Press release: Dynamite announces the ultimate team-up with MI6’s super spy and one of the greatest comics writers of 007’s native United Kingdom, Garth Ennis. The new series starts this coming January, with the intention to shake and stir the character in a […]

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James Bond cars: the Sean Connery era

October 11th, 2023 by

A look at the cars from Sean Connery’s tenure as 007. Sean Connery’s third film as James Bond introduced the quintessential Bond car, the Aston Martin DB5. Equipped with a variety of gadgets, it remains a fan favourite and has returned to the series numerous times. But it wasn’t there right at the start. Here […]

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007: Road to a Million trailer released

October 5th, 2023 by

Wondering if there would be a big 007 announcement for Global James Bond Day? Well this is it. On James Bond Day, Prime Video has released the teaser trailer for the highly anticipated new UK Original adventure game show series 007: Road to a Million, revealing the first look at Brian Cox as “The Controller.” 007: Road […]

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Global James Bond Day

October 5th, 2023 by

On 5th October 1962 Dr No  premiered at the London Pavilion, the first of what is one of the most successful film series ever. Since 2012 the day has been celebrated as Global James Bond Day. So wherever you are in the world and whatever you are doing, today is the day to raise a vodka […]

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Bond 26 director rumours

September 19th, 2023 by

Bond 26

Decoding the latest Bond 26 rumours and speculation about a possible director.  Just recently there have been a number of rumours published recently about potential directors for Bond 26. Once again Christopher Nolan’s name came up in an article by Jordan Ruimy on World of Reel. The author notes that while discussions are ongoing, no […]

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IFP reveals cover designs of continuation novel new editions

September 6th, 2023 by

New cover artwork revealed in interview with designer. Last month Ian Fleming Publications announced new editions of three continuation novels, releasing interim, rather generic artwork. Yesterday, on the IFP website, they revealed the final artwork in a short interview with the cover designer, David Eldridge. Other than the title and author fonts, there doesn’t appear […]

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