James Bond

Birthday of George Lazenby [1939]

September 5th, 2016 by

George Lazenby, who played James Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, was born in Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia on 5th September 1939. Lazenby’s single entry into the Bond canon proved to be relatively unpopular on first release, the stature of the film and that of George Lazenby’s portrayal of Bond has grown over time. […]

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Birthday of Sean Connery [1930]

August 25th, 2016 by

Sean Connery, who played James Bond in six films by Eon Productions as well as Kevin McClory’s Thunderball remake, Never Say Never Again, was born in Edinburgh on 25th August 1930. For many fans Connery has never been bettered in the role of 007, bringing to the role the right balance between toughness and wit. Photo: Sean Connery by Georges […]

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Birthday of Barbara Broccoli [1960]

June 18th, 2016 by

James Bond co-producer Barbara Broccoli was born in Los Angeles on 18th June 1960. The daughter of Cubby and Dana Broccoli is half-sister to Michael G Wilson with whom she shares co-producer credits on the recent James Bond films. The first Bond film she worked on was The Spy Who Loved Me, after which she […]

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Birthday of Ian Fleming [1908]

May 28th, 2016 by

Ian Fleming, wartime intelligence officer, journalist and creator of James Bond, was born in London on 28th May 1908.

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James Bond and the Second World War

October 6th, 2015 by

What did James Bond do in the Second World War? I started thinking about this recently when I read William Boyd’s continuation novel Solo in which Bond, from the point of view of the late 1960s, experiences flashbacks to the war.

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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 Amazon.com. Some people have too much […]

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A reader’s story: an introduction to 007

August 19th, 2014 by

James Bond means many things to many people and each has our own unique experience of Bond. Last week we looked at Paul’s story of how he was inspired to upgrade his wardrobe and lifestyle by 007, that many can relate to. Recently I received an email relating the story of how another reader was […]

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The enduring popularity of 007

January 8th, 2014 by

James Bond has been entertaining the public in one form or other for more than 60 years now, a remarkably long time for any character to endure. From his origins in the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories, James Bond grew with the Eon film series (and others), comics, board games, computer games, […]

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Skyfall: where is it all heading? Part 2

June 7th, 2012 by

A couple of weeks ago I published an article on how I saw Skyfall shaping up following the release of the teaser trailer. However, since it didn’t cover all the ground  I planned, I decided to write a follow up. Whatever my personal preferences, it’s highly unlikely that anyone involved at a senior level on Skyfall reads this […]

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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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