James Bond News

Frank McRae dies aged 80

May 7th, 2021 by

The actor played Sharkey in Licence to Kill. Yesterday we received the news that Frank McRae died of a heart attack on 29th April at his home in Santa Monica. In Licence to Kill (1989) he appeared opposite Timothy Dalton as 007’s ally, Sharkey. McRae briefly played American football for the Chicago Bears and appeared in […]

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Exhibition of Richard Chopping’s work to open in Salisbury

April 22nd, 2021 by

Display of works by James Bond artist opens next month and will remain open over the summer. This summer Salisbury Museum plans to exhibit the work of Richard Chopping, whose trompe-l’œil artwork was used on the dustjackets of nine James Bond first edition books. Salisbury Museum The exhibition runs from 17th May until 3rd October […]

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Helen McCrory dies aged 52

April 19th, 2021 by

The actress had been suffering from cancer. Last week we received the news of another actor who has died at a tragically young age. Her husband, fellow actor Damian Lewis, revealed that the 52 year old had been suffering from cancer. In Skyfall (2012) she played Clair Dowar MP, who chairs the Parliamentary inquiry hearing […]

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Paul Ritter dies aged 54

April 9th, 2021 by

The Quantum of Solace actor died from a brain tumour according to his agent. Earlier this week we received the sad news of Paul Ritter’s death at the age of 54. In Quantum of Solace (2008) Ritter played Guy Haines, a British government advisor working for Quantum. His agent issued the following statement: It is […]

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Yaphet Kotto dies aged 81

March 16th, 2021 by

The actor’s wife broke news of his death on Facebook.  Best known to Bond fans as Mr Big in Live and Let Die, Yaphet Kotto appeared in films such as Alien (1979), Arnold Schwarzenegger’s The Running Man (1987) and Midnight Run (1988) with Robert De Niro. His film debut was in 1963, aged 23, in […]

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Billie Eilish wins Grammy for No Time to Die

March 15th, 2021 by

Her theme song for No Time to Die sees Billie Eilish win the fourth ever Grammy for Bond. Sunday saw Billie Eilish win a Grammy for her theme to No Time to Die  in an audience free award ceremony held in Los Angeles. The three and a half hour ceremony was livestreamed from the Los […]

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Bond cars feature in Top Gear’s new season

March 11th, 2021 by

The launch trailer for the forthcoming season 30 of Top Gear, the BBC’s long running motor show, features a short clip featuring cars inspired by the James Bond films. The clip, starting at around the 23 second mark, features a pair of sawn-in-half Renault 11s, similar to the taxi that appeared in A View to […]

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Nikki van der Zyl dies aged 85

March 8th, 2021 by

The actress and voice artist is best known for dubbing a number of lead female characters in the early James Bond films. Nikki van der Zyl was born in Berlin in 1935, the daughter of a Rabbi. Her family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 for London, where her father was interned for much of the […]

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William P Cartlidge dies aged 78

March 8th, 2021 by

William P Cartlidge, who worked on three James Bond films in the 1960s and 70s, died last week at the age of 78. He regularly worked with Lewis Gilbert, who brought him on board as first assistant director for You Only Live Twice (1967). He returned as associate producer on The Spy Who Loved Me […]

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No Time to Die UK release brought forward

February 25th, 2021 by

Universal unveils new date on UK website. The UK arm of Universal Pictures has confirmed that the planned release date for No Time to Die is now 30th September 2021. It had been previously announced as 8th October following the delay from April 2021 due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. AS MGM lacks the ability […]

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