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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 since 2002 and today there are a variety of authors contributing to the website.

Website: https://www.thejamesbonddossier.com

Ian Fleming Publications unveils new logo celebrating 70 years of 007

January 5th, 2023 by

New logo revealed ahead of Ian Fleming’s being published by new IFP imprint later this year. Yesterday IFP revealed the new logo in a brief statement on their website. In celebration of Casino Royale turning 70 this year, we are beyond thrilled to share our brand new logo. Here’s to a Bond-tastic 2023. Stay tuned […]

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Happy Christmas from The James Bond Dossier

December 25th, 2022 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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MI6 Confidential #67: In Deep Water

December 19th, 2022 by

Issue #67 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide. As this year comes to a close, so do the celebrations and events to mark James Bond’s 60th anniversary on the screen. This issue wraps up the coverage of the official Bond anniversary events with an exclusive interview with Michael G. […]

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You Only Live Twice: Food & Drink from the novel

December 15th, 2022 by

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MI6 Confidential #66: Musical Notes

November 22nd, 2022 by

Issue #66 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide.  Fleming’s writing captures the sights, and sounds, of Bond’s surroundings in his distinctive journalistic style. The films are alive and rich with the sounds of 007’s locations. Barry’s scores for the Bond films set a template, not just for the franchise, […]

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Bond in Motion to open at Saratoga

November 9th, 2022 by

James Bond car exhibition to include display of vehicles and other items from all 25 films. We recently had the news that Bond in Motion is moving to Brussels in December but the latest news is that Saratoga Automobile Museum will also run a Bond in Motion exhibition running for a year from 18th November: […]

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The James Bond movies

November 4th, 2022 by

Below you can find links to all the James Bond films listed in order. From there you can explore each film in more detail, including soundtrack info and locations. List of James Bond movies in order Below is a list of the Bond films produced by Eon Productions. Also see the non-Eon Bond films. Dr […]

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The James Bond movies

November 4th, 2022 by

Below you can find links to all the James Bond films listed in order. From there you can explore each film in more detail, including soundtrack info and locations. List of James Bond movies in order Below is a list of the Bond films produced by Eon Productions. Dr No (1962) From Russia With Love (1963) […]

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James Bond Books

November 1st, 2022 by

Ian Fleming’s 14 James Bond books were first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and in the US by Macmillan. Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and short stories Casino Royale (1953 UK/1954 US) Live And Let Die (1954 UK/1955 US) Moonraker (1955) Diamonds Are Forever (1956) From Russia, With Love (1957) Dr No (1958) […]

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The James Bond books

November 1st, 2022 by

Ian Fleming’s 14 James Bond books were first published in the UK by Jonathan Cape and in the US by Macmillan. Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and short stories Casino Royale (1953 UK/1954 US) Live And Let Die (1954 UK/1955 US) Moonraker (1955) Diamonds Are Forever (1956) From Russia, With Love (1957) Dr No (1958) […]

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The James Bond books by Ian Fleming

October 6th, 2022 by

When Ian Fleming sat down to write the “spy story to end all spy stories” little could he have imagined the phenomenon that would result. After it was published in Britain in 1953 Ian Fleming sometimes ungraciously joked that he started writing Casino Royale as a distraction from his imminent wedding. In truth he had […]

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The Royal Albert Hall resonates to The Sound of 007

October 5th, 2022 by

The Sound of 007 marked the eve of 60 years since Dr No’s world premiere. Last night saw fans from around the world head to the Royal Albert Hall to attend The Sound of 007, a concert to mark 60 years since the world premiere of Dr No on 5th October 1962. Guests were taken on […]

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Ian Fleming Publications announces plans to publish Ian Fleming’s books under its own imprint

October 5th, 2022 by

The move that marks an exciting future for James Bond as literary 007 approaches his 70th anniversary. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd (IFP) announces plans to publish Ian Fleming’s books under its own imprint – a move that marks an exciting future for 007. Ian Fleming Publications Ltd, the family company that owns the literary copyright […]

