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For My Eyes Only: My Life with James Bond [Hardcover]

Roger Moore , John Glen , Marcus Hearn
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30 Mar 2001
A unique autobiography from the most prolifie director of James Bond movies. During the 1980s John Glen directed all five Bond movies, including For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and License to Kill (1989). Glen's Bond association goes back further as he was closely involved in the making of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979). He now lives in London. For My Eyes Only includes candid and sometimes hilarious behind-the-scenes stories of the making of eight Bond movies; previously unpublished film stills and storyboard illustrations; and details of some classic stunts. It takes a look inside the world of action films, revealing the secrets behind some of the most popular movies ever made.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford Ltd (30 Mar 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713486716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713486711
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcus Hearn is the author of Kiss, Kiss Bang! Bang! and the Tarantino A-Zed.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For My Eyes Only Is For All Our Eyes Forever 10 Jun 2001
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The autobiography of the director of more James Bond films than anyone else to date is indispensible to any James Bond fan. Glen had a surprisingly rich career which came into its own in the 1960's with superior British spy television, progressed in the 1970's with his time on big British-produced international actioners (he worked with Roger Moore, Peter Hunt and Maurice Binder throughout this period) before his career was crowned in the 1980's with his unsurpassed period with 007. Glen goes into great detail about all his time with Eon Productions covering his second unit directing and editorial stints for OHMSS, The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and then his time as helmer on For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights and Licence To Kill. Despite the recent golden DVD releases, the volume unearths a wealth of new information about the above films. Very much a producer's director, Glen is nevertheless underrated for he was a resourceful, skillful yet pragmatic professional. The director had a strong vision of how to shoot action sequences. He also succeeded in his aim of getting 007 back to the essence of Fleming's blood and thunder creation. He was partly responsible for building the "New Eon" team who continue to make Bonds to this day. Especially interesting are his surprisingly frank tales of who tested to play Bond, pre-production and logistical battles, how each film was developed and his impressions of Cubby Broccoli, Michael G Wilson, John Barry, Maurice Binder, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton amongst others. Starting with a funny "forewarning" by Roger Moore, this is also the wider story of a journey through the British film industry from post-war to present day. Read more ›
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What John Glen's prose lacks in style it makes up for in content, particularly on the technical side. Those looking for back-set gossip will be dissapointed by the book, but those interested in gaining an insight into the later Bond films should not be dissapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't go the extra mile 21 Aug 2003
For me the Bond films of the late 80's is where it all started . I'm a huge fan of Timothy Dalton's Bond. John Glen doesn't really go into enough depth about his feelings toward the people he worked with. He concentrates heavily on the production side of all his films. However there is just enough gossip into his feelings and views. Generally a good read and infact a must for Bond fans.
Glen certainly seems to have a good grasp on what he was doing and is honest in his views on films such as 'Licence to Kill'which he felt failed due to marketing and competition in fact he rates as his best Bond film!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For My Eyes Only - John Glen's Bond films 19 July 2010
As an avid Bond fan I was very happy to receive this through the post recently signed by Bond director John Glen himself. Glen took James Bond into the 80s and stayed on to direct 5 Bond films and introduce Timothy Dalton's 007 after Roger Moore's departure. Though his films are a mixed bag, this personal account behind the scenes on each of the films is a pleasure to own for any big Bond fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a must-have for any Bond fan 31 Jan 2006
By Smiling Kalakela - Published on
John Glen directed the five 007 films which basically span the entire decade of the 1980s: For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, and License to Kill. He was also involved with previous 007 films such as Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, and numerous other British films going back to the 60s. This book is a collection of behind the scenes stories from the making of Glen's films, but with special emphasis on the Bond films. Most Bond fans know the plot details inside and out, so what makes this book interesting is the story and script development, shooting location stories, and cast and crew details. The only downside to the book is I wish there was MORE of everything...more stories, more photos, etc. This is a highly entertaining book if you are a 007 fan, particularly from the Roger Moore - Timothy Dalton era.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for All James Bond Fans 14 Nov 2001
By gobirds2 - Published on
Director John Glen tells of his experience with the James Bond film series strait up. At the helm of five of the films as director Glen pulls no punches and offers great insight into the creative efforts of the whole Bond film team. This is a great book and even more so if you are a James Bond fan. I really like this book. There is really no gloss here. This is really about what went into making these films while Albert R. Broccoli was still alive and producing them. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book on a great Director 29 Sep 2006
By A. Leroy Vanee - Published on
This book is one of those few that is so hard to put down. It was a fasinating look at the Bond movies,and the faces behind them. I had no idea that the budgets of the movies were so low.(as compared to other action films) This book took me in,and I would recommend it to any fan of film,especially James Bond films!
5.0 out of 5 stars Anything BOND 11 Jun 2013
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Haven't fully read the book yet but it seems to be well put together and I am a total fanatic of anything BOND!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bond Only Bond 9 Oct 2005
By kametamorphic - Published on
This is a valuable book for the inside track on the Bond films. Director John Glen did a good job. His services will be greatly missed unless they get him back. After reading this book perhaps the producers should get John Glen back.
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