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The Art of Bond: From storyboard to screen: the creative process behind the James Bond phenomenon [Hardcover]

Laurent Bouzereau
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6 Oct 2006
A stunning look behind the scenes of the James Bond movies, from Dr No to Casino Royale


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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; First Edition, First Impression edition (6 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752215515
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752215518
  • Product Dimensions: 26 x 26 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A superb glossy hardcover covering the various facets of the
stylish film franchise...rare behind-the-scenes photography and production
art'
-- 5/5, Empire Magazine

Book Description

The James Bond phenomenon is unique. Never before has a single brand crossed so many generations, defining the pace for big-budget film-making in the late twentieth century and beyond. For the first time the people who created the Bond films – producers, directors, writers, designers - share their experiences and memories of what it has meant to collaborate on and produce the ultimate film legacy. Drawing on the spectrum of all twenty-one Bond films, THE ART OF BOND features a series of interviews with the people who have made cinematic history, including Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Ken Adam, John Barry and Martin Campbell. Reflecting on the Bond genre’s wider impact, and how it has influenced their own ground-breaking work, are other film-makers including Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Ridley Scott. Lavishly illustrated with an array of images from the exclusive Eon Archive including on-set photographs, concept artwork and exclusive images of Daniel Craig's debut in Casino Royale, this is a visually stunning tribute to the ground-breaking artistic, technical and creative talents of the Bond world.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for a Bond fans Xmas stocking 12 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
I've only just bought this book and had a glance through the whole thing. It's filled with lots of great quality photos both of the films and behind the scenes with some informative quotes from the crew including producers, directors, stuntmen and some other film makers who have been influenced by Bond such as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. It's the sort of book you can pick up for 2 minutes rather than reading for the afternoon as the emphasis really is on the photos.

Casino Royale: Theres a fair amount of photos from the new film. Many of which have already been seen on the internet etc but there are a few new ones, mainly the first full shot of Bond being tortured. I'd think carefully if your only buying this book for Casino Royale info though as the upcoming Bond On Set book would be more down your street but it's great to compare it to the previous films.

My only complaint is that theres virtually nothing from any of the 80s Bond films. They just seem to have been ignored which is a shame really as the book has little on timothy Dalton or any of the later Moore films. Otherwise a great book let down by this one appalling oversight.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good despite totally misleading title 13 Feb 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The book title is deceiving. This is not an art book.

This book is about the history on the making of James Bond movies, up until Casino Royale. That's all 21 films if you're counting.

Included are lots of on-set photographs, some concept artwork consisting mainly of storyboards. There are also interviews with key talents like Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Ken Adam, John Barry and Martin Campbell.

In essence, this book is about the history of James Bond and how it made it to the big screen. Many production stories are included in the interviews, like how they fix up the set, cast characters and choose music. These stories come in the form of interviewees' quotes. There is no narration in the book.

The book could be thicker given James Bond's long and illustrious history. I just can't help thinking about how much stuff they left out. I guess they may be covered in other James Bond books.

It's a good read overall, but mainly for James Bond fans.

Here's the list of chapters:

* Bond Words: the novels, the screenplays, the dialogue
* Bond Worlds: sets, locations, gadgets and cars
* Making It Real: the team, the actors, filming the action
* Bond Scores: the music, the songs, the title sequences
* Bond Takes On The World: the marketing, the release
* James Bond Will Return
* Picture Captions

There are more pictures on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Nicholas J. R. Dougan VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
..a superior attitude. But he was very sweet. I had never read any of the books but I was familiar with the cartoon strips that appeared in the newspapers. That's all I knew of Bond really."

So said John Barry, composer of the James Bond theme, in what may have been the only reference to Ian Fleming in this book, which was bought for me for fathers' day. This is basically a coffee table book of the Bond films, full of pictures from the Films as well as storyboards, set designs, pictures of the filming and advertising material. The pictures are accompanied by a series of quotations or anecdotes from those involved in the making of the films, including directors like Guy Hamilton and Michael Apted and lots of other participants, other film makers who say they were influences by Bond like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, and the writers of spy fiction like Ken Follett.

