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The Essential James Bond: The Revised Authorised Guide to the World of 007 Paperback – 4 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; Revised edition edition (4 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752215620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752215624
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 1.5 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A superb compendium that will delight Bond aficionados and newcomers alike.' Radio Times The Essential James Bond: The Revised Authorized Guide to the World of 007 is the bible for every 007 fan. Film by film, from Dr. No in 1962, it details every major character and actor to have ever played part in the Bond phenomenon - now including the latest Bond adventure, Die Another Day. Meticulously researched and updated by two of the world's leading Bond authorities, The Essential James Bond gives an in-depth critical review of each of the twenty official films, with fascinating facts and behind-the-scenes stories. It features all the details an armchair secret agent needs to know, including the personalities behind the making of the most successful franchise in film history, the locations, the five Bonds and their accomplices, their tools and their enemies. With the addition of over 250 rare production photographs, cinema posters and product advertisements from the archives of Eon Productions - many now seen in this edition for the first time - the phenomenon of 007 is spectacularly captured for ongoing reference as it enters its fifh decade.

About the Author

Lee Pfeiffer is one of the world's most recognized authorities on the James Bond phneomenon. He is the author of eleven books about the cinema and has appeared on numerous international TV and radio programmes. Dave Worrall is one of Britain's most prolific experts on the James Bond films. At the age of 13 he was privaleged to tour the famous volcno set for You Only Live Twice at Pinewood Studios. Since then, he has made a full-time career of working on Bond-related projects.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rob Parker on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
Anybody could enjoy this wonderfully detailed and lovingly compiled companion to the Bond phenomenon. The authors provide at once a "dip in and out" work and also a "compulisive, not put down" read, combining the details of each of the Bond films with the narative behind the series and critical perceptions of those involved. An absolute must for any Bond fan.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Marczak TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
I got this for my birthday and, despite being a Bond fan, though that this would go in the "dip-in-and-out of" section of my bookcase with The Blue Planet and Walking with Dinosaurs. But as with any obsession, be it Bond, Buffy or Star Trek, it's not possible to dip in and out of. I picked this up and raced through it within hours.
This book guides you through each film in turn, and divides its pages equally between actual film info (plot, characters, gadgets), nuggets of behind the scenes information (who's who and where they came from) and stunning pictures of Bond women.
If you are a Bond nut, about 33% therefore will not be new to you, but if you never realised that Kerim Bey in From Russia with Love is the real-life father of the corrupt Hispanic dictator in Licence to Kill, then this is a must read.
Course if you knew that already, you probably won't get much out of this ...
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By Paolo Tagini on 9 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Even if 10 years old, this book mantains all of its interest for some simple reasons: it is very well written, in a pleasant but authoritative way. The authors know in depth the Bond movies and they tell the reader every interesting detail of them. What a pity they didn't write a book like this dealing with novels!
At a bargain a very good opera, complete but never boring.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Photos Make The Difference... 29 Sept. 2005
By Anthony L. Mascia - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are several excellent books available on the James Bond movie franchise. This one rates ahead of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang", "The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia", and "Bond Movies" (all very, very good) in part due to the quality photography included with the narrative.

While an "authorised" book, the authors are not afraid to express their opinions, negative as well as positive. Like its competition, "The Essential James Bond" discusses ancillary aspects (marketing, merchandising, gadgets, box office, etc.) of each movie, as well as the movies themselves. There are also nice chapters on Bond producer Cubby Broccoli, Bond's effect on popular culture, the literary 007, and on long-time contributors to the Bond movies ("the James Bond family").

This would be the perfect "coffee table book" for Bond fans, as well as the one book I would offer casual movie fans to read and become interested in the James Bond movie franchise.
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