Adnan Khashoggi: Saudi billionaire negotiated billions of dollars in weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the 1970s and played “a central role for the US government” with CIA operatives in selling guns to Iran, according to a 1992 US Senate report co-written by then-Senator John Kerry, now the US secretary of state. Photograph: Getty Images

One day during his presidential re-election campaign in September 1996, Bill Clinton walked into a room in Westin Crown Center hotel in Kansas City. A(...)

Roger Casement: Listed “GBP 50 in gold and silver; 1 pair binoculars; and 1 lamp”

A Treasure Island-style map drawn by Sir Roger Casement to show where he had buried gold and other valuables after landing at Banna Strand in Co Kerry(...)

One of 14 Phantom EWBs operated by Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel: the Brewster Green paintwork on the outside tells passers-by precisely where this car comes from

We nose gently out into traffic, the famous winged silver lady atop the radiator grille, politely, but silently, negotiating with the swarms of mid-mo(...)

Jason Johnston: ‘Typically in a novel a key character will go on a journey of self-discovery, will have an arc which ends when they have learned something significant or become something different, become better in some way. Bond does no such thing.’

It feels good to nick ideas from people you admire. Or, as writers like to put it, to “pay homage” to those who inspire you. I wasn’t sure how I’d fee(...)

Peter Swanson: ‘Goldfinger by Ian Fleming... was the first adult book I read. It was filled with sex and violence and it was a real page turner. I thought: Where can I get more books like this?’

Peter Swanson is the author of two novels, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart, and The Kind Worth Killing (Faber & Faber, £14.99). His poems, st(...)

German and British troops sing “Silent Night” before playing a football match to commemorate the Christmas Truce of 1914, at the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters in Kabul. Photograph: Omar Sobhani/Reuters

The Christmas truce of 1914 really happened. It was not a myth elevated to the status of a fact by a public who wished it so. It didn’t just happened (...)

Irish actor Andrew Scott  will play the character of Denbigh - a Whitehall boss - in the new James Bond film, Spectre. He won’t be playing a villain, as many had initially expected.  Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Irish actor Andrew Scott is to star in the new James Bond film, Spectre. Details of Spectre were announced on Thursday at Pinewood Studios, outside Lo(...)

The new Aston Martin DB10: it’s the continuation of a 50-year association between Bond and Aston on screen

Aston Martin has taken the covers off of its new model, called the DB10. Those assuming that, as one number follows another, this is the replacement f(...)

In documents declassified at the National Archives on October 24th, 2014, an agent codenamed Jack King is revealed to in fact be Eric Roberts, who until the summer of 1940 was working at the Euston Road branch of the Westminster bank.

The World War II spy who fooled British Nazis into believing he was a Gestapo agent and persuaded them to work for him has been named as a London bank(...)

The Irish version of the 1962 cinema poster for the first James Bond film, Dr No, which  was censored by having a black dress “painted” on to Ursula Andress to hide her bikini.

The cinema poster for the first James Bond film, Dr No , was censored in Ireland because the(...)