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James Bond still a strong 'recruitment sergeant' for MI6, says expert

Thu, 30 May 2019 17:55:51 GMT

Dr Rory Cormac tells Hay festival Bond still loved by MI6 despite bearing no resemblance to a real spy

James Bond remains a powerful recruitment tool for MI6, a secret intelligence expert says – despite claims that he is unrealistically posh and violent.

Dr Rory Cormac, associate professor of international relations with a specialty in secret intelligence at Nottingham university, said MI6 loved the positive brand provided by Ian Fleming’s fictional spy.

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Sajid Javid announces overhaul of espionage and treason laws

Mon, 20 May 2019 11:58:38 GMT

New bill needed to tackle hostile activity by Russia and others, says home secretary

Hostile state actors – spies, assassins or hackers directed by the government of another country – are to be targeted by refreshed espionage and treason laws, the home secretary has announced.

In a speech to security officials in central London, Sajid Javid revealed plans to publish a new espionage bill to tackle increased hostile state activity from countries including but not limited to Russia.

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Huawei poses security threat to UK, says former MI6 chief

Thu, 16 May 2019 10:08:15 GMT

Report calling for 5G ban in UK comes as Netherlands said to be investigating Huawei espionage

Huawei should be completely banned from supplying 5G mobile networks in the UK because its operations are “subject to influence by the Chinese state”, according to a report by a Conservative MP and two academics.

They argue that a decision announced by Theresa May last month, after a fraught meeting of the National Security Council (NSC), to allow Huawei to supply “non-core” equipment should be overturned because using the company’s technology presents “risks”.

Related: Huawei 'prepared to sign no-spy agreement with UK government'

Huawei is a Chinese telecoms company founded in 1987. Politicians in the US have alleged that Huawei’s forthcoming 5G mobile phone networks could be hacked by Chinese spies to eavesdrop on sensitive phone calls and gain access to counter-terrorist operations. Allies who allow Huawei technology inside their 5G networks have been told they may be frozen out of US intelligence sharing. Australia, New Zealand and Japan have banned Huawei from their 5G networks.

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Halloween Brexit is a fitting outcome for the zombie prime minister | John Crace

Fri, 12 Apr 2019 09:53:24 GMT

The EU summit became absurdist performance art as all agreed on something they did not want

I was rather nonplussed to learn that Prince William had been doing work experience with the intelligence services and, according to the GCHQ head of counter-terrorism, identified only as David, “comfortably held his own with highly skilled analysts and operators”.

Related: May tells MPs 'swift decisions' on Brexit will be needed after recess

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Unsung Bletchley Park hero whose role in D-day was equal to Turing’s

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 08:00:14 GMT

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the ‘king of calm’ in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers

No contemporary war reports from the German front mention the name of Eric Jones. And there is not much information about him online – in fact there is more about a Welsh climber of the same name. But the Eric Jones who worked in secret at Bletchley Park in the 1940s is soon to be declared a figure of equal importance to Alan Turing.

Recently declassified documents show that Jones, the son of a Macclesfield textile manufacturer, was the man responsible for interpreting and prioritising all the covert intelligence that came into Britain from Nazi-occupied Europe and from spies working near the frontline.

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On his granny’s secret service: Prince William interns at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ

Sun, 07 Apr 2019 05:41:27 GMT

Kensington Palace reveals that the prince has just completed three weeks secretly working alongside the UK spy agencies

The name is Wales, William Wales: licensed to kill three weeks on attachment with Britain’s spies.

Kensington Palace has revealed that the Duke of Cambridge has just finished a three-week stint at the secret intelligence service, MI6, the security service, MI5, and GCHQ.

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Letters: Roderick MacFarquhar obituary

Thu, 04 Apr 2019 17:25:00 GMT

When Roderick MacFarquhar was editor of the China Quarterly in the 1960s, it was funded by the CIA and, as he later admitted, carried articles by senior officials from the CIA, MI6 and the Foreign Office’s Information Research Department. He always denied being influenced by the intelligence agencies, but under his editorship the journal was the public forum where the major argument between the CIA and MI6 over the reality and significance of the Soviet-China split was debated. This had consequences in terms of British policy with regard to Vietnam and the long-running dispute over the bona fides of the defector Anatoly Golitsyn.
Stephen Dorril

Before the February 1974 general election, Roderick MacFarquhar appointed me as his press secretary for the Belper constituency, a post that involved both devising and embroidering stories in Derbyshire newspapers to enhance his chances of election. Since he was a skilful journalist my press releases improved no end. He was elected with a majority of more than 5,000.

