The James Bond Dossier gets a makeover

September 24th, 2020 by

New website design dramatically improves mobile experience. Today I’m excited to unveil an updated design for this website, The James Bond Dossier. The redesign has taken much longer than planned but should be worth it as it makes mobile usability significantly better. If you’re reading this on desktop it’ll look much as it did before […]

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Review: James Bond 007 #008-012 from Dynamite

September 22nd, 2020 by

Javier E Trujillo reviews issues 8 through 12 of Dynamite’s 2019 comic book series. 007 continues his infiltration of Goldfinger’s operation, but has he gone so far he can never return?

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For Special Services: a review

September 9th, 2020 by

Kathryn Smith looks at John Gardner’s second James Bond novel. The first chapter in For Special Services is just two pages long and, much like Licence Renewed, the novel starts with planes, airports and flights. Air traffic controller Frank Kennen, and to some extent the reader, is thrown into the deep end with a worrying […]

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Anniversary of Ian Fleming’s death [1964]

August 12th, 2020 by

James Bond’s creator, one time naval intelligence officer, journalist and author Ian Lancaster Fleming, died of a heart attack in the early hours of 12th August 1964, his only son’s birthday. After a lifetime of heavy drinking and smoking and a reluctance to cut down on the vices he so much enjoyed, Fleming collapsed after dining at […]

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Review: Ian Fleming’s Seven Deadlier Sins

July 21st, 2020 by

Eoghan Lyng reviews a short collection of essays inspired by Ian Fleming. It feels both reductive and redundant to refer to this collation as timely, but in the eyes of many readers, that is how it will appear. Chasing the waves No Time To Die started, the book ponders the imponderable aspects of 007’s social […]

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No Time to Die shoes and footwear

July 10th, 2020 by

No Time to Die shoes - Sperry Rivingston

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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