Diamonds Are Forever

[Video] Amsterdam Filming Locations from Diamonds Are Forever

July 25th, 2018 by

In May I was in the Netherlands for a couple of days, with slightly more than a day in Amsterdam. While there we did as much sightseeing as possible, including a couple of locations from Diamonds Are Forever. The first location is known in English as the Skinny Bridge, from where Wint and Kidd watch […]

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DAF actor Joe Robinson dies aged 90

July 11th, 2017 by

The actor and stuntman Joe Robinson died last week at the age of 90. For Bond fans he is best remembered for playing Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). He was 90 years old.  According to Wikipedia, Robinson claimed he was a contender for the Red Grant role in From Russia With Love. Though he […]

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Diamonds Are Forever hotel dynamited [video]

August 18th, 2016 by

The Riviera Hotel and Casino, which opened in 1955 and appeared in a number of films, including Diamonds Are Forever, was demolished this week by a series of controlled explosions.

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Director Guy Hamilton dies aged 93

April 21st, 2016 by

Today we learnt of the sad news that Guy Hamilton, who directed Goldfinger and three other James Bond films, died yesterday at the age of 93. Hamilton was born in Paris on 16 September 1922, where his English parents were living. His first exposure to the film industry came in 1938 when he was the clapper […]

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James Bond: The world’s most famous Secret Agent

April 15th, 2014 by

A secret agent? You wouldn’t think so from some of the films, when Bond’s name and reputation appear to be widely known. So, just how did 007 become the world’s most famous secret agent? The first chapter of Casino Royale is titled The Secret Agent and, in introducing the world to James Bond, Ian Fleming explains the […]

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Diamonds Are Forever manuscript tops estimate at auction

December 22nd, 2012 by

A manuscript of Diamonds Are Forever with hand marked corrections by Ian Fleming that we reported on earlier this month went under the hammer on December 12th at Sotheby’s, where it raised £97,250, according The Book Bond. Until 2008 the manuscript had remained in the family of Fleming’s typist, Ulrica Knowles, but the identities of […]

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Diamonds Are Forever manuscript expected to raise £80,000

December 3rd, 2012 by

A manuscript of Diamonds Are Forever with Ian Fleming’s hand written corrections is expected to raise £80,000 when it comes up for auction at Sotherby’s later this month, according to an article in the Telegraph. The manuscript was typed by Fleming’s secretary, Ulrica Knowles, and includes substantial hand written corrections on nearly every page, including the […]

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The Stinger

February 23rd, 2012 by

James Bond is known for his discerning taste in matters of food and drink, but, occasionally, he takes advice from a companion, whether that be M’s thought on wine or a field agent’s opinion of the local hooch. An example of such a drink is The Stinger, which Bond first drinks in Diamonds are Forever.
Bond obviously has a taste for the drink, as, in Thunderball, he orders another one, this time to accompany after-dinner coffee with Leiter at the Nassau Casino. This mix of Brandy and Creme de Menthe is often seen as a good digestif.

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Guy Hamilton’s influence on the James Bond films

October 12th, 2011 by

In 1964, after Terrence Young turned down the opportunity to direct the third Bond movie, Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned to another young British director instead, Guy Hamilton. The choice of Hamilton was not a particularly surprising one; the producers of the bond movies had long considered him for the position and in fact […]

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John Barry – a tribute

March 12th, 2011 by

As a tribute to the late John Barry, professional musician Tim Mottershead takes an in-depth look at John Barry’s contribution to the James Bond films.

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