MI6 Confidential #45: That’s detente, comrade

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

Bringing Bond back ‘down to earth’ after Moonraker did not mean there was any less at stake for Eon Productions’ 12th 007 adventure. They promoted action unit director and editor John Glen to the role of director, had to woo Sir Roger Moore back into the tuxedo, all the while feeling the pressure to recalibrate and chart the course of Bond films for the new decade.

This issue, we look back to the release and publicity of For Your Eyes Only, with impressions from all the principal cast and crew, a retrospective on Marvel Comics’ first brush with Bond, and dive into the subaquatic archaeology as seen in the 1981 film. We round out the coverage with an exclusive conversation with veteran art director, Alan Tomkins, whose career spans 40 years with credits from Dr No to Die Another Day.

Featured in this issue

  • For Your Eyes Only – Impressions from the cast and crew as the film hit screens
  • Archaeological Bond – Recreating the subaquatic temple in For Your Eyes Only and Fleming’s own fascination with the subject
  • The Marvel Experiment – Marvel produced the first of a few Bond comic tie-ins in 1981
  • Tailin’ A Cue Ball – The funky cab driver, Arnold Williams, talks Live And Let Die
  • A Design For Life – Art director Alan Tomkins on the importance of creating a believable world
  • Beyond Bond – Martin Campbell reunites with Pierce Brosnan for The Foreigner

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.

Check out details of the subscription here – or just order the current issue.

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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