Bernard Lee died on this day in 1981

January 16th, 2019 by

Bernard Lee, who was the original M and played the role in eleven 007 films between 1962 and 1979, died on 16th January 1981. Dr No (1962) From Russia with Love (1963) Goldfinger (1964) Thunderball (1965) You Only Live Twice (1967) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Live and Let Die (1973) […]

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Birthday of Bernard Lee [1908]

January 10th, 2019 by

Bernard Lee, who played M in eleven James Bond films starting with Dr No, was born on 10th January 1908, although it is uncertain as to whether he was born in County Cork in Irelend, or in London. Acting on both stage and screen prior to the war, Lee managed to work on a number […]

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Birthday of Ralph Fiennes [1962]

December 22nd, 2018 by

Ralph Fiennes, who played Mallory (later M) in Skyfall and SPECTRE was born in Ipswich on 22nd December 1962. Photo: Ralph Fiennes retouched by Regiznawz. Licensed under CC BY 3.0.

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Birthday of Robert Brown [1921]

July 23rd, 2018 by

Robert Brown, who played Admiral Hargreaves in The Spy Who Loved Me and M in Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill, was born in Dorset on 23rd July 1921.

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M’s name in the books and films

April 8th, 2013 by

Being James Bond have published an interesting article about M’s name, following the revelation of the name of Judi Dench’s M at the end of Skyfall. The article notes that M’s full name was not revealed by Ian Fleming until The Man With The Golden Gun, his last novel, but takes us through each incarnation […]

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A profile of Bernard Lee, the original M

March 8th, 2013 by

With Ralph Fiennes introduced as the new M at the end of Skyfall following in the long-serving footsteps of Dame Judi Dench, we take a look at the career of the first actor to play the MI6 boss, Bernard Lee. Bernard Lee was a respected English actor who starred in over seventy different movies during his […]

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James Bond as a lone operator

August 9th, 2012 by

One of the issues I have with the more recent James bond films, say since Goldeneye onwards, is now rather than 007 operating as a lone agent out on his mission – just like in the books – he instead has come to rely upon his boss, M, much too often.

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Skyfall: where is it all heading?

May 25th, 2012 by

Back in October I made 23 short videos about “Bond 23” as Skyfall was known back then. In the videos I discussed what I’d like to see in the new film and what I’d prefer for the filmmakers to avoid. Now that the first teaser trailer has been released and filming is approaching a close, […]

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Judi Dench

December 6th, 2011 by

Dame Judi Dench at Skyfall press conference

Dame Judi Dench has appeared in every Bond movie since Goldeneye including the successful reboot with Casino Royale, making her the longest-running current cast member of the franchise.  Following the resumption of work on Skyfall (the 23rd official Bond movie), it was announced that she would once again reprise her role as ‘M’. Judith Olivia […]

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Dame Judi Dench to return as M in new James Bond film [BBC News]

January 27th, 2011 by

Dame Judi Dench, who has played M since Goldeneye in 1995, has revealed that will reprise the role in Bond 23, according to a report by the BBC. Actress Dame Judi Dench has revealed she will return to play head of MI6, M, in the new James Bond film, which will also see Daniel Craig […]

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