MI6 Confidential #72: Capturing the enchantment

Issue #72 of the full-colour James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential is now shipping worldwide.

Ian Fleming penned hundreds of thousands of words about 007, but he wrote very few about the man himself, James Bond. Readers came to understand the character through his actions. This is made clear in the rather fleeting depictions of Bond’s life outside his total duty to Queen and Country. In contrast, Bond screenwriters wasted no time and expended just a few words to tell us everything we need to know about the cinematic 007.

This issue explores both the rare glimpses of Bond’s home life, and the screenwriter’s efficiency through analysis of the screenplays for both Dr No and Casino Royale. Journey to Jamaica with Dr No’s photographer and read my article celebrating 50 years of The Man With The Golden Gun, dipping into the archive to find rare interviews and marketing material from 1974.

In this issue

  • Capturing the Enchantment – a photographer’s journey with the cast of Dr No
  • Creative Licence, Reviewed – how the screenwriters efficiently defined Bond’s character
  • Black Gold – Ian Fleming’s lost work, State of Excitement
  • At Home with the Bonds – glimpses of 007’s home life in books and on film
  • Gun’s Golden Anniversary – reflections on the release of The Man With The Golden Gun
  • One Golden Shot – marketing the ninth Bond adventure

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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