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Police investigating role of UK officers in torture of al-Qaida suspect

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 17:30:12 GMT

Met looking at how much MI5 and MI6 knew of mistreatment of Abu Zubaydah after 9/11

Metropolitan police detectives have launched an investigation into allegations that MI5 and MI6 officers involved in the interrogation under torture of an al-Qaida suspect committed serious criminal offences.

Scotland Yard has confirmed that a senior investigating officer, who is familiar with other rendition cases, has begun examining the role of UK intelligence officials during the questioning of Abu Zubaydah at CIA so-called “black sites”.

The Saudi-born Palestinian was seized in 2002 in Pakistan following the previous year’s 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. He was held at secret US military detention centres in Thailand, Poland and Lithuania, subjected to waterboarding and eventually transferred to Guantánamo Bay.

A four-year-long inquiry by parliament’s all-party intelligence and security committee published its report last year establishing that MI6 had “direct awareness of extreme mistreatment and possibly torture” of Zubaydah at those locations.

It continued: “In May 2002, a US official briefed SIS [MI6] that Abu Zubaydah was being held in Stirling [believed to be the code name for one of the black sites]. SIS became aware that he was being subjected to some harsh interrogation techniques, including sleep deprivation, and that it was considered that 98% of US Special Forces would have broken if subject to the same conditions.”

The report by MPs and peers added: “The case of Abu Zubaydah shows direct awareness of extreme mistreatment – and, probable torture ... However, the Agencies [MI5 and MI6] continued to send the CIA questions to be used in interrogations without seeking any assurances regarding Zubaydah’s treatment in detention, until at least 2006.”

The parliamentary report noted that, according to a 2014 US Senate select committee on intelligence report on the CIA detention and interrogation programme, Abu Zubaydah was routinely subjected to treatment that by UK standards would be considered torture, including being waterboarded.

The European court of human rights ruled in 2014 that Poland was guily of multiple human rights violations in its treatment of Abu Zubaydah, whose full name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn.

The judgment included Abu Zubaydah’s account of how he was suffocated, subjected to deafening blasts of music and denied solid food. Describing the waterboarding, Abu Zubaydah wrote: “I was … put on what looked like a hospital bed, and strapped down very tightly with belts. A black cloth was then placed over my face and the interrogators used a mineral water bottle to pour water on the cloth so that I could not breathe. After a few minutes the cloth was removed and the bed was rotated into an upright position.

“The bed was then again lowered to horizontal position and the same torture carried out again with the black cloth over my face and water poured on from a bottle. I struggled against the straps, trying to breathe, but it was hopeless. I thought I was going to die.”

The Metropolitan police launched their inquiry after Raju Bhatt, a solicitor with the London law firm Bhatt Murphy who represents Abu Zubaydah’s interests in the UK, wrote to the force requesting that it launch a criminal investigation or explain why it had failed to take action.

In his letter to the Met, Bhatt wrote: “It is plain that Mr Zubaydah has been subject to mistreatment amounting to torture, and that there is, to say the least, compelling and credible evidence that UK officials had direct awareness of that torture, but nonetheless sent to US officials questions to be put to him in interrogation.

“It is equally plain that such conduct on the part of the UK officials amount to the commission of serious criminality, including offences under section 134 [of the] Criminal Justice Act 1988 and misconduct in public office.”

Abu Zubaydah, he added, “has been unable to make any such complaint until now. He was unaware of the involvement of UK officials prior to the publication of the ISC report, and the circumstances of his detention mean that there has been unavoidable delay ... in his ability thereafter to identify and instruct suitable legal representatives in the UK.”

A lawyer for the Metropolitan police wrote back confirming that a senior investigating officer, who worked on Operation Hinton and Operation Iden, would begin investigating.

Operation Hinton was an inquiry into MI5’s interrogation of Binyam Mohamed after the CIA told the agency he was being “continuously deprived of sleep”. Operation Iden was a parallel police investigation into the actions of MI6 officers who interrogated suspects at the US-run prison at Bagram, Afghanistan, in January 2002. In both cases the Crown Prosecution Service concluded there was insufficient evidence to press charges.

