Bringing ‘Goldfinger’ to the big screen

September 9th, 2014 by


After the success of Dr No and From Russia With Love came Goldfinger, with a new director, a budget equal to the first two films combined, and a plot significantly improved from the novel. Here we look at how Goldfinger was brought to the big screen. After the success of the first two films, Terence […]

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50 years of ‘Goldfinger’

September 2nd, 2014 by


This month marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Goldfinger, the most iconic Bond film and still often used as a benchmark for the series. To celebrate the film’s half centenary The James Bond Dossier is dedicating September to a series of articles about the third 007 adventure. The third 007 outing premiered in at the Odeon Leicester Square […]

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Defending ‘Quantum of Solace’

August 26th, 2014 by


Quantum of Solace, the 22nd of EON Productions’ James Bond adventures, was released in late 2008. Hot on the heels of Casino Royale, it broke opening records in the UK and went on to $168 million in the US, which made it the second highest grossing in the series, a million more past the prior […]

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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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A reader’s story: From bland to Bond

August 12th, 2014 by

From bland to Bond

If you’ve signed up to receive the monthly newsletter from The James Bond Dossier you may remember a short series of welcome emails in which I tell you a little about me and how I got interested in James Bond (and if you haven’t joined yet you can do so here). Many new subscribers often reply […]

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50 years since the death of Ian Fleming

August 12th, 2014 by


Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Ian Fleming at the early age of 56 after suffering a heart attack brought about by a lifetime of heavy smoking and drinking. Without Fleming our lives would be far poorer, as without him Bond would never have been born. Whether you are a fan of […]

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Competition: win a Goldfinger print

August 5th, 2014 by

Poster Competition

Readers of The James Bond Dossier have the chance to win an A3 print inspired by Goldfinger, which celebrates its half centenary next month. The contest is being run in conjunction with Complete Prints , who will send the winner the choice of one of three Goldfinger inspired posters. To enter the competition complete your full name […]

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James Bond’s Sea Island cotton shirts

July 29th, 2014 by

Sea Island cotton shirts

Sea Island cotton shirts are mentioned by Ian Fleming on several times in the books, but what exactly is Sea Island cotton and what makes it so special?

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James Bond’s Suits

July 22nd, 2014 by


As an essential part of James Bond’s wardrobe it is surprising so few details of his suits are found in the books, but here we take a closer look based on those scant details, Ian Fleming’s own preferences, and an educated guess or two along the way.

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Goldfinger at the Grosvenor Film Festival

July 15th, 2014 by


We are so used to seeing the James Bond films on TV that we can easily forget that the films were made for the big screen, but even the best TVs cannot do justice to the panoramic action, the locations, the plots and the inevitable explosions.

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