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Welcome to one of the World's oldest and most comprehensive James Bond & Ian Fleming sites dedicated to the global 007 phenomenon. Over 7,000 English pages of content. Launched in September 2004 by Swedish James Bond expert Anders Frejdh who also manages 007 actor George Lazenby since 2013.

Rumors of another No Time To Die postponement are growing

The No Time To Die release has been postponed many times: From November 2019 it was moved to February 2020. Then to April 2020. Then to November 2020. Unfortunately, as the epidemic did not make the November 2020 release possible - MGM, Universal and EON Productions have rescheduled a release for April 2021... FSWL contributor Laurent Perriot analyses the situation.

Published: 2021-01-17

For Special Services (1982) by John Gardner - the 2020 edition

Great news for readers of John Gardner's James Bond novels as Orion Books has published a brand-new paperback edition of his second 007 novel, For Special Services, originally published in 1982. Gardner was described by Len Deighton as a ‘Master Storyteller’ and we couldn't agree more.

Published: 2021-01-16

Steven Jay Rubin remember Derek Meddings on his birthday

FSWL contributor Steven Jay Rubin on special effects maestro Derek Meddings who worked on six of the James Bond films between 1973 and 1995. Meddings joined the Bond team on Live and Let Die (1973), building Kananga’s poppy field in miniature and then blasting it to fiery smithereens. Later, he blew up the giant satellite dish in GoldenEye (1995).

Published: 2021-01-15

Steven Jay Rubin celebrating Shirley Eaton on her birthday

The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia author and FSWL contributor Steven Jay Rubin presents This Day in James Bond Movie History - wishing the Golden Girl of Goldfinger (1964) – the lovely Shirley Eaton – a marvellous birthday.

Published: 2021-01-12

Jason Connery to head new film and TV studio in Edinburgh

In a significant development for Scotland’s Screen sector, Screen Scotland today announced that First Stage Studios Ltd, led by Oscar-nominated and BAFTA winning film and television producer Bob Last and actor and director Jason Connery, has been appointed to run a large-scale film and TV studio space in Edinburgh’s Port of Leith.

Published: 2021-01-11

Steven Jay Rubin remember Bernard Lee on the day of his birth

FSWL contributor Steven Jay Rubin remembers Bernard Lee who played James Bond's boss, M, in 11 films between 1962 and 1979. Lee was born on 10th January 1908. The mission briefing in his London office became a standard feature in the films, along with Bond’s repartee with M’s secretary, Miss Moneypenny and Q’s equipment briefing.

Published: 2021-01-10

In Memoriam of British director Michael Apted (1941-2021)

FSWL is very sad to have to report the death of yet another Bond alumnus, The World Is Not Enough (1999) director Michael Apted, a month short of his 80th birthday. Our thoughts now go to Michael's family and friends. Obituary by FSWL contributor Mark Cerulli including a personal comment from, among others, screenwriters Bruce Feirstein, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade who all knew and worked with Michael.

Published: 2021-01-08

A Celebration of Dame Shirley Bassey on her 83rd birthday

Dame Shirley Bassey - the highly acclaimed Welsh singer who sang the title songs to Goldfinger (1964), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979) - turns 83 on 8th January 2021. With this page, we would like to send our personal wishes to Dame Shirley who we met in Quebec City, Canada during Hilary Saltzman's Vue sur Bond weekend in February 2006. (January 8th is also the birthday of Elvis Presley.)

Published: 2021-01-08

New official film still from No Time To Die (2021) revealed

A new official still from the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die has been revealed by our friend David Zaritsky in his The Bond Experience channels. It features Daniel Craig as James Bond wearing a Tommy Bahama shirt and Tom Ford jeans with the new OMEGA watch on his wrist. In the background we note a bottle of Blackwell Rum.

Published: 2021-01-07

Steven Jay Rubin remembering Francis de Wolff on his birthday

FSWL contributor Steven Jay Rubin remembers Francis de Wolff, Vavra in the 1963 Bond film From Russia with Love, who was born on 7 January 1913. De Wolff (1913-1984) portrayed Vavra, the fiery gypsy leader in From Russia with Love (1963).

Published: 2021-01-07

Ola Rapace awarded Best Supporting Actor for French short Divertimento

Swedish actor Ola Rapace (Patrice in the 2012 James Bond film Skyfall) has been awarded by Queen Palm International Film Festival in Palm Springs with the award for Best Supporting Actor after his work on the French short film Divertimento (2020) directed by Keyvan Sheikhalishahi. German actor Götz Otto, another Bond alumnus (Stamper in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies), also worked on the film. Small world.

Published: 2021-01-06

In Memoriam of American actress Tanya Roberts (1955-2021)

As if the James Bond Community had not suffered enough during 2020, we have now lost another beloved member of the family... We are extremely saddened to report that Tanya Roberts, A View to a Kill’s (1985) leading lady opposite Roger Moore, suddenly has died aged 65.

Published: 2021-01-05

Actor Ola Rapace one of the stars in popular Swedish tv show

Swedish actor Ola Rapace follows Maud Adams and Britt Ekland with his participation in the 15th season of the popular Stjärnorna på slottet which was filmed at Lejondal's Castle in Sweden in July 2020. The series is produced by Meter Television and the premiere episode (Ola's day) is broadcast on 2 January 2021.

Published: 2021-01-05

Sir Sean Connery's ashes will be scattered on Scottish golf course

Sir Sean Connery, known for his love of golf like yours truly, is set to make one final appearance on a Scottish golf course when his ashes are scattered on his favourite links. Above pictured when he played Lyckorna Golfklubb in Sweden back in July 1982. Photo by PeO Nilsson for Bohusläningen. All rights reserved.

Published: 2021-01-04

Steven Jay Rubin remembering Zena Marshall (1925-2009) on her birthday

FSWL contributor Steven Jay Rubin remembers Zena Marshall, Miss Taro in the 1962 James Bond film Dr No, who was born on 1 January 1925. Zena Marshall portrayed the enticing Miss Taro, a secretary in Kingston, Jamaica’s government house who happens to be an undercover operative for the nefarious Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman), in the first 007 adventure.

Published: 2021-01-01

Steven Jay Rubin celebrating Barbara Carrera on her birthday

FSWL contributor Steve Rubin celebrates Barbara Carrera - Fatima Blush in the 1983 James Bond film Never Say Never Again directed by Irvin Kershner. The zesty Nicaraguan native starred as SPECTRE assassin Fatima Blush – a character from one of the early drafts of Thunderball (1965).

Published: 2020-12-31

Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins knighted for services to film

James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said: “Roger is truly a great visionary of our time. His cinematography always brings depth and humanity to the screen. His uncompromising commitment to the work is unparalleled, he is a wonderful collaborator. We feel incredibly privileged that he created the stunning visual identity of Skyfall. Many, many congratulations to a great master.”

Published: 2020-12-31

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