James Bond films

Anniversary of Dr No arriving in United States [1963]

May 8th, 2017 by

The first James Bond film, Dr No, opened in 450 cinemas across midwest and southwest United States on 8th May 1963, a full seven months after it premièred in London.

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Casino Royale after 10 years

November 15th, 2016 by

In the week of Casino Royale’s 10th anniversary we take a look at how the 21st Bond film came into being and the introduction of Daniel Craig as 007. After Die Another Day (2002) there can have been few who believed that Pierce Brosnan wouldn’t return for a fifth outing as 007. Today the film is […]

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Casino Royale: remembering the Royal World Premiere

November 14th, 2016 by

Hard as it is to believe, today marks the tenth anniversary of Casino Royale’s Leicester Square premiere. Here I revisit my experience of that day. The world premiere of any Bond film is a huge event. However, with a new actor playing 007 and a change in direction for the series, there was a huge […]

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Your chance to taste Vespers made with genuine Kina Lillet at Casino Royale screening

November 10th, 2016 by

Your chance to try Vespers made to the original recipe with genuine Kina Lillet before sitting down to a screening of Casino Royale. Ian Fleming specified Kina Lillet in his first James Bond novel for the drink, and the same recipe was specified by Bond in the 2006 film version. The problem is that Kina Lillet […]

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Rumour: Guy Ritchie in talks to direct Bond 25

September 19th, 2016 by

Bond 25

A story in The Mirror claims that Guy Ritchie is the front runner to direct Bond 25. The article, written by Simon Boyle and published on Saturday, claims that Ritchie has flown to Los Angeles to meet Eon Productions’ co-boss Michael G Wilson. The article quotes the usual unnamed source as saying: “Guy has moved […]

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Casino Royale, a love story

June 28th, 2016 by

Beyond the great dosage of espionage, death and violence that conforms it, Casino Royale is essentially a love story, and not in the corny way of the word. Not in vain, one of the novel’s chapters (and the book’s tagline) was titled “A whisper of love, a whisper of hate”. And throughout the 2006 film […]

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SPECTRE breaks $200M in US

March 22nd, 2016 by

This last weekend SPECTRE finally broke the $200 million barrier in North America. While that is well behind Skyfall’s $305 million box office an article in the Wall Street Journal looks at Sony’s decision to keep on playing the latest Bond film to finally break through the physiologically important $200 million ceiling.

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The life of Ken Adam

March 11th, 2016 by

In this article we celebrate the life of Ken Adam, the man who was responsible for creating the distinctive look of the early Bond films in his role as Production Designer. Ken Adam’s contribution to the Bond movies has become the stuff of legends. Who can forget the sprawling lair of Dr No or the super […]

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The best earning Bond movies: updated analysis of the box office

January 14th, 2016 by

Skyfall notched up an impressive box office as the first billion dollar Bond film and was widely reported as the most successful Bond film ever.  The trouble with reporting straight box office figures though is that it only tells a small part of the story. For example, when the box office takings for the other films is […]

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Thunderball at 50: an appreciation

December 9th, 2015 by

1965 was a turning point for James Bond. As well as seeing the publication of Ian Fleming’s last full-length novel, it also saw the self proclaimed “biggest Bond of all” hit the big screen. And in between the publication of The Man With The Golden Gun in April and the release of Thunderball in December, as Bondmania was reaching its […]

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