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David Leigh

I've been a James Bond fan since I was 8 years old when I simultaneously read Casino Royale and bought an Corgi Aston Martin DB5.

I've been running The James Bond Dossier under a variety of names since 2002, having settled on the current domain in 2004. Today there are a variety of authors contributing to the website and as well as writing articles and news items I act as editor.

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Birthday of director Martin Campbell [1943]

October 24th, 2014 by


Martin Campbell, who directed Goldeneye and Casino Royale and hence introduced both Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as 007, was born on 24th October 1943 in New Zealand. Campbell’s other work includes directing episodes of the cult British TV series The Professionals, while film work includes two Zorro films with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, as […]

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Interview: David Mason discusses Anthony Sinclair, the return of the Conduit Cut & recreating the ‘Goldfinger’ golf sweater

October 22nd, 2014 by

Goldfinger Slazenger sweater

David Mason discusses Anthony Sinclair’s James Bond clothing line, including the recently launched Slazenger golf sweater from Goldfinger.

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Birthday of composer Thomas Newman [1955]

October 20th, 2014 by


Composer Thomas Newman, brought into the 007 fold by Sam Mendes for Skyfall, was born on 20th October 1955 in Los Angeles, replacing house composer David Arnold. Newman has a long history with Mendes, scoring the director¡s first feature film American Beauty, followed by Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road and has many more feature […]

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Episode 2 of ‘Thrilling Cities’ now available on BBC website

October 19th, 2014 by


The BBC has uploaded episode 2 of its three part serialisation of some of the cities described by Ian Fleming in his Sunday Times series and later book, Thrilling Cities. After covering Hong Kong in the first episode, this week’s episode takes a look at Tokyo from the unique perspective of the creator of 007. […]

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Dr No actor Joseph Wiseman died on this day in 2009

October 19th, 2014 by


Joseph Wiseman, who appeared as the very first Bond villain in Dr No (1962), died on 19th October 2009. Although Wiseman preferred to be remembered for his stage career, he is best known for playing Dr Julius No after coming to the attention of Harry Saltzman in the film Detective Story (1951).

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Bond 24 requires helpers in Austria [Audio]

October 18th, 2014 by


Click the play button to listen to the audio report above. An advert in an Austrian newspaper has requested 150 helpers with good English for six weeks between November and February for a “big winter production in Osttirol”.

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Julius W Harris (Tee Hee in ‘Live And Let Die’) died on this day in 2004

October 17th, 2014 by

Live And Let Die soundtrack

Julius W Harris who played Tee Hee Johnson in Live And Let Die died on 17th October 2004 in California aged 81. Harris had worked as a nurse and a bouncer in the jazz clubs of New York before winning his first screen role in Nothing But a Man (1964). He later appeared in blaxploitation movies such as Superfly […]

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Bond Lifestyle Rituals: How to get fit in less than 15 minutes a day

October 16th, 2014 by


Despite all the hard drinking, heaving smoking and rich foods eaten by James Bond, he is still required to maintain a high level of fitness for his missions. Below you’ll learn how he stays fit and what we can learn from 007 to increase our own fitness. 007’s fitness routine Although Ian Fleming doesn’t provide much in the […]

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Birthday of Ben Whishaw [1980]

October 14th, 2014 by

Ben Whishaw

Ben Whishaw, who was introduced as gadget master Q in Daniel Craig’s third outing as 007, was born on 14th October 1980. Prior to Skyfall, Whishaw appeared in Layer Cake, also staring Daniel Craig and played Sebastian Flyte in a film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, as well as a variety of other roles in film, […]

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Birthday of Sir Roger Moore [1927]

October 14th, 2014 by

The Man With The Golden Gun DVD

The third actor to play 007 in the official Eon series, Roger Moore, was born on 14th October 1927 in Stockwell, London, the son of a policeman. Moore took over after Sean Connery left the series for the second time following Diamonds Are Forever, playing Bond in a very different way to Connery’s portrayal. Although […]

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