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Blog author Edward Biddulph writes:
Let's get the obvious question out of the way first. Who's my favourite Bond? I know it sounds like a cop-out, but my answer is none of them. I like them all. All the actors have brought something new and exciting to the role. That said, I think Roger Moore's always wonderful to watch, and Daniel Craig is absolutely awesome. What about my favourite film? That's easy - On Her Majesty's Secret Service. It's faithful to Fleming and still looks epic. There's a host of films vying for the top spot, though, including The Spy Who Loved Me, Casino Royale, From Russia With Love, and GoldenEye.
My earliest memory of James Bond is watching Goldfinger on the television as a young child. I graduated to the books aged about 11 or 12 (I still have the first copies I read - Book Club editions of The Spy Who Loved Me and On Her Majesty's Secret Service - on my bookshelf), and I've been a devoted fan of the books and the films ever since.
When I'm not thinking about James Bond, I'm an archaeologist. I work for a company called Oxford Archaeology. I analyse and bring to publication the results of archaeological fieldwork. I guess in my blog, I try to apply the analytical and research skills to James Bond that I use in my archaeological work.
How to contact me
You can contact me on Twitter (@bondmemes), you can send me a message via the comment form at the end of any post, or look me up here and send me an email.
My James Bond bibliography
2010. Licence to cook, Lulu Enterprises Ltd
2012. Licence to cook: recipes inspired by Ian Fleming’s James Bond, 2 edn (eBook), Lulu Enterprises Ltd
2014. Modelling Bond: the cultural perception of James Bond on the eve of the Eon Production films, in James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the influence of the fictional superspy (ed. M Brittany), McFarland & Co., Jefferson, 194-208
Journals and magazines
2009. ‘Bond was not a gourmet’: An archaeology of James Bond’s diet, Food, Culture and Society 12(2), 131-149
2012. Adventure at Creake Abbey, British Archaeology Sept/Oct 2012, 22-7
2013. James Bond Ski School, MI6 Confidential 19, 30-1
2013. On the trail of 007, MI6 Confidential 23, 18-19
2014. How to eat like James Bond, MI6 Confidential 24, 25-27
2015. Ian and Roald, MI6 Confidential 30, 33-35
2015. The legacy of Goldeneye, MI6 Confidential 31, 4-5
2015. The real Shrublands, MI6 Confidential 32, 34-35
2017. Bond girl etymology, MI6 Confidential 38, 4-5
2017. The real M, MI6 Confidential 43, 28-33
2018. The archaeology of For Your Eyes Only, MI6 Confidential 45, 4-7
2018. On the links: Fleming, Bond and golf, MI6 Confidential 46, 12-13
2011 (June). Mark Greenstreet: James Bond for a day, The James Bond Dossier.
2011 (July). From cold showers to gold painted girls – James Bond and naturopathy, The James Bond Dossier.
2012 (April). Bond At 50: Dr No in the Gleaner, MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2012 (November). Q: From Page to Screen, MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2013 (April). The Original Model Bond, MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2013 (September). Herbie Kruger - Review, MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2013 (September). Boyd on Bond, MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2013 (November). The Top Ten Books of Ian Fleming, Artistic License Renewed: The Art and Literary James Bond Blog and Tribute to Richard Chopping.
2013 (November). The Top Ten Books of James Bond, Artistic License Renewed: The Art and Literary James Bond Blog and Tribute to Richard Chopping.
2014 (February). Ian Fleming and William Plomer's Turbott Wolfe, Artistic License Renewed: The Art and Literary James Bond Blog and Tribute to Richard Chopping.
2014 (April). Musts, Maybes and Nevers - Review, MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2014 (July). Goldfinger at the Grosvenor Film Festival, The James Bond Dossier.
2014 (August). 'Room 3603' by H Montgomery Hyde; foreword by Ian Fleming, Artistic License Renewed: The Art and Literary James Bond Blog and Tribute to Richard Chopping.
2015 (January). SPECTRE Speculative (3), MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2015 (February). Ten most curious books about Ian Fleming and James Bond. Artistic License Renewed: The Art and Literary James Bond Blog and Tribute to Richard Chopping.
2015 (March). Book review: 'Per Fine Ounce' by Peter Vollmer. Artistic License Renewed: The Art and Literary James Bond Blog and Tribute to Richard Chopping.
