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.

You Only Live Twice: Food & Drink from the novel

December 15th, 2022 by

You Only Live Twice takes readers on a journey through the exotic culinary culture of Japan, with a wide range of food and drink that help make the story come alive. Ian Fleming’s twelfth James Bond opens with James Bond drinking saké at a Geisha party in Japan. The party has been arranged in his […]

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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 Eon Productions’ James Bond films in order of release. From there you can explore each film in more detail, including soundtrack info and locations. For details of the Bond movies produced independently from Eon, we also have a page on non-Eon Bond films. When you sign up for […]

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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

Reading the James Bond books in order of publication demonstrates an evolution of the character over the series. The world of spy thrillers would not be complete without the iconic character of James Bond. Ian Fleming said he started writing Casino Royale, the first of the James Bond books, in order to take his mind […]

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Ian Fleming: the man who wrote James Bond

October 6th, 2022 by

When Ian Fleming sat down to write the “spy story to end all spy stories”, little could the James Bond writer have imagined the resulting phenomenon.  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 […]

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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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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

Bond 26

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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