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Ian Fleming’s books released as new ebook editions for 70th anniversary

February 24th, 2023 by

New edition Bond ebooks available from Amazon UK and other ebook retailers. Ian Fleming Publications is commemorating the 70th anniversary of Casino Royale‘s publication by releasing all twelve of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels and two collections of short stories as a new ebook series. They have also released Fleming’s two non-fiction books, Thrilling Cities […]

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Barbara Broccoli confirms Bond 26 casting not yet underway

February 21st, 2023 by

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Despite rumours and speculation about the next actor to play James Bond, the casting process has not yet begun. Sunday evening saw Barbara Broccoli walk the red carpet of the annual BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Ladbible managed to get to speak to her briefly about progress on Bond 26 […]

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Casino Royale ’67 composer Burt Bacharach dies aged 94

February 9th, 2023 by

Renowned composer and songwriter Burt Bacharach, who composed the theme for the 1967 spoof of Casino Royale, has died. Today it was announced that music icon Burt Bacharach died yesterday at his home in Los Angeles. The Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer was the genius behind some of the most beloved tunes of the 20th […]

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Dynamite to issue new James Bond comic in April with a thrilling new adventure

January 24th, 2023 by

A new James Bond comic series kicks off in April 2023 written by critically acclaimed author Phillip Kennedy Johnson. James Bond is back in action this April as the critically acclaimed and bestselling author Phillip Kennedy Johnson celebrates the character’s 70th anniversary with a new comic series called 007: For King and Country. The new […]

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James Bond locations

November 4th, 2022 by

A hub for articles on the locations appearing in the books and films. As well as fast cars, glamourous women, high stakes gambling and vodka martinis James Bond is synonymous with exotic locations. It’s unsurprising really as Ian Fleming was well travelled and owned a villa in Jamaica, Goldeneye,  where he wrote the books. On […]

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Bond in Motion exhibition to move to Brussels

October 18th, 2022 by

The world’s largest official collection of original James Bond cars is set to open in Brussels this December. Looking for an exciting way to spend a day out this winter? Look no further than the Bond In Motion exhibition in Brussels. Featuring vehicles from all 25 James Bond films, this is sure to be a […]

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Robbie Coltrane dies at 72

October 15th, 2022 by

The Scottish actor and comedian died in hospital. Robbie Coltrane, the highly regarded actor and comedian, passed away on Friday at the age of 72. Coltrane is perhaps best known for his roles in the Harry Potter films, as well as his work on television in shows like Blackadder and Cracker. He was considered a […]

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World’s largest corn maze celebrates 60 years of big screen Bond

September 7th, 2022 by

Illinois farm’s 28 acre maze features five James Bond actors and an Aston Martin. Bond fans in Illinois looking for a unique, if not outright bizarre, way to celebrate six decades of cinematic James Bond can visit what is billed as the world’s largest corn maze at Richardson Farm. This year’s design celebrates 60 years […]

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Pinewood honours Sean Connery with new soundstage

September 5th, 2022 by

The Sean Connery Stage is one of five new soundstages planned for the studio’s expansion. Last week Pinewood Studios has announced they will name a new soundstage after the late Sir Sean Connery. The 18,000sq ft Sean Connery Stage is one of five new soundstages planned for the Pinewood Studios lot. A statement issued by […]

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Sean Connery dead at 90

October 31st, 2020 by

Bond fans around the world mourn the loss of the first man to play James Bond on the big screen. The first actor to play Ian Fleming’s secret agent in a feature film died overnight at his home in Nassau. Connery’s son, Jason, added that the actor had been ill for some time and that […]

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Interview with editor of the Thunderballs James Bond Picture Archive

December 3rd, 2018 by

Pete Brooker recently interviewed the editor of the newly launched Thunderballs James Bond Picture Archive for the From Tailors With Love podcast. In the extracts below Marty explains to Pete Brooker how a shelved podcast led to the unofficial Thunderballs James Bond Picture Archive. He also recalls his early experiences with Bond, and talks about what he’d like to see in Bond 25. For […]

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John Hodge

June 20th, 2018 by

A look at the career of Bond 25 screenwriter John Hodge. Note: in August 2018 John Hodge left the production of Bond 25 alongside director Danny Boyle. Born in 1964, John Hodge is a British screenwriter and dramatist best known for his big screen adaptation of the novel Trainspotting (1996) by Irvine Welsh. The film became […]

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Danny Boyle

June 8th, 2018 by

A look at the career of Bond 25 director Danny Boyle. Note: In August 2018 Boyle left Bond 25 along with his writing partner John Hodge. The son of Irish immigrants, Danny Boyle was born in Manchester in 1956. Realising from an early age that he wanted to make movies, Boyle abandoned his studies at the […]

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Sir Roger Moore dies aged 89

May 23rd, 2017 by

The family of Sir Roger Moore today announced that the much loved actor has died from cancer at the age of 89. Roger Moore was born on the 14th of October 1927 in the city of Stockwell London to Lillian and George Moore, a policeman. After completing his education at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, he moved […]

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The life of Ken Adam

March 11th, 2016 by

In this article we celebrate the life of Ken Adam, the man who was responsible for creating the distinctive look of the early Bond films in his role as Production Designer. Ken Adam’s contribution to the Bond movies has become the stuff of legends. Who can forget the sprawling lair of Dr No or the super […]

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The cast of SPECTRE : Léa Seydoux

April 29th, 2015 by

One of the actresses confirmed by Sam Mendes at the SPECTRE launch event at Pinewood was Léa Seydoux in the role of Madeleine Swann. Léa Seydoux was born in 1985 to Henri Seydoux and Valarie Schlumberger, both of whom are of German decent, her father a successful businessman while her mother is a renowned philanthropist. […]

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The cast of SPECTRE : Dave Bautista

March 24th, 2015 by

When the ad for Mr Hinx went out it was short and to the point. And Dave Bautista, who was eventually cast, could have been born for the role. Here we look at his life and career so far. Dave Bautista was born in Washington on 18th January 1969 to a Filipino father and Greek […]

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The cast of SPECTRE : Christoph Waltz

March 17th, 2015 by

Christoph Waltz was confirmed for SPECTRE by Sam Mendes at the early December press event, a signing already reported in the weeks before filming thanks to a tipoff to the media. Here we take a look at the Austrian actor’s career to date. Christoph Waltz was born on 4th October 1956 in Vienna into a […]

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The cast of SPECTRE : Monica Bellucci

March 4th, 2015 by

Monica Bellucci says she was surprised to be approached by Sam Mendes, initially assuming her role in SPECTRE would be to replace Judi Dench. “Why do you call me? I’m 50 years old… what am I going to do in James Bond?” she demanded of the director. Photo: “Monica Bellucci, Women’s World Awards 2000” by Manfred Werner licensed […]

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A profile of Bernard Lee, the original M

March 8th, 2013 by

With Ralph Fiennes introduced as the new M at the end of Skyfall following in the long-serving footsteps of Dame Judi Dench, we take a look at the career of the first actor to play the MI6 boss, Bernard Lee. Bernard Lee was a respected English actor who starred in over seventy different movies during his […]

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