- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Splendid Books (3 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0956950574
- ISBN-13: 978-0956950574
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan Paperback – 3 Sep 2012
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Catching Bullets is a wonderfully funny and touching memoir Barbara Broccoli, co-Producer of the James Bond films "a completely unique...perspective on the franchise" "...a wholly original take on a subject that has been written about so many times with most authors covering the same topics over and over again. O Connell s book offers a totally fresh take and is a really enjoyable read, not just for Bond fans but for anyone looking for a nostalgic romp through the pop culture of the last fifty years" - Whatculture.com "extraordinary", "seismic", "a magnificent, soulful, touching and immensely pleasurable book...a defining Bond work" - Commanderbond.net "Well-written, thoughtful and intelligent, Mark s book, with a foreword by long-time fan Mark Gatiss and an afterword by Maud Adams herself, is likely to jog memories as well as provoke passionate debate. Perfect bedside reading and just the right book to remind us all why we fell in love with Bond, James Bond, in the first place" --Starburst
About the Author
Mark O'Connell is a talented comedy writer and has written for a range of top comedy performers including the legendary Ronnie Corbett plus various sketch shows, sitcom projects, stand-up acts and online shorts. Mark won the prestigious Lloyds Bank Channel Four Film Challenge for his short film, Carrying Dad which starred John Simm and Larry Lamb. He also scooped the coveted Jerwood Film Prize for Skedaddle and has worked with top comedy producer Jon Plowman. He has also been selected by London 2012 / BT to be one of the official BT Storytellers of the London Olympics.
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Top Customer Reviews
But this one you should definitely get. Because it gets the fascination of James Bond like no other book has yet managed to.
Author Mark O'Connell understands that the allure of James Bond 007 consists not only of its massive entertainment value but also of the personal connection the audience can make with these films. Since every Bond film basically is a variation of a distinct story formula, the interesting part is how every new film manages to use this formula and re-new its appeal. This, of course, always depends on the particular time during which a Bond film is made. Every Bond film becomes a time capsule, holding not only fashions and ideas of its particular era but also shaping them. The effect on the audience is magnificent: Everyone can re-watch every Bond film and re-experience their own feelings at the time they saw these films for the first time. Bond films not only made movie history, they are telling us about history. And also our own history.
This is what O'Connell masterfully illuminates by writing about every Bond film not in the chronological order of their release dates but the order in which he has seen them, from youth onwards. CATCHING BULLETS, referring to the way one had to be always looking for a way to catch these films when they were shown on TV or a re-run in the local cinema, back in the 80's when internet streaming or available Blu Ray-boxes were not an option. This structure allows O'Connell to convey the personal connection between his personal life and James Bond films.Read more ›
All in all, a great read that will make people like me feel that we are not alone in our lifelong Bond geekery, and for that I am very grateful!
But there are other things going on in Mark's tale of growing up preferring the Roger Moore era of Bond to his (and mine, and probably yours too) parents choice of Sean Connery. A constant conversation topic with my father to this very day usually revolves around the Bond films and more often than not ends up with me having to defend Moonraker - of which Mark puts over an accurate and credible defence - and then counteract his argument with how ludicrous You Only Live Twice is for the Connery era (I don't agree with Mark's argument that it is Connery's best performance but he makes his case well and anyway, it's all about Moore for us children of that era). Mark also interlaces his story of preferring the campier aspects of the Moore era with his own story of growing up knowing he was gay, and not just gay but a gay Bond fan.Read more ›
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An excellent read. It takes you back to your own first time watches of the Bond films. Blended with life growing up in Britain. Great stuff!Published 5 months ago by Jeff Reacher
Warm and insightful. A must-read if the world of James Bond has in any way shaped your life.Published 7 months ago by Simon Hunter
This is such a good book. Really funny, really engaging, and really resonant for anyone who was trying to be a Bond fan in the 1980s of VHS video rental and Bank Holiday Bond on... Read morePublished 7 months ago by JamesActualBond
Yeah, what they all said. It's really really good. You can tell it's really good because you instantly want to re-watch every film the author discusses.Published 9 months ago by Gary Cook
Easily the best Bond book available, Catching Bullets manages to be both an excellent personal memoir and a useful reference work. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Matthew Morelli
There haven't been to many books (yet) that tell the story of a person who grew up on 007 well after it started, but with that generation now moving into middle age slowly yet... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mr. Jack Mcmorrow
I like Bond but am certainly not a stalwart fan. This book was fabulous. Anecdotes but no schmaltz. It was great to read about a fan burgeoning and growing as the films changed and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Morganrandg