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🎥 The big SIX O

October 5th, 2022 by

Last Saturday Bill Koenig of The Spy Command joined me to reflect on 60 years of Big Screen Bond. We discussed our personal experiences of the Bond films over the years – first Bond film, favourite film and highlights in this 35 minutes video. You can find Bill at The Spy Command ​and on Twitter at […]

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Global James Bond Day

October 5th, 2022 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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Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson talk 60 years of Bond on The Empire podcast

October 3rd, 2022 by

Bond producers discuss their experiences on the James Bond films and the difficulty of casting the next actor. Eon Productions bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson appeared on a recent episode of The Empire Film Podcast to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the 007 series, which you can listen to above. They talk about […]

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New album of Bond themes available

September 30th, 2022 by

Bond 25 includes new arrangements performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A new album of all the Bond themes performed by the  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is now available to purchase on CD, vinyl and download. Simply titled Bond 25, the album includes all 25 Bond themes reimagined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded at […]

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The Macallan Releases James Bond 60th Anniversary Edition

September 28th, 2022 by

Special edition Scotch available in six Bond-themed bottles to celebrate diamond anniversary of the film series. Scotch whisky brand The Macallan has released a special James Bond-themed whisky in honour of the 60th anniversary of the film franchise. The limited edition whisky is a collaboration between The Macallan and Eon Productions, the company behind the […]

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James Bond celebrates 60 years on big screen with music

September 21st, 2022 by

The Sound of 007 in Concert, the official charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall will take place on 4th October. Original Bond recording artists Dame Shirley Bassey, Lulu, Chrissie Hynde and Garbage will perform iconic 007 songs alongside guest vocalists Becky Hill, Celeste, Ella Eyre, Jamie Cullum, John Grant and Paloma Faith accompanied by […]

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Eon bosses talk to Variety about the next James Bond

September 21st, 2022 by

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If there is any progress on Bond 26 it seems like it is moving at a snail’s pace. Variety has published an interview with Eon bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson to coincide with them  receiving two Hollywood awards. Today they are due to leave hand and footprints at in the forecourt of the TCL […]

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The end of an era

September 9th, 2022 by

It’s strange to think that for the first time since James Bond first graced the pages of Casino Royale in 1953 the UK and Commonwealth no longer has Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. She became queen in 1952 after the death of her father, George VI,  while visiting Kenya with her husband, Prince […]

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007 box office: the top-grossing James Bond movies

September 9th, 2022 by

A deep dive to establish the highest James Bond box office gross in real terms.  Skyfall notched up an impressive box office as the first billion dollar Bond film and was widely reported as the top grossing James Bond movie of all time. Despite expectations, the two subsequent films have failed to beat it. Perhaps […]

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Review: Double or Nothing by Kim Sherwood

August 30th, 2022 by

James Bond is missing in action in the latest novel from Ian Fleming Publications. Double or Nothing is the first in a trilogy of novels focusing on the Double-O Section in which James Bond has vanished while on assignment. It makes sense for Ian Fleming Publications (IFP) to try and establish a new series set […]

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New book by SFX Oscar winner John Richardson to be published in October

August 19th, 2022 by

Follow up to his previous book comes after lockdown house clear out unearthed new photos. In 2019, Oscar-winning special effects supremo John Richardson released his first book, the best-selling Making Movie Magic, which chronicled his remarkable career in the film industry. A year later, during a house clear-out as the country was stuck in a […]

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Bond 27 international distribution to be handled by Warner Bros

August 15th, 2022 by

While MGM’s forthcoming films will be distributed internationally by Warners, Bond 26 is excluded from the deal. MGM has announced that the Amazon owned studio’s international releases will be handled by Warner Bros. in place of Universal. However, the new arrangement excludes Bond 26, although Warners will handle Bond 27. According to Variety: MGM and […]

