Author Profile: Q-branch staff

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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A profile of Sam Mendes

February 2nd, 2011 by

When MGM and EON Productions announced the release date for Bond 23 back in January, they also confirmed that Sam Mendes was on board to direct, which had been so strongly rumoured that had been almost accepted as fact. Samuel Alexander Mendes CBE was born on 1st August 1965 in Reading, England. He went to […]

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Verzasca Dam, Switzerland

January 26th, 2011 by

When Pierce Brosnan made his James Bond debut in Goldeneye (1995) it was with an extraordinary stunt; a 220-metre bungee jump from the top of a dam that allowed 007 to infiltrate an illicit Soviet chemical weapons facility. The jump, which was voted the best movie stunt of all time by Sky Movies in 2002, […]

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James Bond’s Walther PPK

September 11th, 2009 by

A look at the gun James Bond is most associated with – the Walther PPK. In Dr No James Bond is met with orders from the armourer to hand over his Beretta .25 semi-automatic. In its place he recommends switching to the Walther PPK, a 7.65 mm semi-automatic pistol “with a delivery like a brick […]

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