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James Bond writers to receive Kent degrees

From left to right: Michael Wilson, Rob Wade, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes and Neal Purvis Credit: PA

The screenwriters of the BAFTA winning James Bond movie, Skyfall, are to receive honorary degrees from the University of Kent tomorrow.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will receive their awards at Canterbury Cathedral at 10.30am.

The acclaimed writers have written five James Bond films, including Skyfall, the UK's highest grossing movie.

Purvis studied Film and Photographic Arts, while Wade studied Film Theory and English at the university.

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Treat in store for James Bond fans

A former James Bond villain is due to visit Hampshire. As the world's largest exhibition of Bond vehicles continues at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu the actor Richard Kiel, who played Jaws - known for his razor sharp teeth - will meet fans of the films.

He'll also see the collection, which includes three vehicles from the set of the 23rd James Bond movie, 'Skyfall'.

Bond, Aston Martins & life-size Scalextric

Daniel Craig (centre) with Naomie Harris (left) and Berenice Marlohe at the premiere of Skyfall last year Credit: Press Association Images

The National Motor Museum in Beaulieu has built a life-size eight-lane Scalextric track with Bond-style Aston Martins to race round it. Beaulieu is hosting the world's largest James Bond vehicle exhibition, with high-speed bikes and cars straight from the set of Skyfall.

The Bond in Motion exhibition features 50 of the most iconic Bond cars to celebrate 50 years of 007.

The iconic Aston Martin DB5 used in the James Bond films Goldfinger Credit: Press Association Images

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Novelist William Boyd to take on 'James Bond'

Ian Fleming, the writer of the original James Bond novels lived at St Margarets near Dover in Kent. The codename 007 was actually the number of the bus from Dover in Kent to London.

Ian Fleming died in 1964. Since his death authors including Kingsley Amis and Sebastian Faulks have penned James Bond novels.

William Boyd who wrote 'A Good Man in Africa' is to write the next James Bond novel. He has not revealed the plot but says the book will be set in 1969.

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