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James Bond Encyclopedia [Hardcover]

John Cork , Collin Stutz
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Oct 2007

21 Bond movies, 6 suave 007s, 24 evil baddies, 78 sexy girls, 112 Cool gadgets in one killer book

An explosive read exploring every aspect of the 007 story created in full collaboration with Eon Productions.

From Bond’s history to his style and personal tastes, get up close and personal with the world’s most suave spy.

A-Z sections bring you face to face with every aspect of his life. Meet the criminal masterminds, megalomaniac warmongers, and ruthless gangsters he’s defeated. Check out the glamorous eye-candy, jump inside the racy vehicles, explore weapons and gadgets then pick up background on key film-makers, music and musicians.

1,000 amazing photographs will take you right inside Bond’s world.

A must read for any fan.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) (Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075663167X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756631673
  • Product Dimensions: 30.9 x 25.9 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,135,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Step Forward Irma Bunt 10 Feb 2010
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This is a review pf the original 2007 edition. No doubt it will be updated as more and more films are added to the canon. This edition thus has `Casino Royale', but not `A Quantum of Solace'. Only the EON productions are featured in this book.

After a foreword by Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the authors John Cork and Collin Stutz (compilers would be a better term) state that, "We have chosen to focus mainly on the world inside the Bond adventures, eschewing behind-the-scenes details in all but a few select areas." Indeed, it is the front of house that predominates, though not exclusively so. What follows consists mostly of A to Zs (hence `compilers'), but there are some opening essays.

The first addresses Fleming himself. We are told that, "No other writer influenced popular literature in the 20th century more than Ian Fleming." Ah well, Agatha Christie, John Tolkien, and the likes of Daphne du Maurier were obviously just second-raters, then. The essay includes references to Fleming's failure as an officer cadet and as a diplomat, but there is no mention of his cruelty and sadism.

In an essay entitled `the Bond Style' we learn how Bond's past has been manufactured and reconfigured on a number of occasions. Did you know that he is `actually' half-Scot/half-Swiss, and that he views with suspicion a man who uses a Windsor knot on his tie? Concise biographies of the six actors who have played the role to date follow. (By-the-way, a word to Moneypenny when she updates the file, Belper - the birthplace of Timothy Dalton - is not near Manchester, except in the sense that Chateau Neuf du Pape is near to Blossom Hill.)

But then comes the meat of this book, and its real usefulness.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding production 10 Sep 2008
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For over forty years the James Bond movies have thrilled audiences worldwide. The twenty-second, `Quantum in Solace', is currently being filmed with Daniel Craig, the sixth actor to don the mantle of the super-spy. This book is coffee-table size, a lavish compendium of almost everything you wanted to know about Eon Productions' James Bond films and their connection with the books that spawned them.

This encyclopedia has the official blessing of producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the authors were given unprecedented access to a vast library of still photographs.

There's a double-page spread on Ian Fleming and each of the actors who have played Bond, all containing interesting insights, many unfamiliar. Then there are illustrated sections on the villains, the women, the supporting cast, the vehicles, the weapons and equipment - each character or item is backed up by a full-colour photograph from the archives. Every one of the 21 movies has a double-page spread, revealing fascinating facts about the filming schedule, the directors, the music, the credits and the problems encountered. Each entry is given a detailed write-up referencing the film plot or the book.

It's fascinating to read about the continual moving with the times for the storylines. No aspect of the books is overlooked - scenes or characters may be shifted but they're invariably utilised eventually, such as the shark eating Felix Leiter, which was moved from the book `Live and Let Die' to the film `Licence to Kill'.

Complete with its description, film appearances and user, every gadget or weapon is shown - the fiendish, the clever and the exotic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The James Bond Encyclopedia. 11 Nov 2013
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This is my favourite Bond Book it is packed with pictures and is a mine of Bond facts, Great Book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A COOL BLAST OF BOND 14 April 2008
By Tim Janson - Published on Amazon.com
If I may wax nostalgic for a moment, I can still recall the very first James Bond movie that I sever saw...actually the first three Bond movies...it was sometime in the late 60's or early 70's and my mom took me and my brothers to the drive-in theater to see a triple feature of Goldfinger, Dr. No, and From Russia with Love...in that order. I know I never made it past the credits of From Russia with Love but man...I loved those first two films! I had never seen anything like Bond before with his cool gadgets and those nasty villains like Odd Job and that began a lifelong passion for James Bond. With Christmas approaching, I cannot think of a better gift for the Bond fan on your list than the James Bond Encyclopedia from DK Books.