The Foreign Office said it would neither confirm nor deny that British intelligence officials had been aware of allegations of torture.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police confirmed that “it is reviewing allegations regarding the treatment of a non-British citizen who has been in detention in locations outside the United Kingdom since 2002.

“The Met was requested to review these allegations via a letter to the Commissioner on 30 January 2019. The review will involve an assessment of the knowledge and actions of British personnel, and will report through the Deputy Commissioner Sir Steve House. “

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MI6 officer found with child abuse images had charges dropped

Tue, 26 Mar 2019 17:22:52 GMT

Inquiry hears sexual material was discovered in 2006 but case never came to trial

An MI6 officer was discovered to have child sexual abuse images on his work computer but the charges against him were eventually dropped, the intelligence service has told an inquiry.

The illegal material was found in 2006 and the official was dismissed, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) heard on Tuesday. The case was referred to the police who investigated. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) brought charges but it never came to trial.

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Former Lib Dem peer and ex-MI6 chief used former spies to aid Romanian tycoon

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 14:25:00 GMT

Businessman used ‘intricate knowledge’ gathered by British intelligence firm to fight extradition over corruption charges

A former MI6 boss and an ex-Liberal Democrat peer used retired intelligence officers to gather “sensitive” information from secret sources in the Romanian government to help a wealthy businessman facing corruption allegations, according to documents seen by the Observer.

Sir John Scarlett’s private intelligence firm, SC Strategy (SCS), which he co-owns with Lord Carlile, disclosed in a report produced for the businessman’s lawyers that it had obtained information from a range of well-placed “confidential sources” in Romania on sensitive issues including diplomatic negotiations and the activities of anti-corruption prosecutors.

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Shamima Begum may have criminalised herself, says senior terrorism officer

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 18:26:59 GMT

Family calls for her return to UK and considers legal action to stop government blocking it

The UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer has said that Shamima Begum, who left the UK to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, had “potentially criminalised” herself as her family considers court action to stop the government blocking her return to Britain.

Government and counter-terrorism officials are still considering what to do after Begum, now 19, was discovered in a Syrian refugee camp after fleeing Isis’s last stronghold and said she wanted to return to Britain.

Related: After Isis: what happens to the foreign nationals who went to Syria?

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Sex, ska and Malcolm X: MI6’s covert 1960s mission to woo West Indians

Sat, 26 Jan 2019 13:00:05 GMT

Intelligence service secretly funded Flamingo magazine to fight communist threat

Even by the demanding standards of the 1960s, Flamingo was considered a groundbreaking magazine. Mixing glamour, sex advice, culture and international politics, it was one of the first magazines to target Britain’s African-Caribbean community.

It ran from September 1961 until May 1965 and at its peak sold up to 20,000 copies in the UK and 15,000 in the US. It was also distributed in the Caribbean and West Africa, and published dedicated editions in Nigeria, Ghana and Liberia. It carried interviews with Malcolm X and advertisements for Island Records, which brought Jamaican ska music to Britain.

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Home Office under fire for blocking new spy watchdog

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 15:00:17 GMT

Surveillance expert Eric King vetoed from top job at IPCO over past associations

The Home Office has prompted outrage by blocking the appointment of the man tasked with leading investigations into the UK’s spy agencies.

Eric King had been appointed head of investigations at the new government watchdog charged with regulating the intelligence agencies until the Home Office intervened, apparently due to his “previous work and associations”.

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Top-secret Christmas card sent to Bletchley Park codebreakers rediscovered

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:05 GMT

Festive wish from family of MI6 boss in 1938 ‘sent with wink’ to those in the know

It’s ranked as one of the least festive Christmas cards ever sent: pipe-smoking men in suits milling around on the immaculately mowed lawn of an English country house.

But the recipients were some of the most secretive people in the country, and only they understood the true message of the card.

Related: Bletchley discloses real intention of 1938 'shooting party'

Related: Meet the female codebreakers of Bletchley Park

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MI6 chief urges Russia: 'Do not underestimate our capabilities' – video

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:59:19 GMT

The head of MI6 has warned the Kremlin not to underestimate Britain and its allies after the Skripal poisoning stoked fears about Russian covert activity abroad.

In a rare speech, Alex Younger directly challenged Russia, saying the UK's response to the 'egregious' nerve agent attack in Salisbury should be seen as a warning

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UK is in technological arms race with its foes, warns MI6 chief

Mon, 03 Dec 2018 15:26:07 GMT

Alex Younger insists Britain must ‘innovate faster’ to stay ahead of threats

The UK is in a technological arms race with hostile states who are using the tools of the information age to pose existential challenges to Britain’s national security, the head of MI6 warned on Monday.

