MI6 Confidential #65: Digital Illusions

Issue #65 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide.

It was back in 1995 with Pierce Brosnan’s debut outing in Goldeneye that CGI was first used in the James Bond series for a few select shots, most notably the gunbarrel. 25 years on and almost every frame in No Time To Die was enhanced in some way by digital effects, from removing stuntman wires to adding vehicles that did not exist. Yet we would challenge anyone to watch the film and pick out the ‘unreal’ elements in the film.

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In this issue we talk to the teams that created these digital illusions – many of which will surprise you. Who knows which direction the next Bond film will go, whenever that will be, either further in to virtual worlds or back to basics?

In this issue

  • The Map Is Not The Territory – Creating QDAR and Heracles
  • The Colour Of Magic – ILM’s invisible art that enhanced No Time To Die
  • Art In Every Frame – Adding and subtracting from images by Framestore
  • Bond And Mortality – 007’s musings on death by David Leigh
  • Back To Fleming – Edward Biddulph explores Bond 25’s literary influences
  • Beyond Bond – Len Deighton’s anti-hero, Harry Palmer, returned to the small screen

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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One Response to “MI6 Confidential #65: Digital Illusions”

  • Jim Preston

    The 007 brand has not only eulogised and promoted the “espionage industry” but it has also spread so much disinformation about that industry that even MI6 would have been proud of the dissemination of so much fake news. Anthony Horowitz has already penned the next Bond book and movie, With a Mind to Kill.

    However, maybe the Bond legacy is finally coming to an end notwithstanding the recent publication of Anthony Horowitz’s With a Mind to Kill, particularly after Daniel Craig’s au revoir in No Time To Die. We think the anti-Bond era is now being firmly established in literature and on the screen. Raw noir anti-Bond espionage masterpieces are on the ascent. Len Deighton’s classic The Ipcress File has been rejuvenated by John Hodge with Joe Cole aspiring to take on Michael Caine and of course there are plenty of Slow Horses ridden by Bad Actors too.

    Then there’s Edward Burlington in The Burlington Files series by Bill Fairclough, a real spy who disavowed Ian Fleming for his epic disservice to the espionage fraternity. After all, Fleming single-handedly transformed MI6 into a mythical quasi-religious cult that spawned a knight in shining armour numbered 007 who could regularly save the planet from spinning out of orbit.

    Last but not least, the final nail in wee Jimmy Bond’s coffin has been hammered in by Jackson Lamb. Mick Herron’s anti-Bond sentiments combine lethally with the sardonic humour of the Slough House series to unreservedly mock not just Bond but also British Intelligence which has lived too long off the overly ripe fruits Fleming left to rot!