Does BBC slideshow include 007’s patient file in Skyfall? NO

UPDATE II: We posed the question and a reader on Facebook points out the answer is no, it’s from The World is Not Enough.

Tipoff: Daniel Craig’s Bond was born April 13, 1968 (image of his U.K. passport, the next-to-last image), which is different than the date on the medical file image. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail has images from the exhibit, which include a passport for Pierce Brosnan’s Bond (though with a cover identity), which says he was born May 6, 1960 (or 6th-May-1960, matching the medical file).

This week, the BBC’s Web site had A SLIDESHOW about the exhibition in London of James Bond props and costumes.

The last image of the 4:59 slideshow (narrated by Lindy Hemming, who has designed costumes for the Bond films and is co-curator of the exhibition) is a patient file for James Bond. It’s not specified, but based on the Skyfall teaser trailer, it wouldn’t be surprising if this is from the 23rd Eon 007 film. The trailer depicts a psychological evaluation of Daniel Craig’s Bond.

According to the image, Bond is patient number 0009/776/BOND1990. Besides having his 007 agent number, it also has code number 009110 and it’s file number 7 of 38. There’s also a part of the label that says:

MI6 H.Q. Medical Offices
ATV PLO 34/8/OK/353535000

If this is from Skyfall, no doubt some of this will show up in trivia contests.

UPDATE: The file also gives Bond a birth date of either May 6 or June 5. It says, “6.5.” followed by a year that begins with 6. Outside the U.S., dates are written 6-May-YEAR while in the U.S. the style would June 5, YEAR. That’s in the right margin, which cuts off the year. Actor Craig was born in 1968. Patient’s contact number starts out “09091-2” before it’s cut off. Bond’s religion is “unspecified.”

MI6 Confidential issue #10 hot off the presses!

Our friends and colleagues over at MI6 Confidential magazine have just published their latest issue, a big number 10.

This time around, editor Hugh Maddocks and his team spotlight 2006’s Daniel Craig-debuting Casino Royale, which is now considered by most James Bond fans to be among the series’ classics. As well as running interviews with the on-screen villains, Issue #10 highlights some of the aspects of the critically-acclaimed production that are often overlooked: pre-visualization, production design, scoring, special effects, costume design, and the publicity machine that made sure everyone knew ‘Bond was back!’

Some features in the new issue:

  • Bay Area Bonding – Tracking A View To A Kill around famous San Francisco landmarks
  • James Bond’s France – Searching for the real Casino Royale
  • ‘Card Sense’ Jimmy Bond – A look back at the 1954 Casino Royale live teleplay on CBS
  • That Sinking Feeling – Peter Lamont and Chris Corbould on recreating Venice
  • Rogues Gallery – Interviews with the villains of Casino Royale: Mads Mikkelsen, Jesper Christensen and Clemens Schick
  • Between Script & Screen – Before the cameras roll, storyboard artist Martin Asbury reveals his ‘pre-vis’ magic
  • Scoring Casino Royale – Composer David Arnold talks about the score and Bond theme deconstruction
  • Dressing 007 – Costume designer Lindy Hemming explains the new look for a new Bond
  • Around The World With Casino Royale – How the worldwide publicity machine boosted Bond at the box-office
  • Age of Heroes – Sean Bean discusses his new WWII film based on Ian Fleming’s 30 Commando Unit
  • The Last Word – Director Martin Campbell on shooting the intricate poker sequence

Issue #10 is now shipping around the world. To order online, visit their website at

HMSS congratulates Hugh & company on the landmark 10th issue of their terrific full-color magazine!

Edge of Darkness: various 007 connections

Edge of Darkness, Mel Gibson’s first starring role since 2002, has multiple James Bond connections. The advertisements stressed how this was “From the Director of Casino Royale” (Martin Campbell).

That meant that two-time 007 director Cambell would include Phil Meheux, who worked as director of photography with Campbell on GoldenEye and Casino Royale; film editor film editor Stuart Baird; and costume designer Lindy Hemming as part of his crew.

In addition, Dan Rissner, one of at least four executive producers on the film, was an United Artists executive in the 1970s who coordinated the studio’s involvement with James Bond films in the 1970s. He’s mentioned prominently during the documentary Inside The Spy Who Loved Me.