In a rare speech, Alex Younger said British intelligence agencies had to “innovate faster than they can” as the country’s adversaries turn to cyber-attacks, disguised use of military force, misinformation and political obfuscation to probe and undermine Britain’s institutions and defences.

Related: Don't underestimate UK capabilities, MI6 chief to warn Russia

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Related: UK spy agencies criticised for lack of black leaders

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Don't underestimate UK capabilities, MI6 chief to warn Russia

Sun, 02 Dec 2018 23:00:04 GMT

Alex Younger will say present era calls for ‘fourth generation of espionage’

The head of MI6 will warn Russia not to underestimate the UK’s ability to retaliate in the wake of the Salisbury nerve agent attack, in a speech in which he will explain why Britain is developing “fourth-generation” espionage for a new and disturbing age.

Alex Younger will also set out how his agency, known formally as the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), is preparing to strengthen ties with sister agencies in Europe amid continuing uncertainty over the possible repercussions of Brexit for security.

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Trump dossier author suing engineering firm for alleged unpaid work

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:27:59 GMT

Christopher Steele alleges Germany-based Bilfinger owes his company Orbis £130,000

Christopher Steele, the former MI6 officer who wrote the Trump dossier, is suing one of Germany’s biggest engineering companies for allegedly failing to pay for work carried out by his intelligence firm, Orbis.

Steele and his ex-MI6 business partner Christopher Burrows have taken legal action against Bilfinger, a global industrial group based in Mannheim, south-west Germany. They allege it owes Orbis €150,000 (£130,000) for an investigation into Bilfinger’s activities in Nigeria.

Related: The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day

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Has a crime writer now proved the innocence of ‘Hampstead killer’?

Sun, 04 Nov 2018 08:00:23 GMT

Man jailed for murder amid claims of a cover-up to will have evidence reheard as a result of award-winning book

The brutal murder of an elderly writer in his dilapidated Regency home in north London posed one of the grimmest riddles of 2006. Allan Chappelow was found bludgeoned underneath the manuscript pages of his latest book, and his death remains at the centre of a wider, unsolved mystery. It involves MI6, the playwright George Bernard Shaw, allegations of a serious miscarriage of justice – and an extraordinary British legal oddity: a murder trial that the media was not allowed to attend, let alone report on, during many of its sessions.

Now, with the success of a new book about the case, the man eventually convicted of the killing, a Chinese dissident called Wang Yam, has renewed hope of freedom after serving nine years in English prisons. Arguments for his innocence are due to be heard by the European court of human rights in the new year, and the leading British QC Dinah Rose is taking up his cause.

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GCHQ uses Instagram to 'open up world of espionage' to public

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 15:18:53 GMT

UK intelligence hub opens account on app that has become growing source of citizens’ metadata

After years of secretly hoovering up metadata about millions of citizens, Britain’s spy agency has made its public foray into one of the growing sources for such information by opening its own Instagram account.

GCHQ’s account on the photo-sharing site claims the agency will provide a glimpse into its secret world. Its first post acknowledges GCHQ’s institutional suspicion about openness by including a photograph of the border fence with a “no photography” sign attached.

Related: Are your phone camera and microphone spying on you? | Dylan Curran

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Paris Air Show 2019: Saab adds GlobalEye to Finnish fighter bid

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Sweden’s Saab has revealed that it is including two GlobalEye airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft into its bid for Finland’s Boeing F/A-18C/D Hornet replacement programme, known as H-X. The announcement came at a briefing held on the sidelines of the Turku Air Show

Paris Air Show 2019: TAT Group sells majority stake in Sabena Technics

Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

France’s TAT Group announced on 13 June that it had sold a majority stake in maintenance, repair, and overhaul firm Sabena Technics to a consortium of French investment funds. Details of the acquisition by Sagard, Bpifrance, and TowerBrook were not disclosed. However, TAT Group is to remain a

BDL to supply locally developed ship-launched torpedoes to Indian Navy

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Indian state-owned defence company Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) has signed an INR11.87 billion (USD170.7 million) contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to supply heavyweight Varunastra anti-submarine torpedoes for the Indian Navy’s (IN’s) front-line warships. The company

