Sean Connery

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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Goldfinger

March 13th, 2012 by

James Bond is sent to investigate the smuggling operation of gold magnate Auric Goldfinger. After first encountering him in Miami, Bond arranges a “chance” meeting at Goldfinger’s golf club, where they play a high stakes round for a gold bar during which Goldfinger and his henchman cheat. Trailing the millionaire to Switzerland in his Aston […]

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How the James Bond films have reinvented themselves over time

February 17th, 2012 by

When Pierce Brosnan was dropped from the role of James Bond the producers took a big risk in moving away from the established 007 formula and rather than keep the existing timeline of the Bond franchise, they followed the Batman movies to revisit Bond’s early years, long before he had become the smooth secret agent with a licence to kill with a taste for tuxedoes and Martinis.

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MI6 Declassified #8 – Goldfinger

January 11th, 2011 by

Whenever polls are conducted to find the best ever James Bond film, Goldfinger always rises to the top of the public’s selection. In this issue, MI6 Declassified lifts the lid on the recipe that defined a genre and demystifies some of the alchemy that turned Sean Connery’s third outing as 007 in to 24ct cinematic […]

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From Russia With Love poster pistol sells for £277,250 [MI6]

November 30th, 2010 by

MI6 has a story about a pistol used on the poster artwork with Sean Connery was recently sold at auction for ten times its estimate: A pistol held by Sean Connery as James Bond in a poster to promote the 1963 film From Russia With Love has sold at auction for £277,250 ($436,828 USD). And […]

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From Russia With Love

October 2nd, 2010 by

From Russia With Love

An assassin pulls a length of wire from his watch and silently approaches James Bond from behind. Looping the wire around Bond’s neck, the assassin pulls it tight and holds it there until Bond gasps his last breath. From Russia With Love is the first James Bond film to feature the now obligatory pre-title sequence, […]

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Dr No

October 2nd, 2010 by

Following the disappearance of the head of the local secret service station in Jamaica and his assistant, M send James Bond to investigate. Bond quickly teams up with the CIA’s Felix Leiter and with the help of the CIA man and his local hand, Quarrel, Bond follows up a series of leads. His investigations point […]

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Diamonds Are Forever soundtrack

April 27th, 2010 by

James Bond producers Harry Saltzmann and Cubby Broccoli decided to change direction for the seventh movie in the series, Diamonds Are Forever.

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You Only Live Twice soundtrack

February 27th, 2010 by

After the stunning commercial success of Thunderball, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman initially turned to Ian Fleming’s novel On Her Majesty’s Secret Service for the fifth instalment in the film franchise. However, problems with finding suitable locations for the book’s wintry setting led them to turn to Fleming’s twelfth novel, You Only Live Twice. With […]

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Thunderball soundtrack

January 31st, 2010 by

The success of the first three James Bond films in the early 1960s had led to a huge array of copycat spy thrillers. In an attempt to ensure the Bond franchise remained at the forefront of the action genre, Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzmann decided to make Thunderball, Fleming’s ninth James Bond book. With a […]

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