2015 (August). Ian Fleming's Seven 'Deadlier' Sins: Hypocrisy. Artistic License Renewed: The literary 007 James Bond online magazine and tribute to Richard Chopping.
2015 (November). James Bond 007: The Ultimate Sticker Collection reviewed. The James Bond Dossier.
2015 (November). Cold War Spy Pocket Manual review. MI6: The home of James Bond 007.
2016 (January). A tour through Ian Fleming's Oxfordshire. Artistic License Renewed: The literary 007 James Bond online magazine and tribute to Richard Chopping.
2016 (June). Collecting 007: Edward Biddulph. The James Bond Dossier.
2016 (July). Navy strength: Spies on British Screens come to Plymouth, pt 2. Artistic License Renewed: The literary 007 James Bond online magazine and tribute to Richard Chopping.
2017 (July). The country homes of Ian Fleming, Artistic Licence Renewed: The Literary 007 James Bond Magazine
2018 (May). Bond at Bletchley Park: Illustrations and inspirations. The James Bond Dossier
Quoted or referenced in:
Arandjelovic, N, 2013 (January). Live and let fry: The James Bond diet. The Royal Gazette
Florida State College, 2015. English Language Programs Book Club: Once Upon a Dragon.
Rajon, F, 2015 (November). Passer à table... tout un art pour James Bond! Capital
Varricchio, L, 2015 (November). I spy Vermont: When 007 author Ian Fleming spied the Green Mt. State. The Sun Community News
Warwicker, M, 2012 (October). James Bond: Does 007 eat all the wrong things?, BBC Food
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I've just discovered your blog, and I must say it’s very interesting. Very well written posts and interesting subject matters.
I study history at the university, and last year I wrote an essay on Bond (specifically how the portrayal of the Soviet Union has changed over the course of the film series), so I find your “archeology” approach very fascinating. There are so much more interesting ways of looking at the Bond phenomenon than just discussing who’s the best Bond, best villan etc. To view the franchise in a larger context (e.g. as a bearer of the cultural norms of the times etc.) is what really fascinates me. Keep up the good work!
Thanks for your comment. I really appreciate it. I'm glad you're enjoying reading my posts. I totally agree - there's more to Bond than favourite films, Bond actor etc. As you say, the films have reflected changes in society, and it's interesting to chart how the films have evolved. James Bond is definitely worthy of academic study! By the way, your blog looks very good. I'm looking forward to reading some of your posts.Delete
Dear Edward, I enjoy reading your book License to Cook a lot. I made me wonder though, have you written any posts on last suppers of the antagonists in the James Bond films/books? Last night I watched Dr. No and I wondered even more, what was served just before the platform went up in the air taking the evil doctor with it. Looking forward to hearing your ideas. Best wishes, ClaudiaReplyDelete
Hi Claudia, Thanks for your message. Glad you enjoyed the cookbook. No, I haven't written any posts on the antagonists' last suppers, but that may be something I should look into. In the book of Dr No, we know what Dr No eats before Bond covers him with guano, and there are other examples of villains' final meals. In general, the books will be more informative than the films. All the best, EdwardDelete
My wife Jeanine and I met you last weekend on the Ian Fleming Walking Tour in London. That was a really lovely event, and we enjoyed talking with you about all things Bond at the little outdoor bar in the courtyard of the Apex Hotel at the end of the walk.
(We were the American couple -- from New York, now living here in Ol' Blighty....!)
Just wanted to drop you a message to say that this is a really stylish and intriguing website you run. Good show -- Keep up the good work, mate....!
Dave the Rave
It was great meeting you and Jeanine last weekend. I really enjoyed our Bond chat. The evening was over far too quickly. Perhaps we'll meet again at the same place next year, or at some similar Fleming/Bond event.
Glad you found my blog, and I'm pleased that you like it. Got a few interesting topics coming up over the next few weeks, so keep visiting!
All the best,
I will definitely check in again...Delete
All my best, and Bravo -- keep up the good work....
Love the site and I thought there might be some interest in a book I have written about Fleming, Bond and Connery in JapanReplyDelete
It is available as a free download at
or can be also downloaded via Google Play https://books.google.com/books?id=14roCwAAQBAJ
Hi Graham, Thanks for getting in touch. Glad you like the site. Thanks for letting me know about the book. I've just downloaded it. Looking forward to reading it.Delete
All the best,