Author Profile: Q-branch staff

A variety of freelance writers who have written content for The James Bond Dossier. To ensure consistency and quality, articles are edited by M prior to publication.

Roger Moore: from The Saint to Sir Roger

May 9th, 2012 by

As part of our celebrations of 50 years of James Bond on the big screen we takes a look at the longest serving actor to play the role, Roger Moore.

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No well dressed man should be without one: the Thunderball Jetpack

March 29th, 2012 by

The world loves Bond but it can be argued that we love his gadgets slightly more. Over the years, movie goers have been thrilled by dozens of impressive gadgets and there are very few of these that are as memorable or as well loved as the Bell-Textron Jet pack. The Bell-Textron Jet pack – or […]

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The life of Sean Connery

March 20th, 2012 by

As part of our celebrations of 50 years of James Bond movies we takes a look at the original James Bond, Sean Connery. Sean Connery’s relationship with the James Bond franchise is a curiously appealing one. Most critics would argue convincingly that Sean Connery’s success and acceptance by the public would have been impossible without […]

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How the James Bond films have reinvented themselves over time

February 17th, 2012 by

When Pierce Brosnan was dropped from the role of James Bond the producers took a big risk in moving away from the established 007 formula and rather than keep the existing timeline of the Bond franchise, they followed the Batman movies to revisit Bond’s early years, long before he had become the smooth secret agent with a licence to kill with a taste for tuxedoes and Martinis.

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50 Years of James Bond Movies

January 1st, 2012 by

In the last 50 years, 22 official James Bond movies have made their debut on the big screen. If there is one thing the world has come to accept, it is that James Bond will always return—mostly with a blast and girl in arm. The following is a look at all of the past Bond movies and the tiny little details that made each one of them special.

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Albert Finney

December 20th, 2011 by

Albert Finney was confirmed for Skyfall in the November press conference, although his role has not yet been announced. Here we take a look at his life.

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Ralph Fiennes

December 16th, 2011 by

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes was linked to Skyfall months before it got under way, much like Javier Bardem. It was finally confirmed at the press conference in November that Fiennes had been signed in an unspecified role; however there is much discussion that Fiennes could mark the return of Ernst Stavro Blofeld to the James Bond films.

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Javier Bardem

December 11th, 2011 by

Javier Bardem, the Skyfall villain

Javier Bardem was confirmed as the as yet unnamed Skyfall villain at the press conference in November. Here we take a look at his life.

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Bérénice Marlohe

December 3rd, 2011 by

Bérénice Marlohe at Skyfall press conference

Bérénice Marlohe is a French actress and model who shot to international fame when it was announced that she had been won the supporting role of Bond Girl in Skyfall.

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Helen McCrory

December 2nd, 2011 by

While most of the cast were announced at the press conference or in the press release that followed, Helen McCrory was one of two actors confirmed for Skyfall via the official 007 Twitter feed on 7th November. McCrory’s role has yet to be announced.

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Ben Whishaw

November 30th, 2011 by

During the Skyfall press conference at the beginning of November it was confirmed that Ben Whishaw had been signed in an unspecified role. After speculation in the press it was confirmed by his agent that he would play Q in the new movie.

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Naomie Harris

November 29th, 2011 by

Following weeks of speculation it was finally confirmed at the SkyFall press conference that Naomie Harris would appear in Skyfall. Although she was widely expected to appear in the film, she told journalists that her character is called Eve; she had been widely tipped to play the part of Miss Moneypenny leading to further speculation […]

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Guy Hamilton’s influence on the James Bond films

October 12th, 2011 by

In 1964, after Terrence Young turned down the opportunity to direct the third Bond movie, Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned to another young British director instead, Guy Hamilton. The choice of Hamilton was not a particularly surprising one; the producers of the bond movies had long considered him for the position and in fact […]

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George Lazenby

August 25th, 2011 by

Above: Actor George Lazenby at the November 2008 Big Apple Convention in Manhattan. When Sean Connery announced his retirement form the James Bond films after You Only Live Twice (1967) and Timothy Dalton who was the favoured replacement counted himself out for being too young, Cubby Broccoli began to seriously consider a young Australian as […]

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Visit the “For Your Eyes Only” monastery in Greece – Agia Triada

July 25th, 2011 by

For the finale of For Your Eyes Only (1981) – the twelfth James Bond film and the fourth to star Roger Moore – Melina Havelock and Colombo assist 007 to gain access to an abandoned Greek monastery where Kristatos plans to hand over the top secret ATAC over to KGB chief General Gogol. The monastery […]

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Villa Gaeta, Italy

June 8th, 2011 by

Towards the end of Casino Royale, James Bond tracks Mr White down to a villa on the shores of an Italian lake. Bond calls Mr White’s phone; when he asks who is calling Bond shoots him in the leg and Mr White hits the floor. Bond steps into the frame; “The name’s Bond… James Bond”, he answers as the James Bond Theme blasts out and – at the London premiere at least – the audience cheer.

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Daniel Craig

April 28th, 2011 by

Daniel Wroughton Craig was born on 2nd of March 1968 in Chester. His father, Timothy Craig was the owner of two pubs; The Boot Inn and The Ring o’ Bells. His mother, Carol Olivia worked as an Arts Teacher. Daniel spent a part of his childhood in Liverpool and attended the Holy Trinity Primary School. Daniel […]

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MI6 Headquarters – Vauxhall Cross, London

March 30th, 2011 by

While it may not be on the list of top sightseeing attractions for most visitors to London, James Bond fans with some time on their hands may want to visit the MI6 headquarters at Vauxhall Cross, which has appeared in several of the recent films, including the Thames boat chase in The World Is Not […]

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Profile of screenwriter John Logan

February 22nd, 2011 by

We previously profiled regular Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who – it was announced by EON Productions in January – will be sharing the Bond 23 credits with a newcomer to the series, John Logan. Logan has penned a wide variety of movies, demonstrating a flair for science fiction with ‘Star Trek Nemesis’ […]

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A profile of screenwriters Purvis and Wade

February 7th, 2011 by

When the release date of Bond 23 was announced in January, it was also confirmed that Neal Purvis and Robert Wade would reprise their role as screenwriters for the next Bond movie, as well as new blood in the form of John Logan, responsible for writing ‘The Last Samurai’, ‘Gladiator’ and ‘The Aviator’. Bond 23 […]

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