RAN’s two Adelaide-class frigates return from final overseas missions

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) last two Adelaide-class (US Oliver Hazard Perry design) guided-missile frigates, HMAS Melbourne (III) and HMAS Newcastle , have returned to Australia from their final overseas deployments, and are set to be decommissioned in the near future. Melbourne

US blames Iran for second tanker attack

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 01:00:00 GMT

The Trump administration has directly blamed Iran for attacking two more oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman with limpet mines as part of a wider response to economic sanctions. Having transited the Strait of Hormuz, the two tankers were near each other when they were hit by explosions on their

Airbus and OCCAR agree to amend A400M contract

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Airbus and the Organisation for Joint Armament Co-operation (OCCAR) announced on 14 June that they had signed an amended A400M development and production programme contract. OCCAR, which represents launch customers Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the UK, said the cost

Archangel light attack aircraft proliferates, supports USAF training

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The US Air Force (USAF) has become a customer for contract close air support (CAS) training using the IOMAX Archangel light attack aircraft, which appears to be proliferating for CAS roles. The converted crop-duster aircraft is suited to the CAS training role in part because of its USD882

Arquus details its Scarabee 4×4, aimed at VBAE competition

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Arquus unveiled the Scarabee, the company’s latest light tactical vehicle, to a select audience at Eurosatory 2018 but said little about the design or its progress until showing a handful of reporters the sole Scarabee prototype during an event in late May 2019. Development work on Scarabee

Bulgaria to take over air policing of North Macedonian airspace

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has confirmed that the Bulgarian Air Force (BuAF) will take over the air policing of North Macedonian airspace, following a meeting with North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. Borisov said this would happen after the BuAF receives F-16 fighters, set to be

French Air Force’s DACAS declared operational on Rafale

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The French Air Force has officially achieved initial operating capability (IOC) with its digitally aided close air support (DACAS) system aboard its two-seat Rafale B F3 strike aircraft, according to Brigadier General Etienne Patry, Chief of Staff of Air Force Command for the French Air Force. The

Harris wins contract to supply Falcon III tactical radios

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Harris Corporation has been awarded a USD51 million contract to provide Falcon III multichannel manpack tactical radios to an undisclosed country in Central Europe, the company announced on 12 June in a press release. The contract, awarded under the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) Foreign

Indonesian Air Force establishes two new operational squadrons

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has established two new operational squadrons in a bid to improve the service’s presence across its vast archipelago. The first of these is Skadron Udara 33 (Aviation Squadron 33) at the Sultan Hasanuddin

Isotta Fraschini Motori to provide diesel generators for Italy’s fourth PPA vessel

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Fincantieri subsidiary Isotta Fraschini Motori (IFM) is to supply its new 16V170C2ME diesel generator system (DGS) for the Italian Navy’s fourth multirole offshore patrol vessel (Pattugliatore Polivalente d'Altura: PPA). The new generator model was unveiled by IFM on 11 June following the

Oriole TVC ballistic missile targets support Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has revealed successful first flights of its Guided Oriole rocket system with thrust vector control (TVC) as part of NATO Exercise ‘Formidable Shield 2019’. The company’s Defense & Rockets Support Services Division, working alongside the

Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing to demo CH-53K engine on Chinook

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Boeing will demonstrate on its CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter the more powerful General Electric (GE) T408 engine normally fitted to its Sikorsky CH-53K King Stallion competitor, the company said ahead of the Paris Air Show. Speaking at Boeing’s Philadelphia production facility in

Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing warns ‘last chance’ to buy V-22

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Prospective customers of the Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey need to place their orders sooner rather than later as the tiltrotor’s production run enters into its final stages, Boeing warned ahead of the Paris Air Show. Speaking at Boeing’s Philadelphia production facility in Pennsylvania, Rick

Paris Air Show 2019: GKN looks to expand defence business

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

GKN Aerospace expects to grow the defence side of its business in the coming years through new opportunities and the ramp-up of the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter programme. Speaking ahead of the Paris Airshow, company CEO Hans Büthker said that the current

Paris Air Show 2019: Saab notes strong international interest in T-X aircraft

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Saab is already receiving strong international interest in the T-X trainer aircraft it developed in partnership with Boeing, with the company’s CEO Håkan Buskhe telling reporters ahead of the Paris Air Show that he is “already feeling the pressure to sell it around the world”.