Visually the book is impressive. I would have found titles for the pictures useful, but they are listed with full explanations at the back. The collection of quotations seem a little disjointed, but contain some gems - for example the story of how Cubby Broccoli almost cut out the one-liner in Diamonds are Forever where Bond tells Felix Leiter where the diamonds are hidden: "Alimentary, my dear Leiter". Broccoli thought that no one would get this reference to Sherlock Holmes, and may be they did not at the time, but it is surely one of the great lines for aficionados following the films today.

Laurent Bouzereau is a director himself - of documentaries about films and film making. This book is doubtless an easy achievement on the back of that expertise - harsh critics might say a lazy achievement - but if you like the Bond films and want some light background reading and pictures, this is a good book to have around.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great New Book 21 Oct 2006
Format:Hardcover
A great book full of parts of interviews with the production team behind forty years of Bond and people who were influenced by Bond. It also has lots and lots of pictures.

A quality product with picture captions at the back by Dave Worrall and Lee Pfeiffer. All in all well worth the price.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good despite totally misleading title 2 Nov 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book title is deceiving. This is not an art book.

This book is about the history on the making of James Bond movies, up until Casino Royale. That's all 21 films if you're counting.

Included are lots of on-set photographs, some concept artwork consisting mainly of storyboards. There are also interviews with key talents like Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Ken Adam, John Barry and Martin Campbell.

In essence, this book is about the history of James Bond and how it made it to the big screen. Many production stories are included in the interviews, like how they fix up the set, cast characters and choose music. These stories come in the form of interviewees' quotes. There is no narration in the book.

The book could be thicker given James Bond's long and illustrious history. I just can't help thinking about how much stuff they left out. I guess they may be covered in other James Bond books.

It's a good read overall, but mainly for James Bond fans.

Here's the list of chapters:

* Bond Words: the novels, the screenplays, the dialogue
* Bond Worlds: sets, locations, gadgets and cars
* Making It Real: the team, the actors, filming the action
* Bond Scores: the music, the songs, the title sequences
* Bond Takes On The World: the marketing, the release
* James Bond Will Return
* Picture Captions

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Merry Christmas Tribute to and from 007 27 Nov 2006
By hille2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is an outstanding book covering all 21 official James Bond movies. It is cocked full with many color and black & white photographs, storyboards, sketches and other related visual delights. It covers many aspects of the James Bond films from different angles. I like its objective approach making this book a tribute and a real acknowledgment of what has been accomplished in these 21 films. This attractive book will certainly make a truly great Christmas gift.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Bond book on the market by a master writer!!! 19 Nov 2006
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is amazing! It has SO much 007 info, never before seen photos, illuminating text, zillions of interviews with some of the most influential directors of our time, including Spielberg. Bouzereau offers an A-Z listing of everything you always wanted to know about the art of James Bond films. Beyond merely stating the facts, he also punctuates the listings with his own elucidating commentary on characters, actors, set designers, costume designers, with bits of trivia, etc. The text is further buttressed with hundreds of rare, never before seen color and black-and-white stills. In sum, this is a rich resource for all Bond fans who will be both shaken and stirred by the multitude of factoids and photos. HIGHLY Recommended!!! Buy this book, you'll love it!!!!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the art? 12 May 2007
By danielh68 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is my first review and unfortunately it's a stinker. I'm a concept artist and a James Bond fan, so I eagerly anticipated the arrival of this book. When I finally got it, I skimmed through the many pages just to get an initial impression. It wasn't good. I asked myself repeatedly, "where's the artwork?" -- where's the many conceptual sketches, prop designs, miniatures, paintings, novel illustrations, etc. Don't get me wrong, the book does contain such content, but only to a surprising minimal degree. The book should be more accurately titled, Bond: A Derivative Photo Album. Most all of the content is comprised of snap-shots from newer movies.

If you are an artist I would not recommend this. In fact, avoid it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' for all James Bond fans! 8 Feb 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's hard to easily peg this title: readers interested in James Bond, film history, and art will equally find plenty fascinating in THE ART OF BOND: FROM STORYBOARD TO SCREEN - THE CREATIVE PROCESS BEHIND THE JAMES BOND PHENOMENON. Those who have participated in the Bond ideal, from writers to designers and producers, here share their memories and experiences working on some of the major films which made Bond a popular figure. All twenty-one Bond films are included in a survey which pairs color photos with history and captures the exciting works and challenges of bringing Bond to life. It's a pick not just for film and art libraries, but for general-interest collections - and a 'must read' for all James Bond fans!

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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