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No Time to Die shoes and footwear

July 10th, 2020 by

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A look at the footwear brands set to appear in No Time to Die spotted during filming. Boat Shoes A few days before shooting commenced on the 25th James Bond movie the producers launched No Time to Die at an event at Goldeneye. The film, known at the time simply as Bond 25, marked the […]

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Licence Renewed: a review

June 23rd, 2020 by

Kathryn Smith continues her deep dive into the James Bond novels with John Gardner’s first 007 continuation novel. It is clear at the start of Licence Renewed that time has passed and we now find ourselves in the 1980s. Q is very much present behind the scenes and we meet some new characters as well […]

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Boothroyd, Bond and the Burnside Murders

June 12th, 2020 by

The story of Ian Fleming’s correspondence with gun expert Geoffrey Boothroyd.  Many Bond fans know the name Boothroyd. The secret service armourer appeared in the novel Dr No and then in the first James Bond movie based on that book. In a short sequence near the start of the film Major Boothroyd recommends Bond adopt […]

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A celebration of Ian Fleming on the anniversary of his birth

May 28th, 2020 by

Today marks the anniversary of the birth Ian Fleming, the author who introduced the world to James Bond in Casino Royale and went on to write a total of fourteen James Bond books. Born in Mayfair on 28 May 1908, during the war Fleming excelled as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence. In this capacity he […]

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James Bond gun errors

May 26th, 2020 by

A look at some of the errors Ian Fleming made when arming 007. One key feature of Ian Fleming’s writing was his eye for detail. He wrote with an authoritative style that made the books utterly convincing. But while many facts in the books are correct, he sometimes slipped up. One key area in which […]

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The guns of James Bond featuring in the books

May 15th, 2020 by

A complete list of the guns of James Bond from Ian Fleming’s books. The table below provides a list of all James Bond’s guns that appear in Ian Fleming’s books. Fleming made a number of errors with regard to the guns. The descriptions in the list are as described in the books with such errors […]

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James Bond’s guns & other weapons

May 15th, 2020 by

Literary James Bond guns include Beretta and Walther PPK. While the weapon most often associated with him is the Walther PPK, it didn’t start out that way. James Bond’s original gun of choice was a Beretta .25 automatic, which he used on a number of missions. Beretta While the exact Beretta model is not specified it […]

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Colonel Sun: review of the first 007 continuation novel

May 6th, 2020 by

After reading all Ian Fleming’s 007 adventures in 2019 Kathryn Smith started 2020 by delving into Colonel Sun. As I delved into the first chapter of the first 007 continuation novel Kingsley Amis (writing as Robert Markham) begins by having Bond reflect on how he is has no major assignments and that his life has […]

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For Your Eyes Only: food & drink from the short stories

April 22nd, 2020 by

A look at the food and drinks from the five short stories found in For Your Eyes Only, the eighth James Bond book by Ian Fleming. Menu From a View to a Kill For Your Eyes Only Quantum of Solace Risico The Hildebrand Rarity From a View to a Kill In Paris after a “dismally […]

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Fleming book reviews (3/3)

April 2nd, 2020 by

In the last of this three part series Kathryn Smith shares her thoughts and impressions of Ian Fleming’s final 007 books. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service I really did enjoy this book and found that it was very close to the film adaptation. There were still a few things mentioned in the book that were […]

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