Author profile

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.


Frank McRae dies aged 80

May 7th, 2021 by

The actor played Sharkey in Licence to Kill. Yesterday we received the news that Frank McRae died of a heart attack on 29th April at his home in Santa Monica. In Licence to Kill (1989) he appeared opposite Timothy Dalton as 007’s ally, Sharkey. McRae briefly played American football for the Chicago Bears and appeared in […]

>> read article

Exhibition of Richard Chopping’s work to open in Salisbury

April 22nd, 2021 by

Display of works by James Bond artist opens next month and will remain open over the summer. This summer Salisbury Museum plans to exhibit the work of Richard Chopping, whose trompe-l’œil artwork was used on the dustjackets of nine James Bond first edition books. Salisbury Museum The exhibition runs from 17th May until 3rd October […]

>> read article

Helen McCrory dies aged 52

April 19th, 2021 by

The actress had been suffering from cancer. Last week we received the news of another actor who has died at a tragically young age. Her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, revealed that the 52 year old had been suffering from cancer. In Skyfall (2012) she played Clair Dowar MP, who chairs the Parliamentary inquiry hearing […]

>> read article

James Bond & Friends – Episode 0087: Essential Bond

April 17th, 2021 by

The latest episode of James Bond & Friends is now available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. What elements of the franchise make James Bond the spy we know and enjoy? The panel discusses the key elements of James Bond from the novels to the films, identifying some of the things we believe makes 007 charming […]

>> read article

Paul Ritter dies aged 54

April 9th, 2021 by

The Quantum of Solace actor died from a brain tumour according to his agent. Earlier this week we received the sad news of Paul Ritter’s death at the age of 54. In Quantum of Solace (2008) Ritter played Guy Haines, a British government advisor working for Quantum. His agent issued the following statement: It is […]

>> read article

James Bond & Friends – Episode 0086: Watchalong with Spectre 2

April 8th, 2021 by

We complete our SPECTRE odyssey as the second half picks up in Tangier. Along the way, we ponder how much budget could have been saved with some cheese and a string, David gives packing advice, ponder promotions at Blofeld’s call centre and question his paint choice, witness the world’s biggest gender reveal, improve Stromberg’s backstory, reveal how Sam Mendes ruined the ending, and Lisa finds the title for Bond 26.

>> read article

The Food Programme: Food, James Bond’s food

March 29th, 2021 by

Sunday saw Licence to Cook author Edward Biddulph on BBC Radio 4’s The Food Programme to talk about the food of James Bond. Programme description We don’t often see James Bond eating in the films, but in the novel food is almost as important as espionage, cocktails, sex, villains and travel. As many await […]

>> read article

James Bond & Friends – Episode 0085: Art of Bond: Moonraker

March 27th, 2021 by

The panel review the original first edition art work by Kenneth Lewis and the UK quad poster by Dan Goosee.

>> read article

James Bond & Friends – Episode 0084: Watchalong with SPECTRE 1

March 20th, 2021 by

The latest episode of James Bond & Friends is now available on Apple Podcasts and elsewhere. Join us as we watch the first half of 2015’s Spectre together as a group experience. Is the first half of SPECTRE better than the second? We break this four-act oddity in the franchise into two parts for this […]

>> read article

Yaphet Kotto dies aged 81

March 16th, 2021 by

The actor’s wife broke news of his death on Facebook.  Best known to Bond fans as Mr Big in Live and Let Die, Yaphet Kotto appeared in films such as Alien (1979), Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man (1987) and Midnight Run (1988) with Robert De Niro. His film debut was in 1963, aged 23, in […]

>> read article