A secret agent? You wouldn’t think so from some of the films, when Bond’s name and reputation appear to be widely known. So, just how did 007 become the world’s most famous secret agent? The first chapter of Casino Royale is titled The Secret Agent and, in introducing the world to James Bond, Ian Fleming explains the […]
Director of photography on The Man With The Golden Gun, Oswald Morris, has passed away at the age of 98. Morris was cinematographer on more than 50 films, and won an Oscar for Fiddler on the Roof (1971) as well as receiving two further nominations, including for Oliver! (1968). In his long career he worked […]
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 […]
Recently I watched Octopussy and then The Man With The Golden Gun on successive nights, which was an interesting experience as it allowed me to compare two Roger Moore Bond films from the late and then early part of his reign. The Man With The Golden Gun is frequently ranked by fans towards the bottom […]
In a previous article I discussed how the screenwriters for the James Bond series have, particularly in recent years, sometimes plundered Ian Fleming’s books for ideas that have been integrated into original stories.
A week or so ago I was thinking about which James Bond pre-titles would make it onto my list and decided to ask what other people thought using social media channels. The idea wasn’t to poll followers for a definitive list of their favourite PTS, rather to remind me of any that I might overlook otherwise.
In 1964, after Terrence Young turned down the opportunity to direct the third Bond movie, Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned to another young British director instead, Guy Hamilton. The choice of Hamilton was not a particularly surprising one; the producers of the bond movies had long considered him for the position and in fact […]
Author: Ian Fleming Publication date: 1st April 1965 Publisher: Jonathan Cape Cover artist: Richard Chopping When Ian Fleming died in August 1964 there remained an unpublished manuscript, which was examined and thought to be exceptionally weak. Before he died, Fleming had raised concerns about the quality of what he had written. The manuscript was edited by Kingsley Amis […]
In the last of our series of articles about Jamaica we take a look at what happened to 007 when sent after Francisco “Pistols” Scaramanga. For more about James Bond’s experiences on the island also see Live And Let Die: The Jamaica Version and Doctor No: a ‘holiday’ in Jamaica. James Bond’s return to Jamaica […]
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