From Russia With Love

From Russia With Love promo gun sells for $300K

July 31st, 2013 by

The Walther air pistol originally used in promotional photography for From Russia With Love sold recently at action for $300,000. When it was realised that a prop PPK had not been sent along for the photo shoot with Sean Connery an air pistol belonging to the photographer was used instead, with the idea of airbrushing […]

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James Bond holiday destinations #9 – Russia

July 15th, 2013 by

Dating as they do from the Cold War, the James Bond novels by Ian Fleming are inextricably linked to Russia, although 007 only visited the USSR late in the series. Following his ordeal against Blofield at the end of You Only Live Twice, 007 is suffering from amnesia and, triggered by the mention of Vladivostok […]

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James Bond holiday destinations #1 – Turkey

June 17th, 2013 by

Although it may not much feel like it at the moment, summer is fast approaching after a long winter that seemed to takeover spring, but finally the weather (at least where I live) has turned. The central heating is off at long last and although the mountains in the distance still have plenty of snow […]

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The 4-Hour 007?

January 10th, 2013 by

I’ve been a fan of Timothy Ferriss ever since he published The 4-Hour Work Week back in 2007, and while I can understand why he might not be to everyone’s taste, his books do actually make you stop and think about things that you may have been taking granted for years; that can never be […]

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Bond Gadgets That Predicted The Future

November 29th, 2012 by

Intel’s technology blog, IQ by Intel, features an article looking at some early Bond gadgets that were so in advance of their time that they appeared far fetched, but are in use in some form today. The films in question are From Russia With Love, Goldfinger and Thunderball, with the article discussing mobile phones, GPS, […]

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Follow in James Bond’s footsteps in the City of Spies [Mail Online]

October 29th, 2012 by

Following the city’s appearance in Skyfall, the Mail Online were guided around Istanbul by local film producer Ali Akdeniza, who coordinated the Turkish location shoot. Filming in Istanbul included a rooftop motorbike chase, and additional scenes were filmed in Adana, eastern Turkey, and Fethiye on the south coast. The article mentions both the book and film versions of […]

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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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Syd Cain (1918-2011) [MI6]

November 22nd, 2011 by

Syd Cain, who worked on five of the James Bond films as Art Director and Production Designer, died yesterday at the age of 93. According to an obituary published by MI6: Broccoli hand-picked their first Bond crew largely from his experience with Warwick Films, and selected Cain as his Art Director on “Dr. No”, where […]

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The Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul

September 21st, 2011 by

It has recently been revealed that permission has been granted for Bond 23 to shoot on location in Istanbul, already well used in From Russia With Love and featuring at the end of The World Is Not Enough. In this article we take a look at the Maiden’s Tower, which served as M’s prison in […]

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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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