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Today’s announcement that Daniel Craig is to star in a Hollywood film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is great news for fans of Stieg Larsson.

Daniel Craig’s new job leaves James Bond in limbo

Today’s announcement that Daniel Craig is to star in a Hollywood film of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is great news for fans of Stieg Larsson. But it represents a rather less exciting development for those who prefer Craig’s other alter ego, James Bond.

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James Bond supercar for sale - video

A car that starred in two of super-spy James Bond's most famous adventures is expected to make around £3.5 million when it is sold at auction.

American thriller writer to pen the next James Bond novel

When Ian Fleming died in 1964, fans of the world's most famous fictional spy at least had the consolation that James Bond had not gone with him: 007's story continued to be told by writers including Kingsley Amis as well as by Hollywood's film franchise, all determined to keep alive the suave, Martini-sipping secret agent.

Leading article: Dr No idea

James Bond fans are likely to be shaken and indeed stirred by the fact that the latest instalment in the 007 franchise has been put on hold. The reason everyone's favourite Eton-educated, martini-drinking spy has been sent on indefinite gardening leave is that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Hollywood studio which owns the rights to the Bond franchise, is likely to go bust unless it finds a buyer relatively soon.

James Bond debts spark fears Daniel Craig will quit

News that Bond is being put on hold has sparked concern about Daniel Craig's future.

Martin Grace: Roger Moore's stunt double in the James Bond films

Performing as Roger Moore's stunt double in the James Bond films brought Martin Grace respect throughout the industry – but, because of the nature of his job, he was never a "star". He also did stunts for some of the early Cadbury's Milk Tray commercials.

Sam Mendes in talks to direct next Bond movie

It's Mendes. Sam Mendes.

Lotto jackpot winner lands £10.2m

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How to write a memorable song lyric

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Poisoned chalice: A band of brave authors has taken on the unenviable task of writing sequels to classics such as Winnie-the-Pooh

'Hitchhiker's Guide', 'Winnie-the-Pooh', 'Where the Wild Things Are' – sacred cows all. Yet a band of brave authors has written their sequels. What's driving this explosion in the 'update' genre? And are the results as outstanding as fans will demand?

The Blofeld Trilogy, By Ian Fleming

Did you assume that James Bond went to Eton – like Cameron? Only for a "brief and undistinguished" spell, according to his Times obituary in You Only Live Twice.

Leading article: From Russia with love

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