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.

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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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: Lifestyle

July 26th, 2022 by

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A look at aspects of the James Bond lifestyle from 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 […]

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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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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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