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BBC Archive releases James Bond material

16th December 2010

Television and radio programmes looking at the enduring popularity of Ian Fleming's James Bond have been released by the BBC Archive.

The collection, which is available through the BBC Archive website from today, includes a 1958 broadcast in which Fleming and crime novelist Raymond Chandler discuss what is needed to write the perfect thriller.

Another show, taken from BBC Radio 4 in 2008, involves historian David Cannadine examining the aspirational thread of the Bond novels by looking at their historical context, noting that they were published during a time when Britain was facing post-war austerity and imperial decline.

In addition, other material from the archive includes a 1967 episode of Whicker's World that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the film adaptation of You Only Live Twice, photographs from the set of The Spy Who Loved Me and an interview with Devil May Care author Sebastian Faulks.

BBC Archive executive producer Julie Rowbotham commented: 'James Bond is such an iconic part of British culture and we are thrilled to be able to release these programmes re-examining the legend and exploring why successive generations have taken 007 to their hearts.'

Today, a first edition of Fleming's Casino Royale will be sold by auction house Dominic Winter in Gloucestershire and is expected to command a price of up to GBP 12,000.
 

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