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James Bond: The Secret World of 007 Hardcover – 2 Oct 2006

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Only 2 pages on Casino Royale 3 Oct. 2006
By John Cox - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was pleased with the orginal edition of The Secret World of 007 and felt this was worth getting for the updates. But to say this book has been updated with Die Another Day "and Casino Royale" is deceptive. The Die Another Day section is nice and complete, but the Casino Royale section is only 2 pages and not even presented in the same style as the other sections -- no "mission to Madagascar" or anything. Just a large pic of Craig and the Aston Martin spread across both pages and the film title (and a few smaller pics -- all of which we've seen). I was expecting cutaways of the casino and Venice house, etc. Nothing. So this book is updated with Die Another Day. That's all. Factor this into your decision to buy.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Tim Janson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
DK books has made the great even better with their revised edition of "James Bond: The Secret World of 007". Previously released in 2000, this latest edition expands to include the two most recent Bond Thrillers "Die Another Day" and the upcoming "Casino Royale". As with all of DK's books, it is highlighted by fantastic photography from beginning to end and presented in an over-sized hardcover format with dust jacket, perfectly suited for the coffee table.

The book start out with the perfunctory introduction to the character and his rich history including that distinctive "Bond look" , a section on "Q" the master gadget maker, as well as a look at the various bond women such as May Day, Elektra King, and Domino.

Next the book gets into each of the Bond missions, i.e, the films, beginning with Dr. No. You'll go inside the plot of each film and the lair of each villain to meet the evil masterminds as well as their various henchman and attractive women. You'll relive the most harrowing moments of each film and see the tools that Bond applied to save the day. These sections feature numerous photos from each film as well as artistic renderings of things such as Dr. No's Crab Key lair which takes the reader through a step-by-step replay of Bond's ingenious escape.

The Goldfinger section gets you up close and personal inside Bond's ride, the Aston Martin DB5 with it's pop-out machine guns, smoke emitting exhaust pipes, and ejector seat. Diamonds are Forever introduces us to the deadly assassins Wint & Kidd as well as a pair of gorgeous ladies Plenty O'Toole and Tiffany Case as the arch-villain Blofeld returns. The Spy Who Loved Me introduces us to one of the most popular Bond villains the giant, steel-toothed Jaws who gets a sizeable section in the book.

While Bond enthusiasts will know all the details already, casual fans will really eat up this book and it's a simply gorgeous collectible. There are a couple of problems, though. One, is that you barely see Sean Connery, Roger Moore, or even Timothy Dalton anywhere in the book. The only Bond you really see is Pierce Brosnan up until the back section that lists each films credits. The other slight is that there isn't much coverage on Casino Royale but DK has that solved with their new book "Bond on Set" devoted to the latest Bond Film. Two minor things and not enough for me not to highly recommend this book.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
It wins hands down over the competition. 6 Feb. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
James Bond fans, take note: this is a revised edition of a best-seller on the superspy created in colalboration with EON Productions, producer of his films, and has been updated to add his most recent movies. Newcomers as well as avid fans receive an oversized presentation which covers all his exciting missions, pairing plot with color photos throughout and offering new narrative scenes from his newest adventures. An updated James Bond filmography adds to the information. If you're a general-interest public library and have room for only one James bond moviebook, it should be James Bond: The Secret World of 007: it wins hands down over the competition.

Diane C. Donovan

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Fan boy fluff 10 July 2014
By Graves - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The book looks very nice and solid and with the title "The *Secret* World of 007" the publishers should be sued for false advertising. I'd hoped this would be more behind the scenes look at the various bond movies made over the years. In fact it is nothing more than a fan boy recounting of the plots and characters, not actors, in each film, in order, with diagrams of Bond's techy toys and the villains hide outs as if they were real.

The pictures are nice and if you are trying to keep track of something like "what was the movie where he drove the moon buggy" or "Who was the villain in Moore's last outing" you're all set. The problem is if you're a big enough fan of the films to buy the book you've probably got it all down already so there is nothing new and most definitely nothing secret to anyone who's watched the movies.

Since it talked about secret world I assumed, stupidly, it was about the making of the films but it's not. It barely acknowledges there were films made of bond's missions. The book does look nice and has good illustrations but really, it's a fan boy service of the first water. For anyone over 16 forget it. If anything here was a revelation to you why did you buy the book? I think my copy is going to my 10 year old nephew.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Just a book on James Bond, not behind the scenes 22 Dec. 2006
By H. Cowley - Published on
Format: Hardcover
DK Publishing is a great source for studying up on new topics and collectors items, so it treats James Bond just like that. Its almost like, "Here is James Bond dressed in a tux. Notice how he carries a Walther PPK. He drinks vodka martinis." This is great if you want to know about the character of Bond, but I find that only scratching the surface. If you want to know anything about the making of the films from writing the script and casting to how they did the stunts and special effects, this book is not the book for you.
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