What Is It About John Barry?

Why can you hear a John Barry track across a crowded room and tell it’s him within three notes? There’s a sense of melancholy in even his most cheerful compositions. Barry began as a jazz musician, but went on to become the most evocative film composer ever to work in England. Notable for his use of […]

007 On And Off The Page

While I was away I reread a book I hadn’t touched since I was 12, Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger. One of the reasons I hated writing my only YA book The Curse of Snakes, was because I had to write within a dictated restrictive-material space, and that is not how kids read. At school we all […]

Golden Girl

You’ve got to love Shirley Eaton for turning up to last night’s world premiere of the new Bond film ‘Skyfall’ in an outfit that gracefully echoes her legendary turn as Goldfinger’s gold-painted card cheat. Eaton was recently immortalised as the Goldfinger girl in the Barbican exhibition, where her golden facsimile greeted punters arriving in the […]