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The James Bond Bedside Companion [Kindle Edition]

Raymond Benson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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New revised digital edition of the classic 007 reference book from the 1980s, complete with a new Foreword by the author.

THE JAMES BOND BEDSIDE COMPANION is an encyclopedic celebration of 007, who is still the world’s most popular secret agent.

The only book to cover all aspects of the James Bond phenomenon in a single volume, it includes: a) An intimate portrait of Ian Fleming as remembered by his friends and colleagues; b) a character study of James Bond—his background and early life, his clothing and other personal habits, his preferences in food and drink, his attitudes toward women and marriage; c) The by-products of Bondmania and the merchandising of 007; d) Detailed analyses of every James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, as well as those written by other authors through the 1980s; e) A critical look at the 007 film series—the producers, screenplays, directors, actors, soundtracks, and special effects; f) over 100 photographs; g) An Introduction written by Ernest Cuneo, perhaps Fleming’s closest American friend; h) And enough facts, figures, and miscellaneous Bondian trivia to satisfy even the most ardent fan.

BIO: Raymond Benson is the highly acclaimed author of twenty-five books, six original James Bond 007 novels, three film novelizations, three short stories, and two anthologies on Bond. He is a sought-after lecturer on film genres and history. Writing as David Michaels, Benson is a New York Times best-selling author, an Edgar Alan Poe Award nominee, and a Readers' Choice Award winner.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3864 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (6 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VOMLCY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,675 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody's Done It Better 18 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the fourth appearance of Raymond Benson's 'Bond Bible' that has proven so elusive over the years. First published in USA in 1984, a revised and updated second edition appeared in UK in 1988, before a facsimile 'print on demand' edition appeared in USA in 2001. This 2012 Kindle version is the 1988 edition albeit with a further new introduction by the author. Why should you invest? Simply because it has never been outclassed in its coverage of both books and films. An enjoyable skim for the casual fan, there's enough depth to satisfy the enthusiast.

For those who don't know, in the 80s Benson was a theatre graduate working a day job while making a name for himself as a director and composer. A music, book and film buff with a particular love for James Bond, he spent three years researching the Bedside Companion which was then nominated for an Edgar. Its success saw him interview and befriend 1980s Bond author John Gardner, write several 007 role play games and earn him the respect of fans and Glidrose (then holder of the literary Bond copyright) as the leading authority on the Bond books. After Gardner retired from the role, Benson was entrusted with the job between 1997 and 2002: for me, his James Bond: The Union Trilogy: Three 007 Novels are worthy of the best of Fleming. In short, the guy knew his stuff.

The Bedside Companion is both a comprehensive analysis of the James Bond canon and a blueprint for his later 007 fiction. It has 5 sections: The Bond Phenomenon, a narrative timeline across all media between the 50s and 80s; a potted biography of Ian Fleming; a biography of Bond himself; and sections on the novels and films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about Bond! 25 Mar. 2013
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Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a truly fantastic collection of knowledge about the James Bond franchise. Covering the books to the films up to the late 1980s, this comprehensive guide is sure to inform and entertain any reader.

I initially purchased the kindle edition of this book, to help me write my dissertation. I found the book to be invaluable, but the kindle edition sadly did not contain page numbers so I bought a physical copy of the book too.

Overall, highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Facts on Bond 26 Feb. 2014
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Brilliant Book, covers Fleming's life and all the Novels and Films, even some of the early J Gardner Books. First printed in the early 80s so not up to date But still a very interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 July 2014
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Excellent Seller, Highly Recommended.
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