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Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death [1964]

August 12th, 2022 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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Eon announces 60th anniversary events

July 28th, 2022 by

Three events planned in London to celebrate 60 years of cinematic 007. Eon Productions has announced three events scheduled for the autumn to coincide with the sixtieth anniversary of Dr No’s release. These are a charity auction, a weekend of screenings and talks, and a concert of Bond music. Christie’s will hold a live auction […]

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James Bond’s Lifestyle

July 26th, 2022 by

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A look at aspects of the 007’s lifestyle in the books and films. Think of James Bond and a host of things may come to mind. It could be exotic locations, luxury hotels and perfect martinis. Or maybe fast sports cars, casinos, glamorous women and finally dispatching the villain. James Bond clearly lives an exciting […]

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MI6 Confidential #65: Digital Illusions

July 14th, 2022 by

Issue #65 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide. It was back in 1995 with Pierce Brosnan’s debut outing in Goldeneye that CGI was first used in the James Bond series for a few select shots, most notably the gunbarrel. 25 years on and almost every frame in No Time […]

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Monty Norman dies at 94

July 11th, 2022 by

Monty Norman, who is credited as composer of the James Bond Theme, has died. Yesterday Monty Norman’s official website announced that the musician and composer had died after a short illness. Norman’s best known work is, of course, The James Bond Theme, instantly recognisable from just a few notes. He was signed to write the […]

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Barbara Broccoli: Bond 26 “at least” 2 years from shooting

June 30th, 2022 by

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Bond producer says no actor selected as new James Bond until key decisions made. As we reported yesterday, Tuesday night saw Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson receive their BFI Fellowships at Claridges in London. At the event Deadline spoke to Broccoli about progress on finding Daniel Craig’s replacement and the state of Bond 26. […]

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Bond producers receive BFI Fellowships

June 29th, 2022 by

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson received award at BFI chair’s dinner last night. Last night Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson attended the British Film Institute chair’s dinner at Claridges in London. There they were awarded BFI Fellowships for their achievements and contribution to cinema, the highest honour bestowed by the BFI. Ahead of the […]

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Bond producers awarded CBEs by Prince William

June 27th, 2022 by

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson receive award for services to film, drama, philanthropy and skills. James Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson attended a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Friday. They were there to each receive the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) from Prince William on Friday. They […]

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MI6 Confidential #64: Behind the scenes with the second unit

June 21st, 2022 by

Issue #64 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide. As dust settles on No Time to Die, some of the thematic choices remain divisive – but the artistry, passion, and precision that went into making this film is undeniable. Reflecting that, 007’s team has picked up several awards over the recent […]

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Paul Haggis arrested for sexual assault

June 20th, 2022 by

Filmmaker detailed by police while attending an arts festival in Italy. Filmmaker Paul Haggis was arrested by Italian police on Sunday, accused of sexual assault. The Canadian writer, producer and director is in Italy for Allora Fest, a new international festival of cinema, art and music which opens on Tuesday. Haggis contributed to the screenplays […]

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Review: With a Mind to Kill

June 7th, 2022 by

A look at the third and final James Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz. By the time you read this review it may well be redundant. The publishers kindly sent me a review copy earlier in the year, but – thanks mainly, I suspect, to the Spanish postal service – it never arrived. They couriered a […]

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Additional music in No Time to Die

June 1st, 2022 by

An in-depth look at the additional music used in No Time to Die. Whether or not you are a fan of the score by Hans Zimmer and Steve Mazzaro, some of the more interesting music in No Time to Die is by other artists. The 25th James Bond movie uses a number of additional tracks, […]

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New James Bond cookbook published

May 31st, 2022 by

Double-O Dining: A James Bond Cookbook now available to purchase. Bond fans with a culinary bent will be thrilled by Edward Biddulph’s latest 007 cookbook, Double-O Dining, which incudes more than 100 recipes. Published by BearManor Media last week, the book as now available online from Amazon: Double-O Dining takes you on a culinary journey through […]