Pentagon awards pair of contracts for Boeing MH-47G Chinook aircraft, parts

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Key Points The Pentagon awarded Boeing a contract for MH-47G EMD aircraft Deliveries start in 2021 The Pentagon recently awarded Boeing a pair of contracts for MH-47G Chinook Block II aircraft and parts. US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) on 12 June awarded Boeing a USD194 million

Rafael demos Spike LR from JLTV

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has demonstrated a live-fire targeted launch of the Spike weapon system from an Oshkosh-supplied 4×4 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV). The demonstration firing, conducted during the 16th Spike Users Club Meeting (SUCM) in Slovenia from 4–6 June, was the

Roketsan developing new directed energy weapon system

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Turkey’s Roketsan is expanding its research and development capability into directed energy weapon systems (DEWS). However, the company declined to comment on whether its DEWS was being developed with Turkish government assistance or as a private venture, and also declined to clarify its

Russia trials new EW tactics

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Russian forces have trialled new electronic warfare (EW) tactics designed for comprehensive protection against air assets such as cruise missiles, airborne radars, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 10 June. “EW military specialists managed to

Russian military activity increases on Norway’s borders

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Russian marines and air-assault troops began amphibious landing exercises on 10 June in Pechenga Bay in the Arctic Sea 15 km from the Norwegian border, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced. The Northern Fleet’s 61st Independent Marine Brigade and Project 775 Ropucha-class

South Korea, Philippines look to expand defence trade

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

South Korea and the Philippines have outlined an intention to increase defence trade and collaboration between their respective defence industries. The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul said that in a joint defence committee in Manila on 11 June officials from the two

Spain opts to discontinue exercise series with USN

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 00:00:00 GMT

Spain has decided to cancel the remainder of a near year-long series of exercises planned for one of its F-100 frigates with the US Navy’s (USN’s) Carrier Strike Group 12, led by the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln . Méndez Núñez (F-104) had already withdrawn





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Orlebar Brown's final 007 Collection piece: the James Bond Goldfinger swim shorts

Sun, 16 Jun 2019 11:03:38 +0000

Orlebar Brown's final 007 Collection piece: the James Bond Goldfinger swim shorts
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As the final instalment of the James Bond 007 Collection, Orlebar Brown has released a Goldfinger inspired pair of swim shorts.

Original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Chassis DB5/2008/R on auction in Monterey

Fri, 14 Jun 2019 14:43:54 +0000

Original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Chassis DB5/2008/R on auction in Monterey
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One of the original James Bond Aston Martin DB5 cars will be offered by RM Sotheby's during the Monterey classic car auction on 15 August 2019 in California, USA.

Orlebar Brown re-releases the Setter Sky swim shorts from SkyFall

Sun, 09 Jun 2019 11:50:08 +0000

Orlebar Brown re-releases the Setter Sky swim shorts from SkyFall
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As part of the James Bond 007 Collection, Orlebar Brown just re-released the Setter shorts that were worn in SkyFall.

James Bond exhibition at Jack Barclay Bentley in London

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 14:04:45 +0000

James Bond exhibition at Jack Barclay Bentley in London
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Jack Barclay Bentley, the world’s oldest Bentley dealership, is hosting a free James Bond exhibition from 11-16 June 2019 in partnership with Peter Harrington Rare Books.

The Mayfair dealership will play host to original Bond cars and books, including a first edition, first impression Casino Royale book signed by Ian Fleming.

Prop Store Cinema Poster Auction to feature more than 50 James Bond posters

Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:15:48 +0000

Prop Store Cinema Poster Auction to feature more than 50 James Bond posters
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The Prop Store Cinema Poster Live Auction on 25 June 2019 features many vintage James Bond posters.

Aston Martin DBS Chair and Tom Ford SPECTRE suit on auction at Julien's

Fri, 31 May 2019 13:11:08 +0000

Aston Martin DBS Chair and Tom Ford SPECTRE suit on auction at Julien's
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Julien's Auctions offers some interesting James Bond lots in their upcoming two-day Legends Auction on Thursday, June 13th and Friday, June 14th in Beverly Hills and live online at www.JuliensLive.com.

Visiting 007 x SPYSCAPE: Driven in New York

Tue, 28 May 2019 12:36:45 +0000

Visiting 007 x SPYSCAPE: Driven in New York

When you are going to New York City, there's a Bond highlight that must be visited! Interactive spy museum SPYSCAPE has a special James Bond exhibition "007 x SPYSCAPE: Driven".