I've read a lot of books from DK on popular films and while they are always very well done, they sometimes can be a bit light on material. No so with this book. This book contains over 300 pages filled with information that will test even the most knowledgeable of Bond fans. It is bountifully illustrated with over 2000 photographs and images and traces the Bond history right up to the most recent film, Casino Royale.

As the title suggests it is an encyclopedia but rather than just list its hundreds of entries in alphabetical order it lists them alphabetically by subject. The subjects include: The Bond Style, The Role of Bond, Bond Villains, Bond Women, Supporting Cast, Vehicles, Weapons & Equipment, and the Movies. A comprehensive index finishes things off.

The role of Bond covers the six actors who have portrayed Bond with two pages of biographical information on each actor and a list of the Bond films they starred in. Next up is the section on Bond Villains. This section covers Bond villains from the criminal masterminds Blofeld, Hugo Drax, and Goldfinger; crime lords like Frank Sanchez; muscled thugs Jaws, Odd Job, Mr. Kil, and Tee Hee; and dangerous females May Day, Elekta King, and Bambi & Thumper. The encyclopedia gives the film(s) they appeared in, their current status, characteristics, the actor who portrayed them, and a synopsis of their roles in the films.

No book on Bond would be complete without looking at the dozens of Bond Women played by some of the most beautiful actresses in the world: Terri Hatcher, Ursula Andress, Lana Wood, Eva Green, and Halle Berry. The section on supporting cast members covers all the other major and minor characters in the Bond films from Q to Miss Moneypenny. Each Aston Martin that Bond drove is featured in the section on vehicles along with some of the more extraordinary vehicles like the Bath-O-Sub from Diamonds are Forever and the Dragon Tank from Dr. No. And of course all of Bonds secret weapons and gadgets are detailed in the Weapons section.

The last fifty pages or so of the book covers each bond film in chronological order with a listing of cast and crew credits but rather than provide a synopsis of films you've probably seen numerous times the book instead provides anecdotes on the making of the films with all manner of interesting production notes.

This is a book that is perfect for the die-hard or casual James Bond fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good information/ hard layout 15 Feb 2008
By D. Howell - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed the book and feel it to be a good companion to another volume by a different author entitled "The Complete James Bond Movie Encyclopedia."

It is full of information with plenty of accompanying pictures, and is divided up by subjects (i.e. Bond Villians, Bond Women, Weapons, Equipment etc.). For myself, since that is also part of the Bond world, I wish it had had a section on Bond bloopers (deliberate or otherwise) which occur in the films.

I did notice that occasionally the pictures did not match the captions listed for them (in "The Movies" chapter especially) in that a photograph would be shown, but the caption did not relate to the designated picture.

Also, in the sidebar section of that chapter where different persons connected with the production side of the movies would be listed along with their professional biographies, sometimes the print was hard to read bacause of the background color it was placed on.

Overall, I would recommend this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the Bond fan 24 Jan 2008
By T. Wendler - Published on Amazon.com
I consider myself well versed in the world of 007. However, reading this book made me realize how much there is out there that I was was unaware of, The authors have shown a greta eye for detail and completeness. And with a nice sense of humor they have added some new facts that I never knew existed.

A pleasure to read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Bond 9 Jan 2008
By Against the Wind - Published on Amazon.com
This book is better than I expected. I thought it would just cover the movie Bond. I was pleasantly surprised to find that is compares things in the movies to the books. Plus it goes into the charecters and devices showing the real to imagined. A great book for any Bond fan.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LA CREME DE LA CREME OF 007 BOOKS 12 Jun 2008
By GeValero - Published on Amazon.com
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Years and years ago a "James Bond Encyclopedia" by Steven Jay Rubin came out and considering it wasn't an "EON officially" sanctioned book (stock photos and mediocre writing) it wasn't all THAT bad. I've been collecting 007 books for a long time, many of them from the internet, and came out dissappointed many times but was able to recover from my initial skepticism to buying this new Bond Encyclopedia when I noticed John Cork was one of the authors. He's responsible for the excelent BOND GIRLS ARE FOREVER and the JAMES BOND LEGACY, perhaps the two best Bond books I've every bought.
Well, the JAMES BOND ENCYCLOPEDIA certainly doesn't dissappoint, hundreds of terrific pictures organized by category (movie, vehicles, girls, villains, etc.) include even the most oscure of entries. While a dream come true for aficionados, it's definetly bound to please casual Bond fans also (and who isn't ?)
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