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A celebration of Ian Fleming on the anniversary of his birth

May 28th, 2022 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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Jamaica

May 26th, 2022 by

A look at all the Jamaican locations used in No Time to Die. After the film’s launch event on 25th April 2019 at Goldeneye filming commenced at Port Antonio three days later. Some of the first shots were filmed at the square at junction of West Street and William Street. Here Daniel Craig was seen […]

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Cary Fukunaga falls under MeToo spotlight accused of being sexual predator

May 24th, 2022 by

Director of Bond’s #MeToo metamorphosis accused of multiple misdemeanours.  No Time to Die is the first James Bond film to be released in the #MeToo era and made a point of steering clear of many of the elements that many found troublesome. At the time of the release of No Time to Die director Cary […]

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Danny Boyle opens up to Esquire about his departure from Bond 25

May 13th, 2022 by

The Trainspotting director talks about how the producers lost confidence in his vision for Bond. We recently reported on comments made by Danny Boyle’s long term writing partner, John Hodge, regarding their sudden exit from the 25th James Bond film back in August 2018. Now Danny Boyle has broken his silence. In an interview with […]

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Ian Fleming’s lost Moonraker screenplay

May 3rd, 2022 by

Fleming’s only script written for the big screen lay forgotten for years. It’s long been known that Ian Fleming wrote a screenplay for a James Bond film for Rank, but only recently that the screenplay resurfaced. Fleming wrote the film treatment in 1956, based on his book published the previous year, Moonraker. However it wasn’t […]

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Deciding new James Bond will “take some time” says Barbara Broccoli

May 2nd, 2022 by

Bond producer confirms they need to think about direction of the series after Daniel Craig’s departure. Thursday night saw a new production of Macbeth finally open on Broadway with Daniel Craig in the title role. Last month some preview performances were cancelled due to Craig and other cast members going down with covid. One of […]

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Resignations at MGM

April 28th, 2022 by

All change at the top as Amazon absorbs the studio. For many the announcement in March that Amazon had finally closed the deal to buy MGM felt like closure. Parties to the deal had been waiting on the competition regulators in Europe and the US since May last year. The buyout was confirmed after Europe […]

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Bond-style watches on a budget

April 26th, 2022 by

Alternatives to James Bond’s watches that don’t require a second mortgage.

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Bond’s kitchen in No Time to Die

April 19th, 2022 by

Last week Edward Biddulph published an interesting post on his James Bond Food blog. In it he looks at Bond’s kitchen as constructed for No Time to Die. While the kitchen barely features in the film at all, you can a much better look at it in a short behind the scenes feature on YouTube (above). […]

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No Time to Die coming to Amazon Prime Video on Friday in UK

April 14th, 2022 by

With Amazon finalising its purchase of MGM last month it can be little surprise to see the James Bond films available to stream on Amazon ‘s Prime Video streaming platform. In the UK Amazon Prime subscribers will get all 25 Eon Bond films from Good Friday, including No Time to Die. Subscribers get free delivery […]

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John Hodge talks about his exit from Bond 25

April 4th, 2022 by

Writer discretely talks about his time on the 25th James Bond film and his departure with Danny Boyle. Danny Boyle’s long time writing partner is John Hodge, whose six part adaptation of The Ipcress File directed by James Watkins is currently showing on Britain’s ITV. Back at the beginning of March Hodge spoke to The […]

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Daniel Craig tests positive for Covid

April 4th, 2022 by

Previews of the Scottish Play with Daniel Craig cancelled until end of week. A number of preview performances of Daniel Craig’s 15 week Broadway run of Macbeth have been cancelled due to Covid-19. It demonstrates that even with high vacination rates the pandemic is still far from being over. Several cast and crew, including Daniel […]

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