MI6 Confidential #44: Third time’s a charm

MI6 Confidential, the full-colour magazine celebrating the world of James Bond 007, returns with its forty-forth issue.

As the clock ticked down to the new millennium, the nineteenth James Bond film, The World Is Not Enough, launched in cinemas.

It was a point of reflection for many, and questions still hung in the air if 007 was a relevant hero for today’s world. A $361m take at the global box-office answered firmly – yes – he was. For this issue we trawled our archives for interviews with the principal cast conducted as filming wrapped back in 1999.

Tying in to this look back at Brosnan’s third outing as 007 is an extensive interview with UA executive Jeff Kleeman, who oversaw the re-launch of the franchise in the 1990s. It is always with great pleasure that we speak with production designer Peter Lamont about his long career, and this issue rounds out with his memories of how he got started in the industry and the early Bonds.

Featured in this issue

  • Third Time’s a Charm – Pierce Brosnan felt settled with the character by 1999
  • In a Man’s World – Sophie Marceau and Denise Richards played strong and capable women
  • Changing of the Guard – Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese discuss the beloved ‘Q’
  • Wheeler Dealer – Robbie Coltrane enjoyed his expanded role in The World Is Not Enough
  • Convening the Writers Room – UA exec Jeff Kleeman remembers the fast-paced Brosnan era
  • Beyond Bond – Cold war breathed back to life in Atomic Blonde

If you like MI6 Confidential then you might want to subscribe to the entire 2018 season. Get all five of this year’s issues and pay the cover price for just four.

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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