The James Bond Dossier reaches new subscriber goal on Patreon

March 11th, 2022 by

Yesterday The James Bond Dossier reached the goal of ten Patreon subscribers. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed so far. After reaching this goal I have removed interstitial ads from the website – those are the ones that appear when you navigate from one page to another. Everyone will benefit from the generosity of […]

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Bear, Teddy Bear. I did NOT see this coming!

January 17th, 2022 by

I know 2022 is still young but I’m fairly certain you’ve had it drummed into by now that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond film series from Eon Productions/MGM. And, with the franchise owners increasing appetite to capitalise on the films through official merchandise via the 007 Store you might expect […]

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20 years of The James Bond Dossier

January 10th, 2022 by

It’s quite incredible to think that in the year that the James Bond movies celebrate their 60th anniversary this website has been online for 20 years. The site was first launched on a subdomain sometime in January 2002 although the exact date is lost in the sands of time. For the first few years it was […]

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OHMSS: Food & drink from the novel: Part 5 – Wedding plans

December 23rd, 2021 by

The assault on Piz Gloria is a tough operation and a long night for Bond, who gets rather battered and bruised. After pursuing Blofeld on the bobsleigh run he makes his way to Zurich where he arrives on the doorstep of the Head of Station Z at two in the morning. This is the fifth […]

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Which book should you read first?

December 20th, 2021 by

Sometimes people ask me what book they should start with in the Bond series. My answer? It depends. Ideally I’d say get hold of a copy of Casino Royale and work your way through the rest in chronological order. But that’s not how I read the books the first time. I did start at the […]

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OHMSS: Food & drink from the novel: Part 4 – Planning the assault

December 16th, 2021 by

Collected from the airport by Marius, one of Draco’s men, they talk briefly about bouillabaisse, a Marseille culinary speciality, on the drive to meet Bond’s future father in law. “There is no more true bouillabaisse, because […] you must have the rascasse, the tender flesh of the scorpion fish”, Marius tells him. This is the […]

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Art vs money

December 13th, 2021 by

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen No Time to Die yet then read no further. I’m going to discuss a major spoiler. The ending of No Time to Die has me in a bit of a quandary. On one hand I believe that artists should do the unexpected but. I do, I do, I do! […]

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OHMSS: Food & drink from the novel: Part 3 – Christmas Day with M

December 9th, 2021 by

Only during his escape did he remember it was Christmas Eve and so his flight from Zurich is on Christmas Day. He’s met at the airport by a secret service car and glad to see Mary Goodnight along with the driver. After teasing her about working on Christmas Day she tells him he is to go […]

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The voice of Ian Fleming

December 6th, 2021 by

When I was a kid one of the things that struck me about the James Bond books was how authoritative Ian Fleming was as an author. The books are full of incidental details that don’t much matter to telling the story but convey a sense of Fleming really knowing what he was talking about. Probably […]

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OHMSS: Food & drink from the novel: Part 2 – London & Switzerland

December 2nd, 2021 by

After returning from northern France Bond the Secret Service finally gets the lead on Blofeld they’ve been looking for. After meeting Griffon Or at the College of Arms Bond swots up on the heraldry. He’s to go undercover as Sir Hilary Bray to meet Blofeld in person at his supposed Alpine allergy clinic. This is […]

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