Doctor No: Locations from the novel

February 10th, 2018 by

Doctor No once again finds 007 in Jamaica. At the beginning of Doctor No James Bond has just been released from hospital. After nearly dying at the end of his previous mission, Bond’s doctor urges M to send him on an easy assignment. And it turns out that’s exactly what the head of the Secret Service […]

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Doctor No: Food and drink from the novel

January 27th, 2018 by

James Bond is sent by M to Jamaica to investigate the sudden disappearance of the local secret service man and his assistant. It’s not much of an assignment though. An investigation by local police has come to nothing and the view of the island’s Governor, with which M agrees, is that the pair have eloped. Before […]

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From Russia, With Love: Locations from the novel

December 22nd, 2017 by

A look at the locations in Ian Fleming’s fifth 007 novel. By the time we finally meet James Bond in From Russia, With Love he’s bored with “the soft life”. He’s at home at his flat off the King’s Road and dreading the thought of another day at headquarters as he finishes his breakfast. But […]

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From Russia, With Love: Food and drink from the novel

December 13th, 2017 by

While James Bond is mentioned while Smersh hatches a plot to discredit the British Secret Service, it’s not until chapter 11 of From Russia, With Love that 007 is properly introduced. Waking in his flat off the King’s Road, Bond finds himself bored with the prospect of the day ahead. To try and throw off his […]

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James Bond Gifts

December 5th, 2017 by

Well it’s that time of year again and if you’re like me you have’t got a clue what to buy anyone. Here we take a look at James Bond Christmas gifts to suit all budgets. Looking for inspiration for Christmas gifts for a Bond fan? This article is for you. Or are you a Bond […]

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Bond film classifications compared

November 28th, 2017 by

Surprised at Goldfinger’s certification in Spain, I compared the ratings of all the James Bond films with those in Britain and the United States. Back in the summer the company that provides my internet, phone line and TV started showing the James Bond films. For a period of a few weeks most of the Bond […]

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Diamonds Are Forever: Food and drink from the novel

November 15th, 2017 by

Diamonds Are Forever

After being briefed by M on his new mission, James Bond briefly discusses his forthcoming assignment with Chief of Staff, Bill Tanner. Bond then invites him to lunch at Scotts’ for dressed crab and a pint of black velvet. After assuming the identify of diamond smuggler Peter Franks, Bond heads to New York on a BOAC Monarch […]

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Moonraker: Characters from the novel

September 18th, 2017 by

Friends M Although the head of the Secret Service appears in the first two James Bond novels, Moonraker is the first time the reader encounters him outside his office. Bond joins him for dinner at his private member’s club, Blades,  prior to partnering him against Sir Hugo Drax at bridge. As the result Ian Fleming […]

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Moonraker: locations from the novel

July 26th, 2017 by

Uniquely among the James Bond novels, the action of Moonraker takes place exclusively in Britain. At the beginning of Moonraker, M invites Bond to Blades, his private club. As the best card player in the service Bond is asked by his chief to help sort out a problem with another member in a personal capacity. Sir […]

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The Bond Novelizations Part III: Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day

May 31st, 2017 by

After the success of The James Bond Bedside Companion, American author and Bond fan Raymond Benson was appointed by Glidrose to lead the literary 007 into the late 1990s. At the time, the book Bond and the cinematic Bond seemed to merge universes, as a female M was introduced in GoldenEye and Admiral Sir Miles […]

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