Dr No

Charity shop’s Dr No first edition sells for £600

October 17th, 2013 by

A first edition copy of Dr No, which was handed into an Oxfam shop earlier in the year, has sold for £600 at auction. The book was in good condition and of the six Bond books on sale at the auction, by Bloomsbury, fetched the largest amount. Two copies of Goldfinger also went under the […]

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James Bond holiday locations #11 – Jamaica

July 22nd, 2013 by

With the exception of the UK there is probably no country with a stronger link to James Bond than Jamaica. Ian Fleming fell in love with the former British colony while attending a naval conference there during the Second World War and decided immediately to build a holiday home there when hostilities ended. Following the […]

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Three James Bond soundtracks to be reissued on vinyl

April 17th, 2013 by

Three James Bond soundtracks will be re-released on vinyl this month in sporting the original sleeve design. The three soundtracks are Dr No, Goldfinger and Live And Let Die, with the latter also available in a high definition digital audio. While Goldfinger seems an obvious choice, as it has what many consider to be the […]

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Ursula Andress: 50 years of 007 on the big screen

October 17th, 2012 by

When Ursula Andress first appeared in Dr No, emerging from the Caribbean dressed in a white bikini, she not only got the pulses of millions racing, but also set the standard by which every following Bond girl would be judged. Cast as Honey Ryder, she helped launch what would eventually become one of the world’s […]

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Jack Lord: 50 years of 007 on the big screen

October 15th, 2012 by

Although James Bond’s CIA buddy Felix Leiter has been played by a number of actors, Jack Lord’s portrayal of Leiter in Dr No probably remains the most memorable. Although he was approached to reprise his role as Felix Leiter in Goldfinger, he pulled out when agreements between the financial terms of his contract and the […]

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Terence Young: 50 years of 007 on the big screen

October 14th, 2012 by

Although Ian Fleming will be forever credited with the creation of James Bond, director Terence Young was responsible in many ways for the evolution of the smooth suave agent that people would later fall in love with. Young’s appreciation for tailored suits, fine wines and beautiful women was remarkably similar to that of Bond and […]

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Sunbeam Alpine: the first screen Bond car

October 9th, 2012 by

The Bond legend wouldn’t be the same without the cars but while the best known of these is the Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in Goldfinger, Bond’s very first car was the Sunbeam Alpine from Dr No.  1962 Sunbeam Alpine series II roader (1592cc, top speed 160 km/h) In retrospect, the producers of Bond […]

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Bringing Dr No to the big screen

October 5th, 2012 by

Although Ian Fleming tried and failed to bring his creation to the big screen, it took the combined efforts of a Canadian and Italian American to bring the first James Bond film to the big screen. This article takes a look at how Dr No came to be made. Interest in bringing Dr No to […]

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The life of Sean Connery

March 20th, 2012 by

As part of our celebrations of 50 years of James Bond movies we takes a look at the original James Bond, Sean Connery. Sean Connery’s relationship with the James Bond franchise is a curiously appealing one. Most critics would argue convincingly that Sean Connery’s success and acceptance by the public would have been impossible without […]

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Dr No schedule issued 50 years ago today

January 1st, 2012 by

50 years ago today the cast and crew of Dr No received their draft schedule for the first James Bond film according to the official James Bond twitter account.

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