No Time To Die: Review

September 30th, 2021 by

Special Agent Jof Gurd’s spoiler-free review of the new Bond film. Note from editor: we make every effort to avoid spoilers. However, if you really want to know nothing of the film then don’t read this (or any other) review until you have seen it. So, after 15 years, this is the end of the […]

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Review: Catching Bullets by Mark O’Connell

October 8th, 2014 by

Can you imagine that soon after watching your first James Bond film you learnt your grandfather worked for Eon Productions? That’s exactly what happened to Mark O’Connell, who relates his story in Catching Bullets, reviewed here. Published back in 2012 in the lead up to Skyfall, I’d been meaning to get a copy of Catching Bullets by Mark […]

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Review: ‘Solo’ by William Boyd

October 4th, 2013 by

Writing a Bond novel must be pretty tough. After all, many have tried to take on the heavy yoke of expectation that surrounds anything even loosely associated with Britain’s cold war master spy, James Bond, 007. In 2012, Sam Mendes’ latest cinematic effort, Skyfall seemed to suggest that Daniel Craig et al were just getting […]

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007 Legends reviewed

December 18th, 2012 by

The latest James Bond game 007 Legends has exploded onto PS3, XBox360 and will soon make an appearance on the Wii U but to cut a long story short, it’s a mixed effort. Fans of the long running spy franchise are bound to love parts of this game but for those die hard Call of Duty fans, […]

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Skyfall review

November 7th, 2012 by

Since I attended the World Premiere of Skyfall at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23rd you may have expected me to write this review sooner, and in fact I had planned on producing something immediately after seeing the film. However, events worked out differently to planned and so it is only now, the day […]

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Bond and Beyond: a musical celebration of 50 years of James Bond

October 11th, 2012 by

Professional musician Tim Mottershead recently attended “Bond and Beyond”, a concert given to celebrate the music from 50 years of James Bond films. At the concert the results of a poll to discover the nation’s favourite 007 themes was also revealed. I travelled by metro link to Salford Quays, which with the Lowry Theatre, Imperial War […]

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Review: Quantum of Solace soundtrack

December 4th, 2008 by

It doesn’t matter how good David Arnold is, the inescapable fact is that he will always be compared to John Barry, which is probably more than a little unfair. Personally I loved the soundtrack for Casino Royale, the rich string arrangements matching the timeless look of the cinematography with inclusion of the tune from You […]

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Quantum of Solace reviews: roundup by the BBC

October 21st, 2008 by

In addition to its own review, in which Lizo Mzimba called it a “badder, better but not bigger”, the BBC has published a summary of Quantum of Solace reviews published by the UK media. On the whole all reviews are favourable, although they tend to agree that it is not as good as Casino Royale. […]

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Casino Royale review

November 20th, 2006 by

Casino Royale was finally unveiled to the world on Tuesday 14 November at the Royal Premiere at Leicester Square in London. 4,200 people packed into Leicester Square’s three cinemas to watch a simultaneous screening of the film in what was the biggest UK premiere ever. Stars from far and wide attended the showing, and the Queen and […]

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