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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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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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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Sam Mendes speaks about ‘Skyfall’ and Bond 24

July 11th, 2014 by


Sam Mendes attended an event at Windsor Castle on Tuesday night organised by Films Without Borders, in which he spoke about how the Olympics changed his approach to editing Skyfall, as well as Bond 24. Interviewed by Films Without Borders supporter Prince Edward, Mendes spoke about his first experience of Bond in Live And Let […]

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Update your summer wardrobe with 3 style tips from James Bond

July 9th, 2014 by


The arrival of July finds many of us counting down the days to our summer holidays and so in this article we look at some simple ways to update your summer wardrobe with some 007-style panache.

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John Logan talks to Empire about ‘Skyfall’ and Bond 24

June 3rd, 2014 by


The latest issue of Empire Magazine looks at the 301 greatest movies of all time, placing Skyfall in 45th place. Empire spoke to John Logan about his involvement in the Bond films, describing Skyfall as “the best time I’ve ever had working on a movie” and saying that he had wanted to be true to Ian Fleming’s […]

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Skyfall picks up Grammy Awards for soundtrack and title song

January 27th, 2014 by


Last night saw the Grammy Awards take place in Los Angeles, the annual ceremony to recogise outstanding achievement in the music industry. Althout it seems forever since Skyfall was on our screens, the 23rd James Bond film still managed to pick up two more awards for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media (Thomas Newman) and […]

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John Logan speaks briefly about ‘Skyfall’ and Bond 24

January 18th, 2014 by


Skyfall and Bond 24 screenwriter John Logan has spoken briefly about the next James Bond film while on a press tour for forthcoming TV show Penny Dreadful. Apart from saying that he can’t reveal too much (no surprise there), he told IGN that he hopes to build on the work done on Skyfall in updating […]

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Adele awarded MBE at the Palace

December 20th, 2013 by


Skyfall singer Adele was yesterday awarded an MBE at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Prince of Wales made the award for services to music (which since she is a singer amounts to showing up for work). She has enjoyed massive success with her first two albums and knocked Madonna off her pedestal for the the […]

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Skyfall special effects specialist awarded BAFTA for lifetime contribution

December 6th, 2013 by


Steve Begg has recently received a BAFTA award for lifetime contribution to the craft. Having entered the industry from school, in his 31 years in the industry he has worked on special visual effects for blockbusters that include Skyfall and Batman. His work on Skyfall included the shot of Silva, played by Javier Bardem, removing […]

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