MI6 Confidential #49: Adventure, Writ Large

Issue #49 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide.

It is surprisingly infrequent that the Bond movies reflect on Bond’s military pedigree – a Commander in the Royal Navy, recruited to military intelligence, starting as a Lieutenant, by the end of the war a Commander, acknowledged with Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. It was in the Navy he was mentored in strategy and given the opportunity to run his first missions from afar.

This issue celebrates two films in which Bond’s military connection is most acknowledged: The Spy Who Loved Me and Tomorrow Never Dies, with features on their making and what might have been. We also take a deep dive into the murky world of real-life espionage with a look at at Bond director Guy Hamilton’s time in service.

In this issue

  • Adventure, Writ Large – Model supervisor Brian Smithies talks Tomorrow Never Dies
  • Narrow Margin – The stunt work of Bond 18’s pre-titles
  • The Derek Meddings Interview – Richard Schenkman revisits his 1978 meeting with the visual effects wizard
  • The Spy Who Loved Me – drafts of the film recounted
  • Beyond Bond – Guy Hamilton’s real-life spy adventures in Norway are revealed

If you like MI6 Confidential then you might want to subscribe to the entire 2019 season. Get all five 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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