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issue 72, volume 18, april 2024

Ian Fleming penned hundreds of thousands of words about 007, but he wrote very few about the man himself, James Bond. Readers came to understand the character through his actions. This is made clear in the rather fleeting depictions of Bond’s life outside his total duty to Queen and Country. In contrast, Bond screenwriters wasted no time and expended just a few words to tell us everything we need to know about the cinematic 007.

In this issue we explore both the rare glimpses of Bond’s home life, and the screenwriter’s efficiency through analysis of the screenplays for both Dr. No and Casino Royale. We also journey to Jamaica with Dr. No’s photographer and celebrate 50 years of Golden Gun, dipping into the archive to find rare interviews and marketing material from 1974.

In This Issue

  • Capturing the Enchantment a photographer’s journey with the cast of Dr. No
  • Creative Licence, Reviewed how the screenwriters efficiently defined Bond’s character
  • Black Gold Ian Fleming’s lost work, ‘State of Excitement’
  • At Home with the Bonds glimpses of 007’s home life in books and on film
  • Gun’s Golden Anniversary reflections on the release of The Man With The Golden Gun
  • One Golden Shot marketing the ninth Bond adventure

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