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Ian Fleming’s Thrilling Cities: Tokyo

Article by Graham M. Thomas Is there a more thrilling city than Tokyo? Today it would certainly come near the top of many people’s bucket list and, from a personal perspective, it comes top of mine. After all I lived there for five years and although home is now in south-western Japan, a visit to…

Alice Dryden

Field Report: Alice Dryden

We are delighted to welcome in from the January cold, Alice Dryden to talk about her Bond collection and why she could still be the first woman to write an official Bond novel! 1. What is your favorite Chopping cover and why? On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I love the detailed crest, and unless you know…

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Field Report: Retroculturati

This week we welcome ‘Retro’ the eminence gris behind the very erudite website Retroculturati, which includes an appreciation of James Bond. Quite right! What is your favorite Chopping cover and why? A difficult choice but I would say Thunderball as it was my favourite film as a young boy, I have the original stills promo…

Brad Frank

Field Report: Brad Frank, The Ian Fleming Foundation

This week we welcome world class Bond collector Brad Frank in from the cold. Brad has been one of literary Bond’s main curators of rare Bondiana and was instrumental in the completion of Jon Gilbert’s indispensable Ian Fleming Bibliography. How did your lifelong involvement with Bond begin, particularly on the literary side? The school I…