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Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on Over 50 Years of 007 Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Michael O'Mara; First Edition edition (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843178613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843178613
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A superb treasury and easily the definitive book on Bond (The Bookseller)

Magnificent (Independent on Sunday)

Enjoyable and lavish (Daily Mail)

Splendid (Daily Express)

As light and fizzy as a bottle of Bollinger RD '75, he mixes insight with endlessly quotable commentary (Empire)

Heart-warming and hilarious tales (The Lady)

From the guns, to the cars and most importantly the dresses, it's all covered in this anthology (Irish Tatler)

Moore presents his account of the Bond phenomenon with laugh-out-loud comic asides and plenty of acute observations on his fellow Bonds (Lancashire Evening Post)

The perfect gift for all fans of this much-loved series (www.jamesbondlifestyle.com)

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The new paperback edition of the the best-selling anthology celebrating all things 007, this is the ultimate James Bond book, written by the ultimate James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, KBE. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a fantastic book!

To start with it is bigger than I expected, 287mm x 223mm, and it is 224 pages long.

It is a lovely looking book with a beautifully designed glossy outer sleeve, and really thick and sturdy cardboard covers with a high quality binding.

The book begins with a really great introduction by Roger Moore, and it is full of the wit that makes this wonderful man so special.

What follows are 11 chapters, and they are:

1. Bond on Beginnings
2. Bond on Villains
3. Bond on Girls
4. Bond on Gadgets
5. Bond on Cars
6. Bond on Style
7. Bond on Location
8. Bond on Bonds
9. Behind the Scenes
10. Bond on Screen
11. Bond on Films

The chapters are jam-packed with literally hundreds of photographs, mostly colour, and many of them are new to me.

The book is visually stunning but also manages to provide a huge amount of fascinating Bond trivia, again as with the pictures a lot of which was new to me.

The humour from the introduction is carried throughout the book, and although Roger Moore was not the sole author of this publication his presence is felt on every page and it comes across as a very personal tribute to a series he is clearly very proud of.

The final chapter, `Bond on Films', has a reproduction of the main poster used for each of the 22 official films to date, as well as `Never Say Never Again', and also has production information along with the budget and final worldwide gross.

The book is completed with a very thorough index.
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Format: Hardcover
You couldn't do better than this beautiful book to celebrate 50 years of Bond, and even more special to get the views and thoughts from possibly the wittiest Bond of all Sir Roger, as mentioned in the previous reviews it's packed with some gorgeous stills too, some of them new to me.

I'll take issue with Graham Harter that a kindle version is better than the printed one, as far as I'm concerned that'll never be the case, books like these are wasted on a puny screen, and also he should have checked the price on here, a full eleven pounds fifty cheaper than the original price.
And as a Christmas present for a friend, I can't think of anything more disappointing than simply downloading a book, I know I'll take more pleasure in gift wrapping it myself, and I know they'll get more pleaure from it too.
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To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the release of the début film, Dr. No, Sir Roger has co-authored this "fan book" of thoughts and anecdotes from each of the 22 films to date (along with the "rival" production Never Say Never Again, the dreadful 1967 Casino Royale, and of course Fleming's literary Bond!).

At £25.00 RRP the hardback edition is rather steeply priced - although understandably so, given that it contains over 250 full-colour reproductions of everything from scenes from the films, to the cars and gadgets which were used in them, to "behind the camera" stills, to advert campaigns used at the time of each film's release.

On the other hand the Kindle edition is a snip at £6.99, and it still has all the photos, perfectly viewable on a Kindle Keyboard albeit in b&w. (You can always use Kindle for PC if you want to see them in colour.)

As for the book itself, it's very much a coffee-table sort of affair, with 11 self-contained chapters ranging from "Bond on Beginnings" (how the franchise started), through "Bond on Girls" and "Bond on Cars", to "Bond on Bonds" where he discusses the merits of the other five Bond actors!

There are some wonderful anecdotes here. For example, he tells us how the rarely-seen Q of the novels became the iconic Q of the films, played by Desmond Llewelyn until 1999. Or how he was filming the boat chase scene in The Man With The Golden Gun, fell into the water and was greeted under the water by a decaying corpse! Or again how, whilst filming The Spy Who Loved Me in Luxor, he managed to persuade Barbara Bach that a burka-clad woman walking past was a Catholic nun!
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Format: Hardcover
Who better to provide an insight into James Bond, and we are talking about the movie James Bond in particular, than one of the actors to have played James Bond? Well maybe all six of them but instead you'll have to make do with just Roger Moore's version of the story. Obviously that means that his films have the best coverage (and Daniel Craig's probably the least), with some good anecdotes in amongst the facts. It also means that you'll have to make do with Roger Moore's writing style, which is a little bit like his James Bond style of being light-hearted and jocular, but fine by me.

There are a number of chapters here, some better than the others. Obviously things like the villains, the girls, the cars etc are covered. The gadgets chapter wasn't necessarily the most interesting with bits being like reading a technical manual, but the chapters on the people, like the girls, or the insights into the filming schedule were much more entertaining. However, Moore being the gentleman, does keep some of the leading lady anecdotes anonymous.

There are glossy pictures throughout to accompany all the text and at the end you have pictures of all the posters from the films (up to Quantum of Solace) with the details of the films such as budget and takings.

Of course if you are an avid collector of Bond stuff you may have seen much of this before but for me it was a good Christmas present to read and look at.
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