About The Site
December 20, 2004
Welcome to Universal Exports
To new and returning visitors alike I wish you a hearty welcome. For almost nine years, Universal Exports has been providing Internet users with one of the largest and most in-depth James Bond sites online. Founded on April 3, 1996, Universal Exports was originally a product of my desire to learn HTML and add a line or two to my resume. Needless to say it has become something much larger than that.
About Universal Exports Version 5.5
While Universal Exports version 5.0 ushered in a new era of .shtml coding and the top navigation bar on each page, the site was still lacking something: a unique feel. The banner, while efficient, was not very "bondian." Universal Exports had no real logo and, upon first glance, it didn't look like a Bond site. Version 5.5 is more of a face lift than full reconstructive surgery. As you can immediately see, the header now feels very "bondy" and the key links up top are far more aesthetically pleasing. The dramatic new look of the rest of the main page tries to evoke a retro-feel while drawing you into all of the key areas. In previous versions, the news tended to get buried. However, with the three-column format, I can finally keep everything I want up on top of the page. This new look and feel has been incorporated into many other pages, most noticeable, the Literature Section.. So please, Drop me a line and let me know what you think.
When I began to create Universal Exports I spent a lot of time looking around at the various Bond sites (there were much fewer back then). It seemed that most of them had the same information, just laid out differently. At that point I made it my goal to have Universal Exports be something different. In addition to the common pages such as movie reviews and profiles of the women, Bonds, allies, villains, etc, I wanted to create sections that could only be found here. Amongst others, Universal Exports is proud to feature baby photos of the actors, James Bond firsts, a host of obscure tidbits, behind the scenes photos, a humor section including most every Simpsons/Bond reference ever, the most comprehensive movies section online and more.
It's Everyone's Site!
In addition to the sections I have created and written, I have vowed to make Universal Exports a James Bond site for everyone. I have worked hard to include everything you could ever want in the site, but I don't doubt that I have missed some things. If you have suggestions for new pages and sections, send them to me. Want to add your review of a movie or a book? Drop me an e-mail. Notice an error or think I should change something? Let me know. I will do my best to answer every serious e-mail that comes into my inbox.
You would think after nearly a decade of running the site that there wouldn't be much more to do. However, I feel that this is one of the most exciting times in the site's history. Thanks to the tireless work of Adam Farrington-Williams and the Universal Exports Interview Team, the site has been getting exclusive interviews with Bond stars including Richard Kiel, Raymond Benson and David Hedison. Furthermore, the editorial section gives every visitor to the site the opportunity to add their two cents on anything Bond-related. The other main aspect of the site right now are the continuing redesigns. I am still working (albeit slowly) on the movie redesigns, and thanks to a flurry of interviews and inspiration, have begun to redo the Literature Section. Stay tuned to the site, there are great things happening every day. And be sure to join the MI6 Debriefing Room, which is quickly approaching its 1,000th member.
How Do I Make The Site
All of the coding used in Universal Exports is written using Notepad. Most graphics are scanned from various books or created in Photoshop from other images. The site is optimized for 800 x 600 resolution and thousands of colors or greater. Anything less than that and you may lose image quality and those ugly scroll bars may appear where they shouldn't.
Summing It All Up!
Once again, thank you for visiting and if you have any questions, comments, additions, or just want to chat about Bond, please e-mail me. Enjoy the site and remember, the highest form of flattery is a referral.