#51 Bond Lifestyle Contest: Win Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming recipe book

Fri, 24 May 2019 14:39:10 +0000

Bond Lifestyle offers you the chance to win the Shaken: Drinking with James Bond and Ian Fleming books! Answer the trivia question before midnight on 6 June 2019 to enter.

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OHMSS wedding ring for sale at Sotheby's

Thu, 23 May 2019 13:09:35 +0000

Charles de Temple 'All the Time in the World' wedding ring On Her Majesty's Secret Service
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Sotheby's Fine Jewels sale on Wednesday 5 June 2019 in London will feature the iconic ‘All the Time in the World’ ring, one of only two made for James Bond’s fateful wedding in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera celebrates 50 years of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Thu, 23 May 2019 10:55:13 +0000

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera celebrates 50 years of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is the newest James Bond inspired car, thanks to the most recent collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions.

Bonham's Aston Martin sale to feature DB5, Vanquish and V8 Volante

Fri, 17 May 2019 20:20:11 +0000

Bonhams Aston Martin Sale DB5 Vanquish V8 Volante
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The yearly Bonham's Aston Martin Sale will once again offer some stunning James Bond models, including a grey 1964 DB5, 2003 Vanquish and 1989 V8 Volante.

New Orlebar Brown James Bond 007 Collection reinvents the classic Bond outfits

Wed, 15 May 2019 07:21:13 +0000

New Orlebar Brown James Bond 007 Collection reinvents the classic Bond outfits
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Starting today, the latest Orlebar Brown 007 collection is available online and it includes shirts, shorts and other classic pieces seen in early James Bond films.

See the real working gadgets of the $3.5 Million Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger DB5 Continuation Car

Tue, 14 May 2019 13:40:34 +0000

The Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger DB5 Continuation Car has real working gadgets
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Aston Martin has revealed the Bond gadgets that will be standard equipment on the limited edition Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger DB5 Continuation cars.

20% off all styles at Sunspel

Thu, 02 May 2019 11:23:10 +0000

20% OFF Sunspel
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For a limited time, Sunspel offers 20% off all styles including the Sunspel Riviera Polo Shirt on their website. James Bond wears a Sunspel Riviera Navy Blue Polo Shirt in Casino Royale.

James Bond takes to the seas on a Spirit Yacht in Bond 25

Thu, 02 May 2019 10:37:41 +0000

James Bond takes to the seas on a Spirit Yacht in Bond 25
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In a new BOND 25 scene filmed in Jamaica this week, Daniel Craig was spotted in a leisurely outfit sailing a new Spirit Yacht.

Dove cufflinks For Your Eyes Only

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:00:40 +0000

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The 007 Store now offers Dove Cufflinks which are inspired by the pair of cufflinks worn by Milos Columbo (played by Chaim Topol) in the 1981 movie For Your Eyes Only.

These are first official replicas of the Dove cufflinks. The round cufflinks feature the Dove design, in enamel stamped in gold effect bronze. 

Affordable alternatives to the James Bond Seiko watches

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:23:49 +0000

Affordable alternatives to the James Bond Seiko digital watches

Roger Moore wore several Seiko (digital) watches in his Bond films, most of which are currently sought-after and quite expensive. We'll pick a few of them here and offer affordable alternatives.
 

BOND 25 starts filming in Jamaica with Daniel Craig and Jeffrey Wright

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 10:01:15 +0000

BOND 25 starts filming in Jamaica with Daniel Craig and Jeffrey Wright
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BOND 25 filming really got started past weekend with Daniel Craig on set in the streets of Port Antonio in Jamaica.

SPOILER ALERT - this article contains some Bond 25 plot (the plot that was mentioned in the official Bond 25 press release)

Affordable alternatives to the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:34:15 +0000

Affordable alternatives to the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Chronometer with blue guilloche dial was worn by James Bond in SkyFall (ref nr 231.10.39.21.03.001) and SPECTRE (the updated Master Co-Axial, ref nr

Affordable alternatives to the James Bond watches

Fri, 26 Apr 2019 14:33:59 +0000

Affordable alternatives to the James Bond watches

The watches worn by James Bond in the 007 films are some of the most iconic and recognisable watches in the world, but also some of the more expensive. And in the past years, the Omega watches worn by James Bond have become even more expensive and out of reach of most Bond fans.






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