The Bond Novelizations Part II: Licence to Kill and GoldenEye

April 27th, 2017 by

British writer John Gardner wasn’t new to the world of James Bond in 1989, when Timothy Dalton’s second film as agent 007, Licence to Kill, was released.   By that time, the former Royal Marine commando and writer was firmly established as the man who resurrected Ian Fleming’s spy for the 1980s. After Ian Fleming’s […]

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The legacy of Goldeneye

November 13th, 2015 by

Released in 1995, Goldeneye proved to be a key entry in the James Bond series. Among the various reasons for its importance, not least was ensuring 007’s survival. The film heralded many changes for the James Bond series. First of all Goldeneye introduced a new James Bond in the shape of Pierce Brosnan. It also introduced a female […]

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Dismissing the James Bond code name theory

February 18th, 2015 by

Eoghan Lyng takes a look at why the theory held by some fans that “James Bond” is just a code name used by a number of different agents over the years just doesn’t hold water. Image: from cover art of Bond 50 22 film Blu-Ray box set, available from Amazon UK and Some people have too much […]

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Review: Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica

February 10th, 2015 by

Matthew Parker’s new book is both a biography of Ian Fleming from when he built Goldeneye on wards and the history of Jamaica during the period leading to independence and just after. I can remember when I first read the James Bond novels how little information there was about Ian Fleming. My 1960’s Pan edition […]

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Hello Mr Bonds. We’ve Been Expecting You!

December 12th, 2014 by

Eoghan Lyng looks at the introduction of each Bond actor and attempts to rank them. There are few things on this earth that merit celebration. There is the birth of a baby, the fall of The Berlin Wall, the introduction of a new Bond actor. Hell, there have only been six of those in, what, […]

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Goldeneye room rentals make Fleming villa more affordable than ever

May 27th, 2014 by

Anyone who has dreamed of staying at Ian Fleming’s villa, Goldeneye, on the north shore of Jamaica but was put off by the price now has a cheaper option until the end of the year. While the villa has been available for rent for some years as part of what is now the Goldeneye Resort, […]

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Q&A with Rich Douglas on ‘Goldeneye N64 Orchestrated’

September 5th, 2013 by

When it comes to James Bond video games, the one that tends to stand out among gamers is Rare’s 1997 release for Nintendo, Goldeneye. One of the game’s fans, composer Rich Douglas, has recently released an album of many of the tracks from the original game and re-orchestrated them to sound like a modern Bond […]

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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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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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Goldeneye screenwriter Michael France dies

April 15th, 2013 by

It has been announced that screenwriter Michael France, who was involved with Goldeneye as well as a number of other blockbusters, died over the weekend at the age of 51. He had been battling diabetes for a number of years and it appears that it was this that resulted in his death; just nine months […]

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