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(...)

Patrick MacNee as John Steed, centre,  with Joanna Lumley, who played Purdey,  and Gareth Hunt, who played Mike Gambit, during filming of ‘The Avengers’ at Pinewood Studios. Photograph: PA Wire

Patrick Macnee, the actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died. He was 93. Macnee d(...)

Sinn Féin candidate for Newry and Armagh Mickey Brady: Says this is a “two horse race” between him and the UUP’s Danny Kennedy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The two main nationalist contenders in Newry and Armagh have interesting back stories. The SDLP’s Justin McNulty is a former Armagh All-Ireland medall(...)

Gregg Popovich was one of the first NBA coaches to start seriously trawling overseas for talent, the constant influx of under-rated international players has helped Spurs to a quintet of titles. Photograph: Paul Buck/Epa.

Every profile of Gregg Popovich seems to begin or end with a profound quote that hangs in the San Antonio Spurs’ locker-room. Specifically chosen by t(...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Alleged that a lack of union recognition exists in TV3. Photograph: The Irish Times

Easter couldn’t come quickly enough in Leinster House, with the politicians not having had a decent rest since the St Patrick’s break two weeks ago(...)

The  24th James Bond film ‘Spectre’ will feature  Monica Bellucci and Daniel Craig, pictured here on location in Italy. Photograph: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty 1:45

The teaser trailer for Spectre, the 24th James Bond film, was unveiled on Friday evening to a select set of journalists in Mexico City. The Iri(...)

The Apple Watch Edition. Apple Watch is the company’s most environmentally friendly product. But there are still some concerns over the conditions of the factories where Apple’s products are made, and the lack of benefit to the American economy. 2:39

It’s difficult to know what the defining news moment of 2015 has been so far: the consecration of the first female bishop in the UK? The explosive (...)

No agency  – even GCHQ, which has a large estate – has nurseries in their offices. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Life imitates the movies, sometimes. Actor Judi Dench took over as “M”, the fictional head of the British secret intelligence service in the James Bon(...)

Susanna Fabris, Cork French Film Festival  co-ordinator, Camille Dijoud, cultural assistant and Mathieu Nivard, Alliance Francaise de Cork, at the launch of the 26th Cork French Film Festival.  Photograph: Miki Barlok

Leading French actor Mathieu Amalric, best known in Ireland for his role as the villain in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, will open the Cork F(...)

Amy Pascal: departure as co-chairwoman of Sony Pictures Entertainment  comes in fallout from last year’s cyber attack. Photograph: Jamie Rector/The New York Times

Hollywood executive Amy Pascal is resigning as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment for a new role at the studio in the wake of an embarrassi(...)